A new report reveals that 73% of all Jews in the United Kingdom felt they were being held personally responsible “in some way” by non-Jews for Israel’s conflict against terror group Hamas in Gaza in 2021.
The survey, conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), also found that 19% of respondents marked the highest score of agreement (10) to the contention that they felt they were being held responsible by non-Jews.
“The findings in this study should serve as a caution to the mainstream media and leaders in wider British society, as well as to the public at large, about the dangers of equivalising the actions of Israel’s government with Jewish people in the UK,” JPR’s Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, said.
“These are arresting findings, which shed light on the tone in which the Israel-Palestinian conflict is sometimes presented and discussed during these flare-ups, and how Jews across the UK experience the related discourse,” he added.
56% said they felt public and media criticism of the war made them feel Jews were unwelcome in the UK.
248 Palestinians were killed by Israel during the 2021 Gaza war, including 129 civilians, 66 of whom were children, according to UN estimates. Hamas fired 4,340 rockets at Israel during the 11-day war, killing 13 civilians on the Israeli side.
The Israeli army said it attacked over 1,500 “terror targets” in Gaza, including underground tunnels, rocket launchers, and other military positions.
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