Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
Photo: JTA
Protesters hold placards and banners in London, Saturday, May 22, 2021, as they take part in a rally supporting Palestinians

UK police says London anti-Semitism soared during Gaza crisis

Police reported 87 anti-Semitic incidents during the 11-day May conflict between Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza, 65 more than the previous 'highest-ever' monthly figure reported since they began collecting the data on May 2018

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Published: 07.29.21, 11:16
Police recorded around four times as many anti-Semitic incidents in London during May's Gaza crisis than at any time in the last three years, the city's force said Thursday.
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  • They reported 87 anti-Semitic incidents, 65 more than the previous highest monthly figure recorded since they began reporting the data in May 2018, London Metropolitan Police told Britain's Press Association news agency.
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    Protesters hold placards and banners in London, Saturday, May 22, 2021, as they take part in a rally supporting Palestinians
    Protesters hold placards and banners in London, Saturday, May 22, 2021, as they take part in a rally supporting Palestinians
    Protesters hold placards and banners in London, Saturday, May 22, 2021, as they take part in a rally supporting Palestinians
    (Photo: AP)
    The hostilities between Israel and Hamas claimed 253 Palestinian lives in 11 days from May 10, according to Gaza's health ministry, while Gaza rocket fire killed 13 Israelis.
    Disturbances also broke out in the Palestinian territories and between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel during the conflict, which sparked protests across the world.
    The crisis had repercussions for Jews in London, where the word "Hitler" was written on the ceiling in a block of flats and rocks were hurled at a Jewish home.
    One resident in north London's Stamford Hill neighborhood, which has a significant Hasidic Jewish community, said the tires of more than 30 Jewish-owned cars were slashed.
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    Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
    Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
    Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
    (Photo: JTA)
    The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that protects British Jews from anti-Semitism, said 116 incidents across Britain had been reported in an 11-day period from May 8.
    In May, police arrested four people after footage emerged showing them shouting anti-Semitic abuse from a car. Two men were also charged in connection with an incident when a rabbi was struck on the head with a concrete brick near his synagogue.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the time condemned the "intolerable" spate of anti-Semitic incidents in a meeting with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has increased police patrols in Jewish neighborhoods.
    The CST recorded 1,668 anti-Semitic incidents in the UK in 2020 -- its third-highest annual figure -- and 1,813 in 2019.
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    The convoy of cars in North London whose occupants were calling for the rape of Jewish women, May 16, 2021
    The convoy of cars in North London whose occupants were calling for the rape of Jewish women, May 16, 2021
    A convoy of cars in North London whose occupants were calling for the rape of Jewish women, May 16, 2021
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    Anti-Semitism accusations have dogged Britain's main opposition Labour party for years, particularly during the tenure of hard-left former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
    Current leader Keir Starmer suspended Corbyn from the party last October after the latter's refusal to fully accept a report by Britain's human rights watchdog that criticized Labour's anti-Semitism problems under his leadership.
    And an independent investigation in May concluded that the ruling Conservative party had issues with Islamophobia among individuals and within local associations.


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