Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah visit the National Library in London where they see the original Balfur Statement and one of Netanyahu’s father’s books, during their visit to England, on September 10, 2015.
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Jews in Liverpool are bracing themselves to face a nasty round of ugly neo-Nazi hate with the ‘White Man March’ held on the Sabbath, courtesy of British law.
In fact, neo-Nazis all over the Twitterverse are salivating over the upcoming event. As the organizers themselves explained in a tweet:
White Man March UK @WhiteManMarchUK – Jun 6
We do not stand to oppose the colour of a man’s skin, we stand to oppose a sick Jewish ideological system @SmashCM79
Previous similar marches have been held as a platform for neo-Nazis to commit hate crimes in Britain, the Meyerside Jewish Representative Council noted in a petition to Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM of Meyerside Police.
The first ‘White Man March’ was held on March 21 of this year in Newcastle where neo-Nazis were “completely unopposed,” organizers bragged in a tweet. Footage of that event is self-explanatory.
Activists on the Twitter social networking site have been tweeting for nearly a month about the upcoming event.
“This march is a disgrace to the culture heritage of Liverpool and is a vehicle from which unnecessary violence could derive.” wrote one person today (Wednesday, August 12.)
“This is a march to incite racism. This kid has sent serious threats to our mayor and our city. Why hasn’t he been arrested?” asked another in a tweet, also posted today.
“I am a Christian minister and a supporter of Liverpool’s Jewish community,” tweeted a third.
But these voices of reason are being drowned out by the vicious anti-Semitism and racist garbage being fired across the Internet by neo-Nazi organizers and White Supremacists.
The Meyerside Jewish Representative Council asked the Chief Constable to exercise his powers under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 to restrict the planned march.
Instead, the community activist group is asking Murphy to force the neo-Nazis to hold their demonstration at a location away from major thoroughfares and residential areas, for a short time and restricted to a small number of participants.
In addition, the Jewish group has called on Meyerside Police and the Liverpool City Council to apply for an injunction against the neo-Nazi event under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
They are hoping to ban the organizers and speakers for the planned march from making or causing to be made or distributing any statement or image likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress; and holding any kind of public assembly within two hundred meters of a synagogue, Jewish cemetery, or Jewish community or cultural center.
The march, organized by Wayne Jarvis of Castleford, is backed by the far-right National Action (NA. Also supporting the march are other racist) and anti-Semitic groups, including the North West Infidels (NWI), the Misanthropic Division and the National Front.
An equally active “Stop the Nazi ‘White Man’ March” movement is organized on Facebook and is urging members to retweet and share posts until gathering at 11am at William Brown Street in Liverpool, an hour before the scheduled start of the neo-Nazi march.
In February, JewishPress.com reported on a neo-Nazi group that planned a march in Stamford Hill.
That march was eventually cancelled, though a few neo-Nazis still showed up. The organizer has faced a number of criminal charges.
But Scotland Yard said it cannot prevent the upcoming neo-Nazi march that is planned for July 4th in north London’s Golders Green, according to The Guardian.
Golders Green is the home of a large Jewish community in London.
The neo-Nazi march will be held on Shabbat, in the heart of the Jewish community, and exactly when religious Jews will be walking to Shul for prayers.
Dear Jews of the UK, Israel is only an airplane ride away.
Anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom has more than doubled over the past year, according to figures gathered by the Community Security Trust. (CST)
When the incidents were broken down by category, the highest spike was seen in abusive behavior, which nearly tripled since 2004, but which more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 – a total of 884 incidents last year alone.
In fact, incidents of damage and desecration nearly doubled; the number of assaults were up by 25 percent and the number of threats (92) increased by 142 percent. The highest spike was in anti-Semitic literature, which was six times higher in 2014 than in 2013.
The greatest rise in incidents recorded by the CST in its annual report occurred in London (583) and Manchester (309) in northern England. Included were 81 violent assaults. One case involved a baseball bat and a glass.
Odd, and sad: in 2013, the same organization recorded its lowest number of anti-Semitic incidents for eight years commented David Conn, a commentator for The Guardian.
Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May called the statistics “deeply concerning,” according to Reuters.
Prime Minister David Cameron had already told parliament last Wednesday, “We need to do everything we can to help this community feel safe and secure in our country… I would hate it for British Jews not to feel that they have a home here in Britain – safe, secure and a vital part of our community.”
Really? Seriously? How perfectly splendid. But perhaps Cameron should give this a teensy bit more consideration: after all, even his fellow MP Ed Miliband is being targeted. Where does it end?
It is no surprise to any thinking individual that a survey last month found that 25 percent of Britain’s Jews have spent the past two years mulling the prospect of leaving the UK for good. The survey, conducted online by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, found that 56 percent of Jewish people in the UK believe anti-Semitism now “echoes the 1930s.” More to the point, 58 percent said they believe Jews have “no long-term future in Europe.”
As a matter of fact, students at a small Jewish elementary school in London were drilled on how to respond in case of a terror attack.
Perhaps that’s not a bad idea. Last week a far-right neo-Nazi group announced plans to hold a march under the banner, “Liberate Stamford Hill” next month to protest “Jewification of Great Britain.” Stamford Hill is an area of London that is home to the highest concentration of Orthodox Jews in the country.
The group, which also calls itself “Liberate Stamford Hill” has planned its rally for March 22 at 2pm local time in the Stamford Hill district. For obvious reasons, the CST has expressed concern.
Republished from Jewish Business News
The National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools in Great Britain (NAJOS) said it was “appalled” at reports that inspectors from Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools in England, left young girls “traumatized” after asking them if they had a boyfriend, how babies are made and whether they knew that two men could marry, Jewish News reported.
Apparently, the inspectors also “quizzed the girls on their views about Facebook and queried how they managed without a Smartphone.”
It began with three Jewish schools receiving surprise inspections in recent weeks, including a school in Manchester, where most of the complaints have originated.
NAJOS expressed “grave concerns” following reports from school administrators that Jewish girls “felt bullied into answering inspectors’ questions” and that students and staff have been feeling “traumatized and ashamed.”
NAJOS statement read: “Ofsted inspectors have been asking pupils inappropriate and challenging questions, many of which fall outside the religious ethos and principles at Orthodox Jewish faith schools.”
One 9th grade girl reported feeling “uncomfortable and upset” after inspectors started telling them that a “woman might choose to live with another woman and a man could choose to live with a man, it’s up to them.”
An 11th grade girl said: “They made us feel threatened about our religion. They asked ‘Do you have friends from other religions?’ They asked this many times until we answered what they wanted us to say. We felt very bullied.”
According to the NAJOS statement, in one inspection, 9-year old girls in an Orthodox Jewish primary school were asked whether they know how babies are made and whether they know any gays.
NAJOS director Jonathan Rabson: “This confrontational approach by inspectors is a worrying trend never been seen before in the UK Jewish community. We fear it suggests a shift in policy towards faith schools.”
There has been a growing suspicion in Great Britain, according to Jewish News, that religious schools are being targeted, after news broke this summer of Operation Trojan Horse, an organized attempt by Islamists to covertly co-opt schools in England.
So how did the Jews end up getting “inspected”?
In a letter to both Ofsted and Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, Jewish educators have argued that their students were being “disproportional targeted” and that “Jewish values and ethos are being questioned by inspectors in a climate of hostility designed to unsettle the pupils at member schools.”
Ofsted denied that Jewish schools were being singled out, according to Jewish News. Of the 4,000 inspections conducted this year, only ten were in Jewish schools, and only two of those were unannounced.
Ofsted did admit having inspected 12 independent Jewish schools, and three of those were surprise visits.
Ofsted’s Chief Operating Officer HMI Matthew responded to the horrified accusations saying: “Inspectors must ask questions which probe the extent to which pupils are prepared for the next stage in their education, or employment, or for life in modern Britain.”
Where, no doubt, they would have to reconsider their sexual identity…
Matthew added: “I am sorry if these questions seemed insensitive or offensive. Inspectors use age-appropriate questions to test children’s understanding and tolerance of lifestyles different to their own.”
“Ofsted is not looking for answers to questions which are contrary to their faith, simply that they are able to express views which are neither intolerant nor discriminatory towards others. This is vital if we are to make sure young people are ready for life in modern Britain.”
Trade between Israel and Britain reached all new highs in 2014, according to a Makor Rishon report, despite attempts by various BDS groups to to boycott Israel.
Overall trade for the first half of 2014 is 28% higher than last year, and exports from Israel to England are 38 higher than last year.
Israel exports to Britain reached 1.6 billion pound sterling, and British exports to Israel reached 957 million pounds.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that his government will fight all antisemitism, and attempts to boycott Israel.
At least 1000 British Jews are expected to attend a protest rally in central London Sunday to to demand greater action by the police and Government against anti-Semitism.
The rally, which will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice, was called by the Campaign against Antisemitism, a new organization dedicated to identifying and fighting Judeophobia in the United Kingdom. Speakers will include Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim activist and co-founder of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank and Douglas Murray, a conservative commentator and associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.
Great Britain, like other European countries, has experienced a sharp spike in Judeophobic attacks, especially since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 8. Since the beginning of August, several synagogues have been vandalized, pro-Palestinian activists have attacked supermarkets selling Israeli products, and signs reading “Hitler was right” have been featured at anti-Israel demonstrations.
“British Jews complain the existing law is not being enforced to protect them from abuse and discrimination,” said the Campaign Against Antisemitism.