Pro-Palestinian protesters smile as they tear down Israeli hostage posters in vile video

Pro-Palestinian protesters were caught smiling as they were videoed tearing down posters dedicated to Israeli hostages

Pro-Palestinian protesters were caught smiling as they were videoed tearing down posters dedicated to Israeli hostages

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 25/10/2023

- 16:32

Updated: 25/10/2023

- 17:04

The Metropolitan Police are “aware” of the footage but have not identified any offences at this time

A group of pro-Palestine protesters have been filmed smiling while tearing down posters dedicated to Israeli hostages in a shocking clip uploaded to social media.

The posters, which showed images of women and children kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, were put up around London’s Leicester Square.


Two men and two women were filmed ripping down multiple posters.

A woman wearing a black coat and long scarf attempted to defend her actions after a bystander informed her that the posters show “photos of people kidnapped by terrorists” and accused her of not caring about human life.

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The video then cuts to a man wearing a grey tracksuit and black coat ripping down more posters and smiling at the camera.

Scotland Yard confirmed it was made aware of the footage circulating on social media.

The Metropolitan Police added: “Officers will continue to be in the area carrying out reassurance patrols. At this time, no offences have been identified.”

There have been a number of videos of pro-Palestine protesters tearing down photographs put up to raise awareness for the approximately 200 people kidnapped by Hamas following the terrorist group’s October 7 attack.

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Posters of Israelis purportedly kidnapped by Hamas have been put up around London's West End

Posters of Israelis purportedly kidnapped by Hamas have been put up around London's West End

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A separate video from Oxford Street showed a woman tear down a poster dedicated to a four-year-old called Ariel.

In another incident, reportedly near the London School of Economics, a young woman ripped down a number of posters and later suggested there was no evidence that Israeli victims had been raped by Hamas terrorists.

Posters on Finchley Road in North London have also been defaced to include Hitler moustaches and devil horns.

Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch today lashed out against the “odious people ripping down posters of missing children”.

She told MPs: “All our citizens have a right to feel secure and at peace in Britain.

“One of the reasons why we have been able to integrate people from all over the world is because of an unwritten rule that people with roots elsewhere do not play out foreign conflicts on the streets of this country.

An image of one of the protesters tearing down posters

An image of one of the protesters tearing down posters

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“We owe a duty of care and civility to our neighbours whatever their ethnicity, religion or background.

“All of us are free to practice our faiths and celebrate our cultures but we must do so in a positive way, consistent with fundamental values that are the bedrock of Britain.

“I'm afraid to say that in recent days we have seen that social contract being breached.

“In particular, I believe that the hostility directed towards our Jewish communities, the calls for Jihad, the ostentatious indifference to the victims of terrorism, the aggressive chanting by mobs brandishing placards of hate, and the odious people ripping down posters of missing children, do not reflect our values as a nation.

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Kemi Badenoch told MPs: 'All our citizens have a right to feel secure and at peace in Britain'

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“We must all stand firm on the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, particularly in the public space that we all share.”

Scotland Yard confirmed the number of hate crimes committed against Jewish people witnessed a 1,350 per cent increase as incidents spiked following Hamas' horrific onslaught against Israel.

Islamophobic offences have also soared by 140 per cent over the same period.

Metropolitan Police chief commissioner Sir Mark Rowley was hauled before Home Secretary Suella Braverman for “constructive” talks about pro-Palestine protests after a demonstrator was filmed calling for “Jihad”.

A large number of demonstrations have taken place across the UK, with around 100,000 descending on London last Saturday.

However, the protests have been marred with controversy after a tube driver was suspended for chanting “Free Palestine”, a frenzy appeared to break out over an LGBT+ flag and anti-Tehran activist Vahid Behesthi was chased by a mob.

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