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October 2, 2016 11:03 am

In Rosh Hashanah Greeting, Muslim Mayor Calls London’s Jews ‘Shining Example’ of UK Capital ‘at Its Best’

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Photo: Screenshot.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Photo: Screenshot.

London’s first-ever Muslim mayor issued a Rosh Hashanah greeting on Sunday, and called the British capital’s Jewish community a “shining example of London at its best.”

Sadiq Khan, a Londoner of Pakistani descent who became mayor in May, said, “As I look back at what has already been a huge year for me personally, I’m reminded of the warmth and best wishes extended to me by the Jewish community. From attending [a] Yom HaShoah [ceremony] as my first official engagement after being elected mayor, to breaking my fast during Ramadan at an event hosted by the Finchley Reform Synagogue, there are many, many memories from the past year I will always cherish.”

Furthermore, Khan stated, “I’m so proud to be mayor of a city where Londoners who are Jewish, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, those who are members of an organized faith, don’t simply tolerate each other, but respect, embrace and celebrate each other.”

Shortly after his election, Khan — a member of the UK’s Labour Party — criticized his party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for failing to deal with antisemitism in Labour’s ranks.

“I’ve been the victim of hate crimes because of my ethnicity and my faith,” Khan told the New York Times. “If somebody is saying views that are appalling, disgusting and clearly antisemitic, I’ve got to call it out. The fact that that person happens to be from my party, the fact that the leader of my party is failing to call it out, that’s irrelevant. I have to call it out.”

And in a Jewish News interview published around the same time, Khan said he would be open to visiting Israel.

“I’m keen to make sure I’m the most pro-business mayor we’ve ever had and that means going on trade missions, including to Tel Aviv,” he said.

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  • solange9

    He also began proceedings to jail those who “annoy” Muslims online, so taking this with a grain of salt.

  • Space_Cowboy_1952

    From coming out in favour of gay marriage on one hand, to promoting London as the Sharia Finance capital of Europe, this man just keeps painting targets on his own back.

  • henrytobias

    He’s very welcome to visit Israel. But I doubt he has the courage to withstand the blowback he’ll get from the antisemites in his party.

  • Peter Joffe

    How long will it before this Muslim mayor starts doing what Muslims do and spread hate and antisemitism. Loving or respecting “Infidels'” is not what Muslims do. Electing a Muslim to high office is the start of a much bigger rot. See ‘Obama’ for what happens when you invite a wolf into the sheep pen.

    • Ed Karesky

      Do you intentionally expose yourself publically as an idiot? Your Obama hatred is ludicrous. And yes, I am a Jew who was a Bar Mitzvah in an Orthodox shul and am a supporter of Israel.

  • logdon

    Don’t be fooled.

  • C.R.

    This man is a liar, i.e., Islamic taqiyya–he doesn’t believe a word of it–in fact he hates Jews and wants them destroyed. This Muslim Mayor of London–is a fine example of an Islamic terrorist.

  • watsa46

    S. Khan is not a run of the mill Muslim. He should get along very well with someone like Zuhdi Jasser, MD.

  • Mike

    Says the fox to the chickens.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    The new London mayor has been impressive so far, a model of acceptance and not just tolerance for diversity. A trip to Israel would be great, not just from the business standpoint but because it’s the right thing to do. In the Jewish way, of course, economic and social issues are important, but morality takes precedence over all of them.