Steve Hedley is the London Transport Regional Organiser of the RMT, the official representative of tube and bus workers in London. When his arguments for boycotting Israel were challenged he said the following to the critic at a public meeting at SOAS, University of London:
“We oppose the Israeli government because we oppose the racist policies that they’re carrying out on the Palestinian people. And you can cover it up for so long with your friends in the media, with the attack on the Mavi Marmara, and the attack on the innocent women and children who you who you starved and turned into the biggest concentration camp on the earth [applause].
And this is the reality of it!
You’re an absolute disgrace to the Jewish people!
You are a modern-day fascist!
A modern-day Nazi!
… No wonder the EDL are flying the flag of Israel!”
After this extraordinary tirade had finished, Richard Millett asked Steve Hedley if he felt better, to which he replied:
“Better than you, obviously. But then again you’re one of the Chosen People so you might feel better than me, huh?”
Thereafter, this is what happened:
It wasn’t long after this that I felt a tug on my shirt collar and heard the words “You’ve got a right hook coming to you” menacingly whispered into my ear.