"A PECULIAR and remarkable obscenity" - that is the verdict of
the Archbishop of Canterbury on the need for increased police
patrols in Jewish neighbourhoods during the commemorations of the
liberation of Auschwitz, after the Paris terrorist
Speaking at the launch of a parliamentary report on
anti-Semitism at Lambeth Palace on Monday, Archbishop Welby said
that the report was both shocking and timely, as it lifted the lid
on the reality of rising anti-Semitism".
The MPs and peers from the All Party Parliamentary Group into
Antisemitism could have had no idea that their report would be so
"appropriate in the midst of such a difficult time", Archbishop
Welby said. "It goes to the heart of the belief that all humanity
has been made in the image of God. The blasphemy of anti-Semitism
is it seeks to . . . destroy that divine gift."
The report found that there was a 221-per-cent increase in hate
crimes directed at Jews during the war between Israel and Gaza last
summer, when compared with the same period in 2013.
The Community Security Trust, which monitors anti-Semitic abuse
and attacks, recorded 314 incidents in July 2014, which was their
highest ever monthly total and more than the preceding six months
put together. A quarter of these incidents took place on social
media, and one third used Holocaust-related language or
A poll commissioned for the report found that Britons believe
anti-Semitism to be largely unchanged from ten years ago. On a
scale of one to ten, the average strength of anti-Semitism was
4.66, scarcely above 4.52, which was the result of a similar survey
Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of those polled said, however,
they believed that British Jews have divided loyalties between
Israel and the UK, and 11 per cent agreed with the statement "Jews
have too much power in the UK media and politics." More people
agreed than disagreed (32 per cent against 31 per cent,
respectively) with the suggestion that British Jews always support
Israel, regardless of whether its actions are right or wrong.
Among the main recommendations of the report was the
establishment of an independent council of non-Jewish figures to
highlight trends in anti-Semitism, and make suggestions to the
police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
It also suggested that the Government fund more research into
anti-Semitism, report back to Parliament at least once a session
about its work to combat hate crime, and work with the CPS, police,
and social-media companies to make online anti-Semitic abuse easier
to report and stop.
It recommended that the CPS look into issuing prevention orders
that could ban from social media those who launch online