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Disturbing rise in anti-Semitism mars Holocaust Day, MEP fears

PUBLISHED: 19:19 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, A REPORT in the run up to this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day by the Community Security Trust has revealed 220 incidents of anti-Semitism have been recorded since the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza. This represents eight times the number of incidents recorded in the same period last year

Dear Editor,

A REPORT in the run up to this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day by the Community Security Trust, an organisation which aims to protect Britain’s Jewish community, has revealed 220 incidents of anti-Semitism have been recorded since the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza. This represents eight times the number of incidents recorded in the same period last year.

Whatever an individual’s views on the controversial events in Gaza, including criticism of Israel, there is absolutely no excuse for race hate directed at Jews. It is despicable to link the two.

In the UK we already have a legal framework for prosecution, which must be used. So I am glad EU governments have now at long last adopted a law which will make race hate crime punishable by strong penalties everywhere in Europe.

I strongly support Holocaust education as a means to combat prejudice and discrimination. Recent TV and film dramas, from Anne Frank’s Diary to Kate Winslet in The Reader, remind us of the enduring relevance of the Shoah (Holocaust) as a lesson to show where hate and inhumanity can lead—including indifference and turning a blind eye.

Sarah Ludford

(Liberal Democrat London MEP)

European justice & Human rights spokeswoman

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