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London Jewish man thanks Muslim woman for help

The Jewish family was approached by a man reading anti-Jewish verses from the Bible but the Muslim woman diverted his attention from the family

A Jewish man victim of antisemitism on the London Underground wants to meet Asma Shuweikh in person.

The Muslim woman intervened to stop the anti-semitism abuse against the children of the Jewish man.

The Independent UK says the father was travelling with his wife and children when the abuser approached them on Friday morning.

A clip of the incident was widely shared on Twitter. It shows a man trying to read anti-jewish Bible passages to two young boys in skullcaps.

The Jewish man issued a statement thanking Asma Shuweikh for confronting the man.

Without her actions, the man would have probably continued the rant towards the family.

The Jewish man, who did disclose his name, says the abuse stopped after the Muslim woman intervened.

He says without her, the situation “could have escalated to physical violence”.

The father also says the mobile phone clip on Twitter only captured part of their “15- to 20-minute ordeal”.

“He shouted at me that the Jews started the slave trade and threatened that I, my wife and children were going to be his slaves and suffer various other ailments,” the father says.

“He said the Jews were from the synagogue of Satan and continued with vile antisemitic abuse which was very unsuitable for any child or adult to hear.

“I was confused. I was ready for the antisemitic comments after the Jewish question, but I was not prepared for the hail of antisemitic abuse which followed.

“The only thing I could think about was the safety of my children and the best thing to do at that time was to restrain myself and try to get my children to ignore the situation.”

The charity Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) director of investigations Stephen Silverman says the interventions of Ms Shuweikh “serve as a timely reminder that British values of tolerance and respect are still alive and well”.

Ms Shuweikh was not alone in intervening. There was an unidentified passenger who was also thanked by the CAA.

The Independent says the British Transport Police have arrested a man on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

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