In the case of the larger firms the mark also has publicity value and shows the buyer that the object was made by a long-established firm with a reputation to uphold; such clear name- marks as Minton, Wedgwood, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Worcester are typical examples.
To the collector the mark has greater importance, for not only can he trace the manufacturer of any marked object, but he can also ascertain the approximate date of manufacture and in several cases the exact year of production, particularly in the case of 19th and 20th century wares from the leading firms which employed private dating systems.
Even the Lancet, the prestigious British medical journal, depicts Israel as a murderous provoker, calling Israel’s measured response to thousands of rockets being launched from within civilian sites in Gaza “the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre” of innocent women and children. 41% of Britons say their opinion of Israel has worsened because of the current Gaza conflict, and more than half feel Israel has acted disproportionately.
Media messages and provocative statements also create an atmosphere in which egregious statements receive little or no protest; these in turn enter the public dialogue and further degrade people’s opinion of Israel.
When Britain’s National Union of Students, in an emergency session called to debate the Gaza war, voted to boycott Israel, a member erroneously stated “Palestinian students are tortured and imprisoned” in Israel: in the echo chamber created by such anti-Israel rhetoric, no allegation is too outlandish to repeat.
Simplistic, one-sided views of Israel have also been on display in the massive anti-Israel protests in Britain’s cities this summer where Israel is slandered as the sole obstacle to peace, and routinely compared to Nazi Germany.
Israel ranks fifth in the list of countries covered by the Guardian, the influential British newspaper, whose Associate Editor said Israel “has no right to defend itself” and claimed as his personal goal the spreading of “revulsion” against Israel around the world at an anti-Israel rally in London in August, 2014.
Some protestors have chosen to identify with Hamas.
Ignoring Hamas’ brutal imposition of Islamic law, its execution of political opponents, refusal to hold elections, its sending of thousands of rockets into Israel, and miles of terror tunnels dug in order to carry out attacks, protestors this summer have shouted “We are all Hamas” at rallies in front of Britain’s parliament and Israeli embassy.
Paul Morron, President of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, has said “the level of anxiety is quite unprecedented.” That sounds like a typically reserved British way of saying that the community is beginning to question its very future in Britain. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph. In International Relations from the London School of Economics.
A poll conducted by the Jewish Chronicle found that nearly two thirds of British Jews are questioning their future in the United Kingdom. Pro-Israel rallies are flourishing throughout the UK, and British communal life is thriving. She lives with her family in Chicago, and has lectured internationally on Jewish topics.