Church of England Set to apologize for Medieval Expulsion of Jews in 1290 #unitedkingdom


Jan Meisels Allen
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The seat of the Church of England in London. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

The Church of England is set to apologize for the medieval expulsion of Jews directly in an act of repentance. Among the antisemitic acts being apologized for include forcing Jews to wear a “badge of shame”, and the Church’s role in first nation-wide expulsion of Jews in 1290. They were not officially readmitted until 1656.

 

The move comes as the 800th anniversary of the 1222 Oxford Synod approaches next year, which introduced notorious antisemitic laws, including forcing Jews to wear clothing to distinguish them from Christians.

 

To read more see:

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/british-jews-to-get-apology-800-years-after-antisemitic-laws-that-led-to-their-expulsion

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee