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Anti-Semitic incident hospitalizes elderly Jewish woman cursed with Polish slur

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Report by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism says '2016 saw most anti-Semitic crime ever recorded in Britain'

A 70-year-old Jewish woman was hospitalized with concussion on Saturday after being attacked by a young male who shouted the Polish slur “Zyd”at her, which translates as “Jew” in Polish.

According to reports by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), the assailant reportedly smashed the woman’s head into a brick wall whilst cursing her.

“The victim felt sick and frightened and required hospital treatment after suffering head pain,” the CAA reported.

The assault occurred in the London neighborhood of Stamford Hill which is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community and was reported by a Jewish volunteer of the Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch patrol.

Urging anyone who has information in the area to come forward, the CAA wrote, “this is a particularly repulsive incident and it is important that the perpetrator is brought to justice.”

Anti-Semitism has been on the rise over the past few years across Europe and the United Kingdom is no exception. In her speech last week celebrating the Balfour Declaration, which gave Britain's backing to the creation of a "national home for the Jewish people", Prime Minister Theresa May wrote about a "new and pernicious form of anti-Semitism which uses criticism of the actions of the Israeli government as a despicable justification for questioning the very right of Israel to exist."

“This is abhorrent and we will not stand for it,” she continued.

Tensions have infiltrated UK party divides, where Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labor party and outspoken Israel critic, is often denounced for turning a blind eye to ongoing anti-Semitic incidents allegedly occurring within his party.

On Wednesday, three prominent Jewish writers wrote a letter to the UK’s The Times, accusing the Labor party of the existence of internal widespread anti-Semitism. Novelist, Howard Jacobson and historians Simon Sebag Montefiore and Simon Schama stated that they were, “troubled by the tone and direction of debate about Israel and Zionism within the party.”

In a recent report by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, “2016 saw the most antisemitic crime ever recorded in Britain, with a 45% rise in anti-Semitic crime since 2014.”

Despite this, they also noted that “Britons have been rejecting anti-Semitic prejudice” and that society “has shunned [the] worldwide addiction” to this form of racism.


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