Synagogue set ablaze and anti-Semitic assaults soar in UK following Israel’s invasion of Gaza (Daily Mail UK)
The number of anti-Semitic attacks in London has risen sharply following Israel’s land assault on Gaza, Jewish community groups said today.
Their leaders have compiled a dossier of attacks against Jews which will be handed to seniors officers in the Metropolitan police.
The attacks include claims of:
- An attempt to burn down a synagogue in north-west London.
- An assault on a Jewish motorist who was pulled from his car and punched.
- A gang of youths chanting anti-Semitic slogans as they tried to enter restaurants and shops in Golders Green.
This week has seen the emergence of anti-Semitic graffiti in Jewish areas of London. Slogans sprayed on walls include: ‘Kill Jews’ and ‘Jews are scumbags’
The Community Security Trust, which is responsible for the safety of Jews in Britain, has also noted the emergence of anti-Semitic graffiti in Jewish areas across London.
Slogans sprayed on walls include: ‘Kill Jews’ and ‘Jews are scumbags.’
The trust has now logged 24 anti-Semitic incidents – most of them in London – in the past week. Police are said to be stepping up patrols in Jewish areas.
Mark Gardner, the trust’s spokesman, told the Standard: ‘There has been a significant rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, especially when compared with what is usually a very quiet time of year for racist, anti-Jewish attacks.
‘It is a pattern with which we and police are now sadly familiar, whereby hysteria is whipped up against Israel: and British Jews then suffer a wave of anti-Semitism.’
The arson attack on the synagogue in Brondesbury took place on Sunday night. The arsonists first tried to smash open a window but failed because of the toughened glass in place to protect such buildings from terrorist attacks.
Mr Gardner said: ‘Having been thwarted they then appear to have attempted to set the front door alight with petrol, causing some damage to the exterior of the premises. Police, CST and fire brigade attended the scene.’
On New Year’s Eve, a man was pulled from his car just as he was about to drive off and assaulted by three men whom he described as being of Arab appearance.
The victim did not suffer any serious injury. The same night a gang of youths alarmed locals in Golders Green by trying to enter Jewish shops while chanting anti-Israeli slogans.
Joey Ben-Yoav, manager of nearby Met Su Yan, a kosher Chinese restaurant in Golders Green, said: “It was scary. They were waving flags and shouting. It felt like if we went out they would hit us or something.
‘They walked past a few Jews and just shouted ‘Jew’ at them. They did not look like they were in the mood for making peace.’