Prince Charles Fears Rise of anti-Semitism in Britain

In a speech honoring Britain's Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the heir to the throne said the role of faith communities is not given enough recognition.

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Britain's Prince Charles warned Monday that his monarchy was suffering from an "apparent rise in anti-Semitism," British media reported.

In a speech celebrating the retirement of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Britain's outgoing chief rabbi, Prince Charles said: "Running throughout your time as chief rabbi has been that all-important principle of which this country has long been an exponent – the principle of tolerance. I sometimes fear not enough recognition is given to the role of the faith communities in the life of our country in promoting such a critical principle, and I join with you, in mounting anxiety, at the apparent rise in anti-Semitism, along with other poisonous and debilitating forms of intolerance."

During his speech in central London, the prince said both he and Sacks had reached the official age of retirement, and joked: "I do hope yours is going to be a bit more realistic than mine."

Rabbi Lord Sacks will be stepping down from the post of Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom's Orthodox communities in August after 22 years.

Sacks, a prolific author on religious and moral issues and an educator and academic before he became chief rabbi has been one of Britain's most prominent religious figures for over two decades and has spoken out on a wide range of ethical and social subjects throughout his term.

Britain's Prince Charles, meets people during a reception for Kindertransport refugees and members of their families to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport, London, June 24, 2013.Credit: AP
Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks at Jerusalem International Book Fair.Credit: Nicola Green

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