VIC­TIM STORY: ‘HE WAS EX­UD­ING HATE’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

ANDI Pacu­rar was din­ing in a restau­rant in Il­ford, Es­sex, on May 26 last year when he heard a male voice say to him: “You know you’re my enemy?”

Ini­tially, Mr Pacu­rar could not un­der­stand why he was be­ing in­sulted.

But it be­came clear the man had recog­nised Mr Pacu­rar was Jewish and on five sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions told him: “I’ll kill you,” rant­ing: “You’re the worst thing in this world – these peo­ple in here shouldn’t feed you, you have spread all the dis­eases around the world.”

Still spout­ing abuse, the man was es­corted out of the restau­rant by the owner.

Po­lice said the lack of CCTV ev­i­dence woud make a crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion im­pos­si­ble. “The man’s hate for Jews was ex­ud­ing from his face,” says Mr Pacu­rar.

“It was sim­ple, clear, pro­found, hate for Jewish peo­ple.”

The in­ci­dent had changed him, Mr Pacu­rar said. “It puts things in a new per­spec­tive — the fear, the dis­gust, the pity, the hope you feel for such peo­ple, it changes you.”

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