(JTA) – A record number of nearly 900 antisemitic incidents have been recorded in the United Kingdom for the first six months of 2019.
The Community Security Trust, or CST, which is British Jewry’s largest watchdog on antisemitism, released its January-June 2019 Antisemitic Incidents Report, on Thursday. The 892 incidents reported in the first half of 2019 is the highest number recorded in that six-month period and is a 10 per cent increase from the 810 incidents recorded during the same period in 2018.
There were 38 incidents of damage and desecration of Jewish property in the first six months of 2019; 710 incidents of abusive behavior, including verbal abuse, antisemitic graffiti, antisemitic abuse via social media and cases of hate mail; 49 direct antisemitic threats; and 10 cases of mass-mailed antisemitic leaflets or emails.
Some 323, or 36 per cent, of the antisemitic incidents involved social media, compared to 221 incidents, or 27 per cent of the total, on social media in the first half of 2018.
The highest monthly totals in the first half of 2019 were in February and March, with 182 and 169 antisemitic incidents respectively. They occurred when issues relating to Jews and antisemitism in the Labour Party were prominent in the news and politics, CST pointed out.
CST recorded a 37 per cent increase in the number of violent antisemitic assaults, to 85 in the first six months of 2019, up from 62 in the first six months of 2018.
Almost two thirds of the 892 antisemitic incidents were recorded in Greater London and Greater Manchester, the two largest Jewish communities in the U.K.