Palestine protesters defy hate speech warning with anti-Semitic banners: Thousands march on London shouting controversial ‘from the river to the sea’ chant amid Gaza ceasefire – as seven arrested
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Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters flooded the streets of Central London today, shouting a ‘from the river to the sea’ chant with children as young as five joining in.

Anti-Semitic banners and placards were on display as the Met Police officers made arrests – after issuing a hate speech warning which saw Arabic-speaking officers deployed to watch for offensive chants and images in the crowd.

‘From the river to the sea’ is considered to be highly inflammatory and some claim it’s a call for Israel to not exist with signs at the protest displaying the same phrase.

The Met Police have made at least seven arrests – including a man wearing a green headband with Arabic writing, a woman with a sign comparing Israel’s strikes to the Holocaust and four people who were distributing literature featuring a swastika inside a Star of David at a stall.

Police distributed leaflets at the protest to warn attendees about what language and behaviour will not be tolerated – but one protester said ‘the leaflet from the police is a waste of time. I don’t know anybody who has read it or took the slightest bit of notice’.

More than 150,000 activists are expected to carry out three separate demonstrations as London prepares for another weekend of mass protests.

Around 1,500 police officers are on duty including 500 from outside London as both pro-Palestinian marches and protests against antisemitism are held. There is also a demonstration from Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir outside the Egyptian Embassy.

More than 150,000 activists are expected to carry out three separate demonstrations as London prepares for another weekend of mass protests

More than 150,000 activists are expected to carry out three separate demonstrations as London prepares for another weekend of mass protests

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters have flooded the streets of Central London shouting the controversial 'from the river to the sea' chant' with children as young as five joining in (protesters in central London today)

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters have flooded the streets of Central London shouting the controversial ‘from the river to the sea’ chant’ with children as young as five joining in (protesters in central London today)

A sign accusing the UK government of backing genocide, which includes photos of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, ex-Home Secretary Suella Braverman, PM Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer photoshopped to make it look as if they have blood on their hands

A sign accusing the UK government of backing genocide, which includes photos of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, ex-Home Secretary Suella Braverman, PM Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer photoshopped to make it look as if they have blood on their hands

Pro-Palestine demonstrators unfurl a giant Palestinian flag as they pass The Cenotaph decorated with poppies, in Whitehall

Pro-Palestine demonstrators unfurl a giant Palestinian flag as they pass The Cenotaph decorated with poppies, in Whitehall

Tens of thousands of protesters attended the march from Park Lane to Whitehall today in support of Palestine

Tens of thousands of protesters attended the march from Park Lane to Whitehall today in support of Palestine

The national march, organised by the PSC, alongside Stop the War, the Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al-Aqsa and others, resumes today, with organisers saying they will continue until there is a complete ceasefire

The national march, organised by the PSC, alongside Stop the War, the Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al-Aqsa and others, resumes today, with organisers saying they will continue until there is a complete ceasefire

Flares are let off by protesters as others hold flags and placards during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Trafalgar Square

Flares are let off by protesters as others hold flags and placards during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Trafalgar Square

The Met Police posted on X, saying they've already made one arrest at the rally. Credit: Met Police

The Met Police posted on X, saying they’ve already made one arrest at the rally. Credit: Met Police

A young woman was reportedly holding a hand-drawn placard which read ‘stop doing what Hitler did to you’ – making a comparison between Israel’s strikes on Gaza and the Holocaust perpetuated by the Nazis.

The police also arrested a man on suspicion of inciting racial hatred by carrying a placard with Nazi symbols on it.

Another man has been arrested on suspicion of supporting a proscribed organisation after he was filmed wearing a  green headband with Arabic writing, imitating the ones that Hamas wear.

Police posted on X to say that when he was stopped by officers, ‘multiple headbands’ were found on him and he was arrested.

The Met also confirmed they arrested two women for a racially aggravated public order offence after they were spotted on CCTV holding ‘offensive placards’.

A further four people were allegedly distributing literature featuring a swastika inside a Star of David at a stall in Whitehall – with the police saying they were arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

One placard at the protest displayed a picture of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer under the word ‘Genocide’, while another had a picture of leaders of the G7 above the phrase ‘War criminals on the run’. 

A sign was held which accused the UK government of backing genocide which included photos of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, ex-Home Secretary Suella Braverman, PM Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer photoshopped to make it look as if they have blood on their hands.

A giant Palestinian flag was also unfurled and carried alongside The Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall, which itself was decorated with poppies two weeks on from Armistice Day.

The Met insisted that it will be safe for Jewish people to come into London this weekend and have been handing out leaflets at the protest to ‘provide clarity’ on offences and behaviour which won’t be tolerated.

Police officers detain a woman for holding an effigy of a dead child made from sheets

Police officers detain a woman for holding an effigy of a dead child made from sheets

Met Police officers waded into the crowd to extract a suspect who had earlier been spotted wearing a green headband with Arabic writing on it but later removed it. Credit: Met Police

Met Police officers waded into the crowd to extract a suspect who had earlier been spotted wearing a green headband with Arabic writing on it but later removed it. Credit: Met Police

The Met Police have made at least seven arrests - including a man wearing a green headband with Arabic writing, a woman with a sign comparing Israel's strikes to the Holocaust and four people who were distributing literature featuring a swastika inside a Star of David at a stall. Credit: Met Police

The Met Police have made at least seven arrests – including a man wearing a green headband with Arabic writing, a woman with a sign comparing Israel’s strikes to the Holocaust and four people who were distributing literature featuring a swastika inside a Star of David at a stall. Credit: Met Police

The force is also positioning Arabic-speaking officers on the march, backed up in its central control room with lawyers to advise on whether specific phrases break the law. Around 1,500 officers have been deployed to protect the march.

One man was seen carrying a sign which compared Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to the devil in a commonly seen anti-Semitic trope.

A group of demonstrators have also now been questioned by police over allegations of criminal damage.

At one point, one protester hit out at a female police officer at the scene.

Footage shows officers searching some demonstrators when a man hits the officer on her arm.

The national march, organised by the PSC, alongside Stop the War, the Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al-Aqsa and others, resumes today, with organisers saying they will continue until there is a complete ceasefire.

The protest began at 12:30 on Park Lane and will end outside the Houses of Parliament.

At the rally, crowds of people are calling for a ceasefire and holding signs. On footage of the rally, a woman can be heard shouting ‘what do we want?’ to which those in the crowd reply ‘ceasefire, now’.

This is despite a temporary four-day ceasefire exchange deal taking effect.

The fragile truce begun at 7am local time (5am GMT) yesterday, with guns laid down across the region for the first time in almost seven weeks. 

This weekend also comes in the middle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals being offered on the high street, meaning shopping areas are likely to be packed.

The Met Police confirmed arrests at the protests on X. Credit: Met Police

The Met Police confirmed arrests at the protests on X. Credit: Met Police

A large banner at the protest critical of the Israeli PM which reads: 'Arrest Netanyahu - War Criminal'

A large banner at the protest critical of the Israeli PM which reads: ‘Arrest Netanyahu – War Criminal’

More than 150,000 activists are expected to carry out three separate demonstrations as London prepares for another weekend of mass protests

More than 150,000 activists are expected to carry out three separate demonstrations as London prepares for another weekend of mass protests

After anti-Semitic signs and slogans were seen and heard during the march on Armistice Day, officers have been briefed on which chants 'cross the line of the law' and trained spotters will be deployed to identify racist placards

After anti-Semitic signs and slogans were seen and heard during the march on Armistice Day, officers have been briefed on which chants ‘cross the line of the law’ and trained spotters will be deployed to identify racist placards

The force is also positioning Arabic-speaking officers on the march, backed up in its central control room with lawyers to advise on whether specific phrases break the law

The force is also positioning Arabic-speaking officers on the march, backed up in its central control room with lawyers to advise on whether specific phrases break the law

Metropolitan Police officers have gathered in central London as protesters take part in a 'National March for Palestine', with Arabic-speaking officers deployed to watch for hate speech and images in the crowd

Metropolitan Police officers have gathered in central London as protesters take part in a ‘National March for Palestine’, with Arabic-speaking officers deployed to watch for hate speech and images in the crowd

The protest began at 12:30 on Park Lane and will end outside the Houses of Parliament

The protest began at 12:30 on Park Lane and will end outside the Houses of Parliament

A heavy police presence at Park Lane as the march in support of Palestine takes place across central London today

A heavy police presence at Park Lane as the march in support of Palestine takes place across central London today

A pro-Palestinian protester at the march played down the long-term significance of the temporary ceasefire, claiming ‘Israel reneges on its promises’.

Shaun, 33, from north London,said: ‘I don’t know what’s going to come from it, I don’t know if it’s positive, but I know full well that once this truce and temporary ceasefire are done they (Israel) are going to continue bombing and we’re going to be right back where we were, so I’m not holding my breath.

‘We’ve seen this before – Israel reneges on its promises in the past, they renege on their promises now.’

Daniel Ponting, 44, travelled to the protest from Swanley, Kent.

He joined in the controversial River from the Sea chant and said he did not think the ceasefire would be a success.

He said: ‘Israel is a terrorist state. I will not stop chanting River from the Sea Palestine will be free. Palestine should never surrender. There will not be a ceasefire.’

Another said: ‘I don’t believe anything Israel says. There should be no negotiations.’

When asked if that meant he wanted to see conflict continue, he declined to comment.

After anti-Semitic signs and slogans were seen and heard during the march on Armistice Day, officers have been briefed on which chants ‘cross the line of the law’ and trained spotters will be deployed to identify racist placards. 

The force’s ‘Hate Crime Protest Leaflet’ is supposed to provide ‘absolute clarity’ on what will be deemed an offence.

It doesn’t threaten those who break the law with arrest or any other sanction but asks protesters to ‘keep on the right side of the law’.

On the leaflet, the Met wrote: ‘The law protects the right to lawful protests, and the Met Police supports your right to legally make your voice heard.

‘However, the law also protects people from racist abuse and from terrorism being promoted.

‘Whilst the majority of people are complying with these rules, a minority have crossed the line.’

Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, the Gold Commander in London this weekend, said in a briefing that 40,000 to 50,000 people are expected to attend the protest.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday attended by MailOnline, Mr Adelekan said: ‘We will put all the protection that we put around any march around that antisemitism march, and we are working very closely with the Jewish community. 

‘I’ve personally met the organisers, the Campaign Against Antisemitism, I’ve had a number of conversations with them on how we’re going to keep them safe.’ 

He added that officers would enter large crowds decisively and quickly to arrest those using the chant to incite violence, terrorism or antisemitism.

A demonstrator holds a placard 'Children of Gaza: We hear you, we see you and we will be your voice until you're all free'

A demonstrator holds a placard ‘Children of Gaza: We hear you, we see you and we will be your voice until you’re all free’

A protester holds a placard reading: 'The average age of Gazans killed is five years old'

A protester holds a placard reading: ‘The average age of Gazans killed is five years old’

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday attended by MailOnline, Mr Adelekan said: 'We will put all the protection that we put around any march around that antisemitism march, and we are working very closely with the Jewish community

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday attended by MailOnline, Mr Adelekan said: ‘We will put all the protection that we put around any march around that antisemitism march, and we are working very closely with the Jewish community

Protesters take part in a 'National March For Palestine' in central London

Protesters take part in a ‘National March For Palestine’ in central London

Protestors march in solidarity with Palestine, demanding a ceasefire amid the ongoing conflict

Protestors march in solidarity with Palestine, demanding a ceasefire amid the ongoing conflict

The Metropolitan Police said anyone taking part in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstration today must not deviate from the route specified in this map

The Metropolitan Police said anyone taking part in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstration today must not deviate from the route specified in this map

The Met Police also said those involved in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstration must not enter the area around the Israeli Embassy, which has been specified in this map

The Met Police also said those involved in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstration must not enter the area around the Israeli Embassy, which has been specified in this map

Asked about reports that Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the far-right English Defence League, could attend the protest, Mr Adelekan said he was ‘not welcome’ at the march and would be engaged by officers.

Mr Adelekan said the force’s use of retrospective facial recognition to identify criminals at the protests was ‘improving all the time’.

Leaflets will also be handed out to protesters by officers along the march to provide ‘absolute clarity’ on what will be deemed an offence, he added.

The police are handing out leaflets warning against using  words or images ‘likely to land you in jail’.

It is the first time the Met has tried to give clarity on what language is unacceptable. 

The leaflets warn protesters not to use words or images:

  • that are racist or incite hatred against any faith
  • that support Hamas or any other banned organisation, it is illegal under UK law to support such terrorist organisations
  • that celebrate or promote acts of terrorism – such as the killing or kidnap of innocent people

The force had come under severe pressure from politicians over the decision to allow that march to go ahead, with former home secretary Suella Braverman accusing the force of showing bias in favour of left-wing protesters.

A 90-minute march organised by the charity Campaign Against Antisemitism is also due to take place on Sunday, with around 40,000-50,000 people expected to attend. 

An officer hands out leaflets reminding demonstrators to 'stay on the right side of the law'

An officer hands out leaflets reminding demonstrators to ‘stay on the right side of the law’

New Home Secretary James Cleverly said that he expected the Met to address the concerns from the Jewish community

New Home Secretary James Cleverly said that he expected the Met to address the concerns from the Jewish community

Leaflets will also be handed out to protesters by officers along the march to provide 'absolute clarity' on what will be deemed an offence

Leaflets will also be handed out to protesters by officers along the march to provide ‘absolute clarity’ on what will be deemed an offence

People take part in the National March for Palestine, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

People take part in the National March for Palestine, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a pro-Palestinian rally on Waverley Bridge in Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a pro-Palestinian rally on Waverley Bridge in Scotland

New Home Secretary James Cleverly said that he expected the Met to address the concerns from the Jewish community.

‘When a minority in the UK are screaming at us that they are scared beyond belief by what is happening it is incumbent upon UK policing and politicians to listen and respond,’ he told the Times.

‘What we saw over the last few weeks is the Jewish community in the UK telling us over and over and over again they felt vulnerable.

‘The police have to respond to that. In the conversations I have had with senior police officers in the Met and more broadly and in the conversation I had with the mayor of London I’ve made clear it is my expectation that they address those concerns.’

Among those released by Hamas on Friday were 13 Israelis who had been held in the Gaza Strip since the militant group staged a raid on Israel nearly seven weeks ago.

They are the first of 50 people to be released from Gaza during a four-day truce that began on Friday.

The freed Israeli hostages included eight women – six in their 70s and 80s – and three children.

Israel also confirmed that it had released 39 Palestinian prisoners as part of the agreement.



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