Yom Sheini, 22 Iyyar 5779
Monday, 27 May 2019
Rabbi Rich accuses Mail of “Playing with Fire” over Miliband attack

Commenting on last week’s Daily Mail attack on Ed Miliband’s father, Ralph, as “the man who hated Britain” Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism said that the newspaper was “playing with fire”.

“The danger is that the paper’s attack on Ralph Miliband gives legitimacy to those that seek to cast all refugees and immigrants as ‘outsiders’ and question their loyalty. This is a concern not only for Jews but all those that share our experience and with whom we must stand,” Rabbi Rich argued.

The quote was widely reported not just in the Jewish media but in The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Observer and on Sky News.

Rabbi Rich was careful to distance himself from other commentators who accused the Mail of anti-semitism, instead expressing the concern that their position legitimised the idea of immigrants and refugees as “outsiders”, with suspect loyalties.  In doing this, Rabbi Rich choose to emphasise Liberal Jewish values by universalising the message in line with the injunction “not to mistreat or oppress the stranger for we were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 22:21)