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Bigotry on rise, charity reveals.

THE second highest number of anti-Semitic incidents was recorded last year, a Jewish security charity said.

More than 639 reports of bigoted violence and abuse were received last year by the Community Security Trust.

They included street attacks, hate mail, threats, and the vandalism and desecration of Jewish property.

The charity, which monitors anti-Semitism in Britain, said the figures marked the second worst year since records began in 1984.

They were a significant fall on 2009, when 926 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded, fuelled by the ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli forces.

But researchers said they continued a long-term trend of rising numbers of physical and verbal attacks against Jews.

Mark Gardner, of the CST, said: "Anti-Semitism is not the most important thing in British Jewish life, but there is clearly a significant problem.

"The CST, police, politicians and Government will keep working in close partnership to tackle anti-Semitism and its wider causes of bigotry and extremism."
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Date:Feb 3, 2011
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