The back­lash con­tin­ues: hate crimes soar to a six-year high

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JULY WAS the sec­ond worst month on record for an­tisemitic in­ci­dents af­ter the fall­out from Is­rael’s Op­er­a­tion Cast Lead in De­cem­ber 2008.

The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust said they ex­pect to record up to 240 in­ci­dents for the month, what a spokesman called “a se­ri­ous fig­ure”.

Two Is­raeli theatre com­pa­nies were forced to can­cel their shows at the Edinburgh fringe af­ter protests.

The Un­der­belly venue pulled a pro­duc­tion by the In­cu­ba­tor group from Jerusalem. A spokesper­son for the venue said: “The lo­gis­tics of polic­ing and stew­ard­ing the protest made it un­ten­able for the show to con­tinue.”

Ben Gu­rion Univer­sity’s Negev Dance Com­pany also can­celled over fears that their per­for­mances would draw protests.

A spokes­woman for the univer­sity said: “The stu­dents are all hugely dis­ap­pointed for ob­vi­ous rea­sons but as a pub­lic in­sti­tu­tion our main pri­or­ity has to be the safety of our stu­dents.

“Other Is­raeli cul­tural groups such as the Bat Sheva dance troupe go through train­ing and sim­u­la­tions on how to dance through peo­ple yelling at them,” she said. “If In­cu­ba­tor or Bat Sheva don’t per­form they have no pur­pose. But as a univer­sity we have other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and only so many re­sources.”

Comedian Daniel Cainer, whose poster for his Jewish Chron­i­cles show was de­faced with pro-Pales­tinian stick­ers said: “This crosses the line from be­ing an anti-Is­rael protest to an­ti­semitism, just be­cause my poster had the word ‘Jewish’ in it. Peo­ple don’t sep­a­rate these things out in their mind.”

At least two syn­a­gogues were daubed with graf­fiti or signs. At Kingston in Sur­rey a sign stat­ing “child mur­der­ers” was stuck to the front door and the words “Free Gaza” were daubed on Hove’s Hol­land Road shul.

The Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for beam­ing a flag with the words “Free Pales­tine, sanc­tions now, stop the mas­sacre” on to the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

A group calling it­self Jews in Bri­tain Against Geno­cide held a “die-in” out­side the of­fices of the Board of Deputies and ac­tivists closed a drone man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory in the Mid­lands by climb­ing on to the roof at 5am.

The Na­tional Union of Stu­dents voted to boy­cott Is­rael at a meet­ing of its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Else­where, a doc­tor in An­twerp, Bel­gium, re­fused to treat a Jewish woman with a bro­ken rib and sug­gested she visit Gaza “to get rid of the pain”.

An Ortho­dox Jewish woman was pre­vented from shop­ping in a nearby fashion store, and in Liege po­lice re­moved a sign at a cafe which de­clared in Turk­ish: “Dogs al­lowed but Jews are not un­der any cir­cum­stances”.

The mayor of mayor of Er­patak, Hun­gary, Mi­haly Zoltan Orosz, posted a video on YouTube show­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and Shi­mon Peres pup­pets.

Hun­dreds of Ital­ians signed an on­line pe­ti­tion at­tack­ing Is­rael for a “slow geno­cide” of Pales­tini­ans, and calling for a “Nurem­berg trial”.

Omar Omeirat, a would-be politi­cian in Filip­stad, Swe­den, quit his cam­paign af­ter com­ing un­der at­tack for a Face­book post say­ing: “Our broth­ers and sis­ters in Pales­tine are slaugh­tered by the Jewish pigs”.

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