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Anti-Semitism More Than Doubles in UK, Figures Show

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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?

British MP Ed Miliband is not excluded from being targeted on Twitter by local anti-Semites, regardless of his liberal views.  This post was uploaded quite recently.

British MP Ed Miliband is not excluded from being targeted on Twitter by local anti-Semites, regardless of his liberal views. This post was uploaded quite recently.

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.”

Holocaust denial is not unusual among anti-Semites although some validate the genocide and in fact praise it, saying Hitler "didn't finish the job." In the case of this post to Twitter from the UK, it was the former.

Holocaust denial is not unusual among anti-Semites although some validate the genocide and in fact praise it, saying Hitler “didn’t finish the job.” In the case of this post to Twitter from the UK, it was the former.

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.

Anti-Semitic Rally Opposing ‘Jewification’ of Britain

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

For anyone who believed the British government tripe claiming “significant progress has been made in partnership with the community in tackling anti-Semitism,” here’s a bit that ought to be a wake-up call – if the Paris attacks didn’t already do that for you.

A group called “Liberate Stamford Hill” has planned a rally for March 22 at 2pm local time to oppose what it calls the “Jewification of Great Britain.”

The rally is set to take place in a district of northern London that is home to the highest concentration of Orthodox Jews in Europe.

Last December (Dec. 29, 2014) Communities Secretary Eric Pickles issued a report claiming Britain had made “great strides” in fighting anti-Semitism, but acknowledged that England still had a long way to go.

“Anti-Semitism and hate crime are completely incompatible with traditional British values and totally unacceptable in our society,” he said.

“Britain is a country where different people get along… while this government has done much to enhance Britain’s status as a safe, tolerant place for Jewish people, it is not a case of job done.” He added that the summer’s spike in anti-Semitic incidents were a “depressing reminder” that hatred still exists and urged councils to “use their position of authority to actively reduce tensions, not stir them up.” Pickles added that the government has demonstrated that “people and groups that espouse extremist views are not welcome in Britain.”

But what about those who already live there?

A Facebook page for the group organizing the March 22 rally in Stamford Hill says “We are demonstrating against the illegal and unlawful Jewish Shomrim Police that are enforcing talmudic law on British streets… These armed thus are impersonating our police yet they have not been arrested in doing so, in fact, they are supported by the Metropolitan police. In Stamford Hill, White are openly spat at in the street and made to feel as if they are Second-Class citizens in their own country, we say ENOUGH White Man. It’s time we fight back!”

Another post by the group reads: “We certainly can’t promise a Nuremberg rally, the budget doesn’t cover that much just yet.”

A third post by the group claims: “The Jews are mobilising an Anti-White army against us. We welcome the opposition, any chance to show how both the Left-Wing and Jews are working hand-in-hand is an opportunity to be taken advantage of.”

And what has prompted this new blaze of irrationality?

A poster hung for modesty in the neighborhood for a one-time event, requesting “women should please walk along this side of the road only,” seems to have been one of the offenses.

The real truth is these people are being driven by plain old-fashioned paranoid crazy anti-Semitism of the same type that drove the Cossacks into their drunken pogroms in Russia a hundred years ago and more.

For example:

“We are demonstrating against the complete Jewification of the borough and by the term Jewification we mean: “Where Jewish culture has occupied white countries, rendering them unrecognisable”… Suffice to say, we have already made contact with the Metropolitan Police and on his website“>they are more than happy to facilitate our demonstration in the borough of Stamford Hill,” writes Joshua Bonehill, an organizer of the rally.

“It’s utter disbelief that the Jews of Stamford Hill have set up their own police force which enforces their own talmudic law on the streets of a White British city. In Stamford Hill, White people are openly spat at on the streets and viewed simply as “Goyim”, slave to the Jew. The Shomrim Police have placed signs around the borough that ask for Women to walk on the opposite side of the road to men, Jewish Paedophiles and grooming gangs go unreported to the police as the Shomrim police cover up for them.

Shomrim Yields Suspects in Wave of NE London Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The Jewish volunteer police force in northeast London provided valuable assistance to the local police in the arrest of 4 suspects in a rash of anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism which has terrorized a neighborhood of the Hackney borough of London known as Stoke Newington. The neighborhood is northeast of the center of London. The ages of those arrested are 32, 39, 40 and 43.

Anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas were graffitied onto vehicles, houses and a school. In just one night, up to 20 vehicles were vandalized. In November, over 100 car tires were slashed in an Orthodox Jewish community. Police described the attacks as “racially or religiously motivated.”

anti-semitic vandalism in north London neighborhood of Stoke Newington Dec. 28, 2014

anti-semitic vandalism in north London neighborhood of Stoke Newington Dec. 28, 2014

The Shomrim has been monitoring the situation closely. The coordinator, Barry Bird, said the vandalism was treated as a hate crime and expressed support for the speed and seriousness with which the local police responded.

In a separate incident, early in the morning of Jan. 1, members of the Shomrim noticed a suspect in an unlocked car, attempting to steal valuables. Hackney police were called to the scene and the suspect, a 32-year-old man, was arrested. A few hours later Shomrim members learned the suspect was wanted for three previous offenses in the area.

Other than age and gender, no identifying information about the suspects have been released.

UPDATE: The article has been revised to reflect that the suspect arrested this morning, with the assistance of the Shomrim, was not related to the series of anti-Semitic vandalism. Four suspects have been arrested, however, in connection with the ongoing racist attacks, and the Shomrim assisted with those arrests as well. 

Jewish Film Star Luise Rainer Dies in London at 104

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

German-born Luise Rainer, the first movie actress to win two successive Oscars for best actress, died on Tuesday at the age of 104 in her home in London.

She was born in Duesseldorf and grew up in Hamburg. Rainer’s family escaped Nazi Germany and Hollywood talent scouts found her when she was a stage actress in Vienna.

She moved to the United States in 1935. Her first Academy Award was for a relatively small part in The Great Ziegfeld  and the second for the role of a poor Chinese farm wife in The Good Earth, in 1936 and 1937 respectively.

Rainer identified herself as an Austrian because of the taint of being a German, but Hollywood did not give her serious roles. She moved back to Europe in 1943 and lived most of the time in Switzerland but had a plush home in London.

Rainer also entertained for U.S. soldiers during World War.

London Neighborhood again Vandalized with Swastikas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas.

The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood is home to as many as 20,000 Haredi Jews.

“There is a large Jewish community that lives here with Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivors, and to see swastikas is not a pleasant thing for them,” Meir Taub, a volunteer for Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim, told The Daily Mail. “People were shocked, scared and fearful.”

This incident comes just over a week after a primary school and private home in the same neighborhood were defaced with swastikas.

El Al ‘Noisiest’ Airline at Heathrow

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The British apparently take their noise levels very seriously – even at the airport.

El Al Airlines was rated the noisiest carrier at London’s Heathrow Airport for the period July – September 2014.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye penned a stern warning to El Al about the offensive noise produced by its aircraft during approach to landing (CDA, or continuous descent approach).

The airport chief executive said he’s “written to those airlines failing to meet Heathrow’s CDA standards, asking for engagement from their technical teams with the airport to increase CDA adherence.”

The quietest airlines over the same period were domestic and short-haul flights for British Airways, Virgin and Aer Lingus (Ireland).

The previous holder of the “noisiest” record in west London was the Polish airline, LOT.

Shuafat Comes to London

Monday, November 10th, 2014

London’s police come under attack by fireworks in East London. Just like in Jerusalem.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/shuafat-comes-to-london/2014/11/10/

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