A pair of surveys published on January 14 showed that almost half of British Jews fear that they have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, while nearly one in two British people hold anti-Semitic views.
A poll of 2,230 British Jews by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) found that 45 percent feared that Jews have no future in Britain, and 58 percent were concerned that they have no long-term future in Europe.
The online survey was conducted from December 23 to January 11—a period that spanned the attacks in Paris that targeted the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket, leading France to increase security at Jewish schools and synagogues.
A second survey, which was conducted by pollster YouGov for the CAA, found anti-Semitic views to be common among British people.
Of the 3,411 adults surveyed, 45 percent believed at least one statement that was defined as anti-Semitic.
A quarter of those polled believed that Jewish people chase money more than other British people.
Meanwhile, 17 percent thought that Jews had too much power in the media, and another 13 percent said that Jews talked about the Holocaust to get sympathy.
“The results of our survey are a shocking wake-up call straight after the atrocities in Paris,” said CAA chairman Gideon Falter.
“Britain is at a tipping point. Unless anti-Semitism is met with zero tolerance, it will grow and British Jews will increasingly question their place in their own country.”
A quarter of the Jews surveyed by the CAA said that they had considered leaving Britain in the last two years.
The CAA said that 2014 saw the most anti-Semitic incidents recorded by police since records began 30 years ago.
Official figures from London’s metropolitan police showed anti-Semitic crimes more than doubled in the capital between November 2013 and November 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier.