More than 50 rabbis including Reform head, Rabbi Dr. Tony Bayfield, CBE; Liberal Chief Executive, Rabbi Danny Rich; Executive Director of the Movement for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand; Chairman of the European Union for Progressive Judaism, Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein; Chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK, Rabbi Tony Hammond; and Chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, Rabbi Peter Tobias have called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader,David Cameron, and Lib-Dem leader, Nick Clegg, to make it an “absolute priority” for the next parliament to act to save war-ravaged Congo. In a letter drafted by Save the Congo’s founder and one of the five patrons of Save the Congo, Rabbi David Mitchell, and published in today’s Guardian, they say that the loss of life had reached nearly five and half million people by 2007 – with 45,000 still dying every month. Calling for British leaders to help mobilise world opinion, they say that while there are numerous humanitarian causes around the world requiring urgent attention, “the war and humanitarian crisis overwhelming Congo are on a scale that can no longer be ignored. Now is the time for action. Click here to read the letter.

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