Thanks. Agree with much of what you say, not least about many European Jewish family histories & how it’s shaped their world view to this day. Many prefer unity & co-operation. I strongly relate to some of that as my Dad lost all his family, bar one older brother, due to Nazi anti-Jewish operations in Belarus. He only rarely mentioned it when heavily drunk, but his story was always consistent.
They & other Jewish families from his village were rounded up, locked in a warehouse & torched. He, his older brother & other teenage lads escaped before the death squads arrived purely by good luck. If we can call it “luck” to survive that?
I felt strongly about this Rabbi’s recent meddling as the clearly biased Tory Rabbi Mirvis, also a very close friend of Johnson, was claimed as speaking on behalf of the majority of Jewish people. That was verifiable nonsense. This letter also strongly refutes that. Quote from Rabbi Weinberger’s letter:
Also, as mentioned earlier & which JW notes, after almost 2 days of saturation coverage condemning Corbyn & The Labour Party for being anti-Semitic, even from the supposedly neutral BBC (we can assume that garbage like Daily Mail would do it regardless of any lack of proof), where’s the similar coverage refuting & exposing Mirvis’s political stunt?
Naturally, I have huge respect for Rabbi Mayer Weinberger as a man of integrity & principle. Though I’m entirely secular, this is the kind of Rabbi I’d be glad to hear in person if opportunity granted it.
I also agree with you that if I’d have been Corbyn, I’d have apologised at least for the distress & hurt caused to any Jewish citizens by any shortcomings in dealing with any anti-Semitic elements allied to or within the Labour Party, as opposed to those who voice strong condemnations of some Israeli policy, however much these haters may be in a minority. - Regards.