UK antisemitism on the rise

05.03.03

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that antisemitism is on the rise in the U.K.. Ha’aretz reports that the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the first three months of 2003 was up by 75% over the same period last year:

The CST blamed the sharp rise in anti-Semitism on anti-war campaigners who linked the Iraq conflict to the situation in Israel. Mike Whine, CST’s media director, told the BBC, “The Iraq war fed anti-Semitism because groups from across the political and social spectrum alleged that the war was fought for `Zionist’ interests.”

Whine said anti-war protesters “consistently linked the issues of Iraq and the events in Israel and Palestine.”

The English and the French may not like each other much, but it seems that something they’ve got in common is their hatred of Jews. But before we get too smug over here in Canada, our own numbers aren’t looking that great either.

The rise in antisemitism may not be surprising, but it does nobody any good to be complacent either. This is a red flag that’s been waving in front of our faces for a couple of years now. And if history has taught us anything, it’s that red flags are ignored at our peril.

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