British children are shown practicing security drill to ‘protect themselves against intruders’ at Jewish school in London in ‘heartbreaking’ scenes on David Baddiel’s Jews Don’t Count

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  • Viewers praised David Badille’s Jews Don’t Count on Channel 4 last night
  • Comedians speak with Jewish celebrities to discuss anti-Semitism
  • David Schwimmer, Stephen Fry, Rachel Riley and Sarah Silverman
  • Meanwhile he visited a Jewish primary school in London, which practiced

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Viewers of David Baddiel’s ‘Judges Don’t Count’ were in tears last night as primary school children in London took part in a safety drill.

The documentary, which aired on Channel 4, saw the comedian speaking with various Jewish figures about anti-Semitism, including Stephen Fry, Rachel Riley and Sarah Silverman.

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However, at the end of the programme, David visited his old primary school in north London, which was not named, where he explained how pupils were taking part in a safety drill.

He said the children, who he said were aged between seven and nine, were taking part in security drills ‘all the time’, adding: ‘We are not allowed to show you what they do there. have been The children must be doing something to protect themselves from the possibility of an intruder attacking the school.

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Many of those who watched the shocking scene were left in tears, with one writing: ‘Every Jewish school in the UK carries out security drills against intruders. I didn’t know this. I live in a town with a sizeable Jewish community. It breaks my heart that any child should know how to do this.’

However, at the end of the programme, David visits his old primary school, where he is shown reading his book in a classroom – before they take part in a safety drill

Another added: ‘It is infuriating and deeply disappointing to see Jewish school go through attack security drill in #davidbaddiel #jewsdontcount. And this happens only because of #racism.

A third wrote: ‘Seriously seeing that security drill at a Jewish school.’

Another commented: ‘Many very shameless racists desperately trying to counter #jewsdontcount, which Baddiel apparently pre-emptively and promptly refuted. Good to see

‘But deeply depressing at the same time. The security drill at the Jewish Primary School is heartbreaking.

Viewers of David Baddiel's 'Jus Don't Count' were in tears last night as primary school children took part in a safety drill in London.

Viewers of David Baddiel’s ‘Jus Don’t Count’ were in tears last night as primary school children took part in a safety drill in London.

David visits the school after discussing ‘Global Increase in Attacks’ with David Schwimmer.

He was shown reading one of his children’s books to a room full of children.

However he then walked out of the classroom, and a blind could be seen drawn across the window.

He explained: ‘What is happening now is a security drill. They practice it all the time in this school.

Many of those who watched the shocking scene were left in tears, calling it 'heartbreaking' to watch

Many of those who watched the shocking scene were left in tears, calling it ‘heartbreaking’ to watch

‘We’re not allowed to show you what they’re doing there. Children may be doing something to protect themselves from the possibility of an intruder attacking the school.

‘Recently, there has been a lot of gun crime in America. And I’ve seen online, children in America doing safety drills are protecting themselves.

‘I’ve seen people say, “Isn’t it good because we have gun control in this country, children in the UK don’t have to go through drills like this?”

‘But they do. Every Jewish school in Britain is required to conduct such a safety drill.

‘Cause every Jewish school in Britain is in danger. I’ll tell you one thing – when I came to this school, we didn’t do this kind of thing.’

He said it started six years ago, when he returned to the school to read some of his books to the children.

David said he had come to the school for many years to read his book to the children, but it was only in the last six years that he began regularly participating in the exercise

David said he had come to the school for many years to read his book to the children, but it was only in the last six years that he began regularly participating in the exercise

He said: ‘They showed me this, this is what six-year-olds, seven-year-olds, eight-year-olds, nine-year-olds have to do. And it broke my heart.’

Many Jewish schools in the UK already have strong security, thanks to parent contributions of around £1.6 million a year to help keep pupils safe.

The government contributes £2 million a year to security, while the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitism in Britain, adds around £500,000 each year.

The event comes as a report found the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world increased last year, with violent attacks, arson and vandalism against Jews in the UK, US and Germany rising.

A Tel Aviv University study found that an increase in online hate speech, financial hardship caused by the COVID lockdown, and the intensified Israel–Palestine conflict last year contributed to a rise in attacks against Jewish people and communities.

Before David leaves the classroom, the camera pans to an alarm sounding and how drills are taking place in case of an attack

Before David leaves the classroom, the camera pans to an alarm sounding and how drills are taking place in case of an attack

The success of the far-right and far-right both in political circles and online has also fueled a surge, as well as anti-Semitic conspiracy theories related to Covid, with social media playing an ‘extraordinarily dangerous role’ .

The study also said: # Another factor contributing to the negative trend of increased anti-Semitic attacks is that some human-rights activists began to consciously exclude Jews and Israel from their conflicts.

‘Racism, they argue, pertains to African-Americans and African-Europeans, Roma, LBGTQs, indigenous minorities, asylum seekers and foreign workers, but not Jews.’

The 28th annual report was published by the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry based on national data.

David said the children, who he said were aged between seven and nine, were taking part in safety drills 'all the time'

David said the children, who he said were aged between seven and nine, were taking part in safety drills ‘all the time’

It found a ‘significant increase in various types of anti-Semitic incidents in most countries with large Jewish populations’.

The world’s largest Jewish communities outside of Israel have…

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