Report: Anti-Semitism On The Rise In London

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A report detailing anti-Semitism across the globe showed a 61 percent increase in anti-Semitic crime in London, with 2014 and 2015 being record years for prejudice against Jews in Britain.

The report was presented to the Israeli government by Naftali Bennett, the country's Minister of Diaspora Affairs, on Jan. 24, in advance of International Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan. 27, according to Ynetnews.

The report also stated that 57 percent of French Jews were considering emigration and 75 percent of Jewish students in U.S. colleges had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism.

The Holocaust memorial site at Babi Yar in Kiev, Ukraine, was vandalized six times in 2015, without much response from authorities, according to the report.

From July 2014 to July 2015, London experienced a 93.4 percent increase in attacks on Jews, the International Business Times reported. In that time frame, there were 499 reported hate crimes against Jewish Londoners, compared to 258 during the previous period.

The Metropolitan police attributed the rise in anti-Semitic attacks to a number of factors, including a greater focus on the city's Jewish population "in light of recent world events."

"We will not tolerate hate crime and take positive action to investigate all allegations, support victims and arrest offenders," Commander Mark Chishty said, according to IBT.

"Victims of hate crime must be assured that they will be taken seriously by the police," he added.

A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, an organization that works to prevent anti-Semitism in the U.K., told IBT that while the number of attacks on Jewish citizens had decreased from 2010 to 2013, there had been a general increase from 2000, with 2014 being a record-breaking year.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the report "very important and meaningful." 

"Anti-Semitism still exists and is becoming more and more vicious," he said. "I call on the international community to act in opposition to anti-Semitism and harshly condemn any anti-Semitic act. It’s unacceptable that 70 years after the Holocaust we still see anti-Semitism in full swing."

Source: Ynetnews, International Business Times / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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