A study by the U.K.’s Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has found that the majority of British Jews surveyed believe they have “no long-term future” living there. The poll of more than 2,200 British Jews also found that a quarter have considered emigrating at some point in the past two years.
While troubling, the study’s results aren’t altogether surprising. The Community Security Trust’s report about the state of anti-Semitism in the U.K., which will be published in February, is expected to announce that there were more than 1,000 reported anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, more than any year in the past three decades.
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism poll also revealed that a majority of British Jews surveyed had personally experienced or witnessed an increase in anti-Semitism. Almost half of the Jews polled felt particularly threatened by Islamist extremism.
During this summer’s war in Gaza, the U.K. saw a spike in anti-Semitic incidents, as did much of Europe. According to the forthcoming report, there were 302 anti-Semitic incidents in July 2014 alone—a 400 percent increase from the previous July. That month, nine out of 10 hate crimes targeted Jews, creating a crisis of confidence for British Jewry.
In addition to polling Jews, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism study surveyed the wider British population, with dismal results. They found that 45 percent of Britons polled agreed with at least one anti-Semitic statement offered (such as, “Jews chase money more than other British people,” and “Jews have too much power in the media”).
Gabriela Geselowitz is a writer and the former editor of Jewcy.com.