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Statement on vandalism at Whitefield Jewish cemetery

Posted Feb 28th, 2019

The Council of Christians and Jews is outraged by the despicable acts of vandalism committed at the Jewish cemetery in Whitefield, North Manchester. Greater Manchester Police have stated that they are treating this incident as a ‘hate crime’ and we hope that those responsible are swiftly brought to justice. Read more

CCJ’s response to statements by the University of Essex Vice Chancellor and Students’ Union

Posted Feb 22nd, 2019

CCJ commends the swift action taken by both the Students’ Union and the Vice Chancellor at the University of Essex. We welcome the ratification of the University of Essex Jewish Society and are pleased to see positive action taking place against antisemitism. Read more

CCJ Statement on UCLSU vote not to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

Posted Jan 25th, 2019

CCJ shares Jewish students’ disappointment following the UCL SU’s vote to reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism. CCJ believes that antisemitism should be defined by Jewish people.

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CCJ Presidents reaffirm commitment to CCJ’s core mission

Posted Dec 12th, 2018

At the closure of the Council of Christians and Jews’ (CCJ’s) 75th Anniversary year, the Presidents of CCJ have re-affirmed their commitment to CCJ’s core mission. Read their full affirmation statement:

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CCJ Statement on Quaker divestment

Posted Nov 30th, 2018

It is not easy to understand the purpose of the Quaker statement on divestment from ‘companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine’, since  the Quaker community does not invest in any companies in the region. We note also that the Quaker community is not seeking to divest from any other current conflict in the world.

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CCJ Chair Statement on Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Posted Nov 29th, 2018

CCJ’s Chair of Trustees, Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave, posted this statement on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the ‘night of broken glass’:

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CCJ Statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Posted Oct 28th, 2018

CCJ was horrified to learn of the murderous attack on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh at the Etz Chaim Synagogue while its congregants were at prayer on the Sabbath. ‘Etz Chaim’ means ‘Tree of Life’, and in this attack lives have brutally been cut down through baseless hatred. This was a community that demonstrated love for the stranger, an example to us all. Read more

Statement on the Church of England’s adoption of the full IHRA definition of antisemitism

Posted Sep 12th, 2018

Today, on the first day of the Jewish New Year, the College of Bishops have sent a timely message of support to the Jewish community. Read more

CCJ’s statement on Archbishop of Canterbury’s message to Jewish community on the Jewish New Year

Posted Sep 7th, 2018

The Chair and Trustees of CCJ thank the Archbishop of Canterbury for his New Year message to the Jewish community and for being so clear in his commitment to eradicate antisemitism in all its forms and to recommend adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism to the Church of England. He has shown leadership where it has been lacking, he has created light where there has been darkness. Read more

CCJ statement on antisemitic discourse

Posted Aug 4th, 2018

CCJ deeply regrets the comment made in 2013 by Jeremy Corbyn that British Zionists have “no sense of English irony” despite having ‘lived in Britain all of their lives’. This kind of old antisemitic trope that Jewish people hoped they would never hear again, seeks to imply that Jewish people in Britain are somehow outsiders who don’t really belong. Read more