Rishi Sunak
Rishi SunakKieran Bradley

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday condemned the recent increase in antisemitic incidents in the UK, the Jewish News reported.

Speaking in Parliament after King Charles III delivered his first King’s Speech, Sunak said it “sickens me to think that British Jews are looking over their shoulder in this country.”

The Prime Minister added the government would “not stand for the hatred and antisemitism we have seen on our streets”, in reference to some of the scenes at pro-Palestinian Arab demonstrations in recent weeks.

“This government will do whatever it takes to keep the Jewish community safe,” said Sunak.

Sunak visited Israel last month in a show of solidarity following the Hamas massacre of October 7.

During the visit, Sunak met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said, "We absolutely support Israel's right to defend itself, to go after Hamas, and to return its hostages."

Shortly after the Hamas massacre, Sunak attended a vigil for the victims at Finchley United Synagogue in north London.

Speaking at the service, Sunak told those in attendance that he stands with them in solidarity.

"There are not two sides to these events. There is no question of balance. I stand with Israel," he made clear.

Sunak said his first duty is to protect the UK's Jewish community, and he "will stop at nothing" to keep them safe.