Outrage Spreads Over Tube Driver Leading ‘Free Palestine’ Chants

Tube Driver’s ‘Free Palestine’ Chants

Outrage was ignited by a video circulating on social media, showing a Tube driver leading passengers in chants of “Free Palestine.”

However, Transport for London officials have claimed not to know the identity of the individual responsible, causing further consternation.

“An Insult”

A Home Office source described the chanting that occurred on the Central Line, headed towards mass protests at Marble Arch, as “an insult.”

Meanwhile, controversy over soft policing emerged as members of an Islamist group were allowed to yell “jihad” at an anti-Israel rally.

Calls for Legal Action

Home Office Minister Robert Jenrick called for those chanting “jihad” (attributed to Hizb ut-Tahrir) to face the full force of the law.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman is set to demand explanations from Met Police chief Sir Mark Rowley after the police suggested that terms like “jihad” can have multiple interpretations.

Investigations Underway

Both the Metropolitan Police and London Underground have initiated investigations into the Central Line incident.

In the video, the driver can be heard using the train’s tannoy to encourage passengers to join in the chants while proceeding to Bond Street, repeatedly shouting “Free, free,” to which passengers respond with “Palestine.”


The Campaign Against Antisemitism expressed shock and concern over the incident, describing it as “grossly unprofessional conduct” that poses a risk.

They emphasized the disgrace to Transport for London and considered how this incident might affect Jewish passengers.

Ongoing Scrutiny

Transport for London stated that they would closely examine the footage to determine if the responsible individual was indeed a driver and identify their identity.

The Metropolitan Police acknowledged the man involved in the “jihad” calls from Saturday’s incident and took steps to discourage similar chanting in the future.

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