Threatening letter warning ‘no one is safe’ is sent to school amid wave of anti-Semitic incidents with 326 recorded since October – including sticker saying ‘Zionism is Nazism’ at a Christmas market
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A threatening letter warning ‘no one is safe’ has been sent to a Jewish school in Greater Manchester amid a wave of anti-Semitic incidents.
It is one of the latest examples of anti-Semitism recorded by the charity Community Security Trust (CST), with 326 recorded since October in Greater Manchester.
Other incidents recorded by the charity include a sticker saying ‘Zionism is Nazism’ at a Christmas market, as well as posters of Jewish hostages captured by Hamas being removed or defaced.
The charity has recorded soaring levels of vile anti-Semitism across the country since the ongoing conflict in the Middle East began on October 7.
According to CST, the letter included ‘warning your school is being targeted, No one is safe, no one should support killers, Palestine forever’.
The school has not been named. CST has provided weekly updates on anti-Semitism since the war began two months ago.
A sticker saying ‘Zionism is Nazism’ was found at a Christmas market
Amanda Bomsztyk (pictured), northern regional director at CST, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last month that levels of anti-Semitism in Greater Manchester are now ‘just crazy’
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In its latest count, there has been 326 incidents of Jewish hate recorded by the charity in Greater Manchester as of December 6, up by 33 from the previous week.
CST says Greater Manchester, which is home to the UK’s largest Jewish community outside London, has seen the most number of anti-Semitic incidents outside the capital.
Amanda Bomsztyk, northern regional director at CST, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last month that levels of anti-Semitism in Greater Manchester are now ‘just crazy’.
‘It is absolutely the worst we’ve ever seen [in Greater Manchester],’ she said.
‘The numbers speak for themselves. In Greater Manchester we’re on an over 880% increase, which is just crazy really.’ CST began recording incidents of anti-Semitism in 1984.
Nationally, the charity has recorded 1,890 incidents of anti-Semitsm between October 7 and December 6. They include 80 assaults, 117 incidents of damage or desecration to Jewish property, 148 direct threats, 1,537 incidents of abusive behaviour (including verbal abuse, graffiti on non-Jewish property, hate mail and online abuse), and eight incidents of mass-produced anti-Semitic literature.
A charity spokesperson added: ‘CST will not stand for this anti-Jewish hatred and nor should anybody else. We urge everyone who experiences or witnesses antisemitism to report it to police and to CST so that those who are trying to intimidate and threaten our community can be investigated, arrested and prosecuted.’
Reports can be made to CST online. A 24-hour CST National Emergency Number is also available on 0800 032 3263.
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