Police are investigating two arson attacks on kosher restaurants in Manchester, the Jewish charity, says the anti-Semitic hate-crime is on the rise in the UK.
Detectives CCTV images of the suspected arsonist, the two restaurants in Prestwich, a Jewish area of north Manchester handles, earlier this month.published
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Ta’am restaurant on Bury New Road firebombed shortly before midnight on may 2. June, when two men approached and threw a milk carton filled with gasoline and a lit rag on the site.
The improvised Molotov cocktail failed to ignite, before one of the offenders threw a large stone at the front windscreen, smashing it in the process.
In the early hours of the morning of the 6. June, JS Restaurant on the King’s Road was targeted. The offender forced open a window before pouring accelerant inside and lighting.
Detectives believe the attacks are connected to each other, and the treatment of them are as anti-Semitic hate crime, but the motive is unclear, Greater Manchester police said.
Reports of anti-Semitic hate crime in Britain, year for year, according to the Community Security Trust, which, together with the numbers of anti-Semitic incidents. The charity has patrols, additional security, to soothe and protect the Jewish community in Greater Manchester and beyond to Manchester and London terrorist attacks.
Dave Rich, a spokesman for the CST, said that although she had not seen a spike in complaints after the terrorist attacks, more and more reports about anti-Semitism, every month this year compared with the same months last year.
The CST will be no publication of the latest figures up to July. But in 2016, the next love 1,309 anti-Semitic incidents (pdf), recorded a 36% increase of 960 incidents recorded by CST in 2015, the highest annual total CST has ever recorded.
The most common type of incident involved verbal abuse directed at random at visibly Jewish people in public. There are 107 incidents were involved, that the violence is mostly of a lower nature, according to the CST annual report.
The response to the Manchester arson attacks, Rich said: “We will not jump to conclusions about whether it is anti-Semitic or not, but if you have two deliberate arson, the attacks on the kosher restaurants in the space of four days, it’s a pretty close assumption.”
No one was injured in the kosher restaurants were closed at the time, when they were attacked. Both have since reopened.
Shortly after the fire, Ta am posted on Facebook: â€œWe can only pray that it is not anti-Semitism, led individuals as a target, us, and JS. The only positive to such a nasty vindictive crime, the people who come with the love and support, and this is again the case. Documented as beautiful witness of unity in the community, such as in the [Jewish Telegraph].”
In may of last year, Ta’m the target of another fire attack, in which again took place late on a Friday night, to observe if the owners were Shabbat â€“ the Jewish Sabbath. Thousands of pounds worth of damage. No arrests have been made in connection with this attack.
Pictures have now been released of two people police want to speak to in connection with the latest attacks. DCI Charlotte Cadden of GMP – Bury-parish, prior said: â€œOur investigation and we now have pictures of two people we want to speak to in connection with the arson attacks published. From the pictures it is not clear how old you are, but we believe they are two males, and I hope that they will jog someone’s memory or that someone will recognize the clothing they wore.
â€œWe are also appealing for a woman to come forward as possible witnesses. She has shoulder-length brown hair and wore a bag or perhaps a package under the right arm, was walking in the vicinity of the mount Heath industrial estate, a few minutes before the attack on Ta’am restaurant. You may be able to help us, and I would ask that if your contact with us.
â€œWe are a co-operation with the Community Security Trust “, and if someone in the area has concerns, I would like to ask you to come in and talk with us. If you ask for any information about the attacks, no matter how small, I want you to come in contact, as they may have information that could help us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 206 06.06.17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.