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London Tube driver back to work after leading ‘free Palestine’ chants

The employee faced suspension during the investigation of his behavior and had to issue an apology to faith groups.

The Baker Street Station of London's rapid-transit system, called the Underground or the Tube. Credit: TheOtherKev/Pixabay.
The Baker Street Station of London's rapid-transit system, called the Underground or the Tube. Credit: TheOtherKev/Pixabay.

A driver in London’s Underground rapid-transit system who led anti-Israel activist chants through the train’s speaker system has started back on the job after disciplinary action.

On Oct. 21, the unnamed driver said “free, free” to the passengers, prompting “Palestine” in response. He also yelled “no justice” with the passengers responding “no peace.” The driver called for louder responses and concluded his advocacy with “Hope you all have a blessed day today. Look after yourselves … and keep all those people in your prayers.”

Video from the unsanctioned protest featured the driver complaining that he had not been able to attend that day’s anti-Israel/pro-Hamas protest, which had included some 100,000 participants.

The employee faced suspension during the investigation of his behavior. He has since returned to work after issuing an apology to faith groups.

A spokesman for Transport for London said: “The driver has also written to faith groups that we have been engaging with since October to apologize for the announcements and for the impact they had on some customers traveling on the train and in the wider community.”

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