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Obama, Cameron Wish Jews A Happy Rosh Hashanah, Vow to Combat anti-Semitism [VIDEO]

The U.S. President and British premier both release holiday greeting videos

By: Ynet News

Published: September 24th, 2014 in News » World

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron each released a greeting for Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday night to Jews in America, Britain, Israel and across the globe.

Obama offered "warmest wishes for a sweet and happy New Year, and recalled a quote by his "good friend" Ellie Wiesel which emphasizes the importance of renewal: "God gave human beings a secret, and that secret was not how to begin but how to begin again."

"These days of awe are a chance to celebrate that gift, to give thanks for the secret, the miracle of renewal," Obama said.


Obama's Rosh Hashanah greeting

The US president said "we continue to stand against the scourge of anti-Semitism" and reiterated his country's commitment to its "unshakable alliance with the State of Israel."

"From my family to yours, shana tova," concluded Obama.

Cameron's greeting also include a message on Yom Kippur, wishing Britain's Jews "G’mar Tov and Shana Tova."

David Cameron's Rosh Hashanah greeting

Cameron also discussed the importance of Britain's Jews. "These High Holy Days give us a chance to look back – and to look forward. To look back at the immense contribution Jews make in Britain: excelling in every field, contributing in every community, and living by those values – of decency, tolerance, hard work and responsibility – that are so central to the Jewish faith and to British life.

"And they give us a chance to look forward to a future free from conflict and prejudice. That means lasting peace in the Middle East – a future where families don’t live in fear of rocket attacks. And it means wiping out prejudice in this country, because we will not tolerate anti-Semitism in Britain. No disagreements on politics or policy can ever justify racism or extremism in any form," the British premier said, vowing to continue tackling anti-Semitism in the country.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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