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Jewish senior assaulted as he left a play about the Holocaust, say police

Summary List PlacementPolice in London are investigating the antisemitic assault of an elderly man that occurred outside a theatre on 12 August.  Ronnie Phillips, 72, and his wife were attending a showing of Leopoldstadt, a play about the Holocaust. Upon leaving the Charing Cross theatre, he was physically assaulted.  Phillips was "slapped round the head" and had his kippah - also called a yarmulke, a Jewish skull cap - thrown to the ground, according to his wife Emma, who reported the incident to the police, reported the Jewish News.  Read more: Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK, and the hateful...

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Police in London are investigating the antisemitic assault of an elderly man that occurred outside a theatre on 12 August. 

Ronnie Phillips, 72, and his wife were attending a showing of Leopoldstadt, a play about the Holocaust. Upon leaving the Charing Cross theatre, he was physically assaulted. 

Phillips was “slapped round the head” and had his kippah – also called a yarmulke, a Jewish skull cap – thrown to the ground, according to his wife Emma, who reported the incident to the police, reported the Jewish News. 

Read more: Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK, and the hateful rhetoric is being intertwined with COVID-19 conspiracy theories

The Metropolitan Police told Jewish News that officers attended “Charing Cross Road, WC2 shortly before 22:10hrs on Thursday 12 August to reports of a religiously-aggravated assault.”

A spokesperson for the Community Security Trust, a UK charity working to combat antisemitism that this incident was a “completely inexcusable antisemitic assault on a visibly Jewish man, and all the more distressing because it happened right outside a play about the Holocaust,” reported the Jewish News.

The UK has recently seen a record-high number of antisemitic assaults, with the CST report for the first half of 2021 showing 1,308 antisemitic incidents – almost a 50% increase from the same portion of 2020. 

The CST believes that this hate is linked to the increased conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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