The double standards of British two tier justice is evident once again here. Pathetic soft sentences for a group of racist Muslim thugs who pack attacked a defenceless Rabbi in Gateshead. There can be no doubting the Islamic thugs attack was racially motivated as one had sent a text message saying he was going Jew smashing. Hate crimes only seem to hold weight when Muslims are the victim not the violent aggressors
Given that courts are jailing people for hefty periods of time for what they consider anti Muslim hate crimes. Sometimes that in reality are stupid things like putting bacon on the mosque door handle. Yes bacon may offend Muslims in the same way Islam offends many Brits. But its hardly crime of the century, it doesn’t physically harm anybody or leave them that traumatised that they are afraid to leave the house. Yet these four cowards who used violence and intimidation against an innocent man, chosen because of their hatred for Jews.
Is 12 months with means 6 month they will be back out of prison really fitting of even just the pack attack ? let alone a racially motivated one which are meant to be more severe sentences. Which at the moment only seems to be in place for non Muslims charged with a hate crime against a Muslim. Online name calling maybe.
Just for one minute imagine the Rabbi victim here was a Muslim imam on his way home from the mosque. Instead of the four Jew hating islamofascist thugs responsible. It had been a car full of white Englishmen men who had committed a pack attack on the imam after one had text somebody he was going smashing some Muslims.
Do you think for one minute they would of been given the same soft sentences as the Muslim thugs got? Or that the incident would have been kept so low key as this has,not a prayer. The likes of Fiyaz Mughal/HnH/UAF who make their living off the Islamophobia gravy train would be all over it before the victim had picked himself up off the floor demanding the book is thrown at those responsible.
A gang who attacked a Rabbi on the streets of Tyneside as a protest about conflict in the Middle East are today behind bars.
Four teenagers from the West End of Newcastle hatched a plot to randomly attack a member of the North East’s biggest Orthodox Jew community in Gateshead.
Balawal Sultan sent a text message saying he was going to “smash some Jews up” hours before him and three friends travelled to Bensham to carry out their threat.
As reported in the Chronicle on Monday, Sultan, Kesa Malik, Hassnain Aliamin, and a 16-year-old lay in wait behind a parked van in Bensham, Gateshead and pounced on a Jewish man as he walked home to his family.
The victim screamed in fear as the pack of thugs chased him down the street, throwing a piece of wood at him. A court heard the 41-year-old victim, a non-practising Rabbi, tripped as he fled in fear and was surrounded by the teenagers as he lay on the ground.
One of the thugs was threatening to kick him in the head when he was saved by his friend’s intervention.
Now the four attackers have been sent to young offender institutions after admitting racially aggravated common assault.
Judge Brian Forster QC, at Newcastle Crown Court, told them: “I hope this case sends out a clear message to anyone tempted to behave in a similar way. The courts will not in any circumstances tolerate a situation where one person is tempted to attack another by reason of their race or religion.
“Anyone who chooses to attack someone for their race or religion commits a very serious offence.
“Our country is the stronger because people come from many different backgrounds and people do their best to live together in harmony.
“It’s important everybody should understand that the law gives the same protection to all. That’s a fundamental of our society.
“Gateshead is renowned for the large Jewish religious complex which is based there and members of the local community now feel unsafe as a result of what has taken place.”
The attackers claimed they were only in the area looking for a new mosque but one of them admitted the planned attack was motivated by the dispute between Israel and Palestine.
The night before the attack Sultan sent a text message saying “I’m going to go Jew bashing. Haha” and asked a friend: “Do you want to go to Gateshead to smash some Jews up”.
Hours later, just after midnight on July 18, him and the others set about carrying out the threat. With Malik driving, they headed to Coatsworth Road, Bensham, Gateshead, looking for a victim.
The man they attacked had been at a Jewish study room on Bensham Road, Gateshead, and was on his way home. The gang jumped out on him and he was left petrified. He started to run away screaming ‘help me, help me’.
One of the attackers threw a piece of wood at him and he tripped and fell to the ground, where he was surrounded by the gang. They were threatening to kick him in the head when his friend came out and brought the attack to an end.
The thugs ran off and the victim was ushered inside by his friend, who said he was dishevelled, unsteady on his feet, confused and in shock. His clothes were dirty and his palms, forearm and elbow were grazed and bleeding.
He said in a statement to the court: “I feel shaken and unsafe to walk the streets in my own community.
“I have never experienced fear and terror like it and I have no doubt I was attacked for being Jewish.
“I’m part of a very close community and this has had a far-reaching impact, word having spread and fear having also spread.
“I’m a peaceful person from a quiet and peaceful community and I’ve never been in that position before. I have been greatly affected by it and but for the intervention of my friend the consequences could have been far worse.”
Sultan later told police that when they saw the victim they chased him and threw a stick at him as a “protest about the Palestinians and about the Jewish community” but denied making any contact with him.
Sultan, 18, of Croydon Road, Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle, Malik, 19, of Wingrove Gardens, Fenham, Newcastle, Aliamin, 18, of Croydon Road, Arthur’s Hill, and the now 17-year-old all admitted racially aggravated common assault. Sultan, Malik, who has previous for robbery and assault and Aliamin were each locked up for 12 months while the youth got a four month detention and training order.
Peter Schofield, for Sultan, said: “There is a different side to him, he is a hard-working young man and he doesn’t have any entrenched racist views.
“It’s right that I on his behalf make an apology to the community who have been so deeply affected by what took place.”
Nick Cartmell, for Malik, said: “He would like to apologise to the victim and the Jewish community.
“He has no predisposition to hatred and there were no words of hatred during this and there was no actual violence. This was founded in ignorance and stupidity.”