World leaders welcome Passover
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-04-05
Prime Minister David Cameron
Leaders from around the world have been sending their Passover greetings to the Jewish community as the festival gets underway.
Among those wishing the community a happy Pesach was US President Barack Obama, who revealed in an address on the official White House website that he would once again be hosting a Seder at the presidential residence.
"The story of the Exodus is thousands of years old, but it remains as relevant as ever," Obama said. "Throughout our history, there are those who have targeted the Jewish people for harm - a fact we were so painfully reminded of just a few weeks ago in Toulouse."
The president - who is the first US leader to hold a Seder at the White House - added they would "retell the story of the Exodus, listen to our youngest guests ask the Four Questions and of course look forward to a good bowl of matzo ball soup."
Meanwhile on this side of the pond British Prime Minister David Cameron has also been extending his good wishes to the Jewish community at home and abroad.
"I want to send my very best wishes to Jewish communities in Britain and across the world as the festival of Passover begins," Mr Cameron said in a statement. "Passover marks the Children of Israel's release from slavery and the liberation of a people from tyranny."
"The horrific attack last month at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish School in Toulouse has shown that sadly the search for freedom from fear is not yet over. I join with you in hoping that the coming year will bring about security and a lasting peace for Israel and the wider region. This government remains firmly committed to supporting you in that goal. I wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful Pesach."