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Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi: ‘Antisemitism So Socially Unacceptable, It Can Only Survive Like a Virus, by Mutating’ (VIDEO)

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Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Britain. Photo: Screenshot.

Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Britain. Photo: Screenshot.

“Antisemitism is so socially unacceptable that it can only survive the way a virus survives, which is by mutating,” Britain’s former chief rabbi said on Wednesday.

In an interview on BBC Newsnight, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained why he believes “anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism.”

“In the Middle Ages, Jews were hated for their religion. In the 19th and 20th centuries, you weren’t allowed to hate anyone for their religion – because this was post-enlightenment Europe – so they were hated for their race. Today, you can’t hate anyone for their race, so you hate them for their nation-state,” he said.

Rabbi Sacks recounted talking to school kids who, like his interviewer, challenged him about the accusations of antisemitism hurled against people who take issue with the policies of the Israeli government: “I said [to them], ‘Hands up; which of you believes it’s legitimate to criticize the British government?’ They all put their hands up. I said, ‘Which of you believes that Britain has no right to exist?’ Nobody put their hands up. I said, ‘Now you know the difference between criticism of the state of Israel and antisemitism.’”

Sacks also shared his thoughts on tackling allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. “I think the problem is so simple,” he said. “Just practice zero tolerance, the way you would to any other kind of unacceptable prejudice. So, just do it and the problem is solved.”

Watch the full interview below:

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  • mal

    the goyim are so dumb. all we have to do is cry “antisemitism” and they do whatever we want.

    • shoshana

      you talk about the “goyim” jus like they talk about us

  • erik keller

    Rabi Sacks!
    Do you differentiate between criticism of Isreal and denial of its right existence?

  • A Virus is a disease and many people have this disease.
    For instance, Islam, Antisemitism, the Pope, Nazis, and more and more Western Nations who have become infected. Find a vaccine as soon as possible as this is a disease worse than Ebola.

  • Professor Alan M. Dershowitz Esq said:

    “There is yet a third strain of the current virus of anti-Semitism, this one even more difficult to diagnose. Its danger lies in its subtlety, its pervasiveness, and its acceptability at all levels of our society.”

    “This is a phenomenon familiar to all of us, yet difficult to articulate and expose: the singling out of Jewish institutions and especially Israel for special scrutiny, and the application of a double-standard to Jewish things and persons.”

    “This phenomenon, which currently has no accepted name, assumes a variety of forms, but its most obvious manifestation is the special and often gloating attention paid by the media, [and] by intellectuals, and by the government to any deviation by Israel, no matter how trivial, from the highest norms of humans rights, civility, and sacrifice.”

    “Though Israel may be deserving of criticism, what is missing is the comparable criticism of equal or greater violations by other countries and other groups. This constant, often legitimate criticism of Israel for every one of it deviations, when coupled with the absence of legitimate criticism of others, creates the impression currently prevalent on university campuses and in the press that Israel is among the worst rights violators in the world.”

    “We have all heard that phrase repeated many times. It is not true, but if it is repeated often enough, it takes on a reality of its own.”

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 4, page 119) published in year 1991 by Little Brown and Company ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374

    • shoshana

      there is a frensh saying:”deux poids deux mesures” which means : two different ways of judgeing one specific issue this is exactly what most europeans do about Israel. How come I never hear or read about a critic of Assad for his killing his own people? it started long before the exremist islam started. Israel has within its population about 24% of non jews,arabs muslams and christians, druzes, they are by law equal in every way, they have members in the knesset;the israeli parliament and even some in the gouvernment.
      but wheb it comes to Israel the tendency in Europe media is to look only for the negative things in Israel.never anything positive. I say and insist on cand and must criticise Israel when neccesary but the BDS movement is just as the rabi says a transformation of the classic antiseimitism antisemitism

  • Lia

    Well done, both gentlemen!!!!

  • Yaakov

    Jews are a race only to people who hate Jews. Judaism is a faith and way of life open to all.