Gaza war leads to hate crimes rising across North Yorkshire

There has been a 10 per cent rise in reported hate crimes since last year with the ongoing Gaza war fuelling religious tensions, according to North Yorkshire Council

Figures published in a council report reveal that in the last three months, there have been 283 hate crimes reported across North Yorkshire and York compared to 256 for the same period last year.

A hate crime is any incident where someone is assaulted or verbally abused because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or if they are transgender.

The report says race remains the most common hate crime, accounting for 55% of all reports to North Yorkshire Police.

It adds that some of these have been related to the Gaza conflict which began on October 7 following the attack by Hamas on Israel.

The police say hate crimes in North Yorkshire most typically occur between midnight and 4am.

There were 14 hate crimes committed against police officers whilst they worked.

The Leeds-based charity Stop Hate UK said: “We are deeply saddened by the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, which has resulted in the loss of innocent lives and the suffering of many.

“We are committed to fostering understanding, empathy and peace among all communities. We stand firmly against any actions that promote hatred, discrimination, or violence.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this conflict and we hope for a swift resolution that brings lasting peace to the region.”

Earlier today, the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

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