Nurse wearing Magen David necklace told ‘I want to kill all your people’

Royal London Hospital worker left ‘shaken’ after she was confronted in a lift


A Jewish nurse who works at the Royal London Hospital was left “shaken” after being confronted in a hospital lift by men who shouted, “I want to kill all your people”.  

Hadasa Mayerfeld, a 27-year-old neonatal intensive care nurse, has worked at the hospital for four years, caring for new-born babies from a wide range of religions and ethnicities. 

Ms Mayerfeld was travelling in one of the hospital lifts on Tuesday when a man noticed her Magen David necklace and proceeded to shout at her.

A second man in the lift, who was dressed in a religious Muslim robe, laughed along as he watched the confrontation.

The man in question, who is not a member of hospital staff, said: “So you don't support a free Palestine?

“How can someone who comes from people who kill all our innocent children get a job working here? 

“I want to kill all your people, we need to kill all you people.”

Ms Mayerfeld said she felt “shaken” as she exited the lift and has reported the incident to CST. 

The nurse briefly spoke to hospital security following the incident but will be launching a formal complaint in the next few days. 

Ms Mayerfield said: “I spend hours on end caring for babies from all walks of life. Every race, every religion, every ethnicity. I care for each of them with so much love and devotion to give them all the care they need.

“Even at work I need to be scared to stand up for my religion and my beliefs.”

A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We are investigating a distressing report of verbal abuse by visitors to The Royal London Hospital, and supporting the wellbeing of the nurse involved.

"We do not tolerate antisemitism, racism or abusive behaviour in our hospitals and are committed to making them safe places for all our communities.”

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