Chief Rabbi’s rant condemned as ‘political’ and ‘ideological’ ‘propaganda’

Ephraim Mirvis: His outburst about Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party has been condemned as ‘political’ and ‘ideological’ ‘propaganda’.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been decisively debunked by the UK Rabbinical Executive of the United European Jews.

This may be unsurprising, as the organisation arises from True Torah Jews, a group that was set up to oppose Zionism – and Mr Mirvis is a Zionist of what we may consider an extreme nature.

United European Jews, as an organisation, is concerned that Zionism endangers Jews across the world.

In a letter to the Labour leader, Rabbi Mayer Weinberger writes as follows:

“I write to you on behalf of the Executive Board of the United European Jews organisation regarding an unusually disturbing declaration that was … reported in the media claiming that the overwhelming majority of British Jews are “gripped by anxiety” at the prospect of a Labour victory in the forthcoming general election.

“Please not that we totally reject and condemn in no uncertain terms these remarks, which [do] not represent the views of the mainstream chareidi Jews that live in the UK.

“We believe that such assertions are due to propaganda with a political and ideological agenda. An agenda which, I might add, is diametrically opposed to fundamental Jewish values as well as the opinions of tens of thousands of Jews in our community.

“At this time, we also relay our gratefulness for your numerous acts of solidarity with the Jewish community over many years and also welcome your assurances that Labour will do everything necessary to defend the Jewish way of life and protect our rights to practise our religion.

“For all this, we take this opportunity to say: Thank you! Mr Corbyn.”

At the very least, this shows that opinion about Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party in the Jewish community as far less conclusive than Mr Mirvis – and the Tory-supporting UK media – would have us believe.

This Site issued a reminder yesterday that Mr Mirvis is a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative, a friend of Boris Johnson, and a Zionist who supports the bombing of Palestinians (based on his own words in the past).

But you can’t expect to hear about this on the UK’s highly-partisan mainstream news media. So please share it yourself.

You can see a copy of the letter on Sue Jones’s excellent Politics and Insights site here: Rabbinical Executive of United European Jews write to Jeremy Corbyn dismissing UK media commentary as ‘propaganda’ 

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  1. SteveH November 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Is this another reason why they are desperate to stop Jeremy?

    Tories pledge to ban boycotts

    Asa Winstanley Activism and BDS Beat 26 November 2019

    The UK’s ruling Conservative Party has promised to ban public bodies from using “boycotts, disinvestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries.”

    • Mike Sivier November 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Yes this is a disturbing new development.

  2. trev November 27, 2019 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Yes I read of this earlier, funny that I didn’t wake up to this news being blurted out on Radio 4 News this morning.

  3. Simon Cohen November 27, 2019 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reporting this so well, Mike. You continue to do a great service to the Jewish community in this way. The media likes to present ‘Jews’ as one monolithic body and this needs challenging constantly.

    The very orthodox (Chareidim) tend to be the most critical of Zionism as you know, and will not kowtow to utterances from authorities representing the more mainstream, Zionist leaning faction. Although Mervis is orthodox, the congregants he represents will be the less observant sector of the community.

    Will the likes of Andrew (Murdock stooge) Neil and Laura Kuensberg acknowledge this -unlikely.

  4. James November 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Careful, I’m not sure that letter is genuine. You may be falling into a Tory trap,

    • Mike Sivier November 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      What makes you think that?

  5. Tony Dean November 27, 2019 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    As per usual no mention of it in the mainstream media/press

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