Sharp rise in anti-semitic hate cases The number of anti-Semitic hate incidents rose by 11% in the first half of this year, with the Jewish community targeted three times a day on average.
The Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitism, said there was no obvious single cause for the rise.
It recorded 557 hate incidents in the UK between the start of January and the end of June.
There were 32 incidents of damage and desecration of Jewish property and 431 in the abusive behaviour category.
This included verbal abuse, anti-Semitic graffiti, abuse via social media and one-off cases of hate mail.
The CST also recorded 43 direct threats, and 10 cases of mass-mailed leaflets or emails.
Social media has become an “essential tool” for those who wish to harass, abuse and threaten Jewish public figures, the charity’s report warned.
CST chief executive David Delew said: “This rise in reported anti-Semitism comes at a time when division, intolerance and prejudice appear to be deepening within our society.
“Reversing this worrying trend requires real leadership from all political parties, and for the social media companies to take their share of the responsibility.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who last month launched a hate crime action plan, said: “I condemn the deplorable rise in anti-Semitic hate incidents in the first half of this year.
“(I) will continue to work with law enforcement partners and with the Jewish community to ensure their safety and security.”
Labour MP John Mann, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, said: “This is a worrying rise in incidents set against a backdrop of increasing hate crime across the country.”