Violent attacks on Jews in Britain have risen to new heights, according to a new report.
Attacks on individual Jews in 2007 climbed to the highest level ever in the 23 years that records have been kept, according to the Community Security Trust, a Jewish defense organization. But “anti-Semitic race hate incidents” against the Jewish community as a whole fell eight percent from 2006, in which incidents reached a record high.
There were 547 hate incidents against the Jewish community in 2007, down from 594 the previous year, of which 114 were violent assaults against individuals. Some 328 of the incidents were abusive behavior, 62 were damage and desecration to Jewish property, 24 were threats and 19 were distributing anti-Semitic literature.
The British government introduced the Racial and Religious Hatred Act last year to protect people from persecution on the basis of race or religion.