Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has used his appearance on BBC Radio4’s Thought of the Day to call for an end to the tolerance of violence and extremism. He also warned of the growth in anti-Semetic attacks in the country over the last year.
His comments came on Holocaust Memorial Day, which is held on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz seventy years ago. Later today the BBC will hold a concert at Westminster Central Hall to comemorate the event as the last remaining survivors meet for the last time in Poland.
The Thought for the Day is believed to be a reference to growing tide of Islamic extremism and the treatment of the Jewish community. His demand for an end to tolerance of intolerance is also likely to be seen as a criticism of the West for being unwilling to stand up to hate preachers.