Fact: Anti-semitic crime reaches record level in the UK
The Community Security Trust (CST) recorded 1309 anti-semitic incidents in 2016, an increase by +36% compared to a year ago. Increasing security in Jewish areas has led the government to spend £13.4m.
Anti-semitic incidents include according to the report:
- Abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, hate mail and graffiti (1006 incidents)
- Damage and desecration to Jewish property (81 incidents)
- Violent assaults (107 incidents)
- Anti-semitic incidents involving social media (287 incidents)
Mark Gardner, from the CST said:
"Racists, including anit-semites, feel emboldened, encouraged, at this moment in time, for a whole range of reasons (...) They used to keep it underground. Now they're coming out, a lid has been lifted off"