A 16 year old girl, the was violently assaulted by a group of teenagers. Hannah was in Stoneyfields Park in Edgware, London with two friends, when she was called derogatory names and was told “Hitler should have killed all you Jews when he had the chance… you should have all been gassed.”
When she and her friends attempted to leave the area, a basketball was thrown at her, physically assaulting her. She was then kicked in the chest and punched in the face by two gang members.
Despite the authorities being called, they did not arrive at the scene until two hours after the event.
Alexander Goldberg, the former Chief Executive of the London Jewish Forum and current Jewish chaplain at the University of Surrey, and Hanna’s father expressed concern. During a speech at the JC, he added that Hanna had recovered from the physical injuries following the attack, however the emotional scars still remain
“We’ve had to put in a local police complaint about the emergency call. They didn’t come to the incident. They claim they sent a car, and that’s now subject to investigation, but [Hanna] claims they waited for an hour to two hours. They waited a long, long time. I’m a chaplain and the Met’s standard practice, I’ve established with them, is that when there is any sort of violence of that nature, certainly male on female, there should be an eight minute response time,” Goldberg said.
“Whatever happened, something went seriously wrong, whether it was dispatching, whether it was getting someone on the scene, or whether the officer didn’t look around or had the wrong address, we don’t know. But that is now being investigated locally by the police. Sadly, the officer involved has gone on leave for a few weeks.” Police later said.
Mr. Goldberg, who has worked for the Commission on Racial Equality also spoke of his concern of racial abuse.
“You’ve got young people in their teens using the Holocaust and Holocaust imagery to abuse young Jewish girls,” he said.
“This discourse has become more acceptable within social media, within public circles, and within mainstream society and also in the political arena. I’m concerned about the fact that my daughter was attacked, I’m concerned for other people’s children, I’m also concerned about the lack of police response. I’m always willing to believe that there’s been some sort of mess up over conspiracy – something went wrong systematically, I’m not suggesting anything else. But something went wrong.”
Source: The JC
Image: The JC/Hanna Goldberg
By: Hadassah Schwarz