HATE crimes against Jews in Britain soared to record levels last year, a shocking report reveals today.
There were 1,309 reported incidents of anti-Semitic crimes in 2016 - up 36 per cent on the previous year.
In London alone, there were 813 - a rise of 65 per cent over 2015.
Jewish leaders fear the numbers are set to increase still further.
With as many as 60 per cent of victims staying silent about their ordeals, the true level of hate crime is even greater.
The scale of recorded anti-Semitic hate crime was revealed in a report by the Community Safety Trust.
David Delew, chief executive of the CST, commented: “Whilst Jewish life in this country remains overwhelmingly positive, this heightened level of anti-Semitism is deeply worrying and it appears to be getting worse.”
Criminals who target Jews because of their faith were condemned by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
She said: “Anti-semitism is a deplorable form of hatred that has absolutely no place in a tolerant, open and diverse Britain that works for everyone.
“It is vital we ensure the safety and security of our Jewish community and this Government will continue to do all we can to stamp out these vile attacks and encourage those who experience them to come forward.”
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid added: “Anti-Semitism must be understood for what it is – an attack on the identity of people who live, contribute and are valued in our society.
“Hatred and bigotry must not be allowed to grow without challenge. That’s why it’s so important that we all tackle the attitudes that fuel prejudice and speak out.
“We can never be complacent and must ensure that Britain remains a safe place for Jewish people.”
Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson said: “The findings of this report are extremely distressing.
“I don’t want to live in a country where any member of the Jewish community feels unsafe, afraid or discriminated against and it is shocking that the number of anti-Semitic incidents is on the rise in the UK.”
The most common type of hate crime recorded by the CST was verbal abuse of visibly Jewish people in public.
One of several incidents highlighted by the CST involved six girls wearing Jewish school uniform on a bus in January.
Two attackers, one in a Muslim headscarf, swore at the frightened girls, kicked them and shouted: “You should be dead.”
In another attack, a group of men hurled gas canisters at three Jews in the street while yelling: “Heil Hitler!”
The CST recorded 1,006 incidents of abusive behaviour, 81 of damage and desecration, 107 assaults and 100 threats.
The desecrations included obscene graffiti on synagogues, vandalising gravestones in Jewish cemeteries and scratching a swastika on the door of a building where many tenants are Jews.
Racists using social media accounted for 287 recorded incidents representing 22 per cent of the total.
The figure does not reflect the true scale of the problem as victims can be bombarded with hundreds or even thousands of tweets, emails, images and website postings.
More than three quarters of the of anti-Semitic crimes were recorded in London and Manchester, home of the two largest Jewish communities in Britain.
The 494 incidents in Manchester was a nine per cent fall on the 2015 figure.
In contrast to past years, there were no sudden trigger events to explain the increase in recorded hate crimes against Jews.
Likely factors cited by the CST include high profile allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, a perceived increase in racism and xenophobia following the EU referendum, and regular, high-profile discussion hate crime in mainstream media, politics and on social media during the year.
Ministers have pledged £13.4 million to protecting Jewish sites and has improved the way police record hate crimes in a bid to expose the real scale of the menace.
According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales only 40 per cent of hate crimes are reported.