Orthodox Jewish boys were subjected to anti-Semitic abuse by a man who shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "Kill the Jews" at them as they walked through London's largest Jewish community. The three boys were walking along Manor Road in Stamford Hill in Stoke Newington – an area thought to contain Europe's largest population of predominantly Hasidic Jews – in the early hours of Monday (11 April) when the incident occurred.
A male is alleged to have shouted anti-Semitic abuse including "f****** Jews" during a tirade aimed at the young victims, who contacted the voluntary Jewish neighbourhood watch Shomrim. The group reported the abuse to police who arrested the suspect who had remained in the area being "abusive and threatening".
Chaim Hochhauser, supervisor at Stamford Hill Shomrim, said "Anti-Semitism, and all types of hate crime, is unacceptable, I urge victims and witnesses to report such incidents immediately. Such incidents should never be accepted as the norm, no matter how regularly these incidents sadly happen."
The incident came days after a Jewish family, including an infant, were subjected to racist death threats and had eggs thrown at their car in a sickening attack in the early hours of Friday morning (8 April). The male suspects shouted "F***ing Jews" and "Kill the Jews" at the family as they drove through Blackwall Tunnel.
In January this year it was reported that Hackney, the London borough which contains Stamford Hill, was the worst in London for anti-Semitism, with almost a quarter (122 of a reported 483) of all anti-Semitic incidents occurring there. Stamford Hill, whose Hasidic population abide by a dress code making them easily identifiable, was a particular focus for hate crimes.