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Police in Greater London arrested a Jew last week for scuffling with more than dozen demonstrators waving a Palestinian Authority flag and chanting anti-Semitic remarks outside a Jewish deli.
No one was injured in the incident at Flax’s Kosher Deli in the Borough of Bushey Heath, on the outskirts of London.
The only one who was arrested was the 47-year-old Jew, who along with other deli customers barged out of the store to confront the protesters.
Jewish man has been arrested in Bushey Heath after a fight involving socialists who produced Palestinian flags as they marched past a kosher deli.
Police investigators asserted that “no evidence was found that any race or religious hate crimes had occurred,” according to Britain’s JewishNews online website, but witnesses’ remarks indicate that the police investigation was not very thorough.
Among the “non-hate” remarks were, “Jews aren’t safe – we’re coming to get you.”
The demonstration was ostensibly a “March for Jobs” protest, with Palestinian Authority flags. The connection between unemployment and waving the PA flag outside a Jewish deli is not clear, unless the anti-Zionists were demanding that they work in the Kosher deli, assuming they understand Jewish dietary laws.
“That flag, in this area, with all that’s going on in the world in Gaza, it was bound to cause trouble.” said deli manager Mitchell Swillman. “ It escalated as they made their way down to Bushey village. From what I understand these guys were being quite anti-Semitic.”
The conclusion by police that there was not hate speech may explain why out of 240 anti-Semitic incidents registered last month, only 20 of them were followed up by an investigation or arrests.
London’s Community Security Trust (CST) blog stated, “The actual data is bad enough, but cannot convey the mood of the Jewish community, with many people telling us that they have never felt so bad, have been under such pressure, nor worried so much about what the future may hold.”
The Jews are worried. They sit and worry and come up with reasons why not to move to Israel.
Donna Rachel Edmunds, a councillor for Lewes District Council and founder and editor of UKIPDaily.com, wrote on her Breitbart.com, “I’ve lived my life entirely in the south east of England… As a libertarian, I’m proud to call thinkers such as Smith and Hume my fellow countrymen….
“I’ve never really thought of myself as being is an immigrant although technically I am – albeit second generation….Another label I’ve never meaningfully attached to myself is ‘Jewish’, although, again technically, I am.
“Yet I’ve never stepped foot inside a synagogue. I think I once took part in a Passover meal when I was very young, but other than that my mother made no real effort to educate my sister or myself on our Jewish roots. Our only tangible link to our maternal heritage is through soup: chicken noodle when we’re feeling ill; borscht when we want something filling….
“So I was as surprised as anyone when I found myself uttering six loaded words recently. And by ‘recently’ I don’t mean once, dropped into a passing conversation. I mean at least a dozen times, in a dozen such conversations over the past few weeks. Those words were “Maybe we should move to Israel….
“Not, primarily, because I worry about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks affecting me personally. As a church-going Christian I wear a cross on a necklace, and am more often assumed to be Spanish, if anything, so I doubt I would be targeted on the street….
“The reason that I’m seriously considering a move to Israel in the next few years is because I’m developing a strong suspicion that Israel is going to be one of the safest countries on the planet to live in over the next few decades….
A Hareidi family from Antwerp are packing up their belongings as they prepare to make Aliya from Belgium on August 07, 2014.
Europe has seen a massive outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews, and many Jews are considering leaving to escape before it gets worse.
Only in Israel…
Israeli President Ruby Rivlin personally welcomed new Olim (immigrants) as they step off the plane today, August 12, 2014.
This flight was called the “Soldier’s Flight” as 110 of the young people on this Aliyah flight are joining the IDF.
North Americans are ignoring the largely skewed news coverage they are being fed by mass media abroad and continuing to ‘come home to Israel’ regardless of the grim news headlines around the conflict with Gaza.
One of the special Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flights from New York that takes place each summer arrived bright and early Tuesday, bringing 338 new “olim” to Ben Gurion International Airport on the wings of Israel’s national carrier, El Al Airlines.
The 38 new Israeli families included 107 children and 108 young men and women who are soon to become soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces.
The new immigrants, who came from the United States and Canada were welcomed by top government officials at a special ceremony held under tight security inside the airport.
The next batch of new immigrants – “olim”- from the United States is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday morning, and 108 of the 338 newbies are planning to enlist directly into the IDF.
The charter flight by the Nefesh B’Nefesh group will fly 37 families, including 107 children, all of whom will be greeted by Israel’s new President, Reuven Rivlin, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, among other officials.
Aliyah form the United States and Canada is co-sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah, the Jewish national Fund (JNF) and the “Tzofim garin Tsabar” movement that oversees the enlistment of olim ready to start out their lives in Israel as soldiers.
New York Yankees president Randy Levine treated 40 of the prospective new soldiers to a baseball game as a going-away present.
Among the 228 new immigrants from the United States and Canada that arrived to Israel on Tuesday morning, July 22, seven doctors will be working in medical centers across the country and an 18-year-old high school graduate from Chicago is getting ready to join the IDF.
Barak Vaisler of Chicago believes it’s his duty to make aliyah to the Jewish state. The Israeli-born native who moved to Chicago when he was two-years-old because of his father’s work with Motorola, has always dreamed of returning.
“I could have stayed in the United States with my parents and went to college like everyone else, but I chose the road less taken,” Vaisler told Tazpit News Agency.
“It’s honor to be here and to serve this country and I still can’t believe that I’m finally here after 16 years,” he said emotionally. Vaisler, who will join the Garin Tzabar lone soldier program in August and will go into the army in November, wants to enlist to the Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit 669. “It’s the Israeli version of the U.S. Coast Guard,” says Vaisler.
Vaisler’s first experience with a Gaza rocket took place a couple of hours after landing in Ben Gurion Airport. “I was waiting for a taxi outside when the siren went off. We had already been prepared beforehand by Nefesh B’Nefesh for the rocket sirens and security protocol before we landed in Israel” he said.
More than 2,000 rockets have been fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip at major Israeli cities and towns for the past two weeks, with several rockets directed at Ben Gurion Airport, which have been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome.
According to Nefesh B’Nefesh, upon arriving to the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, the group received a special booklet by the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption on security measures, such as what to do when a Code Red siren sounds warning of incoming rockets. Each new Israeli immigrant was also provided with an English-language manual from the Israel Home Front Command on how to talk to children about the situation, which had been translated by Nefesh B’Nefesh.
Those immigrants planning to live in the south also received special briefings about the security situation, such as information about trauma counseling and support from English-speaking immigrants living in the area.
Among the 228 new olim, 100 are children who made aliyah with their parents including 39 girls and 61 boys. Altogether, 29 families and 54 singles joined the landmark flight, which included Olim planning to live in Israel’s south and north, as part of a joint project to settle Olim in the Negev and the Galilee. One olah, Ilana Barta, 23, from Teaneck, New Jersey, arrived with her wedding dress in hand for her August wedding with her fiance, an officer in the IDF Paratrooper unit who is on active duty in Gaza.
A number of Israeli dignitaries greeted Vaisler and the group as they touched down in Israel as new citizens including the Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver; MK Rabbi Dov Lipman; Chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky; Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Yisrael Meir Lau and Founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass who escorted the special flight.
“Today’s Aliyah flight demonstrates the great resilience of the Jewish people and its determination to build the State of Israel,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “These olim, who are choosing to move to Israel in these difficult times are instilling hope, optimism and strength throughout Israel and the Jewish nation. The outpouring number of requests we received to join the flight out of solidarity for the citizens of Israel is inspiring.”