By Jack Telford
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The recent murder of four innocent people in a Jewish supermarket in Paris has brought an unwanted reality into the public eye once again; the rise of anti-Semitism. Attacks across Europe on the Jewish community – such as the shooting of four people in a Jewish museum in Brussels last year and the 2012 murder of the same number in Toulouse – have brought fear and uncertainty to the minority group.
Whilst many believe that this discrimination is cut off from Britain, recent figures suggest that anti-Semitic behaviour is on the rise in the UK, with July 2014 marking the nation’s highest ever recorded levels of anti-Semitism.
By Zainah El-Haroun
In the words of Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian affairs:
“Every seven-year old girl and boy in the Gaza Strip today has lived their entire life under siege. This is their third major conflict and humanitarian catastrophe…They deserve to know more than war and siege.”
Approximately half of the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents are children. After the latest crisis, according to the UN, 1,462 civilians have been killed. Children make up 495 of the dead, now reduced to cold statistics and body counts. Around 108,000 people have had their homes completely destroyed or severely damaged. The question that we have to ask ourselves is – why has it come to this?