Four men are charged with race hate offences ‘after shouting antisemitic abuse as they drove around’

Four men have been charged after allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse as they drove around in a convoy in north London.

The suspects, all from Blackburn, Lancashire, are accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words likely to stir up racial hatred.

Mohammed Iftikhar Hanif, 27, of Pringle Street; Jawaad Hussain, 24, of Revidge Road; Asif Ali, 25, of Pringle Street; and Adil Mota, 26, of Leamington Road, were charged via postal requisition on September 16, and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on October 6.

It is claimed that they used antisemitic language as they travelled around as part of a convoy of cars covered in Palestinian flags in St John’s Wood, north London, on May 16.

The alleged incident took place after protests in London and other cities across the UK and Ireland in support of Palestine amid renewed conflict with Israel.

In May the Met arrested four people after a car was stopped in the convoy just after 6.30pm that day.

Convoy of cars shouted the abuse

Convoy of cars shouted the abuse

Convoy of cars shouted the abuse

Convoy of cars shouted the abuse

A convoy of cars bearing the Palestinian flag drove through a Jewish community in north London while the passengers screamed ‘f*** their mothers, f*** their daughters

Prime Minister Mr Johnson Tweeted: 'There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society.'

Prime Minister Mr Johnson Tweeted: 'There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society.'

Prime Minister Mr Johnson Tweeted: ‘There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society.’

Footage on social media had showed vehicles passing down Finchley Road with passengers heard to shout offensive language and threats against Jews. 

Onlookers were left horrified after the convoy yelled: ‘F*** the Jews… 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.’   

A police spokesman said officers received reports of people shouting anti-Semitic abuse from a car travelling within a convoy of vehicles through the St John’s Wood area on the afternoon of Sunday, May 16. 

He said: ‘Four men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. They were taken into custody at a west London police station where they remain.’

It came amid other peaceful pro-Palestinian protests which took place across Britain as tensions rose in Israel.

Officers engaged with protesters at a planned demonstration on Whitehall during the afternoon.

The cars carried Palestinian flags

The cars carried Palestinian flags

The passengers held Palestinian flags

The passengers held Palestinian flags

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’

Rabbi Rafi Goodwin's injuries were being assessed in King George's Hospital after he suffered cuts to his head and around one eye, following the attack in the Limes Estate area

Rabbi Rafi Goodwin's injuries were being assessed in King George's Hospital after he suffered cuts to his head and around one eye, following the attack in the Limes Estate area

Rabbi Rafi Goodwin’s injuries were being assessed in King George’s Hospital after he suffered cuts to his head and around one eye, following the attack in the Limes Estate area

There were also reports at the time a senior London rabbi was attacked by two youths near his Essex synagogue.

Rabbi Rafi Goodwin’s injuries saw him rushed to King George’s Hospital after he suffered cuts to his head and around one eye, following the attack in the Limes Estate area – which is not believed to be linked to world events, Jewish News reports. 

Prime Minister Mr Johnson Tweeted: ‘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.’

Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of the policing operation, said: ‘This behaviour was utterly shocking and will not be tolerated. I understand that this would have caused considerable concern within the community and we have arranged extra patrols in the St John’s Wood and Golders Green areas this evening.’ 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: ‘Hate crimes are inexcusable and have no place in our city. I’ve been in touch with the Met Police Commissioner about the appalling reports of antisemitic attacks this weekend.

‘Londoners can expect to see high visibility police patrols, and the Met Police have been working closely with the Community Security Trust. My team and I will continue to monitor the situation closely. 

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