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More Hate Against Jews

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-12-18

Anti-Semitism in the UK

Anti-Semitism in the UK

British Jews are more likely to be attacked due to their religion than Muslims according to figures revealed by the police.

In an investigation by the Sunday Telegraph, one in 400 Jews is attacked compared to one in 1,700 Muslims.

The Sunday Telegraph applied under freedom of information legislation to get police forces to provide information on the reporting of hate crimes and who is affected.

London's Metropolitan Police revealed that between July 2006 and September 2006, there were 75 anti-Jewish offences compared to 61 anti-Muslim offences. In Greater Manchester the figure was 30 anti-Jewish and 29 anti-Muslim.

Where there were fewer Jews such as in South Wales, the number of attacks were two compared to 16 to Muslims.

While the figures show the religion of those who are victims of hate, they do not show the religion of those committing them.

"Many people hoped and believed anti-Semitism had burnt itself out. This is not the case," said a Community Security Trust spokesman.