A 20-year-old student has been slapped with a £90 fine after he was confronted by an angry parent while waiting to pick up his siblings outside a Jewish school.
Samiul Islam draped a Palestinian flag over his car bonnet before parking up outside the Kantor King Solomon High School – which is a state comprehensive – in Barkingside, east London.
Footage filmed on Mr Islam’s phone showed the moment he told a woman ‘go on, what were you saying? Public car park. She said you’re going to get done. You f***ing did, you well did’.
Ten officers in six police cars later swooped on the Bangladeshi student and handed him a £90 fine for causing ‘harassment and distress’ in breach of a Public Order Act.
It comes as Jewish people across London have complained for weeks about being subjected to anti-semitism, especially from protesters voicing their anger at the Israeli bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip.
Mr Islam said he was waiting in his car to pick up his siblings from the school when a man and a woman approached him and made offensive comments about Palestine.
Samiul Islam parked up outside the Kantor King Solomon High School, in Barkingside, east London, while waiting for his siblings
He described the situation as ‘stupid’ and ‘disgusting’, adding: ‘How does someone with a flag on their bonnet cause the public a threat?’
‘I’ve been harassed by three members of the public for sitting in my car and using the phone,’ he claimed. ‘But to them I’m a bigger threat because I have a flag on my bonnet which caused them to call for six other police cars to come.
‘There were around 10 officers for what over a flag when they could be out there dealing with real criminals and crimes.’
Islam discusses the incident with police
The flag was seen on his bonnet in the wake of protests across London which saw tens of thousands of demonstrators gather in the capital for a second weekend in a row to call for an ‘urgent’ resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
Mr Islam filmed the altercation in the car park.
In the footage a woman can be seen recording him as she holds the hand of a young girl while standing next to a white car.
The woman can be seen holding her phone up, appearing to record the young man.
He asks her: ‘Go on, what were you saying? Public car park. She said you’re going to get done. You f***ing did, you well did.’
As he speaks the woman appears to turn to the white car’s driver and tell them: ‘Look at him shouting at me.’
Mr Islam interjects: ‘If you can record, I can record, no no no listen.’
She then replies: ‘I didn’t say anything to you, I was talking to this lady here.’
In a second video, Mr Islam can be seen discussing the incident with a police officer.
She tells him that he can display what he wants on his car ‘as long as it’s not offensive,’ although the 20-year-old was later fined.
Police said a verbal dispute broke out between the driver and a member of the public.
Ten officers in six police cars then swooped on the Bangladeshi student (pictured with his car) and handed him a £90 fine for causing ‘harassment and distress’
Police said a verbal dispute broke out between the driver and a member of the public. Pictured, the fine
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘At approximately 16:00hrs on Wednesday, 19 May police on a patrol were alerted to a verbal dispute that had occurred between the driver of a car bearing a Palestine flag and a member of the public.
‘Officers spoke to all parties involved. No persons were detained. The driver was subsequently issued with a penalty notice. There were no arrests.’
In a furious Facebook post Mr Islam slammed ‘Zionists’ and claims they told him Palestine was ‘going to get done’.
He wrote: ‘Got FINE cos “Palestine Flag Was Causing Distress.” What the f*** is this. What have I even done?
‘This is Disgusting… Zionists. I’m picking up my sisters from school and I’ve got the Palestine flag on my car bonnet (sic).’
He explained: ‘I’m in the car park…picking up my sisters and this guy comes up to me saying that Palestine is [going to] get done.
‘So you think I’m gonna be quiet if someone says something like that.
‘So I’m like what do you mean, and he’s like look what [you are] doing you have a flag on [your] car [you are] trying to intimidate people. I’m like I’m not doing anything.
‘My car [is in a] public car park so I can have whatever I want on my car.
He also vowed to fight the fine, adding: ‘I most certainly am taking it to court. I’m not paying that never’
‘Then I’m leaving the car park this woman looks dead into my eyes and says just watch how we take over Palestine and you guys will get done. (sic)
‘So I stop reverse back to her and was like sorry? Just repeat that again then she had a massive go at me and I’m like I [can’t be a***d].
‘I’m leaving the car park next thing I know I got flashing blue lights [and I have been] pulled over for causing harassment and distress apparently.
‘Six other police cars come. I’m like what’s the need for this why [you] mans harassing me for, I didn’t say anything bad.
‘Then after four hours feds show up at my house and give me a £90 fine for harassing.’
He also vowed to fight the fine, adding: ‘I most certainly am taking it to court. I’m not paying that never. Disgusting behaviour that is.’
A spokesperson for Kantor King Solomon High School declined to comment on the incident.
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