Orthodox rabbis reportedly sign letter attacking ‘Zionists’

Stamford Hill group appears to have put out statement warning about ‘antagonism’ between communities


LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Demonstrators attend a Pro-Israel demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy on May 23, 2021 in London, England. The demonstration follows a large pro-Palestinian protest in London yesterday, and similar demonstrations in recent weeks, spurred by the fight between Israel and Hamas that erupted on May 10. The two sides reached a ceasefire agreement over the weekend, but activists and diasporic communities around the world remain roiled by the violence that left more than 200 Palestinians and 12 Israelis dead. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

A group of 14 senior rabbis in Stamford Hill has apparently warned that recent Zionist protests and anti-Muslim statements could “bring danger upon all Jews in this country.”
Several Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations rabbinic judges and other faith leaders reportedly signed a letter last week critical of “provocative actions and public demonstrations by the Zionists.”
The JC could not verify the authenticity of the letter, apparently displayed in some shuls and shared online, including by groups such as True Torah Jews and Jewish Voice for Labour.
“We protest vehemently against such provocative actions and public demonstrations by the Zionists, as well as against their recent anti-Muslim declarations, which can only create antagonism between our communities. Unless we condemn these actions in the strongest language, they could bring danger upon all Jews in this country, G-d forbid,” it said. 
The open letter comes after UOHC president Binyomin Stern recently joined a Jewish delegation led by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at Downing Street. 
The Community Security Trust recently warned of surging antisemitism in the UK after last month’s 11-day war between Israel and Palestinians.
The UOHC did not immediately return a request for comment.

A community leader, speaking anonymously, later told the JC the letter had not been signed by the "UOHC or anyone speaking on its behalf."

"It was created by zealots who succeeded in whipping up concern by completely misconstruing a meeting that took place.  No senior community Rabbonim signed the letter, and some of signatories have since rescinded when they realised that they were duped," the person said.

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