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Communities minister alarmed by rise in anti-Semitic incidents in UK

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Central Government

Stephen Williams Stephen Williams

Responding to a near-record high in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain, following the start of the Gaza conflict, Communities Minister Stephen Williams (photo) has met with officials from the Jewish organisation Community Security Trust.

CST figures show 304 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2014, a 36% increase on the same period in 2013. July 2014 saw more than 200 incidents, making it the second highest monthly total since the organisation started recording incidents in 1984.

After Wednesday’s meeting, Williams said: "These incidents range from unpleasant messages, graffiti, rhetoric and verbal abuse to instances of criminal damage to Jewish property and even acts of violence directed towards visibly Jewish people. Any hostility or harassment directed towards the Jewish community in this country for whatever reason is completely unacceptable and the government will do everything in its power to prevent the fear and distress that such deplorable actions cause.

"It is more important than ever that in the face of the deeply upsetting events taking place in Gaza, Israel, Syria and Iraq that Britain’s many diverse communities stand united in supporting our shared British values of understanding and mutual respect."

The BBC reports that about 2,000 people have died since the fighting in Gaza began on 8 July, including more than 1,900 Palestinians.

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