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Taken from 'The Jewish Week'

Writer Says Britain Home Of Anti-Semitism
Staff Report, June 22, 2006

(JTA) — Britain is overwhelmed by anti-Semitism disguised as criticism of Israel, London newspaper columnist Melanie Phillips says in her book “Londonistan: How Britain Is Creating a Terror State Within.” “The fight against Israel is not fundamentally about land. It is about hatred of the Jews,” she says.

Meanwhile, London’s mayor was cleared of anti-Semitic charges over comments he made regarding two British Jewish businessmen. A governmental investigator decided that Ken Livingstone was not guilty of anti-Semitism when he said David and Simon Reuben should “go back to Iran and try their luck with the ayatollahs” because he did not know at the time they are Jewish. The Reubens were born in India to parents of Iraqi Jewish descent. Livingstone was criticizing the brothers’ conduct regarding the Olympic village for the 2012 Games.

Also in England, several British Jews were honored with titles by Queen Elizabeth as part of her 80th birthday festivities, including Philip Green, owner of the retail chains BHS and Topshop; David Michels, the former chief executive of the Hilton Group; Esther Rantzen, founder of a hotline for young people; Joan Burnstein, co-founder of the Browns fashion chain; Naim Dangoor, a 90-year-old Iraqi Business man; Rabbi Harry Jacobi, vice president of the liberal Judaism movement in the United Kingdom and Cheryl Sklan, who is involved in the Masorti movement.









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