Communities must come together, to challenge rise in extremism

JCORE were pleased to attend yesterday’s launch of Hope Not Hate’s important ‘State of Hate' 2020 report.

While the report states that the strength of the ‘traditional’ far-right is at its lowest in decades, it rightfully highlights that far-right rhetoric and language have increasingly been adopted by mainstream, centre-right political actors. An online, young and often international far-right ‘community’ are now also worryingly providing an increasingly violent threat.

Antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-refugee and asylum seeker rhetoric are all on the rise, and hate crimes have more than doubled since 2013. While major social media companies have taken action, the report also highlighted the important role that online platforms can play in enabling the far-right and the spread of hatred.

With twelve far-right activists arrested on terrorism offences in the UK in 2019, there can be no room for complacency. It is now more important than ever that communities come together, to stand robustly against hate and racism.

Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director at JCORE, said: “We welcome the publishing of this important report, and commend the invaluable work of Hope not Hate. As Yvette Cooper MP stated, this is a sobering report.

Through powerfully highlighting the extent of the challenge provided by the extreme-right, this report must act as a wakeup call to all communities, as well as our politicians.

With the threat of extreme-right violence rising, it is crucial that the government also takes steps to oppose this. This must include confronting divisive, Islamophobic, antisemitic and racist language, and ensuring that the rhetoric of the far-right is not mainstreamed.

Both main political parties must also go further to remove racism and intolerance from within their ranks. It is also crucial that as Jews, we make our voice heard in opposition to hate, and stand with all communities in the UK to combat all forms of racism.”