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Record number of antisemitic incidents in the UK in first half of 2017
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Record number of antisemitic incidents in the UK in first half of 2017

The first six months of 2017 saw a record number of antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom, according to figures released on Thursday by the Community Security Trust, the group that monitors antisemitism and provides security to British Jews and institutions.

The organization reported 767 antisemitic incidents nationwide from January through to June 2017, a 30 per cent increase from 589 during the first six months of 2016.

This is the highest total the organisation has ever recorded for the January to June period.

A further 483 reports were received for the same period, but were not deemed to be antisemitic in nature and were not included in the total.

The previous high was 629 incidents in the first half of 2009. Last year saw a total of 1,346.

The most common type of incident involved verbal abuse randomly directed at visibly Jewish people in public.

Among the types of incidents, 351 involved verbal abuse. Another 80 were violent assaults, a 78 per cent increase from the same period in 2016 and the highest number the Community Security Trust has ever recorded for January to June.

The British group, which has recorded antisemitic incidents since 1984, said 19 per cent of the incidents involved social media and 7 per cent comprised damage to and desecration of Jewish property.

Almost three-quarters of the 767 antisemitic incidents were recorded in Greater London and Greater Manchester, home to the two largest Jewish communities in the UK.

The group’s chief executive, David Delew, said the CST “has again recorded an unprecedented number of antisemitic incidents, with figures now almost twice as bad as five years ago.”

“It is sadly clear that the overall situation has deteriorated. Antisemitism is having an increasing impact on the lives of British Jews and the hatred and anger that lies behind it is spreading.”

The group further said the rise in incidents may partly reflect the growth in Jewish communal concern about antisemitism, which may have resulted in better reporting of incidents from victims and witnesses, in conjunction with increased reporting from commercial security guards protecting Jewish communal locations. The group’s information-sharing agreements with police forces around the UK may also have contributed.

But this alone “does not explain the scale and breadth of the increase,” he said. “Rather, it is likely that the incident totals recorded by CST reflect a general, sustained rise in the baseline number of antisemitic incidents in an average.”

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
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