News Brief 8/14/2007, Av 30, 5767
Jewish Judge in Britain Steps Down from Hate Trial
A Jewish judge in Britain stepped down from a trial against a man of Arab origin after the defendant accepted the judge's offer not to rule on the case. The defendant, Waeil Hammed, 37, was charged with racial abuse and aggravated assault, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.
Judge David Altaras told the defendant and his lawyers that his parents were of Jewish origin and asked if there was any objection to his presiding at the trial. Hammed asked the judge to step down. The jury convicted Hammed, who was charged with saying out loud at a coffee shop, "F— g Jews. Get out of my country. We should kill all of them. These f—ing Israelis, they should all be killed."
A Jewish customer asked him to lower his voice, and Hammed cursed and pushed him. The victim punched Hammed twice in return.