LONDON— There has been a sharp rise in attacks on Jews in Britain since the start of Israel’s military activity in Gaza.
Incidents include an attempt to burn down a synagogue in London, a physicalattack on a Jewish man in North London, anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled inJewish neighbourhoods, and hate mail sent to synagogues.Israeli ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, condemned those acts and promised
to work with the police and the Jewish community to put a stop to theseattacks.The door to a synagogue in North London was burnt during an attempted arson,and there was external damage to the building. The attack on the Jewish man also took place in North London, when threeyoung Middle Eastern-looking men got out of a car and assaulted him.
In another case, a group of 15-20 young men who appeared to be of MiddleEastern descent ran riot along the main street of the Jewish neighborhood Golders Green in North West London, shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli slogans. They entered a few of the Jewish restaurants along the street and disturbed the diners.
Since the Gaza operation began, there have been many incidents of graffiti in Jewish neighborhoods in London, including “Jihad 4 Israel” and “Kill the Jews,” according to Mark Gardner, spokesman of the Jewish Community Security Trust, the organization in charge of security in Britain’s Jewish communities.
Many Jewish organizations also received threatening e-mails including some which read “they should have killed you.”
Gardner said that his organization is working with the police and the Jewish communities, and added that “the police know that when there is violence in the Middle East there is a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the U.K.”