Thanx to Mullah
THE Holocaust Memorial Day marking the genocides of the 20th century was marred on Sunday when a gang of youths stoned Jewish tourists on a guided tour of London’s East End.
Clive Bettington (right) leading the tour just before the incident
A group of 96 visitors looking at sites of Jewish interest were attacked by youths hiding behind a fence in a back street in Whitechapel.
Two were struck by the missiles, an American woman just starting a new post at London’s Metropolitan University and a Canadian lecturer.
The woman had blood pouring from her head and needed hospital treatment.
The tour was organised by leading local historian Clive Bettington, who was later asked by police if he wanted officers to accompany him in future, but declined.
“That would be admitting there are ‘no go’ areas,” he said.
“I won’t be intimidated. We have a right to walk our streets unmolested.”
He has now written to Tower Hamlets chief executive Martin Smith for an urgent meeting.
Sunday’s incident was outside a former Jewish maternity home in Underwood Road, now used as social services offices, which was on his tour as a place of interest where playwright Arnold Whesker and showbiz comedian Lionel Bart were born.
An eye-witness said: “Stones started to come down on us and some in the group were scared and ducked.
“I looked over the fence and saw four Asian youths throwing stones. They were laughing, then ran away.”