A new report announced that more hate crimes targeting Jewish people in the United Kingdom were reported last year than any other year on record.
For the third straight year, anti-Semitic hate crimes have been on the rise, and with the latest report, Jewish people living in the U.K. were spurred to issue an alert stating that they are enduring hate crimes at an “intolerable” level.
Where’s the police?
Despite the escalating violence and harassment, British law enforcement – as well as the legal system – are reportedly doing little to nothing about the hate crimes against Jewish people.
“At the same time, the number of charges for those perpetrating hate crimes against Jews fell ‘drastically,’ with alleged perpetrators charged in fewer than a tenth of cases, campaigners say,” Breitbart reported. “They also claim a ‘paltry’ 15 cases were prosecuted last year.”
On Sunday, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) published a report divulging its summation of the latest national and regional statistics for anti-Semitic crime that was reported by law enforcement across the U.K., and many of the findings are considered startling.
“[There was a] 45-percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes [in the U.K.] since 2014, making 2016 the worst year on record,” CAA's National Anti-Semitic Crime Audit revealed.
The reported crimes, however, did little to spur police and courts in Britain to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“[The report found a] 36-percent drop in charging of anti-Semitic hate crime since 2014,” the audit stated. “[There was also a] 36-percent drop in charging of anti-Semitic hate crime in 2016.”
Jewish citizens in the U.K. feel that law enforcement does not have their backs, calling the inaction “the new normality.”
“In 2016, anti-Semitic crime grew by 14.9 percent, compared to 2015 (44.5 percent compared to 2014), but only half of police forces charged any of the anti-Semitic crimes reported to them,” the CAA report stated. “Forces recorded 105 violent offences against Jews in 2016 – which was down by 44 percent on the previous year, the assessment found.”
Campaign Against Anti-Semitism Chairman Gideon Falter maintains that it is a total letdown that British police refuse to hold others accountable to the law when Jewish people are attacked on the streets.
“The failure to enforce is especially alarming, due the ferocity of anti-Semitic crime: 1 in 10 crimes involved violence,” Falter insisted. “The failure of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to protect British Jews is a betrayal.”
It is contended that police departments across the island nation are inadequate – at best – when it comes to protecting Jewish Britons, so the pro-Jewish group is taking some legal measures into their own hands.
“The authorities’ inaction is laid bare by the fact that Campaign Against Antisemitism has had to bring its first private prosecution of an anti-Semite, and gone to court to successfully overturn an indefensible decision not to prosecute a neo-Nazi,” the preparers of CAA’s report noted. “Frontline police officers and prosecutors routinely fail to recognize common forms of anti-Semitism, or fail to take it seriously. Officers and prosecutors are being given insufficient training and oversight.”
Empty or sincere assurances?
After reviewing the report, Hon. Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP insisted that any kind of hate crime is not acceptable in the U.K.
“Everyone in this country has the right to be safe from violence and persecution,” Rudd asserted in a statement responding to the newly divulged anti-Semitism figures, according to Breitbart. “We are working together to tackle anti-Semitic hate crime in all its forms – and using the full force of the law to protect every person in the U.K..”
She insisted that action steps are already being taken to ensure that such attacks against the U.K.’s Jewish community come to an end.
“Our Hate Crime Action Plan has encouraged further action against hate crime across the police and criminal justice system,” Rudd continued. “This includes encouraging more victims to report incidents to the police. We will consider the report’s recommendations carefully as we develop new ways to rid the country of this sickening crime.”
Rife anti-Semitism on the streets of the island nation is nothing new.
“This is not the first time a study has revealed the level of anti-Semitic hate crime in the U.K.,” Breitbart Jerusalem reported. “In February, a different study revealed anti-Semitic hate incidents are surging to record highs in Britain.”
It was reported that more than three anti-Semitic incidents per day took place throughout the U.K. last year, according to the Community Security Trust (CST) charity, which noted that 1,309 acts of anti-Semitism took place in 2016 – a 36-percent jump from 2015.
Since CST started keeping records back in 1984, there has been no other year that has topped last year’s total. It was noted that the majority of the hostile incidents involved graffiti, verbal abuse and hate mail, while 81 cases of vandalism and damage to Jewish property were also recorded.