Council presidents and police commanders wrote a rare public letter to the strictly Orthodox community on Thursday and, according to Jewish News reporting, sent a copy to almost every Charedi household.
Accompanying the local community newspaper « Heimishe », the letter warned Jewish families against organizing or participating in weddings during the lockdown of the national coronavirus after the extent and regularity of the violations became known.
Thursday’s bill was approved by Hackney Mayor Phil Glanville, City Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, and Hackney Public Health Director Dr. Sandra Husbands, signed.
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The « significant risk to life » of holding or attending mass gatherings is highlighted, and the three high-ranking figures said the message had « broad support from the community ».
Regarding the revelations on this week’s Jewish News, Glanville described them as “absolutely shocking,” adding, “If that is the case, it shows that a small but significant and selfish minority in the community completely disregards their own safety and that of their family and friends. «
He added: » I am absolutely certain that at regular mass gatherings as described, lives have been lost as a direct result. And our local health services will be directly affected.
« The vast majority of our local ones Charedi people have followed lockdown guidelines and are just as angry, shocked and angry as I am about recent events.
« I appreciate the B Efforts by many individuals and organizations within the Charedi community to clearly communicate the government and local guidelines and to protect the community from harm, to support one another and to protect life.
« It is very clear that the Governance is that no wedding with more than six people in attendance should not take place anywhere in Hackney and we will make this even clearer in the coming days.
« However, we are also aware that the Charedi community is very visible and is prone to anti-Semitism, which we know has increased in recent years, and the high profile of this incident has made many fearful. «
The council said meetings between elected local leaders, the rabbinate and Governors at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, one of the venues that appears to be hosting large and illegal weddings.
« In j In every discussion we emphasized how unacceptable these events are and how the Council will redouble our efforts to work with the police, government and local people to keep not just the Charedi community safe, but everyone in Hackney « , said Glanville. “We will have more updates on this work next week.” Thank you for helping make Jewish News the premier news and opinion source for the Jewish community in the UK. Today we ask for your invaluable help so that our community continues to be number one in everything we do.
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