February 22, 2024

The global Jewish community is feeling the aftershock of hate in the shadow of Israel’s war with Hamas. In the UK, where the Jewish community experienced a 1,350% increase in antisemitic hate crimes, Jews marched through London, boldly identifying themselves as Jews and condemning the increased violence. A total of 60,000 people, including community leaders, actors, broadcasters, journalists, and others, joined the march against antisemitism. The Campaign Against Antisemitism, the NGO that organized the march, reported that the event was the largest gathering against antisemitism since the Battle of Cable Street in 1936. Despite the large attendance, Jewish BBC employees are unlikely to attend as the BBC labeled the event “controversial” and requested staff not attend.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism described how London had become a “no-go zone for Jews” due to mass criminality, including the glorification of terrorism, support for banned terrorist organizations such as Hamas, and incitement to racial or religious hatred against Jews. The organization reported that 69% of British Jews are less likely to show visible signs of their Judaism, almost half have considered leaving the UK, and more than 60% have either personally experienced or witnessed an antisemitic incident. Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, emphasized the need for law enforcement to change the current situation and enforce the law to protect British Jews from antisemitism. He stated that antisemitism is up by over 1,000%, and almost 70% of British Jews are hiding their Jewish identity, calling for action against hate to ensure safety for all Britons, including British Jews.