But one's father denies racism; he says the victims misheard his son. From the Hendon and Finchley Times and the London Evening Standard.
Four men who pelted eggs at young Jewish people during racially motivated attacks in Golders Green have been ordered to pay compensation to their victims. Mohammed Khalifa, 19, Aimen Mohamed, 19, Mohammed Jawad, 21, and Haider Al-Fardan, 21, carried out the attacks as they drove in Golders Green Road on December 9.
Willesden Magistrates Court heard how on that morning, Khalifa borrowed his father’s BMW before driving the other three to Kingsbury where they bought 30 eggs. Round my way the grocers will not sell value eggs (free range are too expensive to hurl) to under 14s. These are young men, supposedly. The men then headed to Golders Green where they singled out a group of four young girls at 11.30am.
As Khalifa slowed the car down, the men shouted “oi, Jews” and “Jews” while they drove past before throwing an egg, one of which hit a girl in the face. As the girls continued down the road, the car drove back down the road and they were subjected to more shouting . . . Fifteen minutes later, two 14-year-old boys were walking along the same road when the group drove slowly past them.
All the car windows on the passenger side were open and as the car pulled alongside the boys, the occupants yelled abuse at them with at least one voice shouting, “you f***ing Jews”.
The court decided after a two day trial that the behaviour had been motivated by the religion of the victims.
Khalifa, of St. Augustines Avenue, Wembley, Mohamed, of Broadhead Strand, Colindale, Jawad, of Blenheim Gardens, Wembley, and Al-Fardan, of Bush Grove, Colindale, were all found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress by words and behaviour. All four were ordered to pay £415 in fines, court costs and compensation to their victims.
The parents of Mohammad Khalifa, said: “Our son is no racist.” But his father, a paediatrician, today claimed the victims had misheard and the students had shouted “Oi, you.” Dr Khorshid Khalifa said: “My son has never been racist. All he said was, ‘Oi you,’ and people took it as, ‘Oi Jew,’ but that’s all it was. It’s very stupid. The solicitors said the case should have been dropped.”