Yiddish Fliers Call London Rabbi ‘A Threat’ for Speaking Out About Labour anti-Semitism

Leaflets follow several occasions in which ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Pinter criticized Crobyn-led party for failing to address proliferation of anti-Semitic incidents in its ranks

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Jeremy Corbyn leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party gestures after voting in the European Elections in London, May 23, 2019.
Jeremy Corbyn leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party gestures after voting in the European Elections in London, May 23, 2019.Credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Cnaan Liphshiz

A haredi Orthodox rabbi from London was labeled “a threat” within his community for speaking out about the anti-Semitism problem of Britain’s Labour Party.

Avraham Pinter of Stamford Hill in northern London was called “rodef” in Yiddish-language fliers that were passed around last week in the heavily haredi populated area, Metro reported. The Hebrew word means “persecutor” and often is translated to mean a threat to society.

Some interpret it to mean the person in question may be harmed in self-defense, or even killed, though this interpretation is disputed.

The fliers followed several occasions in which Pinter criticized Labour for failing to address the proliferation of anti-Semitic incidents in its ranks following the 2015 election of its’ leader Jeremy Corbyn, a hard-left politician who has called Hamas and Hezbollah his friends. Corbyn’s Labour is seeking to unseat the Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the December 12 general elections.

Shraga Stern, a pro-Corbyn haredi activist, called Pinter a “kapo” earlier this year over Pinter’s criticism.

Shortly before the fliers appeared, Pinter objected to remarks made by Diane Abbott, a close ally of Corbyn, who suggested that the Jewish community in Stamford Hill did not share the same concerns about anti-Semitism as mainstream Jewish communal organizations.

Pinter said Abbott was “out of touch with reality” over those remarks.

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