Police launch antisemitism investigations after Jewish man targeted twice in same night in central London

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Police have launched two antisemitism investigations after a Jewish man suffered anti-Semitic abuse twice in an hour in central London.

Footage circulating online shows an unnamed man on a bus to Oxford Street at around 11.40pm on Saturday night being approached by another passenger.

The Metropolitan Police said he was then subject to a "torrent of abuse", with footage also showing the man's life being threatened.

The force said: "A man was reported to have made anti-Semitic comments and threats towards another passenger on a route 113 bus near Oxford Circus.

"Officers are aware of a video posted on social media following the incident and will be meeting the victim to gather further information about this incident.

"Enquiries are ongoing. There has been no arrests at this time."

In a separate video an hour later, the man is chanted at by a group of young men or boys going down a tube escalator.

One man can be heard saying "F****** hate you Jew", while another says "We've got a Jew behind us" before another remarks "there's about nine Jews" and the words "F****** hate you Jew" are heard again.

Some of those chanting were wearing England strips, while others had the St George's flag draped over them.

In a statement, British Transport Police said: "We're aware of a video posted online of a group displaying anti-Semitic behaviour on a London Underground escalator. We take such incidents extremely seriously and are investigating.

"We believe everyone has the right to travel on the rail and underground without fear or intimidation.

"If anybody has any information contact us on 0800 405040 or text 61016 quoting ref 90 of 4 July 2021."

Again, no arrests have been made.

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