Board of Deputies calls for police to investigate antisemitic abuse by West Ham fans on plane

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has called for a police investigation into an incident in which an Orthodox Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic abuse by West Ham fans on board a Ryanair flight.

Marie said: “This is a particularly horrible example of a Jewish man being subjected to abuse and humiliation. Thankfully, the culprits have been captured on social media. West Ham have set exactly the right example – hate will only be tackled in our society when we all take responsibility, as West Ham have done in promising to impose lifetime bans. We also call on the police to investigate this clear instance of inciting racial hatred.”

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