A website calling for Katie Hopkins to be arrested has been set up following an inflammatory statement she allegedly made about Palestinian people on Twitter earlier this week.
The site – www.arrestkatiehopkins.co.uk – claims that The Sun columnist incited racial hatred when she tweeted the following to her 247,000 followers, and urges that the police investigate her comments under the Communications Act 2003 Section 127, which covers offensive and threatening messages sent over a “public” electronic communications network.
Palestinians busy knifing Israelis. 2 state solution my arse. Filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel. Time to restart the bombing campaignKatie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) November 10, 2014
Arab terrorists fired rockets from schools and hospitals. They brought down Israeli fire on to their own people. See behind the pictures.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) November 10, 2014
Allah doesn't guide me. He is not a dog and I am not blind. I see that all religion is evil https://t.co/uvDizM4sYhKatie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) November 10, 2014
Hopkins appeared to be referring to a recent news story involving the alleged stabbing of an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv.
The report followed a summer of intense fighting between Israeli and Palestinians in Gaza, during which the Israeli Defence Forces launched an intense air and ground offensive. It led to the deaths of around 2,100 Palestinians – many casualties of which were civilian – to 66 Israeli soldiers.
“While Katie Hopkins simply started off as generally unpopular and offensive and may have received at least some protection from The Director of Public Prosecutions’ ‘interim guidelines’ (December 2012) for social media prosecutions include the use of Section 127 which attempt to limit the usage of Section 127, to cases which go beyond those which are ‘offensive, shocking or disturbing; or satirical, iconoclastic or rude; or the expression of unpopular; or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humour, even if distasteful to some or painful to those subjected to it’, it is now clear that she has escalated to the point where her online activity has moved from the realm of being simply unpopular onto being downright offensive, hurtful and indeed racist,” the mission statement on the website reads.
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
1/16 Katie Hopkins on 'plus size'
'To call yourself 'plus-size' is just a euphemism for being fat. Life is much easier when you're thinner. Big is not beautiful, of course a job comes down to how you look.'
2/16 Katie Hopkins on naming children
‘I think you can tell a great deal from a name. For me, there are certain names that I hear and I think ‘Urgh’. For me, a name is a shortcut of finding out what class that child comes from and makes me ask, ‘Do I want my children to play with them?’ There’s a whole set of things that go with children like that and that’s why I don’t like those sorts of children. ‘Hi, this is my daughter Charmaine’. I hear: ‘Hi, I am thick and ignorant.’’
3/16 Katie Hopkins on gender equality
'Women don't want equal treatment, they couldn't handle it if they got it. It's a tough world out there. What a lot of women are actually looking for is special treatment. What women need to realise is that they have to toughen up.'
4/16 Katie Hopkins on immigration
'I've always said if you go into a school playground and shout Mohammad, you'll probably get 100 children running towards you!"
5/16 Katie Hopkins to Benefits Street's White Dee
'Do you not feel like the patron saint of druggies and dropouts?'
6/16 Katie Hopkins on tattoos
'Are tattoos just a badge for the stupid? For me, and for lots of people like me, when you see tatoos you think of someone who is just looking for attention, who hasn't managed to find a way in their life through conventional means and who is just shouting 'I want attention! I want to be looked at!'
7/16 Katie Hopkins on addiction
‘I don’t believe what Russell Brand says about addiction. I just don’t buy it. Gazza likes drinking, let him crack on. He is enjoying himself.’
8/16 Katie Hopkins on The X Factor
'The X Factor 2013 has ended in a painful showdown between a fat mum in a jumpsuit (Sam Bailey) and a small boy in whatever his mum laid out for him on his bed (Nicholas McDonald)'
9/16 Katie Hopkins on the Egyptian uprising
'The difference between most mothers and me is that I didn’t sit around drinking coffee at baby group for 12 months after the birth of my baby. No, in three weeks I was back in my suit, back at my desk earning profit for my business and I don’t see why other women shouldn’t do the same.'
10/16 Katie Hopkins on maternity leave
'Egyptian uprising continues to look like Bonfire Night. Protest fireworks. Right up there with angry cup cakes.'
11/16 Katie Hopkins on 'gingerism'
'Ginger babies. Like a baby. Just so much harder to love. A ginger person with tattoos called Jayden? The triumvirate of horror!'
12/16 Katie Hopkins on affairs
'I lied to get someone else's husband because I wanted him. I give myself 8 out of 10 for ruthlessness for that one.'
13/16 Katie Hopkins on the elderly
‘Personally I hate mobility scooters. I find their owners intolerable. Ran past a mobility scooter going up hill. Made me giggle. I need to grow up and stop being an arse.’
14/16 Katie Hopkins after the Glasgow helicopter crash
'Life expectancy in Scotland is 59.5. Goodness me. That lot will do anything to avoid working until retirement.'
15/16 Katie Hopkins on Ramadan
'Channel 4 broadcasts Islamic calls to prayer for Ramadan. A 30 day reminder that minority rules in the UK. Any more PC, it'd be a bloody laptop.'
16/16 Katie Hopkins on self-harming
'I am advised by the Twitterati to 'cut myself'. I grazed myself on my house gate yesterday. Will that suffice?'
“We believe that the DPP interim guidelines no longer apply. The police and indeed the PPS have been reluctant to take action and so now we are taking it out of their hands. We have setup an online notification of arrest for Katie Hopkins.”
It then calls for users to go to the ‘Arrest Her’ tab in the navigation bar and sign a petition letter written to the Home Secretary, the Director of Public Prosecutions and STH Management.
The website has received almost 100 signatures since it launched yesterday.
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan police was unable to confirm whether a criminal investigation into Hopkins' tweets was currently underway.
Hopkins is yet to respond to request for comment on the allegations.
It isn’t the first time such a petition has been set up against Hopkins. A number of similar letters appeared on Change.org calling for the former Apprentice contestant to be banned from appearing on television and sacked from her role as The Sun columnist in November 2013.
The petitions attracted thousands of independent signatures following a tweet she posted about the life expectancy in Scotland being 59.5.
“Goodness me,” she had written. “That lot will do anything to get out of retirement.”Reuse content