Prince Charles has spoken out against the radicalization of young Muslims. He described this radicalization as ‘alarming’ and explained how his own charity, The Prince’s Trust, is working with Muslim youths to stop this. He was speaking to BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday Hour prior to a six day trip around the Middle Easy, including meetings with Kings Abdullah II of Jordan and Salman of Saudi Arabia. It is obvious that the future King sees this radicalisation as a threat to the UK. He also said, of his future role as monarch that he will not just be Defender of the Faith (part of the Monarch’s official title) but “Defender of the Faiths.” As the future head of the Anglican Church, he also expressed his support for Christians all around the Middle East. He did not, however, speak about the rise of anti-Semitism.
While anti-Semitism itself isn’t necessarily a threat to national security of the UK, US, and many other countries like radical Islam, it is a threat to the social cohesion of these countries. Many Jews in the UK feel they no longer have a future there and are planning to move mainly to Israel or the US. This rise in has been mentioned by the Home Secretary, Theresa May and the Communities Minister, Eric Pickles. At a speech to the UKs Board of Deputies, they assured the leaders of British-Jewry that they are planning legislation to specifically target anti-Semitism.
But will this do anything to curb the rise in anti-Semitism, especially amongst the UK’s national institutions. The BBC and Sky News, both famed amongst British Jews for being anti-Israel, have had anti-Semitic incidents in the past months. While the BBC apologised for its reporter Tim Wilcox saying “Many critics though of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.” It has, however failed for posting a controversial question about the Holocaust the day before International Holocaust Day. Sky News, meanwhile, has failed to apologise for two of its lead reporters saying anti-Semitic comments. First, Adam Boulton put it to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis that Israel is to blame for anti-Semitism, then Eamonn Holmes said it is ok to be anti-Semitic if you’re Palestinian.
The BBC have taken this to another level and have been accused of ‘race baiting’ by inviting the extremist ‘King of anti-Semites’ George Galloway MP to take part in its flagship political program, Newsnight, when it is being filmed in Golders Green, a predominantly Jewish area. Mr Galloway, is famous for calling on Muslims to kill British soldiers at the start of the Second Gulf War, and for being given an oil barrel by Saddam Hussein. His latest incident, was describing his Parliamentary constituency as Jew and Israeli free, and that Israelis were not welcome there.
With incidents like this, is it any wonder that there is now an anti-Semitic parade being organised in Stamford Hill (another predominantly Jewish area, mainly Chareidim). The Metropolitan Police have said that they are looking into it and have not decided whether to allow it or not. While protesting is a sign of a free society and a hallmark of British democracy, this serves no purpose other than to allow racism onto London’s streets. If this march happens, then it is a sign of another treasured British institution, the Metropolitan Police, leaning towards anti-Semitism.
With all this going on, is it any wonder that Jews want to leave. The future Monarch is doing well to combat Islamic Radicalisation but he also needs to get The Prince’s Trust to combat anti-Semitism. After all, Jews have helped build the UK into what it is today. A strong bill is needed to tackle anti-Semitism and show British Jews that the Government has not forgotten them. Words are fine, but it is action that matters!