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2 arrested for beating of Jewish teen in Manchester

Police call on witnesses to step forward, are treating attack on 4 Orthodox Jews as hate crime

Bowker Vale, Manchester, England, where an attack on four Jews took place. (Google Streetview)
Bowker Vale, Manchester, England, where an attack on four Jews took place. (Google Streetview)

Two teens were arrested early Thursday morning in connection with the beating of a Jewish teenager in Manchester that left him in a coma.

The teens were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and violent disorder. Manchester police are also calling on witnesses to the attack, which took place at a train station near Heaton Park, located in the heart of north Manchester’s Jewish community, to come forward.

The 17-year-old victim, identified as Moshe Fuerst, was hospitalized after the attack with serious head injuries. He came out of a coma on Monday night after suffering bleeding on his brain.

He was one of four young Orthodox Jewish people assaulted at night on September 5 by three men at a train station near Heaton Park, located in the heart of north Manchester’s Jewish community.

“These arrests demonstrate that the police are taking this incident very seriously which I hope gives reassurance to the Jewish community and the wider public,” Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd told the London-based Jewish Chronicle.

Lloyd said that the police are treating the attack as a hate crime, adding: “I want to make clear that all reports of hate crime will be dealt with seriously. We have seen a significant rise in reports of hate crime and in particular anti-Semitic hate crime reports, which have risen by more than half over the past year.”

Fuerst’s father Michael said the attack was carried out by a gang of “non-Jewish boys who were drunk” and who took “great joy, I’m sure, from the fact that they were beating up a Jewish kid.”

The attack came as the London Metropolitan Police reported a sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks in the 12 months preceding July 2015.

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