Alarming Levels of Antisemitism Uncovered Among Young Britons, Poll Reveals

By Hamodia Staff

Visitors view “Voices From The Tunnels,” an exhibition organized by the 7/10 Human Chain Project, which aims to highlight the continued plight of Israeli hostages held in Gaza and the conditions in which captives are being held, in London, last week. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

New polling commissioned by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) and conducted by King’s College London through YouGov exposes concerning rates of anti-Jewish prejudice within the British public. The findings, particularly alarming among young people aged 18 to 24, come on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, raising questions about the understanding of antisemitism’s history among British young adults.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Almost one-third of the British public believes Israel treats Palestinians akin to how Nazis treated Jews. Among 18-24-year-olds, this belief rises to over half.
  • Almost one-fifth of the British public thinks Israel can act with impunity due to media control by its supporters; among 18-24-year-olds, it surpasses a quarter.
  • Double the proportion of 18-24-year-olds compared to the general population does not believe Jewish people are as loyal to Britain as other Britons.
  • More than double the proportion of 18-24-year-olds, compared to the general population, is less open to having Jewish friends.
  • One-fifth of the British public believes Israel and its supporters negatively influence democracy; among 18-24-year-olds, it rises to over one-quarter.
  • 7% of Britons do not believe Israel has the right to defend itself, doubling to 14% among 18-24-year-olds.
  • Over one in ten young Britons do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people.
  • Over one in ten 18-24-year-olds believe Jewish people discuss the Holocaust solely for political agendas.

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