A new opinion poll has found that only 11% of people in the UK support the boycott movement against Israel.
The survey recorded the lowest level of support for boycotts since 2014, at 11 per cent. Forty-eight per cent of respondents “do not support boycotts of Israel and find it difficult to understand how others do given everything else that is going on in the world”.
Young people have significantly reduced their level of support for boycotts in the last three years. This year, 45 per cent of 18-24s said they opposed singling out Israel for boycotts, in 2015 just 28 per cent opposed boycotts.
Other key findings from the survey include:
- Half (49 per cent) agreed Israel is an important British ally in the fight against terror, more than for every other Middle Eastern country in the survey.
- Of all the Middle Eastern countries polled, Israel is considered to be the fourth most important trading partner after Brexit, with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey considered more important.
- Forty-six percent of respondents believe that “hating Israel and questioning its right to exist” is antisemitic. Seventeen per cent of people disagree with this statement.
- Warmth towards Israel is at its highest level since 2010, with 21 percent saying they feel “warm” towards Israel. While this is encouraging there is still much work to be done as 50 percent said they felt “cold” towards the Jewish state and
The poll was taken in October 2017 by Populus who surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,021 British adults. Populus carried out the survey on behalf of BICOM.
BICOM also reported the following:
We asked the British public if they felt warm, cold or neutral towards Israel.
Neutral/don’t know: 30%
We asked the British public if they consider Israel to be “an important ally of Britain in the fight against terror.”
Not an ally: 18%
Don’t know: 34%
We asked the British public who they consider “an important trading partner of Britain post-Brexit”.
Saudi Arabia: 54%
We asked the British public if they agree with the statement “I don’t boycott good or produce from Israel and find it difficult to understand why others would single out Israel to boycott given everything else that’s going on in the world.”
Neither agree nor disagree: 41%
Neither agree nor disagree: 42%
We asked the British public if they agreed that the Balfour Declaration to support a Jewish homeland was the right position for the UK government to take in 1917: (the question includes the text of the declaration)
Neither agree nor disagree: 45%