New figures were released that show that attacks on Jewish people and Jewish property is at all all time high in the UK. According to a recent report from the Jewish Community Security Trust (CST), there were over 924 reports of violence. The Community Security Trust has been tracking violence against jews since the early 80’s.
Report Snippets from Executive Summary:
– CST recorded 924 antisemitic incidents in 2009. This is the highest annual total since it began recording antisemitic
incidents in 1984, and is 55% higher than the previous record of 598 incidents in 2006.
– The total of 924 incidents is an increase of 69% from the 2008 total of 5461 incidents, and follows two years of falling incident totals in 2007 and 2008.
– The main reason for this record high is the unprecedented number of antisemitic incidents recorded in January and February 2009, during and after the conflict between
Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
-212 of the 924 antisemitic incidents reported to CST in 2009, or 23 per cent of the total,included a reference to Gaza alongside the antisemitic content, motivation or targeting. 158 of these occurred during January.
– There were 288 antisemitic incidents reported to CST in January 2009, by far the highest monthly total ever recorded, and 114 incidents in February. The previous monthly high was 105 incidents recorded in October 2000.
– There was a 157% rise in the number of incidents that showed political motivation, from 172 in 2008 to 442 in 2009.
– 68 incidents involved Jewish schools, schoolchildren or teachers as targets, a 36% rise from the 50 incidents relating to schools and schoolchildren recorded in 2008. Of the 68 incidents, 37 were against Jewish schoolchildren on their journeys to or from school, 11 took place at Jewish school premises and 20 involved Jewish children or teachers at mainstream schools.
In addition to the 924 antisemitic incidents recorded by CST in 2009, a further 489 reports of potential incidents were received by CST, but not included in the total number of antisemitic incidents as there was no evidence of antisemitic motivation, targeting or content.
Please pray that there is a reversal to this trend and there is an end to anti-Semitism in all its forms.
About the CST:
CST is the Community Security Trust, a registered charity with 55 full-time staff, 3,000 voluntary personnel and many supporters. CST advises and represents the Jewish community on matters of antisemitism, terrorism, policing and security. CST received charitable status in 1994 and is recognised by government and police as a model of a minority community security organisation.
CST provides security advice and training for Jewish schools, synagogues and communal organisations, and gives assistance to those bodies that are affected by antisemitism. CST also assists and supports individual members of the Jewish community who have been affected by antisemitism and antisemitic incidents. All this work is provided at no charge.
An essential part of CST’s work involves representing the Jewish community to police, legislative and policy-making bodies, and providing people inside and outside the Jewish community with information to combat antisemitism. CST has recorded antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom since 1984.
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