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Attacks on Jews rise

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-02-14

Violent attacks on Jews in the UK have risen to their worst ever level in the 23 years of recording anti-Semitic incidents.

According to the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors and co-ordinates safety in the Jewish community, 2007 saw 114 attacks compared to 112 in the previous year.

While overall the number of anti-Semitic incidents being reported and recorded dropped to 547 in 2007 from the previous year's record of 594, anti-Semitism is still a worrying issue affecting many and at levels higher than ever before.

Incidents recorded by the CST included:

A strictly orthodox student in Wolverhampton chased by a group of white youths who called him a “f**king Jew” and punched him. Six of the youths were arrested and later released with a police caution.

A visibly Jewish man leaving his synagogue in north Manchester when a group of white youths called him a “f**king Jew”, threw bricks at him and punched him in the head.

"The fall in the number of anti-Semitic incidents is very welcome, but is less than we had hoped for. 2007 was still the second worst year on record and the worst ever for violent assaults," said CST spokesman Mark Gardner. "Over the past decade there has been a significant rise in the basic level of anti-Semitic incidents in our society, and it is affecting the lives of far too many British Jews."

Full Breakdown of anti-Semitic incidents in 2007:

114 Assaults
62 Damage & Desecration of Jewish property
24 Threats
328 Abusive Behaviour
19 mass produced anti-Semitic Literature

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Community Security Trust