A RABBI was left bleeding and dazed on the pavement after an anti-Semitic assault by two men who shouted ‘kill the Jews’.
The religious leader, who was visiting the UK for a family wedding, was thrown to the ground by two men in Stamford Hill, north London, at about 9.45pm on Friday.
Neighbourhood watch group Shomrim said he had left the New Bobov Synagogue in Egerton Road and was walking along Clapton Common (pictured above) when he was approached by the men, who shouted ‘f*** Jews’, ‘dirty Jew’ and ‘kill the Jews’.
They repeatedly punched him, threw him to the ground and carried on beating him, stopping only when a member of the public intervened.
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’. He has since flown back to Israel and is said to be traumatised by what happened.
Shomrim said: ‘The Jewish community in Stamford Hill is shocked by this assault. Over the last two weeks it has reported many hate crimes [to us] and we have seen a significant rise in their number over the last year.’ The attackers were described as young, slim black men who were wearing hooded tops.
Jeremy Corbyn and MP Diane Abbott condemned the attack on Twitter. Ms Abbott said: ‘This is horrific. It has shaken our Hackney community to its core. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Stamford Hill and across the UK.’ A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Officers are attempting to contact the victim for a full account.’
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