Record levels of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in UK

Anti-Semitic attacks in Britain have doubled in a single year - reaching record levels of more than 1,000 for the first time.

The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that monitors anti-Semitism in the UK, recorded 1,168 anti-Semitic incidents across the country in 2014 - including one which it said involved "extreme violence".

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MP: Anti-Semitic abuse made my life 'incredibly difficult'

A Jewish MP has spoken out about her own personal experience of anti-Semitism, as figures show record levels of hate crime against Jews in 2014.

Luciana Berger, who represents the Liverpool Wavetree constituency, received thousands of anti-Semitic messages during a three-day campaign of abuse on social networking site Twitter.

She told ITV News the messages continue to this day - and said it was "incredibly difficult" to cope with the barrage of abuse.

She said the messages have come from neo-Nazi sympathisers from around the world.

Among those behind the messages was 21-year-old Garron Helm, from Litherland, near Liverpool, who was sentenced to four weeks in prison for his message to the MP.

He sent her a picture of herself, with a Holocaust-style yellow star edited onto her forehead, accompanied by the words: "Hitler was right".

Read: Man jailed for anti-semitic tweet to Labour MP


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