After 3,200 people attended the #TogetherAgainstAntisemitism rally in Parliament Square on 8th December 2019 to protest antisemitic crime and antisemitism in public life in the UK, now thousands have rallied in the United States and in France to speak out against the rising tide of antisemitic crime in their countries.
On 6th January in the United States, ten thousand people, including the Governor of New York, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City to protest a series of anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York and New Jersey, including the shooting in Jersey City and the attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey during a Chanukah party. The march was under the banner: “No Hate, No Fear”.
Meanwhile, on the same day, thousands of French Jews and their supporters rallied in Paris to protest the decision by the French Court of Appeal that the murderer of Sarah Halimi was “not criminally responsible” for his actions. Ms Halimi was brutally beaten in 2017 and thrown out of the window of her apartment in a building she shared with the murderer. Ms Halimi was routinely insulted in their building, the murderer conceded that seeing a Jewish menorah and prayer book in the 65-year-old lady’s flat intensified his mental state and even the court acknowledged that the attack was antisemitic.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has always been clear that there must be zero tolerance for antisemitic crime and perpetrators must be subject to the full force of the law.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crime than any other faith group.