To free the three

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

This week, di­as­pora Jewry ral­lied for Is­rael’s kid­napped sol­diers. In 70 cities across the globe — from the US to Ukraine, Hol­land and Uruguay — tens of thou­sands of peo­ple held demon­stra­tions call­ing for the safe re­turn of Gi­lad Shalit, El­dad Regev and Ehud Gold­wasser. No­tice­ably ab­sent from the list was the UK. The JC heard of just one event, a last-minute youth-group rally or­gan­ised by the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion. It is tempt­ing to ask why those be­hind the global sol­i­dar­ity day ap­par­ently left out An­glo-Jewry. But it would be far more con­struc­tive for us to take the ini­tia­tive, and find our own ways of help­ing th­ese three young men. Per­haps a good first step would be to ask our may­ors to em­u­late the Paris mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which last week in­au­gu­rated a dis­play of the three sol­diers’ pic­tures in a lo­cal park, rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness. If the French can do it, so can we.

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