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Britain’s Chief Rabbi: Anti-Semitism
Spreading Like a Tsunami
By Scott Shiloh
Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, said in an interview on BBC radio
that ongoing conflicts around the world have been having uncomfortable
ramifications for Europe’s Jews.
He said that global conflicts are acting like “a kind of tsunami of
anti-Semitism, which is taking place a long way from this country
(Britain) but (of) which Europe seems unaware," he said.
Rabbi Sacks did not blame Israel for the threat to European Jewry. He
pointed out that many regional conflicts ignited by Islamic radicals in
Chechnya, the Philippines, and Indonesia, would be occurring, even if
Israel did not exist.
He said that globalization was leading many people to view Israel as the
cause of the world’s conflicts. He accused Islamic radicals of using
Israel’s alleged mistreatment of Arabs to support their campaigns of
violence around the world.
Rabbi Sacks blamed satellite television and the Internet for exposing
Britain to a globalized anti-Semitism. But anti-Semitism was also
rearing its head on prime-time TV and best-selling books that deny the
Holocaust, he warned.
While the situation for Jews in Britain was good overall, Rabbi Sacks
said that anti-Jewish activities were rising throughout Europe,
especially in France.
“A number of rabbinical colleagues throughout Europe have been assaulted
and attacked on the streets,” he said. "We've had synagogues desecrated.
We've had Jewish schools burn to the ground - not here but in France."
The Community Services Trust, a UK based group that monitors
anti-Semitic incidents says there has been a dramatic rise in
anti-Semitic incidents over the past year. The trust recorded 532
anti-Semitic incidents in 2004, 83 of which were physical assaults.