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Liberal Rabbis Respond to Woolwich Attack

May 29th 2013

Liberal rabbis have been responding to the horrendous attack in Woolwich in which a young soldier was brutally murdered. Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich has released a statement in support of the Hope Not Hate campaign, calling for unity among the faiths in the face of the attack:

"An horrific attack like that which occurred in Woolwich yesterday reminds us that the teachings of the major faiths - Judaism and Islam among them - include the one that every person is created in the image of God. There is no basis in either Jewish scripture or the Qu'ran for the murder of unarmed people, and anybody with good intent who understands these traditions will condemn the attack without reservations. Rather than being used as an opportunity to divide people and stir up islamophobia, the attack should be a call to unite all decent people of all faiths and none. The activities of the EDL, BNP and others reflect neither British values nor religious ones."

Meanwhile, Rabbis Aaron Goldstein, Richard Jacobi and Dr Margaret Jacobi all devoted their Shabbat sermons to the attack, and Rabbi Alexandra Wright wrote an open letter to the attackers, telling them:

“If you did this in the name of Islam and the Islamic God - Allah - then you have committed a heinous sin against the same God worshipped by Jews, Christians and other believers. If you did this in the name of your Muslim brothers and sisters, then you are guilty of a grotesque and treacherous crime against your own co-religionists.”

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