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Anti-semitic Attacks in Britain Continue into Fourth Day; 700 Riot in Manchester

August 6, 1947
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The wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain continued into its fourth day today, reaching a new peak of fury in Manchester where a ## estimated at over 700 persons smashed windows in eight Jewish-owned shops. Other accidents occurred during the night and today in London, Liverpool, Devonport and ##mouth.In Liverpool, where more shop windows were smashed last night and a cabinet ##ctory which had been partially destroyed by fire Sunday night was set ablaze again, a persons were arrested. While some police detachments guarded Jewish homes and property, other units battled demonstrators. Several policemen were reported injured. ##spite the fuel emergency, street lights were on in the city for the first time since last winter. One Jewish shopkeeper, whose store was wrecked yesterday, today displayed a sign where his former window used to be, reading: “Is this the reward for my son who as killed fighting for his country?”

A dummy mine was placed in the entrance to a tailor shop operated by a Jew ## Devonport. Synagogues in Plymouth and the Hendon section of London were attacked ##d desecrated with anti-Jewish slogans, while a shop in the latter city was broken into and pillaged and a number of Jews have been threatened by telephone.

In Birmingham a sign fully a half-block long and three feet high was painted in a wall, declaring: “Gentiles Arise. Resist Jewish enterprise. Remember Paice and ?artin” (the two British soldiers hanged in Palestine by the Irgun last week.)

Two members of the armed forces, Albert Keap and Leslie Baker, were today given three and four-month prison sentences, respectively, for participating in riots in Hull yesterday. The presiding magistrate declared that “we are not going to have this sort of thing in Hull if I can help it.” One man received a three-month sentence in Manchester for a similar offense and a number of others were fined $20. Most of the defendents were youths.


Meanwhile a movement is growing, particularly in labor circles, to demand stronger measures to halt the riots and to have Home Secretary James Chuter Ede appoint a special board of inquiry to investigate the current wave of anti-Semitism. The government’s hesitancy to take firmer measures is attracting widespread condemnation particularly in the light of a statement last week by Ede that pro-fascist activities have not increased anti-Semitism in Britain.

Police officials insist that the outbreaks are essentially non-political in character. The Board of Deputies of British Jews issued a statement saying much the same, and adding that the rioters are mostly young people with a scattering of “criminal elements intent on looting.” The Board’s local defense committees and units of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen are cooperating in various cities to protect the local Jewish population.

The London Daily Express comments editorially that the outrages “disgrace and shame Britain,” while the News Chronicle declared that “it is a shameful thing that in ## it should have been necessary to issue a public appeal in order to ## Jewish riots.” Calling for the courts to punish those responsible for ## Manchester Guardian said: “To answer terrorism in Palestine with ter## Anti-Semitism be enacted.

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