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Israel tent city an inspiration for Occupy London protest

The Jewish Chronicle, 27th October 2011

Rabbis and community leaders have signed a letter supporting activists taking part in the Occupy London protests outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Their backing comes as Jewish participants in the protests - working under the "Occupy Judaism" and "Occupy Torah" slogans - drew comparisons with the tent city demonstrations seen in Israel during the summer.

Last week, Jewish protesters led a Simchat Torah service at the camp and erected a succah outside the cathedral. They are also planning Shabbat services.

The letter, signed by rabbis including Liberal Judaism's Judith Rosen-Berry and Sheila Shulman, and Rabbi Howard Cooper, says: "We welcome the movement's openness, pluralism and commitment to a more just world. We see this as fulfilling many of the precepts of Judaism." Read more