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Jewish individuals in Britain say they’re contemplating leaving the nation because it “feels like Nazi Germany”, amid a surge in antisemitic incidents because the 7 October Hamas bloodbath in Israel.

Physical assaults, threats and accusations of “slaughtering babies” are among the many incidents suffered by terrified residents, after latest figures confirmed greater than 4,000 experiences of antisemitism final yr.

This week, Rishi Sunak pledged an additional £54m for the Community Security Trust (CST), which screens antisemitism and offers safety for the Jewish group in Britain. CST figures revealed there have been 4,103 antisemitic incidents within the UK final yr, method up from the earlier document of two,261 in 2021.

And on Friday, the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned George Galloway’s Rochdale by-election win as a “dark day” for the UK’s Jewish group. Mr Galloway – who has at all times denied allegations of antisemitism – received the seat from Labour, who had been compelled to disown their candidate, Azhar Ali, after he made “deeply offensive” feedback concerning the 7 October assaults.

The surge in antisemitism within the UK comes because the battle between Israel and Hamas continues within the Middle East

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Among the victims of abuse within the UK is Jack Christie, 25, who says he had by no means felt threatened by antisemitism till lately. While on a prepare house after a march in opposition to antisemitism in November, Mr Christie and his associates had been focused by a person who used racial slurs and threatened to assault him.

“There was nothing to do with the conflict, just a few people holding signs about antisemitism like ‘never again means now’,” he informed The Independent. “Some people were wearing kippahs on their heads and there were quite a few visibly Jewish people on the train.

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“I was talking to my friend and then next to me I hear someone say ‘pigs’. The guy next to me was on FaceTime and says, ‘I’m on the train with a bunch of dirty Jewish pigs, scumbags and baby killers’.

He went on to accuse other passengers of “supporting killers”, being “donkeys” and branded them “child molesters”.

“No one said anything to spark a reaction, it was out of nowhere,” Mr Christie mentioned, including that it has made him not need to be overtly Jewish on public transport anymore. “It wasn’t even about Israel, it was just plainly antisemitic.”

Jack Christie says he now feels hesitant ‘to be openly Jewish’ on public transport following the abuse

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When he uploaded footage of the incident on social media, the tech skilled obtained a barrage of threats and abuse.

“I got many hate comments and even had people say to find the boy in the orange jumper [himself] and that I should be lynched,” he mentioned. “I was scared as this happened near where I lived. I was looking over my shoulder for a long time and for a few months I stopped wearing my necklace.”

Another Jewish one who shared their expertise of antisemitism is a 47 year-old lady, who says she has been attacked a number of occasions since 7 October.

Sharon, who didn’t need to give her surname, mentioned she was approached by a person who started aggressively questioning her faith and the battle in Israel, whereas she was placing up hostage posters in east London.

When she started filming the incident for her security, the person pushed her to the bottom and snatched her telephone earlier than smashing it on the pavement. The man then tried to punch her as she tried to get her telephone again, she added.

Sharon needs to go away the UK after struggling two antisemitic assaults

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It was the second antisemitic assault Sharon had suffered inside a matter of weeks. While out within the Kensal Rise space of London, she says she was confronted with a barrage of antisemitic abuse after she confronted a girl and her younger daughter tearing down lacking hostage posters.

She was informed she was a “child slaughterer” earlier than the lady hurling abuse informed her that she, “used to feel guilty [about being antisemitic]but not anymore”.

“Every time this happens, it’s like someone is reaching out and ripping out my heart,” Sharon mentioned. “I don’t feel safe anymore. None of us feel safe. I feel like I have to put another lock on the door because Britain feels like Nazi Germany.

She added that she feels she has been forced to consider leaving the country as she no longer feels welcome in Britain as a Jew.

Jewish people putting up posters in London about hostages taken by Hamas say they have faced abuse

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“I’m scared to go out,” she defined. “I’m always looking behind me to check if someone’s following me.

“Everyone feels like this. Everybody’s thinking about leaving and having conversations with friends about whether to stay or not.

“I’m definitely not staying, I think by the end of the year, I will be gone. There’s no room for people like me in London – it’s turned into a fascist state.”

The Campaign Against Antisemitism mentioned the dimensions of antisemitic incidents seen throughout the UK since 7 October is “terrifying”.

“According to our polling, more than six in ten British Jews have either personally experienced or witnessed an antisemitic incident since 7 October or know somebody who has,” a spokesperson mentioned. “The Jewish community in this country is on high alert, and there is no end in sight.”

If you will have been a sufferer of antisemitism you possibly can report it to the CST by emailing incidents@cst.org.ukor calling 0800 032 3263

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/antisemitism-uk-london-israel-b2501340.html