Antisemitic Incidents in UK Hit Record High for Third Straight Year


Shocking news from the United Kingdom: antisemitic incidents have hit a record high for the third straight year.

Anti-Jewish harassment and violence rose 16 percent in 2018 for a total of 1,652 incidents. According to JTA:

The most common single type of incident in 2018 involved verbal abuse randomly directed at visibly Jewish people in public, accounting for 29 percent of the annual tally, or 483 incidents.

In 502 cases recorded last year, witnesses gave descriptions of the alleged perpetrators. Among them, 64 percent were described as Europeans and 37 percent as Arab, South Asian or black.

Months when public debate about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party tended to see an uptick in incidents, the report said. Incidents directly linked to Labour numbered 148.

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