Chief Rabbi: ‘We have moral imperative to rehumanise refugee debate’
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Chief Rabbi: ‘We have moral imperative to rehumanise refugee debate’

Chief Rabbi Mirvis.
Chief Rabbi Mirvis.
Chief Rabbi Mirvis.
Chief Rabbi Mirvis.

The Chief Rabbi has called for a major rethink on the debate about migration and refugees.

Ephraim Mirvis made said there was an ‘urgent need to reframe the debate’, in light of conjecture over how many refugees Britain should take in. 

READ MORE:

So far Britain has accepted just over 200 refugees – a fraction of those of other European countries – though the prime Minister has now indicated that shelter will be offered to thousands more.

He posted on his Facebook page: “The cold, blanket characterisation of refugees as a burden upon our society and our economy is wholly irresponsible.

There needs to be a paradigm shift in mindset.

The men, women and children whose lives have been devastated by war and persecution, who are among the most vulnerable in the world, are not mere statistics in a news report, they are real people.

We have an immediate responsibility and moral imperative to rehumanise this debate and only then will we be in a position to begin to address it.

As Jews, many of us have family members who were refugees and our heritage must inform the way that we respond to this crisis. 

This is a deep and tragic humanitarian emergency. I wholeheartedly support all efforts seeking to alleviate the widespread suffering, and urge our Jewish community to provide a compassionate response at this great time of need.”

Community leaders have joined widespread calls for David Cameron to do more to take in asylum seekers and fulfil the UK’s “moral responsibility” as the humanitarian crisis worsens.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments