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Open UK’s doors to Syrians, say rabbis

The JC
9th January 2014

Rabbis from across the community are backing a Jewish group’s campaign to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Seven leading Charedi, United Synagogue and Reform ministers are among the 161 signatories to a Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCore) petition which calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to open Britain’s doors to Syrians affected by the civil war in their country.

This week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told MPs that “around 1,500” Syrians have settled in the UK.

But JCore founder Edie Friedman, said Mr Clegg had “side-stepped the issue” by counting people who had already applied for asylum. She said the government needed to implement a proper refugee resettlement programme alongside other European countries.

Masorti rabbi Jeremy Gordon, Liberal rabbi Danny Rich, Rabbi Sybil Sheridan of the Reform movement, and US rabbi Lee Sunderland will be among those delivering the petition to Downing Street. Read more