The chief rabbi of the United Kingdom praised Rupert Murdoch this week, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world” than the 81-year-old News Corp. chairman.
Lord Sacks made the comments on Thursday during his last official visit to Israel as chief rabbi, in a mission to the northern projects of the United Jewish Israel Appeal, The Jewish Chronicle reports.
In a wide-ranging speech at the Tel-Hai Academic College in northern Israel, Lord Sacks said that the biggest problem facing the Jewish world is the return of anti-Semitism throughout Europe.
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He described anti-Semitism as “a set of contradictions. Jews were hated in the 19th century because they were rich,” The Chronicle reports.
Jews also were scorned because they were poor, were capitalists — even communists, Lord Sacks said.
“Anti-Semitism mutates — and we are living through one of the great mutations,” the chief rabbi said.
Jews cannot fight anti-Semitism alone, Lord Sacks said.
“How do we persuade the non-Jewish world to see anti-Semitism not just as a Jewish problem, but as their problem?” he asked, according to The Chronicle. “A civilization or a country that has no room for Jews has no room for humanity.”
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