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November 14, 2014 11:33 am

UK Rabbi Declares, ‘I Won’t Let Anti-Semites Win’ (VIDEO)

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Manchester Rabbi Arnold Saunders is urging victims of anti-Semitic attacks not to remain silent. Photo: Twitter.

A prominent rabbi in the northern English city of Manchester has spoken out publicly about the spate of anti-Semitic attacks that has targeted his community – and vowed that the bigots will not win.

Rabbi Arnold Saunders, of the Higher Crumpsall and Higher Broughton Synagogue, told Britain’s ITV network that he himself had experienced a number of assaults, including being punched in the face by a man who then fled the scene, being verbally abused by a teenage boy, and being pelted with eggs.

Data collected by the Community Security Trust (CST), the UK Jewish community’s official security body, revealed that the Salford area of Greater Manchester, home to over 7,000 Jews, has been the site of the highest number of anti-Semitic attacks in the region in the first half of 2014. Of 98 incidents that occurred between January and June, 43 were in Salford.

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There were four assaults, seven incidents of damage and desecration of Jewish property, one threat and 31 incidents of abusive behaviour, said the Manchester Evening News.

Rabbi Saunders was adamant that victims should report anti-Semitic attacks to the police. “Even if you’re not going to get the perpetrator, it’s still important that the police can log the incident,” Rabbi Saunders told ITV. “I was threatened by someone who said ‘I’m going to kill you’. But I thought ‘I’m not going to let you win’.”

A well-known figure in the local community, Rabbi Saunders previously made the news in 2008, when his alleged resemblance to the late Malcolm Glazer, the controversial American Jewish owner of Manchester United Football Club, drew a range of responses from Manchester United supporters.

“Despite the fact that he’s about 30 years older than me, I guess there is a bit of a resemblance. We both have glasses and beards, although his is a bit more ginger than mine,” Rabbi Saunders said at the time. “Most of the time the comments are good-hearted or people want to have their picture taken with me. On one or two occasions I have experienced some very ugly behavior ranging from very strong language to having a can of beer poured over me.”

Rabbi Saunders’ current experiences do not, however, leave much room for humor. As he told ITV, “People will shout things about the Middle East, or ‘Hitler should have finished the job,’ or ‘Dirty Jew.'”

A young Jewish father of two children interviewed by ITV said of the violence and abuse, “I’m worried. I don’t know where we are going from here.”

At a meeting in early November with British Home Secretary Theresa May, UK Jewish leaders emphasized that the 314 incidents recorded across the country as Israel confronted Hamas terrorism in Gaza meant “that the community had never before expressed such a widespread feeling of being under severe pressure, with attendant fears for the future well-being of the community.”

The “pressures and fears” faced by British Jews, the delegation told Mrs. May, “combined experiences and perceptions of open antisemitism, but also deep concerns about the worsening nature of anti-Israel rhetoric and protest, especially pro-boycott actions that have included violence, criminal damage and intimidation of members of the public and shop workers.”

Watch the ITV report on anti-Semitism in Manchester:

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  • Florence

    The large export of Jews from these European countries will be the demise of Europe. For example read up on Poland’s exiling the Jews many many years before WWII. After the near financial and industrial collapse of Poland, the Jews were invited back to Poland. Poland then became a country known for chemicals, science, intellects, and financial achievements until Hitler came to power. That history of Poland will soon be bestowed on Europe if they don’t mend their ways.. Certainly, we all know the Muslims will not and cannot take the place of the intellect of the Jewish people. Beware Europe.

  • martin

    There is an old saying….”A Jew should always have his passport up to date”

  • Mickey Oberman

    Come to Canada.

    Britain has already surrendered its sovereignty.

    Mickey Oberman (Toronto)

  • Kris Kristian

    ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHERE COUNTRIES HAVE ALLOWED MASS IMMIGRATION OF MUSLIMS, HAS RESULTED IN MURDER, ATTACKS, HATE, DAMAGE, AND DESECRATION OF CEMETERIES.
    THEY ARE THREATENING PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO CONVERT TO THEIR EVIL WAYS.
    THEY HANG GAYS.
    THEY STONE WOMEN TO DEATH FO ADULTERY AFTER SHE HAS BEEN RAPED.
    THEY SENTENCE PEOPLE TO HUNDREDS OF LASHES FOR BEING “LIBERAL”

    WHEN ISRAEL IS ATTACKED BY THOSE SAVAGE MURDERERS, HAMAS, AND ISRAEL RETALIATES, THE MUSLIMS HAVE CONVINCED THE WORLD THAT ISRAEL ATTACKED THEM,. THEY ARE GETTING SYMPATHY, AND ISRAEL IS BEING CONDEMNED.

    PROBLEM IS, THAT THEY HAVE CAUSED SO MUCH ANTI SEMITISM AND HATRED OF ISRAEL, AND THE WORLD BEIEVES THEM, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ISRAEL.
    MUSLIMS ARE SENDING “FACT FINDING” DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL AND “PALESTINE”

    THEY HAVE “DECIDED” ALL THE FACTS EVEN BEFORE LEY WENT ON THEIR “FACT FINDING” MISSIONS.

    THE UN, WHICH IS DOMINATED BY ARAB OIL PRODUCING COUNTRIES, HAS BLACKMAILED THE WORLD. CONDEMN ISRAEL, OR YOU GET NO OIL

    THEY SPREAD LIES ABOUT JEWS AND ISRAEL. JEWS OWN ALL THE BANKS. JEWS RUN AMERICA, AND ANY OTHER LIES THEY CAN THINK OF.
    WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF JEW HATRED?
    REFER TO NOBEL WINNERS. THERE ARE A FEW HUNDRED JEWS (WORD JEWISH POPULATION OF 14 MILLION) AND A HANDFUL OF MUSLIM NOBEL WINNERS (WORLD POPULATION 1,6 BILLION)
    JEALOUSY AND HATRED GO HAND IN HAND

    THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER SO MUCH OF AREAS WHERE THEY LIVE, THAT THE ACTUAL NATIVES ARE AFRAID TO WALK. BRITISH POLICE ARE TOO AFRAID TO ENTER CERTAIN AREAS WHERE MUSLIMS HAVE DECLARED SHARIA LAW.
    FRIDAYS THEY TAKE OVER STREETS CAUSING TRAFFIC TO STOP.
    WHEREVER THEY ARE, THEY CAUSE TROUBLE.

    THE ANSWER IS FOR THOSE COUNTRIES, ESP. BRITAIN, UISA,HOLLAND, BELGIUM, SWEDEN, TO EXPEL THEM, AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAMELS.

  • Eric R.

    The anti-Semites won In England 1000 years ago.

    Britain is an unrepentant Nazi state, and don’t let their choosing Kapos as party leaders (Milliband) fool you. Israel should set off a nuclear device 30 km above the UK, and fry its electrical systems in an EMP attack, and watch these Jew-haters have to live in the 12th century again, where they belong.

  • Fred

    Britain has abrogated its responsibility to protect its Jewish citizen from attacks by a newcomer an aggressive Muslim migrant and its sympathisers. Is Britain going down the Muslim gurgler?????

  • bea green JP BA

    What is being done about this public antisemitism?
    Has the press taken it up and condemned it?
    Has the BBC voiced its criticism of antisemitic incidents?
    Is the population just sitting back and saying something like: “Oh dear!”

    I’ve seen this before – in Munich: 1933 till I left on the Kindertransport in 1939.

  • Jonah

    Unfortunately these are the beginnings of what all Old Testament prophesys referred to when they stated “in that day”. All the elders in most of the a christian church’s for decades have warned us of a war of persecutions against Jews worldwide and of an actual war against Israel by an Islamic confederacy. They were adamant about this to the point of it being a doctrinal belief. Most of those old elders are dead but they taught me well. They told me the war against Israel would be the catalyst for the beginning of the great tribulation…the time of Jacobs trouble. Our administration is feverously attempting to arm the combative forces for this conflicts, because they have but a short time. It states that in revelation. Unfortunately we seem to be the head of the beast spoken of in revelation. I think it’s rev 17. Time is running out, the evil forces are becoming desperate, they have cultivated a godless civilization for harvest, it is now time to put the sickle to the tare, that means they are going to kill all those that refuse to bow to Islam..a killing machine with slaughter as its objective…delivery of souls for the pit. So…..Israel prepare to defend your civilization because a prerequisite for the taking of this earth for the dark forces is the elimination of israel and the Jews….while killing all the Christians on their supposed path to victory.

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