(JNS.org) The Community Security Trust (CST), a body advising the British Jewish community on security, reports that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United Kingdom rose by 11 percent in the first six months of 2016.
The organization recorded 557 incidents from January through June, which is the highest number for the first period of the year since data on such incidents begun to be collected in 1984. In addition, CST found that the average monthly number of anti-Semitic incidents has nearly doubled since the numbers recorded during the years 2011 to 2013.
"This rise in reported anti-Semitism comes at a time when division, intolerance and prejudice appear to be deepening within our society," said CST Chief Executive David Delew.
"Reversing this worrying trend requires real leadership from all political parties, and for the social media companies to take their share of the responsibility," he said, Reuters reported.
"The message should go out to everyone that we will not stand for anti-Semitism," said British MP John Mann (Labour), chairman of the All-Party Parliament Group Against Anti-Semitism. "Perpetrators of hate crimes against Jews will be caught and prosecuted, and the bystanders must be educated,” he said.