At the end of World war II in 1945, the Jewish population of Great Britan numbered about 450,000 people but today it has declined to about 280,000. The decline is most probably attributed to several factors such as a lower birth rate among those with higher incomes, the departure of some British Jews to the new state of Israel, and the high degree of intermarriage with Christians. However, the past year witnessed an interesting turnabout due to the large number of children in Orthodox Jewish families and the total rose from 275,000 to 280,000.
The high birth rate among Orthodox Jewish families is pushing figures higher and it also means a much larger number of Jews in Britain are Orthodox. For example, in Manchester, half of all Jewish children under the age of five are from Orthodox families,and in Greater London they now account for 18% of the Jewish population.
There appears to be in many religions a growth in the number of people who are of an Orthodox leaning so it is not surprising this also manifests itself in the Jewish religion.
A British Appeal Court halted the deportation of Abu Qatada who is accused of beng the “spiritual ambassador to Europe” of al-Qaeda. Although, Jordan promised the British government it would not torture the man, the Court refused to accept that guarantee. Judges also blocked the deportation of two Libyan men due to fear of torture and denial of fair trials. Human Rights Watch claimed the decision was a blow aimed at the government’s plans to deport individuals to nations which ordnarily use torture in order to extract confessions. “These cases,” said Julia Hall, “show that the British government should stop trying to deport people to countries whose justice systems are deeply tainted by torture and other abuses.”
Hopefully, the fight to end terrorism in the world can proceed without nations feeling compelled to use the tactics of terrorists. Demcracy must stand apart from the evils of men by behaving in such a manner as to demonstrate the importance of fair trials as the best weapon to combat those who oppose the democratic process.
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