North London Bus Rider Gets 16 Weeks for 'Burn the Jews' Rant

A passenger on a London bus who shouted anti-Semitic epithets was given a 16-week prison sentence.

Ian Campbell, 42, of London pleaded guilty last month to a racially aggravated public order offense. He was sentenced in Magistrates Court in Hendon last week, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.

He also was sentenced to four weeks in prison for a separate theft offense, according to the newspaper.

Campbell said during the Sept. 16 incident that “I am going to burn the bus and the Jews,” scaring the children on the bus operated by the Arriva company, the Chronicle reported. The driver allowed the passenger to get off the bus and then reboard.

The bus was driving through the heavily Jewish-populated Golders Green neighborhood of London.

Judge Mark Jabbit said Campbell used “grossly and offensive threatening language,” and his crime was “in no doubt serious,” according to the Chronicle

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