Four men arrested over convoy of cars that drove through London calling for Jewish girls to be raped were also held for ‘attack’ on Jewish-owned cars in Manchester
- Police said they were arrested for alleged attack on a Jewish man’s car in Salford
- Later Sunday they were arrested in London over the comments shouted from car
- The Manchester incident saw the suspects follow and corner Jewish man in car
- They are said to have jumped out their cars and tried to smash victim’s windows
- But the man is believed to have rammed their two cars and made a hasty escape
Four men who were arrested over a convoy of cars that drove through London calling for Jewish girls to be raped were also held for an attack in Manchester.
Police today confirmed the gang were linked to the alleged attack on a Jewish man’s car in Salford at 1.35am on Sunday.
Later that day they allegedly cruised through St John’s Wood in the capital shouting: ‘F*** the Jews… F*** all of them. F*** their mothers, f*** their daughters.’
The Manchester incident saw the suspects follow and corner the Jewish man in his car in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The group of young men are said to have jumped out their vehicles and tried to smash the victim’s windows.
But the man is believed to have rammed their two cars and made a hasty escape before police arrived at Upper Park road.
A convoy of cars bearing the Palestinian flag drove through a Jewish community in north London yesterday while the passengers screamed ‘f*** their mothers, f*** their daughters
GMP said: ‘Police were called at around 1.35am on Sunday 16 May to reports of criminal damage and disorder on Upper Park Road in Broughton Park, Salford.
‘The incident appears to be religiously or racially aggravated and enquiries are ongoing. No injuries were reported.
‘Four men have since been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order and racially aggravated criminal damage.
They have been bailed pending further enquiries. This behaviour will not be tolerated and high visibility patrols have been increased in the area.
‘If any local residents have any concerns please do speak to our patrolling officers who will be able to provide reassurance.’
Onlookers were left horrified after the convoy yelled: ”F*** all of them. F*** their mothers, f*** their daughters and show your support for Palestine. Rape their daughters and we have to send a message like that. Please do it for the poor children in Gaza’
The four men were also later arrested after anti-Semitic abuse was heard being shouted from a car in north London.
Footage showed a convoy of cars covered with Palestinian flags on Finchley Road, with passengers heard using offensive language and issuing threats against Jews.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident took place in the St John’s Wood area of the city on May 16.
Officers traced the car to the A40 in Hillingdon and four men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.
All four, who were part of the ‘Convoy 4 Palestine’ rally, have been released on bail ‘pending further inquiries’.
The incident received cross-party criticism, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemning the acts as ‘shameful racism’ that have ‘no place’ in society.
It took place after thousands of people marched through London on Saturday to the gates of the Israeli embassy, while protests took place in other cities across the UK and Ireland in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee their homes after a week of sustained conflict.
Since last Monday, the 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.
In response to reports of anti-Semitic abuse, Mr Johnson said: ‘There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society.
‘Ahead of Shavuot, I stand with Britain’s Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today.’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the incident as ‘utterly disgusting’.
‘Anti-Semitism, misogyny and hate have no place on our streets or in our society,’ he said. There must be consequences.’
More protests are planned for this weekend as the violence between Israel and Gaza continues.
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