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10.03.2015

Jewish leaders back We Stand Together campaign against hate

Jewish communal leaders have helped launch a new national effort to combat hate and extremism.

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Finchley United Synagogue, and Rabbi Herschel Gluck joined Muslim and Christian figures, and senior Metropolitan Police officers on Sunday to unveil the We Stand Together campaign.

It was initiated in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen and urges people to sign a pledge of solidarity, to celebrate diversity and oppose intolerance.

At the launch at London's Central Mosque, Mr Wineman said that hatred was not new, citing Purim as a festival marking an instance of antisemitism from 2,000 years ago. What was new, he said, was that "we are here to confront that hate".

Rabbi Lawrence, who was representing the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said the Jewish community "stands as one with the campaign. We abhor hatred. By celebrating diversity we can build a stronger United Kingdom".

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

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