Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, a strong supporter of Israel who has been chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for nearly one year. Photo courtesy of Office of the Chief Rabbi


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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Leaders of Britain’s small but vocal Jewish community will call on the government, police and public to show zero tolerance for anti-Semitism and Islamophobia at a rally outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London on Sunday (Aug. 31).

Key speakers will be Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Laura Janner-Klausner, head rabbi of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

The rally comes against the backdrop of a worrying rise in European anti-Semitism and the release of a report by the Community Security Trust that monitors attacks on the Jewish community.

The report shows incidents of anti-Semitism in the U.K. rising by more than one-third in the first six months of this year.

In a pre-rally statement, South African-born Mirvis said: “Whilst we are fortunate to live in a country where the fight against anti-Semitism is being led by the government, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that there will be zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in our society.”

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner. Religion News Service photo by Trevor Grundy

Laura Janner-Klausner, head rabbi of the Movement for Reform Judaism. Religion News Service photo by Trevor Grundy


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Mirvis is a strong supporter of Israel and has been chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for nearly one year.

“There is,” he said, “no doubt that the Hamas-Israel conflict has served as a significant trigger point for the current spike in incidents.”

Added Janner-Klausner: “I want to see not only Jews but also Muslims and other British people at the rally. My hope is to broaden the issue. We stand against anti-Semitism but also against Islamophobia and the persecution of all minority groups.”

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5 Comments

  1. Sister Geraldine Marie, R.N.

    My prayers and very best wishes to all!
    NEVER AGAIN!

    Many, many blessings and success for a great turnout.

    The Lord is mercy and love, not hate, ever.

  2. Where are all the public protests against the Islamic jihad occurring?; in London, Paris ?
    Shame on the EU and the world for not being more vocal against these thugs.

    History is repeating it self.

  3. islamaphoba

    I would just bet its government leaders like Obama and other heads of state who have islamaphobia worse than us citizens do.. you don’t see us with security all around.. you don’t see us having security making plains if some angry Muslim infiltrates where we live..

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