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Sacks' concern

by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2006-01-01

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has likened the way anti-Semitism is spreading to that of a tsunami effect.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Sunday Show, the United Synagogue chief says people are blaming Israel for all sorts of problems and there is an increase of anti-Semitism being spread by holocaust deniers and Jew haters. He himself is personally afraid by what is going on.
"I am very scared and I'm very scared that more protests have not been delivered against it, but this is part of the vocabulary of politics in certain parts of the world," he said.
With an increase of Jewish hate bring spread through the internet and by satellite television, Sir Jonathan says more needs to be done to combat it and deal with the problem.
"This is all a kind of tsunami of anti-Semitism which is taking place a long way from this country but (of) which Europe seems unaware,"
He also expressed his concern about attacks on Jews in France and how that is impacting on both himself and others Jews across Europe.
"A number of my rabbinical colleagues throughout Europe have been assaulted and attacked on the streets. We've had synagogues desecrated. We've had Jewish schools burnt to the ground - not here but in France … So it's the kind of feeling that you don't know what's going to happen next, and that is making some European Jewish communities feel uncomfortable."
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