Rabbi’s car firebombed in Manchester after anti-Israel comments JONATHAN OWEN Monday 22 September 2014
A police investigation is underway after the car of a prominent Orthodox rabbi, known for his opposition to Israel, was firebombed outside his home in Salford.
Rabbi Ahron Cohen’s Volvo estate was set on fire when petrol was poured over it and set alight after an attempt to explode the fuel tank failed.
Nobody was injured in the incident, which took place in the early hours of last Friday, but the car was destroyed in what seems to be a serious escalation in tensions between people in Britain over the conflict in Gaza.
Recent months have seen hundreds of incidents of antisemitism as well as abuse of people supporting the Palestinian cause, according to campaigners.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Just after 1.10am on Friday 19 September 2014, police were called following reports a car was set alight outside a house on Wellbeck Grove, Higher Broughton.”
They added: “Police are treating this as arson and inquiries are ongoing.”
The firebombing came just two weeks after the rabbi, a leading member of Neturei Karta, an anti-Israel group within Orthodox Judaism, spoke out against Israel’s military actions in Gaza, at a demonstration in Rochdale.
London Council Removes Ultra-Orthodox Jews’ Signs Banishing Women To One Side Of The Road
Huffington Post By Carol Kuruvilla Posted: 09/22/2014 1:30 pm EDT Updated: 09/23/2014 10:59 am
Residents of a London neighborhood were shocked after noticing street signs banishing women to one side of the road.
The Hackney Council removed the controversial parade route signs put up by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill after backlash from the community.
Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Jewish activist who was arrested last year for wearing a prayer shawl at the Western Wall, said that the posters were a sign of how “out of touch” Haredi groups are with the rest of the world.
“Whether it was meant for internal communication or not … it worries me when a fundamentalist sect feels like it has any kind of propriety over public venues,” Silverman told the Huffington Post from Jerusalem.
Typed in both Yiddish and English, the signs read, “Women should please walk along this side of the road only.”