Sunday, January 15, 2006


"We're Pakistani. You're Jewish. We're going to kill you!"

The following is an article that details and give figures for the rise of anti-Jewish attacks in the UK and a few other European countries. In another article, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, England, Mohammad Afzal Khan states that what he calls the "Jewish-Muslim conflict in the United Kingdom" has it's roots based in the belief that the media isn't pro-"palestinian" enough, thus angering young Muslims (not that he's trying to justify attacks on Jews or anything, i'm sure) :

Ilford, England --- One day last summer, Rabbi Alex Chapper was walking home from his synagogue with three friends when he realized they were being followed by a group of teenagers.

The youths began throwing rocks. One shouted, "We're Pakistani. You're Jewish. We're going to kill you!"

One of Chapper's friends was punched in the face. Another was hit on the head with a plastic bottle and suffered a cut and a black eye before the youths ran off.

Chapper, who is 32, did not encounter bias as a child in northwest London. But things have changed. Even as Europe's growing Muslim population points to rising prejudice --- called "Islamophobia" by Muslim leaders --- anti-Jewish incidents are increasing, as well.

Britain's chief rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, warned this month on BBC Radio that "a kind of tsunami of anti-Semitism" is spreading around the world.

"A number of rabbinical colleagues throughout Europe have been assaulted and attacked on the streets," he said. "We've had synagogues desecrated. We've had Jewish schools burn to the ground --- not here but in France."

Statistics compiled by the Washington-based World Jewish Congress support Sacks' assertion that anti-Jewish violence is increasing, at least in some areas. In France, the organization reported, major violent incidents rose from 62 in 2003 to 96 in 2004; and in Germany, home of the world's fastest-growing Jewish community, the number of major violent incidents rose from 34 to 50.

Significant increases were also reported in Russia and Canada.

In Moscow on Wednesday, a 20-year-old man described as a skinhead burst into a synagogue, shouted, "I will kill you," and stabbed eight people before being wrestled to the ground by the rabbi and his son. No one was killed but four people were reported in serious condition.

In Britain, the danger to Jews is growing, too. According to the Security Community Trust, a registered charity organization that works with the police to collect data on anti-Jewish incidents, 532 such incidents were reported in Britain in 2004, the last year for which numbers are available.

It is nearly double the number from 1999, and a 42 percent jump in just one year. Eighty-three of the incidents were assaults, four of which were classified as "extreme violence," in which the victim's life was endangered.

Mark Gardner, a spokesman for the Security Community Trust, said the increase is tied to the most recent round of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which began late in 2000.

Records show that anti-Jewish incidents have spiked after events such as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States; the subsequent U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that same year; the allegations of an Israeli massacre in the West Bank city of Jenin and the siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002, and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Such events, Gardner said, "excite a mood of scapegoating and anger and political violence, primarily among Muslims."

This past week, jurors in the trial of the radical west London Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, on charges of encouraging murder and fomenting racial hatred, heard taped sermons in which he encouraged his followers to kill Jews and other non-Muslims.

...Chapper still walks from the synagogue to his home, 15 minutes away, but he spends a lot of time looking over his shoulder.

"The Jewish community in this country is a tiny, tiny minority," he said. "The Muslim community is huge."


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New header looks awesome!


cheers jonz, glad i didn't ruin it


Hi J,
Why don't you cross-post some of this great stuff you have over at IBA. You know, just a teaser and a link saying "Go read the rest."

This stuff is valuable.


do you mean this article?
I'll go and post it at the ibloga now ;)


Yeah, I meant this article, and the others like it, when they come up.

Thanks for doing that.


These Paki-Nazis will just encourage more British Jews to move to Israel, where they will help to ultimaely crush the Fascistinians there...

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