Published On: Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Nearly 4, 000 in London Protest Against Anti-Semitism

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It is not exactly news nowadays that anti-Semitism is on the rise. This usually happens when Israel launches a military campaign, but the attacks against Jews are showing a disturbing trend of having no relation to Zionism in particular but are aimed at Jews in general (not that attacks against Zionists, of course, have any justification). People who wear Star of David necklaces or have any signs of “Jewishness” have been targeted for violence and 3, 500 people in London, more like 4, 500 according to some who were there, marched in protest over this disturbing trend.

Gerry Gable, activist and former editor of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight said “anti-Semitism is a cancer. It must be stopped.”

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Anti-Semitic incidents occur in England at a greater frequency than has been seen in a century, and the protesters were agitating against the perceived indifference of the public and ineffectiveness of police forces in dealing with problems. “Unless we act now and force the issue, anti-Semites will continue to go unpunished, and the nature of British society will change, CAAS, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said. “British Jews are afraid. Citizens are looking to the police and government to enforce law with zero tolerance against anti-Semites, as they do in other cases of racism.”

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis addressed the crowd along with Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim activist against extremism and violence.

According to a poll 63% of British Jews had serious questions about the future of Jews in Great Britain. July saw the second worst month of anti-Semitic incidents on record, with 240 reports.

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