It is no secret that a tide of political polarisation is currently sweeping the US and Europe. It is also no surprise that in times of growing extremism, Jewish communities may be subject to a heightened threat level. Too often since 1948 has the complex issue of Israel – the world’s only Jewish state – been used as a convenient cover for groups to unfairly threaten the life of Jews and their allies in the West. During the 2014 Gaza conflict, for example, antisemitic incidents in Europe witnessed a tremendous spike. As anti-Israel forces in Europe hold all Jews accountable for the perceived injustice of Israeli policy and act accordingly, and these trends continue to worry diaspora communities. According to the London-based Community Security Trust, which has been recording incidents since the early 1980s, the first six months of this year saw a record-high total of 892 anti-Semitic incidents in the United Kingdom, and university campuses sadly no exception to these hostile trends.
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Contributed by CAMERA on Campus’ UK Associate Georgia Leigha Leatherdale Gilholy.