Johnson says UK won’t let antisemitism ‘take root and grow’ after rise in attacks

May 21, 2021 by JNS
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his concerns on Wednesday regarding the rise in antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom since the start of the Gaza conflict, Reuters reported.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in 2019. Credit: Michael Tubi/Shutterstock.

In response to a question in parliament from Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, Johnson noted: “I share his horror at the outbreak of antisemitic incidents, and the government has conveyed that message loud and clear to those who are responsible for enforcing the law against hate crime.”

“As a country and as a society … we call this out at every stage,” he said. “We will not let it take root; we will not allow it to grow and fester.”

The Community Security Trust (CST), the security arm of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom, said it recorded 106 antisemitic incidents starting from May 8 compared to 19 attacks in the previous 11 days. Several of the incidents reportedly include individuals shouting “Free Palestine” at Jewish people, scrawling graffiti next to a synagogue and emailing verbal abuse to Jewish community leaders.

“There is a particular problem of cars, either individually or in convoys, driving through Jewish neighbourhoods, waving Palestinian flags and shouting slogans in a way that is clearly intended to intimidate local Jewish communities,” the CST added. “The level of anger and hate that is directed at Israel always spills over into antisemitism at times like this, and yet the people stoking this anger, online and on the streets, never take responsibility for this particular consequence.”


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