Photo Credit: courtesy Shomrim Official / EJP
Anti-Semitic graffiti on the wall of a Jewish girls' school in London.

Anti-Semitic vandalism is rising in Britain, most recently — this summer — in London.

The Jewish-funded Edward VII Drinking Fountain memorial in East London was desecrated last week with slabs of red meat and chicken.

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Designed by sculptor William Silver Frith, the fountain was a tribute to the eldest son of Queen Victoria and was paid for by local Jewish residents in 1911.

Earlier in the month, a Nazi swastika was scrawled on a fence outside the Beis Chinuch Lebonos Girls’ School in the Hackney section of London.

The words “Yid Sh*t were carefully, neatly printed with the swastika.

It was the second time in a month the school had been targeted with anti-Semitic vandalism.

In Europe, the Yiddish word “Yid” has now become a racial slur, according to the European Jewish Press.

This month petition was created August 7 on the official website of the British Parliament, demanding the arrest of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for “war crimes” against Palestinians during Israel’s counter terror operation last year against Hamas in Gaza.

The petition garnered more than 70,000 signatures so far this month. At the 100,000 mark the parliament allegedly is required to debate the matter.

However, the British government has stifled the issue, having responded last week to the initiative with a statement pointing out that under UK and international law, Netanyahu is “immune from criminal jurisdiction.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. There are so many incidents relating to anti Semitism that I fear that I am becoming desensitised by it all and although that will never happen to me the fact that its crossed my mind is enough and something we must guard against, Shalom and be forever vigilant during these dark days.

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