Parliament says UK must halt anti-Semitism

Instituting measures to deal with hate crimes on social media and a government fund to protect synagogues are among 35 recommendations offered by a British parliamentary inquiry into rising anti-Semitism.

Britain must take immediate action to quash the rise in anti-Semitism in the country, the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry said in its report, which was released Feb. 9.

“Whilst the Jewish community is diverse and multi-faceted, there is a palpable concern, insecurity, loneliness and fear following the summer’s rise in incidents and subsequent world events,” the report said. “A more sophisticated understanding of anti-Semitism is needed, together with better defined boundaries of acceptable discourse.”

The Community Security Trust, Britain’s Jewish security watchdog group, reported last week that it had recorded 1,168 anti-Semitic incidents for 2014, the highest annual total ever and more than double the previous year.

The survey of 1,001 British adults in the third week of January showed that Britons believe there are about 2.7 million Jews living in Britain, though the real number is about 250,000, and that 15 percent felt Jews “talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.” — jta