UK investigating reported harassment of Oct. 7 survivors at Manchester Airport

A border guard officer allegedly told two survivors of the Nova music festival massacre after a two-hour detention that “they had to make sure that you are not going to do what you are doing in Gaza over there.”

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Antisemitism, Britain
Manchester Airport. Photo: EPA-EFE/ADAM VAUGHAN
Manchester Airport. Photo: EPA-EFE/ADAM VAUGHAN

The United Kingdom is investigating a report that two survivors of the Hamas-led massacre in southern Israel on Oct. 7 were discriminated against upon their arrival at Manchester Airport on Sunday.

UK Home Secretary James Cleverly tweeted late on Monday that “we are investigating this. We do not tolerate antisemitism or any form of discrimination. This incident will be handled in line with our disciplinary procedures.”

The Jewish Representative Council (JRC) of Greater Manchester and Region wrote in an online complaint published on Monday that the two men, both Jewish Israeli nationals, were stopped by border guards after arriving on a flight from Brussels.

They are survivors of the Nova music festival massacre who suffer from PTSD, and came to the United Kingdom to speak about their experiences and raise awareness about a nonprofit they established to assist other survivors.

According to the complaint, the two men were detained for two hours after showing their Israeli passports and telling the border guards why they were visiting the country. A video shared by JRC shows one of the guards addressing the Israelis in an aggressive manner, saying “keep quiet, look at me, are you clear with that? We are the bosses, not you.”

After they were released, the same border guard officer said, according to the complaint, “they had to make sure that you are not going to do what you are doing in Gaza over there.”

“The only reason for their detention and interrogation was because they were Israeli,” the complaint alleges.

A Manchester Airport spokesperson told Sky News that the UK Border Force personnel are not employed by the airport.

Some 364 people were murdered at the outdoor rave near Kibbutz Re’im, Israel, attended by 3,500 partygoers—nearly one-third of the 1,200 people killed by Hamas terrorists during their mass invasion of the northwestern Negev. Many were wounded, and at least 40 were taken back to Gaza as hostages.

In another recent incident in Manchester, a social media post published on March 21 alleged that a visibly Jewish boy was forced out of his bed by nurses wearing pro-Palestinian badges at a children’s hospital.

According to the allegation by his uncle, the boy had to “lie on the floor” while being treated at one point. The boy also was “denied correct medical care” the last few times he was treated at the medical center.

“Coincidentally, today when not visibly Jewish, he received quick care,” the post adds. “Also worth noting, prior to the conflict he received excellent care.”

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital responded to the claims, saying that is has “taken action” and “do[es] not tolerate any discriminatory practice.”

Manchester University NHS Trust also issued a statement regarding the incident:

“We have taken action and offered prompt reassurance that Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and the wider NHS, provides care and treatment for all people regardless of race, faith, or background, and does not discriminate.

“We are proud of our good relationship with the Jewish communities across Greater Manchester and will continue to build their confidence in accessing services through our engagement with patients, faith leaders, and communities.

“We have reminded all staff of the need to adhere to the trust’s dress code policy which only permits the wearing of badges endorsed by officially sanctioned NHS campaigns.

“We do not tolerate any discriminatory practice and react swiftly where there is evidence of such behaviour.

“Our patients are our priority at all times, and we would like to reassure people of all faiths, and those of none, within our community.”

With reporting by JNS.


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One response to “UK investigating reported harassment of Oct. 7 survivors at Manchester Airport”

  1. Disciple 1978 says:

    Of all places Manchester should be sympathetic to victims of music festival terrorism after their 2017 Ariana Grande concert attack.
    UK border control is a joke. Maybe 500 illegal immigrants arrive each day, and the government won’t remove them with existing laws so is trying to create new ones with a Rwanda plan.
    UK morality and spirituality are equally neglected by the elites as the flood of globalism engulfs us.

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