The English Defence League (EDL), a British far-right group opposing the “Islamification” of the West and which is in contact with the US-based Tea Party organization, has invited Tea Party activist and senior Rabbi Nachum Shifren to speak about Sharia law in London this month, the Guardian reported on Sunday. The EDL’s links with the Tea Party movement surfaced a day after roughly 1,000 EDL supporters demonstrated in Leicester, which boasts a large Muslim population, according to the Guardian.
The Tea Party is expected to be an influential player in the upcoming midterm elections in the US. Shifren, who is running for senate in the midterm elections, said Britain’s Jewish community should support the EDL. “The Jewish community is paralysed with fear, exactly what most radical Muslim agitators want,” he said. “The people of England are in the forefront of this war – and it is a war. One of the purposes of this visit is to put the kibosh on the notion in the Jewish community that they cannot co-operate with the EDL, which is rubbish.”
Devin Burghart, vice-president of the Kansas-based Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, was also quoted in the Guardian story, commenting on the Tea Party’s increasingly anti-Islamic views.
“As we move farther and farther away from the Tea Party origins, that were ostensibly around debt and bail-outs, social issues like Islamophobia are replacing that anger, that vigour. The idea that there is a war between Islam and the west is becoming commonplace,” he said.
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9. Jews are also active in the EDL & at one of its
IsraeliBrit, Israel, 10/10/2010
first rallies, Israeli flags were as prominent & numerous as the English flag. The EDL has been falsely accused of being akin to the BNP but, apart from Jews, it also has Black & Indian members. The
EDL doesn’t welcome those with racist/ anti-semitic views. Many British Jews are so afraid of their
own shadow they prefer to kow-tow to racist, anti-Jew, anti-Christian fundamentalist Moslems now
trying to turn England into an Islamic colony with Sharia law & the Islamic flag flying over Buckingham Palace, Parliament, St.Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, the White Cliffs of Dover &…Harrods!
8. “Senior Rabbi”???
David, Los Angeles, USA, 10/10/2010
This guy is not a “senior” rabbi of anything. What is your writer talking about? He’s a frigne wingnut running for the California State Senate.
Why does the Jerusalem Post unthinkingly and uncritically parrot the far-left Guardian’s utterly shameful characterization of the EDL as a “far-right” group. What the hell does that mean anyway? Since when is it “far-right” to support freedom of conscience? To support freedom of religion. To support freedom of association, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, women’s rights, gay rights, and to oppose the promotion of another genocide of the Jews? Or does “far-right” simply mean that you’re not a hard-left dhimmi like the crowd at the Guardian?
6. Raymond in DC: Stating the obvious (that the cowar
PK, Hong Kong, 10/10/2010
Truer words never spoken (or in this case, written): “The EDL emerged because the establishment parties refuse to recognize, or deal with, that threat.” The PC lib-left are the ones that are/will be responsible for the rise of the far right! How is it that Jews, the ultimate intellectual overachievers, can also be the ultimate underachievers with respect to survival instinct/common sense?
5. EDL is great, I love this article
Yehoshua, Jewish National Home, 10/10/2010
I know EDL members. They are some of the most sound supporters of the national rights of Jews to Israel that I have ever had the pleasure to come across. English Jews need to listen to Rabbi Shifren. The EDL constantly overlooks wrongheaded Jews condemning them in the same manner as Muslims condemn them.
They overlook it, & they keep reaching out to & fighting a battle that benefits, those same Jews. All Jews should reach out to the EDL to offer any support they can. We Jews must let the EDL know that ghetto mentality liberal Jews who attack them do not speak for the majority of us proud Jews
4. Absolute propagandist rubbish
A Christian Gentile, UK, 10/10/2010
It is no surprise to me that this article seeks to stir Europe up into a state of Islamophobia. You are worried about Muslim terror? What about the Lavon Affair or the bombing of the USS liberty by Jews. I’m not a Muslim. But I can see this as clear as day. Keep the ignorant masses believing that the problem is the Muslims, which provides an excuse for further taxpayers dollars from our countries to prop up Israel. The greatest threat to Europe is Israel. Remember Professor Martin Van Creveld who said that Israel could avenge the holocaust by annihilating millions of Germans/other Europeans?
3. Jews paralysed with fear? See video
Idan, London, 10/10/2010
Go to YouTube.com and run a search for “Pro Israel support rally London, 2 June 2010” or “LONDON PRO ISRAEL RALLY SUMMER 2008” These cool, great kids don’t look paralysed to me. Long may they assert their Jewishness and love for Israel
2. The new holy war is upon us
Yishai, Canada, 10/10/2010
The Crusades were over 915 years ago in Jerusalem. Now it’s back in Europe. I hope there is a better outcome this time. If Muslims dislike the laws in Europe or anywhere else, please go back home. No one asked you to leave your birth country. Muslims need to learn the meaning of “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. I bet if I act like a westerner in Saudi Arabia or other Muslim countries, I would be beheaded. Yet in Western countries, we can’t lift a finger. Its a shame.
1. Islamophobes – like the Washington Post
Raymond in DC., USA, 10/10/2010
Islamophobia – a made-up word, courtesy of Iran – is properly an “irrational fear” of Islam. Sometimes it’s irrational, sometimes not. The Post recently decided not to publish a cartoon based on the “Where’s Waldo?” theme.
It was captioned “Where’s Mohammed?” though neither Muslims nor Mohammed was portrayed. Such was their fear of “offending” (or maybe being targeted), it was pulled. But sometimes that fear – the recognition of the threat to one’s culture and freedoms – is quite rational. The EDL emerged because the establishment parties refuse to recognize, or deal with, that threat.