UKIP candidate burns “missionary bible”, prompting far right response

David Lawrence - 19 04 17
Shneur Odze, UKIP candidate, burnt a Bible in Manchester

UKIP’s mayoral candidate for Manchester has sparked outrage after tweeting a picture of himself apparently burning a Bible. Shneur Odze, who is an Orthodox rabbi, burnt the book in the street after finding a religious tract purporting to be a Jewish Bible in his synagogue during Passover.

Odze then tweeted a picture of the burning book, which he believes was deliberately placed in his synagogue by a prosleytising religious sect during Passover. He wrote that he was:

“Grateful to whoever put a missionary bible amongst our synagogue’s books. Was wondering what I’d burn my Chametz with”.

However, Odze later claimed that he ‘would never burn a Christian bible’, telling The Jewish Chronicle the book had been ‘cynically done’ to appear as a Bible.

A UKIP spokesperson told The Daily Mail: ‘While we understand the act, it was ill-advised to put a picture of it on social media which was also provocative and likely to be misunderstood.’

UKIP has been condemned by far-right figures, including former BNP activist Jack Buckby of the anti-Muslim ‘counter-jihad’ party Liberty GB.

Even far-right figure Jack Buckby condemned the Bible burning


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