Jewish groups discuss antisemitism with London deputy mayor


Community groups met London’s deputy mayor to discuss antisemitic hate crime at demonstrations and on social media.

Representatives from the Community Security Trust, London Jewish Forum, Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies met Stephen Greenhalgh following the publication of a hate crime reduction strategy.

The report, released today, said 95 per cent of hate crimes that occurred in London in July were antisemitic incidents in reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Community representatives briefed Mr Greenhalgh on the rise in antisemitism seen in London during the summer and the need for prosecutions, including for online hate speech.

Philip Rosenberg, Board public affairs director, said: “The deputy mayor was visibly shocked when we spoke about some of the abuses that had occurred at demonstrations and on social media.”

Mr Greenhalgh said he would consider how action could be taken against those who expressed antisemitism at protests.

He added he would explore how to further empower the police to take action.

CST’s Dave Rich said: “It was an opportunity for us to discuss the problem of antisemitic hate crime with our partners at City Hall. The deputy mayor noted the work of CST with victims of antisemitism in London.”

A smartphone app will be launched to allow victims to report incidents.

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