Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Israeli school removes plaque honouring Lord Janner, the peer accused of sexual abuse

Lord Janner, left, with Dr Israel Singer and US representative Gary Ackerman
in Jerusalem in 2006
An Israeli nursery school feted for promoting Jewish-Arab co-existence has removed a plaque honouring Lord Janner, the British peer at the centre of a child sex abuse investigation.

The school in Maalot Tarshiha in Israel's northern Galilee region was renamed the Lord Greville Janner Education Centre in November 2012 in recognition of the former Labour MP's work in promoting inter-religious understanding.

Lord Janner attended an unveiling ceremony along with Matthew Gould, Britain's ambassador to Israel, and local dignitaries, including the town's mayor, Shlomoa Buhbut.

At the ceremony, Mr Buhbut praised Lord Janner for "building bridges" and told him: "There is no better place in Israel than to have our kindergarten named for you."

Daniel Taub, Israel's envoy to London, wrote to Lord Janner that the school had been named after him "to mark our tremendous gratitude and appreciation for all you have achieved in the course of your long and devoted service to the Jewish state."  (more...)

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