Hate offences against Jews in Scotland reach worst level on record


Hate offences against Jews in Scotland reach worst level on record

A graphic showing the findings from a report published by the UK's Campaign Against Antisemitism NGO

A graphic showing the findings from a report published by the UK's Campaign Against Antisemitism NGO

Police forces recorded 105 violent anti-Semitic crimes in 2016, meaning that on average, one in 10 anti-Semitic crimes involved an act of violence against a Jewish person.

This includes the firebombing of kosher restaurants in Manchester last month and an incident in May during which a man allegedly chased Jews down a London street while brandishing a meat cleaver.

This is not the first time a study has revealed the level of anti-Semitic hate crime in the UK.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd vowed to investigate the surge after figures also showed less than 2% of all reported anti-Jewish crime previous year saw a prosecution and nearly half of police forces failed to bring a single charge.

She said in a statement: 'Hate crime of any type is not acceptable.

An insignificant 15 cases of anti-Semitic crime were prosecuted in 2016, of which only one was a violent crime. There were 1,078 anti-Semitic crimes in 2016 and "a consistently elevated level of anti-Semitic crime has become the new normality for British Jews", the report says.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, which compiled the analysis, said it was not clear whether that was because only a small number of anti-Semitic incidents had occurred among a relatively small Jewish population or because cases had not been recorded.

The Campaign said it had ascertained through a review of its own and other charities' data, as well as press reports, that 15 alleged anti-Semitic crimes were prosecuted in 2016.

At the same time the number of charges for those perpetrating hate crimes against Jews fell "drastically", with alleged perpetrators charged in fewer than a tenth of cases, campaigners say.

It says anti-Semitic hate crime rose by 14.9 percent a year ago against 2015, or 44.5 percent against 2014.

On Sunday, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) published a report divulging its summation of the latest national and regional statistics for anti-Semitic crime that was reported by law enforcement across the United Kingdom, and numerous findings are considered startling.

A spokesman for the CPS said: "Last year we prosecuted more hate crimes than ever before - more than 15,000 cases".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "Everyone in this country has the right to be safe from violence and persecution". The CAA suggested appointing a senior officer in each police unit to ensure that proper responses to hate crimes against Jews are carried out.

"We will always prosecute crimes against people of all faiths where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so".

In the foreword to the report, Gideon Falter, the CAA's chairman, said "the failure of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to protect British Jews is a betrayal", adding that Jews are enduring "intolerable levels of hate crime". Britain has the political will to fight antisemitism and strong laws with which to do it, but those responsible for tackling the rapidly growing racist targeting of British Jews are failing to enforce the law.

"There is a very real danger of Jewish citizens emigrating, as this has happened elsewhere in Europe unless there is radical change". We do not recognize the statistics contained in this report.