Photo Credit: Manchester Evening News
Bowker Vale tram station in Manchester, England, where a gang attacked four Jews.

Manchester, Britain police are searching for three men who verbally and physically assaulted four Jews, beating one of them unconscious at a tram [streetcar] station in North Manchester late Saturday night.

The Jewish men, ages 17, 18 and 20, were waiting for a tram when the attackers approached. The 17-year-old was beaten unconscious and is in the hospital after having suffered suspected bleeding to the brain,.

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Police called the incident a hate crime, and they closed the tram station Monday morning in order to look for forensic evidence that might lead to the capture of the gang of attackers.

Community Security Trust vice president Marie van der Zyl said:

We were horrified to hear of the horrific anti-Semitic attack on four young men on a tram in Manchester. This was a brutal, unprovoked and cowardly assault and we hope and expect that the culprits will feel the full force of the law. We send our thoughts and prayers to those injured and to their families.

Anti-Semitic incidents in Manchester rose by nearly 80 percent in 12 months, according to a report issued by the Trust earlier this year.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

27 COMMENTS

  1. This is not normal for English people to do this, I would suspect they are imagrants claiming to be English, Isrealies have lived in UK for many years without a problem, in fact I used to buy my stock for the markets from Jewish people in the East End of London, that was some years ago now. Praying for the piece of Jerusalem, Shalom.

  2. In another decade, no one will be able to recognize Europe anymore. The indigenous brand of European anti-Semitism will be merged with a Middle Eastern flavor of anti-Semitism to produce a new, toxic blend. A sad day for Israel and for Jews everywhere, but a sadder day for Western civilization.

  3. We don't know all of the facts. Did these three have yamakas on their heads or not? Did they provoke the gang, or were they just molested out of the blue? Did they fight back at all, and if so, what did they do to the gang members? Showing weakness to the enemy only encourages him to do more violence, on the other hand strength scares him away. Let's wait for all of the facts before we all jump to conclusions.

  4. The extreme provacation of the victims was no doubt too much to bear for the attackers. One can not go out in public wearing a kippa, a star of David, or looking Jewish and not expect a violent response. This will be a good lesson to those foolish boys.

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