Police are seeking a man for addressing “horrific” anti-Semitic abuse towards Jewish kids on the London Underground.
He was recorded reading anti-Jewish Bible paragraphs to two boys in skullcaps travelling with family on the Northern Line at about midday on Friday.
“He was just screaming at these children,” said Chris Atkins, who filmed the incident.
British transport police are searching for the man and calling for witnesses.
Mr Atkins filmed the altercation “on instinct” for about two minutes before going to swap seats with the boy next to the man. “It was the boys who really got me and everyone else, he just yelled at those children. It was horrible in every way,” he said.
“He said in the Bible [ that ] Jews killed Jesus, and they’re all slave masters. I’ve lived in London for 20 years, and you’re used to people ranting on the Tube-it was only after a minute I realised, ‘ Hang on this is really, really anti-Semitic. ‘
A woman has been praised online for intervening and trying to stop the abuse.The man was seen in the video, after trying to intervene, threatening a man off-camera. A woman in a hijab also confronted him.
“It really took him to order the Muslim woman, really firmly and persistently,” said Mr Atkins.
“We’re told in this day and age how intolerant everyone is and all religions hate each other, and there you’ve had a Muslim woman sticking up for some Jewish kids.” Mr Atkins said the family got off the train a few stops later on Leicester Square and the two boys ‘ father gave him permission to share the video on Twitter.
British Transport Police said: “A video circulating online showed passengers being harassed and being targeted with anti-Semitic abuse.
“Anyone who knows the identity of the man in the image is asked to contact BTP.”