Starmer praises 'compassion' of Jewish community in Rosh Hashanah message

Sir Keir also speaks of the 'pain, isolation and hardship brought about by Covid-19.'


Sir Keir Starmer has praised the Jewish community for its “volunteerism and multiple acts of compassion, of Chesed” over a past year dominated by the devastating impact of coronavirus.

In his first Rosh Hashanah message as Labour leader Sir Keir wrote that during the past six months like every other part of Britain “the Jewish community has experienced pain, isolation and hardship brought about by Covid-19.”

“My thoughts are particularly with those who are alone, those who are vulnerable and most tragically, those in the community who have been bereaved,” he said.

Writing ahead of the High Holy Days he said that he wanted to send heartfelt good wishes to Jews at home and across the world at a time when the “period of deep reflection and solemnity feels more significant than ever.”

Looking further ahead Sir Keir also noted that Sukkot will marks the exact moment six months ago that he took over from Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

Repeating his pledge to rid the party of the scourge of antisemitism he said: “Sukkot marks exactly six months since I became Leader of the Labour Party.

"In that time, I have been proud to strengthen existing friendships while also establishing new ties right across the Jewish community and its organisations.

"In my acceptance speech, I committed to tearing out the poison of antisemitism by its roots.

“I know that ultimately I will be judged not on what I say, but on what I do.

“There is more to do and at this most fitting time of the year, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, I reaffirm my pledge to the Jewish community that I will rid Labour of the scourge of antisemitism. “

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