267 antisemitic incidents reported in last 17 days, a 568 percent rise

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267 antisemitic incidents reported in last 17 days, a 568 percent rise

Of the incidents, more than 243 involved imagery or behaviour that linked them to the conflict in Israel and Gaza

Israel flags ripped, mezuzahs desecrated, and the antisemitic convoy
Israel flags ripped, mezuzahs desecrated, and the antisemitic convoy

At least 267 incidents of antisemitism have been reported over the last 17 days – a near 570-percent rise.

Between 8-25 May, the sharp spike in reported hate crime comes amid tensions between Israel and Gaza, with the overwhelming majority of incidents related to the conflict.

Last week a ceasefire was announced ending 11 days of violence, but protests have continued in cities across the world, with incidents of antisemitism at a demonstration in London on Saturday.

Of 267 incidents, more than 243 involved imagery or behaviour that linked them to the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

The rise in hate comes after 47 incidents in the 17 days prior to 8 May, representing a rise of 568 percent.

Among the incidents were physical attacks, including the brutal assault of Rabbi Rafi Goodwin in Chigwell two Sundays ago, for which two people were arrested. Four people were also arrested after a convoy of cars with Palestinian flags on drove through areas of London saying Jewish women should be raped and killed.

Last week, a spokesperson for the CST outlined the number of incidents was likely being under-reported due to time required for processing the incidents.

They said: “It is a depressingly familiar pattern that antisemitism rises whenever Israel is at war, but this does not make it any less disgraceful that British Jews are being threatened, harassed and abused. The level of anger and hate that is directed at Israel always spills over into antisemitism at times like this and yet the people stoking this anger, online and on the streets, never take responsibility for this particular consequence.”

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