The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

In his ar­ti­cle ( Com­ment, Au­gust 1), the Chief Rabbi ap­pears to have con­fused his re­li­gious and moral role with a com­mu­nity lead­er­ship role in his anal­y­sis of the Gaza-Is­rael con­flict.

Any view of the killing and de­struc­tion from a person in his po­si­tion must surely be from a moral per­spec­tive, not a po­lit­i­cal one. That means any death is wrong. In mourn­ing only Is­raeli deaths, he is plac­ing him­self pub­licly and firmly on one side of the con­flict and, by im­pli­ca­tion, bestow­ing his moral bless­ing on the Is­raeli govern­ment ac­tions, in­clud­ing the killing of over 400 chil­dren.

For the Bri­tish pub­lic and the lead­ers of Mus­lim, Chris­tian and other faith com­mu­ni­ties, I am afraid that this will look more like a cold heart, than a heavy one. If the Chief Rabbi is pre­pared to put him­self in this po­si­tion, how does he think he can be part of build­ing “a fu­ture of hope and as­pi­ra­tion”?

Chief Rabbi Mirvis can use his po­si­tion to reach out to com­mu­ni­ties on the other side of this con­flict. So, if he gen­uinely wants to play a role in build­ing hope and as­pi­ra­tion, then may I sug­gest that, on his visit to Is­rael, he also vis­its the other vic­tims of this con­flict in Gaza and the West Bank. Barry Kush­ner Coun­cil­lor for Nor­ris Green Ward Ye Pri­ory Court, Liver­pool

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