CST: First half of 2016 saw 11% increase in antisemitic incidents in the UK

CST just published its latest Antisemitic Incident Report, and revealed that the first six months of 2016 saw an 11% increase in antisemitic hate incidents in the UK compared to the same period" last year.

CST just published its latest Antisemitic Incident Report, and revealed that the first six months of 2016 saw an 11% increase in antisemitic hate incidents in the UK compared to the same period” last year.  

Here are some highlights from their report:

  • The most common single type of incident in the first six months of 2016 involved verbal abuse randomly directed at visibly Jewish people in public. In 195 incidents, the victims were Jewish people, male or female, attacked or abused while going about their daily business in public places. In at least 87 of these incidents, the victims were visibly Jewish, usually due to their religious or traditional clothing, school uniform or jewellery bearing Jewish symbols.
  • Social media has become an essential tool for coordinated campaigns of antisemitic harassment, abuse and threats directed at Jewish politicians, student activists and other individuals, often using content generated centrally on neo-Nazi websites. CST recorded 133 antisemitic incidents that involved social media in the first six months of 2016, comprising 24 per cent of the overall total of 557 incidents.
  • Over three-quarters of the 557 antisemitic incidents were recorded in Greater London and Greater Manchester, the two largest Jewish communities in the UK.

See the full report here.

Here’s a video summary of their findings produced by CST.

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