The rise of Antisemitism and Antizionism are growing concerns across many parts of the UK. Storied institutions that should be free of these sentiments, including the government and universities, are experiencing problems with growing antisemitism/antizionism and are struggling with how to stop, and even slow, the spread of them. During our research, we discovered that politicians and political parties are among the groups with high instances of antisemitism.
- Nigel Farage is a British politician, leader of the Brexit Party, and radio show host. A skillful communicator, Mr. Farage often promotes antisemitic ideas and beliefs in carefully worded statements and interview responses.
- Examples of Mr. Farage supporting antisemitic sentiments include an instance in which, in October 2017, he agreed with a caller on his radio show who stated: "that he thought the pro-Israeli lobby in the United States was no less dangerous than alleged Russian hacking." During this interaction, Mr. Farage stated that although the Jewish population in the US is small, "in terms of money and influence, yep, they are a very powerful lobby." He then accused the Jewish lobby in the United States of being linked to the Israeli government, insinuating that the Israeli government was trying to influence elections in the US, subverting the election process.
- Mr. Farage has also come under fire for participating in a series of interviews with Alex Jones, an American conspiracy theorist. During these interviews he used language typically used when making antisemitic statements and accusations including the use of the word "globalist" and the phrase "New World Order." In one Alex Jones interview, Mr. Farage stated that "globalists have been pushing for a conflict with Russia in order to further strip away national sovereignty." This statement insinuates that it is the Jewish people who are responsible for any conflicts that occur, that they are orchestrating these conflicts in an attempt to destabilize individual governments so they can create a New World Order.
- While "Globalism" is a word that can have neutral uses and meaning, it is also a word with an antisemitic history that has historically been used by antisemitic people as well as neo-nazis as code word representing the Jewish people.
- Mr. Farage repeated conspiracy theories using these words in a separate interview with Revelation TV, an evangelical Christian channel. During a 2019 interview, Mr. Farage stated that the goal of giant multinational businesses is to take down democratic governments in order to create a New World Order. What makes this interview and this statement evidence of Mr. Farage's antisemitism is his naming of just one large multinational business as being representative of the New World Order and the dangers it presents to democracy. That business, Goldman Sachs, is owned by a Jewish family.
- The New World Order is a conspiracy that organizations and businesses, primarily led by Jews, are intent on destroying all existing democracies so they can instead create a "tyrannical, socialist “one-world” government that will enslave the masses.
Nigel Farage Social Media
- Facebook: Mr. Farage has 936,079 followers on Facebook.
- LinkedIn: Mr. Farage's LinkedIn profile is available here. It does not provide a number of connections.
- YouTube: The Nigel Farage Show has posted 223 videos that have received a total of 116,830 views.
- Instagram: Nigel Farage has 112 Thousand followers on Instagram.
- Twitter: Nigel Farage has 1.5 Million followers on Twitter.
- Nigel Farage's website is available here.
- The Nigel Farage Show podcast is available through platforms including PlayerFM, where it has 337 subscribers, Podbean, where it has 217 followers, and Apple Podcasts, which shows 121 episodes posted but does not provide a number of followers or subscribers.
- Gerard Batten is a former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) that has famously made both antisemitic and anti-Islam statements. He served as the party’s seventh leader in two years, demonstrating internal difficulties the party is facing.
- In January 2018, shortly after becoming Ukip's interim leader, he made statements attacking the Jewish process required to ensure slaughtered meat is kosher. In an article published on January 25, 2018, Mr. Batten described the Jewish practice of Kosher slaughter as "a dreadful Dark Age practice" and claimed that up to 70% of kosher meat was purchased and consumed by non-Jewish people. These statements were made in response to actions taken by Parliament beginning in 2011 when a vote to make labeling of non-stunned, or kosher slaughtered meat was taken. Mr. Batten accused religious groups of paying members of Parliament to withdraw the requirement and make it go away, essential accusing Jewish groups of bribing members of Parliament. Continued statements in this article accused Jewish pressure groups of acting to keep prices artificially low. In response to claims of antisemitism, Mr. Batten responded by accusing those of making the claims of "playing the fascist card" to get their way. He also stated that much was made of the fact that the Third Reich and Benito Mussolini also banned ritual slaughter in the interests of animal welfare. He fails to mention that these two governments were also guilty of committing great atrocities against the Jewish people, increasing complaints of antisemitism against him.
- While the leader of Ukip, Mr. Batten appointed Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) as an adviser. Tommy Robinson is the wildly anti-Islam founder of the English Defence League who has, in turn, said he loves Israel and the Jewish people and used them to promote his anti-Islam stance by cultivating followers of his cause who refer to themselves as "Jewish Nazis." Equating Jews with Nazism by stating that Jews could also be Nazis was highly offensive to many Jewish people but, for some reason, drew the support of others. Critics of this statement defended their accusations of it being antisemitic by pointing to the IHRA's (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) examples of antisemitic behaviors, which include making dehumanizing allegations about Jews, which these people feel comparing them to Nazis is a prime example of.
Gerard Batten Social Media
- Facebook: Gerard Batten does not seem to have a Facebook page of his own but does surface on other Facebook pages, including those belonging to Ukip d to Nigel Farage.
- LinkedIn: Gerard Batten's LinkedIn profile page can be found here. It does not provide a realistic number of followers.
- YouTube: Gerard Batten does not seem to have a YouTube channel, but there is a page containing links to numerous interviews with him that have been posted on other channels that are available here.
- Instagram: #gerardbatten has 2,412 posts on Instagram and may or may not be the official Instagram page of Gerard Batten. Gerardbattenarmy, an Instagram page set up by supporters of Gerard Batten has 4,179 followers.
- Twitter: Gerard Batten has 65,000 followers on Twitter.
- Gerard Batten does not seem to have a personal website.
- Podcasts: Gerard Batten does not host a podcast but has appeared as a guest on other podcasts like "The Delingpod: The James Delingpole Podcast." Mr. Batten hosted a podcast titled "Batten & Brexit" that consisted of 11 episodes, the last of which aired one year ago.
- Facebook: Ukip has 528,000 followers on Facebook.
- LinkedIn: Searches for the UK Independence Party and United Kingdom Independence Party resulted in unclaimed pages. A search for Ukip resulted in one profile page for the Ukip Branch of Wolverhampton.
- YouTube: Ukip has 41.5 Thousand subscribers on YouTube.
- Instagram: Ukip has 1,081 followers on Instagram.
- Twitter: Ukip has 213.9 Thousand followers on Twitter.
- Ukip's website is available here.
- Podcasts: Ukip does not host a podcast but a list of podcasts featuring people involved with Ukip, available through PlayerFM, are provided here.
- Our research determined that incidents involving antisemitism and antizionism have risen to reach a record high each year for the past four consecutive years and that some incidents involved or were committed by members of political parties in the UK, particularly the Labour Party.
- There were 1,805 reported incidents and 157 reported assaults committed against Jews in the UK in 2019, an increase of 7% in incidents and 27% in assaults over 2018.
- Of these reported incidents, 227 were connected to the Labour Party.
- Almost 50% of the reported assaults occurred in Salford in northern England, and in Barnet and Hackney in London, three areas with some of the largest Jewish communities in the UK.