Dra­matic rise in hate in­ci­dents in Lon­don

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

AN­TI­SEMITIC IN­CI­DENTS al­most dou­bled in one of the coun­try’s most Jewish pop­u­lated bor­oughs in 2015, ac­cord­ing to po­lice fig­ures.

There were 122 re­ports of such in­ci­dents in Hack­ney, the area of north­east Lon­don which is home to Bri­tain’s largest strictly Ortho­dox com­mu­nity, in the year from Novem­ber 2014.

The fig­ures equate to an 88 per cent in­crease in re­ported an­ti­semitic episodes — there had been 65 re­ported cases in the pre­vi­ous 12-month pe­riod.

Across the cap­i­tal the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice re­ported a to­tal of 483 an­ti­semitic crimes, up from 299 in­ci­dents the year be­fore.

Rabbi Her­schel Gluck, pres­i­dent of the Stam­ford Hill branch of Shom­rim, the com­mu­nity’s vol­un­teer se­cu­rity group, said the steep rise demon­strated “the depth and per­sis­tence of this grave prob­lem” and the ur­gent need to deal with it.

Hack­ney po­lice said the group had “played a huge part” in as­sist­ing of­fi­cers in tack­ling an­ti­semitism in the area.

In north-west Lon­don, Shom­rim’s tele­phone hot­line re­ceived more than 3,200 calls in 2015.

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