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Hate attacks on Jews grow

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2013-02-07

The CST, which monitors and helps to protect the Jewish community, revealed that there were 80 reported incidents of anti-Semitism on social media services in 2012 compared to 12 in 2011.

"This reflects the growing relevance of social media as a place where Jews encounter anti-Semitism and the ease with which it can be reported from there directly to CST online," said the CST in its 2012 report on anti-Semitism,

Overall there were 640 reported attacks against Jews in 2012, up from 608 in 2011 with 60 of them being reported as "violent anti-Semitic assaults".

In 2012, the CST and London's Met Police have been sharing data on all reported anti-Semitism incidents.

"While these statistics show more is being done to share information, they are a stark reminder of the presence of anti-Semitism in our society," secretary of state for Communities and Local Governmentsaid Eric Pickles. "Every one of these incidents is an affront to decency, and we must continue to remain vigilant to these sort of attacks."

He added: "It is encouraging that the Jewish community are now more confident in speaking out and reporting anti-Semitic incidents to the police and the Community Security Trust, as improved reporting of hate crime makes it easier to assess the scale of the problem and determine what further measures are needed."

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