Cameron pledges more pro­tec­tion for places of wor­ship

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A SIG­NIF­I­CANT rise in re­li­gious hate crime has led Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron to pledge more pro­tec­tion for syn­a­gogues, mosques and churches.

In­ci­dents have risen by 43 per cent over the past year, ac­cord­ing to Home Of­fice sta­tis­tics.

Mr Cameron said the in­crease was un­ac­cept­able, and that “we must do more to fight it”.

He added that the gov­ern­ment will make more fund­ing avail­able to en­sure the se­cu­rity of “faith es­tab­lish­ments” in Bri­tain.

The worst month in the data, col­lected in the year up un­til the end of March, was July 2014, with 3,558 re­li­gious or racially ag­gra­vated of­fences.

The Home Of­fice de­nied that the Gaza con­flict was a fac­tor in this spike, not­ing in its re­port that there was “a rise in racially or re­li­giously ag­gra­vated of­fences in July 2014 fol­lowed by a fall in Au­gust, sug­gest­ing lit­tle ef­fect of the con­flict in Is­rael and Gaza”.

I n Marc h , t h e g o v e r n ment an­nounced it would make £10 mil­lion avail­able to fund se­cu­rity ef­forts at Jewish build­ings.

The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust wel­comed this week’s state­ment.

A spokesper­son said: “The past year saw sev­eral trig­ger events that could cause in­creases in re­li­giously ag­gra­vated hate crime, such as the war in Is­rael and Gaza last sum­mer, the Paris ter­ror­ist at­tacks and the rise of Is­lamic State.

“Hope­fully there has also been an im­prove­ment in the re­port­ing of hate crimes by vic­tims.”

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