To no surprise at all, one of the most strident is Melanie “not just Barking but halfway to Upminster” Phillips, telling “Even the Church of England is now spooked by UK Jew hatred. But will UK Jews see [the] writing on [the] wall?” Very biblical. Mel also asks “Has appeasement Britain decided to tolerate ‘acceptable levels’ of jihadi terror?” We don’t, as far as I know, tolerate terror in any shape or form.
So are significant numbers taking Bibi up on his invitation? Not according to Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who Tweeted on Monday “3rd call from radio shows asking me about British Jews wanting to move to Israel. And not interested when I tell them there’s no evidence”. Many Jewish communities in the UK are long-established: Britain without its Jewish population would not be Britain.
In any case, the figures for anti-Semitic crime, although there was an increase following the Israeli incursion into Gaza last year, do not appear disproportionately serious (although, of course, any hate crime is unacceptable). According to the Met, there were 358 anti-Semitic offences recorded in 2014. This compared to 611 Islamophobic offences, and 1,481 homophobic ones. One other statistic is important.
The number of anti-Semitic offences recorded in 2013 was just 169. So there has been a doubling in those numbers, but whether that will continue, given the increased Police presence as a result of recent events in Paris and Copenhagen, is doubtful. There has also been peace of a sort between Israel and Gaza; this too may have an effect. But there is nothing to back up Melanie Phillips’ ranting.