A lawyer who chairs an organisation advising the Metropolitan Police has led chants of “from the river to the sea” at a pro-Palestinian rally.
Attiq Malik is at the helm of London Muslim Communities Forum, which according to the Met acts as a “strategic advisory body” to the force.
Part of the organisation’s role with the Met is to raise police awareness of the issues affecting London’s Muslim communities and to help shape policy.
According to the Telegraph, a video shows Mr Malik speaking at a protest in Luton against an Israeli offensive in Gaza in May 2021.
In comments quoted by the same publication, Mr Malik tells the crowd: “We go on BBC, ITV, do we see any of this? No we don’t. You watch Sky News, do we see this? No. Even on social media what we’re seeing is the posts are going up on Insta, LinkedIn, Facebook, they’re getting deleted.
“What’s going on is global censorship by the Zionists, global censorship to silence us.”
The speech reportedly ends with Mr Malik leading chants of “from the river to the sea”, inviting people at the rally to respond with “Palestine will be free”.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has previously branded the slogan antisemitic, claiming it is “widely understood” to call for the destruction of Israel. Pro-Palestinian protesters contest this definition.
Ade Adelekan, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said: “We talk to people from all backgrounds to ensure we understand the effect of policing on their communities.
“As part of this work, the Met supports and works with a number of advisory groups. It may be the case that members of these groups have views we do not endorse. Often they are strongly held. They may also be critical of the Met and policing.
“We do not take instructions from advisory groups or anyone else and we will always maintain our operational independence. “It is right that we listen to those we serve to build a better Met.”
Mr Malik has previously accused the Government of “crushing” civil liberties and attacking trade union rights.
Online profiles state he used to chair the Luton branch of Momentum, the Left-wing movement which propelled Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership.
In past criticisms of the police, Mr Malik has stated on social media “typical despicable behaviour by @metpoliceuk” in response to its handling of a vigil for Sarah Everard.
He dismissed concerns about a mounted police officer injured after the horse she was on bolted during a protest in June, 2020.
Express.co.uk has approached Mr Malik for comment via Liberty Law Solicitors where he is a director and criminal defence lawyer.
Mr Malik tweeted on Sunday (November 5) after news of his links to the Met emerged.
He shared a quote from human rights activist Malcolm X, which read: “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing”.