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February 5, 2015 3:30 pm

British Jews Suffered Record Number of Antisemitic Incidents in 2014, Communal Body Reports

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An antisemitic leaflet sent to synagogues in Birmingham, Liverpool and London in August 2014. Image: CST

The Community Security Trust, the official body dealing with security for the British Jewish community, has reported that there were more antisemitic incidents in 2014 than at any other time since the organization began maintaining records in 1984.

CST recorded 1,168 antisemitic incidents across the country during 2014, more than double the 535 incidents recorded in 2013. The previous highest total came in 2009, when 931 antisemitic incidents were recorded.

The major factor in the rise, the CST said, was the war between Israel and the Hamas regime in Gaza during July and August, which fueled a rash of antisemitic incidents in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

Alarmingly, the trend is nationwide. Incidents increased by 137 per cent in Greater London and by 79 per cent in Greater Manchester. Beyond these two cities, CST received reports of antisemitic incidents from 89 different locations around the UK.

81 of the incidents reported in the Antisemitic Incidents Report 2014 involved violent assaults. One of these incidents was classified by the CST as ‘Extreme Violence’, meaning it involved potential grievous bodily harm (GBH) or threat to life.

The most common single type of incident in 2014 involved verbal abuse randomly directed at visibly Jewish people in public. In 397 incidents, the victims were ordinary Jewish people, male or female, attacked or abused while going about their daily business in public places.

The organization also recorded 233 antisemitic incidents that involved the use of social media to transmit antisemitic threats or abuse, compared to 88 such incidents in 2013.

Schools were another target, with 66 incidents targeting Jewish school buildings, teachers, or students – more than twice the number recorded in 2013.

“Last year’s large increase in recorded incidents shows just how easily antisemitic attitudes can erupt into race hate abuse, threats and attacks,” said the CST’s Chief Executive Davud Delew. “Thankfully most of the incidents were not violent but they were still shocking and upsetting for those who suffered them, and for the wider Jewish community.”

Delew’s concern was echoed by Eric Pickles, the government’s Communities Secretary. “These figures are a depressing reminder that there is still much work to be done,” Pickles said. “We remain staunchly committed to tackling antisemitism wherever it occurs and will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach. Those who perpetrate hate crimes of any kind will be punished with the full force of the law.”

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  • June Grant

    The war with Hamas allowed the dormant Jew hatred to bloom as a result of the unleashing of irresponsible media. Taking the scenes of injured and dead children, many of whom met their fate by being human shields, as worthy of dissemination around the world, while choosing to ignore the barrage of rockets aimed at Israeli civilians for several months before Israel retaliated, is dishonest. While Israel built shelters to protect their children, Hamas used children to protect their rockets.

  • Julian Clovelley

    The question really is – what are you going to do about it?

    We rarely had antisemitic incidents when I was a growing up in 1950s to 1970s London, and the outpouring of sympathy for Israel at the time of the 1972 Munich Games massacre was enormous and sincere. Jewish people were my school friends, fellow workers and the most generous of employers. Israel was regarded as a progressive homeland that had a special place in our friends’ hearts.

    What has changed, whether you like it or not, is that the identity of Jew, Israeli and Zionist have become confused. Only one group has to behave badly for all to be tainted. This is entirely Zionism’s fault. stop blaming everyone else for this propaganda problem or you will never fix it.

    The policy of a five decade occupation – that Zionism clearly is determined never to end, the Settlements on Palestinian land that Zionism is patently refusing to close, the deliberate flaunting of international law, of Geneva Conventions that Zionism both promotes and denies, the refusal to ratify the International Criminal Court inspired by Zionist policy, along with their attacks on international charities and the United Nations – all these have become identified with the ordinary Jewish population in nations worldwide because Zionism has made it appear so and a Zionist biased Jewish media has emphasised a very questionable actual connection.

    The question is – as I said in the first line – what are you going to do about it? Zionism is seen to be inflaming passions. We see videos of drunken Zionist settlers abusing people – including cameramen – on YouTube. We see the arrogant demands of “this is my land G-d gave it to me” which ridiculous(sic) mythological belief we in no wise share – and we see it used to excuse dreadful behaviour

    Worse still we see people claiming to be the true representatives of the highly moral and hospitable people we grew up with, abusing those who protest when they see the outrages, calling them “antisemites” – we see video reports of the displacement of Arabs from rented homes in Jerusalem as foreign capital is used to buy them up, the child and women victims of bombings, the ruined civilian suburbs. My own family were bombed and had missiles fired at them during the London Blitz – am I expected to feel nothing?

    Israel’s situation is horrible enough without an imperialist(sic) Zionist extremism making it worse – setting itself up against what in many cases is fifty percent of the population by attacking the “Left” – That is irresponsible to the point of lunacy

    My advice would be to make a clear break with the Zionist identity – take in what Jewish leaders of a century and more ago warned communities about in relation to Zionism. Listen to the progressive voices in your communities – the left wing voices – and never attack them for speaking out at perceived wrongs. Restore the concept of a Jewish community with as many opinions as individuals. For Israel the message is is break with Zionism’s concepts – return to earlier borders and defend from the position of moral strength

    For the individual, quite frankly – as a migrant myself of a different kind, I might not choose to leave and assimilate, but I would consider it a valid possibility and option. I note that vast numbers do – and I certainly don’t blame them, having left my own community too to live halfway round the world

    Australia is a country that is built on successful assimilation of minorities. It is those who do not who have most difficulty, and for the most part that is the Muslim community. We don’t even notice the Jewish one

    Sometimes assimilation can be the best way out of a problem such as this. Many assimilated into my own Australian family generations ago, so for these family streams the problem, if there ever was one, is long over. That is a question for each individual. What I am quite sure about is that identification with Zionism brings understandable disquiet and negative feeling. It is time that progressive Israelis and progressive Jews spoke out.. if only within their own communities telling the Zionists to do us all and them a favour – cut the crap and shut it!

  • The nationalisation of suez canal in 1957 led to the war and to a greater war in 1967. Hence England is keeping its forces in Cyprus against the will of Cyprus and it is morally bound to support Israel. So it must bann the voters and their votes who against the interests of Britain. BOth the parliament and the corown must take an immediate stand in this regard

  • Bro. Nick

    Question – AND – how many unreported antisemitic acts were there in Britain – and in France – and in Germany – and in America – and in …….?

    Most unfortunately – I read more and more responses to many articles that are openly hostile against modern day ISRAEL and the JEWISH people.
    It seems to me that an increasing number of these antisemitic and adversarial remarks are from ‘religious Christians’ – from people who are followers of ‘British Israelism’, ‘Anglo-Israelism’, ‘Christian Identity’ and many other kinds of ‘Replacement Theology’ who deny that which is written in Genesis 12:1-3 [KJB:
    “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
    And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

    AND I will bless them that bless thee,
    AND curse him that curseth thee:
    AND in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
    (Gen 12:1-3 [KJB])

    As a ‘Biblical CHRISTian’ I know that each and every one of the promises and covenants written by “the LORD JEHOVAH” to the JEWS and about their eternal homeland of ISRAEL in the Tenach (the Old Testament) and the New Testament – “the words of the LORD” are always absolutely true:
    “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    they shall prosper that love thee.”
    (Ps 122:6 [KJB])

    – CAPITALization and Emphasis of “the word of God” is mine – Bro. Nick

  • Jack

    Antisemitic incidents have been on the rise since 911, the world over. ‘That’ is not by accident or coincidence. ‘That’ can only be by design.
    These numbers prove it.
    It is the world wide resurgence of the neo-Nazi types ‘that’ think they are superior too, instead of the same as, their victims. ‘That’ make profit off death. ‘That’ calculate their lie.
    When they think they can move on they will focus their hate else where.

  • steven L

    How much does it take to get it.
    Antisemitism is here to stay in the West and the ME.

    “Delew’s concern was echoed by Eric Pickles, the government’s Communities Secretary. “These figures are a depressing … with the full force of the law.”

    Just like Dr. Obama stated it!

  • Historian

    These are Islamics and Muslims who are inciting Anti-semetic occurrences in the U.K. The U.K is over run with them like cockroaches,,

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