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‘Despicable’ anti-Semitic attacks see record surge

‘No place in
our society’:
Graffiti
showing
a swastika
and the word
‘Israhell’
daubed on a
wall in London PICTURE: PA

A SURGE in hate attacks on Jewish targets is the biggest on record.

There were 1,652 anti-Semitic incidents reported to the Community Security Trust in 2018, a record high for the third year running.

The total is up 16 per cent in a year, the biggest annual leap since the charity began collecting figures in 1984.

Allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in Gaza and targeted campaigns on social media have been linked to the rise.

Home secretary Sajid Javid called the number of attacks ‘utterly despicable’ and Labour said the statistics made for ‘hard reading’.

The most common form of attack was random verbal abuse of Jewish people in public. But the number of attacks on social media rose to almost a quarter (23 per cent) of the total — up from 18 per cent the year before.

There were 123 violent assaults, down from 149 the year before, and there were 78 attempts to damage or desecrate Jewish property.

Almost three-quarters of the incidents were in the London or Manchester areas.

CST chief executive David Delew said: ‘Three years of rising anti-Semitic incidents shows the scale of the problem facing the Jewish community.’

Mr Javid said: ‘All acts of anti-Semitism are utterly despicable and have no place in society.’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to crack down on anti-Semitism within the party.

Earlier this week general secretary Jennie Formby came under fire at a meeting that passed a motion demanding firmer action and more details on cases under investigation.

Commenting on the CST report, shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said: ‘These statistics make for hard reading and show much more needs to be done to heal the deepening divides within our society and challenge the growing confidence of those who preach hate, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

‘There is no place in British society and in British politics, left or right, for anti-Semitic views.’