Chief’s refugee con­cern

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE CHIEF Rabbi’s of­fice has raised con­cerns with the Home Of­fice over the gov­ern­ment’s U-turn on a com­mit­ment to set­tle 3,000 Syr­ian child refugees in the UK.

The JC un­der­stands Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s of­fice has con­tacted Am­ber Rudd, the Home Sec­re­tary, about the de­ci­sion to ad­mit only an ad­di­tional 150 lone chil­dren to Bri­tain, bring­ing the to­tal to 350.

Rabbi Mirvis, who has been a vo­cal sup­porter of refugees, warned that clos­ing bor­ders “would not make sense” af­ter a visit to a Greek refugee camp in 2015.

Mean­while, 58 rab­bis from across the com­mu­nity have signed a let­ter to Ms Rudd urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to re­in­state the pro­posal from Jewish peer Lord Dubs to wel­come 3,000 young refugees.

“Alf Dubs was saved, along with thou­sands of Jewish chil­dren, only be­cause of the com­pas­sion shown by Bri­tain in the 1930s,” the rab­bis wrote.

“To­day we should ex­tend this com­pas­sion to those who face peril of a dif­fer­ent kind.”

Sig­na­to­ries to the let­ter, sent un­der the aus­pices of the Jewish Coun­cil for Racial Equal­ity, in­cluded Laura Jan­ner-Klaus­ner, Se­nior Rabbi to Re­form Ju­daism; Rabbi David Ma­son from Muswell Hill Syn­a­gogue; Rabbi Richard Ja­cobi, co-chair of the Rab­binic Con­fer­ence of Lib­eral Ju­daism; and Rabbi Josh Levy, chair of the Assem­bly of Re­form Rab­bis.

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