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Police release images of suspects who abused Jewish teens in anti-Semitic attack on Oxford Street

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Police have launched a hunt for three men who abused Jewish teenagers with Nazi salutes and spat at their bus in an anti-Semitic attack on Oxford Street.  

Footage released today shows a group dancing together in a circle, clapping and chanting as they celebrate Hanukkah on London's flagship shopping strip at around 8pm on Monday.

But shortly afterwards a gang of yobs are seen screaming 'Free Palestine' before spitting at a privately hired bus carrying the youngsters as part of a city tour.

The Met has since released images of three suspects they wish to identify and speak with in connection with the incident.

Detectives also said they would like to identify a woman, described as being aged 25-30, dark skinned with long black hair, who was present shortly beforehand.  

The Prime Minister has spoken out over the footage, describing it as 'disturbing'.

He added: 'Racism of any kind will never be tolerated in our society and we will continue to do all we can to root it out.'

Police have released images of three men (pictured above) they wish to identify and speak with in connection with the incident that took place on Oxford Street on Monday evening

In the video of the incident on Facebook, none of the yobs' insults can be heard because they are outside of the bus.

But on board the vehicle, the terrified occupants can be clearly picked up saying: 'We are all Jewish'.

In a statement, the Met said police met with the bus to check on the passengers' welfare and there were no reports of any injuries.

Detective Inspector Kevin Eade, of the force's Central West Command, said: 'This was a deeply upsetting incident for a community group who were celebrating the Jewish festival, Hanukkah.

'There is no place in our city for hate crime. Everyone should be able to enjoy their lives without harassment and I urge anyone who can name the individuals pictured to contact police without delay.'

Community Security Trust (CST), a charity which monitors antisemitic incidents and provides security support to British Jews, said the people on the bus were handing out food on Oxford Street before they were interrupted by the group.

Dave Rich, CST's director of policy, said: 'They were quite frightened that the group who were threatening them were going to physically assault them, they were spitting at them.

'They were pretty scared and they definitely felt it was because they were Jewish that they'd been targeted, there was absolutely no doubt about that.'

Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan earlier condemned the social media scenes. 

Cllr Robathan said: 'Deeply disturbing scenes of what appears to be an anti-Semitic attack against Jewish teenagers in Oxford Street.

'We utterly condemn this scenes and I will be raising this with the Met Police. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish community.'

Mr Khan said the action of the yobs were completely unacceptable. 

Footage released today shows Jewish teenagers dancing together in a circle as they celebrate Hanukkah

The attack happened on London's flagship shopping strip Oxford Street on Monday

He tweeted: 'Anti-Semitism has no place whatsoever in society and I utterly condemn these disgusting acts. No one should have to experience this.'

At one point in the video one the yobs takes off one of his shoes and hits it against the side of the transport.

Rabbi Shneor Glitsenstein, director of the Chabad Israeli Centre Golders Green, was with around 40 young Jewish people on the open-top party bus in Oxford Street on Monday when the men shouted and made obscene gestures at them.

He said: 'Let me be clear: on Monday evening we were attacked on the streets of London for being Jewish and celebrating Hanukkah.

'While our bus contained no references to Israel, we were clearly a Jewish group.

'The young men who surrounded us were not engaged in political protest; this was a bigoted antisemitic attack in the heart of London, seen by dozens of others, who stood by silently.' 

He said: 'They quickly became aggressive, and began making profane gestures and yelling "Free Palestine!" 

'Just as everyone returned to the bus, the young men began shouting profanities at the group, throwing at least one projectile on the top of the bus, spitting at the bus, and banging on the windows with their shoes.' 

In the video of the incident on Facebook, none of the yobs' insults can be heard

It is understood the Met is looking at it as a potential racially-aggravated public order offence

The bus then drove off and the 'Hanukkah party on wheels' continued, according to the rabbi. 

The Met earlier said: 'The group shown in the video could not be located at the time of the incident and there have been no arrests.

'The incident is being treated as a hate crime and officers will be assessing the available evidence to identify any possible lines of enquiry.'

The passengers on the bus were from the religious outreach organisation Chabad, which arranges for eight-armed candelabras to be put up around London to mark Hanukkah, Mr Rich said.

'They had an open-top bus and they'd driven to Oxford Street from north London, but after this happened, they drove home again', he said, adding that CST is working with the police to support the victims.

Mr Rich said there has been an increase in antisemitic hate crimes in the UK.

'In the first six months of this year, we had the highest number of antisemitic incidents ever reported to CST in the first six months of any year', he said.

The brazen thugs showed little worry of getting into any trouble with the police 

In the video the terror of the passengers can be heard as the yobs hit the side of the bus

In a statement, CST said: 'London is a city where Jewish people must be able to celebrate our festivals and enjoy an open, confident Jewish way of life.

'This disgusting incident goes against everything this city stands for and should be condemned by all.'

One viewer of the video said: 'Sorry to read about this..disgusting intolerant scumbags. I hope they are found, arrested and made an example of. Peace.'

Another added: 'Absolutely disgusting behavior.'

Hanukkah - known as the festival of lights - is an eight-day celebration involving food, prayer and the lighting of a menorah.

It commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to impose its culture on Jewish people and adorn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods.

The holiday lasts eight days because according to tradition, when the Jewish people rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, a single vial of oil, enough for one day, burned miraculously for eight. This year it runs from November 28 until December 6.

For many Jewish people, the holiday symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

Anyone who can name the males pictured or has information or footage relating to the incident is urged call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 6184/29Nov.