Jewish Man Verbally Harassed Twice on London Public Transport in Same Hour
A Jewish man received a “torrent” of antisemitic abuse twice in just one hour aboard public transport in London, England, on Saturday night, according to the city’s Metropolitan Police.
In footage shared on Twitter by the victim’s brother, a man can be seen threatening to “slit [the] throat” of a Jewish commuter “for Palestine” during one incident, which took place on a bus.
The aggressor also called the commuter a “f***ing scumbag,” told the driver “You are Jewish too” when asked to leave, and shouted “Free Palestine” multiple times from outside the vehicle.
“There was no prior communication before he lashed out,” the victim’s brother told the Press Association news agency, suggesting the commuter was targeted purely for looking Jewish.
“It was not just a mere verbal assault — he was very close to being physically attacked by this vicious assailant,” he added.
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 @tfl @CST_UK @antisemitism pic.twitter.com/iCKV62rA8b
— Shlomie Liberow (@Shlibness) July 4, 2021
In the other incident, which occurred on a subway escalator, the same commuter was repeatedly shouted at by a different man saying “I f***ing hate the Jews.”
While some initially thought a nearby group of young soccer fans were joining into the abuse, it was later established they were in fact also Jewish and trying to defend the victim.
“The fact that antisemites are willing to do this when knowing there is CCTV means we’ve reached the level where they’re not concerned about repercussions,” concluded the victim’s brother.
These incidents came amid a major surge in antisemitic hate crimes in the UK, fueled by the recent Israel-Gaza flareup.
The UK-based Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors hate crimes against Jews, received a record-breaking 201 reports in May for London alone.
Of these reports, seven involved damage and desecration, 12 involved assaults, 20 involved threats of violence, and over 160 involved abusive behavior.
Nearly all of May’s recorded cases were linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.