More than 200 anti-Semitic incidents reported in Greater Manchester last year
Dozens of Jewish people were attacked or racially abused in Greater Manchester last year, according to a new report.
There were among more than 200 racists incidents aimed at Jewish people in the region last year. The figures were revealed by a charity which represents Britain’s Jewish community, who say there has been an alarming rise in antisemitism across the country.
Incidents in Greater Manchester included vandalism against synagogues, adults and children being attacked on the street, and persons making Hitler ‘salutes’ at passers-by.
The Community Security Trust (CST), which advises and represents the Jewish community, recorded 205 incidents in Greater Manchester in 2016. Reports of anti-Semitic crimes nationally rocketed by 36% – with Greater Manchester having the most reports of in the country outside London.
Antisemitic hate crime reaches record high in UK
According to the charity Community Security Trust, antisemitic hate crimes increased by more than a third last year in Britain, reaching a record high. While 1,182 incidents were reported in 2014, 1,309 were reported in 2016. The organization works closely with police to gather data, and said reported crimes increased by 36 percent from 2015 to 2016. The majority of all recorded incidents took place in Greater London and Greater Manchester, which have the greatest Jewish communities in the U.K.
By: Michael Schwartz