This year has been a tumultuous one. Antisemitism on the far-left burst into the national consciousness with the Labour antisemitism crisis, which continues at this very moment, reawakening society to the evil threat that antisemitism poses. The far-right continues to regain its foothold without fear of repercussions, with worrying signs of success on campuses. The state’s failure to robustly tackle Islamism has been laid bare by the two-decade wait for the conviction of Anjem Choudary.
Never has the need for our campaign been greater. Our National Antisemitic Crime Audit revealed that antisemitic hate crime is at its highest ever level, having soared by 26% in a year (with a 51% leap in violent attacks on Jews) yet the Crown Prosecution Service is failing to take action.
Yet we have risen to the challenge.
- We have been at the forefront of the fight to expose antisemitism in political parties, providing a powerful voice against antisemitism in the media. Indeed today, for the third time in a week, a story we instigated will be in the national papers and our volunteers will be fielded for major broadcast interviews.
- Some of our key recommendations have been adopted as policy by the government, including a review of hate crime handling by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.
- We have released legal guidance to the Jewish community explaining how to ensure that the police take action against antisemitism.
- We have used our Everyday Antisemitism service to help journalists shine a spotlight on antisemitic incidents that would otherwise go unnoticed.
- Our Investigations and Enforcement team has exposed antisemitism amongst people in positions of power, from politicians through to professionals of every variety, working with regulatory bodies to ensure that antisemites pay a high cost for their acts.
- We have published unused figures from a Channel 4 survey evidencing the extent of antisemitism amongst British Muslims.
In the coming weeks we will release our 2016 Antisemitism Barometer, revealing the level of antisemitic prejudice in society and its effects on British Jews. We will be expanding our Outreach and Education programme. We will continue to hold the authorities to account when they fail to enforce the law (particularly the Crown Prosecution Service).
We do what we do because this is the fight for the future of British Jews and we cannot afford to lose.
We will continue to recruit impressive, talented individuals who give literally thousands of hours of their time to do all of this work, week in, week out.
And we will continue to rely on your donations to cover the costs our work, especially as we take the authorities to court when they fail to defend British Jews, and as we hire a small team of three employees to support and coordinate the work done by our volunteers.
We wish all of our Jewish supporters a shana tova.