The UK Metropolitan Police said Tuesday they arrested 9 folks for displaying a pro-Palestinian banner exterior a home in London. That is the newest police motion since then House Secretary Suella Braverman ordered on October 10 police to extend their scrutiny on shows of Palestinian assist amidst the continuing Israel-Hamas war.
In a publish on the platform X (previously Twitter) the Metropolitan Police Service said, “Officers have eliminated the banner from the constructing in Park Sq. close to Regent’s Park. Numerous folks have been arrested. We stay on the scene and can share additional particulars later.” Officers later confirmed that “9 folks have been arrested below Part 18 of the Public Order Act” for displaying a banner which learn “Globalize the Intifada.”
Beneath Part 18 of the Public Order Act, it’s an offense to “use threatening, abusive or insulting phrases or behaviour, or shows [of] any written materials which is threatening, abusive or insulting” if the person meant “to fire up racial hatred.”
Customers of the social media platform have been fast to level out that the phrase “Globalize the Intifada” is a politically-charged slogan that emerged within the context of the Israeli-Hamas battle. The time period “Intifada” refers to 2 main uprisings by Palestinians in opposition to Israeli occupation: the First Intifada (1987-1993) and the Second Intifada (2000-2005). The phrase is believed to recommend the need to internationalize and broaden the resistance motion past the borders of the Palestinian territories. The American Jewish Committee explained the phrase, writing:
Essentially the most distinguished expressions of intifada have been by way of violence so this phrase is usually understood by these saying and listening to it as encouraging violence in opposition to Israelis, Jews, and establishments supporting Israel. Whereas the intent of the individual saying this phrase could also be totally different, the affect on the Jewish group stays the identical.
The Tuesday arrest marks one other string of protests and elevated politically-charged rhetoric because the Israeli-Hamas battle broke out on October 7. For the reason that begin of the battle, activism erupt across the world. There has additionally been an uptick in antisemitic and Islamophobic hate throughout the UK.
JURIST has reached out to the Met Police for remark however is but to obtain a response.