OPINION
Sunak effect on antisemitism?

THERE’s good news to report on the antisemitism front for a change. Or is there? Jew-hate has decreased worldwide, according to the World Zionist Organisation. That, however, does not tell the whole story. In America, antisemitism has escalated, it says.

But the WZO points to an interesting cause for the global decline — the election of Rishi Sunak as prime minister. It says that his support for British Jewry has resulted in antisemitism declining here. How that has produced a positive effect seems baffling. If anything, would that not merely infuriate the anti-Israel lobby which would then turn on Jews in the way that anti-Zionism and Jew-hate are so often inextricably linked?

And again, since most prime ministers in the past few decades have enjoyed close and warm relations with British Jewry and Israel, why is the Sunak effect any different? The WZO conclusions seem somewhat skewed, but if the body has definitive proof that in this country antisemitism is on the wane, we have to be thankful.

On the other hand, it is worrying that across the Pond things appear to have become worse for the Jewish community. Interestingly though, following the huge support former president Donald Trump showed for Israel, Joe Biden is, at best, lukewarm towards the Jewish state.

Perhaps the WZO therefore has a point about the contrasting fortunes of British and American Jewry, although we remain sceptical and need some convincing of the accuracy of its findings.

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