Jewish groups said yesterday that the invasion of Gaza had provoked a surge in anti-Semitic intimidation and violence in London and Manchester.Not that our home-grown ‘insurgents’ need the excuse, usually…
One Jewish charity, the Community Security Trust (CST), said that the threat had increased after comments by Hamas leaders calling for attacks on Jewish people.
The most serious incident in Britain occurred on Saturday when three youths tried to set fire to Brondesbury Park Synagogue in northwest London. Police said that the incident was believed to be a direct result of events in the Middle East.‘Three youths’…?
Excellent description! Probably Jehovahs Witnesses. Or maybe Scientologists…
A police spokesman said that officers were liaising closely with Jewish groups and that “reassurance patrols” had been increased in areas with substantial Jewish populations. In North Manchester, barriers have been placed outside King David High School and entry is being restricted to passholders.Hmm, London and Manchester. Why those two areas in particular, I wonder?
British police said that they were working with Muslims to reassure them that non-violent demonstrations would be facilitated. One Muslim group wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday warning that the Israeli attacks could drive young Muslims into the hands of extremists.Isn’t that nice..? We wouldn’t want them to feel stifled, and unable to express themselves, would we?
And is it too much to hope that the Prime Minister immediately wrote back to advise that any ‘young Muslims’ driven into the hands of extremists would be dealt with harshly should they break the laws of this country..?
The UK Police provide hi-viz/reassurance uniformed patrols outside Mosques on Fridays, Synagogues rely on the much more reliable voluntary security force they use:
Often because the police wouldn't (in the past) guarantee them the level of protection muslims have received since 9/11.
As a former police officer I met and liaised with this organisation several times over the years and was impressed by them. I was also quite depressed that they had to exist but not surprised when one realizes the huge amount of anti-semitic attitudes that still exist.
No doubt the more shrill and hysterical bloggers have the CST down as something completely diabolical.
AFter monitoring the 'Old Holborn' business I feel quite tainted by the fact I ever went near that blog. Absolutley barking.
It is amazing that despite all the 'problems' associated with Muslims/Islamists the often touted backlash from 'far right' extremist WHITE British people hasn't happened - yet huge resources are spent preventing this. Yet Jewish cemeteries and graves are defaced, attacks on Synangogues occasionally happen and the shrill anti-semites continue pedalling their racist bollocks, scapegoating Jews as has been done throughout history.
I am amazed that the BBC isn't all over this firebombing, they usually trumpet any racist hate crimes. It seems like there is at least one strain of racist attack which will never make it onto the BBC...
As for the BBC fawning over Muslim extremists, I bet these 'non-violent' demonstrations will be a racist hate-fest of anti-semitism and they won't lift a finger to stop it.
"Often because the police wouldn't (in the past) guarantee them the level of protection muslims have received since 9/11."
"AFter monitoring the 'Old Holborn' business I feel quite tainted by the fact I ever went near that blog. Absolutley barking."
It started out as 'Oh, well, an opinion I don't share, but each to his own'. But the constant harping on and refusal to back down over the video that turned out to be a Hamas own goal made up my mind.
"It seems like there is at least one strain of racist attack which will never make it onto the BBC..."
Whenever I'm inclined to feel kindly towards the BBC (not often, admittedly), I just have to remember that reporter weeping as Arafat's body was flown out. Talk about 'dispassionate' journalism!
The Jews are now accepted as being little different from Protestant (or ex-Protestant) British, and therefore stuff 'em, they are privileged and don't deserve protection.
I think Rob has nailed it.
But this just reflects the unspoken assumption that Muslims are basically wild animals that have to be treated with caution, unlike Jewish people who are every bit as civilised as we are (and possibly more so).
Can anybody imagine a Jewish vigilante group attacking mosques and senior Jewish 'community leaders' telling politicians that Jewish people living in the UK were being radicalised by the continual rocket attacks on Israel and asking for handouts for Jewish 'community centres' and if not, there'd be more violence?
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