However, this type of conduct, although odious, should not surprise us, as it has become common on the streets of Europe.
It appears to be a reflexive action from a cohort that wants to denigrate their fellow human beings, and to do so they use an anti-Semitic chant, which is clearly the worst form of insult in their limited, and limiting, worldview.
This is telling. Although anti-Semitism has always existed, virulent manifestations of this ancient virus had been dormant, especially in the UK.
Moreover, if this type of vile chanting had occurred only a couple of years ago, these louts would have been subjected to the opprobrium of their fellow citizens. But that didn’t happen in the aftermath of this incident.
Anti-Semitism seems to be increasingly accepted by a wider society.
It is, therefore, vital that people of good conscience heed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan’s recent statement at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, when he forcefully said: “I believe that it is essential that we redouble our efforts throughout the world to resist and combat anti-Semitism in all forms”.