Tuesday, June 16, 2015

There are still people who want to burn the Talmud

BOOK BURNERS: Extremists plan to destroy Israeli flags and burn Talmud at Golders Green rally (Marcus Dysch, The Jewish Chronicle).
Neo-Nazis plan to destroy Israeli flags during a protest at the heart of the Jewish community next month.

Organisers of the July 4 demonstration in Golders Green, north-west London, have also urged supporters to attend a secret burning of the Talmud ahead of the event.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a white supremacist activist, wrote on his website on Monday that a “private ceremony” would be held to burn the religious texts “in recognition of its racist anti-white teachings”.

Book burning. Where have we seen that before?

I don't know what, if any, specific claims Mr Bonehill-Paine is making about the Talmud, and I have no inclination to go and look at his website. But I do know that false claims about the Talmud have been circulating in recent years and that they have done a good bit of harm. See here and links.

UPDATE (6 July): More here.