International 21 May 2021 How the UK became a stage for hate during the Israel-Palestine conflict Reports of hate incidents against both Jews and Muslims in the UK have increased over the past two weeks. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images A protester treads on an Israeli flag during a rally to express solidarity with Palestine at Marble Arch on May 15, 2021 in London, England Stay informedGet the New Statesman's World Review email SIGN UP Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday 19 May after 11 days of a conflict that has killed 230 people in Gaza and 12 in Israel. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed the ceasefire and called for “a durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. The events in the Middle East have not left the UK unaffected. The Community Security Trust, a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism, reported 116 antisemitic incidents in the 11 days to 18 May, more than six times the number of hate incidents in the previous 11 days and more than double the average number of incidents in the same time period in 2019. Tell Mama, an organisation that documents anti-Muslim hatred in the UK, has reported a similar increase in anti-Muslim incidents: from 13 incidents in the week to 7 May to 56 incidents in the 10 days after. “Anti-Muslim hatred in the UK is clearly affected by what takes place within Israel and Palestine,” the organisation wrote on Twitter. “We would urge calm and cool heads prevail at this time.” Reports of religious hate crimes have increased in recent years, though it isn’t clear whether that is caused by an increase in incidents or better record-keeping. › The BBC and the government both have lessons to learn about institutional failure Nicu Calcea is a data journalist at New Statesman Media Group Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!