The Shomrim Shocking news has emerged that anti-semitic incidents are happening to children as young as 8 and those incidents are being under-recorded in official stats.
The Stamford Hill Shomrim a proactive neighbourhood watch organisation within the Orthodox Jewish community recently recorded 32 shocking anti-semitic incidents within just one month the President of Stamford Hill Shomrim, Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE described it as just the “top of the iceberg”
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has now responded to that report which recorded 32 incidents, Sadiq Khan said “That number of reports in a single month is of concern to me.
“Both I and the MPS agree that hate crime is underreported and this is
particularly true with regard to hate crime affecting London’s Orthodox Jewish
communities. My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is familiar with the
Shomrim and we recognise that they have been instrumental in providing third
party reporting from a traditionally hard to reach community.
“I congratulate them on their efforts. The MPS has reached out to the Charedi
community specifically to raise awareness and confidence, and the Shomrim is
working with the MPS to see how they could make use of the MOPAC hate
crime reporting app.
“My insistence on a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime will be reflected in
my Police and Crime Plan for London, which is currently being developed.
There will be an extensive consultation on the plan, offering Londoners the
opportunity to express their views on how the challenge of hate crime will be
met, and all other policing issues. The Shomrim and the Orthodox communities
will have an important contribution to make to the plan and the activities that
The study referenced recorded an average of eight anti-Semitic incidents per
week – including assaults, criminal damage, threats of violence, threats to kill
and verbal abuse. Stamford Hill is an area in Hackney and Haringey, in London,
with a significant Orthodox Jewish community.
The youngest victim was just 8-years-old and the oldest was 57, and all were
visibly Jewish. Men were more likely to be targeted than women, possibly
because Orthodox men wear more distinct clothing and are more immediately
identifiable as Jewish.
●In one case, an 11-year-old boy was surrounded and told to remove his
skull cap; he was then threatened with violence if he didn’t comply.
●A 55-year-old Jewish woman was asked while praying, if she covered
her hair with her hair because Hitler had shaved it off – the perpetrator
then made a Nazi salute.
●An 8-year-old boy was assaulted by a male who told him he was a
“stupid Jew” and the child came running home crying.
●Three Jewish females were chased by perpetrators shouting “The Jewish
people are rich, horrible Jewish people, give us your money” – needless
to say, the victims were terrified.
President of Stamford Hill Shomrim, Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, welcomed the
Mayors comments: “I welcome the response from the Mayor of London Mr
Sadiq Khan, and look forward to Shomrim to work closely together with the
Mayor and the Metropolitan Police in challenging and reducing anti-Semitic
incidents targeted at the Charedi Jewish Community in London”.