Channel 4 are doing a series of shorts on the question “Are Jews still being persecuted in Britain today”
After watching them all, I’ve decide to put them all up for people to see. They are as follows:
José Martin is an orthodox Jew who believes anti-semitism is endemic in British society. José says she frequently experiences casual and vicious insults about being a Jew, and says much of this stems from the fact that people in Britain don’t fully understand the Israel-Palestine conflict because of misrepresentation by the media.
Ahron Cohen is a member of the Neturei Karta, an orthodox Jewish organisation that campaigns against Zionism and the state of Israel for what it says are humanitarian and scriptural reasons. Ahron has experienced very little anti-semitism in Britain, but he says he has been physically attacked by other members of the Jewish community for his pro-Palestinian views.
Richard Millett is a Jewish blogger. He believes that what is now presented as anti-Israel sentiment actually allows anti-semitism to flourish in the UK, and he says he has been physically attacked by anti-Semites just for speaking up for Israel.
Mike Marcus was raised in an observant Jewish family but is now an atheist. He believes Jewish people suffer no more bigotry than any other ethnic or religious minority in Britain today and the label of anti-semitism is used by too many British Jews to silence critics of Israel.
Yisrael Abeles was interned in Auschwitz as a teenage boy. At the end of the Second World War he moved to London where he says he has been happy to work, live and raise a family as a Jew in Britain. Now though, Yisrael is worried that the media is stirring up anti-Israel hatred, which is fuelling anti-Semitism here.
Stephen Sizer is an Anglican vicar who says he works to promote peace between Israel and Palestine. Stephen says too often British Jews fail to distinguish between critics like him, who are opposed to the Israeli government’s policy towards the Palestinians, and fascists and racists who are simply anti-Semitic.
Eden Simones-Jones was physically attacked at her former school for being Jewish. After the incident, Eden suffered depression and anxiety. She says anti-Semitism is everywhere and we should always be on the lookout.
Take what you like from it, it’s still a interesting variety of different opinions.
This paints a bleak picture, doesn’t it. Only one of the Jews above says he doesn’t experience anti-Semitism. One says Jewish people suffer as much bigotry as other ethnic and religious minorities in England. And the rest say anti-Semitism is actually on the rise or widespread.
Your friendly curator is relocating to Europe. Au revoir! (But really, how is this possible?)
BRB MOVING TO EUROPE