Britain’s Prince William Praises Jewish Unity Amid Threats
Britain’s Prince William praised the country’s Jews on Thursday for staying unified amid threats against their community, the UK’s Jewish News reported.
His remarks were made in London at his first ever speaking engagement at a Jewish event.
“During a year when many in the Jewish community have had cause to feel under threat, for no reason other than simply the fact of your Jewishness, your unity is all the more precious,” he said at Jewish Care’s 25th anniversary dinner at Alexandra Palace. “Your commitment and loyalty to one another, and to society more widely, is ultimately what keeps you strong.”
Addressing more than 1,400 guests at the event, the Duke of Cambridge said British Jews deserve “particular praise” for caring for one another and for their generosity throughout history. He added, “The results of your commitment to one another within the Jewish community are obvious – the real and loving care that thousands of elderly and vulnerable people receive, among the many works that you carry out.”
The Prince also paid tribute to Jewish Care as a leader in providing health and social care services, especially in relation to dementia, to vulnerable members of the Jewish community in and around London. The organization operates a Holocaust Survivors Center that William said serves as “a second home” to its residents.
“All of you in this room, in some way, play your part in making all this happen through this outstanding organization,” he said. “Through your generosity and commitment, I am sure Jewish Care will continue to thrive and grow for the next 25 years.”
The royal concluded with a dash of Hebrew, wishing the organization “mazal tov” on its milestone anniversary.
Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, and his father Prince Charles also supported Jewish Care when they attended a similar dinner in 1984, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.