Rabbi’s car smashed and torched after condemning Gaza attack

31st Oct 2014

Rabbi’s car smashed and torched after condemning Gaza attack
Rabbi Ahron Cohen told The Muslim News arsonists torched his Volvo
because he condemned Israel’s aggression during the latestGaza siege

Huda Abbas

A Manchester-based Rabbi who has spoken out against Israel’s attack on Gaza told The Muslim News he was targeted for the third time in the space of three months by pro-Israel supporters, who this time smashed his new car outside his home in Salford.

Vandals smashed the car windows belonging to Rabbi Ahron Cohen on October 7, a month after arsonists torched his Volvo. They poured petrol over the car and set it alight outside his house on Wellbeck Grove, Higher Broughton on September 19.

And in August his house was also pelted with eggs by a Jewish mob.

The Rabbi is the leader of Neturei Karta, an international organisation of Orthodox Jews who are anti-Zionist. The attack happened two weeks after Cohen condemned Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip, in a protest in Rochdale.

The Neturei Karta was founded almost 80 years ago. They aim to clarify the teachings of Judaism, emphasising that Zionism contradicts the teachings of the Torah. The group participates in pro-Palestine demonstrations around the world.

Cohen told The Muslim News he believed the attack was a hate crime adding, “A lot of Jews in the area are pro-Zionism – a lot of Jewish people have become influenced by Zionism.”

He said when someone speaks out for Palestine human rights “people do not like that within the community.” He added, “We’ve had many acts of vandalism happen to our property, just today [October 7] we had seven windows of our car smashed.”

“Thankfully the fire brigade came quite quickly, if any longer the car would’ve exploded,” he said. Nobody was injured in the incident.

This is not the first time a Jew has had a hate crime committed against him after speaking out for the Palestinians. Earlier this month, another Jewish man had his home vandalised in Manchester after he spoke against Israeli military action in Gaza.

Police are still investigating the incident. They are treating it as arson. Cohen said that the police have given him priority since acts of vandalism have happened so often to his property.

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