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London’s biggest Israel event is scrapped over terror fears The largest pro-Israel event in the UK this year has been postponed due to security fears in the wake of last weekend’s London Bridge terror attack. More than 1,000 people had booked tickets for ‘A Night to Honour Israel’, which was due to have brought together Christian and Jewish supporters of the country in central London later this month. But organisers, Christians United for Israel UK, said it had taken the “difficult decision” after receiving “independent advice”. In an email to supporters, executive director Des Starritt said: “Extremists have called for the specific targeting of Christians and Jews during Ramadan, during which our event was set to take place. Although no specific threat has been received, we have been advised our event could be a target. “It is with wisdom not fear that we take this responsibility for the protection of those that would attend, bearing in mind this would be the largest pro-Israel event of the year with both Christians and Jews meeting at a location just a short distance from two recent London attacks.” He added that security levels had already been stepped up even before the latest attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market. Starritt added: “We are determined that the impact of Islamic extremism will not win.
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More than 1,000 people purchased tickets to this month’s ‘A Night To Honour Israel’ event
We are resolved to confront it through our work and over the next few weeks you will see more activity from CUFI in addressing some of these challenges. “The roots of the threat currently facing this nation is the same that Israel has faced for years. Our standing with Israel against radical Islam is crucial at this time, as is standing with our country as it comes to terms with its impact.” The organisers have not given details of who advised them to cancel the event, which was planned for 22 June, but the Community Security Trust said it was not responsible for the decision.
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News / Anti-Semitic attacks / UN ‘bias’ / News briefs
Police have launched a manhunt after two arson attacks at kosher restaurants in Manchester in four days. No one was injured in the incidents, which both took place in the early hours of the morning, but officers believe them to be linked and confirmed on Tuesday they are treating them as anti-Semitic hate crimes. A call for information was issued after the second incident at 3.30am on Tuesday, when attackers forced open a window at JS Restaurant in Prestwich before pouring accelerant inside and lighting it. The fire service put out the blaze before any serious damage could be done. It came after Ta’am Restau-
rant on Bury New Road was targeted shortly before midnight on 2 June when two offenders threw a milk carton filled with petrol and a lit rag at the premises. The makeshift petrol container failed to ignite before a large stone was thrown at the front window, smashing it. Detective Chief Inspector Charlotte Cadden of Greater Manchester Police’s Bury Borough said: “Thankfully no one was injured in either attack, but we are treating these as antiSemitic hate crimes. “I want to offer you my assurances that we have increased patrols in the area and have a team investigating these linked crimes. “We are working alongside the Community Security Trust
Above: A policeman stands guard outside JS Restaurant in Prestwich. Right: interior fire damage
(CST) and if anyone in the area has concerns, I would urge you to come and talk to us. “If you have any information about the attacks, no matter how small, I would urge you to get in touch, as you may have information that could help us.” Amanda Bomsztyk, CST northern regional director stated: “CST thanks the police
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ONLY 3 IN 10 JEWISH ISRAELIS SAY WEST BANK IS ‘OCCUPIED’ Only three in 10 Jewish Israelis think Israel’s control of the West Bank amounts to “an occupation,” a new poll has shown. The figures, published by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, stand in contrast to 90 percent of Arab Israelis who consider it occupation. The survey also showed that more than half of Jewish Israelis polled felt Israel should have immediately annexed the territories conquered in the Six-Day War and that Jewish settlements are “wise”.
PA: WESTERN WALL SHOULD REMAIN IN JEWISH HANDS A top Palestinian Authority official said the Western Wall should remain under Jewish sovereignty but that the Temple Mount belongs to the Palestinians. “We understand that the wall [US President Donald Trump] visited is sacred to the Jews and ultimately has to remain under Jewish sovereignty. There is no argument. However, Temple Mount is ours... and you should stop talking as if it’s yours,” said Jibril Rajoub. Rajoub is a member of the Fatah Central Committee and head of the Palestinian Football Association.
and fire service for their response to these incidents. We ask our community to be calm, vigilant and to report suspicious, criminal or anti-Semitic behaviour to GMP and CST.” The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said: “We have spoken with senior officers at GMP who are treating this with
the utmost seriousness and the community can be assured that a full and thorough investigation will take place. This includes considering it a hate crime based on the perspective of those affected. “However, we would stress the importance of people not jumping to conclusions about who was responsible or their
motivation.” The CST has issued guidance to businesses to help secure premises against terrorism and can be contacted on 0161 792 6666. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 206 06/06/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Anger at Arkush challenge Board of Deputies’ president Jonathan Arkush has been sharply criticised for “fanning the flames of inter-community hatred” after he challenged Britain’s Muslim community to “stand up and be counted” after the London terror attack. Almost 100 British Jews from various religious and community organisations wrote an angry open letter to Arkush after he penned an opinion piece in the aftermath of the terror attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market. “Just as we as Jews have no responsibility for the actions of Jewish terrorist groups, Muslims are not personally responsible for the actions of groups such as ISIS,” read the letter, which had been signed by 96 people by Wednesday evening. “It is deeply troubling to see a leader of the British Jewish community calling for the universal scrutiny of a religious group based on the actions of a
tiny minority.” Signatories included a member of the Board’s own executive committee, as well shul and youth groups representatives, plus senior members of the Union of Jewish Students and the Jewish Labour Movement. Arkush drew their ire in an article published on Tuesday, in which he urged the Muslim community to “stage a huge rally in a prominent location such as Trafalgar Square” Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl said: “Jonathan has dedicated his presidency to engaging with Muslim communities around the country. He was echoing many Muslim leaders in calling for their communities to reclaim their faith from the extremists.” All too familiar sense of horror, p4
US THREATENS UN OVER ‘BIAS’ The United States is considering its support for the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing “chronic anti-Israel bias”. Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, made the threat after the UN human rights chief opened a session in Geneva by condemning the 50-year Israeli occupation. Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on Israel to withdraw from land captured in the Six Day War in 1967, criticising “a half-century of deep suffering under an occupation imposed by military force”. However, Haley highlighted the Council’s continuing focus on Israel when other human rights abusers – namely Iran and Venezuela – remain off the institution’s radar.
“The US is looking carefully at this council and our participation in it. It is hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela and yet it adopted five biased resolutions, in March, against a single country, Israel. It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility.” Israel’s supporters have complained of hypocrisy, pointing to the human rights records of some of the 47-member Council’s members, including China, Russia, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. Zeid, a Jordanian prince, told the Geneva delegates Israel’s withdrawal from captured territories “would benefit both sides” and that Israel also deserved freedom from violence. But he said Israel’s rule of the West Bank and East Jerusalem “denied Palestinians fundamental freedoms”.
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Rabbis’ wives give birth to girls on same day... in same hospital! There were double blessings in Liverpool this week after two rebbetzins gave birth to daughters on the same day, in the same hospital, writes Naomi Frankel. Liat Lieberman, 29, of Allerton Synagogue, gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning, followed by Tzivia Brown, 38, of Chabad on Campus, who welcomed her new arrival in the early evening at Liverpool Women’s hospital. “People say Liverpool is a dwindling community, but this proves there is continuity,” enthused Rabbi Shmuli Brown. “We are rebuilding it.” Israeli-born Tzivia, along with her Mancunian husband Shmuli, have looked after Jewish students in five universities across Liverpool for the past seven years. They are already the proud parents of seven children, ranging in age from two to 12. Meanwhile, South African-born Liat, and her husband Dan, from Manchester, arrived in Liverpool five years ago. The couple have two boys, five and seven, and a girl aged two. Speaking about his Mancunian colleague, Lieberman said: “We grew
Double blessings: baby Brown, left, and baby Lieberman
up in the same place, so we knew of each other, but we didn’t go to the same schools and are of a different age group. As we are both among the few religious people in Liverpool, we became friendlier. Shmuli davens at Allerton Synagogue every Shabbat.” Both wives were more than a week overdue, but the simultaneous timing came as a surprise for the couples. Brown said: “We were chatting the Shabbat before Shavuot. Tzivia joked we would end up in hospital on Shavuot, bringing our cheesecakes!”
Both mothers and babies are now back at home and the two families are hoping to throw a celebratory Kiddush together. Asked if they hoped their daughters would follow in their mothers’ footsteps as rebbetzins, Brown said: “It’s definitely our dream that every one of our kids goes out on shlichus (emissary work).” Rabbi Lieberman said: “Whatever they want to be, they should be and whatever they’re good at, they should do.”
THEY LOST THEIR MINDS, BUT DNA GET TOP SHOWBIZ DEAL An on-stage blunder may have cost DNA victory at this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, but the mind-reading duo believe more success is on the horizon after signing on with a leading management agency, writes Fran Wolfisz. Andrew Murray, 43, of London, and Darren Sarsby, 29, of Essex (pictured) were left dejected after wrongly predicting a page number in a book selected by David Walliams during their routine in Saturday night’s final. Despite the mistake – they guessed it was page 31, but the correct answer was 81 – Simon Cowell threw his support behind the magicians and said: “It’s ok, because it makes you human,” but viewers disagreed and the Jewish act secured just three percent of votes. Pianist Tokio Myers, who was mentored by the late Jewish singer Amy Winehouse, went on to take first prize. Speaking exclusively to Jewish News, Sarsby explained their “final performance was not a true reflection of us”. He said: “We tried to do something ambitious and it ended up being a little bit convoluted, a bit confusing. In terms of the mistake, we were just one digit off by saying it was an eight instead of a three. Mistakes do get made. Like Simon said, we are human and any performer in any genre can have off days.”
Sarsby and Murray honed their skills on the corporate event circuit, having met six years ago. For Sarsby, it was a career he had wanted to pursue since childhood. “I’ve been a magician for longer than I’ve been doing anything else. From the age of nine, I had a deck of cards in my hand, doing close-up magic and mind-reading,” he said. “When I met Andrew, I wanted to take those skills to another level. They say in magic you either do something better than anyone else or you do something different. We wanted to do something no one else is doing, and that’s the act you see us do today.” Sarsby said their time on the ITV show was “an amazing experience” and revealed that they have now signed with Jonathan Shalit’s talent agency, Roar Global, and are planning to go on tour.
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News / London Bridge terror attack
All too familiar sense of horror The Chief Rabbi has called on Londoners to “stand defiant” after three terrorists rammed and stabbed people at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night, leaving eight dead and dozens injured. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the scenes of loss and horror were “all too familiar” but that the response should mirror that of the Manchester Arena attack two weeks ago and of the Westminster Bridge attack in March. He said: “We will not be cowed or intimidated, nor will we allow our commitment to the values of peace and tolerance to be diminished. “In the face of every attack, however devastating, we must continue to cleave ever closer to these values because ultimately they are what will defeat the evil of terror.” As interfaith groups warned of “scapegoating and hatred” in response, Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said the reply must be “to continue living life with vigilance, determination and solidarity.”. She added: “As in Manchester, when confronted by hate, we choose love.” Rabbi Charley Baginsky, on behalf of Liberal Judaism, said: “Words like ‘we will stay strong’ and ‘we are united’ are essential. We recognise
Above and left: Tributes left to those killed at London Bridge
how exhausting it can be to wake up and go to sleep worried for loved ones, our children’s future and for ourselves. But we must stand by our words, and greet this hatred with love.” Their message stood in stark contrast to that of Prime Minister Theresa May, who said: “We must not pretend things can continue as they are…Enough is enough.” May said attackers were being “radicalised online”, but Liberal
Democrat leader Tim Farron said any attempt to “control” the internet would see a curtailment in the very freedoms terrorists abhor, likening such a move to the actions of North Korea. Ahead of a vigil on Monday night, Mirvis said: “In the wake of another attack, of more loss of life and of more families devastated by terror, every one of us will again feel the now too familiar sense of horror and helplessness.
Facebook bans ex-IDF soldier over video Facebook has removed a video of an ex-IDF soldier who connected Islam to terrorism in the wake of the London Bridge atrocity that left eight people dead. Avi Yemini, founder of IDF Training, the largest Krav Maga training centre in Australia, uploaded a live video arguing a clear connection between the two, saying those who can’t see it are “stupid”. The clip, posted after the deadly attack in which eight people were murdered, was liked almost 4,000 times before it was removed for violating community standards. In his video, Yemini states: “If you
Avi Yemini linked Islam and terror
can’t see a connection between Islam and terror, you’re blind or stupid.” The Sun newspaper reports that following its removal, Yemini retali-
ated with a Facebook video response, declaring “lefties” were responsible. He also said Facebook had closed a number of his accounts. “The funny thing is if I was an Islamist, there would be no problem with anything I say. I actually didn’t say anything too controversial.” In his parting message, Yemini reached out to his followers for help in his mission to send the “lefties” at Facebook a strong message concerning censorship. He said: “I want to get a few thousand followers tonight to show these lefties that when you try to silence us, we only get louder.”
Rabbi: We stand with British Muslims The head of Reform Judaism in the UK has told British Muslims that Jews stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them, at an anti-terror rally in which Muslim community members held signs reading “Not in my name”. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said imams must show leadership and humility as Moses did, and suggested both Jewish and Muslim religious leaders must stop their followers
from turning towards extremist views. “We must – and we will – stop our people from turning towards sickening ideologies, which we have in all forms of religion, including Judaism and Islam,” she told imams from around the world, who met yesterday to walk to London Bridge. “We must bring together people who disagree with each other, people who can challenge each other robustly, with words and not with violence.”
The hundreds-strong show of solidarity, which included prominent Leeds imam Qari Asim, followed a statement from 500 Muslim religious leaders saying they were working in communities “to challenge, robustly and precisely, the perverted interpretation of Islam put forward by ISIS and other extremist groups”. In contrast, Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush was openly criticised for “fanning the flames” of intercommunal hatred, after saying the Muslim community should “stand up and be counted” and “go beyond mere condemnation”.
“After Westminster and Manchester we stood together defiant. Yet it seems the terrorists believe that where they have previously failed to poison our communities, with their destructive ideology of hatred and prejudice, they can succeed with still more bloodshed and murder. But we must not let them.” Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron said: “People of all faiths and none must come together to defeat this evil.”
Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson and London Jewish Forum chairman Adrian Cohen offered thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, and paid tribute to the “fearless” work of the emergency services. Cohen added: “The aim of such attacks is to instil fear into the public, but Londoners will not be intimidated and will carry on in defiance.” European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said the attack was “timed for just before the general elections” and “was meant to cower and instil fear in a great democracy… However, we saw the resilience of the British people last night and we know it will continue as the government and police will do its utmost to find those behind these slayings”. In Israel, President Reuven Rivlin tweeted: “The wave of terror that has hit the UK is all too familiar to us. We stand together for our values and our freedom.” In a joint statement, the co-chairs of the Inter Faith Network of the UK said: “Attacks such as these can bring scapegoating and acts of hatred in their wake. Let us work to try and prevent that and respond together to assist whenever necessary.”
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The horrific terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in recent weeks have opened up a debate about whether this country is doing enough to tackle terrorism, and what else can be done to stop young men (and it is usually men) from going out to kill as many people as they can in the name of radical Islamist ideology. There is no doubt that the threat of terrorism is greater now than it has been for several years. The government and the police have repeatedly warned that the ongoing jihad in Syria meant that more British Muslims were being drawn to extremist ideology or travelling overseas to fight, kill and train in all the techniques of terror. And while the attack in Manchester involved a sophisticated bomb, we have seen how a vehicle or a knife can be just as deadly. It’s difficult for the police and security services to know who to monitor when all you need to do to carry out an attack is take a knife from the kitchen drawer and get in your car.
So it is understandable that politicians and commentators say that things must change, but at the Community Security Trust (CST), we have been preparing for this situation day in, day out, for years. We have spent millions of pounds installing security equipment at Jewish buildings to make it more difficult for intruders to gain entry. We have trained thousands of people in security awareness, and recruited hundreds of new CST volunteer security officers to protect Jewish community events. But with this increased and changing threat, we need to do even more. In particular, CST needs more volunteer security officers to give the community the protection it needs and deserves. Since the attacks in London and Manchester, we have increased our operations, but this brings new demands that we need to be able to meet. We don’t know where the next attack will come, but we have to be ready for the possibility that it will be against the Jewish community. Now is the time for everyone to step forward and take responsibility. Please join CST and help us do our vital work.
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Rabbis’ dispute / Court hearings / News
Hundreds back rival petitions in rabbis’ row over ‘gay revolution’ Hundreds of religious Jews have signed petitions both for and against Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck after he said the sexual revolution allowing acceptance of homosexuality had been a “fantastic” development for humanity. Dweck, who is head of the Sephardi community in the UK, has been called a “heretic” by American rabbis and criticised by Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, but hundreds of Sephardi Jews in the UK have defended him. The furore follows his talk on homosexuality on 8 May, after which he was attacked by Orthodox rabbis in London. Dweck this week admitted that his use of the word ‘fantastic’ may have been “exaggerated”, but stuck by his point. Arguing he had been criticised by those more concerned with “political manoeuvring”, he said: “I did not say homosexual acts were fantastic. I said the development in society had residual benefits, much in the same way that Islam and Christianity did, as the Rambam pointed out.” He added: “These residual effects in my opinion are that it has helped
Chasidic man ‘raped’ ex-wife in secret cellar A strictly-Orthodox man kidnapped and raped his ex-wife in a dungeonstyle cellar, a court has heard. The Stamford Hill man, 62, who cannot be named, is alleged to have carried out the attack in his warehouse on Succot in October 2014 after arranging to meet his ex-wife ostensibly so she could pick up their grandchild. Prosecutors say he worked with co-defendant Steven Hill to spray her face with mace, tie her up and bundle her into the secret room. “Despite her
Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck, left, and Rabbi Aaron Bassous
society be more open to the expression of love between men. I was not asserting law, nor for that matter, demanding a particular way of thought. I was simply presenting a personal observation. Admittedly, ‘fantastic’ was an exaggerated word.” Dweck’s most prominent London critic has been Rabbi Aaron Bassous, an Orthodox rabbi in Golders Green, who said his words were “twisted, misguided and mistaken”. More than 1,400 signed a petition backing Dweck, saying: “Character assassination, misrepresentations
and misconstrued contexts have constituted a majority of the responses, rather than honest, open, sensitive discussion.” They added that Dweck was “a teacher of Torah with deep integrity, knowledge of Jewish tradition and love for Klal Israel [Jewish people]”. However, a counter-petition originating in the United States had by yesterday gained 710 signatures and was being championed by Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who described Dweck’s comments as “heretic”. Editorial comment, p16
CAMP SURVIVOR FEELS A ‘PRISONER’ IN HER CARE HOME A Holocaust survivor who complained that being in a care facility made her feel “like a prisoner again in the German concentration camp” might be able to take a holiday in Israel, a judge in a specialist court has been told. The woman, who is in her 90s and has dementia, is at the centre of litigation in the Court of Protection – where judges consider issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to take
blurred vision she was able to recognise Mr Hill,” said prosecutor Charlotte Newell. They are alleged to have tied her wrists and ankles with cable ties before carrying her to the cellar. The main defendant is accused of raping her there twice, before leaving. She managed to call police, who found her “distressed, covered in bruises... naked but for a dressing gown and skirt, and still bound,” said Newell. The Chasidic man denies two counts of rape and one of false imprisonment. The court heard he has refused to grant his ex-wife a religious divorce, despite the pair being legally divorced. Hill denies one count of false imprisonment. decisions – in London. Council social services staff have asked District Judge Anselm Eldergill to make decisions about what is in the best interests of the pensioner, who grew up in Hungary and was held in a concentration camp during the Second World War. The woman, who cannot be identified, uses a wheelchair. She said she has friends in Israel and would like to visit, Judge Eldergill was told on Tuesday. Barrister Katarina Sydow said doctors would have to assess whether she was fit to travel. The judge is expected to reconsider the case at another hearing this year.
Jewish News 8 June 2017
News / Park assault / News in brief
Father’s despair at police no-show after hate attack A Jewish chaplain has praised his 16-year-old daughter’s response after she was punched and kicked in a racist attack in an Edgware park – and criticised police for “failing to respond”. Alex Goldberg, a barrister who is Jewish chaplain at the University of Surrey and chaplain to Surrey Police, said the attack took place in Stoneyfields Park on Shabbat almost two weeks ago. He said one of the attackers said: “Hitler should have killed all you Jews.” Writing on Facebook, Goldberg said his daughter Hannah – who was in the park with two friends – had a basketball thrown at her head before being kicked in the chest and punched in the face by two boys who then ran off. He said the girls, who are Orthodox and easily recognisable for wearing long skirts on Shabbat, were then helped by a mother of two children, who called the police. However, Goldberg said officers had still not arrived two hours later, when the girls went home. Taking to social media, Goldberg said he was posting the story online “in the hope the Metropolitan Police will sort themselves out here and that we as community leaders start to realise that it is important to
Brave: Teenager Hannah Goldberg
work on community cohesion”. Speaking to Jewish News this week, Goldberg said the police had subsequently apologised to him verbally, and that there was now an investigation, both into the incident itself, led by the Criminal Investigation Department, as well as an internal investigation into the lack of response. Recalling the incident, Goldberg – who has previously been chief executive of the London Jewish Forum, chair of the Faith Forum for London and a Jewish chaplain to the London 2012 Olympic
Games – said the group of five boys had been playing basketball but approached the girls. Hannah, an Immanuel College student currently sitting her GCSEs, asked what they were staring at. One of the group, who was described as being of Afro-Caribbean appearance, is then alleged to have said: “Hitler should have killed all you Jews when he had the chance… You should have all been gassed.” There followed an argument, but as the girls walked away, Goldberg said two boys laid into Hannah in an “extremely violent” assault, punching and kicking her, leaving her with a split lip and bruising to her body and head. This week he said he was “so proud” of her “stoic response”, adding: “The whole family remain committed to eradicating racism and religious intolerance and attacks on women... We shall be jointly writing to the Met Commissioner in light of the lack of police response. “The kind of language they used, you hear it on social media, but if it’s now on the streets that is very worrying.” A spokesman for the Community Security Trust said: “We are in contact with Alex over what was an appalling and very distressing incident.”
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Brent Cross Shopping Centre has opened a multi-faith prayer room with religious and community leaders from north London invited to cut the ribbon on Monday. Jewish, Christian and Muslim representatives joined Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Salinger, and others to celebrate the local multi-cultural community. It is located in Lower Mall by the Brent Cross Dry Cleaners.
A Jewish charity that helps people to find work and set up businesses has become the 32nd member of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). The admission of Work Avenue, based in Finchley, is one of the first acts of new JLC chairman Jonathan Goldstein, and recognises the 10-year growth of an organisation that began life as TrainE-TraidE. It is headed by Shraga Zaltzman, who was awarded an MBE for services to employment last year after his organisation helped 8,000 people.
JEWISH SCHOOL TO HOST IFTAR MEAL A Jewish primary school in Essex is to bring the area’s religions together to celebrate Middle Eastern food to break the Ramadan fast. Clore Tikva School in Barkingside were due to host Muslims and Jews and members of other faiths at yesterday’s iftar meal, with food made by Jordanian chef Batool Tawfiq. “The poignancy of the event cannot be greater,” a spokesman said. “If this heralds greater understanding then we can live together in harmony.”
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News / 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War
1967 and all that: British Jews who defended Israel Leon Symons speaks to three British Jews about their experiences after they left home 50 years ago to help with the battle against the Arab armies and the recovery effort after the conflict
“Formula One” dash across the desert, dodging bullets by sheltering under a truck in the dunes, standing on the banks of the Suez Canal and guarding hundreds of prisoners – this was 21-year-old Tony Burnett’s Six-Day War. Burnett (pictured, inset) came from Leeds. Now 71 and a bankruptcy liquidator who has lived in Toronto, Canada, for 37 years, he recalled driving from Leeds to London to volunteer. From there, he flew to Amsterdam and then on El Al to Israel. “As we flew in to Lod, two Mirage jets appeared off the wings to escort us. That was my first thrill. It was absolutely amazing,” says Burnett, who is also a former amateur racing driver. He believes he was among the first volunteers to enter the country. Once on the ground, he and others were moved away from Tel Aviv to a base in Beersheba. “They gave us the option of going on a kibbutz to fill the void of those who had gone to fight or we could join the army. I didn’t know about going to a kibbutz – my intention was to join the army to fight,” he said. On his first day, he was given a uniform. “It was awful; too big and too baggy, trousers up to our belly buttons and hats falling over our heads,” he said. His patrol leader, Yavi, took the group to his mother’s home in Beersheba, where she altered the kit to fit properly. “Now we felt like real soldiers,” Burnett says. Training started the next day. They were given a Swedish-made weapon used by the Arabs. “It was the worst gun you could imagine – which is why they showed it to us. Then they gave us an Uzi. You could see the difference immediately and how superior it was.” Burnett and his co-volunteers were told they would be driving trucks loaded with troops, ammunition, food and water. “I remember when it started. The heavy armour, tanks, half-tracks and other vehicles, was already on the border with Egypt,” he says. “We drove to the Gaza border and parked for 12 to 14 hours. Then came the words: ‘It’s started, we’re going.’ It was like a Formula One race, with the tanks and half-tracks going first, then troops, and we were about 15 minutes behind. “We drove in convoy into the Sinai and that’s when we skirmished with pockets of Egyptian troops. They shot at anything that moved, including us. There was nowhere to shelter except under or behind your vehicle.” Later, Burnett says “we found out the Egyptian soldiers ran because they weren’t soldiers; they were farmers who had been conscripted, not a trained army”.
The dash across the desert continued with the aim of reaching the Suez Canal. “Along the way, we passed an Egyptian rocket base and all the missiles were pointed towards Israel. We went past it about five weeks later and they were all pointing towards Egypt.” After another firefight at the Suez Canal, the convoy turned south and headed for the Mitla Pass. “There was carnage – mile upon mile of wreckage of Egyptian heavy equipment,” Burnett says. “This was the work of the Israeli air force.” Once the war was won, Burnett and his unit were sent to guard prisoners. “People call it the six-day war. But all during the time we were guarding the prisoners, we could hear gunfire around us and sometimes quite close. There were still pockets of resistance, Egyptian troops who were hiding and found by Israeli soldiers. “We were there because we were passionate about Israel. One Arab leader said they were going to push the Israelis into the Mediterranean. Those words got to me more than anything. I said ‘not in my life’.” By the time Frank Rosenhead arrived in Israel, the six days of the war were over, but there was still much to do, including a stint on the captured Golan Heights. “The whole area had been abandoned,” he recalls. “The entire Golan was one military camp. It seemed its entire existence was to help destroy Israel. “I didn’t see any scary stuff like weapons. But I collected about a dozen magazines which I wish I had kept. They contained images of the traditional white Arab stallion being ridden by an Arab in long, flowing garb and using his scimitar to cut up a hunchbacked, hook-nosed insect-like figure living along the coast. “You can guess who that was. These books looked like they were used to teach conscripts to read. Now I wish I had kept them.” Rosenhead admits he was not a Zionist but was caught up in the fervour that accompanied the Arab assault on Israel and the desired intention to eradicate the Jewish state. He arrived in July and was assigned to a military base in Atlit, south of Haifa, where he worked in a warehouse stacking shelves with returned or captured military equipment. “A lot of people were issued with gas masks because many people, including soldiers and reservists, were very nervous about the idea of a gas attack, which we know was threatened many years later,” he says. “I had to put hundreds of boxes of gas masks back on the shelves. “We were doing what we set out to do – anything that would help – and we did anything that was asked of us, whether it was scrubbing floors or cleaning toilets.
“Things generally were pretty much normal. The thing that resonated with me the most was the incessant playing of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem the Golden). ” Volunteers were given families to visit for Shabbat, so Rosenhead began to meet ordinary Israelis and share their reactions. “There was excitement and relief from the tension they felt when they were threatened,” he says. “And of course the excitement engendered of being able to go to the Wall.” Rosenhead stayed for 13 months and has maintained connections with Israel ever since. His son lives there with his wife and three grandchildren, so Rosenhead is a regular visitor. Judy Miller, magazine editor of the Jewish Deaf Association, was a 21-year-old fledgling journalist in 1967 when she turned her back on London to volunteer to go to Israel. “One day in the far future, someone digging in the Hendon area may come across a glass pickle jar containing two empty Russian cartridge cases,” she says. “ I picked them up from the scorched earth in Syria littered with bullets, in a place called Quneitra, on the Golan Heights. They were empty, but I kept them as a souvenir of my five months in Israel.” Miller had never been to Israel, yet joined a queue of hundreds of Jewish volunteers out-
Then and now: Judy Miller in Israel in the aftermath of the war, and as she is today
side the Jewish Agency at Rex House in Regent Street. “We were told the oranges had been picked by volunteers who arrived before the Brits and that wounded soldiers were being treated by the many teams of doctors and medical staff. And all the kibbutzim were completely full,” she recalls. Israeli soldiers said they wanted to send her and other volunteers from around the world to Sinai to work on an army camp in the desert called Jebalibne. “We were all shocked and the Londoners refused – except for my girlfriend Delphine and me,” Miller says. “However, a small group of gigantic young Australians arrived at our centre, so they were sent to Sinai and the lily-livered Londoners were packed off to a huge old army camp near Haifa.” This was Machane Tira, the main supply camp for northern Israel. “It was packed with captured tanks and other equipment,” Miller says. “Our job was to stand in a stiflingly hot warehouse, crawling with cockroaches and mosquitoes, for about seven hours a day to pack and store captured Syrian army uniforms that had arrived from the laundry. I thought I would die of boredom and heatstroke. We were then made to study Ivrit every afternoon for four hours – I don’t know how I kept awake.” After about three months, Miller joined volunteers bound for Quneitra. “The Syrian residents ran away when the Israeli army invaded on 10 June, the last day of the war, so all the houses and buildings were empty. I went into a few of the houses. There was still washing left in their washing machines, which I found very sad.” She and her fellow volunteers had to clear out a deserted Syrian army camp and load the captured equipment on to trucks to take back to Israel, but life, she says, was not ideal. “We were boarded in a former Arab schoolhouse; we slept in our sleeping bags on hard desks in the old classrooms. It was baking hot and mosquitoes swarmed around us.” Back in London after five months, she returned to her job with Drapers Record, the fashion industry “bible”, where she was promoted to the job of assistant fashion editor. She has since visited Israel many times on holiday and for work.
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World News / Qatar crisis / Nuclear report / Russian ‘meddling’
Four Arab states cut ties with Qatar over support for Hamas Four Arab nations this week cut diplomatic ties to Qatar over its relations with Iran and support of Islamist groups such as Hamas, isolating the energy-rich country by cutting off its land, sea and air routes to the outside world. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar as regional airlines quickly announced the suspension of services to the capital, Doha. Qatar, which is due to host the 2022 World Cup and is home to some 10,000 American troops at a major US military base, criticised the move as a “violation of
Hamas is bolstered by funds from Qatar
its sovereignty”. It has long denied supporting militant groups and described
the crisis as being fuelled by “absolute fabrications” stemming from the recent hack of its state-run news agency. However, the crisis immediately wreaked havoc with its long-haul carrier Qatar Airways, sent the Qatari stock market tumbling and raised questions about how a country reliant on food imports would be affected. The countries taking he action all ordered their citizens out of Qatar and said they would eject Qatar’s diplomats from their territories. Qatar’s foreign affairs ministry said there was “no legitimate justification” for the countries’ decision.
Nuclear claim denied PUTIN: NO MEDDLING Israeli government minister Michael Oren has rejected a report Israel was prepared to detonate a nuclear bomb in the Sinai Peninsula if necessary to win the Six Day War with its Arab neighbours. A new report claims there is evidence of a “doomsday” plan called Shimshon, or Samson,
the biblical hero of immense strength, who in a last burst of energy brought down a Philistine temple killing himself along with his enemies. However Oren, who wrote a history of the Six Day War, said that thousands of declassified documents do not support such a claim.
Vladimir Putin has ridiculed allegations of Russian meddling in the US elections, accusing the Democrats of trying to shift blame for their defeat and likening the accusations against Moscow to antiSemitism. “It reminds me of antiSemitism,” Putin said. “A
dumb man who can’t do anything would blame the Jews for everything.” He added that while watching the US campaign unfold, he would sometimes think Trump was going “over the top”. He added: “But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach.”
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General Election 2017: Decision day / World News
The final word: leaders’ last pitch for your vote Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has praised his “Jewish mentors” who gave him “Jewish values” while working in trade unions as a young man, and said he wants to work with the Jewish community to stamp out race hate once and for all. In a message to the community ahead of today’s election, arranged by the Board of Deputies, Corbyn recalled his younger years working in the National Union of Tailors and Garment Makers, and said he “learnt a lot” from veteran Jewish members. “In particular, I learnt the Jewish values that embody the kind of Britain we’re fighting for – an open, welcoming, mutually-supportive and socially just country,” he said. In a noticeably personal message, Corbyn – who has been derided by Jewish representatives – recalled how his mother fought alongside Jewish activists in the Battle of Cable Street. “She took part in that historic day in 1936, when Jewish organisations, local residents, political activists and trade unions mounted an incredible resistance to stop the fascists from marching through east London with their message of hate,” he said. “We should all be deeply troubled by the rise of anti-Semitic, Islamaphobic and other racially-motivated hate crimes during the past year. “We need to come together to take
Clockwise from far left: Theresa May (Conservative leader), Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), Tim Farron (Lib Dems) and Nicola Sturgeon (SNP)
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on this ugly trend, with firm political will and proper resources.” Corbyn said Labour “will work with the Jewish community... to draw up a clear strategy to tackle discrimination and abuse both offline and online,” citing more support to third-party reporting as an example of concrete action.
He also said he would “increase awareness and understanding of anti-Semitism, and expand Holocaust research remembrance commemoration and education in our schools”. Corbyn also made reference to his unscheduled stop to visit the Terezin concentration camp last December,
Police probe anti-Semitic ‘hate’ at Naz Shah hustings An anti-Semitic “hate incident” at an election hustings in Bradford West has been reported to police by event organisers after a man allegedly shouted “Jew, Jew, Jew!” at candidates. The shouts were audible on a live video of the hustings filmed by community group JUST Yorkshire, and came after Labour candidate Naseem (Naz) Shah (pictured) reiterated her support for “Israel’s right to exist” at last Wednesday’s event. She had been asked by a hustings attendee to clarify her position “on Zionism”. “I didn’t hear it at the time because the heckling was so bad,” Shah told the Press Association. “But I have seen the video now, I’ve heard it with my own ears and I’m glad it has been reported as a hate incident.” She added: “There was a lot of misogyny in that room. It wasn’t a nice experience.” A spokesperson for the Jewish Labour Move-
ment told Jewish News after the event: “[Naz Shah’s] courageous defence of Israel’s right to exist reflects the journey she undertaken. We are appalled at the abuse she faced, and stand in solidarity with her.” Michaela Vyse, Yorkshire and East Coast Regional Manager at the Jewish Leadership Council said: “We’re saddened to see that at the hustings in Bradford West, the term “Jew” was used as an abusive term towards a candidate.” Nadeem Murtuja, chair of JUST Yorkshire, which organised the hustings, said in a statement: “JUST Yorkshire condemns every form of hate, racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. “If I had heard the comment on the night of the hustings, we would have immediately brought an end to the proceedings.” Police confirmed they received a report of a “hate incident” and are investigating.
and in his video message, said he “reflected on how important it is not to stand by in the face of injustice and persecution, but to stand up for an inclusive caring and just society, which offers everyone a decent future”. He was among the four main political party leaders leaving their
video messages to the Jewish community this week, noting the Board’s Jewish Manifesto, with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joining Prime Minister Theresa May in giving their thoughts. May said the Conservatives would “root out all forms of extremism, including anti-Semitism,” and in a nod to Labour recent travails, said: “Condemnation alone is not enough.” She added: “Sadly the Conservative Party’s resolute commitment to the Jewish community and our firm stand against anti-Semitism is not shared by all of the other political parties.” Sturgeon said she wanted Scotland’s Jewish community to be “not only safe, but thriving,” while Farron said his birthplace in the far northwest of England, “one of the least diverse parts of the UK,” was nevertheless where half the Jewish children rescued from the Nazi death camps were resettled after the war. “I am really proud of the Windermere Boys, I’m really proud of the community that welcomed them in 1945 and the years following. That is a true reflection of the real Britain.”
FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO KEN ‘MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN’ Jeremy Corbyn has been forced in a live TV broadcast to defend Labour’s failure to expel his ally Ken Livingstone for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks. The former London mayor (pictured) avoided expulsion this April at a disciplinary hearing into his remarks linking Adolf Hitler and Zionism, but was suspended for another year. In a grilling by members of the public on BBC1’s Question Time election special, Corbyn suggested Livingstone could face further investigation after the election – something not ordered by the disciplinary panel. A female audience member asked Corbyn how he could be trusted by voters if he would not act on Livingstone. She said: “You speak about creating an equal society free from racism and anti-Semitism. How can I believe that when you as party leader have failed to expel one of your own members – Ken Livingstone – for his anti-Semitic remarks?”
Corbyn responded: “There is no place for anti-Semitism anywhere in our society and certainly not in our party. “Members have been suspended if they have committed any remarks seen to be of an anti-Semitic nature... I deplore racism in any form whatsoever. “The way the Jewish people have suffered down the centuries, the Holocaust and all that went with it, was the most appalling stain in the history of mankind... A society that cannot challenge racism is a society heading for division. I will not tolerate it in our party or anywhere else.” The woman replied: “If it’s something that’s so important to you, how (does it) suffice only to suspend him for a short period of time. How is it not enough to expel him permanently?” Corbyn said: “He has been suspended and further investigations may or may not happen after the election. He is suspended from membership... so that investigation can take place.”
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News / General Election 2017: Decision day
A pro-Jeremy Corbyn banner portraying Prime Minister Theresa May wearing a Star of David earring has been removed following accusations of anti-Semitism. The large banner had hung in Bristol in southwest England before it was removed on Tuesday. It depicted May, leader of the Conservative Party, surrounded by negative words and phrases, facing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, surrounded by positive ones. May could be seen wearing a blue Star of David earring, and one of the words surrounding her was Theresa May pictured with a Star of David earring and behind “Balfour,” referencing the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 declaration the word ‘Balfour’ at a pro-Labour event in Bristol this week
declaring the UK’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Jewish Bristol residents told local media that they found the poster anti-Semitic. Prior to removing the banner, one of the organisers behind the banner said that the Star of David symbolised the government’s relationship with Israel and was not meant to be anti-Semitic. “What we are doing with that symbol – it’s an earring – is a reference to Theresa May’s government’s relationship with Israel. It is a critique of her policy, rather than against religion,” organiser Nina Masterson told The Bristol Post.
SWASTIKA DAUBED ON GOLDSMITH PLACARD An election placard for Conservative politician Zac Goldsmith has been defaced with a swastika, ahead of polling day on Thursday. The Tory hopeful for Richmond Park posted a picture on Facebook, of the blue poster which simply reads ‘Conservatives’ outside a house, which had been vandalised with the Nazi symbol. Goldsmith said: “Lots of you have emailed me about defaced posters in the last few days. We will make sure to
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General Election 2017: Decision day / News
The Jewish Labour dilemma Today’s vote presents a tough choice for diehard Jewish Labour supporters who can’t endorse Jeremy Corbyn. Stephen Oryszczuk speaks to community members who’ve backed the party for decades but are having second thoughts – and those whose loyalty remains unshakeable
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a problematic figure for many Jewish Labour voters
oyal Jewish Labour voters up and down the country still remain torn on whether to back the party in today’s election, with Jeremy Corbyn is at its helm. Iris Markson, in her 80s, lives in Mill Hill and has voted Labour “ever since women were emancipated,” but said that, for the first time this year, she would likely not be doing so, citing concerns about Corbyn. “He doesn’t seem to be an anti-Semite,” she said, “but he, like many people, seems to be confusing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. I have family in Israel, so it is very important to me, although the Israeli government does appear to be doing the wrong things. But who knows what Corbyn would do on Israel if elected.” Iris respects that Corbyn is “a champion of the poor” but said: “He doesn’t recognise that these days politics is international, not just national. You need to consider what is good for the rest of the world, not just us.” The octogenarian also recognised that more needed to be done on social media, saying: “It’s a problem, allowing hate messages to come through. It affects us as Jews. I would like Jeremy Corbyn to stand up against that.” Iris, a widow married to a Glaswegian, said it was not until the 1950s before she cast her first vote, because “in those days you had to wait until 21 years of age”. She said: “I first became interested in national politics when Churchill was shocked by Clement Atlee’s win. I discovered the important role played in the development of Labour by the Fabian Society. They laid the foundations of England’s welfare state, a society based on fairness and justice for all.” Another disillusioned Labour voter is Dulwich resident Joe Millis, who has previously worked for UJIA. He said: “For the first time in 30 years I’m seriously considering not voting
Labour. That’s very tough for me.” He said he had a “very good” constituency MP, Helen Hayes, who is a Corbyn critic, but added: “I just feel I cannot vote for her because of the leadership of the Labour Party and its attitude towards Jews and not understanding what anti-Semitism is all about. Also, their economic policies are a throw-back to the 70s. “I don’t think anybody in the party leadership is an anti-Semite, I just think they don’t understand what it is. Because Jews are, for the most part, white and middle-class, we’re not seen as a minority, and we’re not really allowed to define for ourselves what we see as racism against us, whereas every other race is allowed to do so. I think they probably wonder what we’re moaning about.” Millis said comments by some Corbyn supporters “doesn’t help,” nor does Corbyn’s own past comments about Hamas being “friends”. On the Labour leadership, Millis adds: “Yes, they’re in favour of a two-state solution, which most British Jews are, and they criticise settlements, which most British Jews do, but this feeling that they don’t care about us, or have forgotten, that’s what puts me off Labour.” Millis says he had been a Labour member for almost 20 years but resigned this year in disgust over “the Livingstone debacle and the whitewash of the Chakrabarti report”. However, not all left-leaning Jews are put off by Corbyn. North-west London resident Daniel Vulkan, 46, a statistician who worked in communal organisations for eight years, says Labour will get his vote next Thursday. “There’s always been a deep connection between my political values and my Judaism, particularly the notion of social justice,” he said. “This means that, over the years, I’ve voted for different parties (Labour, Lib Dem and Green) but, at the moment, Labour feels closest to where I am.” On the party’s leader, Vulkan added:
“Jeremy Corbyn is not perfect, but no one is, and he has been starting to look more and more like a potential prime minister over the course of the campaign. I certainly don’t believe that he or the Labour Party are antiSemitic or are soft on anti-Semitism.” Likewise, Rabbi Avroham Pinter from Stamford Hill, who was previously a Labour councillor, said: “Votes for Labour are not necessarily votes for Corbyn. The vast majority of Labour candidiates do not support him.” He urged traditional Labour voters not to abandon the party just because they disagreed with the current leader’s stance on
Israel, saying: “It is inconceivable for people to punish an MP who has been standing against anti-Semitism just because of Corbyn.” He added: “We all know he is not going to be the next prime minister, so people really need to consider their candidates and where they stand on all the issues. It may be on austerity and how that will affect Orthodox families, who tend to have more than two children.” Moreover, moderate Labour MPs were needed now more than ever if the party is to change direction, he said. “It’s those MPs who will ensure a change in policy. We need effective opposition – not having one is dangerous.”
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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO. 1006
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS
Britain’s moment of truth The Jewish community, wrongly, is often portrayed as a single-issue collective, a voting bloc deciding only on what the candidate says and does on Israel. Conservative Mike Freer, standing once again today in Finchley and Golders Green, is often unfairly cited as an example. But we all know this is not the case. Yes, of course Israel is important, but it’s not where decisions begin and end. Take the strictly-Orthodox, for instance. Does anyone seriously think that those with low incomes and lots of kids can afford not to take their finances into consideration? Ditto the elderly, wary of Tory intentions on care and pensions. Israel, in short, is one of many factors. For two years, Labour has been a dirty word for many in the Jewish community, ever since it was taken over by left-wingers who abhor Israel and who are (at best) painfully slow on the uptake when it comes to anti-Semitism. But let’s not forget that Labour’s name took a battering before Corbyn, when Ed Miliband denounced Israeli action in Gaza and told his MPs to vote for a Palestinian state. When May called the election, who thought she would win by anything other than a landslide? She may still do, but every indication is that – to the wider public – this campaign has been good for Labour and bad for the Tories. To many, Corbyn is seen as the only batsman batting for the economic underdog. To those who hold Israel dear, he’s bad news, but to Britain’s disenfranchised he alone offers answers. And he’s surprised the pundits before. This newspaper still expects May to win. But will Corbyn lose by enough to see him banished to the back-benches from whence he came? That much is – as we go to the polls – largely unknown. Indeed, we could still be in for an upset.
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OUR LEADERS’ DUTY TO JERUSALEM I disagree with Nina Morris-Evans’ opinion [May 25 – ‘Chief Rabbi and Lord Sacks should not back Yom Yerushalayim march’), but defend absolutely her right to express it. Democracy in today’s interconnected world means being able to criticise the actions of any government, and Israel’s government, which daily contends with hostility and violence from its neighbours and gets an overwhelmingly disproportionate amount of criticism – including from the “same form of Zionists” like her. However, Nina un-
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It shames the Jewish community as a whole that there are London rabbis calling for the head of the Sephardi community to be sacked because he said the sexuality revolution of recent years had been a good thing. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, head of the Spanish & Portuguese Sephardi community, was stating the obvious when he noted the positives of people being free to love those they love, regardless of gender. He pointed out that those who thought otherwise carried only “their own” issues. The problem, he said, lies not with the Torah. Dweck is right. Personal freedom, including the freedom to love who we love, is “fantastic”. His supporters do him proud. His detractors – who have called him “a heretic” – are on the wrong side of the argument, and the wrong side of history.
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IF SHE THINKS THIS, LET HER RETURN TO THE UK I doubt Nina Morris-Evans is as wise as Rabbi Lord Sacks or Chief Rabbi Mirvis, so I value their opinions about the Jerusalem Day March over hers. If she is so ashamed to live among Israeli citizens, let her return to the UK. Her remark that the next generation of British Jews would be reluctant to defend Israel is from someone who has not
seen the re-establishment of a Jewish State. She seems to imply in her article that the fault lies with Israel. I suggest Ms Morris-Evans should look at the countries surrounding Israel and the turmoil within, and then ask herself the question: where is the partner for peace? Sidney Sands By email
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Editorial comment and letters
ROLE OF ARABIC IN ISRAEL
If you know all the facts, why produce the article? Nina Morris-Evans starts her article by mentioning the Balfour Declaration, which called for the recreation of the historic homeland of the Jewish People. I am quoting its own wording. I am sure she knows she is a Jew and her religion is Judaism because her ancestors came from Judea, which is how the Romans translated the name of the ancient Jewish State Yehudea into Latin. I am sure she knows the League of Nations ratified the Balfour
Declaration in 1922, designating all the so-called occupied territories to the proposed Jewish State, something which still stands in International law. She says in her article that “people place Israel at the core of their Jewish Identity”. Knowing all the above, what I don’t know is how she could bring herself to write such an article in the first place. Michael Shoolman By email
ELECTION DILEMMA SOLVED Mel Bagilt, it must indeed be difficult to know who to vote for [Letters, 2 June]. As a long-term Labour voter, you are obviously committed to both the party and your country. Complicated, since as a Jewish citizen of Britain, you want a candidate who stands for your party, but also represents the disappearing AngloJewish citizens. Have you considered that Israel
has a majority of Jewish political parties, and the main concern in most of them is Israel? The Labour movement is well represented in quite a few established parties. Why not solve your dilemma and move to Israel? You can then be a socialist and vote for a party where your fellow voters also represent the country’s interests. A W Kaye Stamford Hill
WONDER WOMAN AND THE BAN BY LEBANON
Your report on Lebanon banning Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, was one of the few to note several key facts, including Lebanon being still at war with Israel and there being a law boycotting Israeli goods. Various other reports on the ban do not cite Gadot’s support for the Israeli military. The allegation is the film was banned because she is an Israeli citizen. As an activist for Palestinian human rights, I want to make clear any actions that target an individual because of his or her citizenship, nationality, race or religion are wrong, racist and discriminatory. Gary Spedding By email
It is safe to say my colleague and friend Rabbi Neil Janes [Jewish News 25 May] is not happy with the Basic Law proposal (“Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People”, currently under discussion in the Israeli Parliament). He disagrees with its underlying “narrative” and whole vision of Jewish culture in Israel and in the Diaspora. I would be interested to learn more, but there are no refer-
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Is Britain ready to tackle Islamist terror head on? DAVID HOROVITZ EDITOR, TIMES OF ISRAEL
ith Britain battered by three terrorist attacks in three months, and its security services having thwarted five more in the same period, Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday morning set out the specifics of her intended strategy “to take on and defeat our enemies.” May’s succinct and determined statement, delivered hours after three terrorists killed at least seven people in a central London murder spree, raises two questions: Does her government have the will to fight back in the way she specified, and, with general elections on Thursday, will it be given the opportunity? Watching her from Israel, which has for so long been forced to grapple with the Islamist death cult, May gave every indication of having internalised what she, Britain, and the rest of our free world are up against. What “bound together” the stream of terror attacks in the UK, she declared, was “the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism”. Terrorism was now breeding terrorism,
THE IDEOLOGY OF TERROR MUST BE CONFRONTED IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, AMONG LEADERS AND AT THE POLITICAL LEVEL copycat style. The situation had become intolerable. Enough was enough. “We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” May said. Strikingly, she added: “There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country, so we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society.” To fight back, May called for an overhaul of Britain’s counterterrorism strategy. She also demanded that terror groups be tackled on the ground in the Middle East. And she sought
to battle them and their ideologues in cyberspace — to “turn people’s minds away from this violence”. Has Britain been so shocked and bloodied as to embrace the kind of comprehensive strategy May set out? A more effective counterterror strategy requires far greater resources; security precautions of the kind with which Israel has long been familiar; intelligence gathering and monitoring on an entirely different scale. As for battling against those who spread the ideology of terrorism, even if May’s declared strategy is implemented, it is inadequate. Stopping the dissemination of hatred in cyberspace is absolutely central to preventing the creation of the next waves of Islamist killers, but the ideology of terror must also be confronted in the education system, among spiritual leaders, and at the political level — and not only inside Britain, but all over the world. What’s needed for that is true global cooperation, with all partner nations using every iota of diplomatic, economic and any other leverage they can muster to marginalise extremism and empower moderation. Nonetheless, May plainly recognises the nature of the struggle. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, equally plainly, does not. Corbyn is
notorious for having referred to his “friends” in Hamas and Hezbollah — terrorist organisations that kill civilians with impunity, and cynically place their own host civilian populations in harm’s way. His party’s manifesto for this week’s elections demands an end to the blockade of Gaza — regarded by Israel as crucial to prevent Hamas from importing weaponry for its declared goal of destroying the Jewish state. The Labour manifesto also promises, without requiring negotiations to ensure Israel’s capacity to survive, that a “Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine”. In terms of the vote, will Britons blame May, the former home secretary, for having failed to prevent the wave of terror, or conclude that Corbyn will be disinclined to effectively try to counter it? Will they consider the kind of strategic fightback May unveiled to be the minimal necessity, or prefer to believe that the answer lies in Corbyn-style greater tolerance and openness? The British are a wonderfully stoic people. One can only hope their extraordinary resilience does not blind them to the root cause of the terrorism now blighting the country – and the imperative to fight back.
Trump’s tweets on London attack were simply chilling ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL EDITOR, JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY
n the hours after Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London, Donald Trump sent off a series of tweets that transformed the kind of event that usually unites the West in determination into yet another episode of Trump v World. Somewhere between citing an early Drudge Report link on the London Bridge killings and calling out London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan, the president used the killings to defend his travel ban, toss scorn on gun control and decry political correctness. It was a typical week of his presidential campaign boiled down to a few hours of 140-character messages. “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough,” tweeted a president whose administration is woefully understaffed and whose top law enforcement agency lacks a director. “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” This came even before he extended condolences to the victims of the London attack or offered America’s support to Britain and its leaders: “Whatever the United States can do to
PRESIDENT TRUMP PUSHED AGAIN FOR HIS TRAVEL BAN BEFORE EXTENDING CONDOLENCES TO LONDON’S VICTIMS help out in London and the UK, we will be there — WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” That out of the way, it was back to politicising the attacks: “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.” It’s not clear what Trump had in mind other than the court case over his attempt to ban travelers from several predominately Muslim countries. That’s the problem with Twitter and, increasingly, the Trump administration: Even on points where both sides ostensibly agree – protecting citizens from terror – the president governs by slogans, not policy. Some
might argue that is a good thing: If his policymaking were as impulsive as his tweeting, who knows what kind of global mischief or military disaster he might lead the country into. But like those emails from Florida, Trump’s tweets derail serious policy discussion. The talking heads line up on cable news, the editorials get written, and we’re no closer than we were before to understanding what really needs to be done in times of stability or crisis. Instead we talk about Trump. He isn’t acting presidential! He’s using disaster to score cheap political points! He’s still campaigning! This sounds like a partisan gripe, although for the life of me I can’t figure out which side wins when Trump gets into Cranky Grandpa mode. Even his supporters argue that the crises of his own making are distracting from his agenda. Perhaps most disturbing of all his tweets over the weekend was his unfounded but completely characteristic attack on Khan, by all accounts a popular mayor and real mensch. “At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Trump tweeted Sunday morning, accusing Khan of being blase in the face of the attacks. Perhaps Trump misunderstood what Khan
had really said. The mayor, soon after the attack, told the BBC that he was “appalled and furious that these cowardly terrorists would target” innocent civilians. He vowed that “we will never let them win, nor will we allow them to cower our city.” He then assured London residents who would see increased police presence around the city. “No reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police, all of us, need to do is make sure we’re as safe as we possibly can be,” he said. “I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city in the world, but we always evolve and review ways to make sure that we remain as safe as we possibly can.” In other words, “Keep calm and carry on.” If this were World War Two, Trump might have accused Churchill of cowardice. It has been tempting to dismiss Trump’s tendencies as a generational thing, just as we joked about those “Florida” emails as the work of retirees with too much time on their hands and too much Fox on their televisions. But a president has a responsibility to rise above petty prejudices and knee-jerk reactions and act – to use a by now tired word – presidential. It’s not too much to ask for.
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The Jews who paid the price for Israel’s victory LYN JULIUS FOUNDER, HARIF
hey had everything in their hands; fire, axes, knives, swords... They were banging, trying to break the doors and they set the curtains on fire.” Doris Keren-Gill, a Jew from Libya, well remembers the dark days of June 1967 when rioters destroyed her home and nearby synagogue. She escaped with her life. Today not a single Jew is left in Libya. While the media focus on the events leading to Israel’s lightning Six Day War victory, the impact on the few thousand Jews remaining in Arab countries is forgotten. In 1967, all these communities were shadows of their former selves. Ninety percent of their Jews had already fled: some 76,000 remained out of a 1948 population of 900,000. Almost all had been deprived of civil rights but could still quietly pursue their education, run businesses and enjoy a social life. The vindictive Arab reaction to Israel’s victory changed all that. In Syria and Iraq, Jews were kept hostage;
PURSUING REVENGE, THESE ARAB REGIMES COMMITTED SERIOUS RIGHTS ABUSES. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN HELD TO ACCOUNT Jews fled Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Jews in Libya, taunted by enraged mobs, and Aden, where the Jewish school was burnt down, were evacuated for their own safety. In almost all Arab countries, there were demonstrations and anti-Jewish riots. Some governments actively persecuted their Jews as if they were Israelis. Already Jews in Iraq had to carry yellow identity cards and were unable to leave. But Arab rage led to property seizures, beatings and arrests. Jews were sacked, telephones were cut off. On 27 January 1969, nine Jewish ‘spies’ were
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executed and their bodies strung up in Baghdad’s Liberation Square. A million Iraqis came to celebrate. The arrests continued until 1972: some 50 Jews disappeared. Not permitted to leave, almost 2,000 Jews escaped Iraq with the help of Kurdish smugglers, leaving their homes and possessions behind. Jewish migration from Lebanon, which accelerated in 1964, reached epidemic levels after the 1967 war due to fears of impending riots. The mass exodus was followed by the abduction and murder of individual Jews. Some of the fiercest riots broke out in Tunisia on 5 June 1967. The Great Synagogue in Tunis was set on fire. Panicking Jews abandoned their homes. Within five years, only about 7,000 remained. In Morocco, a massive security deployment prevented loss of life during mass demonstrations. When the propaganda of an Arab victory turned out to be false, two Jews were murdered. An economic boycott against Jewish businesses was declared. Some 10,000 Jews left, mostly to France and North America. In Syria, curfews were imposed. Jews were housebound hostages, deprived of telephones
and radios. Some 2,300 were smuggled to Israel from Syria, but it would be another 25 years before the rest would be allowed to emigrate. In Egypt, the authorities arrested 400 Jewish males up to the age of 60 as ‘Israeli PoWs’. They were interned for up to three years. The prisoners were abused and fed dirty bread containing cigarette butts and nails. The Rabbi of Alexandria was beaten senseless. The Six Day War thus marked the irrevocable and silent demise, within a few years, of Jewish communities which had pre-dated Islam by 1,000 years. Although they played no part in Israel’s victory and despite representations by Jewish groups and foreign governments, Jews in Arab countries paid a terrible price. In their determination to wreak revenge, Arab regimes committed serious human rights abuses. They have never been held to account. Harif is the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. Lyn’s book Uprooted: How 3,000 years of Jewish civilisation in the Arab world vanished almost overnight’ (Vallentine Mitchell) will be out this year
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Thankfully, there are rabbis who live in the 21st century ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
t first blush, one might assume that Rabbi Aaron Bassous, the strictly-Orthodox minister of the Sephardi congregation in Golders Green and the celebrated Australian tennis champion Margaret Court have little in common. But both the rabbi and former Wimbledon champion have stolen headlines for holding views outside of the current secular mainstream. Bassous in effect declared war on Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Britain’s senior Sephardi community spiritual head, for his allegedly lax views on homosexuality when he argued that while the Torah may forbid sexual relations between consenting men, there are other ways for men to love each other. My own barmitzvah Haftarah Machar Chodesh tells the moving story of love between Israel’s greatest psalmist David and Jonathan. Dweck’s views drew the fire of Bassous, who suggested he was “even more poisonous than
WHILE CHANGE AMONG THE RABBINATE MAY BE GLACIAL, THERE ARE NEW THINKERS SUCH AS RABBI DWECK WILLING TO TAKE A STAND Louis Jacobs” and added that the Beth Din should “remove his Orthodox hat”. In similar fashion, Margaret Court, a strict fundamentalist Christian, has incurred the wrath of the tennis establishment for her suggestion that for too long the women’s game has been dominated by lesbians. Bassous and Court form part of the irredentist school of bible study, which takes the teachings of the testaments at their word. We know that in Britain the Beth Din does
its best to draw a line in the sand when it comes to orthodoxy. Faced within Anglo-Jewry with the threat of American-style assimilation through intermarriage, it has chosen to make it as difficult as possible for even the most knowledgeable convert, with a strong Jewish upbringing but a gap in genealogy, to become an accepted part of the community. Most of us have experience of the personal heartache this can cause. What makes this even more frustrating for those involved is the recognition that there are routes in Anglo-Jewry, including the Sephardi Rabbinate, which can, if the circumstances are right, be far more understanding. There are no hard and fast rules. Bassous makes reference to the Louis Jacobs affair, which so divided our community a generation ago and has left a glorious legacy in the shape of Masorti Judaism, which proved such an attractive option for egalitarian Jews in Britain. Given the way in which attitudes in traditional Judaism towards women, among other things, have been changing in modern times, one wonders whether Jacobs’ controversial views on Torah would cause the same schism today.
Judaism is nothing if not a continuing and changing debate among the rabbis. In recent decades, the voices of the irredentists have gained ground on the right. I remember listening to a recent modern Orthodox sermon in Washington DC, where the rabbi bemoaned the fact that the bitterest curses in Metzora, the portion dealing with disease, have been hardened up by some rabbis over the decades so that a curse delivered for being an apostate in a past age was now delivered by some on the right of women who wear skirts that are too short. Fortunately, there are rabbis such as Dweck who are willing to embrace more modern interpretations of Torah. The sexuality of Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova et al are of no consequence. It is the brilliance of their tennis that made them global brands and they will remain treasured icons long after Court is forgotten. Change among the rabbinate may be glacial, and in parts of the community it has moved in the wrong direction. Thankfully, there are new thinkers such as Dweck within Orthodoxy willing take a stand for good reasons of biblical interpretation. That is very different from kneejerk political correctness.
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Twenty girls from the 4th Southgate Brownies group put the icing on the cake to warm up for Jewish Care’s fifth Great Jewish Bake Day, which takes place on 5 July. Sixteen schools have already signed to bake a difference and there’s still time to plan your Bake Day tea at school or at home. Money raised will help fund the Jewish Care buses. To get involved and for more details, see jewishcare.org/ bakeday
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A group of girls from Hasmonean Primary School and the Independent Jewish Day School baked and sold cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats at Hendon United Synagogue, raising £400 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘Bake It Better 2017’ initiative.
More than 400 people of different faiths took part in the Lewisham Borough Faith Walk, hosted for the third year running by Catford and Bromley United (Affiliate) Synagogue. Participants started the Walk of Peace at the shul, taking in other places of worship, and were greeted by the Mayor, local councillors and MPs at the Town Hall.
Sarah Miller, Larry Shulman and their sons Jacob and Noah Shulman-Miller are selling a cookbook with favourite family recipes to raise money for World Jewish Relief and Alzheimer’s Research UK. They are hoping to raise £3,500 by selling 500 books, costing £7 each. Visit virginmoney giving.com/smcfc to donate £7, then email larry1109@ hotmail.com with your postal address.
8 June 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
1 FEMALE MEGILLAH 4 SCHOOL SCIENCE
Women and girls at Woodside Park United Synagogue participated in its first Megillah reading, together with the women speakers of the hugely successful annual Women’s Tikkun. Gila Hackenbroch, who launched the initiative, said: “It was a wonderful way for women and girls to come together, while paving the way for future generations of women’s Megillah readings at Woodside Park.”
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The CHIC committee – Caring Heart’s for Israel’s Children – raised £5,000 for the Emunah children’s home in Afula at its first event, a supper quiz at Mill Hill’s Hartley Hall. Chic committee vice-chair, Adrienne Morris (pictured left with chair Rochelle Joseph), said: “It started when I was in Israel with my husband, we visited the Emunah children’s home in Afula and that captured our hearts.”
Pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School took part in fun and practical experiments as part of National Science Week. Making fossils using sweets and melted chocolate, Year 5 created a working lung, while Year 6 children carried out a range of experiments for the younger children including making Oobleck, fluffy slime, bouncy balls and a real-life volcanic eruption.
5 DENIAL DEBATE
A special screening of Denial and a live Q&A was hosted by the Imperial War Museum, to mark the film’s release on DVD. Panelists Raymond Simonson, CEO of JW3, Joe Mulhall, senior researcher of HOPE Not Hate and Paul Salmons, director of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, discussed Holocaust denial, education and the significance of Holocaust Memorial Day. The panel was chaired by Jewish News features editor, Francine Wolfisz.
3 RUNNING FOR JAMI 6 JEWISH VIEWS LIVE Emily Alter will be raising money for Jami when she takes part in the 5K run at this Sunday’s Maccabi GB Community Fun Run. The 20-year-old, who is a mental health therapist, said: “Mental health is a subject very close to my heart. I understand the importance of early intervention and want to be in a position where I can help other children who are suffering.” You can sponsor Emily at: http:// bit.ly/2scN3Jd
Jewish News’ weekly podcast The Jewish Views held a live version of the show in front of an audience at Edgware & District Reform Synagogue. Panelists Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK founder Dina Brawer, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer, Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks and broadcaster Russ Kane discussed Donald Trump, anti-Semitism and the future of Orthodox Judaism. The panel was chaired by the show’s host, Phil Dave.
Your simcha announcements Heather & Howard Eden celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Melody Goldberg celebrated her batmitzvah in Israel.
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Louis and Trudy Ameringen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Jewish Care’s Connect, Stamford Hill.
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Nathan Elf celebrated his barmitzvah at Stanmore United Synagogue.
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8 June 2017 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Scene
Around 80 people attended the launch of Higher View, the Jerusalem Foundation’s sculpture exhibition highlighting the Holy City’s demographics, which runs until 18 June at JW3. Guests included chairman Lord Howard Leigh, Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, artists Ezri Tarazi and Haim Parnas and Dame Vivien Duffield, who opened the exhibition. Lord Leigh said: We are delighted to bring this unique and stunning exhibition to London.”
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Scene & Be Seen / Community
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Interview: Lior Ashkenazi / Lifestyle
IN THIS SECTION: Travel 30 / Competition 38
Lior’s in his prime Lior Ashkenazi tells Francine Wolfisz about his role as the Israeli prime minister in a new Richard Gere movie
ou shouldn’t judge a character before you start playing it, but my opinion of politicians is – how do I say it nicely? – well, not very good,” chuckles Lior Ashkenazi. The Israeli actor is speaking to me ahead of his first major role in a US production opposite Richard Gere in the chutzpah-filled comedy, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, which is out in cinemas from tomorrow. Gere plays Norman Oppenheimer, a New York schlub, a man of little talent who drops names and promises deals with no substance in a desperate bid to climb social ladders. Along the way, he befriends Micha Eshel, a charismatic, low-level Israeli politician who, to everyone’s surprise, becomes the prime minister. Now with a very real connection to someone in power, Norman attempts to use Eshel’s name to leverage the biggest deal through a series of quid pro quo transactions, using his nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. But his dealings soon go awry, making way for a potential international catastrophe. Norman was written and directed by Joseph Cedar, with whom Ashkenazi previously worked on his Oscarnominated film, Footnote. The film, which also won 10 Ophir Awards and Best Screenplay at Cannes, revolves around the tense rivalry between a father and son, who are both Talmud scholars in Jerusalem. In his latest incarnation as a politi-
cian who enjoys the good life, Norman presented Ashkenazi with “a real challenge” when trying to research for his latest role. “I contacted a lot of MK [Members of Knesset]s about my role, but no one wanted to talk to me,” sighs the 48–year-old. “When I told them about the story they said, ‘Ok we’ll get back to you’, but never did.” The storyline perhaps rang too close to real events. He points to the example of Ehud Olmert, a former mayor of Jerusalem who suddenly became prime minister after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke, and who is now serving a prison sentence for bribery. “We even have a prime minister who is under investigation about that kind of thing,” he adds, referring to Benjamin Netanyahu and his ongoing corruption probe. His character Eshel has not attracted that sort of trouble, but he is vulnerable and does get himself embroiled in Norman’s ludicrous schemes. But to view Norman as a menace is to misunderstand him; rather he is a dreamer, the man who has nothing real to offer, who strives to really matter in life. In short, he is deserving of our compassion. Speaking of his character, Cedar says: “I think the whole world revolves around Normans. They’re like bees going from one flower to the next. They are absolutely necessary, which is why they exist. Resenting the
Above: Lior Ashkenazi, centre (and left), with Richard Gere, right, in Norman
Normans is natural on one hand, but it’s very unfair.” Ashkenazi agrees that Norman is the man you love to hate. “Everyone has his own Normans in his life. We all know this type of person, they are surrounding us. I have one in my life now, a producer who keeps telling me about his script and drops names. When you have someone who starts dropping names, run away,” he laughs. Speaking of name dropping, our conversation turns to Gere. I ask him what it was like to work with the 67-year-old Hollywood star. “I was really excited when I knew I’d be working with him,” gushes
Ashkenazi, who studied acting at Beit Zvi in Ramat Gan. “Everyone knows Richard Gere. You could say his name in the Kalahari Desert and they will know who you are talking about. At our first meeting, we went straight into the rehearsal room and there was good chemistry between us. “His process of working on this character began with his accent and when we had make-up, it was like he had metamorphosed. I was really in awe of him.” From playing one prime minister, Ashkenazi has now set his sights on playing another: Yitzhak Rabin in director Jose Padilha’s forthcoming Entebbe, which also stars Rosamund Pike and Eddie Marsan. “I was surprised when Jose offered me the role. You know, you start out as the young guy, the gigolo, the sex
symbol. Then you get roles as the security guy and the Mossad agent. For a while, I played fathers and now it seems I’m at the age of prime ministers,” he quips. Playing Rabin comes with a “burden of responsibility”, but he’s careful to point out that his representation of Israel’s fifth premier is “not an imitation”. He adds: “I spent time talking to his daughter and granddaughter and watched some home movies. “Rabin used to smoke long cigarettes and his accent was a mix of British and American English, so I took a couple of these nuances and put these into my character.” Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (15) is out in cinemas tomorrow (Friday)
Jewish News 8 June 2017
Lifestyle / Wartime Parisian women
‘It’s impossible to know what we might have done’ Alex Galbinski speaks to author Anne Sebba about her new book, which reveals stories of women living in wartime Paris
rom the mother who helped her children escape from a moving train and the teenage ballet dancer who escorted Allied airmen to safety, to the unlikely collaborator who denied her Jewish roots and became a Vichy activist, the “desperately human stories” of women who lived through wartime Paris are revealed in an intriguing new book. Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s, undertook a great deal of research to uncover the wide-ranging stories of survivors, heroines and collaborators. “People are touched by these stories because we have grown up in an era of peace and it is hard to imagine how our parents and grandparents suffered – but we know it’s only a generation away,” says the historian and lecturer. “These are desperately human stories that might have happened to us – extraordinary violence and gusto for survival, tenaciousness, courage, bravery and bad behaviour.” Sebba, who won the 2016 Franco-British Society’s book prize for Les Parisiennes, has always been interested in the female narrative, and is the author of several books, including Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother and That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. “Historically, women’s version of history hasn’t been recorded. When I saw that, in 1940, nearly two million men were taken prisoner of war and other men went to London to join [Charles] De Gaulle, I realised Paris became
almost exclusively a feminised city,” she explains. “Nobody has really taken a composite look at all women, from prostitutes and concierges, to housewives, dancers, milliners, couturiers. “It was the women who were left running the city, multitasking, as women always do, looking after the children and the elderly, and they had to decide how to respond to the Germans.” These decisions could be as small as choosing whether or not to walk out of a restaurant if Germans came in, or more generally how to make the best of a bad situation. “I found a range,” says Sebba, 65, who studied French history at Kings College, London, before becoming a foreign correspondent with Reuters. Although Sebba has written generally about women, one Jewish woman she finds particularly inspiring is Arlette Testyler, who survived the infamous ‘Vél d’Hiv’ round-up of July 1942 – when 13,000 Jews were rounded up, most of whom were sent to Auschwitz – and other camps. Testyler’s quick-witted mother helped her and her sister escape from the camp at Beaunela-Rolande and then from a moving train, and hid them. After her death, Testyler became an orphan of the state aged 13. “Life has been so tough for her and she’s such an extraordinarily, generous-hearted woman. She goes into schools and gives testimony about
what happened and talks about tolerance.” Sebba also admires Sadie Rigal, a teenage ballet dancer from South Africa who trained as a nightclub dancer at the left-wing resistant Bal Tabarin and given false papers. “She rescued downed Allied airmen, putting them to sleep in her dressing room or walking them to safety from one house to another. They were tall American or Canadian pilots who did not look French, and it was very dangerous to hide them,” Sebba remarks. “She was just a teenager and yet she did the right thing and never made a big deal about it.” She also cites the story of Jacqueline MesnilAmar, whose Jewish resistance husband was taken prisoner in 1944 but managed to escape from the last train to Auschwitz. “After the war, many people decided there couldn’t be a God if he allowed people to do this, but she became much more Orthodox,” explains Sebba. “She was a great force in helping Jewish women find work, welfare and medical care.” Survivors returning from camps were often dismayed by people’s reactions. Marceline Rozenberg, who only wrote her memories in her late eighties, could not previously talk about her experiences. “She was shocked by people’s reactions. One woman who had special dispensation for extra food was told: ‘Even if you have
Above: The stories of Odette Fabius, Jacqueline MesnilAmar and Arlette Testyler all feature in Anne Sebba’s book Far left: German soldiers march along the Arc de Triomphe in June 1940
been in a camp, didn’t they teach you how to queue?’ People had no concept of what went on.” During the war, individuals used whatever means they had to prevent the Germans from taking away their self-respect. “Odette Fabius is the woman who is really emblematic of understanding that keeping yourself looking as smart and stylish as you can is not just a vain eccentricity of Parisian women,” explains Sebba. “She was in the resistance in Marseilles, was betrayed, sent to Ravensbrück, tried to escape, was caught, tortured and beaten. Her daughter told me that in the camps, when everyone was offered an ounce of fat per day to eat, she decided she needed to rub it into her hands.” On the other end of the spectrum is Lisette de Brinon, an example of a Jewish woman who, behaved “very badly”, says Sebba. “She was a collaborator; she married a Catholic aristocrat, denied her Jewish origins and became a Vichy activist. It was only in the last few years that her son decided it was time to set the record straight about her.” Sebba has always been fascinated by revisionist history, turning over perceived views. “The French story has been slow in terms of the French accepting responsibility for their role,” says the West London Synagogue member. But she is keen to point out that she does not take the moral high ground with those who did collude. “I try not to judge because we [the British] weren’t occupied. I like to think we would have resisted, and it’s certainly what Churchill hoped, but it’s impossible to know with certainty what you would have done or how Britain would have behaved.” She cites the figures of around 330,000 Jews in France, of whom approximately 77,000 were deported. “On the one hand, you can say how awful it was that 77,000 were deported, but on the other, how amazing three-quarters of French Jews survived. That’s what historians call the French paradox.” Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba is published in paperback today by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, priced £9.99
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Join us to rally against the hatred of the annual Al Quds Day parade on the streets of London. When? 18th June 2017 Where? Central London Time? 3pm (TBC) FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT www.zionist.org.uk OR CALL 0208 202 0202
Jewish News 8 June 2017
Lifestyle / Travel
An enchanted forest Caron Kemp enjoys a country escape to the idyllic glades of Lime Wood
ittle more than a stone’s throw from the popular Yiddishe hub of Bournemouth lies an English oasis. With miles upon miles of unspoilt land, horses, cattle and deer roaming freely and boasting a catalogue of picturesque villages providing a wonderful step back in time, the New Forest has to be seen to be believed. Often forgoing getaways on our own soil in favour of sun and sangria, it’s difficult to imagine that just two hours driving time from London – and 15 miles south of Winchester, where you can still discover the remnants of the city’s medieval Jewish community – lies an escape so rich in timeless scenery and yet offering something for everyone. Keen foodies, and with our eyes peeled to the latest hotel hotspots, we had, of course, heard of Lime Wood and its resident chef Angela Hartnett. So having garnered a reputation as being the jewel in the New Forest’s crown, we packed up the car and went to see if it would live up to the hype. Our first impression of this Lyndhurst retreat was the two-storey, two bedroom forest cottage that we were to call home for two days and it was, quite simply, love at first sight. Quaint yet chic, it offered all the latest mod cons housed within a cosy, homely framework. Highlights included the Smeg fridge, log fire and vast bathroom where a free-standing roll-top bath took centre stage. Muffins for the children, champagne on ice for the adults, and a carefully thought out hamper of goodies on arrival also more than hit the spot. At on-site eatery Harnett Holder & Co, we dined en famille the first evening, fully expecting to be faced with a kiddy unfriendly menu from which to choose. Yet, just like the rest of this beautiful hideaway, children are surprisingly well catered for. Fish fingers and tomato soup could be found alongside dover sole and in-house smoked salmon, while no one
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balked at the mess, spillages and noise made by our three offspring, in spite of the restaurant’s elegant feel. Dessert was followed by a look through the extensive DVD menu and a stroll back to our cottage via the larger-than-life swing; a firm favourite with the children. An early morning swim at the simply stunning spa, where the changing rooms have baths, was followed by a trip to the local tourist hotspot, Beaulieu Motor Museum. You could be forgiven for assuming this is merely a venue for car enthusiasts, but, aside from an impressive selection of all manner of vehicles from many a decade, there is plenty to do to keep everyone amused. We began the day with a trip on the monorail, which encircled the grounds and took in the museum and palace house, and finished our trip watching the children discover the true meaning of road rage on the fun-filled go-kart track. A play area and picnic spot were also welcome additions. Village hopping was the next order of the day and with a wealth Love at first sight at the two-bedroom forest cottage of picturesque places to choose
Above: The natural beauty of the New Forest. Left: Cars at the Beaulieu Motor Museum, and, right, Caron and her family
from, we struck gold in Lymington, with a gorgeous little sandwich shop for lunch and a sunny afternoon spent crabbing – and we did manage to catch one (that we safely sent back home afterwards). While we rarely snuggle together to watch a film at home, the lure of the cottage lounge enticed us to tuck in to takeaway pizza while we rented ET from the hotel’s reception. They say, sometimes it’s the simple things, and this was precisely the magic of our Lime Wood retreat. Unable to comprehend why we couldn’t move to Lime Wood forever, the only saving grace of our departure from this haven for the kids was a pit stop on the way home at Paultons Park. Home, of course, to Peppa Pig World, the prospect had the children squealing and snorting (like Peppa) all the way there. Clean, well-positioned and small enough to be manageable when outnumbered by the
offspring, the charm of the piggy-themed park is not lost on either adult or child. Bringing the cartoon to life through age-appropriate rides, a fabulous play area and a vast indoor soft play, as well as a very well-stocked gift shop equals pure joy for any Peppa enthusiast. Paultons Park gets little attention compared with its better-known sibling. Yet, housing many an exciting ride, catering for children of all ages (and adults), as well as offering bigger and better playgrounds and water play areas than inside Peppa Pig World, it really is worthy of your attention. For us, with our children getting older, it made the difference between a morning activity and a whole fun-filled day out. Travelling with children in tow usually means compromising on our holiday wishlist for theirs. But this time we all arrived home relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to book our next English getaway.
WHERE TO STAY... Caron stayed at Lime Wood hotel in the New Forest National Park, where prices start from £330 per room, per night, 023 8028 7177 or limewoodhotel.co.uk. She visited Beaulieu Motor Museum, beaulieu. co.uk and Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, peppapigworld.co.uk
8 June 2017 Jewish News
Sedra: Beha’alotecha / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism
Beha’alotecha RABBI BORUCH M. BOUDILOVSKY When detailing the functions of the biblical trumpets, our parsha distinguishes between a community and encampment. “Make for yourself two silver trumpets of hammered work; and they shall be to summon the congregation and for causing the encampments to set forth.” (Numbers 10:2) What is the difference? Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik suggests an encampment is a gathering designed to provide comfort, strength, or self-defence. When emperor penguins huddle together for warmth in the harsh Antarctic winter, or when buffalo gather together for protection against a potential predator, an encampment is formed. In another verse, the Torah uses the word “encampment” in the context of preparation for battle: “When an encampment goes out to face your enemies” (Deuteronomy 23:10). A community, however, is a collection of individuals with a common future and shared aspirations. Unlike an encampment motivated by fear, a community is driven by ideas, a sense of mission, and a common goal shaped by a shared past. Our nation, summoned and moved by the biblical trumpets, served as an encampment and a community. The nation was an encampment of former slaves wondering in the wilderness and staying together for survival. The nation was also an evolving community of free people journeying together to the promised land with new dreams. As modern Jewish communities, we function in these same two capacities.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...
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The first man, created in the image of God by His own hands, so to speak, is that father of humanity. His life, therefore, contains within it a message for all his descendants. Rabbinic literature is replete with accounts of angels advising God not to create man for the simple reason that his human frailty made sin inevitable. God ignores their advice, creates man from the earth that was later to become the location of the altar in the Temple and breathes life into him. Adam’s creation in the image of God can be understood on many levels. Perhaps the most readily understood one being that just as God is unhindered in His choices, so, too, man has free will.
This is a concept that angels, who are programmed to do the right thing can never grasp. Indeed, this idea is hinted to in Adam’s name. Mankind can either strive for greatness, emulating God’s attributes as the verse says adameh le elyon, I will be like the One above (Isaiah 14:14), or he can be drawn towards earthliness, adama, and materialism. This is a choice that each one of us faces on a constant basis.
Indeed it was this ability to choose that defined Adam’s life and, by extension, the destiny of all of humanity. The episode with the serpent and the fruit (popularly but incorrectly identified as an apple) was an example of Adam being caught in an existential battle in which only he could choose whether or not to follow the will of God. However, being that Adam was created from the earth of the altar, which is a source of atonement and forgiveness, he shows us all that there is always a way to rectify our mistakes – no matter how great they may be – through sincere repentance.
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking
The Bible Says What?
Laughter is key to the story of Cain and Abel
How much should our Jewish values inform how we vote?
RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY Laughter is important even when studying Torah, as it can draw our attention to something we may otherwise not have focused on. One of many examples is in the first Torah mention of sibling rivalry. Cain and Abel each bring an offering to God. Cain, a farmer, brings an offering from the fruit of the soil and Abel, a shepherd, significantly brings an offering described as the choicest of the firstlings of his flock. Despite the fact that God urges Cain to keep his evil instinct – his jealousy – under control, he lashes out and kills Abel. Then comes the key moment, when God, the all-powerful being, asks Cain where his brother Abel is. He answers: “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” We may find ourselves empathising with Cain, whose idea it was to offer a sacrifice only to be usurped by his brother and rejected by God. But under no circumstances can we rationally condone Cain’s
psychotic actions. However, another way to view this scene is to see its farcical imagery. Let us laugh in shock at Cain, who appears to feel no remorse at the permanent separation from his brother by his own hand. Let us cry at the laughter of Cain, who is told to control his evil instinct and does the opposite – allowing it to play out to its extreme. Instead of trying to reconcile ourselves to Cain, to seek out his redemption, let us leave him out in the cold, alienated from us and from the land. For me, it is here that the true Progressive message of the text lies. We will all have moments in our lives when we struggle to do the right thing, to overcome our instincts to do evil. However, we are able to take responsibility for this and choose to behave better.
Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships
RABBI ESTHER HUGENHOLTZ As an EU national, I’m not eligible to vote in the general election, but I do have a unique outsider’s perspective. Of course our Jewish values should inform our civic conduct. The Jewish mission is to both maintain our unique destiny as a covenantal community, and to fully engage in our world and work towards repairing it. As the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the Jewish exiles carried away by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylonia: ‘Seek the peace of the city to which I have exiled you and pray to the Eternal on her behalf, for her peace shall you have peace’. (Jer. 29:7) Likewise, Pirkei Avot cautions us to ‘pray for government’s welfare, for without fear of it, we would swallow
each other alive’ (Mishnah Avot 3:2). Voting according to Jewish values doesn’t necessarily guarantee consensus on what those values are. Even so, makhloket leshem shamayim (disputes for the sake of Heaven) are interwoven into the fabric of Jewish life and a hearty debate is welcome. What matters more than policy is intent. We are called to practice the divine values of kindness, compas-
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sion, protecting the vulnerable and loving the stranger. We may disagree on how this is done, but it is clear these are our sacred obligations. The Board has issued The Jewish Manifesto to guide voters, and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, has joined The Values Manifesto, a non-partisan interfaith initiative to ‘detoxify the debate’ through diversity, fostering understanding, protecting the vulnerable and acknowledging the importance of religious values in the electoral process. No Torah verse and no rabbinic authority will or should tell you how to vote. What happens in the voting booth is between you and your conscience. The Jewish tradition does stake a claim on that conscience: May it guide you to a choice with integrity, love, moral courage and justice. Esther Hugenholtz is assistant rabbi of Sinai Synagogue in Leeds
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ACROSS 1 Appetising (5) 4 ___ Agutter, British actress (5) 7 Less cloudy (7) 8 Blight (3)
9 Ship’s record (3) 11 Singing temptresses, in classical mythology (6) 14 Forever (6) 17 Night before (3)
19 Have regret for (3) 20 Style, beauty (7) 22 Revoke (5) 23 Rustic fellow (5) DOWN 1 Grapple with (6) 2 Container for return postage (inits)(3) 3 Anecdotes (5) 4 Courtroom panellist (5) 5 Person named as a potential award winner (7) 6 Three feet (4) 10 Spanish treasure ship (7) 12 Common climbing plant (3) 13 Vehicle fuel (6) 15 Divine messenger (5) 16 Sinister (5) 18 Neighbourhood, quarter (4) 21 British deciduous tree (3)
Last issue’s solutions ACROSS: 1 Deny 3 Hotpot 8 Frigate 9 Ire 10 Benefactor 13 Upper class 17 Ben 18 Compass 19 Blouse 20 Dear DOWN: 1 Defy 2 Naive 4 Owe 5 Paint 6 Theory 7 Career 11 Aplomb 12 Hubbub 14 Panto 15 Stake 16 Tsar 18 Cos
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The Hebrew word for 'elephant' is… pil פִּיל
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120 YEARS OF ZIONISM
The ELEPHANT is ill, he needs to take a PILL
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8 June 2017 Jewish News
We’ve activated a new section! The back pages of your Jewish News have a brand new personality! We’re the first British newspaper to expand its traditional sports section to embrace absolutely all things active – from ice skating at JW3 to climbing Kilimanjaro; from summer camps to sports days; fun runs and dog walks to car rallies and charity treks. Simply put, if it involves a schvitz, it fits! (Don’t fear, footie fans. We’ll still feature all the big games and goals, along with every other sporting occasion worthy of mention]. We hope you enjoy Active. Tell us what you think! Email email@example.com
May the fores not be with U... JIA! GOLF DAY Young UJIA’s first golf day saw more than £80,000 raised for the charity’s vital projects in Israel and the UK. More than 80 golfers were divided into 20 teams ahead of the Shotgun start and spent around five hours playing at The Grove, in Hertfordshire. Games included ‘Nearest The Pin’ and ‘Longest Drive’, with prizes for ‘Best Individual’ and ‘Best Team’ awarded to the winners at a ceremony at the end of the day. Jessica Lawrence, Young UJIA Manager, said: “We were so pleased with how successful the first ever Young UJIA Golf Day was. We look forward to doing it again next year, and over the years to come.”
Footballers net £7k in David’s memory
A charity football match held in memory of David Ezekiel, who was murdered in South Africa in February, has raised nearly £7,500 for Norwood. Arranged by his brother Immanuel, Rowley Lane hosted the game, which saw members of Immanuel’s family, including David’s son Jason, take part in the match. Immanuel said: “Every penny we raise goes to Norwood, which gives hope to others, and this is in the true spirit of the man whose generosity of spirit will continue.”
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Sunday workout. Pilates Lessons at West London Synagogue – 11 June (10.15-11.15am) wls.org.uk/contact Maccabi GB Community Fun Run, 11 June: (9.30am-3pm) Allianz Park communityfunrun.org Old Jewish East End Walking Tour, 11 June: (11am-1pm) 020 7284 738/ admin@jewishmuseum org.uk Learn to Tango with Raquel Greenberg, 12 June: (8.45pm) jw3.org.uk/events
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Tai Chi – Mosaic Jewish Community, 12 June – 6.30-8.30pm firstname.lastname@example.org Play table tennis with a qualified coach, 12 June: (3-6pm) jw3.org.uk/events Edgware Rainbows (girls 5-7), 12 June – 5.45-7.15pm email@example.com High Intensity Interval Training: 13 & 15 June: (9.30-10.30am) firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sahar saves Israel with injury-time equaliser FOOTBALL Ben Sahar’s injury time penalty saved Israel’s blushes as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Moldova on Tuesday night. The friendly in Netanya served as preparation for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Albania, with the ex-Chelsea striker (pictured) converting the 95th minute spot kick after Radu Ginsari had headed Moldova in front.
Triathlon raises £1,000 for charity CHARITY Pupils from Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School donned their swimming trunks, cycling shorts and running shoes as they took part in their first triathlon – raising £1,000 for charity. The only Jewish school to take part in the invitational event, which was held at Royal Russell School in Croydon, 20 pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 swam, cycled and ran, most of them competing in a triathlon for the first time. Simon Marks, who started the Running Club – which most of the pupils are members of, said: “It was incredible to see the boys and girls take on the challenge of a triathlon. They trained hard and worked together as a team, cheering each other on and helping each other to ensure that everyone swam, cycled and ran their way to the finishing line.” Raising money for Restless Development, a youth-led development agency placing young people at the forefront of charitable development in Africa and Asia, Marks added: “I’m especially pleased that several of the children have now gone on to take part in other running, cycling and swimming competitions having been inspired by this event.”
Burnham’s braced for third professional fight BOXING Josh Burnham says he won’t be fazed when he takes on a far more experienced boxer in his third professional fight at the weekend. The 24-year-old faces Sonny Whiting, who will be competing in his 27th fight at York Hall. He said: “He’s got the experience, but I’ve been sparring with world-class fighters.”
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Game, set and match for Oliel
Athletes get kitted out MACCABIAH
Israeli interest at this year’s French Open ended on Tuesday afternoon after Yshai Oliel was knocked out in the second round of the boys’ singles competition. The 17-year-old was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 5-7 by Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild. It proved to be his second defeat in two days after he was also knocked out of the doubles, playing alongside Canadian Benjamin Sigouin.
Photo by Marc Morris Photography
With less than a month to go until the start of the Maccabiah, Team GB’s 400 athletes received their kit on Sunday. Welcomed by the Head of Delegation, MGB President Michael Ziff and Life President Lord, Jonathan Kestenbaum, the athletes fly to Israel on 2 July, with the opening ceremony four days later.
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