Jewish community leaders' statement
We the undersigned representatives of different denominations within the British Jewish community make the following statement on the current situation in Israel and Gaza: "In these painful times we regret the loss of all innocent life. Our thoughts are with all those who grieve and we fervently pray that we soon see a just and lasting peace for all in the region."
David Dangoor (Chair, Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation) Nick Gendler and Clive Sheldon QC (Co-Chairs, Masorti Judaism) Lucian Hudson (Chair, Liberal Judaism) Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner (Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism) Rabbi Danny Rich
(Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism) Robert Weiner (Chair, Movement for Reform Judaism) Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg (Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism)
Statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza
A statement from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism.
"We stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Israel at this frightening time, viewing this escalation of the conflict with great sadness and concern. Jewish tradition emphasises that self-defence is a duty, not an option. In the words of our Siddur (prayerbook), we pray that God grants ‘safety to those who guard and those who watch, and skill to those who must take difficult decisions, so that they be always guided by the need to avoid harm to the innocent.’ We fervently pray that both sides will move towards a ceasefire as soon as possible".
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner discusses the current crisis in Gaza and Israel on BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, and journalist Mira Bar-Hillel debate the feelings of British Jews towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.
What is our Position on Israel?
- We are unequivocally Zionist. We have a non-negotiable commitment to the State of Israel and its security. We believe that the pursuit of peace is the highest ideal and priority. We are deeply committed to democracy; human rights and social justice; and religious pluralism.
- We are committed to two viable states as the only just and realistic solution to the present situation.
- We believe that Israel should be a Jewish state and a state for all its citizens.
- We believe that exponents of moderate, liberal Judaism should ally with moderate, liberal secularists and work together to combat both religious and secular extremism.
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