Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe

Police arrest suspect caught on camera beating Orthodox Jews in London

(JTA) — In two separate incidents in the past week, two Orthodox Jews were assaulted in London and a Jewish teenager was attacked in Milan, Italy.

On Wednesday, British police arrested a man who was caught on security camera footage assaulting two Orthodox men on the street in the heavily-Orthodox London neighborhood of Stamford Hill.

The man passes them by before circling back to deliver multiple punches and kicks, knocking down both men down to the ground. He also kicks aside a kippah that one of the victims lost during the beating.

The incident, which police said is being treated as a hate crime, prompted a rare statement by a senior police officer. Superintendent Simon Crick noted that it had occurred on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“On this most important day, this is an awful reminder that hate crime still exists,” Crick said.

Get the Forward delivered to your inbox. Sign up here to receive our essential morning briefing of American Jewish news and conversation, the afternoon’s top headlines and best reads, and a weekly letter from our editor-in-chief.

Italian media quoted the attackers as saying “You need to be quiet because you are Jewish,” and “you should die in the oven.”

The Associated Press quoted Liliana Segre, an Italian-Jewish senator and Holocaust survivor, about the incident.

“These are things that amaze me, but unfortunately I am used to it,” she said, adding: “History repeats itself.’’




Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.