The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham
The Mayor Greater Manchester

Statement from the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor have shared a statement regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

"We condemn without reservation the appalling attacks in Israel by Hamas. Nothing justifies the taking of innocent lives in such a barbaric and indiscriminate manner.

"As a result of Hamas’ actions, many thousands more lives are now at risk on both sides of this conflict.

"We know there are heightened concerns in our Jewish community today and have spoken to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police who has assured us that there will continue to be an increased Police presence in all areas of our city-region with Jewish community organisations.

"We are determined that all our communities in Greater Manchester will be kept safe.

"We have also discussed GMP’s approach to the policing of demonstrations.

"We are agreed that, in our city-region, people must always be free to demonstrate peacefully and display flags if that is their wish. What is not acceptable is flags being used to provoke confrontation, displaying the flags of proscribed organisations or the making of inciteful, hateful and inflammatory statements.

"We endorse the important statement made by The Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester, who have said: “The conflict in Gaza should not be allowed to harm community relations in Greater Manchester. We call upon local Muslim and Jewish communities to support and protect each other against any form of hatred and provocation. It is essential that we all be able live together harmoniously as fellow citizens of Greater Manchester.”

"Israel has the right to defend itself, and protect its citizens, in line with international law. However, we support the call of the UN for humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza and for continued access to water, food and other essential supplies.

"As Leaders in Greater Manchester, we will work together to provide the support our communities need at this time. We will never tolerate any form of hatred on our streets."

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Kate Green, Deputy Mayor for Police, Crime, Fire and Criminal Justice

Article Published: 13/10/2023 17:06 PM