Antisemitic reports reach record levels

The rise shows "deepening divisions", says the charity

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A record number of anti-Semitic incidents have been reported in Britain so far this year, according a charity.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said it received 892 reports; a 10 per cent rise on the same period last year. 

The charity said the increased number of incidents was “likely a combination” of better reporting and increased levels of abuse.

There were 38 reports of damage and desecration of Jewish property, 710 reports of abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, graffiti, abuse via social media and one-off cases of hate mail.

CST chief executive David Delew said: “The problem is spreading across the country and online, it reflects deepening divisions in our society and it is causing increasing anxiety in the Jewish community."

Incidents reported included the phrase “Gas the Jews” painted on a footbridge in Liverpool and anti-Semitic graffiti daubed on the homes of Holocaust survivors.

More than a third of reports related to posts on social media, 85 physical assaults were reported and some 55 of the incidents were linked to the Labour Party in February and March.

A spokesperson for the CST said: “They occurred when issues relating to Jews and anti-Semitism were prominent in news and politics due to the continuing controversy over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.”

At the time, several Labour MPs quit the party and some cited anti-Semitism lay behind their decision.

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