The director of BBC Television is questioning if Europe will in years to come be a place that Jews can call home.
Danny Cohen, a British television executive, said Sunday in Israel, “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually.”
“I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before actually,” he said at a conference in Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported.
Noting the anti-Semitic incidents that have gripped his country and its neighbors, Cohen said the past year has been most difficult for him as a British Jew.
“[Y]ou’ve seen the number of attacks rise. You’ve seen murders in France. You’ve seen murders in Belgium. It’s been pretty grim actually,” Cohen said. “And having lived all my life in the UK, I’ve never felt as I do now about anti-Semitism in Europe.”
A reader of TheBlaze who forwarded the Times of Israel story voiced this concern: “If someone this high up in British society feels this way, it's over.”
During the war between Israel and Hamas this past summer, numerous anti-Semitic incidents were reported in Europe, from attacks on synagogues to vandalism of Jewish-owned stores to assaults on Jews.
Cohen spoke at a conference held at the Jerusalem Cinematheque examining the “power of comedy to generate social change.”