UK Jews disproportionately targets of religious hate crime

Sajid Javid the Home Secretary has revealed the racial abuse and threats he has suffered himself

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Most of the recorded crime targeting Muslims and religiously motivated hate crime constituted 52 percent of all offences.

Overall, police recorded 94,098 hate crimes in England and Wales, an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous fiscal year.

On June 19, 2017, Darren Osborne attacked a group of Muslims who were leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park after night prayers during Ramadan.

The anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain said that "comments like Brexiteer Boris Johnson's letterbox comments have fuelled hate crime".

The increase in reporting is also thought to reflect a genuine rise in hate crime around specific events, the document says, adding: "We continue to see a gap between the occurrence of, and reporting of, hate crime".

The data showed that hate crime in England and Wales rose by almost a fifth over past year.

The data showed that there were 8,336 religious hate crimes in 2017-18 - up from 5,949 the previous year.

"Today's shocking revelations of a 40 percent rise in religious hate crime must serve as an urgent call to action", said Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

The home office report also suggests that only a small proportion of hate crimes against LGBT people are reported. Offences are classed a couple of times if they have multiple motivations.

An updated action plan has been launched in the United Kingdom to tackle hate crime as the country comes together during Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The launch coincides with national Hate Crime Awareness Week and the plan has been developed by organisations such as Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, Durham University.

The UK's Muslim community is much larger than the Jewish community, comprising 4.8% of the population, although hate crimes against Muslims were still more than ten times the size of its relative population by almost 10 times.

Ageism and hatred of certain alternative cultures, such as Goths or punks, could also be included in future.

New measures include taxi drivers and door staff being given guidance on spotting hate crime under a new Government clampdown.

Minister for Countering Extremism, Baroness Williams, said: "It is encouraging that the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows a 40% fall in hate crime over the last decade".

"Our refreshed action plan sets out how we will tackle the root causes of prejudice and racism, support hate crime victims and ensure offenders face the full force of the law", he said.



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