Following the sad news that European Parliament President David Sassoli has passed away at the age of 65, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) – who worked extensively with Mr Sassoli on the protection of religious freedom in Europe – has issued the following statement:
“Europe mourns today for the passing of a true democrat, a gentleman and a passionate advocate for peace and integration. The CER joins the many paying tribute to President Sassoli whose friendship and support we will miss. President Sassoli graced many of our meetings during his presidency and his steadfast support for Jewish life has been a beacon throughout some very difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend’s family and colleagues. May his memory be for a blessing.”