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Report: Nearly half of British Jews will not display signs of Judaism publicly

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A new survey has found that 44% of British Jews avoid visible displays of their Judaism, such as a kippa or Star of David, due to fear of antisemitism, reveals a survey conducted by the Campaign against Antisemitism and Kings College London.

Nine out of ten participants in the survey said media bias against Israel was fueling antisemitism in the UK and 78% believed politicians weren’t doing enough to protect the Jewish community.

Compared to last year’s numbers, more UK Jews were optimistic about their future than last year, with 57% saying they feel welcome in Britain and 18% saying they feel somewhat or very unwelcome.

The study gave participants statements to agree or disagree with.

Among the other statements were:

“I am just as open to having Jewish friends as I am to having friends from other sections of British society.”

“Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews.”

“Jewish people talk about the Holocaust just to further their political agenda.”

“Jewish people chase money more than other people do.”

“I am comfortable spending time with people who openly support Israel.”

“Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people.”

“Israel can get away with anything because its supporters control the media.”

12% of those surveyed showed “entrenched antisemitic views” by agreeing with four or more of the statements. 55% of people did not agree with any statement and 45% agreed with one or more. Participants agreed the most with “Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews.” This statement was affirmed by 23% of respondents.

Chief executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, Gideon Falter said, “Britain’s Jews are back from the brink. This study starkly shows that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn dealt a crushing blow to Jews’ confidence in their very future in this country, and that our community is now beginning to recover.”

Corbyn served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020. He was suspended in Nov 2020 for antisemitic remarks.

New Labour chief Keir Starmer was elected in April 2020 and vowed to root out antisemitism in Labour that allegedly “flourished” under Corbyn.

“But scars remain,” Falter continued. “Notwithstanding the relief felt by so many, our data shows that nearly half of those who normally wear outwards symbols of their Judaism now feel they have to hide it.”

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Global hunger crisis ‘exploding’ exacerbating the 25% spike before Ukraine War

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The Global Network Against Food Crises sent out a dire warning that the world’s hunger crisis is about to “deteriorate further” this year alone. Chief economist at the World Food Programme (WFP) also says the global hunger crisis is “exploding.”

“The world is exploding with food insecurity” stated Arif Husain of WFP at a Wednesday press briefing. Global economic recovery from the pandemic has been slow and thwarted by many catastrophes.

World food prices have reached record highs from the disrupted harvests and exports from Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. The invasion of Ukraine “is also sparking a wave of protectionism as some exporters curb overseas crop sales to ensure local supplies” reports Bloomberg.

The war will have “severe consequences” on global food security, as millions of Ukrainians are displaced and many import-dependent countries can’t get staple crops or fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia.

Bloomberg reports:

Almost 193 million people across 53 countries or territories suffered acute food insecurity in 2021, meaning their lack of meals posed an immediate threat to their lives or livelihoods…That’s up from 155 million in 55 countries for the prior year…

Additional conflicts such as those in Afghanistan and Ethiopia have worsened crises there, and economic shocks from the Covid-19 pandemic curbed food access in almost two dozen nations, the international alliance said in a report. “Extreme weather, like severe drought in Madagascar, is also exacerbating the problem” adds Bloomberg.

“A gauge of world food prices has soared about 75% since mid-2020 — eclipsing levels seen in 2008 and 2011 that contributed to global food crises — piling pressure on governments from Sri Lanka to Peru.”

 

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