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'Ten Commitments' calls parties to fight against racism


Fighting racism: Ulster Unionist Steve Aiken

Fighting racism: Ulster Unionist Steve Aiken

Fighting racism: Ulster Unionist Steve Aiken

Northern Ireland's Jewish community has issued a manifesto for the Assembly elections. Called the 'Ten Commitments', it calls on the parties to fight all racism, including anti-Semitism.

It also urges the preservation of Jewish heritage sites in Belfast, like Annesley Street synagogue and the birthplace of Israeli President Chaim Herzog.

Northern Ireland-born Stephen Jaffe of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: "Even though the Jewish community in Northern Ireland is very small - just 80 people - we have issued a manifesto for the Northern Ireland elections to help raise awareness of our contribution to society - as well as the issues we face.

"We want people to be aware of the positive contribution the Jewish community makes in culture and the arts, but also to be aware of issues regarding the anti-Semitism that we face, from online abuse to the desecration of Jewish graves in Belfast," he said.

Two Ulster Unionist Party candidates, Steve Aiken (south Antrim), and Robert Foster (north Belfast) have already publicly endorsed the 'Ten Commitments'.

The Belfast Jewish community maintains a synagogue and social centre, a full time rabbi and engages in a wide range of cultural and interfaith activities.

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