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500 members?

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I have no words for this:

“Police have launched an urgent investigation into a horrific Facebook group that gave graphic details of anti-Semitic incidents perpetrated by its members against Ilford’s Jewish community.

The group, created by a student at Loxford School of Science and Technology, attracted more than 500 members in two weeks following its launch last month and featured teenagers boasting about engaging in anti-Semitic behaviour.”

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05/02/2010 at 17:54

Record High.

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The Press Association reports:

“More than 924 reports of bigoted violence and abuse were received last year by The Community Security Trust (CST).

The charity, which monitors anti-Semitism in Britain, said the figures marked the worst year since records began in 1984. They included violent street attacks, arson, egg-throwing, racist graffiti, website hacking and hate mail.

The majority of incidents recorded by the CST, from violence to desecration of Jewish properties, took place in London (460), followed by Manchester (206), Hertfordshire (48) and Leeds (35).

They included an incident in which a Jewish man driving an electric wheelchair was rammed by a car after leaving a synagogue. The driver shouted “Jew, Jew” at him but he escaped with minor injuries. In Yorkshire, strips of bacon were arranged in the shape of a star of David and stuck the fence of a home where a Jewish family lived with the word “Jewboy” written underneath. A 12-year-old girl, the only Jew at her school, was attacked by a mob of up to 20 fellow pupils who pulled her hair and chanted: “death to Jews, kill all Jews.” “

I can’t help thinking that the climate created by hostility to Israelis, everyday Israelis in terms of negative boycotts, pejorative language in the media and a decidedly unhealthy focus on one country in the Middle East, has contributed to racial attacks on Jews in Britain.

Those involved in campaigning against Israelis bear some responsibility for that climate of antagonism and the resultant racial violence.

Update 1: The CST blog reports on an extreme attack in Ilford, and figures for France, which have risen by 75%.

Update 2: Topically, students should read the CST guide, A Student’s Guide to Antisemitism on Campus [ A PDF download].

In fact, everyone should read it, as it is well written and easy to digest.

Update 3: Engage has good coverage, with Mark Gardner in the comments threads.

Update 4: If ever you wanted to see an indicator of social anti-Jewish racism on the web, then take a trip to the Comment is Free thread, which discusses the rise in physical attacks on Jews in Britain during 2009. It is on Britain’s leading liberal newspaper’s web site, the Guardian and yet its comments threads are littered with snide remarks about Jews and Israelis. Terrible. What an indictment.

Written by modernityblog

05/02/2010 at 02:53