London’s silence about anti-Semitism is deafening

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On December 2 2020, a knifeman stormed a Marks & Spencer in Burnley. Munawar Hussain, 58, went for the manager’s neck before moving onto a customer – he was prevented from killing her only because the blade of the kitchen knife got stuck in her handbag strap.Following his arrest, a note was found on him. “O Israel”, it began, “you are inflicting atrocities on Palestinians and Marks Spencer helping you financially [sic].” In other words, this was an act of anti-Semitic terror, though reported only very quietly. This happened again last week, as Hussain went before Manchester Crown Court.