Following the sad news today of the death of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel, Barnet's Labour councillors have requested that a book of remembrance is opened at Hendon Town Hall so people can record their condolences. Labour Group Leader, Cllr Barry Rawlings has also asked for the Union Jack to be flown at half-mast at the Town Hall.
The Council Leader, Richard Cornelius, has confirmed his support for this initiative, and Barnet Council will be organising the book of remembrance in due course - further details to follow.
Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "We are all saddened to hear of the death of Shimon Peres who was a great political leader of a country to which the London Borough of Barnet has close ties through our twinning arrangement with Ramat Gan.
"Among the many achievements of his long and distinguished political career, Mr Peres was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1994 with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat - awarded for his role in the peace talks that led to the Oslo Accords; he served twice as Prime Minister of Israel; he was the first former Israeli Prime Minister to have also been elected President of Israel; and in 2008 he received an honorary knighthood from the Queen.
"It is right that we should remember and honour him in this way."
1. For more information on Shimon Peres: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimon_Peres
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