Antisemitism in Birmingham and Liverpool

Goals

To obtain background information about antisemitism in Birmingham and Liverpool in the United Kingdom, to include current state of the Jewish communities and brief history of them, number of antisemitic violent attacks in the cities, number of immigrants and their origins, political power and beliefs in the cities, antisemitic/anti-Israel organizations/individuals in the cities and what the press is saying about Israel, in the UK. This will be used to devise a potential project aimed at combating violence and antisemitism.

Early Findings

  • Birmingham Yardley MP, Jess Phillips has been advocating for change to win the trust of the Jewish community in her fight against "anti-Jewish hate", if selected as the Labour Party's leader.
  • It was said that there are some members of the party who are considered as antisemitic. Members who aren't are calling for the removal of members who are known to be antisemitic.
  • This has pushed other MPs to defend their records. The Jewish community however, is fearful of the Labour Party becoming the leaders, should they win the election.
  • A recent arrest was made of an individual who engaged in antisemitic abuse of Jewish children while traveling on the Northern Line.
  • Some universities, like the University of Birmingham are accepting of students from the Jewish community and is not affected by political affiliations. On the other hand, in others like, the Coventry University, antisemitic abuse is experienced by the Jewish students.
  • London is considered to be the worst as it relates to anti-Israel activities on the capital's universities' campuses.
  • In Liverpool, Luciana Berger, MP left the Labour Party due to the rise of antisemitism within the party and this saddened the people of the Wavertree constituency.
  • A declaration was recently signed in Liverpool in the fight against antisemitism following the resignation of two Jewish MPs from the Labour Party, Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman.
  • The declaration was signed by rabbis, politicians as well as academics and had close to 100 signatures.
  • In 2019, Liverpool's Momentum co-chair was suspended after allegedly sharing antisemitic messages on social media that went against the party's rules.
  • In September 2019, 2,232 asylum seekers were accommodated in Liverpool City region.
In addition to this public search, we scanned our proprietary research database of over 1 million sources and were unable to find any specific research reports that address your goals.

Proposed next steps:

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Our background research shows that information about antisemitism in Birmingham and Liverpool as well as the Jewish communities is publicly available. We recommend continuing our research with the following: 1) provide an overview of the current state of the Jewish communities in Birmingham and Liverpool in the UK including the Jewish population, number of immigrants in each city and their origin, socioeconomic status, education level and a brief history of the Jewish community (in Birmingham and Liverpool) in the 20th-21st centuries, 2) provide a list of 10 antisemitic violent attacks in Birmingham and Liverpool in the past 2 years and a description of what the events entailed (this may also include supporting social media posts). We will expand our date range to the 3 - 4 years, if necessary.
Additionally, we propose further research into the following: 1) an overview of the political atmosphere in each city (Birmingham and Liverpool), including the party in power, the party's leader, a brief bio of the party's leader and a description of the leader and/or party's beliefs. We will highlight any information that is specific to antisemitism and the Jewish community and 2) provide an overview of the antisemitic/anti-Israel organizations and individuals in these cities (Birmingham and Liverpool). We will include names (where available), what they have done/are doing and any supporting social media posts and 3) provide a press scan of what is being written/said about Israel in the UK media in the past 2 years. We will focus on positive news/information about Israel.