Prime Minister Theresa May wished the Jewish community a Happy Chanukah today, and underlined the Government’s commitment to fighting antisemitism, including condemning those who “abhorrently use criticism of the Israeli government to question the right of Israel to exist”.
Prime Minister May said: “I want to send my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Chanukah in our Jewish communities here in the UK and all around the world. Chanukah recalls a time, over two millennia ago, when the Jewish people successfully resisted a vile attempt to wipe out their religion and culture”.
She added: “It marks the triumph of freedom over hatred. And it calls on us all – whatever our religion or background – to defend the values and way of life that we share”.
The Prime Minister continued: “So as the Menorah candles are lit, let us renew that pledge today. Let us celebrate that in Britain you can practice your faith free from question or fear. Let us take pride in the extraordinary contribution made by members of the Jewish Community in all areas of national life”.
Strongly condemning those who question Israel’s right to exist, Prime Minister May underlined: “Let us redouble our efforts to fight antisemitism in all its forms – including unequivocally condemning those who abhorrently use criticism of the Israeli government to question the right of Israel to exist”.
See the Prime Minister’s video message below: