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Too close for comfort Jewish voters help stall London Labour landslide as May’s future hangs in the balance VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS You could practically hear the collective sigh of relief among many British Jews on Friday morning. Certainly not because Anglo-Jewry was any more enthusiastic about the faltering Tory election campaign than the wider country. Not just because of Theresa May’s record of staunch support for Israel and the community. It was rather above all else, because Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t about to become prime minister. Jonathan Goldstein, of the Jewish Leadership Council, had warned that that once seemingly impossible scenario would trigger a crisis for the community. Indeed, in the days leading up to the poll, some had suggested they might leave the UK if Corbyn won, perhaps confident in the assumption that could never happen. Any sense of relief was immediately coupled with a massive dose of reality however; Corbyn lost decisively in terms of seats and votes, but he wasn’t a million miles away from having the
chance to form a coalition, and many seats are now marginals. The man who couldn’t possibly lead Labour and couldn’t conceivably survive once much of his parliamentary party expressed no confidence in him; the man who would surely oversee a collapse in support of historic proportions at the polls, confounded his critics and the ‘experts’onceagain.Andhedidsodespitehisopponents highlighting the anti-Semitism scandal in his party and him once introducing Hamas members as ‘friends’; Brexit, social care and living standards may have been at the centre of this election, but it would be worrying if voters in general were happy to ignore this. May and her party seem determined to see out the full five-year term, and a big majority of British Jews, if polls are to be believed, will be hoping she succeeds in a way previous minority governments have not. But two things are not in doubt; Thursday’s result proves that the crisis Continued on page 16
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Did anti-Semitism keep four by Justin Cohen and Leon Symons
The vice-chair of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), who stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Hendon, has said it would be “folly” to think that cases of anti-Semitism in the party had not played a role in his defeat. Mike Katz slashed Tory incumbent Matthew Offord’s majority from 3,700 to just over 1,000 as Labour enjoyed huge swings across London.
JLM chair Jeremy Newmark also dramatically narrowed the deficit to his Tory rival Mike Freer in Finchley and Golders Green, while Chipping Barnet stuck with former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers by just 353 votes in what had previously been a safe seat for the Conservatives. Chipping Barnet has the smallest Jewish electorate of the three. A poll during the campaign suggested just 13 percent of British Jews would back Labour after the anti-Semitism
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scandals and Jeremy Corbyn’s record on Israel. Katz said he had “fought to win” in a seat where 17 percent of voters are Jewish and insisted “slashing the majority by two-thirds was a huge achievement” against an incumbent in place since 2010. He added: “It would be folly to ignore it [anti-Semitism] as a factor [in my loss]. I had many conversations with people who said, ‘I like you, I like Labour’s policies, I’ve no love for the incumbent but can’t vote for your party and its leadership because of recent events.’ It was a conversation that went beyond the Jewish community. “It would be equally foolhardy to say that no Jew voted for me or Jeremy. I know many Jews were happy to do so.”
Katz and Newmark – whose campaigns focused on Tory public service cuts and plans for a hard Brexit – were applauded by some for standing, but faced criticism from others for putting their names forward now, particularly against key friends of the community in Parliament. “One of the reasons I went for it was to try to rejuvenate the relationship with the party. If I hadn’t stood in a heavily Jewish area, people would say I’ve run from it,” Katz explained. The party’s manifesto, he insisted, was not “1983 radical” and “had a lot that people could get behind”. Although he had enjoyed meeting people during the campaign, it was “too early”
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about the reduced majority and to have lost parliamentary colleagues, while saying Newmark had fought a good campaign. He added: “The indication on the doorstep was the Jewish community was remaining loyal to me for which I’m very grateful. It’s a good feeling to have my work for my constituents recognised.” Asked whether the national campaign had become a liability, he said it was difficult to find a formula that worked as well “in London and Carlisle”, but insisted Theresa May would still be able to lead Brexit negotiations. Newmark pledged: “To reduce Freer’s majority by such a margin is a signal that key messages of my campaign
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to say whether he would run again, with the focus now on the bigger picture of the country’s future. But he said: “I feel there’s unfinished business in Hendon.” None of the Barnet seats saw resources pumped in from beyond the borough. Through much of the count, Katz and Newmark appeared to be on course to spring huge upsets, but postal votes took the Tory incumbents over the line. Freer defeated Newmark by just over 1,600 votes, seeing his majority sink from more than 5,000 two years ago. Freer told Jewish News moments after the announcement it was “pleasing” to have been re-elected for a third time. He admitted to “disappointment”
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David Ward was defeated in Bradford East after standing as an independent candidate. Ward, who had often offended the Jewish community – who, in 2013 ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, blamed “the Jews”for inflicting atrocities on Palestinians – came third, 26,255 votes behind the Labour winner. He had been chosen to represent the Liberal Democrat Party, only to be kicked off the ballot as leader Tim Farron described him as “unfit to represent the party”. Meanwhile, former MP George Galloway stood as an independent in Gorton, but gained only 2,615 votes, 32,470 behind Labour’s winner, Afzal Khan.
The Jewish UKIP candidate standing against Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North taunted the Labour leader during his election victory speech, calling him a ‘terrorist sympathiser’. Keith Fraser received just 413 votes last Thursday night, and was caught mouthing the insult behind Corbyn after the Labour leader won his seat with more than 40,000 votes. A former Tory Pary member, Fraser finished fifth, marginally ahead of Jewish Labour donor Michael Foster. Corbyn introduced Hezbollah and Hamas members as ‘friends’ in a parliamentary meeting in 2009 and held meetings with political representatives of the IRA during the height of the Troubles.
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got through, about the politics of resentment and intolerance that comes as part and parcel of the Brexit debate. People here want to protect schools and invest in education.” Bob Blackman held off a stern challenge from Labour in Harrow East, while Hornsey and Wood Green was also retained by the incumbent, Labour’s Catherine West, who gained more than 40,000 votes. Lord Leigh, Conservative Party treasurer and board
member of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), said: “Labour anti-Semitism definitely motivated Jewish voters in Finchley and Golders Green and Hendon to turn out and may well have ensured they remained Conservative seats. They wanted to make sure Jeremy Corbyn didn’t become prime minister.” The peer – who said he remained “totally in support of May” – added: “The same factor may have helped to
a lesser extent in securing wins in Chipping Barnet and Harrow East.” Meanwhile, Labour MPs Tulip Siddiq and Wes Streeting were re-elected with increased majorities; Siddiq with more than 15,000 in Hampstead and Kilburn, and Streeting with a margin of 10,000 over former MP Lee Scott. Streeting – a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on British Jews and a prominent critic of the Labour leader over the past 18 months – spoke of fears about the Jewish vote collapsing. “There were many Jewish Labour voters I spoke to who, despite misgivings, were prepared to vote for me because of the work I have done on antiSemitism. There were many more who said they would not vote Labour. “There’s a real responsibility on Jeremy Corbyn and the whole Labour team to try to rebuild Jewish trust and support in Labour and I hope they take it seriously.”
He added: “One thing I genuinely admire about Jeremy is his authenticity and convictions. I’m also a convictions person. While I won’t pretend all my disagreements and concerns have gone away, I also recognise he worked incredibly hard on the election campaign. We saw Jeremy Corbyn performing at his best and Theresa May performing at her worst.” Oliver Dowden comfortably defended Hertsmere, the seat with the fastest-growing Jewish community, and will continue to serve as co-chair of the AllParty Parliamentary Group on British Jews and as a CFI officer. He said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the support of the Jewish community, for whom I’ll continue to be a strong voice opposing anti-Semitism and prejudice, particularly against Israel.” He added: “My campaign priorities include improving our infrastructure, protecting our precious green open spaces and new school places.”
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Throughout my time on campus, I’ve been told students and young people are politically apathetic; that they don’t care. Reports suggesting high youth turnout shows not only that they care, but that political parties would be foolish to ignore their concerns. This high turnout, driven partly by the attraction of abolishing tuition fees, played a big role in modest Labour gains from the Tories and big increases in safe-seat Labour majorities. With a few more seats, Jeremy Corbyn could have been within touching distance of No 10. I wouldn’t be surprised if many younger Jewish voters shared the concerns of their communities in Finchley and Golders Green and Hendon, where people were apparently
unwilling to back a Corbyn-led party. Concerns remain about his inability to handle antiSemitism in his party, as well as campus-specific incidents such as the allegations in Oxford University Labour Club in 2015. Previously, young Jews may have been less likely to prioritise anti-Semitism and parties’ positions on IsraelPalestine; this time it was at the front of many of their minds. But it’s disingenuous to say that anti-Semitism or IsraelPalestine were the only factors influencing Jewish students. A pre-election poll of 18-24-year-olds put the NHS as the most important issue (54 percent), followed by Brexit (26 percent), education (22 percent) and tuition fees (22 percent). Many young Jews still feel uncomfortable with Labour in its current form, as they believe it persists in not fully tackling anti-Semitism. But plenty do not trust the Tories on Brexit, the NHS and our economy.
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New MP is proud to represent city his immigrant parents made home Britain’s only new Jewish MP has spoken of his pride at representing the region his parents made home after moving from Israel four decades ago – as other high-profile community members celebrated being re-elected, writes Justin Cohen. Alex Sobel, a long-time supporter of the Jewish Labour Movement, secured one of his party’s 30 gains nationwide when he took the Leeds North West seat from the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 4,226. Sobel, 41, was “delighted” to be the newest Jewish parliamentarian. “My parents came to the country in 1971 from Israel,” he said. “I’m very proud my parents came here as immigrants and that I’m representing the area they moved to.” He is now likely to commute to Westminster from his mother’s home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, adding: “She’s a typical Jewish mother – very practical. She has already started talking about me getting a key cut and buying a new suit.” Becoming an MP had “definitely been on my mind” since fighting Beaconsfield for the party in the 2005 election, he said. The father of two has until now run a voluntary organisation working with social enterprises as well as serving as a councillor on Leeds city council, a role he plans to continue for the time being. While insisting there had been “some good action” in regards to anti-Semitism and that many who have made unacceptable remarks are no longer members, he told Jewish News he would be raising the issue with Jeremy Corbyn. “I want to help start a new chapter,” Sobel said. “I will do everything I can to address, together with JLM, cases where people shouldn’t be part of the party. Labour is a party that Jewish people can be part of and represent.” Stressing the historic links between his party and the community, he recalled how Labour had joined forces with community members to battle the fascist leader Oswald Mosley at the edges of his constituency, as at Cable Street. Though he wouldn’t be drawn on Corbyn’s future, he said the feelings of the parliamentary Labour Party
Alex Sobel on the campaign trail. His mother is ‘talking about me getting a key cut and buying a new suit’. Below, from left: Luciana Berger, Robert Halfon and Joan Ryan
– a majority of whom had previously expressed no confidence in him – had been “ameliorated” by the manifesto. “It was popular in the country and every MP I spoke to was supportive. I think it changed the atmosphere in the PLP.” Fellow Jewish MP Fabian Hamilton retained the neighbouring seat of Leeds North East. Meanwhile, Luciana Berger was “humbled and overwhelmed” at being re-elected in Liverpool Wavertree with an increased majority of nearly 30,000 – helped, she said, by a higher turnout among young voters. The MP – whose maternity leave
was interrupted by the snap poll – said: “In Liverpool, we are very much aware of the impact of seven years of Tory government. We have had the largest cuts per head in the country. During the campaign, the Tories said they would cut school lunches, so people were reminded of when Margaret Thatcher took away school milk.” There had been a mixed reaction to Corbyn himself on the doorstep, she said. But Berger, who was among those to resign from his shadow cabinet, praised the leader’s “fantastic campaign”.
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She said: “He was everywhere across the country. He and his team leveraged social media to emphasise their message in stark contrast to Theresa May who was nowhere to be seen.” Neighbouring MP Louise Ellman was also comfortably returned, as was Ruth Smeeth in Stoke-on-Trent North, despite concerns early in the campaign that she could be vulnerable in a big Tory victory. Ivan Lewis won a sixth term in Bury South. Among the other Jewish MPs reelected were Conservatives Andrew Percy, Michael Ellis, Grant Shapps,
Lucy Frazer and Jonathan Djanogly, as well as the former Labour leader Ed Miliband. Robert Halfon was re-elected as Tory MP for Harlow but lost his ministerial role in the reshuffle on Tuesday, and Tory John Bercow was re-elected in Buckingham, and re-elected for a record third time as Commons Speaker. But there was disappointment for the oldest MP in the last Parliament, Labour’s David Winnick, 83, who lost out in Walsall North after 38 years representing the seat. Two Jewish candidates hoping for a first term were left disappointed. Tory Hannah David missed out for the second consecutive election to Gareth Thomas in Harrow West, and Rhea Wolfson, a member of Labour’s national executive committee, reduced a 17,000 majority to 4,000. But she said the party had shown that “with a radical, transformative manifesto and a leader who can inspire people up and down this country, we can build something unbelievable. I’ve stood side by side with Jeremy Corbyn since day one and now might watch him become prime minister.” Despite concern when campaigning began that several key allies of the community and of the Jewish state would lose their seats, 77 out of 78 supporters of Labour Friends of Israel triumphed. Joan Ryan, LFI’s chair, was “absolutely thrilled” after defying expectations to extend her majority from just over 1,000 to 10,000. “We were concerned we might lose,” she said. “Given everything that’s happened, we didn’t want a diminishing of support within the parliamentary Labour Party. The positions we take are mainstream and morally right. LFI will continue to be as robust and clear about Israel and why it matters.” Also triumphant was former LFI chair John Woodcock and Ian Austin, one of the most prominent supporters of the Holocaust Educational Trust, who scraped home by 22 votes in Dudley North. In Bassetlaw, John Mann, chair of the all-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, won a majority of nearly 5,000.
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‘New review is urgent’ The newly re-elected MP Tulip Siddiq will push for a new “truly independent” review of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party - as the Board of Deputies insisted that its message to the party “remains unchanged” by the election result, writes Leon Symons. The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, who saw her majority soar from 1,000 to 15,560, also vowed to renew efforts to have Ken Livingstone expelled for his comments about Hitler and Zionism. “I grew up in Hampstead around the Jewish community. They felt the Labour Party was their natural home,” she said. “Now people say to me they feel like they don’t belong any more and that they’re not welcome. “I think there are certain elements of anti-Semitism in the party that have not been dealt with properly. I am determined that MPs like me, Wes Streeting and Joan Ryan will stand up and say, to borrow from Theresa May, ‘enough is enough’. We can’t go on like this while the community feels so disenfranchised and disillusioned.” While Labour has vowed to implement the recommendations of Shami Chakrabarti’s probe into anti-Semitism, the investigation was branded a “whitewash” by some commentators – and was further undermined by the award of a peerage to Chakrabarti weeks after the report’s launch. During BBC’s Question Time last week, Shami Chakrabarti, now shadow attorney general, was asked by audience member Sharon
Garfinkel if she believed Corbyn would have won the keys to Downing Street if there had been fewer cases of anti-Semitism in the party. Chakrabarti replied: “I’ve said everything that I have to say about that. There have been problems of racism and anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and in Britain in other parties as well. But I don’t think I can attribute the election result to those issues. You might but I don’t.” When Garfinkel said there were a lot of “conflicted people” before the election, Chakrabarti added: “I’m sad to hear that but I think we’re able to move forward together now. I’ve made some recommendations about how people treat each other and I feel there is an appetite for taking those forward.” Garfinkel claimed that she had been “dismissive when asked a reasonable question”. Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of Deputies, said: “Our message following the election is unchanged. Jeremy Corbyn has said that the party needs to ‘stand up, not stand by’, when it comes to prejudice, and we expect the party to take firm and decisive action against the anti-Semites in its midst. “Jeremy Corbyn himself has to make a clear break from treating extremists as ‘friends’ and start standing up consistently for their victims instead. This has to apply everywhere, including of course the UK and Israel. There is unfinished business between the Jewish community and Labour.”
LABOUR MUST CHANGE BY JEREMY NEWMARK
CHAIRMAN, JEWISH LABOUR MOVEMENT
Unsurprisingly, the candidacies of JLM members including myself, Mike Katz and Alex Sobel in seats such as Finchley, Hendon and Leeds NW provoked communal debate. For JLM, this was welcome. Debate around the relationship between the community and the Labour Party helps us deliver change from the inside. Most opposition to our candidacies came from tribal Tories. They said Jews shouldn’t challenge pro-Israel MPs. Oddly, that didn’t apply when it came to former UJIA Executive Lee Scott challenging Wes Streeting in Ilford. The notion that Jews should always defer to non-Jewish pro-Israel MPs smacks of a bygone era when we relied on others to make our case. Our candidacies were emancipating. They enabled Jewish voters to put communal interests to one side, knowing that whatever the outcome, their MP would support Israel and oppose antiSemitism. They could decide based on Brexit and education, or refugees, the NHS and social care. The results proved that many did just that. It seems that
‘shy Jewish Labour voters’ in Barnet seats confounded those who thought Tory majorities would rise into the stratosphere rather than be pared to the bone. As I wearily discarded my rosette at 6am on Friday, the political landscape had changed. For many, Jeremy Corbyn is now a Prime Minister in waiting. Cleavages in Labour are healing. But many things remain unchanged. Most of our community’s friends held their seats. However, we still need to turn a corner regarding anti-Semitism in the party. JLM will continue to lead from the front, without being deterred by this new landscape. We have already reengaged on these issues. The immediate agenda is clear: Ken Livingstone must be re-investigated and expelled; cases such as Jackie Walker must be swiftly pursued to appropriate outcomes. We need immediate implementation of the Royall and Chakrabarti recommendations. Those recommendations that fell short of expectations must be revisited. JLM’s rule change proposals must be tabled at party conference as an NEC recommendation. Critically, JLM will redouble our efforts to expand our training and education at all levels across the party. Ultimately, that is what will deliver meaningful change.
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RACIST SHOUTED ‘LET’S GET JEWS OUT’ NEXT TO POLLING STATION A woman reportedly shouted outside a Borehamwood polling station on Thursday: “Vote Labour, let’s get the Jews out.” The woman, who was standing on Manor Way, was reported to the police, with local Labour politicians expressing dismay at her actions. “We are horrified and shocked that anti-Semitic behaviour has occurred outside a polling station in Hertsmere,” said Michelle Vince, leader of the local Labour group.
BORIS CONDEMNS NEW ISRAELI WEST BANK SETTLEMENT Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has strongly condemned the Israeli government’s announcement that it will build more than 3,000 new settlement units in the West Bank. Johnson said: “Settlements are illegal under international law, and not conducive to peace.” An Israeli panel last week approved plans for the first complete new Jewish settlement in the West Bank in two decades, with 1,800 settler homes.
Tory-DUP government ‘will be good for Israel’ in a general election sumA founder of Northern moned to boost it. Ireland Friends of Israel Jaffe said Northern Irehas said the Democratic land’s tiny Jewish commuUnionists’ likely role in a nity – of about 80 members new government would – meant it was “hard to recbe “good news for Israel”, oncile the DUP’s interest citing the party’s support in Israel and matters of for the Jewish state. Jewish concern” given Steven Jaffe, a grassthe apparent lack of selfroots consultant for the interest for its electorate. Board of Deputies, said the “But Northern Ireland is DUP’s voting record was the UK’s bible belt,” he said. encouraging, given that all “Like the American south, its MPs voted against the Christian Zionism is a symbolic recognition of potent force among Ulster’s Palestine in 2014. church-going Protestant “When the issue came community, the traditional up at Westminster, the heartland of DUP support.” party turned up in block Arlene Foster and MP Nigel Dodds The party, whose late to register opposition,” he said. “Indeed, they formed five of the 12 MPs who leader Reverend Ian Paisley set up the DUP Friends of Israel, has pressed police authorities opposed it.” Jaffe added that DUP MPs “spoke promi- in Northern Ireland on the legality of anti-Israel nently in the debate earlier this year on the protests, while in 2012 it fired fierce criticism at Balfour centenary and have been outspoken in the Co-operative Group for boycotting products condemning Palestinian incitement and funding from settlements in the West Bank. DUP leader Arlene Foster was in London this for terrorist prisoners,” adding: “That might be week to negotiate an agreement with May, under good news for Israel.” The general election returned 10 DUP which the party would help the Government pass MPs, whom Theresa May needs to form a govern- business through the Commons. No deal had ment after the Conservatives lost their majority been announced by the time of going to press.
COMMUNITY MUST TAKE CARE WHEN CHOOSING ALLIES BY DAVID BROWN Many community leaders welcomed the news the Democratic Unionists will help the Tories form a government, highlighting their support for Israel. Jonathan Akush, the Board of Deputies’ President, called the party a “friend of the community and Israel”. We’ve fought prejudice in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. His record of having “friends” with extreme views is disgraceful. Yet the DUP also has deeply problematic views for many Jews – particularly on abortion, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and the environment. The DUP keeps Northern Ireland as the only part of the UK denying equal marriage and an exemption to allow discrimination against LGBT people. Its politicians have variously described homosexuality as “an abomination”. Advocates against prejudice should see how this hypocritical blind spot to intolerance
undermines the community’s efforts to build bridges with marginalised groups in the shared fight against racism, prejudice and extremism. How can we expect sympathy for our unease with Corbyn when some of our institutions disregard the dismay many feel at the prospect of homophobic politicians, with questionable links to paramilitary groups, exerting influence on government? If we can’t demand a higher threshold than that for choosing our friends, we’ll further alienate younger, more progressive and LGBT Jews. We’ll also find it even harder to convince wider society that we’re serious in the fight against all prejudice. I hope more senior, established parts of our communal leadership give greater thought to how their words and actions demonstrate the broad, diverse and inclusive community we seek to build. David Brown is chief executive of UJS. He is writing in a personal capacity
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BIBI WANTS REFUGEE AGENCY ABOLISHED Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, to be dismantled. The call was made to Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the UN and the agency’s biggest donor. The Israeli PM told her UNRWA had “a great deal of incitement against Israel”. UNRWA said only the General Assembly could remove its mandate.
ISRAEL ‘SPOTTED’ ISIS LAPTOP ATTACK PLANS The US laptop ban on flights from eight Muslim nations was reportedly put in place because Israeli cyberintelligence uncovered detailed Islamic State plans for bomb attacks on aircraft. The revelation appeared in an article in Monday’s New York Times about the difficulties the US faces in using cyber warfare to contain the influence of the terrorist group. [JTA]
Thousands call for ban on Al Quds Day march Pressure was mounting yesterday to ban Sunday’s Al Quds Day march through central London, as Sadiq Khan revealed he would discuss the matter with Metropolitan Police Commissioner about it tomorrow. The annual march and rally has gained notoriety in recent years, with marchers in previous years waving Hamas and Hezbollah flags. By yesterday morning, more than 8,000 people had signed an online petition for London’s mayor to ban the rally, but the power to do so lies with the government and the police chief, Cressida Dick. The petition, organised by the
grassroots group North West Friends of Israel, said a failure to ban the event would “call into question” Khan’s commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. The march, organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, will face a counter-protest supported by groups including the Zionist Federation, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, World Jewish Congress, We Believe in Israel and Sussex Friends of Israel. Jewish groups have long protested against a loophole allowing protesters to wave the Hezbollah flag, because the group has both an armed
wing – which is proscribed as a terrorist organisation – and a political wing, which is not. JLC chief executive Simon Johnson said this week anyone waving the Hezbollah flag on British streets should be acting illegally. “If the display of the Isis flag is outlawed, why the difference?” he asked. “Why are we not treating the display and waving of the Hezbollah flag as prima facie evidence of extremism? Surely, after all the terrorist outrages in our cities, it is time for zero tolerance for terrorist flags on our streets?” In a video posted by the pro-Israel grassroots group StandWithUs, a London-born
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Israeli tour guide who was injured in a terrorist attack in 2010 appeals to Khan to ban the march, saying it would be “a slap in the face to the families of victims” if it went ahead. The London mayor told Jewish News this week: “I have passed concerns on to the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick who has taken them on board. I am meeting the Commissioner on Friday and this is on the agenda.” He acknowledged that “people have made representations to me about previous demonstrations, about flags being thrown down”, but Sharon Vieira-Poole, of the Mayor’s Office for Policing And
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Lone Chabad rabbis from 23 countries have met in the city of Girona to discuss small and isolated Jewish communities.
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Community rallies to help victims of tower block fire Jewish communities across London reached out to help the dozens of families affected by the fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in west London in the early hours of Wednesday. Holland Park Synagogue, part of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community, issued an urgent appeal to members to donate items for victims of the nearby disaster, which was known to have claimed 12 lives by 6pm yesterday. A shul spokesman expressed “our horror at the tragic event,” telling members that those who lived in the tower had “lost everything… anything you can do to help will be much appreciated”. They said the shul “will be collecting clothes and toiletries on Sunday morning” and encouraged members to donate to a Just Giving crowdfunding page. Elsewhere, New West End Synagogue in Bayswater has organised a collection on Sunday. Synagogues as far away as Hertfordshire joined in the relief effort, with Borehamwood shul starting a communal collection yesterday evening. The inferno ripped through the block housing 120 families in north Kensington,
The blaze at west London’s Grenfell Tower
leaving people trapped on upper floors. As flames licked up the building, some desperately held their babies from windows, while others jumped. Several eyewitnesses broke down as they recalled what they saw.
Hundreds of firefighters battled to control the blaze, which was still ongoing 12 hours after it started, with five hospitals treating 50 injured people. London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “This is an unprecedented incident. In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “The pictures of the fire at Grenfell Tower are truly harrowing. My thoughts and prayers today are with all of those affected and with the heroes running towards danger to help save lives. May God be with them all.” The building had only recently been refurbished, with new aluminium cladding covering the exterior. Eyewitnesses say the cladding appeared to spread the fire more rapidly. London politicians, including Mayor Sadiq Khan said that “questions need answering”. A statement from World Jewish Relief said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all those suffering. The outpouring of love and support from the Jewish and wider community today has been remarkable.”
Dog dies after saving owners from deli fire A dog that woke its owners to warn them of a fire has died in the devastating blaze at a kosher supermarket in Golders Green on Sunday. Three-year old cockapoo Daisy alerted Alex Gibson and his pregnant girlfriend Charlotte Perren, both in their early 20s, as fire spread at Kay’s, in Princes Parade, Golders Green Road, triggering an emergency response. The couple, who managed to escape, lost all their possessions as well as their beloved dog, hailed a “hero” for raising the alarm. This week, the local Jewish community organised a fundraising effort through Facebook, with co-ordinator Sara Benbasset praising the response. “It’s really warming to the heart,” she said. “People as a community pull together. People have just wanted to give without limit.” Speaking to Jewish News, she said Perren “had pretty much everything she needs to start again... it has been a real
Hero: Daisy warned owners
show of unity from the Jewish community”. London Fire Brigade station manager Paul Fitzgerald said: “Crews used specialist cutting equipment to break in through the shop’s roller shutters at the front of the building and worked quickly in very difficult and smoky conditions to rescue three people via ladder and lead two to safety.” Barnet’s borough commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose, said: “At this time there is nothing to suggest it is suspicious, but we are keeping an open mind.”
William and Kate to visit Stutthof PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS TAKE LOCAL The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to visit the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland during their upcoming European tour in July. A Kensington Palace spokesman confirmed that there would be “a specific Jewish memorial element” to the visit by the Royal couple, as part of five days of activities. Located near Gdansk, Stutthof was the first Nazi concentration camp to be built outside Germany’s borders, and the last to be liberated by the
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Allies. Researchers believe 85,000 people died there, and it remains largely intact. William and Kate will begin their trip on 17 July in the Polish capital of Warsaw, ending in the German city of Hamburg before returning home on 21 July. Their visit to Stuffhof is the second high-profile Royal visit to a concentration camp in recent years, after the Queen and Prince Philip journeyed to BergenBelsen in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.
Palestinian supporters this week asked a High Court judge to consider the legality of the government’s ban on local councils boycotting countries such as Israel. The judicial review, being heard in the Administrative Court on Wednesday, was initiated by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and challenges rules introduced last September by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. His guidance prevents local government pension funds from engaging in boycotts and the “ethical divestment” of companies accused of being complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Last year, the Jewish community welcomed news of the ban, after ministers said local coun-
cils should not be adopting their own foreign policy. Board of Deputies vice president Marie van der Zyl said: “We welcomed the original government announcement that legislative steps were to be taken against boycotts of Israel. Boycotts are objectionable, counterproductive and divisive on every level.” PSC chair Hugh Lanning said: “Everyone has a right to peacefully protest Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights. It is reprehensible to forbid people from making decisions about where their own money goes, and forcing them to profit from human rights abuses.” The Court will consider EU law and pensions legislation among other things.
Anger over axing of film on anti-Semitism Film-makers have hit out at TV editors in France and Germany after they refused to screen their documentary on anti-Semitism among Europe’s Muslims. Joachim Schroeder, co-director of Chosen and Excluded – The Hate for Jews in Europe, condemned studio bosses at Arte and WDR, who commissioned the film on anti-Semitism in the UK, Hungary, Sweden, Norway and Greece. Schroeder’s comments echo
the head of Germany’s Jewish community, who wrote to the studios lobbying for the film to be aired, as it was “highly relevant”. Late last year, Arte bosses sent the film back to the drawing board, saying it did not offer a “balanced approach” and did not focus on the five countries “in any way,” instead showing anti-Semitism in France and Israel. They asked for changes to be made. This week the broadcaster said the film-makers’ decision
not to alter the documentary at all “raised issues of principle and even trust”. Yet Schroeder, who filmed young French Jews being beaten up in predominantly Muslim areas of France, stuck by his film and approach, and said the Franco-German studios had pulled it for other reasons. “You can’t make a film on anti-Semitism without saying every three minutes that the Palestinians are the victims of Israelis,” he said.
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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said it was “an honour” to participate in an historic interfaith iftar, the meal to break the fast during Ramadan. He attended the Tuesday night event with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols of the Diocese of Westminster, whose home provided the setting.
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KHAN TURNS TO ISRAEL FOR ANTI-TERROR ADVICE Sadiq Khan has sought advice from Israel about how to better combat terrorism in the wake of the atrocities in Manchester and London, writes Leon Symons. In an exclusive interview with Jewish News after addressing more than 1,000 guests at Jewish Care’s annual dinner, Khan revealed that both his office and Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, the head of national counterterrorism policing, have been in touch with officials in Israel, where citizens have had to contend with vehicle and stabbing attacks. “My office has been in contact with not only Tel Aviv, but other places as well,” the Mayor said. He and his colleagues had learned “lots of things, things like putting in place the barriers we have done in London. There are other things and we are using the advice we receive. Just like the terrorists evolve, we have to find new ways to protect ourselves,” he added. In a speech at the dinner punctuated by sustained applause, Khan pledged to use “all my influence” to repair relations between his party and the community. And he pledged to tackle the rise in antiSemitism in the capital, saying it was “unacceptable in London in 2017 and
Sadiq Khan: ‘I will repair relations’
I’m determined to stamp it out”. Saying he would give police the resources to fight hate crime, he said: “I promise you I will not rest until we win this battle.” There had been a rise in hate crime after the London Bridge attack, he revealed. Provisional statistics for 6 June show a 40 percent increase (54 racist incidents) compared to the daily average this year, and a five-fold increase in Islamaphobic incidents. “This is absolutely a very big concern for me,” the mayor said, warning: “If you commit a hate crime, you face arrest.” Khan heaped praise on the work of Jewish Care as “incredible”. He joked that while in the charity’s Golders Green HQ “it did occur to me for a few seconds that I should convert to be Jewish”.
Rabbi Dweck steps aside from Beth Din to ‘clarify’ teachings Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck has “stepped aside from the day to day activity” of the Sephardi Beth Din as he seeks to quell the escalating row surrounding his remarks. Dweck, who is strongly backed by the British Sephardi community, said he took the decision to remove himself from the role “to work with the wider rabbinic community to clarify my halachic teachings”. A row erupted three weeks ago after Dweck said the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender revolution had been a “fantastic” development for humanity but it has since emerged some senior rabbis have concern about aspects of his wider style and teaching. It comes after the influential Rov of Gateshead, Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman said Dweck was “not fit to serve as a rabbi”. In a letter t o
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In a no-holds-barred letter written in Hebrew, Zimmerman said of Dweck: “It is clear that he is not equipped to rule on Halacha, due to his limited knowledge, weak reasoning skills and lack of training.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis urged colleagues to refrain from attacks on Dweck. He said: “I am extremely concerned about the public fallout from the dispute, which has been deeply divisive and damaging for our community. It is for the [Spanish & Portuguese] community to appropriately examine the broad range of issues which have arisen, while giving Rabbi Dweck the opportunity to address all matters directly.” Rabbi Dweck said: “The continuing activity of our Sephardi Beth Din is of the utmost importance to me and I will step aside while we resolve the matter.”
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News / Jewish News meets... Trevor Pears
‘I get immense pleasure in helping people help others’ Trevor Pears tells Stephen Oryszczuk how his identities both as a Jew and as a global citizen have shaped his philanthropy
igerian doctor Rilwan Raji is back working in his country’s north. He is trying to eradicate polio, measles, meningitis, Lassa fever and Ebola from refugee camps near areas controlled by Boko Haram. This group of Islamist terrorists, who abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014, abhor all things Western, including vaccinations. As a result, outbreaks are occurring, says Raji. The problems, in short, are many. But the doctor is now better prepared to deal with them after having spent a year in Israel studying for his International Masters in Public Health, on a scholarship paid for by Trevor Pears and his two brothers. Raji studied in Jerusalem, at Hebrew University, where he was part of a cohort comprising 19 nationalities, including three Palestinians. Meeting last month in Pears’ office in Hampstead, north-west London, Raji describes having spoken to 245 Jewish children at JFS earlier in the day (“they wanted to know about my clothes and where they could get them”). He told them about the scholarship and the work he’s doing. Imagine you’re a footballer, he says, and you can’t use your legs. That’s what polio does. The hall falls silent. Meeting alumni brings home to Pears what his family’s money is doing. “Looking at your face, it is unbelievably rewarding,” he tells Raji. “Among all the programmes we support, this is the one we wouldn’t drop. Meeting people like Rilwan, having the opportunity to help them a bit on their journey, it gets you out of bed in the morning.” The Pears Foundation is well known in the Jewish community for its philanthropy, but Pears himself keeps a low profile – this is his first interview in ten years. “People in philanthropy talk about impact, and measuring impact, and here we are sat opposite somebody who is impacting tens if not hundreds of thousands of people,” he says. “If you can be a small part of that journey – wow.” Isn’t he the reason for the journey? “No, they’re the reason for the journey. If Rilwan didn’t exist, we couldn’t help him. If Hebrew University didn’t have this public health course or others covering animal, plant and nutritional science, we couldn’t help. Strangely, very few people in British Jewry – or in Israel for that matter – actually know about these programmes.” He’s right. Israel has a history of reaching out to developing countries, particularly in Africa, but Israel’s Mashav – the equivalent of Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) – is little known among Israelis. It’s good work, done quietly. “It’s been quiet because the focus and noise
IT’S LESS ABOUT THE CAUSE THAN ABOUT THE PEOPLE. IT’S IN THEM THAT WE INVEST is elsewhere,” says Pears. “You don’t shout about these things. We believe in it, as British Jews. These are core central Jewish values. But Israel has been engaged in this since day one, which is remarkable. What you do is who you are. At the heart of Israel, at the heart of being Jewish, is welcoming the stranger, working with others. You talk about Maimonides’ highest form of giving, helping people help themselves. In this case we’re helping people help themselves, who then go on to help countless others. It’s phenomenal.” He turns back to Raji. “I can’t help it. At the same time as you’re talking about these deeply troubling and challenging issues, the pleasure I get from listening to you is immense. It’s a funny thing, that.” Pears knows that the world offers plenty of challenges – he was in Ghana last year, supporting a project to reduce child mortality – and travels a lot. But what comes across in our interview is that he genuinely, passionately cares. He’s a stayer, too: the Pears family has backed this programme for 17 years, and it currently supports 30 scholars from developing countries. Many go on to attain senior positions: among alumni is a former Kenyan ambassador to the UN. Pears hasn’t met them all, but you get the clear impression he’d love to. They are an international group – West African, Colombian, Nepalese, Ukrainian and many others (they’ve all shared Raji’s photo with the Israeli ambassador on WhatsApp). All have their own country-specific issues. For Raji, eradicating polio from Nigeria is the big one. “For me, it’s personal,” he says. It’s personal to Pears, too. How does he choose which requests to back? “We set our own direction, which makes it easier to say no.” How does he set it? There’s a joke, he says, that once you’ve met one family foundation, you’ve met one family foundation – in other words, they’re all idiosyncratic by nature. Describing his voyage into philanthropy, he says: “At first it was like getting in a boat, putting up the sail, and off I went, going where the wind blew me. I didn’t put a rudder in for quite a long time… With hindsight, I think that was a good way to go, and it suited my personality. “I’m a bit like a butterfly, going from one to the next. I won’t narrow it down to say ‘We
Trevor Pears with Rilwan Raji, who studied at Hebrew University thanks to the Pears Foundation
only do this or that.’ We support a good range of what we think are interconnected good causes. But it’s less about the cause than it is the people. Rilwan is the perfect example. It’s in them that we invest.” Are there funding decisions he regrets? Not really, but some have gone better than others. “We’ve learnt a lot along the way. Even things that didn’t go as well as we’d hoped have led on to other opportunities. For example, the Give More intervention led to partnership with the Royal Free, encouraging young people to volunteer in hospitals. Another is the Chief Rabbi’s initiative taking young British Jews to Mumbai. It’s having the opportunity.” It feeds into his journey of the past 20 years, and goes to who he is. “We all have multiple identities – we’re many things – and one is my Jewish identity. We were drawn to international development as global citizens, but I felt quite lonely in that space, as the only Jew.
“After two or three years and several meetings, however, some of the people I got to know would quietly say to me ‘By the way, I didn’t tell you before, but I’m Jewish too.’ These people were doing this stuff not because they were Jewish, but despite being Jewish. They felt they had to give something up to do it because it wasn’t seen as something Jews did. It was very odd to see.” It’s fascinating how Pears saw his philanthropy as part of his Jewish identity, whereas other philanthropic Jews saw the two aspects as separate, though he says that is changing. He is still sometimes asked what percentage of his funding goes to Jewish causes, he adds. “My answer to that is ‘every penny’, because that’s how we see the world. Some people still think ‘you’re Jewish so you should support that’, or ‘you’re British so you should support this’. I don’t see it like that. We’re all these things, and they complement each other.”
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Our returning friends have a big role to play Continued from page 1 Goldstein warned of is now a realistic possibility and that anti-Semitism and the way it is dealt with will continue to affect many British Jews’ attitudes towards Labour. At least until further, serious, progress is made. It won’t have been lost on the party’s leadership just how close four London seats with large Jewish communities came to going red. We can sometimes overplay the influence of Jewish voters, and community members make up just 20 percent of the electorate even in Golders Green and Finchley. While Labour candidates believe the Jewish vote was more than the 13 percent suggested by polls before the election, it would be extremely shortsighted, in a General Election where even Kensington turned red, to suggest Labour would not have had a decent chance of taking at least some of the four had it not been for the anti-Semitism scandal and the biased track record on Israel of its leader. Winning even all four would not have been enough to make the difference for Corbyn, but it would have taken him closer. With many tight battles nationwide, the party may also reflect on a recent ComRes poll for Jewish News, which suggested anti-Semitism allegations would make 34 percent of voters think twice about backing Labour. It is not just electorally prudent, however, it is – and has always been – a moral obligation to take the community’s concerns as seriously as it would another minority’s. Rather than basking in their unexpected successes, Labour and its leader must use their renewed strength to strain every sinew to ensure its rhetoric of zero tolerance is matched by action at every turn. The leader must also take urgent steps to show his readiness to personally address concerns over his past record on the Middle East – although many won’t be holding their breath. Despite defeats last week for the chair and vice chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, the organisation has a key role to play. Community leaders must continue to press, quite simply, for what is right. This struggle will also be down to the many Labour MPs whose friendship with the community has never been in doubt, but whose survival in the Commons had been at the start of the campaign. We heartily congratulate the likes of Ian Austin, Joan Ryan, Wes Streeting and Tulip Siddiq – who, within hours had called for a new independent probe into anti-Semitism – and our friends on the Tory benches, including Mike Freer, Matthew Offord, Bob Blackman and Oliver Dowden, and wish them wisdom on the bumpy road ahead.
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DWECK IS SPARING PEOPLE PAIN Regarding Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s comments, which appear to encourage the acceptance of homosexuality in Judaism and Rabbi Aaron Bassous’ subsequent criticism, I hope to shine new perspective onto this matter (Jewish News, 2 June). For most people, sexuality is simply the gender to which they are attracted. For many men struggling with same-sex attraction, it touches on something much deeper. If we as a community can make sure that people don’t feel alienated when it comes to this matter, think of how much value we can add to their futures and how much pain we are potentially sparing them, simply by telling them they are equal.
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CANCELLING THE PRO-ISRAEL RALLY JUST PLAYS INTO THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS We are constantly told that we need to send out a message to terrorists that they won’t change our way of life and we should continue with our lives regardless. So why was a major pro-Israel event set for Westminster cancelled over security fears? (Jewish News, 8 June). Surely claiming “Islamic extremists have called for the specific targeting of Christians and Jews during the
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Same-sex attraction should never evolve into emotional darkness. It’s dangerous in every sense. Rabbi Dweck’s courage is removing from the community the sting of gay inadequacy, and replacing it with love, acceptance and equality, purely on a passionate human level. He’s creating a safer environment for the next struggler in line, so they can have the shame-free freedom and emotional balance to take charge of their identity, one which is not just their sexuality. Rabbi Dweck is saving lives, not promoting sex.
month of Ramadan” is stating the obvious. Surely from the moment the event was announced it was a target but tickets were still sold. Cancelling such an event plays into the hands of terrorists. Des Starritt’s comment: “We are determined that the impact of Islamic extremism will not win” just proves they already have.
Russell Ballen By email
LEVI ESHKOL WAS PRIME MINISTER DURING WAR
“Will Hillary Clinton be US President, you ask? Will Theresa May win an election by a landslide, you ask? Ha, ha! Is The Pope Catholic?”
Your article about the SixDay War on 25 May stated “as well as then Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who visited the day after” [11 May]. Methinks you are wrong – Levi Eshkol was Prime
Minister (1963-1969) at the time of the war. Ben-Gurion was Prime Minister from 1948 to 1953 and 1955 to 1963.
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IT’S TIME FOR MORE PRIDE
You report Rabbi Aaron Bassous, of Beth Hamedrash Knesset Yehezkel in Golders Green “called on the Beth Din to remove Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community” over his view that the “homosexual revolution is a fantastic development for humanity” (Jewish News, 2 June). I agree with Rabbi Bassous’ general disquiet with Rabbi Dweck’s ill-advised comment even if the latter was correct that it “was based on traditional and widely accepted Torah and Talmudic sources”. However to have “compared Rabbi Dweck with Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, who caused a stir in the late 1950s by
Nina Morris-Evans writes how ashamed she was of the annual Jerusalem Day March of the Flags, which goes through Jerusalem and Hebron, as this conflates support for Israel with the ‘occupation’ (Jewish News, 25 May). I find this rather shocking. These two cities are the birthplace of the Jewish nation and its heart and soul. If we have no historical right to Jerusalem – our capital, where an unbroken Jewish presence goes back centuries and the city that is central in
Perhaps it is time to stop reporting on the anti-Israel musician Roger Waters. You should no longer report on the latest act he’s attempted to bully into not performing in Israel – in this case, Radiohead, who are due to play in Tel Aviv next month. Stop giving him the publicity.
If there is one certainty that can be taken from the result of the election, it is that the ‘hard Brexit’ espoused by the Conservatives has been roundly rejected. May made this election about Brexit and she lost. As she seeks to remain in Number 10 with the support of a deeply partisan, hardline and socially questionable DUP, May threatens the neutral position Westminster must take on Northern Irish issues to secure lasting peace. May’s diabolical lack of judgement on both issues is a clear indication that neither she nor her Party are fit for purpose entering Brexit negotiations. The government must set up a cross-party Constitutional Convention of civil negotiators to secure a Brexit that is reflected by all society because there is no mandate for a Tory ‘hard Brexit’.
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questioning the Orthodox understanding of revelation”, and call him “more poisonous”, is hyperbolic. The latter attacked one of the fundamental underpinnings of Torah Judaism, whereas the former has, by using a misguided choice of phrase, ‘only’ appeared to go along with the PC culture on same-sex relationships. Perhaps Rabbi Dweck should have heeded Shimon ben Shetach’s admonition (Avot 1:9) to be “careful with your words lest through them others learn falsehood”.
Martin D. Stern Salford
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our customs and prayers for two millennia – and Hebron – our forefathers’ burial place, which featured continued Jewish residence until 1929, when 67 Jews were butchered and the rest driven out – what right have we to Tel Aviv and Haifa? Why are some Jews so guilt-ridden and ashamed at the miraculous return to their own land? Perhaps it is time to have less shame and more pride.
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Real abomination is vitriol directed at Rabbi Dweck DAVE SHAW
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t’s really disheartening to hear of all the negative energy sent in Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s direction. A man of deep integrity and wisdom, his teachings show the extent to which he understands the fragility of the human condition and is keen to find ways for people to embrace the love of Torah. Having spoken to him directly on issues concerning LGBT+ members of the Jewish community here in London, it is clear to me that Rabbi Dweck is perplexed by the disproportionate actions taken by members of the community to denigrate its LGBT+ members, purportedly in the name of halachah. When setting the parameters of his shiur, Rabbi Dweck openly said that this would be an uncomfortable discussion for many, yet showed great courage in taking such a proactive position. One can hear from the passion in his delivery that he has spent plenty of time exploring these issues and appears to feel
HE WANTS A WARM, CARING COMMUNITY. SURELY PEOPLE WILL RECOGNISE THAT HIS VIEWS COME FROM A PLACE OF LOVE? it is incumbent on him to share his understanding. If more people like Rabbi Dweck had spoken up when I was a youngster, my journey could have been very different – particularly my time with B’nei Akiva. KeshetUK is the charity striving to ensure that LGBT+ people and their families are present, safe and able to participate fully in Jewish life. Through our work with synagogues, schools, youth movements, university campuses and other community organisa-
tions, we know that the silence and passive ignorance of bystanders is isolating, damaging and a major cause of self-harm. While it’s beyond KeshetUK’s role to determine halachah, debating its nuance and seeking ways to navigate such deeply personal issues is exactly the role of courageous people like Rabbi Dweck. He reiterated that the Torah prohibits the physical act of penetration between two men and confirms its categorisation of this as a ‘toevah’. Translating ‘toevah’ presents its own challenges. Although often defined as an ‘abomination’, several other translations are offered. Alternatives include ‘unwelcome, repellent, off the path or taboo’ and these would inherently soften the rejection encountered by our LGBT+ people and their families. Rabbi Dweck was also keen to point out that violation of this transgression is equitable to any other ‘toevah’ in the Torah, such as the consumption of shellfish or committing fraud, and therefore treating them differently is illegitimate. He emphasised that everyone sins, and if we extend the same unwavering
rigidity to every micro detail of all of our personal lives, we would end up rejecting the majority of our committed community members. Rabbi Dweck wants our Jewish community to be a warm, caring place, with acts of loving-kindness interwoven throughout. He aspires to keep people within the community, and for them to be their authentic selves. Surely those who do not agree with all his views will recognise that those views come from a place of love? Despite his issuing clarifying statements on some of his more contentious points, he has been increasingly vilified, both in the UK and abroad. The real abomination I see here is the vitriol and character assassinations of Rabbi Dweck from others who really should know better than facilitate and encourage such brazen acts of hate speech. I hope this incident does not prevent Rabbi Dweck from continuing to engage people with his inspiration, passion and wisdom for many years to come, for that would be a colossal loss to our community.
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Corbyn has strengthened Labour. Let’s deal with it JENNI FRAZER
ow that all the shouting has died down, what we are left with is rubble, the picking over of bones, the effort to find some hopeful things to say when in reality we are facing a dispiriting mess and some of the most incompetent decisions in modern politics. Theresa May did not need to call an election, but arrogance - which runs through parts of the Conservative Party like letters through a stick of Blackpool rock - appears to have persuaded her to do so in the vain pursuit of the Brexit unicorn. This is the fantasy that she and she alone could negotiate the ultimate deal with the European partners whom we are about to divorce. I thought about Brexit, the hard and soft versions, in a passport control queue this week and wondered whether it would be the last time I would be waved through with the other Europeans or whether I would have to wait in line with Albanians and Turks next time I travel, courtesy of Mrs May and her cohorts.
SURELY IT’S IN OUR INTEREST TO REOPEN COMMUNICATION, BECAUSE ANOTHER ELECTION COULD BE IN THE OFFING What we are facing is the result of all kinds of ill-considered judgment, on both Left and Right. The Right – led by May and the Maybots – seem to think they are in power by some sort of divine right. And the Left is not immune from its own stupidities. Commentators in the know say that if Jeremy Corbyn had really got a grip on the whole anti-Semitism farrago and dealt with it properly – which would have meant expelling Livingstone rather than suspending him and having him hang around Labour
like a bad smell – then the party could have won more seats and we could be looking at a different outcome today. But he didn’t, and that poor judgment, and an apparent inability to repudiate his more dodgy “friends” in 30 years of being a backbench maverick – without the need to be held accountable back in the day – has cost Corbyn dearly. He could have won the two crucial north-west London seats of Hendon and Finchley and Golders Green handsomely. Instead, both the Conservative incumbents have been returned to Parliament, but have been given a fright, with vastly reduced majorities. It is to be hoped, in Matthew Offord’s case, that he has learned a useful lesson in listening to what his constituents actually want. A bit of empathy and a great deal more hard work won’t go amiss. The Corbyn factor made life twice as difficult as it needed to be for hard-working Labour MPs. But Corbyn, like May, now appears to think himself invincible and untouchable. For the Jewish community, the results
of the election we never needed are a mixed blessing. A cobbled alliance with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists (DUP) to allow May to retain her foot in Downing Street’s door is a pretty unsavoury solution to not having Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn. There are some nuggets to celebrate: the return of Wes Streeting to represent Ilford North with a socking great majority, and that of hard-working Ivan Lewis to Bury South, are both great news. But we can’t rely on Tory handouts from the high table for much longer. Like it or not, the Jewish community will have to deal intelligently with a much strengthened Labour Party, who were far from wiped out as those on the Right had gleefully predicted. It is surely in our interests to reopen channels of communication with Labour. Because if the DUP doesn’t back May all the way, then we are inevitably looking at another election, sooner rather than later. And, like Brenda from Bristol, one thing I do know is that our response to that will be a nearuniversal groan of “Oh, no!”
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How did Corbyn’s comments on Hamas not put off voters? SIR ERIC PICKLES
FORMER COMMUNITIES SECRETARY AND CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS OF ISRAEL CHAIR
s Big Ben’s chime rang out at 10pm last Thursday, the BBC’s General Election exit poll was revealed. A possible hung Parliament. Impossible, screamed the Conservatives and, I’m sure, plenty in the Labour Party. Going into election day, Conservative strategists and candidates had still expected a successful night. Instead, the British public delivered another political earthquake – the third in as many years. No one had foreseen this. And yet, the youth vote had quietly turned out in huge numbers. The Ukip vote split as much towards the Labour Party as it did the Conservatives. A sizeable number of middle England had left the Conservatives and voted Labour to send a signal over their displeasure at Brexit. This silent storm had somehow gone under the radar of every political commentator. It was, quite simply, extraordinary. Just consider that Theresa May had received more votes than Tony Blair during his 1997 landslide win. Many Conservative candidates lost despite increasing their vote by several thousand. I myself had seen the strength of support for
IF IT’S A PARTY ‘FOR THE MANY’, LABOUR CAN’T CONTINUE TO WHITEWASH ITS PROBLEM WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY the Conservative Party on doorsteps from South Wales to the south coast of England and there was a genuine warmth for Theresa May. Much has been made of the Conservative resurgence in Scotland, spearheaded by Ruth Davidson. Important though this is, commentators ought also to be looking at north London. Were it not for the Jewish community’s strong support for Conservative candidates in north London, then Comrade Corbyn could well be in No 10 right now. The support prevented a near whitewash of the Conservatives in London. Steadfast friends of Israel and the Jewish community – Bob Blackman, Mike
Freer, Matthew Offord and Theresa Villiers – held on narrowly thanks to support from Jewish constituents. Sadly, CFI officer David Burrowes lost in Enfield Southgate. A Jewish Chronicle pre-election poll showed 77 percent of British Jews would vote Conservative. It’s only with hindsight that one can appreciate the significance of this. The UK’s Jewish community has a proud history of engaging in politics and this election offered a timely reminder of the importance of its voice. Worryingly, it seems Jeremy Corbyn’s relationships with hardline and extremist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, simply didn’t concern British voters in a way one would have foreseen. It seldom came up on doorsteps. That this would fail to resonate at a time when Britain has suffered from three appalling Islamist terror attacks is acutely concerning. This wasn’t an election dominated by Brexit. It revolved around austerity and traditional domestic issues: health and education. Newspapers went hard on Corbyn’s links to extremists and, when raised by the public, he simply, and disingenuously, presented himself as a key player in the Good Friday Peace Process. For some voters, this may well have been sufficient to allay fears, but it appears many others simply voted on everday issues. To this end, the Labour
manifesto had pledged all manner of incentives and giveaways. There is much work to be done. Anti-Semitism made the headlines during the election. In Bradford, Labour’s Naz Shah, who had last year been embroiled in an antiSemitism scandal, was verbally assaulted by a constituent for daring to recognise Israel’s right to exist. Meanwhile, a large pro-Corbyn banner appeared on a Bristol roundabout with an image of May wearing a Star of David earring. The overtones were undeniable. That the Jewish community would vote so overwhelmingly for the Conservatives indicates its fears over anti-Semitism within Labour remain very real. Corbyn’s record speaks for itself and yet he may well be thinking right now that his strong electoral performance indicates the public sees nothing wrong with his previous actions. But if Labour wants to proclaim to be a party ‘for the many’, he can’t continue to whitewash its problem with the Jewish community. The latest political shock poses many important questions for May and the Conservative Party, but also about views on anti-Semitism in the UK. In my capacity as the UK’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, I remain resolute in my determination to root out anti-Semitism and feel proud to be in a Party that will stand beside the Jewish community every step of the way.
I was wrong about Corbyn – and he’ll be prime minister MICHAEL FOSTER
FORMER LABOUR CANDIDATE
was wrong when I said that Jeremy Corbyn’s brand of leadership and socialism would not appeal, wrong when I said that him saying “this is me and this is how my Labour will be, take it or leave it” would not work. Jeremy’s leadership appealed to many – young and old, Labour and non-Labour – as people wanted change and I did not recognise that. I was too conservative and would not take the risk in politics. In a field that I had known better, I would have taken many a risk to secure my aim. Labour’s only purpose as a political movement is to be in government, and I now think this is indeed Jeremy’s intention, something I did not believe before this election campaign. In effect, Jeremy’s outsider position and his political entrepreneurism paid off. I tip my hat to him and I told him personally that he had succeeded where others would have failed, and that the Labour success was his and his alone. As for the future, Jeremy has two particular
JEREMY’S LEADERSHIP APPEALED TO MANY – YOUNG AND OLD, LABOUR AND NONLABOUR – AS PEOPLE WANTED CHANGE things to deal with that are of concern to me. He must continue to stamp out any sign of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party; and he must make more of an effort on that score. He must, both privately and publicly, meet with, and meet the legitimate fears of, the Jewish community. Jeremy’s legitimacy as a leader of all factions within Britain will, in part, depend on him achieving this. He can make the Jews of Britain feel safe without in any way abandoning his strong and righteous belief in the need for a self-governing
and free Palestinian homeland. If he is to secure a majority and rule Britain and implement his policies, Jeremy has to be seen to possess within his armoury of leadership both economic and organisational implementation ability. To win the next election that could be held later this year, he has to show he has competent people within government, and legitimate and senior advisors 100 yards deep whom the public will trust to help Labour be competent in the delivery of services. There is no use building infrastructure projects if all it causes are bottlenecks and inflation. Similarly, there is no use increasing expenditure on the NHS if it does not cut waiting lists and does not increase medical outputs per pound spent. The same will be true in education, social care and housebuilding. That is where the effort in getting Labour into government must now lie, alongside Jeremy’s own continued brand of campaigning, whereby he continues to exhalt those converted to his politics to continue to keep the faith and to
spread the word, he must win over the next two or three out of 100 voters who at the next election will be needed to give Labour the majority the country needs. Only a Labour government will invest in the national infrastructure and the nation’s services at a level sufficient to end the deprivation and poverty that holds so many fellow citizens back from living the full life they deserve. Jeremy knows now he will be prime minister soon. That is a rare chance to have; and Labour will hopefully use the time to prepare to back up their innovative plans within the manifesto with solid plans and the methodology of implementation. If they approach it with the same entrepreneurial spirit Jeremy insisted they maintained in their attitude to voters, then I will hopefully very soon be eating yet another hat. Michael Foster is a former Labour Party candidate and stood against Jeremy Corbyn as an independent in last week’s election
15 June 2017 Jewish News
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BRIDE AND JOY Caron Kemp speaks to Carolyn Robotkin, director at Marshmallow Bride, which offers the finest in designer and bespoke wedding dresses for your special day
any brides will have imagined themselves in a breathtakingly beautiful white gown – long before they have found a groom. So Carolyn Robotkin – director at the boutique Marshmallow Bride – handles her role in proceedings with great integrity and care. Based in the heart of St Albans, Marshmallow Bride offers both designer and bespoke wedding dresses, alongside bridesmaid gowns and Tux ‘n’ Tails, which has a large selection of menswear, both for hire and retail. Having carved out a successful career as a buying manager for high street stores, travelling extensively to source the very finest products, the Elstree and Borehamwood United shul member officially took over the business a year ago, having supported the former owner for many years. With its dedicated line-up of consultants, the team sells more than 200 bridal gowns each year. “We stock
six designers in store and in addition, around a third of our brides opt for our bespoke design service, where our in-house designer works closely with each lady to create her dream dress,” the 59-year-old explains. “Either way, from the moment you come to our store, you will be made to feel welcome and special. “Each bride has a consultation with one of our experienced stylists and she will be your personal assistant. “She will give you her undivided attention, offer an honest opinion and help you find the dress of your dreams.” With an average lead-time of 18 months, they are one of the few bridal boutiques that do not outsource alterations, with all changes done in-house by highly skilled dressmakers. Dresses can be customised to personal requirements, including build-ups, straps, boleros, detachable jackets and many different belts to complement the desired look.
“We take great pride in the fact that all our work is carried out on-site, added to which we believe it offers a greater degree of peace of mind for brides,” says Carolyn. “It may be billed as the happiest day of someone’s life, but the planning can be stressful and so our job is to alleviate any concerns and worries and make choosing a gown a thoroughly enjoyable experience. “We do what it takes, travelling abroad to source a gown and even once turning a dress around to be ready in just three short weeks.” Naturally trends have changed over the years and Carolyn and her team always ensure that they’re offering the latest looks. “We actually rarely sell white dresses these days, with most brides opting for ivory, if not pearl or gold colours,” says Carolyn. “And at the moment, having an amazing back to the dress is high on many a priority list. Whether it be
open or illusion with lace applique or beading, the hot trend is definitely for the back to be the showpiece. “That’s why I make a point of travelling abroad to bridal catwalk shows and keeping a close eye on movements in the industry, so that I can come back and stock the very best at Marshmallow Bride.” Having encountered “no more than a handful” of bridezillas – obsessive or over-demanding wedding planners – in her time, Carolyn has been privy to many an intimate moment. “We do obviously see many a happy tear being shed, not just from the bride, but from the mother, motherin-law or extended family,” she says. “Then we have the women who feel so wonderful when they find their special dress that they refuse to get out of it. “Most women embrace the experience and thoroughly enjoy it. If anything, we see more fraught moments in the menswear department downstairs, with the couple arguing over who gets the final say in what the men should wear.” With a plethora of bridal boutiques along our high streets, Carolyn is confident that her team is a cut above the competition. “Our consultants have
Above and below left: Creations offered by Marshmallow Brides. The hot trend is for the back to be the showpiece, whether it’s open or illusion, says Carolyn
decades of experience in this field and work tirelessly to ensure that the bride gets the dress she wants with no compromise,” she concludes. “Where a bride knows what she wants, we find it for her and if she is unsure of what would suit her, we are able to gently guide and advise with fantastic results. “We know our stock exceedingly well and listen attentively to our clients’ needs. Every single bride and groom that we clothe for their big day is a great source of pride for us and we take no client for granted. “It is a huge honour to be such an integral part of this important day in a person’s life and we make it our duty to ensure it is a joyful experience.” Marshmallow Bride: www.marshmallowbride.co.uk, 12-14 Victoria Street, St Albans, AL1 3JB. Call 01727 833823, or email stalbans@marshmallowbride. co.uk Tux ‘n’ Tails: www.tuxntails. co.uk; address as above. Call 01727 869986, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
15 June 2017 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
1GIFTS FOR HOMELESS Y12 students from JFS taking part in the GIFT Volunteering Programme spent an afternoon giving out GIFT bags containing sandwiches and toiletries to homeless people in central London. The programme, run by GIFT educator Shira Joseph, is designed to inspire sixth formers to become more giving individuals.
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At Liberal Judaism’s Day of Celebration, 250 participants of all ages debated everything from the impact of last week’s general election and fighting anti-Semitism to using faith as a force for good. Delegates from 32 communities across England, as well as Edinburgh and Copenhagen, packed into Northwood & Liberal Synagogue for the event, which was themed ‘Is Liberal Judaism Political Judaism?’
The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community
Chief Rabbi Mirvis visited Beit Shvidler Primary in Edgware as part of the school’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Touring the school and visiting pupils in their classrooms and in the playground, he told pupils: “You’re immensely lucky to be able to attend a school like this. You should feel very proud to be a part of this school.”
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Bradley Reback, chairman of jLiving and Maureene Collins, board member, attended the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace as representatives of the community’s largest housing association. “We were incredibly proud and privileged to be representing jLiving,” Reback said. “Maureene and I had a glorious afternoon never to be forgotten.”
15 June 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
1 TECH TRIP TO NEGEV
THIS WAS AN INVALUABLE LESSON IN CORE BRITISH VALUES AND THE RULE OF LAW AND DEMOCRACY
JNF UK recently held its first innovation and technology day trip to the Negev. Starting the day at Hatzerim Air Force Base, paying a visit to the Carasso Science Park in Be’er Sheva, and taking in a trip to Arad, overlooking the Dead Sea, the day ended with a wine tasting at the Yatir Winery. Yonatan Galon, JNF UK’s representative in Israel, said: “JNF UK is proud to be helping so many in the south and, with the generous support of the Jewish community in the UK, we are seeing the results of strengthening this part of the Jewish homeland.”
night was hosted by Suzanne Perlman.
4 SINAI PUPILS VOTE
Too young to vote in last week’s general election, Sinai junior school pupils decided to recreate their own voting system. Gemma Cowen, Key Stage 2 Leader, who jointly oversaw the election with Assistant Head Rabbi Nicky Goldmeier, said: “This was an invaluable exercise in learning about core British values and the rule of law and democracy.” The result was the Tory landslide the PM wanted: Conservatives: 206; Greens: 55; Lib Dems: 52; Labour: 40.
2 TRIPLE MAZELTOV 5 ON THEIR BIKES! Tikvah Chadasha (Shenfield, Brentwood & District Synagogue) celebrated a particularly special b’nei mitzvah at the weekend as triplets Isabella, Nathan and Amelia came of age. The trio, along with their parents, Karen – who serves as chair – and Andy, joined the congregation in 2010, while grandparents Judith and Geoff Franklin are among the congregation’s founder members.
A group of motorcycle riders embarked on a 2,000-mile road trip from the Board of Deputies’ offices in London to Jerusalem, in solidarity with Israel. The Ride4Solidarity (R4S) bikers, from Romania, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and the US, will cross Europe with their national flags and the Israeli flag on their bikes.
British Friends of the Hebrew University recently held its biennial Any Questions evening. Panellists Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer, author Norman Lebrecht and communal leader Rosalind Preston discussed subjects including the war on terrorism, Brexit, anti-Semitism and Donald Trump. The
6 CLASS REUNION
Hasmonean Boys Grammar School’s 5th form class of 1963 recently celebrated their 60-year reunion. Held at The New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place, it was organised by Barry Flack, Mark Slater, Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler and Richard Ford. Thirty-six of the 60 boys who were in the year – eight have sadly died – took part in the event.
Your simcha announcements Sophie Bracey celebrated her batmitzvah at Redbridge United Synagogue.
Darcey Gurner celebrated her batmitzvah at Ferny Hill Farm.
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Ruby Redland celebrated her batmitzvah at Redbridge United Synagogue.
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Louis King celebrated his barmitzvah at Belmont United Synagogue.
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Community / Scene & Be Seen
The Queen honours Jewish volunteers The Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) has been handed the Queenâ€™s Award for Voluntary Service as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. The award represents the highest accolade for any UK charity. JVN connects potential and existing volunteers to opportunities with Jewish and non-Jewish charities and has nearly 8,000 volunteers registered on its website and more than 400 charities use its services.
Jewish News 15 June 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
Mayor helps Jewish Care raise £5m Sadiq Khan was guest of honour at Jewish Care’s fundraising dinner this week, with singer Craig David providing the entertainment. Introducing the London Mayor, Lord Levy, the charity’s president – and a fellow Labour member – said: “We are a small and very proud community and our country is very special and meaningful to us.” Khan in turn pledged to “stamp out” anti-Semitism in London. The event raised £5 million for Jewish Care.
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A tale of pain and resilience Director of Holocaust film tells Francine Wolfisz of ‘honour’ of working with survivor testimony Ed Mosberg in a tallit over the Mauthausen inmate uniform. Inset: director Claire Ferguson
hen I listened to the testimony, I realised this was something you could never learn, you can only feel and hear it.” Shutting herself away in a viewing room, director Claire Ferguson spent many hours intensely watching first-hand accounts of 12 Holocaust survivors, filmed over 14 years. She had been approached by the producer, Llion Roberts, to compile their stories, and an interview with Mietek Pemper, Oskar Schindler’s right-hand man, into a compelling narrative of the Holocaust, the result of which is Destination Unknown, released in cinemas tomorrow.
More than a decade ago, Roberts visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was moved by a photograph that reminded him of his daughter. When he later spoke about the experience with the son of a Holocaust survivor, he was motivated to find others and film their testimonies. In the 400 hours of film he captured, Roberts discovered that some survivors had only begun talking in recent years. Some had never spoken, and for some, who have died since the making of the film, it would be their last opportunity to open up about a life marked by genocide. “To have these testimonies and to be involved in this project was an absolute honour,” says Ferguson, who has previously worked on Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer, The End of the Line – about the effects of overfishing – and Concert for George – about the Beatle George Harrison. “The survivors shared these stories, which are very personal and intimate. It was not something I could walk away from. I was compelled to do it and knew it was so important those voices were heard,” she added. She was struck by the unique stories from those who witnessed horrific brutality in the camps, those
who escaped, were kept in hiding or became partisan fighters. For Ed Mosberg, who was liberated from Mauthausen, the pain he suffered at the hands of the Nazis still leaves an emotional scar more than 70 years later. “You see this whip,” he passionately tells the crowd gathered at the concentration camp in Austria, clad in a striped uniform worn by inmates. “I was beaten by four men with this whip. I wished at that time I were dead, because those who are dead cannot feel it. I feel this, I feel this today. I never forgot this.” Another former Mauthausen inmate, Marsha Kreuzman, is also haunted by her experience. “I could forget what I had for breakfast this morning, but I will never forget what happened for the five and a half years in the concentration camp,” she says. “Who was better off ? The one who dies early in the war, or the one who suffers so much for so many years? If you think I don’t suffer now you’re wrong. I don’t sleep at night. “I walked on snow and I was
thinking I was walking on the stones. I was walking on dead people, on their bones.” Helen Sternlicht, one of the 1,200 Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler, recalls the brutality she saw at the hands of Amon Goeth, commandant of KrakówPłaszów concentration camp, where she was interned. Speaking about the inmate she saw being “ripped apart” by one of Goeth’s savage dogs, she says: “This scene is something that still causes so much horror in me.” There were, however, those who witnessed great kindness in the face of such horror. Eli Zborowski survived the war thanks to the bravery of Maria and Josef Placzek, who built a hiding place inside their home for his family. “These people are angels, not human beings,” he reflects. For Ferguson, the testimonies reveal not just the facts of what happened, but how the survivors moved forward with their lives. “On the surface, many have gone on to marry, have children and build successful careers. But the emotional
impact of their experience and their sense of guilt at having survived is all too apparent.” She adds: “You feel that survival guilt. One of the things this film gives us is a sense of living pain. It’s not discussed or analysed, but you feel it in front of you.” The director noted that some survivors openly talked to the camera in a way they felt they couldn’t with their own families. Speaking on film, Stanley Glogover says: “I never spoke about it before because it was too painful to tell anyone you loved. Then the children were born, they grew up and never knew anything about what happened to me. “Unfortunately, as much as I was hiding it from them, in later years I was very emotional, bringing back these bad memories.” Ultimately, the film shows that they are all survivors, not just of the Nazis, but of life itself. “The pain will never go away, but they have managed to move on and live with that pain,” says Ferguson. “Their sense of hope in the face of all this is extraordinary and humbling.”
Destination Unknown (12A) is in cinemas from tomorrow. destinationunknownmovie.com
Jewish News 15 June 2017
Lifestyle / Children’s charities
‘This is a lovely way to say thank you and help others’ A couple whose son was in and out of Great Ormond Street Hospital for almost two years tells Francine Wolfisz why they wanted to help raise money for it and other children’s charities
rom sponsored skydives and 24-hour endurance races to treasure hunts, flash mobs and face painting, there’s no end to the creative ways shoppers are helping to raise money across the UK. Now in its fourth year, One Great Day is a special family fun day in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and other children’s health charities, which takes place at shopping centres and business parks up and down the country. The project started off small: Ten centres signed up to the inaugural event in 2014. That figure has now grown this year to 140 venues, with a whopping £250,000 raised so far for 93 different charities. For founders Michal and Zvi Noé, from Hendon, seeing their idea come to fruition has taken a combination of all-year-round hard work and dedication. But it has “given so much back” to the very hospital that cared for their son. Now aged nearly five, the youngster was born with a congenital heart defect and was admitted to GOSH. He was in and out of hospital for “the best part of two years” and had to undergo numerous procedures and operations for his condition. But today, he is “doing really well” and goes to school. During her time at the hospital, mum-of-four Michal met other parents who had travelled miles across the UK with their child, and came to realise just how much the national hospital cares not only for its patients, but also their families.
Above and left: Children and adults help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and local children’s charities at shopping centres across the country
Michal, 36, said: “GOSH has great facilities, Scalextric with a parents’ area on every floor, where they can make breakfast and store food, as well as accommodation next door for parents. “They are really caring and what we found remarkable is that they are extremely open to anything that would help in the situation. “Even a piece of equipment or treatment that was really expensive – if there was a remote chance it could help, they would provide it. “Their priority really was to try and make the children better, and they were very caring and good at communicating with the parents.” In 2014, the couple worked together to put on their first One Great Day. While Zvi, director of investments at BMO Real Estate Partners, works
on signing up shopping centres to the cause, Michal runs the charity day to day. Each centre decides how and when its One Great Day will take place, during the month of June, and selects a local children’s charity, alongside GOSH, to benefit from the event. “What we really like about the event is everybody wins,” explains Michal. “The centre gets more people in, the retailers are happy and the chosen local charity gets a higher profile because it is sharing the same platform as GOSH. Plus, the community gets a lovely event to go to, so there’s a real feel-good factor.” Over the years, the partners have come up with all kinds of unique and innovative ways to raise money.
Michal adds: “I am constantly surprised by the calibre of ideas they come up with. “One centre has a giant inflatable and they invite the local schoolchildren to do a sponsored bounce. We have lots of sponsored skydives, sponsored walks around the centre, a 24-hour static cycle endurance race, celebrities, face painting, beat the goalies, anything you can think of.” Brent Cross Shopping Centre is gearing up for the event this Sunday, where young and old alike can enjoy giant Scalextrics, cupcake decorating with Lola’s Cupcakes, children’s entertainers, airbrush tattoos by renowned artist Annie Newman and a flash dance mob by Zoonation. Other activities include jewellery making with The Bead Bar, face painting, glitter tattoos, hair braiding and a photo booth. Last year’s event raised £70,000 for GOSH, which bought an advanced echo cardiac machine to look at baby’s hearts before they are born. “The doctor explained to us that the more information they can get, the better chances the baby has,” explains Michal. “It was something that I had to do for my son, so it was a lovely way to say thank you and buy equipment that I know can help others.” For more information on One Great Day, visit theonegreatday.com or, on Twitter, follow @onegreatday1
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Salted Caramel and Raspberry Pots
PREPARATION TIME 25 MINUTES
These layered pots of crushed biscuits, salted caramel and raspberries are an impressive romantic dessert that can also be made parev. Layer the mixture in glass dishes, ramekins, wine or champagne glasses for a stylish look. The added bonus about this dessert is that is has to be made in advance so no last minute cooking or preparation is required.
COOKING TIME 10 MINS
For the salted caramel sauce: 90g unsalted butter / non-dairy margarine 165g soft light brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 125ml double cream / parev single cream 1/2 teaspoon flakes of sea salt
METHOD For the salted caramel sauce: 1 Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium-low heat. 2 Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. 3 Add the vanilla and cream and bring to boiling point. 4 Turn the heat down and simmer for five minutes, stirring continuously until thickened and the colour of toffee. Stir in the salt and leave to one side.
For the pots: 200ml double cream / parev whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 4 teaspoons icing sugar 100g biscuits – roughly crumbled (use ginger, Digestives, amaretti or plain chocolate) 200g fresh raspberries
For the pots:
1 Using an electric hand whisk, whip the cream until it starts to thicken. Add the vanilla and sugar and continue to whisk until a soft peak consistency.
2 Cover the base of your glass or dish with crushed biscuits. Top with a layer of the salted caramel sauce, followed by a layer of cream and topped off with raspberries.
3 Chill until ready to serve.
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Sedra: Shelach Lecha / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism
Shelach Lecha RABBI JEFF BERGER This week’s sedra paints an unflattering view of Bnei Yisrael and one can’t help feel a deep sense of tragedy and dread. The central story is the negative report, from 10 of the 12 spies, that it was impossible to conquer God’s Promised Land. Rashi famously states the nation’s “needless” crying on that night would prove “necessary” in future nights – referring to Tisha B’Av, when allegedly both the first and second Temples were destroyed. Other calamities on that date include the 1492 Spanish expulsion and the outbreak of the First World War. How could one particular date be so inauspicious for Jews? The generation who left Egypt – with first-hand experience witnessing the plagues in Egypt, Pharaoh’s army drowned in the Red Sea and the Revelation at Sinai – surely should have believed God would also help them defeat the Canaanites? This may justify why they were deemed unworthy to enter the Land of Canaan. Yet we must ask why the Almighty would visit further punishment on successive generations. One view is to identify their failure as an inability to maintain hope. Rather than using imaginative powers to anticipate success, fear led to backward regression; in their own words, “better had we not left Egypt … let’s appoint a leader and return”! The lesson of Shelah-Lecha is clear: when leaders are stuck in regressive ideas, only seeing negativity and failing to look ahead, the results follow a similar pattern. It’s up to us to create a new cycle of hope.
Jeff Berger is rabbi at Rambam Sephardi Synagogue in
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Everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL THIS WEEK:
Kish the Benjaminite was not only the father of Saul, first king of the first Israelite Commonwealth. He was also a herder who cared about his animals. Kish sent Saul to find them and, on the way, Saul, a head taller than anyone, attracted the attention of a group of young maidens. He was a handsome young man and the young ladies kept him talking for a while. All he wanted to achieve was the return home of his father’s donkeys, and while in the area, he wished to meet Samuel the Prophet (pictured). Although Samuel told him that Kish’s animals had been found, Samuel had other ideas for Kish’s son and crowned him King of Israel.
Kish is named in the scroll of Esther as ancestor of Mordechai, cousin of Queen Esther of Persia, father of Shim’i, the obedient one. Mordechai raised Darius II, who oversaw the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Was this the same Kish as the father of Saul? One Midrash claims he was a fifth generation descendent. Another Midrash suggests that Mordechai was compared to Kish, father of Saul, because they shared the same characteristics.
BY TAKING CHARGE OF SITUATIONS OF LOST HOPE, BOTH MORDECHAI AND KISH IN THEIR OWN WAY BROUGHT SALVATION TO ISRAEL
Mordechai, claims the Midrash, was unlike Saul and more like his father Kish. By taking charge of situations of lost hope, both Mordechai and Kish in their own way brought salvation to Israel through the Benjaminite tribe. By contrast, Saul did not persevere, but rushed in to things, letting his temper and jealousy get the better of him against both David and his own son Jonathan, and lost his kingdom thereafter. Mordechai restored strong-headed leadership to the House of Benjamin and salvaged Saul’s reputation as the impatient king who lost royal lineage to the tribe of Judah, to being remembered for his obedience and perseverance.
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking
The Bible Says What?
God sends snakes to punish complaining Israelites
How should we react after the latest terrorist attacks in London?
RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER There’s a great old Jewish joke about the waiter in the kosher restaurant checking on a table of grumbling diners: “Was anything OK with your meal?” he asks. This focus on the negative, on complaining, is so similar to the verses in Numbers 21:5 in which the Israelites in the wilderness, having just been freed from slavery, decry the “miserable food” and lack of water. They even turn the best of their situation into a negative: “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die…?” God responds fiercely, sending venomous snakes, which immediately kill many complaining Israelites. We Jews have a reputation for complaining, but on one hand, it’s something we can often be proud of. To complain is another way to say “this is unjust”. We participate feistily in British democracy, and call out divisive politicians. We vehemently support whistle-blowers, who bring difficult complaints in challenging circumstances.
God tells every individual bitten by a snake that they will live if they look at a bronze snake made by Moses at God’s command. God’s punishment for complaining is not as it first seems. When we look at Moses’ bronze snake, we are forced to see what bit us, to consider the impact of our complaining. What is sharp or biting in our words of complaints to God or to other people? Let’s call out what is wrong, but excessive negativity means we will eventually have to face the snake that bites us, the social or political consequences of failing to see the good that is in front of us. God forces the Israelites to consider the impact of their complaints and, in doing so, reminds us that being brought out of Egypt to die must be seen as a blessing, as emancipation.
Laura Janner-Klausner is senior rabbi to Reform Judaism
RABBI SHULAMIT AMBALU As a resident who walks down Borough High Street several times a day and visits Borough Market every week, all my thoughts have been on the horrific attacks. I am a Londoner and I respect and admire our courage and resilience. This time, we need to find the words that go beyond our wish to carry on as normal. We have to reach out to each other, take a stand, and begin the painful process of recognising the terrible losses our community faces. I’m not sure we can go back to carrying on as normal – I suspect things can never be the same again. Our neighbours and visitors are bereaved; many lie in hospital. Resi-
dents are shaken and traumatised. Judaism, in common with Islam, teaches that one who destroys a life is like someone who has destroyed a whole world. Those people’s lives, and their worlds, are lost. And while our London world has not been destroyed, it has been changed. We will all be more watchful. I am determined also to watch out for my neighbours. This
WE HAVE TO BEGIN THE PAINFUL PROCESS OF RECOGNISING THE TERRIBLE LOSSES
includes members of the Muslim community, who are as shocked and perplexed as I am. They, too, lack the language to explain this. The day after the attacks, I joined local faith leaders (left), including those from St George the Martyr Church and Baitul Aziz Mosque, to walk around our community. We saw that we must create security out of common ground, and doing what none of us can do alone. I’m looking forward to bringing together this group into what we call in Hebrew a chevre (a band of committed companions).Perhaps we can lead the way in treasuring our differences, challenging violence, and using the power of our courage to stand up to those violent extremists who wish to force us to live our lives in fear. Shulamit Ambalu is rabbi at Kehillah North London
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Professional advice from our panel / Ask Our Experts
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Dear Dr Kapila My daughter’s GP has diagnosed her with constipation and would like to start her on laxatives. Is this a common problem? Meredith Dear Meredith Constipation can affect up to 30 percent of children. The symptoms may be vague and troublesome, for example, hard stools, abdominal pain, painful defecation, loss of appetite, blood passed with stools, flatulence, malaise and irritability. Normal stool frequency varies, and can be once or twice daily, or once every few days. This is not diagnostic if no other symptoms are present.
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Below we have listed some of the key things carers are entitled to, in order to ensure they receive all the help and support needed: • A carer’s assessment: Contact social services and tell them you are caring for someone and ask what help and support is available in your area. • A benefits check: Find out what you’re entitled to as soon as possible. Call the Carers UK advice line on 0808 808 7777 or visit ageuk.org.uk/benefits check. • A needs assessment: The person you care for may be offered a needs assessment if they are considered to have a need for support. • Carer’s Allowance: If you are caring for someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be entitled to a Carer’s Allow-
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More than 6,500 people attended the largest ever Maccabi GB Community Fun Run last weekend. Hundreds of thousands of pounds were raised by 2,500 people, who ran, jogged and walked for more than 75 Jewish charities and organisations, while they were cheered on in the stands by more than 4,000 supporters. The event, at Allianz Park Sports Stadium, saw VIPs start each of the five distance events – Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the UK, set off the 10km event, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis launched the 5km and 5km Walk distances, with the Mayor of Barnet Brian Salingar and Matthew Offord MP kicking-off the 1km distance. Maccabi GB Chairman David Pinnick said: “It was a pleasure to look at all the happy smiling faces. It was wonderful to behold. “This event engages people of all ages and abilities in a non-judgmental Jewish environment. “It’s a wonderful family-fun filled day which epitomises our organisation’s aim of creating an active Jewish community.”
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