UK Mother Decries Apathy of Passengers to Son’s Falling Prey to Antisemitic Abuse on London Underground
The concerned mother of a 23-year-old and his girlfriend who were abused by a man shouting antisemitic epithets on the London Tube has called on fellow Britons to stand up for the victims of antisemitism.
“Please, if you hear someone being yelled at for being Jewish, don’t believe this is not in your name. Otherwise, who knows? Next time it might be you getting the ‘nothing to worry about’ text, when you should have been worrying long before…” wrote Angela Epstein, in a piece in the UK’s Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
The story began when Epstein received a casual text message from her son, Sam, reading: “Nothing to worry about, but…. just been verbally abused by a stranger calling me a ‘f***ing Jew’ on the Tube.”
Apparently, “a complete stranger who appeared to be Muslim, began screaming at him for being Jewish. He also called Sam and his ‘people’ murderers for killing ‘my people.’ As the rant continued, the rest of the carriage buried their heads in their free newspapers or peered in fascination at their laps. Even though the stranger alighted at the same stop as Sam and persisted with his poisonous invective,” she wrote.
Ultimately, Sam ignored his assailant’s verbal abuse and “walked away,” though a police report about the incident was filed.