TUESDAY OCTOBER 17 2000
Jew stabbed on bus in race attack
BY CONAL URQUHART
An Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed several times in the head
and chest yesterday in an attack believed to be linked to the crisis in
The man, aged in his twenties, was travelling on a bus through
Stamford Hill in North London at the time.
His assailant, said to have been of Arab appearance, escaped
and got on another bus travelling in the opposite direction. The bus was
stopped by two uniformed officers who arrested the suspect.
The stabbing follows the distribution of leaflets with the
message ìKill the Jewsî in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The
Metropolitan Police said that it was treating the attack as a racist
incident. A spokesman added that the victim was in a ìserious but stableî
condition in hospital.
When the attack happened the driver of the 253 bus pulled up
outside a bakery in Stamford Hill and locked in the attacker and his
victim. Volvi Cooperstein, who works at the bakery, said that staff gave
first aid to the victim before an ambulance arrived. ìThe driver had locked
the doors of the bus and the Jewish man was upstairs injured and the
suspect was trying to get off. Eventually he got out and walked away. He
had a 6in hunting knife and he coolly put it in his pocket as he walked
ìI took up a first-aid kit to the man, who was about 25 years
old. He looked like a proper Orthodox Jew with a full beard. It was
shocking. He was soaked in blood and had deep wounds in his forehead and
his chest. I tried to ask him what had happened but he was too weak to
say.î Mike Whine, for the Community Security Trust, set up to co-ordinate
the defence of Jewish communities, said that the communities had been on a
high state of alert since the outbreak of violence in the Middle East. ìWe
have guards at synagogues and there has been proactive policing in Jewish
areas, but you cannot legislate for random attacks on individuals on the
Police were questioning a 27-year-old man last night.
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