British Lawmaker Faces Death Threats for Being Jewish

MP Lee Scott says his constituents are becoming increasingly concerned about anti-Semitism.

A Jewish lawmaker from the greater London area said he has received death threats because he is Jewish, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Lee Scott, the Conservative MP for Ilford North, said he has had five death threats in the past year, telling the British Parliament during a debate on anti-Semitism on Tuesday that he received a phone call telling him he should be "stoned to death."

"Being Jewish is my religion, that's the end of it," Scott told BBC London. "I was born a Jew, and that's what I've chosen to practice."

"I would never enforce my religious beliefs on anyone, so why should I have that for just my religion?" he asked. "Some will like me, others won't; some will like my party, others won't. But whether they like me or not, it's not a reason to try and kill me."

Scott said his constituents have told him they are increasingly concerned about anti-Semitism, the BBC said.

It cited Britain's Metropolitan Police as reporting a 92 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the course of a year, spiking to 322 in the period between October 2013 and the same month this year, nearly double the 167 incidents between October 2012 and October 2013.