Barely having caught their breath from their latest denunciations of Corbyn, Britain’s top Jews have launched broadsides against one of their own.
The target? Rabbi Menahem Lester. His crime? Declaring that “Islam has no place in Europe and certainly not in Britain”. And, observing the complicity of his fellow Jews in the Muslim invasion, the good rabbi ends on an ominous note:
“I’m wondering where Judaism now fits.”
These statements were made in a brief letter to a low-circulation newspaper, the Jewish News.
It’s a measure of how protective the top Jews feel towards Islam that even this minor outburst in a minor outlet provokes a massive denunciatory response. Whenever a “Good Jew” candidate appears, other Jews round on him as if he were the most monstrous of traitors. Telling.
Note particularly the remarks of Rabbi Laura Janner-Klauser, whose father Greville Janner, one of the world’s most prominent Jews, was a serial rapist of goyim children, a lifelong criminal who never saw justice thanks to mysterious and, as yet, unexplained failures within the “justice system”.
“I strongly believe in our shared destiny as Jews and Muslims.”
Greville Janner, too, was a passionate defender of Muslims. As Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress, he denounced the French burka ban in 2004; and he co-founded the Coexistence Trust, an organisation designed to bring Muslim and Jewish political leaders together. Janner also wrote a book about Muslim-Jewish collaboration called “One hand cannot clap”.
The Jewish Chronicle article follows:
Jewish leaders have condemned a former South London Synagogue minister for saying Islam has “no place” in Britain.
In a letter to the Jewish News, Rabbi Menahem Lester said he disagreed with Boris Johnson’s remarks about Muslim women wearing burkas and attacked the paper for reports it ran criticising the comments.
Mr Johnson had likened women wearing face-coverings to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.
Rabbi Lester said countries that have banned the burka had done so for “good reason.”
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,” he wrote.
Edie Friedman, executive director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality said Rabbi Lester’s comments were “so outrageous I didn’t even think it came from a real person.
“It doesn’t take much imagination to think how Jews would feel if the same was said about Judaism.
“Such coarsening of public discourse threatens the very social cohesion on which we all depend. We really need to take a step back and make sure we are able to discuss issues in an unemotional manner, free from bigotry.”
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi said: “As a British rabbi I reject the letter and the statement that Islam has no place in Europe.
She added: “We have to remain vigilant. These attitudes that are expressed about Islam and Muslims will affect Jews and the same with what is said about Jews will affect Muslims.”
Rabbi David Mason, of Muswell Hill Synagogue, also condemned the comments.
“As a Rabbinic leader I have taken great comfort in developing solid relationships between my local community and local Muslim communities.
“When people attack Islam or Muslims in what they say or write, it may be helpful for them to substitute our identity for Islam. We need to be overly careful not to offend others in ways that against us, these very words would be wholly hurtful.”
Other figures in the Jewish community condemned Mr Johnson’s comments, including Jonathan Goldstein, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, who said his remarks were “totally disgraceful”.
Adrian Cohen, the chairman of the London Jewish Forum, said Mr Johnson’s remarks “should be of grave concern” the Jewish community.