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London - Report: Anti-Jewish Sentiment 'Becoming More Common In Britain'

Published on: January 31, 2018 11:30 PM
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London - Anti-Jewish sentiment is generally becoming more commonplace in Britain, a charity that provides security advice to the country’s Jewish communities said on Thursday.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said better recording and publicity around alleged anti-Jewish sentiment in the opposition Labour Party was partly to blame for a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain last year but also warned it reflected a general rise in anti-Semitism.

“Hatred is rising and Jewish people are suffering as a result,” said David Delew, chief executive of the CST, which helps protect Britain’s estimated 270,000 Jews.

“It appears that the factors that led to a general, sustained high level of antisemitic incidents in 2016 have continued throughout much of 2017.”

There were 1,382 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide in 2017, a 3 percent increase from the year before which had been the previous highest annual number recorded by the CST since it began its monitoring program in 1984.

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There was a 34 percent rise in the number of violent anti-Semitic assaults to 145 but most incidents related to verbal abuse of Jews in public who were identifiable from their religious clothing, school uniform or jewelry.

The CST said a fall in the number of incidents involving social media might have reflected a better response by tech firms to tackle online hate speech along with action by police to deal with prolific offenders.

While it said victims were more aware of the need to record incidents, it added it was likely there was still significant under-reporting and that the real level of anti-Semitism was much higher.

“We have the support of government and police but prosecutions need to be more visible and frequent; while too many others act in ways that encourage anti-Semites and isolate Jews,” Delew said.

Previous spikes in anti-Semitism have been blamed on incidents and conflicts involving Israel. However, the CST said there was nothing to explain the rise seen in the last two years, indicating anti-Jewish sentiment was generally becoming more commonplace.

The charity said an increase in hate crime following the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union and controversies surrounding Labour might have emboldened offenders.

Labour has often been accused of having a problem with anti-Semitism within its ranks, particularly since socialist Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015, and Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said the party had failed to show it was sufficiently serious about tackling the problem.

“The findings of this report are extremely concerning, and emphasize just how important it is that we all make a conscious effort to call out and confront anti-Semitism,” said Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s spokesman on Communities.



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 Feb 01, 2018 at 12:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Its all anti Israel and not anti Jews. Israel is the culprit of all anti semitism around the world. We have to make the world aware that we have not affiliation with the heretic Zionist regime.

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 01:37 AM Rubbish Says:

I live in London,
First of all, this CST organisation are nothing more than 1 big bunch of PEN PUSHERS, useless time wasters, milking tax payer's money, & in the name of COMBATING ANTI SEMITISM they get loads of it,
Second of all, anti semitsm here in the UK is just as bad as anywhere else in the world, in fact we live here door to door with other religious minorities in peace & harmony,
Yes, if you look at things with a magnifying glass you'll always find an excuse for anti semitsm, so don't worry world, everything here is fine, we live here under protection of a TRUE MALCHUS SHEL CHESED, unlike in the USA which is a so called MALCHUS SHEL CHESED, (by the way, I'm American, born and bread)

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 03:43 AM Ex-pat in Israel Says:

Gee, why am I not surprised? You have noted & proud antisemites Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader & George Galloway who doubles as Neturei Karta, as well as countless minor officials who tacitly encourage antisemitism, & the best... radical Islam taking over the country.

Britain is a horrible place for Jews. My late father used to say it's the monarchy that actually stops the hate (we won't discuss Harry the Nazi), but the reality is, British Jews are more vulnerable every day. GET OUT while you still can! I don't feel any regret at leaving that miserable country & I definitely feel safer here in Israel. And the weather is much better too!

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 06:18 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

More muslims= more anti semitism .

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 08:04 AM Just Wondering.... Says:

And why is that?? Any coincidence???

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 08:05 AM Motty Says:

When has anti-Jewish sentiment ever been uncommon in Britain?

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 09:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Thank you Bibi!

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 10:28 AM VoiceOfSanity Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Its all anti Israel and not anti Jews. Israel is the culprit of all anti semitism around the world. We have to make the world aware that we have not affiliation with the heretic Zionist regime.

You stupid, stupid man. I'm not sure what they teach in Satmarland, but real Jews know that there is a halacha that Aisav Sonei Es Yaakov. You and your buddies can kiss all the murderers you want - you will be the first one whose head gets sliced off when they have the chance. You are a FOOL.

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 10:51 AM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #2  
Rubbish Says:

I live in London,
First of all, this CST organisation are nothing more than 1 big bunch of PEN PUSHERS, useless time wasters, milking tax payer's money, & in the name of COMBATING ANTI SEMITISM they get loads of it,
Second of all, anti semitsm here in the UK is just as bad as anywhere else in the world, in fact we live here door to door with other religious minorities in peace & harmony,
Yes, if you look at things with a magnifying glass you'll always find an excuse for anti semitsm, so don't worry world, everything here is fine, we live here under protection of a TRUE MALCHUS SHEL CHESED, unlike in the USA which is a so called MALCHUS SHEL CHESED, (by the way, I'm American, born and bread)

of course you guys are the best with a an opposition leader who calls hamas his friends and this
UK JEWISH SCHOOL RISKS CLOSURE FOR REFUSAL TO TEACH LGBT ISSUES

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 01:52 PM alterknaker Says:

Reply to #9  
AmYisroel Says:

of course you guys are the best with a an opposition leader who calls hamas his friends and this
UK JEWISH SCHOOL RISKS CLOSURE FOR REFUSAL TO TEACH LGBT ISSUES

Please finish your sentence

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 02:28 PM NETUREI KARTA NOT WANTED HERE Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Its all anti Israel and not anti Jews. Israel is the culprit of all anti semitism around the world. We have to make the world aware that we have not affiliation with the heretic Zionist regime.

Get lost, NK filth.

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 02:29 PM Zzzzz Says:

Reply to #8  
VoiceOfSanity Says:

You stupid, stupid man. I'm not sure what they teach in Satmarland, but real Jews know that there is a halacha that Aisav Sonei Es Yaakov. You and your buddies can kiss all the murderers you want - you will be the first one whose head gets sliced off when they have the chance. You are a FOOL.

Amen to that!

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 08:58 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

I think I agree with #7.

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 09:00 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #8  
VoiceOfSanity Says:

You stupid, stupid man. I'm not sure what they teach in Satmarland, but real Jews know that there is a halacha that Aisav Sonei Es Yaakov. You and your buddies can kiss all the murderers you want - you will be the first one whose head gets sliced off when they have the chance. You are a FOOL.

There is NO source in chazal to say that Rashb”i’s statement refers to anti semitism. It is a strict statement regarding the two brothers, eisav and Yaakov. The onus is on you.. how do you know it refers to a broader phenomena of Jew hatred? Even if it does, how do you know which nations are included in “eisav”?

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