British police have arrested an unnamed suspect after he allegedly shouted at two Chassidic teenagers in the northern London neighborhood of Stamford Hill Sunday night.
The man, age 23, allegedly approached the 14 and 17-year-olds and yelled, “F**king Jews. Kill the Jews!”
He also allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is Great” – and which is generally declared these days prior to launching an attack for “jihad” or “holy war.”
The teens called the Shomrim Jewish civil guard organization, whose members immediately contacted police.
The assailant was reportedly still in the area at the time, shouting anti-Semitic verbal abuse to other pedestrians and community members, Jewish News Online reported.
He was arrested early Monday morning by Hackney police officers on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses.
“Officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses. He remains in custody at an east London police station,” a Metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed.
A possible third Jewish victim may also have been present at the time, the news site reported.
“Antisemitism and all types of hate crime is unacceptable. I urge victims and witnesses to report such incidents immediately,” Chaim Hochhauser, Stamford Hill Shomrim supervisor told the Jewish Chronicle.
“Such incidents should never be accepted as the norm, no matter how regular these incidents sadly happen.”Hana Levi Julian