Thursday, 10 September 2015
Leaders’ new year messages for community
By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015
David Cameron has said Jewish communities must “not be left to live in fear” in his Rosh Hashanah message.
The Prime Minister outlined the efforts taken by his government to help the community in the past year, and said the country would stand by the pledge to remember the Holocaust.
Praising the role played by Jews in Britain, Mr Cameron said: “I deeply admire the way Jewish communities emphasise their responsibility for creating a better, fairer society for everyone. This is one of the reasons the community has made such an immeasurable contribution to all areas of British life.”
Referring to the attacks targeting Jews in the past year, he said: “I will do everything I can to stamp out such hatred now and in the future.”
Labour’s acting leader, Harriet Harman, said Rosh Hashanah was a “time of reflection and contemplation on what can be done to help our communities thrive and flourish in the year ahead”. She added: “I wish you well over the fast and a happy New Year.”
Tim Farron, in his first Rosh Hashanah message as Liberal Democrat leader, said: “I admire the opportunity which this time offers to reflect on the year just past and to set new goals for the year ahead.”
It had been a “tumultuous year” for his party, but he said the need for a “strong liberal voice” had “never been greater”. He added: “Many in the Jewish community share with us liberal values as well as many of my personal values as a committed Christian.”
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “I join the Jewish community in their hope that the coming year will bring Israel and the Middle East region closer to a more peaceful and secure future.”