Police are investigating a shocking antisemitic tirade in which a man reportedly shouted at a Jewish passenger on the London Underground: “I am the next Hitler and I am going to kill you.” According to a report in the JC, police are treating the incident as a hate crime. The Jewish passenger, who wears a Jewish skullcap, or kippah, is a solicitor who works in the City of London, and he was travelling home to Golders Green on the Northern Line on Wednesday, when the incident occurred.
The passenger, who did not wish to be named, explained to the JC that he feared for his life when the man shouted at him: “I am the next Hitler and I am going to kill you,” gesturing with his hand to simulate a gun, and making a “bang” sound to indicate a bullet being fired.
He told the JC that the man had got on the train at Old Street station and sat down opposite him. The man said: “The moment he sat down, he stretched his legs out to me and started nudging me. He then removed his legs and starting swearing at me extremely loudly. After about a minute of non-stop abuse he got up and went towards the doors and came back to show me a picture on his phone which said something about ‘Jews killing babies.’…It was clear to me and everybody in the carriage that he was targeting me because I am a Jew. I was extremely shocked at being spoken to like that and when he approached me with his phone I was extremely scared and expecting him to punch me at any moment.”
The suspect alighted at Angel station, the next stop, at which point the Jewish passenger left the carriage at the front of the train where he had been sitting and went to the driver’s cabin to report the incident. He said: “The driver told me that she heard the shouting and had alerted the police, who were waiting at the platform when we got to Euston, two stops further along the line. The police took a statement from me and another passenger on the train.”
A spokesperson for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “Officers are investigating after a 31-year-old man was verbally abused by a fellow passenger. The incident happened on board a Northern Line Tube service from Old Street to Euston on Wednesday, 16th August. Anyone who was travelling on board the service and witnessed the incident is asked to call BTP on 0800 40 50 40.”