A new survey has found that 44% of British Jews avoid visible displays of their Judaism, such as a kippa or Star of David, due to fear of antisemitism, reveals a survey conducted by the Campaign against Antisemitism and Kings College London.
Nine out of ten participants in the survey said media bias against Israel was fueling antisemitism in the UK and 78% believed politicians weren’t doing enough to protect the Jewish community.
Compared to last year’s numbers, more UK Jews were optimistic about their future than last year, with 57% saying they feel welcome in Britain and 18% saying they feel somewhat or very unwelcome.
The study gave participants statements to agree or disagree with.
Among the other statements were:
“I am just as open to having Jewish friends as I am to having friends from other sections of British society.”
“Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews.”
“Jewish people talk about the Holocaust just to further their political agenda.”
“Jewish people chase money more than other people do.”
“I am comfortable spending time with people who openly support Israel.”
“Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people.”
“Israel can get away with anything because its supporters control the media.”
12% of those surveyed showed “entrenched antisemitic views” by agreeing with four or more of the statements. 55% of people did not agree with any statement and 45% agreed with one or more. Participants agreed the most with “Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews.” This statement was affirmed by 23% of respondents.
Chief executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, Gideon Falter said, “Britain’s Jews are back from the brink. This study starkly shows that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn dealt a crushing blow to Jews’ confidence in their very future in this country, and that our community is now beginning to recover.”
Corbyn served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020. He was suspended in Nov 2020 for antisemitic remarks.
New Labour chief Keir Starmer was elected in April 2020 and vowed to root out antisemitism in Labour that allegedly “flourished” under Corbyn.
“But scars remain,” Falter continued. “Notwithstanding the relief felt by so many, our data shows that nearly half of those who normally wear outwards symbols of their Judaism now feel they have to hide it.”