Rabbi Hershel Gluck, the President of Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, has called on the authorities and the police to be more proactive against antisemitic crime, as the rate of incidents rises in the Stamford Hill area. Rabbi Gluck said: “It is a shocking phenomenon that this seems to be allowed to continue. There certainly seems to be a lack of positive action in dealing constructively with antisemitic hate crimes. I expect the authorities and the police to be much more proactive in bringing the perpetrators of these hate crimes to justice.”
The news comes as research by Campaign Against Antisemitism found that almost one in three British Jews have considered leaving the UK due to antisemitism. The study found that only 59% of British Jews feel welcome in the UK, and 17% feel unwelcome, and for the past two years, 37% of British Jews have been concealing their Judaism in public.
In the wake of a 45% surge in antisemitic crime since 2014, British Jews delivered a damning verdict on law enforcement in Britain. 64% felt that the authorities were not doing enough to address and punish antisemitism, and a mere 39% felt confident that antisemitic hate crimes against them would be prosecuted. For the first time, more than half of British Jews said that the CPS is doing too little to fight antisemitism, and almost half criticised the courts.
Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Rabbi Gluck for his firm call for the authorities to act against antisemitism. It is imperative that Jewish leaders continue to speak out against rising antisemitic crime and demand action. It is crucial that our world-renowned criminal justice system prosecutes antisemitic hatred before it is too late.