Not long after a Jewish journalist was cursed and spat on as he walked the streets of Paris wearing a yarmulke, another Jewish reporter faced similar antisemitic abuse in Britain while donning the religious skullcap.
British journalist Jonathan Kalmus said he was shocked by the anti-Jewish harassment he received while wearing a yarmulke. He expected to walk for hours without being bothered, but instead “I was left speechless that antisemitism is so obvious.”
“No one could accuse me of targeting Muslim neighborhoods to provoke a reaction. This was the center of an ordinary English city and I was minding my own business,” he added. “No one could accuse me of wearing something provocative or political. A Jewish person or any peaceful person walking in a British street anywhere, let alone a city center, should be welcome.”
Kalmus added that many people were content to ignore it. They heard the discriminatory remarks being hurled at Kalmus and were caught on camera turning their backs to the abuse taking place in front of them. Kalmus noted, “When someone spat on my back no one stopped to intervene.”
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