Cleric, Opposing Resolution on Anti-semitism, Assailed “aliens”

The resolution condemning anti-Semitism in London’s East End, adopted by the Autumn diocesan conference of the Church of England yesterday, drew approval today in Jewish quarters.

The resolution was adopted with only two delegates dissenting. One of those who opposed it delivered a vehement address against “aliens,” who, he charged, were desecrating the Christian Sabbath.

The resolution said:

“This conference, while fully recognizing the difficulties arising from the presence in certain districts of large populations of people of other religious beliefs and social habits, asserts the fact that the Jew and the Christian are children of God, and therefore calls upon all Christians to stand firm against any and every attempt to arouse anti-Semitic feeling for political or any other end.”

The resolution was introduced by M. A. Guthbert, Vicar of the East End church, who said a need existed for a more equable administration of law between Jews and Gentiles, “but what took place in the East End must be combatted, because Fascist methods for stirring hatred, bitterness and persecution against Jews are fundamentally un-Christian.”

The Bishop of London, who presided, said there was no enmity between Gentile and Jew and “it is monstrous that a body of outsiders should disturb the peace of that part of London,” adding that this forced the Jew to make common cause with the Gentile opposing such interference.

Referring to Palestine, he said the Zionists would not be allowed to “blind” the churchmen to the grievances the Arabs had, who, he said, were finding their land “sold under their feet.” The Arabs had a real case which they must put before the world, he asserted.

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