A student has filmed a Wetherspoon’s punter making antisemitic remarks towards her when he saw that she gave a homeless man a £5 note.
Student Danielle Greyman filmed a confrontation between herself and a man and woman who both became aggravated over social distancing rules at a table in a pub garden.
The 21-year-old was appalled when the man said: “We should have gassed the lot of you.”
The incident, which took place outside the Hedley Verity DJ Wetherspoon in Leeds city centre, is now being investigated by the police.
In the video Danielle recorded, she can be heard responding to the man saying: “I look like a Jew, do I.”
In response, he said “Yeah, you do” and then added, “We should have gassed the lot of you”.
After the disturbing footage was shared online, the university student explained to the Jewish Telegraph that she had been meeting friends for a drink at the pub when she encountered the couple.
She said that the couple were flouting the social distancing rules that had been put in place and refused to move from the table at which her friend had been sat at, whilst waiting for everyone to arrive.
She said that instead of giving up the table, the couple tried to force that she and her friends move on during the incident which took place on Thursday, August 6.
Danielle said she began to talk “about periods – because I know it’s the easiest way to make a man uncomfortable”, in the hopes that he would give up and move away.
Yet this only increased the tension between the two different groups and when Danielle then gave a £5 note to a homeless man, the woman told her she was a “fool”.
Danielle claims that the antisemitic remarks began when she said to the homeless man “mazel tov”. This is a common Hebrew phrase which roughly translates as ‘congratulations’.
When the man heard her say this Jewish phrase if he asked her if she was Jewish. At this point, Danielle began to record the incident.
She is then heard asking the man if she looks Jewish and then the man proceeded to make antisemitic remarks.
The student then asked the man if he was German, to which he nodded, appearing to confirm he was.
Angered by his aggressiveness, Danielle’s group of friend challenged the couple, saying: “What you’ve actually just done is commit a hate crime.”
In the footage, Danielle can then be heard saying: “If you want to gas my people, I will take you to court. I’m not joking – I will ruin your whole f******g life.”
The woman who is sat with the man then begins to defend him and insists he’s not “racist”.
Danielle tells the couple that her friend had been at the table originally and that a couple more friends of hers would be arriving soon and have nowhere to sit.
The woman then tells the group of friends to “leave us alone” but then adds that they can drag more chairs over to the table.
Continuing to challenge the man on his antisemitic remarks, the man then tells the group of friends that students are “stupid”.
A couple at another table then intervene, surprisingly defending the couple, and tell Danielle she should “go get a job at McDonald’s”.
Danielle then asks her friend to call the police.
Later on, Danielle claimed that a man walked over to her from the next table and threatened to punch her in the mouth.
Wetherspoon management informed the Jewish Telegraph that following the incident, a man and woman had been asked to leave and banned from returning to the establishment.
Re uploading this after Facebook decided to delete.The antisemitic man has now been identified
Posted by Danielle Greyman on Friday, 7 August 2020
Recounting her ordeal, Danielle told Leeds Live: “I know I should feel sad or scared but I just feel angry.
“I feel angry that somebody can look me in the eye and say that to me.
She added: “Everyone makes it seem like it [antisemitism] is just 70 years ago but it’s not, it’s every day.”
The Univerity of Leeds society student explained that she and her family had previously received antisemitic comments before.
She said: “When my brother was 13 he was attacked on his way to school by a group of boys and was beaten up for being Jewish.
“My mum was kicked in the back of her leg so hard during a protest she got a blood clot.
“I’ve only been to Jewish schools and every one of them had to have two security gates and security there 24/7.
“It’s insane how much we have to watch out for ourselves, I don’t think people realise.”
Since the footage has been made public, Danielle said she has been overwhelmed by the support she’s received.
She said: “So many people have reached out and asked if they can help or if I needed to talk, I honestly never would’ve expected this many people to care.
“A lot of Jewish people have contacted me to tell me their own experiences of antisemitism but a lot of non-Jews have contacted me as well, which I thought was amazing.”
Danielle then went on to praise her friend who had been with her at the time, commenting: “She was absolutely fantastic throughout. She was so calm and went to get the manager and handled the phone call with the police.”
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that they called to an incident at 5.45 pm on August 6, which was recorded as a hate crime.
They stated: “The victim reported being verbally abused by the suspects outside a bar on Woodhouse Lane, Leeds before they made off.”