I share the concerns of constituents over protests taking place on the streets of London and I raised this directly with the Prime Minister on the floor of the House of Commons. As I said to him, my constituents do not expect the law to be enforced; they demand it. I will not stand by and watch anti-Semitic slogans chanted on our streets leaving Jewish families feeling threatened.
Consequently, I have been in communication with the Metropolitan Police and Community Security Trust (CST) here in Hendon.
Following the attacks on Israel, the Prime Minister made the decision to provide an additional £3 million of funding to the CST to protect schools, synagogues and other Jewish community buildings.
The Home Secretary has also written to Chief Constables across the UK providing advice and support for communities following the attack on 7th October. This includes increased visibility of patrols as well as a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism to provide reassurance to Jewish communities that they are taking this threat seriously and will be there to protect people.
Police forces have been asked to remain alert and ready to respond to any potential offences regarding the displays of Hamas logos and flags - which is a proscribed organisation in the UK. Further, the Home Office is encouraging all Chief Officers to ensure that any protests which could exacerbate community tensions by way of offensive placards, chants, or behaviours that could be construed as incitement or harassment have a strong police presence to ensure perpetrators are appropriately dealt with in a timely fashion.
The Government is clear there is no place for anti-Semitism or the glorification of terrorism on the streets of Britain. Therefore, the Home Secretary expects the police to use the full force of the law against displays of support for Hamas, other proscribed terrorist groups or attempts to harass and intimidate British Jews.