The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has published its 2015 accounts which show its commitment to community investment, infrastructure and events.
As part of its core function, as the umbrella organisation for the institutions of the Jewish community, the JLC facilitated Jewish community meetings with Government and parliamentarians including the annual meeting with the Prime Minister, the meetings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Secretary, the Leader of the Opposition and the Secretary of State for Education.
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13 July 2016
On the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister, Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said:
"The Jewish Leadership Council warmly welcomes Theresa May to her new position as our Prime Minister. She has consistently worked to support and understand the issues that affect British Jews, and we look forward to building on those foundations to create a strong and enduring relationship.
I wish to take this opportunity to, once again, sincerely thank David Cameron for his dedication and devotion to our country. He is a true friend of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, we wish him and his family well. He will always be welcome in our community"
Reacting to the reports that, over the weekend, Tzipi Livni had been summoned for questioning by the Police until intervention by the FCO, the Chief Executives of the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Zionist Federation and We Believe in Israel made the following statement:
“Because of our successful campaign for changes to the universal jurisdiction laws in 2011, Ms Livni was not subject to arrest. However, the current situation remains unsatisfactory. It is unacceptable that democratically elected members of the Israeli Knesset should face such uncertainty when visiting the UK. The Government has always recognised that Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens against terror and rocket attacks. The police should focus their attentions on the Hamas terrorists who carry out these war crimes, not on the democratic leaders defending their country"
Simon Johnson – Chief Executive, Jewish Leadership Council
Gillian Merron- Chief Executive, Board of Deputies of British Jews
Arieh Miller – Chief Executive, Zionist Federation
Luke Akehurst – Director, We Believe in Israel
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2 July 2016
The Jewish Leadership Council mourns the passing of Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, author, philosopher and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel.
Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said:
“Elie Wiesel dedicated every waking moment to Holocaust commemoration and to preserving the memory of those darkest of times for future generations. As burdened as he was with his own suffering and that of all of the victims of the Shoah, he was living proof of the capacity of the human spirit to heal and overcome evil. He constantly reminded us that the “opposite of love is not hate but indifference” and challenged all of humanity to be accountable for their fellow man and to defend the weak and the oppressed. Elie called for us never to stand idly by in the face of injustice, for “neutrality helps the oppressor” and “silence encourages the tormentor”.
“I had the privilege of meeting Elie in my capacity as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. I was struck by the power of his prose and by his devotion to ensuring that “never again” is not merely a watchword. Today, the Jewish people have lost one of its great moral advocates.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Marion, and the entire family. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may his memory be a blessing to us all.”
JLC-CST Statement on Chakrabarti Report:
In response to the release of the Chakrabarti Report, a spokesperson for the JLC and CST said:
“The final verdict on the Chakrabarti Report will depend upon its implementation. We welcome the rejection of the use of the term Zio, the condemnation of manipulating the Holocaust and of the stereotyping of Jews. That the MacPherson Principle should serve as a guidepost when responding to allegations of antisemitism is also important.
“We are concerned that ruling out lifetime bans and automatic suspensions could send the wrong signal to the community and we are disappointed that the Royall Report into antisemitism at Oxford University was not included and has still not been published.
“It is for the Labour Party to guarantee full, effective and detailed implementation of the report’s recommendations. The party must ensure that as a result of this report, antisemitism is pushed out of the party and Jewish members and supporters feel welcome and protected.
“We thank Shami Chakrabarti for her efforts and for her engagement with the Jewish community.”
Following last week's EU referendum, Simon Johnson, the CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council has made the following comment:
We join with fellow communal leaders and politicians in condemning the incidents of hate crime and intolerance following last week’s Referendum. As Jews, we have long had experience of hatred and discrimination and trust that all leaders will ensure that the outcome of the Referendum does not undermine the tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness of the society we live in.
We are also following the reaction of the markets to last week’s result. Any long term impact on the economy risks challenging the generous philanthropic environment in which Jewish charities operate. Jewish charities will continue to offer the highest quality and widest support to those who need it. They have done so through previous challenging economic circumstances. We will work closely with our members to ensure that we fully understand any developments and are able to respond accordingly.
Following the outcome of the EU Referendum, Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said:
I note with sadness the Prime Minister’s difficult decision to step down.
David Cameron has always been a loyal friend of the Jewish community and a visible and vocal supporter of the State of Israel.
He has worked constructively with us, engaging on issues of concern to British Jews.
I wish to thank him for his many years of service and for his dedication and devotion to our country.
This article is designed to update readers on how the JLC has been facilitating the agenda set out from the Prime Ministers meeting in January. The JLC, on behalf of its members, has been focused on the follow up to this meeting.
The past few months have proved challenging, especially with the lead up to the EU Referendum, but we are making solid progress in many of our primary areas of interest.