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UK’s Chief Rabbi Praises Rupert Murdoch, Warns of Spreading Antisemitism in Europe

February 15, 2013 4:56 pm 13 comments

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

Making his last official visit to Israel this week, the UK’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks,  praised media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world.”

Sacks was speaking at the Tel Hai academic college in Kiryat Shmona. During his talk he said that the “number one problem” facing the Jewish world is the return of antisemitism to Europe.

Sacks pointed to the emigration of Norwegian and Dutch Jews, and noted that so many French Jews now live in London that a French minyan had been set up at St. John’s Wood Synagogue.

The chief rabbi described antisemitism as “a set of contradictions. Jews were hated in the 19th century because they were rich. And because they were poor. Because they were capitalists, because they were communists. Like a virus,” the chief rabbi observed, “antisemitism mutates… and we are living through one of the great mutations.”

Jews can’t fight antisemitism alone, the chief rabbi said. “How do we persuade the non-Jewish world to see antisemitism not just as a Jewish problem, but as their problem? A civilization or a country that has no room for Jews has no room for humanity.”

13 Comments

  • Isn’t it a bit stupid of Rabbi Sacks to say Murdoch is one of Israel’s better and more significant friends? Just adding fuel to the fire. I can hear the jew haters now. “Jewish Media Mogul considered one of Israel’s best friends,…anyone else see the issue here?

  • A Concerned Citizen
    You are evidently part of the problem .
    Did you press the wrong key . Surely you meant to visit Combat 18 ,Storm Front , or the official Hamas Website .

    • Harvey, you’re also “part of the problem”. Just admit that a lot of ceos are Jewish. Yes, those guys didn’t do too much about immigration.

  • Rabbi Sacks:

    It is pointless to get the Europeans to stop their Jew-hatred. They are incapable of it. It is part of their DNA; they imbibe it from their mother’s milk.

    You could sooner ask the Europeans to give up soccer.

    Israel must get the remaining Jews out of Europe, before the alliance of leftists and Muslims massacre them as a result of Israel having to destroy Lebanon or Gaza to save itself.

    Then (assuming what they say about Israel’s arsenal is true), must warn the Europeans that if Israel goes down, so does Europe.

    Will that stop Europe from trying to finish off the Jews once and for all? No. But this time, they would pay the ultimate price for it.

  • Sacks “noted that so many French Jews now live in London that a French minyan had been set up at St. John’s Wood Synagogue.” But have they jumped from the frypan into the fire?

    The UK has its own problems with anti-Semitism. As in France, in the UK Jews are outnumbered by Muslims some 10 to 1. In Europe overall it’s roughly 20 to 1, and world-wide some 100 to 1. Anywhere the anti-Zionism of the “progressive” left joins that of a growing Muslim population (which harbor their own cultural tradition of hostility to Jews) we can expect to encounter worsening problems.

  • I expect to see more anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiments expressed in Europe by left wing politicians pandering to potential voters from growing Islamic communities, and that includes those expressed by politicians of the media party.

    Consider for example David Ward the UK Member of Parliament for Bradford East (George Galloway is MP for the adjacent Bradford West). Shortly before Holocaust Memorial day he chose to make remarks that sought to compare the murder of six million Jews to the treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyyoung/100200145/lid-dem-mp-david-wards-grotesque-caricature-of-israel-and-the-jews-is-all-too-common-on-the-liberal-left/
    When challenged he issued a “clarification”:
    “When faced with examples of atrocious behaviour, we must learn from them. It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated.”
    – that was all the worse because he discarded the figleaf of a reference to “Israel” or “Zionism” for the naked targeting of “the Jews”.

  • Chief Rabbi, I could not agree more with you.

    The big problem is that there are Jew haters who are liars about Judaism and Israel. One chief such person, is non other than Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who lies so much about Israel, that, because of his status in the world, he helps spread Jew hatred and BDS against Israel.

    Of couse, the biggest problem, is Islam.
    Their Koran says it is OK to lie, if it helps them.
    They have so much money, that they can afford the best brains in the world to spread lies and hatred against Israel and Jews

    And the world needs their OIL.
    So, who need the Jews?

    We must a;; pray that the A;mighty will strike down each and every Jew hater, and make this world a safer place for all mankind.

    • I would like to add.

      When the US and Israel start to produce oil, and hopefully at a far better price than the Arabs, Saudi Arabia, Iran etc, then the world will say, “who the hell needs the Arabs?”
      Israel alone, has a potential of a bigger poil field than Saudi Arabia.
      The attitude to israel will chnage and the Atabs will have plenty black fluid to drink and swim in.Hopefully, the world will turn against the Arabs and wake up to the truth and reality.

      This is all in the hands of the Almighty.

      Those who havve cirsed HIS people, will face the curse of the ALMIGHTY as it is written.

      • Israel alone will never replace the Arab countries as a source of oil. Israel’s oil shale holds roughly the equivalent of Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves, but not those of all those Arab (and Muslim) countries. And it’s not yet been demonstrated that Israel’s reserves can be extracted in an economic and environmentally responsible fashion. But it’s something to be hopeful about.

        • Raymond, I seriously doubt that Israel’s shale oil natural reserve (even if not being economically viable) is comparable to Saudi Arabia oil reserves.

          Also there is the Energy Recovered Over Energy Invested report.

      • Israel doesn’t have too much oil. It barely has enough oil for itself. This applies for shale oil also. And out of that shale oil there isn’t enough that can be extracted.

    • Bonnie Loranger

      I totally agree with you.

  • A Concerned Citizen

    Jewish figureheads (who are overrepresented in CEO and key positions in media and governments both in America and Europe) warn us of growing anti-antisemitism in Europe, yet these same figures approve and/or promote mass immigration of these criminal, uneducated and anti-semitic hordes to Europe in the first place, while placing all the blame of anti-antisemitism on the Europeans.

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