Statement in response to the killing of George Floyd in the USA

"JCORE, along with many others, looks with horror at the footage of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. How much institutional racism has played a part in this is something that demands an immediate inquiry.

However the underlying issues are not limited to the US. It is an international problem, not least for the UK. Former Prime Minister, Theresa May, in her first statement as PM acknowledged that “if you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.” She commissioned the Lammy Report which found that BAME communities have little trust in the justice system.

The Government must not merely sit on the findings of that report if we wish to avoid any replication of events in the USA. There need to be transparent procedures for dealing with allegations of racism in all institutions. There is also a role for civil society in supporting this, in which the Jewish community must play its part."