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UK Allowing Neo-Nazi March on London’s Jews in Golders Green

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The Jews of London are preparing to face a Nazi provocation of extraordinary proportions on the first Sabbath of next month.

But at least some British Members of Parliament are issuing a call to action to protect them in the face of the upcoming neo-Nazi rally set for July 4.

Inexplicably, despite numerous requests from Jewish residents, the British government is allowing the neo-Nazis to march on that date through the prominent northwest London Jewish neighborhood of Golders Green.

MPs led by Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq have signed an early day motion praising a campaign to ban the rally, The Jewish Chronicle reported Wednesday (June 24.) The motion was cosponsored by fellow Labour Mps Sadiq Khan, Wes Streeting and Ruth Smeeth, as well as Conservative MP Peter Bottomley. The group also called on Home Secretary Theresa May to take action to stop the rally.

“That this house notes with concern the planned neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green on 4th July; highlights that this rally is due to take place on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, in an area in which 40 percent of the population is Jewish; praises the public activism in opposition to the rally – and particularly the Change.org petition to ban it, and the work of Hope Not Hate and the London Jewish Forum, under the umbrella of the Golders Green Together campaign, to promote solidarity and celebrate diversity in the local area; believes that every measure should be taken to protect Golders Green’s vibrant community from provocation and abuse, and calls on the Home Secretary to consider what further actions the government could take to isolate the politics of hate and division on our streets.”

Self-described fascist Joshua Bonehill, who is leading the group, has announced the event will feature “Jewish book burning and Jewish flag destruction” to protest “Jewish privilege.”

Golders Green is home to a diverse population of thousands of Jews from across the spectrum: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and hareidi. All live together in a neighborhood where they can access the cultural trappings of Jewish life and which are now entirely unavailable anywhere else in London. Kosher food, for instance, can no longer be found at all outside of Jewish enclaves; nor can one find Jewish book shops, synagogues or mikvahs elsewhere.

A recent foray by JewishPress.com into eight different food shops — including the iconic Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s — revealed that not even a simple yogurt bearing kosher supervision can be found anywhere in London, outside of a Jewish neighborhood. In seven of the eight shops, however, Halal meat was easily available. (In M & S, a store clerk replied to a query, “None of those ‘specialty food items, like kosher or halal things, are sold in Marks & Spencer.” When asked why, the clerk had no idea and said, “You’ll have to take that up with ‘upper management.”)

British Prime Minister David Cameron maintained in remarks to Parliament earlier this month that neo-Nazis, as others, have a “right to free expression” even while condemning the rally. Cameron added that any “harassment or threatening behavior” should face the “full force of the law” – but did not offer a definition of harassment, or threatening behavior.

Bonehill announced his group would burn Israeli flags and a Talmud at the Golders Green rally. Since the burning will take place on a Sabbath, Jews cannot even put out the flames. Do either of those acts constitute harassment, or threatening behavior?

Slightly over a week ago, the Community Security Trust (CST) told a meeting attended by British police, members of the Shomrim volunteer neighborhood watch group and delegates of more than 40 local synagogues that they were not intimidated by the prospect of facing neo-Nazis, although they were “concerned and repelled.”

Neo-Nazis to March on Golders Green, London

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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.

Palestinian Unknowingly Sells Banksy Mural to Gaza Artist for $175

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A 33-year-old Gazan who sold his bombed-out iron-and-brick doorway to a local artist for NIS 700 (about $175) says he was tricked.

He had no idea that the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand was spray-painted on the door to the remains of his two-story northern Gaza home by a British graffiti artist named Banksy.

Banksy, whose true identity has never been revealed, is from the western British city of Bristol. He is known for painting his murals in unexpected places – famous for it, in fact – and last summer apparently sneaked into Gaza, leaving behind at least four of his works. Banksy also painted a playful kitten and a scene of children swinging in play from a military watch tower. He allegedly entered the enclave via a tunnel from Egypt, according to his publicist, Jo Brooks.

Gaza artist Gelal Khaled says that he did not intend to dupe anyone, but instead bought the painting to protect its artistic value and preserve it from damage. He also said he hopes to display it in other places as well and claimed he has no monetary interest in the painting.

The Gaza artist added that he has been in touch with Banksy’s representatives, however, to request permission to display the mural at Gaza art exhibits.

Some of Banksy’s pieces have sold for more than half a million dollars; a mural painted in 2013 on a shop in London sold for $1.1 million at a private auction.

Rabea Darduna, a father of six whose door became the canvas on which Banksy chose to paint, told the Reuters news agency by telephone he had “no idea what the value of that painting was, or who this Banksy is.

“I heard it can be sold for millions. If I had known, I would never had sold the door so cheap. Now I want it back.”

Anti-Semitic Thugs Attack Stamford Hill Synagogue, Worshipers in London

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A gang of around 20 young men in the Stamford Hill section of London stormed a synagogue in the neighborhood late Saturday night. The gang yelled obscenities and threats, beat worshipers and vandalized property according to IsraelHatzolah’s official Twitter account.

British police told media in a curt statement they were treating the incident as an anti-Semitic incident due to “a remark” made by one of a group of drunken men who tried to break into the synagogue after leaving a nearby party just after 1 am local time. Six were arrested, police confirmed, on charges of assault and disturbing public order.

The police statement hardly describes the siege that was underway before help arrived.


One member of the Ahavat Torah congregation who witnessed the attack said the mob shouted “We will kill you!” He also said they physically assaulted the worshipers inside the synagogue and tore apart prayer books.

One Jewish man was beaten about the face and had a tooth knocked out after he tried to apprehend one of the attackers on his own and haul him off to police, having spotted the scene while passing by.

Police said they have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community – but if so, none were around when this attack took place.

A new Campaign Against Anti-Semitism hotline is about to be launched in response to the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain over the past two years. Prime Minister David Cameron was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner for the nation’s Community Security Trust (CST) last week. The organization monitors anti-Semitic activity in the country. In his speech, Cameron announced a series of financial measures totaling more than 11 million British pounds Sterling to support Jewish community security across the country.

“At a time when once again the Jewish communities of Europe feel vulnerable and when anti-Semitism is at record levels here in Britain I will not stand idly by,” Cameron vowed. “I will not turn a blind eye to the threats that the community faces. If the Jewish community does not feel secure then our whole national fabric is diminished… We are going to fight anti-Semitism with everything we have got,” he promised.

Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabaab Calls for Attacks on ‘Jewish-Owned’ Malls in UK, Canada & USA

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The Somali al-Shabaab terror group linked to Al Qaeda has called on Muslims in the West to “answer the call” and attack “American and Jewish-owned” shopping malls in the UK, US and Canada.

In the 77-minute video the speaker, whose face was covered, said, “We call upon our Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West, to answer the call of Allah and target the disbelievers wherever they are,” said a speaker wearing a military jacket, face covered.

Suggesting the Mall of America – the largest mall in the United States – the speaker displayed coordinates for the site on the screen. The “twin cities” of S. Paul and Minneapolis are home to the largest population of Somali immigrants in the U.S. More than a few are known to have traveled from there to the Mideast and Africa to fight with radical Islamist terrorists.

The threat has become a raison d’etre for America’s Department of Homeland Security, which was slated for shutdown this week.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the propaganda video released Saturday by al-Shabaab, made clear “why I need a budget.” The video also called for attacks on Oxford Street in London and two Westfield Malls in Stratford and White City as well as Canada’s West Edmonton Mall in Alberta – the largest shopping mall in North America.

In an interview over the weekend on CNN, Johnson said “It’s absurd that we’re even having this conversation about Congress’s inability to fund homeland security in these challenging times.”

Attack on London Kosher Restaurant Appears to be ‘Random’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

London police said an attack on a kosher restaurant in London on Wednesday was not a terrorist attack and probably was not anti-Semitic

No customers were in the restaurant when the sound of gunshots was heard. Further investigation suggested that windows of the Orli kosher restaurant had been shattered, “possibly by marbles” or objects other than bullet.

No one was injured.

The Jewish Community Security Trust tweeted: “At this stage we believe it probably wasn’t anti-Semitic but police are investigating.”

Police told the London Jewish News that up to four other buildings and cars not owned by Jews also were targeted, apparently by the same source. “It appears to be completely random” and there “doesn’t appear to be any obvious motive,” officials added.

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.

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