Anti-Semitism across the UK rose by 11 percent in the first half of 2016 in comparison with the same period of 2015, according to a report published Thursday by the Community Security Trust (CST).
The organization recorded 557 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of this year, in contrast with 500 last year. This marks the second-highest total CST has ever recorded for the January–June period of any year. The highest was in 2009, largely attributed to anti-Semitic reactions to Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which ended in January that year.
CST is a charity dedicated to protecting British Jews from anti-Semitism and has been recording anti-Semitic incidents since 1984. The organization operates in synagogues, schools and community centers around the country in Jewish communities around the country.
Seventy-nine percent of the incidents were recorded in London and Manchester. The former saw a 62% increase since last year, while a 54% decline was recorded in the latter.