Anti-semitic incidents have more than doubled to record levels in the UK last year, according to a Jewish organisation.
The Community Security Trust, a Jewish charity, said there had been 1,168 incidents against Britain’s 300,000-strong Jewish community in 2014, compared with 535 the year before.
The CST lays the blame for the rise on the fighting between Israel and Palestine that began last July but says incidents had already been on the rise.
British Home Secretary Theresa May said she was “deeply concerned” while Prime Minister David Cameron, said: “We need to do everything we can to help this community feel safe and secure in our country. I would hate it for British Jews not to feel that they have a home here in Britain – safe, secure and a vital part of our community.”
The UK is not the only country that is experiencing a rise in anti-Semitic sentiment; the phenomenon has been Europe-wide, with a steady increase in incidents seen in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
In one case in Belgium last year, a café owner put up a sign that dogs were welcome but Jews were not permitted entry under any circumstances.