Anti-Semitism Is Alive and Well in British Schools

April 4 2022

According to the most recent report by the UK’s Community Security Trust, 2021 saw a 34-percent increase in hate crimes against Jews, yielding the highest number of cases ever recorded. Jake Wallis Simons reports on how the trend has reached the highly ranked public school in his genteel neighborhood:

A few months ago, a boy picked up his books and declared, “I’m not sitting next to the Jewish girl,” before moving to another seat. When she told me about it, my daughter, who is fourteen, said the kid had just been seeking attention. It was a one-off, she said. She didn’t want me to contact the school. So I decided to let it go; the lesson for her, perhaps, was that this stuff happens in life.

These days, apparently, a favorite school trick is to ask my twelve-year-old son if he’s “a Jew.” When he nods, the kids reply, “Heil Hitler.” It happens about three times a week, my son told me. Sometimes they simply ask, “is your sister a Jew?” and laugh. Or they hoot, “Jew, Jew, Jew,” when they see my kids in the corridor.

The school has a problem with swastikas. People think it’s funny to scratch them into tables and walls, and the teachers don’t do anything about it. There was a craze recently to draw a swastika on your hand in chalk and slap somebody on the back, so the imprint is left on their blazer.

When speaking to my son, I asked him if the kids behaved this way towards other minorities at school. Black children, for example. His eyes widened. “Of course not,” he said, a note of irony in his voice. “That would be racist.”

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Will Tensions Rise between the U.S. and Israel?

Unlike his past many predecessors, President Joe Biden does not have a plan for solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Moreover, his administration has indicated its skepticism about renewing the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. John Bolton nevertheless believes that there could be a collision between the new Benjamin Netanyahu-led Israeli government and the Biden White House:

In possibly his last term, Netanyahu’s top national-security priority will be ending, not simply managing, Iran’s threat. This is infinitely distant from Biden’s Iran policy, which venerates Barrack Obama’s inaugural address: “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

Tehran’s fist is today otherwise occupied, pummeling its own people. Still, it will continue menacing Israel and America unless and until the internal resistance finds ways to fracture the senior levels of Iran’s regular military and the Revolutionary Guards. Netanyahu undoubtedly sees Iran’s growing domestic turmoil as an opportunity for regime change, which Israel and others can facilitate. Simultaneously, Jerusalem can be preparing its military and intelligence services to attack Tehran’s nuclear program, something the White House simply refuses to contemplate seriously. Biden’s obsession with reviving the disastrous 2015 nuclear deal utterly blinds the White House to the potential for a more significant victory.

To make matters worse, Biden has just created a Washington-based position at the State Department, a “special representative for Palestinian affairs,” that has already drawn criticism in Israel both for the new position itself and for the person named to fill it. Advocated as one more step toward “upgrading” U.S. relations with the Palestinian Authority, the new position looks nearly certain to become the locus not of advancing American interests regarding the failed Authority, but of advancing the Authority’s interests within the Biden administration.

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