Board of Deputies responds to criticism by Home Secretary

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has responded to statements made by Home Secretary Suella Braverman at yesterday’s CST dinner.

Marie said: “We wholeheartedly commend the Government for its announcement of increased funding for Jewish communal security. In a period of rising antisemitism, it is vital that British Jews receive proper protection against anti-Jewish hate.

“We regret that this announcement was made alongside criticism clearly aimed at our organisation.

“The Board has a long record of praising successive Governments for positive measures aimed at our community. There will, however, be times where we feel the need to express concern at policy proposals which are understandably of importance to British Jews. We feel fortunate to live in a country with a political system where it is possible to do both.

“As we have made clear in the past, we would be pleased to meet the Home Secretary to directly discuss issues of interest to the Jewish community.”


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