In one of those pro-Hamas demonstrations held recently in London, one girl’s message on a raised placard stood out. The sign showed a stick-figure human dropping a Star of David, representing the Jewish people, in a garbage can — in other words, on the ash-heap of history. And no one seems to think she can be punished for this “hate crime.” More on this unmistakable expression of an annihilationist antisemitism can be found here: “London student calls for world clean of Jews in pro-Palestinian protest,” by Zvika Klein, Jerusalem Post, November 6, 2023:
A pro-Palestinian protester is under fire for holding a sign in a London demonstration on Saturday calling for cleaning the world of Jews.
Meet Mehak Qureshi, internship designer in K2X Tech and Part-time Barista in Costa Coffee in London whose goal is to clean the world of Jews,” a pro-Israel activist shared on X, relating to the young British demonstrator who held a sign with the wording: Keep the world clean [of Jews], while instead of writing Jews, she drew blue a Star of David.
Shai Glick, CEO of Btsalmo, a conservative Israeli lobby organization, sent an email to Goldsmiths College at the University of London, where Qureshi studies. He wrote, “A student of yours, Mehak Qureshi has been protesting in the streets with a shocking antisemitic sign that reads: Keep the world clean [of Jews]. This is a sign that simply permits and authorizes the murder of Jews. A sign that supports genocide.”
He asked, “How is it possible for such a person to study at your school?”
An additional X user tagged the London’s Metropolitan Police Service and tweeted “This charming woman was at the pro-Palestine demo last week carrying this sign. The sign calls for the genocide of Jews. Her name is Mehak Qureshi, a student at Goldsmiths. She should be arrested for incitement of racial hatred.”
Earlier this week, The Jerusalem Post reported that the UK Metropolitan Police made 11 arrests in London concerning the pro-Palestine demonstration as of Saturday evening. Although they have since announced details of arrests that may or may not have been included in the initial count.
It appears that Mahek Qureshi was not among those arrested.
Here’s what I would like to know. There is a category of offenses known as “hate crimes.” When you hold high a sign that conveys clearly the following message — that we should work to ensure the annihilation not only of Israelis, but of all Jews in the world — that surely constitutes a hate crime. And it is also an act of psychological terrorism, for this is a real threat, intended to menace the world’s Jews, by someone who is not a lonely crank, whose threats can be laughed off, but a participant in a vast demonstration filled with supporters of the terror group Hamas. Many will assume that Mehak Qureshi’s sign expresses not just her desires, but those as well of her fellow demonstrators, to rid the world of Jews. It certainly was meant to fill Jews with anxiety, that is, to terrorize them.
Would the Metropolitan Police have waited to arrest anyone holding up signs calling on the government to “deport black criminals back to Africa” or “keep Muslims out of Manchester”? Of course not. These would be understood at once to be “hate crimes.” But the police have so far not arrested Mahek Qureshi, who calls not only for the destruction of Israel and its replacement by a twenty-third Arab state by chanting “from the river to the sea/Palestine will soon be free,” but makes clear she believes Jews should be removed not just from what is now Israel, but from everywhere in the world. And there is only way to do that, she and her sympathizers understand — that is, by killing them.
Will the police do anything about Mahek Qureshi? Will she receive a stiff fine? Or a prison sentence? Let’s see if the Metropolitan Police are willing to bring “hate crime” charges against someone who publicly calls for the genocide of the Jews.