LONDON, May 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Fourteen leading rabbis London issued an open letter this week condemning some Jews who joined pro-Zionist rallies, and opposing those who pressured the British government to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The letter, which was hung in all Orthodox synagogues in London and Manchester, condemned “the provocative actions and public demonstrations of the Zionists, which can only create antagonism between our communities”.
Following the recent war between State of israel and Gaza, which unfortunately claimed many lives on both sides, pro-Zionist groups England organized large gatherings, sometimes leading to heated conflicts with Muslims.
In addition, a delegation headed by the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis held a meeting with the prime minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street, where they called for action against some Muslim organizations, and called on the prime minister to recognize anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism.
During a meeting, Marie van der zyl, Chairman of the Council of Deputies of British Jews, called on the government to call on social media companies to adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, which includes anti-Zionism, and asked Ofcom to monitor compliance with this standard by companies.
the London the rabbis felt that these actions would not help reduce anti-Semitism England, and on the contrary, would only fuel the fire of hatred, since Muslims would see that the Jews are against them.
As for the idea that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, this is simply not true; many great rabbis today and in past generations have opposed Zionism. The Jewish people have lived in many countries over the past 2,000 years, and having their own state is not intrinsic to their identity. The one who opposes the current State of israel does not necessarily oppose the Jewish people.
The letter cited the rabbi’s point of view Ephraim Padwa, the rabbinical authority of London Union of Hebrew Orthodox Congregations, “that we are not to take part in any way in actions that trigger conflicts with the nations of the world. We have been commanded to “seek the peace of the city” of our exile (Jeremiah 29: 7). “
The letter concluded: “For many years we have lived in peace and security alongside all of our neighbors; may Gd help keep this going. Anyone who takes part in the aforementioned actions does not represent us ”.