A Jewish student who videoed a couple after one of them told her “We should have gassed the lot of you” has posted on Facebook that she believes the perpetrator has been identified.
In the course of an altercation about seating at The Hedley Verity pub in Leeds, Danielle Greyman was told that she looks like a Jew and “We should have f***ing gassed the lot of you” by a man with a local accent who claimed to be “a German”, apparently to drive home his antisemitic abuse.
Ms Greyman said that she began to record a video of the man and his companion after he asked whether she was Jewish in the midst of their argument.
As the man turned his attention to Ms Greyman’s Judaism, he made the hateful antisemitic remark. Mr Greyman retorted: “If you want to gas my people, I will take you to court. I’m not joking — I will ruin your whole f***ing life.”
Wetherspoons staff asked the couple to leave and banned them from returning.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at around [17:45 on Thursday] to a report of a hate incident which is believed to have happened a short time prior. The victim reported being verbally abused by three suspects outside a bar on Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, before the suspects made off. Enquiries remain ongoing and officers are making attempts to speak to the victim. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log 1439 of 06/08. Any incidents motivated by hostility and hate are unacceptable and are taken very seriously by West Yorkshire Police.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism has attempted to contact the victim to offer assistance in ensuring that the perpetrators face the full force of the law.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Clearly this man felt completely comfortable telling a Jewish student that he felt the Holocaust was unfinished business in broad daylight in a busy pub. He must face the full force of the law. We are encouraged that West Yorkshire Police is taking this seriously and that the perpetrator has reportedly been identified, and we stand ready to assist the victim should she decide to contact us.”