Supporters of World Jewish Relief – the UK Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency – are showing their alliance with those affected by the on-going refugee crisis by wearing t-shirts reading ‘My family were refugees too’.
The campaign raises awareness of the current refugee crisis by forming a historical link with the Jewish community’s own experience of escaping persecution during the Second World War.
The organisation’s chief executive, Paul Anticoni, said: “Once again the community has shown its generosity at a time of dire need.
“Your support will enable refugees in dire need to get access to food and medicine where otherwise there would have been none.”
What does the campaign involve?
Young supporters of the non-profit are posting photographs of themselves wearing the free t-shirts with the slogan “My family were refugees too” on social media.
World Jewish Relief wrote on its website: “Join the campaign and show your support by getting your free “My family were refugees too” t-shirt. To get your t-shirt simply email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8736 1250”.
— World Jewish Relief (@WJRelief) September 21, 2015
Collaborative response to the crisis
Hannah Layton, the chair of Young World Jewish Relief, said: “Young people are extremely passionate about doing their bit for the refugee crisis.
“We know only too well from just 70 years ago what it is like to be a refugee.
“I am so proud that World Jewish Relief and the Jewish community are coming together to respond to the crisis.”
— World Jewish Relief (@WJRelief) September 20, 2015
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