Anorak | Media bias: anti-Semitic attack on London synangogue was just a ‘break-in’

Media bias: anti-Semitic attack on London synangogue was just a ‘break-in’

by | 22nd, March 2015


So. What do we know about the attack on a synagogue in London’s Stamford Hill, a building and a place with notable Jewish populations?

The BBC says police have made six arrests following the attack.  The BBC says the attack is “what police have described as an ‘anti-Semitic’ incident.”

We don’t get to know what the BBC describes it as maybe it was ‘an interrupted stroll in the world’s most vibrant city’, ‘football-related violence’ or ‘an incident linked to Israel’s actions in the Middle East’?

The BBC then adds:

Police said one man had made an anti-Semitic comment.

Look, let’s not rush to judgement. Until we see the jackboots and the smell the gas, let’s not panic. Sit tight. Reason. It’s ok. Relax.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman says:

“The incident is being treated as an anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks made by one of the group. At this early stage, there is no suggestion that this was a far-right or extremist attack but rather the completely unacceptable actions of a drunken group.”

Why not a Far-Left attack? An Islamist attack? An attack by liberal dinner-party guests? They all hate the Jews, too. Why in matters of race do the far-Right always hog the headlines? Where’s the equality, dammit?

Rabbi Maurice Davis, of the attacked Ahavas Torah synagogue, tells the BBC:

“I think this incident was more anti-social than anti-Semitic.”

Maybe, Maurice.  Maybe they didn’t know it was a synangogue.

Here are a few view of the synangogue’s front before and after the fracas (via Hackney Hive ):


ahavas-torah attack


Ahavas Torah





The Telegraph  says the Rabbi is incorrect. This was a racist attack:



Ahavas Torah


The anti-Semitic abuse was hurled by the group of men and women as they first beat up a young man outside before chasing him inside, breaking windows and attacking others.


And the Mail agrees:


synagogue attack london


The Mail  notes:

Drunken mob of 20 thugs shouted ‘kill the Jews’ as they stormed a synagogue in north London smashing windows and attacking worshippers inside

The socially cohesion the rabbi applauds might be the sound of the enemy at the gates.

The attack, which led to four men and two women being arrested, comes amid concerns about an increase of anti-Semitic attacks across Europe.
A Jewish patrol group, which works to reduce violence against Jews, said it had

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