New report by CAA shows that antisemitic crime surged 44% since 2014, but only 15 cases were prosecuted last yearhttps://t.co/iKhiUAVpd4
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Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) has published its yearly report (PDF) on antisemitism in the United Kingdom over 2016. Its conclusions are, that antisemitic hate crimes have surged since 2014, making 2016 the worst year on record. In total, there were 1.078 antisemitic crimes, of which 105 were reported by the Police as violent, meaning 1 in 10 antisemitic crimes involved an act of violence against a Jewish member of the public. What is worse, is that almost half of all police forces did not charge a single of the antisemitic crimes reported to them. Nationwide, only 89 cases were charged (or 8.3%), while only 15 were prosecuted, for 1.4% of antisemitic crime reported.
Despite promises to crack down on hate crime, the number of antisemitic crimes charged again decreased last year. So while the number of reported cases grew 44% compared to 2014, the number of charges actually dropped 35.5% in comparison to the same year. There is no prosecution data available for 2014.
For 2017, antisemitic crime appears to be worsening, with incidents ranging from police closing down London’s streets for a major pro-Hizballah march, to police stopping a man who was chasing Jews with a meat cleaver, to the firebombing of kosher restaurants in Manchester. There was also the incident in which Orthodox Jews were pelted with stones in Kent, with police either unable or unwilling to respond.
Commenting on the situation, CAA Chairman Gideon Falter says:
“2016 was the worst year on record for antisemitic crime, yet instead of protecting British Jews, the authorities prosecuted merely fifteen cases of antisemitic hate crime, including one solitary violent crime. The failure of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to protect British Jews is a betrayal. The solutions are simple, but whilst the right promises are being made, little has been implemented. The result is that British Jews continue to endure intolerable levels of hate crime. Britain has the political will to fight antisemitism and strong laws with which to do it, but those responsible for tackling the rapidly growing racist targeting of British Jews are failing to enforce the law. There is a very real danger of Jewish citizens emigrating, as has happened elsewhere in Europe unless there is radical change.“
Replying to the audit, the Crown Prosection Service reportedly said:
“Last year we prosecuted more hate crimes than ever before – more than 15,000 cases. We do not recognise the statistics contained in this report. Religiously-aggravated hate crimes display an ugly element of society which can be devastating to victims who have been targeted because of their beliefs. We will always prosecute crimes against people of all faiths where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.“
In response, Gideon Falter went on SKY News, claiming that his figures are accurate:
Shortly before the General Elections, Mayor Sadiq Khan of London, home of the majority of Jews living in the UK, went on air complaining about budget cuts affecting the efficiency of the Metropolitan Police, which was increasing:
“the number of officers on the streets and in communities to reassure local people that they are able to go about their daily lives in peace and without fear of harassment or intimidation.“
It seems more and more like the community they had in mind was a rather specific one.