London - Rabbi Demands Apology After Being Asked To Remove Shoes In Airport Multi-Faith Prayer Room
London - A Liverpool Universities Chabad Rabbi is demanding an apology after he was told to remove his shoes upon entering a multi-faith prayer room at Heathrow Airport in London.
THEJC.com (http://bit.ly/1kN8ZTD) reports that Rabbi Shmuli Brown said he sought out the airport’s multi-faith prayer facility to say his morning prayers while waiting for his connecting flight to Manchester when he was accosted by a “uniformed” person who demanded that he remove his shoes, a practice typically followed when entering a mosque.
Brown said he questioned the authoritative figure—-reminding him of the “multi-faith” nature of the facility, but was again told to remove his shoes.
“He gave me an uncomfortable feeling and made me feel very unwelcome, so I left the room,” Brown said.
Brown said he reported the incident to Heathrow’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Hershi Vogel, who told him this wasn’t the first time such an incident had occurred.
In demanding an apology, Brown said, “I want Heathrow to issue a public statement and make it very clear that this is a multi-faith room that caters for all religions, and is not just a mosque.”
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