Tackling Anti-Semitism

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

The Community Security Trust’s (CST) Anti-Semitism Incident Report 2020 shows that last year the CST recorded 1,668 antisemitic incidents across the UK, with 56% of these being in London. Do you share my concern that, even with the Covid-19 restrictions that were in place during 2020, these figures represent the third highest year for anti-Semitic incidents the CST has ever recorded, and what further action will you be taking to tackle anti-Semitism in our city?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I share your concern at the levels of hate crime targeted at London’s Jewish communities. Both the Commissioner and I take anti-Semitism very seriously and have taken significant steps to address it. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), working with organisations such as the Community Security Trust (CST) and the Shomrim, have developed reassurance and preventative policing plans across London. This includes recognition by Local Policing Teams of the dates of Jewish High Holy days to heighten awareness for the potential of hate crime incidents, enabling an increased police presence and outreach in vulnerable locations, such as places of worship and transport hubs.

At the same time, I have invested more than any other Mayor to tackle hate, intolerance and extremism. My Shared Endeavour Fund supports projects delivered by civil society groups including The Anne Frank Trust UK, The Union of Jewish Students, Maccabi GB, Salaam Peace and The Arc Theatre Ensemble, who specifically cover anti-Semitism in their projects. I’ve also increased the investment in supporting victims of hate crime when it does occur, including specialist support for victims of anti-Semitic hate crime.