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June 6, 2017 1:22 pm

Teen Daughter of University of Surrey’s Jewish Chaplain Beaten, Left Bleeding for Hours in Park

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The teenage daughter of the University of Surrey’s Jewish chaplain was allegedly beaten by an antisemitic gang and left bleeding in a park for two hours late last month after police failed to respond to an emergency call.

Hannah Goldberg — whose father is prominent community member Alexander Goldberg — was reportedly sitting in a public park with two friends on the Shabbat of May 27, when a group of five men approached them with comments like, “Hitler should have killed all you Jews when he had the chance” and “You should have all been gassed.” The men were also said to have used terms like “c*nt.”

According to Alexander Goldberg, the girls, who were identifiably Jewish in their modest skirts, had started to leave the area when one of the boys threw a basketball at Hannah’s face and kicked her in the chest, while another boy punched her in the face repeatedly.

Hannah’s friends approached a nearby postal worker for help, who in turn called the Metropolitan Police Service.

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Officers never arrived and the girls eventually made it home.

The attack was detailed in a Facebook post this week by Alexander Goldberg, in which he wrote, “Proud of my daughter…for standing up to sexism, racism and religious abuse…for continuing to fight for the rights of others despite a viscous assault of her.”

He added that, “Both my daughter and I…shall be jointly writing to the Met Commissioner in light of the lack of police response,” and that he had published the story, with his daughter’s permission, “in the hope that the Met Police sort themselves out here.”

Goldberg, a lawyer, has served as chief executive of the London Jewish Forum and chair of the Faith Forum for London, as well as serving as Jewish chaplain to the 2012 London Olympic Games. He has also reportedly worked closely with police to develop standards in response to discriminatory acts.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) wrote in a statement that it was “appalled by the lack of a police response to a violent antisemitic assault on Jewish children.”

“This incident should have resulted in police officers attending within no more than eight minutes, and the failure of the Metropolitan Police Service to deploy must be investigated thoroughly and transparently,” wrote the CAA. Like the Goldbergs, the CAA said it will be writing to the police commissioner.

According to the CAA, the Metropolitan Police Service agreed to open an investigation, after Hannah’s father contacted Stamford Hill Shomrim — a volunteer Jewish security patrol — which in turn intervened with the police.

The Community Security Trust has also reportedly been in contact with the family.

Last month, a Jewish family enjoying a day at a Kent beach was allegedly abused by youths hurling stones and shouting “Jews.” An investigation into the attack has resulted in the arrest of two teenage males.

Meanwhile, this week in Manchester, two kosher restaurants sustained arson attacks. One of the eateries, Ta’am, was similarly hit last year. Those incidents are under investigation.

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  • BUILD BABY BUILD!!!

    Big brave Muslims hits unprotected girl.
    They should have their heads removed from their shoulders and have no police intervention.

  • Steven

    It never ends….

  • robert Davis

    This article is not clear : who were those “youths”? arabs? hitlerian socialists?

  • stannadel

    I suspect that this lack of response has more to do with police views about teenager scuffles than Antisemitism, at least that was how the NYC police behaved regarding fights among teenagers when I was young.

  • henrytobias

    Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party must bear some of the blame for this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c69036893d5413e720f3f6c22de00c132824a99f0abb86ce77e5a40481a413.jpg

  • Efram Paul

    Yet another example of British police refusing to respond if the victim is Jewish.

  • Lia

    Praying for Hanna and her family.

  • Lancelot Blackeburne

    Welcome to Sadiq Khan’s new London, where people are advised to simply get used to this kind of barbarism..

  • Glenda Urmacher

    I have taken England off my visitor trip plans.
    Why would anyone go to such an anti-semitic country.
    And their police stink.

  • RichieM

    ‘The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) wrote in a statement that it was “appalled…” ‘

    What a pathetic joke.
    Instead of a provably useless effort like his ‘campaign’ that does nothing to prevent attacks by Jew-hating savages, Mr. Goldberg should look into starting a modern day Jewish Defense League and learn leadership from the late, great Meir Kahane.
    He might then actually accomplish something toward thwarting the next anti-semitic attack.

    Hope Hannah is doing okay.

  • Fred

    That the Police did not attend reminds me of Germany in the 1930 any incident that involved Jews as victim was never attended to because of losing their rights as citizen. Is Britain on the same path ??

  • ita

    History repeats itself. Ignore abuses to the Jews and you will be the next to suffer.
    The UK opened the door and now the wolves are all over. You blokes will pay severly and the roaches will never leave. What do you mean enough-is-enough. This is the 9th or 10th major incident. You step on my foot and I am going to shoot you twice in the groin. AND do NOT get soooo high and mighty you Americans. There are over 50 KILLING CAMPS in the USA (more than 6 in NY State alone) where children as young as 6 years old are taught how to shoot and stab Americans Jewish or not and how to subdue police dogs and how to disable police cars. All you across the pond are in for a rude multisite awakening soon. Pres.DT better get his travel restrictions before July celebrations.

  • Hard Little Machine

    England will see pogroms by the end of this year. Mark it down.

  • Pearl Belkowitz

    Wonder what punishment will be meted out after the “investigation ??

  • Encryption

    Where are all the demonstrations out in the streets protesting Islamophobia? Oh–that’s right–the victims weren’t Muslims. They were just teenage girls being brutalized for being Jews. No one protests over that.

  • enufizenuf

    Were the attackers Englishmen or muslims?
    Instead of wasting their time trying to make England and France safe for themselves
    Jews should leave those countries to avoid he upcoming civil wars.
    Has it occurred to anybody that England and France both have nuclear arsenals?
    Those arsenals need to be transferred to the US before they fall into muslim hands.

  • KyraNelson

    You need to start defending yourselves. No one else is going to do it for you #IsraeliJustice

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