A new poll of the British public shows that the majority in the UK believe Israel has the right to defend itself and are “angry and embarrassed” by the recent anti-Semitism in the UK as a result of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The survey of over 2,000 people in the UK was commissioned by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and conducted by Deltapoll.

They found that the majority, 55%, said they did believe Israel had a legitimate right to conduct defensive actions.

Just 10% of Britons believed Israel has no right to self-defence.

The survey also focused on anti-Semitism in the UK following the recent conflict. The majority expressed that they were “angry and embarrassed” by recent acts of anti-Semitism against the Jewish community by anti-Israel activists.

Two-thirds of respondents also said that Jews should not be asked to justify the actions the Israeli government.

According to the Jewish News, younger people were more likely to be hostile to Israel than older people. And many young people admitted to seeing anti-Semitism online through social media.

Claudia Mendoza, a co-chief executive of the JLC, said the survey results showed an increasing number of people in Britain saw racism as “a throwback to the past”.

She said: “Many of us will have asked ourselves the question that has returned again and again over the past few years: are we safe here?

“Is this still a country where we can make a Jewish life, and one where Jews are not just tolerated but also feel welcome?

“The good news from the survey is that most non-Jewish Britons are paying attention and share our concerns.”

FREE booklet:

Britain’s stand with Israel – 12 actions CUFI would like the UK to take

Related Articles:

Four Jews killed in 4th July shooting prompting speculation of antisemitic motive

It has been reported that four of the seven victims in the 4th July shooting in Chicago were Jewish, prompting speculation that the attacker could have had an antisemitic motive....

Israeli man in critical condition after stabbing attack in Bnei Brak

An Israeli man was seriously hurt in a suspected terror stabbing attack near the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak on Tuesday morning. Police said officers launched a manhunt...

Dutch airline erases Israel, adds ‘Palestine’ despite it having no flights there

Passengers travelling from France to Israel were shocked to discover this week that Dutch airline Transavia did not have Israel on its list of countries, but did include...

US Presbyterian Church turns hostile against Israel

In a shocking move by a church denomination in the 21st century, the US Presbyterian Church movement has succumb to pressure from antisemites and passed a series of hostile anti-Zionist...

Unilever cancels Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott and rejects BDS

It looks like ice cream is back on the menu for Israelis after it was announced this week that Ben & Jerry’s will no longer boycott Israel. Unilever, the parent company of...

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK