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Blair: "A friend and ally"

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-10

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Tributes to Tony Blair have been made from across the Jewish community as the British Prime Minister announced he would be stepping down from his leadership role.

Leading the tributes was the Board of Deputies of British Jews who said that Blair was "a friend and ally" of the Jewish community.

The Board commented on the creation of 14 state aided Jewish schools, the development of Holocaust education and support of Israel as a lasting legacy during Blair's 10 years as Prime Minister.

"These schools have become models of success, demonstrating their value and also the community’s ethos of hard work and traditional values, repaying the investment made by government in the sector," said Board president Henry Grunwald.

Grunwald also pointed out the introduction of Holocaust Memorial Day and Government funds towards Holocaust education as a meaningful initiative towards ways to bring better tolerance and understanding in society.

"These initiatives, not only contribute enormously to keeping the memory of the Shoah and its millions of victims alive, but also further the understanding of the dangers of intolerance and lessons that must be learned by everyone."

Meanwhile, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, co-founder of The Three Faiths Forum which brings Jews, Muslims and Christians has said he would like Blair to become a patron of his organisation following media reports that among the projects the Prime Minister will take on in the coming years will be interfaith work.

Tributes to Tony Blair have been made from across the Jewish community as the British Prime Minister announced he would be stepping down from his leadership role.

Leading the tributes was the Board of Deputies of British Jews who said that Blair was "a friend and ally" of the Jewish community.

The Board commented on the creation of 14 state aided Jewish schools, the development of Holocaust education and support of Israel as a lasting legacy during Blair's 10 years as Prime Minister.

"These schools have become models of success, demonstrating their value and also the community’s ethos of hard work and traditional values, repaying the investment made by government in the sector," said Board president Henry Grunwald.

Grunwald also pointed out the introduction of Holocaust Memorial Day and Government funds towards Holocaust education as a meaningful initiative towards ways to bring better tolerance and understanding in society.

"These initiatives, not only contribute enormously to keeping the memory of the Shoah and its millions of victims alive, but also further the understanding of the dangers of intolerance and lessons that must be learned by everyone."

Meanwhile, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, co-founder of The Three Faiths Forum which brings Jews, Muslims and Christians has said he would like Blair to become a patron of his organisation following media reports that among the projects the Prime Minister will take on in the coming years will be interfaith work.