Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Report:53% Rise in UK Antisemitic Episodes; First Half of 2015 Shows Huge Increase from 2014

Reported antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom were up 53 percent in the first half of 2015 as compared to the corresponding period the year before, the British Community Security Trust (CST) revealed in a new study, the Algemeiner website reports today (July 29, 2015).

The upward trend of recorded antisemitic incidents in 2015 was consistent with the past three years, with 473 events reported between January and June in 2015, compared to 309 in 2014 and 223 incidents in 2013.

CST -- a charity that oversees security efforts in Britain's Jewish communities -- said 44 of this year's attacks were considered violent, with two of them constituting "extreme violence" or threat of life.

But the majority of incidents were the 353 cases of what the CST called "abusive behavior," including hateful graffiti, antisemitic vituperation and abuse through social media or hate-mail. Thirty-five incidents included damage and desecration to Jewish property, and 36 included direct antisemitic threats.

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