65% of British Jews Feel Law Enforcement Not Doing Enough to Stop Antisemitic Crimes, Study Finds

A rally in London, England, against antisemitism. Photo: Matthew Chattle / Rex / Shutterstock.

April 5, 2022

Some 65% of Jews in the United Kingdom feel that British law enforcement and courts do not do enough to help stop antisemitic crimes, according to a study published last month by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) in coordination with King’s College London, JNS reported.

The Antisemitism Barometer 2021 also found that 43% of non-Jewish British adults agreed with at least one antisemitic statement posed to them by researchers, with the most common being that “Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews.”

Furthermore, the data showed 46% of British Jews hid their religious identities in public due to antisemitism fears, and 92% said antisemitism at universities was a problem.

“The Jewish community’s optimism that followed the Corbyn years has been shaken, particularly by the surge in anti-Semitism during the conflict between Hamas and Israel last May,” CAA CEO Gideon Falter said, referring to former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. “Once again, too many British Jews are questioning their community’s future in the UK and fear for the future of European Jewry as well. With more than one in 10 British adults holding entrenched antisemitic views and record-breaking numbers of reported anti-Semitic incidents, there is clearly reason for discomfort.”

“Political parties, the arms of law enforcement, unions, universities, religious institutions and social media companies all have a responsibility to step up and do their part…to reverse these worrying trends,” he added.