Man Arrested Over Anti-Semitic Abuse on London Underground

LONDON -
The logo of the London Underground (subway) outside Westminster station.

British police have arrested a man after anti-Semitic abuse was directed toward Jewish children on the London Underground on Friday.

The suspect, whose name and age has not been released by police, was held in Birmingham on Saturday night on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offense and remains in custody.

His arrest came after a man was filmed reading anti-Jewish passages to two young Jewish boys while they were traveling with their family.

British Transport Police said it had arrested a man in Birmingham on suspicion of a racially aggravated offense.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated section 5 public order offence,” the police statement read. “The offence itself happened on a Northern Line train at around 12 p.m. on Friday 22 November.

“A video widely circulated on social media showed passengers being harassed and being targeted with anti-Semitic abuse.”

The man is seen in the video threatening a man off-camera after he tries to intervene before Asma Shuweikh, a Muslim woman, confronted him. The mother of two from London told the PA news agency that she “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”

“I would have loved more people to come up and say something, because if everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did,” she said, adding that when she saw what was happening she knew she “had to confront him.”

“Being a mother of two, I know what it’s like to be in that situation and I would want someone to help if I was in that situation.”

Fellow commuter Chris Atkins took the video on the underground.

“The Muslim woman […] really, really took him to task, very firmly and persistently,” Atkins said.

Atkins said that the family had given him permission to share the video.

“In this day and age we are told how intolerant everyone is and all religions hate each other and there you had a Muslim woman sticking up for some Jewish children,” he said.