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Unanimous UK community support for Israel over Gaza fighting

    Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

    In a letter to Israeli ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, officials from groups including the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council, Chief Rabbi's O ffice and Movement for Reform Judaism wrote that sentiments of support prevailed across "all sections of our community", reflecting the "national consensus" in Israeli society.

    "Operation Pillar of Defence is an entirely understandable response to the intolerable assault upon the citizens of Southern Israel and the continued provocations of Hamas --‐ an antisemitic terrorist organisation," the signatories stated. "We take pride in the commitment of Israel's political and military leadership to leave no stone unturned in seeking to avoid civilian casualties and remain true to the Jewish ethical ethos that underpins the doctrine of the IDF."

    The letter also praised the ambassador for his efforts since the fighting officially began on Wednesday to "take an important lead in advocating for Israel so effectively across the UK national media"

    "This is a difficult and often hostile arena. You have done your country proud."

    Letter signed by:

    Mick Davis – Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) & Chairman, UJIA
    Vivian Wineman – President, Board of Deputies of British Jews & Chairman, JLC
    Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks – Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
    Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner – Movement Rabbi, Movement for Reform Judaism
    Rabbi Danny Rich – CEO, Liberal Judaism also on behalf of Liberal Judaism Rabbinic Conference
    Jon Benjamin – CEO, The Board of Deputies of British Jews
    Jeremy Newmark – Chief Executive, The Jewish Leadership Council
    Frank Baigel – President of Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region
    Kate Bearman – JLC Political Oversight Group & Former Director of Labour Friends of Israel
    Bill Benjamin – Member, JLC
    Linda Boxer – Chief Executive, WIZO UK
    Alex Brummer – Vice-President of Board of Deputies (Chair International Division)
    Paul Charney – Chair, Zionist Federation
    David Chinn – Member, JLC Political Oversight Group
    Sir Trevor Chinn CVO – Vice President, JLC & Chair of JLC Political Oversight Group
    Adrian Cohen – Chair, London Jewish Forum & Member of JLC
    David Cohen – Vice President, JLC
    David Dangoor – President, Board of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation
    Alan Finley – President, Federation of Synagogues
    Lord Stanley Fink – Vice-President, JLC
    Judith Flacks – Campaigns Director, UJS
    Nick Gendler – Co-chair, Masorti Judaism
    Jonathan Goldstein – Chair, PaJeS
    Lord Young of Graffam – Chairman, Jewish Museum & Member, JLC
    Alex Green – Chair, Union of Jewish Students and Member, JLC
    Henry Grunwald OBE QC – Vice President, JLC & Past President, Board of Deputies
    Robert Halfon MP
    Andrew Heller – Chairman, Executive Board of Conservative Friends of Israel
    Lucian J Hudson – Chairman, Liberal Judaism
    Jeremy Jacobs – CEO, United Synagogue
    Lord Janner of Braunstone – Vice-President, JLC
    Isaac Kaye – BICOM & JLC Political Oversight Group
    Dermot Kehoe – CEO, BICOM
    Brian Kerner – Co-chair, Fair Play Campaign Group & Member of JLC
    Dr Eli Kienwald – CEO, Federation of Synagogues
    Debbie Klein – Chairman, JCC for London
    Douglas Krikler – Political Oversight Group, JLC
    Nigel Layton – Chairman, LEAD
    Howard Leigh – Vice President, JLC
    James Libson – Trustee, JLC
    Howard Miller – CEO, Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation
    Edward Misrahi – Vice Chair, BICOM & Chairman, ‘We Believe in Israel’
    Leo Noé – Vice President, JLC
    Stephen Pack – President, United Synagogue
    Jenny Pizer – Chair, Movement for Reform Judaism
    Stuart Polak – Director, Conservative Friends of Israel
    Ben Rich – CEO, Movement for Reform Judaism
    Jo Rosenfelder – Board Member & Trustee, Tzedek & Member of JLC Political Oversight Group
    Jill Shaw – Chair, WIZO UK
    Clive Sheldon – Co-chair, Masorti Judaism
    Rebecca Simon – Board Member, Labour Friends of Israel
    Gavin Stollar – Chairman, Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel
    Nick Viner – CEO, JCC for London
    Michael Weiger – Chief Executive, UJIA
    Joy Wolfe MBE - Chairman, StandWithUs UK & President, Manchester Zionist Central Council
    Poju Zabludowicz – Chairman, BICOM

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