Sections of the strictly-Orthodox Jewish community have launched a retaliatory boycott campaign against this newspaper for attempting to save lives by exposing multiple potentially deadly lockdown breaches in Stamford Hill.
On Thursday a Jewish News investigation revealed Strictly-Orthodox weddings with more than 300 guests have continued apace throughout lockdown.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, several whistleblowers told this newspaper that laws designed to protect people from coronavirus by limiting or banning weddings are being routinely flouted.
At least 50 weddings have taken place during lockdown, super spreader events that put lives at deadly risk. Lookouts are used to raise the alarm, money set aside for fines and at least one bride was covid positive.
The majority of the community has soberly acknowledged the wrongdoing and pledged to curb further illegal activity. However, others have dug their heels in and blamed the Jewish News investigation for stoking antisemitism.
One anonymous strictly-Orthodox group has called for a boycott of Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle, circulating a notice saying: “Boycut (sic) the Jewish News and the JC. Spreading Hate (sic) to the Public (sic) on Jews. No one is defending those who break the covid rules but Jews should not be spreading News (sic) articles which will create Public (sic) hate on All (sic) Jews.”
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Another urges shops to stop stocking Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle. It states: “All Shops (sic) that stack (sic) the JC and JewishNews (sic) should decline any future deliverys (sic) for good.”
The statement then turns into a warning: “They need to get shut for our good. Any shop that will have it, we will have the names notified to the Public (sic) too.”
It concludes: “To share and spread hate will not stop anything but the oppsite (sic), will force everything go underground (sic) and make millions of people hate Jews!”
Jewish News has also received reports of copies of last week’s issue carrying the investigation into the deadly pandemic breaches being removed from Stamford Hill and Golders Green.
An additional 1,200 people have died within 28 days of contracting coronavirus, new government figures showed on Saturday, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 105,571. The global number of deaths now stands at more than 2,200,000.
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