Visit to a synagogue: Prince William takes a stand against anti-Semitism

Visit a synagogue
Prince William takes a stand against anti-Semitism

Prince William talks to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt (94). photo

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Prince William visited a synagogue in London. There was also a meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust.

Prince William (41) spoke out against anti-Semitism while visiting a London synagogue. The heir to the British throne visited a Jewish place of worship near Hyde Park. There he chatted with a Holocaust survivor, Renee Salt. Several young people also told him about their recent experiences, as the PA news agency reported.

Significantly more anti-Semitic incidents have been recorded in Great Britain since the terrorist attack by the Islamist Hamas on Israel on October 7, 2023. William said in a video released by the palace that both he and his wife Princess Catherine, 42, were extremely concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism.

“You’ve heard it from me now: anti-Semitism has no place in society,” said William. He had said it before and would say it again. With his visit he wanted to assure that the issue was close to people’s hearts, that people were listening and that this could not continue to happen.

A week and a half ago, William also commented on the Gaza war and called for an end to the fighting. This was an unusually political statement for the British royals. Due to its strict neutrality, the Royal Family generally holds back from making statements on current political issues.

William said at the time that he remained deeply concerned about the terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East since the Hamas terrorist attack. “There is an urgent need for increased humanitarian support for Gaza,” the future king’s statement continued. “It is vital that help arrives and the hostages are released.”


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