The release of the Antisemitic Incidents Report by the Community Security Trust is now a regular part of the Jewish calendar of woe, coming, surely not by coincidence, just after Holocult Memorial Day.
As ever, the report’s claims are treated indulgently by the journalistic class.
The points to be made about it are the same ones I made about last year’s report.
There is not a single incident that would merit a charge of Grievous Bodily Harm. In other words, there were no serious violent attacks upon Jews in the entire year.
There were 145 assaults (very broadly defined), only 72 of which targeted people who were visibly Jewish. This, in fact, is substantially below average for the UK population.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, around 2 in every 100 people will be the victims of violence each year. There are 300 thousand-odd Jews in Britain. Just by the law of statistical averages, there ought to be 6000 assaults on Jews each year. In fact, there are far fewer than that. Jews probably live in plusher areas where violence is less common.
Yet this paltry data is seized on and presented as if the apocalypse was just around the corner.
The rest of the catalogue of woe is equally laughable. Daily Stormer stickers are listed as if they were a mind pogrom.
Merely asking for a debate about historical facts is categorised as an antisemitic incident.
This is professional grievance-mongering, a skilfully marketed victimhood narrative with almost no factual foundation. In that respect, it could be said to represent Jewish historiography in miniature. This is the Jewish historical fable being concocted in real time. Just as Jews still wail about the mythical figure of Haman, perhaps thousands of years from now Jews will commemorate the tragedy of 2017, the year antisemitism in Britain reached “an all-time high”.