CST: Record number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the UK in 2016.

CST's new Antisemitic Incidents Report shows a record number of antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2016. According to CST, there were 1,309 antisemitic incidents nationwide during 2016, a 36 per cent increase from the previous year.

CST’s new Antisemitic Incidents Report shows a record number of antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2016.  According to CST, there were 1,309 antisemitic incidents nationwide during 2016, a 36 per cent increase from the previous year.

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The highest previous number of antisemitic incidents was 1,182 in 2014. The report notes that, unlike in 2014 when there was a ‘trigger’ (the summer war between Israel and Hamas), in 2016 there was no one similar event that can explain the spike.

Here are some more highlights from the report:

  • The 1,309 antisemitic incidents in 2016 included 107 violent antisemitic assaults, an increase of 29 per cent from the previous year.
  • 64 antisemitic incidents in 2016 targeted synagogues, and a further 25 incidents targeted synagogue congregants on their way to or from prayers, compared to 51 and 34 incidents respectively in 2015.
  • In 169 incidents, the victims were Jewish community organisations, communal events, commercial premises or high-profile individuals, compared to 114 such incidents in 2015.
  • 83 incidents targeted Jewish schools, schoolchildren or teachers in 2016, compared to 86 incidents relating to schools and schoolchildren in 2015.
  • • In 41 antisemitic incidents, the victims were Jewish students, academics or other student bodies, compared to 21 such incidents recorded in 2015.
  • Of the 236 antisemitic incidents in 2016 showing ideological motivation or beliefs as well as antisemitism, 162 showed far right motivation or beliefs; 62 showed anti-Israel motivation or beliefs; and 12 showed Islamist motivation or beliefs.

You can read the full report here.

 

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