British Jews Far More Likely To Be Victims Of Hate Crime Than Muslims
Walking down a street Jewish in London or any other major British city is dicey, risky — it’s a good thing the British authorities banned Robert Spencer and me from speaking in the UK mainly because of our unwavering support of Israel and opposition to jihad.
Now that Britain’s Conservative Party has won a Parliamentary majority, it has the opportunity to implement its campaign promise of requiring United Kingdom police to record anti-Muslim hate crimes. Muslims as victims of hate crime has become a familiar trope, although factual data have been lacking. A British government report published in December 2013 finds that “Muslim adults were the most likely to be a victim of religiously motivated hate crime.” Is this true?
A closer look reveals that another United Kingdom minority may be more embattled. Ranging from an assault with a baseball bat, to death threats, to being spat upon for wearing a head-covering, Jews have been increasingly targeted in the UK. In March 2015, the BBC reported, “the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the UK last year doubled.” The month before, the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism issued a report finding: “Disturbingly, antisemitism both physical and verbal has increased not just across mainland Europe but also in the UK… whilst there was a dip in incidents between late 2009 and 2013, numbers have approximately doubled since the late 1990s…”
UK police began collecting nationwide statistics about anti-Semitic crimes in 2008. They and other hate-crime statistics were officially reported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) until 2011. Thereafter, the Home Office began publishing the official UK crime statistics. Home Office does not publish numbers about anti-Semitic crimes, although it publishes statistics about religious and other hate crimes generally. Police still track them unofficially and they are available on ACPO’s True Vision website.
Even during the ‘dip’ period noted in the All-Party report, anti-Semitic crimes accounted for 15.47%-33.75% of all religiously-motivated hate crimes.
Since then, anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen sharply. The BBC reported 358 in London alone during 2014, more than in the whole country during 2013/14. The Community Security Trust, a British organisation monitoring anti-Semitism, “recorded 1,168 antisemitic incidents in 2014, more than double the 535 antisemitic incidents recorded in 2013… There were 81 violent antisemitic assaults…”
The UK has recently tried to capture a more nuanced picture of hate crime through an addendum to its Crime Survey for England and Wales. The survey, a social science study of crime victimisation of UK residents, asks respondents about their experience of all sorts of crime. Begun in 1982, it is one of the largest social research surveys conducted in England and Wales. The survey was conducted for the Home Office until 2012/13, when responsibility was transferred to the Office for National Statistics. More