UK - ‘Jews Do Not Have a Future in England’

Arno Froese

“The connection between Israel and Britain is not a symbolic connection, but a deep, practical friendship between political and security partners, who see eye-to-eye on most of the geopolitical issues that preoccupy our world,” tweeted Foreign Minister Yair Lapid alongside a series of smiling photos of himself and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a diplomatic visit to London. 

Lapid thanked Johnson and his colleagues for recently proscribing all of Hamas as a terrorist organization, and for sharing Israel’s determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

But for many Jews living in England, the situation has become increasingly worrying, according to Jewish National Fund (JNF) UK Chairman Samuel Hayek—despite the deep ties between England and Israel.

“Jews do not have a future in England,” Hayek told The Jerusalem Post from his Jaffa hotel. 

According to Hayek, it is time for Jews to plan to leave Britain—not because there would be another Holocaust, God forbid, he said but because “Jews who are unable to protect their assets, Jews being discriminated against badly is something that could quite easily happen—that is happening.”

The 2019 British election highlighted the challenges for Jews in the country, Hayek said, when it appeared for a brief window that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could win it—though ultimately the party suffered one of its worst general election results in living memory, losing dozens of seats to the Conservatives. 

In London, Corbyn’s antisemitism and his lack of apology for it were cited among the reasons for his defeat. But until nearly election day, Jews were on the edge of their seats in fear. 

“Let’s assume that Corbyn would have become prime minister,” Hayek said. “We all know our lives would have changed without recognition. We cannot even understand it fully.”

During the time, many Jews said that if Corbyn won they would leave England. But Hayek said thousands of Jews emigrating from the country would be much harder than it sounds.

No doubt, antisemitism would have accelerated dramatically in England if Corbyn would have been prime minister. But antisemitism has been constantly rising anyway and is only expected to grow. 

One of the reasons is shifting demographics. The population of individuals who are anti-Jewish and anti-Israel, most significantly Muslim immigrants to the UK, is increasing and their influence on the government is too.

The May 2021 war between Hamas and Israel led to a record number of antisemitic incidents being recorded in the UK since 1984. CST said some 460 incidents were reported to the NGO between May 8 and June 7, with 316 happening offline and 144 online. 

During the war, the BBC interviewed a number of Jews who expressed fear of being outwardly Jewish. Rabbi Nicky Liss told the news outlet in an article leading up to the Shavuot holiday that he was nervous to walk 25 minutes from his home to a local synagogue to deliver a holiday address.

“This is the first time I’ve felt physically threatened,” he told the BBC. “I can’t believe that in 2021, I was thinking, was it safe for me to go on the street and walk to another synagogue to give a talk. It was incredibly worrying.”, 2 December 2021

Arno's Commentary

The article was sub-headlined, “UK Chairman Samuel Hayek tells Post why antisemitism and lack of leadership should drive Britain’s Jewish community to Israel.”

Antisemitism on the rise globally is related to anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism. Why, we may ask? After all, Israel, as a very small nation, is contributing much toward the well-being of global society—not only in agriculture and medicine, etc., but more so in computer-related high-tech fields. So, why antisemitism?

Here we must point to the Scriptures. Number 23 reports of a prophet named Balaam, who was employed by Balak to curse Israel. But what did he do? “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:8-9). The key words are “dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” Quite simply, Israel is special. It is not an issue of whether good or evil, but simply the immovable declaration by God, who does the choosing.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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