Yiddish flyers call London rabbi ‘a threat’ for criticizing Labour anti-Semitism
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Yiddish flyers call London rabbi ‘a threat’ for criticizing Labour anti-Semitism

Avraham Pinter labeled a ‘rodef’ after speaking out against UK opposition party for not addressing Jew-hatred in its ranks

Illustrative: Jewish men in the Stamford Hill area of London, January 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images/via JTA)
Illustrative: Jewish men in the Stamford Hill area of London, January 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images/via JTA)

LONDON (JTA) – An ultra-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 flyers that were passed around last week in the heavily ultra-Orthodox 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 flyers 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 Thursday’s general elections.

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves the polling station where he voted in north London on December 12, 2019, as Britain holds a general election. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

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

Shortly before the flyers 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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