A train driver on London’s tube was suspended on Monday after allegedly leading passengers in a chant of “free, free Palestine,” according to transport officials.
The driver has been temporarily removed off duty pending further inquiry, according to Transport for London (TfL), which operates the metro network.
The event occurred on Saturday, during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the British capital attended by over 100,000 people.
The driver appears to be saying “free, free” over the train’s tannoy system in video footage that has surfaced on social media.
Passengers in a packed carriage then respond by shouting “Palestine”.
The chant is popular at demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians.
“We have been urgently and thoroughly investigating the footage appearing to show a Tube driver misusing the PA system and leading chants on a Central line train on Saturday,” Glynn Barton, TfL’s chief operating officer, said.
“A driver has now been identified and suspended whilst we continue to fully investigate the incident in line with our policies and procedures.”
Britain’s security minister, Tom Tugendhat, remarked on X (previously Twitter) that the film would be “intimidating” to many people.
The Israeli embassy in London claimed it was “deeply troubling” to see “such intolerance” on London’s subway.
Since the shock Hamas strikes on Israel on October 7, which killed 1,400 people, Israeli air and ground bombardments of Gaza have killed more than 5,000 people, according to Hamas authorities.