Jewish journalist says 'many people don't see anti-semitism as racism'

Stephen Pollard says Britain has witnessed a sharp rise in anti-semitism

Britain has witnessed a sharp rise in anti-semitic attacks, including the daubing of offensive graffiti at a synagogue in Stamford Hill last year

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Jewish journalist has suggested many people no longer see anti-semitism in racism, after a sharp rise in recorded attacks.

Anti-semitic incidents in the UK are now at an all-time high, with the Jewish community targeted an average of four times a day.

Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, says the increase is partly driven by better reporting, but there are also important societal factors at play.

Many people, Pollard said, simply don't associate anti-semitism with conventional racism and there is a sense in some quarters that abusing Jewish people is somewhat acceptable.

Pollard added that, while the anti-semitic incidents witnessed in the Labour party are a factor, they are far from the sole problem.

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