In 2014, antisemitic crime in Britain reached a level that was unprecedented in thirty years of record-keeping. When we rallied outside the Royal Courts of Justice, we called for zero-tolerance enforcement of the law against antisemitism, and that is what we were promised. Ever since then, we have worked with the government and the authorities to ensure that antisemitic crime is punished as firmly as the law will permit, but while Britain has tough laws against antisemitic hate crime, and the government wants them to be strongly enforced, we have found the response from police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service in particular to be lacking.
Earlier this year, we published our National Antisemitic Crime Audit. We found that despite the crackdown promised in 2014, in 2015 hate crime against British Jews surged to a new peak, with a 26% growth in crimes against Jews and a 51% leap in violent antisemitic crime. Against the backdrop of major rises in antisemitic crime, the number of antisemitic crimes charged dropped. Last year the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted a record 15,442 cases of hate crime, but we are only aware of a dozen prosecutions for hate crime against Jews.
British Jews are being denied British justice, and the resulting atmosphere of impunity is enabling antisemitism in our country to grow and become increasingly violent. We need you to report antisemitic crime to the police, and when you do, we need to be there to help you to ensure that the authorities do their job. That is why we are launching a guide to the law of antisemitism, and a new service allowing you to ask our experts for help.
Eminent Queen’s Counsel working pro bono for Campaign Against Antisemitism have produced a guide explaining the law of antisemitism and how to ensure that antisemites are prosecuted. The guide covers everything from reporting a crime through to specific criminal offences and points of law, and explains what the authorities must do. We are also launching a new service which allows you to ask us questions about the law or incidents you have witnessed. If necessary, we can even help you to deal with the authorities. As ever, our work is done by volunteers and our services are provided at no cost.
Read our guide to the law of antisemitism or ask us a question at antisemitism.org/law.