‘Explosion’ of Jew-hatred since Oct. 7, says senior UK official

“We all know that what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.”

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Antisemitism, Britain
Official portrait of Michael Gove, U.K. secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. Photo by Simon Dawson/No. 10 Downing Street.
Official portrait of Michael Gove, U.K. secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. Photo by Simon Dawson/No. 10 Downing Street.

Jews have not been safe since Hamas’s terror attack on Oct. 7, and “we have seen where the unchecked growth of antisemitism has led in the past,” Michael Gove, UK secretary of state for leveling up, housing and communities, said in a speech on Tuesday. “We all know that what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.”

Gove, who is also minister for intergovernmental relations, added that “History tells us that the dismantling of the right of Jews to live, like others, on their own terms leads, inevitably, to the destruction of Jewish lives.”

Yet at a time when everyone is “encouraged to be our whole authentic selves, to celebrate our identity, to be out and proud—there is only one group told they—and they alone—can only be tolerated on terms set by others,” Gove said. “Jews.” He added that it is “genuinely dangerous” for people “to be openly, clearly, proudly, Jewish” near anti-Israel marches that have proliferated worldwide.

“It is a classic antisemitic trope to set the terms on which Jews will be accepted. Safe, provided they live in their ghetto. Safe, provided they don’t get above themselves. Safe, provided they don’t contemplate the use of force in self-defense,” he said. “Until, of course, they aren’t safe anymore.”

Gove said that legislation making its way through the House of Lords aims “to prevent universities from enabling antisemitism by endorsing the antisemitic BDS campaign,” or the boycott, divestment and sanctions anti-Israel movement.

The UK cabinet member called on colleges, schools, government agencies, the National Health Service, and local government entities to “sign up to a charter against antisemitism, adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism and make clear that antisemitic agitation will be met with clear disciplinary action.” (The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance created a widely-used working definition of Jew-hatred.)

“We must say to every Jewish citizen in this country—your safety is the best guarantee of our security, your freedom to live as you choose the only way we can be certain we remain a land of liberty, your future is our future,” he said. “We said ‘Never Again.’ And that is a promise we will never, ever, disavow.”

With reporting by JNS.

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2 responses to “‘Explosion’ of Jew-hatred since Oct. 7, says senior UK official”

  1. Vernon Ryan says:

    From reading how those first clashes between the IDF and Hamas in Gaza, reading how those soldiers said they believed they were seeing the beginning of “Jacob’s trouble.” Reading chapter six of Revelation again and again, I am convinced we are seeing the opening of the seals and the first two have been opened. I now believe October 7, 2023 to be the beginning of the tribulation.
    The third seal is financial or world economic disaster, where is the world today in that realm?
    The “rapture?” I believe the great taking away is coming, but not before the opening of the seventh seal, which is the first trumpet. The first trumpet is the release of the wrath of the Lord on the planet. The Lord said those who are His will not see His wrath. He also said, ” when you see those things coming to pass, look up, for your redemption is near.”

    • Esther Wischer says:

      I totally agree, Vernon. I also have been going again and again to Revelation 6, and the seven seals. We won’t be taken out before the tribulation begins, as so many believe. The Lord made that very clear in His words you quote.

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