Faith Leaders Unite to Condemn Anti-Semitism

January 13, 2009

Author: Justin Cohen


Leaders of various faith communities in London last week came together to condemn the rise in anti-Semitic incidents during Israel's operation in Gaza, insisting that hate would not be tolerated and vowing to work to eliminate violence in the capital.

An attempted arson attack on Brondsbury Park Synagogue, anti-semitic emails and graffiti urging 'Kill Jews' are among around 100 incidents reported to the Community Security Trust since 29 December, most of which show a clear link to the Middle East crisis. The CST would normally expect to see no more than five incidents at the time of year.

As the extent of the scourge began to emerge, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Zoroastrian figures and bodies are among those that have signed a United London Stands petition, which says: "We do not wish to see either the current economic downturn or recent international events in both India and the Middle East being used by those who wish to stir up racial and religious hatred within the City."