So, a “racially mixed” but probably largely black mob sets Brixton on fire. The mob is beaten back by Kurds and Turks. I’m sure the indigenous population can provide the soundtrack. It’s so exiting, I’m on the edge of my seat. Not that race riots never happen stateside, but we don’t have the same unique mix of cultures. This particular Turks/blacks amalgam is intriguing. Not that the black/Muslim thing has never been tried before, but it hasn’t been tried in the UK specifically.
Then there are the Jews. Jerusalem Post reports:
One Jewish-owned store in Tottenham, north London, was targeted on Sunday. Hardware store H. Glickman Ltd, a family business set up in 1932, was smashed into and ransacked.
Meanwhile media monitoring organization Comment is Free Watch (CiFW), has condemned the Guardian newspaper for a story on the riots in which it found it “pertinent” to note that some Hasidic Jews had allegedly jeered police without mentioning the ethnicity of the rioters.
The paragraph in question, published in the Guardian on Monday, stated: “The make-up of the rioters was racially mixed. Most were men or boys, some apparently as young as 10….But families and other local residents, including some from Tottenham’s Hasidic Jewish community, also gathered to watch and jeer at police.”
“A 1,800 Guardian report doesn’t mention the race, ethnicity, or religion of the rioters, somehow found it pertinent to note that some of those who gathered to jeer police were, allegedly, Hasidic Jews,” CiFW said on Tuesday.
“Jeer at police”, huh? I didn’t know Hasidic-police realations in London were so tense. Maybe the Jews were “jeering” “Where have you been all day?” It almost makes sense. Part of me wants to suggest that those Hasidim go Kurdish, but I can see how they don’t want to jeopardize anything. Maybe they should just make aliya, and actually serve in the IDF.
Anywhoo, this is Crass asking “Do They Owe Us a Living?” and we already know the answer. NSFW.