Susan Williams, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in Britain, on Monday evening condemned the anti-Semitic attack in Manchester, in which a 17-year-old boy was beaten unconscious and three other people were hurt.
“No should ever be attacked because of their faith. Appalled to hear of anti Semitic attack in Manchester and anti Muslim hatred stats,” Williams tweeted.
“Thoughts and prayers to the family of young Jewish boy in Manchester in anti Semitic attack who is now in a coma,” she added in a second tweet.
The victims were pounced upon by a gang of three men, according to police, who proceeded to hurl anti-Semitic verbal abuse at them before launching a sudden, unprovoked attack.
The 17-year-old victim was the worst injured, and is currently still hospitalized with a "suspected bleed to the brain," according to Manchester Evening News. Three other victims aged 18, 18, and 20 were also injured in the attack.
Police are treating the vicious assault as a hate crime.
It comes amid a surge in hate crimes in London, including an near-doubling of the number of anti-Semitic crimes recorded over the 12 months up to July, compared with the previous period.