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Antisemitism Shocking figures show ‘tip of the iceberg’ of Anti-Semitism abuse in the Jewish community

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Antisemitism A Month long case study has revealed a shocking ‘tip of the iceberg’ of anti-Semitism suffered by the most visible Jews in Britain, the Charedi Jewish Community (commonly referred to as ‘Ultra-Orthodox Jews’.

Anti-Semitic incidents reported to Stamford Hill Shomrim in one month leading up to ‘National Hate Crime Awareness Week’.
This is the first time such figures were recorded. (There was no campaign to increase reporting, nor were there any major world events that would suggest an increase in anti-Semitism).

The Stamford Hill Jewish Community predominantly lives an area in London which covers approx. 2 square miles primarily in the Borough of Hackney and partly in the Borough of Haringey.

Example of some of the incidents (all of these incidents were unprovoked and visibly Jewish victims):

Verbal Abuse: A 55-year-old Jewish women was asked (on the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah) in Hackney (N16), if she covered her hair on her head because Hitler had shaved it off, before the perpetrator made a Nazi Salute. The victim was in the middle of saying a prayer called ‘Tashlich’, this is done on the Jewish New Year, near a stream of water.

Threatening Violence: An 11-year-old boy was surrounded in Hackney (E5) and told to remove his skull cap; he was then threatened that he would be beaten up if he didn’t comply.

Common Assault: An 8-year-old boy was assaulted in Haringey (N15) near his own home, by a male who told him he was a “stupid Jew”, the child came running home crying.

Threatening Violence: Three Jewish females were chased in Hackney (N16), whilst the perpetrators shouted “the Jewish people are rich, horrible Jewish people, give us your money”. Needless to say, that the victims were terrified.

Common Assault: A 38-year-old man exited a Synagogue on Saturday evening in Stamford Hill, when a male randomly chucked off his religious Shabbos hat ‘Shtreimel’ (fur hat).

Verbal Abuse: A 28-year-old female boarded a bus with her two children, aged 6 months and 4 years old, when a suspect deliberately blocked her path, telling her “I’m not going to move for you, you Jewish people are selfish, you Jewish people are bad”

This is broken down to show you further information.

• 32 anti-Semitic incidents (on average 8 incidents a week).

• 27 (84.4%) of these incidents were Unprovoked, 5 (15.6%) had prior contact (i.e. road rage).

• 3 (9.4%) Assaults, 1 (3.1%) Criminal Damage, 8 (25%) Threat of Violence, 2 (6.2%) Threats to Kill, 18 (56.3%) Verbal Abuse.

• Average age of victim 29.5, with the youngest victim just 8 years old, and the eldest 57.

• 28 (87.5%) of the victims were Male, 4 (12.5%) were Female, all were visibly Jewish (Traditionally, Orthodox Men wear more visible/distinct clothing than Women, therefore more likely to become victims, as they are easily identifiable as Jews).

• 23 (71.9%) of these incidents took place in Hackney (14 in N16, 9 in E5), 3 (9.4%) of the incidents took place in Haringey, 4 (12.5%) of these incidents took place outside of Hackney and Haringey, and 2 (6.2%) incidents were online.

• 26 (81.2%) of the perpetrators were described as Male, 3 (9.4%) as Female, 3 (9.4%) Unknown.

• 23 (71.9%) of the perpetrators were described as Adults, 6 (18.7%) as Children (under 18), 3 (9.4%) Unknown.

• 7 (21.9%) of the perpetrators were described (by the victim) as White, 2 (6.2%) as Middle Eastern, 8 (25%) as Black, 11 (34.4%) as Asian, 1 (3.1%) as East Asian, 3 (9.4%) Unknown.

In the past month, Stamford Hill Shomrim supported all the victims whilst recoding all relevant details with the Police, and assisted with the arrest of a suspect who was subsequently charged with an anti-Semitic offence, and in the last five weeks Shomrim were directly involved with the convictions of three males in three separate anti-Semitic trials.

At the moment, Shomrim do not regularly log and record incidents in such detail due to lack of funding. Meaning that lots of reports are not recorded, especially when victims do not wish to report to Police directly. This is the first time such figures were recorded.

Recent Metropolitan Police figures show that on average 10 anti-Semitic hate crimes per month were recorded in Hackney and Haringey (includes areas outside Stamford Hill too).

The Home Secretary stated in the Government’s most recent ‘Action Against Hate’ publication (July 2016), that “Jewish people from the Charedi community are less likely than other sections of the Jewish community to report hate crimes to the authorities”.

President of Stamford Hill Shomrim – Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE – commented : “It has long been said that anti-Semitism is underreported in the Charedi Jewish Community, which is the most visible segment of the Jewish Community, but these figures are nevertheless shocking, Even more so since this is only the tip of the iceberg. The Home Office must take urgent action to work directly with Stamford Hill Shomrim concerning the Charedi Jewish Community, a community with a distinct ethos, sensitivities and structures, to enhance and improve the reporting of hate crimes. Wishing everyone a good and sweet New Year”.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “This meticulous month-long study by Shomrim shows the shocking extent to which members of the Jewish Charedi community, including very young children, are being singled out and targeted for racist assaults and abuse.

Under-reporting of antisemitism in the Charedi community is largely due to the perception that nothing will be done, and that is why the work of Shomrim is so important, working closely with victims and the police to ensure that incidents are investigated and prosecuted.

“Shomrim have been deservedly praised by the Metropolitan Police Service as the model for community engagement, yet their work is often frustrated by a failure to prosecute, and by light sentences when perpetrators are convicted.

This makes the Jewish community less likely to report antisemitic crimes, and emboldens the perpetrators who often repeat their crimes. We were pleased that our call and Shomrim’s call for the Home Office to engage directly with Shomrim was adopted in the Hate Crime Action Plan, and this must now happen.

Shomrim’s unique contribution to the fight against antisemitic crime is more potent and cost-effective than the police working alone, and so there is a strong case for Shomrim’s work to be extended with the help of a Home Office grant.

“Last year, our National Antisemitic Crime Audit revealed that antisemitic crime reached a record high with a 26% increase in crime and a 51% leap in antisemitic violence against Jews. There is no more visible target than the Jewish Charedi community and as the intensity of antisemitic crime rises, now is the time for decisive action to strengthen Shomrim and extend their work.”

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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Storm Hector is on the way bringing severe gales

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Another strom is set to hit parts of the UK going by the name of Hector.

People are being warned that severe gales are on the way which will impact those travelling tomorrow.

A yellow warning has been issued as severe gales will hit parts of the UK.

The Met Office say Strom Hector is heading for rhe UK and will bring strong winds during Thursday.

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning meaning ‘be aware’ as winds are set to come between 3am until 3pm which is likely to cause disruption to roads, rail and cause powercuts.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day.

“Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations.

“Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.”There may be a chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.”

“People have also been warned that buildings could be damaged and to take care near the coastline due to large waves and material potentially being thrown onto sea fronts.”

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My Story It is time to say goodbye to the RNLI after 15 years

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The Story Of Ben Laws who served 15 years at Whitby RNLI.

After 15 years Ben was one of two dismissed from the RLNI following what is described as a bit if banter with the lads.

He wrote “I’m Sad to say goodbye to the rnli today, it’s been a great 15 years ive met and served with some awesome lads and lasses. And there wives girlfriends family’s fowls etc.

“you’ve all been great and one time we were a great big happy family down there. We’ve had some s**t horrendous jobs,

“some mint jobs saved loads of lives ,dogs ,deers sinking trawlers cut offs plane crashes tow ins wound up boats injured people steamed 40 mile in the fog for a guy with toothe ache,

“recovered too many unfortunate people who didn’t make it, but we always did it with pride respect and dignity. 3 words the rnli could do with looking up in the dictionary.

“Me and joe have been the brunt of a witch hunt and massive cover up our stations regional management have hung us out to dry and just disposed of us without a care in the world.

“our coxwain wouldn’t even speak to us through this horrible time or show us any support or guidance when we were getting hounded by the national press 24/7 which is very hard to swallow after being at sea for 15 years together and supposedly a friend.

“Out of all of this no good has come just a massive wedge driven into the crew and 6 good crew members gone. I hope the rnli do there job properly now and get rid of all the true problems at Whitby rnli now from management down to the snakes on the crew who keep leaking everything to the press.

“Hopefully they will see sence and wake up and see the real problems at Whitby and try and make it better for the good of the public who we are supposed to be keeping safe.

“All the best and stay safe on the boat all you good ones as we all no there are bad ones among you and thanks for everything and all the good times Il miss you all.”

Following the incident a number of crew members have resigned their role within the RNLI

Steve Boocock wrote “Well today it is confirmed, along with Joe, Ben, Martyn, and Neil, my time on Whitby Lifeboat crew has come to an end!

“I have enjoyed the last 18 years of service, worked with some great lads and lasses and served under some legendary coxswains.

“I really wanted to reach my 20 years but sadly recent events and some disgraceful decisions by the RNLI has put that ambition to bed.

“Thanks to all those who i have served with for all those years and also to those who passed their wealth of knowledge on to me, and Although ive seen some horrendous stuff during my time, the vast majority of the time its been a right ord scream.

“Finally, a massive thanks to Mike Russell for being the best coxswain ever and someone we all looked upto. Your boots will never ever be filled.

“Thanks all, and good night!”

The RNLI have released a statement to Police Hour RNLI Statement

“Following a fair and robust investigation and appeal process, we have upheld our decision to stand down two crew members from Whitby RNLI.

“Volunteers are entitled to appeal against our decisions and each case is considered on an individual basis. In this case, no new evidence was presented to us and we stand by our original decision.

“We recognise the years of dedication it takes to become a crew member and do not stand volunteers down lightly. But, like any emergency service, the RNLI sets high standards and expects all its volunteers and staff to set an example, not just in terms of their maritime expertise but also in their behaviour and respect for others.

“One volunteer was stood down for social media activity which targeted a member of RNLI staff without their knowledge and produced graphic sexual images which went far beyond banter.

“The other volunteer produced a hardcore pornographic image of a fellow crew member on a mug. Some newspapers created their own image of a mug, but the actual image produced by the volunteer was so graphic that no newspaper would be able to print it without breaking the law.

“We will continue to challenge any inappropriate behaviours and practices by staff or volunteers, and we do this for the thousands of volunteers who are committed to doing the right thing as they operate our 238 lifeboat stations 24/7.

“The remaining volunteer crew at Whitby are working closely with the RNLI to operate an effective lifesaving operation at Whitby lifeboat station. We would ask the local community to continue to support our volunteers, in what has been a challenging time, as they remain dedicated to saving lives on the Yorkshire coast.”

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