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Manchester, England - Orthodox Jewish Mayoral Candidate In Britain Apologizes For Burning New Testament

Published on: April 16, 2017 11:15 AM
By: JTA
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Manchester, England - An Orthodox Jewish candidate for mayor of Manchester apologized after burning what he called a “missionary bible” and posting images of it on social media.

Shneur Odze, who is a candidate for the right-wing populist UK Independence Party, or UKIP, on the eve of Passover found the Hebrew-language New Testament produced by a proselytizing Christian group in his synagogue.

He took it out into the street and set it alight, according to reports.  He then posted photos of the book burning and wrote on Twitter:  “Grateful to whoever put a missionary bible amongst our synagogue’s books. Was wondering what I’d burn my Chametz with.” The post has since been removed from his Twitter feed though it appears on other places on Twitter.

Odze is running against popular former British Health Secretary Andy Burnham for Manchester mayor.  “While we understand the act, it was ill-advised to put a picture of it on social media which was also provocative and likely to be misunderstood,” A UKIP spokesman told The Daily Mail, which reported the incident.

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Odze told the newspaper that he felt he had no choice but to burn the book because he did not want to pass on what he believes is false religion to someone else and said that throwing a religious text in the garbage was distasteful, especially because it also contains the Five Books of Moses.

Odze, a member of Chabad-Lubavitch, is a former city councilman for north London for the Conservative Party.

Odze raised hackles in 2014 as a candidate for the European Parliament from the UKIP party, after refusing to shake women’s hands while campaigning.



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 Apr 16, 2017 at 11:38 AM zshine Says:

The man is unfit for office.

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 Apr 16, 2017 at 12:32 PM alterknaker Says:

Ouch.I'd suggest to Mr Odze not to give up his day job

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 Apr 16, 2017 at 02:13 PM qazxc Says:

If Trump can be POTUS this yutz can be the Queen of England.

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 Apr 16, 2017 at 03:13 PM Straitalk Says:

Reply to #1  
zshine Says:

The man is unfit for office.

He is unfit because he posted it, not because he followed Halacha and did the right thing. ספר תורה שכתבו מין.....

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 Apr 16, 2017 at 03:45 PM Judith Says:

There was no reason to apologize

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 Apr 16, 2017 at 05:44 PM Bookworm120 Says:

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Straitalk Says:

He is unfit because he posted it, not because he followed Halacha and did the right thing. ספר תורה שכתבו מין.....

Agreed. Missionaries came to his shul and behaved in a culturally insensitive fashion by pushing their NT books at him and his congregants, but there is no need to respond on their low level by turning a mitzvah into more cultural insensitivity.

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