Worryingly, the behaviour has been happening within our own country. From the 30th of September to the 13th of October the Metropolitan Police reported 105 incidents and 75 offences relating to antisemitism. Compared to the numbers of the same period the previous year which were 14 incidents and 12 offences, we can see a unsettling increase. In response the police said they were intending to visit every synagogue in London to discuss security of the people and that they would also deploy an extra 1,000 officers in more vulnerable areas.
On Saturday the 21st of October a pro-Palestine rally took place in London. Among many incidents of antisemitic behaviour reported most notable were some of the slogans used by the protesters. “Zionism is the new Nazism” was heard chanted at the protest and “Nazi Israel” graffitied on the side of a building in Piccadilly.
The singular fact that antisemitism is increasing in regards to the Israel-Hamas war highlights our ignorance towards understanding and educating ourselves on the fundamental truths of conflicts such as this. On both sides there have been serious civilian casualties. These civilians aren’t soldiers or killers. These civilians are families, innocents and people simply wishing to live.
The Tribe of Nova music festival massacre and the al-Ahli Gaza hospital missile strike are evidence of the unprecedented loss of innocents for Israel and Palestine. Sparking no need, as there never is, for antisemitic behaviour to be perpetrated by the misinformed and ignorant.