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Liberal Jews remember Srebrenica genocide

17th July 2015

Liberal Judaism members and communities around the UK marked the 20th solemn anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

Services and remembrance events took place last weekend, including one at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) in co-operation with The Joseph Interfaith Foundation.

In her sermon, LJS Senior Rabbi Alexandra Wright said: “Today marks the 20th anniversary when more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995. We remember that act of genocide that took place before the eyes of the world with prayers and words of remembrance.

“The Jewish community knows and understands the devastation that is caused by hatred and discrimination, prejudice and brutal acts of violence. We will stand to remember the victims of Srebrenica, calling to mind the memory of fathers and sons, brothers and friends. And we will stand to pledge ourselves to eliminate hatred and prejudice and to proclaim aloud our shared humanity.”

Hanna Yusuf – a young Muslim graduate. journalist and member of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation – then read a commemorative poem for the victims of Srebrenica.

Birmingham Progressive Synagogue’s Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi has just returned from Bosnia, where she was part of a multi-faith delegation organised by Birmingham City Council and the charity Remembering Srebrenica.

She said: “The trip revealed to us the horror and complexity of a situation which, 20 years later, remains unresolved.

“Throughout our time in Bosnia, I kept thinking about the Holocaust. What must it have been like 20 years after the Holocaust, when the world was just beginning to talk about what had happened, when the work of rebuilding the cities was progressing well, but the work of rebuilding society and democracy had only just begun?”