Dar­fur protest

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY NEIL WOLF­SON

HARRY POT­TER star Ja­son Isaacs was among a large Jewish pres­ence at Sun­day’s fifth an­nual Lon­don protest rally against the geno­cide in Dar­fur.

Mr Isaacs, Board of Deputies pres­i­dent Henry Grun­wald, JC colum­nist Jonathan Freed­land and sev­eral hun­dred Jewish stu­dents were among the 2,000 peo­ple out­side the Su­danese em­bassy. Stu­dents wore T-shirts bear­ing the slo­gan: “Never Again? It’s Hap­pen­ing Right Now”.

The Union of Jewish Stu­dents, which helped to or­gan­ise the protest, has long cam­paigned on the is­sue, en­cour­ag­ing NUS to adopt Dar­fur as a pri­or­ity in­ter­na­tional cam­paign. The UJS Dar­fur cam­paign is co­or­di­nated by Jenni Woolf, who said that Jews well un­der­stood “the con­se­quences of the world turn­ing a blind eye and the ef­fects of pro­cras­ti­na­tion and in­ac­tion by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity”.

On Satur­day evening, Holo­caust sur­vivors joined some from Rwanda and Dar­fur at the Holo­caust Cen­tre in Not­ting­hamshire for an all-night vigil.

One of the par­tic­i­pants, Martin Stern, re­flected that “all geno­cides have enor­mous fea­tures in com­mon”.

PHOTO: VICKY AL­HAD­EFF

Ja­son Isaacs joins stu­dent and other pro­test­ers against the geno­cide

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