Police investigate ‘anti-semitic attack’ on Jewish teens on bus

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Olis has launched an investigation after shocking footage of a bus carrying Jewish teenagers celebrating Hanukkah appeared to be abusing them.

Video of the incident, which took place on Oxford Street in central London on Monday night, and has surfaced on social media, showed a group of men shouting, spitting, abusing and banging bus windows Is.

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Some of those involved are seen taking off their shoes – a man bangs one against the window – while others swear by those inside the bus, near the March Arch end of the busy street.

The victims were marking the first day of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday, when the abuse began.

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Two victims on the bus reported this to the Community Safety Trust (CST), an organization providing security to the Jewish community.

Police confirmed they were treating the incident as a hate crime and appealed to anyone contacted.

Officers were called at that time, and met on the bus at Grosvenor Place to check on the welfare of those inside.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “There were Jews on board the bus and the abuse was allegedly anti-Semitic in nature.”

He said: “The group shown in the video could not trace 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.”

A CST spokesperson condemned such abuse and urged any person to contact the police.

A spokesman told the Standard, “London is a city where the Jewish people should be able to celebrate our festivals and enjoy an open, confident Jewish life.”

“This disgusting incident is against everything in this city and should be condemned by all.

“We will work closely with the police to support the victims of this attack and ensure that those responsible are identified and brought to justice.”

The scenes in the Jewish community were condemned on Wednesday, with the chairman of the Board of Deputies, a representative body, saying it was “horrifying”.

The chairman of the board, Marie van der Zyl, said: “We note that in addition to attempts to spit on them, at least one of the perpetrators is displaying a Nazi salute.

We hope that the police will swiftly identify and arrest those involved in this heinous incident.

Clerk Rachel Robathan, the leader of Westminster City Council, also condemned the incident. She wrote in a tweet: “Deeply disturbing scene in the form of an anti-Semitic attack against Jewish teens in Oxford Street.

“We absolutely condemn this scene and I will raise it with @metpolice UK. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish community.”

Anyone who identifies the men depicted in the video, or who has other information that may assist officers, may call the police with reference to 6187/29NOV.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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