Two teens charged over antisemitic attack on senior rabbi

The pair will appear in court on January 7

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Two teenagers have been charged following an antisemitic attack on a senior rabbi.

Two attackers shouted "F*** Jews", "Dirty Jew" and "Kill the Jews" as the 54-year-old victim walked through Amhurst Park in Clapton, north London, at around 9.45pm on November 29.

The pair repeatedly punched the senior religious leader, threw him to the ground and carried on beating him, only stopping when a member of the public intervened.

The Metropolitan Police released CCTV of the two suspects, and two boys, aged 14 and 15, handed themselves in on December 3 after a relative recognised them from the police images.

They are currently being held in custody.

The victim, who has not been named, had travelled to the UK from Israel to attend a wedding and has since returned home.

Jewish neighbourhood patrol group Shomrim said the rabbi had left the Bobov Synagogue in Egerton Road and was walking along Clapton Common when he was assaulted.

Shomrim said the rabbi, who sits in a Judaic court as a judge, was left "collapsed on the pavement, bleeding and dazed, where he lay for several minutes".

Fellow rabbi Herschel Gluck said the victim was left "bruised and traumatised" by his ordeal.

The two boys are due to appear at Stratford Youth Court on January 7, 2020.

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