Muslim businessman blamed racist rant on smoking weed during Ramadan
Bradford – A Muslim businessman who reduced airline passengers to tears with antisemitic insults has walked free from court after he blamed his racist remarks on smoking cannabis during Ramadan.
Company director Shamraize Bashir, 34, was travelling back to the UK from Israel with friends when he launched a foul-mouthed five minute rant.
He was heard to say: ‘You know the really fat Jewish women yeah? Their job is to let their husbands fuck them and make babies for them.’
Fellow passengers on the easyJet flight from Tel Aviv urged Bashir to stop swearing, but he responded: ‘I’m not fucking swearing – you can’t tell me what to do, even my own mum doesn’t tell me what to do.’
One tearful woman was so offended during Bashir’s outburst that she swapped seats with another passenger.
The court heard the incident occurred last June 17 when Bashir and seven friends were returning to the UK on the 9.30pm flight from the Israeli city.
Bashir, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was arrested when the plane touched down in Manchester and was ordered to do community service when he appeared before a court this week.
He admitted to using racially aggravated threatening behaviour but he denied being racist, claiming his use of cannabis during the Islamic fasting season had affected his behaviour.
He told the court: ‘It was out of character, I do believe that this is down to smoking cannabis and that a course would help with that.’
Prosecutor Tim McArdle said: ‘As often happens with big groups they were sat across a number of rows spread over the aircraft.
‘Witnesses describe the defendant sitting at the front of the aircraft and moving around during the flight to speak with friends but the offence occurred at the back of the aircraft.
‘Two women describe two Asian males on row 26, [and the] defendant clarifies he was one of them. The witnesses had a clear and unobstructed view.
‘They describe the males swearing a lot, they were not being too aggressive but were rude and using offensive language.
‘One of the witnesses asked the males ”could you perhaps not swear quite so loudly, it is not nice for those around you”. The defendant replies ”I’m not fucking swearing, you can’t tell me what to do, even my own mum doesn’t tell me what to do.”
‘The males continued to swear in front of staff members, too. The defendant went on to say ”you know the really fat Jewish women yeah, their job is to let their husbands fuck them and make babies for them.”
‘According to witnesses the conversation about the Jewish religion lasted for around two to five minutes. There were lots of Jewish passengers on board.
‘One young female sat close to the witnesses looked visibly upset by what he was saying and she began crying. She was in his personal space for some time.
‘One of the witnesses swapped places with that young lady and they describe the incident as offensive and said he was making passengers around him feel uncomfortable. The incident has left people upset, shocked and affected by what was said.’