Welsh party leaders have welcomed this year’s Jewish Manifesto for Wales and its ‘Ten Commitments’ ahead of Sennedd elections this coming Thursday.
The bilingual Jewish Manifesto for Wales/Maniffesto Iddewig Cymru was produced by the South Wales Jewish Representative Council and the Board of Deputies of British Jews and covers such issues as countering antisemitism, community cohesion, relations with Israel, religious freedom and education.
First Minister and Welsh Labour Leader Mark Drakeford said: “I want to thank you for taking the time and trouble to put together such a comprehensive and powerful set of aspirations to address the concerns of the Jewish community here in Wales. The Welsh Labour Government and Welsh Labour as a party stands shoulder to shoulder with Jewish communities and against antisemitism in Wales, as well as around the world.”
Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives said “Antisemitism is a scourge of modern society, and these Ten Commitments will go a long way to stamping it out and eradicating it from all our communities in Wales.”
Adam Price, leader of Plaid Cymru said: “I give my absolute commitment to build on the constructive engagement we have had with the Board of Deputies and others in the Jewish community in recent months. And I look forward to working with you to deliver the priorities outlined in the Jewish Manifesto for Wales.”
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said: “The Welsh Liberal Democrats want a Wales where everyone regardless of their characteristics is treated fairly, equally and with respect. We support the Ten Commitments as outlined in your manifesto.”
Laurence Kahn, Chair of the South Wales Jewish Representative Council said: “The decisions made at the Senedd are critically important for Jewish life in Wales and it is important that Jewish citizens go out and vote. Whatever next Thursday brings, we look forward to continuing the conversation with elected representatives on issues like antisemitism, religious freedom and faith sensitive public services that affect the Welsh Jewish community.”