Ukip candidate standing against Andy Burnham in mayoral election is a bible-burning Orthodox Jewish rabbi
Shneur Odze reacted with fury when he found a religious tract in his synagogue
It purported to be a Jewish bible and was put there during Passover
Mr Odze took the book out into the street and set fire to it
A Ukip spokesman said: ‘While we understand the act, it was ill-advised to put a picture of it on social media’
By GLEN OWEN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
16 April 2017
An Orthodox Jewish rabbi who is standing for Ukip in a mayoral election has apologised for burning a bible and posting the pictures on social media.
Shneur Odze, who is standing against former Health Secretary Andy Burnham in Manchester, reacted with fury last Sunday when he found a religious tract in his synagogue which purported to be a Jewish bible.
It was put there during Passover, the holiest time of the Jewish calendar.
Mr Odze took the book – which he believes was placed there by a proselytising religious sect – out into the street and set fire to it.
He then put pictures of the event on Twitter under the comment: ‘Grateful to whoever put a missionary bible amongst our synagogue’s books. Was wondering what I’d burn my Chametz [food forbidden at Passover] with.’
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