Church of England Apologizes to Jews for Expulsion Laws

The Church of England apologized for anti-semitic legislation imposed 800 years ago that resulted in the deportation of Jews from England for more than 300 years.

A service was held at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on Sunday to mark the 800th anniversary of the Synod of Oxford, which prohibited Jews and Christians from interacting, enforced a special tithe on Jews, and required them to wear an identifying badge.

“A privilege to be joined by Jews and Christians from the city, county and country as we come together to ‘remember, repent and rebuild’ (in the words of the Bishop of Lichfield),” said the Oxford Cathedral in a tweet.

The Synod was passed in 1222 which was followed by more anti-semitic legislation and eventually led to the expulsion of Jews from England in 1290.

It was estimated that 2000 to 3000 Jews were forced to flee the country and immigrated to Scotland, France, and Poland.

It took 366 years to reverse the legislation in 1656 when English general Oliver Cromwell finally allowed Jews to return to England.

According to the Jewish charity Community Security Trust, anti-semitism in the UK reached new highs in 2021, up 34% from 2020.

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