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I was fas­ci­nated to read your ar­ti­cle on the In­sti­tute of Pol­icy Re­search’s re­port “Strictly Ortho­dox Ris­ing” ( JC, Oct 16). Is this the same or­gan­i­sa­tion, along with the Com­mu­nity Re­search Unit of the Board of Deputies, who when I stated in 2005 at the con­clu­sion of five years’ pi­o­neer­ing doc­toral re­search on ‘‘charedi England’’ that the ke­hillot were ex­pand­ing by five per cent per an­num, poured scorn on me from a great height?

Now, a decade (and many thou­sands of pounds of com­mu­nal money spent) later, they claim that the charedim are ex­pand­ing by an as­ton­ish­ing “4.8 per cent.” Not only that but they go on to claim, with ab­so­lutely no ev­i­dence to sup­port this, that the sharp rise in chil­dren and young peo­ple will in­evitable cause a con­comi­tant rise in crim­i­nal­ity and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. They seem to en­vis­age hordes of yeshiva boys and sem girls ram­pag­ing through the streets of Stam­ford Hill, Gold­ers Green, Broughton and Prestwich.

If I were a non-Jewish res­i­dent of Ben­sham in Gateshead I should pack my bags now and move to safer ter­ri­tory! How can such non­sense de­mand re­spect from any in­tel­li­gent mem­ber of An­glo-Jewry, not to men­tion the non-Jewish politi­cians,

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