U.K. parliament report shows doubling of anti-Semitism over last 10 years

(JNS.org) A United Kingdom parliamentary report released Monday recommended that the British government take urgent action to curtail a “disturbing rise” in anti-Semitism recorded in the country.

The Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky praised the report by the U.K. Parliament in British anti-Semitism but warned that "The new anti-Semitism... feeds on the delegitimization, demonization, and double standards applied to Israel." Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The "All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Anti-Semitism" found that hate crimes against British Jews have doubled in the last decade and have worsened during periods of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Some of the incidents noted in the report include a violent attack on a rabbi in north London, anti-Semitic placards displaying “Hitler was right,” and anti-Semitic graffiti such as swastikas at Jewish sites.

The report also recommended that that the British government devote more funds toward improving security for Jewish schools and synagogues. Meanwhile, U.K. police have increased patrolling in Jewish neighborhoods since the murders of 17 people in three Islamist terror attacks in Paris last month.

Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky welcomed the U.K. parliament's report.

"This recognition is an important step in the struggle against all manifestations of anti-Semitism— in the streets, on the internet, in the media, on university campuses, and in schools," Sharansky said in a statement.

But Sharansky added, "The problem must be addressed at its very roots, through education, legal steps, and social action. The new anti-Semitism, which fuels many of the violent attacks against Jews, feeds on the delegitimization, demonization, and double standards applied to Israel. It becomes even more pronounced and vicious when Israel is forced to defend itself and protect its citizens. The hotbeds of incitement and the root causes of anti-Israel hatred must be dealt with in order to quell all forms of anti-Semitism and ensure that Jewish life may thrive in safety across Europe.” 

Posted on February 9, 2015 .