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VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS Are there legitimate concerns about the Centre for Islamic Enlightening’s £5million purchase of the old Golders Green Hippodrome? Absolutely. For one, many who’ll use the new centre won’t be locals, so congestion issues must be seriously addressed. Are these concerns being used by some to mask race-based opposition to an influx of Muslims into an area popular with Jews? Undoubtedly. Does this show, in 2017, that those engaged in interfaith work have their work cut out? Sadly, it does. When asked to support the campaign against the mosque, Jewish News said no. When offered money for an advert for said campaign, Jewish News again said no. For this we were called “kapos” and peppered with hatred from

within our own community. We stand by our decision and note the same principled stand taken by others. We are only saddened that the irony of asking to parade a campaign of thinly-veiled hate in Hate Crime Awareness Week was lost on those who subsequently sent us all those vile messages we had to delete from our website. Such rhetoric, from those who are rightly quick to oppose anti-Semitism, undermines our community’s real battle against intolerance. In what light does all this show us? When did Golders Green become a Jewish ghetto, its online foot soldiers fiercely manning the barricades? When did we get so quick to cast out the stranger? What a way to behave. Shame on us for not realising that this is a people who, like us, just

want to live and pray in peace. The mosque’s leaders, who experts say have no connection to extremist organisations, have extended their hand and opened their doors to the Jewish community. Let us reciprocate their offer of friendship. Let’s share bread and build bridges that will stand us in good stead. Because from within this ugly angst we see a silver lining – the chance for two great Abrahamic faiths to come together and show the doubters what their forebears have known for thousands of years, but what today’s generation seems to have forgotten amid endless reports of terrorism. Enough with the protest. Let’s welcome this religious community to the area. Acting to the contrary makes us hate-mongers.

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Jewish News 19 October 2017


News / Boundary changes / Anti-hate group

‘Jewish constituency’ proposal The most Jewish constituency ever was proposed by the Boundary Commission this week, with one MP to cover Edgware, Hendon, Mill Hill and Golders Green. The new seat, based on an extended version of the Hendon seat currently occupied by Conservative Matthew Offord, was put forward on Tuesday by a cross-party team tinkering with the existing boundaries, in order to reduce by 50 the number of MPs. As now, it will stretch from its northernmost tip

near Elstree through Edgware, Burnt Oak, Colindale, Hendon and West Hendon, including Mill Hill, but under the new plans, it will also incorporate Brent Cross, Golders Green and Staples Corner. Among the seats due to disappear completely under the Commission’s proposals is the Finchley and Golders Green constituency currently held by Conservative MP Mike Freer, and once held by Margaret Thatcher. Under the revised plans, it will be gobbled up by neigh-

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bouring constituencies, with Golders Green going to join the new ‘Jewish seat’, while Childs Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb get swallowed by an enlarged Hampstead outline. East Finchley will now be taken on within a new constituency including Southgate and Cockfosters, which stretches all the

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is currently held by another Tory MP, Bob Blackman, will no longer stretch down towards Edgware and Kenton, but will instead reach westwards to incorporate Harrow and Wealdstone, North Harrow and Rayners Lane. Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, who has been highly critical of the proposed changes,

will see her Hampstead and Kilburn seat scrapped. The Hampstead seat will now include the whole of Hampstead Heath, as well as Hampstead Garden Suburb up to East Finchley. Hendon MP Matthew Offord told Jewish News: “Should the proposals go ahead, I would warmly welcome the addition of Golders Green ward to the Hendon constituency. “The proposals overall aim to decrease the number of MPs and, as a consequence, reduce the cost of Parliament to the taxpayer, which I believe to be the right course of action.” Elsewhere, in an intriguing twist, much of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat shifts eastward to include areas with large Jewish populations, including Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill. Last year, when actress Maureen Lipman raised the prospect of Corbyn’s seat being scrapped at a dinner for British Emunah, there was a large cheer from the audience.

Jewish police join new CAA alliance Jewish police officers and Orthodox volunteers for neighbourhood security group Shomrim have joined an alliance with grassroots group Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. The new group, called the British Council for Countering Anti-Semitism (BCCA), includes the Jewish Police Association, the Kehilah Security and Protection Association (KASPA), Shomrim Broughton Park, Shomrim North West London and Stamford Hill Shomrim, and will be coordinated by Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. Earlier this year, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) fell out spectacularly with Simon Johnson, the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, after Johnson said statistics put out by the CAA amounted to scaremongering. Now, in what will be seen as a coup for CAA chief Gideon Falter, the new alliance has brought together Jewish police officers and security volunteers under a remit to “speak with a single voice” and “provide a forum through which to devise

CAA chief Gideon Falter

and deliver new strategies and frameworks to counter antiSemitism in the UK”. According to the JPA, the Community Security Trust, the lead coordinating organisation when it comes to fighting antiSemitism in the UK, has also been invited to join the group. Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of Stamford Hill Shomrim, said: “It is very welcome that various organisations in the field of protecting the Jewish community have come together to pool their resources and talents .”

19 October 2017 Jewish News



Hate crime / Hezbollah flags / Keir Starmer / News

CHARITY ACCUSES Communal concern over fall ISLAMIC KHAN OF AL QUDS BETRAYAL in hate crime prosecutions Jewish leaders have expressed concern over the falling number of prosecutions for hate crime in the UK, after the latest figures were revealed during Hate Crime Awareness Week. Police said this week that the number of hate crimes being recorded in the past year had skyrocketed, rising 29 percent, partly in response to the aftermath of the Brexit debate and attacks by radical Islamists in Manchester and London. However, while Home Office data showed almost 18,000 more hate crimes offences in the past 12 recorded months, the Board of Deputies said it was “concerned” that the number of successful prosecutions had fallen when anti-Semitism was rising. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) noted in its report that the number of hate crime cases being referred by the police were still around

There were almost 18,000 more hate crime offences last year

13,000 per year, almost 10 percent less than in 2014/15, leaving Jewish groups with concerns. The data splits hate crime into offences motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity, with racially-aggravated offences by far the most common, making up 78 percent of all reported cases.

“All evidence points to a rise in anti-Semitic and other hate crimes,” said Board president Jonathan Arkush. “The CPS says there are fewer referrals from the police, and this needs to be investigated.” Dave Rich, a spokesman for the Community Security Trust (CST), said the increase in reported hate crime was “worrying”, adding: “It under-

lines CST’s figures showing anti-Semitic hate crime went up over the same period.” Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of Stamford Hill Shomrim, said: “I’m pleased the Government is taking hate crime seriously, but there is some way to go. Sentencing should reflect the trauma suffered by victims.” Meanwhile, a new group to help grassroots organisations work together to combat hate crime has been announced. Minister for Faith, Lord Bourne confirmed that the new Hate Crime Support Group would help grassroots groups learn from leading charities and experts. Bourne made the announcement on Tuesday, as he visited the memorial to Stephen Lawrence in Eltham along with Stephen’s father, Dr Neville Lawrence. The group will allow grassroots groups to develop skills in areas such as fundraising and website development.

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A prominent Islamic charity this week accused Mayor of London Sadiq Khan of “betraying Londoners” over his call to close a loophole that allows anti-Israel protesters to legally fly the flag of Hezbollah. The intervention from Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), which coorganises the annual Al Quds Day demonstration, follows the release of a letter Khan sent to Home Secretary Amber Rudd in July urging her to ban the flying of Hezbollah’s flag. The flags are permitted as

Hezbollah’s ‘political’ flag

only the group’s armed wing is proscribed as a terrorist group; the ‘political’ wing is not. The IHRC this week said the mayor was guilty of “a betrayal of trust and a dereliction of duty towards the capital’s residents”.

Sir Keir: ‘Draw line on hate’ The Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, told a London Jewish audience this week that Holocaust denial and hate speech were “off limits”. In an interview at JW3 with the BBC Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn, for human rights group Rene Cassin, Sir Keir spoke about international human rights legislation, which had evolved in the

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News / #No2H8 Crime Awards – In partnership with Jewish News

Faiths unite to tackle intoleran Senior government ministers and anti-hate campaigners issued their determination to tackle abuse on social media during the annual #No2H8 Crime Awards, writes Alex Davis. Bringing together distinguished guests from politics, journalism and the charity sector, the national awards ceremony championed those who tackle hatred, intolerance and prejudice in all of its forms. Addressing the 220-strong audience, Fiyaz Mughal, founder of #No2H8 Crime awards and director of Faith Matters, argued social media provided a voice for “hatred” and helped foster a “rise in hate crime, intolerance and bigotry”. Echoing the message, Lord Bourne, Minister for Faith, added: “The Government is determined to tackle the use of social media for issuing abuse towards those perceived as different. “It is despicable that new technology is used for such a disgraceful purpose and as a country we will not stand for it.” Lord Bourne promised perpetrators would be punished using the full force of the law and encouraged attendees to help remember the victims of hate crime by posting supportive messages on social media as part of this week’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017, running from 14 to 21 October. Richard Benson, chairman of the awards

and former director of the Community Security Trust, praised winners for “standing together at this time of national need” and for tackling the “growing industry” of hate. Twelve awards were issued during the glittering event at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill Hotel in Portman Square, media sponsored by Jewish News and the Huffington Post. Highlights included the Jo Cox Memorial Award, which was won by Stop Funding Hate, a campaign that was launched last summer and urged advertisers not to spend money with The Daily Mail and The Sun following negative headlines about refugees. Another memorable image of the night was the sight of Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg walking hand in hand to collect the Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue. Speaking to Jewish News after collecting the award, Wittenberg spoke of his “warm friendship and admiration” for Bocoum. “He has spoken out courageously about the need for a new interpretation of the Koran. It’s a privilege to know someone like that,” he said. “We’ve spoken together on the importance of standing together, tackling hate and observing our religious traditions within a context of understanding and inclusivity for each other.

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“The Jewish community is a small community. It’s terribly important to build bridges with those we can, to establish solidarity and to stand up for those who are victimised in our society.” Other awards included The Public Sector Upstander Award, won by Dr Nasser Kurdy, a Muslim surgeon who voluntarily operated on those injured during the Manchester Arena bombing, and was then himself the victim of a hate crime outside a mosque in September. The Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Dr David Hoffman, a photographer who has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to capture the images of hate crime. He recalled his experience of photographing vandalised Jewish cemeteries: “You feel a bit sick, but also get a great deal of pleasure from

Above: Former Minister Shahid Malik; British Transpor Iman Atta and No2H8 Awards founder Fiyaz Mughal.

RABBI AND IMAM AWARDED Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum set a fine example to antiracism campaigners everywhere by collecting their award hand in hand. The pair exhibited a united front as they collected the Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue (right). Reflecting on the moment, Bocoum – who is a lecturer in Islamic Studies, a Board member of the Shariah Council UK and an interfaith consultant – told Jewish News: “I was humbled to win this award with Rabbi Jonathan, who is truly a wonderful human being. We both insisted that the other should be the one to collect the award and so in the end we settled on heading up hand-in-hand!” He added: “There would be Muslims who would disapprove of an imam holding hands with a rabbi, but also many who would say it is an amazing image,” he added. “We both get intimidatedbyourowncommunities,butwemustnotbe

Imam Bocoum and Rabbi Wittenberg

silent and must work towards making the world a safer place.” Wittenberg said: “My Jewishness is rooted in humanity, which is shared with people of all faiths and that needs to be expressed in a world which is increasingly divisive.”

Jack’s prize for befriending refugee The simple act of young schoolboy Jack Stanley befriending a lonely Syrian refugee at his school in Salford catapulted him to national fame. Viewers were touched watching Jack help Rani Asaad, now 12, when he was being bullied at school on Channel 4’s Educating Manchester. Jack received rapturous applause when he took to the stage to receive the Young Upstander award. He said: “Rani was in the corner by himself, so A class act: I just went up to him and asked, ‘Do Jack Stanley

you want to come in our group and make more friends?’,” Jack explains on screen. “He was getting bullied at the time and didn’t have that many friends so he came over and joined our group. I don’t like seeing people on their own and hope other people think like that. Even if you’re in a group of just two or three that’s better than being alone.” Rani, who was forced to leave Syria aged four, said: “Jack really deserves this award. Everyone needs to be like Jack!”

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rt Police’s Barry Boffy; director of TellMAMA Inset: JN’s Richard Ferrer presents an award


using the hatred, anger and Nazi symbols as weapons against those very haters. Using the damage they’ve done as a weapon against them gives me enormous satisfaction,” he added. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, set up in memory of a teenager who was murdered for the way she dressed, won the Upstanding Organisation Award. Jack Stanley, the schoolboy whose befriending of Syrian refugee Rani touched the hearts of the nation on Channel 4’s Educating Manchester, picked up the Young Upstander Award, while Emma Roebuck, a transgender women campaigning on behalf of LGBT communities, won the CPS Special Award. Speaking to Jewish News, host Adrian Chiles said: “It was a really amazing evening. Call me sentimental but, as Jo Cox said, ‘there is more that unites us than divides us’, and I think we saw that throughout.” Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: “Behind each of these awards lies a story of fearless commitment to making sure Britain is a place where people of all faiths and backgrounds can live their lives without fear of attack for who they are or what they believe.”  A full list of award winners can be found at: http://no2h8crimeawards .org/2017/10/list-award-winners-no2h8 -crime-awards-2017

Brendan Cox: ‘Let’s out-think far-right’ In a thinly veiled attack on The widower of the murthe US president, he thanked dered MP Jo Cox encouraged Donald Trump for highlighting attendees to “out-organise” the “cancer within our own far right haters during a gritty societies, how fundamentally speech, writes Alex Davis. something has gone wrong”, “We are meeting at a time and argued the challenges of crisis,” he began. “There’s facing communities would no point in wishing away the increase in the coming decades. gravity of that crisis or imag“The fact is this isn’t a shortining it is going to be shortterm threat. We are living lived, because it’s not.” through a perfect storm of inseBrendan Cox was precurities – economic, physical senting The Jo Cox Memorial and cultural – the thing that Award in honour of his late wife. The honour is presented Timely warning: Brendan Cox Trump tapped into incredibly powerfully,” he said. to individuals who have put However, he reminded the room that those themselves at considerable risk by trying to protect the human rights of others targeted propagating hatred were “not the majority”. “We often talk about polarisation, but because of their identity. “We’ve been complacent, we’ve buried our the reality is more nuanced. Most people heads in the sand, we’ve imagined the end of are in the middle. Yes, they are concerned history, where the structures we have relied on about immigration, but they are not haters,” he said. His speech concluded with a battle cry have been collapsing around us,” he continued. “The hatred that is taking more of the to those gathered. “What’s happened is that public discourse isn’t an accident – it’s hap- the far right haters have become better organpening because of our politics, it’s happening ised, they’ve out-organised us, on the street, because of where we are in our country at the politically, on social media and elsewhere. Our job is to out-organise them.” moment.”

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News / Holocaust Educational Trust annual dinner

Left-wing anti-Semites ‘get away with it’, Neil tells HET Broadcaster Andrew Neil has warned that rising anti-Semitism on the left is “more dangerous” than on the right as he issued a scathing condemnation of Ken Livingstone, writes Justin Cohen. The This Week presenter told the Holocaust Educational Trust dinner that “knuckle draggers” and Holocaust deniers were more marginalised than when he was growing up. But the changing face of antiSemitism meant the charity’s work is more crucial than ever. He said: “What’s surprised me is the new development in this area is the rise of anti-Semitism on the far left. It’s more dangerous than the knuckle- dragging right. “I don’t say anti-Semitism of the left is entirely new. There’s a strain that’s always run through parts of the British intellectual left but I believe it’s on the rise and given far too easy a pass.” It is possible to “get away” with left-wing prejudice in a way that would never be tolerated when emanating from the right. He pointed to a fringe event at the Labour Party conference where one speaker suggested it should be

possible to debate the “Holocaust, yes or no” and, in a reference to the comments of Ken Livingstone that saw him suspended from the party, he insisted there “could be no bigger insult” than linking Zionism and the Nazis. “We know what he was doing,” said Neil. “But still he’s regarded as a respectable politician.” But he didn’t only have words for politicians on the left. The legendary journalist also took aim at Donald Trump, whose reaction to displays of hate in Charlottesville he described as “shaming” America. “What’s surprised me is the new development in this area is the rise of anti-Semitism on the far left. It’s more dangerous than the knuckle dragging right. Introduced by survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, Neil said he travelled 1,000 miles to attend the dinner but would have flown around the world to be there. A number of “forces” including the rise of authoritarianism and the reluctance of the left to criticise Islamism – which he described as the main source of anti-Semitism today – make the HET’s work more urgent than ever. As, he suggested, was the fact anti-

Above: Karen Pollock; Ben Helfgott; Amber Rudd; HET chairman Paul Phillips. Inset: Andrew Neil speaking at the dinner

Zionism is “often used as a cover” for anti-Semitism. “The Trust remind us where anti-Semitism leads, the more we know about it the more we ensure it doesn’t happen again,” he added. Earlier, the hundreds of guests at The Dorchester rose to their feet to applaud survivor Ben Helfgott as he was presented with a lifetime dedication award by Home Secretary Amber Rudd for his tireless work to pass on the lessons of the Shoah. “The legacy of my family and millions of others is held in hands of HET.

They are custodians of the awesome task to ensure the memories of those murdered are never forgotten.” A long-time trustee of HET, member of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation and founder of the 45 Aid Society, Helfgott also competed for Britain in weightlifting at the Olympics within five years of his liberation and twice captained the British squad. He was described in a message by fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford as a “hero”, while HET chief Karen Pollock joked he was “the only man in his 80s who gives me fitness tips”. Helfgott said he was “very proud” of

all the Trust has achieved, adding: “It is vital work and we must never give up. As we oldest survivors pass on we put our trust in you, the next generation, with great confidence and thanks.” Judge Rob Rinder, who compered the dinner, fought back tears as he told guests he did so in memory of his late grandfather, who survived Theresienstadt. He said: “The legacy of my family and millions of others is held in hands of HET.” Also addressing the gathering was broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky, who led a silence for survivors who passed away in the last year.  Andrew Neil, page 18

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The Orthodox Jewish community was this week left to assess the impact of a Court of Appeal ruling that gender segregation in mixed schools is illegal. The judgement, which affects some Jewish schools, comes after an Islamic mixed sex school in Birmingham – which splits boys from girls at the age of nine – was found to be discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010. The court case was launched by the board of governors of Al-Hijrah, a voluntary-aided faith school, shortly after it was downgraded to ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors last year. The school takes students from the age of four to 16, but notes that the “complete segregation of boys and girls in the age range of nine to 16 for all lessons, breaks, school clubs and trips Ruling implications? Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School in Stamford Hill JOFA UK LAUNCHES MISHNAH PODCASTS is one of the defining characteristics of their house in order given that Ofsted bit creative. They will need to consider the school”. The UK branch of the Jewish Judith Nemeth, head of the National had been ‘allowing’ this previously separating and look at the way they’re Orthodox Feminist Alliance has Association for Jewish Orthodox giving the impression this was OK. organised.” launched a new podcast designed He added: “I’m concerned that this Schools (NAJOS), this week acknowl- So there is no panic.” as an introduction to the 63 tracRabbi Avroham Pinter, the principal is just the latest example of schools edged that there would be some impact tates or books of Mishnah. on the Jewish community, but urged of Yesodeh Hatorah Senior Girls’ School being politicised. We read last week that Organisers said the 18-minute in Stamford Hill, also said he had been doctors will be asking young adults calm. #YourTorah podcast recordings – about their sexuality. “This may affect some of our following the court case for some time. all taught by women – will each “One questions whether this is actu“For the vast majority of Jewish schools,” she said. “We are liaising with provide the overview of one book, the Department for Education for schools that are not co-ed, this should ally about equality or politics. There with a sample Mishnah (works of advice as to how to proceed. The judge- not have any impact,” he said. “But some seems to be a lot of social engineering rabbinic literature) and “a practiment has given time18/10/2017 for all schools to getPagewill cal take-away”. Day of the Dead JN 165x128mm v1.qxp_165x128mm 11:45 1 have to look at the ruling and be a going on. It’s brings to mind Orwell and Jewish students in the UK are to debate the meaning of Zionism in 2017 next month as part events celebrating the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. The panel events on 6 November, organised by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) with Balfour100, will explore the various meanings and perceptions of Zionism in the Jewish student community. “The celebrations present a unique opportunity to reclaim Zionism, and explore and discuss different perceptions,” said UJS campaigns officer Sam Gold.

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1984, and seems to be very un-British.” Rabbi David Meyer, director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools, the educational division of the Jewish Leadership Council, described the decision as “potentially very challenging for a number of Jewish schools”. He added that it was “very difficult to find an educational argument that can justify the existence of some separate sex schools but render others illegal. Sadly the outcome of this case is likely to be more about limiting parental choice than raising educational standards”. Reform Rabbi Jonathan Romain, who campaigns for secular education, said the case “highlights how impo rtant it is to for Ofsted to monitor faith schools, so practices that are illegal or that harm social cohesion are not allowed to exist”. Board of Deputies vice president Sheila Gewolb said: “We have noted with concern the Appeal Court ruling that segregation of sexes in a co-educational school is unlawful, which could have implications for some Jewish schools. “We have been in discussion with the Department for Education since this matter came to court and will be discussing options, which we hope will ensure that there will be limited – if any – disruption to Jewish schools.”


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Thousands petition against Golders Green mosque Almost 6,000 people have signed a petition against plans to turn the former Golders Green Hippodrome into a mosque, ahead of a protest meeting next week. The petitioners claim the new Islamic religious centre will cause “disruption”, citing traffic and pollution problems. Under the banner ‘Golders Green Together’, the organisers say they wish to “restore the charm, harmony and safety of our family neighbourhood”. They have called on Barnet Council to “approach the management of the centre and oblige them to make the necessary arrangements and changes in order to stop the deleterious impact on the lives of the local residents and their visitors”.

Dispute: The iconic Grade II-listed former Golders Green Hippodrome

The Grade II-listed building was bought earlier this year for more than £5million by the Centre for

Islamic Enlightening. It will house the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham Mosque and Islamic Centre, and serve

the Shia community. The petitioners say the extra traffic would make it an “utterly unbearable” situation leading to an “increased risk to the lives and health of local residents”. They add: “Does this [mosque] serve the local community? The Hippodrome, at the epicentre of Golders Green, should be a centre for entertainment for all residents, as Barnet intended it to be.” A public meeting will be held in Hendon on Monday in fierce opposition to the plans. Some Jewish News readers have previously expressed disquiet about the idea of a Shia religious centre in an area with a large Jewish population. One resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: “We want a cultural centre for all, not just them.”

Board of Deputies vice president Marie van der Zyl said: “I have spoken to representatives from the new centre and raised the concerns of Jewish residents. I was pleased to hear about the proactive measures the centre is suggesting. We were heartened to hear about their commitment to opposing anti-Semitism.” Ahmad Alkazemi from the centre said: “We look forward to playing our part in Golders Green’s diverse community, and will be considerate neighbours and sincere friends. With this in mind, we would welcome dialogue with local residents about any concerns they have.” He added: “We will never tolerate any form of hate speech on our premises, and we stand completely opposed to and will firmly address extremism, anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred.”

Arrest after shul defaced with swastika A man has been arrested after a synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. A swastika and the word “kikes” was daubed in red on a sign outside Etz Chaim synagogue in Leeds on 11 October. A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police told Jewish News a man had been arrested

over both the daubing of antiSemitic slurs at the shul and “a further hate crime at the same premises where antiSemitic remarks were made to a member of the building’s security staff”. He added: “The man has been released under investigation and enquiries into both

incidents are ongoing.” A spokesperson for the Community Security Trust said: “We are pleased that police are investigating both incidents vigorously and have made an arrest. “Hopefully as their inquiries continue they will get a clearer picture of

what happened in each incident.” Following the graffiti attack, four members of the local Muslim community visited the synagogue with a gift of flowers in a welcome gesture of solidarity with the Jewish community.



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Hadley Wood Synagogue is set to grow after planning permission was approved for both its extension and refurbishment plans. Chairman John Melchior said: “Our new plans will give all the various activities in the shul better facilities and help secure our future.”

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Extreme revelation / Anne costume / Israel flight / News

Former neo-Nazi comes Anne Frank outfit withdrawn out as gay... and Jewish A neo-Nazi has come out as gay and revealed his Jewish heritage, while publicly rejecting the farright movement. Kevin Wilshaw was an organiser for the National Front and joined the BNP. He was still speaking at white supremacist rallies at the start of this year. He said he was arrested for vandalising a mosque in Aylesbury in the early 1990s and for online race hate offences in March this year. But Wilshaw now claims to have abandoned his extremist past after experiencing the hate from the other side. “On one or two occasions in the recent past I’ve actually been the recipient of the very hatred of the people I wanted to belong to,” he told Channel 4 News. “If you’re gay it is acceptable in society, but with these groups of people it’s not acceptable, and I found on one or two occasions. When I was suspected of being gay I was subjected to abuse.” He added: “It’s a terribly selfish thing to say but it’s true. I saw people being abused, shouted at, spat at in the street – it’s not until it’s directed at you that you suddenly realise that what you’re doing is wrong.” Wilshaw, who kept items including a Nazi flag and a bust of Adolf Hitler in his home, also spoke of his Jewish mother. “She was part Jewish, with the maiden name Benjamin, so we have Jewish

Revelations: Former fascist Kevin Wilshaw

blood on that side,” said Wilshaw, who previously wrote of his hatred of “the Jews”. “That term ‘the Jews’ is the global faceless mass of people you can’t personalise, not individuals. That’s the generalisation that leads to six million people being deliberately murdered.” Wilshaw claims to have rejected Nazism, having reached out to former National Front activist Matthew Collins, who now works for anti-facist group Hope Not Hate. Asked about his change of heart, Wilshaw said: “It was a barrier to me having a relationship with my own family, so I want to get rid of it. It’s too much of a weight.”

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A fancy dress company has apologised and withdrawn an Anne Frank Halloween outfit, following criticism from the Jewish community. HalloweenCostumes.com has removed the controversial product and apologised for any offence caused, saying it was “never our intention” to upset people. The outfit, sold as an ‘Anne Frank Halloween costume’, features a dress, bag and beret. Other outlets have been selling it under a different name, which doesn’t pecifically reference the famous teenage diarist, murdered by the Nazis.

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“Why would anyone want to ‘dress up’ as Anne Frank, a young girl murdered by the Nazis, for Halloween? It is utterly inappropriate, offensive and quite simply beggars belief. The Holocaust is not a joke – this company needs to have a serious rethink.” A spokesperson for the company said: “We take feedback from customers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologise for any offence caused, as that’s never our intention.”

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Jewish News 19 October 2017

News / ShabbatUK launch / Game of Scones

Chief in high spirits at ShabbatUK’s launch

Did Stacey Hart rise to the challenge on this week’s Great Off British Bake Off? As the final five stepped into the Bake Off tent, they were thrown into the challenge of forgotten bakes with a Bedfordshire Clanger on the menu; a cornish pasty of sorts with suet pastry, writes Caron Kemp. Out of her comfort zone, Stacey opted for Camembert and onion and apple and blueberry for her fillings. With her pastry praised for being flaky and soft and her filling highly commended for its flavour, her confidence was given a boost for round two. All about precision, the technical challenge called on the bakers to reproduce a traditional Cumberland Rum Nicky; a sweet tart with a shortcrust pastry

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More than 1,400 pupils from 20 primary schools came together this week for a special concert to launch this year’s ShabbatUK, writes Jack Mendel. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis welcomed the young crowd to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton for a Kabbalat ShabbatUK concert. Children sang Shabbat songs and danced in anticipation of the annual event, which takes place on 27 and 28 October. The children were also entertained with music from Rabbis Marc Levene and Gary Bazak, supported by Asaf Flumi’s band, while ‘Munch ’n Crunch’ fed students with ShabbatUK biscuits. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “This was one of the most inspiring events of the year, bringing together Jewish children united in their enthusiasm for Shabbat and Judaism. There is nothing more wonderful than seeing so many young people dancing and singing with such joy on their faces.” Sacks Morasha Primary School’s Justin Kett said: “Coming together for this concert is a great opportunity to

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and pupils celebrate ahead of ShabbatUK

celebrate ShabbatUK.” Elsewhere, city workers will be encouraged to try their hand at making a different kind of dough, as Mirvis joins Deloitte’s Jewish Network for a ‘Challah Make in the City’. The event will bring together financiers, consultants, law-

yers and accountants from firms including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Investec. Last year some 100 communities across the country, totalling more than 100,000 people, took part in special events for ShabbatUK.

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Football insult / Get connected / Irish Jews / News

Spurs slur apology A Spanish newspaper has apologised to Tottenham after publishing an article in which it claimed the club are disliked because of their “Jewish origin”. The piece, published in Marca on Monday ahead of Spurs’ Champions League visit to Real Madrid, described the north London club as “hated, but with good footballing style”, adding “their Jewish origin has made them into a club disliked by rival fans”. Despite having no Jewish origins, Tottenham have frequently been targeted with anti-Semitic chants, while Tottenham fans refer to themselves as ‘Yids’ – a practice the Football Association would like to see ended. On learning of the story in Marca - which carried a photo of Harry Kane across its front page – Spurs issued a robust response. “We are astonished that a publication such as Marca, which presents itself as an alleged source of professional journalism, has seen fit to publish such an article which is blatantly wrong and wholly distasteful,” a spokesman said. Marca subsequently claimed that the exact meaning of the word “hated” had been lost in translation, but apologised for the offence caused. “It has generated controversy in England

Spanish newspaper Marca made the claims

because of a mis-translation of the term ‘hated’, which also featured in the copy,” a statement released by the newspaper said. “The ‘hatred’ that Tottenham suffers is very focused on the radical and racist groups that are hiding in society, especially among the fans of Chelsea and West Ham. Obviously, these groups do not represent the English game or society. “We regret the confusion that has been created in this respect. The intention was not to damage the image of Tottenham.”

Online course combats isolation Volunteers are preparing to get retirement-age Jews online and e-activated, after a recent report highlighted how many of the nation’s elderly are isolated from the digital world. The new pilot scheme, which began on Monday at Jewish Care’s Golders Green campus, will see over-80s who live independently and A Jewish Care resident goes online younger people with disabilities participate in a 10-week about walking into a room where four or five people are sitiPad course. The need for some ‘face time’ ting on sofas and bucket chairs, was identified after a recent iPads in hand, watching films report by the Office for National on YouTube, playing games Statistics (ONS) revealed that and reading jokes or the news nearly a third of older people online,” said a spokeswoman. “But when you know that have never used a computer, leaving them “excluded” from their average age is 85, and 10 weeks ago, most of them had the digital world. “There’s nothing unusual never even picked up an iPad,

it’s easier to understand why there is a real buzz of excitement in the room.” According to the ONS, only 27 percent of older people say they use social media, compared to 96 percent for 16 to 24-year-olds. The report also states that “the proportion of adults who were recent internet users across all age groups was lower for those who were disabled”. Jewish Care’s Sandi Wassmer said: “Breaking down the barriers to move people from fearing to embracing technology, from digital exclusion to inclusion is vital to connecting people to the world around them and empowering them as social citizens in the 21st century.”

IRELAND’S JEWS ARE ON THE UP Ireland’s Jewish population has risen by nearly 29 percent since the state’s last census. The Jewish population rose by 573 people to 2,557 since 2011, according to the 2016 census, The Irish Times reported. Some 56 percent of the Jews of Ireland, or 1,439, live in Dublin. The population of Jews in Ireland had been steadily falling since the 1940s, according to the newspaper.

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Jewish News 19 October 2017

News / Iran deal / Syrian concern / World News WORLD NEWS BRIEFS

ISRAEL’S SPIES FIND HACKERS’ WEAPONS Israeli intelligence has discovered that Russian hackers were using anti-virus software to steal classified information from the United States. The antivirus software is made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide, including by officials at about two dozen American government agencies. The Department of Homeland Security last month ordered all federal executive branch agencies to stop using Kaspersky products.

DONOR’S GRANT FOR SYRIAN CHILDREN An Israeli philanthropist has made a six-figure grant to a hospital in northern Israel to fund treatment for Syrian children who suffered hearing loss as a result of their country’s civil war. Morris Kahn’s pilot grant to Ziv Medical Centre in Tzfat is part of the Genesis Prize Foundation’s global initiative to aid refugee causes and encourage other Jewish foundations and philanthropists to do the same. Kahn is a South African-born businessman and philanthropist who moved to Israel in 1956.

Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear agreement Donald Trump has refused to recertify the nuclear deal with Iran, but stopped short of killing it by reimposing sanctions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s withering critique of the agreement which was reached between Iran, the US, the EU, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany in 2015. The US president’s comments came during a White House speech last Friday, in which he refused to certify that Iran was meeting its international obligations, despite inspectors saying it was. In so doing, he sends the matter to the US Congress, which has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions. However, top US diplomat Nikki Haley said on Sunday that “you’re going to see us stay in the deal” in the hope of “improving” it, allaying fears from US allies that the accords would lose the backing of its most powerful advocate.


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Police in Bucharest arrested three teenagers accused of destroying 10 headstones at a Jewish cemetery. The incident occurred over the weekend, police said in a statement about the arrests near the northern city of Reghin, located 200 miles north of Bucharest, the capital. The suspects allegedly smashed the headstones and drew a swastika.

COLOMBIA Trump has criticised the nuclear deal with Iran, whose President Hassan Rouhani, below, says it is good for all

When running for president, Trump said he would tear up the accord, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, which gives Iran sanctions relief in exchange for it dismantling critical elements of nuclear energy programme. Since taking office, he has argued Iran has broken parts of the agreement, including heavy-water limits and access to international inspectors. The EU, however, has

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Editors at a Sao Paulo-based newspaper have apologised for a crossword clue for ‘Palestine’ that read: ‘Territory that suffers Israeli occupation and bombings.’ Estado de S. Paulo reacted after complaints from Jewish and pro-Israel groups, apologising for the ‘wrong way’ the question was addressed.


A Jewish woman has been elected the new leader of UNESCO, beating the favourite from Qatar. Audrey Azoulay will head the Paris-based body. The United States and Israel have withdraw as members in protest at UNESCO’s ‘anti-Israel bias’. It’s a sight to send a chill down the spine of any airline passenger – a crack found on a window before takeoff. It was discovered on one of El Al’s new Dreamliner planes on Monday, ahead of a flight to Tel Aviv.

Shoah made Israel ‘debate’ bombing Syrian crematoria Israeli military chiefs considered bombing crematoria used to burn the bodies of political prisoners in Syria because of Israelis’ collective memory of the Holocaust. According to a senior military official quoted in Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, the Israeli air force debated whether to hit Syrian state facilities at Saydnaya military prison, just outside the capital Damascus. The prison was identified by the Pentagon in May as being used to burn the bodies of opponents of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with satellite images appearing to confirm the US military reports. The US State Department said every day up to 50 Syrian rebels were being hanged and burned at Saydnaya. Now, one anonymous Israeli participant involved in the discussions about an Israeli response has said the IDF considered an ai strike, but decided against it.“A country that lost mil-

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lions of its people to crematoria cannot stand by when it happens to another people a few dozens of kilometres from our border,” when most of the world “stands by and remains silent — exactly as it did 70 years ago,” they are reported as saying. The reasons why Israel did not hit the crematoria are unknown, but it is widely believed it did not want to get dragged into a full-blown conflict with Syria, with which it is still technically at war.


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Two rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, likely to have been launched by ISIS affiliates. The Code Red alert siren sounded in Israeli communities on the border with Gaza on Sunday night. The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that two rockets were launched from Sinai, with ISIS groups in the Egyptian peninsula claiming responsibility.

Ursula Haverbeck, a well-known historical revisionist and neoNazi has again been convicted of Holocaust denial. Haverbeck, 88, was convicted in a Berlin district court on Monday and sentenced to six months in prison. The conviction was for saying at an event in the city in 2016 that the Holocaust did not occur and there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz.

A Brooklyn woman was one of 10 people injured in an apartment fire after her balcony exit was blocked by the succah erected on her balcony. Daniella Liby, 53, the divorced mother of three adult children, remains unconscious and on a respirator at a local hospital, the New York Daily News reported. The fire started early on Monday in the Borough Park neighbourhood.

19 October 2017 Jewish News



Hollywood scandal / Austrian election / World News

Woody warns of Weinstein ‘witch hunt’ Filmmaker Woody Allen has said he was “sad” for both Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims and expressed hope that the scandal would not lead to a “witch hunt atmosphere”. Allen was accused in the early 1990s of abusing his daughter Dylan Farrow shortly after his separation from wife Mia Farrow, who divorced Allen after learning Woody Allen has worked with Harvey Weinstein

of his affair with her adopted daughter, SoonYi Previn, whom Allen married in 1997. Allen has always denied the allegations levelled against him at the time “The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he said in an interview with the BBC published last week. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. “There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that,” Allen said. He added, “You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmos-

phere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.” Weinstein helped to revive Allen’s career after the alleged sex crimes came to light. He produced several of Allen’s films, including the Oscar-winning Mighty Aphrodite. Allen told the BBC he had heard “rumours” about Weinstein’s conduct, but said: “No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness.” He said he hoped the allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape would lead to “some amelioration”. Allen’s son Ronan Farrow interviewed

13 women who said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them and reported about it in the magazine The New Yorker. Meanwhile, Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs has said he heard rumours of sexual harassment by Weinstein. Labelling the producer a “predator”, the British actor said he had heard of people paying the “Harvey tax”. Calling for reform within the film industry, Isaacs said: “I was horrified. I’d heard those rumours, many people had heard those rumours before. About ‘have you paid the Harvey tax?’ The actor added the women who had spoken out were “incredibly brave”.

AUSTRIAN ELECTION SPARKS FEAR Jewish groups this week cautioned against power-sharing with farright political parties in Austria after the country’s election result sent tremors across the continent. Voting over the weekend left the anti-immigration Freedom Party as the country’s second biggest, as Jewish representatives congratulated Sebastian Kurz, head of the winning centre-right Austrian People’s Party, on his victory. Kurz, 31, who is set to be Europe’s youngest leader, was this week being

urged not to enter into a coalition government with the Freedom Party, which secured only three percent fewer votes. The European Jewish Congress told Kurz he should “not be beholden” to a party it described as running “on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants”. The statement said the Freedom Party “must not be granted a seat at the governing table”. World Jewish Congress president


Ronald Lauder, a former US ambassador to Austria, said it was “sad and distressing that such a platform should receive more than a quarter of the vote”. He added: “It is still full of xenophobes and racists and is, mildly put, very ambiguous toward Austria’s Nazi past.” The Freedom Party has sought to exploit unease about the recent influx of refugees fleeing war in the Middle East and was running on a hard-line anti-Islam platform.

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Taking a stand in an age of hysteria We were proud to sponsor last week’s No2H8 Crime Awards, honouring those who stand up to bigotry and intolerance, most of which is today found online. Among the evening’s most poignant moments was the recognition of a Muslim surgeon who came back into hospital after his day shift to work through the night saving the lives of dozens of youngsters injured in the Manchester Arena attack, only to leave the following morning and be racially abused on his way home. It reminds us that Jews are not alone in facing hate. Fresh from receiving his OBE this summer, Richard Benson, former head of the Community Security Trust, was the perfect choice to chair the awards, given he is also the president of Tell MAMA, the national organisation for measuring antiMuslim hate crime. If anyone can tell you that the Jewish and Muslim communities need to work together to tackle hate, it’s him. The talk was about social media and the magnifying effect it has on hate speech. Certainly the technology giants must do more to remove content inciting hatred or violence based on ethnicity, race or religion. We look to the government for action, not words, and note that Germany has compelled compliance by threatening the likes of Facebook and Google with heavy fines if not. In all likelihood, there isn’t more ‘hate speech’ today than before. It’s just that in 2017, racist and intolerant views are no longer the norm, and niche views – especially those written anonymously – can now very easily be circulated online. That being the case, this is still an age of intolerance and under-the-surface racism, with populism and nationalism on the rise. In many ways, this is the Age of Hysteria, where hate is an irresponsible leader’s best friend. Because of that, this newspaper is more than happy to stand with others as part of the fightback. Hatred might be in the ascendency, but it is also in our sights.


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Tougher tactics to stop terrorists The recent Har Adar killings previous financial problems. suggest that it is time to reassess There should, however, be a the strategy for dealing with such mandatory death sentence in the terrorism. unfortunate circumstance that they Merely demolishing the survive. Their remains should then be terrorists’ houses (Jewish News, incinerated, preferably together with a 4 October) is not particularly pig which, according to their perverted effective since the terrorists beliefs, would deny them admission receive funds to rebuild the to enjoy the services of 70 virgins houses almost immediately, and Sgt Solomon Gavriyah was in jannah (heaven). This procedure the new home is usually much one of three killed in Har Adar was used successfully by the British more sumptuous than the one it authorities in colonial India. replaces. The terrorists’ ashes should then be disposed It would appear there are three factors that of at sea so their graves could not serve as shrines, motivate terrorists to undertake what usually as was done with Eichmann. turns out to be a suicide mission: that they will be These tactics may well offend liberal western rewarded in the hereafter, the posthumous honour values, but are justified in this emergency situation. they and their families accrue and that the latter Martin D. Stern Salford receive a comfortable ‘pension’ which solves their

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NO VALID COMPARISON OF NAZI TREATMENT Marika Sherwood, a survivor of the Budapest ghetto, says Israelis are doing to Palestinians what the Nazis did to her. Most people would probably define Nazi treatment of Jews in terms of genocide, gas chambers and crematoria among other means of death and destruction, while Jews were held waiting in ghettos. Most Palestinian Arabs live under Palestinian Authority rule in the West Bank or under Hamas rule in Gaza. The ‘occupation’ has little day-to-day effect on the

Outspoken survivor: Marika Sherwood

West Bank, and Israeli Arabs are citizens of Israel with the same legal status as any other Israeli citizens. Israeli Arab political parties are represented in the Israeli Parliament. I conclude there is no valid comparison with the Nazis’ treatment of Jews.

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I am a Jew in the Labour Party and have personally come across no anti-Semitism whatsoever. I accept that it must be present in the party to some degree. It, and other forms of racism, can be found, in major and minor ways, in almost all organisations, But it is not fair or accurate to make out that the Labour Party has a worse problem with anti-Semitism than other organisations. Indeed, research shows that people inclined to the right politically are more likely to be anti-Semitic than those on the left. Many in the Labour Party are very critical of the way that Israel behaves – as indeed are many Jews. That, most definitely, does not make us anti-Semitic. Please do what you can to put right this false portrayal of a party that has long worked towards safeguarding human rights for all.

Pam Laurance NW10

REASONED DIALOGUE IS SAVING LIFE IS THE PRIORITY ANSWER TO ISRAEL HATE Many of us are alarmed by the remarks made – particularly as reported from some Labour Party meetings – which make us feel that anti-Semitism is again rearing its ugly head. I believe we must be cautious and courageous in our responses In answering these remarks. Instead of anger and abuse, we should try to enter into a reasonable dialogue and tell the truth about the need for Israel and its attempts over the years to encourage a balanced and fair democracy. Many of us have for years complained about the difference in degree and quality of hasbarah of the anti-Israeli lobby and what this community and Israel itself have been producing. We should try to be better equipped to describe the history that we know to be true of the foundation

and values of Israel and the difficulties and dangers it has faced throughout its existence and be prepared to call on this in discussion. Kohelet last weekend reminded us perspectives and views are confusing and varied for all humans. The only way to get respect in an argument is to give some respect to the opposite view. Unfortunately, we Jews often cling to tiny differences even between ourselves. Let us instead attempt to answer these threats coming from outside in unity. And I do hope that those of us who retain our membership and loyalty to the ideals of the Labour Party will find a way of ensuring we can answer these attacks by being calm and respectful and armed with our belief and our commitment to justice.

Judith Usiskin By email

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Left-wing anti-Semitism more dangerous than neo-Nazism ANDREW NEIL



ou might think the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust would have become less important, that we have never been more aware of the dangers of racism and discrimination, of the need for people to be treated properly and yet I will argue with you that it is now more important than ever, that it is actually needed more than it has been before, because the scourge of anti-Semitism, which is always with us, is changing. We need to meet it now on a broader front, and it is growing not just more dangerous, but more insidious. And if you accept that, you will accept that the Trust’s work is far from done. When I was growing up, the obvious anti-Semites were the knuckle draggers in the National Front in this country, what was left of the KKK in America, the Holocaust deniers like Jean-Marie Le Pen. Now these people and their kind are still around, but they are more marginal than they have been and they are less significant than they have been. They have not gone away; they are still there, but they do not matter as much. What has surprised me, for I think it was entirely unpredictable, was that the new development in this area is the rise of anti-Semitism on the far left. And that is more dangerous than the knuckledragging right. I don’t say for a moment that the far right is no longer a problem. We have seen the neo-Nazi nutters in Charlottesville in America, and it is clearly a problem when the president of the United States, the president of the greatest democracy in the world, cannot bring himself, unequivocally to condemn these neo-Nazi nutters in Charlottesville. That shames the United States, a country I love. And yet it is remarkable that’s what has happened. Now I know that reading history is not Mr Trump’s strong point. Indeed, I am not sure that reading is his strong point. But you do think that somebody in the White House would have told him what the bad guys were called in the Second World War. I don’t say that the anti-Semitism of the left is entirely new. Those of you who know your history of Soviet Russia will know that it is not new, that there is a strain of antiSemitism that has always run through parts of the British intellectual left. But I believe that it is more prevalent, that it is on the rise, and that it is given far too easy a pass. It gets away with it in the way that the antiSemitism of the far right is not allowed to. Now serious academic studies illustrate what I mean or provide the evidence. The study by the University of Oslo concluded that in Europe, the main rise of anti-Semitism was now from Islamicists as you would expect – but also from the left. But it is not

just academic studies. It is also obvious from casual observation. At the Labour Conference, in a fringe meeting, but official enough to be on the official programme of the Labour Party Conference, one person – a chair of the fringe meeting – asked “We demand the right to debate ‘Holocaust: Yes or No’. What did he mean, ‘Holocaust: Yes or No?’ ‘Yes or No, it happened?’; ‘Yes or No, it’s a good or bad thing?’; ‘Yes or No, we should have another go at it?’ Why ask ‘Yes or No?’ at a mainstream political party on the Holocaust? And yet he did. And the people involved are still members of the Labour Party. We have the former Labour mayor of this city, intentionally linking Zionism in Germany in the 1930s with the Nazis based on the ramblings of an obscure Trotskyite historian. We know what he was doing; there can be no bigger insult to link Zionism with Nazi Germany or the Jews with Nazi Germany. We know what he was doing, it is clear as night follows day. But he is still regarded as a respectable politician in this country. So why is this happening? I think there are a number of reasons why this is taking place. The far left and the far right live and breathe conspiracy theories and if you deal in conspiracy theories, sooner or later the Jews come into the frame. That is how it works. And conspiracy theories have been given a fresh life and a fresh reach in the world of fake news in the social media. It was Mark Twain who said that “the truth has barely got its boots on before a lie is halfway round the world” and that is what is happening today. Now it’s not obviously just anti-Semitism but this is the very climate, the atmosphere in which anti-Semitism survives and indeed prospers. It means that never before has there been a greater importance of robust independent well-financed journalism to deal with these conspiracy theories and the fake news that so quickly takes root. And I think another reason why we are in this strange world of the far left and antiSemitism growing is that there is a reluctance on the left to criticise radical Islam. I don’t mean Islam, I mean Islamicism. There is a reluctance and, therefore, if you are not prepared to criticise what is the main source of anti-Semitism in the world today, then you may have trouble realising just how serious it is. And then, of course, on the left as there is in the hard right, a dislike of Israel. Not just a dislike of Israel, a hatred of Israel and when it turns into hatred beyond normal criticism of foreign policy at a state’s conduct, which we are all free to do and which every country must be subject to, when it turns to hatred, you and I know that when hatred is in the vanguard, antiSemitism flourishes. And related to that, it has become a cover

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because, since the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is no longer respectable. It was in the 1930s, it was in the 1920s, but the Holocaust obviously changed that. But anti-Zionism on the left is respectable and, quite often, that is used as a cover. And finally, and I think in a way, most dangerous of all, because it encompasses many countries and many parts of the world, and it includes the far left and the far right, is the rise of authoritarianism, from the Kremlin to Caracas, across the Mahgreb, into the Levant and beyond to the Gulf, there is a rise of authoritarianism. In Europe there is a rise of authoritarian parties, mainstream parties struggle to maintain their position. And when authoritarianism is on the rise, intolerance is on the rise. The failure of the Arab Spring, one of the great failures of modern times, resulted in probably a greater authoritarianism than before. That brings its own dangers from the far left and the far right. I do not argue with you that democracy on its own is enough to repel anti-Semitism. Look at France today, or even the growth in attacks on our synagogues in this country. But democracy is a necessary first condition if we are to deal with it. Where democracy is in retreat, anti Semitism will generally be on the rise. The antiseptic, the daylight of democracy, keeps it in check; it puts it on the defensive, it makes it accountable, it makes it possible to deal with. Whereas in authoritarian societies that is not the case, indeed it may well be encouraged by the authorities. So there is a confluence of forces that make the work of the trust needed more than ever. Because the job of the Trust is to remind us, by reminding us of the Holocaust, where anti-Semitism end up. It ends up in the concentration camps of

Eastern Europe. Now I know it’s not the only genocide in world history, all of them are a stain on mankind. But other genocides did have some kind of rational grotesqueness to them. It was about territory, invasion, resources, revenge, or often just the mindless barbaric fury of people. That was not the case with the Holocaust which, I think, not just in scale, but in operation and even in motivation, makes it unique. You know it wasn’t mindless barbaric fury. The Nazis discovered that there was still one Jewish couple living in the north of Norway. They sent a whole group of SS people to get that one family, to bring that family. They did not even kill that family; they brought the family back, this Jewish family from Norway, so it could experience the full horrors of the Holocaust. That is not mindless barbaric fury, that is something else; it is absurd, it is illogical but it also happened in what was the best educated nation on earth that then put its education and its resources to the industrialisation of mass murder. It had never happened before. So this Trust, that we are here to honour and help finance, reminds us of where antiSemitism leads, how it happens and, the more we know about it, the more we will make sure, it will never happen again. We have an obligation to make sure that future generations know what happened in the Holocaust because it is my view, and I have still enough faith in mankind, that if future generations know, they will say in every land, at every continent of every race and every creed, we will say with one voice: “Never ever again. Never, ever, again.”  This is the text of a speech given by Andrew Neil at Monday’s Holocaust Educational Trust annual dinner

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Weinstein or not, beware these kneejerk judgments W

e all like to think of ourselves as being on the side of the angels, I suppose, aligned with the good guys. Thus, evidently, the avalanche of opinions and “whataboutery” adorning every part of the media in the wake of the scandal over the repellent Harvey Weinstein. Since every day brings some fresh hellish revelation, it is a brave columnist who will dip her newly-varnished toe into the mix until this story plays itself out. Only this week we learned of the decision of the academy that runs the Oscars to chuck Weinstein out, and of his own brother’s disgust at his behaviour. Weinstein is not getting a free pass and may yet, indeed, face court proceedings. Hollywood, it is said, has its forgiving side and one only has to look at such examples as Robert Downey Jr — imprisoned for drug offences and now rehabilitated — or even the

repulsive Mel Gibson, back after a fashion despite his vile anti-Semitism. But there may be no way back for Weinstein. I was thinking about comebacks and denunciations after watching the finelymilitant actress, writer and director Emma Thompson righteously denouncing Weinstein on BBC’s Newsnight, telling the sympathetic Emily Maitlis that she, Thompson, had spent her 20s “trying to push old men’s tongues out of my mouth”. It’s not a nice image, as I am sure you will agree. And in Weinstein’s case, Thompson was right: older and powerful men, as I have written in this space before, have always used that power to intimidate younger and less powerful women sexually. It’s worth remembering it’s exactly a year since Israeli writer Ari Shavit’s spectacular fall from grace for his own version of predatory behaviour, albeit nowhere near as nasty as that of Weinstein. But Thompson’s very insistence that she is right may not always be the case. In 2012, for example, she was happy to add her name to a


petition denouncing Israel’s Habima Theatre company when it was due to take part in that summer’s Shakespeare Olympiad in London. Thompson, as I recall, wanted the Globe Theatre to cancel its invitation to Habima, though she was among the missing when it came to demonstrating outside the theatre. As I wondered then: “What about artistic freedom, Emma?” Good question, and one that may well have occurred to another actress, Greta Gerwig, this week.

Gerwig, one of America’s best known indie-film actresses, has made a startling — and, I dare say, unprecedented — U-turn over her own backing for a campaign to get the Lincoln Centre to cancel performances of To The End Of The Land, a play based on Israeli writer David Grossman’s novel. Gerwig has now admitted: “I am generally careful about the causes I support, but in this case I was not. I was unfamiliar with the complexities of the letter and I did not take the time to study them.” She added: “While I respect the passion and integrity of others who signed this letter, for me to put my name to something outside of my personal realm of knowledge or experience was a mistake — my mistake — and I am sorry for any confusion or hurt I may have caused.” To which I say, bravo, Greta. And also, down with kneejerkery and instant rushes to judgment when we none of us can know all the facts. I mean, we all want to be on the side of the angels, right?

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Israel bashing has become UNESCO’s drug of choice RON PROSOR



s a lifelong Israeli diplomat, especially when at the United Nations, I took comfort in Churchill’s definition of success, of “going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. But the past two weeks have yielded relative successes regarding UNESCO. The United States announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, Israel followed suit, and the French candidate for director-general of the organisation won an unlikely election victory against candidates from Egypt and Qatar. UNESCO, the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture, was founded in 1945 to bring nations together around liberal democratic values such as education, equality, science, press freedom and the preservation of world heritage sites. “Building peace in the minds of men and women,” proclaims its slogan. Yet it often poisons minds with the politics of conflict, making peace

further away. Anti-Israel obsession is a driving force of its hypocrisy and incompetence. UNESCO’s Israel-bashing frequently distorts history. It declared Rachel’s Tomb a Palestinian Heritage site, without acknowledging its Jewish significance. Last Israeli Independence Day, it “celebrated” by stripping the Jewish people of any historical claim to Jerusalem. It is a strange approach – an organisation ostensibly dedicated to world heritage airbrushes out of Jerusalem’s history the people who first built it. UNESCO has used its worthy mandate to strip Jews of our eternal bond to our homeland, to delegitimise our state. To truly gauge the extent of the hostile takeover of UNESCO, look at how low the bar for success has fallen. We celebrated a victory of a candidate over an Egyptian who advocates Sharia law as the path to education and women’s rights, and over a Qatari who in an “uninterrupted” process would have had as much chance as Qatar winning an “uninterrupted” World Cup bid. In a credible organisation such a victory should be a given. That it isn’t helps explain why the US and Israel took action.

The US has withdrawn from UNESCO before. In 1984, it felt it had been hijacked by the Soviets and other dictatorships to attack the west. Leaving the organisation is not about giving up on it, but reclaiming a stake in it. The US has effectively said: “If you break it, we won’t pay for it.” UNESCO, like many UN agencies, is dangerously addicted to anti-Israel bias, its drug of choice. A narco-democracy, its members are in hoc to those who push the product most aggressively. I’ve come to think of it as ‘Pablo UNESCObar’. But recent events give me some hope. Other countries could follow the US and Israel in demanding immediate reform at UNESCO and other international organisations. More coun-

tries need to ask if the taxes paid by their hardworking citizens to fund these organisations is money well spent, or if they’re bankrolling institutions that undermine our interests and values. The UK has a chance to show real leadership. Earlier this year, it toughened its stance on the UN Human Rights Council. Now it could demand reform at UNESCO. This isn’t about Israel. But western democratic states are paying through the nose only to get punched on the nose by those diametrically opposed to western, democratic values. If the UK stands up against the hijacking of UNESCO, it could be an important step towards giving the world the international organisations it needs and deserves.


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Six faiths came together to give a taste of what’s in store on Mitzvah Day, with a special cooking event at JW3. Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Bukhari Muslim, Ismaili Muslim and Greek Orthodox volunteers prepared a meal for those in need at Ashford Place in Cricklewood. Daniela Pears, Mitzvah Day’s interfaith chair, said: “It was a privilege to host this event. Volunteers from six faiths arrived as strangers and left as friends. We realised how much we shared and it left us all feeling warmed by new friendship and excited about what we will all do together on Mitzvah Day in November.”


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Donald the tortoise has been signed up by Jewish Blind & Disabled to be its first reptile PETron. Joining a selection of pets in the scheme, which raised money to help secure a life of independence, dignity and choice for people aged 18 upwards with physical disabilities and/or vision impairment, PETrons receive a name tag and certificate, as well as a chance to enter an annual competition, which last year was judged by Jonathan Ross. Owners can sign their furry or fluffy friends up as PETrons of Jewish Blind & Disabled, for £5 a month or £60 a year, by emailing yael@jbd.org

Lawyer Anthony Julius, who defended Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books against Holocaust denier David Irving (as portrayed in the film Denial), was the guest speaker at the United Synagogue (US) Development Department’s latest Business Breakfast. At the event, which was chaired by US president Michael Goldstein, together with chairman of UK Lawyers for Israel, Jonathan Turner, the latter said: “It was a great privilege to hear the analysis of the leading expert, which was all the more penetrating because it addressed this most important subject in such a balanced and careful way.”

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Congregants at East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue celebrated their first erev Simchat Torah service with the community’s joint chairs, Shirley Forbes and Bob Kamall having the honour of Kallat Torah and Chatan Bereshit. Rabbi Richard Jacobi said: “We had a joyous and celebratory service to honour our co-leaders who have brought us through a major change with great commitment and skill.”





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Shabaton L’Menucha, an organisation for families of children and adults with special needs, held its annual Simchas Beis Hasho’evah (festive meal in Succah) during Chol Hamoed last week. Attracting more than 90 sets of parents of boys from Manchester, Hendon, Golders Green, Edgware and Stamford Hill, the evening featured a band, clown and jugglers.



JFS student Mia Stevens will open a pop-up braid bar on Sunday to raise money for her chosen batmitzvah charity, Lev LaLev Girls Orphanage in Israel. Mia said: “I love braiding my friends’ hair, so I could think of no better way to raise money for my batmizvah charity and have lots of fun at the same time.” All braids cost £10, and Just Because Gifts will donate 10 percent of all purchases that day to Lev LaLev. The braid bar will be open between 10am and 4pm at Just Because Gifts in Bushey (WD23 1AQ).




Kisharon’s Tuffkid Nursery has unveiled its new play area, which was constructed over the summer after generous grants from Wolfson Jewish Education Fund and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust and includes a fish pond, pump where children can play with water and climbing frame. Tuffkid headteacher Janice Marriott said: “The play garden was not focused on play equipment, but on the environment and this is what I wanted for Tuffkid. The garden is an oasis

of calm and our new intake of children seem to have settled more quickly than in previous years. Parents have been overwhelmed.”


Clore Manor residents Philip Sonenfeld, 90, and Moshe Nurtman, 93, (pictured with Jewish Care’s Rabbi Menachem Junik) had the honour of being Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereshit, given to them for their involvement with the synagogue in their Jewish Care home. Philip said: “I’ve had one honour in my life already – I shook hands with the King in 1938 at Toynbee Hall; this is my second big honour.” Moshe said: “I’m grateful to have been given this honour and opportunity”.


Seven rabbinic couples were given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life as a United Synagogue (US) rabbinic couple over the High Holy Days, as part of the US Community Division’s Rabbinic Internship Programme. During the 10-day programme, couples selected from yeshivot in Israel and America spent the days in US communities, including Bushey, Cockfosters and Woodside Park, where they helped lead and deliver explanatory services and participated in Q&A sessions. Community services director David Kaplan said: “This programme is one of our key strategic platforms to try to ensure we are able to provide a high calibre and diverse rabbinate for our US communities for many years to come.”

Your Simcha announcements Jemima Spalter celebrated her batmitzvah at New North London Synagogue

Josephine and Schera Morris Masters celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary

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Asher Jayson celebrated his barmitzvah at Muswell Hill United Synagogue

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Jes Waldman and Matthew Shine were married at Chigwell & Hainault United Synagogue

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Nights of horror in the Jungle Main: Daniel Radcliffe stars as Yossi Ghinsberg in Jungle. Left: An emaciated Ghinsberg after three weeks in the jungle and, below, as he is now

Yossi Ghinsberg was left stranded in the Amazon and is now the subject of a new film starring Daniel Radcliffe, as he tells Francine Wolfisz


joke that if I were a cat, I would have been dead a long time ago,” jests Yossi Ghinsberg, who is in many ways, nothing short of a walking miracle. Thirty-six years ago, the self-confessed dreamer from Tel Aviv bid farewell to his parents, hauled a backpack onto his shoulders and set off to South America in search of an adventure – little knowing he would achieve just that in spades. Aged 22 and fresh out of the Israeli navy, Ghinsberg was one of three backpackers who “naively” trusted a mysterious man claiming he could lead them through the depths of uncharted Amazon rainforest to a lost tribe. But his pursuit of a dream quickly turned into a nightmare. When Ghinsberg became separated from the group, he was forced to endure 20 days, lost, alone and on the brink of starvation before he was finally rescued against all odds. In those three weeks, he had to fight off wild boar, giant red ants, snakes and jaguars. He almost drowned and twice sank into a bog. He had to forage for food, including moulding fruit, fallen

monkeys and raw bird embryos, while parasitic worms burrowed beneath his skin. Now his inspiring story of survival, detailed in his book, Back From Tuichi, has been adapted into a new film, Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Speaking to Jewish News, the 58-year-old, now a tech entrepreneur and motivational speaker based in Australia, revealed he has never shied away from danger. “I always took risks and still do. I wanted to go to Petra [before the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty], only my friends weren’t committed enough,” he said. “In the navy, in Sharm El Sheikh, I joined Bedouin tribes, dressed like them and almost became one of them. I was a spear fisherman and was fighting sharks trying to steal my fish. I took many risks while diving in the Red Sea and had more than one close encounter with death.” But it was South America that provided the greatest lure for him. Inspired by the 1969 memoir Papillon, which describes convicted felon Henri Charrière’s brazen escape from Devil’s Island to a new life in Venezuela, the young adventurer

wanted to journey to the Amazon, find a tribe unknown to the outside world and live with them. While backpacking through La Paz, Bolivia, he met a mysterious Austrian named Karl Ruprechter – and Ghinsberg instantly believed he had found the very man to help his dream come true. “I was captivated by him. Worn-out khakis, square jaw, broad shoulders, that spark of madness in his eyes – he was the man I was looking for.” Ghinsberg recruited two fellow backpackers along for the journey – Kevin Gale, originally from America and Marcus Stamm, from Switzerland. As they trekked to Asariamas, the last small community on the “fringe of the unknown”, inhabited by native Toromonas Indians, and then beyond, the group became increasingly exhausted, physically and mentally. Friendships began to fray. Stamm and Ruprechter decided to head back through the jungle by foot, while Ghinsberg and Gale opted to build a raft and sail down the river. It was a decision he says “would haunt us for the rest of our lives”. While he and Gale were thrown into the river after the raft hit the rocks, Stamm and Ruprechter – who was later revealed as a wanted Austrian criminal – were never heard from again. Following their accident, Gale managed to swim ashore and was stranded for five days before being rescued by fisherman. But Ghinsberg was

left alone in the jungle for almost three weeks. He recalls: “The nights, without doubt, were the worst of all. As darkness descends, there is no light whatsoever, the canopy swallows the stars and moon and the darkness is as thick as velvet. All the noises emerge, the screeches and roars and barks and calls and things are moving around. It was overwhelming and I had no fire or gun to protect myself. If not for my ability to daydream, I would have consumed myself during these nights. “I also had many physical injuries, the worst were my feet – chunks of raw, exposed flesh, bloody and infected. Every single step threw excruciating pain up my entire body.” He was also suffering from tropical leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that causes large skin ulcers and can prove fatal. Close to death, Ghinsberg believes his rescue was nothing short of “a miracle.” Gale had persuaded local tribesmen to take a motorboat back down the river in search of Ghinsberg. Just at the very point of giving up, they spotted him on the riverbank. He credits his survival to “providence”, as well as a Kabbalah book his uncle gave him. Incredibly, 10 years later, Ghinsberg returned to the very jungle where he was left stranded and helped local tribespeople build a solar-powered eco lodge, Chalalan, with which he is still involved. In many ways, his experience in the jungle not only nearly claimed his life, but gave him a unique perspective on life. He reflects: “I’ve learned that I am stronger and wiser than I thought, that I can endure pain and have the resilience I never believed I had. I’ve learned to appreciate food, safety, companionship, those basics we take for granted. I’ve found my faith and led a life of spiritual inquiry. But I also found it hard to go back to the mundane and have a normal life. In some ways, I am still in transit.”  Jungle (15) is released in cinemas and On Demand from tomorrow (Friday)



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Return of the Macs! All-male a capella group The Maccabeats are crossing the Atlantic to perform at this year’s ShabbatUK


natural outgrowth of this type of communal any of them had their first singing. taste of music as youngsters during Friday night dinner – so where better for the JN: What has been the proudest Maccabeats to perform than at this moment for The Maccabeats? year’s ShabbatUK? JH: There’s nothing quite like when the The Orthodox superstars, who began as crowd sings along to that final, hoarse an all-male a capella group from Yeshiva encore. So in that sense, there have been University, have literally toured the world many proudest moments. with their covers of contemporary hits using catchy Jewish lyrics. JN: How many members are in the In the 10 years since they began, the group? How many have been with Maccabeats have attracted more than the group since the start? 20 million views on YouTube, produced JH: We’re a core of 14 members and we four albums and performed for Barack tour in groups of seven. Twelve of Obama at the White House. those 14 are original members. Group director Julian Horowitz Win tickets spoke to Jewish News about JN: Has it been challengnow at their exclusive Havdalah ing balancing home life with jewishnews. concert at Watford Colosseum being part of the Maccabeats? co.uk next weekend, where they will JH: Being a Maccabeats is a fullbe joined by folk-rock duo time job! Yes, it has been difficult, but it’s The Portnoy Brothers. something we love and something we think is important, so we make time. JN: Are you looking forward to ShabbatUK and your concert at the JN: What have you loved most about Watford Colosseum? being part of the Maccabeats? JH: We’re very excited to be joining Shabbat JH: Travelling to and interacting with cities UK for the first time and performing at the and Jewish communities around the globe Colosseum. We have not yet finalised our has been a really special part of this whole set-list, but Shabbat, unity, and community experience. with all play an important role. JN: Chanukah is a special time for your group – your breakout hit, JN: What does Shabbat mean to the Candlelight came out around this time Maccabeats? in 2010 – and your fans are used to an JH: In a way, the original, pure, “unplugged” annual song for Chanukah. Can you sound of Shabbat is where the idea of the tell us anything about what you have Maccabeats really started. We all led tefillot in store for this Chanukah? in our communities and sang around our Shabbat tables. What we do today is just a JH: This will be our eighth Chanukah

The Maccabeats have attracted more than 20 million views on YouTube

producing a video, so we’re trying to think of new vistas to explore the same story, themes, and ideas. JN: What is it about your music that is so appealing to a mass audience? JH: I think there are few key ingredients, but I don’t think anybody truly has a recipe for that special sauce. Authenticity, positivity, and a deep sense of tradition are all important parts of what we do. JN: What does the rest of 2017 have in store for the Maccabeats? JH: We have a full touring schedule, including some first-time visits to new communities. We’re just so grateful that we’ve been able to keep doing what we love after all these years.

 The Maccabeats perform at HavdalahUK 2017 on Saturday, 28 October, 8pm, Watford Colosseum

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Shabbat UK challah

extra warm water subject to the size of the eggs).

6 Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise for two hours in a warm place. 7 Divide the dough in half and then separate each one into three equal pieces. 8 Knead the dough gently before rolling out each piece to form a thin sausage.

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has time to activate – you know it’s active when bubbles come to the surface.

2 Add this to the flour. 3 Mix together slowly either by hand or in the mixer using a dough hook if available. 4 Add the honey, salt, oil and beaten egg into the flour mixture. 5 Continue to knead the mixture until it is smooth and shiny (you may need a little

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METHOD 1 Mix together the yeast and 100ml of the water. Leave for five minutes so the yeast



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What does the Torah say about... Abuse of power?

BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Our sedra opens by introducing us to the hero of the story of the flood, Noah as a righteous man in his generation, an appellation that is somewhat vague and open to interpretation. Indeed, Rashi notes the sages of the Talmud were divided on whether he was only righteous compared to his wicked generation or whether, had he been born into more favourable circumstances, he would have been greater still. What is even more fascinating is that the Haftara refers to the waters of the flood as ‘Noah’s waters’, implying in some way he was to blame. Noah is indeed an enigma. By the end of the parsha he has fallen to the depths of depravity. The implication here is frightening: the picture of Noah that is painted is not about what he was, but rather what he wasn’t. Noah was righteous, but an abject failure when it came to saving humanity. True, he builds an ark and saves the animal kingdom and his own family (from whom all of humanity will be rebuilt), but he had a golden opportunity to reach out to mankind during the 120 years he was building the ark and failed to do so. In last week’s sedra, we learned about Adam, created in the image of God, blessed with the capacity for free will. However, ultimately we are not just judged for what we did, but rather for what we could have done and could have become. The rabbis tell us the sensation of ‘burning’ in Hell is not a fire. It’s something far more painful – the awareness and shame of what we could have achieved but didn’t.

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is facing a growing number of allegations of rape and sexual harassment, amid many other reports of bullying behaviour. So, what does the Torah say about the abuse of power? Should Weinstein be proven guilty in a court of law, the Torah view is that the more responsibility, power and position that empowers the individual the greater the abuse of that power. The Torah singles out the sin of a generational leader, such as a prince of Israel, as requiring special atonement, which sets his crimes aside from the commoner. Furthermore, people in positions of influence are under greater scrutiny for their actions. When Aaron the High Priest made the golden calf, although


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his intentions were to buy time for Moses to return from Mount Sinai, the Torah nonetheless records for posterity that the Golden Calf was Aaron’s responsibility. The book of Joshua teaches that although a soldier is prone to the temptations of war, he is held to high standards of

accountability in martial law. Achan of Judah was discovered to have looted Canaanite property. A public enquiry singled him out for punishment and he was put to death. The effect of sex crime on victims is amplified in the Bible as particularly devastating. Amnon, son of King David, took advantage of Tamar, his beautiful half-sister, who he raped in his bedchamber. Tamar’s ordeal was avenged by her brother Absalom, who eventually declared civil war on David. None should gloat over Weinstein, however repulsive are the actions imputed to him. Even after the securing of convictions, it is most important that one learns from the sadness of failing moral standards and pray that God strengthen us to resist sinful temptation and never raise our hand in violence against another being.

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The Bible Says What?

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When we finish reading the Torah, we have to read it again and again…

Jewish values support organ donation

BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH “You shall read this Torah before all Israel in their hearing” *(Deuteronomy 31:11). We finish reading the whole Torah and then begin again, every year around this time. Shabbat after Shabbat, we journey from the story of creation in Genesis to the death of Moses in Deuteronomy. By doing so, we express our faith that within it there are hidden depths to found. Every year, we hear the same stories, hear the same laws, follow the same journey of the Children of Israel from Adam in Eden, Abraham and his family in Canaan to a whole people on the border of the Promised Land. But it is not the same, because we, the reader or the hearer have grown a little and the world around us has changed a little. Perhaps this year, Joseph’s troubled relationship with his brothers in Genesis reflects on struggles in our own family. Perhaps the passages in Leviticus about reintegrating the cured leper

into the community reflect on health crises in our society. Perhaps Moses’ anger with the Children of Israel and its dire consequences for his life at the end of Numbers helps us to think about the importance of keeping our cool at work. Ben Bag Bag in the Mishah Avot (5:22) tells us “turn it, turn it, for all is in it”. Every time we read through Torah, if we pay attention to it, there is the potential for us to find something new to be inspired by or to object to, something new to argue over with others, as Torah is best read and studied in community. The word ‘Torah’ is derived from a term which means “to take aim”. It is as if Torah is aiming for each one of us personally, to study it, to grow old over it and to grow up from it. Join a shiur, a Torah study group, this year to make sure you make the most of another year of it.

 Mark Goldsmith is rabbi at Alyth Synagogue

BY RABBI DANNY RICH As a long-time advocate of the ‘opt-in’ position on organ donation, where it is assumed that organs are available unless objections are recorded, I welcome the prime minister’s recent announcement of a public consultation on the current system. At its simplest, I do so because, according to NHS figures, a shortage of organs led to 457 deaths last year. More than 6,000 patients are on the organ transplant waiting list. Many will suffer the same fate. While the Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh (the saving of human life) is not without limitation, its application would, in my view, undoubtedly apply in this case. Further, the NHS Blood and Transplant Service estimates an average of three families a week decide not to allow organ donation because they are unsure what their relatives would have wanted and so decide it is safer simply to say no. It is, of course, dangerous to make

assumptions about what a deceased person would have done, although it has sometimes been necessary or desirable to do so. Given the Jewish emphasis on the human desire and willingness to do good, to respond to the yetzer ha’tov, I am content, in the absence of a written record of objection, that the health services should proceed on the assumption it was a patient’s intention to give another human being the possibility of life by the use of his or her organs. Presumed consent is perhaps a new idea for religious traditions,

although the Talmud (Pesachim 4b) does tell of a story where a friend dies and leaves a storehouse full of produce. Although the crops are but one day old, it is presumed they have been appropriately tithed – that is, the owner intended to (and presumably did) carry out the mitzvah of paying his appropriate dues. Apart from the clear benefit to the recipient, a change to the law – which would make the assumption that a patient’s organs were available for transplant – might have a further societal good in that it would promote families to think about, and discuss, the event of death long before they are forced to. Judaism affirms the value of life, but is realistic about death. Early contemplation on, and conversation about, this issue would be a valuable societal change.  Danny Rich is senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism

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MELVYN SOBELL Qualifications: • Chartered accountant FCA. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Specialises in forensic accounting. • CEDR accredited mediator. • Expert witness advice for all financial matters.

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HAZEL KAYE Qualifications: • Able to draw on the charity’s 45+ years of experience in providing specialist accommodation designed to enable independence. • Knowledge of the features and innovations that can empower people to undertake everyday tasks and awareness of relevant grants and benefits available. • Understands the impact of a diagnosis of disability.

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LESLEY TRENNER Qualifications: • Provides free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Offers practical support, workshops and networking opportunities to maximise job prospects. • Expert in change management and people development. International Coach Federation certified coach helping people with career development and midlife change including dilemmas around ageing parents.

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REBEKAH GERSHUNY Qualifications: Member of Resolution, Law Society Accredited and registered with the Family Mediation Council. Collaborative family lawyer, with more than 20 years’ experience and founder of family mediation practice, Evolve Family Mediation. Promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach.

NICKI BONES Qualifications: • Registered mental health nurse with more than 30 years’ experience in areas supporting people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. • Founding member of SweetTree Home Care Services. • Proudly leads SweetTree team to the forefront of home care and specialist services delivery.

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Defiant Dons hit for six by Raiders in cup MGBSFL season as they drew 3-3 with L’Equipe. Rob Simons, Max Martin and Andy Smith scored for the latter, Haydon Davidson’s brace and Daniel Seligman’s strike earning the O’s a point. Catford & Bromley leapt to the top of the Division Two table after they came away from Hertswood Vale with a 6-0 win. Jamie Sinai and Mitch Green scored two each, with Joel Lassman and Alex Jacobs also on target. Adam Herszaft scored twice as Bayern Mincha won 4-1 at Faithfold B. Akiva Fink and Alon Pinhas also on target A David Domb hat-trick helped Raiders C to an 8-3 win over Boca. Alex Sherr scored twice, with Alex Elf, Alex Goodman and Ben Kaye also on all target. FC Team claimed the most emphatic score of the day with an 11-2 win over Temple Fortune. Marc Hecht scored four of the goals, player-manager Mitch Young chipped in with two, with Jon Breger, Adam Rones, Dave Grossman, Dylan Young and Ben Zion also among the scorers.

Brandon Hamme saw his Mill Hill Dons side suffer a comprehensive defeat in the Peter Morrison Cup on Sunday, but insisted the 6-2 scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection. Two goals each from Ben Joseph and Jonny Kay, coupled with strikes from Joe Cohen and two own goals saw Raiders A to their win, but Hamme said: “We fought really hard and gave them a good game. We conceded some unlucky goals and I don’t think the scoreline tells the full story.” In the Premier Division, Oakwood A fought back from 2-0 down to beat Brady 3-2, Bradley Wine, Alex Lee and Leor Sidle goals sealing a memorable comeback. Faithfold A moved top of the Division One table as Chaim Bordon’s double helped them to a 3-0 win at Redbridge C, Jonny Gahan scored their third. Raiders B’s unbeaten start to the season is over after Craig Edwards’ strike saw them lose 1-0 to Scrabble. Redbridge B claimed an emphatic 6-2 win over Temple Fortune, Daniel Gordon scored twice with James Law, Anthony Cope, Paul Biller and Richard Rosenthal also all on target. Oakwood B claimed their first points of the

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HAT-TRICK HEROES MGBJFL: U8 – Yossi Cohen, Joeli Steinberg, Eitan Aharonovich, Aviv Stafler (Hendon Red), Gadi Jacobson, Samiel Gorgi (Hendon Green) U7 – Aaron Leiwy, Rafi Tatz (Hendon Red) WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U15 – Sayed Abduli 5, Dan Mincer 5 (HMH Panthers) U12 – Josh Hamilton, Joseph Nahon (both London Lions) EXCEL LEAGUE: U14 – Lucas Rayner (HMH Cobras)

Dan’s the man for table toppers MASTERS North London Raiders moved three points clear at the top of the Division One table as Dan Levy’s (pictured) first minute goal was enough to see them to a 1-0 win over Scrabble. St John’s Wood Tigers missed out on the chance to go level with EHRS at the top of the Division Two table as they could only draw 4-4 with Brady B. Without a point from their first two games, Brady raced into a 4-1 half-time lead against the title challengers thanks to Scott Ansher’s double, along with strikes from Malcolm Hershman and Kevin Lotzof. But Tigers fought back after the break, with John Perloff ’s double, coupled with strikes from Ashley Marks, Ilan Cohen earning them a point. Glenthorne made it two wins from three games as Vincent Goodman, Adam Lennard and Paul van Gelder all scored in their 3-2 win over win over Temple Fortune.

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Milch vows to bounce back


Tony Milch suffered his first defeat as a professional boxer on Saturday night. Stopped in the fifth round by Matt McCarthy in their Southern Area super welterweight title showdown, he said: “I feel very disappointed, but it’s boxing. I felt the first few rounds he gave some good shots, but I took it and as the fight went on I was getting into it. I then came forward, took a shot, it knocked me and the referee did the right thing I guess.” Looking ahead to the future, he said: “I’m going to go home and not make any rash decisions about anything, I’m just very disappointed right now. It wasn’t my night, the best guy won on the night. But I wasn’t hurt, I feel strong and will be back.”


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Fancy a walk along Great Wall?


If you’ve ever wanted to climb the Great Wall of China, then British Emunah is offering you the chance to do just that. Taking place between 26 April and 4 May, the trek involves walking for up to seven hours a day, taking in China’s most historic landmark with steep staircases and crumbling watch towers. Kosher food, accommodation and transport will be provided. Trekkers can take inspiration from Marc Anderson, Jeremy Gutwin, Bradley Howard and Matthew Jackson, who climbed Kilimanjaro for Emunah last year (pictured). To sign up, email: alison@emunah.org.uk

11th Edgware Scouts Group 23 Oct – 7.30pm-9.15pm office@edgwareu.com AcroYoga! 24 Oct – 7.00pm www.jw3.org.uk Table tennis at Norrice Lea 24 Oct – 7.00pm-10.00pm nltt@live.com Pilates 26 Oct – 9.30am www.jw3.org.uk


Photography workshop – Jewish Museum 26 Oct – 10.00am-4.00pm josie.roberts@jewishmuseum.org.uk

All roads to Eilat for Norwood More than 200 challengers this week set out on Norwood’s 25th anniversary series of bike ride challenges across Israel. Fundraisers will be taking on three separate cycles and one trek – the ‘Road to Petra’, ‘Dead to Read Sea’, ‘North to South’ and ‘The Desert Trek’ – with them all meeting up in Eilat on Sunday. Jeff Woolf OBE, entrepreneur and designer behind the Morpher folding helmet, donated more than 200 helmets to Norwood, and was inspired to do so after hearing from Paul Huberman (pictured), an investor in Morpher who has so far taken part in 17 charity bike rides for Norwood. Woolf delivered the helmets personally, travelling to Israel himself, where he will also be taking on the challenge. He said: “We are delighted to support Norwood on the silver anniversary celebrations of its cycling challenges and I’m looking forward to taking part.”

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Jewish News 19 October 2017



NASCAR By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Israeli driver Alon Day claimed historic silverware last weekend after he won the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship in Belgium. The 26-year-old, who grew up in Ashdod, became the first Israeli – and Jewish – racer to win the prestigious title and was a consistent performer throughout the season, claiming 11 top-five finishes to go with his four wins, as well as finishing 10 times in the top-10. Also winning a first title for CAAL Racing in its 41-year history, he said: “Finishing the season like this is the sweetest thing I can ask.

Photo by Picture: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Alon Day becomes first Jewish driver to win NASCAR Euro title

I am so happy for the CAAL Racing team, they did a great job all season long. We finally made it. I have no words right now “It’s such an amazing feeling, we were trying so hard the past three years to win this title, we won so many races but never the championship.” Earlier this year he became both the first Israeli to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the first driver from outside of North America to be selected for the NASCAR NEXT program, an initiative for future NASCAR stars. Hoping to become a full-time Cup Series driver, his next port of call will be a trip to the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, on 8 December, where his success will be recognised at the traditional awards banquet.


Israelis banned from competing under national flag at Abu Dhabi judo event JUDO Israe’s Judo Association has told Jewish News it will send athletes to a tournament in Abu Dhabi this month – despite being told its athletes won’t be able to compete with the national flag on their uniforms. Planning to send a dozen fighters to the Gulf State – including Ori Sasson (pictured), who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Moshe Ponte, chairman of the Israel Judo Association (IJA), was also told ISR wouldn’t be allowed to appear on the scoreboard. Instead the 12 athletes would be competing under IJF – standing for the International Judo Federation. Furthermore, should Israel win a gold medal, the Hatikvah won’t be played in the event hall. Explaining why they will still be taking part in the tournament, which runs between 26-28 October, IJA spokesman Gil Lebanony said: “We believe sport and politics shouldn’t mix – sport should unite people. There are people out there who want to harm us and

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our efforts to go to the 2020 Olympics, we want our athletes to reach Tokyo and in order to do this, they need to compete in this tournament and others.” Ponte had earlier discussed the situation with Miri Regev, Minister of Culture and Sport, and offered to withdraw from the event. Instead, she wrote to IJF president Marius Vizer, saying: “Just a few days after I so happily received your invitation to the Judo Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, I was surprised to learn that members of the Israeli delegation would not be able to appear in this important competition with the identifying symbols of our country – the State of Israel. “The demand to appear without national symbols is contrary to the mandate of international sports associations, the main aim of which is to separate politics from sport, and strengthen sport as a bridge between peoples, cultures and countries.” Confirming the IJA will meet IJF representatives later today, as to whether he was confident there would be u-turn as a result of the meeting, Lebanony added: “I’m only confident the sun will shine in the morning.”

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