Police are investigating after a Jewish man faced two separate antisemitic incidents on London transport within one hour. Campaign Against Antisemitism is in contact with the police and Transport for London.
A Twitter user uploaded audio and video footage of his brother facing the vile abuse aboard a London bus. The incident occurred on the 113 bus heading towards Oxford Circus this past Saturday at 23:33. An aggressive passenger can be heard threatening the Jewish man and telling him: “I’ve got a shank, I will slit your throat for Palestine.”
He can also be heard saying: “I’ll beat the s**t out of you, man.”
The passenger was then ordered off the bus, where he proceeded to swear at the Jewish man and bang on the doors of the bus.
An hour prior to this incident, the Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic chanting whilst travelling down the escalators at Oxford Circus station. A man is heard shouting: “I f***ing hate the Jews.”
In a statement, British Transport Police said: “We’re aware of a video posted online of…antisemitic behaviour on a London Underground escalator. We take such incidents very seriously and are investigating. If anybody has any information contact us on 0800 405040 or text 61016 quoting ref 90 of 4 July 2021.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism replied to the Twitter user, saying: “Thank you for exposing this appalling abuse. We will be following up privately, but for those reading the thread we wanted to note that police investigations have now been opened and we are in touch with police and Transport for London. #ZeroTolerance”
Earlier this year, we reported on a man who subjected a Jewish couple – including a disabled man – to ten minutes of verbal abuse on a London bus.
Campaign Against Antisemitism recently met with Transport for London as part of work to improve the response to antisemitic incidents on public transport.
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.