Published: Friday, 20th October 2023

Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Anthony Okereke, said:

Our condolences and prayers go out to all the people affected by the devastating situation occurring in Israel and Gaza. I know many of our staff and residents have, understandably, been affected by these deeply upsetting events. 

“We are seeing a catastrophic loss of life on a scale that is difficult to comprehend. The degree of devastation is being felt acutely by families and their loved ones on both sides of the conflict. This complex and longstanding issue, has resulted in heartbreak and the unnecessary loss of thousands of lives.  

“During such a troubling time, we must all stand with humanity and hope for peace. We call for urgent humanitarian aid to reach those who need it and that innocent men women and children are enabled to reach safety.

“I call upon all our communities to continue to remain calm and to continue to be tolerant to one another. We have a proud tradition of ensuring our Borough is a safe and welcoming place for all who chose to call it home. Long may it continue to be so.

“However, during Hate Crime Awareness Week, we would encourage anyone who is the victim of such a crime to report it immediately to the Police.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that our communities have hope over hate and, like the rest of the world, we hope for a speedy resolution to this conflict."