London bus driver facing discipline over inaction on passenger’s slurs


(JTA) — London’s public transportation authority said it will act against a bus driver who did not respond when a passenger shouted anti-Semitic epithets at fellow passengers.

The abusive passenger said he would “burn the bus” and “the Jews,” scaring the children on the bus operated by the Arriva company, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported. The driver allowed the passenger to get off the bus and then reboard.

Paul Edwards, correspondence manager of the Transport for London, told the newspaper that the driver has been identified and interviewed, “and Arriva will take appropriate action to ensure that any future incident is handled more appropriately.”

The abusive passenger, Ian Campbell, 42, of London, will be indicted in Magistrates Court in Hendon on Oct. 9.

Britain witnessed a significant rise in anti-Semitic attacks during Israel’s operation in Gaza over the summer, according to the Community Security Trust, London Jewry’s anti-Semitism watchdog.

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