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Church to apologize to UK Jews 800 years after laws that led to their expulsion

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14.07.2021

JTA — A British Jewish leader says an anticipated apology from the Church of England for antisemitic laws enacted in 1222 is “better late than never.”

The church is planning a formal “act of repentance” for next year, the 800th anniversary of the Synod of Oxford, a set of laws that restricted Jews’ rights to engage with Christians in England, according to a report Monday in the Telegraph.

The laws ultimately led to the expulsion of England’s Jews in 1290. They were not officially readmitted until 1656.

“The phrase ‘better late than never’ is truly appropriate here. The historic trauma of medieval English antisemitism can never be erased and its legacy survives today — for example, through the persistence of the ‘blood libel’........

© The Times of Israel


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