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Antisemitic crime up but prosecutions down, says campaign group

Antisemitic crime up but prosecutions down, says campaign group

New figures obtained from all UK police forces by the Campaign Against Antisemitism for its National Antisemitic Crime Audit show that hate crime targeting Jews has escalated for the third year running, reaching the worst level on record.

  • Antisemitic hate crime has surged 44% since 2014, making 2016 the worst year on record
  • 1 in 10 antisemitic crimes were violent but only one violent antisemitic crime was prosecuted in 2016
  • Almost half of police forces did not charge a single one of the antisemitic crimes reported to them
  • Only 1.4% of antisemitic crime was prosecuted — just 15 cases last year
  • The Home Secretary has issued a statement promising to “consider the report’s recommendations carefully”

In 2016, antisemitic crime rose by 14.9% against 2015, or 44.5% against 2014. There were 1,078 antisemitic crimes in 2016 and a consistently elevated level of antisemitic crime has become the new normality for British Jews, says the campaign group.

2016 saw the number of antisemitic crimes charged plummet by 30.5% compared to 2015, or 35.5% against 2014, when antisemitic crime began to surge. In 2016, only 89 antisemitic crimes resulted in charges being brought meaning.

Almost half of the police forces which received reports of antisemitic crime did bring charges. Only 15 cases of antisemitic crime were prosecuted in 2016, of which only 1 was a violent crime. In 2015, 12 antisemitic crimes were prosecuted, only 3 of which involved violence.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has recently resorted to privately prosecuting antisemites itself, and in March won a landmark judicial review against the Crown Prosecution Service over its decision not to charge a neo-Nazi.

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