An Iraqi-Kurdish taxi driver residing in Manchester, England, has been found guilty in court after unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade directed at mothers and children outside a Jewish day school back in October. The driver, Taha Osman, reportedly screamed that "all Jewish children must die."
The Manchester Evening News reports what happened at the King David School and on Osman's, subsequent trial:
Taha Osman shrieked ‘All Jewish children must die!’ after his car was hemmed in by parents picking up pupils outside King David School in Crumpsall.
Two mums on the school run and a teaching assistant were singled out in a foul-mouthed and ‘frightening’ tirade witnessed by kids, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Osman – an Iraqi Kurd who has settled in Britain – also shouted that Jewish people were ‘animals’ who ‘should not be allowed in this country’.
The 36-year-old denied causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress in a trial, but was found guilty by the jury.
Sentencing him to a community order, Judge David Stockdale QC said it was a ‘particularly nasty offence’ – but did not warrant a jail sentence.
According to the Evening News, Osman was allegedly on his way to a popular supermarket chain when he got caught up in a traffic jam outside the Jewish school. This apparently lead Osman's temper to flare at the driver in front of him, Sigal Bar-Ilan. The Evening News reports what happened next:
Caroline Franks told the court that she had collected her children, aged four and six, from the school, when she saw him shouting at Mrs Bar-Ilan.
When Mrs Franks got out of her vehicle to help the woman manoeuvre her car, Osman screamed vile racial insults at them both.
Mrs Bar-Ilan said her daughter began to cry and her son asked ‘Why’s the man shouting at you mummy?’ She told the jury the incident ‘scared the hell out of my children and out of me’.
Mrs Franks said the abuse continued even after she got back in her car, and Joanne Cantor, a teaching assistant, said she was ‘shocked’ by the rant, which led the victims to contact people.
At the trial the presiding judge said Osman's rhetoric was of the "utmost offensiveness" and reportedly added:
“Your rant on that afternoon crossed the boundary between what would have been ill-mannered, foul-mouthed loutish behaviour into the territory of criminal behaviour.
“This was because you launched into a racist verbal attack on the Jewish community in general.
“Your behaviour and language was precisely the language and behaviour the legislation is designed to prevent. This was a most serious offence of its type.”
Perhaps a little additional justice might be found in the fact that Osman may now have his taxi licence revoked.