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Tackling anti-Semitism

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-21

Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism

With the recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in London, representatives from the London Jewish Forum and the Community Security trust have held a top level meeting with the Greater London Authority to look at ways to tackle the threat to Jewish Londoners.

In 2006, there were 300 recorded anti-Semitic incidents with some suggested the figure could be substantially higher as not all incidents are reported.

"The Community Security Trust continues to make an important and valuable contribution toward highlighting the issues of anti-Semitic attacks in London," said Lee Jasper, race advisor to Mayor Ken Livingstone. "The Mayor's Office regards racist or religious attacks on any community in London as utterly unacceptable and a matter of high concern. It is therefore committed to working in partnership with the Community Security Trust and the London Jewish Forum, with the aim of ensuring any such threats to the Jewish community are effectively dealt with."

The CST was commended by the GLA for its approach in helping to ensure the safety of Jewish Londoners.

"The GLA heard our concerns that recorded anti-Semitic incident levels have been significantly higher in recent years than in the 1990s," said CST spokesman Mark Gardner. "They noted that this has led to a feeling of uncertainty about the future, especially if the situation worsens further in response to international and domestic tensions."