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London man has suffered 30 anti-Semitic attacks in three years

Yisro’el Shalom, 52, is a Londoner, widower, and former comedian of Jewish descent. According to Shalom, he has been the target of anti-Semitic attacks for years — 30 attacks in three years, to be precise.

Shalom used to live in Newham, east London, where he reportedly suffered numerous attacks including getting beaten up and having swastikas spray-painted over his home.

“After the graffiti attack I only ever went out for Shabbat to the synagogue,” Shalom recalled, according to the Daily Express. ” … All my doors and windows were double-locked and I spent four months ordering food online, and just walking from room to room.”

Shalom was even forced to wear a stab-proof vest and put a metal gate and iron bars over his home to protect himself.

“I couldn’t even put music on because I needed to hear if anybody was trying to get into the house,” Shalom said.

Shalom has since moved to Finchley, a less hostile part of London. But he fears he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since the spate of attacks.

“When you see these things, we are at the beginning of what we said ‘never again’ to 70 years ago,” he said, referring to the common declaration among Jews in reference to the Holocaust, the Daily Express reports.

No warm welcome experienced by Yisro’el Shalom

London’s Metropolitan Police said the number of anti-Semitic crimes reported in Newham — Shalom’s former neighbourhood, where the attacks took place — have doubled since 2015.

“We will not tolerate hate crime and take positive action to investigate all allegations, support victims and arrest offenders,” a spokesman for the Met Police said.

Unfortunately, that assurance comes too little, too late for Shalom.

“I’m supposed to be able to walk down any damn street that I want in this country,” he said, “but sadly that’s just not how it is.”

Where British Jews Go, Others Can Follow in Safety

Published in the Daily Express today:

Researchers discovered that occupants of the towns, predominantly in the south and midlands, have much more positive feelings towards immigrants than others.

Jews began to arrive in England following the Norman conquest in 1066 and were allowed to settle in around 30 towns where they stayed until being expelled at the end of the 13th century.

Towns with a substantial medieval Jewish population were identified by the presence of a chest, or archa, where by law all local contracts between Jews and Christians had to be deposited.

The study by Professor David Fielding, an economist at New Zealand’s University of Otago, found that people surveyed in these towns showed less support for the anti-immigration UKIP and BNP political parties.

Writing in the British Journal of Political Science, Professor Fielding said: “The results consistently point to a significant difference between English towns with a Jewish heritage and those without.

“In the twenty-first century, towns that welcomed medieval Jews show less anti-immigrant sentiment and less support for far-right parties.

“The results here also suggest the persistence of an underlying cultural trait, of which attitudes towards a specific ethnic minority are just one expression, since the Jewish community was expelled from England in 1290 and there was no substantial foreign immigration until four centuries later.”

imagesExplaining the historical background, he added: “In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, England was home to a large Jewish community that had emigrated from France in the years following the Norman Conquest of 1066.

“However, the distribution of Jewish communities was not uniform across the country: communities were established in about thirty English towns, and Jews were largely absent elsewhere.

“These communities survived to the end of the thirteenth century, when all Jews were expelled from England.

“This was the first event of this kind in Europe, 200 years before the expulsions from Spain and Portugal.

“England was officially barred to Jews until 1656, and although there were probably a few Jewish families living secretly in Tudor London, there was a period of nearly 400 years during which neither the Jews nor any other minority of overseas origin established a community in England.”

The research involved modelling responses to survey questions from the British Election Studies of 2005 and 2010 while taking respondents’ socioeconomic and constituency characteristics into account.

Professor Fielding says the findings imply that certain cities have an inherent ability to cope more easily with ethnic diversity and this could be used to boost trade.

He added: “Policies that persuade such cities to take advantage of this ability by encouraging immigration or investment in activities that require more racial tolerance, such as international trade and tourism, could promote economic growth at the local and national levels.”

The towns that accepted Jews were: