At approximately 20:20 yesterday, on the 240 bus travelling through Golders Green, a passenger allegedly stood up and yelled “Get out of the way you Jewish s***” at a car.
The bus driver had hooted at a car on busy Golders Green Road, at which the male passenger seated in the front row on the top deck, allegedly stood up, gestured at the car, pointed his finger and shouted the antisemitic comment. There were estimated to be about three other passengers on the top deck of the bus and a further eight or nine on the bottom, all within earshot.
A shocked Jewish passenger, seated a few rows behind, told Campaign Against Antisemitism that he confronted the man, saying: “Excuse me, you didn’t have to say Jewish.” The man simply responded: “But it’s happened to me before”. The Jewish passenger repeated “You didn’t have to say Jewish.” The man turned around and kept quiet. When the Jewish passenger was exiting the bus, however, the man allegedly mumbled to him in what appeared to be an Eastern European language, presumably as he did not want to be understood.
The route 240 bus which travels from Edgware to Golders Green via Mill Hill and Hendon is frequently used by the large Jewish community in the area, including young families, school children and the elderly.
The Jewish passenger has declined to report the matter to the police.