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Born-again Christian to appear in court accused of anti-Semitic abuse on Tube

A BORN again Christian is to appear in court charged over vile anti-Semitic abuse of Jewish tube passengers on two separate occasions.

Worldwide revulsion was triggered when a family was hounded by a ranting zealot reading anti-Jewish passages from the Bible before a Muslim woman in a hijab intervened to stop it.

 Isher Campbell, 35, right, is set to appear in court accused of spouting anti-Semitic abuse at a Jewish family on the London Underground
Isher Campbell, 35, right, is set to appear in court accused of spouting anti-Semitic abuse at a Jewish family on the London Underground
 Campbell was filmed reading anti-Jewish Bible passages to three young boys in skullcaps as their father was trying to shield them
Campbell was filmed reading anti-Jewish Bible passages to three young boys in skullcaps as their father was trying to shield them

Another passenger filmed the incident on the London Underground’s Northern Line last November and the footage went viral on the internet.

The Sun on Sunday can now reveal that Isher Campbell, 35, has been summonsed via postal to appear in court charged with racially aggravated public offences.

Campbell, of Dudley, West Mids, has been charged with one public order offence and two counts of a racially aggravated public order offence over the filmed incident on 22 November last year.

He has also been charged with a separate racially aggravated public order offence in connection to another anti-Semitic incident on the Northern Line on 6 August 2019.

Campbell - understood to be a born-again Christian - is due to appear at London’s Westminster magistrates’ court on 5 August.

The maximum penalty for racially aggravated public order offences is two years imprisonment.

WHAT HAPPENED

British Transport Police launched an investigation after the film emerged of a man reading anti-Jewish Bible passages to three young boys in skullcaps.

They were travelling with their family to central London from North London, where many of the capital’s Jewish population live.

 Muslim mum-of-two Asma Shuweikh stood up for the Jewish family but added: 'I would have loved more people to come up'
Muslim mum-of-two Asma Shuweikh stood up for the Jewish family but added: 'I would have loved more people to come up'Credit: PA:Press Association

The man, wearing a cap and hoodie, was seen in the video threatening a man off-camera after he tries to intervene before the Muslim woman in a hijab confronted him.

Courageous mum-of-two Asma Shuweikh later came forward after the film went global and said she "wouldn't hesitate to do it again".

The Londoner said: “I would have loved more people to come up and say something, because if everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did.

She said she "had to confront him" and added: “Being a mother-of-two, I know what it's like to be in that situation and I would want someone to help if I was in that situation.”

It was seen as a snapshot of Britain’s multi-cultural society and the unity of people from diverse backgrounds in standing up to prejudice in its different forms.

Journalist Chris Atkins, who filmed the incident on his phones, said: “It was the children that really got me and everyone else, he was just screaming at these children. It was horrific in every sense.

“He seemed to be a very committed Christian and believed this was the word of God – that it said in the Bible Jews killed Jesus and they are all slave masters.

“It’s the kind of stuff you see on Twitter a lot… but to hear someone actually say it unashamedly was shocking.”

Chris, 43, added: “The Muslim woman didn't take any s*** from him and really, really took him to task, very firmly and persistently.

“In this day and age we are told how intolerant everyone is and all religions hate each other and there you had a Muslim woman sticking up for some Jewish children.”

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “A 35-year-old man will appear before court charged in connection to two incidents on the London Underground.

“Isher Campbell, of Spiral Close, Dudley, has been charged with a public order offence and two counts of a racially aggravated public order offence, in connection to an incident on the Northern Line on 22 November 2019.

“He has also been charged with a separate racially aggravated public order offence, in connection to an incident on the Northern Line on 6 August 2019.

“He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 5 August. The charges were issued via postal requisition.”

London Tube passenger launches vile anti-Semitic rant at little boy and his dad on busy carriage
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