London Police investigating after Israelis attacked after speaking Hebrew in Leicester Square

A Jewish woman feared she was going to die after being attacked in Leicester Square when a group of men heard her and friends speaking Hebrew.

Tehilla, 28, and two 25-year-old men — all of whom are Israeli — were walking through central London to a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning when they were “physically attacked”. 

Police failed to respond until the assault had ended despite ten desperate calls for help, but now say they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Later, at around 2am, they were threatened again by people who they claim swore at them in Arabic.

Tehilla said: “They heard us talking and said, ‘Are you Jewish?’

“I said ‘yes, I’m Jewish,’ and then they started chanting ‘Free Palestine’, and f— Jews, all this kind of swearing at us.

“So we just tried not to get into trouble, to walk away, but they started following us and then all of a sudden, it started with like two or three guys, and all of a sudden, they called all their friends and 15 to 20 guys started attacking us physically.”

The 28-year-old’s male friends suffered blows to the head, while she was attacked while attempting to defend them.


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