British Muslim anti-Semitism

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society looks at how integration may help Jewish-Muslim relations.

The Savanta-ComRes poll of 750 British Muslims was commissioned by Dr Rakib Ehsan, as part of a Henry Jackson Society report which makes a series of recommendations for boosting integration. He warned last night that “too many within British Muslim communities have been willing to indulge in anti-Semitic conspiracies”. The polling found that 44% of Muslims agree with the statement that: ‘British Jewish people tend to be more loyal to Israel, a holy place for their religion, than to the UK.’ Just 13% of Muslims believe British Jews are more loyal to the UK than to Israel. Amongst Muslims who go to attend a mosque at least three times a week, 55% believe British Jews are more loyal to Israel to the UK, and just 14% believe the opposite to be true.

The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism says that “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” is a form of anti-Semitism. Contrary to an oft-assumed belief that education alone is a solution to prejudicial attitudes, British Muslims with university degrees are more likely to believe in Jewish dual-loyalty. 47% of degree-educated Muslims agreed with the above statement versus 40% of those who did not attend university. A December 2019 ICM Unlimited poll found that amongst the public at large, 24% believe that British Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the UK. The disparity in views between British Muslims and the wider population is especially stark amongst young people. 40% of British Muslims between 18-24 believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than the UK, compared to 17% of the general population within the same age range. The poll finds that anti-Semitic attitudes amongst British Muslims are not limited to questions of national allegiance. According to the newly released poll, some 34% of British Muslims believe Jews have too much control over the global banking system. The ICM Unlimited poll reports that 18% of GB adults share this view.

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