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Record high total of antisemitic incidents in the U.K. in first semester of 2019

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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, anti-Semitic graffiti, anti-Semitic abuse via social media and cases of hate mail; 49 direct anti-Semitic threats; and ten cases of mass-mailed anti-Semitic leaflets or emails.

LONDON—The Community Security Trust (CST), the  British charity body which ensures the safety and security of the Jewish community in the UK, recorded a record high total of 892 antisemitic incidents in the country in the first six months of 2019, a ten percent increase in comparison with the same period in 2018.

According to CST, this is the highest number of incidents it has ever recorded in the January to June period of any year.

810 incidents had been recorded during the same period in 2018  which was itself a record high for this six month period, and formed part of a record annual total of 1,688 antisemitic incidents for the whole of 2018.

CST has recorded antisemitic incidents since 1984.

A further 270 reports of potential incidents were received by CST in the first six months of 2019, but were not deemed to be antisemitic and are not included in this total of 892 antisemitic incidents.

CST recorded over 100 antisemitic incidents in every one of the six months from January to June 2019, the third consecutive year in which this has occurred. This c

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, anti-Semitic graffiti, anti-Semitic abuse via social media and cases of hate mail; 49 direct anti-Semitic threats; and ten cases of mass-mailed anti-Semitic leaflets or emails.

Some 323, or 36 percent, of the anti-Semitic incidents involved social media, compared to 221 incidents, or 27 percent 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 anti-Semitic incidents respectively. They occurred when issues relating to Jews and anti-Semitism in the Labour party were prominent in the news and politics, CST noted.

CST recorded a 37 percent increase in the number of violent anti-Semitic 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 UK.

Around 280,000 Jews live in the U.K.

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