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Anti-semitic feelings high in Golders Green and Temple Fortune

PUBLISHED: 14:31 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010

ANTI-Semitic feeling has risen up in Golders Green and Temple Fortune amid the conflict in Gaza. Graffiti reading Kill Jews and Jihad 4 Israel has appeared on a Temple Fortune bus stop, while gangs of men marauded through the streets shouting Nazi sl

ANTI-Semitic feeling has risen up in Golders Green and Temple Fortune amid the conflict in Gaza.

Graffiti reading "Kill Jews" and "Jihad 4 Israel" has appeared on a Temple Fortune bus stop, while gangs of men marauded through the streets shouting Nazi slogans on Saturday night.

A pro-Palestine demonstration also took place last Wednesday in Golders Green and another on the Edgware Road on Sunday.

The Community Security Trust issued a security bulletin to the Jewish community as councillors and traders rallied round.

Golders Green trader Norman Teiman, 70, said: "Of course we get worried when people come around threatening us and making a lot of noise. It's not pleasant. It's extremely unpleasant if someone stands outside the shop shouting slogans.

"We are a peace-loving community who mind our business and get on with our lives. We begin to expect these things. It's happened before and it will happen again. The best thing is to ignore them. If you stand up to them, it will only inflame the situation.

I'm 70 years old and I've seen this happen before."

Temple Fortune trader Brian Coleman said: "Of course, we are getting on with our lives. We are just being more cautious. We've got to expect this kind of thing.

"I don't want to scare my children. The trouble is that they're not very street wise. I'm personally not scared. The graffiti which went up opposite our shop was cleared almost immediately."

Barnet Police's borough commander, Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Tucker, said: "We were aware that the activity in Gaza was going to have an impact on anti-Semitism because of our very large Jewish population. We have liaised with the CST in advance to make sure that our response was joined up.

"We will not tolerate any incidents of anti-Semitism and will investigate any allegations robustly. People have a legitimate right to demonstrate but that cannot be a front for anti-Semitism or any other type of crime.


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