Mayor Sadiq Khan will be guest of honour at pro-Israel group Board of Deputies’ annual dinner

Left to right: Israeli ambassador to the UK Mark Regev, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. [Credit: AFP / LEON NEAL]

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will be the guest of honour at the pro-Israel group Board of Deputies’ annual dinner in November.

The head of the Zionist group’s representative body thanked him for being “very supportive of our community” as they made the announcement on Tuesday.

After becoming mayor, Mayor Khan chose the 2016 Yom Hashoah remembrance ceremony as his first official engagement.

Since coming to office, he has spoken highly of Israel and leading British Zionists and criticised his own party of having a problem with anti-Semitism.

Mayor Khan also wrote to three Home Secretaries calling for a ban of the annual Al Quds Day march.

He has also attended many “interfaith meetings” with the Chief Rabbi, including Chanukah in the Square and Holocaust memorial events.

Delighted with the news of the London mayor’s attendance at the annual dinner, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said: “We are delighted that Sadiq Khan has accepted our invitation to be the guest of honour at our annual President’s Dinner.

“Sadiq has been very supportive of our community, speaking out on Labour’s antisemitism crisis and calling for the proscription of Hezbollah.

“Nobody will forget that Sadiq’s very first engagement as Mayor was to attend the community’s Yom Hashoah commemoration.

“At this challenging time for our community we can think of no one better to address the community’s hopes and concerns.”

The 2018 President’s Dinner on Monday 5 November.

The Board of Deputies is one of the most prominent pro-Israel lobby groups in the UK, which has consistently supported the occupying Zionist entity’s brutal crimes against the Palestinians.

The group has also supported calls to stifle criticisms of Israel’s political legitimacy under the false pretext of anti-Semitism.

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