NJA Slams Met Police Detective Micaela Rocha’s BDS Campaign Against Israel

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) expresses profound outrage at the recent actions of Met detective Micaela Rocha, who is actively campaigning for a boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Rocha’s efforts to pressure Peking University to sever ties with Israel over alleged “genocide” in Gaza are not only misleading but dangerously fuel antisemitic sentiments.

Gary Mond, Chairman of the NJA, commented, “Detective Rocha’s actions are a gross misrepresentation of the situation in Gaza and an affront to the truth. It is deeply disturbing that a serving police officer, even while on leave, would engage in such a politically charged and deceitful campaign. This not only undermines the credibility of the Met but also perpetuates harmful falsehoods about Israel.”

Rocha’s involvement in the BDS campaign is particularly ironic given her current location in Beijing, China—a country accused of committing genuine genocide against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang. The hypocrisy of targeting Israel while ignoring China’s systemic human rights abuses is glaring and deeply concerning.

The NJA is troubled by the implications of Rocha’s actions on public trust in law enforcement. The Metropolitan Police’s recent history of inadequate response to hate marches, juxtaposed with their ability to effectively manage other protests, raises serious questions about their consistency and commitment to combating antisemitism. The force demonstrated its capability last Saturday by arresting over 30 pro-Palestinian activists before the Pride march, showcasing that effective policing is possible when there is the will to act.

“The Met’s inconsistent approach to policing hate marches is unacceptable,” Mond continued. “While the antisemitic slogans and chants during these marches are blatant, the police often stand by passively. This two-tiered approach to law enforcement must end. The Met has proven that it can take decisive action, and now it must show that it will always act against hate speech and antisemitism.”

The NJA demands that the Metropolitan Police take immediate and decisive action against Rocha’s participation in the BDS campaign. Such involvement from a serving police officer not only discredits the force but also emboldens those who seek to spread hatred and misinformation.

“We call on the Met to hold Rocha accountable and to reaffirm its commitment to combating antisemitism in all its forms,” Mond added. “The Jewish community deserves to feel safe and protected, and it is imperative that the police uphold their duty to serve and protect all citizens impartially.”

The NJA remains steadfast in its mission to advocate for the Jewish community and to ensure that antisemitism is met with zero tolerance. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and urge all responsible parties to act swiftly and justly.

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