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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.

‘Shechita UK’ Says Ban Supporters Cite ‘Weak, Agenda-Led Science’

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

“Shechita UK,” a British group fighting for the right to continue to employ the Jewish ritual slaughter technique known as shechita has lashed out at the first UK political party to support a ban against the practice.

Campaign director Shimon Cohen told Britain’s Jewish Chronicle newspaper, the right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) had gotten its facts wrong in choosing to support a ban on “non-stun slaughter.”

“Citing weak, agenda-led science, UKIP has become the first major political party in the UK to call for a ban on religious slaughter. This latest move is opportunistic and a disappointing shift from UKIP’s previous position, when both Mr. [Nigel] Farage and [UKIP MEP] Stuart Agnew publicly advocated their support for shechita.

“UKIP’s new assertion that ‘[mechanical] pre-stunning before religious ritual slaughter is fully compatible with all world religions’ is plain nonsense. The Jewish community does not permit any of the industrialized mechanical stunning methods used in factory slaughter.

“By joining the campaign to prioritize ‘animal welfare’ over the rights and beliefs of the UK’s faith communities UKIP has returned to the fringes of mainstream politics,” Cohen said.

Agnew, for his part, claimed that he personally opposed the ban but was overruled from within the party. “There are more votes to be gained and I expect that’s what they were looking for,” he told the newspaper. “We’ll lose the Jewish vote for sure but we might gain votes elsewhere, and that’s what they’re after, general election votes,” he said.

“This isn’t aimed at you,” he added, “it’s aimed elsewhere; it’s aimed at others. You’ve been caught in the crossfire, collateral damage. You know what I mean.”

The fact is, the ban hurts both Jews and Muslims; however, this is just another bit of nastiness in a litany of issues that are slowly making life untenable in the UK for Jews — a revelation that some citizens probably would celebrate. Last summer anti-Semitic crimes rose in Britain by 400 percent, and the trend is continuing across Europe, where radical Islam has become firmly rooted.

‘Let’s Go Jew-Bashing’ Muslims Hauled into British Court

Monday, January 26th, 2015

A British court has heard testimony of a pre-mediated attack by four Muslim teenagers on a Jew in Gateshead and who was saved by a family friend who heard his screams.

The attackers were identified as Balawi Sultan, Kesa Malik, Hassanain Alimain and a 16-year-old, one of whom contradicted his gang member claims they simply were looking for a mosque. He admitted they were on the prowl to attack a Jew last July.

The gang wanted to protest about the conflict between Israel and Arabs and against a Jew in Gateshead, which hosts large Haredi population.

Sultan had sent a text message that “I’m going to go Jew-bashing. Haha,” the British Chronicle Live reported.

They randomly targeted a 41-year-old Jews who has been studying Torah at a yeshiva and was walking home to his family around midnight, when the gang spring from their van and jumped on him.

The victim, whose name was not published, fled in fear as the gang threw a piece of wood at him. He then tripped, giving the attackers the opportunity to surround him while the victim screamed. Help me. Help me.”

One of the gang threatened to kick his Jewish target in the head, and he drew back his foot just when a family friend of the victim intervened after hearing his screams.  The friend arrived while two members of the gang were kneeling on top of the victim while the other two watched.

“It was his intervention which caused the attack to come to an end,” the prosecutor told the court.

The victim told Newcastle Crown Court, according to Chronicle Live:

I feel shaken and unsafe to walk the streets in my own community. I have never experienced fear and terror like it and I have no doubt I was attacked for being Jewish

I was targeted because of my religion and I’m now scared to walk past members of the Asian community with whom otherwise I have no problem. When I come across a person from the Middle East I feel scared and petrified…..

I have been greatly affected by it and but for the intervention of my friend the consequences could have been far worse.

Now, coming home at night fills me with fear.

Prosecutors said that the gang targeted the man because he was wearing a black hat and suit, traditionally worn by Haredim.

The lawyer for one of the gang members, age 18, said he apologized for the attack and had brought shame on his family.

The attorney for the minor, who now is 17, said his client “understands this kind of behavior is utterly unacceptable” and added that “he was only 16 at the time.”

Sentencing will be handed down at a later date.

It remains to be seen if the judge will let them off the hook because one of them “apologized” and another said he really shouldn’t have done such a naughty thing as attacking a Jew, as if it has not become common practice in Europe today.

World Solidarity With ‘Charlie’ as MI5 Forecasts More Terror to Come

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The lights of nearly a thousand cell phones flash messages in Hebrew and French on the screens of Israelis in the cold, all proclaiming, “I am Charlie.  Israel is with Charlie.”

Hundreds stood outside of the home of French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave on Thursday to express their support for France following Wednesday’s terror attack in Paris. Silently the demonstrators held up pens, pencils and any other writing implement they could find to signify their solidarity with the slain journalists. Another hundred stood in rainy Jerusalem to hold a two-minute “moment of silence” at the French Consulate to pay homage to the victims with “Je Suis Charlie” signs and memorial candles.

Twelve people — 10 journalists and two police officers — were slaughtered by three radical Islamist terrorists and 11 others were wounded in the attack at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine.

And the head of Britain domestic intelligence agency says there’s more where that came from heading straight for Europe.

One of the three terrorists surrendered to police overnight after wide-ranging raids resulted in nine arrests. Two of the armed terror suspects, who spoke fluent, colloquial French, are still at large.

The French ambassador in Tel Aviv hosted former Israeli president Shimon Peres at a memorial for the victims. One was a Jewish, 81-year-old caricature artist of Algerian birth, Georges Wolinski.

“With a heavy heart I send my condolences to the victims’ families, they are the victims of a historical struggle against barbarism and terror,” Peres said. “I know your hearts are still bleeding but I am confident that freedom will win, that France will win.”

Similar events were held in countless cities around the world on Wednesday night and Thursday by people from all walks of life, each silently holding up a pencil or a pen.

Many media outlets questioned whether journalists would begin to “self-censor” out of fear of terrorism directed at them personally. The attackers had called out each journalist by name before shooting and killing each one on Wednesday.

The two brothers still being hunted, 34 year old Said Kouachi and his brother, 32 year old Cherif Kouachi, were both listed in the United States database of known or suspected terrorists, according to a report Thursday in The New York Times.

A senior U.S. official told journalists at a briefing that Said Kouachi traveled to Yemen in 2011 and was trained there by terrorists from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  Both brothers were on a U.S. no-fly list for years; but they flew to Syria last year, officials said. It is possible – if not likely – they received weapons and other combat training from terrorist leaders there.

The brothers also may have received training from a French national named David Drugeon, The Daily Beast reported. Drugeon is known to the intelligence community as a top bomb builder for a Syria-based Al Qaeda unit called the Khorasan Group. The group is linked with AQAP in Yemen, and was created specifically to train foreign jihadists who travel to Syria to learn how to carry out attacks in their home countries. Drugeon survived a coalition air strike aimed at the terror group’s headquarters in Syria last year and is believed to be at large, according to the report.

An Al Qaeda magazine targeting jihadists who live in the West had, in fact, called for the assassination of Stephan Chardonnier, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo – the first victim in the attack.

The attack was praised in a tweet by a Twitter account linked to AQAP and referred followers to a recent issue of “Inspire” – a magazine published by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) magazine. That group has also called for attacks on Charlie Hebdo in the past.

Nevertheless, analysts say the evidence gathered so far leads more towards Al Qaeda and away from ISIS.

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.

Britain Vows to ‘Fight’ Anti-Semitism at Home

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The British government appears to have awakened – belatedly – from its complacent slumber and noticed there is a raging tide of anti-Semitism sweeping over the land. But for all of that, there still appears to be much more talking than doing about it. The doing still seems to be in the realm of support for those in favor of the very thing the government claims to abhor.

In response to rising statistics, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles warned Monday in an article published in The Daily Express that the “dark forces” of anti-Semitism have returned. He is, of course, correct, but anti-Semitism never really left in the first place.

Nevertheless, in summer 2014 – just in July and August alone – there were 543 reported anti-Semitic attacks, more than the total number for 2013. These included physical assaults on Jews, desecrated cemeteries and vandalized homes scrawled with “vile and offensive graffiti,” as journalist Martyn Brown reported in the Express.

The Secretary pledged to introduce measures to stamp out anti-Semitism on university campuses, and ensure that all schoolchildren are educated about the Holocaust. He also vowed to ‘kick anti-Semitism out of football’ (known as soccer in the United States), and said “irresponsible” behavior by other institutions would be censured.

That having been said, the British government patted itself on the back with a new report on the same topic released the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The report claims the government has made ‘significant progress’ in rooting out the evils of anti-Semitism in communities around the UK. It also claims incidence in the UK is significantly lower than in other western European nations.

Nevertheless, Secretary Pickles acknowledged “The irrational hatred of Jews is like cancer.. Once beaten it can come back… and in 2014 there has been a revolting relapse of this ancient evil. Sadly Britain has not been immune. We share in this shame. Institutions that should have stood up to this thuggish behavior did not. Like the Holborn branch of Sainsbury’s, clearing their shelves of kosher food to satisfy anti-Israeli yobs outside. This casual acceptance of anti-Semitism was outrageous.

“Even some councils have behaved irresponsibly… Like Tower Hamlets, engaging in their own municipal foreign policy by flying the Palestinian flag. These public bodies should be using their position of authority to actively reduce tensions, not stir them up… Anti-Semitism and hate crime are completely incompatible with traditional British values and totally unacceptable in our society.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has also discussed the issue in parliament as well, telling Mps, “Let me be clear, we must not tolerate this in our country. There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.”

And yet, the British House of Commons passed a symbolic resolution backing creation of a Palestinian state and a two-state partition solution in October.

Ireland was right behind. In fact, Ireland came up from behind and then took the lead, with Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan saying earlier this month that his government was seriously considering early recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a new sovereign nation. Ireland’s lawmakers finally decided on December 11 to vote in favor of a non-binding resolution to recognize ‘Palestine’ instead – for now.

Numerous other European nations have done the same over the past year, as the levels of anti-Semitic incidents have risen accordingly.

This is the same ‘Palestine’ that encourages and fervently supports vicious terror attacks on Israelis and others who are not like them.

For example, take last week’s firebombing of a car driving in Samaria, critically injuring 11-year-old Ayala Shapira, who suffered third degree burns on nearly half of her body. The little girl is still fighting for her life while her father, who was driving the car at the time, is slowly recuperating from his own wounds.

UK Jews Buy Israeli Goods for Needy Brits

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Thousands of British Jews fought an anti-Israel boycott this week with a campaign that saw Israeli goods gifted to needy British families.

In a “Day of Action for Israel,” pro-Israel activists purchased Israeli-made goods from dozens of stores, and donated them to the needy.

“We achieved three goals: we pushed back against the boycott, we helped Israeli exports, and we gave the food to the homeless and to low-income families,” organizer Raffi Bloom told Maariv/nrg.

Bloom said the day of action was wildly successful, so much so that there are plans to make it an annual tradition.

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