וְכִתְּת֨וּ חַרְבוֹתָ֜ם לְאִתִּ֗ים וַחֲנִיתֽוֹתֵיהֶם֙ לְמַזְמֵר֔וֹת לֹא־יִשָּׂ֨א ג֤וֹי אֶל־גּוֹי֙ חֶ֔רֶב וְלֹֽא־יִלְמְד֥וּ ע֖וֹד מִלְחָמָֽה׃
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up Sword against nation; They shall never again know war.” – Isaiah 2:4
Every two years, for one week, all the world’s most despotic regimes come to London to buy and sell weapons. Every country on earth comes to buy equipment that they will use to wage war against their neighbours, suppress their civilian populations and terrorise their enemies. We cannot allow this in our city.
As Jews, we have a long history of war resistance. Our sages teach to seek peace and… avoid war at all costs. How can we live those values will arms dealers operate in our capital?
On Tuesday 12th September, at the start of the arms fair, we will hold weekday morning tefillah outside the ExCel Centre to oppose this injustice. We will urge the arms dealers to repent and turn away from their actions, mourn those killed by the military industrial complex, and pray for a world without war.
Please join us. Please dress appropriately for morning prayers, with proper shoes, kippah and tallit. Siddurim will be provided. We will bring extra kippot for those who don’t have them.
We want to make this demonstration as big as possible, so please do invite people from your synagogues and local community. Together we can put a stop to this terrible event