UK police officer investigated over 'partiality' in Palestine march

UK police officer investigated over pro-Palestine march 'participation'
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18 May, 2021
A British police officer is being investigated after being seen chanting "Free Free Palestine" at a pro-Palestinian protest in London.
Thousands of people in the UK have protested Israel's attacks on Gaza [Getty]

A UK police officer is being investigated for “participating” in a pro-Palestine march in London on Saturday.

The officer was filmed accepting a white rose from a protester and hugging her, then chanting “free free Palestine”.

Thousands of protesters marched towards the Israeli embassy in London on Saturday to demonstrate against Israel’s continued attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and the West Bank.

London’s Metropolitan Police announced on Twitter that they were "investigating the full circumstances of the incident" and would "determine what further action is appropriate”.

The police force said that while officers should “positively engage” with people attending demonstrations, they had to remain neutral and avoid expressing their political opinions. 

At least 213 Palestinians, including 61 children, have been killed in Israeli attacks since last week, with over 1,500 injured.

Twelve people in Israel have been killed by rockets launched by Hamas and other Palestinian factions.

The violence is the worst seen in Gaza since 2014.