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UK Jews Acknowledge Anti-Semitism Spike

UK Jews Acknowledge Anti-Semitism Spike

British Jews are no longer feeling safe in their communities. According to the Antisemitism Barometer, 31% of Jews in the UK are considering leaving due to an increase in anti-Semitic attitude.  

The survey conducted by Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) in partnership with YouGov also revealed that 17% of British Jews feel unwelcome in the UK and 37% have concealed their faith in public.  

53% feel that Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is failing to fight anti-Semitism, with only 39% feeling confident that anti-Semitic hate crimes will be properly prosecuted.

Where so the Jewish survey participants see this hate coming from?  

The Labor party. 83% of British Jews believe that this party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism amongst its leaders, members and supporters.

“In 2015, Jeremy Corbyn was elected to lead Labour after calling Islamic terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas his “friends.” Last year, Corbyn said he regrets those characterizations but Jewish groups in the U.K. and elsewhere have accused him of whitewashing anti-Semitism and allowing it to grow among the many thousands of supporters who joined Labour in support of his policies,” writes WND. “Last year, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone repeatedly said that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. A week ago, Luke Cresswell, a local Labour candidate wrote online that “Moses must be proud” of supposed “genocide” by Israel.”

Shami Chakrabarti was directed to investigate the Labor Party, but found no indication of Anti-Semitism within the party, causing Jewish leaders to doubt the investigation.  

The CAA is trying to uncover this problem in the UK to the public and government leaders. 

The interviews for the survey were conducted this year and last and 7,156 participated. 

“We’ve got a very serious situation where on the one hand, British society is very effectively starting to shun anti-Semitism, but the institutions we rely on to protect our communities are not doing enough,” said Gideon Falter, CAA Chairman. “We’ve been talking about it for years and years. When are they going to wake up?” 

There have been 767 anti-Semitic attacks on the Jewish community in the UK so far in 2017. This is the highest number recorded for this time period since the figure started being tracked back in 1984.

Only 15 cases of the 105 UK violent anti-Semitic crimes were prosecuted. There were 1,078 anti-Semitic crimes in 2016 in the UK, according to the National Anti-Semitic Crime Audit. 

Muslim migrant communities in Europe, especially in Germany have attributed to the spike in anti-Semitism with the influx of terror attacks on Jewish communities and the recent hateful sermons made about the Jewish faith at Mosques.  

Author’s note: Muslims are spreading across Europe and to areas where individuals from multiple religions all live. The problem is that some of these migrant Muslims, including religious leaders, are taught to hate Jews early on. Check out this video to get more of an understanding.  


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