Board of Deputies delegation visits French Jewish group


Board of Deputies representatives have visited French counterparts to demonstrate solidarity following last month’s terrorist attack in Paris in which four Jews were killed.

During the meeting with Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Crif) on Wednesday, the organisations pledged to work together to tackle online hate crimes and interfaith relations.

The visit came after hundreds of Jewish graves were desecrated in Alsace this week.

Board president Vivian Wineman said he wanted to work out how the two groups could help each other fight antisemitism.

He added: “We were very concerned to hear of the level of anxiety in their community but were reassured by the extremely strong security measures being taken on their behalf by their government and the seriousness with which it regards the problem of antisemitism.

“We took with us a sense of real concern tempered by the reassurance that we have firm allies outside the community.”

Edwin Shuker, who is vice-chair of the Board’s International Division, represented the organisation at the funeral of Dan Uzan, the Danish economist who was shot in a terrorist attack in Copenhagen on Sunday.

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