NJA Outraged by Anti-Semitic Assault on Hasmonean Students at Belsize Park Tube Station

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) expresses its profound outrage and deep concern following the vicious anti-Semitic assault on a group of Year 7 students from Hasmonean School at Belsize Park tube station in north London. The incident, which occurred on Monday afternoon, saw eight Jewish boys subjected to verbal abuse and physical violence by a group of students from an as yet unnamed school.

According to reports, the assailants taunted the Jewish boys with anti-Semitic slurs as they walked to the station. The abuse escalated to violence, with one boy being kicked to the ground, another nearly pushed onto the tracks, and yet another having his kippah thrown onto the tracks. One of the victims was elbowed in the cheek, causing him to hit his head against a wall and dislodging a tooth, all while being shouted at to “Get out of the city, Jew!”

Gary Mond, Chairman of the NJA, stated, “This heinous attack on innocent children is a stark reminder of the vile antisemitism that continues to plague our society. The fact that these young boys were targeted and assaulted purely because of their Jewish identity is abhorrent and unacceptable. Such acts of hatred must be met with the full force of the law to ensure that our communities can live in safety and security.”

The NJA commends the swift response of the British Transport Police, who have opened a hate crime investigation and are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident. We also acknowledge the support provided by the Community Security Trust (CST) and other members of the public who intervened during the assault.

Mond continued, “While we appreciate the efforts of the authorities in addressing this incident, it is imperative that all measures are taken to bring the perpetrators to justice and to prevent such attacks from happening again. Antisemitism has no place in our society, and we must all stand together to condemn and combat this hatred.”

The NJA urges anyone with information about the attack to come forward and assist the police in their investigation. The safety and well-being of our children and community members depend on a collective effort to eradicate antisemitism from our streets.

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