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Sizer apologises for link to 9/11 web story

06 February 2015

Dr Stephen Sizer

Dr Stephen Sizer

A PRIEST who posted a link on social media to an article, "9/11: Israel did it", has apologised.

The Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, in Surrey, the Revd Stephen Sizer, is reported to have posted the article on Facebook, with the comment: "Is this anti-Semitic? It raises so many questions."

A spokesman at the Church of England's communications office said on Thursday of last week: "These comments would rightly be seen as unacceptable whenever they were posted. It is a matter of deep sorrow and shame that they have been posted in this week of all weeks.

"The diocese of Guildford, where the Revd Sizer is licensed, is taking immediate steps to investigate," the spokesman said. "The diocese is aware of the seriousness of the matter, and is also in touch with the Board of Deputies of British Jews."

The Vice-President of the Board, Jonathan Arkush, said on Friday: "Posting a link and giving approval to an article which in effect accuses Jews of responsibility for the 9/11 atrocity is unquestionably anti-Semitic, just as it is beyond absurd."

On Friday, Dr Sizer said: "I very much regret and apologise for the distress caused by the sharing on Facebook of a link to an article about 9/11 from Wikispooks.

"It was particularly insensitive, in that last week coincided with Holocaust Memorial Day. I re­­moved the link as soon as I received adverse feedback, and realised that offence had been caused. 

"I have never believed Israel or any other country was complicit in the terrorist atrocity of 9/11, and my sharing of this material was ill-considered and misguided.

"At the request of the diocese, I will be suspending my use of all social media and blogs with immediate effect and until further notice."

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