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  • Anti-semitic incidents increase


    by Rumbold
    6th February, 2010 at 11:49 am    

    The Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-semitic cases, reports (PDF) that anti-semitic incidents in Britain have risen significantly (by 69%), with 924 cases recorded in 2009, making it the highest number since records began twenty six years ago. These included violent attacks (up 41% to 124) and attacks on property. Predictably the war in Gaza featured prominently, with around a quarter of the cases including a reference to it.

    With the continued growth of white-racist and Islamist groups, this is sadly not surprising. I suspect that better and more comprehensive reporting of anti-semitic incidents has played a part in the long-tem rise in recorded incidences, given that previously it has been more difficult to identify hate crimes (as distinct from crimes not motivated by things like race, religion or disability), and people might not have known about the CST. A greater focus on the internet also contributed, with the CST recording a 431% increase of abusive e-mails/blog comments.

    Yet even with all these statistical caveats, the situation still paints a grim picture. Morons, bigots and the rest of their ilk still feel the need to attack people based on their religion. Some of the attacks are doubtless down to plain old bigotry (they are different from us, and are weak); others due to the inability to separate out an eight year old Jewish girl from the Israeli army; then there are those that are motivated by the special place that the Jews occupy in the conspiracy theory world.

    I just hope 2010 is a better year.


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    1. Cyburn — on 6th February, 2010 at 12:04 pm  

      There will be people who will say Muslim extremists are the predominant reason for the anti-Semitic attacks.

    2. Shatterface — on 6th February, 2010 at 1:20 pm  

      What’s amazing is the vast number of attacks are on Jews who aren’t visibly distinguishable from the rest of the British public (in the way that, say, guys in turbans or women in veils might be) suggesting the attacks would be even *more* frequent if they could be picked out in a crowd.

    3. Faisal — on 6th February, 2010 at 1:30 pm  

      It’s fucking appalling. Good post Rumbold.

    4. BenSix — on 6th February, 2010 at 4:45 pm  

      I’ll echo Faisal, on both sentences.

      (By the way, GoogleAds is promoting a site which offers self-defence tools/techniques under the banner “Do Not Read This if You Have Moral, Ethical Or Religious Reasons Forcing You To Cower Helplessly While Someone Attacks You, Your Wife Or Your Kids“. So that explains it!)

    5. Rumbold — on 6th February, 2010 at 5:39 pm  

      Heh. Thanks BenSix.

      Thanks Faisal.

      Good point Shatterface.

    6. MiriamBinder — on 6th February, 2010 at 7:01 pm  

      I would also suggest that a certain number of them may just be good old fashioned nastiness. Community Safety Teams for instance will escalate an incident when they can put a ‘racist’ tag on it …

    7. terry fitz — on 6th February, 2010 at 7:23 pm  

      Jew hating is, unfortunately, alive and well as was demonstrated a few hours ago when Ken Livingstone embraced George Galloway, witnessed by Islamofascist Azad Ali outside the Brady Centre in Hanbury St E1.

      Try and get out of that you Jew haters.

    8. Faisal — on 6th February, 2010 at 7:35 pm  

      Livingstone, Galloway, Azad Ali. Aren’t they all protagonists of “Progressive London”?

      I hope you had a camera handy to record that for posterity, terry.

    9. MiriamBinder — on 6th February, 2010 at 7:42 pm  

      There has always been an element of anti-Semitism. I don’t think anyone could in all honesty deny that.

    10. Anon — on 7th February, 2010 at 10:22 pm  

      Terry Fitzpatrick and Faisal Gazi. They’re made for each other. Perhaps Terry could be invited to contribute to the Spittoon. He’d fit in just fine.

    11. Anon — on 7th February, 2010 at 10:43 pm  

      Rumbold omits to mention that the CST is a hardline Zionist organisation, which has a record of exaggerating the level of antisemitic incidents in an attempt to suppress opposition to Israeli policy towards the Palestinians by claiming that such opposition fuels antisemitism.

      Rumbold’s suggestion that “better and more comprehensive reporting of anti-semitic incidents has played a part in the long-term rise in recorded incidences” is spot on (see for example here). But the point is that the CST intentionally misrepresents improved reporting as a rise in actual antisemitism.

      That’s not to deny there was increase in antisemitic incidents in response to Israeli atrocities in Gaza. Reprehensible though that is, it would be surprising if there wasn’t. But I’d be inclined to rely on official police statistics for evidence of that, not the CST’s figures.

    12. Mam Tor — on 7th February, 2010 at 10:52 pm  

      I’d be inclined to rely on official police statistics for evidence of that, not the CST’s figures.

      Can you name a police force that reports by race and includes attacks not reported to the police?

    13. douglas clark — on 7th February, 2010 at 11:37 pm  

      Mam Tor,

      How could a Police Force report on attacks that had never been reported to them? Unless they were going to just amalgamate some third parties statistics into their own….

    14. Anon — on 8th February, 2010 at 8:42 am  

      “Can you name a police force that reports by race”.

      The Metropolitan Police and the Greater Manchester Police both identify antisemitic hate crimes. London and Manchester are the two cities with the largest Jewish communities in the UK.

      The Metropolitan Police recorded 95 antisemitic incidents between between late December 2008 and early February 2009. To estimate the rise in antisemitic incidents, you’d need the figures for the same period in other years, but I have to admit I can’t find them.

    15. bananabrain — on 8th February, 2010 at 11:26 am  

      Rumbold omits to mention that the CST is a hardline Zionist organisation, which has a record of exaggerating the level of antisemitic incidents in an attempt to suppress opposition to Israeli policy towards the Palestinians by claiming that such opposition fuels antisemitism.

      presumably you can substantiate this rather far-fetched accusation about the not-so-well-hidden agenda of the cst?

      That’s not to deny there was increase in antisemitic incidents in response to Israeli atrocities in Gaza.

      i don’t think anyone who was posting here at this time last year is unaware of what happens to jews regardless of their position on israeli government policy, when the israeli government does something of which the anti-imperialist ideologues disapprove.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    16. MiriamBinder — on 8th February, 2010 at 11:37 am  

      A little addenda to Bananabrain - It is perhaps telling that ‘what happens to Jews regardless of their position on Israeli government policy, …’. For those who seem to be of the opinion that immigrants have to assimilate with the onus being on the immigrant. They forget about the way that immigrants can get singled out because of a perceived ‘alliance’ …

      Please note, I neither seek to nor am I trying to intimate that there are no rampantly Zionist Jews anymore then I would want to claim that there are no radicalised Muslims …

      Ignore my sidestepping; as you were as it were ;)

    17. bananabrain — on 8th February, 2010 at 11:54 am  

      miriam,

      my point is about what *happens* - and i am not talking about even the more unpleasant manifestations of free speech, but the sort of consequences that force every parent at my kid’s primary school to pay a security levy to pay for a full-time security guard, as the police don’t have the resources to protect us from the level of threat we face, it seems.

      so, yes, inability to distinguish between primary school classes and the israeli army.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    18. Mam Tor — on 8th February, 2010 at 1:33 pm  

      Unless they were going to just amalgamate some third parties statistics into their own…

      You mean as recommended by the PCAA? There’s a thought.

    19. douglas clark — on 8th February, 2010 at 2:17 pm  

      Mam Tor,

      Point me please to where the PCAA says that exactly. What they appear to, rightly, ask for is:

      Only a minority of police forces in the UK have the capability to record antisemitic incidents. The panel recommended that the Home Office requires police forces nationwide to record such incidents using the current Metropolitan Police model of categorising them as both racist and antisemitic.

      I am quite astonished that that is not already the case, given that we avoid double accountancy.

    20. Sarah AB — on 8th February, 2010 at 2:29 pm  

      @anon - I read somewhere recently that the CST were careful to exclude actions targeted against Israel - eg a car being vandalised when it displayed an Israeli flag - when in fact it is quite possible that the attack was indeed motivated by antisemitism. That suggests that your characterisation of the CST as exaggerating antisemitism as a way of suppressing criticism of Israel might be unfair.

    21. Muslim — on 8th February, 2010 at 3:11 pm  

      Cyburn

      There will be people who will say Muslim extremists are the predominant reason for the anti-Semitic attacks.

      Yes why miss an oppurtunity to stir up anti-Muslim hatred?

    22. Rumbold — on 8th February, 2010 at 7:50 pm  

      Anon:

      The CST is not a ‘hardline zionist organisation’. I have no idea about its views, or the views of its grandees, on Israel. As has been pointed out, it went to great lengths to avoid counting criticism of Israel as part of its incidents.

      Which part of the methodology do you take issue with, and why?

    23. Anon — on 8th February, 2010 at 10:30 pm  

      The CST is not a ‘hardline zionist organisation’. I have no idea about its views, or the views of its grandees, on Israel.

      So you have “no idea about its views, or the views of its grandees, on Israel”, but you do know for certain that the CST is not a hardline Zionist organisation. Go, as they say, figure.

    24. RedSeaPedestrian — on 8th February, 2010 at 11:09 pm  

      Anon. Do you have an issue with the methodology or the findings? Or is the fact that you have accused them of being a hardline Zionist organization enough to discredit their work on countering anti-semitism?

    25. douglas clark — on 9th February, 2010 at 12:16 am  

      Anon,

      I’d like to hear what you have to say too. It is you that is saying CST are a hardline Zionist organisation.

      Please show us your evidence.

    26. Mam Tor — on 9th February, 2010 at 12:29 am  

      douglas clark

      Point me please to where the PCAA says that exactly

      Paragraph 54, you’ll have to more than read the summary.

    27. douglas clark — on 9th February, 2010 at 1:22 am  

      Mam Tor,

      Not really. It is up to you to source your links, and it is polite to provide them. Please do so.

    28. halima — on 9th February, 2010 at 2:17 am  

      Rumbold

      Good post- rise of , re-emergence of any hate crime against religion should be vehemently opposed and exposed. Anti-Semitism is so deeply ingrained in people’s minds that even though most Jewish people are relatively ‘integrated’ (a word I personally hate) they still face prejudice and stigma despite it. Just goes to show that both visible and invisible difference invites racism and anti-Semitism, never mind what racists say about their concern for ‘British culture’ being threatened by other alien values.

      I was interested in the Anon’s comments about the organisation.. Not withstanding the fact that an organisation might still dig up credible reports on attacks whatever its individual members subscribe to.

      I noted that the Community Security Trust, unlike other charities, doesn’t have much detail on governance and its board - always a bad sign.

      I’ve digged up a blog which I know nothing about where it claims that the Community Security Trust ” isn’t in the business of fighting fascism or racism, its main concern is fighting anti-Zionism and labeling it anti-Semitism”.

      A brief investigation on the net about articles the staff have written shows that this is right - though it doesn’t detract from the fact that the organisation is uncovering anti-racist and anti-semetic assaults.

      “The Jewish Chronicle has previously highlighted how the CST is one of the most opaque of Jewish charities, revealing as little as possible. It has only one listed trustee, a corporate company and quite uniquely is given a dispensation by the Charity Commission from having to reveal its funding sources”

      “It is clear that the Community Security Trust is hiding behind its charitable status in order to acts as the internal policing arm of the Zionist Federation in Britain. As such its activities are anything but charitable and the question of these thugs charitable status will be the subject of a complaint to the Charity Commission”.

      Here’s the blog link from Tony Greenstein , some of the profile is in Hebrew I presume which I can’t read:

      http://azvsas.blogspot.com/

      I’ve not heard of Tony Greenstein or the Community Security Trust before. But in his own words:

      “I don’t accept that the CST does anything to combat anti-Semitism. Rather it seeks to conflate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in order to help prop up the ‘Jewish’ State. In so doing it actually makes the incidence of anti-Semitism worse”

      My own conclusions about CST? That perhaps there’s an internal grassroots disagreement among Jewish groups about the CST and its aims.

    29. halima — on 9th February, 2010 at 2:19 am  

      That said, how does having separate religious community police outside of the Metropolitan Police (in case of London) work? I guess we have the Black Police Association (which isn’t a security force but a union) etc, but I don’t understand how community policing outside of the state’s official law and order arm for community policing works? There are state funded community constables initiatives. Are those state-funded initiatives letting communities down? Or is it that they need a little more support to do community policing in more effective ways?

      Can anyone elaborate?

    30. Rumbold — on 9th February, 2010 at 8:19 pm  

      Thanks Halima. The point I was trying to make to Anon was that it doesn’t really matter what the CST thinks of Israel- it documents incidences of anti-Semitism. In the same vein I wouldn’t care what a Muslim group that documents Islamaphobia thought about the creation of Paksitan (a slightly strained analogy, but you see my point).

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