A record number of anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the UK between January and June of this year by the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that monitors anti-Semitism and provides security for the British Jewish community. A total of 892 antisemitic incidents were reported during the first six months of the year, an increase of 10 percent on the same period in 2018. The charity said the rise partly reflected the increased discussions of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
The number of incidents involving social media significantly increased during this period, something the charity called an “essential and convenient vessel” for anti-Semites to harass, abuse and threaten Jews.
Social media attacks accounted for 36 percent of total attacks - an increase of 46 percent from last year.
Of more concern, the six month period saw an 37 percent increase in violent antisemitic assault, up from 62 to 85 when compared to 2018.
But none were classified by the charity as “extreme violence”.
Jeremy Corbyn's leadership on anti-Semitism has been blamed for a surge in attacks on Jews (Image: Getty)
A record number of anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the first six months of 2019 (Image: Getty)
There were 38 incidents of damage and desecration of Jewish property; 710 of abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, graffiti, abuse via social media and one-off cases of hate mail; 49 direct threats; and 10 cases of mass-mailed leaflets or emails.
CST chief executive David Delew said: “This is the third year in a row that CST has seen an increase in reports of anti-Semitic incidents.
“The problem is spreading across the country and online, it reflects deepening divisions in our society and it is causing increasing anxiety in the Jewish community.
“It will take people of all communities and backgrounds standing together to turn this tide of hate around.”
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The charity warned the continuing controversy over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party could have contributed to the increased figure.
55 incidents were related to the political party, having been reported after several MPs resigned in February, citing concerns over anti-Semitism.
Marie van der Syl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said of the news: “The report shows a 46 percent rise in incidents of anti-Jewish racism on social media and over 100 were specifically related to alleged anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.
“This makes shameful