Man Tries to Drive into Torah Procession in London

The traditional procession by Orthodox Jews welcoming a Torah scroll into a synagogue was interrupted in London last Sunday when a non-Jew drove his car into the procession. Miraculously, no one was hurt, but the driver apparently said to the Jews, “You Jews won't take over our neighborhood.'" The procession was held in Stamford Hill, London. As the procession approached the area of Stamford Avenue, loud sirens went off, and suddenly a car drove into the procession.

One bystander said, "We were in the middle of the dancing, the joy was great. There were hundreds of people, men, women and many children. I suddenly heard a car honking behind me followed by screaming. I turned around and saw a car driven by a young gentile bursting into the crowd, and the crowd fled in fear to the sides. A group of participants tried to stop him but he almost ran them over. The non-Jew crossed the crowd and made abusive comments like: 'You Jews won't take over our neighborhood.’ We called the police, but the police arrived much later since some roads were closed to traffic because of the Torah procession.”

The driver was later caught and confessed that he had indeed made the comments attributed to him


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