PM praises com­mu­nity as ‘the best in­te­gra­tors’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

DAVID CAMERON has said the se­cu­rity of the Jewish com­mu­nity is a pri­or­ity for his govern­ment.

Hold­ing his an­nual meet­ing with com­mu­nal lead­ers at Down­ing Street on Wed­nes­day, he said: “I’m de­ter­mined that the Jewish com­mu­nity in Bri­tain should feel safe. If you don’t, it di­min­ishes all of us.”

The Prime Min­is­ter told the 12 del­e­gates, led by Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil chair­man Sir Mick Davis: “The se­ri­ous­ness of the ter­ror threat is very grave. You un­der­stand that bet­ter than any­one.”

Rais­ing the is­sue of in­te­gra­tion, Mr Cameron said that Jews have been “per­haps the best in­te­gra­tors of all” into Bri­tish so­ci­ety.

“You demon­strated time and again how you can fol­low cus­toms and prac­tices which are vi­tal to Jewish peo­ple but at the same time be an ex­am­ple of in­te­gra­tion.”

The Prime Min­is­ter also recog­nised that 2017 would be a spe­cial year for the Jewish com­mu­nity mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion.”

Af­ter the meet­ing, Sir Mick, said that, un­der Mr Cameron’s premier­ship, the com­mu­nity had re­ceived on­go­ing sup- port to carry on a “vi­brant Jewish life”.

He added: “How­ever, the chal­lenges that are fac­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity and civic so­ci­ety as a whole af­fect us… we are sure this meet­ing will con­trib­ute to their res­o­lu­tion.”

Mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust chair­man Ger­ald Ron­son, Bi­com’s Ed­ward Mis­rahi, Union of Jewish Stu­dents pres­i­dent Han­nah Brady and Board of Deputies pres­i­dent Jonathan Arkush.

Mr Arkush said the del­e­ga­tion “re­garded this as one of the best if not the best of th­ese an­nual meet­ings with the Prime Min­is­ter”.

PHOTO: GEORGINA COUPE

Com­mu­nal lead­ers with David Cameron at No 10 this week

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