The Reading / Listening - Hate Crimes - Level 2

Many Jews in Britain want to leave because of an increase in anti-Semitism hate crimes. There has been a 45 per cent surge in anti-Semitic crime since 2014. Anti-Semitism is hostility towards or discrimination against Jews. New research shows that only 59 per cent of British Jews feel welcome in the UK, their home. More than 10,000 British Jews were interviewed in the study. Around 40 per cent of Britain's Jews said they were afraid and hid their religion in public. The research is from the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).



More than three-quarters in the study believed that one of Britain's political parties has increased anti-Semitism. They believed the Labour Party's negative opinions on Israel created bad feeling towards Jews. They said its leader has not controlled anti-Semitism in the party. In addition, fewer than 24 anti-Semitic crimes go to court each year. The CAA warned: "Without urgent change, British Jews may start to leave, as has happened elsewhere in Europe." The UK government said: "There can never be an excuse for hatred towards the Jewish community….We shall oppose and challenge it."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hate Crimes - Level 0 Hate Crimes - Level 1   or  Hate Crimes - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4806578/One-British-Jews-considered-quitting-UK.html
  • http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Poll-1-in-3-British-Jews-have-considered-emigrating-due-to-antiSemitism-502920
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4281039/jews-leaving-uk-poll-hate-crime/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. an increase in anti-Semitism
  2. a 45 per cent surge
  3. discrimination
  4. only 59 per cent of British Jews
  5. 10,000 British Jews were interviewed
  6. Jews said they
  7. hid their religion
  8. the Campaign
  1. were afraid
  2. hate crimes
  3. Against Anti-Semitism
  4. against Jews
  5. in public
  6. feel welcome
  7. in anti-Semitic crime
  8. in the study

Paragraph 2

  1. More than three-
  2. one of Britain's political
  3. negative opinions
  4. created bad
  5. fewer than 24 anti-Semitic crimes
  6. as has happened elsewhere
  7. There can never be an excuse
  8. We shall oppose and
  1. go to court each year
  2. challenge it
  3. parties
  4. for hatred
  5. quarters in the study
  6. feeling towards Jews
  7. on Israel
  8. in Europe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many Jews in Britain (1) ___________________ because of an increase in anti-Semitism hate crimes. There (2) _______________ 45 per cent surge in anti-Semitic crime since 2014. Anti-Semitism is (3) ___________________ or discrimination against Jews. New research shows that only 59 per cent of British Jews feel (4) ___________________ UK, their home. More than 10,000 British Jews were interviewed in the study. Around 40 per cent of Britain's Jews said (5) ___________________ and hid their religion in public. The (6) ___________________ the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).

More than three-(7) ___________________ study believed that one of Britain's political parties (8) ___________________-semitism. They believed the Labour Party's (9) ________________ on Israel created bad feeling towards Jews. They said its leader has not controlled anti-Semitism in the party. In addition, fewer than 24 anti-Semitic crimes (10) ___________________ each year. The CAA warned: "Without urgent change, British Jews may start to leave, as has happened (11) ___________________ Europe." The UK government said: "There can never be an excuse for hatred towards the Jewish community….We (12) ___________________ challenge it."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ManyJewsinBritainwanttoleavebecauseofanincreaseinanti-Semitis
mhatecrimes.Therehasbeena45percentsurgeinanti-Semiticcrimesi
nce2014.Anti-Semitismishostilitytowardsordiscriminationagain
stJews.Newresearchshowsthatonly59percentofBritishJewsfeelwelc
omeintheUK,theirhome.Morethan10,000BritishJewswereinterview
edinthestudy.Around40percentofBritain'sJewssaidtheywereafraida
ndhidtheirreligioninpublic.TheresearchisfromtheCampaignAgainstA
nti-Semitism(CAA).Morethanthree-quartersinthestudybelievedtha
toneofBritain'spoliticalpartieshasincreasedanti-Semitism.Theyb
elievedtheLabourParty'snegativeopinionsonIsraelcreatedbadfeelin
gtowardsJews.Theysaiditsleaderhasnotcontrolledanti-Semitismint
heparty.Inaddition,fewerthan24anti-Semiticcrimesgotocourteac
hyear.TheCAAwarned:"Withouturgentchange,BritishJewsmaystartt
oleave,ashashappenedelsewhereinEurope."TheUKgovernmentsaid
:"TherecanneverbeanexcuseforhatredtowardstheJewishcommunit
y….Weshallopposeandchallengeit."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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