Police are investigating a video that shows a group of men spitting on a bus full of Jewish passengers celebrating Hanukkah in central London.
Footage inside the bus showed men shouting and making obscene hand gestures and giving a Nazi salute to passengers. A man can be seen hitting a shoe on the side of the vehicle.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident was being treated as a hate crime.
On Monday, the open-top bus was packed with people, including children, celebrating the first night of the Jewish festival Hanukkah, according to the Community Safety Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitic incidents and provides security assistance to British Jews. ,
CST said they were distributing food and dancing in the capital’s famous shopping destination, Oxford Street, but were “sadly interrupted by a highly hostile, threatening and abusive group of men.”
In the video, people on the bus can be heard saying “we are Jews” and “we need to leave”.
When the vehicle finally drives away, one of them can be seen running along with the bus and banging his hand against the windows.
Two people on the bus reported the attack to CST on Tuesday.
CST’s policy director Dave Rich told the PA news agency: “They were scared enough that the group that was threatening them was going to physically attack them, they were spitting on them.
“They were very scared and they certainly felt that it was because they were Jews that they were targeted, no doubt.”
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Oxford Street at around 8 p.m. on Monday, but met at another location after the bus passed, police said.
The Met said: “The group shown in the video could not be found at the time of the incident and no arrests have been made.
“The incident is being treated as a hate crime and officials will assess available evidence to identify any potential investigations.”
Mr Rich said the religious organizations on board the bus were from Chabad, which arranges for the eight-armed candelabra to be installed around London to mark Hanukkah.
“They had an open-top bus and used to go from north London to Oxford Street, but after that happened, they went home again,” he said, with police to support CST victims. doing work.
Hanukkah – known as the Festival of Lights – is an eight-day celebration that includes food, prayer and the lighting of the menorah.
This year it will run from November 28 to December 6.
Mr Rich said there had been an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the UK.
“In the first six months of this year, CST has had the most anti-Semitic incidents ever in the first six months of any year,” he said.
In a statement, CST said: “London is a city where the Jewish people should be able to celebrate our festivals and enjoy an open, confident Jewish life.
“This despicable incident is against everything in this city and everyone should condemn it.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Anti-socialism has no place in society and I strongly condemn these heinous acts. No one should experience this.”
Councilor Rachel Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, tweeted: “What appears to be an anti-Semitic attack against Jewish teenagers in Oxford Street is a very disturbing scene.
“We absolutely condemn this scene and I will raise it with @metpolice UK. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish community.”
Police urged anyone who identifies the men in the video, or who has any other information, to call police on reference 6187/29NOV 101.
Crime stoppers can also be reported on 0800 555 111.
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