Boy­cott protests ‘ig­nored’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

PO­LICE HAVE been crit­i­cised for go­ing soft on anti-Is­rael boy­cotters in Manch­ester in order to re­duce con­fronta­tion.

City coun­cil­lors want to move a snow­balling protest away from the Ke­dem Is­raeli cos­met­ics store, ex­pect­ing to draw thou­sands this week­end.

Nine boy­cotters have been ar­rested in a fierce three-week daily stand-off, in­clud­ing those mak­ing Nazi salutes and an­tisemitic taunts. Sup­port­ers have re­but­ted claims of a boy­cott of a Jewish shop.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were filmed tak­ing no ac­tion against hun­dreds of boy­cotters who il­le­gally blocked the city cen­tre’s equiv­a­lent of Ox­ford Street on Satur­day.

Some pro­test­ers taunted staff and cus­tomers with ac­cu­sa­tions of “baby mur­der­ers”, while other ma­jor re­tail­ers nearby were forced to close.

Jonathan Turner, UK Lawyers for Is­rael chair, said the law ob­li­gates po­lice ac­tion: “In­tim­i­da­tion of peo­ple go­ing into shops is a crim­i­nal of­fence and car­ries po­ten­tial civil li­a­bil­ity. Po­lice have a le­gal obli­ga­tion to stop it.”

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