The woman, who garnered praise for her act, advised people to “come up” and intervene to stop abuse.
Rabat – A Muslim woman in London intervened when a man verbally attacked a Jewish family who were traveling on the London Underground.
A passenger called Chris Atkin took the video documenting the moment and shared it on social media. The footage shows a man targeting two children and their father with anti-Semitic abuse.
The man was reading a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible that criticizes Jews and showing it to a young boy wearing the kippah (Jewish skull cap).
When one of the passengers intervened, the man threatened him.
“You need to get out of my face or I will smack you right in your nose, man. Back up from me. I’m not no Christian pastor. Back the f**** up from me,” he said.
Subsequently, the Muslim woman intervened, attempting to make him take into account children’s feelings.
Around noon I witnessed appalling anti Semitic abuse towards this Jewish Family on the northern line. Fair play to other passengers who stood up to him. If you recognise the guy please report to @metpoliceuk pic.twitter.com/YxzwAnDqTJ
— Chris Atkins (@scatatkins) November 22, 2019
The woman, who received praise from internet users, commented on her intervention, stating that she would love more people to intervene in such cases.
“I would have loved more people to come up and say something because if everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did.”
She added that being a mother of two, “I know what it’s like to be in that situation and I would want someone to help if I was in that situation.”
The passenger who took the video said that the Muslim woman, who was wearing a Hijab, “didn’t take any s*** from him and really, really took him to task, very firmly and persistently.”
“In this day and age we are told how intolerant everyone is and all religions hate each other and there you had a Muslim woman sticking up for some Jewish children,” he added.
The Muslim woman, who was not a member on Twitter, created an account specifically to see the reaction of internet users when she realized how much support her actions had gained.
“It was so heartwarming to see the responses and see what people were saying,” she said. “I can’t take all the credit because a lot of other people were involved. I would not hesitate to do it again.”