At a time when London's Jews need more solidarity, not less, please send a message to Havering, that they have got this one wrong.
Subject: Disapproval of the Cancellation of Hanukkah Celebration
Dear Cllr Morgon,
I am writing to express my deep disappointment and strong disapproval regarding the recent decision to cancel the Hanukkah celebration in Havering.
The reason given for the cancellation was primarily fears of potential vandalism targeting the giant menorah, due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While I understand the importance of ensuring public safety and security, I firmly believe that cancelling a celebration that holds immense cultural and religious significance for the Jewish community is not the appropriate response.
Hanukkah is a joyous festival that symbolises hope, unity, and the triumph of light over darkness. By cancelling this event, the council is giving in to anti-Semitism and to those who seek to divide us and undermine the principles of harmony and coexistence that our society is built upon.
By displaying the giant menorah the council would be sending a powerful message that it stands firmly against anti-Semitism. It is our duty as a society to protect and celebrate the cultural and religious traditions of all our residents, regardless of their background or beliefs.
I implore the council to reconsider its decision to cancel the Hanukkah celebration and to stand together in solidarity with Havering’s Jewish community. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to a positive response and a reconsideration of the cancellation decision.