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Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

Published on Jul 31, 2014 7:29 AM
 
Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 26, 2014. Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on safety, said the surge came as figures showed a significant rise in such incidents for the first six months of the year.

While there was no obvious reason for the general increase, it noted that July's rise took place at the same time as the Israeli offensive against Hamas militants, in which it has pulverised the enclave from air, land and sea, killing more than 1,200 men, women and children.

On the Israeli side 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed. "There is no excuse for this wave of racist intimidation and violence and we call upon all good people to unequivocally condemn it," said CST spokesman Mark Gardner.

 
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