The antisemitism scandals that have rocked Britain’s Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015 have led many UK Jews to question their futures in the country, a noted London-based historian and author said in an interview published on Wednesday.
“I would not stay in England and see my children living in an environment hostile to Jewish people,” Simon Sebag Montefiore told The Times of London. “It might surprise non-Jewish people to know that virtually every Jewish family I know has discussed leaving Britain because of Labour’s antisemitism.”
“History,” the 53-year-old Montefiore noted, “has taught us not to take this vomiting of antisemitic venom lightly.”
“My mother’s family, the Jaffes, escaped the Russian pogroms in 1904 — so don’t underestimate how this feels,” he added. “It is agony for us: we love Britain, we are British and we are Jews, a tiny community here, and we don’t want to go anywhere. But history shows you always have to have suitcases psychologically packed.”