More than one in four Brits 'hold anti-Semitic attitudes'

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More than a quarter of Brits hold at least one anti-Semitic view, a new study has found.

The shocking figures were revealed by the biggest survey of attitudes towards Jews and Israel ever carried out in the UK.

Some 30 per cent of people polled by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (IJPR) agreed with at least one statement including “Jews think they are better than other people” and “Jews exploit holocaust victimhood for their own purposes”, the BBC reported.

However, researchers claimed the results don’t prove British people were anti-Semitic.

Just 2.4 per cent of adults asked expressed multiple anti-Semitic views “readily and confidently”.

Researchers said the worrying results showed a correlation with anti-Israel attitudes but insisted the UK was among the least anti-Semitic countries in the world.

The study, which polled 5,466 people, included 995 Muslims.

Results showed that 55 per cent of Muslims asked agreed with at least one of the statements. 

IJPR director Dr Jonathan Boyd said this showed “some levels of religiosity in the Muslim population and anti-Semitism”.

A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, which has recorded high levels anti-Semitic crime, said: “We believe the new findings, data and nuance in this study will help us to work even more effectively with partners inside and outside the Jewish community to tackle this problem.”

The report said about 70 per cent of the population of Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews and did not hold any anti-Semitic ideas or views.


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