London police recorded a rapid rise in antisemitic crimes in 2023

Reports of antisemitic hate crimes trebled in London in 2023, new police data shows.

Hate crimes flagged as antisemitic by the Metropolitan Police rose from 562 incidents in 2022 to 1,729 in 2023 – a surge of 208 per cent.

The new data shows there were 1,335 recorded victims of suspected antisemitism in 2023, of whom 71 per cent were Jewish. That was up from 469 recorded victims in 2022.

Responding to the Met’s police data, a spokesperson for the CST said: “The police hate crime statistics match our own figures which showed a sharp rise in anti-Jewish incidents and hate crimes following 7 October last year. Antisemitism is always completely unacceptable, and we will continue to work closely with the police and the local Jewish communities to reduce the impact of this hatred.”

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “The Met has been working closely with representatives from London’s Jewish and Muslim communities since the attacks in Israel.

“Officers have been regularly deployed to provide reassurance and to investigate offences in the vicinity of faith schools, places of worship and in those communities where we know the levels of concern are highest. Those visits will continue.

“Regrettably, despite the increased presence of officers, we have seen a significant increase in hate crime across London. This includes abuse directed at individuals or groups in person or online, racially or religiously motivated criminal damage and other offences.

“We continue to encourage anyone who experiences hate crime to report it to the police. It is not acceptable and we will investigate.”


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