Brexit vote triggers fears over security

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2016


More than a third of British Jews feel less safe following the EU referendum result, a JC poll has revealed.

After the country backed leaving the European Union, 38 per cent of the community said the outcome had left them more concerned about their security. More than half said they felt pessimistic about the future.


Spike in hate crimes after referendum

By Daniel Sugarman, June 30, 2016

The Board of Deputies has vowed "not to remain silent" after a surge in reported hate crimes in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

The National Police Chiefs Council said that there had been a 57 per cent increase in hate crime reports in the four days following Brexit (85 reports, compared to 54 in a similar period the previous month).


Lecturer verbally abused for carrying bag with Yiddish written on it

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A senior lecturer at the University of Brighton was subject to antisemitic abuse after carrying a book bag with the word ‘schlep’ on it.

Sociology lecturer, Natalie Pitimson was told to “f*** off back to Israel with the other Yids” on Tuesday on board a packed commuter train travelling through central London at rush-hour.


Swastika posters 'terrify our children'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

Sarah's youngest son is too frightened to go outside with his brothers and sisters after swastika posters were plastered in a playground on the estate where they live.

The Nazi symbols were put up across five days this week in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill, in what security group Shomrim described as "the first co-ordinated and repetitive act of antisemitism the area has ever seen".


Police patrols increased as swastikas appear outside Stamford Hill playground for fifth time in a week

By Rosa Doherty, June 20, 2016

Swastika posters have appeared at the entrance to a children’s playground for the fifth time in a week after police launched an investigation into the Nazi symbols discovered in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch, said it was “sad to see yet again” the image placed at entrance to the playground next to a Jewish Care Home.


WJC head Ron Lauder concerned over highest level of antisemitism in Europe since the war

By Charlotte Oliver, June 20, 2016

American Jews feel “great concern at a resurgence of antisemitism” in the UK and across Europe, according to World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder.

Mr Lauder, who was guest speaker at the Board of Deputies plenary session in London on Sunday, re-affirmed his organisations commitment to supporting Jews around the world.


Suspect in Jo Cox killing bought neo-Nazi books

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

The man arrested over the killing of the MP Jo Cox purchased books from a US-based neo-Nazi group, including guides which promoted the eradication of the Jewish people.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has published receipts that appear to show Thomas Mair bought books from the National Alliance on how to build homemade guns and explosives.


Anxiety growing among Stamford Hill Jews as swastikas found in children’s playground for fourth day running

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

Police have increased patrols in Stamford Hill after posters bearing swastikas were found in a children’s playground for a fourth day in a row.

The Metropolitan Police said it was "aware of the religiously aggravated material that has been appearing" and that "patrols have been increased and we are doing all we can to investigate this."


Young French communities fighting back

By Shirli Sitbon, June 16, 2016

Amid terror attacks, widespread antisemitism and spiralling aliyah, communal leaders say that adversity is actually bringing many French Jews closer together.

"We have about 15,000 members, a number that's been stable for years, but recent events have made people closer to the community.