I suppose it was sadly inevitable that in light of what is happening in Gaza, the less intelligent among us would take it upon themselves to act their shoe size and attack Jews and synagogues in retaliation for Israels actions.
Unable to distinguish between a country and a countries religion, there has been a surge of attacks on Jews in Britain and Europe from the terminally thick and stupid with arson attacks on synagogues and other Jewish buildings, anti-Semitic slogans daubed on shops in areas with a high Jewish contingent and physical assaults including a Jew pulled from his car and beaten.
"There has been a significant rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents but it is a pattern with which we and the police are now sadly familiar, whereby hysteria is whipped up against Israel, and British Jews then suffer a wave of anti-Semitism" said a spokesman for the Jewish group Community Security Trust.
Police are stepping up patrols in the Jewish communities in England but the violence against Jews is increasing in other parts of Europe with a burning car rammed into the gates of a synagogue in France and "murderers" and "don't subject Palestine to ethnic cleansing" daubed on Israel's embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
In Denmark, two Jews were injured when someone shot at them with a pistol and there has been a rash of attacks on buildings in Belgium.
Israel is very quick to take any slight against them as anti-Semitic and it saddens me that a violent minority here are also unable to separate Israel and Judaism and attack innocent civilians whose only connection with Israel is their religion.
The Independent Jewish Voice, Britain's highest profile Jewish group, released a statement that reads:
'IJV stands for the application of the principles of human rights and international law to the resolution of the Middle East conflict. Israeli citizens have the right to live free from the threat of rocket attacks, but these cannot justify Israel's actions. The massive attack on Gaza has destroyed the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, and is creating an immense humanitarian crisis for a people under siege, a form of collective punishment illegal under international law. Such violent and inhumane conduct will do nothing to reduce the risk to Israelis. There can be no military solution. In furtherance of our declaration, we support the international calls for an immediate ceasefire.'
Being Jewish does not make you an Israeli as being Roman Catholic does not make you Italian so engage the few braincells that you possess and stop the mindless violence against an innocent population. If you feel that strongly, boycott Israeli goods or join one of the many demonstrations against Israel but don't take out your anger on innocent people who are probably as disgusted at Israel as you are if you only bothered to ask.