It was dreadful when Muslims were vilified and attacked because ignorant and prejudice people connected them with the terrorist atrocities here and in America. Now it is Jewish people who are being intimidated and attacked because of what is happening in the Middle East. Equally unacceptable.
Today there was a lobby from students at Parliament – Jewish students – who are experiencing attacks, discrimination and intimidation from other students who – because they see the damage and carnage in Gaza – feel licensed to take that out on Jewish students.
I met one of them – a constituent who turned out to be a young woman from Muswell Hill studying at Manchester University, where she and other Jewish students were being intimidated. It’s fine to have divergent views, strongly held and strongly argued. It is not fine to translate that into hatred and the rest.