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This Twitter post was uploaded in the UK on December 3, 2014 according to the Community Security Trust (CST), which has been recording UK anti-Semitic incident statistics since 1984.

Anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom has more than doubled over the past year, according to figures gathered by the Community Security Trust. (CST)

When the incidents were broken down by category, the highest spike was seen in abusive behavior, which nearly tripled since 2004, but which more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 – a total of 884 incidents last year alone.

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In fact, incidents of damage and desecration nearly doubled; the number of assaults were up by 25 percent and the number of threats (92) increased by 142 percent. The highest spike was in anti-Semitic literature, which was six times higher in 2014 than in 2013.

The greatest rise in incidents recorded by the CST in its annual report occurred in London (583) and Manchester (309) in northern England. Included were 81 violent assaults. One case involved a baseball bat and a glass.

Odd, and sad: in 2013, the same organization recorded its lowest number of anti-Semitic incidents for eight years commented David Conn, a commentator for The Guardian.

Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May called the statistics “deeply concerning,” according to Reuters.

Prime Minister David Cameron had already told parliament last Wednesday, “We need to do everything we can to help this community feel safe and secure in our country… I would hate it for British Jews not to feel that they have a home here in Britain – safe, secure and a vital part of our community.”

Really? Seriously? How perfectly splendid. But perhaps Cameron should give this a teensy bit more consideration: after all, even his fellow MP Ed Miliband is being targeted. Where does it end?

British MP Ed Miliband is not excluded from being targeted on Twitter by local anti-Semites, regardless of his liberal views. This post was uploaded quite recently.

It is no surprise to any thinking individual that a survey last month found that 25 percent of Britain’s Jews have spent the past two years mulling the prospect of leaving the UK for good. The survey, conducted online by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, found that 56 percent of Jewish people in the UK believe anti-Semitism now “echoes the 1930s.” More to the point, 58 percent said they believe Jews have “no long-term future in Europe.”

Holocaust denial is not unusual among anti-Semites although some validate the genocide and in fact praise it, saying Hitler “didn’t finish the job.” In the case of this post to Twitter from the UK, it was the former.

As a matter of fact, students at a small Jewish elementary school in London were drilled on how to respond in case of a terror attack.

Perhaps that’s not a bad idea. Last week a far-right neo-Nazi group announced plans to hold a march under the banner, “Liberate Stamford Hill” next month to protest “Jewification of Great Britain.” Stamford Hill is an area of London that is home to the highest concentration of Orthodox Jews in the country.

The group, which also calls itself “Liberate Stamford Hill” has planned its rally for March 22 at 2pm local time in the Stamford Hill district. For obvious reasons, the CST has expressed concern.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

48 COMMENTS

  1. Horrible! … I understand that Jews have the right to live in peace and worship in their faith everywhere in the world. But those who love death will not permit it. If I was Jewish living in Europe and could afford to do so, I would leave immediately and return to Israel. Israel needs her sons and daughters to help the homeland grow and survive. That is where Jews were promised by the LORD, not a home in Europe, but a home forever in the promised land of Canaan and Israel. May the LORD bless Jerusalem and His people with peace.

  2. You don’t get it: this is a FRIENDLY & KIND act, because, after a superb dinner – you want to go to powder your nose, these handy strops are very helpful to pull oneself up, thereby sparing the back, knee & other muscles . . . . . . . very considerate gesture . . . . . . . . . . [they probably got this idea from the standing-room in trams & metro carriages ! ! !

  3. You don’t get it: this is a FRIENDLY & KIND act, because, after a superb dinner – you want to go to powder your nose, these handy strops are very helpful to pull oneself up, thereby sparing the back, knee & other muscles . . . . . . . very considerate gesture . . . . . . . . . . [they probably got this idea from the standing-room in trams & metro carriages ! ! !

  4. Infact UK has some terrible Human rights records, if these atrocities are being committed by britons they better hold their horses… they have some terrible human violations in their history of colonialism…the world over… so Cameron needs to rein in his subjects… enough is enough… infact the same goes to any country that was a colonial master… we do not forget that fast.

  5. This article is nuts. There was a spike at the time Gaza happened. That skews all the figures. Otherwise things are pretty calm. Reporting the exception makes it seem normal. I'm more worried about them banning shechita and mila.

  6. To the Jewish people in U k, from someone who remembers what happened in the last world war, I know it not an easy thing , but get out as soon as you can go where you will be safe and loved, I am very sorry you are having this time in Uk I am British now in Canada, and feel ashamed of what is happening, God go with you.but you know in yours hearts, and no matter what is said, we all are in for a not pleasant time ahead.
    , be safe my friends be safe. shalom.

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