Anti-Semitic hate crimes rise by a massive 87 per cent in Hackney
PUBLISHED: 16:28 30 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:28 30 December 2015
Hackney is proving a hotbed for anti-Semitic crimes with the borough accountable for a quarter of London's reported incidents in the 12 months to November 2015.
The latest Metropolitan Police figures show that 483 anti-Semitic crimes were reported in London with 122 in Hackney.
The borough has seen a massive 87.7 per cent increase with the figure rising from 65 reported in the 12 months to November 2014.
Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of the neighbourhood watch group Stamford Hill Shomrim, said: “It is of deep concern, to note a steep rise of anti-Semitic hate crime in Hackney over the 12 months to November, and similar rises in hate attacks against other minority communities.
“While this might be explained by some as being a result of better reporting, it still demonstrates the depth and persistence of this grave problem, which needs to be urgently and properly dealt with.”
A man was sentenced to three years and four months in jail last month for inciting racial hatred after attempting to stage an anti-Semitic rally in Stamford Hill.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine posted anti-Semitic material on the internet in June ahead of a planned rally in Golders Green – a few months after planning a similar event in Hackney which never went ahead. Hackney Police Borough Commander, detective chief superintendent Simon Laurence, said: “All forms of Hate Crime are unacceptable and at Hackney we work hard to bring offenders to justice and support victims of this type of crime.
“With anti-Semitic crime we work in partnership with the Shomrim and the Jewish community to prevent, deter and detect crime.
“We currently detect over 27% of all anti-Semitic crime and the Shomrim have played a huge part in that by alerting us of crimes and providing evidence to bring offenders to justice.”
Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, praised the work of Shomrim and raised concerns about the rising levels of hate crimes.
He said: “2014 was the worst year on record for anti-Semitic hate crime in London and the UK as a whole.
“To see that rise again by almost 90 per cent in 2015 in Hackney shows that the situation is deteriorating extremely rapidly.
“Only zero tolerance law enforcement will turn the rapidly rising tide of anti-Semitism, and that is why the work of Shomrim is so important.”