Alan Sennitt 1978-2006

Alan Senitt, Jewish campaigner and Labour Party activist, died aged 27, July 2006

Alan Sennitt was stabbed to death in Washington DC, United States.

The 27-year-old had only recently left north London for Washington DC to embark on the next step of what should have been a high-flying political career. A former chairman of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), he had sat in on high-level meetings, including with the prime minister, for the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He had worked to combat prejudice between Muslims and Jews – at the UJS, he campaigned to improve inter-faith understanding on campus. As director of charity The Co-Existence Trust, he looked to bring together leaders from both faiths worldwide, to combat prejudice.

Following his time at the UJS, he had also worked for the All-Party British-Israel Parliamentary Group as well as the British Israel Communications and Research Centre.

The Birmingham University graduate had recently completed a masters in diplomacy at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. His skills had already been noted by the Labour party in Edgware, north London, where he had campaigned during the local elections in May.

Alan Senitt had stood as a Labour candidate in Edgware, north London, in the May elections.