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Syrian refugee crisis unites Jews and Muslims in plea for Britain to do more

The Daily Mirror, 27th September 2014

Jews and Muslims have formed an unlikely alliance to press for Britain to accept hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war.

More than 140,000 Syrians fled to Turkey last week as they faced the triple threat of being targeted by President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces, murdered by ISIS terrorists or being caught in US-led bombing raids against Islamic extremists.

British-based faith leaders will use next week’s Jewish festival of Sukkot – when temporary shelters are built to remember how Jews fled persecution - to call for the UK to offer shelter to refugees from the war-torn country.

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich said: “The main ritual of Sukkot is that we spend time in a temporary dwelling place. It is a tradition to welcome visitors into that temporary dwelling.

“That has gone on for a couple of thousand years.

“There are thousands of refugees from Syria living in temporary conditions because they can’t live anywhere else because their homes have been destroyed.

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