A website has been founded which calls for the arrest of Z-list commentator Katie Hopkins after she tweeted controversial comments about the Palestinian people this week.
In her tweets, she called for Israel to "restart the bombing campaign" on "filthy" Palestinian "rodents" in relation to knifing attacks which killed two Israelis in Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank respectively, unaware that Israel's "bombing campaign" occurred in the Gaza Strip, a separate territory altogether from where the attacks were carried out.
The website, www.arrestkatiehopkins.com, says that Hopkins was inciting hatred in her tweets to her Twitter followers and calls for the police to arrest her under Communications Act 2003 Section 127 which focuses on offensive messages posted on "public" communications networks.
The statements on the website say that she should be arrested for "racially motivated attacks which are both extremely offensive, obscene and menacing."
A statement on the website reads: "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.
"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."
In two days, the petition has garnered over 1,000 signatures. Hopkins, who writes a column for The Sun, was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.
A Metropolitan police spokesperson was unable to confirm whether an investigation was being conducted into Hopkins' tweets.