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Making antisemitism awareness more accessible to Catholic schools

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29.11.2021

“Jews cannot fight antisemitism alone. The victim cannot cure the crime. The hated cannot cure the hate.” As the child of an Austrian refugee, these words of the late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks were a clarion call to me.

But it took five Christian leaders, two who saw the need to combat antisemitism and three who initially did not, to provide the catalyst for me, working with Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), to write ‘Love thy Neighbour’, a resource for teachers about antisemitism and prejudice.

This story starts at Bolton Council’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event in 2016, where I spoke about Kristallnacht in Austria. As I sat down, a Monsignor sitting next to me asked: “What about the Palestinians?” I was taken aback: what relevance did this have to HMD? I rang the Monsignor the next day to inform him about the resurgence of antisemitism. He suggested I contact Rev Canon Anthony McBride, Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Salford Roman Catholic Diocese.

At first, Canon Tony was not convinced that antisemitism persisted. I then played him a news item on my phone showing the security measures at King David High School in Manchester – the high fences, the security guards, the roof cameras. That shocked him.

Canon Tony........

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