‘Muslims are the vilest animals’: post shared by Jewish Board of Deputies member sparks probe
… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: This angry lady needs a personal PR consultant. The last time I looked, no Muslim national military unit has been shooting unarmed Jewish protesters down which is happening in Gaza.
I agree with her stance that she should be free to speak out against creeds with which she disagrees. In the religious area, that is quite common; what people choose is a strong indication that they like the other less.
But God is in the details as they say, and it is how you say it that counts. All groups have extremists and factions that fight for creed dominance over the others. We have a huge worldwide battle going on in the Muslim world between the extremists and the moderates.
And just in case you missed it, the US has been siding with the extremist Wahhabis for a variety of geopolitical and financial reasons. In using the language that Mrs. Pine did above, she went way beyond voicing an opinion about Muslims extremists. She used a broad brush, and her organization has come down on her over that.
That said, the Board of Deputies for British Jews has shown little concern over the Likud Party broad brush of tagging everyone in Gaza as a Hamas terrorists, and hence it is legal to kill anyone there, for “self-defense” reasons of course.
Hypocrisy reigns widely in the Jewish community, as it does in others. But if there is another group that seems more programmed to demonize anyone who disagrees and criticizes them as “haters” and “anti-semites”, it escapes me.
I salute the Board of Deputies for its quick and public stance that Mrs. Pine is speaking only for herself, and not for the Board. I look forward to Gordon and I someday interviewing the Board leadership about inter-faith relations, the past, present and future. That would be quite a show indeed … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … June 16, 2017 –
The Jewish Chronicle (JC) has claimed that it has seen the offending tweets shared by Roslyn Pine, who is deputy for Finchley United Synagogue and who failed to become vice-president of the Board in last month’s elections.
Another retweet reportedly described Arab migrants to Europe as “an invading army,” report the JC.
The Board of Deputies came to prominence after they organized a demonstration in parliament square against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for what they claim was poor management of the anti-Semitism “crisis” in the party.
Marie van der Zyl, the new Board of Deputies president, who took over from arch-Corbyn critic, Jonathan Arkush, has ordered a report on Pine from the internal committee responsible for breaches of its code of conduct.
This will no doubt be welcome news for certain deputies on the Jewish Board, where one has claimed that Pine had not been removed as a deputy because the Board operated “like an old-time synagogue where problems are hidden or brushed under the carpet.” Another deputy has said that she had regularly used “racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic language.”
Pine, who was suspended by Twitter in November 2017, has defended her right to hold “views against Islam,” denying it was Islamophobic to do so, even questioning whether there was such a thing as ‘Islamophobia,’ according to the JC.
Pine insists that: “There is no such word as Islamophobic. ‘Islamophobia’ is trying to shut down criticism of Islam. I detest the creed of Islam and I’m entitled to say it.
“I have an issue with Muslims and Arabs who want to kill us, who want to destroy Israel. And that is an Islamic fundamental if you know anything about what the Koran is.
“I have views that offend people. That is what a free society is. To criticise a religion —including Judaism — I have no problem with that. In a free society you should be able to criticise a body of ideas.”
President, van der Zyl said: “I will not tolerate any anti-Muslim hatred whatsoever. Irrespective of this particular case, I have also asked for a complete list of the sanctions available to us and recommendations for whether these are sufficient.
“I have asked that this be on my desk by no later than the end of next week. As a community that has faced more than our fair share of prejudice, we need to be crystal clear on this and lead the fight to defeat it.”
It’s not the first time Pine has been in trouble with the constitution committee of the Board of Deputies. In May 2016 they found that she had committed numerous breaches of its code of conduct after joking that the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström was “too old to be raped” during a meeting of the Board’s international division.
The committee ruled that Pine’s language was “highly offensive and inappropriate.” They advised that she be reported to her constituency and insisted that she apologize to members of the international division.