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Record High Anti-Semitic Incidents (28/07/2017)

The first six months of 2017 has seen a record high of anti-semitic incidents and violent assaults

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(source: New Statesman)

The UK has seen a record number of anti-Semitic incidents since the beginning of 2017, according to Jewish charity Community Security Trust.

During the same time period in 2016, from January 1st to July 1st, CST recorded 589 incidents of anti-Semitism in the country. In 2017, that number grew to 767.

This is the highest number within six months since the charity began keeping records in 1984.

30% increase includes 80 violent assaults over the last six months. About half of the cases reported by CST involved verbal abuse targeting individuals. 2016 also saw a nearly 20% increase in incidents from 2015.

While CST Chief Executive David Delew noted improved reporting might be affecting the dramatic percentage increase over the last three years, it is still “sadly clear that the overall situation has deteriorated”, he said.

“Anti-Semitism is having an increasing impact on the lives of British Jews, and the hatred and anger that lies behind it is spreading”, added Delew.

Almost three quarters of these attacks have taken place in predominantly Jewish areas in London and Manchester. Manchester saw the most dramatic increase in incidents: from 79 cases in 2016 to 145 in 2017, or +84%.

142 of the incidents took place online, leading CST to note, “social media has become an essential tool for those who wish to harass, abuse or threaten Jewish public figures and institutions.”

CST’s head of communications Mark Gardner did not point to a specific cause of the overall rise in anti-Semitism, he suggested that a growing “division in society” might be partly to blame.

“There is an anger or frustration that seems to be the ambient mood out there”, said Gardner.


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