Schoolchildren should be taught about modern anti-Semitism to fight record abuse levels, report says
- A Lord Mann report warns of an ‘alarming growth’ in anti-Jewish hate
- A record 2,255 anti-Semitic incidents were registered during 2021
- It says that children should learn of modern hate crimes as well as the Holocaust
Secondary school pupils should be taught about contemporary anti-Semitism to combat record abuse levels, a report said.
Children must learn about modern hate crimes as well as the Holocaust while universities should launch a ‘concerted effort’ to make Jewish students feel safe.
The report by Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor, the Government’s adviser on anti-Semitism, warns of an ‘alarming growth’ in anti-Jewish hate among young people.
It cited a survey by the Henry Jackson Society think-tank in July which found anti-Semitic incidents in English schools almost trebled from 60 in 2017 to 164 in 2022.
Jewish students have faced abuse on campus amid ‘alarming growth’ in anti-Semitism at UK universities. Pictured: A poster featuring a swastika in place of the Star of David on the flag of Israel at Royal Holloway, University of London
Lord Mann said anti-Semitic abuse in schools has ‘certainly increased’, adding: ‘In addition to the Holocaust, children should be learning about the problems that Jewish kids and the Jewish community face today.’
A record 2,255 anti-Semitic incidents were registered by the Community Security Trust charity last year.
The Labour Party remains mired in anti-Semitism scandals and is being sued by nine whistleblowers.
The report says: ‘Adding to the concern is that data shows that ‘normal time’ incidents (not immediately prompted by a major news event) are now three times what they were in 2014.
‘This can be partly explained by the Labour Party’s response to anti-Semitism within its ranks in the years leading up to the 2019 general election.’