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More British Jews considering move abroad as antisemitism fears grow – poll

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Source: CAA

Almost one in three British Jews has considered moving abroad in the past two years, a survey has found.

One in six British Jews (17%) reported feeling unwelcome in Britain and over a third (37%) said they had felt the need to conceal their Judaism in public.

The findings come from a large-scale study by the Campaign Against Antisemitism which surveyed nearly 4,000 members of the community during 2016 and 2017.

They found that 31% of British Jews had considered moving abroad, a rise from 28% during their last survey two years ago.

Some 65% of respondents said they believed the Government was not doing enough to protect them, and over four-fifths feel the Labour party is too tolerant of antisemitism.

The campaign group works on bringing cases of antisemitism to justice, and chairman Gideon Falter told Sky News the findings should be “a shot across the bows” for the authorities.

The CAA claims only around two dozen anti-Jewish crimes are prosecuted every year but the Crown Prosecution Service said it did not recognise the figure.

They included 107 violent assaults and 65 incidents of damage and desecration to Jewish property, as well as more than 1,000 incidents of abusive behaviour in person and on social media.