Syrian refugees petition delivered to Downing Street

Rabbis Lee Sunderland, Danny Rich, Jeremy Gordon, Sybil Sheridan with Edie Friedman (centre) in Downing Street (Photo: John Rifkin)

Rabbis Lee Sunderland, Danny Rich, Jeremy Gordon, Sybil Sheridan with Edie Friedman (centre) in Downing Street (Photo: John Rifkin)

A petition calling for Syrian refugees to be allowed into the UK has been delivered to Downing Street.

The document — signed by 630 people — is part of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality’s campaign urging the government to implement a refugee resettlement programme.

Four rabbis, along with JCore director Edie Friedman, presented the petition at No 10.

One of the rabbis, Jeremy Gordon, said: “If it wasn’t for the welcome this country afforded my family, we would have been caught in the horrors of the Holocaust. As a British Jew, I appeal to my government to welcome some of those who are suffering so greatly in Syria now.”

Dr Friedman added: “We must play our part in offering them a place of safety — it’s the very least we can do.”

Last updated: 3:49pm, January 24 2014