NJA Demands Justice for Antisemitic Incident Involving Young NJA Chairman Michael Rowe

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) expresses profound outrage over a recent antisemitic incident involving Michael Rowe, Young NJA Chairman. This incident, which occurred while Rowe was campaigning for the general election in Birmingham, is a stark reminder of the unbridled antisemitism that has become alarmingly normalised in our society.

Rowe, wearing a kippah, was verbally assaulted by a woman who explicitly stated, “Jews are not welcome here,” while he was leafleting in a street. This blatant display of hatred is not just an attack on one individual but an affront to the entire Jewish community and the principles of democracy and tolerance that we hold dear.

NJA Chairman Gary Mond condemned the attack, stating, “This act of antisemitism against Michael Rowe is utterly reprehensible and must be met with the strongest response. The normalisation of such hatred in our society is deeply troubling, and it is imperative that the police investigate this incident thoroughly and bring the perpetrator to justice. We must send a clear message that antisemitism will not be tolerated in the UK.”

The incident has been reported to West Midlands Police, who have launched a hate crime investigation. The NJA demands that the authorities treat this case with the urgency and seriousness it deserves. It is essential that justice is served to ensure the safety and dignity of British Jews.

During a recent GB news interview about the incident, Rowe emphasised the growing problem of antisemitism in the UK, heightened following October 7. “These attacks and racial slurs are escalating, and the pro-Palestine rallies have only exacerbated the situation,” he noted. “While everyone has the right to freedom of expression and protest, this does not extend to insulting and threatening others.”

The NJA urges the British Jewish community to remain vigilant and continue standing up against antisemitic hate. The NJA remains steadfast in its mission to advocate for the rights and safety of British Jews. This incident underscores the urgent need for robust measures to protect against hate crimes and to uphold the values of respect and equality.

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