Charity group warns anti-semitic attacks are on the rise in the UK and Hackney

The Community Security Trust (CST) patrolling. Pic: CST

A charity that provides protection for the Jewish community across the country has warned that anti-semitic attacks are on the rise in Hackney following the release of new figures from the Metropolitan Police..

The charity, Community Security Trust (CST), spoke out after new figures from the Metropolitan police showed that anti-Semitic attacks in Hackney have increased by 30 per cent in the last month.

CST help secure over 650 Jewish communal buildings and approximately 1,000 communal events every year across the UK.

CST told Eastlondonlines: “We work very closely with the police and other groups to help punish those who commit anti-Semitic offences. We also work with organisations from other communities to support all those who suffer from anti-Semitism and various hate crime.”

“Hackney has always been a borough where there has been more anti-Semitic hate crime than most other London boroughs, and one of those reasons is that it has one of the largest Jewish community’s in Stamford Hill.”

CST said: “It’s difficult to say really why it has gone up so much in the last month, this may indicate a blip that may go up or down again or a longer-term trend.”

In 2018, CST recorded 66 incidents of anti-Semitism in Hackney, the third highest in London.

“We have found that over the last three years we have seen an increase year on year on the number of anti-Semitic incidents, across the UK.”

CST recorded 1,652 anti-Semitic incidents last year, the highest total since it began collecting data in 1984.

“Anyone who experiences anti-Semitism should report it to CST as soon as possible and to the police, that way we can give them the appropriate support and even help them report it the police if need be. The first stage is to always report what’s happened.”

If you experience anti-Semitic hate crime, please call 999 or the CST on 0800 032 3263.

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