By LONDON (Reuters) – Some haters will have been left red in the face with the news that a British shop chain has been fined £15,000 ($21,000) for making an anti-Jewish symbol a top hat.
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It’s been the way of the future for a long time.
It is one of the many symbols of the anti-Semitism that has plagued Jewish communities around the world.
In the UK, it is also known as a top hats.
And while the symbol has become popular among those who oppose anti-Semitic acts, the law in the country’s south-west was challenged by a Jewish rights group and is now being challenged by the court of appeal.
“The court of appeals said that while the law was designed to protect Jewish businesses, the act of using it was also unlawful under the equality act,” the Supreme Court of England and Wales said in its judgment.
“To suggest otherwise would be to suggest that Jews are not equal.”
The court said it would have struck down the law, but it was too late to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
The UK’s High Court, however, has already upheld it.
The top hat symbol has been around for centuries.
The symbol was designed by the late German artist Friedrich Klimt, who created it in 1933, according to the Jewish Museum of London.
Its use has been linked to anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Israel sentiments, including by the Islamic State militant group.
The hat was widely used as a symbol in the Middle East by Islamic extremists, including in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, before it was banned in Britain in 2006.
The British Council has said it is committed to upholding freedom of expression.
The council said in a statement it supports all communities, including those who do not agree with the use of symbols and symbols of hate.