A man shouted “Jesus killer” at a Jewish driver parking his car in Golders Green.
The victim, who wears a kippah, was parking his car near Sainsbury’s in Golders Green. He unknowingly parked with his wheels slightly crossing into the disabled parking bay and began crossing the road. As he was crossing, he heard a man shouting, “Look where he’s parked” and “Book him” to a nearby traffic warden. The victim turned to walk back towards his car, realising his error, and said, “I’ll move it.”
The man, however, continued shouting at him. The victim asked: “What’s it got to do with you?”. At that point, the man shouted “Jesus killer” at him and continued ranting and swearing, even after the victim threatened to call the police.
The victim moved his car to another spot over the road and continued with his shopping. Although not intimidated himself, the victim later reported the incident, which took place at 11:30 on 17th October, to Shomrim North West London, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.
The assailant was described as white and in his twenties or early thirties and about 185cm in height. He reportedly looked homeless and was later seen begging.
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A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Traffic disputes are unpleasant at the best of times, but there is no place for racist insults like ‘Jesus killer’. For all the appropriate emphasis on contemporary manifestations of antisemitism, age-old tropes like Jewish deicide also still retain currency. It is regrettable that the traffic warden took no action during the incident.”
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 more than four times likelier to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.