Shoah survivor, 80, and son reportedly ‘punched in the head’ on London bus

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Shoah survivor, 80, and son reportedly ‘punched in the head’ on London bus

Assailant alleged to have shouted: 'I hate you Jews. It’s not your place. You took our money', in what is being described by Jewish groups as an 'unprovoked attack'

Image shared by Shomrrim of police speaking to a suspect following the incident
Image shared by Shomrrim of police speaking to a suspect following the incident

An 80-year-old Holocaust survivor and her rabbi son were allegedly beaten up in an attack on a bus in north London on Tuesday, according to reports from Jewish neighbourhood watch volunteers.

The incident in Stoke Newington was reported in a tweet from the Shomrim community protection team, alleging the female perpetrator to have said: “I hate you Jews. It’s not your place. You took our money.”

The mother and son were reportedly “punched in the head”, according to the Shomrim report, with the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) describing it as “an unprovoked attack”.

In a statement, the CAA – which pursues civil action against alleged anti-Semites – said the perpetrator “threw the rabbi’s hat to the floor during the assault”. It added that the Holocaust survivor had been left “traumatised”.

The incident occurred around 14.45 on Tuesday on a 76 bus travelling from Stoke Newington to Stamford Hill, according to the CAA.

“Passengers pleaded with the bus driver to stop, as the incident took place as they were driving by a police station, but he allegedly refused,” said the CAA.

“This is yet another unprovoked act of violence against members of the Jewish community going about their day,” said a spokesman.

“Transport for London must explain why the bus driver took no action, allowing the abuse to go on despite the violence and the protests of other passengers, and the assailant must quickly be identified and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Both the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London have been approached for comment.


If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD4563 9/2/21.

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