On the third anniversary of the conflict in Syria, World Jewish Relief and Rabbis from across the community call on world leaders to do more to end the fighting
March 15, 2014 will see the third anniversary of the conflict in Syria. Well over 100,000 people have lost their lives. To mark the date, WJR, with head Rabbis from across the community’s main synagogue bodies, is joining other faith-based agencies and communities from around the world to call on leaders to bring an end to the fighting.
More than 9 million people have been displaced from their houses and millions of people are living in refugees camps, with no sign of being able to return home.
We are calling on world leaders to press all parties of the conflict to stop the bloodshed, give those in need access to life-saving care and commit to peace talks. As the Jewish community’s response to international disasters, we are delighted to have the support of Rabbis from across the community:
Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi, Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation
Rabbi Raphy Garson, Ohr Yisrael Federation Synagogue
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi, The Movement for Reform Judaism
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism
But we need YOUR voice too.
World Jewish Relief’s call forms part of the #WithSyria campaign, which launches this week. Banksy has leant his support by reworking his Girl with Balloon image. Hundreds of people are expected at a vigil in Trafalgar Square on Thursday, March 13, 6-7pm – please join us. If you would like to stand with other WJR supporters in Trafalgar Square, please email WJR’s campaign’s manager, Richard Verber, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporters can also call for an end to the bloodshed by joining the #WithSyria campaign on social media.
World Jewish Relief’s call comes following their Syria Crisis Emergency Appeal which was launched 6 months ago. The appeal raised £200,000 and has helped provide support for nearly 3,000 of Syrian’s most vulnerable refugees. Interventions include providing food packages to 1,200 people, providing trauma counsellors to care for those most affected by the fighting, providing 500 children with healthy nutritious meals, creating two safe spaces for children to socialise and recover and providing 800 families with start up kits containing bedding and blankets.
Richard Verber, World Jewish Relief’s campaigns manager, said:
Although the crisis in Syria has been replaced in the news by the events unfolding in Ukraine, where WJR is also responding, the humanitarian crisis is worsening for millions of Syrian refugees. The Jewish community, as ever, responded to our emergency appeal with incredible generosity. Now, as we mark – shockingly – the third anniversary of bloodshed in Syria, WJR, together with senior rabbis from across the community are once again calling on world leaders to do more. It is so important that during global crises such as in Syria, the Jewish community comes together to stand with others and demand an end to the bloodshed.
To donate to WJR’s Syria Crisis Appeal please visit www.wjr.org.uk/syria or call 020 8736 1250.