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Messages prefaced with the words "nothing to worry about" are almost always guaranteed to have the opposite effect.

And so it was the other day, when a text from my eldest son, Sam, began with this classic prologue.

In this case, it read "nothing to worry about, but.... just been verbally abused by a stranger calling me a 'f***ing Jew' on the Tube."

I didn't even have time to appreciate his deferential asterisks before dialling his number in frantic panic.

It turns out that as Sam and his girlfriend travelled the Northern Line on a lunchtime train, a complete stranger who appeared to be Muslim, began screaming at him for being Jewish. He also called Sam and his "people" murderers for killing "my people".


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