UK synagogue bars Mordechai Kedar

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A leading London synagogue has cancelled a talk by an Israeli academic who said earlier this year that the only way to deter terrorists is by raping their female relatives.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University, was due to speak at the Finchley United Synagogue on Monday night as part of a speaking tour in the United Kingdom organized by the local Zionist Federation, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

Finchley congregants were notified that Kedar’s appearance had been cancelled, but no explanation was given.

The federation had previously called off scheduled talks at three Jewish schools after complaints about his links with American anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller, who was banned from Britain last year.

Kedar told Israel Radio in July that “the only thing that can deter terrorists… is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.”

Kedar and Bar Ilan University subsequently issued a statement that the rape statement was hyperbolic and Kedar was not recommending committing “such despicable acts”.

In 2013 comments to Israeli news site Ynet, Kedar maintained that without “an end to immigration, we will soon be hearing the death throes of the [European] continent as we know it.”

Reacting to the cancellation of Kedar’s talk in Finchley, federation chairman Paul Charney said that there had been “a concerted effort to smear the reputation” of Kedar, who was an “expert in the Islamic and Arabic worlds”.

But political scientist Michael Pinto-Duschinsky said that Kedar’s presence in the UK would be “toxic for interfaith relations”.

December 9, 2014 | 2 Comments »

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  1. Political scientist Michael Pinto-Duschinsky sees “Interfaith relations” as contradictory to telling the truth. This is a real pity. Interfaith relations are all about finding the common truth, not about smilingly agreeing to the lies of the other.

  2. Outside making a few extra coins, what possibly gain there is from wasting time with anyone, including Jews in the Galut that decided that for them being in the pestilence of the UK or other such locations, is more important than settling Eretz Israel?
    Let them TALK to each other there. That is all they do pretending to be whatever they pretend to be.