Anti-Semitism Spreads in Europe

Reports of anti-Semitic incidents in UK up 500 percent since start of Gaza conflict
Anti-Israel protestors in Scotland / AP

Anti-Israel protestors in Scotland / AP

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The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the United Kingdom has increased by 500 percent since the outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip, according to BuzzFeed.

There were almost as many anti-Semitic incidents in July alone than in the previous five months collectively, according to the Community Security Trust (CST), which records anti-Semitic incidents. The statistics are the highest recorded since January 2009.

Individuals can call the CST to report incidents of anti-Semitism, from extreme violence and assault to damage, desecration of Jewish property, and abusive behavior. The organization has not been able to fully verify each of the 240 incidents and will not do so until January 2015, when it releases its annual report. [...]

The figures came as a wave of anti-Semitism has spread across the UK and Europe. Last week, Respect MP George Galloway “declared Bradford an Israel-free zone”, before a powerful letter emerged in The Independent on Thursday that mentioned various incidents of anti-Semitism, including a student being asked to leave his university dining hall for bringing in kosher meat.