‘Ban Is­lam’ call

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JEWISH LEAD­ERS have con­demned a for­mer South Lon­don Sy­n­a­gogue min­is­ter for say­ing Is­lam has “no place” in Bri­tain. Af­ter Boris John­son’s re­marks about Mus­lim women wear­ing burkas, Rabbi Me­nachem Lester dis­agreed with the for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary’s state­ment that the burka should not be banned.

In his Daily Tele­graph John­son had likened women wear­ing face-cov­er­ings to “let­ter boxes” and “bank rob­bers” but ap­proved of women’s right to wear them. Rabbi Lester said coun­tries that have banned the burka had done so for “good rea­son”.

In a let­ter to the Jewish News, he wrote: “I am among many who feel Is­lam has no place in Europe and cer­tainly not in Bri­tain.”

He said the burka “rep­re­sents the im­po­si­tion of Mus­lim in­flu­ence over their sur­round­ings. I dis­agree with Boris John­son — the burka should be banned — but I agree with his at­tempt to lighten the at­mos­phere. The Bri­tish were once known for their sense of hu­mour and maybe the Jews also; only Is­lam is in­tol­er­ant and has no sense of hu­mour.”

Edie Fried­man, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Jewish Coun­cil for Racial Equal­ity

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