Anti-Semitism: Jews on Alert after Student Stabbed on Bus ; Attack in London Is Linked to Middle East Crisis, While around the World Muslim Militants Call for Jewish Blood

By Burrell, Ian | The Independent (London, England), October 18, 2000 | Go to article overview
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Anti-Semitism: Jews on Alert after Student Stabbed on Bus ; Attack in London Is Linked to Middle East Crisis, While around the World Muslim Militants Call for Jewish Blood


Burrell, Ian, The Independent (London, England)


BRITAIN'S JEWISH community was under a state of alert yesterday after the multiple stabbing of a Hasidic theology student as he sat wearing a skull cap and reading psalms on a London bus.

David Myers was stabbedaround 20 times in the chest, face, arms and legs by a man wielding a six-inch huntingknife. A 27-year-old man, believed to be an Algerian living in north London, was being held yesterday by police, who are treating the attack as racist.

Mr Myers was in a serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit of a London hospital yesterday.

The stabbing, at 11am on Monday, has created a sense of panic in the north London district of Stamford Hill where the attack took place. The area is the centre of London's Orthodox Jewish community.

Mike Whine, a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said the attack may be linked to inflammatory statements from Islamic militants, who have called for attacks on Jews worldwide after clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.

Mr Whine said: "We have been getting calls from people in the Stamford Hill area. They are really panicky."

Demonstrations by Muslim groups against Israel have taken place in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leicester in the past 10 days, leading to at least 16 arrests for public order offences. Leaflets have been circulatedwith headings such as "Kill The Jews", and the windows of eight synagogues have been broken.

Mr Myers, a theology student at the Gateshead Yeshiva, a Jewish college, had returned to his family home in Finchley, north London, to be with his parents for last weekend's festival of Succoth, when Jewish families make ceremonial tents outside their homes to symbolise the departure of the Jews from Egypt.

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