Chief sees rise of new ha­tred

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

CHIEF RABBI Ephraim Mirvis has warned that the rise of an­ti­semitism could lead to wider ha­tred and in­tol­er­ance in so­ci­ety.

Writ­ing in the Daily Tele­graph on Thurs­day, he said Jews were “the ca­naries in the coal mine” and other groups should take note when they be­gan to suf­fer from “poi­sons in the po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere”.

The Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict had been the trig­ger for a new and sin­is­ter an­ti­semitism”, Rabbi Mirvis claimed.

At­tacks had once orig­i­nated from ex­treme right-wing na­tion­al­ists but the con­flict had led to “Jews be­ing hit from all sides”.

The rise of ha­tred had caused deep anx­i­ety for Jews across the world. But he stressed that “an­ti­semitism does not de­fine us as Jews, nor de­ter­mine our re­la­tion­ship with oth­ers”.

Rabbi Mirvis is to ad­dress a rally de­mand­ing a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to anti-Jewish ha­tred. The protest, or­gan­ised by the Campaign Against An­ti­semitism UK, will take place in cen­tral Lon­don on Sun­day.

Rabbi Mirvis told the JC that the com­mit­ment shown by Jewish grass­roots ac­tivists in com­bat­ing ha­tred was to be com­mended.

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