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Posters call for murder of Rabbi who criticised Diane Abbott on anti-Semitism

Poster calls for murder of rabbi who criticised Diane Abbott over anti-Semitism

The poster suggests Rabbi Abraham Pinter should be killed for ‘antagonising the senior leadership of the Labour party’ (Picture: EMPICS)

A senior rabbi fears he will be attacked after a poster calling for his murder was distributed around a Jewish community.

Rabbi Abraham Pinter says there has been a hateful campaign against him ever since he started speaking out about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party earlier this year.

Last month he publicly criticised Diane Abbott for suggesting orthodox Jews in her north London constituency – which is home to the largest Hasidic community in Europe – are not as concerned about anti-Semitism as other Jewish organisations.

He said Ms Abbott was ‘totally out of touch with the reality’ of how Jews in Stamford Hill feel about anti-Semitism.

The anonymous poster, written in Yiddish, labels Rabbi Pinter as a ‘rodef’.

Explaining the significance of ‘rodef’, Rabbi Pinter told Metro.co.uk: ‘Rodef is a Jewish concept of self-defence. If a rodef is coming to kill you, then any person has a right to defend themselves by killing the rodef first.’

A translation of the poster states: ‘A fellow Jew who presents himself as an activist from Jewish Stamford Hill community has been busy over the last few weeks to antagonise the senior leadership of the Labour Party, against the will of the rabbis of our community.

‘He carries all of this out in the name of our community. How long will we be silent? It is high time we came out and scream rodef!’

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott arrives for a Labour clause V meeting on the manifesto at Savoy Place in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 16, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Dominc Lipinski/PA Wire

Rabbi Pinter criticised Diane Abbott for comments she made about the Jewish community in her north London constituency (Picture: Dominc Lipinski/PA)

Rabbi Pinter said the person who made the poster ‘seems to be suggesting that if Jeremy Corbyn gets into Number 10, he will get his revenge on the whole Jewish community.’

‘It’s particularly insulting to Jeremy Corbyn and if I was him, I’d be very upset,’ he said.

He added: ‘They believe I’m endangering the lives of the community by saying the Labour Party needs to do more about anti-Semitism.

‘It’s insulting. I have never said Diane Abbott or Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite, because I actually don’t believe that to be the case.

‘All I’ve said is that there is a problem and it needs to be dealt with.’

Rabbi Pinter said he’s living in fear, adding: ‘I’m worried about my safety, I’m worried if my property will be vandalised.

Two days after the London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attack, Londoners from all faiths and religions attended a vigil outside City Hall, on Monday 5th June 2017, in the south London borough of Southwark, England. Rabbi Abraham Pinter chatted to Shiraz Kothia while a prominent armed police presence guarded dignitaries and the public who came to the Southbank to remember the seven killed and many others left with life-changing injuries. The British spirit of defiance and to carry on with every day life, endures. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images Images)

Rabbi Pinter (right) joins a vigil with other faith leaders after the London Bridge terror attack in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘You have to remember, this is a community that has gone through the Holocaust.

‘A lot of people believe really believe that the Jewish community needs to keep a low profile, which I respect.

‘They are critical of people who don’t accept what the government says. I don’t necessarily agree but I understand it.

‘My wife passed away three years ago and I say to people if she was alive and my kids were still young, I would have capitulated.

‘But that would be giving into intimidation. It’s my life, what I’m doing is only endangering myself.’

A Labour Party Spokesperson said: ‘Nobody should face threats or intimidation for raising concerns about racism.

‘Jeremy Corbyn has made clear in video messages, emails to members, articles and speeches that anyone who denies the existence of anti-Semitism is wrong and is contributing to the problem.

‘Labour’s race and faith manifesto includes policies to guarantee the security and wellbeing of Jewish communities, such as maintaining funding in real terms for the community security trust, and reviewing the places of worship protective scheme to ensure ensuring that smaller organisations such as Shomrim also receive adequate funding.

‘The Labour Party stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.’



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