As violent attacks against Jewish communities and businesses continue in Europe, antisemitic incidents are also on the rise in Britain, according to new figures.
Up to 70 hate attacks have been reported in the UK since July 8th, coinciding with the start of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to monitoring body the Community Security Trust (CST).
While Saturday’s Free Gaza march in London passed off without much violent disturbance apart from isolated offensive placards and a banner, the CST said it expected more anti-Semitic incidents to be reported from the weekend.
Police said a window was smashed some time on Friday night or Saturday morning.
A replacement window was then smashed on Saturday afternoon or evening. Police are treating it as a religious hate crime.
They have appealed for anyone who witnessed the attacks or has any information about them to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.
Rabbi David Singer said the Jewish community had been left shocked by the attack.
He said: “I think across the community, first of all, it’s very sad that it happened. I would imagine that there’s a certain amount of anger that it could happen, but angry in the sense of frustration, not angry in the sense that they’d want to do anything about it.
“Certainly, it’s very sad and very disturbing that Belfast would show its face like this.”
The Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said it was “totally unacceptable” for places of worship to be targeted.
“The Jewish community have been valuable members of our society for many years,” he said.
NCA deputy director general Phil Gormley said the crackdown involved images accessed via the so-called “dark net”.
The “dark net” refers to content that does not appear in normal search engines and users often use virtual currencies to avoid detection. According to the Internet Watch Foundation, less than 1% of its content is hosted in the UK.
Mr Gormley said sex offenders should understand they cannot avoid detection while using the internet, even the dark net.
And he added: “Some of the people who start by accessing indecent images online go on to abuse children directly. So the operation is not only about catching people who have already offended - it is about influencing potential offenders before they cross that line.
One of the hurdles that needs to be overcome with bills like this are insurance policy clauses regarding suicide.
Lord Carey writes in the Daily Mail that he has dropped his opposition to the Assisted Dying Bill “in the face of the reality of needless suffering”.
But the current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called the bill “mistaken and dangerous”.
Peers will debate the bill on Friday.
Tabled by Labour peer Lord Falconer, the legislation would make it legal for adults in England and Wales to be given assistance ending their own life. It would apply to those with less than six months to live.
Two doctors would have to independently confirm the patient was terminally ill and had reached their own, informed decision to die.
Theresa May is to outline plans for a “wide-ranging” inquiry, led by an expert panel, into historical child sex abuse claims, the BBC understands.
The BBC’s Nick Robinson said the inquiry would look at claims covering the government, the NHS and the BBC.
The inquiry would be held in public but evidence would not be given under oath.
The home secretary will also tell MPs about a separate review of whether her department failed to act on claims of a paedophile ring in the 1980s.
A UK regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it conducted a psychological study on users without their consent.
The test saw Facebook “manipulate” the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users to control which emotional expressions they were exposed to.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it planned to question Facebook over the study.
Facebook said it had taken “appropriate protections for people’s information”.
In what’s being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools.
The new clauses, which arrived with very little fanfare last week, state that the…
…requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.
So, if an academy or free school teaches creationism as scientifically valid, it’s breaking the funding agreement to provide a “broad and balanced curriculum.”
In the UK, state-funded academies are basically equivalent to charter schools in the United States, and are primarily comprised of high schools. Free schools, which were introduced in 2010, are non-profit making, independent, state-funded schools which are not controlled by a local authority, but are subject to the School Admissions Code. Free schools make it possible for parents, teachers, charities, and business to set up their own schools.
In addition to the new clauses, the UK government clarified the meaning of creationism, reminding everyone that it’s a minority view even within the Church of England and the Catholic Church.
I can only imagine the wingnut reaction if this were happening in the US. It would breach the wingularity.
Ms Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, said she was against Scottish independence even though she was “no fan of the current Westminster government”.
“My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland’s remarkable people or its achievements,” she wrote in a post on her website
“The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same twenty-first century pressures as the rest of the world. It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery.
“The more I listen to the Yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimisation and even denial of risks.”
Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighborhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.
But both men have one thing in common: They have called in police after being threatened for their views.
The sinister side of the debate on Scotland’s Sept. 18 referendum is coming to the fore as opinion polls narrow on the outcome. The “Better Together” campaign is particularly keen to draw attention to this: Its leader has likened independence champion Alex Salmond to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean autocrat, blaming Salmond for a “culture of intimidation” in Scotland.
Metal spikes installed outside a complex of plush London flats, apparently to stop homeless people from sleeping there, have sparked outrage.
The 17-inch long metal studs are embedded in the floor outside a block of luxury flats on Southwark Bridge Road in central London.
The ‘Ethical Pioneer’ posted photos of the ‘anti-homeless’ spikes on Twitter, with another user comparing them to spikes used to keep pigeons off buildings.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Telegraph: ‘There was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago.
‘Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside.
‘I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there.’