Attack on Jewish MP
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-04-11
Jewish MP Oona King and scores of Jewish senior citizens were verbally abused with eggs thrown at them in the East End during a memorial service to remember those who died during a V2 bombing in 1945.
The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow was at the Hughes Mansions area to pay respect to the 134 people who were killed by the last V2 missle to hit London.
While the attack was said to be mainly on Ms King and her support for the war in Iraq, those attending were hit by eggs and other vegetables including an 89-year-old war veteran and Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade bugler Richard Brett who sounded the Last Post.
"I think they were aimed at me, but the sheer ignorance never mind the lack of respect is shocking. They have no idea where their freedom came from and who gave it to them," Ms King said.
"They don't know they are lucky to be here. That is truly one of the saddest things I have ever seen. There were people who helped save this country, having eggs pelted at them at a time when they are remembering those they had lost. It's disgusting."