An anti-Semitic incident at a Hertfordshire sports store was included in a report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, titled ‘2014 Top Ten Worst Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents’.
Two schoolboys wearing the uniform of Yanveh College, a Jewish secondary school in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire were refused entry into the local Sports Direct outlet by a security guard who told them ‘No Jews, no Jews’.
The incident, which resulted in the sacking of the security guard, was ranked number 10 in the report of the human rights group.
Also mentioned in relation to the UK was Wigan owner David Whelan’s statement that ‘Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else’, as well as BBC director Danny Cohen’s remark, ‘I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months’.
First-ranked in the list was the refusal of a doctor in Belgium to help a 90-year-old Jewish woman with a fractured rib.
Other incidents noted include November’s terrorist attack on Kehilat Bnai Torah Synagogue in West Jerusalem and December’s home rape and robbery of a French Jewish couple in their Paris home.
The Center’s report gives a bleak global outlook, citing ‘increasing acceptance of Jew-hatred in the political and social fabrics of societies’.