Briefly noted

The resurgence of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world was denounced in a joint letter to the London Times by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, archbishop of Westminster; and Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. “Incitement to hatred and actual violence against Jewish people has increased,” said a letter published January 27 by the trio written in their capacity as joint presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews. Saying anti-Semitism is “abhorrent,” they termed it an attempt to dehumanize a part of humanity by making it a scapegoat for shared ills. “Criticism of government policy in Israel, as elsewhere, is a legitimate part of democratic debate,” they said. “However, such criticism should never be inspired by anti-Semitic attitudes, extend to a denial of Israel’s right to exist, or serve as justification for attacks against Jewish people around the world.”


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