Staff at Is­raeli store face death threats

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

PO­LICE ARE in­ves­ti­gat­ing racist death and fire-bomb threats by proPales­tinian boy­cotters against a shop which sells Is­raeli cos­met­ics.

Ke­dem, in Manch­ester, re­ported phone calls, at one point ev­ery five min­utes, from callers threat­en­ing to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.

The store has been the scene of daily fierce protests by anti-Is­rael cam­paign­ers, six of whom have been ar­rested dur­ing tense stand-offs with pro-Is­rael sup­port­ers over the Gaza con­flict.

In record­ings of phone calls ob­tained by the JC, a man told a Ke­dem em­ployee: “You would be wiped out right now... if [your owner] puts more videos on Face­book I will f*** him up… I will kill you with it.”

Another man calls to say “I will burn your shop down” and in a sep­a­rate post to the shop’s Face­book page, a pro-Pales­tinian cam­paigner wrote of the store’s own­ers “I hope he burns in hell like the rest of the Jews.”

On Satur­day over 70 po­lice of­fi­cers strug­gled to con­tain hun­dreds of pro-Pales­tinian pro­test­ers out­side the shop. One man was ar­rested for re­port­edly mak­ing a Nazi sa­lute at around 150 pro-Is­rael sup­port­ers, who re­sponded with shout­ing and name-calling.

Manch­ester Cen­tral MP Lucy Pow­ell tweeted: “I to­tally con­demn es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence, it’s un­ac­cept­able 2 tar­get law-abid­ing Brits here.”

Boy­cott protests have also taken place out­side Marks & Spencer and branches of Bar­clays bank.

Manch­ester City Coun­cil’s Pat Kar­ney said: “The in­tim­i­da­tion and bul­ly­ing of shop work­ers and shoppers has to end. In my opinion it does not ad­vance the Pales­tinian cause one iota.”

Also on Satur­day, a man suf­fered fa­cial in­juries af­ter an egg was thrown at him from a pass­ing car as he walked home from sy­n­a­gogue in Sal­ford.

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