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Tuesday, 20 October 2015


Article in this week’s Jewish Telegraph regarding 

A VIGIL was held in Glasgow city centre on Tuesday for Israeli victims of recent attacks.

Around 40 people attended the event, organised by the Judaeo Christian Alliance and held on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall. 

They held a banner, Israeli and Scottish flags and placards with the names and photos of four of the victims Na'ama and Eitam Henkin, Aharon Bennett and Nehemia Lavi.

Memorial candles were lit and messages of support read out by Edinburgh Friends of Israel member Dorothe Kaufmann, Linda Davidson, Sammy Stein, Walter Hecht and Jack Gold. 

A prayer was read by Rev Tom Houston, of the Via Succot Prayer Group. Student chaplain and Giffnock Synagogue assistant minister Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim, who had just returned from Israel, recited the memorial prayer and Matthew Berlow recited a half-kaddish.

JCA co-chairman Elliot Davis told those present: "Today we welcome those of all faiths and no faith to honour the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Israel. 

"We do this because we support all innocent Israelis and Palestinians and because we wholeheartedly support peace.

"The incitement from Hamas, Fatah Islamic Jihad, ISIS, the al Qassam Brigades and from the PLO is symptomatic of their hatred of any moves towards peace in the Middle East - peace between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, Bedouin, Hindus, Bahais and atheists - all living as equals in Israel.

"Here in Glasgow today, we join together and call on all good people whatever their creed, race or religion to do everything they can to bring about peace in the region. 

"We also call on all local and national politicians, whether in Scotland in the UK or throughout the world, to roundly condemn this violence and also this continual incitement to violence and to stand in solidarity with the victims of these hateful crimes."

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