Teengang targets Charedi pupils
PUPILS FROM a strictly Orthodox school in Manchester were attacked by a racist gang as they returned from an afternoon swim on Sunday.
The group of 20 seven- to 14-yearolds from Yeshivas Ohr Torah, an independent secondary school, had spent the afternoon at Broughton Pool, ten minutes’ walk away.
As they returned home, they were approached by a gang of around eight youths and subjected to antisemitic taunts.
Then one of the gang began lashing out, kicking and slapping some of the boys, who were dressed in Charedi clothes.
None of the boys was seriously hurt but a school spokeswoman said: “They were rather shaken up by it.”
The incident raised concerns about safety on trips to the baths, which are a short walk from the main Jewish area in Manchester, she added. “Maybe in future they will take a minibus.”
Local police superintendent Lior Giladi was “appalled by this attack on young children. Even more worryingly, it appears to have been racially motivated”.
He added: “Local officers are working hard to find those responsible, and patrols have been stepped up.
“We are taking the attack on the youngsters very seriously and a number of leads are being followed up by neighbourhood officers who have started an investigation. This is the first time we have had an incident such as this and hopefully it will be the last.”
The attack follows an increase in antisemitic hate crimes in Hale, South Manchester, in recent months.
After being subjected to abuse, in July Rabbi Joel Portnoy from Hale Barns and Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin from South Manchester Synagogue in Bowdon were given escorts by their congregants to Shabbat-morning services to protect them.