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Council offers haven to 50 Syrians after Succot refugee campaign

The JC
October 14th 2014

A London council has agreed to offer sanctuary to 50 Syrian refugees in response to a Succot-themed interfaith project.

The leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, agreed to the request after 70 people, including faith leaders, called on the local authority to show compassion to refugees in UN camps in war zone areas like Syria.

Kevin Davis said, “I will support your campaign and work with you to find ways to resettle vulnerable families. We can’t do everything, but this small thing we can. I will also ask leaders of other local councils to join me in working with your campaign.”

Rabbi Charley Baginsky, of Kingston Liberal Synagogue, Rabbi Danny Rich CEO of Liberal Judaism, and Dr Sarah Mehdi of the Surrey Islamic Centre were involved in the project, organised by community campaigning group Citizens UK.  Read more