Mother and two children subject to anti-Semitic abuse followed by ‘Nazi salute’

Image of man raising his arm as he walks past woman and two children on the street
Image of man raising his arm as he walks past woman and two children on the street

A mother and two small children had anti-Semitic abuse shouted at them followed by a “Nazi salue”, with police now launching an investigation.

The incident in Stamford Hill is the latest in a string of recent attacks against people from Jewish communities that include the north London neighbourhood.

Caught on CCTV, the woman pushing a pram with one child in it and another riding on the back can be seen swerving out of the way of three men walking in the opposite direction.

As she passes, the lead male allegedly shouted, “We don’t want Jews here, heil Hitler,” and then raised his right arm in what appeared to be a Nazi salute.

Footage of the incident was published online by the local branch of Shomrim, a volunteer scheme similar to Neighbourhood Watch designed to help people in the Jewish community.

It follows a physical assault against two Jewish men in the neighbouring borough of Haringey on Holocaust Memorial Day last month, for which a teenager has since been charged with a hate crime.

‘Absolute scum’

Last summer, Shomrim warned of a possible serial attacker in Stamford Hill, a popular area for orthodox Jews, after a series of unprovoked anti-Semitic assaults.

The perpetrator of the latest incident, which took place on Monday, has not yet been identified.

He was wearing camouflage combat trousers, beige boots, a dark cap and appeared to be smoking.

After the footage was posted on Twitter, one user responded: “What has happened to Hackney & Haringey?”

Another said: “Absolute scum. Nobody deserves that, especially the little ones.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police received a report of an anti-Semitic hate crime that took place in Stamford Hill, N16 at approximately 16:45hrs on Monday, 7 February where a woman and her children were verbally abused by a man.”

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible, including analysis of CCTV footage. There have been no arrests.”

It comes in the week that the Community Security Trust, another charity that provides security and advice to the Jewish community, said the number of anti-Semitic hate incidents have reached a record high.

They also warned of a rise in so-called “zoombomings” where video conferences held by Jewish people were hijacked with anti-Semitic material.

The charity recorded 35 such incidents in 2020 and 2021.

This comes amid a 34 per cent rise in overall anti-Jewish incidents, with 2,255 recorded in 2021.