Israel-Gaza conflict: Most British Jews feel they are blamed for actions of Israeli government
British Jews are also concerned by non-Jews making parallels between Israel and the Nazi regime
The majority of British Jews feel they are blamed for the actions of the Israeli government, according to a study on anti-Semitism in the UK.
While only 6 per cent of Jewish people feel that criticising Israel certainly indicates a non-Jew is an anti-Semite, one third said that they thought a non-Jew calling for a boycott of Israeli goods is "definitely" anti-Semitic.
The survey conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research also found that almost half of Jews feel comparisons between how the Israeli government treats Palestinians and how Nazis treated the Jews is “definitely” anti-Semitic.
Over 75 per cent of respondents reported hearing the parallel made at least occasionally.
The study showed that only 10 per cent of those surveyed said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had no impact on how safe they feel in Britain.
The report was published as the violence between Israel and Hamas shows no sign of ending, despite over 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis being killed in a fortnight.
The study reasoned that due to the diaspora, British Jews regard Israel as a “deeply personal” place.
“Israel does not simply represent a place or a conflict, but is rather a fundamental component of Jewish identity,” the document reads.
Researchers at the institute, which studies contemporary Jewish communities in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, made their findings by surveying 1,468 adults in the UK who self-identified as Jewish in 2012 - prior to Israel's ongoing Operation Protective Edge. Participants were contacted through ‘seed’ organisations’ which represented a broad cross-section of the Jewish community.
The study also revealed that Jews feel more secure in the UK than elsewhere, but that Orthodox Jews are more anxious about and susceptible to anti-Semitic incidents.
One half of British Jews questioned admitted they had avoided wearing or carrying a distinctive Jewish item, at least on occasion, out of fear for their safety. The remaining half never display their Jewishness anyway.
Read more: 'Anti-semitic' riot in Paris suburb
Video: French Jewish land in Israel
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators across the world
However, almost 70 per cent of respondents said they believe anti-Semitism had become more of a problem in the five years before they were questioned, with the most problematic forms taking place online and in the media. Anti-Semitic violence and vandalism in daily life appeared to be rare, according to those questioned.
Video: UN Security Council discuss Israel-Palestine crisis
Orthodox Jews are more likely to experience anti-Semitism, as are younger Jews and men, according to the study, with participants claiming that hardline Muslims and left-wing teenagers being among most the likely culprits.
The study was part of a larger exercise by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights that assessed Jewish populations in: Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Sweden.
In comparison with these nations, the UK is felt to have a relatively low level of anti-Semitism, with about one half thinking it is lower than in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy.
- 1 Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
- 2 Model's video shoot on the beach interrupted by sudden landing of a group of illegal migrants
- 3 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 4 Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
- 5 MH370 search: Boeing 777 wing that could match missing plane found on the French island of Reunion
Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
Israel accused of killing 75 children during day of 'carnage' and war crimes in Gaza war
MH370 search: Boeing 777 wing that could match missing plane found on the French island of Reunion
Madeleine McCann 'not the identity' of fair-haired girl found dead in suitcase in Australia
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Labour leadership contest: I would never quit the party, says Liz Kendall
£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250...
£17900 - £20300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An enthusiastic Marketing Assis...
£24000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This contract caterer is proud ...
£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic and exciting opport...