Amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, a video of a fleet of cars with Palestinian flags is viral on social media with the claim that the visuals are from a recent rally in London held by pro-Hamas activists. In the video, the demonstrators can be heard calling for rape and sexual assault against women from the Jewish community.
X (formerly Twitter) user 🤍Alissa🤍 (@Alissa4TheUSA) shared the above-mentioned clip on October 13 with the following caption: “Islamic Jihad in London. Pro-Hamas fanatics in London ride through streets exclaiming ‘F*** their mothers and rape their daughters.’ We have a huge problem. Day of Jihad #Hamas #Terrorists #London #Islam #FridayThe13th #JihadFriday #England #Palestinian #Isreal #War”. The tweet has received over 2.53 lakh views and has been retweeted over 500 times. (Archive)
Another user, RadioGenoa (@RadioGenoa), also shared the same video with a similar claim on October 12. The tweet has received over 1.84 lakh views and has been retweeted over 1,400 times. (Archive)
We ran a reverse image search on one of the keyframes of the viral clip that led us to several news reports related to the incident that date back to 2021.
According to a report by The Times of Israel, four persons were arrested for shouting anti-semitic abuses while driving through Jewish areas in London. The then UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the act carried out by the convoy calling it “shameful racism”. In the report, it is mentioned that the incident took place on May 16, 2021.
On May 7, 2021, Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in response to the outrage of Palestinians who were fearing eviction from their homes. Soon world leaders and people across the world started reacting to the conflict and protests were carried out across the world.
Social media users are linking this 2021 incident to the current ongoing Israel-Hamas war. This convoy was taken out in the British capital two years back when the conflict between Israel and Palestine began to escalate with back-and-forth airstrikes unleashed by both Israel and Hamas and not related to the ongoing war.
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