Wednesday, 27 April 2011

What If They Said Jew?

"Racism of many kinds, including anti-Semitism, is alive and well. However, in the U.K., you generally won't find official institutions, mainstream politicians, or newspapers openly espousing blatantly racist sentiments -- unless it's racism against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma people: this is still a socially acceptable form of racism. This site allows you to look at articles and website about Gypsies, Travellers and Roma people through the lens of anti-Semitism.

If a Jewish person commits a crime, do the newspapers report it as a Jewish crime? Not likely, but this is routine for crimes committed by Gypsies and Travellers, leading to the perception that Traveller crime is rampant, even though there is no statistical evidence for this. Are there any other neighbourhoods, or housing estates, no matter how rough, where bulldozing the entire community is considered a reasonable response to the behaviour of a few individuals? No, and yet councils across the UK are trying to drive Travellers away, with the result that there is a lack of authorised Traveller sites. It is this racism which enables Basildon Council to set aside £9.2 million (more than a third of its budget) to bulldoze Dale Farm, home to approximately 1000 Travellers who purchased a disused scrap yard on which to build their community."

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