LONDON (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain since the weekend have tripled compared to the same period last year, following the eruption of a new Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a charity on Tuesday.
The Community Security Trust (CST), which advises around 280,000 British Jews on security matters, did not give exact figures but said there would be more incidents in the coming days.
“We don’t have concrete numbers yet as we record and verify everything that comes to us, which means that the number is likely to continue to rise, but the current rate is almost triple that of the same period last year,” said he. .a spokesperson.
The CST claims that any escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza will likely provoke anti-Semitic reactions in Britain.
On Monday, hundreds of people gathered at two locations in central London to commemorate the attacks: Supporters of Israel gathered near the prime minister’s Downing Street residence for a vigil, and pro-Palestinian protesters demand a “revolution” Intifada” near the Israeli embassy.
Police reported that there were three arrests during the demonstrations.
Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain hit a record high in 2021, driven by increased violence in Israel and Gaza, with the CST recording 1,652 last year, down 27% on the previous year.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed solidarity with British Jews and said he would work to make them feel safe, while police stepped up patrols to reassure Jewish communities.