Scotland Jew-hate doubles

ANTISEMITIC incidents in Scotland have more than doubled from 12 in 2018 to 28 last year, according to the CST’s annual report.

And one in eight antisemitic incidents reported to CST throughout the UK was linked to the Labour Party.

There were 1,805 cases nationally — a rise of seven per cent on 2018 — and they included 224 in which the offender or abuse expressed was connected to Labour and its supporters.

By contrast, 126 were linked to the far right.

And there were 158 violent assaults — the highest on record and a 25 per cent jump on the previous year.

The highest monthly totals in 2019 were in December and February, with 184 and 182 respectively.

The General Election in December was preceded by Jewish community figures, most notably Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, publicly voicing unprecedented concerns regarding a leading political party.

February saw several MPs leave Labour, some of whom cited antisemitism as an important reason for their decision.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “It is appalling that we have seen another increase of sickening abuse against the Jewish community.

“We need to do much more to tackle antisemitism and the intolerance this creates across society.

“I am pushing for greater collaboration, both across government, policing, the courts and community groups, to remove this shameful stain on our society.”

Among the incidents recorded were:

A male shouted, “You f*****g Jews, Hitler didn’t get you all, but we will!” at a family during a stone setting ceremony.

Antisemitic A4 posters were seen plastered in Kensington High Street and on a bus stop in Westminster.

Titled ‘Questions and answers for your Information’, it was filled with traditional antisemitic conspiracy theories relating to Jewish power, and the influence of “Zionist Jews” in world politics and events.

In 2019, there were 505 allusions to Israel, the Middle East or Zionism in antisemitic incidents recorded by CST, of which 63 directly compared or equated Israel with the Nazis, compared to 49 such incidents reported in 2018.

While CST said it does not consider criticism of Israel or Zionism inherently antisemitic, all the incidents recorded crossed over into what was classed as Jew-hatred.

CST recorded 697 antisemitic incidents that occurred online in 2019, comprising 39 per cent of the overall total of 1,805 incidents, and a rise of 82 per cent from the 384 online incidents in 2018.

Most of the 697 online incidents took place on social media.

Shadow Policing Minister and vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, Louise Haigh MP, said: “CST’s data makes for depressing reading. It is shameful the Jewish community has been subjected to another year of racist abuse.

“We are beyond a stage of saying that more has to be done. We require immediate action.

“I will be working with colleagues, and with CST and partners to identify what more we can be doing to reverse this unacceptable trend.”

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