Shalom Life | March 06, 2015

British Prime Minister Calls Gaza a "Prisoner Camp"

Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth says British Jews “dismayed” by comments.

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: August 10th, 2010 in News » World

British Prime Minister Calls Gaza a "Prisoner Camp"

According to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, British Jews were “dismayed” by Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments regarding the Gaza Strip. On July 27, Cameron met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, where the two held a press conference in which Cameron referred to Gaza as “a prisoner camp.”

“Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp,” said Cameron. Residents of Gaza claim to be suffering, due to an Israeli blockade that was implemented when Hamas took control of the territory in 2006. The blockade is designed to stop deadly weapons from reaching Hamas.

“The people of Gaza are the prisoners of the terrorist organization Hamas,” said Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to Britain. “The situation in Gaza is the direct result of Hamas’ rule and priorities.” Prosor also pointed out the hypocrisy of Cameron’s remarks. “We know that the prime minister would also share our grave concerns about our own prisoner in the Gaza Strip, Gilad Shalit, who has been held hostage there for over four years, without receiving a single Red Cross visit,” he said.

According to The Guardian, Cameron’s statements were also criticized by a leading pro-Israel group from his own political camp. “In calling Gaza a prison camp, [Cameron] has failed to address Hamas’s role in creating the Gaza we see today,” said Stuart Polak, director of the Conservative Friends of Israel.

During a Shabbat sermon at St. John’s Wood synagogue this past Saturday, Chief Rabbi Sacks urged the Prime Minister to maintain “balance” when discussing the Middle East. “In a wide ranging sermon, the chief rabbi made a passing reference to the dismay many in the Jewish community and far beyond feel about the prime minister’s comments on Gaza,” said Sacks’ spokeswoman, according to The Telegraph. “The chief rabbi emphasized the importance that previous prime ministers have always placed on displaying balance, even when being forthright.”

Jewish Guy Dancing Behind Israelis Is The Pick-Me-Up You Didn’t Know You Needed [VIDEO] Jewish Guy Dancing Behind Israelis Is The Pick-Me-Up You Didn’t Know You Needed [VIDEO] TrendingOf Course, Someone Remixed Bibi's Congressional Speech [VIDEO] Of Course, Someone Remixed Bibi's Congressional Speech [VIDEO] TrendingDutch Vendor Attempts to Sell 'Holocaust' Soap Made of Jewish Bodies Dutch Vendor Attempts to Sell 'Holocaust' Soap Made of Jewish Bodies Trending
 

Sarah Silverman Could’ve Been ‘Mad Men’s’ “Jewess” [VIDEO]

March 06, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Silverman Could’ve Been ‘Mad Men’s’ “Jewess” [VIDEO]

Jon Hamm suggested that Silverman audition for the role of Rachel Menken

Read More

Jerusalem Rabbi Says Gays Don't Deserve Human Rights, Compares Them to Murderers

March 06, 2015 | By Kobi Nachshoni
Jerusalem Rabbi Says Gays Don't Deserve Human Rights, Compares Them to Murderers

Grand Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz, leader of Boston Hasidic dynasty's Har Nof branch, says religious homosexuals have two options: to suppress their sexual desires or marry a woman

Read More

Jewish Hall of Fame: Ralph Lauren

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall of Fame: Ralph Lauren

Entrepreneur, fashion designer, and founder of one of the most recognizable brands in the world

Read More

Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Are Still Fighting Almost 20 Years Later [VIDEO]

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Are Still Fighting Almost 20 Years Later [VIDEO]

The 'Happy Gilmore' feud continued on Comedy Central's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

Read More

‘Star Trek’ Symphony Coming to a City Near You

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
‘Star Trek’ Symphony Coming to a City Near You

'Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage' is going on a 100 city concert tour

Read More

Lena Dunham Wigs Out For First ‘Scandal’ Appearance

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham Wigs Out For First ‘Scandal’ Appearance

The 'Girls' creator will be making her debut on 'Scandal' March 19.

Read More

New York Synagogue Launches New Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

March 05, 2015 | By Shalom Life Team
New York Synagogue Launches New Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

Social media campaign #ShoutEquality urges Jewish men and women to raise their voices on Jewish feminism

Read More

UK’s School Of Oriental And African Studies Student Union Say ‘Yes’ to BDS

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
UK’s School Of Oriental And African Studies Student Union Say ‘Yes’ to BDS

Despite less than 30% of students participating in the vote, the student union is pushing for SOAS to cut all ties with Israel, including the ones with Hebrew U

Read More

More Headlines