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“Anti - Semitism”
by Koenig's Eye View News Briefs   
August 24th, 2014

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." ‒ Winston Churchill

Anti-Semitic incidents have increased nearly 500 percent in the United Kingdom since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the Community Security Trust (CST), a U.K. Jewish organization. Last month, CST received more than 240 phone calls reporting acts of anti-Semitism, up from around 50 per month earlier this year.

Sainsbury's, the second largest supermarket chain in the U.K., removed all products from its Kosher section at one of its central London stores. The company later said that it did so as a precaution during an anti-Israeli demonstration close by, though some customers claim that a staff member told them: "We support Gaza."

In Birmingham, an anti-Israeli demonstration was held outside a Tesco store, the largest British supermarket chain. Protestors, waving Palestinian flags, demanded that the store stop selling Israeli goods and reportedly hurled food at police before rushing into the store, wreaking havoc.

Last month, Tesco announced that it would boycott Israeli products originating from Judea and Samaria. Ironically, the company was founded by a Jewish businessman, Jack Cohen.

The European Union is to ban poultry and dairy products from Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and Judea and Samaria, having declared them to be illegal.

Last year, the EU issued guidelines to forbid trade with any entity operating beyond the 1949 armistice lines (a.k.a. the Green Line). Although the guidelines are now starting to be enforced, the ban is not expected to have a significant economic impact — many of Israel's exports from settlers to the EU can be resold in its domestic market.

EU guidelines also ban scholarships and research grants or any sort of cooperation. If fully enforced, it could end joint projects — like Horizon 2020, which depends on Israeli green technology to clean the Mediterranean. It could also imperil the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs who are employed in Jewish-owned industries.

Back on our side of the pond, an anti-Israel protest held in downtown Chicago was described by one bystander as a scene "straight out of Istanbul or Amsterdam."

Demonstrators held signs that called for Israel's "annihilation" and compared the Jewish state to the Nazis. Flyers were also handed out that said: "The Jew: The inciter of war, the prolonger of war." The wording dates back to the 1940s, apparently taken from Nazi propaganda.

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