UK Jews Face Record Number of Attacks
Attacks on Jews in the UK rose to record levels last year, a report revealed yesterday. There were 594 antisemitic incidents in Britain in 2006, up 31% from 2005, according to the Community Security Trust (CST). More than one-fifth of the race hate incidents took place during the 34-day war between Israel and Lebanon in July and August.
This is the highest level since the CST began collating antisemitic incidents in 1984, and 12% more than the previous record in 2004.
The total included 112 violent assaults (up 37% on 2005), 70 incidents of damage of Jewish property (up 46%), 365 incidents of abusive behaviour (up 34%) and 27 threats (up 8%).
Jewish schools or schoolchildren were targeted in 59 of the incidents, and Jewish cemeteries were desecrated nine times.
The CST, which aims to ensure the security of Britain's Jewish community, also recorded 20 cases of mass-produced antisemitic literature, down 26% from the previous year.
It said the figures continued the trend since 2000 of high numbers of attacks occurring in association with events in the UK and overseas.
The report notes that last year's increase was 'largely a consequence' of the conflict in Lebanon, with a sharp rise in incidents recorded after the outbreak of war on July 12. …