Man attacked on bus 'after his mother says she was born in Israel'

Police are investigating the assault


A man was the victim of an antisemitic assault on a bus in Wales on Monday after his mother reportedly told another passengers of she was born in Israel.

They were travelling on a bus travelling from Barry to Cardiff at around 1.15pm on Monday when they were approached by a man and a woman who asked whether they were Welsh.

The woman from the couple then punched the man, 38, who required hospital treatment for facial injuries.

Witnesses reportedly intervened in support of the victims.

Sonya Ataou, whose 21-year-old son was among the witnesses who helped remove the pair from the bus, told WalesOnline: "People told the man to be quiet and he started shouting at people on the bus. He went up to the boy and said ‘where are you from?’.

“He then started verbal, antisemitic abuse. Everyone on the bus was standing up for the boy.

“The driver stopped the bus and told them to get off. The guy left the bus but the woman went for the boy. She hit him in the head and he was bleeding."

South Wales Police, which clarified the victim was 38 after reports he was "young boy", said: "Officers have made arrangements to speak to the victim and witnesses to obtain further information."

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