Anti-semitic incidents hit record high in Britain

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Anti-Semitic hate incidents in Britain rose by 30 percent to a record high of 767 in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year.
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A police officer waves to a child as members of the Jewish community wait to cross a road in north London January 20, 2015.

Anti-Semitic hate incidents in Britain rose by 30 percent to a record high of 767 in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, a Jewish community group said on Thursday.

The Community Security Trust said 80 of the incidents involved physical attacks but the highest number was verbal abuse at visibly Jewish people in public places.

"Anti-Semitism is having an increasing impact on the lives of British Jews and the hatred and anger that lies behind it is spreading," David Delew, head of the Community Security Trust (CST), said in a statement.

The trust said 51 of the incidents were linked to damage or desecration of Jewish property. Most of the incidents were concentrated in London and Manchester, the country's two biggest Jewish communities.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement that the rise in incidents could be due to better reporting but added that "one such incident is one too many".

"We will continue to do everything we can to stamp out the hatred and division that blights our communities," Rudd said, pointing to an increase in government funding for the protection of Jewish sites.

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