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Who Cares If Anti-Zionists Are Anti-Semites – But Europe’s Jews Keep A Suitcase Packed Just In Case

by | 21st, August 2014

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HAVE you noticed the rise and rise of anti-Semitism? It has become acceptable to be anti-Semitic in public. That nod and the wink around the dinner party table has now gone mainstream. The kind of anti-Semitic stuff that you can read throughout the Middle East has awakened Jew hating and Jew baiting in the UK. Sainsbury’s, The Tricycle Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe have all censored Jews.

Jewish schools and synagogues in the UK are patrolled by guards. And no worshippers, parent or children think that unusual or paranoid.

Get this  response   to “Free Gaza” graffiti sprayed on a synagogue in Hove:

A spokesman for the Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity campaign said: “The real issue here is that there needs to be a political solution to the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

“We would like the members of the Brighton Jewish community who do not agree with Israel’s policies to stand up as 150 in Brooklyn did the other day, and many others have done to show that there is not a divide between Jews and non-Jews.”



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In Cambridge, Jews are being picketed. The Cambridge Palestine Forum’s Facebook page invited :

“Cambridge residents concerned about the recent violence in Gaza are invited to join a Silent Gaza Protest. We are meeting in the vicinity of the synagogue in order to encourage the local congregation to take a stance on the actions of the Israel military. This is a silent event. Only silence can adequately express our outrage and shame about what has happened. Our visible silence points to guilt, forgiving and forgetting.”

Hideous stuff. It didn’t go ahead.

In Switzerland  and France  the motto “Every synagogue is an Israeli embassy” has been chanted as synagogues have been attacked.

France’s politicians and community leaders have criticised the “intolerable” violence against Paris’ Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city’s Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews”, as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as “little Jerusalem”.


A veiled Muslim protester, holding a placard, marches towards the Danish embassy during a demonstration in London, Friday Feb. 3, 2006. Hundreds of people protested against the publication of cartoons in nespapers around Europe depicting the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


In 2004,  Simon Montefiore  wrote:

Being an English Jew is very different from being an American Jew. American Jews can never quite understand the insecurities of being a European Jew, for the 5.8 million American Jews feel totally secure…Here in Britain, we are only 275,000 out of 60 million. Most parts of Britain have no Jews at all. I constantly meet educated Brits who have never met a Jew. Such people can never quite believe it: “You’re not, are you? Oh, you really are. Great! I’ve always thought you’re a very clever people.”

You might say that only a Jew could possibly take this acclamation of cleverness as an insult. Being a Jew is all about living on several levels, listening on different frequencies, deciphering codes…

Anti-Semitism here was subtle. Yet those Sephardic ancestors felt they had to work particularly hard and behave especially well: “Our race can do anything but fail,” wrote a Montefiore to Benjamin Disraeli…

Although between the wars, Arthur Balfour and Winston Churchill fostered Zionism and a Jew was appointed Viceroy of India, there were also Oswald and Diana Mosley and those mandarins who complained during the 1930s of “wailing Jews” making out as if the Nazis wanted to kill them all…


A man is overcome by emotion during a ceremony for the shooting victims at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school where a gunman opened fire Monday killing four people in Toulouse, southwestern France, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Police blanketed southern France on Tuesday, searching for a gunman _ possibly a racist, anti-Semitic serial killer _ who killed four people at a Jewish school and may have filmed his attack.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


Yet something has changed about the European attitude to Jewishness. One feels it everywhere: we have moved, as it were, from the world of Howard Jacobson back to Franz Kafka. This is connected to Israel, America, 9/11 and Iraq. For more than a decade now, Israel has been the fashionable bete noire of the chattering classes. The response to Israel in the European media, particularly the BBC and the Guardian, has long been prejudiced, disproportionate, vicious often fictitious.

A typical case of the media’s mendacity on Israel was the invented coverage of the Jenin “massacre” (not) by British news organisations, which were so anti-Israel that they popularised an event that they could not have witnessed, because it had not happened. They never apologised because any Israeli “atrocity” is seen to illustrate a greater truth. Another example was the Israeli assassination

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