ASW reviews ‘We Stand Together’ London event

coollogo_com-23172872AntiSemitismWatch felt it right and appropriate to have a presence at the London launch of the ‘We Stand Together’ campaign today. The ‘We Stand Together’ Campaign is being led by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and police forces across the UK are being asked to come together to promote its message.

ASW17The London launch was hosted at the impressive Regent’s Park Mosque and the chair for the launch was Commander Mak Chishty of the Metropolitan Police.

What was also impressive was range and depth of the speakers and guests at the event. The Jewish community was represented across the spectrum; Reform, Orthodox, Chassidic, Board of Deputies and Jewish Police Association.

With the theme of the event being to ‘celebrate our difference, against hatred and intolerance, to build a safer and stronger UK’ speakers said:

Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, of  The London Central Mosque Trust
Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, of The London Central Mosque Trust

Dr Ahmed Al-Dubayan, Director General ICC said, “Hate has no part of any religion on earth.”

Vivien Wineman, President of Board of Deputies, said hate was, “not acceptable to the mainstream of our communities.”

Pastor Nims Obunge, said, “A religion that teaches hate is not a religion” and “we must refuse to be imprisoned by fear and terror.”

Fiyaz Mughal, Director of Tell Mama, said, “We need to tackle extremism”, “all of us have a challenge”  to “stand together.”

IMG-20150309-WA0000While Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence speaking on behalf of the Chief Rabbi reminded us that, “If you destroy a life you destroy an entire world.”

In all there were some robust and beautiful words said, words that carried the right sentiment and expressed the strength of communities standing, supporting and working together. The event also concluded with all those present signing a giant ‘We Stand Together’ pledge board.2015-03-08 15.28.58

ASWs review concludes by saying that the real challenge, however, is to ensure that the momentum generated by the event is maintained. It must deliver measurable benefits in terms of challenging those that seek to promote hate as well as responding swiftly and decisively at critically important times and events. 

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