Antisemitic incidents – 7 November update
7 November 2023
In the 32 days inclusive between the Hamas terror attack on Israel (Saturday 7 October) and Tuesday 7 November, CST recorded at least 1124 antisemitic incidents across the UK. This is the highest ever total reported to CST across a thirty-two-day period. CST has been recording antisemitic incidents since 1984.
In just over four weeks, CST has recorded more antisemitic incidents than the 803 reported in the first six months in this year.
This is also a provisional total that is almost certain to increase further as we receive more delayed reports of incidents covering this period, and while we continue to verify and log all the reports that we have currently received.
For comparison, CST recorded 183 antisemitic incidents over the same 28 days in 2022. This means that we have seen an increase in anti-Jewish hate acts of 514% this year compared to the same period last year.
These are all instances of anti-Jewish racism, wherein offenders are targeting Jewish people, communities and institutions for their Jewishness. In many cases, these hateful comments, threats to life and physical attacks are laced with the language and symbols of pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel politics.
Even compared to periods of previous conflicts involving Israel, these statistics are unprecedentedly high. The last time a significant spike in antisemitism related to events in the Middle East was recorded occurred in May 2021. Over the entire month of that conflict, from 8 May – 7 June, 691 instances of anti-Jewish hate were recorded. After 7 June, antisemitic incident levels in the UK returned to what CST would consider a “normal” level (which is still shamefully high: over 100 incidents per month). At present, there is no sign that the volume of anti-Jewish hatred is subsiding to this “normal”.
Across the first 32 days of the conflict in July 2014, we recorded 409 antisemitic incidents. Bear in mind, when comparing these to the 1124 anti-Jewish hate incidents recorded since Saturday 7 October, that the figures for 2021 and 2014 are final totals including all late-reported incidents, whereas the current total of 1124 incidents is only provisional and will almost certainly increase further.
In addition to the 1124 anti-Jewish hate incidents recorded so far, CST also logged at least 673 incidents that have not been classified as antisemitic. These include criminal acts affecting Jewish people and property, suspicious behaviour near to Jewish locations, and anti-Israel activity that is not directed at the Jewish community or does not use antisemitic language. Many of these potential incidents involve suspicious activity or possible hostile reconnaissance at Jewish locations, and they play an important role in informing CST’s provision of protection to the Jewish community.
The 1124 antisemitic incidents recorded over this thirty-two-day period fall into the following categories:
- 55 Assaults
- 75 Damage & Desecration to Jewish property
- 112 direct Threats
- 880 Abusive Behaviour, including verbal abuse, graffiti on non-Jewish property, hate mail and online abuse
- 2 instances of mass-produced antisemitic Literature
CST has recorded 638 antisemitic incidents in Greater London; 210 in Greater Manchester; 38 in West Yorkshire; 33 in Hertfordshire; 20 in Scotland; 18 in Thames Valley; 18 in the West Midlands; 11 in Nottinghamshire; ten in Merseyside; and the remaining 128 incidents were spread across 32 different police regions around the UK.
Seven hundred and seventy-three of the 1124 antisemitic incidents occurred offline and 351 were online. Many of the online incidents were ‘pile-ons’ involving multiple antisemitic posts and comments all in the same thread or conversation; CST records these as a single incident.
Seventy-three antisemitic incidents were related to universities across the UK. In the first six months of 2023, CST recorded just 17 incidents of this kind, and 56 in the whole of 2022. Meanwhile, 74 incidents were related to the school sector. Thirty-nine of these affected students and teachers at non-Jewish schools; 24 involved Jewish schoolchildren abused on their way to or from school; eight targeted Jewish schools; and three involved offenders from non-Jewish schools abusing adult members of the public or Jewish locations. Between January and June 2023, 67 incidents in the school sector were reported to CST.
Whenever Israel is at war, CST records an increase in anti-Jewish hate across the country, and an acute rise is usually reported specifically in and related to places of education.
Examples of antisemitic incidents recorded by CST since Saturday 7 October include:
- Posters of Jewish hostages have been removed or defaced in London, Manchester, Hertfordshire and Leeds
- A Jewish woman in London was called “Jew” and “Jew bag” by the offender on her street
- A woman was on a tube platform, when someone who had attended a pro-Palestinian rally came up to her and called her a “f*cking Jew”
- A non-Jewish employee at a tube station was abused by males whom he had asked not to force the ticket barrier open. They said, “Oh he’s a Jewish c*nt, isn’t he?” and, “F*ck you, f*ck Israel”
- The reporter was picking up his son from an event at a synagogue in Manchester. While opening the gates, a vehicle drove passed and one of the occupants shouted, “Free Palestine”
- Leaving school, a classmate shouted at a Jewish girl, “F*ck the Jews”
- A man was on a London bus and he was called a “Jew”. He then had red paint thrown over him
- At a primary school, a Jewish boy was asked by a classmate, “Who do you support, Israel or Palestine?” He answered, “Israel”, to which the boy replied, “I support Palestine, I want to kill all the Jews”
- In Manchester, a local takeaway owner threw cups and plates at customers and shouted, “we do not serve Jews”
- Girls were walking home from their Jewish school in Hertfordshire when a man barged past them, saying, “What is this, a Jewish walkway? Free Palestine you c*nts”
- Visibly Jewish students in Scotland were walking back to their dorms when people threw eggs at them and ran away
CST will not stand for this anti-Jewish hatred and nor should anybody else. We urge everyone who experiences or witnesses antisemitism to report it to police and to CST so that those who are trying to intimidate and threaten our community can be investigated, arrested and prosecuted.
To report an antisemitic incident to CST, please use our online form or for urgent or out-of-hours reports please call our 24-hour National Emergency Number 0800 032 3263.