High­est lev­els of hate for five years

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH Ad­di­tional re­port­ing Si­mon Griver and Michel Gurfinkiel

Polling showed 62per cent of Bri­tons be­lieve Is­rael is guilty of war crimes

AN­TISEMITIC IN­CI­DENTS in Bri­tain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly in­creased fur­ther in the past four weeks as Is­rael’s mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in Gaza con­tin­ues.

Fig­ures pub­lished this week by the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases be­tween Jan­uary and June, up 36 per cent on the same pe­riod last year.

CST said more than 130 an­tisemitic in­ci­dents had also been recorded in Bri­tain since the start of Op­er­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge last month. The fig­ure makes July the worst month on record af­ter Jan­uary 2009, at the time of Is­rael’s Cast Lead op­er­a­tion in Gaza.

The six-monthly rise, com­bined with July’s fig­ures, means 2014 is likely to be one of the worst years of an­ti­semitism ever recorded i n this coun­try.

On Satur­day, an es­ti­mated 45,000 peo­ple took part in a march through cen­tral Lon­don in sup­port of Gaza. Seak­ers in­cluded Labour MPs Jeremy Cor­byn and Diane Ab­bott.

In Leeds an anti-Is­rael rally fea­tured ban­ners com­par­ing Gaza to a con­cen­tra­tion camp.

At the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign march in Brighton a large “Stop arm­ing Is­rael” ban­ner was dis­played, and Green MP Caro­line Lu­cas called for an arms em­bargo on Is­rael.

Is­raeli-born prop­erty jour­nal­ist Mira Bar-Hillel sparked anger af­ter claims that Jewish jour­nal­ists did not crit­i­cise Is­rael be­cause they feared be­ing shunned by the com­mu­nity.

Eng­land crick­eter Moeen Ali was or­dered by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil to re­move pro-Pales­tinian wrist­bands he wore dur­ing a Test match against In­dia. In Cardiff, South Wales Po­lice said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing vi­o­lence be­tween pro-Pales­tinian marchers and lo­cal res­i­dents.

Footage emerged of a con­voy of cars bring­ing traf­fic to a halt in the Black­wall Tun­nel in south Lon­don. Driv­ers dis­played Pales­tinian and Isis flags.

Pre­ston Coun­cil leader Peter Rankin ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity af­ter the au­thor­ity flew the Pales­tinian flag above the town hall de­spite a pub­lic back­lash against the plan. Brad­ford Coun­cil also flew the Pal-

es­tinian flag out­side its city hall. Leader David Green said it was done “in recog­ni­tion of the suf­fer­ing and deaths of hun­dreds of peo­ple in Gaza”.

Sus­pect pack­ages were sent to three Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions, lead­ing to CST warn­ing all groups to be on guard.

Per­for­mances by Is­raeli theatre com­pany In­cu­ba­tor were can­celled by the Un­der­belly Cow Barn venue in Edinburgh af­ter protests by pro-Pales­tinian ac­tivists. A theatre spokesman said polic­ing the protest made it un­ten­able for the show to con­tinue.

Polling car­ried out by YouGov this week showed that 62 per cent of the Bri­tish pub­lic be­lieve Is­rael is guilty of war crimes. But the same re­search also showed 65 per cent think­ing Ha­mas has bro­ken in­ter­na­tional law.

In Paris pro-ji­had and an­tisemitic plac­ards were dis­played, and strictly Or­tho- dox anti-Zion­ist Ne­turei Karta mem­bers were sub­jected to phys­i­cal abuse.

Is­raeli foot­baller Eden Ben Basat has left France’s Ligue 1 team Toulouse blam­ing the rise in French an­ti­semitism.

A café in the Bel­gian town of Saint-Ni­cholas dis­played a sign stat­ing that Jews were not al­lowed to en­ter. The Turk­ish or­gan­i­sa­tion that ran the Mavi Mar­mara-led flotilla to Gaza in 2010 is said to be con­sid­er­ing a new aid con­voy, as­sisted by a Turk­ish mil­i­tary es­cort.

Ital­ian philoso­pher Gianni Vat­timo, told a ra­dio show he would like to shoot Zion­ists and see more Is­raelis killed.

Dan­ish Prime Min­is­ter Helle Thorn­ing-Sch­midt re­fused to sign a let­ter from all Nordic so­cial demo­cratic lead­ers con­demn­ing Is­rael over the war.

Pro-Pales­tinian pro­test­ers raise a ban­ner at a rally at the week­end

Po­lice speak to an anti-Is­rael pro­tester wear­ing a T-Shirt dis­play­ing a Ma­gen David and swastika

Boy­cott cam­paign­ers out­side the Ke­dem store in the city cen­tre

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