Will the Board of Deputies issue a statement about the new Mayor of Tower Hamlets?

By Anthony Posner
October 25, 2010

So far, nothing has appeared on their website. Perhaps it is too soon for a statement but my guess is that it will not be issued, because the leadership is scared that it will be perceived as Islamophobic.

However, if The Board of Deputies is worried about the activities of The EDL, it cannot sit silent about the recent "Islamist" gains in London.

A credible response to The EDL must encapsulate a forthright condemnation by The Board with regard to the undermining of the British secular democratic tradition in Tower Hamlets. The Board's refusal to speak out will only lead British Jews to conclude that their representatives do not take the dangers posed by Islamic fundamentalism seriously enough.



Mon, 10/25/2010 - 11:52

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It is quite ridiculous to say that the Board of Deputies and communal leadership is soft on Islamism. Revently the Board said "Whatever the dangers of radicalisation in the UK, they apply just as much to the right as to the left and to Islamism." In the recent past they have maintained the stance of not talking to the MCB, even when the last govenment wanted them to, they have supported students on campus by working to exclude radical speakers from entering the UK and have challenged the links of Ken Livingstone and others to extremist preachers. It is those who think we only face a threat from one side who are in denial.

Anthony Posner

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 12:03

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Do you think that the Board of Deputies will issue a statement about their opposition to the Islamist coup in Tower Hamlets? or perhaps, The Board is unperturbed by what is going on there? After all, it is not North West London.

Anthony Posner

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 14:08

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"Whatever the dangers of radicalisation in the UK, they apply just as much to the right as to the left and to Islamism."

I disagree. I believe that the dangers posed by the Left and the Islamists are much greater. Evidently,The Board is living in the past.


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