Jewish man accosted by thugs is 'one of many people being victimised'

‘I felt humiliated and abused’: Man accosted twice in an hour in London by anti-Semitic thugs says he is ‘one of the many people being victimised for being a Jew’

  • Jewish man accosted twice in the space of an hour in central London on Saturday by anti-Semitic thugs 
  • He has told the Jewish Chronicle how the anti-Semitic abuse left him feeling ‘humiliated and abused’ 
  • In incident on bus to Oxford Circus, he was harassed by a man who yelled: ‘I will slit your throat for Palestine’ 
  • Less than 20 minutes later at Oxford Circus Tube, thugs chanted: ‘I f***ing hate Jews… we’ve got a Jew here’

A Jewish man accosted twice in the space of an hour in central London on Saturday by thugs who chanted racist songs and threatened to ‘slit his throat for Palestine’ has revealed how the anti-Semitic abuse left him feeling ‘humiliated and abused’. 

Yochai, a researcher in his 20s who asked to have his surname kept private, was on his way home from a Chabad House Jewish community centre at the weekend when he was harassed on two separate occasions.

The first incident occurred on a 113 bus headed for Oxford Circus, where he was harassed by a man who allegedly threatened to hit him and kicked his suitcase before yelling:‘I will slit your throat for Palestine.’

Less than 20 minutes later, another individual on an escalator at Oxford Circus Tube station saw Yochai and proceeded to sing: ‘I f***ing hate the Jews… we’ve got a Jew here’. 

Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle, Yochai said the abuse left him feeling ‘humiliated and abused’ and ‘victimised just once again’, adding: ‘I feel worried for friends, family and the wider community.’ 

Asked about the first incident, he added:  ‘I felt scared and helpless. As much as I felt that I could handle the situation myself, I didn’t feel like I had a backup in case something goes wrong.’

He went on: ‘I just see myself as one of the many people being victimised (for being a Jew). There’s no doubt in my mind that this would just fly by if not for the attention it’s getting.’ 

Video footage capturing both incidents were posted to Twitter by Yochai’s brother and have been viewed more than 300,000 times. Both incidents are now being investigated by British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police. 

It comes after recent figures released by the Community Security Trust showed a ‘horrific surge’ in anti-Semitic attacks linked to the recent violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip, with 351 anti-Semitic incidents recorded between May 8 and 31. 

A Jewish man who was accosted twice in the space of an hour in central London on Saturday by thugs who chanted racist songs and threatened to ‘slit his throat for Palestine’ has revealed how the anti-Semitic abuse left him feeling ‘humiliated and abused’ 

In the tube video, a man who was standing on the left of the escalator near some England football fans was heard shouting ‘f***ing hate the Jews’ while he made a banging sound with his hand. Family members of the group of football fans contacted MailOnline and said the boys, who were wearing England flags, were not in any way associated with the man who was shouting antisemitic abuse

A Jewish charity has warned of a ‘horrific surge’ in ant-Semitic attacks in London after they reached their highest recorded level in May.  

The Community Security Trust said 201 incidents were reported in the capital two months ago, with most of them linked to the war in Israel and Gaza.

Twelve reports were linked to assaults and more than 160 to abusive behaviour. The total exceeds the previous record when 179 were recorded, in July 2014.

Other offences recorded by the trust included 20 threats and seven cases relating to damage and desecration, making it the largest number recorded in one month since it started recording the numbers in the 1980s.

There are about 300,000 Jewish people in the UK with two-thirds of those located in London, according to the CST.    

The CST’s Dave Rich said people ‘take out their feelings about the conflict with racist abuse on British Jews’.

‘This abuse has nothing to do with Israel, it’s just racism directed towards Jewish people who are picked out on the streets, on the internet, because they are Jewish,’ he said.

BTP said: ‘We’re aware of a video posted online of a group displaying antisemitic behaviour on a London Underground escalator. We take such incidents very seriously and are investigating. If anybody has any information, contact us on 0800 405040 or text 61016 quoting ref 90 of 4 July 2021.’ 

The Metropolitan Police said: ‘A man was reported to have made antisemitic comments and threats towards another passenger on a route 113 bus near Oxford Circus. Officers are aware of a video posted on social media following the incident and will be meeting the victim to gather further information about this incident. 

‘Enquiries are ongoing. There have been no arrests at this time.

In the Tube video, a man who was standing on the left of the escalator near some England football fans was heard shouting ‘f***ing hate the Jews’ while he made a banging sound with his hand.

Family members of the group of football fans contacted MailOnline and said the boys, who were wearing England flags, were not in any way associated with the man who was shouting antisemitic abuse. 

The group of seven boys – who are all aged between 17 and 18 – are all in fact Jews and were trying to stick up for the man who was being verbally abused, David Adler, the father of one of the boys, said.

When one of the boys told the man to ‘shut up’, the verbally abusive man said ‘we’ve got a Jew behind us’. 

But one of the group of England fans – who is Mr Adler’s son – retorted and said: ‘Actually, you’ve got nine Jews behind you’ in an attempt to stick up for the abused man.  

‘I’m pleased that my son chose to speak out and support the Jewish man on the underground,’ Mr Adler told MailOnline. ‘We’ve always told our kids to call wrong out and that’s what they were doing.’

‘A single bigoted racist has attacked a Jewish man, and a bunch of other football fans – who happen to ironically be Jewish – are trying to defend the guy.’ 

Mr Adler added: ‘The attacks on the Jewish man yesterday is horrific. I am genuinely nervous about my children when they go into town because of antisemitism.’ 

The abused man’s brother had said in his tweet: ‘My brother [who is visibly Jewish] was attacked on the 113 bus, heading in direction of Oxford Circus, London at 11:33PM and threatened to ‘slit his throat for Palestine’. Will anything be done about this rampant #Antisemitism. 

‘Bus location: 262 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1DW. Drivers info: S. W – 2067909. VMH 2443 | 103 – 113. 

‘License plate: LK18 AFZ, Edgware Garage. All information is there for @metpoliceuk address fact that identifiably jewish people face extreme racism on a daily occurrence.’

The group of seven boys – who are all aged between 17 and 18 – are all in fact Jews and were trying to stick up for the man who was being verbally abused, David Adler, the father of one of the boys, said 

The abused man’s brother had said in his tweet: ‘My brother [who is visibly Jewish] was attacked on the 113 bus, heading in direction of Oxford Circus, London at 11:33PM and threatened to ‘slit his throat for Palestine’. Will anything be done about this rampant #Antisemitism’ 

In a thread beneath the second video, he posted evidence of the earlier incident and said: ‘An hour prior, he had another antisemitic encounter on the @TfL tube.’ The man told MailOnline that the incident on the bus in fact happened first, at 11.30pm, with the abuse on the tube occurring at 12.30am

In a thread beneath the second video, he posted evidence of the earlier incident and said: ‘An hour prior, he had another antisemitic encounter on the @TfL tube.’ He said it was ‘depressing’ that a ‘visibly’ Jewish person cannot use public transport without hearing ‘I f***ing hate the Jews’. 

Speaking to MailOnline directly, he added: ‘Walking in the street or using public transport when visibly Jewish, such as by wearing a kippah, is likely to invite abuse. 

‘This happens all the time to friends and is rather normal but seems to have increased in recent times. The issue is historic police inaction means it’s often unreported.’  

The CST said the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents was fuelled by anti-Semitic reactions to the conflict in the Middle East and called it ‘utterly predictable and completely disgraceful’. 

The Campaign Against Antisemitism cited physical beatings and vandalism, chants and placards at rallies, social media abuse and threats to Jewish children at schools and universities as examples of the hostility faced by the community.  

‘None of these should be features of life in Britain in 2021, but they are for Jewish people,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Ultimately, the blame lies with the racist perpetrators of these cowardly incidents.’

They added: ‘It is vital that the police investigate incidents as they arise and bring offenders to justice.

‘In a year defined by solidarity against racism worldwide, it is extraordinary how little support there is out there for Britain’s Jews. Racism against Jews just doesn’t seem to count.’ 

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