The Metropolitan Police in the UK issued a statement on Friday reporting a significant increase in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic hate crimes in London between October 1 and 18, coinciding with the Israel-Hamas conflict. During this period, the Met documented 218 anti-Semitic offenses, compared to just 15 during the same period the previous year, marking a 1,353% increase. Additionally, Islamophobic offenses rose from 42 to 101, representing a 140% increase.
In response to these alarming figures, the Metropolitan Police has implemented heightened security measures and protections throughout London. Last week, 1,000 officers were deployed across the city to safeguard communities following the escalation of the military conflict. The Met’s statement noted that particular attention is being given to areas surrounding faith schools, places of worship, and communities with elevated levels of concern.
The statement also emphasized the strict prohibition on any form of support for Hamas, an organization designated as a terrorist group by the UK Government in accordance with the Terrorism Act 2000. This stance has been reinforced by discussions involving the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism and Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
Furthermore, Conservative party MP Robert Jenrick announced on Friday that he had written to the Chief Constables in England and Wales, advocating for the revocation of UK visas from individuals or groups demonstrating support for and ‘glorification’ of Hamas and anti-Semitism.