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London Shomrim search for suspect who threatened Jewish family

IMG_20160410_140119London Shomrim were assisting the Metropolitan Police in searching on Sunday evening for male who, unprovoked, threatened a Jewish family on the street in Stamford Hill,  Hackney.  “Jews, move away, move away your children, a bomb is coming”, the culprit is alleged to have said.

The suspect also held a metal bar and stick in his hands. He was described as a white male, wearing a dark grey short sleeve T-shirt, blue trousers and had a shaved head.

The incident happened on Queen Elizabeth’s Walk and the suspect was last seen walking on Lordship Park.

If you have any information please call the Metropolitan Police on 101.

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.

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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.”

Word of caution to Stamford Hill community – Learn from the Lakewood experience

With members of the London Stamford Hill Charedi community being priced out of the area, some are now trying to snap up houses on Canvey Island, Essex.

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The site of the former Castle View School on the Island will be transformed into a private Jewish school, Essex County Council has confirmed.

The Charedi community, is understood to have paid £1.75million for the former school building, which closed five years ago, and its attached playing fields.

Residents living around the site have started to experience members of the community knocking on their doors offering to pay above the market price for their houses, despite them not being up for sale.

AntiSemitismWatch has already taken the step of sending messages into the Stamford Hill community in an attempt that the experiences of the Orthodox Jewish community in Lakewood, USA are considered in how the Canvey Island experiment is proceeded with.

2016-05-13-09-36-17--1070305669Toms River, a neighbouring community to Lakewood, took the step of implementing a law aimed at putting an end to what many of its residents and leaders labeled overly aggressive tactics by realtors.

Some observers suggested the measure was part of a campaign to block an increasing migration by members of the Lakewood community.

The other Toms River 'welcome' sign
The other Toms River ‘welcome’ sign

Tensions also simmered over comments made by Toms River Mayor, Thomas Kelaher. In an interview with Bloomberg News Service regarding the recent influx and his town’s reaction to it, Kelaher was quoted as saying, “It’s like an invasion. It’s the old throwback to the 1960s, when blockbusting happened in Philadelphia and Chicago with the African-American community — ‘I want to buy your house. You’ll be sorry if you don’t [sell it to me].”

In the wake of its publication, Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller penned an open letter expressing deep offense over the use of the term “invasion,” which he said implied a takeover by a malicious group, and demanded an apology.

The intervention of AntiSemitismWatch comes after Joel Friedman, who works for the Interlink Foundation, a charity representing the community, confirmed half-a-dozen families have already bought houses on the Essex island.

One islander living near the proposed school site, who did not want to be named, told The Echo her family received a visit on Sunday afternoon from a groups of people interested in buying their home.

She said: “I was quite surprised really as they just started asking about house prices in the area, and whether we would be willing to sell ours.

“They were very polite, but it was just a bit random really. I’ve seen them knock on quite a few houses in our area over the past couple of weeks.

“I don’t think we’re ready to sell just yet, but I think it’s interesting they are so keen to move here.”

Dave Blackwell, leader of the Canvey Independent Party, said he is pleased the former Castle View site is becoming a school instead of housing.

He said: “From what I am hearing quite a few houses have already been bought and they are looking to create a large community here.

“I think it’s a good thing and particularly as the rest of that school site will actually get used and it won’t become housing as set out in the local plan.

“I have to say, I am not sure why Canvey has been chosen, as it’s not the easiest place to reach.”

The former Castle View site had originally been earmarked for 50 new homes, but developers pulled out of the school due to flood concerns.

The situation in Toms River has led representatives of the Chabad Jewish Center to file a law suit in federal court against Toms River and its Zoning Board of Adjustment. The legal move came after a refusal to allow small weekly prayer services in Rabbi Moshe Gourarie’s Toms River home.

The refusal was alleged to be a civil rights violation spurred by, “A rising tide of anti-Semitism among the Toms River government and population, fearful that the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community located in adjacent Lakewood Township will extend into Toms River,” the complaint suggested.

Thomas-KelaherIt also cited the statement by Mayor Kelaher and an antiSemitic act whereby the words “Burn the Jews” were carved into playground equipment at the nearby Riverwood Park.

The complaint further cited a number of statements made in various places on social media “regarding the Chabad and ultra-Orthodox Jews describing them as “cockroaches,” “trash,” a “cult,” “he-brews and she-brews,” a “Jewish conspiracy,” “disgusting phonies,” a “joo school,” “damn jews,” “dirty,” and a “disease.”

AntiSemitismWatch comment:

“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.”

 

Sadiq Kahn’s visit to Yom Hashoah event sparks anti-Semitic vitriol and Holocaust denial – Perhaps Labour may start to understand now

The decision by the newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, to attend a Yom Hashoah commemoration event as his first public engagement was met with anger by some Twitter users, who responded with virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments as well as Holocaust denial.

After the event, Khan tweeted, “So important to reflect, remember and educate about the 6 million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust.”

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As of Monday evening, the post had been widely ‘liked’ and shared. However, there were other responses which were not so kind and included blatant Holocaust denial, including a comment that “much of the so-called ‘holocaust’ has been faked, including the post-1945 Auschwitz construction,” suggesting that much of the Auschwitz site was built after World War II.

Others responded with the usual anti-Semitic conflation between supporting Israel and the “Jewish lobby”.

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While another Twitter user was more blatant in their hatred, despicably suggesting on Yom Hashoah, “Like who cares about Jewish suffering!”.

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Another commentator wrote, “Have you plucked that figure of 6 [million] out of thin air? What was the total population of Jews in 1940? Don’t distort history. Max 1 [million].”

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Khan received a warm welcome from London’s Jewish community at the end of Sunday’s Yom Hashoah ceremony, which brought together thousands from London’s Jewish community, including more than 150 Holocaust survivors and a combined choir from five Jewish elementary schools.

Now it has happened to one of their own, perhaps Labour will now start to properly comprehend the reality of anti-Semitism in society and, therefore, take the necessary action to address it within their own party?

Let us know what you think by commenting below or emailing us via secretary@antisemitismwatch.com

 

Our offer to Labour and Corbyn – A five point plan to tackle their anti-Semitism crisis

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AntiSemitismWatch is perhaps uniquely placed to offer the UK Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn a considered solution to the anti-Semitic crisis currently engulfing them.

We were the first to identify the clear source of the problem in our article entitled, ‘The inconvenient truth for the left and why Labour is in such a mess‘.

In the simplest terms, the political left-wing forms the ‘natural home’ of the ideology that views with hatred everything associated with and related to Israel. In essence, it is anti-Zionist sentiment that is driving the current wave, insurgency if you will, of anti-Semitism.

corbynThese views that have come so much to the fore within Labour were sparked by left-winger Corbyn’s party leadership victory, which brought with it an influx of new members with these ‘out-dated and prejudiced’ views.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is the living embodiment of this problem. There is now overwhelming evidence that BDS is home to vile anti-Semitic rhetoric, debate and policy. BDS, and its acolytes such as Israeli Apartheid Week, drives this, in part, through its lack of respect for the dignity of the individual and for the rights of others to hold and express different intellectual positions.

The article prophetically concluded that BDS movement is systemically anti-Semitic and that the political left was in danger of becoming similarly so, and so was the Labour Party!

AntiSemitismWatch just the evening before the Ken Livingstone furor erupted also predicted troubled times ahead for the relationship between the former London Mayor and Corbyn.

Corbyn’s response to the overall issue has been three-fold:

The first point has, indeed, seen some action follow with various party members, officials and MPs, including Livingstone and Naz Shah, suspended. However, it is this very same evidence that leads AntiSemitismWatch to conclude that this response is doomed to failure.

With each new accusation there have been issues of indecision, prevarication or lack of leadership shown.

  • Gerry Downing, accused of ‘anti-Semitism’ and being ‘obsessed with Jews’, kicked out, readmitted on appeal and then kicked out again.
  • Vicki Kirby, probed by the party in 2014 after a series of posts on Twitter in which she apparently suggested Adolf Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and Jews had “big noses”, subsequently reinstated with a warning, appointed vice-chairman of Labour’s Woking branch, and then suspended again.
  • Naz Shah, who following the Facebook revelations was not suspended for 32 hours until Corbyn succumbed to the pressure exerted by the media, the Prime Minister, Jewish commentators and some within his own party.
  • The Oxford University Labour Club mess which triggered the recent crisis has still not been resolved despite the launch of an inquiry into the matter.
  • Even the suspension of Ken Livingstone was weakly handled by Corbyn. Virtually all party communication on the subject was dealt with by Labour ‘spokespeople’. We also had the spectacle of John Mann being seen be many as the hero of the hour in his facing down and castigation of Livingstone. While not perhaps expecting precisely the same from the leader of the official government opposition something of the spirit displayed by Mann has been entirely lacking in Corbyn.
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John Mann MP

There are other Labour members in addition to John Mann worthy of mention for their mettle shown in fighting anti-Semitism in the party, including Wes Streeting and Luciana Berger who has herself been subjected to vicious anti-Semitic abuse.

Yet, these example are not set to be the sum total of what Labour will have to contend with. It is inevitable that the injurious damage will continue through further revelations. As such, they will persist in making mockery of the claim of a party with zero tolerance against anti-Semitism.

That brings us to the announcement of an independent inquiry to be led by Shami Chakrabarti, the former head of the rights group Liberty, who will be tasked with opening a dialogue with the Jewish community and will report back to Labour headquarters within two months on how the party can best tackle antisemitism and other forms of discrimination.

It is entirely inconceivable that this inquiry will deliver the necessary radical and truthful thinking and proposed action to deliver the step-change necessary for the Labour Party to emerge from this crisis with a realistic prospect of regaining its credibility.

Instead, it will likely focus on tightening party processes for dealing with potential  transgressors of Labour rules on racism and anti-Semitism etc. It will also undoubtedly conclude that there exists a real desire within the party leadership to tackle the issues but, AntiSemitismWatch predicts, it will entirely fail to offer up the necessary action plan to tackle the causes.

So AntiSemitismWatch offers up to Corbyn, Labour and Chakrabarti our own radical five point plan:

  1. As with any plan for recovery, first admit there is a problem. Labour’s Chuka Umunna has alluded to it, but still shied away from admitting the full extent, when he said: “I think there is a problem with anti-Semitism on the fringes of the left, there is no doubt about that; it would be completely disingenuous to deny that.”
  2. The message must come from Corbyn himself. No longer is it viable or acceptable for him to stand behind others speaking on his behalf.
  3. The admission must acknowledge that, like all parts of the political spectrum, Labour will contain individuals who hold plain, old-fashioned anti-Semitic attitudes. Labour is not immune to this just because of their long association with human rights but neither is it unique to them.
  4. The more radical aspect to the admission is to accept that while criticism of any foreign state, including Israel, is legitimate, the rhetoric on this one lone country has, all too often, been used as a disguise for attacking the Jewish people more widely.
  5. The issue of anti-Zionism would also need to be addressed as part of the admission, acknowledging that the right of self-determination is an unalienable right. That anything that calls for the destruction, removal, transportation or dismantlement of a democratic state and its people is in itself anti-Semitic. This provides for Corbyn and Labour to reassert a commitment to achieving a peaceful two-state solution.

Only such explicit clarity offered by our five point plan will take Labour towards a path out of the mire. It provides the only clarity necessary for Labour to then be able to hold true on its zero tolerance pledge.

Danny Cohen, the former head of the BBC, recently suggested of Labour, ‘If you are Jewish how can you vote for them?“. The relationship between Corbyn’s party and the Jewish community hangs by a thread. There remains limited time and opportunity for repair, our five point plan is an offer that should not be rejected.

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Labour – opportunity hanging by a thread

 

 

 

Neo-Nazis turn up unannounced in Golders Green – Protest against Shomrim

IMG-20160402-WA0004On the day the attention of police and media focused on dozens of far-right neo-nazis in Dover, another neo-nazi group turned up unannounced in the heart of Golders Green on Shabbat to protest against the local Shomrim community group.

In Kent their presence resulted in clashes with police in an angry protest over immigration and ISIS which brought Dover to a standstill.

The march by the East Kent Alliance and a counter protest from Kent Anti Racism Network saw supporters of the far-right groups English Defence League and the National Front join forces.

Police arrested 12 people for offences, including for failing to remove a mask. Hundreds of officers in riot gear were deployed.

 

IMG-20160402-WA0003Meanwhile, in London a small number of them turned up with banners containing photographs of Shomrim members complaining that, “This is London not Tel Aviv”. Another had a photograph of the Shomrim patrol vehicle and a slogan that read, “One rule for them another for us” and that, “Police impersonation is a crime, no exceptions”.

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It was a short-lived demonstration that drew little community or police reaction. Even so, some of the neo-nazis felt obliged to cover their faces.

Shomrim is a street patrol organization, a sort of Neighbourhood Watch-plus, and has been operating against what it calls “quality-of-life nuisance crimes” since 2008. There are such voluntary groups operating in Golders Green and Stamford Hill.

The anti-Shomrim protest was similar to another small-scale protest held in Stamford Hill in April 2015.  The original proponent of these anti-Shomrim focused events, Joshua Bonehill.  is a neo-nazi who now finds himself serving a lengthy prison sentence. One can only hope that a similar fate befalls the remainder of them!

Latest BDS fakery scandal

Adding to the growing list of BDS fakery and lies comes another scandal. Today across the London Underground network posters appeared promoting BDS sentimentology.

IMG-20160222-WA0003The first read ‘Why is BBC reporting biased in favour of Israel?’. It carried the hashtag #Israelapartheidweek. Israeli Apartheid Week campaign is most often focused on British university campuses. Indeed, it is the same one that led to the resignation of Alex Chalmers,  co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC).

He resigned from office after the Club decided to endorse the Israeli Apartheid Week.

In his resignation statement he highlighted his concerns, alleging there were growing anti-Semitic tendencies within the OULC. Chalmers said, “The decision of the club to endorse a movement with a history of targetting (sic.) and harassing Jewish students and inviting antisemitic speakers to campuses, despite the concerns of Jewish students, illustrates how uneven and insincere much of the active membership is when it comes to liberation.”

IMG-20160222-WA0002The second had a picture of the Israeli security wall and read ‘Apartheid is great’ in reference to the Great Wall of China. It also carried the same hashtag.

While the posters were made to look exactly like any other London Underground poster the whole enterprise was shown to be a fake.

Transport for London confirmed the ads were unauthorised and will be taken down.

A spokesman said: “It is fly posting and therefore an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously.

“Our staff and contractors are working to immediately remove any found on our network.”

Makes you wonder what they will get up to next?

London Magistrate resigns over anti-Semitic comments

Stratford-magistra_3144787bAbul Hussain, who worked at Stratford Magistrates’ Court, actually left his job six months ago but his actions can only now be reported following the results of an official investigation this week.

Mr Hussain was expelled from the Respect political party in 2010, made famous by Bradford West MP George Galloway, over anti-Semitic messages he allegedly wrote on Facebook. Despite this, he was appointed as a North East London magistrate in 2011.

His messages included exchanges where he told other users “u know the worlds coming to an end when a jew [sic] accuses another of being of his kind [sic]” and “jews like u are so boring so find everything lame, here’s a penny go put it in the bank and u just might get a pound after ten years interest [sic]”.

It emerged only this week that Mr Hussain resigned from his position in August last year before being removed from judicial office.

A spokesman for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said: “Mr Abul Hussain, a magistrate appointed to the North East London Area, has resigned from judicial office following an investigation into an allegation that he had posted racist and anti-Semitic comments on social media.

“A disciplinary panel recommended that Mr Hussain be removed from the judiciary, but he resigned before the disciplinary process had been formally concluded.

“Had he not resigned, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice would have removed him from judicial office.”

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Are we too rich? Are there too many of us? The French seem to think so

Are there too many Jews in France? Are they too rich and is the media dominated by them? These are some of the opinions sought by a Ipsos poll on racism in France.  Published on Sunday in the French weekly Le Journal Du Dimanche, the survey results have caused a real stir.

The survey is the completion of an 18-month study on French attitudes to racism, religion, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

france+flagFully 60 percent of respondents believe that Jews bear at least some responsibility for recent rises in anti-Semitism. This is at a time when France as a whole is still struggling to come to terms with the impact of major terror attacks and the Jewish community is increasingly anxious following a series of targeted attacks. Indeed, the results of the poll, commissioned by the French Judaism Foundation, paint a picture of prejudice, suspicion and division.

To the question “Do you think a racist reaction can be justified”, 30 percent said yes, some 91 percent of people said that Jews in France “are very insular” and 56 percent that they “have a lot of power” and are richer than average.

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) said they had witnessed violence or aggressive behaviour towards someone because of their religion, while 54 percent believe that immigration does not benefit France.

The study also suggests more than 40% feel that Jews are “a little too present in the media.” While about 13% agreed that “there are a few too many Jews in France.” These findings perhaps help to explain another recent poll by the Institut Français D’opinion Publique, which suggested the number of French Jews considering moving to Israel at 43% percent.

Anti-Semitism and a worsening economy have driven many French Jews to seek their fortunes abroad, with significant communities forming in Quebec, Montreal, London and other cities.

Indeed, in May 2015 AntiSemitismWatch reported that the number who emigrated from France into Israel doubled in 2014 to 7,000, making it the top source country.

 

Neo-Nazis attack Jewish memorial in UK and unfurl swastika flag

Neo-Nazis have filmed themselves defacing a Jewish monument in Cannon Hill park, Birmingham – draping a swastika flag and hate slogans over it.

The extremists, from sinister pro-Hitler hate group National Action, also smeared anti-Jewish graffiti onto the park gates.

West Midlands Police are now investigating the attack after a video emerged on YouTube.

It was uploaded from an account linked to National Action, a fascist youth group said to have previously been under investigation by anti-terrorism cops.

The video shows figures spray-painting a Jewish Star of David onto the park gates, with the caption “bankers” and ”1%”before they climb a menorah.

One per cent of the German population was Jewish before the Holocaust.

The men are then seen hanging a Third Reich swastika flag and a billboard with National Action’s logo to the menorah.

The vandals have their faces blurred throughout the video and are wearing latex-gloves to avoid leaving behind fingerprints.

The large menorah, maintained by the Lubavitch Jewish community, has been a popular attraction in the park for years and is lit during Jewish festivals.

The group, National Action, has previously described itself as “the fascists your nan warned you about.”

A previous investigation by the Daily Mirror revealed that National Action was sending its members to paramilitary bootcamps, featuring knife fighting lessons. The camps were run by a fascist fanatic who boasted of building a “new SS” and who was planning to show recruits training videos from the Islamic State.

National Action posters are said to have been found at a dozen UK universities and one alleged leader quit Warwick University after being named in a national newspaper.

The group demonstrated at Nelson Mandela’s statue in London last year and also draped a banner with the slogan, “Anti-Racist is a Codeword for Anti-White” over a bridge in Birmingham.

Inspector Rachel Crump, of West Midlands Police, said: “We are aware of a video on YouTube which appears to show religiously aggravated vandalism in Cannon Hill Park.

“We take reports of hate crime extremely seriously and would urge anyone with information which would help us identify the people in the images to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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