British Jews concerned about future in Europe

More than half of British Jews (58 percent) question whether they have a future in Britain or Europe, according to a survey conducted by the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The survey included 2,200 British Jews from different parts of the country, where the Jewish population is 280,000.

“Britain is at a tipping point,” said Gideon Falter, chairman of CAA. “Unless anti-Semitism is met with zero tolerance, it will grow, and British Jews will increasingly question their place in this country.”

Fellow campaigner Jonathan Sac­erdoti said rising anti-Semitism in Britain and Europe has made Jews afraid.

Dave Rich, a spokesman for Com­munity Security Trust, which looks after the security of British Jews, said that extra police and volunteer patrols are protecting synagogues.

In mid-January, France had 10,000 troops guarding synagogues, railway stations, airports, and other sites. Nearly half the soldiers—about 4,700—were assigned to protect France’s 717 Jewish schools.

Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi in the Movement for Reform Judaism, disagreed with the survey’s conclusions.

“It doesn’t match day-to-day realities,” she said. “Britain is a fantastic place. . . . It offers all religions and minorities freedom. Britain is one of the best countries in the world for Jews.” —Religion News Service

This article was edited on February 3, 2014.

Trevor Grundy

Trevor Grundy writes for Religion News Service.

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