The Jewish community has launched a manifesto for the London Mayoral and Assembly elections. The Jewish Manifesto for London, drafted by the London Jewish Forum, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council, addresses the issues that concern Jewish Londoners. The community’s policy priorities are summarised in the manifesto’s #TenCommitments that candidates are being asked to support, that include implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, ensuring faith and culturally sensitive provision of public services and opposition to boycotts of Israel.
Adrian Cohen and Andrew Gilbert, Co-Chairs of the London Jewish Forum said: “We are delighted to be launching the Jewish Manifesto for London 2021. The last year has been incredibly tough for Londoners, including our Jewish community. This manifesto will give our elected officials a guide to addressing the needs of London’s Jewish community as we come out of this pandemic. We very much look forward to working with the next Mayor, their team and the London Assembly to support the Jewish community.”
Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies said: “As our society recovers from the pandemic, this manifesto provides a road map to elected representatives on how they can serve their Jewish constituents. Following its recommendations will help ensure that the Jewish community is supported and valued.”
Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council said: “Following consultation with our member organisations we are pleased to present the Jewish Manifesto for London, outlining the priorities of Jewish Londoners. As we recover from the pandemic, a strong relationship between London’s politicians and the Jewish community couldn’t be more important. We look forward to working with our communal partners on the implementation of this manifesto.”