April 18, 2008

Green candidate: no to boycott

Posted in boycott, british greens, israel tagged , at 2:52 pm by raphavisses

UPDATE 1 (April 19, 4pm): It seems that Sian and Jenny do not confirm the JC information. We are waiting for a full statement from them; it will be published as soon as…

UPDATE 2 (April 24, 10am): No public statement from Sian or Jenny; I copy below the full press release from London Jewish Forum which was issued after the meeting (the JC article was based on this press release).

From the Jewish Chronicle

Green candidate: no to boycott
17/04/2008 12:01:00

Sian Berry, the Green candidate for mayor of London, has disavowed the party’s policy of support for boycotting Israel. She and London Assembly Green member Jenny Jones told the London Jewish Forum on Tuesday they looked forward to the policy being changed, according to the forum. Adrian Cohen, LJF chairman, said it was “a first step towards links between the London Jewish community and the Green Party”.

http://www.thejc.com

PRESS RELEASE (issued by London Jewish Forum):

London Jewish Forum meeting with Green Party candidates

17th April 2008

Embargo: Immediate

On Tuesday evening, Adrian Cohen and other members of London Jewish Forum met with Green Mayoral candidate Sian Berry and Assembly Member Jenny Jones to discuss the London elections and to foster mutual understanding between the Green Party and London’s Jewish community.

The meeting saw a discussion of the priorities of Jewish Londoners, as well as those of the Green Party. Community safety and the threat of political extremism, cultural provision and the need for increased social housing to accommodate the growing Charedi community in Stamford Hill were all discussed. The Green candidates highlighted their commitment to increase the proportion of affordable housing in new developments to 60%.

There was a frank discussion surrounding the Green Party’s support for the boycott of Israel. Both Sian Berry and Jenny Jones confirmed that they did not support the current policy and looked forward to this being changed at their next conference.

The London Jewish Forum was invited to organise a speaker for a meeting at the next Green Conference, in London in September, to speak on the issue of Jewish community interests.

Sian Berry expressed serious concerns about the threat of BNP gains in the assembly election. LJF outlined the communal ‘Your Voice or theirs Campaign’, aimed at increasing Jewish turnout.

Adrian Cohen, Chair of London Jewish Forum, said “This was very successful meeting, with a frank discussion on a wide range of issues. It was a first step towards building links between the London Jewish community and the Green Party, and I look forward to that relationship developing further.”

Over the past months, London Jewish Forum has held meetings with the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat mayoral candidates.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

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2 Comments »

  1. leigh said,

    In view od the fact the london jewish forum are obviously sticking by their story ie that sian berry and jenny jones said they OPPPOSED the recent boycott motion at the GP conference the faliure of either sian berry or jjenny jones to issue a further statement clarifying their position is frankly astonishing!

    Either they said the words atributed to them in the LJF press release or they didnt its as simple as that! Simply playing dumb is not an option for people who seriously aspire to elected office! Frankly it shows utter contempt for other GP members, for the LJF and of course perhaps most importantly the electorate!

  2. raphavisses said,

    Hi Leigh

    I think we can take the JC article as their official position. I have had confirmation today from the JC that they have not received any rebuttal from Sian/Jenny. |This means that their views were not mis-represented, since, surely they would not display such a lack of respect for the voters.

    So, I am looking forward to work with them to change this policy at the next conference.

    Raphael


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