116 antisemitic incidents reported in last 10 days in Britain

Britain has seen at least 116 reported incidents of antisemitism over the last 10 days – a 600 percent rise.

Between 8 and 18 May, the sharp spike in reported hate crime comes as Israel clashes with Gaza militants, and thousands of rockets are fired by Hamas into civilian territory.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed in the violence, leading to protests globally, including instances of antisemitism in London on the weekend, when a convoy of cars drove through parts of London and Manchester with large Jewish populations – shouting expletives and racist abuse. Four have been arrested.

Of 116 incidents, almost all involved language, imagery or behaviour that linked them to the conflict in Israel and Gaza. The rise in hate comes after 19 incidents in the eleven days prior to 8 May, which is a near six-fold increase.

Breaking down the antisemitic incidents, the CST outlined that 32 were online, 82 offline, and four of the incidents were reported as violent, including the brutal assault of Rabbi Rafi Goodwin in Chigwell on Sunday, for which two people have been arrested and charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery & religiously aggravated criminal damage.

Source: The CST