Sunday, August 4, 2019

UK: “Anti-Semitic incidents reach an all time high”

A newly released report has revealed a considerable increase in anti-Semitism across the UK during the 1st half of this year.
According to a report by Community Security Trust (CST), a charity organization that monitors antisemitism in the UK, 892 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the 1st half of 2019, marking an increase of 10% compared to the same period last year.
The months of February and March saw the highest number of incidents, with 182 and 169 respectively.
The CST reported that it believed that anti-Semitism was so pervasive during these months because of the ongoing controversy that anti-Jewish sentiment was spreading in Labor party under their leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Just before, the head of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) attacked the Labor leading, calling his party an ‘existential threat’ to Jews in the UK, it was revealed that Corbyn had written a forward to a book that argued that Jews control the banks and the media.
In February and March, CST reported that it had recorded 55 incidents related to accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labor party.
Recorded incidents during the half of 2019 marks the highest number in a 6 month time period since records first began in 1984. According to the report, 2019 marks the 3rd consecutive year where the number of incidents has grown. Of the reported incidents, over a 3rd involved social media.
"This is the 3rd year in a row that CST has seen an increase in reports of antisemitic incidents," said David Delew, the trust’s chief executive.
"The problem's spreading across the country and online. It reflects deepening divisions in our society and it's causing increasing anxiety in the Jewish community. It'll take people of all communities and backgrounds standing together to turn this tide of hate around."
Of the reported incidents, about 2-3rds of them were recorded in 2 cities with large Jewish communities – London and Manchester.
The reported number of violent anti-Semitic assaults rose from 62 in the 1st 6 months of 2018 to 85 in the same period of 2019. None of the attacks were deemed by the CST to be ‘extreme violence’.

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