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Israel-Hertsmere partnership pledge backed

Last Modified July 21, 2022
A commitment to strengthen links between Hertsmere and Israel and to enter into collaboration on projects which enhance community cohesion and provide economic benefits has received all party backing.

Councillors unanimously agreed a motion at our full council meeting yesterday (Wednesday 20 July) calling on the council to establish a partnership agreement of collaboration with the Embassy of Israel, with a primary focus on the media, television and film production, to foster economic wellbeing and signal to all communities that 'any form of discrimination is abhorrent.'

Hertsmere has a proud heritage of film and TV production, dating back more than 100 years, and a bright future with the recent development of Sky Studios Elstree and expansion of Elstree Studios. Meanwhile the Israeli film industry is growing.

Cllr Paul Morris OBE, who proposed the motion, said: “We are a borough that is proud of our rich and prestigious history in film and TV production and is looking forward to the future, thanks to the launch of Sky Studios Elstree and the new Platinum Stages at Elstree Studios.

“We are equally proud of our diversity and tolerance as a borough, and this motion combines our two strengths as it attempts to enhance community cohesion and explore economic possibilities.

“By joining hands with our counterparts in the flourishing Israeli TV and film industry, we can explore opportunities which will benefit all of our community."

Cllr Dr Harvey Cohen, who seconded the motion, said: "It makes sense on so many levels for Hertsmere to look to establish collaboration and enhance community cohesion with the Embassy and the people of the state of Israel.

"Hertsmere is becoming the film, media and TV centre of Europe and Israel is the number one start-up nation in the world with examples of its growing and increasingly popular TV industry being seen on Netflix and TV screens beamed all over the world.

“This motion signals our commitment to our Jewish communities and all our residents that we do not tolerate discrimination.

“It also makes clear that our borough is open for business and that we will do all we can, as a council, to foster relationships on the international stage to ensure we achieve our economic potential.”

Read the full motion and watch a webcast of the meeting here.

Posted on Thursday 21st July 2022

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