63% say there may be no fu­ture for Jews in UK

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL EASTERMAN

AL­MOST TWO-THIRDS of Bri­tish Jews have ques­tioned their fu­ture in the UK amid ris­ing an­ti­semitism and mass protests against the Gaza war.

In a straw poll con­ducted by the JC this week, 150 peo­ple were asked: “Since the protests against the war in Gaza be­gan, have you or your friends had a dis­cus­sion about whether there is a fu­ture for Jews in the UK?” Just over 63 per cent an­swered “yes”. July was the sec­ond worst month of an­ti­semitism since Bri­tish records be­gan, with 240 in­ci­dents logged by the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust. A spokesman for CST said that the num­ber of in­ci­dents con­tin­ued to “rise steadily” dur­ing the first two weeks of Au­gust.

Con­cern was echoed around the coun­try. In Manch­ester, Ca­role Sewel­son, 70, said: “I used to live in Is­rael but I do re­gret com­ing back to the UK. I can’t un­der­stand the ha­tred in this coun­try, the an­tisemitic re­marks, when we are all Bri­tish.”

Glenn Cohen, 25, a shop­worker from Prest­wich, said: “I think about leav­ing all the time. I love this coun­try, but there are hot­ter coun­tries where you don’t get all of this ten­sion.” In Lon­don, 30-year-old house­wife Yael Wilk said: “I think every­one in Europe feels un­safe.

“My hus­band is half-Is­raeli. We are ab­so­lutely des­per­ate to make aliyah. More than ever, we want to leave to go to Is­rael.”

Scot­tish com­mu­nal lead­ers ex­pressed fears over the fu­ture, say­ing there was a “dis­pro­por­tion­ate ob­ses­sion with Is­rael in Scot­tish pub­lic life”. Ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Coun­cil of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties, “a num­ber of peo­ple have said that they no longer feel wel­come in Scot­land and that they are ac­tively con­sid­er­ing mov­ing to Is­rael”.

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