Two men have allegedly assaulted two Jewish customers at a bicycle shop in Bournemouth.
Two men, who were returning their bicycles after a rental session, unleashed a tirade, which continued for some time, telling them: “F*** all the Jews, Allah will kill you all” and “Free Palestine”.
The two Jewish customers, who were speaking to the owner of the shop about renting bicycles, reported that, based on the assailants’ body language and hand gestures, they believed that the assailants were going to attack them physically. Legally, an assault is an attack in which violence is feared, even if it does not materialise.
The victims took photographs of the two alleged suspects.
The alleged incident took place at 15:55 on 3rd August at outside Front Bike Hire at Bournemouth beach and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.
If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: 5521 0129 860.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “This is just the latest incident in a record-breaking surge of anti-Jewish racism in Britain in the wake of the war between Hamas and Israel. Jewish people should be as free to live and holiday in Bournemouth without racist harassment as anyone else. There are clear photographs of the suspects so we expect a swift investigation.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2020 showed that three in five British Jews believe that the authorities, in general, are not doing enough to address and punish antisemitism.