In a shocking ruling, a British court has acquitted a man who gave a public, 25-minute-long anti-Semitic rant of all racially or religiously-aggravated charges.
Ali Abdullah had been charged over the incident during last summer at London's Speakers Corner, which began when he approached pro-Israel activist Joseph Cohen as he spoke with members of the public about Israel.
Cohen, who founded the Israel Advocacy Movement, described how a "furious" Abdullah emerged out of nowhere and began screaming at other Muslims who had been peacefully engaging with him "don't trust the Jews, they're evil!"
"Fearing for my safety I took out my camera to capture whatever events were about to unfold," he told Arutz Sheva.
What unfolded was a bizarre, vitriolic, hate-filled rant, into which Abdullah astonishingly managed to fit almost every possible anti-Jewish trope - from simultaneously denying and justifying the holocaust, to claiming Jews drink Christian children's blood and quoting the infamous anti-Semitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Among other insults, he branded Jews "Asian monkeys," "blood-suckers" ("both literally and metaphorically"), "whores," and asserted that they "genetically smell."
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Abdullah further declared that Hitler "was the best president Europe ever had," and that the holocaust - which both did and didn't happen - was intended to "educate" the Jews. He also said that ISIS "is the best."
An incredulous Cohen can be heard laughing at points, as the increasingly outlandish and at time incoherent rant went on; but he said that he did feel genuinely threatened - particularly when Abdullah, who claimed to be an Algerian, lunged at him, grabbing his phone and smashing it on the floor.
"Once he’d finished he raised his right hand and swung at me," Cohen recounted. "I thought he was trying to attack me, but instead he grabbed my phone and smashed it, and then fled the scene. A Jewish passerby who'd filmed this video came to my assistance and called the police."
The aggressor was nabbed by police shortly afterwards, when "in an act of momentous stupidity Mr. Abdullah returned to the scene of the crime, where he was promptly arrested and charged."
The charges included: Racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment; use of threatening/abusive/insulting words/behavior to cause harassment/alarm/distress; and criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.
Unbelievably, however, the court acquitted Abdullah of the most serious charges, ruling that there was no racial or religious aspects to the attack, and only convicted him for "criminal damage" for smashing Cohen's phone.
"It would seem that in the UK anti-Semitism like that expressed by Mr. Abdullah is entirely legal, even when it ends with a physical attack," Cohen lamented.
He also said that he was shocked that not a single passerby intervened at any point during the racist rant.
"One of the most shocking aspects of this verbal and physical attack was that there were over a dozen people watching the abuse, yet nobody came to my defense. Would they have been as silent if it were a black man being called a monkey?" he asked.
"I can’t help wondering whether for some people anti-Semitism isn't that concerning a prejudice.
"Zero tolerance of antisemitism? Hardly."