Antisemitism

After Paris: normality and fear

January 21, 2015

For those who doubt the existence of antisemitism in Britain, the hate-crime figures from the Metropolitan Police this week should be a bracing corrective. The number of such crimes against Jews more than doubled last year. There were 299 in London between April and the end of December — a 128 per cent increase on the same period in 2013.

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Scotland Yard reveals huge rise in antisemitic crime in London

By Rosa Doherty, January 21, 2015

Hate crimes against Jews in London have more than doubled, according to the latest figures from Scotland Yard.

The statistics showed there were 299 hate crimes against Jewish people between the start of April and the end of December.

That represented a rise of 128 per cent on the same period in 2013, when there were 131 hate crimes.

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Majority of UK Jews have not noticed increased security

By Marcus Dysch and Rosa Doherty, January 21, 2015

Increased security measures around Jewish community buildings and organisations in the wake of the Paris attacks have gone largely unnoticed, according to a poll conducted for the JC.

Despite the ongoing, unprecedented level of cooperation between police forces and Jewish security groups, the expanded patrols appear not to have registered with the community.

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JC poll reveals most Jews feel government not doing enough to combat hate

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

More than half of British Jews say the government is not doing enough to combat antisemitism in Britain.

Asked whether the government was doing “all it can” to combat antisemitism in the UK, 33 per cent said it was.

But according to this week’s JC Survation poll, 55 per cent say the coalition “should be doing more”. The remaining 12 per cent said they did not know.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis welcomes Theresa May’s promise to defend UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May’s pledge to defend Britain’s Jewish community.

Mrs May told a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday that the government would fight to keep Jews safe in this country.

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Police investigate daubing of Holocaust Memorial Day poster

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

Police in London are appealing for witnesses after antisemitic graffiti was daubed on posters advertising Holocaust Memorial Day.

The words “liar” and “killers” were sprayed in red across one advert in Newham.

The graffiti, which has been treated as racially aggravated criminal damage, has been removed.

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French ex-pats say they feel safer in UK

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2015

The growing French Jewish community in Britain looked on in dismay and fear as family and friends were directly affected by last week's terror attacks.

Originally from Nice, Simon Tobelem, 45, is now a trustee of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation in London.

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Lesson from Paris? We have to fight hatred with all we have

By David Cameron, January 15, 2015

Last weekend I joined the march on the streets of Paris surrounded by placards saying: 'je suis Juif'. In the aftermath of one of the darkest moments in Europe in recent times, people of all ages and backgrounds came together to show solidarity with those who had suffered.

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Our European correspondents on the reaction and response across the continent

January 15, 2015

Portugal

The issues of immigration and integration that have created problems in France, Italy, Holland and other European countries have had less of an impact in Portugal.

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Few have felt safe here for years

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Three times in as many years French jihadis have struck against Jewish targets in Western Europe and each have claimed four lives.

In 2012, Mohammed Merah, who had earlier killed three French soldiers, shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

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