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October 10, 2010

Chabad Rabbi In Bed With British Group Linked To Racist Skinheads And Soccer Hooligans

Rabbi Nachum Shifren cropped Chabad's "Surfing Rabbi" Nachum Shifren, a regular speaker at Tea Party conventions, will go to Britain to speak at a convention of hard right British extremists and skinheads about Sharia law. Shifren will also discuss fundraising issues.


Please watch this Guardian news video to see English Defense League skinheads hurl racist slurs and threaten violence. It will shock you. You can see some of them making Nazi salutes in a pub and glorifying violence. One refers to anti-fascist protesters as "niggers" and "Pakis."

Then read the Guardian's article posted below.
Schrifen is also a Tea Party state senatorial candidate in California and is Chabad's "Surfing Rabbi."
The Guardian's report:

English Defence League forges links with America's Tea Party
As the far-right group marches in Leicester, details are emerging of growing contacts with extremist US groups in a 'war on Islamification"
Mark Townsend • The Guardian

The English Defence League, a far-right grouping aimed at combating the "Islamification" of British cities, has developed strong links with the American Tea Party movement.

Rabbi Nachum Shifren An Observer investigation has established that the EDL has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organisation and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month. Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a regular speaker at Tea Party conventions, will speak about Sharia law and also discuss funding issues.

The league has also developed links with Pamela Geller, who was influential in the protests against plans to build an Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero. Geller, darling of the Tea Party's growing anti-Islamic wing, is advocating an alliance with the EDL. The executive director of the Stop Islamisation of America organisation, she recently met EDL leaders in New York and has defended the group's actions, despite a recent violent march in Bradford.

Geller, who denies being anti-Muslim, said in one of her blogs: "I share the EDL's goals… We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups that oppose the Islamisation of the west."

Devin Burghart, vice-president of the Kansas-based Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, said: "Geller is acting as the bridge between the EDL and the Tea Party. She plays an important role in bringing Islamophobia into the Tea Party. Her stature has increased substantially inside the Tea Party ranks after the Ground Zero mosque controversy. She has gained a lot of credibility with that stuff."

Details of the EDL's broadening aspirations came as about 1,000 supporters yesterday gathered to demonstrate in Leicester, which has a significant Muslim population. Home secretary Theresa May banned marches in the city last week but the EDL said its protest would proceed, raising fears of violence. Parts of Leicester were cordoned off to separate a counter-protest from Unite Against Fascism. Officers from 13 forces were on hand to maintain order.

The Tea Party is expected to be an influential force in America's mid-term elections. Last month their candidate Christine O'Donnell romped to the Republican nomination in Delaware, following a stream of populist rightwing candidates who carry the movement's endorsement. Burghart says anti-Islamic tendencies have become far more marked in the grassroots organisation: "As we move farther and farther away from the Tea Party origins, that were ostensibly around debt and bail-outs, social issues like Islamophobia are replacing that anger, that vigour. The idea that there is a war between Islam and the west is becoming commonplace."

Another Tea Party-associated grouping, the International Civil Liberties Alliance, which campaigns against Sharia law, confirmed that EDL leaders have made "contacts with members of important organisations within the American counter-jihad movement". A statement said: "It seems now that America and Europe are acting as one, and united we can never fail."

With the Tea Party said to benefit from millions of dollars of funding from conservative foundations, experts warn an alliance between the EDL and extremist elements within the US movement could allow the English group to invest in wider recruitment and activism.

Shifren, a Californian senate candidate, said Britain's Jewish community should rally behind the EDL: "The Jewish community is paralysed with fear, exactly what most radical Muslim agitators want. The people of England are in the forefront of this war – and it is a war. One of the purposes of this visit is to put the kibosh on the notion in the Jewish community that they cannot co-operate with the EDL, which is rubbish."

The EDL's website relaunched briefly last week with new US links. Currently shut down for "maintenance", the site featured prominent links to a site called Atlas Shrugs, which is run by Geller, and another US-based site, Jihad Watch, which compiles negative news coverage of Islamic militancy.

In addition, two members of the EDL leadership, a British businessman called Alan Lake who is believed to fund the group and a man known by the alias Kinana, are regular contributors to web forum 4Freedoms. The forum claims to be "organising US activities" and has links to the anti-jihad group, American Congress for Truth, which in turn has supporters within the Tea Party.

Lake is also believed to have been in touch with a number of anti-Islamic Christian evangelical groups in the US. One posting by Lake on 4Freedoms warns that the UK of the future will start to fragment into Islamic enclaves. Lake, believed to be a principal bankroller of the EDL, which claims to be a peaceful, non-racist organisation, is understood to be keen on the possibility of setting up the UK equivalent of the Tea Party. At an event organised by the Taxpayers' Allliance last month, US Tea Party organisers outlined how the movement emerged last year, partly in protest at the US bank bail-out.

Those present included Freedom Works and the Cato Institute, one of the Tea Party's main backers. However, Simon Richards, director of the Gloucestershire-based Freedom Association, which is looking at developing a pseudo-Tea Party movement in the UK, said he was concerned the project could be hijacked by elements such as the EDL. Nick Lowles of anti-fascist organisation Searchlight said: "The EDL is an integral part of an international campaign against Islam. While some are fighting in a cultural and political arena, the EDL are taking it to the streets. The images of the EDL allegedly taking on Muslim fundamentalists on the streets of Britain is also delighting right wing religious organisations in US."


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The EDL is an interesting group. Nationalism is not dead and buried in the Old Dart. If certain Jewish people can work with this group and influence them then that is a positive thing.

What William Blake was trying to get at in his famous poem and hymn "Jerusalem" was the idea expressed by Jeremiah and later by Mar Samuel. That each nation should try and be transformed into a literal "Jerusalem" of peace and security for its people.

William Blake was a true patriot who loved his fellow countrymen and held no animosity to other nations. He actually met with Thomas Paine and other great people in the late 1700's.

I find William Blake to be a real prophet and quite inspiring. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather gave his first son the first name and middle name...William Hayley. (He did this because he himself was inspired by Blake during the times he grew up in London as a young man up until 1815, and he realised the importance of William Hayley, who was Blake's benefactor at a crucial time in the early 1800's.)

The fondness the English have for Blake's "Jerusalem" was shown recently, when the cricketers who had won the Ashes after a long break sang the hymn with much spirit and gusto. It is a beautiful hymn.

I wish more people knew about William Blake and his transcendent works.

P.S. One of the greatest films of all time is "I.D." It is on the surface about soccer hooligans in the 1980's, but really has many layers to it. I am not going to reveal the other movies that make up the top ten of all time here. Got to keep something in reserve.

A tea party in Britain?...how ironic

the EDL is more than just "patriotic", it is dangerous to give them or any such group any legitimacy by using that term. something tells me these people are not interested in being influenced, nor do i think someone interested in allying with them is interested in influencing them. it is very sad that the surfer rabbi has chosen to associate with such people.

the EDL is anti-islamic,but not antisemitic,afaik.If they are against muslims and don't harass Jews,they are fine for me!

Without reading the story, you should not have used that headline. In bed with can be taken literally, and since you like to spread that kind of story, you should only use the phrase literally, not figuratively.

chabad again!
the english defense league are nazis. everyone knows that. Has the chief rabbi himself a chabad member given him permission.
When you lie with dogs you get fleas. not sure who the bigger dogs are here.
an excellent heading, in bed with them.
what next!!

England is not an Arab, Asian, nor African country. It has a Christian-Judeo, White heritage as much as Israel has a Judeo-Christian and Semitic heritage. They have every natural right to protect themselves from what they deem as a threat. Obviously those who hate and seek to destroy them by means of "multiculturalism", will only jeopardize themselves through their own selfishness and stupidity.


Thats why I see no harm in the hordes coming from Mexico- they will at least keep USA from being Islamitised

Can you please point me to an official Chabad website that lists this person as an official Chabad Rabbi?

Mahalo and Hang Ten Rebbeh Shifren!


Can you please point me to an official Chabad website that lists this person as an official Chabad Rabbi?

He has smicha from Chabad:


All kind of people graduated from Harvard, and Harvard is not responsible for all of their actions. Shifrin has no official connection to Chabad. Has no position in the movement or any Chabad community.

Isa funny you should mention Mexico. You've gotta stop smoking that Mexican rope before you come to work.

Muslims are maybe a percent of the population. Most of them came to this country to get away from the repressive political and economic life in the Muslim countries they came from. They have about zip interest in putting that in place here.

And somehow I wonder if the 80% of America which nominally worships the Jewish zombie-vampire from Nazareth would fail to notice. That includes the 20% of the population which believes that our President is the Antichrist. And the growing numbers of atheists and agnostics who don't like the idea of any religion having political power.

Nope. You're a useful idiot. You've guzzled the Kool Aid and licked the envelope just like the dimwits during the Reagan years who believed the Sandinistas could drive up the Pan-American highway and attack Brownsville in just 12 hours.

All kind of people graduated from Harvard, and Harvard is not responsible for all of their actions. Shifrin has no official connection to Chabad. Has no position in the movement or any Chabad community.

He's been profiled on Chabad websites and proudly identified as a Chabanik by them.

He went to a Chabad yeshiva and got ordained by it and affiliates with Chabad.

You can't have it both ways.

He is a Chabadnik.

A Chabad Nick???

Is that a chasidic Santa Clause who refuses to die?

The EDL isn't the British National Party. And don't forget the class distinctions in the UK. For an interesting discussion of all of the above, see



If you are ever caught doing something heinous (god forbid), I'm sure somone will call you a Chabadnik too ;-)

r' neira
"The EDL is an interesting group".
'repugnant' is a more appropriate adjective.
"If certain Jewish people can work with this group and influence them then that is a positive thing."
positive? like influencing hitler? next question is if this 'certain Jewish' peyson is jewish altogether.
do we want him in our midst? representing himself as a jew?
what does he want to do in california? get rid of the mexicans and repopulate the state with minim like him and the 'rebbe mamesh's emissaries products'?
bless be he who grants man knowledge.
bless be he who opens the eyes of the blind.

To Yosef ben Matitya...

Point One - Some people with the correct modalities can be influenced for the better. Some psychopaths intent on violence need to be shot. It is possible to turn a serial murderer into a doting grandfather and a Neo-Nazi into a friend of the Jews. I have done both. I never sang Kumbaya with Christian Groups on beaches in Summer, so the pacifist, weak leitmotif will not stick. Ecclesiastes is clear that there is time for everything.

Point Two - If you could travel back in a time machine to 1913 would you have been happy to try and influnce a young Adolph Hitler ? Do you think the Treaty of Versailles was fair ?

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