The watchers trying to protect Europe’s Jews

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In the first of a three-part series, Peter Foster reports from Budapest on how Jewish communities are responding to hatred and abuse across the Continent.

In a faraway corner of Europe a Jewish man in a kippah is walking down the street when he is accosted by a group of aggressive young men who start to jeer and mock him, knocking the skullcap from his head.

In recent years the man has grown more used to this kind of behaviour, but fearing things might take a more serious and violent turn, he slides his finger across his smartphone and operates a virtual panic-button.

The phone app is called ‘Octopus’ and it can instantly send an alert to a control in both his home country and a European network…