Sadiq Khan says several being probed over antisemitic speech on Oxford Street
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Sadiq Khan says several being probed over antisemitic speech on Oxford Street

Mayor of London responds to question by Assembly Member Andrew Dismore after complaints using 'anti-Semitic slurs' against tourists

Sadiq Khan speaking at the 2016 Yom HaShoah ceremony shortly after being elected as London Mayor
Sadiq Khan speaking at the 2016 Yom HaShoah ceremony shortly after being elected as London Mayor

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that several men accused of anti-Semitic hate speech on Oxford Street are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.

Khan explained the police action in response to a question at the London Assembly, tabled by Assembly Member Andrew Dismore, after complaints that the men were targeting tourists with “anti-Semitic slurs”.

Dismore’s question is believed to relate to reports of an incident at 5.30pm on Saturday 28 July, in which Londoner Debby Lee said the men – carrying signs relating to ‘Hebrews’ and Israel – told her that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

Khan said the issue had been raised by “a member of the public who reported hearing a group of men making anti-Semitic statements to the public on Oxford Street and the Police in Westminster are investigating this matter as a hate crime”.

He added: “We rightly value free speech in this country, but where that crosses the line into hate speech and hate crime, then the police will respond accordingly… I would urge anyone who has a concern about the actions of any individual or group anywhere on the streets of London to report those concerns to the police.”

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