A Muslim policewoman is being probed by Scotland Yard today after footage emerged of her chanting ‘Free Palestine’ while on duty at a protest outside the Israeli embassy in London.
The unnamed Met officer raised her fist in the air and joined in with protesters there calling for ‘immediate action’ and an ‘end to occupation’ amid the ongoing conflict with Israel that has led to the deaths of hundreds of people.
In footage that emerged this morning, the policewoman is shown holding the hand of an activist having been handed a white rose, before hugging the woman on the street in Kensington, west London.
The officer appears to say she is ‘praying day and night’ to Allah, before embracing the woman despite Met rules saying ‘officers must remain independent and impartial in carrying out their duties’.
She then raises her arm in the air and repeatedly chants: ‘Free free Palestine, free free Palestine’, sparking cheers from the thousands of people walking to the protest at the Israeli embassy, where nine Met officers were injured after being pelted with bottles and eggs over the weekend.
The clip has sparked outrage on social media, especially amongst British Jews, and Scotland Yard is investigating after being bombarded with complaints on Twitter. MailOnline has asked whether the officer has been suspended, but the Met declined to answer.
The incident came after Met officers were criticised for taking the knee during BLM protests in London in 2020, after bosses gave them the green light saying it was down to their ‘discretion’ to do so. Some older officers were insistent that police shouldn’t kneel to protesters, who injured a total of 27 Met police officers last summer.
A Met officer was filmed raising her arm in the air and chanting ‘free Palestine’ while policing a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London over the weekend
The officer hugged a woman who urged her to join the protest, where nine police officers were injured
She hold the protester’s hand while clutching a white rose in the film that has sparked a Met investigation
Nine police officers were injured and missiles were thrown amid efforts to disperse pro-Palestine protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday
Metropolitan Police officers took the knee during the summer’s Black Lives Matter protest in London, after being given the green light to do so by bosses
A spokesman said: ‘We are aware of a video that has been posted on social media which shows an officer joining in with chanting while on duty at a demonstration.
While officers are encouraged to positively engage with those attending demonstrations, they know they are not to actively participate or adopt political positions. This is vital to ensuring the public have confidence in our officers.
The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and are investigating the full circumstances of this incident and to determine what further action is appropriate’.
While the Met’s events unit, which is in charge of policing protests in London.
It tweeted: ‘We police hundreds of events and protests every year and officers must remain independent and impartial in carrying out their duties. We are aware of footage circulating from the weekend. We’re reviewing it and a further update will be released shortly’.
The incident has led to a slew of complaints to the Met via social media, with the force saying they are taking it seriously
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) told the crowds international action provides ‘succour, comfort and support’ to those suffering in the conflict. Crowds chanted ‘oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ and threw roses as he took to the stage
Pictured: Supporters of Palestine attend a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London, Britain, 15 May 2021
Police watch pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday. There is no suggestion that those pictured were involved in the suspected race-hate incident
24 hours later anti-Semitic abuse was heard being shouted from a convoy of cars driving through a Jewish area of North London on Sunday afternoon
Nine police officers were injured and missiles such as eggs and bottles were thrown amid efforts to disperse crowds outside the Israeli Embassy in London.
Thousands of people marched through the capital on Saturday to the gates of the embassy in Kensington, while protests took place in other cities across the UK and Ireland in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Nine people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in London, the Metropolitan Police said. A further four were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Health Protection Regulations, the force added.
The Met said small pockets of disorder had followed a largely peaceful demonstration.
Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of the policing operation, said: ‘We once again saw police come under fire from missiles and several were injured as a result of this. It is totally unacceptable and I wish those officers a speedy recovery.
‘Throughout the day, officers sought to engage with people who had gathered to demonstrate, and encourage them to disperse to help protect themselves and others during this public health crisis.
‘Where this approach did not work and officers were met with hostility, they took enforcement action.’
A Palestinian woman stands next to an unexploded bomb dropped by an Israeli F-16 warplane on Gaza City’s Rimal neighbourhood
Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike on a building, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, in Gaza City on Tuesday
Rockets are launched towards Israel from the southern Gaza Strip on Monday evening. The IDF said that 70 were fired last night
Explosions light-up the night sky above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces shell the Palestinian enclave in the early hours of Tuesday
Palestinian firefighters douse a huge fire at the Foamco mattress factory following an Israeli airstrike, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared alongside the Palestinian ambassador to the UK at a rally in support of the Palestinians, as the conflict with Israel continues.
Demonstrators chanted ‘free, free Palestine’, and held banners calling for an end to the bombing of the territory by Israeli forces.
A temporary stage was set up on Kensington High Street and organisers urged people to keep moving down the road as numbers continued to swell.
Other speakers addressing the crowds included former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, Labour MP Zarah Sultana and rapper Lowkey.
Crowds chanted ‘oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ and threw roses as the former opposition leader took to the stage.
Ms Abbott told those present: ‘We must remember we are part of an international movement. This is a worldwide movement for justice.
‘Palestinian people are having their land seized… and they are now being killed in their homes.
‘All of this is illegal.’
The names and ages of the children killed in the conflict were read out and a minute’s silence was then held.
There were cheers as organisers told those in attendance that the turnout was ‘the biggest pro-Palestine demonstration since 2014’.
Organisers said demonstrator numbers were estimated at 150,000.
Coloured smoke was set off along Kensington High Street and some demonstrators climbed on to buildings and bus stops, while dozens of officers from the Metropolitan Police lined nearby streets.
Thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee their homes after a week of sustained conflict.
Since Monday night, Palestinian militant group Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, whose military responded by barraging the Gaza Strip with tank fire and air strikes.
At least 145 people in Gaza and eight in Israel have been killed since the fighting erupted on Monday night.
In Israel those killed, include a six-year-old boy and a soldier.
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