What a shame that racists in the UK are using Palestine’s struggle against the Israeli government’s persecution as an excuse to attack Jewish people in the UK who have nothing to do with it.
My Twitter feed is currently peppered with reports of incidents across the country. Jewish people here have no influence over what happens in the Middle East so it seems clear that anybody attacking them is opportunistically using the crisis of the moment to release their own filthy prejudice.
It is a bizarre fact of this shadowy and twisted hate campaign that the people responsible for these hate crimes are actually doing the work of the Israeli government. Benjamin Netanyahu and his people have long sought to confuse Israel with Judaism and anybody attacking Jews in the UK over the activities of his government in the Middle East has clearly bought into that fake narrative.
Those responsible have no place in decent society and should be exposed and confronted at every opportunity. Fortunately, the good people of Twitter have been working on it:
If anyone is using the tragedy in Gaza to fuel antisemitism here in the U.K., then you are no ally of the Palestinian cause and your racism is actually impeding the fight for Palestinian equality.
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan 💙 (@DrRosena) May 16, 2021
If you're smearing 'Palestinians' as 'terrorists' you're a racist. If you're supporting Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians you're supporting a racist endeavour. If you're defending Israel bombing the Al Jazeera & AP building you're supporting a war crime#FreePalestine
— Mrs Gee 🟨🟥 #FreeTheNorth (@earthygirl011) May 16, 2021
You are either against all racism, discrimination & abuse or you are part of the problem!
— Andrew Feinstein (@andrewfeinstein) May 16, 2021
British Jews are NOT the Israeli government or military, anti-semitism is repulsive and has no place in our society. Solidarity with anyone affected by today’s vile demonstrations.
— The Left Wing Society 🇵🇸 (@LeftWingSociety) May 16, 2021
People are happy to defend me when I'm grouped in with terrorists simply because I'm Muslim.
Jewish people facing abuse and threats because of the actions of the Israeli Government deserve that same defence.
— Alex Tiffin – FND, BPD (@RespectIsVital) May 16, 2021
I understand that people have already been arrested after this shameful scene.
This is vile, it's anti-semitic, and it does not represent the Palestinian cause. It has no place in our society. https://t.co/Jv4zAVjEJt
— Imran Hussain MP (@Imran_HussainMP) May 16, 2021
And I certainly hope police in Norwich can find witnesses who saw this being done:
Antisemitism masquerading under the guise of Palestinian solidarity – whether it's shouting 'Free Palestine' at Jews or graffiti like this – must be condemned.
These attacks make Jews less safe while doing nothing to advance freedom and equality for Palestinians. https://t.co/BtPL19asDK
— Na'amod: British Jews Against Occupation 🐘 (@NaamodUK) May 14, 2021
It is entirely possible to show solidarity with Palestine without attacking Jews who have nothing to do with the actions of Israel, its government or military.
The people responsible for the activities in the immediately-preceding two tweets have committed hate crimes and deserve criminal convictions because of it.
We can be either on the side of those who punish their evil, or who are punished for it.
I know where I am. It must not be tolerated.
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