45% of UK adults hold anti-Semitic views, poll finds

Protesters carry the Israeli flag during a demonstration against anti-Semitism in London, March 26, 2018 | File photo.

Some 11% of respondents stated they thought Jews have “too much power” in the media; 16% feel “Israel can get away with anything because its supporters control the media.”

A recently published survey revealed worrying trends with regard to the United Kingdom’s adult population’s opinion of Jews, in which nearly half were shown to have anti-Semitic views.

“Forty-five percent of those questioned agreed with at least one of six anti-Semitic tropes that was put to them by a team from YouGov and King’s College London,” the Jewish Chronicle reported.

The statements included the ideas that Jews control the media, which 11% of respondents stated to be the case – “chase money,” or “talk about the Holocaust just to further their political agenda,” which a further 8% agreed with.

Twelve percent of those polled agreed with four or more of the statements, according to the research, commissioned annually by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism.

Asked whether they felt “Israel can get away with anything because its supporters control the media,” 16% of those questioned agreed.

Researchers gave 12 statements to participants in the survey who were asked to agree or disagree with them.

More than half (55%) of people did not agree with a single statement, while 45% agreed with one or more.

The proportion of British adults holding anti-Semitic opinions has continued to drop over the years, a trend which continued in the latest survey.

According to a parallel survey, only 20 % of British Jews say authorities are doing enough to address and punish anti-Semitism, with 78% maintaining that politicians do not do enough to protect the UK’s Jewish community.

A separate part of the CAA survey investigated Jews’ feelings of security coupled with the fall of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader.

The poll found that 57% of Jews now feel welcome in the United Kingdom, up from just 20% in 2019. While people generally felt more positive, the scars of a punishing five-year battle against Corbyn and Corbynism are reflected in the findings: 88% of respondents still do not think Labour has done enough to combat anti-Semitism in its ranks.

(Israel Hayom).


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