“A man started running behind him saying ‘I’m going to kill you, I’m going to chop your head off,’” said Nizza Fluss, a councilor in the London Borough of Barnet.
By World Israel News Staff
In east London, a knife-wielding man threatened to behead an Orthodox Jew as he walked down a street on Monday, says the Evening Standard, a London newspaper.
Police arrested a man on suspicion of “a racially aggravated public order offense after the incident” in Whitechapel, the newspaper reported.
“A man started running behind him saying, ‘I’m going to kill you, I’m going to chop your head off,’” said Nizza Fluss, a councilor in the London Borough of Barnet, the paper added.
The victim, in his 40s, reportedly was said to have been threatened and called a “f****** Jew” by a man while he made his way to work.
The man allegedly then pulled a knife and chased him down the street while shouting additional “anti-Semitic abuse,” according to the Evening Standard.
Police said that a knife was recovered from the scene, the newspaper reports.
While rising anti-Semitism has been recorded in many countries, the conversation in the U.K. also involves the leading opposition party, Labour, and accusations of anti-Semitism on the part of party head Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour MP Catherine West has said it is a matter of “deep shame” that Jews can no longer support the party because of its anti-Semitism crisis, The Jewish Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
“It is very clear that Labour has to do more and it has to do it quickly,” said West, a Corbyn supporter, to the British Jewish news outlet.