A minor parking dispute escalated into an alleged antisemitic assault in Stamford Hill.
The victim, a shopkeeper, tried to drive into St Andrew’s Mews from Dunsmere Road, where he has private parking for his shop. He found the route blocked, however, as a grey car was parked in the driveway obstructing the gates, thereby blocking access.
The driver, reported to be a white male, was seen walking away from the parked car to visit the supermarket.
The victim therefore parked his own car in front of the other car in order to attend to his shop.
The other driver then returned and, finding his vehicle now blocked, entered the victim’s shop to demand that the victim move his vehicle immediately so that he could drive away.
The victim said that he kindly asked the driver: “Can you please wait two minutes until I finish serving a customer?”
The driver then allegedly pushed the victim and said: “Move your car right now, I will kill you, you F****** Jew, I will smash up your shop and your car.”
The victim was left in shock and traumatised by the incident, which took place on 28th February and was reported to the police by Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.
If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD4828 28/02/2020.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.
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