Demand zero tolerance

In 2014, antisemitic crime reached its worst level in thirty years of record-keeping. Thousands of us rallied calling for zero tolerance enforcement of the law against antisemites. Zero tolerance was promised, but police figures from 2015 and 2016 show that antisemitic crime surged higher still. In the rest of Europe, Jews are emigrating as antisemitism becomes a daily concern. Here in Britain, the tide of antisemitism is rising, and only zero tolerance law enforcement will stop it. Despite the promises, antisemitic crime is generally not dealt with firmly.

Britain has strong legislation against antisemitism and there is the political will to enforce it. There are two major obstacles to enforcement though. Firstly, frontline police officers and prosecutors are trained in handling hate crime, but receive little or no training in how to recognise and deal with antisemitism. Antisemitism has a long history, which means that the uninitiated might not always recognise it, and it can also sometimes be disguised as political discourse. Secondly, there is generally poor oversight of frontline police officers and prosecutors working on cases of antisemitism, who often exercise their discretion poorly.

Please make sure that your representatives know about rising antisemitism, and what has happened in other European countries where enforcement has been inadequate.

1. Tell your MP

MPs are often heavily involved in solving local law enforcement problems, as well as influencing national policy as your representatives. Please write to your MP to tell them about any local concerns, the national picture, and what is happening in Europe. Ask them what is being done in your area and nationally to specifically address antisemitic crime. Please feel free to copy your e-mail to info@antisemitism.uk.

2. Tell your Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected officials responsible for securing efficient and effective policing of a police area. Please write to your PCC to tell them about any local concerns, the national picture, and what is happening in Europe. Ask them what is being done in your area and nationally to specifically address antisemitic crime. Please feel free to copy your e-mail to info@antisemitism.uk.

3. Tell the media

Please write to your local papers and the national papers to tell them about any local concerns, the national picture, and what is happening in Europe. Please feel free to copy your e-mail to media@antisemitism.uk.

Justice, justice, you shall pursue - צדק צדק תרדף
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