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Jewish fury over plan to recreate Israeli-Palestinian border checkpoint in church exhibition

  • A neighbouring rabbi has accused the London Methodist church of ‘fanning the flames of antisemitism’
  • The Board of Deputies of British Jews says it strains Christian-Jewish relations
  • Church bosses say it does not criticise the Jewish community or faith
  • The exhibition will be held this week at the Hinde Street Methodist Church 

A London church planning to host an exhibition featuring a life-sized replica Israeli checkpoint has been accused ‘fanning the flames of antisemitism’.

Jewish religious leaders have hit out at the Hinde Street Methodist Church, close to Oxford Street, over an upcoming display inspired by an Israeli border control point between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The exhibition, called ‘You cannot pass today: Life through a diving wall’, will offer an insight into daily life in the Holy Land when it opens on Monday, according to organisers.


Publicity material for the display says it will give visitors the chance to experience what it is like to cross a checkpoint every day, and will ‘explore how we can break down the walls that divide us’.

The church said the exhibition will not criticise the Jewish community or faith.

But Rabbi Barry Marcus, of the Central Synagogue, which is less than a mile from the church, said he feared it would ‘demonise’ Israel, telling The Times: ‘Why the hell is a church wasting resources on fanning the flames of antisemitism? They should be ashamed.’

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