NJA Raises Concern Over Disturbing Survey Findings from the Henry Jackson Society

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) expresses deep concern over the recent survey findings published by the Henry Jackson Society, revealing alarming attitudes among British Muslims towards the Israel-Gasa conflict and broader social and political issues.

The survey, conducted by J.L. Partners for the Henry Jackson Society, uncovered startling results, notably indicating that only 24% of British Muslims believe Hamas committed murder and rape in Israel on October 7th. This finding is deeply troubling, as it suggests a significant gap in understanding or acknowledgment of the atrocities committed by Hamas.

Steve Winston, Managing Director of the National Jewish Assembly, expressed grave concern over the survey findings, stating, “These results are deeply troubling and underscore the urgent need for concerted efforts to address misconceptions and promote mutual understanding among all communities. The alarming levels of sympathy towards Hamas and perceptions of bias against Israel underscore the pressing need for proactive measures to combat antisemitism and foster a climate of inclusivity and tolerance in our society.”

Furthermore, the survey highlights concerning perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict, with only 24% of British Muslims acknowledging Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish homeland. This stands in stark contrast to the broader public opinion, where 57% recognise Israel’s right to exist.

Of particular concern is the substantial sympathy expressed towards Hamas among British Muslims, with 46% indicating more sympathy towards Hamas than Israel. This sentiment is compounded by the fact that a significant portion of British Muslims hold a positive view of Hamas, despite its designation as a terrorist organisation by numerous countries.

Equally troubling is the perception of bias towards Israel in the media, with over half of British Muslims (52%) believing that the BBC is biased towards Israel. Additionally, the survey reveals a disturbing belief among almost half of British Muslims that Jews have too much power over UK government policy.

The NJA emphasises the importance of addressing and challenging such attitudes, which not only contribute to tensions within British society but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes and prejudices against Jews. The NJA calls on political leaders, community organisations, and religious institutions to engage in proactive measures to combat antisemitism, promote interfaith dialogue, and foster a climate of inclusivity and tolerance.

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