Antisemitic hate incidents in the United Kingdom "up 16% in 2018" • Good Non profit


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The number of anti-Semitic hate incidents in the UK has increased by 16% in 2018, according to figures from the Jewish Community Security Trust.

CST reported having registered 1,652 antisemitic incidents last year, the highest number since the start of data collection in 1984.

The charity added that the figures reflected "growing divisions in our country and in our politics".

Interior Minister Sajid Javid said the government was doing everything in its power to "rid society of these poisoned ideas".

He added that anti-Semitism was "totally despicable" and had "no place in society".

These new figures are broadly October Home Office Report, which showed that all forms of hate crime in England and Wales increased by 17% in 2017/18.

Of the 1,652 incidents identified by the CST in 2018, 123 involved "potential serious bodily harm or a threat to life", a decrease of 17% from 2017.

The most common type of incident involved verbal abuse randomly directed against Jews in public.

The report quotes a number of cases from different categories, including a man who was going to a synagogue when food was thrown at him from a car, a woman who was spit in the face in a bus, a Jewish bakery vandalized with antisemitic graffiti and a brick that was thrown on the glass front door of a synagogue.

The CST report also stated:

  • Last year, there were 384 antisemitic incidents involving social media, almost a quarter (23%) of the total number of reports.
  • A total of 148 incidents in 2018 were examples of – or related to – arguments of alleged anti-Semitism in the Labor Party
  • Nearly 75% of all antisemitic incidents occurred in London and Manchester, home to the two largest Jewish communities in the United Kingdom.
  • At least 100 incidents were recorded each month of the year, with the highest monthly totals being recorded in May (182), April (151), and August (150).

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In response to the report, Labor MP John Mann, chair of the multi-party parliamentary group on anti-Semitism, said: "Unfortunately, these numbers are not surprising, they are actually predictable.

"If you consider the entire antisemitic attack on social media as a single incident, the problem is more serious than the figures from this incident suggest."

The head of the national police in charge of hate crimes, Mark Hamilton, said that there were still "far too many people acting illegally, fueled by global events, divisions in our society or historical fanaticism. ".