Anti-Semitic attacks in Britain at record high

| July 27, 2009

LONDON (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic crimes in Britain recorded during the first half of this year was higher than the entire previous year.

The Community Security Trust, which records anti-Semitic incidents and provides security for the Jewish community in Britain, recorded 609 anti-Semitic incidents during the first half of this year compared with 541 in all of 2008. This is the worst year since CST's records began in 1984.

Officials said the record number of attacks was due to Israel's operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip from Dec. 27 to Jan. 17.

January accounted for 286 of the incidents, with more than half, 158, including direct reference to the fighting in Gaza. It was by far the worst single month ever recorded, but the anti-Semitic surge continued in February, with 111 incidents.

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