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June 12, 2015 10:36 am

Britain’s Prince William Praises Jewish Unity Amid Threats

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Prince William attended the Jewish Care's 25th anniversary dinner on Thursday night. Photo: Twitter.

Prince William attended the Jewish Care’s 25th anniversary dinner on Thursday night. Photo: Twitter.

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.”

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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.

 

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  • Doris Steckerl

    Thank you for publishing these very positive remarks from Prince William, it gives me hope to learn that we have support and recognition from those that really matter.

  • steven L

    The British Jews are the surrogate for IL.
    Could Prince William be the first of the Royalty to go to Israel?

    • In fairness it should be said that Prince Philip has visited Jerusalem where his mother is buried. She hid a Jewish family in the royal palace in occupied Athens and was recognised by Yad Vashem as a ‘Righteous Among the Nations’. Prince Philip accepted the recognition in her behalf. Prince Charles went to Jerusalem for the funeral of Yitzchok Rabin, as the Queen’s personal representative even though Rabin was ‘only’ a head of government as PM and not a head of state such as a President. The official reason given by the Foreign Office for the Queen herself not visiting Israel is that she never enters a war zone, which is why no British King or Queen visited the Irish Republic for about 90 years. Within the UK the Queen has shown respect for Anglo-Jewry by conferring peerages on Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits and Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, who as members of the House of Lords take part in advising on legislation.

  • Abu Nudnik

    A nice guy. He’d make a great king. Too bad his blithering idiot father will get the nod before him. God Bless the Queen is all I have to say!

  • Prince William the difference between you and obama is that you are truly educated learne the history and witnessed
    the true Zionism in Hebrew in the Torah it says from the Zion the Torah shines meaning the smartness come out
    look at Israel and it’s acomplishements.
    I salut you I hope you will be kind a mard educated compationate one God bless you William and your family the way you blessed the elderly that is Zion

  • Mickey Oberman

    “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.”

    How about his bubbie?

  • Peut être que LE PREMIER CAMERON qui vient de gagner la MAJORITE aux dernières élections (en ayant plusieurs fois flattés la Communaute Juive ) pourrait
    EMPLOYER SON DROIT DE VETO à l’ONU au CONSEIL DE SECURITE POUR BLOQUER UN VOTE ANTI-ISRAELIEN PREPARE PAR LA ………FRAAAANNNNCE….et ainsi démontrer que la GRANDE BRETAGNE EXISTE AUTREMENT qu’en BELLES PAROLES !

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