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Call for a fair resolution to the custody battle involving Beth Alexander

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As members of the British Jewish community, but more importantly as Jewish people who have been taught to care for one another, we have set up this group to express our support for Beth Alexander, a young Jewish mother who has been effectively abandoned and shunned by the Viennese Jewish community during a bitter and extremely unfair custody battle. We also express our support for the example set by members of the British Rabbinate, who far from taking sides, are calling for a fair and dignified resolution to this case. We believe the way Beth has been treated in Vienna to be a Chillul Hashem, bringing the Jewish community and Jewish values into disrepute. We also question why a communal rabbi there ‘refuses to become personally involved’ in such a difficult case involving the future of two young children.

As friends of Ms Alexander we have seen the unjustified pain, trauma and embarrassment that this situation has caused her, alone in a foreign country with little or no support. We urge the UK Rabbinate to continue its efforts and ask the wider Jewish community to offer their moral support to ensure that proceedings are carried out fairly, transparently and as soon as possible for Beth's sake, and for the sake of her two little boys. These children need their mother.

Update July 5: News article here from the UK's Jewish Chronicle

Update July 5: 100 signatures reached in just a couple of hours - new target is 200!

Update July 5: Passed 200 signature very easily - now aiming for 500

Update July 6: Smashed our 500 people target! Can we make it to 1,000?

Update July 11: 800 signatures reached!

Update July 12: Another article published in the Jewish Chronicle. Click here to read it.

Update July 19: Article published on The Law Practice website. Click here to read it.

Update July 25: Article in The Times of Israel published. Click here to read it.

Update July 31: 900 signatures reached. Pressure is growing.

Update October 12: Blimey, 1000 signatures target smashed. Growing sense of injustice has seen a new flurry of signatures...

Update January 8, 2013: We're getting closer to 1500 signatures. Thanks to your pressure, the case has been picked up by various Austrian media outlets. To read them, and learn more about the background to Beth's situation, check out our website: http://helpbeth.org/

Update March 1, 2013: Join 2,000 other voices and add your signature to this new petition calling for a fair hearing for Beth's young twins: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-british-and-austrian-governments-ensure-a-fair-court-hearing-for-beth-alexander-s-twin-sons-in-vienna-2



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