Here we go again: even the In­di­ans are an­gry

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JC RE­PORTERS

FROM IN­DIA to France, anti-Is­rael protests erupted around the world this week.

One of the most ter­ri­fy­ing demon­stra­tions took place in Paris last Sun­day, when a ji­had-in­spired march turned into what one ob­server likened to a “pogrom”.

Pro­test­ers laid siege to Roquette Street Syn­a­gogue in the cen­tre of the city, at­tack­ing the build­ing with rocks as they at­tempted to break in.

Three hun­dred con­gre­gants were be­sieged for sev­eral hours un­til they were evac­u­ated un­der heavy po­lice pro­tec­tion.

I n In­dia, there were large pro-tests across the coun­try, and sev­eral MPs walked out of par­lia­ment on Tues­day when the govern­ment re­fused to put for­ward a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Is­rael.

Mean­while, a so­cial me­dia worker for the Western Cape branch of the ANC in South Africa tweeted a pic­ture of Adolf Hitler with the cap­tion: “I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some to let you know why I was killing them.”

In the UK, the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust re­ported that an­tisemitic in­ci­dents had dou­bled in the first two weeks of this month as Is­rael’s Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge con­tin­ued.

Of the 50 in­ci­dents recorded, 30 were “di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to the cur­rent con­flict”, CST said.

Anti-Is­rael groups in­clud­ing the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign or­gan­ised 20 demon­stra­tions around the UK in­clud­ing one out­side the Is­raeli Em­bassy in Lon­don and an­other in front of New Broad­cast­ing House, i n protest

cast­ing House in protest against the cor­po­ra­tion’s per­ceived pro-Is­rael bias.

Bernard Abouaf, a jour­nal­ist for Ra­dio-Shalom, a Jewish ra­dio sta­tion, wit­nessed the scene at Roquette Street Syn­a­gogue in Paris. He said it re­minded him “of pogroms in Arab coun­tries. Were it not for about 40 young men be­long­ing to the Jewish Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Ser­vice and the Jewish De­fence League”, the syn­a­gogue would prob­a­bly have been torched.

Else­where in Paris, pro­test­ers at a pro-ji­hadi demon­stra­tion shouted anti-Jewish slo­gans in Ara­bic de­mand­ing that Jews be slaugh­tered.

Vi­o­lent in­ci­dents oc­cured in France through­out the weekend. On Satur­day a Molo­tov cock­tail was thrown into a syn­a­gogue in the Paris sub­urb of Aul­nay-sous-Bois.

In Bri­tain, the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign claimed 10,000 people had at­tended its protest out­side the Is­raeli em­bassy in Lon­don. Other demon­stra­tions were held in Le­ices­ter, Bris­tol, the West Mid­lands, Brad­ford and Liver­pool. A rally is planned at Down­ing Street on Satur­day.

On Sun­day evening, van­dals daubed a swastika on a Jewish fam­ily’s home in Hen­don, north-west Lon­don.

The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust said it had re­ceived re­ports that oc­cu­pants of cars driv­ing through Jewish neigh­bour­hoods of Manch­ester shouted an­tisemitic abuse.

A spokesman added that at least one an­ti­semetic in­ci­dent oc­cured in St John’s Wood, north-west Lon­don, af­ter a group of 300 pro­tes­tors broke off from the demon­stra­tion out­side the BBC. He also said that in Glas­gow “af­ter a demon­stra­tion a man of south Asian ap­pear­ance was heard shout­ing ‘f*****ng kill the Jews’.”

At a pro-Pales­tinian protest in Brad­ford, MP Ge­orge Galloway called for Pak­istani and Arab ar­mies to take ac­tion against Is­rael.

Mr Galloway said: “God in­structs us to raise our hands against in­jus­tice and if we can­not raise our hands then to speak from our lips words against in­jus­tice.”

On Twit­ter, the hash­tag #Hitler­was­right was trend­ing, with fur­ther Hitler im­agery used in Face­book groups be­fore anti-Is­rael demon­stra­tions.

CST re­ported that an­tisemitic in­ci­dents in Bri­tain had dou­bled in the first two weeks of this month. Of the 50 in­ci­dents recorded, 30 were “di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to the cur­rent con­flict,” it said. A coali­tion of pro-Is­rael groups, led by the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion, is due to hold a rally out­side the Is­raeli em­bassy on Sun­day.

More than a dozen rab­bis joined a sep­a­rate peace ini­tia­tive this week, putting their names to a state­ment with leading imams to ex­press their con­cernsover­the­vi­o­lence. Dayan Ivan Bin­stock of the Lon­don Beth Din, Rabbi Ja­son Kleiman of Leeds’ Beth Hamidrash Ha­gadol, and Lib­eral Jewish Syn­a­gogue’s se­nior rabbi Alexan­dra Wright were among those sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive.

Ma­gen David Adom UK launched an ap­peal to raise funds to cover the cost of its emer­gency ser­vices work in Is­rael.

King Solomon High School in Red­bridge post­poned its year nine trip to Is­rael for 42 pupils

Mean­while, al­most 50 MPs con­demned Is­rael’s ac­tions in Gaza dur­ing Par­lia­ment’s big­gest de­bate on

A tweet from an ANC worker

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