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80% of British Jews see new left anti-Semitism

A scientific poll conducted in the United Kingdom involving interviews with more than 10,000 British Jews finds 80 percent see growing anti-Semitism, especially among left-wing Labor Party politicians.

Almost a third of them said they have considered leaving the U.K. over the past two years because of anti-Jewish bigotry.

The findings are part of a report published Sunday by the Campaign Against Antisemitism watchdog group, which conducted since 2015 interviews with more than 10,000 British Jews together with the YouGov market-research company.

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In interviews conducted in 2016 and 2017 with a combined sample population of 7,156 respondents, 37 percent of them said they have been concealing their Jewish ethnicity.

Less than 60 percent said they feel welcome in the United Kingdom and 17 percent said they feel unwelcome, while only 39 percent of respondents from 2015 onward said they trust justice authorities to prosecute perpetrators of anti-Semitic hate crimes.

Three-quarters of those interviewed said they believe recent political events have resulted in increased hostility towards Jews. Since 2015, 80 percent of respondents said they believe the left-wing Labour Party is harboring antisemites in its ranks.

In 2015, Jeremy Corbyn was elected to lead Labour after calling Islamic terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas his “friends.” Last year, Corbyn said he regrets those characterizations but Jewish groups in the U.K. and elsewhere have accused him of whitewashing anti-Semitism and allowing it to grow among the many thousands of supporters who joined Labour in support of his policies.

Last year, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone repeatedly said that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. A week ago, Luke Cresswell, a local Labour candidate wrote online that “Moses must be proud” of supposed “genocide” by Israel.

The survey’s respondents said they considered Islamist antisemitism “to be the threat that concerned them the most, and that rapidly rising hate crime targeting Jews was not being tackled by the authorities.”

The Jewish community of the United Kingdom recorded 767 anti-Semitic attacks in the first half of 2017 – the highest figure recorded within six months since monitoring began in 1984. In February, the Community Security Trust watchdog reported a record 1,309 incidents in 2016, constituting a 36 percent increase over the 2015.

The 2016 National Antisemitic Crime Audit registered a total of 1,078 anti-Semitic crimes, including 105 that were violent. Only one of the violent crimes was prosecuted, according to the audit. In total, only 15 cases were prosecuted, leading to the conviction of 17 suspects.