Once again the Jewish population in the United Kingdom has been subjected to an unprecedented number of anti-Semitic incidents.
According to an annual study by The Community Security Trust (CST), a total of 1,805 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in 2019, an increase of seven percent from 2018.
“2019 was another difficult year for British Jews and it is no surprise that recorded anti-Semitic incidents reached yet another high,” said CST Chief Executive David Delew.
“It is clear that both social media and mainstream politics are places where anti-Semitism and racism need to be driven out, if things are to improve in the future,” he added.
Although the rise of the far-left Labour party contributed significantly to the numbers, the report notes that members of the far-right’s contribution to anti-Semitism could not be ignored.
Every month more than 100 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded, with February and December being the highest months with 182 and 184 respectively.
Of the 330 anti-Semitic incidents “the offender or offenders made reference to Hitler, the Nazis, the Holocaust, employed discourse based on the Nazi period, and/or punctuated their abuse with a Nazi salute or the depiction of a swastika,” the report says.
The report also notes that social media anti-Semitism was the most common form of abuse in 2019 with an 82% rise compared to 384 in 2018.
Destruction and vandalism of Jewish property rose by 11 percent compared to the 79 incidents in 2018.
One hundred twenty-two anti-Semitic incidents took place in Jewish schools targeting schoolchildren and staff, compared to 96 incidents in 2018.