During 2018 the United Kingdom witnessed an unprecedented number of anti-Semitic incidents.

According to a report by the Community Security Trust (CST), a Jewish community organization that monitors anti-Semitism, there were more than 1,650 reported anti-Semitic incidents in 2018.

This represents a 16% increase over the previous record set just a year earlier, when there were a total of 1,420 anti-Semitic incidents. In turn, 2017 had surpassed the previous record of 2016, in which there were 1,375 incidents.

The months with the most incidents were May (182) and April (151), two of the months in which there were strong clashes between Israel and Palestinians on the border with Gaza. In addition, May was the month with the most anti-Semitic incidents since August 2014, when Israel was facing terrorist movements in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

Of the 1,652 incidents, 23 per cent were via social networks, a 54 per cent increase over the previous year.

CST Executive Director David Delew said: “Three years of growing anti-Semitic incidents show the proportion of the problem facing the Jewish community. This is happening throughout society and the country and reflects the deep divisions in our country and politics. The Jewish people are on the receiving end of this hatred, but they should not leave us alone to fight it.”