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My son got anti-semitic abuse on a train. Why did nobody stand up for him?
Messages prefaced with the words "nothing to worry about" are almost always guaranteed to have the opposite effect.
And so it was the other day, when a text from my eldest son, Sam, began with this classic prologue.
In this case, it read "nothing to worry about, but.... just been verbally abused by a stranger calling me a 'f***ing Jew' on the Tube."
I didn't even have time to appreciate his deferential asterisks before dialling his number in frantic panic.
It turns out that as Sam and his girlfriend travelled the Northern Line on a lunchtime train, a complete stranger who appeared to be Muslim, began screaming at him for being Jewish. He also called Sam and his "people" murderers for killing "my people".
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