Is Anti-Israelism Antisemitism? Evidence from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research Survey of Attitudes Towards Jews Among the Population of Great Britain
Abstract: In the immediate aftermath of the horrifying terrorist attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris in January 2015, one question seemed to run through much of the discourse within Jewish communal circles on the other side of the English Channel: could the same thing happen in the UK? Could the type of targeted antisemitic Islamist attack that took the lives of four Jews that day also occur in the United Kingdom, a country long known for its high levels of tolerance for minorities, low levels of antisemitism, and, in European terms at least, vibrant Jewish life?
Britain and Australia, a World Apart, Together: An International Contextualization of Jewish Intermarriage Using Census Data
Abstract: Census data are far superior in population coverage to survey data and, when relevant information is available, provide a tremendous opportunity for detailed demographic research into Jewish populations. This paper presents a comparative assessment of census data on Jewish intermarriage in England and Wales contrasting this with comparative data from Australia. In doing so, it presents a statistically robust contextualisation and description of intermarriage patterns and processes being experienced by these two Jewish populations. Despite the enormity of the geographical distance separating them, multiple parallels are observed. The analysis demonstrates the versatility of census data and its potential for broadening our understanding of subtopics of intermarriage such as the role cohabitation plays in patterns of homogamy and the transmission of Jewish identity to children being raised in intermarried homes. Finally, it demonstrates that despite striking similarities, there is clear evidence that Britain and Australia are set upon divergent paths with Britain moving towards higher prevalence of marital endogamy and Australia moving towards lower prevalence.