Campaign to save a seder seat for a hostage

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Campaign to save a seder seat for a hostage

Board of Deputies launches new initiative in lead up to Passover.

Jenni Frazer is a freelance journalist

Seder plate!
Seder plate!

The Board of Deputies has announced a new campaign as people celebrate Pesach, the festival of freedom. A “Seder Seat for a Hostage” is designed to remind people of the men, women and children still in captivity in Gaza.

The Board’s website will feature pictures of the hostages for people to download and print, and those holding a Seder are urged to set an extra place at the table. “We would also encourage people to share pictures of their laid Seder table with the seat set aside for a chosen hostage, along with the hashtag, #SederSeatForAHostage”, the Board said in a statement.

Marie van der Zyl, the Board’s president, said: “We should view the initiative as ‘Commemorating the Festival of Freedom, Remembering Those in Captivity’”.

“As in ancient days, we call ‘Let Our People Go” – Jewish, Muslim, Christian or Buddhist – the hostages must all come home.

“We pray for their release, and for this terrible conflict to come to an end with Hamas uprooted, so that Israelis and Palestinians can together build a better future. And when we recite the words ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’, we will be thinking of all those who are not with us for the Seder this year, hoping for their safe return.”

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