Many Jews in Britain want to leave because of an increase in anti-Semitism hate crimes. There has been a 45 per cent surge in anti-Semitic crime since 2014. Anti-Semitism is hostility towards or discrimination against Jews. New research shows that only 59 per cent of British Jews feel welcome in the UK, their home. More than 10,000 British Jews were interviewed in the study. Around 40 per cent of Britain's Jews said they were afraid and hid their religion in public. The research is from the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).
More than three-quarters in the study believed that one of Britain's political parties has increased anti-Semitism. They believed the Labour Party's negative opinions on Israel created bad feeling towards Jews. They said its leader has not controlled anti-Semitism in the party. In addition, fewer than 24 anti-Semitic crimes go to court each year. The CAA warned: "Without urgent change, British Jews may start to leave, as has happened elsewhere in Europe." The UK government said: "There can never be an excuse for hatred towards the Jewish community….We shall oppose and challenge it."