Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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

The following is an article that details and gives 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....

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