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Lianne Kolirin in the Jewish Chronicle (7 June) reports, ‘The president of the Board of Deputies [Mr Jonathan Arkush]  has been criticised for “fanning the flames of inter-community hatred” in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack. Jonathan Arkush wrote a comment piece for the JC in which he called on Britain’s Muslim community to “stand up and be counted – to go beyond mere condemnation” of the attack carried out by jihadists in which eight people were killed . . . his words have angered some UK Jews, with more than 80 people from synagogues and communal organisations across the community, as well as many non-afiliated individuals, signing an open letter which went live on Wednesday. In it they expressed their concern at Mr Arkush’s stance, which was written “purportedly in our name . . . It is deeply troubling to see a leader of the British Jewish community calling for the universal scrutiny of a religious group based on the actions of a tiny minority. We particularly reject the assertion that members of a religious or ethnic group must quickly and publicly denounce any members of that group who act repugnantly. We hope you will remember that this has been used to persecute Jews in living memory.”  click here.

 

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