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Anti-semitism Attacks on Jewish people reached a record high last year, new figures show

VIOLENT and verbal attacks on Jewish people reached a high in Britain with 1,382 total incidents recorded last year, according to new figures from anti-semitism monitoring charity Community Security Trust (CST).

Three-quarters of reports were made in Greater London and Greater Manchester, homes of the two largest Jewish communities in Britain.

Verbal abuse randomly directed at Jewish people in public was the most common type of incident, but violence against Jewish people also rose by 34 per cent, from 108 in 2016 to 145 last year.

The total number of incidents was the highest since the charity began keeping records in 1984, up by 3 per cent compared with 1,346 the year before, which had itself been a record annual total.

There was no obvious single cause or specific trigger event behind the trend, according to the CST.

Its assessment said: “Often increases in anti-semitic incidents have been attributable to reactions to specific trigger events that cause identifiable short-term spikes in incident levels. However, this was not the case in 2017. Instead, it appears that the factors that led to a general sustained high level of anti-semitic incidents in 2016 have continued throughout much of 2017.”

The report pointed to a rise in all forms of hate crime after the EU referendum. These factors may have fuelled more hate as well as encouraging more reporting of anti-semitic incidents from victims and witnesses, the CST said.

Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said: “The findings of this report are extremely concerning and emphasise just how important it is that we all make a conscious effort to call out and confront anti-semitism.

“Hate has no place in our country and we must root out anti-semitism whenever and wherever it takes place.”

CST chief executive David Delew said: “Hatred is rising and Jewish people are suffering as a result. This should concern everybody because it shows anger and division that threaten all of society.

“We have the support of government and police, but prosecutions need to be more visible and more frequent.”

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