Melanie Phillips: 'There is a body of people in Britain, in the Muslim community, who don't subscribe to British and western values'
Tuesday 14 November 2023
Melanie Phillips has claimed that a minority of Britain's Muslim community that do not subscribe to British and western values have been allowed to "run rampant".
Speaking to TalkTV's Jeremy Kyle and Nicola Thorp, the journalist and commentator said "hoodlums are taking over the streets" after some 300,000 pro-Palestinian protesters marched in London on Armistice Day.
Police say they are investigating serious offences relating to antisemitism and hate crimes.
Ms Phillips said: "There is a body of people in Britain, in the Muslim community, who don't subscribe to British and western values, They are a minority of the community, but they have been allowed to run rampant over the years.
"What we've seen is unprecedented scenes of not just disorder, but of incitement to violence and hatred of the Jewish community in particular. These are basically hoodlums, who are taking over the streets.
Pro-Palestinian protesters stage a 'die-in' with mock baby corpses during the rally
Counter-protesters attempted to reach the Cenotaph
"There is a stream of thinking within Islam which is extremist. Their project is to take over the western world both by violent and democratic means.
"These people have been in Britain for a number of years and the British authorities have turned a blind eye to them."
Officers made 145 arrests during the pro-Palestinian protest after a breakaway group wearing face coverings let off fireworks were detained in Grosvenor Place.
Arrests were also made when a group of counter-demonstrators attempted tor each the Cenotaph.
The Metropolitan Police said seven men had been charged with offences including assault on an emergency worker, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.