|Reverend Sizer (he's the clean-shaven one)|
It carries a report regarding Stephen Sizer's despicable action in linking to a grossly antisemitic article that laid the blame for 9/11 on Israel and a number of named Jews (I posted about this here).
The report, out today, tells that, following overtures from Mr Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the British Board of Deputies, Sizer has removed that link.
“Posting, and giving approval to, an article which in effect accuses Jews of responsibility for the 9/11 atrocity is unquestionably anti-Semitic, just as it is beyond absurd...."It reports that while Mr Arkush has "welcomed" Sizer's removal of the link, Mr Arkush also notes that he is
“extremely concerned that a Church of England minister could possibly have considered it appropriate or becoming to his position to advertise such racist nonsense”and that Mr Arkush observes
“The church should be taking action. He is one of their ministers. It should not be left to the Jewish community to have to protest and be forced to take action from outside.”Sizer reportedly told the paper via email when contacted by them:
“I would welcome articles you can recommend refuting the allegations.”The paper goes on:
'Noting that many Americans feel 9/11 was “an inside job,” Sizer added: “It is essential the public become convinced of what happened before and after 9/11. Inevitably the truth will upset many people if it is shown by further investigation that the official explanations are shown to be deficient.” He added: “Encouraging research and debate on all aspects of [9/11] is not anti- Semitic… Suppressing discussion on such grounds will fuel suspicion, not remove it.”...' [My emphasis]Read more here
And there's a big article about this unsavoury post of Sizer's in the London Evening Standard that shows the diocese of Guildford is finally on the case!
Another big article in the UK Daily Telegraph
More fame (or infamy)
Al Beeb carries the story
Cof E statement here (it misdates the date Sizer posted the link as 29, rather than 20, January)
The Times of London, most of it behind a paywall, and similarly misdating the link:
'The Bishop of Dorking, the Right Revd Ian Brackley, said the Diocese of Guildford, which includes Dr Sizer’s Virginia Water parish, is urgently investigating.
“I want to reassure everyone that we are taking this complaint extremely seriously,” he said.
“Immediate steps are being taken to investigate and we are in contact with Dr Sizer as well as the Board of Deputies.”
A spokesman for the Church of England added: “These comments would rightly be seen as unacceptable whenever they were posted.
“It is a matter of deep sorrow and shame that they have been posted in this week of all weeks.
“The Diocese of Gui[d]lford, where the Rev Sizer is licensed, is taking immediate steps to investigate ....
But Dr Sizer was unrepentant. He told The Telegraph: “I was encouraging debate, I was neither saying Israel did it or that they didn’t.”
He added: “I think they are trying to discredit me – they have tried several times to do that and they have seized on one little link to an article.
“With hindsight I wouldn’t have put it on [Facebook] if I had known it was going to happen.”...' [My emphasis](Incidentally, I contacted the Jewish Chronicle not long after I first saw Sizer's post of 20 January and blogged about it. They could have had a scoop. However, "the organ of Anglo-Jewry" was not interested in reporting about it, nor did their reporter ever, as far as I can tell, tweet it, as he told me he might. Poor show, JC. Very poor show.)