At­tacks on UK Jews ris­ing,

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

AN­TISEMITIC IN­CI­DENTS in Bri­tain are ris­ing in the wake of Is­rael’s op­er­a­tion in Gaza.

The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust says 70 in­ci­dents have been re­ported since July 8.

In one in­stance, “demon­stra­tors on a march through cen­tral Lon­don as­saulted and ver­bally abused a Jewish woman who ex­pressed her sup­port for Is­rael as they walked past. Marchers sur­rounded her, called her a ‘Jew Zion­ist’ and stole her phone.

“Later the same af­ter­noon, demon­stra­tors from the same march ver­bally abused an­other Jewish woman who was with her two young chil­dren, telling them to ‘burn in hell’.”

At the same demon­stra­tion, pro­tes­tors held plac­ards that com­pared the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza to the Holo­caust and likened Is­rael to Hitler.

The Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign claimed that 15,000 peo­ple joined the march from Down­ing Street to the Is­rael Em­bassy.

The CST said: “This level of vi­o­lence from pro-Pales­tinian pro­test­ers is a wor­ry­ing devel­op­ment. A pro-Is­rael or­gan­i­sa­tion in Lon­don also re­ceived a tele­phoned bomb threat.”

Mark Gard­ner, direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the CST, said: “These marches are in dan­ger of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion. We have made the po­lice forces aware of our spe­cific con­cerns re­lat­ing to PSC demon­stra­tions.”

“We are send­ing out emails to schools, shuls and Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions re­mind­ing them of safety pro­to­cols. We are de­ter­mined to do all we can to al­low Jewish life to con­tinue as nor­mal.”

He com­mended the work of faith groups such as Tell Mama and the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Bri­tain for their ef­forts to “re­store calm.”

In an­other in­ci­dent, a rabbi walk­ing in north Lon­don was ver­bally abused by a group of youths who shouted “free Pales­tine, f*** the Zion­ists, f*** the Jews” and “Al­lahu Akhbar”.

In Belfast, a brick was thrown through a syn­a­gogue win­dow and in Liver­pool peo­ple shouted “baby mur­der­ers” at a lo­cal shul.

The CST has also re­ceived re­ports that a Jewish boy cy­cling in north Lon­don was at­tacked by a woman wear­ing a niqab who threw a stone at him, hit­ting him on the head.

Po­lice have charged four youths in con­nec­tion with an as­sault on a rabbi in Gateshead. The vic­tim, in his 40s, was at­tacked as he left a Jewish study cen­tre last Fri­day.

Qaiser Malik, 19, and Balawal Sul­tan, 18, both of New­cas­tle, and male youths aged 17 and 16 have been charged with racially ag­gra­vated com­mon as­sault. They ap­peared at South Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates’ Court on Satur­day.

Northum­bria po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a po­ten­tially racist tweet show­ing a pic­ture of what was de­scribed as a Jewish pri­mary school and the mes­sage: “This Jewish school in Gateshead was cheer­ing when bombs hit Pales­tine.” There were an­gry scenes on Manch­ester city cen­tre streets out­side a cos­met­ics busi­ness sell­ing Is­raeli prod­ucts, forc­ing po­lice to de­ploy a tac­ti­cal aid unit. On Tues­day, 30 pro-Pales­tinian pro­test­ers blocked the Ke­dem cos­met­ics shop. A cus­tomer barged past a Pales­tinian be­ing held in his way prompt­ing an an­gry re­ac­tion from demon­stra­tors. A larger re­peat protest on Wednes-

A plac­ard held up at the pro-Pales­tinian rally

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.