UK – London Jewish Family Targeted by Antisemitic Abuse, Told to ‘F*** Off Back to Isra-Hell’
THE ALGEMEINER – A Jewish family in east London was reportedly the target of a shocking antisemitic tirade in which they were told to “f*** off back to Isra-hell,” the UK’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, the 32-year-old father — who asked to remain anonymous — said he and his family were verbally attacked by a stranger during an outing to the London Docklands.
A video taken by the father shows the attacker shouting antisemitic slurs at the family, and telling them, “Don’t come round here, go to Stamford Hill,” a London neighborhood with a large Jewish community. “You’re not welcome.”
The father described the attacker as a “black male walking with two young children and a woman.” He said the “abuse” began as he, his wife and six children — who range in age from a nine-week old baby to a 10-year-old — were exiting the family car.
“He came up behind us and started shouting at us to ‘f*** off back to Isra-hell’ and ‘go back to Stamford Hill.’ He was saying over and over again that we ‘weren’t welcome,’” the father told the Evening Standard.
“He was using the same words over and over again. I took my phone out and filmed it so I could show the police,” he added.
The father said his children were scared and reduced to tears, adding that small children should “never [be] subjected” to such hatred. After the incident, the family decided to abort their outing and returned home.
“All of my children were crying, even last night they were too frightened to sleep and are saying they don’t want to go out again,” he said. “As a father it makes me very sad to see that, to see my family upset in that way, it is very upsetting to me.”
A spokesman from Scotland Yard told the Evening Standard that “detectives… are investigating an allegation of antisemitic abuse which was reported to police on Monday, August 22.”
“A 32-year-old man states he was subjected to anitsemitic abuse by another man. He also alleges a group of males sat on a bench nearby who witnessed the incident also joined in,” the spokesman said. “No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.”
According to a Community Security Trust (CST) antisemitism audit released earlier this month, antisemitic incidents in Britain saw an 11 percent rise between January and June 2016, compared to the same time period last year.
CST — a British charity that has been monitoring anti-Jewish behavior since 1984 — said the most common antisemitic hate crimes recorded involved verbal abuse directed at Jewish people in public settings.
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