An Orthodox Jewish man was threatened and harassed by four teenagers on the street in Canvey Island, a town in Essex.
The man was paying his cleaner outside her home before he was chased by the teenagers threatening to beat him up and steal his bicycle, and mocking him for being Jewish.
The cleaner called a friend from nearby who found that the teens had already chased the man some distance and forced them to clear off.
The heroic neighbour recounted that the teenagers “were getting up in his face, shouting at him…mocking him for being Jewish. He tried to get away by riding off but they followed him here…Anybody would have helped in my situation if they had seen it, it’s disgusting anyone would do such a thing. Nobody deserves to be picked on – no matter what religion they believe in. I made sure he was okay after, but he was definitely shaken up. Something needs to be done – these kids are getting away with too much.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism praises the neighbour for standing up to the thuggish antisemitism and echoes his demand for justice and deterrence.