A week after Netenyahu announced $35 million more dollars for settlements, Finchley Kinloss Synagogue are hosting a “property investment exhibition” with a whole host of settler companies.
The event, on May 17th, is set to host a number of companies who build property illegally in the West Bank. We think this conference is a serious mistake. We are urging British Jews to write to them to register your concern.
There is suggested text below. If you decide to write your own, please remember to keep it civil and polite. We believe Finchley Kinloss Synagogue have made an honest mistake, and hold out hope that they will cancel this event.
Dear Rabbi Lawrence,
I am writing to you, as a British Jew, to raise my deep concern about your choice to host the “Israeli Property Investment Exhibition” on May 17th. This exhibition includes a number of companies who are involved in the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank.
For example, My Jerusalem and Anglo-Saxon both sell properties in East Jerusalem; Israel HomeNet sells in Hashmonaim, inside the West Bank; Alex Losky sells in Maale Adumim. All of these settlements have been criticised by Jewish human rights organisations in Israel.
I believe that, by hosting this conference, you are inadvertently sending out the dangerous message that British Jews support the occupation and the expansion of settlements. I do not think that a synagogue should be involved in hosting such a conference.
I urge you to reconsider this event and to cancel it if at all possible.
Yours, in peace,