Simon Wiesenthal Center

Bishop listed in worst anti-Semitic acts of 2018

Wed 02 Jan 2019
By Marcus Jones

A speech by an Anglican Bishop from Massachusetts has been named in the worst global anti-Semitic acts of 2018.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center listed Bishop Gayle Harris at number eight claiming she fabricated Israeli atrocities.

It said: "During a speech in Massachusetts last July, Bishop Gayle Harris reported that she witnessed an Israeli soldier arrest a three-year-old Arab child on the Jerusalem Temple Mount and gun down a 15-year-old Palestinian teen in the back.

"After the Simon Wiesenthal Center exposed the claims as fabrications, Harris, the #2 Episcopal clergy in the state, backtracked, saying that she had only heard the stories from a third party (a Palestinian). 'The fault is solely mine,' Harris said. 'I was ill-advised to repeat the stories without verification'."

The human rights organisation claimed the fabrications "generated widespread outrage in the Jewish community".

The massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue which killed 11 worshippers was number one on the list while the actions of Jeremy Corbyn in response to anti-Semitism in the Labour Party came in at number four.

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