British pro-Israel organization, Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), in its short life, has successfully ran campaigns against criticism of Israel and Jewish power in the UK. CAA has gained access to the highest echelons of the British political establishment. In its past reports it had claimed that more than half of British citizens hate Jews, and that more than 50% of British Jews don’t feel safe in Britain. However, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, has called such reports and polls, “stoking fear among Jews.”
BBC’s Jewish boss Danny Cohen in his December 21, 2014 speech at an Israeli conference on anti-Semitism said that watching the rise of anti-Jew incidents in the UK and most of European nations since the recent Israeli attack on Gaza has made him come to the conclusion that Britain is no longer a safe country for Jews.
Anti-Defamation Leagues’ surveys in 2012 and 2013 said that between 56% to 72% of people surveyed among European Union member countries believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the countries they live in.
In response to Netanyahu’s uninvited and his disgusting presence at the head of the freedom march in Paris last month, British MP David Ward tweeted on January 11: Netanyahu in Paris march – What!!!! Makes me feel sick. His second tweet was: Je SUIS # Palestinian.
On January 15, 2015, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner wrote in her blog at Jerusalem-based Times of Israel: Being a British Jew is a blessing. My colleague, Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, told the BBC that the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism portrait of British Jewry “did not compute at all with our experience”. How could it, when there is so much to celebrate? We have beautiful and improving relationships with Muslims and Christians, a robust voice in public discourse and the lowest levels of anti-Semitism in Western Europe. I recently witnessed a microcosm of British Jewry at Limmud Conference, where three thousand people celebrated being Jewish: studying, singing, schmoozing. Our synagogues, our youth movements and our cross-communal institutions are not only a model for minority life in Britain, but Jewish life across the world. This is not the 1930s. I am safe as a British Jew.
UK is home to 2.7 million (4.4%) Muslims while there are less than 400,000 Jews in the country.
Last year, British Home Secretary Theresa May, banned French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala from entering the country to meet his friend, footballer Nicolas Anelka, who was facing a vicious campaign by the Organized Jewry for performing the famous “quenella” – allegedly an anti-Jewish gesture according to powerful French Jewish Lobby CRIF. On February 28, 2015, Theresa May allowed the German anti-Islam Pegida group to have an anti-Muslim march in the city of Newcastle. The pro-Israel English Defense League (EDL) was at hand to help organize the march.
Last month, Judge Laurence Brass, treasurer of the United Kingdom Jewish Board of Deputies was forced to resign for criticizing the Zionist regime. I felt constrained not to have been able to speak out on subjects that are close to my heart, such as the treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and the discrimination still being suffered by Arab citizens of Israel, Brass said.