PM sends Pe­sach mes­sage

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

THERESA MAY has warned of the dan­gers of al­low­ing an­tisemitism to “flour­ish” in her first Pe­sach mes­sage to Bri­tish Jews as Prime Min­is­ter.

Mrs May said the “history of the Jewish peo­ple and hor­rors of the Holo­caust” acted as a warn­ing, and out­lined the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in fight­ing ha­tred.

She thanked the com­mu­nity for the “enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion” to Bri­tain.

Mrs May said: “As Jewish fam­i­lies come to­gether to re­live the story of es­cape from slav­ery in an­cient Egypt, it gives all com­mu­ni­ties an op­por­tu­nity to join with you in thanks for the lib­erty and free­dom that we all hold dear.

“The history of the Jewish peo­ple and the hor­rors of the Holo­caust high­light what hap­pens when free­dom is lost and an­tisemitism is al­lowed to flour­ish.

“That is why we are estab­lish­ing a na­tional me­mo­rial to the Holo­caust next to Par­lia­ment at the heart of our democ­racy.

“For in re­mem­ber­ing the Holo­caust, we will also reaf­firm our na­tional com­mit­ment to fight­ing hated and prej­u­dice in all its forms in the world to­day.”

The Prime Min­is­ter said the free­dom to prac­tise re­li­gion with­out anx­i­ety or prej­u­dice was a “fun­da­men­tal tenet of our so­ci­ety”.

She added: “I will de­fend your rights to prac­tise your faith with­out fear. As I have said be­fore, with­out its Jewish com­mu­nity, Bri­tain would not be Bri­tain.”

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