Many ‘hold anti-Semitic views’


Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Nearly half of Britons hold anti- Semitic views, new research suggests.

A poll of more than 3,400 UK adults found 45% believed at least one anti-Semitic view presented to them was “definitely or probably true”, including one in eight people (13%) who thought Jews talked about the Holocaust to get sympathy.

One in four (25%) believed Jewish people chase money more than others, while one in six (17%) felt Jews thought they were better than other people and had too much power in the media, according to the YouGov survey.

One in 10 people (11%) claimed Jews were not as honest in business as other people, one in five believed their loyalty to Israel made British Jews less loyal to the UK, while one in 10 people (10%) said they would be unhappy if a relative married a Jew.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), which commissioned the study, said Britain was at a “tipping point” and warned anti-Semitism would grow in the country unless it was met by “zero tolerance”.

The group said the survey results also found that people who stated their intention to vote Ukip in the upcoming general election “consistently believed more anti-Semitic statements to be true”, by an average margin of 9%.

Some 269,000 Jewish people live in Britain, making up 0.4% of the population, according to CAA.

Last year saw the most anti-Semitic incidents recorded by police since records began 30 years ago, the campaign said.

In a separate survey carried out by the CAA, 54% of British Jews feared they had no future in the UK and a quarter (25%) said they have considered leaving the country in the last two years.

The poll of 2,230 British Jews found 56% felt that anti-Semitism now echoes the 1930s, while 58% believed Jews may have no long-term future in Europe.

Some 45% felt their family was threatened by Islamist extremism, while 63% thought authorities let too much anti-Semitism go unpunished.

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

“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. Britain’s Jews must be shown that they are not alone.”

Jonathan Sacerdoti, who is also from the campaign, said: “Jewish people have contributed to almost every part of British life, yet rising anti-Semitism here and across Europe means that now more than ever Jews are afraid. Some are even reconsidering their future here.

“British values of tolerance and pluralism must be upheld, so that minority groups like Jews feel comfortable and protected.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: ” Jews are an important part of the British community, and we would be diminished without them.

“Anyone who peddles anti-Semitic views is attacking Britain and British values.

“This Government has done much to enhance Britain’s status as a safe, tolerant place for Jewish people but we are not complacent. We remain committed to tackling it wherever and whenever it occurs and continue to take a zero-tolerance approach.

“Those who commit hate crimes will be punished with the full force of the law.”

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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