A group of Jewish people, including children, gathered outside a synagogue on a major shopping street in Hendon have been subjected to antisemitic abuse. The incident took place at 14:50 today, when a car suddenly stopped outside the synagogue where a celebration had just taken place. The driver, descried as a white male in his mid-late twenties reportedly shouted “F*** Jewish, f*** Jewish, Heil Hitler” and performed Nazi salutes. Some reports say that a passenger in the car may have joined in.
Hendon is home to a large Jewish community, and Brent Street, where the incident took place, is a hub for the local community, as the home to many kosher shops and restaurants.
Once again, the most easily identifiable members of the Jewish community have been targeted for abuse on the streets of London. Saluting Adolf Hitler is sickening behaviour, chosen with the specific intent of wounding the victim in the most hurtful way possible. It must be met with the full force of the law. On Remembrance Sunday we commemorated the sacrifice made by so many brave man and women to protect our country from the Nazis, and the fact that the far-Right is regaining its foothold in this country betrays their memory.
Shomrim North West London, a volunteer-run Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, is seeking witnesses to the incident and can be contacted on 0300 999 1234. Alternatively, please call the police on 101, citing CAD reference 4948 14/11/2016.
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