"All Jewish Children must die!": conviction for antisemitic abuse in Manchester
19 Jul 2011 by CST
The Manchester Evening News reports that a man who shouted antisemitic abuse at parents outside a Jewish school in Manchester has been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment:
A taxi driver ranted racial abuse outside a Jewish school after getting stuck in a traffic jam.
Taha Osman shrieked All Jewish children must die! after his car was hemmed in by parents picking up pupils outside King David School in Crumpsall.
Two mums on the school run and a teaching assistant were singled out in a foul-mouthed and frightening tirade witnessed by kids, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Osman an Iraqi Kurd who has settled in Britain also shouted that Jewish people were animals who should not be allowed in this country.
The 36-year-old denied causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress in a trial, but was found guilty by the jury.
Sentencing him to a community order, Judge David Stockdale QC said it was a particularly nasty offence but did not warrant a jail sentence.
The court heard that Osman, who was off-duty from his job with a Manchester firm at the time, now faces having his private hire licence withdrawn.
CST was in contact with the victims of this incident and with Greater Manchester Police throughout the process leading to this conviction. Racial abuse of this kind is never acceptable, and we welcome this conviction and the work by the police that went into securing it.