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Labour council’s threat to party conference despite new rules to punish anti-Semites The Labour leader of Brighton and Hove Council has suggested his party could be barred from using the city’s venues for future conferences following a fresh anti-Semitism scandal this week. Councillor Warren Morgan’s warning came at the end of a tumultuous conference in Brighton, which saw a furious series of verbal attacks and taunts, both on the floor of the Conference and in fringe meetings. It included a comparison of Israel’s supporters with Nazis, and calls during a fringe event for Jewish Labour Movement (JLM)and the Labour Friends of Israel to be “kicked out” of Labour. It came as the JLM celebrated the successful conclusion of its campaign for a rule change to make it easier to punish anti-Semitic views. The move was overwhelmingly car-

ried with the support of Jeremy Corbyn and most union delegates, though the nature of the debate left some Jewish delegates feeling “unsafe and uncomfortable” in the conference hall. In a letter to the party’s general secretary, Ian McNicol, Cllr Morgan wrote bluntly: “As the Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council I will undoubtedly face questions as to why we allow any event, where anti-

Semitic views are freely expressed, to happen in the city, particularly on council premises. “I will need reassurances there will be no repeat of the behaviour and actions we have seen before any further bookings from the Party are taken.” The events provoked intervention from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Its chief executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said: “AntiSemitism is racism and the Labour Party needs to do more to establish that it is not a racist party.” Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has promised to investigate after Miko Peled, an anti-Zionist Israeli, spoke at a fringe event on free speech and Israel. Mr Peled told an enthusiastic audience: “This is about free speech, the freedom to criticise and to discuss every issue, whether it’s the Holocaust: yes or no, Palestine, the liberation, the whole spectrum. There should be no limits.”


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Jewish News 28 September 2017

News / Protester jailed / Racism conviction

Protester jailed for terror offences A pro-Palestinian protester photographed in 2014 holding a sign reading ‘Hitler You Were Right’ has been jailed for unrelated terrorism offences. Hussain Yousef, 22, became the face of hate in July 2014 as thousands protested Israel’s military action in Gaza, but was sent down for six and a half years at Kingston Crown

Court last week for three unconnected offences under the Terrorism Act 2006. Police were alerted to Islamic State material on Yousef’s Facebook page in November 2015. He was investigated by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC), before his arrest in July 2016.

Afghan restaurant worker Yousef, who lives in Kilburn, was found to have used six social media profiles to post extremist Islamist propaganda and execution videos online. “Yousef was sharing content, images and videos of the terrorist activities of Daesh [Islamic State] through his various Facebook accounts

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and trying to get others to support their evil and hateful ideology,” said Commander Dean Haydon from the Met’s CDC. Yousef came to the UK as an asylum seeker in 2010, the court was told, with teachers describing him as “charming and delightful… a pleasure to teach” but became radicalised after his claim was

refused in 2014. A spokesman for the Community Security Trust (CST) said: “This is a textbook case study in how anti-Semitic attitudes may denote further extremist and terrorist inclinations.” The judge ordered Yousef to be deported after he serves his sentence.

Jailed: Hussain Yousef

MAN GUILTY OF RACISM A man who hurled anti-Semitic abuse at Jews going to synagogue to pray has been found guilty of two counts of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and two counts of using threatening or abusive behaviour to cause alarm or distress. Glenn Okafor, 32, from West Norwood, south London, confronted Jewish worshippers in Stamford Hill marking Shabbat at around 9.15am on 4 March, a trial at Stratford Magistrates’ Court was told. Prosecutor Ghulam Hum-

Guilty: Glenn Okafor

ayun said the defendant, who was walking through an area which is home to several synagogues, shouted “f*** you

Jewish people” and told the group “you lot should go back to your own country”. He also told worshippers: “We will sort you out. I have friends. I’ll be back tomorrow. We will wipe you out.” Chair of the bench Danni Tate said: “We find the comments were racially aggravated and specifically targeted members of the Jewish community.” Okafor was released on unconditional bail. He will be sentenced on Friday at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

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German elections / World News

AfD’s victory is a nightmare come true for German Jews German Jews said their “worst fears” had been realised after a far-right party gained seats in the Bundestag for the first time since the second world war. Jewish groups in Europe and America welcomed the reelection of Chancellor Angela Merkel (below), but the head of the country’s Jewish umbrella group was more concerned with the performance of Alternative for Germany (AfD), which won more than 13 percent of the vote to finish third. Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said: “Unfortunately, our worst fears have come true. “A party that tolerates farright views in its ranks and incites hate against minorities in our country is today not only in almost all state parliaments but also represented in the Bundestag. I expect all our democratic

AfD celebrations at the party’s regional HQ in Stuttgart

forces to unveil the real face of the AfD and to expose the party’s empty, populist promises. The goal that should unite all democratic parties: to make it clear to the voters that the AfD is not an alternative, so that it can land where it belongs – under the five percent hurdle.” The AntiDefamation League described

the election result “a disturbing milestone in modern German politics”, and AfD as “proudly extremist, anti-immigrant, and anti-minority”. Party leaders have made antisemitic statements and played down the evil of the Nazi regime, it added. AfD’s co-leader, Alexander Gauland, said this week Jews had nothing to fear because “there is nothing in our party, in our programme, that could disturb the Jewish people who live here in Germany”.

The ADL League praised Merkel’s “strong track record of protecting the Jewish community and other minorities”. Pinchas Goldschmidt, of the Conference of European Rabbis, said Merkel had been “a great advocate for religious minorities” during her three terms. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said Merkel “has shown tremendous courage and conviction in her support of the revival of Jewish life in Germany and has been a strong supporter of the State of Israel”. Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, agreed that Merkel was “a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and said the AfD recalled the worst of Germany’s past and should be banned. A new law in Germany, which comes into effect next month, will impose big fines on social media companies that fail to remove hate speech within 24 hours.

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfill it.” That quote, by the writer George Santayana, will be on many minds following the German elections. For Jews, in particular, the sight of a xenophobic, anti-immigrant party sitting in the Bundestag will stir troubling memories of a past in which the swastika was Germany’s riposte to a weak and divided Europe. But seeing everything through the prism of the past has its dangers. In many respects, the success of the AfD mirrors the Ukip surge of 2015, which would also have led to seats in the Commons if we had a voting system based on proportional representation. The AfD is riding that same wave of European populism which took the Front National to the final round of the French presidential contest, boosted the fortunes of the Austrian

and Dutch Freedom parties and is sustaining the Hungarian and Polish governments in power. In other words, dissatisfaction with the ‘centrist’ parties of the CDU and SPD is as significant a factor in this lurch to the right as any atavistic longing for a regime glorifying Blud und Boden (Blood and Soil). But there is one factor that justifies recalling the legacy of the Nazi era. It is surely no accident the AfD has found its greatest support in the eastern half of Germany, in cities such as Dresden, where immigration has not been high. When defeated, Germany was divided in 1945, the communist East comforted itself with the illusion that the German people had been led astray by a gang of fascists around Hitler and that there was no mass support for Nazism. That was a lie, and lies can have a disturbing afterlife. Jon Silverman is Professor of Media and Criminal Justice at Bedfordshire University


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News / Anti-Semitism row/ Labour Conference

Peer: Unite boss in denial over racism Shami Chakrabati has challenged a union chief’s denial that Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism, saying: “You haven’t seen what I’ve seen.” The Shadow Attorney-General, who last year investigated anti-Semitism in the party, took issue with comments from Unite leader Len McCluskey on BBC2’s Newsnight on Tuesday. McCluskey had earlier dismissed allegations of anti-Semitism in the party as “mood music” created by “people trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn”. When asked if Labour had an antiSemitism problem, he said: “I’ve never recognised that.” But former Liberty chief Chakrabarti said: “I’ve seen things which Len hasn’t seen. I would ask Len to read my report.” Like McCluskey, left-wing film director Ken Loach said he never encountered any anti-Semitism in five decades of Labour meetings and questioned the timing of the issue. “It’s funny these stories suddenly appeared when Jeremy Corbyn became leader, isn’t it?” said Loach. Challenged on the idea Corbyn’s leadership had given “oxygen” to anti-Semitism, Loach said: “That’s absolute mischief, because Jeremy Corbyn has been a long-time supporter of the Palestinians.”

New anti-Semitism row erupts Emily Thornberry has condemned shocking remarks about the Holocaust and Israel filmed at a fringe meeting at the party’s conference this week. The Shadow Foreign Secretary’s comments come after a Free Speech on Israel event on Monday, in which Israelis were compared to Nazis. At the same event, keynote speaker, Miko Peled, said: “We can speak about the Holocaust, yes or no”. Loud cheers also greeted a call to expel the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) from the party. Michael Kalmanowitz from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, asked: “What are JLM and LFI doing in our Party? It’s time we campaigned to kick them out.” But speaking at the Labour Friends of Israel reception on Tuesday night, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said it was “completely inappropriate for those on the fringes to stifle debate”.

Jennifer Gerber, LFI Director, said: “It’s beyond disgraceful that at Labour Party Conference there have been calls to expel Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement from the party. “Supporting the world’s only Jewish state is a mainstream and long-standing Labour position. “We hope the Labour Party leadership acts swiftly to condemn those who seek to bully proIsrael and Jewish members out of the party”. The Free Speech on Israel event was chaired by Chingford and Woodford Green delegate Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi (pictured), who spoke twice on the Conference floor to attack supporters of Israel and those who complained of anti-Semitism in the party. She received a standing ovation from delegates when she told the con-

STAV CHEERED - BUT CORBYN IS ABSENT One of Israel’s youngest Knesset members Stav Shaffir received a rapturous response at Labour Friends of Israel’s annual reception – but the group expressed “disappoint-

ment” at the absence of Jeremy Corbyn. Shaffir, who launched her political career after leading the social housing street protests in Tel Aviv in 2011, told the reception: “We have to bring back true Zionism and take our future into our own hands.” Denouncing those who “can’t unequivocally accept Israel’s right to exist”, the politician implored her audience: “We need you with us to rebuild our campaign — and to get

those who disagree with us to sit and talk.” Ms Shaffir later told Jewish News that the net effect of the BDS campaign was “simply to push Israel to the right, and we need to strengthen the progressive camp.” The event was chaired by Joan Ryan MP, who read out a message from Corbyn saying that Labour would continue to campaign for “a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable Palestinian state”.

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Corbyn – who attended the reception for the last two years – became the first party leader in recent times not to attend the reception. A source said he also didn’t attend the Labour Friends of Palestine event this year after a decision to rotate his attendance at fringe events. Guest speaker Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, claimed he was working, but pictures later emerged of Mr Corbyn at the Daily Mirror’s annual party.

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ference: “There is no problem with Jews in the Labour Party”. Ms Wimborne-Idrissi was at the forefront of the launch of Jewish Voices for Labour (JVL), which held a fringe event. Admission was refused to well-known pro-Israel activists, including David Collier and Jonathan Hoffman. The new group says it “opposes attempts to widen the definition of anti-Semitism beyond its meaning of hostility towards or discrimination against Jews as Jews”. Both the JVL event and The Lynching, a one-woman show from Momentum’s former vice chair, Jackie Walker, were packed with antiIsrael supporters, many of whom were Jewish.

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Racism rule change/ JLM / News

Labour rule change hailed More than a million Labour votes — 98 per cent of those eligible — have overwhelmingly approved a rule change to the party’s constitution, to crack down on those expressing anti-Semitism and other prejudices, writes Jenni Frazer. But the debate about the rule change — a campaign initiated by the Jewish Labour Movement — took place on the conference floor in a toxic atmosphere, in which speaker after speaker denounced it as an attempt to stifle criticism of Israel. The change, on “conduct prejudicial to the party” makes racism a specific disciplinary offence for the first time, meaning it will be easier to expel members it considers to have breached the rule. But hard left anti-Zionists, at least two of whom are Jewish, furiously attacked the JLM for its campaign. Leah Levane, from Hastings and Rye Constituency Labour Party (CLP), said her branch, which had tried to amend the proposed rule change, had been put “under intense pressure by the NEC,” which, she said, had “clearly negotiated with the JLM”. She told the conference: “They [the JLM] do not speak for me”, and claimed that accusations of antisemitism arose “every time you criticise the despicable behaviour of the state of Israel”. She received a standing

ovation for her remarks. JLM’s deputy leader, Mike Katz, said the purpose of the rule change was “to close off a loophole, a cop-out clause which says holding a sincerely held belief makes hate speech okay. “This rule change is about so much more than just anti-Semitism. It’ll give us the power to put a stop to the misogyny, the homophobia, the racism that can creep into our party. There is nothing wrong with legitimate criticism of the Israeli government or illegal settlements. “JLM members do it all the time, often in strident debate — but you don’t need to use anti-Semitic language and stereotypes to engage in that debate and that’s what we need to deal with.” Some Jewish Labour members tweeted their distress and

discomfort at being in the hall. Izzy Lenga, a member of the executive of the National Union of Students, wrote: “I didn’t think it was possible, but I feel a whole lot more unsafe, uncomfortable and upset as a Jew on the Lab17 conference floor, right now, than I do at NUS”. Chingford and Woodford Green CLP’s Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, a prominent Jewish anti-Zionist and one of the founders of Jewish Voice for Labour, said they were no longer the “alternative Jewish view, I think we are the mainstream now”. And she derided the language of the rule change for referring to people “holding opinions” — shouting: “That’s thought crime, comrades, and we can’t have that”. Despite the debate, the motion was carried with the support of Corbyn and a majority of the unions following a monthslong lobbying drive by JLM. Shami Chakrabarti, whose report on anti-Semitism was much criticised, worked with JLM to win support across the NEC. Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, welcomed the rule change but hoped it will be backed up by firm action”. Board of Deputies chief executive, Gillian Merron, said the events at this week’s conference showed “the need for resolute and robust action.”

‘REVOKE JLM AWARD’ The family of a pro-Palestinian Labour activist killed in 2014 has demanded an apology after the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) was given an award in his name. Relatives of prospective MEP Del Singh said the award given to JLM during this week’s conference should be “revoked and a full explanation provided as to why the award was given in the first place”. Singh, an aid worker shot and killed by the Taliban, had previously served on the board of Labour Friends of Palestine (LFPME) and had advised the Government’s Department for International Development on aid to the Palestinian territories. This week his family said the “cause of Palestinian human rights remained close to Del’s heart”. In a letter to party chiefs, his sister Dish Kaur-Umfleet criticised Labour for “misappropriation” in giving the award to JLM, saying the family had been left in “shock and disbelief”.

She accused the organisation of “tirelessly defending the human rights abuses of the Israeli occupation” and attacking “the very work and positions that Del advocated as part of LFPME”. She added: “To use my brother’s name and disrespect his memory and everything he stood for is beyond crude and offensive.” JLM chair Jeremy Newmark said he met Del Singh several times, adding: “While we clearly had different perspectives on the Middle East conflict we also had much in common, including commitment to human rights, equality and social justice. Del always talked about the importance of listening to narratives other than our own.”


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Balfour Conference / CFI appointment / News

UK and Israeli experts to examine Balfour 100 years on The causes and consequences of the Balfour Declaration will be examined in a major conference in Westminster, 100 years to the day since Britain issued the landmark statement expressing support for the creation of a Jewish national home. Jewish News and BICOM are bringing together top speakers from the UK, Israel and the US to engage with a specially invited audience of policy makers, think tank representatives, journalists and diplomats from around the world. Through a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions, the conference will analyse the causes and consequences of the Balfour Declaration, examine a century of British policy in the Middle East and assess the current challenges and future opportunities in the region including what comes after ISIS, the Syrian civil war and hopes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

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Among the speakers at the event – held in association with Balfour 100 – will be a senior UK government minister, shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and Sir Simon McDonald, head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office diplomatic service.

They will be joined by former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Sir John Jenkins, executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Major General Amos Gilead of the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya and former MK Dr Einat Wilf will travel from Israel and Chatham House’s Dr Claire Spencer and The Economist’s Anton La Guardia will also feature in the line-up. BICOM’s chief executive James Sorene said: “This will be a unique event. To do [it] on the day of the Balfour Centenary will be something very special indeed.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “Balfour 100 is pleased to be associated with this important conference 100 years to the day since the Foreign Secretary sent his letter to Lord Rothschild, becoming the first Government anywhere to recognise Zionist aspirations

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for a Jewish home in Palestine.” It is the third annual policy conference highlighting the UK-Israel relationship held by Jewish News and BICOM. Jewish News’ Justin Cohen said: “This conference has played an important part in furthering dialogue about UK-Israel ties for the past three years and we’re delighted that this year’s gathering will be a major part of the schedule of events marking such an important moment in that relationship.”

CRABB APPOINTED TO CFI CHAIR ROLE Former Wales Secretary Stephen Crabb has been appointed as Conservative Friends of Israel’s new parliamentary chairman. The MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire (pictured) since 2005 succeeds Sir Eric Pickles and will make his first appearance in the job at the party’s annual conference next week. Crabb – who has twice visited the country with CFI – said he was “excited and honoured” to be appointed “particularly in this special Balfour centenary year. The UK-Israel relationship is stronger than ever and

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Jewish News 28 September 2017

News / Pakistan Israel Alliance / Charitable tournament

British-Pakistani visit to Israel hailed as a first A group of Brits with Pakistani heritage have completed what organisers say is the country’s first ever all-Muslim trip to Israel. Funded by the Zionist Federation (ZF), the seven-person delegation from the Pakistan Israel Alliance (PIA) visited the Western Wall, joined Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, met Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat

Dahri, right, at The Dome of the Rock

in his family village and explored the military service of the Druze community. Among the delegates was PIA director Noor Dahri, who has studied with the International Institute for Counter Terrorism ICT-Herzliya and self-identifies as a Zionist, but had never been to Israel. “I can’t believe I was able to visit Israel,” he said. “I never thought it would happen. “Growing up, I would attend rallies singing ‘death to Israel, death to Jews’ in my home town in Pakistan, and even in the UK. But then I started to really understand what I was saying.” Dahri, who has been called a “Mossad stooge” by the Pakistani press, said the trip had helped

PIA director Noor Dahri at the Western Wall

him “understand the different faces of Israel”. He added: “Sometimes it is hard to be a Muslim Zionist in my own community.” ZF chairman Paul Charney said working

with the group had been “eye-opening”, adding: “We look forward to... engaging with the British Muslim community on Israel, rather than avoiding the elephant in the room.”

Charity tournament raises £7,500 for George A basketball tournament launched to honour the memory of a cancer victim has raised more than £7,500 for charities helping those suffering from the disease. The inaugural George Goldstone Charity tournament (GG3v3) raised funds for Chai Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support earlier this month. In the competition, held in memory of George Goldstone, who died in July 2016 aged just 32, 21 teams of three battled it out for the inaugural title at JFS. Family and friends of George, as well as volunteers and spectators, watched as team ‘Omer Haim’ lifted the title, with all 77 players helping to raise money for the charities on the day. George died a year after getting married to Lauren, and was an avid follower of the sport. His keen interest led his close friend Martin Dyan to set up the league in his memory. “I’m so happy and thankful that we raised this much money for two great charities, all in honour of George,” he said. Dyan, who played basketball with George from the age of 12, added:

The basketball contest raised £7,500

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Jewish News 28 September 2017

News / Uber / IDF and MDA

Jewish union rep behind Uber battle by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

A Jewish union representative has spoken of the role he played in the battle against Uber, the private car hire firm whose licence to operate in the capital was withdrawn last week by Transport for London (TfL). Steve Garelick, from Southgate — who is also behind another damning judgment against the hire firm Addison Lee on Monday — was representing the branch of professional drivers at the GMB union, who believed that there was a case to be made against Uber because of the company’s treatment of its self-employed drivers. Together with the union’s legal advisers, the GMB took on Uber in

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an industrial tribunal last year, and won. And that victory appears to have led directly to TfL’s decision to

withdraw Uber’s licence on appeal, causing uproar among its hundreds of thousands of users in London, most of whom are young people, attracted by low prices and being able to summon a driver via a smartphone app. Garelick, who has a background in the BBYO youth movement and runs a small private hire coach company specialising in airport runs, has no qualms in taking on anyone. He is unequivocally on the side of private hire drivers who, he says, get a raw deal from employers. “I’ve always advocated for others, particularly people who perhaps couldn’t help themselves. Maybe it’s in my DNA: I’m the youngest of six kids and my father ran a small company. He even employed people who had crim-

inal records. We were always taught that it’s your job to act on inequities and to do right by others. If you’ve got a big enough mouth, speak up.” Garelick helped to put together a case against Uber. He said he had endless examples of “difficult” behaviour by the company, from “taking customers’ words over those of the drivers, to not reporting issues to TfL, to deducting money from the drivers”. For his work with the GMB, Garelick has been named organiser of the Year by the TUC. But he insists he is not in this for the glory, but for the long haul. “From my perspective, there is this Jewish imperative of doing the right thing, and treating people how you would want to be treated. That’s what this about. Just play by the rules.”

Standing ovation for injured IDF captain An Israeli veteran received a standing ovation after speaking of the “bond” between the Israel Defence Forces and the country’s medical emergency service at Monday’s Magen David Adom UK fundraising dinner, writes Sandy Rashty. Pointing to his prosthetic arm, Captain Ziv Shilon, 28,

(right) recalled the moment he was hit by a bomb while patrolling the Gaza border in 2012. “I felt an enormous explosion that pushed me back,” he said. “It felt like my entire body was on fire.” His right arm had been blown off and his lefthand was missing. He was taken to the Soroka

hospital, where he received 3.2 gallons of blood. “Magen David Adom literally saved my life,” he said, noting that MDA was the only supplier of blood to the army. The father-of-one said the relationship between the IDF and MDA was unbreakable. David Curtis, MDA UK’s

chairman, stressed MDA’s work outside Israel, pointing to its part in international disaster relief, including the Mexico earthquakes. The event, attended by 400 people and chaired by Gyles Brandreth, raised a record £2.1 million.

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SOLIDARITY AFTER MOSQUE STABBING Jewish leaders have expressed solidarity after a Muslim surgeon was stabbed in the neck as he arrived for evening prayers at a south Manchester mosque. Phil Rosenberg, Board of Deputies’ public affairs director, expressed sadness over the attack on Dr Nasser Kurdy, an orthopaedic surgeon and imam, at Altrincham and Hale Mosque. Police, who are treating the attack as a hate crime, have arrested two men aged 54 and 32.

SCORES OF EVENTS MARK BALFOUR 100 The organising committee planning the Jewish community’s centenary celebrations of the Balfour Declaration in November has said more than 160 events are planned. Balfour 100, a coalition of 23 community groups, says the next two months will see lectures, panel discussions, community gatherings and Shabbat meals take place in synagogues, schools and universities. Most events are in London, Manchester, Leeds and Scotland.

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An inclusive Ketubah Liberal Judaism has become the first Jewish movement in the world to introduce ‘inclusive’ marriage documents for same-sex couples. The progressive movement will offer special ketubot for couples who prefer not to use conventional ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ references. Three sets of wording have been approved by Liberal Judaism’s Rabbinic Conference, covering male and female same-sex ceremonies, and gender neutral and non-binary weddings. The ketubot were written

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by the movement’s Rabbi Mark Solomon, in consultation with other Progressive rabbis. Speaking to Jewish News, he said it was “important” because it “continues to develop

Judaism in the most helpful, sensitive, compassionate and forward-thinking way for the needs of our time”. Solomon added: “We long campaigned for equal marriage and we have now taken the lead on gender issues within the Jewish and faith communities.” Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, chair of Liberal Judaism’s Rabbinic Conference, said: “Our goal is that innovation and inclusivity should not be radical, but the natural evolution of Judaism’s centuries-old tradition.”

Cartoonist backs refugee campaign A teenage cartoonist has lent his pen to the community’s campaign urging the government to do more to help refugee children. Zoom Rockman, 17, from north London, became an ambassador for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) campaign, called

Let the Children In, by designing a special T-shirt. Rockman, who was The Beano’s youngest cartoonist, said: “I can’t imagine how terrible it must be to have lost your parents and not be allowed to join surviving family members living here,” he said.

JCORE director Edie Friedman said: “Zoom is the same age as many of the vulnerable young people, and is keenly aware of the injustice they suffer.”



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Three Israelis are killed by Palestinian gunman Britain’s Jewish community representatives have condemned Palestinian incitement following the murder of a border police officer and two security guards at the entrance to a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem on Tuesday. A 37-year-old Palestinian gunman shot and killed Solomon Gabrieh, 20, and civilian security guards Or Arish, 25, and Youssef Ottman. A fourth guard was also wounded. Ottman’s father Suheir said: “I’m proud of my son. He stopped the terrorist getting into the village at the time children were going to school. He jumped on the terrorist and got a bullet in the chest that took his life.” In her eulogy, Gabrieh’s sister said: “You were the pride of our family. You were an inspiration to all of us. I don’t know how we can go on without you.” The attack took place as Palestinian workers with permits were being let into the set-

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tlement of Har Adar to work. The guards are believed to have become suspicious before Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal took out a gun from under his shirt and began shooting. Israel’s internal intelligence service Shin Bet said Jamal had a history of domestic violence and that his wife had recently left him, but that he had no criminal record or organisational allegiances. He is believed to have left a note to his wife apologising for what he was about to do. Board of Deputies’ senior

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World Jewish Relief has asked British Jews to help those in Mexico who have “lost everything”. The Liberal, Masorti, Reform and Sephardi movements joined the Chief Rabbi in backing WJR’s appeal, as it sought money for shelter, hygiene and household items. Masorti’s senior rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg, said: “On Yom Kippur the High Priest would say a special prayer that peoples’ homes should not become their graves. A devastating earthquake in Mexico has buried hundreds in the houses which they saw as their refuge and place of safety. ” WJR’s chief executive, Paul Anticoni, said: “Jewish tradition teaches us that while we can’t stop natural disasters, we can choose how we respond to them.”  Young WJR is holding fundraising drinks in London on Sunday, with tickets at £10. Donate to WJR’s Mexico appeal at worldjewishrelief.org

Mexico community leader’s body found The body of a Jewish man has been pulled from the rubble in Mexico by Jewish rescue volunteers in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. Haim Ashkenazi, gabbai of the Kehillat Magen David synagogue, had been working in the office building when a quake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, struck just south of Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon, killing more than 300 people. Volunteers from the Orthodox charity Zaka were joined by a 70-member team from the Israeli Defence Forces’ home command. They arrived on Wednesday, after being given permission to travel on Rosh Hashanah by the IDF chief rabbi. Zaka volunteers in Mexico, working with the Mexican Jewish rescue organisation Cadena, were already in the country following an earthquake a few days earlier. They recovered


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More than 500 people attended a signing ceremony on Sunday after the Israeli non-profit Shalva agreed to extend its operations to Russia. The Jerusalem-based charity helps children with disabilities. Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, attended the lavish signing ceremony, hosted by the billionaire Mikhail Fridman.


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Ashkenazi’s body after Mexico’s Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Tawil, gave them permission to work on Shabbat. The IDF team, led by Col Gili Shahan, comprised a 70-strong unit of search and rescue teams and structural engineers. “We started work two hours after we arrived, after the 20-hour flight,” Shahan told Jewish News this week.

“We were one of the first international teams there,” he added. “We have been able to check the structure of more than 100 public buildings such as hospitals and schools. We’re using specialist Israeli software that is being translated into Spanish.” An estimated 40,000 Jews live in Mexico City.

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A former Warsaw Ghetto fighter has won a legal case against a Polish company which published his love letters to his romantic partner at the time. Simcha Rotem, 92, who lives in Israel,

successfully sued PWN, which published his letters without Rotem’s knowledge or consent in a book.


An Argentinian prosecutor who alleged that his government had covered up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires was murdered, an official report has said. Alberto Nisman was due to unveil evidence hours before he was found dead at his home.


Interpol has voted to admit Palestine in a secret ballot at the organisation’s meeting in Beijing, with 75 countries voting in favour, 24 against and 34 abstaining. Israeli ministers and diplomats had sought to avoid Wednesday’s vote on the matter, arguing that Palestine is not a state. In response, ministers called for the freezing of all Palestinian leaders’ travel permits.

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Giants of Israeli tech are ch world – one clever drone Cutting-edge science is being applied to industries ripe for change and disrupting established models. Stephen Oryszczuk meets Israeli entrepreneurs enjoying the ride


sraeli tech pioneers set British investors’ hares running in a visit to London earlier this month, by showing how the world of commerce is being disrupted by technology. It the one-day event, organised by UK Israel Business, Israeli entrepreneurs told a British audience where the innovation will come from next – and how Israel is already on to it, Among the line-up at the Institute of Engineering and Technology was an Israeli firm set up in London that scans your phone’s photos then tells advertisers when your circumstances change, so they know when to contact you, and about what. Think, for instance, of that sudden flurry of baby photos, and the inference therein. “Creepy and terrifying” is how Ofri Ben-Porat, co-founder of Pixoneye, describes it, if it meant the firm delving in. But it doesn’t. Instead it uses “image understanding technology” to teach phones how to scan their own photos and extract from these huge galleries data, which, when analysed, gives up to 150 characteristics – for

example, age, gender, marital status, hobbies, where you go on holiday and what you do there. All processing is done on the device and “because of that, we can start clustering users based on their characteristics,” says Ben-Porat, noting, for example, how many men go to Amsterdam once a year. For investors uneasy with that concept, the safer ground is ParaZero, a firm fitting drones with parachutes, deployed at the first sign of trouble. Led by a former brigadier-general and commander in the Israeli Air Force, Eden Attias has seen how drones changed war. “It didn’t take long to realise the huge business potential,” he said. “In almost every industry today, there is already a drone service provider.” Take the inspection of infrastructure. “Drones already inspect power lines, wind turbines, cellular antenna, solar panels… They deliver packages to your door, bring you lunch from a restaurant, even provide medical supplies. So the challenge is how to do this safely. This is not a toy. It is aviation.” The point is particularly pressing when you consider how drones are now operating autonomously, beyond line of sight, above populated areas. “That’s where the money is,” says Attias. Venture capitalist Raanan Cohen, who founded logistics start-up Bringg, says drone delivery is an example of how e-commerce and its

Drones have changed modern warfare and now they’re changing customer service

derived services are “changing the world”. He said: “This is just the beginning of the beginning.” He believes we are in the age of the customer, who doesn’t care what fancy innovation lies behind their order; they just want it quick and hassle-free. “Customers are becoming more demanding, more sophisticated,” Cohen says. “They want transparency, visibility, to see where things are. Some companies say they give visibility, because they email customers to say it’ll be there Thursday, others text. Text? Are you kidding me? Uber gave visibility a new meaning.” This is an example of what he says are “brutal

forces that come and disrupt things – Amazon, Uber, Google – highly funded giants, who innovated, launched a new service and said, ‘Hey, guys, hey industry, wake up, there’s a new way of doing things.’ It has changed industries and existing players either step up or disappear.” Some things are still at the experimental stage, but Asher Bennett, a former Israeli submariner who founded Tevva Motors, has just been given permission to ‘play around’ with Leeds, controlling its transport via ‘the cloud’ and apps. His company develops range-extenders for electric trucks, but he’s taking it to the next level

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and setting his sights on an “emissions-free city”. Bennett shows the audience a photo of a completely empty motorway. “Yom Kippur in Israel,” he says. “That’s one way to get no emissions. But how do we do this realistically? One thing I learned on Israeli subs is that you can go very far, very quietly, with almost no emissions.” He’s talking about using range-extenders and software working to energy management principles, and applying them to roads. So what is Bennett planning in Leeds? The first step is for council vehicles fitted with mobile emissions sensors to drive around and build up a picture of where the emissions are, before the

system starts sending instructions to different vehicles, starting with trucks, saying either ‘this is a clean area, use your range extender’, or ‘this is a dirty area, you have to be zero emissions.’” The next step, as Bennett says, is more ‘big brother’ stuff – “complete control of every vehicle in Leeds, to route them in different ways, in order to clean up the city”. He cites an example: “If it’s a dirty day, and you have a dirty old car, you will have to pay either a £15 emissions charge, you’ll get a free Park & Ride voucher, or you’ll be offered to pick up people for car pooling… “It’s a much more complicated, interesting project, but it will completely clean up emissions and we’re glad to have Leeds as our first guinea pig.” That an Israeli firm can even aim to make a major British city emissions-free in 2017 shows how, in the words of OurCrowd founder and major venture capitalist Jon Medved, “Israel has just gone up and to the right” in recent years. “It’s been so dramatic, this rising tide,” says Medved, who started the equity crowdfunding platform in 2013, when there was $2.3 billion (£1.7bn) invested in Israeli start-ups. That has now more than doubled, with increasing investment coming from Asia. “What’s happened is innovation itself has gone mainstream. Tech companies have always come to Israel, so seeing them isn’t a surprise, but seeing big insurance companies, big banks, oil and gas, utilities, packaged goods companies and clothing companies – that is a surprise.” Why? “Everybody’s running scared that their business is going to be disrupted,” he explains with a grin, as we wander through Victoria Embankment Gardens and the park’s historic water gate, itself undisrupted since 1626. “Five years ago they sent their assistant vice-president. Now they’re sending their chairman and CEO in a 30-strong head office delegation. They’ve realised they need to reinvent their businesses, whether it’s retail or electricity or transportation. And that means either Silicon Valley or Israel.”

King ‘tackles hate sermons’ The king of Bahrain appears to have taken the first steps of any Gulf state to end the economic and diplomatic boycott of Israel by ordering his kingdom’s mosques to stop sermons attacking the Jewish state. According to The Times, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (pictured) gave the order after airing his unease at the Arab world’s turnedback approach in February, when he met two American rabbis from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC). Rabbi Marvin Hier, the SWC’s founder and director, who met the king, said this week that the Bahraini royal family sent a “clear signal” that it was serious about normalising relations with Israel after a Bahraini prince attended an event at the Weisenthal Centre last week. “The king made a clear statement: ‘It’s illogical for the Arab world to boycott Israel. We must find a better way,’” Hier said,

adding that the tiny kingdom’s monarch was “absolutely” ready to let Bahrainis travel to Israel. Most Gulf and Arab states have boycotted Israel since the state’s founding in 1948, despite Egypt and Jordan signing peace treaties. However, in its battle against Iran, Israel has seen itself sided with the Gulf monarchies. Analysts have long suggested a diplomatic thaw was pending, particularly after Israel joined Arab and Gulf neighbours in banning Qatar-based Al Jazeera last month, so Al Khalifa’s order to the kingdoms’ mosques may signal the start. Bahraini officials have reportedly suggested a period of engagement between Israeli and Bahraini business executives and religious and cultural figures, with visits preceding those of ministers.

‘NO PEACE ROLE FOR UK’ A majority of Brits think the UK should not try to help solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but a similar majority think the UK should recognise Palestine as a state, according to the findings of a YouGov survey. The poll, commissioned by the Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU) and the Arab News newspaper, surveyed 2,142 people in August. It showed a lack of tolerance for Arab and Muslim refugees, with 55 percent supporting racial profiling of Arabs and Muslims for security reasons and seven in 10 arguing that the UK should take fewer refugees from Syria and Iraq. The poll also should a huge lack of understanding about the Arab world in general, with eight out of 10 respondents saying they knew little or nothing about the region, and 37 percent saying Israel was part of the Arab world.

Despite the fact that most were unfamiliar with the region, however, 53 percent said Britain should recognise Palestine as a state, while 55 percent said that “in view of its historic role… Britain should not take responsibility in helping sort out the IsraeliPalestinian conflict now”. The survey found that supporters of Labour or the Liberal Democrats were almost twice as likely to hold Britain responsible for the conflict as Conservatives. Likewise, more educated respondents were more likely to feel the UK ought to step in. “Considering the enormous importance of the Arab world to Britain, it is alarming that 81 percent of the British population say they know little or nothing about this vital region,” said CAABU director Chris Doyle. “At a time when mutual understanding is more needed than ever, this chasm must be addressed.”



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Battle won; war rages on It’s a sad day when a mainstream political party has to go out of its way to state that racist conduct by members brings it into disrepute; a shocking state of affairs when that party’s own rules leave room for people to feel it places supporting another party above any form of racism in terms of severity. The rule change – first raised by the Jewish Labour Movement a year ago and rubber-stamped at the annual conference on Tuesday – is certainly long overdue. In explicitly creating a disciplinary offence of racism, Labour now has additional tools to tackle not just anti-Semitism, but also prejudice against Muslims and other minorities. There can be no more excuses for insufficient action. In response to the proposals, Labour, from Jeremy Corbyn down, has done the right thing and we should acknowledge that. But this is no more than a first step. The battle may have been won, the war looks a whole lot tougher. You needn’t look beyond the scandals of the past few days to realise the uphill struggle facing the Labour activists who haven’t given up on their party. For Labour to finally gain positive headlines, all that had to happen this week was for delegates to rubber-stamp the rule change without fresh scandals erupting around the debate or conference fringes. Simple, surely? It seems not. This week during a fringe meeting, calls for the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and Labour Friends of Israel activists to be kicked out of the party were applauded, comparisons were made between Israel supporters and Nazis, and one speaker even suggested that free speech should extend to being able to question the Shoah. And there were no shortage of high-profile figures suggesting that claims of anti-Semitism were exaggerated, part of a right-wing plot to damage Corbyn. So bad was it that the Labour leader of Brighton Council said he would need reassurances that such scenes wouldn’t be repeated before allowing the Party to use its venues again. Further efforts must be made to capitalise on the rule change to usher in a profound alteration in attitudes to contemporary anti-Semitism in parts of the party and the wider British left. Addressing anti-Semitism denial – including from Corbyn’s own fire services minister and his union backers - must also be part of the fightback and led by the leader himself. It’s an understatement to say Labour has a long way to go before it can conceive of winning back large numbers of Jewish voters. Indeed, some would suggest this leadership has already passed the point of no return. But that doesn’t mean the adoption of the rule change is anything but a triumph for the JLM. For Labour Jews, who have been asked why they even remained members, the rule change is a tangible answer. Whatever your views on whether they should stay or go, this welcome move may well not have happened had JLM packed up and walked. Whether the change will herald real change, the jury is still out.


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JPR REPORT DOES US A DISSERVICE Your article on the Institute Jewish Policy Research’s latest research on anti-Semitism, quoted several statistical estimates (Jewish News, 14 September). Unfortunately, these all understate the extent of anti-Semitism, because the definition of antiSemitism in the report excludes all Israel-based examples – unlike the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, which is accepted by the government. Take one estimate quoted in your report: “The existence of strong, sophisticated, perhaps internally coherent and at times even ‘learned’ anti-Semitism… does not exceed 2.4 percent of British adults.” If one includes Israel-based anti-Semitism data,

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the correct figure is five times as big, at 12 percent. Notably, the report underestimates the prevalence of anti-Semitism on the left. It says: “All political groups on the left are no more anti-Semitic than the general population.” But the data in the report show that the proportion of the “very left-wing” holding at least one anti-Israel attitude (seven out of eight of which are anti-Semitic) is around 78-79 percent, way above that for the general population (47 percent). This report does a vast disservice to the Jewish community and is an open goal for the Corbynite far left, where anti-Semitism is concentrated. It should be pulped and rewritten.

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LET’S CELEBRATE KURDISH ASPIRATIONS On Monday, the Iraqi Kurds held a historic referendum that will almost certainly result in an overwhelming endorsement for political independence. There are several reasons why we should celebrate their aspirations. Jews and Kurds have ties that go back many centuries and both have suffered long periods of statelessness and persecution. For decades, they have also had shared enemies, especially the regime of Saddam Hussein, which butchered thousands of Kurds in the 1980s. The resurgence of this beleaguered minority in an otherwise hostile region would be truly inspiring for all the region’s minorities.

An independent Kurdistan would be a setback for Iran, which seeks a contiguous arc of influence stretching from Tehran to the Levant. For this reason, Israel has a geo-political interest in a powerful Kurdish state. There are obstacles to the achievement of independence, not least from Iraq, which fears Kurdish secession will threaten its territorial integrity and Turkey, which is worried about its own Kurdish population. Nonetheless, in the year when we celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, let us also be hopeful for the future renaissance of the Kurds.

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We are here to help I would like to comment upon the various articles recently published by Jewish News on the subject of mental illness. Since the beginning of time humans have suffered from mental illness in some form or another, including Hippocrates to Sigmund Freud with their own interpretation of melancholia. However, the Torah describes various individuals being (plagued) with mental health issues, none more so than King Saul, whom young David Hamelech would soothe with his sweet-sounding melodies. Today there are many organisations and individuals who work within the arena of mental health and the ‘stigma’ of those who suffer this plight is being vastly reduced every year. The NHS is very well equipped to deal with the myriad of issues that can arise, whether this be within a primary or indeed secondary care

setting, as well as wonderfully empathetic private organisations and charities that are at hand. It is in fact stated within the Shulchan Aruch that it is a great mitzvah to relieve the mentally distressed and comfort the bereaved, but those souls who are afflicted really do need to recognise that they require support and psychological assistance and must seek us out and commit to the programme. For those who have found the emunah (faith) to come to therapy, the results have been worthy of that journey, which has increased their gevurah (power) to cope. We are here as empathetic and non-judgmental therapists, so do seek us out if you feel troubled by the afflictions of our historical monarchy.

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Regarding the Blanket Bonanza story in Scene (Jewish News, 31 August), I’d like to point out that although tenants of Jewish Blind and Disabled live at Milne Court, the Knit and Natter afternoons are organised by two members of the Chigwell and Hainault League of Jewish Women. Sanara Ziles and Evelyn Camp organise a weekly tea and were recently given an unexpected treat as they were presented with certificates for all their good work. The blankets are now only donated to AGE UK, as WJR is no longer able to send them to Eastern Europe owing to the trucks being blocked. Chigwell & Hainault League of Jewish Women also knit hats for Israeli soldiers, and many other projects.

There are so many critics of Israel, so praise must be given when praise is due about the sheer optimism of our people. As someone who frequents Israel for a large part of the year, I regularly witness with great admiration the resilience and perspicacity of the country’s people. Although living in uncertain times, never knowing what the day

Rosalind Greenberg Chigwell & Hainault League of Jewish Women

may bring in terms of attacks, the attitude is one of hope and joy. My husband and I experience daily an extraordinary amount of kindness from strangers. The sheer joy of living in Israel is self-evident, and the persistence and optimism of our people shines through.

Flora Frank By email

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Our trade with Israel will grow in a post-Brexit world STEPHEN CRABB MP



ast week, as the Jewish community expressed their hopes for a sweet and prosperous year ahead, I took this joyous occasion to reflect on my own exciting new challenge – I am honoured to become Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI)’s new Parliamentary chairman in the House of Commons. As the MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in South West Wales, I’m often asked about the reasons for my support of the Jewish state and the answer is simple – our shared values. Israel is the only functioning democracy in the region. It is an exciting, vibrant and young country which has made a far bigger contribution to humanity than a country of its size can be expected to. Whichever way you look at it, at 69 years young, Israel is one of the great success stories of the 20th and 21st centuries. And, of course, there are many similarities between Wales and Israel. Israel is a country

the size of Wales. The hills around the Galilee are just as green as those of Wales. Citizens of both countries speak an ancient language undergoing a modern revival, and both countries boast a beautiful coastline along their western side. I first visited Israel in 2006 with CFI. Seeing first-hand the threats Israel faces on its northern borders with Syria and Lebanon was a real eye-opener, but I was struck by the diversity of its society, and hugely impressed with the spirit of innovation and resilience that characterised the Israelis I met. A moving visit to Yad Vashem left an indelible mark and highlighted the need to root out the evil of anti-Semitism. Earlier this year, I revisited the country and saw the enormous growth it has experienced in a mere decade. Such progress is all the more remarkable when considering the immensely difficult security challenges I saw in Sderot on the Gaza border, with its bomb shelters on every corner. There is deep support for Israel at all


levels of the Conservative Party. From the Prime Minister and her Cabinet, through the Conservative benches and the wider party, the support is genuine and a big reason why the UK-Israel relationship is stronger than ever. From record annual trade of £5.5 billion and the strong rejection of the divisive boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, through to unprecedented criticism of the United Nations for its bias against Israel, this Conservative Government has

a proud record of standing with Israel. In my previous role as Secretary of State for Wales, I had the personal pleasure of announcing £3 million of investment into South Wales from Israeli companies. Creating jobs and providing great business for local suppliers in Wales is precisely the sort of inward investment we should work towards securing more of, in a post-Brexit free trade deal. CFI should be proud of the important work it has done in enhancing this prosperous relationship. In particular, I pay tribute to my predecessor, and good chum, Sir Eric Pickles as it is thanks to his tireless work and leadership that CFI is in such a strong position today. I am very much looking forward to building on this great work and further strengthening the UK-Israel bilateral relationship 100 years after the UK played such an integral role in Israel’s birth. We are countries with a great shared history and an even more exciting future.

Brighton’s Jews must unite to merge and grow ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL


he invasion of Brighton by Jeremy Corbyn and his followers for the Labour Party’s annual conference should not come as a great surprise. The city of my upbringing is a place they should feel right at home. Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, called for an arms embargo against Israel in 2014. And in a reversal of the city’s modern history, the other two constituencies Kemp Town and Hove, once comfortably Tory, are now held by Labour. Nor should it be forgotten that in this home of ‘alternative’ politics, regular disruptive boycott demonstrations outside the ecofriendly Israeli-owned SodaStream store on the town’s main drag eventually forced its closure in 2014. This despite admirable counter protests by Sussex Friends of Israel, one of the pop-up groups defending Jewish communities against anti-Zionism dripping into anti-Semitism. A few streets back from the seafront, the Brighton Centre and conference hotels,

Brighton’s diverse and divided Jewish community is having its own debate. Days before Rosh Hashanah, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis attended a standing-room only public meeting. He urged the merger of the two Orthodox communities in the city and the development of a new sanctuary. In spite of its proximity to London, the Brighton community is suffering many of the same problems as other provincial communities. There is declining membership of synagogues and dilution of religious practice. Brighton has four operating synagogues. A growing Reform synagogue, a Liberal or Progressive shul and two traditional shuls. I have strong connections to both traditional shuls. My late uncle, Cantor Hillel Brummer, served as chazan at Middle Street during the Second World War years into the 1950s before heading to America. My parents were introduced on its steps. My post-barmitzvah years were spent at Hove Hebrew Congregation, which was founded by Eastern European refugees seeking to escape the Anglo-Jewish formalism of the Middle Street. In addition, there is a positive Chabad presence in the town, which, over the

high holy days held its own services with a festive meal. The moving force behind the ‘merger’ proposal endorsed by the Chief Rabbi is local gaming genius and entrepreneur Tony Bloom. He has shown an ability to deliver, having brought back from the dead Brighton & Hove Albion FC, delivered a European class football stadium in the South Downs and Premier League football. Bloom’s plan is to flatten the undistinguished buildings on the Brighton & Hove community’s West Hove site and build a new small and flexible sanctuary, a mikveh, a shop selling kosher produce, a cultural centre and a block of flats reserved for younger Jewish residents.

There is resistance by HHC, located in the heart of Hove with its own shul of great architectural interest. It sees the West Hove site as too off-centre to be convenient for walking from the apartment blocks favoured by older members of the community and also want to preserve the haimishe traditions of their shul. The reservations are understandable and there is resentment over tactics deployed by the Brighton and Hove community. It is saying that in the construction phase it will use HHC facilities, but only if there is a merger. Strength in numbers and unity dictates that bringing together all the communities must be the right answer. Politics dictate it, too. A divided community in Brighton should no longer be a serious option.


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Sneers and slander as antiIsrael Jews use a jackboot MARK GARDNER



hat is it with the Labour Party and anti-Semitism? One step forward, one step backwards, one thumbs up, one middle finger stuck up in your face. Almost 97 percent of Labour Party Conference delegates voted for the rule change banning racism. This rule change was tirelessly promoted by the Jewish Labour Movement and backed by Jeremy Corbyn and his left-wing supporters in Momentum. Sounds good, yes? Unless, that is, you were sat in the Conference hall, and heard the loud cheers for those who compared Israel and Zionists with South Africa and apartheid. Or, if you sensed how sullen and grudging many of the votes were for the resolution against antiSemitism. Meanwhile, Jewish Voice for Labour stuck to their job of assuring the Corbyn faithful that anybody who complains about anti-Semitism

is a liar, a willing agent of the Daily Mail, Benjamin Netanyahu and all points in between. How this sneering catch-all slander equates with the Jewish Labour Movement doing its utmost to legitimise (Jewish and non-Jewish) General Election votes for what was almost a Corbyn-led Labour Government is anybody’s guess: but fairness is for soft fools, when your objective is to destroy your enemy, rather than defeat his argument. Back at Conference, Len McCluskey, the biggest trade union boss behind Corbyn, takes his cue from the Ken Livingstone song book, declaring he’s never seen anti-Semitism in Labour. He says he is putting his unparalleled support into the Jewish Voice for Labour: one

of whose leaders, Mike Cushman, has said Labour “has become a pawn of Zionist organisations” - nice conspiracy language for a Jewish voice to use and make kosher. Meanwhile, Miko Peled, an Israeli Jew who seemingly hates Zionism, tells another Conference meeting of ageing Jewish anti-Zionists that “every issue” should be up for discussion, including “whether it’s the Holocaust: yes or no”. Nobody complains. At the same meeting, an audience member is loudly cheered for saying that the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel should be kicked out of Labour. With boundless chutzpah, the name of this particular Jewish anti-Zionist group is Free Speech on Israel. It overlaps with the Voice


group, but is a bit nastier in style. Simultaneously, another Jewish antiZionist, Moshe Machover, was also putting the boot in: this time a Nazi jackboot belonging to Reinhard Heydrich, one of the primary architects of the Final Solution. Machover wrote a special “Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism” article for Labour Party Marxists to distribute at the Conference, which quoted Heydrich making “a friendly mention of Zionism”. This, despite the notorious Nazi’s quote beginning with the words “National socialism has no intention of attacking the Jewish people in any way”. This is the depths that some Jewish anti-Zionists will reach, just to savage their Zionist co-religionists. In all of the above cases, it was, yet again, Jewish anti-Zionists dragging the Labour Party into disrepute with the mainstream of the Jewish community. It was, yet again, Jewish anti-Zionists helping provide the ammunition for the Daily Mail to fire at their great leader. Labour does indeed have a problem with Jews: but not (only) the one that it thinks. Everything you need

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Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School pupils (including LolaBelina Sullivan-Barasch, Zakai Gonshaw, Micah Selby and Libi Karni (pictured) celebrated Rosh Hashanah with apple and honey provided by the PTA Committee. They also helped to raise money for ‘Jeans for Genes’, a charity which supports children with genetic disorders, by changing one item of their school uniform for a denim item.

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This year’s Chai Cancer Care’s Rosh Hashanah Gift Sale raised an incredible £49,000. More than 900 people attended the event at the charity’s flagship Hendon centre, where 40 different stalls sold an array of hats, clothes and flowers. Gifts on offer included 300 honey cakes donated by caterer Tony Page and 900 pieces of tableware by Maxwell Williams. Chai Chair Louise Hager said: “The purpose of every event that we hold is twofold; to raise much-needed funds but equally important it gives people the opportunity to experience the special atmosphere of professionalism and care that permeates the whole building.”



More than 300 people celebrated 70 years of Reform youth movements at the Sternberg Centre. Marking the landmark anniversary of the founding of the YASGB (Youth Association of the Synagogues of Great Britain), which was succeeded by RSY (Reform Synagogue Youth) and now RSY-Netzer, members, past and present, gathered for a festival of nostalgia and reminiscence. Laura JannerKlausner, Reform Judaism’s Senior Rabbi, said: “I’m so proud to have been part of the movement and I’m sure the next 70 years will be just as inspiring and impactful”.






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Scene & Be Seen / Community




More than 200 guests enjoyed Norwood’s fifth annual Volunteer Recognition Awards, which acknowledged the huge contribution made by the charity’s volunteers. The evening was hosted by Volunteer Awards chair Rachael Davis-Stollar, with Marilyn Graham receiving the Special Commendation Award, which was presented to her by joint Norwood president Lady Mendelsohn. She said: “Our wonderful befrienders help improve confidence in those who use our services, reduce isolation and often take pressure off families just by being there. Norwood has survived for more than 200 years because we are responsive and forward-thinking, and this is a service we want to grow even more, because it has such an impact and is so valuable to those we support.”





Communities across London are competing to distribute the greatest number of soup containers, as they take part in The Great Chicken Soup Challenge. Part of this year’s Shabbat UK and designed by the United Synagogue’s Jewish Living Division’s Living & Learning team, the soup will be delivered to homeless shelters and families in need across communities who aren’t able to make their own chicken soup but are determined to participate in Shabbat UK. Rebbetzin Ilana Epstein, of the Living & Learning team and Cockfosters & N. Southgate Synagogue, said: ‘Chicken soup is... synonymous with warmth, care and understanding.”


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More than 150 people from around Hertfordshire attended the Bushey Bnei Mitzvah Fair at the shul to encourage children and young teenagers to get involved in charitable causes. Parents came with their children approaching bar/batmitzvah age to speak to charities, including Camp Simcha and World Jewish Relief. Bushey Shul’s Rabbi Elchonon Feldman said: “This was a fantastic event for those entering such an important part of their lives where they start to see what a huge difference they can make to others. It was amazing to see so many wanting to do so much.”

Family announcements Oliver Ziff celebrated his barmitzvah at Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue.


Russian-Israeli superstar violinist Maxim Vengerov wowed the 270-strong audience at Manna’s fifth gala dinner at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane, raising £180,000. Held in aid of families in need across Israel, the dinner was sponsored and catered by Israeli chef Oren Yerushalmi. Goldie Sternbuch of Meir Panim in Israel and Rabbi Joseph Dweck spoke at the dinner.


Henry Bratt celebrated his 90th birthday.

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B’nai B’rith UK enjoyed a fortnight of activities for this year’s European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage. Co-ordinator Valerie Bello said: “We (EDJCH) believe heritage plays an increasingly significant role in our national life, strengthening people’s connection with their locality, making them conscious of their history and identity and forging bonds between individuals and their communities.”

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IN THIS SECTION: Ruby Wax 30 Travel 33

Lord Sugar will see you now... This year’s batch of 18 candidates include Elliot Van Emden (third from right) and Charles Burns (third from left, both middle row)

Francine Wolfisz speaks to the Jewish candidates starring in the new series of The Apprentice


onald Trump is “comical”, Piers Morgan is “boring” and former contestants of The Apprentice who dabble in reality shows are “treated little better than dead meat”. Lord Alan Sugar certainly pulled no punches as he launched the new series of the popular BBC One show this week, alongside old faithfuls Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner, a former chairman of Sugar’s IT company, Viglen. Indeed he even promised to get his “boxing gloves ready” for former newspaper editorturned TV star Morgan – with whom he enjoys public spats on Twitter – when he appears on Good Morning Britain to promote the latest show. Now in its 13th series, this year’s batch of 18 candidates - including two Jewish contenders will be assessed through a range of tasks, ranging from burger making and robot building to running a doggy day care.

Speaking exclusively to Jewish News this week, Elliot Van Emden, 31, from Stanmore, reveals he has “the passion, drive and stamina to go all the way in this process.” The former pupil of University College School in Hampstead regularly attends Edgware United Synagogue with his family and is known as “Tory Back in the boardroom: Karren Brady, Lord Sugar and Claude Littner

boy” to his friends, because he once worked as an intern for David Cameron before he became prime minister. Today the law graduate runs his own firm, advising landlords on how to evict their tenants. Van Emden reveals: “I have always admired Lord Sugar for achieving everything he has in his lifetime. I believe I am an all-rounder and have a unique set of skills that will enable me to progress all the way to the final. “Once there, my business plan will blow the other candidates out of the water!” Meanwhile, former King David High School pupil Charles Burns, 24, from Whitefield, Manchester, believes Lord Sugar will be bowled over by his “revolutionary business idea.” When asked why he decided to throw his hat into the ring, Burns, who attends Prestwich Hebrew Congregation and confesses to having “fingers in many business pies”, said: “I have a great business plan which requires investment to get it off the ground and what better place to both gain investment and experience than on The Apprentice with Lord Sugar?” They will no doubt want to make a great first impression, but the business magnate, who turned 70 in March, reveals he very rarely judges any candidate so early on and that even “absolute no-hopers have gone on to learn from the process.” Speaking of past candidates, Lord Sugar

referred to the likes of Karthik Nagesan, Jessica Cunningham and Luisa Zissman, who have all appeared on reality shows since their time with The Apprentice. “They have a little flurry and then they fizzle out, these people. They have withdrawal symptoms when the show stops. If they are a character, producers of other shows will use them - and then drop them, like dead meat.” Not one to mince his words, Sugar was no less complimentary about Donald Trump, who formerly hosted The Apprentice in the US. When asked, as one business magnate to another, to comment about Trump’s management skills, Sugar quipped: “Well he hasn’t had to fire people, they just seem to have left. He has a very simple process – if you don’t agree with me, you’re out. And his communication skills with Kim Jong Un are quite comical, they should make a show over it.” His frenemy Morgan also appeared in the firing line, with Sugar claiming he was “boring” and that it was thanks to him the Daily Mirror editor was reborn as a television pundit. Sugar ended by saying he was “proud” of the six fledgling businesses he has so far helped to launch, having invested a whopping £1.5million of his own money into making them a success.  The Apprentice begins on Wednesday, 4 October, 9pm, BBC One.



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Lifestyle / Who Do You Think You Are?

‘Genealogy is better than any therapy!’ Ruby Wax finds answers to why her family never spoke about the Holocaust, in Who Do You Think You Are?


wenty years ago, Ruby Wax was sifting through her late parents’ attic when she came across a large leather suitcase filled with photographs and documents. There were even letters referring to “Ella” and “Salo”, but the American-born comedienne had little clue as to who they were, writes |Francine Wolfisz. It was just another unknown aspect of Wax’s family history, one that she had struggled to figure out ever since she was a child. She knew little about why her mother always seemed hysterical, why her father always shouted and why they both remained steadfastly tight-lipped about the Holocaust. Now those answers have come to light for the 64-year-old actress and author, who delves into her past in next week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Aside from discovering more about how the Holocaust impacted her parents, Wax also uncovers a family history of mental ill health and depression – something with which she, too, has struggled and which compelled her to retrain as a psychotherapist in recent years. As the episode begins, Wax describes how her parents, Edmund Wachs and Berta Goldmann, escaped Austria before the outbreak of the Second World War and settled in Chicago. She recalls that her mother would scream out disconnected thoughts – “the language was nuts” – while her father was volatile.

“He was…as she called him, ‘a torturer’. Obviously they must have had a hideous relationship.” But her assumptions are soon turned on their head. Travelling first to Vienna, Wax finds out that her father was thrown into prison in April 1938, just weeks after Austria was annexed to Germany, simply because he was Jewish. And one of the now-translated letters from the suitcase reveals her mother wrote to Edmund while he was in prison. A surprised Wax exclaims: “I had no idea that my mother loved my dad… saying that she cried every day… I had no idea that they really loved each other.” Another startling revelation is that during his time in prison, Edmund and his fellow Jewish prisoners were tortured. He eventually secured his release, but only on the condition of leaving Austria – or else risk being deported to Dachau concentration camp. Edmund and Berta hastily married, but she was unable to leave for Belgium with him. He later stowed away on board a ship to the US, while Berta obtained a US visa and the pair were eventually reunited in December 1938. Wax comes to understand that her mother would have still been in Vienna during Kristallnacht, a series of orchestrated Nazi attacks against Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues, which took place on 9 November 1938.

Above left: Wax’s mother Berta as a young woman, and her father Edmund, right

From top: Comedienne and mental health advocate Ruby Wax; her maternal ancestors; and as a child with her parents

“She never mentioned it,” exclaims Wax. “Do you think that explains why she was out of her mind?” As she continues tracing her family history, a genealogist reveals that “Ella” and “Salo” referred to in the letters were Ella and Salomen Birer, her maternal greataunt and uncle. The letters heartbreakingly reveal that the couple had desperately pleaded with Berta help secure a US visa for them. “You can’t even imagine how afraid we are,” wrote Ella. By the time Berta had the necessary documents to help them, the US Government had changed its requirements and just weeks later, the Third Reich had stopped all emigration. Wax feels compelled to find out what happened next to Ella and Salo, as well as the rest of her maternal grandfather’s family – a journey of discovery that she feels has finally provided the answers she was looking for. She quips: “You know, I could have saved myself a lot of time and money. Rather than doing therapy, I should have been doing genealogy. Now knowing my ancestors, I understand a lot more about myself.”  Ruby’s family story is revealed in full on Who Do You Think You Are?, which is broadcast on Wednesday, 4 October, 8pm, BBC One

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Karen Bowerman visited Costa Rica, which has multiple microclimates and the most species, per area, in the world


s any fashionista will tell you, there are countless ways to wear a silk scarf, but wrapping it around the neck of a soggy goat, retrieved from a river in Costa Rica, probably isn’t one of them. I’m on a boat on the river Frio near Los Chiles, a sweltering village a few kilometres south of Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua, when the drama unfolds. In trying to persuade a goat, pursued by dogs, to scale the river bank, we accidentally cause it to jump into caiman-infested waters instead. Our (male) guide, Arturo, abandons our sloth-seeking to initiate a rescue. With the goat on board and tethered (the scarf looped into a lead), we return it to its owner, upriver. “Great!” I say, for I don’t want to come all the way to Costa Rica, that most biodiverse of countries, for a goat. Thanks to its location, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica has multiple microclimates and the most species, per area, in the world. It is home to more than 200 types of reptiles, 800 kinds of birds, 35,000 varieties of insects and, what excites me most, five species of sloth. “Look for a ball of ‘moss’ in a tree,” Arturo suggests. Bearing in mind we’re in a tropical rainforest, it doesn’t reduce the options much.

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But somehow, we spot one – a shaggy brown two-toed sloth hanging casually from all fours in a cecropia tree. It swivels its squashed, snouted face, mid-snooze, to see what the fuss is about. Moments later, a bright green “Jesus Christ lizard” (an emerald basilisk) zips across the water, explaining, with agility, its nickname. A boat-billed heron looks down and parakeets, keen not to be excluded from the action, bomb through the canopy above. Admittedly, we’ve heard them before. The first time, a member of our group thought it was “a tropical dog”. It’s actually a troop of howler monkeys; the second loudest mammals after

THEN SUDDENLY, THE FOREST BURSTS INTO GRUNTING SOUNDS the blue whale, thanks to a special bone in their throats that acts as an amplifier. Unsurprisingly, howler monkeys were absent from the squawking, chirping soundtrack that filtered through our greentinted, jungle-themed plane when I set off for Costa Rica a few days earlier. It was Thomson’s first flight to the country, and the only direct flight from the UK, hence the unique celebration. We fly into Liberia, in the north-west, staying first at El Mangroove, a funky, boutique beach retreat, overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste province. It’s a 30-minute drive from the airport, so I’m soon in a hammock on my balcony listening the sound of “tropical dogs”. The region is known for its dry climate and fine sand beaches but

We’re soon bouncing across suspension these, I’m told, come later. The next morning, bridges among giant ferns and 160ft trees in we head around 100 miles east, through villages of squat houses and fields of wispy sugar cane, to Monteverde’s cloud forest. But the main reason we’re here is the Superman zip line at the end of Arenal Lake and volcano. our canopy tour. Central Costa Rica reminds me of the It’s a bit disconcerting signing up to a ride Lake District – but with brilliant sunshine. that plunges you into the sky, head-first, before Our drive turns into a game of hide and seek, you’ve tried it seated, but our guide, Tony, as the clouds, the light and the mountains toy persuades us. It’s exhilarating; with the wind in with time-tight tourists desperate to glimpse my face and the canopy below, I feel I’m flying. the volcano’s near-perfect cone. It first erupted That evening, we check into the all-inclusive in 1968 and is still active; what I think is a halo Dreams Las Mareas resort on Costa Rica’s of clouds is, in fact, steam. north-west coast: it’s time to enjoy those There’s steam, of a gentler kind, at the beaches. The resort’s set in gardens with tiered Tabacon hot springs near the town of La pools leading down to the private Jobo Bay. Fortuna, on the lake’s northern shore. As we It’s sandy, sheltered and hot. There are approach, Arenal volcano seems to straddle the manta rays in the sea, pelicans on the rocks high street. and hawks overhead. Add to this a sighting If I’m in need of a pick-me-up, it comes the of an armadillo near a restaurant, and the rare, following day in a caffeine-filled visit to a coffee owl-like great potoo, and I realise I’ve spotted plantation near Monteverde, 100 miles south. The owner, Don Juan, a wizened 78-year-old, much of Costa Rica’s wildlife without much effort at all. tells me his coffee’s the best I’ll ever taste “because of the love that goes into it”. He confides he “didn’t even like the stuff ” until he was 37, when it was all his father-in-law offered him to drink after a hard day’s work in the mountains. Now, he sells his organic fair trade beans to Waitrose. Monteverde is a settlement that appears to have been built in the clouds; it’s damp and atmospheric, with roads that dissolve into sky. Arturo herds us on, saying it’s time for Top: Costa Rica is home to 35,000 varieties of insects adventure. and right, the rescued goat. Inset: A lethargic lizard

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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about…Linda Wenzel

BY RABBI MENDEL KALMENSON The Talmud (Taanis 26b) interprets the verse from Song of Songs, — “on the day of His wedding” — as the day the Jewish people received the Torah. Rashi comments this refers to the day God gave us the second tablets, rather than the first. Remarkably then, the Talmud sees Yom Kippur as the wedding anniversary between God and the Jewish people! Here’s why this is relevant. The problem with many relationships is that we tend to hold onto the mistakes made by the people we love, and often hold their present self up to their former self. In other words, when we interact with our husband, wife, parent, sibling or child, we tend to see them not in the present, but through the prism of their accumulated past. Just imagine how different relationships would be if during each encounter we looked at the people in front of us with a new set of eyes, deleting, at least for this moment, any negative history between us. Long before Eckhart Tolle wrote his bestseller The Power of Now, the mystics taught that the universe is created every single moment anew, so that the universe of this moment is not a continuation of the universe of a moment ago, but is an entirely new universe with its own infinite potential! Approach God, your devoted partner in life, with an open mind and heart, and let go of the distance, the disappointment that may have built up inside you as a result of the times you felt let down by God, and begin this moment, and the new year by extension, anew and afresh, in love and with joy.

 Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson is rabbi of Beit Baruch and executive director of Chabad of Belgravia, London

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL German-born schoolgirl Linda Wenzel, who left her home in Dresden last year and travelled to Iraq to join ISIS, could now face the death penalty. What does the Torah say about this? The most famous of child crime scenarios is the rebellious child, the “ben sorer u-moreh”. The apparently uneducable adolescent is judged first by his parents and then the communal elders to be unsalvageable and is condemned to death. Whereas the rabbinic laws severely limit the possibility of this happening, to the point that one Talmudic opinion claims that the rebellious child is only theoretical, the Torah does entertain


the possibility that delinquency can lead to the most serious of crimes. The rebellious child thief, who steals from his parents, guzzles wine and scoffs meat with the proceeds may seem in urgent need of psychiatric help or at least intensive therapy. However, he is also only a step away from taking a life to fund his reckless lifestyle. Volunteering for ISIS is far worse than reckless. For some Wenzel may seem a hero, sacrificing home comfort and security for the sake of an ideal that could lead to death. But volunteering for the enemy is treason, which is Biblically punished by death. Joab, the lifelong military chief of staff of King David betrayed him and supported his son Adonijah. Exploiting David’s vulnerability cost Joab his life, as David instructed his son Solomon to find a way to punish him fatally for his treachery. Wenzel was no Chief of Staff, but she still carried the responsibility of betraying her own citizens by joining those who were at any time prepared to

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attack Europeans in major cities. The Torah insists that educators instil a sense of mutual responsibility in our youths for fellow human beings – something that is essential to avoiding future cases of girls like Wenzel.  Rabbi Ariel Abel is Padre to HM Forces and rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation


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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What? Should Liberal Jews fast on Yom Kippur? BY RABBI DANNY RICH Yom Kippur is the day for personal and communal self-reflection – an opportunity to contemplate our foibles and failings and to seek to overcome them in the following year. It is described in the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 16:31) as ‘a Sabbath of Sabbaths’, indicating its uniqueness and characteristic demand to cease our daily activities for a more significant purpose. Leviticus (16:29 and 30) adds we are to use Yom Kippur ‘to afflict our souls’ in order that ‘…atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all your sins before the Eternal One’. It is not either obvious or clear in the Bible how this day is to be spent, but Jewish tradition came to understand that ‘afflicting the soul’ involved depriving oneself of pleasures: leather shoes, sexual intercourse, anointing the body with oil, bathing and the consumption of food and drink. On drinking and eating, the tradition is remarkably liberal, exempting

children under the age of nine, women in childbirth and even a healthy person seized by a fit of ‘ravenous hunger’ that causes faintness. Nevertheless, this is not the point and the Liberal Jew ought to ask: “Does fasting enable me better to fulfil the purpose of Yom Kippur?” If abstention from food facilitates a longer period in reflection, prayer and study, then it is to be commended for the Liberal Jew. However, if, as in the case of my late grandmother who would get a terrible headache and have to remain in bed all day, it causes health issues or even distraction from the Yom Kippur tasks in hand, then fasting is not for the committed Liberal Jew. The answer to the question, therefore, is the choice should be made by the individual, reflecting on the very purposes of Yom Kippur itself.

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Progressively Speaking How important is to say sorry? BY RABBI BENJI STANLEY My father, Jack Stanley, passed away this year at age 90, and I was so impressed by those who renewed contact with my family to apologise for being out of touch. Now that he is no longer with us, I am grateful that he and I always returned to a warm relationship after arguments. So with my dad in mind, I want to return to relationships that matter- and apologise. Today, public figures are frequently subjected to the demand that they apologise- for something that they said, did or sent out online. Social media has amplified our every thought and action. We rabbis also need to be careful about every word we say, every Facebook post or tweet, lest it cause offence or be misinterpreted. This contemporary reality could just add to the plethora of excuses we make to not say sorry to anyone. We tell ourselves that we did and said nothing wrong; they misun-

derstood; they owe us an apology if anything. They’re so difficult they might not accept an apology if we gave one. Yet the transformation of this time of year is achieved when we have the self-awareness to realise that we are the “they” to others, that we have also been difficult and caused hurt and should say sorry. There are two fundamental teachings for Yom Kippur and the whole year that Maimonides emphasises: firstly that, when we have hurt someone, saying sorry

to God on Yom Kippur makes no difference unless we have said sorry to the person themselves. On the flipside, he teaches us that we have to be forgiving. Cruelty is not a Jewish characteristic, he states. So I am giving myself an extended deadline, and taking time to reflect by myself on who might need to hear a sorry from me, and then I will get in touch with them. I will also not give up on those who hurt me; I will let one or two people know, kindly, that they hurt me. If we take the time to reflect on who might need to hear a sorry, then this itself becomes an act of real selfwork, as we, for once, see ourselves from the outside, cultivating the self-awareness that I am quick to see others as lacking.  Rabbi Benji Stanley, rabbi for Young Adults at Reform Judaism

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Fun, games and prizes

WIN WEST END TICKETS TO A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE! Jewish News is offering three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre, London! Classic Spring is a new theatre company formed by Dominic Dromgoole, formerly artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Its first offering is an Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre, revolving around his four great Victorian plays, which shocked and redefined British theatre, and still resonate and refresh today. Tickets for A Woman of No Importance (which runs from 6 October to 30 December) and Lady Windermere’s Fan (12 January to 7 April) are now on sale. Coming soon

are An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Directed by Dromgoole, A Woman of No Importance stars Olivier award-winning Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda

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Gabler), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), Eleanor Bron (Help!, Alfie) and William Gaunt (King Lear, The Crucible). An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent Eleanor Bron young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice. ‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation’.

Come and share in this new adventure, and rediscover the thrill of these great plays.  For more information and to book tickets (from £19.50), call 0330 333 4814 or visit ClassicSpring.co.uk

JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION: Which playwright penned A Woman Of No Importance?

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Last issue’s solutions ACROSS: 1 Tickle 4 Talc 8 Woo 9 Divorce 10 Liken 11 Nylon 13 Under 15 Mimic 17 Chiffon 19 Ill 20 Toys 21 Margin DOWN: 1 Towel 2 Crooked 3 Laden 5 Air 6 Clean 7 Oven 12 Lambing 13 Uncut 14 Rife 15 Manna 16 Colon 18 Icy

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By Paul Solomons

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Closing date 16 October 2017

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A: Oscar Wilde



The ELEPHANT is ill, he needs to take a PILL


Terms and conditions: Three winners will receive a pair of tickets to A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, valid for Monday to Thursday performances until 30 November 2017, subject to availability. Prize value is £110 per pair of tickets. Travel not included. Prize is as stated, is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or exchange in whole or in part for cash. By supplying your email address, you agree to receive marketing information from the JN Media Group or any of its affiliates and carefully selected third parties. The promotion excludes employees of Miroma and the promoter, their immediate families, their agents or anyone professionally connected to the relevant promotion. Proof of eligibility must be provided on request. Normal T&Cs apply and can be found at jewishnews.co.uk/about-us/promotions -terms-and-conditions. For full Ts and Cs, see jewishnews.co.uk. Closing date: 16 October 2017.

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How did you keep active this week? Send details of what you’ve been up to and forthcoming events to: andrews@thejngroup.com

Liron’s on the money as Raiders win thriller MGBSFL

 Full review: jewishnews.co.uk


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Stuart Lustigman has been recognised by the Football Association for his 50 years of service to football. Nominated by the London County FA, Lustigman began playing football in the AJY Junior League in 1959, and qualified as a referee for the London FA in 1973. Founder of both the Maccabi GB Junior Football League in 1988 and Masters League in 1999, of whom he is the President and Chairman respectively, he was presented his award at half-time of last week’s FA Cup tie between Wingate & Finchley and Hemel Hempstead Town, by George Dorling, Chairman of the Council of the London Football Association.

Golfers tee off for JCare Liron Mannie was on target for Raiders A

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Raiders A claimed their first win of the season in the Premier Division as they fought back from 2-0 down to beat London Lions White 4-2. Joe Cohen, Alex Moss, Liron Mannie and Ben Joseph all scored for Dan Shafron’s side. He said: “I’m really proud of how much character we showed to come back and win this game. It was the result we needed and hopefully this will now kickstart our season and give us the boost we’ve needed.” Redbridge A got their league campaign off to a winning start as Daniel Garfinkle’s double helped them to a 5-2 win over Brady Maccabi. Russell Goldstein, Richie Caplin and Scott Oldstein were also on target. Temple Fortune B claimed their first win in Division Two, two goals from Declan Spiro, along with strikes from Simon Cohen, Steven Black and Zack Rich seeing them to a 5-0 win over Boca Jewniors. Two shocks in the first round of the Cyril Anekstein Cup saw two Division Two sides beat Division One opposition. Richard Salmon, David Grossman, Jonathan Breger and Dan Breger scored in FC Team’s 4-2 win over Temple Fortune, while a hat-trick from Kai Vale, coupled with Adam Goldman’s strike saw Fairlop win 4-1 at Scrabble. Ties that went with form saw Premier Division side Camden Park beat Straw Hat Pirates 2-1, thanks to goals from Rob Hershman and Rickardo Ercoli, while Division One side Redbridge B beat Division Two’s Raiders C side 4-2, thanks to Josh Kalinsky’s double and strikes from Lee Cutler and Carl Dobrin. An all-Division One tie saw Raiders B beat Redbridge C 4-2 after extra-time, Jake Gilbert scoring twice, along with strikes from Josh Goldstein and Scott Waissel. An all-Division Two tie saw Adam Ellis’ five goals help Bayern Mincha beat Mill Hill Dons 6-2, Akiva Fink scored their sixth.

Lustigman honoured by FA

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More than 70 amateur and professional golfers raised £30,000 at Jewish Care’s 40th Pro Am Golf Tournament. Organised by the Pro Am Committee, Team Brecher (pictured) won the event, which will see the money raised support younger residents with physical disabilities at Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill at Otto Schiff in Golders Green.

Hibs star to keep Yom Kippur, not goal Ofir Marciano has been allowed to miss Hibernian’s Scottish Premier League clash against Celtic this weekend due to it clashing with Yom Kippur. The Israeli goalkeeper asked manager Neil Lennon for his permission to miss the match, which he granted. Lennon said: “Ofir came to me a couple of months ago about it, to be fair, it’s just one of those things – you have to respect a player’s faith. That’s more important than football. “It is the full day of fasting and for them it is a bit like their Christmas Day, if you want to call it that, and we will lose him for the game against Celtic.” The 27-year-old, who’s been capped 11 times for the national team, had spoken in an earlier interview, how he “was close to his religion”.




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Mud, sweat & tears!

Women complete ‘toughest obstacle course on the planet’ and raise £10k for charity TOUGH MUDDER By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Nine women waded through mud, ran through electric shocks and plunged into ice cold water as they raised nearly £10,000 for two charities by completing the Tough Mudder challenge. Described as being the “probably the toughest obstacle course on the planet”, Anna Schuchman, Charlotte Wikler, Emma Gray, Mich Preston, Debbie Tenenblat, Leora

Unsdorfer, Chaja Green, Sarah Myers and Debra Corney negotiated their way past 24 obstacles over the 12-mile course, all to raise money for two charities close to their heart – Jewish Women’s Aid and SANDS. Training for the past five months, Schuchman, who led the team and runs Ace Lifestyle & Fitness, said: “We scaled walls and ran under barbed wire. It was a day full of physical and mental challenges which left us with aches, pains, lumps, cuts and bruises, but the most incredible day full of fun, laughter and teamwork! “The fact that we were able to raise money for those that don’t choose to put themselves in challenging situations made it all the more meaningful and worthwhile and I feel so proud of

how our family and friends have come together to raise awareness and essential funds to help women and their families.” JWA’s Chief Executive Naomi Dickson said: “These women are amazing! We are so very grateful to them for putting themselves through all that training and challenges, to support Jewish women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse.”

Rio meets his Prince...for a third time! INVICTUS GAMES ‘BabyBlade runner’ Rio Woolf saw his “dream come true” this week when he met Prince Harry for a third time. Attending the Invictus Games in Toronto with his parents, the nine-yearold, who was born with tibial aplasia, which resulted in him having his right leg amputated through the knee, had met the Prince at the previous two Games, in London and Orlando, and made it a memorable hat-trick on Tuesday.

He told Jewish News: “It was amazing to meet him for a third time – I feel so lucky! He was so nice! As soon as he saw me he came straight over and said: ‘Hi Rio, very nice to see you – how are you?’” Once he returns to the UK, the next few months will see Rio attend an England Amputee Football Association Junior Training session, EAFA Gala Awards Dinner and WheelPower Primary Sports Camp.

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Rio in Toronto and his meeting with Harry in 2016 (inset)

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Make a difference to the next generation Please leave a legacy to your US community

Throughout our lives we all give charity to causes close to our hearts but we rarely reflect on the incredible good we can bring about through Legacy Giving. By leaving a gift to your community and The US in your Will you can play a vital role in ensuring Jewish continuity. Whether you support our important Chesed (welfare) programmes, invest in building new communities or regenerating existing ones or safeguard the future of our community by supporting our youth and educational programmes, your legacy will make a huge difference. For more information or to arrange a confidential meeting to discuss legacy opportunities contact Alan Aziz, Director of Development and Legacies, on 020 8343 5685 or aaziz@theus.org.uk The United Synagogue Registered Charity No. 242552



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