lördag 16 februari 2019

Ny brittisk rapport om antisemitism

Skärmdump från i tisdags. Rabbingrav i Manchester skändad.


CST (se förklaring nedan) har nu publicerat sin rapport om antisemitiska händelser 2018. 

Rapporten visar det största antalet sådana händelser sedan 2007 i Storbritannien, 1,652 stycken.

"Det är tredje året i rad som siffran stiger, vilket betyder att antisemitismen i vårt land fortsätter att öka. Ökningen för 2018 var 16% i förhållande till 2017. Siffran indikerar en allmän atmosfär av intolerans och fördomar, mer än någon enskild trigger-händelse. Den största enskilda ökningen ägde rum i samband med att Labours problem med antisemitism blev föremål för en intensiv diskussion.



Högsta siffran noterades i maj 2018, med 182 händelser, i april med 151 och augusti-september med 150 respektive 148 händelser, och rapporten menar att det kan hänföras till Labour-debatten och våldet vid gränsen mellan Israel och Gaza.

456 av de 1,652 antisemitiska händelserna under 2018 innefattade språk och symboler som relaterade till extremhögern eller naziepoken, 254 involverade Israel och palestinierna, 29 refererade till islam och muslimer. I 285 fall var det en kombination av extremistiska sammanhang."
Exempel på antisemitism på nätet, publicerat i rapporten


(Rapporten redogör sedan för sammanhang där händelserna ägde rum allt från sociala medier (23%) till händelser i offentliga miljöer, press etc. Den vanligaste formen är de verbala förolämpningarna mot judar, både män och kvinnor, särskilt då om de bär judiska symboler). Antalet våldshändelser minskade med 17% men en av händelserna kallas för ”Extreme Violence” eftersom den ledde till fysisk skada och var livshotande. 78 händelser innebar skada på judisk egendom, antisemitisk graffiti och massdistribuerade antisemitiska flygblad eller e-post.

De vanligaste platserna var London och Manchester, där också de två största judiska grupperna är bosatta. Övriga incidenter fördelades på 55 i Hertfordshire, 34 i Gateshead, 23 i Leeds, 19 i Liverpool, 16 i Sheffield, 12 i Glasgow och 11 i Birmingham.

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Kommentarer från relevanta personer i sammanhanget följer nedan i engelskt original.
Community Security Trust 

The Community Security Trust (CST) is a UK charity that advises and represents the Jewish community on matters of antisemitism, terrorism, policing and security. CST received charitable status in 1994 and is recognised by the Government and the Police as a best practice model of a minority-community security organisation

CST Chief Executive David Delew said:
“Three years of rising antisemitic incidents shows the scale of the problem facing the Jewish community. This is happening across society and across the country and it reflects deepening divides in our country and our politics. Jewish people are on the receiving end of this hatred but it must not be left to us to tackle alone.”
Home Secretary the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP said:
“All acts of antisemitism are utterly despicable and have no place in society. The Jewish community should not have to tolerate these attacks and we are doing all we can to rid society of these poisonous views. As part of our Hate Crime Action Plan we work closely with the Jewish community and soon I will be co-chairing an antisemitism roundtable to discuss how we further tackle these issues.”
Communities Secretary the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
“It is completely unacceptable to see the number of antisemitic incidents continue to rise again, particularly at such an alarming rate. I am shocked and saddened that the Community Security Trust recorded over 100 incidents each month last year. Antisemitism may be felt most acutely by the Jewish community, but it is a disgrace that concerns us all. It is as important as ever to eradicate antisemitic discourse from our society and ensure that it is challenged and rooted out from wherever it is found. I am proud to support CST in their work to monitor and combat antisemitism. This Government will always stand together with the British Jewish community to keep them safe, and we will work to ensure that no one is a target for hatred because of their race or religion.”
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“These statistics make for hard reading, and show that much more needs to be done to heal the deepening divides within our society and to challenge the growing confidence of those who preach hate, holocaust denial and inversion, and antisemitism. There is no place in British society, and in British politics, left or right, for antisemitic views.” 
All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism Chair John Mann MP said:
"Sadly, these figures are not surprising, indeed they are predictable. If you consider the whole antisemitic onslaught on social media as just one incident then, in fact, the problem is bigger than the incident figures suggest. It is now time for everyone in Parliament to stand up, be counted and to stand alongside CST in the fight against antisemitism."
National Policing Lead for hate crime Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said:
“We are extremely grateful for the work of our partners at the Community Security Trust, to help shine a light on the hostility suffered by many Jewish people. It can never be acceptable to abuse someone because of their ethnicity or religion, but we see that there are still far too many people who act illegally, fuelled by global events, divisions in our society or historical bigotries. Evidence from recorded crime statistics and the national crime survey suggest that more hate crime victims are willing to report crimes when they do occur and I would encourage all victims to do so, either by contacting the police direct or through CST. As CST Chief Executive David Delew says, the Jewish community must not be left to tackle antisemitism alone, this is a burden we all share and one that the police are committed to. I can assure you that we will continue to work alongside CST and our communities in the future, to improve our services to victims and help bring offenders to justice.”



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