Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

July 31, 2014
(Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London July 26, 2014. Foreign ministers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East called on Saturday for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain’s estimated 260,000 Jews on safety, said the surge came as figures showed a significant rise in such incidents for the first six months of the year.

While there was no obvious reason for the general increase, it noted that July’s rise took place at the same time as the Israeli offensive against Hams militants, in which it has pulverized the enclave from air, land and sea, killing more than 1,200 men, women and children.

On the Israeli side 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

“There is no excuse for this wave of racist intimidation and violence and we call upon all good people to unequivocally condemn it,” said CST spokesman Mark Gardner.

Tens of thousands of Britons have taken part in protests in London and other cities against the Israeli action. Pro-Palestinian activist groups stress that they oppose Israeli government policy and are not hostile to the Jewish people.

Some of the signs at protests have however been distincty anti-Jewish.

via Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages | Reuters.

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