The victim – a twenty-year-old woman who is 28-weeks pregnant – was rushed to hospital after being stalked, suffocated and viciously punched on Manor Road in Stamford Hill at 18:30 on 19th March.
The suspect, in his late fifties, was seen in footage stalking the victim before putting a pillowcase over her head to suffocate her while repeatedly and violently punching her.
The suspect is being held in custody on suspicious of grievous bodily harm (GBH).
Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “At a time of heightened concern over the safety of women on our streets, this violent assault on a visibly Jewish pregnant women is a particularly grotesque demonstration of antisemitic and misogynistic hate crime. We applaud the Stamford Hill Shomrim for reporting the incident and the police for their swift action, and expect that the perpetrator of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.”
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.