Politicians from all parties have joined religious leaders including Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, to support the intiative. Supporters include Baroness Warsi; Lord Paddy Ashdown, whose father served with Indian soldiers in WW2; Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands; Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West; Dan Jarvis MP; Major-General Tim Cross (retd); the Bishop of Durham and Imam Qari Asim MBE, Chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board.
— Jewish News (@JewishNewsUK) October 29, 2018
Rabbi Janner-Klausner signed a letter to The Sunday Telegraph highlighting the army’s multicultural composition and urging people to “put differences and divisions aside,” 100 years since the end of the First World War:
11 November 2018 marks not only Remembrance Sunday but also 100 years since the end of the First World War. It comes at a time when Britain’s society can feel more fragmented and anxious than any of us would want.
There is increasing awareness that Remembrance could, should and does belong to all of us.
The armies of 1914-18 looked more like the Britain of 2018 than that of its day. British troops fought alongside soldiers of different colours and creeds from across the Commonwealth, including some 1.5 million Indian soldiers, 400,000 of them Muslims from present-day Pakistan.
This shared history of service and contribution is something that we can all commemorate in Britain, whatever our ethnicity or faith.
Remember Together, which launches today, brings people together to remember all of those who fought for Britain a century ago. Imams in mosques around the country will give remembrance-themed services at Friday prayers. Young people from communities with little contact will meet, learn, give thanks to past generations and uncover what they have in common today.
We urge everyone this November, across the UK, to put differences and divisions aside and Remember Together.