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Jewish Labour Movement chiefs target Hendon and Finchley seats Bold move to oust communal ally Tories provokes support and anger By Justin Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org @JewishNewsUK
The Jewish Labour Movement [JLM] chairman’s decision to stand for Parliament against one of the community’s greatest friends sparked both applause and criticism this week.
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Jeremy Newmark [pictured, left] will contest the Finchley and Golders Green seat held by Mike Freer [pictured, right], who won a second term with a majority of more than 5,800 two years ago, while JLM vice-chair Mike Katz will aim to overturn Matthew Offord’s 3,700 majority in Hendon. Both candidates have been at the forefront of tackling cases of anti-Semitism in the party. While some political opponents condemned the pair for standing at all on a Labour ticket in the wake of the antiSemitism crisis,
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communal sources indicated there was “anger” at Newmark’s challenge against one of the most vocal supporters of the community in Parliament, when JLM’s prime function has been to advocate within the party. There would not be such concern if the former Jewish Leadership Council chief fought a seat elsewhere, they argued. But Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn defended Newmark’s decision. “I’m encouraged these constituency parties have the sense to select someone closely associated with supporting Israel and fighting anti-Semitism,” he said. “It’s an important signal about how the party sees its relationship with the community. I hope this will be an increasing part of its future.” He also insisted it was not uncommon for more than one Continued on page 2
CHIEF RABBI AND ARCHBISHOP UNITE IN PRAYER Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prayed for peace alongside Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at the Western Wall this week, as part of a Middle East tour. Welby had earlier travelled to Jordan, where he met Iraqi Christian refugees and visited religious sites. See page 4
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News / General Election 2017 ELECTION BRIEFS
MCDONNELL CROPS OUT SYRIAN FLAGS FROM MAY DAY MARCH May Day activists flew Palestinian flags and sang anti-Israel chants in Trafalgar Square at a rally attended by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who also gave a speech. Photos from the May Day March show the Syrian flag and images of Joseph Stalin have appeared, but social media commentators pointed out that those tweeted by Jeremy Corbyn’s right-hand man had been airbrushed. Elsewhere, Twitter users posted a video of activists waving Palestinian and Communist flags while chanting: “Labour friends of Israel no more”.
CHAREDI MAYORAL HOPEFUL CAUGHT IN BONDAGE CLAIMS A UKIP mayoral candidate who is also a Charedi father of four has reportedly been using an alter ego on a bondage and sadomasochism website to attract submissive women. The Daily Mail reports that Shneur Odze, 36, who is in the running to become mayor of Manchester, sought out sexual partners on fetish website Fetlife.com, calling himself “The Right Reverend”. Odze has previously refused to shake hands with female political opponents on ‘religious grounds’.
LABOUR CANDIDATE CALLED FOR ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hertsmere called for an arms embargo on Israel during the 2014 war in Gaza. Fiona Kay Smith, who is looking to unseat Oliver Dowden’s 18,000 majority in the constituency, posted her remarks on Twitter during the conflict three years ago. Smith wrote: “Call on the UK government to halt the supply of arms to Israel. We must not facilitate war crimes”, alongside a link to an Amnesty International appeal. Hertsmere is home to the UK’s fastest growing Jewish community, which grew 35 percent between the 2001 and 2011 censuses. Hertsmere Labour Party has been asked to comment.
Gloves are off as JLM chiefs target Hendon and Finchley Continued from page 1 person with a strong record of support contests a seat with a large Jewish population, he added: “After the election I hope we can feel confident that Finchley and Golders Green will be represented by someone who is a good friend.” Clive Sheldon QC, a long-time Labour supporter who represented the party against Ken Livingstone at his recent disciplinary hearing, insisted the fact Freer is a good friend to the community “does not mean he should not face proper opposition. While a number of lifelong Jewish voters are not prepared to support the Labour Party under the current leadership, there are others who will vote for Labour if the right candidate is put forward. For many, Jeremy Newmark is that candidate. He is committed to ensuring that Labour remains a place where mainstream Jews can feel comfortable”. But former Conservative candidate Jeremy Brier condemned the pair’s decision to stand as “an astonishing act of communal self-harm”, adding: “It is very sad that prominent Jewish activists are fighting great friends of the community like Mike Freer and Matthew Offord and – whether they like it or not – fighting to hand Corbyn and McDonnell power. While Freer opposed Britain leaving the European Union, Offord supported the Brexit campaign. Both Labour candidates immediately
policy and communications, said: “To Jews who are Labour-leaning, but are struggling with the idea of voting Labour now, I say that we don’t solve this problem by running – in the words we said at Cable Street: we stay, we stand, we fight. I’m determined to win this fight, and I’ll be even better placed to do that as a Labour MP.” Jewish News and the London Jewish Forum are set to host hustings for both constituencies this month, which will cover issues of specific interest to the community, including faith schools, anti-Semitism and the Middle East, as well as those of national concern such as Brexit, the NHS and the economy.
Mike Katz, inset, left, is taking on Conservative Matthew Offord, right, in Hendon
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said they would oppose what Katz described as a “hard right” deal. Newmark said: “I am proud to be Labour’s candidate in Finchley and Golders Green for June’s General Election. I will fight against a reckless extreme Tory Brexit and work tirelessly to let local people know that this election is a choice between a Labour Party that will stand up for local people or a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few.” Katz, who works in public
Jewish Labour donor set to fight ‘blinkered’ Corbyn A prominent Jewish Labour donor has pledged to stand against Jeremy Corbyn in the General Election if Corbyn does not stand down. Michael Foster (pictured) said Labour is facing “annihilation” on 8 June because the “blinkered” leader lacks the attributes required to win. The challenger also made the accusation that supporting Corbyn’s leadership “means supporting a political strategy that kills people” – linking Tory dominance to waiting times for heart operations. Writing in The Sunday Times, Foster, who was suspended by the party after launching
a legal bid to oust him, said the results of tomorrow’s local elections should decide Corbyn’s fate. “If the results are as bad as predicted, then Jeremy should stand down voluntarily and let someone else lead the fight in June,” he said. “If he does not – and I don’t believe he ever would – I would be very happy to fight him and his fellow travellers on the extreme left of the party by standing in his constituency.” Experts have predicted Labour will suffer heavy losses in today’s council elections. Foster attacked Corbyn’s “incoherence, weakness and lack of leadership”, and
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accused him of underestimating traditional Labour voters’ support for Brexit. But even in the event of an electoral “disaster”, he said, Corbyn would not stand down, relying on activist supporters to beat a no-confidence vote. “Jeremy’s supporters will ensure this blinkered, ineffective leader is immediately elected again,” he said. “Unfortunately, supporting him as leader means supporting a political strategy that kills people. “By 2003 Labour had reduced the average wait [of a heart operation] to just four months. But now ... through lack of Tory investment, more people die waiting ...”
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Farron: ‘I hold Israel dear as a friend’ by Justin Cohen email@example.com @cohenjust
Tim Farron has vowed “muscular intervention” in countering anti-Semitism and to “hold Israel dear as a friend” as he revealed plans to visit the country. The Liberal Democrat leader spoke exclusively to Jewish News this week as he sought to reach out to “progressives” in the Jewish community disaffected by Labour during a visit to Westminster synagogue. After sacking David Ward as the party’s candidate in Bradford East over his repeated offensive comments on Jews and Israel last week, Farron said he was “horrified and surprised” when he discovered the former MP had been re-adopted. “If I’d have seen it coming it wouldn’t have happened,” he said. He insisted he spent the hours after discovering the section exploring whether he could take action, having originally suggested he wouldn’t intervene, adding: “As soon as I found out I was able to act I did.” It comes six months after another offender of the community Baroness Tonge, another serial offender of the Jewish community, was suspended – and quit the party. He said: “My record is of swift action. I believe in liberal actions and that sometimes means muscular intervention.”
There had been a “deliberate” effort under his leadership, he said, to promote discourse on Israel and the Palestinians “which is inclusive and doesn’t allow the tip-toeing – in fact galloping – into anti-Semitism we’ve seen under some aspects of Jeremy Corbyn’s support and where we’ve dealt with it in our own party. If you’re a progressive and you’re Jewish the Liberal Democrats are a place you’ll find yourself massively welcome with a leader who is deliberately of the view we need to cherish our relationship with the Jewish community and promote it and defend it.” He also revealed that he had been due to be in Israel on polling day before Theresa May called a snap election – but still planned to visit this year. He strongly opposes the campaign for an apology for the Balfour Declaration, saying “we shouldn’t be using it [the upcoming centenary] or allowing others to use it as a way to undermine Israel”. He said: “That there is a state of Israel is something we should celebrate. It doesn’t mean the Israeli government is protected from criticism. We want to hold Israel dear as a friend and support the existence of Israel and its right to protect itself.” But asked if he’d describe himself as a Zionist, but added: “I think I’ll probably sidestep that. I am, however, someone who believes in a homeland and who believes in the state of Israel. You can describe that how you wish.” Relations with the party were also strained
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after Nick Clegg described Israel’s actions in the last Gaza war as “disproportionate”. Farron said he would defend Israel’s right to defend itself
when attacked but reserved the right to call out the government “when it makes decisions we think are excessive and may actually make the situation worse”. He said many were too quick to condemn Israel’s failures “but very quiet when it comes to the terrorists that attack Israel and acclaim innocent lives”. Following a focus on his own Christian faith in the early days of the election campaign, he said his “faith makes me stronger. Whether it makes me more electable remains to be seen. Those who belong to faith communities need to be able to utterly respect the fact it’s a secular society. But at the same time not be ashamed of who we are. We are stronger in our diversity, not via assimilation”. Saying that “nothing makes you more aware of the importance of defending minority rights than being one yourself”, he back the right to practise shechita and circumcision. He insisted faith schools had been an “advantage” to Britain, added: “I think it’s important we respect diversity and where possible we emphasise the need for integration.” Turning to Brexit, he warned that leaving the Single Market risked giving the appearance of a country isolated and less attractive to business. He said: “If you make yourself isolated and if the message that goes out – intentionally or otherwise – is that we’re less interested in other communities there’s a danger in particular to minority communities that are already proudly part of British life.”
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Chief joins Archbishop on stroll around Old City By Noga Tarnopolsky @ntarnopolsky
Ephraim Mirvis served as something of a guide for his old friend Justin Welby during the first joint visit to Jerusalem of an Archbishop of Canterbury and a Chief Rabbi. Meeting at the Old City’s Jaffa Gate on Wednesday, the two strolled towards the Jewish Quarter, where Mirvis pointed to the first flat he lived in with his wife, as newlyweds, and described the huge explosion heard when archeologists uncovered Hezekiah’s tunnel, now a gated site teeming with tourists. “It dates back to the 8thcentury before the Common Era,” the rabbi mentioned, adding that the fact is “ironic, as UNESCO just passed another resolution denying Judaism’s connection to Jerusalem”. The Archbishop of Canterbury, accompanied by his wife, crossed the border into Israel from Jordan earlier in the day, as part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land lasting more than a week. According to aides, Welby invited the Chief Rabbi to accompany him on the Jewish segments of his day in Jerusalem. The two men, whose friendship dates back decades, have an uncommon amount in common: both embarked on their married lives in Israel, both lost a child, and both became leaders of their faiths. While the Mirvises lived in Jerusalem for the first two years of their marriage, the Welbys honeymooned in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, where Christians believe Jesus walked on water. Their tour
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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names
He wrote: “No strength of words, no horror of mind, no revenge can adequately reach the depth of human evil here described: neither can good intentions or fine thought replace the lost. But here is the beauty of human remembering set out by a people of learning.” Mirvis expressed the hope that “our fragile and divided world will indeed achieve peace”, adding: “That will be the ultimate tribute for us to pay to the victims of the Shoah.”
Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site. Both men were plainly moved by the visit to Yad Vashem. The Archbishop lingered by a slender tree planted in memory of a British soldier, the incongruously named Charles Coward, who rescued hundreds of Jews at Auschwitz, asking many questions about the rescue of Jews in Europe. Exiting the memorial to children killed in the Holocaust, Welby took time to compose himself before signing the Memorial Book.
includes a private return to the northern lakeside city. A Jerusalem-based Anglican cleric, who accompanied Mirvis and Welby to the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem, described the visit as an “essential part of the Archbishop’s mission of reconciliation.” In a few hours, Welby visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most important Catholic site in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, Judaism’s most holy site, and the al-Aqsa
Seventy-five years after the wartime establishment of the British Council of Christians and Jews, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish News that his unprecedented visit to Jerusalem alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury is symbolic of ever deepening ties between the Jewish and the Anglican communities. “We spent a very meaningful day together,” he told Jewish News at the Western Wall plaza, having just concluded a joint prayer with the Archbishop. “Through being together in Jerusalem, and having that very special spiritual moment together, we want to send out a message that it is important for people to be in dialogue together, to raise issues – sometimes there are challenging issues, and let’s discuss them as well.” The world is so fractured, he said, “that we need a lot more harmony and understanding”. Asked about growing anti-Semitism in the UK, the Chief Rabbi issued a plea to keep it in perspective. “We’re a thriving community,” he said, “we’re developing, more and more Jewish schools, more and more synagogues, a very strong bond with Israel, a lot of Jewish pride. In the midst of that, we are challenged by increasing anti-Semitism. It is a problem and it’s a growing problem, but it’s a problem that should be seen in the overall of a good and healthy situation.” He said the “warm and friendly relationship” between him and the Archbishop should be seen as “a reflection of congenial ecumenical relations in the UK”.
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‘The Boys’ reunion / Sacks TED talk / News
‘The Boys’ help bid Sir Eric goodbye at reunion dinner Sir Eric Pickles fulfilled his final official function as an MP on Monday, addressing nearly 300 people at the annual reunion dinner in London celebrating the Jewish survivor group ‘The Boys’. Former cabinet minister Pickles, who is also relinquishing his role as chair of Conservative Friends of Israel, has been instrumental as the UK special envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, and said he could not think of a more appropriate send-off. The celebration at saw a reunion of 20 of
the original Jewish orphans rescued from countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in an operation which saw 732 children – mostly boys – brought to the UK in 1945. Some flew over from Canada, the US and Israel especially for the occasion. The group, who stayed close and became each other’s family, later formed the ’45 Aid Society, to raise money for survivors and teach the lessons of the Holocaust. Many of their family members – both second and third generation – are now overseeing the running of the group. New ’45 Aid Society chair Angela Cohen, herself the daughter of one of ‘The Boys,’ voiced concern about the recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks across Europe, saying: “As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, born in the post-war era, I never imagined
that I would be witnessing attacks on Jews here and across Europe… Once again, antiSemitism is alive and kicking.” Among the evening’s highlights was the emerging story of Toronto-based Elise Stern Gropper, who discovered her father Leib Strulovic (Leo Stern) was one of ‘The Boys’ when she heard a talk by a local survivor who mentioned him. Gropper then read The Hide and Seek Children by Barbara Barnett, which detailed Stern’s story, and the two women met for the first time at the reunion. After 25 years in politics, Pickles told the audience forgetting the Holocaust was as bad as denying it, and this had driven his efforts to establish a National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre in Westminster near Parliament. Far left: Sir Eric Pickles gives his speech at the meeting and, left, part of the audience who listened to him
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LORD SACKS MAKES HIS TED TALK DEBUT
Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has joined the list of modernday luminaries by giving his first TED Talk. Speaking to an audience in Vancouver, prolific author Sacks began by quoting Thomas Paine, saying: “These are the times that try men’s souls, and they’re trying ours now.” TED is an online media organisation posting videos of short talks on hot topics ranging from cutting-edge science to the changing moral and political landscape. It gets billions of views. Sacks, who won the prestigious £1.1million Templeton Prize for “bringing spiritual insight into the public conversation,” spoke about increasing isolationism, with nationalist
policies gathering support across Europe and America. Addressing the “growing sense of intolerance”, he told the audience: “We need to renew those face-to-face encounters with the people not like us in order to realise that we can disagree strongly and still stay friends.” Intolerance of others was, he argued, a product of people’s focus on themselves. “When we have too much of the ‘I’ and not enough of the ‘we,’ we find ourselves vulnerable, fearful and alone,” he said. “When you tell the story and your identity is strong, you can welcome the strangers. But when you stop telling the story, your identity gets weak and you feel threatened by the stranger.”
Jewish News 4 May 2017
News / SOAS University protest
Sparks fly at SOAS over Regev talk Mark Regev told demonstrators his country “is not going anywhere” as he became the first Israeli diplomat to speak at SOAS in 12 years, despite an audible protest outside, writes Emma Yeomans. The event, organised by SOAS Jewish Society and Model UN Society, drew some 200 protesters, including many who claimed Regev’s presence on campus was an affront to SOAS Student Union’s BDS policy. More than 1,000 people registered interest in the protest, labelled by organisers Apartheid Off Campus. Publicity for it described Regev as “the public face of Israeli barbarism”. Pro-Israel groups staged counter-demonstrations, with one observer noting nearly as many Israeli flags as Palestinian in the crowd, but despite a tense atmosphere the protest did not become violent and police did not separate the two groups. In the run-up to the event, a letter signed by more than 100 staff called on SOAS to cancel
the event, saying: “We fear that if this provocative event proceeds as planned, it will cause substantial distress and harm to many of our students and staff who are, have been or will be affected by the actions of what a recent UN report refers to as the Israeli ‘apartheid regime’.” A statement from SOAS Jewish Society said: “Our society has been at the forefront of bringing another dimension to the debate often intimidated off university campuses. “Hosting the ambassador fits within our guidelines of providing an additional viewpoint that we will be able to challenge throughout the course of the evening.” A separate statement signed by SOAS student societies including the Palestine Society, Herb Society, Decolonising our Minds and others claimed the event “flies in the face” of SOAS Students Union’s BDS policy. It also suggested “armed embassy staff ” would be policing the event and students would
Protesters vent their feelings over the visit to SOAS last week by Israeli ambassador Mark Regev, pictured left
be made unsafe. They likened the supposed security to “living under military occupation in Palestine”. However, SOAS and the Jewish Society both put out statements refuting the accusations. Footage of ‘anti-Semitic hate speech’ emerged from the protests, including a man on video claiming victims of the Holocaust were “cowards”. SOAS registrar Paula Sanderson said: “There is no place for hate speech on the SOAS campus and freedom of speech does not permit the expression of racist or anti-
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SOAS is the only higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It’s designed to grapple with the pressing issues of these regions. So there should have been no furore around the Jewish Society’s event with Mark Regev. Such talks aren’t a sign of an institution, “failing to uphold its basic duty of care to staff and students”, as the Palestinian Society claims. It’s a sign of a university doing what it’s embodied to do – providing a platform for free speech, debate and discussion. In 2015, 20 percent of our student body voted to censor and cut ties to all associated with Israeli academic institutions. However, banning by association contravenes one of the basic tenets of a university, free speech. To form proper conclusions, we need to hear all sides. If you disagree, don’t censor, engage and debate instead. If it’s ‘dangerous’ to invite people we disagree with, what kind of debate do we aspire to? One must ask oneself, especially when attending a centre for higher education: “Do I care about determining the truth through reasoned discussion and debate or am I only able to tolerate discussions with those agreeable to my viewpoint?” SOAS academics and staff, particularly Centre for Jewish Studies chair Yair Wallach, have also played their part after suggesting in an email that because “Regev’s talk is likely to be a controversial and fraught affair”, JSoc and the
SOAS UN Society “should reconsider the event”. Why did he effectively ask us to cancel? Do we actually care about free speech or do we only care about hearing those who agree with us? Do we reserve the right of free speech at our university only to the likes of Ilan Pappe, who belittles anti-Semitism; Shlomo Sands, who denies the existence of a Jewish people; Thomas Suarez, who gave an anti-Semitic lecture, and homophobic preacher Haitham al Haddad, who supports female genital mutilation? This is double standards. We should pride ourselves on free speech for all, not selective hate speech. Engaging in debate with people you disagree with isn’t ‘sponsoring’ their views, it’s an opportunity for us all to broaden our minds to dimensions of a discussion often ignored. Societies that wish to bring controversial speakers shouldn’t be dissuaded from hosting events. They should be encouraged, because it allows students to challenge both the speakers and their own conceptions and arrive at independent conclusions. We have had to respond to breaches in confidentiality by either management or the student union. Before approval had even been received for this event, the Palestinian Society released a statement and wrote to the university demanding censorship. The university and the student union should provide greater support to students and societies, not attempt to dissuade and sabotage them. How about those that show solidarity with far more controversial speakers and events on campus listen to and question those with differing views instead of trying to silence them?
4 May 2017 Jewish News
Hate Crime Awards 2017 / News
AWARDING THOSE WHO SET EXAMPLE BY RICHARD BENSON PRESIDENT, TELL MAMA, BOARD MEMBER, CST
Many victims of hate crimes have told me that while being targeted for a part of their identity is upsetting and shocking, the real pain is caused when members of the public who could have intervened to stop the abuse simply walked by and did nothing. Take, for example, the case of Fatima, a 21-year-old who was abused on the bus by a man twice her age. The anti-Muslim abuse continued for more than 15 minutes with people listening to it and no one even intervening to ask how this young woman was. This case is virtually identical to incidents that have taken place against young Jews travelling on public transport and against people with disabilities, those from LGBT communities and from trans communities. Simply put, people who could have challenged hatred,
intolerance and prejudice through a number of ways simply failed to do anything, leaving the victim feeling more vulnerable and ostracised. Last year, Faith Matters launched the #No2H8 Crime Awards and this year I was appointed to head and chair these national awards, which will honour those volunteers, individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to support victims of hate crimes and those who challenge hatred where they come across it. We are proud to have the Jewish News as our media partners in the 2017 #No2H8 Crime Awards. These awards mark out the remarkable spirit that is unique to our country. It is something that will be celebrated on the night. Nominations can be made by any member of the public through the awards’ website. Make your nomination at hatecrimeawards.org
Jewish News to honour heroes on front line of hate crime fight A national initiative honouring individuals tackling hate crime is launched today, with the support of Jewish News. The #No2H8 awards will recognise individuals and organisations battling antiSemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hate-fuelled incidents and will culminate in a glittering awards ceremony in central London in October. The awards – conceived by Faith Matters – are held with the support of partners including the Community Security Trust (CST), Tell MAMA, GALOP, Stop Hate UK and Stonewall. The initiative, now in its second year, is chaired by former CST chief executive Richard Benson. “It is time to celebrate the enormous capacity for good that sits within our country and which ensures our collective continuing resilience against hatred, racism and intolerance,” said Faith Matters founder Fiyaz Mughal. “We have been through some very difficult times in our country, from Islamist extremism which has taken lives and led to hate crimes against other law abiding Muslims, to anti-Semitism. We want to honour those who stand up and do the right thing to stop hatred and intolerance.” From the nominations received,
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Our ambulance answers 10,000th call An ambulance donated to Israeli medics by Jewish News readers in 2010 has been called to more than 10,000 emergencies since it entered service. Together with members of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue, Jewish News readers raised enough money to buy the ambulance and donate it to Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national ambulance, blood-services and disasterrelief organisation. Based in Bat Hefer, the ambu-
lance has attended 10,733 calls, including almost 8,000 adult emergencies and more than 600 child emergencies. The vehicle and crew have also helped more than 100 women to give birth. MDA’s fundraising director Yonatan Yagodovsky marked the achievements with a message of gratitude to British Jews. He said: “We thank you for your ongoing support to MDA in Israel in helping us to keep our mission.” MDA-UK chief executive Daniel Burger also added his thanks. “I remain extremely grateful to the readers of Jewish News for their generosity in helping to fund
Life-saver and friend in need – the JN ambulance at Bat Hefer. Left, how JN reported the fundraising drive
this Mobile Intensive Care Unit,” he said. “They are responsible for the saving of many lives since the vehicle entered service. “What makes it even more special is that Bat Hefer, the MDA station where the vehicle is based,
is also funded by British philanthropy.” Jewish News news editor Justin Cohen said: “It’s incredible to look back now and think the money we all raised has helped to save thousands of people.
“We’re so pleased to hear that the ambulance has been crucial in doing so. It’s certainly a legacy our readers and the shul can be extremely proud of, as it shows Anglo-Jewry at its best.” • Editorial comment, page 14
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LORDS BLAME ISRAEL FOR PEACE STALEMATE
A House of Lords committee advising the Government on foreign policy has blamed the stalled peace process on the “politics and policies of Israel” and told ministers not to go along with Donald Trump’s “peace-negating” approach to the conflict. In a report published this week, called The Middle East: Time for New Realism, peers warned that the new US president “mercurial and unpredictable nature” of policy-making should not affect the UK’s position. Members of House of Lords International Relations Committee (IRC) wrote: “The politics and policies of Israel diminish the possibilities of peace, specifically the rapid expansion of settlements.” They said that settlement-expansion was due to the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu and noted a new bill in February to “allow the expropriation of privately owned Palestinian land”. Noting Trump’s promise to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, and his choice of a pro-settlement ambassador, they warned of diverging UK-US interests, since Trump abandoned the commitment to a two-state solution.
UNESCO’s Jerusalem vote is dismissed as ‘shameful’ Jewish representatives and Israel advocates have strongly criticised a “shameful” protest vote against Israeli action in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). In the UK, Jewish groups thanked the Government for voting against the motion, put forward on Tuesday, which proponents said was “aimed at safeguarding the cultural heritage of Palestine and the distinctive character of East Jerusalem”. It was approved by 22 votes to 10, with 26 abstentions and absences. The motion said Israeli action in Jerusalem had “altered the character and status of the Holy City” and was therefore “null and void,” prompting protests from Jewish groups around the world. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said it was “another unacceptable UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem,” adding: “Against all historical evidence, it seeks to deny or diminish the central connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Judaism since the time of the Bible.”
Some Arab states claim Israel has “altered the character” of the holy city
He added: “By voting against the resolution, the UK Government has recognised the UNESCO resolution as one-sided and inflammatory. Britain’s Jewish community and all fair-minded people will support the UK’s principled stance.” Conservative Friends of Israel chair Sir Eric Pickles said the vote, which took place on Israel’s Independence Day, indicated a rejection of Israeli sovereignty in any part of Jerusalem, and thanked the British government for voting against it.
A UK government spokesperson said: “While we agreed with many points in the Culture resolution, we could not vote in favour of a text that ignored terrorism. We have seen repeated inflammatory and unacceptable UNESCO resolutions on Jerusalem which seek to deny the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem.” The resolution was put forward by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan. European countries including Italy and Germany voted against the motion.
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MSP REFUSES TO DEBATE WITH ISRAEL SUPPORTERS The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Palestine has condemned as “astonishing” the conduct of its treasurer, who refused to debate anti-Semitism with “Zionist organisations”. The pro-Palestine group rounded on Philip Chetwynd after he was accused of calling Zionist representatives “ideological terrorists”. Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament Jackson Carlaw tabled a motion calling Chetwynd’s comments as “potentially anti-Semitic”.
BEATEN BOUATTIA CALLS FOR A ‘FREE, FREE PALESTINE’ Outgoing student leader Malia Bouattia was given a standing ovation after she signed off her leaving speech by shouting: “Free, free Palestine.” The controversial president of the National Union of Students, who lost her bid for reelection last week made a farewell speech in which she championed her support for Palestinian rights. The JLC’s Simon Johnson tweeted: “What diplomacy! I wish her a happy retirement.”
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Stem cell donor asks ‘I wanted to give a critically-ill others to follow lead patient his best chance of life’ A stem cell donor has spoken of the “tiny price to pay to save someone’s life” and is urging others to join the Anthony Nolan register. David Gould, 24, from Hendon, heard of the charity, which helps patients with blood cancer, during a drive to help fellow Leeds University student Alex Samuels find a bone marrow match. Samuels was diagnosed with Anaplastic Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011, and while Gould was unable to help then, he stayed on the register and six years later received a text to say he was a potential match for someone else. According to the charity, those on the register have a one in 790 chance of being asked to donate, but this varies according to age and gender. “I had forgotten about it and it never crossed my mind I might one day be a match,” said Gould, who is originally from Manchester. After tests, he was told there was a one in four chance of him being able
to help an anonymous male patient and last month was confirmed as a match. After four days of injections to prompt his body to produce more stem cells, Gould spent five hours on Monday hooked up to a machine that extracted blood from his left arm and returned it to his right. In between, the blood was filtered and centrifuged to extract the stem cells. Supported by his mother and girlfriend, the Transport for London mechanical engineer admitted he was nervous but said he was “relatively comfortable” in hospital. He added: “This is not the same as donating bone marrow, which is a major procedure. It’s just a few days of injections, which at worst leave you with flu-like symptoms but nothing more. “It seems incredible a process so simple and with such a tiny price to pay can save someone’s life. I feel really privileged to have been able to do this and would urge others to sign up.”
BY DAVID GOULD STEM CELL DONOR
I joined the Anthony Nolan stem cell register in my first few weeks at Leeds University. I thought nothing of it until two months ago when, on a lunch break at work, I checked my phone and saw I’d missed call and a text saying: “URGENT! We are trying to contact David…”. I joined the Anthony Nolan register when a friend and fellow Jewish Society member at the University of Leeds was diagnosed with Anaplastic Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and needed a life-saving stem cell transplant. Although my friend Alex successfully had his own stem cells transplanted back into him – making a full recovery – I, and many of my friends, remained on the register. On the phone to Anthony Nolan, I had many many questions: What does it involve? How long would I need off work? Who was the patient and what were their survival chances? As soon as I understood that there would be absolutely no long-term impact on me, yet I was going to be giving a critically-ill patient his best chance of life, I knew deep down I had to go ahead with it.
REFORM’S GOLDMAN DIES AT 87 Reform leaders have paid tribute to a “major figure” in the development of Reform Judaism in the UK who passed away in Israel, aged 87. Raymond Goldman, who was Reform’s first executive director, was described as “instrumental” in the movement’s set-up in Britain almost 60 years ago, even relinquishing the directorship of a family business to do so. He was connected with Alyth since childhood. His parents were members and he later taught at the school and chaired the Alyth Jewish Fellowship, before serving as vice-chair and chair. Reform leaders said he was “heavily involved” in establishing the precursor to today’s youth movement RSY-Netzer, where he met his wife Joy. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he dedicated much of his time to Finchley Reform Synagogue and the fledging movement, then called Reform Synagogues of Great Britain
(RSGB). Travelling the country, he said his ambition was “to make RSGB articulate to its membership and build a movement of committed Jews” and see it “playing the full influential role which was its right in Anglo-Jewry”. This week, colleagues said his success came from “his ability to work with the hundreds of different council members and synagogue representatives” and paid tribute to his “patience and tact”. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said she recalled “his drive for excellence, learning and achievements”, his “outstanding professionalism” and “deep voice resounding through our conferences and services”. David Jacobs, a former Reform director and lifelong friend, said: “This marks the passing of a generation and the end of an era. Raymond served with an absolute dedication.”
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Presenter Janet Street-Porter apologised on Loose Women after appearing to compare micro-chipping children for their own safety to the Nazis tattooing Jewish people. She said: “During the last world war, Jews had triangles and had tattoos put on them and it was just absolutely offensive.” She later said: ““All right, I’m not comparing it and I apologise if I’ve offended people for that.”
The man arrested carrying a knapsack full of knives near 10 Downing Street was a passenger on the Mavi Marmara when it was raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010. The suspect arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist act was identified as Khalid Omar Ali, 27, from London. Reuters reported that Ali was on the Mavi Marmara, as well as other aid flotillas to the Gaza Strip.
Mourners have attended Bushey Cemetery to pay their respects to Joel Ingram, a JFS sixth-former from Mill Hill whose sudden death shocked the community. The family belongs to Mill Hill Synagogue. A shul spokesperson said: “The funeral took place with lots of people present. A eulogy was read for Joel.” The Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service has been working with JFS to support the students.
David Gould smiles in hospital
I arranged to go to the Anthony Nolan offices the next day to give blood samples to confirm if I was the best match. At this point I knew the chances of me being a match and the procedure going ahead were approximately one-in-four. For a few weeks it slipped to the back of my mind but then I received a letter confirming me as the best match, shortly followed by a phone call giving the date of my stem cell donation. Anthony Nolan was amazing –
arranging absolutely everything and even managing to answer the concerns of an anxious Jewish mother. They visited during donation as well as arranging for a companion to travel and stay in London to support me. Work were very supportive, too, enabling me to take time off and work flexibly so my donation could go ahead. There are many false myths surrounding stem cell donation. My donation was simple, comfortable and straightforward. For the four days before donation, I received G-CSF injections. This naturally-occurring stimulant makes the bones create more stem cells and release them into the bloodstream. This was perhaps the hardest part of the donation process as my bones ached a little and I felt as if I had flu. On the day of donation, I was hooked up to a large machine for around four hours, which took blood out of my left arm, removed the extra stem cells and put my blood back into my right arm. During the procedure, I was awake and chatting and busy on my phone and laptop. Following the procedure, my aches had totally gone. I was tired but pain-free and happy.
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Hamas charter revision dismissed as ‘PR stunt’ Jewish representatives in the UK have said tweaks to the Hamas charter are “nothing more than a PR stunt” after the terror group said: “We don’t hate the Jews.” It comes after the Gazabased terror group revised its 1988 charter to say they would be open to the possibility of a settlement with Israel based on the 1967 borders, arguing that this would then “connect” with the world. Hamas leaders took the opportunity to redraft the charter’s anti-Semitic wording, which articulated “a struggle against the Jews”. This has now been changed to describe their fight against “occupying Zionist aggressors”. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “The document gives us a chance to connect with the outside world. To the world, our message is: Hamas is not radical. We are a pragmatic and civilised movement. We do not hate the Jews. We only fight [those] who occupy our lands and kill our people.”
The Gaza Strip terror group has softened its language
Israeli officials dismissed the changes as cosmetic, rather than substantive, while in the UK, Board of Deputies’ senior vice-president Richard Verber said it was “nothing more than a PR stunt aimed at detoxifying its image abroad”. He added: “It does nothing to rid Hamas of its inherent anti-Semitism. The group continues to refuse to recognise the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination and its charter, which calls for the murder of Jews, remains in place.”
He said Hamas still had, as its ultimate goal, “the destruction of the world’s only Jewish State,” and urge journalists “to avoid handing a propaganda victory to what is still a terror organisation”. Dr Ido Zelkovitz, a research fellow at Mitvim, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, said the redrafting was prompted in part by infighting between the political and military wings of Hamas, as well as “inter-generational” factors. “When phrasing the new document, Hamas took into
account the limitations of the Islamist rhetoric and the weariness it invokes among the Palestinian public and the Arab world,” he said. “Hamas had to use a more moderate language, in order to get closer to Egypt that serves as its main external gate to the world. Hamas is also seeking a path to join the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), as a first step towards assuming the leadership of the Palestinian national movement.” The charter tweaks came just days before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, amid continuing tensions over the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. The hunger strike ringleader, convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti, is thought to be the only Palestinian leader capable of agreeing a peace deal with Israel encompassing both Gaza and the West Bank, as he is well-respected by both Fatah and Hamas.
LE PEN AT MARSEILLE SHOAH MEMORIAL Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, visited a Holocaust memorial in Marseille days after news that her choice for interim party head had denied aspects of the Holocaust. Le Pen laid a wreath at a memorial in Marseille to French victims. It was erected in memory of 30 Jewish women and children rounded up by the Gestapo in 1943. The French government in 1954 dedicated the last Sunday
in April as “National Day of Remembrance of the Victims and Heroes of Deportation.” There was no media present at Le Pen’s wreath-laying. A campaign worker later tweeted a picture of the ceremony. Last month, Le Pen came under fire for saying that her country is not responsible for the deportation of thousands of Jews to death camps in 1942. “In very general terms indeed, if anyone is responsible, then it is those in power at the time, not France as such.
IVF or ovulation induction (OI) treatment. In findings published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, they state IVF babies were almost three times more likely to go on to develop paediatric cancer and tumours, with OI babies twice as likely. Illnesses included leukaemia, brain and spinal cord tumours, neuroblas-
Israel stands silent for its 23,544 fallen Israelis across the country stood to attention on Sunday for a minute-long siren to mark the start-Yom HaZikaron, or Memorial Day. During the day Israel remembered the 23,544 men and women who have died defending the State of Israel and its pre-state Jewish population since the start of the Zionist movement in 1860. The event also recalls the 3,117 terror victims who have been killed in the same time period. Some 97 Israelis have been added to the count since last Memorial Day, including 37 disabled Israelis who have died of their injuries.
In a Memorial Day eve service at the Western Wall, a torch was lit by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the widow of Haggai Ben-Ari, flanked by two of her three young children, who succumbed in January to his injuries sustained during the 2014 Gaza war. He had been in a coma for more than two years and died at the age of 31. “We know that there is a price to be paid for our existence here, for our liberty. There is a price, and we, in awe and terror, are willing to pay that price,” President Rivlin told those in attendance at the ceremony.
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Marine Le Pen at the Holocaust memorial in Marseille
It wasn’t France,” she said. Jean-François Jalkh, who took Marine Le Pen’s place at the helm of the National Front Party last week, was replaced two days after his appoint-
ment, after an interview from 2000 with the Le Monde daily newspaper surfaced in which he was quoted as questioning the use of the Zyklon B poison by Nazis during the Holocaust.
Israeli study shows IVF babies cancer link Scientists in Israel who studied the health of more than 242,000 babies over 18 years have found those born after fertility treatment are more likely to contract cancer in their early years. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) working at the Soroka University Medical Centre in Beersheba studied Israeli children born to mothers who had had
A solider observes a minute’s silence on Yom HaZikaron
tomas, Wilms tumours and lymphoma, including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. “The research concludes that the association between IVF and total paediatric neoplasms and malignancies is significant,” said Professor Eyal Sheiner, dean of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. “With increasing numbers of offspring conceived after fertility treatments, it’s impor-
tant to follow up on health.” During studies during the follow-up period, scientists from BGU and the Israeli Health Ministry found the incidence rate for neoplasms was highest among children either after IVF, accounting for 1.5 in every 1,000, while for OI births it was one in 1,000. By comparison, the rate for naturally conceived children was 0.59 in every 1,000.
American terror victim Ezra Schwartz has been posthumously inducted into the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi at Rutgers University. Schwartz was 18 when he was killed in a West Bank attack in November 2015. “He could have been sitting here, he could have been your room-mate” his father said at the ceremony.
Officials in Pyongyang have turned their attention to Israel, threatening a ‘merciless, thousand-fold punishment,’
after Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Kim Jong-un a ‘madman.’ The dictator’s henchmen said the remarks were ‘sordid, wicked and a grave challenge’ before vowing vengeance.
The first Dutch Jewish military wedding since the Holocaust has been held in Amsterdam. Chaim Benistant, dressed in uniform complete with sword, wed Nancy Koster on Sunday, in a ceremony conducted by the Jewish chaplain. The pair then walked under a Navy sabre arch performed by Marines. This mother and daughter pictured at an Emunah Day Care Centre south of Tel Aviv were among the 8.6 million people in Israel celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut. Emunah is one of the largest welfare providers caring for 12,000 children and their families.
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Matchmaker to start-ups that need a helping hand Stephen Oryszczuk meets the Arab-Israeli helping British companies find commercial common ground with Israeli innovators
ona Haj is a business matchmaker with a long list of shidduchs to her name. As part of the British Embassy’s UK Israel Tech Hub, she has spent the past few years making matches from Tel Aviv. But late last year, the Hub expanded. Welcome to London’s new shadchan. Before arriving, Haj led the Hub’s work the Arab sector, helping Israeli-Arab start-ups go global with British firms. An Arab Israeli herself, she retains a keen interest, having begun her career by helping entrepreneurs and small businesses in Nazareth take off. The Hub – started in 2011 by then-ambassador Matthew Gould – aims to give British companies a “competitive edge” by accessing Israeli technology. Hubbers work out what UK firms need, then “scout” Israeli start-ups that can help. Sectors include banking, retail, healthcare, insurance and pharmaceuticals, and examples of matches abound: British drugs giant GSK got smoochy with Technion University; bank RBS got down and dirty with Tel Aviv innovation centre The Floor; and Oxford University Press found love in an Israeli start-up able to digitise its publications in a more engaging way. Macho British innovators, such as Dyson, just can’t get enough of their petite Israeli peers. It’s not just firms that want in on the action, says Haj. UK Government agencies are also interested, and want the Hub’s help in fields such as cybersecurity. Why? “A lot of factors went into creating a [cybersecurity] success story like Israel,” she says. “For example, how the government intervened, how the chief scientist intervened, how the academics helped, how they scaled up companies in this sector. That’s why they come: to see how they can duplicate the model.” She’s just back from taking a delegation of
UK-based auto manufacturers to Israel, where they toured tech hubs, visited companies such as Mobileye (just sold to Intel for $15 billion) and saw the sights. Who pays for all this? It’s partfunded by private donors, she says, but won’t tell me who. She also won’t tell me what the Hub’s financial key performance indicator is either. Likewise, she’s cagey on her age and status, but does, eventually, tell me she’s “over 30” and a Muslim Arab, but that she’s not religious. She finally discards the corporate speak, telling me how she grew up in an Arab town near Acre, worked with Tsofen in Nazareth, helped get Arab-Israeli women into high tech, and how she is passionate about overcoming the challenges the Arab sector faces. “If I’m an Arab entrepreneur, even though I’m in the start-up nation, I don’t have connections, I don’t have the access,” she says. Because Israeli Arabs don’t serve in the IDF, they lose out on the networking this gives. “Besides this, most Arab towns are not near Tel Aviv, where everything’s happening. Most can’t access tech firms, or foreigners who invest in start-ups. Most don’t have uncles or cousins already in tech. That’s why there’s this disconnection. Also, Israelis travel; they spend time in Europe or America then come back and start a company. But for Israeli Arabs, their international experience is very limited.” This makes her unusual, she says. “You don’t see many Arab girls living abroad. My background was different to that of my Jewish friends – my education, environment, values, opportunities… When you’re born an Arab Israeli, it’s an amazing culture, but there are also challenges. That’s why we’re here. We want to help them accelerate this talent.” When the Hub brings Israeli-Arab entrepreneurs to the UK, it’s usually their first time abroad, certainly in a major Western city. Most don’t know how to navigate a modern city, and many get lost. It’s a steep learning curve. The British companies choosing which Israeli partner (Arab or Jewish), to smoothtalk are “colour-blind,” she says. The patter’s working; more than 80 partnerships worth £600 million equate to dozens of notches on the Hub’s bedposts. And what of Haj? She’s in love – with the Brits! “It wasn’t easy, I had a good life in Israel, but I love it here. They’re open to doing stuff. The British are dreamers and doers. For me, this is the best environment.”
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10,000 pats on the back Occasionally, everyone deserves a thank you. This week that pat on the back goes to Jewish News readers and members of Cockfosters and New Southgate Synagogue, who raised enough money for an Israeli ambulance in 2010. This week, as the Jewish state celebrated its 69th birthday, we were told of its incredible landmark: clocking up more than 10,000 emergency call-outs. It was a proud moment, when ordinary London Jews scraped together what they could for a life-saving present for Magen David Adom. We give in all manner of ways to all manner of causes, but there can be few better forms of support to Israel than to buy an emergency ambulance for the country’s medics, who deal with everything from terror attacks to early pregnancies. Of course, vehicles get old and technology advances, but the gesture of friendship shown by London’s Jewish community towards the grateful residents of Bat Hefer lives on much longer. That your fundraising efforts helped save lives in turn gives us strength, as we remember the wisdom of ages: Whoever saves one life, saves the entire world.
Happy birthday, Israel! The state of Israel didn’t have an easy birth. Founded with just half-a-million Jews, the country doubled its population within three years by absorbing survivors of the Shoah and Jews fleeing persecution in the Arab world. Inequality exists, between Jews and Arabs, rich and poor, new and old immigrants. And peace has only been made with two of Israel’s Arab neighbours. But, at the tender age of 69, the state remains very much a work in progress. Issues of identity, security and territory remain hotly disputed – not just by Israelis, but by a diaspora that also has a profound stake in the future of the Jewish state. Happy birthday, Israel!
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4 May 2017 Jewish News
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Survivors’ asset limits raised Following your story on Shoah survivors receiving more money for increasing needs, readers might be interested to know that, acting on behalf of the UK Umbrella Group (Agudas Israel Community Services, Bikur Cholim, Jewish Care (Shalvata) and North London Bikur Cholim), the AJR disbursed homecare assistance to some 350 people and made hundreds of emergency assistance awards to Holocaust survivors and refugees last year.
The group has now raised the asset limit for eligibility from the previous £50,000 to £328,000 (disregarding home and car) and income of less than £16,000 (disregarding pensions). To qualify, a person must also be verified by the Claims Conference as a Jewish victim of Nazi oppression. For details, contact any agency in the group or the AJR on 020 8385 3070.
Michael Newman Chief executive, The Association of Jewish Refugees
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ISRAEL DESERVES TO BE RECOGNISED WITH A ROYAL VISIT J D Milaric (Letters, 4 June) is right about a Royal visit to Israel. In international matters, you can’t always choose your associates based on their democratic practices. We fought along with the tyrannical USSR in the Second World War, despite the earlier loathsome pact with the Nazis. Now, in fighting terrorism, we have no choice but to be friends with Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes around where, regardless of its bad human rights and treatment of women, the Prince of Wales has danced with its warriors while waving a sword. Notwithstanding the longfestering Israel-Palestine dispute, it truly is time to recognise the equally long overdue acknowledgement of Israel with both a prime ministerial and State royal visit.
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STUDY HERE? FORGET IT As an Israeli university graduate who later worked in higher education in Israel and the UK, I found your article on the fall in Israelis studying in the UK interesting. Rather than mourning the lack of Israelis studying here, I find it surprising any do. Apart from the hateful boycotts, and the prevalent atmosphere of outright anti-Semitism, the academic advantages of studying in the UK are non-existent. Israeli higher education is of a superior level. UK univer-
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Freedom to speak at my university is paramount BARONESS VALERIE AMOS DIRECTOR, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
ast Thursday, Ambassador Mark Regev – my neighbour on this page – spoke at SOAS University of London at the invitation of the Jewish Society. It was an invitation that caused controversy because a lot of students and staff are strongly opposed to Israeli policies in relation to Palestinians, especially settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory. SOAS’ position has always been, and remains, that it is a place that promotes freedom of debate. There is a long tradition of hosting speakers from all over the world and we do not close down or stop events taking place owing to the political views or beliefs of speakers. We’ve been doing this throughout our proud 100-year history. SOAS prides itself on its diversity and the commitment of our students and staff to making the world a better place. We know this will sometimes create disagreements but that is an important part of what universities are about. The ability to argue, debate, challenge, make one’s case with confidence and listen to the views of others, even if you don’t agree with them. Standing up for freedom of debate is an important way to support our students . One of
FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS NOT A CARTE BLANCHE FOR THE EXPRESSION OF ANTI-SEMITIC AND OTHER RACIST VIEWS the core components of these freedoms is the protection of minority views and opinions. Even where – or perhaps especially where – those opinions are not ones we individually or collectively share, the defence of freedom to speak and debate is paramount. SOAS’ Jewish students – who come from many countries – must feel their identity is respected and that their voices can be heard. They have the right to feel safe among the expression of views that are critical of, as well as supportive of, Israel. Taking a critical stance towards the policies of the Israeli government – or any government – is part and parcel of the cut and thrust of debate on university campuses and a vital ingredient of our democracy. While some student voices may be well heard at SOAS, we are aware the voices of many of our students are not heard or dismissed in
the context of wider debate on issues including immigration in the UK or in their own countries of origin. The government’s Prevent strategy seeks to tackle radicalisation by placing some limits on freedom of speech. SOAS has vigorously defended the right of controversial speakers to speak on campus, in the face of some public criticism and pressure from government. But freedom of speech is not a carte blanche for the expression of racist, anti-Semitic or other discriminatory views. Far from it. It’s about respecting the right to hold different opinions, within the boundaries of the law and being able to express them without intimidation. We are fully aware of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which was recently sent to universities by the UK Government for their information. We are also aware the definition is a matter for intense debate among scholars in the field. As a university, our role is to facilitate this debate, not arrive at a final definition. This is true for anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia and other forms of racism, which we study. SOAS has more than 100 scholars specialising in the Middle East. Our long-standing expertise in this area ensures we are able embrace the multiple and nuanced approaches that characterise the political, economic, cultural and social circumstances in the region.
As Dr Yair Wallach, chair of the Centre for Jewish Studies pointed out in his recent blog about the Hebrew and Israeli Studies programme at SOAS, we aim to move beyond “the heated, over-familiar, and frustratingly performative debate” on Israel and Palestine. We are the only place in the country where students can take not only a Hebrew degree, but also a joint honours course in modern Hebrew and Arabic, splitting their year abroad between An-Najah National University in Nablus and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. SOAS has a strong academic track record in research and teaching that relates to Israel Studies and Jewish culture – including the UK’s first professor of Israel Studies, an active centre for Jewish Studies, a range of degree programmes – and the school is home to the Jewish Music Institute and the European Association of Israel Studies. All of this is part of our leading role in the development of thinking on issues pertaining to the Middle East. I am acutely conscious of the need to balance conflicting interests from across our academic community, the realm of public policy we operate within, and the vital social, cultural and political matters we study at SOAS. Freedom of debate in a respectful, open, robust and engaged environment is a lodestar through these sometimes tricky waters.
Why I accepted invitation to talk to SOAS students MARK REGEV
ISRAEL’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UK
ngaging with university students is an important aspect of any ambassador’s job, especially when that ambassador’s country is the subject of keen interest and academic enquiry. Such is the case in the UK when it comes to Israel. Over the past year, I have been invited to some 20 universities to discuss the Jewish state, the Palestinians, the Middle East and Israel’s desire for peace. A visit to SOAS, formerly the School of Oriental and African Studies, an institution that specialises in my region, ought to have been routine. Regrettably, there was nothing routine about last Thursday: for more than a decade, no Israeli Government voice had been heard at SOAS. This absence of an official Israeli perspective conforms to a troubling trend.
SERIOUS STUDY OF THE MIDDLE EAST REQUIRES THAT SOAS STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR ISRAEL’S CASE In recent years, there has been a tendency within some academic circles at SOAS to rewrite history and portray Israel as a colonial imposition on the region’s indigenous peoples. This groupthink tends to ignore the central role played by the west in the formation of several nations in the Middle East following the break-up of the Ottoman Empire – ranging from Syria to Lebanon to Iraq to Jordan.
All this while falsely portraying the Jews as infiltrators and the Jewish state as imperialist. Jews and Arabs alike are indigenous to the Middle East, To deny this is to deny the history of the Middle East itself. These same voices speak of Israel as a serial aggressor, dismissing the history of Palestinian rejectionism and casting murderous attacks against innocent civilians as some form of heroic resistance. On numerous occasions, speakers notorious for their vociferous hatred of the Jewish people and the Jewish state have been welcomed on to SOAS’ campus. These have been individuals who have uttered the ugliest of anti-Semitic slurs, sympathised with terrorists and stood up for tyrannical regimes. Those who have expressed support for the Middle East’s only true liberal democracy have not been so welcomed. They have instead been ostracised. One cannot do justice to the study of the Middle East while wilfully dismissing one of
the region’s vital geopolitical, military and economic actors. That is why I saw the importance in accepting an invitation from SOAS’ Jewish Society to speak with students. A century ago, in February 1917, the School of Oriental and African Studies was officially opened with the purpose of expanding knowledge of the languages, histories, religions and cultures of the peoples of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Nine months later, the government of the day issued the Balfour Declaration, formalising British support for the establishment of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in the land of Israel. Both the opening of SOAS and the issuance of the Balfour Declaration demonstrate the keen interest in, and passion for, the Middle East that existed in the UK a century ago: an interest that remains today, as I witnessed first-hand during my visit. Serious study of the Middle East requires that SOAS students continue to be given the opportunity to hear Israel’s case.
4 May 2017 Jewish News
Freer or Newmark? It’s an emancipating choice DAVID HIRSCH WRITER & ACADEMIC
he decision of the local Labour Party in Finchley and Golders Green to stand Jeremy Newmark against the Tory MP Mike Freer emancipates Jews, at least in this constituency, to vote as citizens. It relieves us from the humiliation of being forced to vote as Jews against anti-Semitism. Let’s pause and re-feel the blood-boiling gravity of that situation. Once Jews voted Labour, almost as a block. Now the party’s candidate for prime minister is a man with a record of supporting anti-Semitic politics and Israel-boycotters. But Jews on the left have been fighting back, and they have been led by Jeremy Newmark. Jeremy was the campaigns organiser of the Union of Jewish Students, he was chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council and has been the driving force behind the Jewish Labour Movement, which
LABOUR’S CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER IS A MAN WITH A RECORD OF SUPPORTING ANTISEMITIC POLITICS organises the fightback against the Corbyn faction within the party. His JLM has been taking the argument to the membership, educating people about anti-Semitism and winning motions within party structures. It was Jeremy Newmark who gave evidence to the party tribunal, explaining what was antiSemitic about Ken Livingstone’s behaviour. Mike Freer, from the liberal wing of the Conservative Party, understands the threat of anti-Semitism. He gets how it comes packaged with hostility to Israel and has
opposed it inside and outside Parliament. He lives three doors down from me. I like him, I chat with him. A vote for Mike is a safe vote for people who want a Tory MP who opposes and recognises anti-Semitism. Even in the era of Trump and Brexit [and God forbid Le Pen], Corbyn has only the tiniest chance of winning the election. And if Labour did find itself in a position to form a coalition, the anti-Corbyn Labour MPs would hold the balance of power at Westminster. In my judgement, electing Newmark would not put Corbyn one centimetre nearer to control of the nuclear button. But the key issue in this election is Brexit. Mike Freer understood why Brexit would be catastrophic but he flipped, within a week of the referendum, going along with the requirements of the new British patriotism, which subordinates the national interest to the fake and menacing division between ‘the people’ and ‘the elite’. We still have years to oppose this self-harm. Theresa May is right that Brexit is Brexit. There is no ‘soft’ Brexit or ‘left’ Brexit.
Brexit would endanger European peace and democracy, peace in Ireland, stability in Scotland and make us poorer; it would hurt the NHS, schools and social security. May stands in this election as the person who promises to drive us off this cliff. Brexit is dangerous for Jews. It endangers the post-war European democratic settlement and the European institutions which guarnatee it. Brexit encourages the rise of xenophobic and racist politics. It mainstreams Islamophobia and the antiSemitic politics of Corbyn and Mélenchon. And it risks crashing the economy which will strengthen the politics of resentment. Freer is good on anti-Semitism; Newmark is better. Let’s see what Newmark says about Brexit. And let’s celebrate the opportunity, in Finchley and Golders Green, to take opposition to anti-Semitism for granted and to choose between different programmes for the country. Having a choice between Newmark and Freer makes me feel a bit more British; and I hate the way Brexit and anti-Semitism have made me feel less than fully British.
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Join a march while survivors can share their experiences RABBI GIDEON SYLVESTER UNITED SYNAGOGUE’S ISRAEL RABBI
magine your best friend is having a nightmare. He thrashes about in his sleep, crying and screaming hysterically. Naturally, you would wake him, comfort him and reassure him that everything will be alright. But when the psychiatrist Viktor Frankl faced this predicament, he resisted the temptation to awaken his friend. Instead, he let him sleep on. They were in Auschwitz and however grotesque the nightmare was, reality was undoubtedly worse. This portrayal of inhumanity which surpasses our worst nightmares encapsulates our inability to comprehend, let alone describe, the enormity of the Holocaust. Yet the victims of the Holocaust urged us to tell their tale. In the Warsaw Ghetto, people gathered evidence of their persecution and buried it in milk churns so their story would be told. In Auschwitz, the Jewish workers buried notes among the ashes testifying to the genocide. Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi
writes that while at the moment of liberation, he and his friends would have wanted the camps torn down, bulldozed and destroyed, on reflection, he realised the importance of preserving them to educate future generations about the evils of Nazism. The Holocaust is overwhelming, but we have a sacred obligation to learn from the survivors and recount their stories to the next generation. It’s a duty that has become all the more urgent in the wake of Holocaust deniers who seek to refute the reality of mass murder while feeding the prejudices of those who would repeat it. For the past three years, I have been part of the faculty of March of the Living UK leading
THE SHOAH IS OVERWHELMING, BUT WE ARE OBLIGED TO LEARN FROM SURVIVORS AND RECOUNT THEIR STORIES
the United Synagogue bus. Our journey explores the richness of a thousand years of Jewish life in Poland, our troubled relationship with our Polish neighbours and the murderous destruction of the Holocaust. March of the Living UK’s deep commitment to examine the facts and wrestle with the complexities of our history is striking. Meeting some of the educators of the 10,000 people from across the world who attended the march, I saw that our British delegation has much to be proud of. What marks our education programme is its passionate commitment to the highest standards of education. Each year, the seasoned educators who lead our groups gather for a seminar to learn from experts, refresh our knowledge and rekindle our passion; all that to guide a trip that only lasts for six days each year. This outstanding programme of professional development sets a new standard in Jewish educational programming. The results are evident in the participants, who return shocked by the depths of evil, but inspired by a deeper appreciation of their heritage and the need to upgrade their
Jewish engagement. It’s impossible to convey the extent of the evil of the Holocaust, but the British March of the Living team is leading the field. Those who have not yet taken the chance to join one of our journeys would be well advised to do so while the survivors are still alive and strong enough to share their testimonies. Find out about next year’s March of the Living at marchoftheliving.org.uk
Meltdown over ambassador visit is the distress of fools BRENDAN O’NEILL EDITOR, SPIKED
o see how illiberal and outright irrational anti-Israel sentiment has become, look no further than the fear and horror that gripped SOAS over last week’s visit by Mark Regev. Yes, in a brilliant PR move, Regev, the colourful Israeli ambassador to the UK, agreed to speak at SOAS, a uni known for its agitation with all things Israeli, about the prospects for peace in the Middle East. It’s like the Chippendales visiting a convent, or Shane MacGowan crashing a meeting of temperance-movement bores. It’s hilarious. People at SOAS didn’t find it funny, though. It’s questionable whether they ever find anything funny, so steeped are their minds in the depressing creeds of post-colonial studies and ethnographic theory. No, they thought Regev’s visit would cause “substantial distress” to the SOAS community. Really. According to the Guardian, there were “fears” Regev’s visit would not only “spark unrest” – par for the course: every visit by an Israeli representative to a British campus sparks unrest – but that it would also lead to “substantial distress on campus”. More than 150 academics from SOAS and
other universities wrote to SOAS director Baroness Amos to plead with her to call off the Regev meeting and save SOAS students from the “substantial distress” of having someone with a different opinion from theirs on campus. The first thing to note here is how craven it is – a McCarthyite level of cravenness – for academics to demand the silencing of a speaker they disagree with. The academy is meant to be a hotbed of chatter and philosophy and disagreement, and academics are meant to protect this free intellectual zone. Yet here we had 150 uni workers calling for the silencing of someone, the medieval-style expulsion of him from campus, simply because he thinks differently from them. For shame. The second thing to note is the overblown and outrageous use of the word “distress” to describe how the students might have felt about Regev’s talk. Distress, according to my Oxford English Dictionary (OED), is “extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain”. I’m sorry, but if you feel extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain upon hearing views you don’t like – or simply knowing that someone with views you don’t like is on the same campus as you – then you shouldn’t be at university. You should be at home, hiding behind your mother’s apron. The idea that Regev talking about the Middle East would cause students distress –
maybe even “difficulty in breathing”, which is another part of the OED’s definition of distress — speaks to the censorious cult of fragility that has a hold on British campuses. Books come with trigger warnings; the National Union of Students creates ‘safe spaces’ in which certain things must not be said; and now there are efforts to chase Israelis off campus lest their ideas invade student minds and disrupt their sanity. This isn’t only insulting to Regev; it’s more insulting to students, who are depicted as overgrown toddlers who cannot cope with this basic fact of adult life: some people disagree with you. Israeli things – its politicians, its supporters, its academics, its produce – are the number one victim of this new campus censorship, and campus intolerance of Israeli people and ideas has reached alarming levels. At UCL last year, a mob hounded former Israel Defence Forces soldier Hen Mazzig and his supporters off campus. Academics demand boycotts of Israeli universities. Israel-
supporting students say they sometimes don’t feel safe on British campuses: their meetings are shouted down, their societies threatened with closure. The irony is that anti-Israel activists talk about “Israeli Apartheid”, yet they enforce a discriminatory system against all things Israeli. They treat that nation’s professors, artists, politicians and produce as poisonous almost, liable to warp minds — or cause substantial distress — and therefore deserving of censorship or destruction. They single out Israeli people for nasty, censorious treatment, and then have the front to accuse Israel of having apartheid attitude. And why the obsessive focus on Israel, when there are numerous other nations that are involved in war or tension with their neighbours? This is the million-dollar question. It’s always Israel. Curious. One might call their neverending meltdown over Israel the Substantial Distress of Fools.
STUDENTS ARE DEPICTED AS OVERGROWN TODDLERS WHO CANNOT COPE WITH THE FACT SOME PEOPLE DISAGREE WITH THEM
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Why does no one want to listen to anybody else? JENNI FRAZER
he past couple of weeks have been filled with demonstrations and boycotts of one sort or another. One person’s free speech, as we all know, is another’s hate and intimidation, and there seems an inordinate amount of people determined not to listen to the other lot – and regrettably, that goes as much for “our side” as it does for the loonies in the anti-Israel camp. Where to start? Perhaps with the controversial group Breaking the Silence, a cabal of left-wing Israeli soldiers for whom not everything the IDF does is rosy. Breaking the Silence, as it happens, was up for a campaign award (which it did not get) from Britain’s Index on Censorship last week. The group’s very presence on the shortlist drew outraged demonstrations outside the Unicorn Theatre from right-wing Jews. These same demonstrators must have thought they were in good company when the Israeli prime minister, no less, threw
a hissy fit and refused to meet the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, because Gabriel had decided to see some people representing Breaking the Silence. Bibi’s people issued all kinds of justifications for not meeting the minister, but the fact is that Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, who is scarcely a rabid left-winger, thought it more appropriate to meet Gabriel and then tell him, face to face, what he thought of the IDF faction. Surely a more productive attitude? As it is, Gabriel will have gone back to Berlin more convinced than ever that Bibi is not a politician Europeans can deal with. During the week there were three big Israel-related events in London — and an odd event in Edinburgh. The London events were the meeting at SOAS addressed by Israeli ambassador Mark Regev, a meeting in Parliament by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and David Broza’s sold-out concert in Islington. A lot has been made of Regev’s “bravery” in speaking at SOAS, the first such visit by
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an Israeli diplomat since 2005. It can’t have been comfortable for Regev to be introduced by the chairman with the observation that many people considered him a “war criminal” for his defence of the government during the 2014 Gaza operation. But Regev replied, quite properly, that he was doing his job, and in my opinion that is what he was doing at SOAS – representing the government of Israel, which is what he is paid to do.
SCOTLAND SAW THE IRONY OF AN ATTEMPT TO REMOVE JEWS FROM A MEETING THAT WAS DUE TO TALK ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM
However, there was a great deal of snowflakery and “safe-space-ism” surrounding Regev’s appearance, as though the choice were not there for the angry demonstrators simply to ignore him. Perhaps their real objection was that someone might listen to him and engage in dialogue, which seems to frighten the loonies more than anything. At the PRC meeting in Parliament, proIsrael demonstrators were thrown out at the behest of the MP chairing the event – a pity, but sadly inevitable. And up in Scotland, there was the delicious irony of an attempt to throw three Jews out of a meeting where anti-Semitism was due to be discussed. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that no one wants to listen to anyone else. David Broza brought on-stage an Israeli Arab singer and a Palestinian rapper, whose presence was greeted with loud cheers by the audience — a number of whom I know to be to the right of Attila the Hun. But for one brief moment, it felt as though everyone was listening.
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Community / Scene & Be Seen
1SINGING FOR ISRAEL Staff and children at Tracy Lewis Childcare enjoyed celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut by wearing blue and white, singing happy 69th birthday, as well as decorating their own flags – including a giant one to hang in the nursery.
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Pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School, including Libbi Wohlman from Year 1 and Zecharia Singer from Year 2 (pictured) enjoyed a day of celebrations for Israel’s birthday. After a special assembly and a performance by the school’s Israeli Dance Group, all pupils participated in a variety of arts and crafts activities based on symbols of Israel, the Israeli map and landscapes, and the Negev.
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David Goldberg and Rabbi Feldman got in to the spirit at Bushey Synagogue’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations, where more than 100 people enjoyed traditional Israeli food and dancing. Children also took part in a special activity, ‘Israel in a shoebox’, decorated biscuits, made Israeli flags and other crafts.
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Three hundred supporters raised more than £200,000 at UJIA’s Investec Yom Ha’atzmaut business breakfast. Held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, the event was attended by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and guest speaker Martin Wolf CBE, the Financial Times’ chief economics commentator. The money raised will help change the lives of those who most need support in the Galil.
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Scene & Be Seen / Community
YOM 1 ANNICK’S HASHOAH TALK
The League of Jewish Women (LJW) marked Yom HaShoah by holding a talk with Annick Lever at the Jewish Museum. League member Annick was saved as a baby by a French family after her mother was taken by the Nazis during the Second World War. LJW president Yvonne Josse said: “Our members were very moved to hear the story bravely related by Annick.”
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OUR MEMBERS WERE VERY MOVED TO HEAR THE STORY BRAVELY RELATED BY ANNICK
Jewish Women’s Aid hosted a private showing of the Amy Winehouse Exhibition at the Jewish Museum. More than 60 people attended the viewing of an installation of paintings of Amy, after which they heard from JWA’s chief executive Naomi Dickson. The event raised more than £1,000 for the charity.
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ORT UK marked the end of Yom HaShoah with a sell-out charity screening of The Zookeeper’s Wife. The evening, which was supported by Everyman Cinemas, also included a discussion between film critic, Dr Julia Wagner, and children’s author Antony Lishak, who has been involved with the story of the Warsaw zoo and researching the Zabinski family for many years.
Woodside Park Shul hosted a Friday Night dinner in memory of Yom HaShoah. Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE, and Theresa Villiers MP viewed the ‘memory quilt’ where the stories of ‘The Boys’ are displayed. More than 150 people then attended a candlelit Kabbalat Shabbat Service and dinner with Yiddish songs and a traditional Shabbat meal.
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Langdon celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual dinner, the appeal for which raised £400,000. The reception’s 400 guests watched a new exhibition, The Invisible Disabilities Revealed, before being entertained by former England rugby union captain Phil Vickery MBE, and addressed by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Chairman Jonathan Joseph said: “This is indeed a night for celebration.”
Twelve volunteers, aged from 14 to 60, performed a freefall abseil down the UK’s tallest sculpture and raised more than £8,000 for Jewish Blind & Disabled. The daring dozen took on the 262ft drop over the edge of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London. Participant Andrew Passe said: “The first part was very scary; as for the rest of it – exhilarating wouldn’t begin to describe the experience!”
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Community / Scene & Be Scene
The United Synagogue hosted its Tribe Continuity Dinner at the Kinloss Banqueting Suite. The event aimed to raise funds for Tribe to ensure it continues to engage with Jewish youth and helps create leaders for UK Jewry. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke about its work â€œsowing the seeds for a great Jewish futureâ€? and the appeal included young members speaking about their experiences on its programmes, which have powerfully impacted on their Jewish identity. Guests were entertained by international performer Dudu Fisher.
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Scene & Be Seen / Community
The art of celebrating Israel Photos by Steve Winston
More than 300 people marked Israel’s 69th birthday on Tuesday night at the Arts Depot in Finchley, enjoying live music and stand-up comedy. Hosted by the Zionist Federation and media sponsored by Jewish News, the event saw performances from the Israel Dance Institute, Children’s School Choir, former X-Factor contestant Osnat Zeno and the Israeli Academy for the performing arts. The evening, hosted by British Jewish comedian Mark Maier, saw Israel envoy Mark Regev praise the country’s successes and the ZF in generating support for the state.
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Scene & Be Seen / Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations
Spirits soar as Israel marks 69th birthday
Israelis celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut this week with a cross-country flyover by the state’s new F-35 stealth fighter jets, as crowds cheered 69 years of sovereignty. Thousands of flag-waving Israelis crammed in to the Western Wall plaza amid joyous scenes while at Har Herzl military academy scores of IDF soldiers witnessed a torch-lighting ceremony to kick-start a series of events. Elsewhere, President Reuven Rivlin oversaw the traditional annual award of the Medal of Excellence to soldiers of the IDF. Down south in Eilat, the traditional naval flotilla parade took place while across the country various IDF bases were
opened to the public, offering variety of fun activities. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “Every year the country gets stronger, advances and strengthens its status as a clear world power. Its accomplishments are great in the fields of security, economics, foreign relations, technology, science, culture, and every other field.” However, Speaker Yuli Edelstein used the day to hit on a serious point, reflecting on an increasing polarisation in the country and warning that “not everything in our lives is right or left… not every right-winger is a rightist fascist, and not every left-winger is a leftist traitor”.
4 May 2017 Jewish News
Traditional Jewish cuisine / Lifestyle
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Simply the Fress! Masterchef finalist Emma Spitzer gets cooking with Francine Wolfisz and reveals the inspiration behind her debut recipe book vibrant and appetizing 240-page embodiment of that passion, which celebrates Jewish cuisine at its best. “Many of the recipes are ones I grew up with,” says Spitzer, who was born and raised in Brighton. She credits her mother, Hilary, for her knowledge of Ashkenazi fayre, while mother-in-law, Judith, who is Israeli and had an Algerian mother, introduced her to Sephardi flavours. Of the former, she includes recipes for schnitzel, roast chicken and the nostalgia-inducing oxtail stew, which she tried out on willing friends and family, including her four children and husband Carl. “I made the oxtail stew and all I could hear was the slurping of bones,” she laughs. “That was my childhood, just as I remembered it. We sat there, like greedy animals, sucking out all the jelly. I thought, ‘That’s it, that’s the way it should be. It’s so good.’” Other recipes have been given a more contemporary spin. She admits, for example, to “taking lokshen pudding and making it sexy”. Adventurous and flavoursome cooking it is indeed, but Spitzer is also keen to point out that the recipes are not complicated. “They are all very simple and none require any technical skill because I’m not a trained chef. So anybody can cook it. That was my mission when I set out to do the book.” V ID EO
here’s a tantalising aroma of exotic spices and the appealing sizzle of gentlyfried vegetables as I arrive at Emma Spitzer’s kitchen. The MasterChef finalist welcomes me into her East Finchley home and seems in her element as she quickly rustles up a portion of the salivatinglynamed “amba-spiced courgette with barberries and labneh”. It’s just one of the many mouthwatering recipes from her new cookbook, Fress, which neatly reflects her Ashkenazi roots, while also showcasing Sephardi recipes shared by her mother-in-law and influenced by her travels throughout the Middle East and Africa. For Spitzer, her debut book is the culmination of a whirlwind period of two years since she appeared on the popular BBC show and was described by judge Gregg Wallace as “one of the best cooks we have seen throughout MasterChef”. “So many things have come my way,” reveals the bubbly 42-year-old. “I’ve done private dining and cookery classes, some catering and I’ve also worked with big brands, including a campaign with Samsung to get kids cooking and stop food waste, causes that I really care about.” Before going on the show, turning her hobby into a profession was not on the horizon, with her plate – so to speak – already more than full running two travel websites. She explains: “I didn’t set out to do MasterChef and have a career in food. I set out to prove something to myself. I didn’t expect things to happen the way they did, but I’m hugely grateful and feel really lucky.” Her latest project, Fress – a Yiddish term meaning “to eat copiously and without restraint” – is a colourful,
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Above: Emma Spitzer prepares a red cabbage salad. Left: Sticky pomegranate salmon and sweet honey chicken
Even her daughters have had a go at trying her recipes. “My nineyear-old helped me make a large vat of hummus for the book launch,” she explains with a smile. Spitzer is a huge fan of letting her children tie on an apron and help her in the kitchen. “The more responsibility I give them, the more they thrive,” she says. “So I give them that. I let my five-yearold crack eggs into her own bowl. I’ve learnt to let go and not be such a control freak in the kitchen, because I want my kids to have an interest and they eat so much better for it. “In return, for them it’s a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.” Aside from her culinary wisdom, Spitzer has also tried to impart her youngsters with the best thing she learnt during her stint on MasterChef. “What the show taught me is not how to be a better cook, it was how to be a more confident cook,” she recalls. “It taught me to trust myself. By the end, my confidence levels had rocketed and that was something that had always held me back. We can all make
recipes our own if we trust our own instincts. Anybody can.” Spitzer is now as keen to enthuse others with her passion for cooking, as she is for spreading the word about Jewish cuisine. “There’s been a huge explosion of fantastic food places in recent years, such as Ottolenghi, Honey & Co, The Good Egg, The Palomar, Bala Baya, and now Monty’s,” she says. “This is a moment for Jewish food and deservedly so. Jewish cuisine has always been tasty, but now it’s really getting out there.” Fress: Bold flavours from a Jewish kitchen by Emma Spitzer is published by Mitchell Beazley, priced £25 and available now.
Jewish News 4 May 2017
Features / Survivor at 104 years young!
Salzburg’s very Fein man Brigit Grant speaks to Marko Feingold, the gatekeeper at the Austrian city’s shul and survivor of four concentration camps, ahead of his 104th birthday this month
he synagogue at 8 Lasser Strasse in Salzburg is easy to find. There is no high wall or brace of security guards signposting its location, just a low railing and pretty front garden between the car-lined street and a locked gate. A few Stars of David in the windows are the only clue that this is a place of worship, but the existence of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (as it is officially known) is a curiosity, as there are fewer than 100 Jews in Salzburg within a population of 150,000. In fact no one, not even the tour guides, is exactly sure how many Jewish people live in the city as they choose to be anonymous, except for one – Marko Feingold. Feingold is the synagogue’s literal gate keeper and as he is the holder of the keys opening times are down to him, along with encouraging attendance and throwing down the welcome mat when tourists of the faith come looking for a religious hit. Otherwise known as Max, the celebrated veteran will turn 104 on 28 May and is one of Salzburg’s most decorated citizens, with more medals and gold crosses than he can count for services to the liberation of Austria.
The latest is for his “active resistance to the Nazi regime”, but as he would be the first to admit, “resistance” for a prisoner in Auschwitz amounted simply to refusing to die. Not that he mentions this to the numerous dignitaries who repeatedly line up to shake his hand and decorate his lapel. But in quiet moments, the memories of his time at four concentration camps are ever present; along with the faces of his immediate family, all of whom lost their lives. It is ironic that this remarkable man who has survived such personal tragedy and lived for more than a century is now a key figure in a city so tainted by the fascist past. So why did he come back? “I was born and living in Vienna before the war,” says Feingold, who relies on his wife, Hanna, to translate. “I wanted to return to the city after the liberation, but the Americans put me on a bus with 127 former inmates from Buchenwald concentration camp and because of the zonal borders I had to get off in Salzburg, and that is where I stayed.” That he chose to stay was fortuitous for the thousands of displaced people he later helped to get to Israel. “I was working in a kitchen cooking three times a day for 500 political prisoners, receiving 2,000 Schillings a month,” he explains. “One day, American officials came to me, claiming that the Jews were refusing to eat meat and wanted vegetables instead. “What started as a simple food exchange led to me meeting Asher ‘Arthur’ Ben Natan, who later became the first Israeli ambassador in Germany, and Dr Abba Geffenlater, both of whom were in charge of the ‘Bricha’, the underground organised effort to help Jews to escape from Austria and Salzburg to the Palestine Mandate. “We got German army vehicles from the Austrian authorities and drove 5,000 Jews over the Italian border in three months. It helped that I could also speak Italian.” Feingold learnt Italian when he moved there with his brother and best friend Ernst Marko Feingold as a younger man, left, and, below, as he is now with his wife Hanna
during Austria’s economic downturn in 1932 If they had not returned home in 1938 to extend their visas their lives might have been different, but they did and were arrested. On release, the entire Feingold family left for Prague and then on to Poland, but an attempt to return to Prague led to Feingold and his brother being arrested again, sent to a Polish prison and eventually to Auschwitz. “When I got there, they beat me and burned my hair with a candle,” he says now. “Auschwitz at that time was still under construction, but due to the work and the hard physical conditions, I went down to just under five stone. “After two months, I was unsuitable for work, but I was sent with Ernst to the labour camp at Neuengamme, in northern Germany. “We got there during the winter, which was very cold, and forced to dig a channel with our bare hands between the brick factory nearby and the city of Hamburg. “At this stage, I was so-called ‘gas-able’ and was about to be sent there. But the crematorium in the camp wasn’t ready yet. “I was sent with 250 other prisoners to Dachau in the south. Only 75 of us survived the trip, which lasted two days and this was the last time I saw Ernst.” Feingold’s mother died in Vienna in 1936 and is buried there, but there is no grave for his father, who was killed in 1939 during the German bombing of Warsaw, or for his sister Rosa and brother Fritz, both of whom simply disappeared in the upheavals. The fate of his fellow traveller, Ernst, who had dreams of being a film star, was discovered much later as there were no documents: “I learned he died in a euthanasia institution in Bernburg in 1942.” Ernst’s son and Marko’s nephew, Walter, lives in Northwood and while claiming to be less agile than his age-defying uncle admits that his own experiences as a child under Nazi
I WAS SO-CALLED ‘GAS-ABLE’ FOR AUSCHWITZ, BUT THE CREMATORIUM IN THE CAMP WASN’T READY occupation turned him away from religious observance. This is not the case for Feingold, who considers every minyan achieved a miracle at the shul to which he has dedicated his life. But he worries about its future. “I give many talks at lots of institutions, but I do not know where young Jews will be coming from to keep this special place open,” he says with obvious sadness. “Sometimes young Jews from Israel who live in Salzburg for a few months or years come, and I think Jews from the Ukraine might arrive. We shall see.” Although he is not the rabbi – and indeed, the synagogue does not have one – serving the Jewish community for 40 years has given Feingold a special, spiritual status. When he isn’t on holiday, he opens the gate on Shabbat and all high holy days. He is also responsible for the placing of stolpersteine, the small brass memorials set into Salzburg’s pavements that commemorate Holocaust survivors by name. Zionist founder Theodor Herzl was a resident of Salzburg for a time and there is a plaque to mark this. It reads: “I spent some of the happiest hours of my life in Salzburg and would gladly have stayed, but as a Jew I would never have been able to gain a judicial position.” At the age of 104, Marko Feingold may have almost proved him wrong.
4 May 2017 Jewish News
Nosh / Lifestyle
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Ingredients 300g butternut squash – peeled and cut into long strips 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon Salt and pepper 1/2 Cauliflower – about 250g in weight 2 tablespoons fresh thyme 1 to 2 courgettes – spiralized or shredded
oil and season with cinnamon, salt and pepper, and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
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4 Place it in a saucepan with 100ml water and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft, or place in the steam oven and cook for 10 minutes on 100 percent steam. Drain if cooking on the hob.
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Business / West End Travel
Travel broadens the business Richard Cawthorne speaks to David Segel, founder of West End Travel, which is still going strong after almost half-a-century
avid Segel has a deceptively simple formula for success. He has steered his company, West End Travel, to a commanding position in the industry, signalled most recently by being awarded – for the second year running – El Al’s agent of the year accolade. The business has just celebrated its 45th anniversary, a notable achievement, especially for an independent firm in a notoriously fickle field. Segel himself is a sought-after commentator for print and radio about the mechanics of moving people around the country and around the world. And he has done it all, he
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Sedra: Achrei Mot/Kedoshim / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about… Kim Jong-un
BY RABBI YONI BIRNBAUM One of the most well-known lines in the entire Torah, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”, appears in the second of this week’s sedrot. Over the centuries, rabbinic scholars have been fascinated in particular by the use of the term ‘neighbour’ in this verse. One interpretation, offered by Safed-based 16th century scholar and Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Vital, is the word ‘neighbour’ goes beyond familial or national ties and pplies to all members of humanity, both Jew and non-Jew alike. Two years ago, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing 9,000 people and injuring more than 23,000. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, international offers of aid came flooding in to Nepal from across the globe. Among these rescue efforts, one stood out. According to a CNN report, Israel’s total official aid delegation, discounting several private aid groups, numbered some 260 people, more than all the other aid efforts combined (excluding India). The next-largest delegation, from the UK, numbered 68 people, followed by China’s 62 and the US’ 54. That Israel sent five times as many rescue workers as China and the US was remarkable. The way to express love is by giving to others, and in particular through sacrificing one’s time and energy to constructively assist them. The lesson of “love your neighbour” is that the Jewish responsibility to help others goes far beyond our own community; it extends to the rest of humanity as a whole.
Yoni Birnbaum is rabbi of Hadley Wood Jewish Community
Kim Jong-un is a serious worry to his neighbours, close and distant. Should the North Korean leader (pictured) be humbled or even deposed? What does the Torah say about this? Nimrod was a Babylonian emperor whose arrogance and insistence on being worshipped as a deity got him into trouble. He was taught a lesson when, on throwing Abraham into a fiery furnace, Abraham survived unscathed. Pharaoh also gained historic infamy by defying God and his people suffering 10 plagues. The prophets remember the Egyptian pharaoh as a person who was so
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haughty that he believed he had created himself, as well as the River Nile. Elsewhere, King Rehoboam was too sure of himself to consult with his advisors. His father’s most loyal men left his court, leading to the split of the Israelite kingdom. In another example, Ahasuerus’ prime minister, Haman, combined his meteoric rise to greatness in the Seleucid empire in Persia, with an evil
plot to annihilate its Jewish population. Ultimately, he ended up hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordechai, the leader of the Jews. There is also the example of Nebuchadnezzar, who threw Daniel into the lion’s den and his friends into a superheated furnace for daring to defy the king and refusing to worship idols. Eventually Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind and then his empire a short while later to the Persians. Thus, the impetuous pride and self-obsessed confidence of powerful leaders has led to their humiliation, destruction or both. In the Bible, God directly asked dictators to step down from their rhetoric and admit compassion, common sense and humility into their hearts. As atheistic North Korea forbids any kind of religion with severe penalties, not even the Bible is available to deliver a society isolated in fear and repression. Let us pray for the peace, safety and freedom of North Korea and all oppressed citizens.
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BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH According to The Equality Act 2010, a person must not be discriminated against because of a disability. Reasonable adjustments must be made to enable you to participate on an equal basis with those who are not challenged by that disability. Thus, our synagogue has level, ramp or lift access to all areas including the bimah, a loop system for those with hearing challenges and a webcam, which streams our services to give “at home” access. So it always strikes a discordant note when we read from Torah in Leviticus 21 that a disabled person could not serve as a Cohen in the Mishkan, the desert Temple. Furthermore, anyone who had a blemish, was blind, lame, facially disfigured, hunch-backed or a dwarf, or with a disabling skin condition was automatically barred. The ban did not stop the person being a Cohen. They were still entitled to all the other privileges of being part of the priestly class, including
being assigned their share of the meat and produce from the sacrifices which were offered, but the disabled person could not make the offerings themselves on the altar. At this year’s Limmud Conference, where I taught a session on disability in Judaism, one participant told me her brother, decades ago, was forced to make his right hand dominant rather than his left, so he would not be excluded from performing the priestly blessing in synagogue. Now that the synagogue has replaced the Temple, there is no reason why disability should limit access to any aspect of Judaism. Our Mishnah tells us that a blind person can lead a seder, even though they cannot see the seder plate with its symbols that must be pointed out. We should continue to put investment and effort into ensuring Jewish practice and learning is truly accessible to all in the community.
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BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN House prices are often referred to as a British obsession. Hardly a day goes by without a press story about them and last week, headlines were saturated with stories about asking prices having hit an all-time high. Some may celebrate this, others will feel worried and even angry – but we should all remember there is a big difference between the cost of housing and the freedom of a home. The renowned liberal rabbis John Rayner and Chaim Stern wrote of the home: “Most of us live in a home, whether as members of a family or a community, whether with others or alone, and therefore have a responsibility for the home in which we live: not only its physical safety… but also
its spiritual atmosphere. “We should all like our home… to have the precious intangible quality of sh’lombayit, domestic peace.” But what is a “home”? Adequate housing was recognised in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The UN defines ‘adequate
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housing’ in many technical terms and in one place mentions freedom, so fundamental a Jewish concept. It defines freedom as protection against forced evictions and the arbitrary destruction of one’s home, the right to be free from arbitrary interference with one’s home, privacy and family and the right to choose one’s residence, to determine where to live and to have freedom of movement. As a Liberal rabbi, I’m concerned with whether people are granted the freedom to create a “home”. Abraham and Lot, and Jacob and Esau needed to separate so they didn’t get in each other’s way, and to create a home for their families. We might rather ask ourselves how we can afford every UK resident a proper “home”, one allowing the basic freedoms of humanity: to subsist, work, learn and grow. This would be the true definition of a shalom bayit. Aaron Goldstein is Senior Rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Shul
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Redbridge on brink of title Redbridge A are one win away from clinching the Premier Division title after defeating last season’s champions Raiders A to edge within two points of Oakwood. Goals from Steve Summers, Ben Sollosi, Sam Sollosi and Adam Hakimi saw them to a 4-2 win. They now need to beat Hendon A in their final game of the season on Sunday to become champions. Manager Jon Jacobs said: “We have one more game to turn good into spectacular. We’re determined to take that chance at Hadley on Sunday, when we take on our perennial rivals as we look to bring the title back to Redbridge. “Raiders were a credit to the league, they did everything possible to win the game even though they have the Peter Morrison final on Sunday, and we wish them all the luck in the world to win against Manchester next week.” Raiders manager Daniel Shafron said: “Today was a good warm up for our Morrison final, we will use this as motivation and continue our preparations before making our trip to Manchester. “Redbridge have had an excellent season and deserve all their plaudits. I said it during the week, they’ve been the best team this season. They’ve got a great group, from management to players, and we wish them all the very best going in to their title decider next Sunday.” Finchley City ended their Division One campaign in fourth spot following a 4-3 win over Oakwood B. Eli Davila, Sam Kanter, Yoel Deal and Rafi Kon – with the last kick of the game – sealing a dramatic win. RC UK FC made sure of finishing in third spot in Division Two, after they recorded a 7-0 win at Hertswood Vale. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Jonti Aremband scored two each, with Avi Levy, Zalmy Cohen and Akiva Solomon also all on target.
SUNDAY’S FIXTURES: MMFL/MGBSFL Invitational Trophy Quarter-Finals: Brady Maccabi Masters vs NL Raiders C EDRS Stonegrove Masters vs Faithfold B Scrabble Masters vs L’Equipe Peter Morrison Trophy: South Manchester Sports vs North London Raiders A Premier Division: Hendon United A vs Redbridge A Division Two: RC UK FC vs Redbridge C
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Brighton & Hove Albions striker Tomer Hemed says he can’t wait to fulfill a dream by playing in the Premier League next year, as he reflected back on what he called “an amazing” promotionwinning season on the South Coast. Speaking to Jewish News after a 1-0 home defeat by Bristol City, which put their title celebrations on ice – they need to either match or better Newcastle’s result this weekend to go up as champions, he said: “It’s been an amazing season. Of course we wanted to finish the season here with the three points to win the title, but we have one more game to do it. In the end we achieved our main target which was to be promoted. It was an amazing feeling after last season to come back and to do it, so I think all of us are really happy and looking forward to next year.” Speaking on a personal level and what it will mean to be playing in the top flight of English football, he said: “I’m very excited. I came from the Spanish League, where I played against their best teams and best players. I then came here to Brighton, to the Championship, with one target – to go the Premier League with them and I’m very happy that after two seasons we did it. ‘Now we just have to think about staying in the division, for the first season it will be difficult, but we just
have to think about staying in the league and to show that we can compete there. Of course, we know against which teams we’ll be competing with, we’re not going to be fighting for the title, we know which sides are on our level – and have to show we are better than them.” Another enjoyment factor for the 30-year-old has been playing alongside his compatriot Beram Kayal. “It’s a very good feeling to be playing with a friend when you’re away from your country”, he says. “We’ve been good friends since we were young, it’s a nice feeling, it’s
special, and apart from the football, we can share a bit of our life together as well.” While the pair are playing in a foreign country, games at the Amex stadium are almost like a home from home for them, such is the support they receive. Saying how welcome he’s felt at the South Coast since joining the club in 2015, he said: “First of all I’ve got a big support in the last two seasons from all of our fans, they’ve been very good to me since my first day and I want to thanks them all for their support. “The Jewish community have also supported me here, every time I go to the Synagogue or when I see friends of the community, they’re always asking me about the team, they support us and are happy for us and it’s nice to see the Israeli flags in the stadium. “Of course I’m always happy to represent my country and community here and I’m happy for them that we did it and gave them a good feeling at the end of the season.” With one game of the season left, and then a summer to look forward to life in the Premier League, where is he most looking forward to playing? “I used to support Manchester United as a kid, so it will be special to play at Old Trafford”, he says, it’s the one I’m looking forward too most
Brady Maccabi A manager Daniel Collins praised his “heroic side” after he saw them beat favourites Chigwell 2-1 in the final of the Henry Swerner Masters League cup final. Going into the game as underdogs – Brady had lost their last five games against them – Collins said: “I was extremely nervous going into this final, but I didn’t need to be. My team delivered in every way, they gave Chigwell no time on the ball, were 100 percent focused and committed, and wanted to win more than Chigwell on this occasion.” Mark Wagman headed them ahead, though their lead only lasted five minutes when Russell Yershon equalised.
But Brady were to enjoy the last laugh, for the first time in six meetings between the sides, when Ashley Davidson headed in a corner from close-range. Collins added: “All the team performed heroically and it was a truly memorable win for Brady, especially when you consider most of the squad are old enough to compete in Division Two of Masters Football.” Meanwhile, the Masters League management committee has ruled the Nathan Horwitz cup final will be replayed on 17 May. London Lions beat St John’s Wood Tigers 6-0 in the initial match, but Lions were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
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Golden gloves from Golders Green! Revealed: Boxing star Anthony Joshua’s affinity with the mean streets of Jewish north-west London By Andrew Sherwood email@example.com @JewishNewsUK
Anthony Joshua’s close ties to the Jewish community were celebrated this week after the world heavyweight champion’s electrifying victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. London Lions assistant manager Darren Yarlett boxes at the same place, Finchley Amateur Boxing Club, as the new star of world boxing and shares the same coach, Sean Murphy – who trained Joshua when he first took up the sport. Delighted with Joshua’s win, whom he’s met on several occasions, he said: “I box at the club a few times a week and Josh comes in and sees everyone. I know him to say hello to, when I see him in the gym or on the street, he’s a very friendly guy who’s extremely humble and is everything that you see on TV. “After 10 fights he was asked by the press: ‘Now you have made some money, what will you buy for yourself?’ He replied: ‘I’m going to buy my amateur club some new punch bags’. That’s the sort of person he is, to see him win at Wembley was amazing for British boxing and everyone involved with his camp.” Joshua is still a regular visitor at Finchley Amateur Boxing Club – where he trained as an 18-year-old – and lives with his mum in the Golders Green council flat he
Top: Darren Yarlett meets Anthony Joshua at the gym; above: Tony Milch trained under the same coach as Joshua; main: celebrating his win on Saturday
bought for her . He also owns a £500,000 penthouse in Finchley. Middleweight boxer Tony Milch spent his early years at the Finchley gym, where he also trained under the same coaches as the new WBA ‘super’ belt holder. “I’m proud to say I come from the same gym as him”, he said. “He showed the type of man he was when he praised the club, it showed how he remembers all the coaches who give their time to the youth in the sport and the direction they give. I thought he was phenomenal. I was impressed with his performance. He is a class act in and out of the ring.”
Lions secure historic league and cup treble
London Lions celebrate winning their league and cup treble
London Lions manager Andy Landesberg hailed his side’s “very special achievement” after he saw them secure an historic league and cup treble on Monday afternoon. Beating Letchworth Garden City Eagles 7-1 in the final of the Aubrey Cup, to go alongside their Herts Senior County Premier Division title and County Trophy wins, Landesberg said: “What we’ve achieved today is history. We’re a club from our community, competing at a high level outside of our community, with 75
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