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July 28, 2016 / 22 Tammuz, 5776

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UK Police Detain Man for Anti-Semitic Verbal Attack

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

British police have arrested an unnamed suspect after he allegedly shouted at two Chassidic teenagers in the northern London neighborhood of Stamford Hill Sunday night.

The man, age 23, allegedly approached the 14 and 17-year-olds and yelled, “F**king Jews. Kill the Jews!”

He also allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is Great” – and which is generally declared these days prior to launching an attack for “jihad” or “holy war.”

The teens called the Shomrim Jewish civil guard organization, whose members immediately contacted police.

The assailant was reportedly still in the area at the time, shouting anti-Semitic verbal abuse to other pedestrians and community members, Jewish News Online reported.

He was arrested early Monday morning by Hackney police officers on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses.

“Officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses. He remains in custody at an east London police station,” a Metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed.

A possible third Jewish victim may also have been present at the time, the news site reported.

“Antisemitism and all types of hate crime is unacceptable. I urge victims and witnesses to report such incidents immediately,” Chaim Hochhauser, Stamford Hill Shomrim supervisor told the Jewish Chronicle.

“Such incidents should never be accepted as the norm, no matter how regular these incidents sadly happen.”

Hana Levi Julian

London Mayoral Candidate Sorrows Over ‘Badge of Shame’ Due to Labour Anti-Semitism

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

A Muslim candidate in the race for mayor of London is vowing to correct the anti-Semitism in the UK’s Labour Party, in which he is a member.

London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan is facing an uphill battle in his attempt to run for office partly due to anti-Semitic comments by officials from his Labour Party.

Khan told an event organized by the London Jewish Forum on Wednesday (April 6) that he knows what it is to suffer “hate crime.”

Moreover, he said, “I also know it’s unacceptable in 2016 that there is anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It’s with sorrow that I wear that badge of shame.”

The candidate vowed to remedy the situation. “If it means members of my party, senior members of my party including members of [the ruling National Executive Committee] being trained about what anti-Semitism is, then so be it,” he declared.

“I have said at the outset I’m embarrassed and sorrowful about anti-Semitism in the party. I think the Labour leadership could have taken a tougher stance and needs to take a tougher stance,” he added.

Khan’s comments followed a firestorm aimed at Louise Ellman, a Jewish parliamentarian from the Labour Party, by party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers.

Ellman had called for Labour to clamp down on anti-Semitism in the party – but Piers Corbyn called her remarks “absurd” and said, “Zionists can’t cope with anyone supporting rights for Palestine.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn backed his brother. He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, “My brother has his point of view and I have mine and we actually fundamentally agree. We are a family that were brought up fighting racism from the day we were born.”

Corby is a strong critic of Israel and a major supporter of the Palestinian Authority who has previously referred to himself as a “friend” of Hamas and Hezbollah. He lamented the assassination of Osama Bin Laden as well.

A prominent Labour Party politician recently threatened to leave if steps were not taken to deal with the party’s increasing acceptance of the anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Lord Michael Abraham Levy is a former fund raiser for Labour and a longtime friend of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Levy, who is Jewish, spent nine years as Blair’s special envoy to the Middle East.

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Semitic Uber Driver Punished by Judge in Crisp, British Style

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A so-called “professional” Uber driver in London was rebuked last week in the crisp, cutting manner that only the British have truly mastered.

The driver, Rashal Miah, was at the sentencing phase after conviction on charges of road rage and anti-Semitic verbal assault for a September 2014 incident that took place while stuck in traffic, ITV reported.

He was also convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words intending to cause fear or provoke violence, according to the report. Because he arrived late to the court house, the judge added two extra weeks to his sentence for good measure and fined him nearly $1,000 in costs, with an $88 surcharge.

Miah had exited from his car and yelled “Yehudi!” (Jew, in Hebrew and in Arabic) at an Orthodox Jewish school bus driver.” He added that he would “kill all the Jews,” – this while standing in traffic in the Stamford Hill district of London, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood.

Judge Murray Shanks called Miah’s behavior “horrible.” He then explained in precise, clipped British language just how badly, how distastefully the driver had behaved.

“I accept this was mainly driven by you being wrongly angry and suffering from road rage, as well as being arrogant about what you were entitled to do on the road.

The judge then doubled down with a scolding about anti-Semitism, and a warning:

“I hope it doesn’t indicate some underlying prejudice…If this was the other way around and Muslims were being insulted, I have a good feeling you would feel strongly.

“You need to understand that before you open your mouth.”

Miah was sentenced to 15 days of anger management sessions, 100 hours of community service and a 26-week suspended sentence that might still land him in jail if he is found guilty of anything else, the Inquisitr reported.

Uber was quick to release a statement saying Miah no longer works for the company. “Uber does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and we were appalled to hear about this incident,” said Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London.

“Following our own investigations and today’s conviction, we have taken the decision to stop this licensed private hire driver from using the Uber app.”

Hana Levi Julian

Knesset Speaker Edelstein’s ‘Controversial’ Visit to Address British Parliament

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is set to visit the British Parliament in London on Wednesday at the invitation of his counterpart, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Edelstein will address a joint session of peers and Members of Parliament in the first-ever official visit by an Israeli Knesset Speaker. He will also meet with Prime Minister David Cameron.

However.

The visit has already raised a ruckus among British opponents to Israel and those in the Palestinian Authority as well, because Edelstein lives in part of an area that British leaders claim is “occupied” by Israel.

Edelstein maintains, “It’s a disputed territory. We didn’t take it from any other country. They claim it’s theirs, we claim it’s ours,” he told media at a briefing in Israel.

He told media he hopes to develop closer bonds between the Israeli and British parliaments.

“Governments come and go but parliaments stay,” he told The Telegraph. “If you’re smart enough to base the relationship bipartisan then it doesn’t matter who is in power.”

Hana Levi Julian

London Ultra-Orthodox School to Shut Down for Being Too Jewish

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The ultra-Orthodox Talmud Torah Tashbar school at 1A Rookwood Road in Stamford Hill, north London, with more than 200 students, was ordered by the Department of Education to shut down next month, after Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspectors had announced it was not meeting minimum standards.

Ofsted inspectors said that the school curriculum created “cultural and ethnic insularity because it is so narrow and almost exclusively rooted in the study of the Torah.” They added that they found the school to “severely restrict the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils,” not allowing them to develop “a wider, deeper understanding of different faiths, communities, cultures and lifestyles, including those of England.”

Among other things, the school was cited for not teaching in English “as a matter of religious principle.”

The British Humanist Association, which makes it its business to do away with faith-based schools, was delighted with the decision: “We’re glad that the Government has now moved to shut this particular school down… However, there are clearly many more out there just like it. The situation revealed by these reports is simply outrageous and those in government who have failed to act in the past ought to be ashamed of themselves for standing idly by while thousands of children have their childhoods stolen.”

A Department of Education spokesman said: “It is a criminal offense to operate an unregistered independent school. This school’s application for registration has been rejected and on 30 December it was informed of this decision. It has been told to close by 12 February.”

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has been leading the charge against illegal schools, urging tougher action from government after three unregistered Muslims schools were discovered in Birmingham in recent months.

The ultra-Orthodox school has the right to appeal the decision but has not yet done so.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Multiple Stabbings in London Underground Terror Attack [video]

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

A man yelling, “this is for Syria” stabbed 3 people in a London subway station on Saturday evening.

The attack happened at the Leytonstone station. One of the victims is in serious condition.

London police attempted to taser the stabber, but failed at first, and ended up having to taser the attacker 6 times.

After the stabber was captured, someone (unclear who) can be heard yelling that someone else is not a real Muslim.

Scotland Yard declared the east London incident a terror attack.

Perhaps related to this attack, a few days ago the UK began bombing ISIS positions in Syria, following a parliamentary decision.

In an unrelated story, the UK’s Telegraph reported that following a personal invitation by PM Netanyahu to Prince Charles to visit Israel, the British Royal Family will never visit Israel.

The Foreign Office declined to comment, but British officials say there are too many political landmines in the way of a visit to a country that occupies Palestinian territory and lives within disputed borders.
“Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family can’t really go there,” said one Whitehall source.
“There have been inward State Visits by Israel, which just involves dealing with the Head of State, but in Israel so much politics is caught up in the land itself that it’s best to avoid those complications altogether by not going there.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

London Mayor Hunts Hi-Tech, Slams Anti-Israel Boycotters

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson had harsh criticism Monday for people who boycott the Jewish State, during a recruiting visit to Israel.

Johnson told an audience in Tel Aviv it is “foolish” to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region.”

However, in a possible effort to minimize the damage being done by the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, Johnson said that boycotters in London are “a very small minority.”

The London mayor and Conservative MP is on a mission to connect with Israeli hi-tech business owners and bring them to his city.

Israel, he said, is “the only place that has — in my view — a pluralist, open society.”

It has been 10 years since Johnson last had dinner in Tel Aviv, he told Britain’s newspaper, The Guardian, but added he had enjoyed that experience very much.

Hana Levi Julian

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