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Jewish community shows its solidarity with black and Asian communities in the UK

Nearly 50 organisations and more than 130 individuals from across the Jewish community have signed a statement of solidarity with black and Asian communities in the UK.

Initiated by the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) and endorsed by the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust, the statement follows the murder of George Floyd in the United States in May and a subsequent statement of solidarity signed by more than 600 American Jewish organisations.

JCORE’s statement notes that “In the UK, we continue to see inequalities faced by black and Asian people in health, education, housing, employment and the criminal justice system as well as a disregard for the human rights of the Windrush generation. These injustices have no place in the 21st century.” The statement concludes: “We seek to commit, each within our own field of action, to finding new ways for black, Asian and Jewish communities to continue to work together against all forms of racism, whether anti-black racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, or directed against migrants and travellers, because an attack on one minority is an attack on us all”.

Supporting the statement, Lord Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote said: “With so many seeking to wreak division and hatred amongst different communities, there has never been a more important moment in our recent history to come together in solidarity and unity. I welcome this statement!”

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies said: "We are pleased to support this important statement of solidarity with Black and Asian communities. The Board of Deputies is clear that fighting the racism experienced by Black and Asian people must be a priority for the Jewish community, alongside tackling antisemitism."

Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director of JCORE added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has further exposed the inequalities faced by black and Asian communities in Britain on a daily basis. Our society can no longer afford to ignore the consequences of historic discrimination and its present day impact.”

Other signatories to the statement include Jewish Care, UJIA, World Jewish Relief and the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Communities together with numerous other synagogues.

Names can stlll be added to the statement at www.jcore.org.uk/solidarity

See below for the statement and full list of signatures.

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Statement of solidarity:

The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the ongoing racial tension in the United States have prompted many Jewish communities to re-examine the position of minorities, including Jews of colour, in the UK today, and to ask what action we should be taking here to oppose racism.

In the UK, we continue to see inequalities faced by black and Asian people in health, education, housing, employment and the criminal justice system as well as a disregard for the human rights of the Windrush generation. These injustices have no place in the 21st century. Recent protests in this country have highlighted the legacy of Britain’s particular role in the slave trade and colonialism. As a society, we must urgently address the consequences of our history and the present-day impact of our past that is experienced by black and Asian people on a daily basis.

As Jewish individuals, organisations, schools and synagogues across Britain, we stand in solidarity with black and Asian communities to say unequivocally that black lives matter.

We seek to commit, each within our own field of action, to finding new ways for black, Asian and Jewish communities to continue to work together against all forms of racism, whether anti-black racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, or directed against migrants and travellers, because an attack on one minority is an attack on us all.

Signed by: Updated 1030am on 23rd September 2020

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality

The Board of Deputies of British Jews

The Jewish Leadership Council

The Community Security Trust

45 Aid society

AJEX JMA

Ameena Gafoor Institute

Anne Frank Trust UK

Beit Klal Yisrael

Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue

Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors

FZY

Habonim Dror

Jewish Blind and Disabled

Jewish Care

Jewish Greens

Jewish Labour Movement

Jewish Museum, London

Jewish Vegetarian Society

Jewish Volunteering Network

JW3

Kehillah North London

Keshet UK

Kisharon

Leo Baeck College

Liberal Judaism

Limmud

Magen David Adom UK

Masorti Judaism

Migdal Emunah

Mitzvah Day UK

Na'amod: British Jews Against Occupation

Nahamu

New Israel Fund

Noam Masorti Youth

Norwich Liberal Jewish Community

René Cassin

S&P Sephardi Community

South London Synagogue

Sunridge Court

The Judith Trust

Tzedek

UJIA

Union of Jewish Students

World Jewish Relief

Yachad

Young JCORE

Rita Adler

Bil Al

Linda Albin

Len Alden

Carole Angier

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Adrienne Banks

Elise Benjamin

Sue Berelowitz

Chaya Bernstein

Jonathan Black

Lance Blackston

Kira Blumer

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts

Johanna Botta

Rabbi Janet Burden

Georgina Bye

Maddy Clifford

Rabbi Cliff Cohen

Jenny Conway

Samantha Cozens

Patsy Cunningham

Rabbi Janet Darley

Barbara Dresner

Ora Dresner

Colin Eimer

Deetza Elf

Rabbi Warren Elf MBE

Judith Emanuel

Louis Engel

Mike Faulkner

Professor David Feldman

Suman Fernando

Richard Franklin

Braham Fredman

Sheila Freedman

Dr Edie Friedman

Rabbi Ariel J Friendlander

Stephen Frosh

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE

Nicole Gluckman

Tony Goldman

Rabbi Naomi Goldman

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon

Jody Graham

Alice Gray

Benjamin Greenman

Max Hammer

James Harris

Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton

Andrew Hornung

Anthony Isaacs

Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi

Hyam Joffe

Rabbi Leah Jordan

Ann Jungmann

Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris

Bruce Kent

Rebecca Klug

Francesca Klug

Dr Agnes Kory

Jack Kushner

Tony Kushner

Sam Kushner

Bradley L

Jane Lane

Adam Langleben

Jessica Lauren

Jonathon Leader

Rabbi Lee Lee

Frances Lefford

Gillian Levy

John Lipetz

Daniel Lubin

Simon Lynn

Marcus M

Naomi Magnus

Moshe Mankoff

Rabbi David Mason

Rabbi Monique Mayer

Dr Dolf A Mogendorff

Chris Mohr

Rebecca Moss

Neil Nerva

Avigail Ochert

Joy Onyejiako

Gail Pearce

Cathy Peck

Laura Phillips

Judy Plaut

David Plaut

Ze'ev Portner

Anna Posner

Jo Ramsay

Shar Reichenstein

Liz Reiner

Dina Rickman

Edward Rosen

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

Pat Rowe

Gil Rubin

Anthony Rudolf

Professor Raphael Salkie

Marc Saperstein

Esther Saraga

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah

Mira Sasic

Amos Schonfield

Amanda Sebestyen

Amanda Sefton

Lynne Segal

Prof Vic Seidler

Alison Shindler

Nigel Siederer

Raymond Simonson

Ken Singer

Cheryl Sklan

Janet Solomons

Susan Soyinka

Tommer Spence

Katherine Standring

Rabbi Roni Tabick

Julie Taylor

Ivan Wels

Peter Whear

Uri Winterstein

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Natacha Woodcock

Marguerite Wright

Terrence Yason

Debbie Young-Somers

Andrea Zanardo

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