British Jews Demonstrate Against anti-Semitism

Rally comes after an uptick in anti-Semitic acts during Israel's recent military conflict with militants in Gaza.

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Jewish groups gathered in London on Sunday in a protest against anti-Semitism.

The demonstrators assembled outside London's Royal Courts of Justice, calling for "zero tolerance for anti-Semites," AFP reported.

The rally comes after an uptick in anti-Semitic acts in Britain, sparked by the summer's fighting between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.

The British anti-Semitism watchdog Community Security Trust recorded 240 anti-Semitic incidents in July, compared to 304 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of the year.

British Jews are afraid," Jonathan Sacerdoti of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said in a statement last week, "Citizens are looking to the police and government to enforce the law with zero tolerance against anti-Semites, as they do in other cases of racism. It is only through zero tolerance that the tide of anti-Semitism can be turned,

In August alone, four synagogues in Britain were vandalized, Jews were attacked on the street, and a Jewish graveyard and Holocaust memorials were vandalized.

Supermarkets and shops carrying products made in the West Bank also faced protests over the past several months. A Sainsbury supermarket branch in London reacted to such a protest by clearing its shelves of kosher food, saying it had feared demonstrators were going to cause a ruckus in the store.

Critics said these rallies have caused many Jews, as well as store owners and employees, to feel fearful and intimidated.

People hold placards and Israeli and Union flags outide the Royal Courts of Justice as Jewish groups rally in London on August 31, 2014.Credit: AFP

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