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New Study: Number of Antisemitic Incidents Targeting London Jews Far Higher Than Official Statistics

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Shomrim volunteers speak with a London police officer. Photo: Campaign Against Antisemitism website.

Shomrim volunteers speak with a London police officer. Photo: Campaign Against Antisemitism website.

A new study that exposed high levels of antisemitism faced by London’s ultra-Orthodox community on a daily basis is “just the tip of the iceberg,” the head of a Jewish neighborhood watch organization in the British capital said.

Speaking about the research conducted by Stamford Hill Shomrim — which recorded an average of eight antisemitic incidents per week over the past month in London, far higher than official police records showing two to three such occurrences per month — Rabbi Herschel Gluck, the president of the group, stated, “It has long been said that antisemitism is underreported in the Charedi Jewish community, which is the most visible segment of the Jewish community, but these figures are nevertheless shocking.”

The British Home Office, Gluck went on to say, “must take urgent action to work directly with Stamford Hill Shomrim concerning the Charedi Jewish community — a community with a distinct ethos, sensitivities and structures, to enhance and improve the reporting of hate crimes.”

The antisemitic incidents detailed in the study included three assaults, two threats to kill, eight threats of violence, eighteen cases of verbal abuse and one occurrence of criminal damage.

One of last month’s incidents — as reported by The Algemeiner — saw an 11-year-old Jewish boy walking home from school in London’s Hackney neighborhood forced to remove his kippa by a gang of bullies.

As reported by The Algemeiner, antisemitic incidents in the UK jumped in the first half of 2016, with the Jewish community being targeted on an average of  three times per day.

In August, the head of a UK charity and antisemitism watchdog group told The Algemeiner that British Jews were “being denied justice” by their country’s main criminal prosecution agency, as it failed to crack down on antisemitic crimes.

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