Boris Johnson has condemned “shameful racism” as police investigate footage appearing to show antisemitic abuse being shouted from a convoy of cars in north London.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are carrying out urgent inquiries after the posting of a video on social media.
“We are aware of a video appearing to show antisemitic language being shouted from a convoy of cars in the St John’s Wood area this afternoon,” the force said.
“Officers are carrying out urgent enquiries to identify those responsible. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
There is no place for antisemitism 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.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 16, 2021
The prime minister has also criticised the abuse of Jewish people ahead of a two-day religious holiday.
“There is no place for antisemitism in our society,” Mr Johnson posted on Twitter.
“Ahead of Shavuot, I stand with Britain’s Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today.”
A video posted on social media shows a group of cars decorated with the Palestinian flag pulling up at traffic lights.
As the group of cars arrive in the video, one person with a megaphone appears to be shouting abuse.
The footage is described as having taken place in north London’s Finchley Road.
Commenting on the video, Labour’s Naz Shah – shadow minister for community cohesion – said: “This is appalling vile antisemitic & misogynistic abuse, they need to be found, arrested and charged, they do not represent those campaigning for the rights of the Palestinians.”
The Met Police investigation into the footage comes amid continuing violence in Gaza, which has seen 181 people killed including 52 children and 31 women.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Whatever your view of the conflict in Israel and Gaza, there is no justification for inciting anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim hatred.
“The incidents of antisemitism we have seen in recent days have been shameful.
“Some of the language used on marches this weekend and in posts on social media is intimidating, criminal and racist.
“We must not tolerate this vile, shameful hate in our country. These actions must stop.”