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Britain backs inquiry after 64 killed in Gaza

Hamas admits 50 of the dead were terror group ‘martyrs’

Theresa May has backed calls for “an independent investigation” into Israel’s killing of 64 Palestinian protesters, including children, and injuring more than 2,000 others at the Gaza border this week, writes Adam Decker. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described it as an “outrage” and a “wanton disregard for international law” while Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said the “vicious and utterly avoidable slaughter” needed an urgent investigation. Middle East Minister Alistair Burt said the “large volume of live fire is extremely concerning” and May later added that she was “deeply troubled” by the killings, which came as American dignitaries flew in to open the new Jerusalem embassy. Up to 40,000 Gaza residents took part

in Monday’s ‘Great March of Return’. While mostly peaceful, some threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers stationed on the border, while others flew kites soaked with petrol. In response, the IDF used drones to drop tear gas on protesters, while troops fired rubber bullets and live ammunition, describing its actions as self-defence. “There is an urgent need to establish the facts of what happened,” said May during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who expelled the Israeli ambassador from Ankara in protest. May said the events warranted an “independent investigation” – typically such incidents are investigated by the Israeli military – to answer questions such as “why such a volume of live fire

was used and what role Hamas played in events”. She added that the loss of life was “tragic and extremely concerning… Such violence is destructive to peace efforts and we call on all sides to show restraint”. In Parliament, Thornberry said the IDF used ammunition designed for hunters to “do maximum internal damage to the animal” but IDF spokesman Col. Jonathan Conricus defended soldiers’ conduct. “We resort to live fire only when absolutely necessary and when there is clear threat to infrastructure or to Israeli soldiers,” he said. “If there is, then we use snipers who fire specifically and under very clear guidance by commanders.” In an interview with an American Continued on page 2

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Hamas: 50 of the dead were Continued from page one news network, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was “pushing civilians – women, children – into the line of fire with a view of getting casualties,” adding: “We try to minimise casualties. They try to incur casualties in order to put pressure on Israel, which is horrible.” But Corbyn said the killings were a “flagrant illegality” and that the UK’s response had been “wholly inadequate”. He added: “We cannot turn a blind eye to such wanton disregard for international law. That is why Labour is committed to reviewing UK arms sales to Israel while these violations continue.” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said “those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account”, while Kuwait called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, only to be initially vetoed by the US, whose ambassador Nikki Haley defended Israel. “The Hamas terrorist organisation has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy,” she said. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.” Yesterday, senior Hamas figure Salah al-Bardawil admitted 50 of those killed were members of the terror group who had been “martyred”. Kuwait’s UN Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said that, as an occupying power, Israel was required under the Geneva Convention to protect Palestinian civilians “but they failed to do that…

Tear gas cannisters landing on protesters along the Gaza border on Monday

this is why we want the council to do something”. But Netanyahu said: “I don’t know of any army that would do anything differently if you had to protect your border against people who say ‘We’re going to destroy you, we’re going to flood into your country.’” He added: “If Hamas had not pushed them there, then nothing would happen. Hamas holds responsibility for doing this, and they’re deliberately doing it.” As tens of thousands attended funerals in Gaza on Tuesday, Hamas’ political chief Ismail Haniyeh

HUNDREDS PROTEST OVER BOARD’S STANCE ON GAZA Hundreds of British Jews have signed an angry open letter criticising the Board of Deputies’ leadership for its one-sided reaction to the violence in Gaza, with Liberal Judaism even questioning the Board’s credibility. Within six hours of it being posted online, more than 560 had signed the letter from British Jewish group Yachad, saying the Board had “deeply misrepresented” their views on the killing of scores of protesters. In her first official statement since being elected the next Board president, Marie van der Zyl – together with outgoing president Jonathan Arkush – chastised Hamas for “violent attempts at mass invasion”, but did not call for Israeli restraint or acknowledge the IDF may have acted disproportionately. While acknowledging “Israel’s borders must be defended”, the signatories said the Board’s statement “fails to place any responsibility on Israel”. Signatories including Labour’s National Executive Committee member Rhea Wolfson (pictured) and Jewish Labour Movement

vice-chair Sarah Sackman said: “The Jewish community has a wide variety of perspectives and opinions when it comes to Israel, and it is incumbent upon the Board to represent that.” The letter called on the Board “to immediately reassess the procedures used to issue this ill-conceived and un-nuanced statement and to put in place a plan that will ensure future statements will truly represent the community”. Liberal Judaism said “we deeply regret that Israel has not shown the necessary restraint” and that “the Board’s credibility as the voice of British Jewry depends on its willingness to listen to and reflect the values of all the community”. A Board spokesperson said: “We treasure the diversity of views in our community and are mindful of it. We made our statement based on the facts. While every death is a tragedy, we hope that the public admissions from Hamas and Islamic Jihad that nearly every one of those killed at the border has been from their movements will give critics of Israel, and indeed critics of the Board of Deputies, pause for thought.”

DIPLOMATS FEEL THE HEAT Israel felt a diplomatic backlash after IDF troops killed scores of unarmed protesters from Gaza, with ambassadors summoned in some countries and expelled in others. Israel’s Ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Na’eh, who previously worked as Israel’s deputy ambassador to the UK, was expelled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just 18 months after the countries reinstituted formal relations.

At the airport, Na’eh was given an extensive security search in front of the nation’s TV cameras, which Israel’s foreign ministry said had been done to “humiliate” him. South Africa recalled Ambassador Sisa Ngombane, citing the “indiscriminate” nature of the killings, while in Ireland, Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Bokar was summoned to explain the IDF’s actions.

described the violence on Monday as a “massacre”, on what was the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since war in the Strip in 2014. Gaza residents have been protesting at the border every week since the end of March. The death toll of these demonstrations has now passed 100, and Monday’s clashes have brought renewed focus on Israel’s rules of engagement. Last month, six Israeli human rights groups lodged an urgent petition with its High Court, saying: “The rules of engagement concerning Gaza permit live fire at protesters classified by the IDF as ‘key agitators’ or ‘major disturbers of the peace’ even when they do not pose a clear and immediate threat to human life.” The group, led by Yesh Din, added that “the orders also permit soldiers to shoot at demonstrators for merely approaching the Gaza-Israel fence”. Looking ahead to the coming weeks and months, Professor Menachem Klein of Bar-Ilan University and Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, said the next flare-up was a question of when, not if. “Every Friday during Ramadan, tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of Palestinians come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem] to pray, and Jerusalem is the centre, so this will be very tense,” said Klein. “Also, big protests are expected on 5 June, on the anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War, and this falls in the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week. So don’t think it will disappear. It may calm down, but only temporarily. It is only a matter of time.”  Editorial comment, page 16

Time to stop cycle of chaos and death JOAN RYAN MP


The shocking events in Gaza this week require urgent action to end the cycle of violence and address the plight of its people. Like any other country, Israel has a right to defend its people and its communities, especially those which are close to its border. But Israel has a duty to ensure its soldiers exercise restraint, especially in the use of live ammunition, and take all measures necessary to minimise civilian casualties. LFI condemns the deaths of any innocent peaceful protesters and it is important urgent action is taken to prevent the loss of further human life. Hamas doesn’t only pose a threat to Israel. It has also repeatedly shown an utter disregard for the lives of ordinary Palestinians. The ‘March of Return’ was originally intended as a peaceful series of demonstrations by Palestinian grassroots groups to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. To deflect growing public anger at the multiple failures of its decade-long rule of Gaza, Hamas hijacked this movement and has cynically and ruthlessly used these protests to provoke confrontation. Its operatives have fired and hurled firebombs at soldiers, attempted to plant bombs along the border fence, and launched kites laden with fuel across the fence, aimed at setting alight agricultural land.

Over the weekend, Hamas used social media to post pictures and maps showing the shortest route from the border fence to nearby Israeli communities should any demonstrators breach the border. Hamas’ intentions – to once again murder Israeli civilians – were all too clear. Hamas cares little for the welfare of the people of Gaza. On Friday, its forces directed rioters attacking the Kerem Shalom crossing, the main route by which humanitarian aid and power reaches Gaza. It may take many weeks before it is repaired and fully operational again. The situation in Gaza is dire and, for the vast majority of its people, it is one without hope. Unemployment stands at 40 percent, basic infrastructure such as sewerage is under immense strain, and electricity shortages are frequent. As Avi Gabbay, the leader of the Israeli Labor party, suggested, this situation reflects a failure of political leadership on the part of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. The Israeli military and intelligence services have repeatedly warned that the toxic cocktail of hopelessness and desperation in Gaza could lead to an explosion of violence but have been ignored. The government has spoken of the importance of economic regeneration and building a seaport to increase the flow of goods in and out of Gaza but has not turned words into actions. The Nir Oz kibbutz inhabitants on the Gaza border have suffered terribly but wish only for Gazans the security they wish for themselves. Their attitude should be an example as we strive for an end to violence and the pursuit of coexistence and a two-state solution.

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our ‘martyrs’ A Palestinian child hurls a tyre during clashes in the Gaza border this week

Protest wrongly seen as an existential threat BY MENACHEM KLEIN POLITICS PROFESSOR, BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

I’m not a Cabinet member, so I don’t know why the Israeli army decided to use live fire on the Palestinian demonstrators, many of whom were non-violent, but it seems to me that Israelis don’t understand what was going on in Gaza – maybe intentionally so. Israel said it was a march organised by Hamas in order to infiltrate Israel, destroy the border and liberate Palestine. In fact, it was organised by civil society groups as a festival of Palestinian identity, to remember the land they lived in before 1948, the year they call the nakba, or catastrophe. They had Palestinian dancing, lessons for the young and events to raise national awareness. It also included a march to the border, for which Hamas said ‘no weapons, no ammo, no flags other than the Palestinian flag’, to let other groups such as Fatah join in. So in Gaza it was seen as a popular national event. Participants wrote about it in all the world’s press, such as the New York Times, but I didn’t see anything about it in Israel.

Violence flares as the US opens Jerusalem embassy

So, either the Israelis didn’t get it, or they spun it as a Hamas event, because in the Israeli discourse Hamas is evil. It was wrongly perceived as an existential threat to the state, a self-defence event, with anyone coming close to the border to be shot. Yes, a small number of protesters were violent, but this cannot explain why more than 100 were killed [since the end of March] and 2,000 injured – most shot – but no soldier even wounded. The disproportion in casualties cries out that this was wrongly done. The IDF should have used non-lethal means against the protesters. The damage is done now, diplomatically too. There is a huge discrepancy between the British and European perception of events and those of Israelis. Most of the criticism is coming from outside Israel, not within. In world public opinion, the Israeli image has been seriously hurt. Whether it will be forgotten remains to be seen. This week, the holy month of Ramadan starts, when hundreds of thousands come to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Fridays, so this is a very tense day in Jerusalem. Also, we may face a resumption of protests or marches on 5 June, the anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War. We wait and see.



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As the sun set on Monday night, Jerusalem’s Old City walls became adorned with enormous projected images of Israeli and American flags, with the words: “Thank you President Trump.” Throughout the streets, people wore the American president’s favoured red baseball cap and draped themselves in the Stars and Stripes, in recognition of what Benjamin Netanyahu called “an historic day for our people and our state”. Hours earlier, Israeli and US dignitaries attended a lavish ceremony opening the new US Embassy in the holy city, claimed as the capital of both Israelis and Palestinians, after Trump ordered it be relocated from Tel Aviv. The opening – timed to coincide with Israel’s 70-year anniversary – ignited deadly clashes on the Gaza border, but for many

Israelis, it marked a turning point in their fight to have Jerusalem recognised as their eternal and undivided capital. Trump was hailed a hero for fulfilling a campaign promise to move the embassy, something all his immediate presidential predecessors resisted by signing the waiver provided for in the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act. Monday’s ceremony was attended by Trump’s daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, and US Ambassador David Friedman, Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer, alongside Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Netanyahu said that “by recognising history” Trump “made history,” adding: “Thank you for having the courage to keep your promises. Thank you for making the alliance between Israel and America stronger .”










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Natan Sharansky hailed the “unbelievable quality” of aliyah from the UK as he joined a unique gathering of Brits who have moved to Israel and made their mark on the country, writes Justin Cohen. The event at the residence of British Ambassador David Quarrey was the culmination of the Jewish News’ Aliyah 100 project, in partnership with the Jewish Agency and UJIA, to identify those figures who’ve helped shape the modern state in politics, media, business, diplomacy and the military. In a nod to the state’s special birthday this year, the list comprises 70 living olim, as well as 30 who are no longer with us, whose family members were invited to join last Thursday’s reception. Sharansky, Israel’s most famous immigrant who now heads the Jewish Agency, revealed that a total of 41,157 Jews had moved from Britain since 1948, around 1.2 percent of all olim from around the globe. “Taking into account the fact that the Jews of Britain are approximately four percent of the diaspora it’s not such a big figure. But if you compare that to the percentage coming from America it’s a much bigger number. The quality of aliyah is unbelievable, quantity we have to work on.” Pointing out that the list includes three presidents and leading publishers, he delighted the

Editor Richard Ferrer welcomes guests to the Jewish News’ first event in Israel

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Ambassador David Quarrey with husband Aldo Oliver Henriquez and opposition leader Isaac Herzog. Inset: Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky greets Alice Shalvi at the Aliyah 100 reception in Ramat Gan

audience by joking this had been achieved partly through “cheating”, claiming figures like Chaim Weitzmann and Rav Kook, both born in the Russian Empire, were rightfully part of “our list”. The list, released as a magazine on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration last November, was selected by a panel of judges in the UK and Israel after hundreds of nominations from readers. German-born Alice Shalvi, who spent 15 years in this country before moving to Israel a year after the birth of the modern state, topped the list for her work as a pioneering educator and social activist. The 91-year-old said her time in London “instilled in me the conviction that we have a moral obligation to contribute to society whenever we can, in whatever way we can. Those principles of dedication to society at large were typical of those who came to the country, even before the state was established”. Representing those on the list who have

passed away was veteran Labor MK Isaac Herzog, the current Leader of Israel’s Opposition, whose late father Chaim served as president. His uncle and former business partner were also featured on the Aliyah 100. He said visiting the UK ambassador’s residence aged eight when his father was knighted brought home the “special connection” between the two nations. He added: “Aliyah is something you carry with you throughout your life and your children’s lives. We can’t escape our British roots and are proud of them, although sometimes we can be critical of the ancient motherland.” Major Keren Hajioff, who moved nine years ago and has risen up the IDF ranks to head its public diplomacy unit, thanked the thousands of British Jews who set an example by “serving in our army and are involved in every aspect of

society. To the generations who came before Facetime, easyJet and before Israel started selling McVitie’s biscuits. To the British olim who’ve chosen to raise their kids to be that little bit more polite than their friends.” Quarrey hailed the list as a “brilliant idea” and joked that ranking olim was “probably a good way to lose friends quickly”. He told the gathering – which was co-sponsored by the Israel Britain Alliance, LABS and Israel Discount Bank: “As the British ambassador and someone with a great affection for Israel, it made me very proud to see the contribution that brits have made to Israel. We are delighted to host this celebration and to take it as a moment to reflect on the strength of the friendship.” London-born former envoy to the UK Daniel Taub praised Jewish News’ “continued positive energy and creativity” and its efforts to “deepen engagement with Israel”. He also pointed to the contribution of so many non-Jewish Britons to shaping the country. Andrew Gilbert, who chaired the Aliyah 100 panel, said: “Analysis and learning about the contribution of British Jews who have made aliyah was fun and a great honour. To see so many of them at the residence of the British Ambassador showed how important this list was to do and to give kavod to some very special people.” His message was reflected by UJIA chief executive Michael Wegier, who added: “It was a wonderful gathering of the very best of British Jewry who are contributing to Israeli society in so many different ways. The fact that so many of them were products of UJIA programmes made me feel especially proud of our work.”  Editorial comment, page 16  More pictures, pages 26 & 27

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Marie to lead Board security, speaking out for The top table of the Board Israel, and defending key of Deputies was transmatters such as shechitah formed as women triand brit milah. umphed in Sunday’s elecBut not everyone agreed tions, writes Jenni Frazer. with some of the positions Marie van der Zyl, an taken by the outgoing leademployment lawyer, beat ership. three other candidates Asked by former honto become the second orary officer Laurence female president in the Brass how she would have Board’s 250-year history; responded to the move of Sheila Gewolb has become the US embassy to Jerusenior vice-president, with salem – a shift greeted with Amanda Bowman and a laudatory statement by Edwin Shuker as the other Arkush – Van der Zyl said vice-presidents. she would not have made Stuart MacDonald was Coming and going: Jonathan Arkush with Marie van der Zyl any statement on the issue. re-elected Board treasurer, her first aim was “to unify the Board” and Brass said he believed it had been “prounopposed. vocative” for the Board to take a position Van der Zyl, 53, who became a deputy ratify her new team of honorary officers. The results of the election were on the US embassy move. representing the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ She told deputies “not to expect a Brigade, told Jewish News that her elec- announced fairly quickly after a last tion was “an incredible honour”, adding: hustings in which Van der Zyl, Hoch- speedy response” in any future dealings I will do everything possible to serve the hauser, Gewolb and Shuker all sought with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, community, and work to the best of my to convince a packed plenary session of but acknowledged that it was necessary deputies that they were the candidate for more meetings to take place. ability.” Now the new team – together with Alluding to the last-minute candidacy to lead the Board. Deputies were given of Simon Hochhauser, Van der Zyl was the opportunity to quiz the candidates chief executive Gillian Merron – is due to pleased that “democracy has now pre- for both the presidential and vice-presi- sit together this week and devise stratevailed”. She had a challenging task ahead, dential posts. All were clear on the main gies for dealing with the manifold probshe said, and, paying tribute to the out- issues facing the community: fighting lems facing the Jewish community. They going president, Jonathan Arkush, said anti-Semitism, maintaining communal know it is a tough road ahead.


As newly-elected president of the Board of Deputies I have much to do. A glance at the news tells you the conflict in the Middle East rages on, there is unresolved business in the Labour Party and relationships between communities have been strained. Jonathan Arkush represented our community wonderfully well and I pay tribute to him. My aim is to build on his work in key areas. I will be focusing on the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. We need to see actions and not words from Jeremy Corbyn. We have made a series of suggestions to Labour which represented the absolute minimum of what we expect. These include swift action over past and future cases, Labour adopting the internationally recog-

nised definition of anti-Semitism and transparency in its actions. We will continue to hold the party to account. If the violence in the Middle East this week has shown us anything it is that we must redouble our commitment to peace. I back the Board’s ‘Invest in Peace’ initiative, which seeks to export a message of reconciliation in partnership with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. The other urgent imperative is engagement with the UK’s faith communities. In the past three years, as vice president, I have met with Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and others. It is a priority to pursue these relationships strenuously in the cause of interfaith understanding I feel deeply honoured that the UK’s Jewish community has put its faith in me to lead our community for the next three years. I will work long and hard to repay that trust.

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News / Osborne family tree / Free speech verdict / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

CORBYN WANTED ISRAEL BANNED Jeremy Corbyn attempted to get Israel banned from Eurovision and other European events. According to The Sun newspaper, the Labour leader proposed Israel be banned from European cultural and sporting events. A motion read: “The House considers that since Israel is not in Europe then it is not appropriate that it competes in European events, and therefore requests the Government to encourage [organisers] of events for European countries to exclude Israel”. • Netta wins Eurovision, p14 & 15

PAPER SORRY FOR OFFENSIVE CARTOON One of Germany’s top daily newspapers has pulled a cartoon and apologised for its use of anti-Semitic stereotypes. Wolfgang Krach, editor in chief of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, issued a statement saying he had pulled the cartoon, which depicted Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as the Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, holding up a rocket marked with a Star of David. The artist, Dieter Hanitzsch, had also replaced the “V” in Eurovision with the six-pointed star.

George Oy-sborne: I’m ‘delighted’ to be Jewish Former chancellor George Osborne is halachically Jewish, according to the Beth Din, who ruled on paperwork submitted by his brother ahead of his marriage to an Orthodox Jewish woman. Osborne, now the editor of the Evening Standard, revealed the Beth Din’s judgment after his younger brother Theo found paperwork suggesting their maternal grandmother was a member of a Budapest synagogue. Clarisse Loxton-Peacock, born Clarisse Feher, was a glamorous Hungarian

who came to Britain before the war, never revealed the family’s Jewish links – it was only while Theo was researching his family history ahead of his conversion course. Theo, 33, an investment banker, married his American fiancée Justine Fisher in an Orthodox Jewish wedding last week. According to The Telegraph, Hungarian birth certificates also showing Feher as Jewish backed up Osborne’s claim. Known as Klara, she came to Bristol to study art before moving to

London. She died aged 90 in 2004. The former chancellor said: “’The whole family was thrilled to be at my brother Theo and Justine’s wedding on Sunday and to have enjoyed all the tradition and splendour and energy of a great Jewish wedding.” A friend of the family told the Telegraph that “George and Theo were delighted to discover they were Jewish”. In March, Osborne made his latest appearance at a Jewish Care event, helping to raise £40,000 for charity.

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HOLOCAUST SONGS ‘ARE FREE SPEECH’ A judge asked to decide whether a blogger accused of writing and performing anti-Semitic songs about the Holocaust has broken the law has been told his verdict will “set a precedent” over the right to free speech. Alison Chabloz, 54, faces five charges relating to three songs, which prosecutors at Westminster Magistrates’ Court said were “grossly offensive”. The musician, who describes her-

self as a Holocaust revisionist, says her work is satire. But prosecutors say three of her songs, including one which calls Auschwitz a “theme park”, are criminally offensive. Adrian Davies, summing up for the defence, told District Judge John Zani his ruling would be a landmark one. “It is hard to know what right has been infringed by Miss Chabloz’s singing,” Davies said. He said YouTube

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was responsible for “sending the message”, with Chabloz unable to tell who the recipient would be. “Uploading a video to YouTube Alison Chabloz – the only ‘recipient’ is a lump of silicon in a concrete bunker in California.”

Karen Robinson, prosecuting, said Chabloz’s songs were “no more than a dressed-up attack on a group of people for no more than their adherence to a religion”. Chabloz, of Charlesworth, Glossop, Derbyshire, denies all the charges against her. The singer, who was supported in the public gallery by around a dozen fans, was bailed until 25 May, when the judge will deliver his verdict.

‘Jewish control’ army vet guilty A far-right Army veteran has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was pressured to reconsider not bringing charges against him. Jeremy Bedford-Turner (pictured), 48, called for his “soldiers” to liberate England from “Jewish control” in an address outside Downing Street and blamed Jews for issues ranging from both world wars to Jack the Ripper. The CPS declined to prosecute the anti-Semite after an initial complaint but re-considered the decision after a group brought a legal challenge at the High Court. Bedford-Turner now faces up to seven years’ imprisonment after a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Monday found him guilty of one count of stirring up racial hatred following two hours of deliberation. “Nice knowing you, chaps,” he told his supporters before entering the dock. The 15-minute speech was made at a rally against Jewish neighbourhood watch group

Shomrim in Whitehall, central London, on July 4 2015. Bedford-Turner, who served for 12 years in the army speaking Pashtu and Arabic, told the crowd: “Let’s free England from Jewish control. Let’s liberate this land. Listen, soldiers, listen to me. It’s time to liberate our country.” Under cross-examination during his two-day trial attended by dozens of Bedford-Turner’s supporters, he admitted wanting all Jews to leave the UK. Prosecutor Louis Mably QC said the defendant was “absolutely obsessed” with Jewish people and “despises” them. The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) previously said it brought the “unusual step” of bringing a judicial review after prosecutors declined to charge Bedford-Turner after an initial complaint. “CAA was partly motivated by a growing concern that the CPS is failing to take anti- Semitic crime seriously,” a CAA spokesman said.


WEINSTEIN’S WIFE REVEALS SHOCK AND HUMILIATION The estranged British wife of producer Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, said she was humiliated and shocked by allegations of sexual exploitation by her husband. Chapman, cofounder of the Marchesa fashion label, told Vogue magazine in her first interview over the scandals involving her husband that she had not left her home for weeks since they came to light last October. “I was so humiliated and so broken that I didn’t think it was respectful to go out,” she said in the tearful interview. [JTA]

JERUSALEM CLUB CHANGES NAME TO HONOUR TRUMP Jerusalem’s largest football club announced that it has changed its name to honour President Donald Trump. The team will now be known as “Beitar Trump Jerusalem”, it announced on social media on Sunday, a day before the dedication of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. It is not known if this is a permanent change or a temporary gimmick. “President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital,” the club said.

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Labour assurance / Ken condemned / News NEWS IN BRIEF

BARKINGSIDE JEWISH SCHOOL HEAD QUITS Governors at a high school in Barkingside have said headteacher Matthew Slater is to leave after an unexplained absence spanning the entire 2017-18 academic year. Kantor King Solomon High School said his departure was for “personal reasons,” in line with the explanation offered in October when he was confirmed as absent. Slater’s deputy, Hanelle Reece, has been acting headteacher and now officially takes over.

HOLIDAYS CAUSING SCHOOL EXAM CLASH Jewish chaplains have spoken of their concern that an increasing number of Jewish students are finding it difficult to avoid exam clashes with festivals. According to the Chaplaincy, there are 56 cases involving Jewish students whose exams were timetabled to clash with the holiday of Shavuot, which commences on Saturday 19 May and concludes on the evening of Monday 21 May. A Chaplaincy spokeswoman said: “What sets this year apart is the unusually high incidence of students not being granted extenuating circumstances waivers.”

JLM Labour’s sole Jewish affiliate The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) will remain the only official Jewish affiliate of the Labour Party after senior figures appeared to suggest that Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) could also be considered. It comes after the JLM leadership, including Jewish MP Luciana Berger, met Labour’s new general-Secretary Jennie Formby (pictured) and a representative of the leader’s office. JVL is a new group formed last year that is against the party’s adoption of the working examples given in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antiSemitism, because it says some can limit legitimate free speech on Israel.

JVL members attended a counterprotest to that against anti-Semitism organised by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council in the Labour Party earlier this year, saying allegations Jeremy Corbyn is soft on anti-Semitism is a smear. A JVL spokesman said after the event: “There is a massive difference between saying that more needs to be done within the party and a demonstration like this, which is implicitly trying to force him out… This protest is unnecessary, inflammatory and politicised.” A JLM spokeswoman said: “We were relieved to hear directly from Jennie Formby that there will be no change in our unique status as the

“We wanted to see greater understanding that both [Formby] and [Corbyn] are willing to take very public, very urgent and very vocal steps to give our members, the Jewish community and others the assurances they so desperately need.”

Shami: ‘Ken should not be in the party’ Ken Livingstone can no longer remain in the Labour Party owing to his controversial comments regarding Hitler and Zionism, Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti has said. In a blistering attack on the former London mayor, Chakrabarti said Livingstone had brought shame upon the party and Shami Chakrabarti

Labour now needed to apologise to the Jewish community. Chakrabarti told BBC One’s Sunday Politics: “I don’t believe Ken Livingstone can any longer be in the Labour Party. To compare somebody who was trying to escape Nazis with Nazis themselves, and to do so again, and again... even when

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Labour Party’s only Jewish affiliate, and that we will continue to play a central role in delivering the party’s antiSemitism training.” She said Formby “articulated her understanding of contemporary left wing anti-Semitism, accepted that it is a serious issue that the wider Labour movement must resolve and agreed this was the reason we lost in Barnet and other areas of high Jewish populations”. She added: “We were disappointed too much of the conversation focused on process. We called for the kind of sincere, competent leadership required to overcome this crisis now entering its third year. Ultimately, this can only be solved through political will.


you know this has caused the deepest hurt and upset and embarrassment, is completely unacceptable.” Chakrabarti, who produced a report into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party that some Jewish groups branded a whitewash, added: “I find it very difficult to see how any rational decision maker could allow Mr Livingstone to stay in our party. “He has brought it repeatedly into

disrepute. He has brought shame upon it, and his own legacy. And we need to apologise to Jewish members, supporters and voters for the insult, the incendiary remarks equating people trying to escape Nazis with Nazis themselves.” Livingstone is suspended from the party after claiming Hitler supported Zionism in the 1930s and has signalled he will resist any move to expel him.


Jewish News 17 May 2018

News / Together at last

Family reunites after Shoah split More than 50 members of an extended Jewish family parted by the Holocaust have reunited from around the world, including the UK, United States, Chile, France and Holland. Members and descendants of the Isenberg and Goldstein families share a great-greatgrandmother, Dorette Isenberg, who was born in 1831. After work on the family tree by Ann Antrich, a former chair of North West Surrey Synagogue, seven of the nine branches of the family were represented at a reunion in London last week. Dorette’s daughter, Rosa, married Hermann Goldstein, then Rosa and Hermann’s son, Arno, and his cousin Ernst Isenberg married sisters Johanna (known as Hanni) and Margarete Wolff. “We’re doubly linked,” said Natasha Kleeman, one of the younger family members who attended the 52-person event last week. The family lived in eastern Germany, in towns such as Dransfeld, Gottingen and Eisleben. Arno and Johanna lived in Schneidemuhl, which is now Pila in Poland, and had three children – Hans, and twins Anita and Ilse. “They were successful and reasonably well-off, loyal both to Judaism and Germany, and several fought in the First World War,” said Kleeman. “They were hard hit from the moment the Nazis came to power, losing homes and businesses and, in many cases, their freedom or

Family members at Dorette Isenberg’s 90th birthday in 1921. Left: Members and descendents of the Isenberg-Goldstein family

even their lives. We have identified 21 victims of the Holocaust, but there may be more.” Tragically, Arno died during surgery aged 40, leaving Johanna a young widow with young children. A relative who promised to look after her finances “lost” her money and she had to move in below her parents’ apartment. Yet things were getting worse. In Scheidemuhl, a particularly Nazi town, Anita remembers seeing people shot in the street for not giving the Hitler salute. Hans himself was badly beaten by

the Hitler Youth. In 1937 Johanna came to London with Carl Haas from the Goldstein family to plead with the committee helping children from Germany to take her son. Later that year, with the help of a friend who worked at the Polish consulate, she posed as a sewing-machine saleswoman, and smuggled Hans out from Germany, through Poland and to England. While Johanna was away, the Gestapo came to the apartment, and

terrorised the twins and the maid, Mimmi, who, despite Nazi regulations, had refused to leave the family. On her return, Johanna was arrested and accused of being a spy. By some miracle, she was released. Johanna went to Berlin, worked for a living, and put the girls in a Jewish orphanage where they received schooling. She took her parents to a Jewish old-age home, unaware that she was consigning them to their fate. In 1938 she brought the twins to England. Their last, heart-rending memory was seeing their beloved grandparents waving from the window. “Like many Jews living in the UK, I come from a family dispersed across the globe as a result of the Holocaust,” Kleeman said.

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Organ donation / Interfaith event / High-speed broadband / News NEWS IN BRIEF

NEW SEPHARDI BETH DIN HEAD URGED BOYCOTT OF JW3 The new head of the Sephardi Beth Din is a rabbi who urged the boycott of Jewish community centre JW3 because it celebrated the contribution of gay Jews. Dayan Abraham David, who will take over from Israel-based Dayan Yaron Navon, was part of a panel convened by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to review the teachings of the S&P Sephardi Community Senior Rabbi Joseph Dweck (pictured) last year. Dweck caused upset by saying that society’s acceptance of different sexualities had been a good thing for humanity. He kept his job but stepped down from the Sephardi Beth Din, or rabbinic court. Dweck said: “The new structure of the Beth Din will mean that its work will become even stronger and more effective and it will be able to serve the greater Sephardi community more efficiently in its work with gittin [divorces], conversions, and arbitrations on Torah law, among other things.”

Minorities urged to donate organs A government health minister has appealed to different faiths and ethnicities to help increase the number of organ donors. Speaking at the National BAME Transplant Alliance, Jackie Doyle-Price MP told Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and other faith representatives that almost three in 10 people currently in need of a transplant are of an ethnic minority. “Organ donation is a gift, with more than 50,000 people alive in England today thanks to the selflessness of families and individuals who are willing to donate,” she said. “But the injustice is that if you are black, Asian or from another ethnic minority, you have less chance of receiving an organ than white patients – all for the lack of match donors willing to come forward and donate.” She said people from ethnic minority backgrounds

would, on average, wait six months longer for a transplant than a white person, and asked the audience to “make a real difference – just 100 more donors can save 228 lives”. She added: “I am calling on you to use your influence to dispel the myths and encourage your communities to give the gift of life.” Judaism encourages organ donation to save lives (“pikuach nefesh”), a principle that can override the Jewish objection to any unnecessary interference with the body after death and the requirement for immediate burial. However, while Judaism holds that organs may not be removed from a donor until death has definitely occurred, there is some disagreement as to when that is. Doyle-Price’s call follows the government’s recent consultation into opt-out organ donation.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP appeals for organ donors

SHAVUOT IFTAR PLANNED Rabbi’s internet miracle More than 40 young Jews and Muslims are to meet to celebrate the coinciding of Shavuot and Ramadan by exploring the meaning of each before dinner , with traditional foods representing the two religious holidays. The ‘Shavuot Iftar’ will be held on Monday at Moishe House in Willesden Green, where young Jews aged 22 to 32 live in a community of peers. The innovative interfaith project is the brainchild of Moishe House resident

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Ben Shapiro, and Mamataj Begum, the co-chair of the Faith and Belief Forum Youth Council. The dinner will end with cheesecake and dates.

It’s not often you say your rabbi brought the latest technology to your area, but that’s exactly the claim of residents in St. John’s Wood and Maida Vale in London. Head of the S&P Community, Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck made it his second mission in life to get highspeed internet to the area where he now lives and works, after moving to the UK from the US four years ago. Dweck said he was “shocked” to discover that the whole area had no

access to superfast fibre broadband, which he needed to stream his shiurim and even access his own community. He teamed up with a young professional in the S&P Sephardi community, Sebastian Ereira and, after four years, they struck internet gold this week. “It’s an immense relief finally being connected worldwide and I look forward to a new phase of communications that can now be streamed around the world,” Dweck said.



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News / Memorial event / Diary discovery

Robbie Burns in Yiddish declared a groys success Jewish families in Scotland have been treated to renditions of Robert Burns recited in Yiddish, and performance art with Hebrew stencils at a Jewish school near Glasgow. The Jewish Arts Family Book Day was hailed as a groys (big) success by organisers, as almost 100 people congregated for an afternoon of entertainment at Calderwood Lodge Primary School in East Renfrewshire. Young children were treated to storytelling and crafts with the PJ Library, while older children had a

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ANNE PAGES RECOVERED Researchers have recovered two pages from a diary of Anne Frank containing texts on sexuality she had written and then deleted. The pages, whose content had remained unknown for decades, appeared in one of several diaries penned by the Jewish teenager during her time hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, the city’s Anne Frank House said this week. The museum, in Frank’s former hiding place, did not quote from the text it had recovered using what it said was new

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technology. It said the pages include four dirty jokes, some crossed out phrases and a text in which Anne imagines herself teaching sex education. She also notes hearing about brothels in Paris from her father.

Children enjoying educational activities at the Jewish Arts Family Book Day

private illustration session with acclaimed artist and writer Sarah Lightman. Adults also had their own session, which included a discussion by author Ellen Galford about her book Yiddish Lost and Found. This was segued into a performance of Robert Burns in Yiddish by “national treasure” Ida Schuster Berkeley, who later told the audience about her memories of 1951 Festival

point that doctors said the only way to save her life was for her to be given an artificial heart, a rare and risky 10-hour surgery only performed in one hospital in the UK. She survived the operation and learnt to breathe, speak and eventually walk again, and was delighted when a donor heart became available, but sadly she did not survive the operation and died in March last year.



of Jewish Arts in Glasgow. Organisers Shayna Conn and Adele Conn, chair of Jewish Arts, said the event was in memory of the late Naomi Livingstone, who was originally from London and moved to Glasgow in 2009 with her family. Two years ago she moved back to London to be nearer her family, but became ill shortly after. In hospital, her condition deteriorated to the

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News / New mayoress / Faith schools

Kindertransport refugee, 86, named mayoress of Lewisham A Jewish woman from London who fled the Nazis in Vienna on the Kindertransport is to become the mayoress of Lewisham. Liane Segal, 86, escaped to Britain in 1939 when she was just seven, and went to live in Wigan with a couple and their three-yearold son. She is a longstanding campaigner against racism and anti-Semitism, and is well-known for running a range of activities for older residents in Lewisham and Bromley. The current mayor, Damien Egan, said this week that he “couldn’t think of a more inspirational figure for young people as our mayoress”. After arriving in Britain, Segal attended Sydenham School for Girls before beginning a career as a clothes designer and having three children. She recalled life in Vienna before she left, and the persecution suffered by Jews. “I had to go out to the soup kitchens for my parents

because they weren’t able to go out. I saw people being beaten up in the streets and I wasn’t allowed to go to school,” she said. “My father was hiding in the loft most of the time. I remember being stopped by SS men and other unpleasant experiences I’ll never forget.” This week, Segal said she was “honoured” to be mayoress, adding: “Lewisham is stronger because of our history in welcoming residents from all corners of the world. I hope that by sharing my story, others will see it is as important as ever to provide sanctuary for people fleeing persecution.” Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “Appointing a Kindertransport refugee to this position sends a clear signal that Lewisham welcomes refugees and encourages everyone to learn more about the Holocaust, at a time when anti-Semitism and racism are on the rise across Europe.”


SHAVUOT IFTAR IN WILLESDEN More than 40 young Jews and Muslims are to meet to celebrate the coinciding of Shavuot and Ramadan by exploring the meaning of each before dinner with foods representing the religious holidays. The ‘Shavuot Iftar’ will be on 21 May at Moishe House in Willesden, where Jews aged 22-32 live in a community of peers. The interfaith project is the brainchild of Moishe House resident Ben Shapiro and Mamataj Begum, co-chair of the Faith and Belief Forum Youth Council.


Liane Segal, pictured with current mayor Damien Egan, says she is honoured

The Genesis Prize Foundation will not withdraw its honour to Natalie Portman even though she will not attend the award ceremony in Israel. The foundation criticised Portman’s decision and said it had informed her before the award announcement that Benjamin Netanyahu would present the prize. They also claim that they offered her the opportunity to share her political views during her address, and that she missed out on promoting “women’s equality”.


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The Chief Rabbi has welcomed the government’s announcement that there will be no cap on faith-based entry criteria for voluntary-aided schools. It follows an announcement from the Education Secretary, Damien Hinds, about a selective schools expansion programme, with ministers inviting councils to open faith-based voluntaryaided schools jointly with religious groups. In common with faith schools in the state sector, these new voluntary-aided faith schools will be able to choose 100 percent of their intake based on faith, instead of being limited to only 50 percent of faith-based admissions for free schools. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis described the announcement as “an extremely positive development”, saying: “There is no inherent contradiction between a

school with faith-based entry criteria and a school which champions British values and respect for people of all backgrounds.” Mirvis added that “by allowing, once again, the establishment of voluntary- Damien Hinds aided schools without any cap on faith-based entry criteria, the government has strongly endorsed that view”. He said current demand for “an immersive Jewish education” is being met by Jewish schools at both primary and secondschool level, but said the government’s new policy may prove useful one day.” He added: “News that in future, this voluntary-aided option will be available to us.... will be welcomed warmly by the vast majority of our community.”

Tessa described as ‘big love’ The Jewish community has been paying tribute to the former Labour cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell (pictured), who died at her home on Saturday, aged 70. Described by the Jewish Labour Movement as “building an everlasting bond with the Jewish community” during her time as a Parliamentary candidate for Ilford North and then as an MP and cabinet minister, she appeared at Jewish community events, guest speaking at dinners and fundraisers. Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi of the Movement for Reform Judaism, took to Twitter to pay her respects, saying: “I can’t count the

times Tessa Jowell wrote or say ‘Big Love’ to me. It summed her up – brave, wise, visionary, funny, ideological, loving, compassionate. You were BIg Love and your memory is a blessing and an inspiration [sic].” Raymond Simonson, CEO of JW3, also tweeted his tribute, saying: “Very sad to read that Tessa Jowell has died. Spent a memorable evening with her at JW3 when she came to speak to a packed audience, who all loved her regardless of their political persuasion.”

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Jewish News 17 May 2018

Israel wins Eurovision!

It will be Netta year There were street parties in Tel Aviv into the early hours of Sunday morning after Israel’s nailbiting victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Netta Barzilai clucked her way to the top of the scoreboard with her empowerment anthem Toy – the country’s first win for 20 years. Backed by three dancers on stage in Lisbon, Portugal, Netta’s trademark side buns featuring stripes of pink-dyed hair to match her pink-andblack outfit, the singer punctuated her singing with her trademark eye rolls and chicken dance moves. “I’m not

your toy. You stupid boy. I’ll take you down now,” run the lyrics of her winning song. The win means Israel will host next year’s Eurovision competition – probably in Jerusalem – an event expected to bring thousands of fans and worldwide exposure to the Jewish state. Returning to the stage after the win, a jubilant Netta made reference to the song’s themes and to a success that came despite her not matching Western society’s conventional beauty ideals. “I’m so happy. Thank you so much

for choosing difference,” Barzilai told the watching world. “Thank you so much for accepting differences between us. Thank you for celebrating diversity. Thank you. I love my country. Next time in Jerusalem.” She then busted her way through Toy a second time. Interviewed soon afterwards on Israel’s Kan TV, the state broadcaster, she said she looked forward to the world seeing “the Israeli carnival” when Jerusalem hosts the contest next year. People will see “how wonderful we are, what a vibe we have.

Best people… the best place in the world.” She added: “Be good to others, and be good to yourselves.” Despite the result coming through at 1:30am local time, many Israelis were awake to celebrate. In Tel Aviv, 20,000 people gathered at Rabin Square, cheering loudly and jumped into a fountain. City Hall lit up with the word “Toy.” There were celebrations, too, in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda street market. Speaking to Netta by phone minutes after her victory, Benjamin Net-

anyahu told her: You are wonderful. You are lovely. You are the best ambassador for Israel!” “Kapara alayich” – he said, using a phrase she uses that roughly means “Bless you.” President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter: “We’re proud of you. We are waiting for everyone next year in Jerusalem.” For months, Netta had been the bookmakers’ favourite to win this year’s contest. But after the semifinals, she was overtaken in the betting by Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira,


Itzhik with Netta in Lisbon

Hundreds of Israeli Eurovision fans descended on the Portuguese capital as 43 countries jostled for song contest superiority, writes Spencer Barnett in Lisbon. It was the biggest ever contingent from Israel and I witnessed many of these fans, clad in the Star of David, literally crying with joy following Israel’s fourth Eurovision win

thanks to Netta’s dance anthem Toy. Itzhik Fishely, president of the Israeli Eurovision fan club, said: “Netta is amazing and she nailed it. She is so funny and adorable.” How important Eurovision is to Israel? “This year, a lot! Victory was a huge present for our country. I feared that if we didn’t win it this year the country’s love affair with

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Asked where the event might be staged in 2019, Itzhik said: “Everybody is talking about Jerusalem. Nobody is speaking about Tel Aviv. The mayor of Tel Aviv has withdrawn from the race so it’s clearly going to be held in the capital city. It’s too early to know what Israel has in store for next year’s Eurovision. I can’t wait to find out!”

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Queen’s iconinc victory anthem We are the Champions echoed around Rabin Square when I left just after 4am on Sunday morning. Not even an unseasonable downpour (usually more than enough to disperse an Israeli crowd) dampened this party. I planned to get a taxi from my hotel but was told there was simply too much traffic as people to poured into the square from all angles by all means; whether by car, scooter or on foot. The song of the moment was blaring out from every set of earphones and every vehicle during that 15-minute walk, competing only with hooting horns and flashing lights of precautionary Magen David Adom cars as the square neared This historic square that witnessed some of the greatest lows in the history of the state was now enjoying a massive high.

Rabin Square celebrations

And you couldn’t help but swell with pride, not just at the victory but at the small but not insignificant signs of unity created wherever you looked. The young guy with a kippah having a picture with a drag queen; religious and secular men dancing together while chanting the name of their latest national hero; the flag of Israel and rainbow flag of the LGBT community held aloft alongside each other at the centre of the crowds.

For a country too often seen as lacking friends, there seemed to be huge delight – and satisfaction – at the public vote of support. The result also dealt a huge blow to BDS, as one particularly excited woman was keen to tell me after leaving her three kids with her husband to make the 90-minute journey from Haifa. But it was the way Israel reacted to victory that showed the country at its best. The unity, the zest for life and, of course, that incredible capacity for a party. It would take an England World Cup win for such a spontaneous gathering in the early hours. There was even a hint of the spirit of entrepreneurship that is so alive in Israel when a shopping trolley full of bottles of water for sale to fuel revellers was rolled into Kikar Rabin. I’ve never tried but I imagine you wouldn’t get a particularly friendly response if you tried calling an Israeli a chicken. But this was a night when all Israelis were proud chickens.

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Israel wins Eurovision!

in Jerusalem! whose catchy pop song Fuego added last-minute drama to the competition. In the end, Israel won on 529 points,

leaving Cyprus on 436 points and Austria’s Cesár Sampson’s scoring 342 with Nobody But You. Netta was behind when the various jury votes were completed, but overtook her rivals on the strength of the audience votes in the participating nations. Jury votes and viewers’ votes each counted for 50 percent of the total. Israel last won the Eurovision in

1998, with pop star Dana International’s Diva. It won twice in a row, in 1978 and 1979, for A-Ba-Ni-Bi and then Hallelujah. Netta has a witty and endearing personality. Before the grand final, her song had already racked up more than 20 million views on Eurovision’s YouTube channel. In Toy, the singer makes noises, including clucking like a chicken and using barely decipherable words. She also employs a looping machine and synthesiser. Her song was seen as capturing the #MeToo empowerment zeitgeist.


Your weekly digest of stories from the international press UNITED STATES An American pastor who believes the Holocaust was co-ordinated by gay Nazis has said he will run against Massachusetts’ incumbent governor in the Republican primary. Scott Lively is the author of ‘Pink Swastika’. His anti-LGBT group is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


A Jewish lawmaker has said France is suffering ‘a knife intifada’ after the latest attack on Friday. One person was stabbed to death and two were severely wounded. Meyer Habib, a member of the National Assemby and former vice-president of Jewish umbrella group CRIF, added: “It’s them or us.”


A Jewish woman alleged to have made false reports about a Muslim ‘sex mob’ in Frankfurt on New Year’s Eve 2017 has been found murdered. Irina A, 29, was due to give evidence in court next month. She had said up to 50 Arabs “grabbed me everywhere” but police believe she was lying.


A Jewish man who married his non-Jewish girlfriend on the Brazilian reality TV show Wedding Factory has said he could not find a rabbi willing to marry them. More than 70 rabbis refused to marry Allan Pavlovsky de Boucherville Borges and fiancée Carolinne Salvio Fróes, who got $300,000 for tying the knot on TV. Ilan Buchman and Oscar Shub, who have been in a relationship for 47 years, have become the first Jewish same sex couple to be married in an Australian synagogue.

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A harrowing week These are difficult days for supporters of Israel. The sight of Israeli snipers barricaded behind reinforced walls picking off protesters as young as 14, killing scores and injuring thousands, is not easy viewing. Palestinians called it a massacre of innocents. Israeli leaders called the demonstrators “murderous terrorists”. On Wednesday Hamas admitted 50 of the dead were actually their terrorists. The protest saw Israel’s border violently attacked, the expressed intention being to break into the country. Israel’s ambassador to the UK said Israel’s response to the violence was “measured”. The IDF said Hamas, true to form, paid people to reach the fence, and threw women and children in first. Emotions were heightened by the underlying sensitivities and timing – of the US embassy move and the 70-year anniversary of independence (or ‘nakba,’ catastrophe). Benjamin Netanyahu is right: a country has every right to defend its borders. The question being asked, even by Israel’s defenders, is whether the IDF needed to do so with live fire. Are there not less lethal means of dispersal? To ask that question is not to excuse Hamas, which has its people’s blood on its hands.

The British invasion As President Rivlin said last week, you can’t travel around Israel without marveling at the British contribution – from schools, to hospitals, to parks. As in the UK, our impact within the Jewish state is totally out of proportion to the small size of the community. So our Aliyah 100 list, in partnership with the Jewish Agency and UJIA, was an opportunity to celebrate those who have packed up their lives to pursue their dreams thousands of the miles away. It was an honour to bring many of them together for a reception hosted by British Ambassador David Quarrey last week. Thank you to everyone on the list for all you do – and to the many others who didn’t feature but whose work makes such a positive difference.


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WORDS WERE CHOSEN TO OFFEND the role of Zionists, conveniI have no idea what a ently ignores these facts, with “Freudian parapraxis” is the casual throwaway that (‘Ken’s Zionist remarks Hitler supported the Zionist were correct, in context’, endeavour until he went mad, Jewish News, 10 May), but changed his policy and went its purpose according to for mass murder. columnist David Wolchover His words were not, as Wolis to excuse Ken Livingstone chover claims, a complete non for committing grotesque sequitur. They looked deliberslurs, i.e. placing in the public’s minds an association Ken Livingstone caused huge offence ately chosen to fan the flames that have enveloped Labour between Zionists and Nazis, ever since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader. just as others have sought to associate Israel with And if Livingstone expects us all to believe Nazi apartheid South Africa. policy only changed in 1942 with the Final SoluA more blatant example of anti-Semitism as tion, he needs to find a more reliable source upon defined by the International Holocaust Rememwhich to base his suspect history lectures, starting brance Alliance – which the Labour party that with a reading of Mein Kampf, published in 1925. cannot bring itself to expel Livingstone refuses David Levenson to endorse – is hard to imagine. Stanmore Livingstone, who claims to speak truth about

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Am I missing something? For months, we hear that Jeremy Corbyn “does not tolerate racism or antiSemitism”. On the one hand, he states he is not antiSemitic. I am sure many of his best friends are also Jewish. On the other hand, he supports the Palestine Solidarity Campaign,

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Negotiation is not the same as collaboration David Wolchover’s excellent article (Ken’s Zionist remarks were correct, in context, Jewish News, 10 May) addressing the pejorative of a given word was most welcome. Other than Livingstone being totally bereft of historical facts, typically the plan to ship German Jews to places as far away as Uganda, Argentina and Madagascar, what was omitted was the source of Livingstone’s faux pas.

Barrister and writer David Wolchover

A left-wing, second-rate historian called Lenni Brenner was the author of much of Livingstone’s information. There is a plethora of history books relating to the period of 1933-1945 written by hundreds of reliable historians, and Livingstone picks Brenner ‘because of his left-wing angle’? This to me is pure ignorance, implying that Livingstone only reads writers who are left-wing. However, to the point. The word ‘collaborate’ implies a degree of sleaziness being attributed to the brave Zionists in Nazi Germany. Substitute ‘collaborate’ with ‘negotiate’ and now we have context. If only Livingstone had the depth to realise this, he may still be in politics now. But who’d want him anyway? Mike Abramov By email

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UK holds key to success of sanctions against Iran ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL


he immediate and biggest foreign policy issue to confront the newly-elected president of the Board of Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, is what, if anything, to do about Iran. Amid the final hustings that secured her election, Iran was barely mentioned as deputies worried about how to engage young people in activities. Good luck with that. Older stagers will not readily ease their grip on office. Iran is a huge issue. The recent rocket skirmishes at the Golan Heights (where Israel’s iron dome defence system did its job) was an early signal of more to come. President Trump’s decision to abrogate the big power deal over Iran’s nuclear development opens a diplomatic chasm across the Atlantic. Britain finds itself caught in the middle. It is an enthusiastic friend of Saudi Arabia which along with Israel is anxious to isolate the arc of Shi’ite Islamic extremism. It also wants to remain President Trump’s best friend. As the

US is Britain’s single most important export market, forging a trade deal with America is critical to the UK’s post-Brexit future. The UK was a party to the Geneva accords that brought Iran back into the global fold in 2015 and is potentially a beneficiary of the opening up of the Iranian market to the West; so it is conflicted. Should it follow the inclination of the Foreign Office and support multilateralism against Trump’s exceptionalism or should it align itself with the anti-Shi’ite axis? The Board of Deputies could well find itself caught in the middle of this struggle. Some might ask what has any of this to do with British Jews involved in their own battles against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. I would argue it is of vital importance. The lifting of financial sanctions against Iran allowed its coffers to fill again and the country’s ability to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist organisations across the globe was greatly enhanced. Hezbollah has used resources coming from Iran to build up formidable military installations along Israel’s northern border and tighten its grip on Lebanon. The decade-long Syrian civil war


in which Hezbollah has been aligned with President Assad’s forces back means that this avowed enemy of Israel is more battle-ready than it has ever been. Only the recent Moscow handshake between Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu offers the promise that Hezbollah temporarily can be restrained. The value of the nuclear deal to Iran is largely economic. The collapse in the value of its currency, the riyal, and sharp rise in the price of Brent crude oil following Trump’s decision to revoke the nuclear accord, underlines how important it is to Iran’s prosperity. Britain is critical in all this. When it comes to financial sanctions, all routes pass through London. As the world’s most important

banking centre, it is all but impossible to be part of the global trading system and to obtain international credit without dealing with UK-based banks and financial institutions. A visit to the Treasury’s website illustrates this. It has an ever-lengthening list of Middle Eastern and Afghani entities proscribed because of sanctions or potential terrorist links. The UK, Russia, France, China and Germany would like to find a way of keeping Iran boxed in as a nuclear power irrespective of America’s unilateral action. The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia do not trust Iran to discontinue development of ballistic systems and want to curb Iran’s support of terrorist networks. Britain holds the key to the success of financial sanctions. It was rigorous sanctions which brought the apartheid regime in South Africa to its knees, ended Mugabe rule in Zimbabwe, brought Iran’s moderates to the negotiating table in 2014-15 and helped tame North Korea. The British Jewish community could play a critical role in encouraging the government to toughen its stand against Iran. That will be a vital test of leadership.

Unravelling the nuclear deal is just the start JEREMY HAVARDI



n 8 May, President Trump took a giant American hammer to the Iranian nuclear accord. He announced that the US would withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reimpose sanctions against Tehran. In a masterstroke, the president upended not only the centrepiece of his predecessor’s legacy but also the key plank in Europe’s Middle East trade and security policy. Little wonder that Federica Mogherini, the EU’s top foreign policy chief, was so full of contempt. She likened the US withdrawal to “systematically destroying and dismantling everything that is already in place” which she dubbed “the mood of our times”. But on this occasion, Trump’s decision was entirely reasonable. The JCPOA is a deeply flawed arms control agreement based on shoddy diplomacy. Designed permanently to prevent an Iranian bomb, it allows Iran to develop advanced centrifuges (IR-8s) and carry out research and development.

In 2017, David Albright, a former weapons inspector, and Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran could have already “stockpiled many advanced centrifuge components” and “associated raw materials”. They added that it was necessary to ascertain the centrifuge parts that Iran had made or procured. But such a task is made nearly impossible given the agreement’s second flaw, that Iran does not permit any-time, any-place inspections at its military sites. This is of vital importance because it is believed that these bases were previously used for weapons testing, especially at Parchin, and because Iran refused to provide a full account of its past nuclear weapons research. By tolerating Iran’s refusal to open up its military sites, the IAEA’s claim that the regime is complying with the deal is nonsensical. The third flaw is that the deal is silent on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. These are an essential component in the country’s nuclear infrastructure and the failure to tackle them is a glaring omission. Finally, there are the sunset clauses which, once lifted, provide Tehran with an internationally recognised means of achieving nuclear capability.


When this deal was negotiated, President Obama hoped that it would pave the way to a genuine rapprochement with the regime, moderating its behaviour in the Middle East. Such hopes were always in vain. Iran has instead butchered its way through Syria and Yemen, sowing mayhem everywhere with the tens of billions of dollars released under the deal. How the ayatollahs must be laughing at western naivety. Right now, the EU has indicated that it will sustain the JCPOA and defy US pressure. But if the accord is blown up, there needs to be a Plan B, and there lies the challenge. It is not

clear whether Trump has one, nor is the President noted for his sense of strategy. Nonetheless, America and other western countries have leverage and should use it sensibly. A new deal could be constructed which avoids the obvious flaws of its predecessor. It could ensure that there are no sunset clauses so that the ayatollah regime is permanently deprived of nuclear capability. It could roll back its ballistic missile programme while permanently shutting Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, including its advanced centrifuges. It could also insist on a proper verification process so that no suspected sites are off-limits to inspectors. Finally, full sanctions relief could be made dependent on a full Iranian withdrawal from Syria. If Tehran is adamant that it will not comply, there needs to be a plan for even further economic pressure or the use of military action against the country’s nuclear sites. This is the equivalent of having ‘all options on the table’, something that was so clearly lacking in the approach of the previous US administration. Thus, starting to unravel the nuclear deal is only the first part of what is needed. Only time will tell if the American hammer is designed to rebuild or merely destroy Obama’s flawed legacy.

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It’s time for Israel to start supporting Diaspora Jews NAFTALI BENNETT



or decades, British and world Jewry has helped Israel. Organisations gathered and sent funds to the feeble, small state; our Air Force and Navy were formed and trained by Jewish volunteers around the globe. We should thank the previous generations while shifting to a new era, one in which we reverse the roles and Israel spends more time and resources helping the Jews of the world. Since its inception, Israel has played two roles. First, it is the country of all of its citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike. Second, it is the nation state for all Jews, citizens or not. The Law of Return, which offers immediate citizenship to any Jew interested in living in Israel, is the best example of this idea. As the Jewish homeland, Israel has always felt a sense of responsibility toward the Jews of the world and has acted, often quietly, to safeguard those in need – simply because they are Jews. Sadly, recent events in France and Poland

highlight the rise of anti-Semitism and the need to maintain such actions. However, the greatest danger facing the Jewish world in the 21st century is disengagement. Millions of Jews, mainly in North America, are drifting away from Judaism and, as a result, from Israel. Israel cannot ignore this reality. Acting as the home of the Jews, Israel helped Jews in physical danger. Now it is time to help those at risk of losing their connection to Judaism and Israel. Not long ago, I told our government that Israel ought to drastically increase its investment in promoting Jewish education and identity, multiplying the resources allocated to projects like Birthright by at least tenfold. This statement – and my policy of investing in education for Diaspora communities – caused people to ask why. “Why should our tax monies go to a child in London or Manchester?” I have two answers to this question. The first is a one-word answer coming from my kishkes: because. Jews are family, and we need to help our family, whether in the UK, Brazil or United States. We help them because we are all Jewish.


The other answer is a far second, but it, too, has its place. Maintaining strong Jewish communities is not only the moral thing to do, it is also a strategic investment by Israel because when you disengage from Judaism, you tend to disengage from Israel. The toughest challenge facing us is the masses of Jews distancing themselves from Judaism and Israel. This distancing has little to do with the disputes between the Diaspora and Israel. The often harsh criticism directed by Diaspora Jews at the Israeli government is being voiced by Jews who are connected and care deeply. Those angry at Israel are those who love Israel and feel they

have a stake in the state. Today we find ourselves at a crossroads: one path leads to a utopian situation, the other to an almost dystopian reality. If we make the wrong choice, in 50 years we will find ourselves with a small European Jewish community feeling anything from apathy to disdain toward Israel. They won’t feel connected to us and we won’t feel connected to them. The right choice, however, will help ensure that 50, 100 and 500 years from today, the world Jewry community will be large, with a strong Jewish identity and open embrace of Zionism. Such a path, in my vision, also leads to the communities in Israel and the world working together to fulfil the Jewish destiny – doing good and repairing a broken world. This isn’t a simple task; it will take effort and time. But it must be done. In 2018, unlike 1948, Israel is a strong country, and while we greatly appreciate and welcome the support of Diaspora communities, we no longer depend on it. After 70 years of the Diaspora Jews helping Israel, it is time for Israel to help Diaspora Jews.


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Dancing on the brink of chaos is a winning tactic AVI ISSACHAROFF



onday was among the most bewilderingly dissonant days in the history of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict: as the Israeli leadership, joined by US officials, feted the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, and as tens of thousands of Israelis welcomed back Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai in Tel Aviv, the Gaza Strip suffered one of its most doleful days in remembrance. Some 64 Gazans have been killed by IDF fire as soldiers seek to prevent demonstrators from breaching the Israeli border. The timing of the events was not coincidental, of course, and is tied to the opposing narratives: the embassy relocation was set for 14 May, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment. And on 15 May every year Palestinians mark their Nakba, the “catastrophe” of the establishment of the Jewish state. At the end of this day of jubilation and grief,

it seems that the rift between the two peoples has been torn wider, and hatred has grown. In late afternoon on Monday, in at least one protest tent near the border, Hamas operatives in civilian clothing walked around and instructed protesters: “Go home.” It was an unexpected twist, coming shortly after the Israeli military struck several Hamas targets in the Strip, and when it was clear that dozens of Palestinians had been killed and more than 2,000 wounded. And in the evening, one of Hamas’s Gaza leaders, Khalil al-Hayya, held a press conference in which he spoke in seemingly pacific tones, again describing the riots as “a non-violent march.” It was a surprising statement from an organisation that has always espoused “military resistance”, particularly after more than 50 people had been killed by IDF fire. In fact, many in Gaza had believed ahead of Monday’s events that if the death toll were high, Hamas would renew its rocket fire against Israel. Shortly after al-Hayya spoke, the committee organising the Gaza protests called for a continuation of the weekly demonstra-


tions, with a focus on 5 June — Naksa Day, when Arabs mark defeat in the 1967 Six Day War. The initial response in Gaza to the worst single day of bloodshed since the 2014 war in the territory shows that, despite the huge toll, Hamas is in no hurry to escalate the situation. Hamas of 2018 has learned to use a vocabulary not dissimilar to that of the Palestinian Authority: “non-violent resistance,” “popular struggle”. And it is largely supportive of continuing the “non-violent” marches as long as they are under control. But on Monday afternoon, there came a point when Hamas almost lost control. At a time when events were headed toward escala-

tion – with Israel intensifying airstrikes and more Palestinians showing willingness to rush toward the fence and sacrifice their lives — it appeared that someone in Hamas’s leadership did some course correction, ordering a stop to the demonstrations, at least for the day,. Footage of the events raises the question: how is it that this mob did not fear for its life? The only apparent explanation is a combination of the desire of young Gazans to be seen as heroes by their society and the feeling among many that they have nothing to lose. Still, it is difficult to see how Hamas’s new tactic of controlled rallies can last much longer. Admittedly the number of protesters in Monday’s demonstration reached record highs, but this week had been billed in advance as the climactic culmination of the marches. The general trend on recent Fridays has been of a significant drop in participation. Without a change in Gaza’s situation, and with a decline in motivation among the populace, it can be assumed that at some point Hamas will always be tempted to revert to its basic warring instincts.

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Residents from Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home visited Year 4 pupils at Etz Chaim School in Mill Hill to make no-bake cheesecake ahead of Shavuot. The school’s next cake-related event will be Jewish Care’s 6th Great Jewish Bake Day on 4 July, which is media partnered by Jewish News (staff, inset, enjoying some treats!). The charity is inviting the community to find out ‘Which Kind of Jewish Cake Are You?’, by taking part in an online quiz. Daniel Carmel-Brown, Jewish Care’s chief executive designate, said: “We encourage people across the community to get baking or eating cakes while raising vital funds for our Jewish Care buses.” To enter the quiz and, for more details, see:

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Children at Kisharon’s Tuffkid prepared for Shavuot by buying and selling flowers at the nursery’s pre-Shavuot flower shop, making cheese scones and shaking cream to make butter. Nursery head Janice Marriott said: “The children have been getting ready for Shavuot and are very excited the Torah was given on this day. We have prepared by making milky foods and buying flowers for each other.”


Catford and Bromley Synagogue celebrated its golden anniversary and the rededication of two Sefer Torahs at an event attended by representatives from Lewisham and Bromley Councils, Dr Steven Wilson, CEO of the United Synagogue, and other US trustees. The service was conducted by Rev David Rome, who was accompanied by The London Cantorial Singers. Synagogue chairman Joe Burchell said: “Despite being the only Orthodox synagogue in south-east London, we’re still very vibrant, catering for all the community. It was a very memorable event.”



John Lewis treated staff and customers of Belong Morris Feinmann – a care village in Didsbury – to an exclusive preview of its spring and summer collections as part of the care village’s ‘Fashion and Fizz’ event. Angela Luckett, experience coordinator for Belong Morris Feinmann, said: “Our customers enjoyed experiencing some designer chic. I’d like to thank them and the ladies from Liz Earle for pampering our customers and giving them the fantastic opportunity to challenge stereotypes surrounding fashion for seniors.”





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Five of Herts + 1, a grouping of Hertfordshire’s five smaller US communities – Potters Bar, Shenley, St Albans, Watford and Welwyn Garden City – and the plus 1, Luton, their Bedfordshire neighbour, held a day-long event, Encounters 18. Speeches were made on mental health, dementia awareness, slavery and media bias. Event organiser, Rabbi Daniel Sturgess, of St Albans, said: “With a full programme of the highest calibre speakers, it shows what can be achieved when communities come together.”




More than 200 guests heard HSBC chairman Mark Tucker speak at ORT UK’s Business Breakfast at Sheraton Park Lane. Hosted by Lloyd Dorfman CBE and sponsored by Aurum and 2Gee Developments, it raised more than £55,000 towards World ORT’s schools and educational programmes. ORT UK’s chief executive, Adam OverlanderKaye, said: “Guests [heard from] one of the world’s most influential bankers and about the impact ORT is making on underprivileged students in Israel and the former Soviet Union through technology education.”



7 BRIDGING THE GAP Forty-four people took part in Emunah’s Bridge Lunch in Totteridge, which was organised by its Miriam Moses group and raised £3,000 for Israel’s at-risk children. Barbara Fenton and Rosalind Fine were crowned overall winners.

Residents of Nightingale House care home enjoyed a Cocktails and Cabaret evening thanks to Create Cocktails’ bartender. The home’s activities team leader, Jacqui Beyer, said: “It was an amazing event, with a special atmosphere as residents enjoyed the entertainment, drinks and company. We laughed, talked and danced; no one would think this is what one would get up to in a care home!”


Helen Singer, a trustee of St Albans Masorti Synagogue, has won the Mayor of St Albans Pride Award for Cultural Innovation for her work. The pioneer of the heritage Roots project, she said: “I’m very proud to receive the award, but it was a real SAMS team effort.” The Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia, said: “All the finalists have demonstrated great commitment to their community.”


Create has finished its creativity:revealed arts project with older people at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus. The charity project brought together residents of Otto Schiff and Rela Goldhill at Otto Schiff home for people with physical disabilities, tenants from Selig Court and Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre members to create musical compositions. Jewish Care boss Simon Morris said: “The project has [brought] joy, creativity and new friendships.”

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Beit Halochem dinner raises £1.1m Almost 500 guests attended Beit Halochem’s seventh gala dinner at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, the largest number of people to date. The evening raised £1.1million for the charity that supports wounded Israeli veteran soldiers. Dinner chair Orly Wolfson said: “We treat each member with physical and mental therapy. Through sport they overcome much of their physical disability and start to focus on what they can do.”


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United Synagogue Israel mission A 150-strong delegation visited key sites in Israel’s formation and heard from leading speakers from the worlds of politics, media and the military during the United Synagogue’s mission marking the country’s 70th birthday. President Reuven Rivlin was among those to address the group, one of the largest from the UK to visit the country for decades. Expressing pride at the trip, US chief executive Steven Wilson said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to give so many people a chance to see many of the aspects of Israel that sometimes get overlooked.”


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England’s chances of success at next month’s World Cup together with the threat of racism in Russia were debated at Action Against Discrimination’s latest event. Media partnered by Jewish News, pundits, journalists, ex-footballers and a former FA chief executive contributed to a lively discussion, chaired by TV and radio broadcaster Jonny Gould at the Hendon Hall Hotel.

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Songs from the soul Award-winning German performer Ute Lemper tells Francine Wolfisz why she made it her mission to bring back to life music written in the Nazi camps


hen you are not allowed to speak your thoughts, raise your hand or even cry out with tears of pain, music can capture those emotions in the most direct and pure way,” reflects singer Ute Lemper. “These are songs that expressed what words and actions could not express. They speak to the soul.” The award-winning performer, a familiar face on Broadway and the West End stages, is best known for her interpretation of the work of

AFTER THE WAR, MY PARENTS WERE PAINED TO SPEAK ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill. But for the past two years, the 54-year-old – who won an Olivier award for her turn as Velma Kelly in Chicago – has thrown all her energy behind a project that resonates with her on a deeply personal level. Songs For Eternity features the works of largely unknown composers, written between 1942 and 1944, by Jewish victims of Nazi persecution sent to the ghettos and concentration camps. Lemper will bring the special programme of songs to JW3, Finchley Road, on Tuesday. Having been raised in a Roman

Catholic family in post-war Germany, the mother-of-four tells me that she sees it as her “mission” to bring this forgotten music back to life and confront one of the darkest – and most painful – episodes in the history of her native country. Speaking from her home in New York, Lemper, whose husband is Jewish, explains: “I was born in Germany in 1963. It was a Germany that was suffering from the consequences of the war. “My parents remember it very much, the aeroplanes and the bombing and the fear, having been only children themselves at the time, and they suffered nightmares. “But they were pained to speak about the Holocaust. It was impossible to say anything about these atrocities that were committed.” Lemper admits feeling “pained” by the reluctance of her parents’ generation to speak out and resolved to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust were never forgotten. The opportunity to do just that came in 2015 after meeting Italian composer Francesco Lotoro, who has dedicated his life to researching music written

in the concentration camps. Together, they began researching material for a special programme of songs composed by victims of the Holocaust forced to endure life in the camps, and also the ghettos. Of the latter, Lemper came across Songs Never Silenced, Silenced a book first published in 1948 by Shmerke Katsherginski and later Velvel Pasternak, which included a wealth of largely-forgotten compositions. Lemper tells me: “I picked the songs that created a complex picture of life in the ghettos and concentration camps. A variety of tragic pieces that reflect the lives

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behind barbed wire, the assassination of kids, the impossible bearing of the torture and witnessing of death, but also the songs that celebrate life and

The Lwów Ghetto in spring 1942

hope and rebellion. “There are also songs for children, cradle songs at night and songs of consolation.” Among the 15 titles selected by Lemper is Shtiler Shtiler, written by Katsherginski in an effort to mobilise the Jewish community against the Nazis. “The song is about hope, but it was secretly meant as a message of rebellion,” adds Lemper.

Also included is the work of Viktor Ullmann, a contemporary of Weill incarcerated at Theresienstadt where, alongside many other professional musicians, he was ordered to put on performances for the Nazis at the weekend. In 1944, all were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. Then there are the anonymous songs, sourced by Lotoro, which were heard at Buchenwald and delivered by word-of-mouth to other survivors. Lemper reflects: “All of them are unique and profoundly touching. “It really is an incredible collection and I am so dedicated to keeping this repertoire present, especially in this time of rising nationalism, neo-Nazis and people who seem to have forget what has happened. “Seventy years is nothing. It’s quite unbelievable how these ideas that lay behind discrimination, violence and cruelty are still manufactured and advertised in our world today.”  Ute Lemper: Songs For Eternity arrives on Tuesday, 22 May, 7.30pm at JW3, Finchley Road. Details:


Jewish News 17 May 2018

Lifestyle / Exhibition

Renè certainly had some Gaul Francine Wolfisz finds out more about the life and work of René Goscinny, co-creater of the much-loved Astérix comics


curator Joanne Rosenthal believes had a uring the golden age of comics, lasting impact on Goscinny’s choice of career. when American-Jewish Pointing to a bookplate, one of the artists used their more than 100 exhibits including immigrant experiGoscinny’s typewriter, as well ence to inspire the ultias letters, artworks, scripts mate heroes in the guise and storyboards, Rosenthal of Superman, Spiderexplains: “The Beresniak Man and the X-Men, printing works were a fixture one Jewish writer set of his childhood. They printed out to create the exact in Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish opposite – with a pair and French, and published of bumbling Gauls. Astérix, diminutive everything from Bundist in stature, but fearless and Zionist matein nature and his loyal rials to Jewish friend, Obelix, oversized and polemics and ungainly with super-strength, pamphlets. were in many ways the “As a young child, archetypal “anti-heroes”, René Gascinny with a Goscinny would but just as beloved. copy of an Astérix book have played with Now a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum London delves into the very reasons why Astérix still holds such an important place in the public imagination, with a retrospective on the life and work of its co-creator, René Goscinny. Drawn by cartoonist Albert Uderzo, the adventures of Astérix, the ancient Gaul who called upon his friends to resist Roman occupation in 50BC, have sold more than 500 million books worldwide and been translated into 150 languages, as well as adapted into 100 films. Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926 to Stanislaw, a chemical engineer from Poland, and Anna Bereśniak, originally from Ukraine. He moved as a young child to Argentina, after Stanislaw found work there, but it was the Jewish family business back in France that

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the printing blocks and been immersed in different languages. “There’s perhaps no coincidence he ended up becoming a writer.” In 1945, Goscinny, who showed an artistic flair from an early age, moved to New York in the hope of becoming a cartoonist. He never made it in the US, but success came rapidly on his return to Europe, when he founded the Franco-Belgian magazine Pilote with Uderzo in 1959, debuting Astérix in the very first issue. “Goscinny’s work was never explicitly Jewish, but his Jewishness was important to him, in terms of sticking up for the underdog and understanding himself as a minority,” Top: René Goscinny self-portrait, 1948. Above: With his parents and older brother, Claude

continues Rosenthal. “He was drawn to the outsider. He was born in France, grew up in Argentina, moved to New York and then came back to Europe. He had this very cosmopolitan outlook. That definitely finds its way into the subject matter of his cartoons, of people who are displaced, who are struggling and having a tough time.” The exhibition features Goscinny’s other collaborations, including with Belgian cartoonist Maurice De Bevere (Morris), on Lucky Luke, as well as with French artist Sempé, with whom he created Le Petit Nicolas. There are also examples of Little Fred and Big Ed, an early attempt to translate the adventures of Astérix for the UK audience, by transplanting the well-known heroes from ancient Gaul to ancient Britain. The series never took off and instead became “an interesting historical footnote”. In contrast, Astérix in its original form brought Goscinny lasting success. “There is such warmth and humour in everything he did,” observes Rosenthal. “Even as a baby in his family photographs, he was always smirking. Humour was very important to him and so the joke count of the series was always very high. “Astérix is unique in that its appeal spans across age ranges and works on different levels at the same time. People loved these comics when they were younger and come back to them again for the nostalgic value.”

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Features / Harry and Meg ’s Royal wedding cheesecake! Stacey’s cake features a pink layer for the bride and a ginger base in honour of the groom!

A cheesecake fit for…

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Shavuot

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BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN The festival of Shavuot is an enigma. Its name, ‘weeks’, refers to the period of time that precedes it, rather than the day itself. While on Pesach we rid our homes and hearts from any trace of Chametz, on Shavuot we are obligated to bring Chametz loaves into the Temple (a place where meal offerings were almost always matza) and, of course, what would Shavuot be like without cheesecake?! The Talmud (Pesachim 68b) tells of a certain Rav Yoseph, who would always throw a party on Shavuot, exclaiming: “Were it not for this day, I would be like any other Joe in the market place.” Shavuot, the day that commemorates the giving of the Torah, is not just an anniversary; it is a reaffirmation of our relationship with the Torah. While we achieve our freedom on Pesach, it takes time to learn how to integrate that into our personalities and into our lives. On Pesach, we abstain to a certain extent from the physical world, but during the next seven weeks we prepare to engage with it in a meaningful way. The festival of Shavuot is the culmination of that. We enjoy our Chametz, secure in the knowledge we have a guidebook, the Torah, that teaches us how to enjoy this world. When we receive a gift from a friend or relative, the best way to show our thanks is to use it. The way to show our appreciation for the Torah is to open and learn it, hence the custom of staying up all night on Shavuot learning. Shavuot is thus a twofold celebration. Enjoy both!  Jonny Roodyn is educational director at Jewish Futures Trust

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David’s early years as king were tortuous, he having been anointed initially in secret and then forced on the run from the progressively unstable Saul, the first king of Israel, from whom power was taken after a litany of errors by the prophet Samuel. Yet the proto-King David was not immune to the struggles and vicissitudes of power; and it is in this context we meet Abigail. Abigail is described in Tanach as intelligent and beautiful (Samuel I 25.3); the Sages list her among the seven prophetesses (Megillah 14a). We meet Abigail – whose name in Hebrew means ‘the joy of my father (or

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? Progressively Speaking The number of Jewish women reporting domestic abuse is on the rise. What can we do to help victims?

The silencing of Sarah BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY “1. And the life of Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2. And Sarah died.” Chayei Sarah – the portion of the Torah about the life of Sarah – begins with her death. Rather than recounting the life of our first matriarch, it focuses on her passing, burial, and Abraham and Isaac’s mourning. It is a distinctive phenomenon of the Torah that women are absent. If they appear present physically, we find their voices often missing. When Abraham takes Sarah’s only child – the child she thought would never come – into the wilderness to sacrifice him, we hear nothing of her opinion. This troubled the rabbis of old who saw her death, which came immediately after this most disturbing of events, as a reaction to trauma. One way Progressive Torah scholars have tackled this problem is to

write Sarah and other women back into the text, seeking to hear their voices in the subtext of what was there before. Such an examination of Sarah reveals a woman loved by her husband and son, one who was strong and caring, but also hard and jealous at times. In other words, like most of us, a complex individual who was a product of her childhood, her youth, her mid-life and her old age. The most troubling aspect is that in 2018, thousands of years on, many women still feel silenced. We’ve seen the success of campaigns such as #metoo and a rise in women in leadership. Hopefully this is the rewriting of a new history. So as we write women back into our ancient scriptures, let us seize this opportunity to ensure women’s stories are told today, so we don’t wonder why our children and grandchildren are still saying “me too”.  Charley is Liberal Judaism director of strategy and partnerships

BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN Recent headlines in this newspaper reported a rise in the number of Jewish women coming forward to report domestic abuse – a reminder that talking can change and save lives. Jewish Women’s Aid suggested this rise can be attributed to better awareness and partnership campaigns within the Jewish community, and the changing wider conversation around the #metoo movement. In our prayers, God is referred to as “the one who spoke and the world existed”, because the idea that words have the capacity to open up and create whole worlds is an essential image in Judaism stretching back to the creation stories in Genesis. A public conversation that enables people to recognise they might be in an abusive situation, that reduces stigma around domestic violence, and that helps people learn where they can seek help, can open up a new and different world for those suffering abuse.

As a community, we should take heart that efforts to create safe spaces are enabling people to seek help and we should also consider how we can continue to make sure these spaces stay open and that they welcome in others who need them. We must, however, not assume because we live in a moment where interpersonal abuse is a headline topic, that the conversation has happened and there is no more work to do. Deuteronomy teaches that justice is not something that is found, but something we must pursue. It does not reside in a static place,

but rather, just as we move towards a far-off place, its details become clearer, so too as we move towards justice, new dimensions become apparent. In the Jewish community, these dimensions include the men in our community who are potential victims of abuse. They also include the LGBTQ+ Jewish community, teenagers and young people in their first relationships, and the moments when cases of sexual abuse or harassment occur in our workplaces. The new figures remind us both of the importance of the work that is being done, and of the scale of the work we still have left to do. It is a sacred duty to keep talking, to ensure the doors to conversations open still further, and that our religious communities consciously act to protect those who are vulnerable.  Deborah is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College

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Well, here is this week’s answer, as it’s an ever changing market in northwest London: things are good, homes are selling and we’re achieving good, if not great, prices. Are things flying off the shelves? Not really, but if you market the property at the right price, then things are certainly selling. North-west London is a bit of a bubble owing to the community, so there is always demand. There are two issues that are making things hard currently. First, as always, there are too many agents desperate for business valuing high and then not obtaining anywhere near those levels. You need to ask for evidence as to the reasons for the price they are quoting; you don’t

want your home stuck on the market and no one coming to view. Second, there are suddenly a lot of flats coming onto the market. The main reason for this is a lot of landlords are getting out the market owing to all the new legislation coming into lettings. We have now hired a new lead of lettings who has outstanding knowledge so we and our clients are protected, but it’s a lot for a landlord to handle and many are taking the opportunity to get out. This has caused that market to soften slightly. My advice to these landlords is to speak to an expert as, although it’s scary, it’s not that bad, and in years to come you may regret selling.


JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL Dear Sharon My wife and I are looking forward to our postretirement aliyah dream. Now we are formulating more of a plan and want to learn about the logistics of aliyah for retirees. While many details of our aliyah process are the same as other olim, such

as shipping and looking for a home, another consideration for us is finding a welcoming community with cultural options for our golden years. Are there additional benefits or costs we should be taking note of in consideration of our age and life stage? Richard Dear Richard Mazeltov on your retirement, fulfilling your life’s dream and starting afresh is no small task. There are wonderful Anglo retiree communities throughout Israel where you’ll find educational and cultural programmes designed specifically for you.

As olim, you and your wife will be entitled to basic healthcare, and can choose to increase your level of your medical coverage for a reasonable fee. It is advisable to look into private policies as well. Regarding pension, I suggest talking to a financial adviser/pension expert to work out a budget and maximise your income. Once you and your wife receive your senior citizens certificate (a short application process), you’ll have access to special discounts and benefits for outdoor activities, concerts and public transportation. For more information, or for an aliyah consultation, call me on 020 8371 5258 or email at


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RAMBAM SEPHARDI SEEKS RABBI We are a burgeoning Orthodox community in Borehamwood looking to recruit a dynamic and enthusiastic part time Rabbi. As Rambam Sephardi moves into the next phase of its development we are seeking a rabbi able to lead and inspire our Kahal, and to bring together the many parts within our community and build ways of reclaiming our Sephardi heritage. The Rabbi will: • Take part in prayer services including occasionally reading the Parasha and leading services

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North West Surrey Synagogue, in Weybridge, is seeking a Head for its Cheder. This is a part-time appointment with flexible hours equivalent to an average of 2 days a week, including Sunday mornings, on an initial 24-month contract. Job share would be possible. NWSS is a reform community, so the person appointed will be sympathetic to the approach of Progressive Judaism. The Head will work with the Cheder Management Team to be responsible for curriculum, teacher appointment and training, educational standards and the pastoral and academic welfare of pupils, families and teachers. A salary of £14,000 per annum is offered, plus appropriate expenses and holiday entitlement pro-rata to 28 days full time.

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Closing date for applications: Monday 28th May 2018 Interviews commencing: Tuesday 29th May 2018 Salary according to experience and qualifications Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

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Rallying for Chana

CHARITY Motoring enthusiasts from Israel, New York, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK have returned from the 12th Chana Car Rally. The five-star Royal Savoy Hotel in Lausanne provided the luxurious setting, as participants were treated to gastronomic feasts and some stunning scenery.

Ranging from regular rally goers to newcomers, the 75 men drove luxury cars around picturesque locations, while also enjoying a gala dinner, where they were addressed by Rabbi Dov Birnbaum and BZ Weiss from New York. The event raises substantial funds enabling Chana to support the growing community and alleviate some of the devastating effects of infertility.

Fairlop secure first title win MGBSFL Fairlop claimed the victory they needed to clinch the Division two title as Brad Gayer’s double helped it to a 5-1 win over Raiders C. Daniel Garfinkle, Daniel Rosen and Pierce Prince also scored, with manager Aaron Dias saying: “It’s been a great first season and we’re delighted it’s finished with silverware. We’ll enjoy ourselves over the coming weeks, before turning our attention to next year.” In Division Two of the Masters League, London B remain on course to win a league and cup treble after beating Temple Fortune 7-0. Gideon Barnet, Ory Halperin and Darren Dryer scored twice, with Max Radford adding a seventh, to leave them a point behind EHRS.

Tigers wrap up double in style KIDS FOOTBALL Edgware Tigers Orange completed a League and Cup double after beating HMH Negev 8-2 in the MGBSFL U12 final. Yoni Levy scored a hat-trick, with Sam Harris, Yonah Quint, Jonah Noe, Uriel Glausiuz and Yossi Slonim also on target. Manager Barry Abraham said: “It was a great game of football played in the right spirit, the boys played so well that the man-of-thematch award was the whole team. ”

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Young cubs land prestigious title FOOTBALL Maccabi London Lions White won the U10 Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup – the League’s premier knockout tournament – after beating Borehamwood Youth Crusaders 3-0. Beating Borehamwood Youth Knights earlier in the day in the semi-final, Charlie Whiteley’s double and strikes from Harrison Davis and Zac Benedick sealing a 4-1 win, Gav Mevorah, Joshua Doctors and David Banin scored in the final. Manager James Benedick said: “I couldn’t be more proud of this special



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More than 30 pupils from Sacks Morasha took part in the Schools Triathlon at the Royal Russell School in Croydon. Competing in teams of four, most of the Years 4,5 and 6 kids were taking part in their first triathlon, all of whom swam between 50-100m in a pool, cycled 1km before running 750m. Each child raised around £100 – totalling £3,000 – primarily for a charity called Restless Development, which empowers young people in developing countries.

Emunah’s great China trek


Nine Emunah trekkers climbed the 191 staircases along the Great Wall of China in a bid to raise £20,000 for at-risk children In Israel. Emunah trustee Camille Compton said: “It was hot and hard on the lungs because of the air pollution. It was our hardest and most gruelling challenge to date, it was brutal, but the proceeds will help kids with even bigger challenges.” Enjoying Shabbat with Chabad in Beijing and taking in some stunning scenery, British Emunah director Deborah Nathan said: “Their efforts – both physical and fundraising – are truly incredible and will help transform the lives of children who are supported by Emunah in Israel.”

Mums mucking in for charity

Edgware Tigers Football Club We are expanding and will be running 3 teams next season. After another successful season with a League and Cup double for our Under 12 team, and an Invincible unbeaten season for our Under 10 team, we are currently looking for new players to join our teams from last season MUD RUN A group of adventurous East Finchley and Muswell Hill mums will take on a 6km mud run to raise much-needed funds for their local nursery, Yeladenu pre-school. The nine parents – Lea Helman, Emma Stroud, Charlotte Fox, Emma Svanberg, Nomi Tysman, Laura Levy, Laura Howard, Vered Lobel and Hela Shamash – along with headteacher Helen Style, are backed by Jewish News, sporting our logo on their shirts, and will take part in the Muscleacre Mud Run on 15 July. Looking to raise money for a new bathroom and toys for the kids, one of the mums, Lea Helman, said: “We’re all

mums of kids in the pre-school. It’s a fantastic Ofsted outstanding nursery and we all want to support it. “We’ve all come from different fitness levels and different ages. We train every Sunday night, doing circuit-style training, at Muswell Hill shul with our trainer Laurie Rubenstein and are very excited, but also very nervous. It’s everyone’s first mud run and they’re notoriously tough! “It’s lovely to have the whole support of the Muswell Hill community and we’ve already raised nearly £6k from our justgiving page and from a silent auction.”

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Players to join: Under 11s (Year 6 from September 2018) Under 13s (Year 8 from September 2018). Trials will be held in the coming weeks. If you are interested in coming to the trial, please email Barry on for further details.


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