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(JNS.org) Nearly 60 percent of British Jews think they do not have a long-term future in Europe, while nearly half of British adults hold some type of anti-Semitic sentiment, according to two surveys released by the United Kingdom-based Jewish group Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA).
In the first survey, which polled 2,230 British Jews, 58 percent of respondents said that they have no long-term future in Europe and nearly a quarter said they have considered leaving the U.K. because of anti-Semitism. Additionally, more than half of all British Jews said they feel that current anti-Semitism echoes that of the 1930s, and that they have witnessed more anti-Semitism in the past two years than ever before. During the Israel-Hamas war last summer, anti-Semitic incidents hit record levels in the U.K.
Meanwhile, in a YouGov survey of 3,411 British adults conducted on behalf of CAA, almost half (45 percent) of respondents were found to hold some type of anti-Semitic sentiment.
The YouGov survey revealed that a quarter of British adults believe that “Jews chase money more than other British people,” and 20 percent believe that “Jewish loyalty to Israel makes them less loyal to Britain than other British people.” Among those polled, British men were more likely (51 percent) to agree with anti-Semitic statements than women (39 percent).
“The results of our survey[s] are a shocking wakeup call straight after the atrocities in Paris,” Gideon Falter, CAA’s chairman, said in a statement. “Britain is at a tipping point: unless anti-Semitism is met with zero tolerance, it will grow and British Jews will increasingly question their place in their own country.”
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