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Friday, May 18, 2018 

If Haredis in London are discriminating against non-Jewish apartment buyers, of coruse that's wrong

Here's an article on a lawsuit that was filed in London against a Haredi group in housing:
A lawsuit was filed against Jewish Housing Association in London's Stamford Hill neighborhood over the fact that the association, in cooperation with the municipality, does not allow non-Jews to purchase discounted apartments in haredi neighborhoods.

The High Court in London will discuss the lawsuit filed by two non-Jewish families against the Jewish Housing Association under Agudath Israel in London in the coming months.

The plaintiffs claim they can not get cheap apartments on the street they want, since they are not Jewish.
As reverse-racism, this is wrong. If it's offensive to deny folks of Jewish race the right to buy apartments in a non-Jewish neighborhood, then obviously it's wrong to deny folks of non-Jewish race the same in a mainly Jewish neighborhood. Oh, and look at one of the excuses one of the Haredi reps brought up:
"There is no reason why the non-Jews should push themselves into a crowded street of haredi Jews. What do they have to look for here? We do not buy apartments in their neighborhoods, and they do not have to push themselves. If they could not buy at all, then of course we would not stop them. But they can buy, just two blocks away. They just want to bother us."

Ita Simmons, who founded the Housing Association in 1981, told the Jewish Chronicle website that "they are trying to change the purpose for which the organization was founded. Why do non-Jews want to live on a street full of Hasidim?" a question.
Suppose it's because, on the surface, they feel safer there than they would in a neighborhood with Islamofascists around, as has been the case in much of east London for years already? Something the Haredis over there don't seem particularly interested in reversing, no matter how dangerous the Islamists in Britain have made it even there for Jews. Indeed, that's the only problem with this whole issue, yet nothing seemed to have come up about that.

And I don't buy the notion the Haredis aren't buying apartments in non-Jewish neighborhoods in Britain. I'm sure they are, certainly if they can "block-bust", and then turn a whole street into an enclave of their desire. Above all, a real shame they can't admit their approach shows no respect for the biblical theme of "love your neighbor as you would yourself", from Leviticus 19:17-18, IIRC.

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