London: Police Hunt For Man Who Spewed Hate on Bus

Man allowed to remain on board after telling Jews to 'get off the bus'; investigation launched only after news expose.

Tova Dvorin ,

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A police search has been launched Wednesday for a man who spewed anti-Semitic comments on a London bus full of Jewish schoolchildren, the Evening Standard reports - but only after the incident was published in a Jewish paper.

Rosa Doherty, 27, a journalist for the Jewish Chronicle, was traveling on the 102 bus last week in the predominately Jewish Golder's Green neighborhood when she witnessed the incident. 

A man boarded the bus and shouted “Get the Jews off the bus...I hate the Jews," to the shock of fellow passengers, before getting off. 

Doherty complained to the driver, but he allowed the man to reboard moments later. 

She also called the authorities at 999, but was told that the remarks were "not abuse - only anti-social behavior." 

Police only acted after Doherty wrote about her experience in the Chronicle, and she stated to the Standard that police have been "falling over" to apologize and act on the complaint. 

She remains "very disappointed" over how events played out, however, noting that  “it is for the police to do something in any situation when a member of the public is concerned. And the fact that there were kids on board, even more so.”

Steve Burton, Transport for London, also said that he would launch an investigation into the incident. 

“This appalling incident is the subject of an urgent investigation in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and we want to see this offender caught and dealt with," Burton said. "All of our customers rightly expect to use our services without fear of being abused and offensive behavior like this simply will not be tolerated.”

Hate crime in Britain has reached the second-highest recorded levels in recent memory, a recent survey revealed by the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors and combats anti-Semitism in the UK, after Operation Protective Edge in Gaza began on July 8. 

Thousands of people have participated in anti-Israel protests, and the demonstrations have been accompanied by anti-Semitic violence. Over the past several weeks, for example, pro-Palestinian rioters vandalized a Birmingham Tesco store out of rage over a refusal to boycott Israeli products; in a similar incident, hundreds of demonstrators rioted outside the Kedem store in Manchester, in a series of clashes which culminated in dozens of death threats being hurled at the store's owners.

Recent statistics prove that hate crimes against Jews have risen 383% worldwide since 2013, including a 436% hate crime hike in Europe.



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