“‘It frequently appears that there are no limits to the hatred and bias that can be expressed against Israel or Zionism. Anti-Semites take comfort from this hatred, and regard it as a cue to attack Jews at random here in Britain. Anti-Semitic incidents levels since the year 2000 have been the worst recorded in decades. The rise in incidents is appalling. This would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.’
The Board of Deputies described its concern at the fact that ‘In 2004, there were 532 anti-Semitic incidents in the UK, which was a 42 per cent increase on the figures for 2003, which was a substantial increase on the figures for 2002.’
THE BBC apologised when the Scottish hymn-writer, the Revd Dr John Bell of the Iona Community, ‘made two factual mistakes’ about the Israeli army on the Radio 4s Thought for the Day in February.
This was a wake-up call for the Jewish community, even though Christian aid agencies and ‘peace groups’ have for a long time appeared to us to be attacking Israel, and ignoring attempts to hear other points of view. Individual Jews have reported experiencing violent verbal attacks during public pro-Palestinian meetings held in church buildings.
Joanne Green, a Jewish journalist, said: ‘Despite the BBC charter, I cant think of any programmes that are critical of the Palestinians, despite their kangaroo courts, public hangings, threats to journalists, incitement to racial and religious hatred, corruption, and threats to destroy Israel.”