Polls show British Jews fear for future in rising anti-Semitic climate
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A 'shocking wake-up call'

Polls show British Jews fear for future in rising anti-Semitic climate

Almost one in two Brits hold anti-Jewish views, and a similar proportion of Jews have doubts about the faith’s prospects in UK

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets British Prime Minister David Cameron at Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Photo by Amit Shabi/POOL/Flash90)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets British Prime Minister David Cameron at Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Photo by Amit Shabi/POOL/Flash90)

Almost half of British Jewish people fear they have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, while nearly one in two British people hold anti-Semitic views, a pair of surveys published on Wednesday showed.

A poll of 2,230 British Jewish people by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) found that 45 percent feared Jews have no future in Britain, and 58% were concerned they have no long-term future in Europe.

The online survey was conducted from December 23 to January 11 — a period that spanned the attacks in Paris that targeted the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket, leading France to increase security at Jewish schools and synagogues.

A second survey, conducted by pollster YouGov for the CAA, found anti-Semitic views to be common among British people.

Of the 3,411 adults surveyed, 45% believed at least one statement defined as anti-Semitic.

A quarter of those polled believed Jewish people chase money more than other British people.

Meanwhile, 17% thought Jews had too much power in the media, and 13% said Jews talked about the Holocaust to get sympathy.

“The results of our survey are a shocking wake-up call straight after the atrocities in Paris,” said CAA chairman Gideon Falter.

“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.”

A quarter of the Jews surveyed by the CAA said they had considered leaving Britain in the past two years.

The CAA said 2014 saw the most anti-Semitic incidents recorded by police since records began 30 years ago.

Official figures from London’s metropolitan police showed anti-Semitic crimes more than doubled in the capital between November 2013 and November 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier.

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