Robert Halfon MP seeks reassurance for Jewish community after antisemitic hate crimes over weekend

News / Mon 17th May 2021 at 03:45pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask what is called an Urgent Question.

This was in light of antisemetic hate crimes committed in London over the weekend.

The question was directed to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel

Mr Halfon said:

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

In a 2018 House of Commons debate on antisemitism, I said the air had grown tighter for Jews – “when you feel very hot, you undo a button on your shirt and your mouth goes dry”.

Sadly after yesterday’s incidents, in which a mob drove through North London shouting antisemitic and sexual obsenities to Jewish residents and a Rabbi was beaten up in Chigwell in Essex, I fear, Jews no longer feel secure.

Since 2018, the Community Security Trust recorded the highest ever number of antisemitic incidents – 1,813 in 2019. In Harlow, just a few days ago swastikas were graffitied on walls in a public walkway, thankfully now removed.

Why, in the 21st century, must Jewish schools and synagogues have guards outside?

The growth of antisemitism has happened for a number of reasons.

First, because this evil appeared to be endorsed by Labour Party activists, as the Equalities Commission condemned.

Second, there are too many – what Lenin called – ‘useful idiots’. Those who use the conflict in Israel as an excuse. Whether it is the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen telling Jews to read negative articles about Jews, or NUS giving moral equivalence to antisemitism and, what they call, the “liberation of Palestine”. I remind the House that this so-called liberation is being conducted by Iranian-funded extreme Islamist terrorist groups, Hamas and Hezbollah.

What protections and support are being given to Jews and the Community Security Trust? Will those who perpetrated yesterday’s crimes be brought to justice? What is the Government doing to educate school pupils about antisemitism so that this evil is wiped out?

As a proud Jewish MP, I never imagined that I would live at a time when myself and the community would feel at threat and unsafe.

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