In an incident that has sent ripples of fear through London’s Jewish community, two teenage girls, aged 13 and 14, have been arrested for the brutal and unprovoked assault on a 20-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman. The violent episode, which unfolded in north London last week, has sparked outrage and fear, with authorities not ruling out the possibility of it being a hate crime.
The heinous attack, captured on surveillance cameras, was thrust into the public eye by Shomrim, a vigilant Jewish neighborhood watch group. The footage, which quickly went viral on social media, shows a scene straight out of a nightmare: the young woman being dragged to the ground, viciously punched and kicked as she lay defenseless on the pavement. The assailants, in a final act of cruelty, snatched the victim’s handbag and fled the scene, leaving her lying motionless in a puddle.
“The brutal attack ended after the two female offenders kept on kicking the unconscious victim in the head before laughing over her body and, according to witness reports, saying joyfully she’s ‘dead,'” Shomrim stated. This chilling account paints a picture of utter disregard for human life, stirring deep concern among London’s residents.
Remarkably, the woman survived the assault, suffering bruises but miraculously not requiring hospitalization. Yet, the psychological scars of such a barbaric attack are likely to be long-lasting.
Detective Sergeant Asli Benson of the London Metropolitan Police has acknowledged the gravity of the situation, stating that the force is actively pursuing all leads. “The victim is from the orthodox Jewish community,” Benson said, highlighting the potential hate crime angle in this appalling act of violence. “It would have been obvious from her appearance that she was Jewish, and there has been significant concern that she was targeted for that reason.”
This attack comes at a time of heightened anxiety for London’s Jewish community, already on edge following recent terrorist attacks in Israel and a spike in antisemitic hate crimes in the city. Benson’s words reflect an understanding of these fears, reaffirming the commitment of the police to treating this incident with the seriousness it demands.
As the investigation continues and the teenage suspects face the consequences of their actions, the incident stands as a stark reminder of the dangers of hate-fueled violence and the need for vigilance and unity against such acts of intolerance and brutality.