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May 7, 2015 6:45 pm

Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury Calls on Christians to Fight ‘Horrendous’ Violence Against Jews

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The head of the Church of England called on the Christian community to acknowledge and fight the “horrendous” violence perpetrated against the Jewish community, the UK’s Jewish News reported Wednesday.

“Within the Christian community we need to stand against our own tendency, when exhibited over many centuries, to violence; violence against each other and above all violence against Jewish communities in horrendous and horrible ways going back well over a millennia,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Speaking at the Board of Deputies of British Jews’ annual dinner in London, Welby called for the development of an “ideology” to counter the beliefs of those he called “radicals,” though the archbishop failed to elaborate on who those radicals are.

“If we don’t do that we leave all the good arguments in the hands of the radicals,” he said.

The archbishop also apologized for the actions of Church of England vicar Stephen Sizer, who in 2014 attended an antisemitic conference in Iran, where conspiracy theories such as Israel’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks as well as the dominance of the “Zionist lobby” over the U.S. and the EU were presented.

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  • This is what I have learned. Do not expect gratitude. Most times you will not receive it. Many of you are unaware of the fact that I was a major person in the interfaith movement in this country; I served as president of three interfaith groups and received many awards including the Martin Luther King Award from Edison Township, the SE Asian Award for fighting bigotry and serve on the NJ State Holocaust Commission. The lesson I learned is that all these groups turn on you when you speak out about and disagree with them. I have attended many Muslim events, but when I speak out against extremist Muslims I am left standing alone by all these groups. When Pam Geller spoke at my synagogue there was $1000 of damage done to my home and death threats were made against me. Except for the police (I am township Chaplain), no one spoke out. For those of you who think you can fight the liberal Jewish establishment and liberal Rabbis and wealthy congregants, I say that you are living a dream. Only if we have voting clout and financial backing can we make a difference. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • MaxtheDrive

    To fight the current “horrendous violence” against Jews, Britain, France and eventually, the United States will need to curtain the behavior of some of their Muslim populations. They will also need to deconstruct the Left’s current fascination with Fascism, and its alignment with Islamists.

  • Daphne

    Several things for Christians to remember :

    Jesus, our Lord, was a Jew – is a Jew. He is sitting at the right hand of God Almighty.

    He was circumcised on the eighth day, raised as a Jew, going to synagogue and meeting Feast Day requirements at the Temple. His disciples were all Jews. The whole Bible was written by Jews (save Gospel of Luke and Acts.

    He will return in power to Jerusalem. “And so all Israel will be saved …” (Rom 11:26)

    Do read more, believe and be blessed.

    • George Jarrold

      Amen.

  • Sally Prittie

    I am thankful that the dreadful silence over the church’s anti-Semitism is broken. Most certainly it is not enough, but it is a start. Now we must ask for action. As head of the church Archbishop please set up a commission to assess the extent and nature of that which you are apologising for, and develop strategies for ensuring that Anglicans are well taught about the true nature of a Christian’s relationship with the Jews according to the Bible. It is a very big task you have embarked upon and our prayers are with you in it.

  • Eric R.

    If the Archbishop is really serious about fighting Jew-hatred, he can set an example by defrocking the most notorious anti-Semite in the Anglican Church:

    Desmond Tutu.

    • jB Silver

      No, the Archbishop, and all you other kneejerk idiots, need to acknowledge that Christians are NOT doing the violence now, and have not been for 20 or more years. The Source of anti-Jewish violence is the Moslems.
      And I don’t give a f— today, over “2000 years of atrocities”; I agree with defrocking Tutu, because he gives the Moslems a cover.
      But I also want the Archbishop to denounce the horrific mass murder of Christians throughout the Moslem World.
      And I say all this as a G-D fearing Jew who lives in Israel, and has done for the last 42 years.
      People, stop looking backward, at what we suffered.
      Look forward to the oncoming train called Islamist violence that wants to destroy us AND the Christians.
      That is our problem right now.

      • George Jarrold

        Very well said and of course very true; I hope you read my other post.Islam is the threat to the civilised world;in many ways it is the new National socialism with a “religious” hat on. Very few people seem to know or remember that Jews and Christians share a common history of suffering in dhimmitude under Islam,in many places for a millennium or more. The Christian church,mainly the Catholic church ,has been cruel to the Jewish people at times but as you point out the Christian Church has also done her duty in Christ many times to alleviate the sufferings of her Jewish brethren and sistren. I for one would love to see the Christians and the jews united completely in love ,fellowship and understanding. I hope you won’t be offended if I say that I believe that that day will come ,as prophesied, when all God’s people are united in Christ;Jew and Christian then will be titles that will no longer apply because we will all be one in Christ.

    • Jonathan

      Eric R, do the Israeli chief rabbis have authority over rabbis in the diaspora? No. Similarly, Welby has no authority over Tutu.

    • Moshe

      @Eric R. as a former Anglican, I can tell you that the Archbishop has no power over the Arch-Bishop Emiritas of the Province of South Africa, just as you would have no power to dis-empower the Chief Rabbi of Israel. I think that this should be seen for what it is, a step in the right direction and he should be encouraged.

  • DACON9

    THERE IS A LOT MORE,
    SPECIFICALLY 2000 YEARS TO APOLOGIZE FOR…
    NEED I LIST ALL YOUR ATROCITIES TO JEWS?
    WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO START FROM THIS VERY MOMENT GOING BACKWARD?
    OR WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO START 2000 YEARS GOING FOWARD?

    OK, I’LL START FROM today your priest dressed like a rabbi standing in front of a church dressed like a synagogue deceiving and seducing young yeshiva students in Brooklyn New York.

    how about counterfeiting our dauily prayer books inserting the name of your deadgod and leaving them off in our orthodox shuls…

    NEED I ITEMIZE THEM ALL XTIAN WARRIOR?
    HOWABOUT THE IST OF JEWS YOU ”’SAVED” FROM YOUR XTIAN NAZI HOLOCAUST AND NOW REFUSING TO GIVE THAT LIST OF ”SAVED” JEWS NAMES TO RABBIS IN ISRAEL.

    LISTEN MR XTIAN WARRIOR.
    I AM WELL VERSED IN YOUR DECEPTIONS AND APOLOGIZES….
    IN JUDAISM WE GO BY ”ACTIONS”.

    HASHEM SAID ‘HE’ DOESNT WANT THE SACRIFICES OF THE SINNERS.’HE’ WANTS THE “ACTIONS” OF REPENTANCE.

    MR. XTIAN WARRIOR…DO THE ACTIONS AND STOP MAKING THESE PRESS RELEASES.
    G-D DOESNT FORGIVE EMPTY WORDS.

    BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU ARE SINLESS CAUSE YOUR DEADgod
    of flesh died for your sins so you don’t have anything to worry about.

    • To DACON9, alienating those of the Christian faith with your insults, because you are angry at one person, who could or would otherwise be a supporter of Israel and Jewish people, does not serve your interests well, nor is there any honor for you in your diatribe. I would suggest you either edit it or delete it.

      • George Jarrold

        Hello. I don’t think he should edit or delete his post;it is his opinion and that’s fair enough. Of course I don’t agree with him,but so what? I would say that their is too much prohibition on speech these days;it is a double edged sword and can and will affect us all if we allow it to spread.It is already getting difficult to speak truths about Islam. Free speech is too precious to tamper with.i believe that Jesus would not try to stop anyone speaking their mind,He certainly never tried to stop His enemies from speaking out;He just showed them to be wrong.

        • George Jarrold

          Hello. I don’t think he should edit or delete his post;it is his opinion and that’s fair enough. Of course I don’t agree with him,but so what? I would say that there is too much prohibition on speech these days;it is a double edged sword and can and will affect us all if we allow it to spread.It is already getting difficult to speak truths about Islam. Free speech is too precious to tamper with.i believe that Jesus would not try to stop anyone speaking their mind,He certainly never tried to stop His enemies from speaking out;He just showed them to be wrong.

    • George Jarrold

      I don’t understand why you are so bitter against Jesus,The Christ; He never said or did anything that could lead any one to think that Jews should be mistreated,especially by His followers. Jesus had nothing but love and concern for His Jewish brothers;after all when God entered His creation He did so as a Jewish child who grew up to become a Jewish man;all His followers were Jews.You will find nothing in Christ’s message of salvation that is against Jews. He said,”There is no Jew or Gentile”,meaning in the Kingdom all are welcome who
      are reconciled to God through His sacrifice.
      The Church is a different story in many ways.Through out her history she has been in grave error concerning the Jews and behaved in a way that is certainly not pleasing to God. The church hasn’t always been that kind to Christians either who had a different take on Christ’s message to the official one. Not everyone in the Church was anti Jewish.It was politics. Politics is still influencing the Church;I do not follow any denomination,I am just a plain and simple Christian. I feel that in some ways the Church has been captured by a left wing activist faction who do not really honour Christ at all.
      But don’t get the impression that the whole Christian Church is a disappointment;many men and women in the Church strive to do what Christ intended they do,work for the salvation of humanity through Him in love and kindness and generosity.
      Genuine Christians have a real love and concern for our Jewish friends and brothers and wish them only what is good,trying to bring Christ’s message without offending anyone’s sensibilities. Don’t Blame Jesus for the shortcomings of men,blame the men.

      • Daniel Woods

        Amen! That is true of Jesus Christ who came in this world to tell the truth of his love for everyone who believe in Jesus shall enter heaven forever. (Philippians 2:10,11)
        10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
        11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    • Jonathan

      Dacon9, I would like to know specifics of the cases you describe. And I bet they’re nothing to do with Justin Welby.

  • THANK YOU HASHEM for the Gentiles who publicly speak against anti-Semitism!!!!

    PS: If Jews would THANK HASHEM for the Gentiles who publicly speak against anti-Semitism, then there would be more Gentiles who publicly speak against anti-Semitism.

    • The Archbishop of Canterbury had a Jewish great grandfather, like PM David Cameron. In the years leading up ro WW2 the then Archbishop appealed to all Anglicans to open their homes to take German-speaking Jewish children arriving on the Kindertransport, about 10,000 Jewish children saved from Nazi Europe. Jews tended to live in the main cities most likely to be bombed, so there was no point putting more children at risk. Eventually most the children in city centres were evacuated and many Jewish children spent the war in Shefford, Hertfordshire, guided by Dr Judith Grunfeld ztl and Dr Solomon Schonfeld ztl. The C of E was founded by Henry VIII and has come to represent British values of tolerance, fair play and helping those in need. Many top C of E schools have long accepted a percentage of Jewish pupils. In the 1930’s C of E and Roman Archbishops joined Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz in forming the Council of Christians and Jews to fight anti-Semitism which was raging in Europe.

      • George Jarrold

        Yes and many Jewish men who had escaped from the clutches of the National Socialists fought bravely in the British army,regarding Britain as their country. I think others could learn a lot from the loyalty of the Jews to Britain.

    • George Jarrold

      I think it is important to get Anti-semitism in Britain in perspective. Attacks and criticisms of Jews and Israel were confined to a fringe minority of ultra left rabble rousers until the last decade or so.The recent increase in hostility is not from British Christians or even atheists but from the militant islamist faction that is growing ever bolder in Britain and the West in general. Together with a left wing assault against Israel in the universities;the left,incidentally, have made common cause with Islam through their shared loathing of the West and it’s values,Jews are understandably feeling hurt and insecure.
      True to the current thinking in the British and Western churches,the Archbishop is terrified to actually name the real culprits of anti-semitism and anti Israel violence and propaganda.
      As a Christian myself,non denominational.I can assure our Jewish Brethren that all true Christians feel nothing but goodwill and love for Israel and the Jewish people in Britain or elsewhere.Please do not think that Jews in Britain are anything other than valued and respected.The Jews and Israel really have and do enrich societies and the world.

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