U.K. chief rabbi urges American Jews to take ‘bipartisan route’ in fighting antisemitism

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Addressing AIPAC’s policy conference on Tuesday, U.K. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis implored American Jews to take a lesson from the recent defeat of the British Labour Party to lock arms and speak out with one voice against hatred and antisemitism. “Please use your influence fearlessly and with courage,” he said. 

Call for action: “The issue is urgent, it is critical, it is of huge importance to our future and we cannot afford to be divided,” Mirvis told the crowd. “What this therefore means is that where there is antisemitism which is prevalent to our left, those who are politically active on the left must see it for what it is and must counter it. And where there is antisemitism which is prevalent on the right, those who are politically active on the right must see it for what it is and they must confront it. There is only one path for us and that is the bipartisan route.” 

How we got it done: Mirvis said that in the last U.K. general election, he made the unusual decision to call Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn unfit for office, a move the rabbi told JI came after consultations with key Jewish figures and organizations. Mervis explained that the message came across “because on the matter of antisemitism we have always acted as one… and the results are there to be seen.”

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