British Teen Seriously Injured in anti-Semitic Attack, U.K. Police Say

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A Jewish teenager was seriously injured in an anti-Semitic attack at a tram stop in North Manchester on Saturday night, the local police reported.

Three other men were also hurt, though less seriously, in the attack at the Bowker Vale Metrolink station, in the heart of north Manchester's Jewish community, according to reports by the BBC and the Jewish Chronicle.

The young Jewish men were waiting for a tram when they were verbally and physically assaulted by three men.

The 17-year-old victim, who has not been named, was hospitalized with a head injury and was reported to be unconscious. The other victims were aged 20, 18 and 18.

Police said they were treating the attack as a hate crime.

The Jewish Community Security Trust described the incident as a “serious anti-Semitic assault” and urged anyone with information to report it to the police.

Jewish Board of Deputies vice-president Marie van der Zyl said: “We were horrified to hear of the horrific anti-Semitic attack on four young men on a tram in Manchester.

"This was a brutal, unprovoked and cowardly assault and we hope and expect that the culprits will feel the full force of the law. We send our thoughts and prayers to those injured and to their families.”

Following the attack, Communities Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford said: “Antisemitism and hate crimes of any sort are totally unacceptable.  I am appalled to hear of this weekend’s attack in Manchester and would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“Let me be clear,  this government takes fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred seriously and anyone found guilty of these vile crimes will feel the full force of the law.”

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