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September 10, 2015 8:07 am

UK Media Reports on Anti-Muslim Crimes, Ignores Anti-Jewish Ones

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A stack of newspapers. According to the writer, the UK press focuses on anti-Muslim incidents and ignores antisemitic ones. Photo: Wikipedia.

A stack of newspapers. According to the writer, the UK press focuses more on anti-Muslim incidents than antisemitic ones. Photo: Wikipedia.

Multiple U.K. media outlets have devoted coverage to new statistics from the Metropolitan Police Service about hate crimes in London, which demonstrate that – from July 2014 to July 2015 – both Islamophobic and antisemitic hate crimes in the city have soared. The Met’s crime database shows that Islamophobic offenses surged by 70%, while antisemitic ones increased by 93%.

A report on the uptick of hate crimes in the International Business Times quotes a spokesperson for the Community Security Trust contextualizing the Met’s stats.

A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, which works to combat antisemitism in the U.K., told IBTimes UK that, while numbers fluctuated, 2014 was a “record high” for antisemitic hate crime. He said this was due to “big trigger events,” including the Israeli war in Gaza and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, which led to increased reporting. He explained that between 2010 and 2013, antisemitic crime had fallen, but that generally there had been an increase from 2000.

However, though major U.K. media sites have reported the upsurge in anti-Muslim crimes, they’ve curiously ignored anti-Jewish ones.

The Independent:

Though The Independent published two stories citing the Met figures noting the increase in Islamophobic hate crimes, neither even mentioned the increase in antisemitic crimes.

A report by Alexander Sehmer (“Hate crimes against Muslims in London ‘up by 70%’ police figures show,” Sept. 7) devotes 305 words to the Met’s figures, yet doesn’t note the related increase in hate crimes against Jews. (Additionally, The Independent published another story on the same day – about a British Jewish teen knocked unconscious in what’s believed to be a hate crime – and contextualizes the assault by noting the Met’s report on the rise in hate crimes against Muslims.)


A review of the Guardian finds similarly selective reporting.  Though they published a Press Association report (“Hate crimes against Muslims soar in London,” Sept. 7th) that noted the surge in attacks on Muslims in London, thus far we haven’t found any mention of the dramatic increase in attacks against Jews in the city.

The Telegraph:

Our survey of recent news at The Telegraph shows that the news site followed the same pattern – devoting a long story to the Met figures on Islamophobia (“Islamophobic Britain: Where Muslim women are spat on, punched and covered in faeces,” Sept. 7). while ignoring the stats on antisemitism.

Times of London:

Finally, even Times of London engaged in this selective reporting – devoting a long story to hate crimes in the U.K. (“Warning over rise in far-right hate crime,” Sept. 8) that prominently featured Met figures on Islamophobia in London, while ignoring increased hate crimes against Jews.

What makes these omissions especially curious is that the Met Police site has a database that allows anyone to find out the most recent figures in any category of crime – including hate crimes motivated by antisemitism or Islamophobia.

Though it wouldn’t be fair to paint the U.K. media with a broad brush and suggest that editors and reporters are indifferent to antisemitism (The Telegraph and Times of London, for instance, have done a good job of covering the upsurge of Jew hatred in Europe), it’s nonetheless troubling that four major news outlets engaged in such an egregious omission concerning attacks on such a small and vulnerable community.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of UK Media Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • jeremy

    Who would have expected this? It is a complete shocker.

    Not like this was the absolute universal rule done to all Jews by law, for 1800 years unrelentingly.

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  • Julian Clovelley

    There are in fact 151 thousand references to antisemitism in the Guardian of which over 30 thousand references are made to the UK in particular

    ]The Guardian notes a regional decline in antisemitism in 2013 and an increase in confrontations in 2014

    I can only hope that Mr Levick’s monitoring of Arab and Palestinian media is less incompetent

  • D Cripps

    I am wondering if this is due to who the perpetrators would be: e.g if a significant number of hate-crimes against Jews were acts by Muslims or supporters of Muslim interests (e.g supporters of BDS, PSC), but few (if any) hate crimes against Muslims have been acts by Jews, which would undermine the Islam-as-immaculate/Islam-as-victtim narrative.

    Perhaps also a kind of ‘discretion’ is at work that does not want to embarrass/hurt/offend Jews in a situation where ‘explainers’ would undoubtedly surge forward to state that Israel the cause of it all.

    ‘Grievances” seem permissible defence in the minds of some when it comes to Muslims/Palestinians; yet seemingly a double standard is applied.

  • Atilla

    UKistan no longer have a Police Force.

    They are the reincarnation of the Gestapo, the protectors of the muz slimes and PCMC vermin who themselves are the reincarnation of the Nazis.

    • m kraft

      What rubbish. Only a dementedi dologue person could claim that.

  • Hillel

    They’re only Jews, what is your problem? It’s been going on for 2000 years what is different now? On the other hand the “poor muslims” they’re used to giving grief not taking it so that definitely rates a metion.

  • steven L

    Most of the UK media and so called “intelligentsia-morons” are profoundly antisemitic. Very similar to her sister across the Atlantic ocean.

    • Julian Clovelley

      I fear that as a poster you demonstrate the results of Zionist lobbyists’ activities

      Levick’s constant misinforming is a prime example of this problem

    • Julian Clovelley

      A very large percentage of the British Media is owned by Murdoch – a naturalised American born in Australia

      Antisemitism in the media, is a largely American owned media phenomena

      • jeremy

        Not true, kind sir and liar. Brainwashed.

        AFP is French Catholic antisemite owned, Thomson Rueters though created by a Jew (like Tesco), is now owned by a rich antisemite. BBC is owned by the British government and secret service, the same government that invented the Blood Libel itself.

        Journalist culture is mindbogglingly antisemic. As antisemitic as primitive political Christianity, and Catholocism, and the current 56 Islamic nations where Jews are not given equal rights in 56 countries. Pakistan murdered its last known indigenous Jew about 7 months ago. In case someone as evil as you had ever wondered why Jews are “foreigners” and “settlers” on their own country. Ever heard of Replacment Theology or the Koran? The Koran even has evil Jewish owned trees. The Ghorqan trees, Jewish lives not even worth mentioning. There should be over a billion of us by now.