Wine­man onKe­dem protest front line

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

CRIES OF “the Jews killed Je­sus” rang from the Ke­dem picket when Vi­vian Wine­man vis­ited on Wed­nes­day.

The pres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies had come to Manch­ester to view for him­self the on­go­ing protests out­side the Is­raeli-owned cos­metic store and the bar­rack­ing from the pro-Pales­tinian ac­tivists.

He said: “This has been an un­fold­ing sit­u­a­tion. It’s not un­til you ac­tu­ally see it, that it’s clear this protest is not about Is­rael but about Jews.

“And while only some of the boy­cotters have been an­ti­semitic, it of­fers very lit­tle com­fort to Jewish peo­ple.”

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said nine pro­test­ers had been ar­rested over the week­end. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a pro­tester who posted self­ies on Face­book in Saudi Ara­bia, pic­tur­ing him­self hold­ing an au­to­matic ri­fle and declar­ing that he wanted to “wipe out the Jews who are at­tack­ing Pales­tine”. The man, from north Manch­ester, at­tended a protest a week ago.

Lawyers act­ing for Ke­dem have called on Manch­ester’s chief con­sta­ble to use le­gal pow­ers to move the picket per­mantly away from the shop. Po­lice said they were re­view­ing whether to use the pow­ers be­fore the week­end when more protests are ex­pected.

Mean­while Mr Wine­man has agreed to meet the woman be­hind a campaign call­ing on the Board to take a firmer stand against an­ti­semitism. Vic­to­ria Slo­tover’s on­line pe­ti­tion has at­tracted over 500 sig­na­tures.

‘It’s clear this protest is not about Is­rael but about Jews’

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