I fled Israel to the UK after Hamas atrocities – but I’m returning as I no longer feel safe in the UK

A British woman who fled Israel after Hamas atrocities is returning to the war-torn region – because she no longer feels safe in Britain.

Businesswoman Clare Harris, 34, who lived in north London until she was 19, left her Tel Aviv home after the July 10 attack but will fly back to the war zone tomorrow after becoming too frightened to leave her Home in the capital to leave “permanent” pro-Palestinian rallies.

Clare Harris, who has dual British and Israeli citizenship, will fly back to Israel tomorrow as she no longer feels safe in the UK

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Clare Harris, who has dual British and Israeli citizenship, will fly back to Israel tomorrow as she no longer feels safe in the UKPhoto credit: Doug Seeburg – Commissioned by The Sun

She has also received hundreds of twisted anti-Semitic messages from online trolls saying: “F*** you Israeli supporting c***.”

Clare, a director of a financial firm, said from her home before her flight from Heathrow: “I feel more threatened here in London than in Israel.”

“That’s the sad truth. I packed my things and got on the flight and flew back.

“All I see on the news and on social media are thousands of people at hate rallies holding up pictures of Hitler and sick things.

“The police will not ban them (marches) even though people say they don’t feel safe.

“Look at how many arrests there were this weekend.

“So if the police don’t even help, I will feel safer in Israel.

“I can see the rocket warnings on my phone as they are being fired in (Israel), but at least people there won’t be chanting anti-Semitic slurs on the street where I live.”

Clare, who now has dual British and Israeli citizenship, told how she received hundreds of sick anti-Semitic insults after posting “Free Palestine from Hamas” on her Instagram account, which increased her concerns.

The messages seen by The Sun read: “Free Palestine from uneducated, mindless, illegal occupying Zionists like you.”

“And shut the fuck up.”

Another said: “We definitely don’t need the kind of Jewish babies you would jump out of!”

“Save the rest of us the trouble of having to put up with your rotten ways!”

One added: “Wait a little longer, my love, because Israel will be destroyed and you will again be slaves with no place to live.”

“Once a slave, always a slave. (laughing emoji) and no country wants you to accept you (SIC). Ironic.”

And another read: “You whore, son of Ab***h.”

“You and the Israeli pigs, you support genocide.”

For five days after the July 10 terrorist attack, Clare hid alone in a special bulletproof panic room in her apartment, with a hammer and a knife under her pillow.

She couldn’t sleep because of “stress” and “heartbreak” as details of what happened emerged.

Tragically, Clare also discovered that one of her close friends, Dor Malka, 28, had been slaughtered at the Nova music festival.

She added: “It was the worst time of my life but I was one of the lucky ones.

“I am suffering from the trauma of losing my friend and so many other people I knew who were kidnapped.

“At the time I wanted to leave and go back home to my family to be with them.

“I didn’t realize how many people would turn against me as a Jew because of the retaliation.

“Of course it breaks my heart that innocent people are dying in Gaza.

“It breaks all of our hearts that any innocent person could lose their life.”

Clare said she will volunteer at food stations when she returns to the war zone. She also thanked The Sun for its support since the attacks, adding: “It means a lot to us to see headlines showing the people we have lost and what has happened to our community.”

“The front page of the kidnapped children resonated with many people.”

Police are currently working to identify the people wearing Hamas-style headbands

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Police are currently working to identify the people wearing Hamas-style headbandsPhoto credit: Twitter
On another poster, the swastika was merged with the Star of David

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On another poster, the swastika was merged with the Star of DavidCredit: Supplied

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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