The British public is often commended for its common sense. Over recent years, however, the movement to boycott all aspects of Israeli output – from vegetables and cosmetics to orchestras and dance troupes – has been so vociferous that it has begun to cast doubt upon our reputedly solid sense of judgment.
Now, however, those concerns can be laid to rest. A new poll conducted by YouGov for the Jewish Chronicle has established that “fewer than one in five Brits believe that Israeli actors, dancers or musicians should not be welcome to perform here, and three-quarters can see no reason why British performers should not travel to Israel”.
The principal polling question was whether Israeli performers ”should not be welcome to perform in Britain, even if they receive a subsidy from the Israeli government”. 53 per cent of respondents felt that Israelis should be made welcome in Britain, which according to the JC is “far below the level of support claimed by anti-Israel and pro-boycott campaigners.” The full details are available on the Jewish Chronicle website. Continue reading on the Telegraph website