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Jewish News 7 June 2018

News / Al Quds Day march

London Mayor Sadiq Khan this week wrote to the new home secretary, urging him to ban Hezbollah in order to prevent displays of the group’s flag on London’s streets this Sunday. Khan said it was “astonishing” that the law continues to allow public displays of support for the organisation. It comes days ahead of the annual Al Quds Day march in London, at which the flag is flown. Under current laws, only the military wing of the organisation is proscribed. Because the flag represents the group as a whole, police are unable to take action against those flying it. Khan told Jewish News: “What is astonishing is there are people using a loophole in the law to fly a flag of an organisation that’s been proscribed. “I know from experience and the letters people write to me and speaking to Londoners that they feel the ripples of hatred. It cannot be right that in 2018 there are Londoners who, by virtue of being Jewish, feel these ripples of hate. “What’s happening is people who may feel scared by the flag and the association with what Hezbollah have done will see this flag fly in the heart

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Scenes from last year’s Al Quds Day march in central London, where the Hezbollah flag was widely displayed. Inset below: Mayor Sadiq Khan

of our city and think ‘how can that be allowed?’” Khan had written to previous Home Secretary Amber Rudd to request she close the loophole and fully proscribe Hezbollah, but no action was taken. The organisation is already banned in the US, Canada and Arab League countries. Khan said: “When I wrote to the home secretary, I said, ‘let’s close

the loophole’. “I’m optimistic because I speak to people who are affected by the ripples of hatred and I genuinely think if you allow some hatred to be seen to be acceptable, that can soon spread not just to name-calling but to criminal damage and violence and, ultimately, lives being lost. “We’ve seen in the past the victims of racism and anti-Semitism and there are places of worship in London that, because they’re Jewish places of worship, need security because they’re synagogues. That can’t be right.”

Asked if he would support banning the Al Quds Day parade until action is taken to stop Hezbollah flags being displayed, Khan said: “I haven’t got the powers to do so – it’s a decision for the home secretary to make. We’ve got to be a bit careful about banning marches. You don’t want people to think of themselves as martyrs or to inadvertently create more problems than you solve.” MPs also called for a full ban during a Westminster Hall debate yesterday. Among them was Philip Hollobone MP, who said: “The reason for calling this debate is that there is on Israel’s northern border a rocket arsenal of up to 150,000 missiles which are aimed at all the major towns and cities of one of our closest allies Israel, and I think

something should be done. “Hezbollah doesn’t see a difference between military and political wing, and very distinguished international bodies have... proscribed it as a terrorist organisation... and frankly I think we should join them. “Hezbollah is an Iranian creation that ... is in short the most powerful armed non-state actor in the world ...an organisation which potentially is more lethal than ISIS, and it is is all backed and funded by Iran.”


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An online petition urging the UK Government to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety this week passed the 10,000 signatures required to force a formal reconsideration by the home secretary. By yesterday afternoon, more than 13,400 people had signed the petition asking Sajid Javid to ban all aspects of the Lebanonbased political party and militia. Currently, the UK only bans the ‘armed wing’. It comes ahead of this year’s annual Al Quds Day march through the centre of London, during which protesters have in the past regularly been seen waving Hezbollah’s yellow flag. The petition, originating from the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), said Hezbollah – a Shi’ite group that rules Lebanon – was

Thousands have urged a total government crackdown

“a genocidal anti-Semitic terrorist organisation” whose own deputy-general has mocked the distinction between its ‘political’ and ‘armed’ wings”. It added: “In 2012, Naim Qassem reportedly said: ‘We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hezbollah on one hand and the resistance party on the other… Every element is in the service of the resistance.’” Various communal organisations, including the Zionist Federation, have long called for the organisation to be listed in its entirety, and CAA chairman Gideon Falter

this week said the petition’s popularity was telling and urged Javid to end “a legal loophole”. “Decent people from every part of the UK, from Orkey to St Ives, have stood together to say enough is enough,” he said. “We want these proterrorist parades off our streets. They make a mockery of counterextremism efforts, are a rallying point for supporters of Islamist terrorism and fuel the far-right.” Earlier this month, Hezbollah and its allies won the first general election held in Lebanon since 2009. • Editorial comment, p16

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Netanyahu in London / Corbyn on Gaza / News

May and Bibi at odds over Iran nuclear deal Theresa May has told Benjamin Netanyahu she is concerned about the shooting of Palestinians during a wave of protests at the Gaza border. The prime minister stressed she recognised Israel’s right to self-defence but called on her Israeli counterpart to take action to alleviate the situation. During talks in London on Wednesday, the Israeli prime minister insisted the protests were driven by terror group Hamas and the response was aimed at minimising causalities. The pair are also at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, with May restating the UK’s commitment to it, which Israel opposes and from which US President Donald Trump has pulled out. May told him the UK was “concerned about the loss of Palestinian lives” in the recent Gaza protests but that the UK “absolutely recognises” the right Israel has for self-defence

May and Netanyahu in Downing Street yesterday

against the activities of “extremists and terrorists”. She added: “But with 100 Palestinian lives lost and a deteriorating situation in Gaza, I hope we can talk about how we can alleviate that situation and ensure we can get back to a position where we are able to find a way through to talk about a two-state solution.” Netanyahu insisted pro-

testers were being “paid for and pushed by Hamas” to try to break through the border and kill Israelis. “This is not a nonviolent protest, quite the contrary,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to both minimise casualties and at the same time protect Israeli lives.” Netanyahu has lobbied for European leaders to follow

UK GAZA REPLY ‘INDEFENSIBLE’ Jewish groups in the UK have reacted angrily to Jeremy Corbyn’s message to pro-Palestinian protesters, in which he said the UK’s refusal to call for an independent investigation into killings at the Gaza border was “morally indefensible”. In his most strident comments on the conflict since being elected Labour leader, Corbyn described Israel’s “outrageous and indiscriminate brutality” in a message ahead of a London demonstration supporting the Palestinian Right of Return. It follows the killing last Friday of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najar, 21, who was shot by Israeli snipers while trying to help the wounded near the Gaza border. Corbyn said her killing was “the latest tragic reminder of the outrageous and indiscriminate

Trump’s example and pull out of the Iran deal, but May said: “Along with France and Germany, the UK continues to believe that is the best route to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. We remain committed to it as long as Iran meets its obligations. “But we do recognise there are other issues that need to be addressed in relation to Iran – its destabilising regional activity in countries like Syria and Yemen and also the proliferation of ballistic missiles.” Netanyahu told May he was focused on making sure Iran did not get a nuclear weapon and “how to roll back Iran’s aggression in the region”. “I think we can find ways to work together to achieve both goals,” he said. Rival groups of protesters gathered outside Downing Street waving Palestinian and Israeli flags ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival.

brutality being meted out, under orders from the Netanyahu government”. However, the Board of Deputies and Yachad criticised Corbyn for “seriously misrepresenting” events at the border, arguing he had not balanced his comments with criticism of Hamas. Sheila Gewolb, the Board’s senior vice-president, said: “If Mr Corbyn wants to be a credible peace broker he has got to show that he understands Israel’s security needs.”



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Jewish News 7 June 2018

News / Archbishop debate / Hate accusation / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

GRANDSON OF FORMER CHIEF TO WED MAN A grandson of a former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel reportedly will exchange wedding vows with a man at a ceremony led by a religious gay woman. Ovadia Cohen, whose late grandfather Ovadia Yosef was the Israel’s foremost Sephardic halachic authority and an outspoken critic of homosexuality, will tie the knot with Amichai Landsman. Cohen had been married to a woman but they divorced and Cohen came out as gay. [JTA]

CAIRO 1967 RADIO ANNOUNCER DIES The radio announcer who claimed Egyptian troops had reached Tel Aviv when they had actually suffered a crushing defeat in the Six-Day War with Israel has died at the age of 93. Ahmed Said, who died on Monday, worked for the Voice of the Arabs, a Cairo-based station used to whip up Arab nationalism. During the 1967 war, Said told listeners that Egypt had shot down dozens of Israeli warplanes. In reality, Israel destroyed nearly all of Egypt’s air force on the tarmac.

Rabbis disagree on Welby The Jewish community’s two most senior rabbis have publicly disagreed over the record of the Archbishop of Canterbury in speaking out against anti-Semitism, in the wake of controversial comments from former Board of Deputies’ president Jonathan Arkush. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis stridently defended Archbishop Justin Welby after Arkush said the head of the Anglican Church had not done enough to speak out against anti-Semitism. However, in a statement last Friday, Senior Reform Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner sided with Arkush, arguing that Welby’s “silence” on anti-Semitism of late had been “surprising”. In a rare and spectacular slap-down of the Jewish community’s elected leader, Mirvis earlier said Welby was in fact “an outstanding and genuine friend of the Jewish people”. It followed Arkush’s comments in an interview with The Telegraph a day before he was due to stand down as Board president, in which he criticised Welby for not speaking with “a stronger, clearer voice” on anti-Semitism. However, Arkush clarified his comments to Jewish News, saying: “I have never said that he is not a strong and sincere friend of the Jewish people. My statement in The Telegraph interview

Chief Rabbi Mirvis and Archbishop Justin Welby pray at the Western Wall

was very specific, and referred only to the EnoughIsEnough protest against the anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. “I affirm that nothing I said could or should be taken to detract from my admiration for Archbishop Justin’s record of support for the Jewish people and his defence of Israel. The comments in The Telegraph drew an angry response from Mirvis, who said: “The Archbishop of Canterbury is unquestionably an outstanding and genuine friend of the Jewish people.


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He has consistently and passionately spoken out against anti-Semitism and for that he deserves the fulsome gratitude and appreciation of our entire community.” A bewildered Lambeth Palace spokeswoman refuted Arkush’s claims, saying Welby “has always been committed to combatting anti-Semitism wherever it exists and his public record on the issue reflects this”. However, Janner-Klausner backed Arkush, saying: “Precisely because the

Archbishop has been such a friend and ally, his silence has been a surprise.” Noting that Welby had been “outspoken and brave” in the past, she said: “At a time when serious questions are being asked about how comfortable we feel in the Jewish community, you look for support for minorities from the established church.” She added: “The church has in the past been praised as the defender of other religions, just as Prince Charles calls himself the defender of faiths, but as the head of the established church of the land, we’ve not seen him defend faiths, plural.” Welby, who has twice visited Yad Vashem in five years, has spoken out against anti-Semitism at Holocaust Memorial Day and urged internet companies to do more to tackle the online scourge. He has worked with Mirvis in opposing assisted dying legislation, fighting religious extremism and supporting programmes designed to help refugees. In September 2016, Arkush praised an article written by Welby criticising theological anti-Semitism, saying the church leader’s intervention was “powerful and timely”. In the article, Welby said Christian anti-Semitism was “a shameful truth”.

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Lawyers in the UK and US have filed a formal complaint against Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) with the Charity Commission, accusing it of “racial hatred of Jews” – a charge MAP rejects. The 17-page report, submitted this week, alleges the charity has links to Palestinian terrorist groups, promotes anti-Semitic material and uses its funds for political propaganda. Jointly submitted by UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) and the New York-based Lawfare Project, the report alleges that the Londonbased Medical Aid for Palestinians has links with affiliates of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In a statement, an MAP spokesman said: “This appalling smear appears to be part of a wider pattern of attacks on legitimate NGOs. Should the Charity Commission raise points with us we would be pleased to respond.” The group’s General-Command was designated a terrorist organisation by the UK in 2014, but the Home Office said: “The group is separate from the similarly named Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP),” which is not proscribed. Lawyers say MAP works with and/or funds several groups linked to PFLP, including Addameer, an advocacy and lobbying group providing financial and legal support to Palestinian prisoners and detainees, human rights monitoring group Al-Haq, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR). The complainants say MAP “echoes PCHR’s distorted anti-Israel view of events, amplifies its views and provides funding to them”. They also say MAP’s founder and honorary

Gaza protesters at the border with Israel

patron, Dr Swee Ang, “has distributed and encouraged others to distribute an openly antiSemitic video of David Duke, a white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard”. Dr Ang previously stated she was unaware of who Duke was. Elsewhere, the lawyers say MAP gives a false impression about the health of Palestinians on its website, with UKLFI chief executive Jonathan Turner saying: “Readers of its misleading website would no doubt be surprised to hear that life-expectancy in Gaza in fact compares favourably with Glasgow.” Turner said MAP was “abusing its position as a charity to spread false information about Israel,” adding: “It uses the halo of its status as a charity to disguise its racial hatred of Israelis and Jews.” Lawfare Project direct Brooke Goldstein, said MAP was “injecting anti-Semitic poison into British public life and that it was “linked to a terrorist organisation, the PFLP,” adding: “It is incumbent on the Charity Commission to take action against MAP’s sinister abuse of charitable funds.”


7 June 2018 Jewish News


Comedy row / News briefs / News NEWS IN BRIEF

REBBETZEN VIENNA TRIP IS ‘SUCCESS’ Valerie Mirvis has hailed the success of a two-day educational trip to Vienna of a delegation of UK rebbetzen around the historic Austrian capital. Historians and religious leaders addressed the group of rabbis’ wives and female educators as they toured the city’s principal synagogue, the Stadttempel, to hear from Chief Rabbi Arie Folger about Jewish life in Vienna today. Yael Leibowitz, who led two in-depth Tanach workshops, received rave reviews from the group.

RABBI: MY MOVE IS A ‘HOMECOMING’ A popular Orthodox rabbi recently appointed Army Chaplain has described his move back to Liverpool as a “homecoming”. Rabbi Ariel Abel, 44, who has lived in Lancashire for five years and writes for Jewish News, was speaking about his permanent move back to Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation, where he was first appointed in 1999. Abel gained a first-class law degree two years ago with a view to becoming a Beth Din judge.

Skit angers Corbynistas Jeremy Corbyn supporters have reacted with anger to a BBC comedy sketch poking fun at his handling of Labour’s antiSemitism row, writes Francine Wolfisz. The skit, shown on the new series of Tracey Breaks the News, shows impressionist Tracey Ullman as Corbyn trying to appease an Orthodox Jewish man irate at the Labour leader’s failure to “do more about the anti-Semites”. Corbyn responds: “I hear you. I’m all over it like cream cheese on a bagel.” He then turns back to two supporters who stopped him for a selfie, and continues: “I want you to know, I’m completely on top of all this Jewish stuff, lads. I’ve spoken to every single anti-Semite in the Labour Party and I’ve told them in no uncertain terms – ’tone it down a bit’.” After noting that he has “always been very careful about the company I keep”, he has an awkward run-in with Irish nationalist Gerry Adams, before escaping into a

Tracey Ullman as Jeremy Corbyn in the comedy sketch

taxi and being greeting warmly by the driver, “Ismael from Hamas”.Following the broadcast on Friday, some Corbyn supporters took to Twitter to denounce the sketch. @DylanStrain wrote: “I see @Baddiel wrote Tracey Ullman’s Corbyn sketch last night. More BBC propaganda masquerading as satire. Tip for Tracey – sitting in make up for hours to look a bit like Corbyn is a waste of time if you can’t do

the voice or mannerisms.” George Galloway, who as the former MP for Bradford West declared the city an “Israel free zone”, also vented his anger, tweeting: “The latest #BBC outrage – Tracey Ullman – is grotesque, utterly unfunny, decades outdated, and of course as politically loaded as a #Newsnight special. It’s #FrankieBoyle without even the poor excuses. Lucky licence payers!”

In another tweet, Galloway described the “smear of anti-Semitism” as “baseless, shameless and harmful to all concerned” and included the hashtag of Britain-Jewish comedian David Baddiel, incorrectly implying he was involved in writing the sketch. Others also made the connection. In response, Jewish actress Tracy-Ann Oberman wrote: “@TraceyUllmanTV labelled a Jewish Zio stooge, @Baddiel the Jew who wrote it. And all by @jeremycorbyn’s diehardfans.TraceyUllmanNOT jewish. Baddiel did NOT write the sketch. Jeremy’s fans call this #FakeNews. I call it racism.” Baddiel told The Guardian he was surprised to find his name attached to the sketch. “Then it becomes clear to me – in an incredibly ‘Jew plus Jew equals seven’ way – the Corbynistas had decided I wrote this sketch... At a deeper level, that speaks about myths of Jewish conspiracy, of Jewish control of the media.”  Jenni Frazer, page 20


SHUL TO HOST VISITING RUSSIAN YOUTH CHOIR Belsize Square Synagogue has said it will host a visiting Jewish choir from St Petersburg later this month, three years after the first efforts to bring them over. The upcoming concert on Sunday, 24 June will feature the Russian city’s Eva Jewish Youth Choir singing together with London’s Zemel Choir, “to celebrate their love of Jewish music and Jewish culture”. The two choirs met at the Third European Jewish Choral Festival in Rome in 2014, then again for the 2017 festival.

TEENS ASSAULTED OVER ISRAELI MUSIC Two teenagers, including a Jewish boy, were assaulted by three young Arab men for listening to Israeli pop music. Berlin police are investigating the violent anti-Semitic attack at the Zoological Garden train station on Sunday. A third friend, also not Jewish, was verbally attacked. The assailants fled after attacking the teens, who were listening to Tel Aviv by Omer Adam while heading toward the platform. The attackers fled when police showed up. [JTA]

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Jewish News 7 June 2018

News / Politician targeted / Boxer cleared / Boycott ruling

MP’s tears during debate A Jewish MP broke down in tears during a Westminster Hall debate on a new Polish law about the Holocaust as he recalled the bravery of Poles who saved a relative, writes Adam Decker. Alex Sobel (pictured, bottom right) was paying tribute to Leopold Socha, a sewer maintenance worker in Lwów who saved the life of his great-uncle, before emotion overcame him.

The Labour MP for Leeds North West said that Socha, together with his co-worker Stefan Wróblewski, hid 21 Jewish people in the sewers, initially for money, then for free. “They stayed in terrible conditions in the sewers for 13 months. Sadly, only 10 of the group survived until the liberation of Lwów. Leopold saved the life of my great-uncle, Yehuda

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Mildiner. I pay tribute to Leopold and the 6,706 righteous who did so much for families like mine.” Despite this, Sobel said he suffered a deluge of anti-Semitic abuse on Tuesday after leading the debate, only three hours after praising the “respectful” way MPs had disagreed about the controversial Polish legislation. “This morning, in the debate on the Polish anti-defamation law, I raised the issue of the law giving licence to anti-Semitic abuse,” he tweeted. “Since the debate I have been subject to a stream of abuse on Twitter. If you support the law this isn’t the way to prove it combats anti-Semitism!” Earlier, he had said: “It was a difficult debate, but it’s a clear tribute to our Parliament that those with quite different views can debate respectfully.” The Polish government said the law, passed in February, penalises the incorrect use of phrases such as “Polish death camps” to describe Nazi facilities such as Auschwitz, which were set up in Poland. However, the law also makes suggestions of Polish responsi-

bility for Nazi war crimes punishable by up to three years in jail. In April, Sobel said the law “revises history and is clearly anti-Semitic”. He is one of 50 MPs to have written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressing concern. Opponents of the law – including Israeli ministers – say it is too broad in its application and vague in its definitions, adding that it could be used to stifle historical debates about the Holocaust, and as a weapon against critics of the government. Academics point to the rightwing ruling party’s record of attacking professors and feel the government will use the legislation against them.



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PSC fails to overturn anti-boycott guidance Appeal court judges have dismissed efforts by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) to overturn Government guidance stopping local councils boycotting Israel. In an opinion published on Wednesday, Sir Stephen Richards sided with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in arguing

that authorities “should not pursue policies contrary to UK foreign policy or UK defence policy”. An earlier court judgment ruled that the stipulation was unlawful, but Richards overturned that and allowed the Government’s appeal, against the remonstrations of lawyers for the PSC and claimant, Jacqueline Lewis.

BOXER CLEARED OF PROMOTING TERROR A former British and Commonwealth boxing champion has been cleared of encouraging terrorism in a YouTube rant against Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and the influence of Israel in the world. Muslim convert Anthony Small, 36, had denied anyone would be Innocent: Anthony Small

moved to commit acts of terror by his “light-hearted poetry” published on 12 September 2016. A jury at the Old Bailey deliberated over three days to find Small not guilty of the terrorism charge. Jurors had viewed a seven-and-a-halfminute video in which Small talked about the influence of America and Israel.

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Kaddish apology / Kapo controversy/ News

Israel tour leader ‘sorry’ A youth group leader who took part in the controversial Kaddish for Gaza event has apologised for describing deaths during the border demonstrations as “murder” – as it was confirmed she will still lead an Israel tour this summer. Nina Morris-Evans was one of around 50 mainly young participants who provoked widespread anger by taking part in the show of mourning for those killed on 14 May. Fifty of the 62 dead were members of Hamas. In an article for Jewish News at the time, Morris-Evans condemned the use of live ammunition, saying she did not accept that the Israel Defence Forces acted in self-defence. She also insisted her group was not condoning terror by “Jewishly mourning” the victims.

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But she provoked further anger by saying: “Who these people were – or which group they are affiliated to – is an insignificant issue compared to the reality of their murder.” She has now apologised for the use of the word ‘murder’.

RABBI CRITICISED OVER ‘KAPO’ USE The head of Holocaust commemoration in the UK has criticised a Mill Hill rabbi for being “offensive” after describing as “kapos” the group of Jews who said Kaddish for 62 Palestinians killed by IDF soldiers. Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, reacted angrily to comments by Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, (pictured), who she said had “misused a sensitive term from the Holocaust”. ‘Kapo’ was the name given to death camp prisoners, usually Jewish, who were enlisted by SS guards to help supervise the forced labour of other prisoners, for which they received extra provisions. The role-holders were often brutal. In a weekly column, Schochet described the Kaddish held at Parliament Square as “kapo-ism,” adding: “It’s pretty much as low as you can go as a Jew.” He was writing in response to communal anger over the Kaddish, which went ahead hours after it became clear that 50 of the

62 dead were members of terror group Hamas. Marks-Woldman was one of many to criticise Schochet’s use of the term, which is widely seen as the worst thing one Jew can call another, saying it was “at best highly inappropriate, and at worst, downright offensive”. In a statement, she said: “The role of ‘kapos’ in concentration and extermination camps remains an historical and moral challenge for us all to reflect on, not to abuse and misuse to prove our own points. “If non-Jews described a Jew as a ‘kapo’ it is highly likely it would be interpreted as anti-Semitic.” She added: “Using the term ‘kapo’ today risks trivialising the Holocaust and minimising the experiences of those caught in unimaginable situations beyond their control. As such, we consider Rabbi Schochet’s use of the word ‘kapo’ at best highly inappropriate and at worst downright offensive.” A spokeswoman for Yachad, which some community members incorrectly accused of organising the event, said: “Labelling members of our community who you disagree with as traitors is dangerous and divisive.”

And, in response to questions from Jewish News, the Movement for Reform Judaism confirmed that plans for her to be one of five RSY-Netzer tour leaders this summer remain in place – after conditions were imposed. A statement said Reform’s Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner “has been working with her over the past two weeks, to help her understand the ramifications of her actions”. It added: “Rabbi Janner-Klausner will be mentoring her ahead of Israel tour to ensure we remain confident in her ability to support each participant in developing their own views and positive relationships with Israel. “We will also be monitoring that the education on tour is in line with the values and proud Progressive Zionist beliefs of Reform Judaism.” Morris-Evans said: “I hope that my

deep love for Israel, my acknowledgement of the difficulties that have risen from my actions and my intention to ensure these young people have the best month of their lives will make me the kind of leader you can feel proud of.” UJIA, which oversees Israel tours from movements across the religious and ideological spectrum, said its chief executive Michael Wegier has been in discussion with Janner-Klausner since the Kaddish controversy and the subsequent article. After both Reform and Liberal Judaism distanced themselves from the controversial gathering, UJIA said: “The gathering itself, the saying of Kaddish and the language used in the article was deeply misguided and highly offensive. We welcome her subsequent apology for her choice of

words.” It added: “Following intense dialogue, Reform Judaism and RSYNetzer have taken the decision that the madricha can be one of the four leaders on one of RSY-Netzer’s tours on the condition she will be mentored. “The successful completion of the mentoring will be a precondition of her participation as a madricha.” Morris-Evans received abuse over her article, leading JannerKlausner to warn that the inability to debate Israel without abuse was putting the community on the path of “self-destruction”. She said young Jews were “disengaging, revolted by what’s happening – they don’t want anything to do with it,” adding: “I see it happening. We are losing Jews from loving Judaism.”


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MARBLE ARCH SCULPTURE HAS ITS ROOTS DEEP IN JEWISH CULTURE A Jewish artist from Hampstead has described how his heritage helped create a 21-foot sculpture that was this week displayed in Marble Arch. David Breuer-Weil said his latest bronze, ‘Flight’ – which shows a flying man ‘taking off’ from the London landmark – was “intimately connected with my Jewish upbringing”. He added: “Much of my work expresses either familial relationships or makes visible the usually invisible connections that exist between people and situations.”

Jewish representatives have warned the government that Jews feel caught between “anti-extremism and secularisation” and think the idea of ‘British values’ is “hostile”. The comments were made in a Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) response to a government consultation on integration, prompted by a 2016 review by Dame Louise Casey, which highlighted the negative effects of “ethnic concentrations”. Asked about a government Green Paper proposing actions to combat “divisiveness”, the JLC said religious Jews felt that, in the battle against extremism, religious practice and traditional views were often seen “unfavourably”. In its submission, the group said: “Jews feel as if they have been caught between the fight against extremism and the secularisation it has promoted. This is far from ideal and we feel much work is needed to address this.” The JLC added that the term ‘British values’ also needed to be “unpicked”, saying: “Rightly or wrongly, for many, the term has negative connotations. “Many instinctively know what is meant by it, but for many it is a hostile

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term. Promoting why it is something that defends everyone is crucial to detoxifying the term.” Ofsted inspectors assessing schools’ promotion of ‘British values’ of tolerance and respect for others have highlighted problems at religious schools, whose leaderships refuse to teach about different sexualities or gender identities, a clash acknowledged by Ofsted in its annual report. “The effective functioning of British society depends on some fundamental shared values as well as a

culture of mutual tolerance and respect,” wrote Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman. “We have found an increasing number of conservative religious schools where the legal requirements that set the expectations for shared values and tolerance clash with community expectations. The schools are, therefore, deliberately choosing not to meet these standards.” She said this tension was “leading to the creation of illegal schools that avoid teaching the unifying messages,” which she said was “of great concern”.

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The anticipation was tangible. A former JFS boy from Bushey was about to walk down the pool steps on Love Island and the community was watching. Those who would otherwise turn over to avoid the saucy ITV reality show, now in its fourth series, were eager to see one of our own beating off the competition, albeit dressed only in shorts and a necklace. And Eyal Booker didn’t disappoint. In his video, he was bronzed, bubbly and bouncy (like his hair) and described himself as ‘spiritual’. He then danced with an inflated rainbow bagel while announcing he liked a woman who cracked the whip in the bedroom, “both literally and metaphorically”. Clearly a hit at first sight with the female contestants, three stepped forward to be chosen. But Eyal only had eyes for statuesque Hayley in the fuschia bikini, who is a dead ringer for Scouse model Abby Clancy, and despite her struggling to say her suitor’s name. “How d’ya say it?” she giggled, before

attempting every combination from Ee-al to ElAl. Frankly, she could have called him ‘Ted’ as Eyal had gone all gooey-eyed over the hot blonde. Luckily, blondes with big eyes are his type, he told Hayley, before adding that he likes girls who “have depth and aren’t superficial”. “What does superficial mean?” she asked. “You’re testing me now,” laughed Eyal, who should definitely avoid using “metaphorical” in the bedroom if he wants to keep Hayley. The next day, there was progress. Eyal and Hayley have been adorned with celebrity status, by meshing their names into one. Now known as HaYal – as in “Hey Al“ – things didn’t go well for our curly-haired hero when he said the show was a game, but he doesn’t have a game plan. Hayley, who struggles to understand words with more than two syllables, seemed unconvinced, before telling the others she no longer finds “Eygal” attractive.

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Our faith in the future Twenty-one 21st century leaders will identify and celebrate seven Christians, Muslims and Jews under the age of 40 who are leading projects, running organisations and creating dialogues to bring followers of the three Abrahamic faiths closer together. It is believed to be the first time anywhere in the world that media outlets catering to different faiths communities have worked together in such a way. They will work in partnership with Coexist House, which seeks to boost public understanding of the perspectives and practises of the world’s religions. “The narrative of faiths in constant con-

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flict is all too dominant today – often perpetuated by the media,” said a spokesman for the project. “Through this unique collaboration, we look forward to shining a light on those demonstrating in their work and their lives how their faith makes them more open, not less, to

friendships and social action across cultural boundaries. “With a combined audience of hundreds of thousands across the three communities, we are uniquely placed to highlight the many glowing examples of positive interactions to our readers and viewers, and to spread

awareness to wider society.” Nominations can now be submitted via the website 21421.co.uk until 29 June. A distinguished panel of judges from the three communities and chaired by Andrew Gilbert, will be joined by Sir Bernard Rix and Michael Wakelin of Coexist House and Jonathan Hellewell, communities advisor to Theresa May, to select the final list. Those featured will also be profiled by the three media outlets and invited to a reception at Lambeth Palace in November. The project will conclude around Interfaith Week and, fittingly, close to the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, who has made furthering interfaith relations one of his top priorities. Jewish News said: “For several years, we have been looking to work with media outlets from other faiths on such a joint project and we are delighted that Church Times, British Muslim TV and Coexist have agreed to join us in this hugely worthwhile and rewarding initiative. “It’s a great honour to be working hand in hand with fellow journalists from other faith traditions to celebrate our common values and emphasise that there is so much more that unites us than divides.” • Make your nomination now at 21421.co.uk and by the deadline of 29 June



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Writers Naomi Alderman and awarded by writers to Anthony Horowitz have been writers” and the ceremony appointed Fellows of the sees newly introduced FelRoyal Society of Literature lows signing the RSL roll in a ceremony in Bloomsbury book using the pens of either T S Eliot, Byron or George on Monday. Alderman, 43, whose book Eliot. ‘The Power’ has been The Power last year won the prestigious Baileys Prize for women’s literature, and Alderman and Horowitz prolific author Horowitz, 63, were two of 31 new Fellows hailed as a “classic of the introduced to the Society future” and is set in an imagined future, in which girls this year. Fellowship election is and women can kill men with described as a “uniquely a single touch, by sending prestigious literary honour, electrical bolts through

their fingers. Alderman’s academic father, Geoffrey, is an expert on Anglo-Jewry and lectures at the University of Buckingham. He was the lone Zionist academic to attend an anti-Israel conference in Cork last year. Horowitz, who was born in Stanmore, is best known for his Alex Rider, The Power of Five and The Diamond Brothers books as well as his scriptwriting for ITV productions including Foyle’s War and Agatha Christie’s Poirot.





German prosecutors are investigating a suspected former member of Adolf Hitler’s mobile killing squads for involvement in Second World War massacres. The case against 95-year-old Wilhelm Karl Friedrich Hoffmeister is part of an 11th-hour effort to bring elderly ex-Nazis to justice. It is the third case opened in Germany in recent months targeting individuals believed to have been part of the Einsatzgruppen. All three are being investigated under a new legal argument that someone who helped the Nazi killing machinery run can be convicted of accessory to mass murder.

Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered as a direct consequence of his accusation against former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing, a federal court has ruled. The Argentinean Federal Chamber of Appeals last Friday backed the federal judge who is leading the investigation, Julian Ercolini, who ruled last December that it was a murder. The court confirmed the original murder ruling by Ercolini and his indictment of security officials tasked with protecting Nisman at the time of his death.

The nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party’s co-leader has said he “regrets” the impression created by remarks in which he dismissed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird poop” in German history. Alexander Gauland told a gathering of the party’s youth wing last Saturday that Germans must take responsibility for 12 years of Nazi rule, but argued that “Hitler and the Nazis are just a speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history”. Gauland’s comments were defended by many in the party, which entered the national parliament in last year’s election on anti-migrant and anti-establishment sentiment.

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Faiths stand as one at synagogue’s iftar

The Chief Rabbi and Sadiq Khan with religious leaders at St John’s Wood shul

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined Sadiq Khan and religious leaders for an interfaith iftar at St John’s Wood Synagogue. The event, organised by the Naz Legacy Foundation, was attended by pupils from a number of London schools, including JFS. It was attended by faith leaders including Dame Sarah Mullally, the newly-installed Bishop of London, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster. Politicians including Labour MP Rupa Huq were also present. Addressing the multi-faith audience of more than 100 people, the Chief Rabbi said: “It’s good for all of us to be together at a time

when there is so much intolerance, that we are showing understanding and tolerance and affection towards others. “At a time when there is a very worrying level of hate within our society, it’s great that we should show our sense of togetherness. It’s sending out such a hugely important message for us to be here, and it is seriously pleasant.” He added: “The strong statement we’re making is that in Britain in the future we want all members of faiths to be proud of their traditions, to stand up for what their religion speaks about, and at the same time to play in integral role within our society.”

‘SOLIDARITY’ ON ISLAMOPHOBIA Jewish students and human rights activists this week said they “stand in solidarity” with Muslim peers in calling for an investigation into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) expressed “outrage at the recent scourge of anti-Muslim hatred” from Tory councillors and MPs, while the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) likened the problem to anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The UJS intervention comes just days after the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) demanded an independent inquiry, naming Harrow East MP Bob Blackman as having a particularly problematic record of belonging

to Islamophobic online groups. Jewish student leaders on Monday backed the calls for a thorough investigation and urged the Tory high command to “take a hard line on this insidious form of hate, act swiftly in disciplining those responsible and commission an inquiry”. Both UJS and JCORE referred to the Jewish community’s concerns about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in referencing the Muslim community’s concerns about the Conservative Party. UJS said: “We were grateful to be joined by allies from other communities to fight anti-Semitism in Labour, so it is right that when Muslims face abuse we stand with them entirely.”

CRUMBS! 117,000 BISCUITS BREAK WORLD RECORD Members of Atlanta’s Jewish community broke a Guinness World Record after creating an Israeli flag made out of biscuits. The flag assembled on Sunday used 117,000 cookies and stretched to 3,224 feet. It was created for Israel’s 70th birthday.


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Lammy ‘tears’ for party COUNCILLOR SUSPENDED A leading Labour MP has said he “almost burst into tears” at a protest against anti-Semitism and now feels Labour has “lost” the Jewish community. In an interview with Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell for GQ magazine, David Lammy MP, whose constituency includes Stamford Hill, said the resurgence in anti-Semitism on the hard-left “is back because extremism is back.”

He said: “There is a tradition that exists in parts of the hard-left that is deeply, deeply anti-Semitic in attitude and background.” Asked by Campbell why anti-Semitism has returned, Lammy explained: “It has come back because extremism has come back.” He added: “Anti-Semitic tendencies exist largely on the hard-right and on the hard-left of the political spectrum, that’s just what history tells us.”

A Jewish councillor in Barnet has been suspended after messages came to light from 2016 in which she appeared to endorse the internment of Muslims. Linda Freedman, elected to represent Edgware last month, was suspended on Monday by Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council. It follows the reporting of messages sent in November 2016 in which Freedman responded to a Washington Post article discussing the

possibility of interning of Muslims in the US. In response, she wrote that “they interned my German (family) too for 1 year during World War 1. It was the right thing to do for security,” adding: “Most Japanese interned in Canada in World War 2.” In a tweet, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Freedman’s comments “if true, seem to support the detention of Muslims for being Muslims”.


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The British Embassy in Israel this week unveiled the design for its float at the forthcoming Tel Aviv Pride event, celebrating the country’s LGBT community. Ambassador David Quarrey said the theme of the floats for this year’s event tomorrow (8 June) was icons of British music, including Elton John, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, “who have helped bring generations together”. For the second year running, the British team is the only embassy with a float in the parade, and comes amid a wider VisitBritain campaign dubbed ‘Love is Great’. This week there were giant posters on the side of Tel Aviv hotels showing same-sex couples in a loving embrace, the wording under the image urging LGBT couples to “tie the knot” in the UK.

Queen honours war hero, 101 The most senior surviving Jewish officer who served in the Second World War has received his MBE from the Queen for services to education. Sunderland-born centenarian Lieutenant Colonel Mordaunt Cohen said he was “deeply humbled” to have been awarded an MBE for a lifetime teaching in schools across the country about the history and legacy of the war. “When I was commanding troops many miles from here, in very tough conditions, never did I even imagine that aged 101, I would receive such an honour,” he said when he heard he was to receive the award. “As the years go by, there are less of us around to tell our story. I look forward to continuing to educate as many people as possible in the years ahead, health permitting.” Cohen said he was “especially proud of the immense contribution made by the 60,000 Jewish soldiers who served our country in

World War Two,” adding: “I dedicate this award to the soldiers who didn’t come home.” Born in August 1916, the oldest of four children, he was articled to a solicitor aged 16 and set up his own practice in Sunderland town centre a year before the war broke out. He saw Jewish girls being brought over on the Kindertransport and learned from them the suffering in Europe, so in 1940 he decided to enlist. He began army life as a gunner, but in 1942 received his commission as an officer and was sent to Nigeria to command mainly Muslim troops. He spoke to them about Obah Ibrahim (Father Abraham) and they referred to him as the “White Muslim”. In 1943, he went to India, then on to Burma, where the fighting against the Japanese was “particularly brutal” in “extreme climatic conditions”. He survived and returned home

to military honours, resuming his legal career and life in the north-east. He became involved in local politics (as a Conservative) and Jewish communal organisations, with leadership positions at the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation and the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX).

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CHELSEA GROUP VISITS AUSCHWITZ Chelsea Football Club took more than 140 supporters and staff on a trip to Auschwitz on Tuesday as part of its Say No To Antisemitism scheme. Run together with the Holocaust Educational Trust, the trip was organised for groups of fans who expressed interest in going on the trip as well as club stewards, staff and guests, and included a visit to both the Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau, before concluding with a candle-lighting ceremony.

BROWN CALLS FOR NEW PARTY PROBE Representatives from European Jewry attended the unveiling of a stone monument in memory of those who perished at Theresienstadt

European Jewish representatives have unveiled a new monument in memory of those killed at the Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic. The camp, a fortress otherwise known by its German name Theresienstadt, was located 30 miles north of Prague and had previously been a holiday camp for nobility before the Gestapo took it over in 1940.

In the following years more than 150,000 Jews were sent there, including 15,000 children, before being sent on by rail to places such as Treblinka, Auschwitz and other smaller camps, where most died. Fewer than 150 of the children survived. Today, the site is preserved as a museum and monument, with guided tours.

This week, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) unveiled the “unique monument” together with Israel’s ambassador, Czech officials and representatives of the country’s Jewish community. EJC president Moshe Kantor said the monument “symbolises the Jewish experience throughout the ages, a history of violent persecutions, but also

one of resilience and responsibility”. He added: “The nature of the stone is meant to capture the eternity of grief, and its immensity the magnitude of the burden of the Jewish people.” The sculpture was created by prominent Czech artist Aleš Veselý three years after the EJC announced plans for the monument at an event in Kiev, Ukraine.

Gordon Brown has suggested there should be a new inquiry into antiSemitism within the Labour Party, or the problem may be allowed “to fester”. The former prime minister urged his party to have a new probe into the problem that has dogged Labour since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. Speaking on London’s Southbank Centre on Tuesday night, he said: “There’s going to have to be a new inquiry and we are going to have to get all the facts.”


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The Chief Rabbi has praised the first 10 women to graduate from a course for female educators as “outstanding,” at a private ceremony this week. The women had completed Ephraim Mirvis’ Ma’ayan Programme, learning about halachot (laws) of taharat mishpacha (family purity) and women’s health issues. The course was taught by the dayanim of the London Beth Din, academics from University College London’s Institute for Women’s Health, pedagogic experts from around the world and by the Chief Rabbi himself. Speaking after the graduation ceremony, Mirvis said: “There are many women in our communities who are thirsting for greater knowledge and understanding of Torah. “The graduation of our Ma’ayanot – who are of such outstanding quality – represents a watershed moment, raising the bar for women’s education and Torah observance in our community.” Ma’ayan Jacqueline Feldman said: “This programme has educated us to support

women of our communities in their lives and their learning.” The graduates will take up positions in communities across the country, some for an extended period of time and others on an ad hoc or ‘visiting’ basis.

Rebbetzin Feldman receives her certificate

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Argentina cancels Israel game The Israeli Football Association (FA) has accused its Palestinian counterpart of committing an “attack on sport”, accusing it of making Argentina pull out of a friendly in Jerusalem this weekend. Claiming it crossed “every red line possible” by making threats to the likes of Lionel Messi, Israeli FA spokesman Shlomi Barzel told Jewish News: “The way the Palestinian Football Association has acted, the quotes it has come out with, the threats made to the Argentinian footballers – every red line

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has been crossed.” Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian FA, had earlier

in the week urged Barcelona star Messi not to play in the game and called on fans to

burn shirts bearing his name if he did. He said: “He’s a big symbol, so we are going to target him and call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him.” Barzel said: “We’re keeping records of everything they’ve said and will be filing a complaint to FIFA. “We will call for punishment for those who want to harm football players and those who torpedoed a friendly match. This is not about sport, it’s about politics and we’re not standing for it.”

Iran-Israel ‘back-channel’ JEWISH ‘HIT LIST’ PUBLISHED Arch enemies Israel and Iran have set up a secret backchannel to reduce the chances of war over Syrian army operations near the Golan Heights, according to Saudi reports. The Syrian military is preparing to attack rebel groups in Daraa and Quneitra, and the prospect of Iranian or Hezbollah fighters near the border alarmed both Israel and

Jordan, according to reports in Israel Hayom. “Iran used Jordan as a gobetween to relay a message to Israel, saying it would not operate in south-eastern Syria near the border with Jordan,” it reports. Iran and its Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah have fought on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in recent years.

A French-Muslim news outlet and an anti-colonialism activist published on Twitter alleged hit lists featuring Jewish groups and individuals. Sihame Assbague posted the first list of eight, which included the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, Socialist Jewish politician Julien Dray, former prime minister Manuel Valls

– a supporter of Israel whose ex-wife and children are Jews – and left-wing non-Jewish politician Jean-Luc Melenchon. The list was accompanied by a picture of a Game of Thrones character from a scene in which she lists people she intends to kill. Al Kanz, one of France’s most read Muslim news websites, tweeted an additional nine names.


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An Israeli delegation travelled to Poland to commemorate the victims of the Kielce pogrom. It included Shoah survivor Mickey Goldman, 93, who prosecuted Adolf Eichmann, and Israel Police Academy chief Haim Blumenfeld, whose father Rafael led the kibbutz movement once headquartered in Kielce, where 42 Jews were killed on 4 July 1946.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, a former Miss Israel who shot to fame playing Wonder Woman, is to produce and possibly star in a film about how a US reporter became one of Fidel Castro’s closest confidantes. ABC journalist Lisa Howard helped set up a secret channel between the US and Cuba after the Cuban missile crisis.


Police raiding a drug dealer’s bunker in a Rio slum recovered a Sefer Haftarah – readings from the books of the prophets that are read on Shabbat following the Torah reading. Local rabbis said it contained the signature of Rabbi David Basri of the Sucat David community in Jerusalem.

A six-page manuscript by author Franz Kafka has fetched nearly $175,000 (£130,400) at auction in Hamburg. The text is an introduction to a never-written book called Richard and Samuel. The Jewish writer from Prague intended to write it for his friend Max Brod, who was also Jewish.


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Sunday’s rally will shame our country For the past 20 weeks, Jewish News has counted down the days remaining for the government to ban Hezbollah terror flags from flying in London at the annual Al Quds parade. We’ve gone from 156 days all the way to three [see below] to no avail. In 72 hours time, those hateful flags will fly once again in Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Around the world each year at the end of Ramadan, millions show solidarity with the Palestinians. In London and elsewhere this manifests in the Iranian-inspired Al- Quds Day march. To show solidarity with Palestinians is one thing. To wave the flag of a group set up specifically to kill Israelis is quite another. The giant rifle in the centre of the flag offers the clueless a clue. Hezbollah has been responsible for some one of the worst terrorist outrages against Jews. Its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said: “If Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” Protesters in London are allowed to wave Nasrallah’s flag because the UK Government only outlaws the ‘armed wing ’. So organisers of last year’s Al Quds hate-fest were emboldened to publish the following directive ahead of the march: “You can bring a Hezbollah flag to show support for the political wing of Hezbollah.” Allowing this ludicrous loophole is a stain on this country and a slap in the face of British Jews. The problem, alas, goes far deeper. Combine the flags with speakers who blame Grenfell on “Zionists”, organisers who quote Iranian leaders who’d like Israel “wiped off the map” and the star billing this year of Rev. Stephen Sizer, the vicar who blamed 9/11 on Jews, and the whole thing starts to look, feel and smell less something much less benign. Some 13,500 people have signed Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Parliamentarty Petition calling for Hizballah to be fully proscribed, which means it will now require a response from the Home Office. But the government must step up, too. The Jewish community’s morethan-reasonable request is that the UK follow the US and Arab countries and proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety. To do so is a Home Office prerogative, but diplomats – who know Hezbollah runs Lebanon – advise against it, because they want to keep lines of communication open. We understand the realpolitik, but there are times when you need to put values first. Just as free speech is a value, so too is the duty to condemn terrorists and to back that up with policy. We hope new Home Secretary Sajid Javid sees it the same way.


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FOOLS RUSHED IN TO CRITICISE Most extraordinary of all was the Now the dust has settled on the conduct of students filmed attendclashes on the Gaza, it’s time ing Parliament square to say Kadfor some quiet introspection by dish for the dead – 50 of whom have some members of our commubeen confirmed to be Hamas operanity regarding how they contives and a further three members of ducted themselves. Islamic Jihad. Surely they must have realised Campaign Against Antisemitism’s that the repeated and orchesGideon Falter in his blog refers trated attempts by thousands to to “mainstream Jews exhibiting breach the border fence would symptoms of Stockholm syndrome” undoubtedly have resulted in which may not be far off the mark. the slaughter of Israeli families in Those who from the comfort of their homes, only a few hundred their London living rooms rushed to meters away, if those attempts The ‘Kaddish for Gaza’ judgement to condemn the defenhad succeeded. sive actions of the IDF have embarrassed themYet several hundred people saw fit to put selves and ended up, through naivety, appearing their names on record in order to sign an online very foolish indeed. letter posted by Yachad indirectly condemnLeonard Herman ing the actions of the IDF by attacking the Highgate response of the Board of Deputies.

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PAIR’S MISPLACED EMPATHY Kindly share with your readers my open letter to Rabbi Leah Jordan and Nina Morris-Evans, who were part of the recent infamous Kaddish for Gaza and were allowed space in your newspaper to defend their participation: Your naive empathy has been misplaced. Hamas and the PLO before them have radicalised their children for decades. Hamas and the Palestinian powers that be, have bred and nurtured innocent children throughout their childhoods, with incessant Jew hatred and the glories of martyrdom. This has gone on

for many generations, which has turned the population into a seething, brainwashed army of expendable robots. Gaza has been ethnically cleansed of Jews. Hamas and the PLO give huge amounts of remunerations to the families of murdering “martyrs”, which we the British tax payers have contributed to. Stop this indoctrination of hatred and then there may be a chance for peace. Peace is not on the Palestine Arab agenda. It is the annihilation of Israel which is their goal.

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Editorial comment and letters

The Gaza syndrome Rabbi Laura Jenner-Klausner is right about the Jewish community in Britain risking selfdestruction [Jewish News, 24 May], but not because of the quite natural reaction to the treacherous behaviour of those who publicly say Kaddish for modern-day Nazis. We have seen the same disgusting behaviour here in Australia, an immoral mutation of Stockholm syndrome. The Gaza aggression is orchestrated by Hamas, whose fighters are the majority of cas-

ualites, and which makes no secret of its desire to kill all Jews. So enough of Jews who weep over the self-inflicted casualties of the modern version of the SS. Any self-destruction in Diaspora Jewish communities is due to useful idiots and ignorant bigots supporting genocidal terrorists by defiling the Kaddish prayer in a public display of hubris. Terry Davis Australia

WEAPONISING KADDISH Insulting the Jewish religion by reciting the holy, ancient and deeply emotive Kaddish prayer on behalf of terrorists who were on a mission to force their way into Israel and slaughter without mercy every Jew they could get their hands on marks a new moral low. This is a true act of treachery against your own people and

borders on insanity. The Kaddish prayer is centuries old and has been recited by millions of Jews down the ages in sacred memory of their departed loved ones. Rabbi Leah Jordan, who led the prayer, weaponised Kaddish against her own people. Clive Kerr By email


I’m in total agreement with Ruth Leveson’s comments [Jewish News, 24 May] about the holier than thou, naïve and misguided young people saying Kaddish for Gaza. They should instead say this prayer for the Israelis who have been knifed, shot and mown down by vehicles over the past year, or thousands of men women and children who have been killed on a daily basis for years in Assad’s Syria. We can all learn from our mistakes, but there are some people who delight in being antagonistic. Robert Dulin By email

SINGING SOULMATES During the recent bank holiday I went to Great Notley Park in Braintree, Essex, with my family. When we arrived I suggested to my three-year-old son, Eitan, that he should go to the toilet. Once inside the cubicle, he started to sing “Adon olam, asher malach…” (not an unusual occurrence!) at which point a deep and booming voice from the cubicle next door continued, “Beterim kol yetsir nifra, adon

olam” and then said: “We don’t often hear that around here!” My son looked utterly bemused. I was in hysterics. By the time we came out the cubicle, the mystery voice had left. I have no idea who the gentleman was, but clearly it is not just Chabad niggunim (songs) or food that bring Jews together! Dan and Eitan Sacker Hendon

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William must see the true Israel on his visit MARK HARPER, MP



ooking out over Be’er Sheva from the balcony of a shiny new highrise building, it was impossible not to marvel at Israel’s ambitious plan to turn the barren and dusty landscape into the world’s foremost centre for cyber defence. The Gav Yam Advanced Technologies Park in Be’er Sheva is just one example of how Israel is proudly striding into the future. Seven parliamentary colleagues and I were able to see this for ourselves last week as we visited Israel for a trade-focused visit in coordination with Conservative Friends of Israel. The UK and Israel are major trading partners and it was a great opportunity to celebrate record levels of UK-Israel trade and learn about the ‘Start-up nation’. Delegations from across the world regularly visit Israel to find out about its success in the world of science and technology.

Much has been made of the reasons for Israel’s tech success but, for me, there is one that stands above all others – necessity. Faced with a scarcity of natural resources and enemies using ever more inventive ways to attack, the Jewish state has been compelled to look for solutions. This was vividly brought home last week when Israel faced attack by as many as 200 rockets and mortars from Gaza-based terror groups. Already a game-changer, for the first time, the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system was used to successfully intercept dozens of mortar shells that are in the air for a mere 15 seconds before exploding on the ground – something it was unable to achieve in the 2014 conflict. The necessity to adapt and develop solutions to these threats is a key part of the impressive start-up ecosystem. Not content with the many challenges facing the country, Israel’s greatest minds are now actively looking to solve problems facing countries elsewhere in the world. From our cultural life and legal system through to our defence and security agencies,


Israel regards the UK as a key ally and it was great to see that we are increasingly working together to solve challenges. Last week alone, the UK Science Minister Sam Gyimah was in Israel to sign two new agreements in science and innovation with our Israeli partners. At SodaStream’s factory in Rahat, we met a Palestinian line manager in charge of Israeli Jewish, Arab and Bedouin workers. Demonstrating the company’s celebration of diversity, it also exposed the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for the harm it had caused to many Palestinians who lost their jobs when it was pressured into relocating.

Another memorable visit was to the Magen David Adom ambulance dispatch centre in Jerusalem, where we saw its advanced technologies shortening response times to medical emergencies, as well as its pioneering video communication, which enables medics to receive a live feed of an emergency before first responders arrive. Together with colleagues, I will continue to encourage those involved in planning the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to provide a programme that shows the true Israel beyond the conflict. It is this Israel, a powerhouse of innovation, creativity and hope, that the Duke should witness on his landmark visit.



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Stories of Kinder refugees are examples of resilience KAREN POLLOCK



n 1941, Abraham Jura wrote to his cousin in Palestine. He was writing from Vienna, and it was a letter written in desperation, knowing he would soon be deported. “We are lost… and beg you to look after our precious children.” He wrote these words having already sent his three children away in the hope they would be safe. But for him and his wife, Malka, they had nowhere to go. Within months of writing these words, they had both been rounded up by the Gestapo and sent to the Lodz ghetto, and from there to Auschwitz, where they were both murdered. The story of the Jura family is one of loss, despair and, ultimately, murder at the hands of the Nazis. But, because of the brave decision made by Abraham and Malka to send their children away, all three daughters survived. The Holocaust was the murder of six million Jewish men, women and children. But


it didn’t start with gas chambers, it started with persecution and fear and, for some, it started with parents being forced to make heartbreaking decisions to send their children into hiding, to send them to foreign countries, to entrust them to the care of strangers, knowing that they may never see them again. Part of understanding the Shoah is understanding the stories of those children, some only infants, alone, scared, fleeing, separated from their families and their communities and tasked with rebuilding their lives elsewhere. That is why Stories from Willesden Lane is so special. Our project, working with 8,000 students from across London, explores one of these stories through the eyes of Lisa, one of Abraham and Malka’s daughters. Lisa came to the UK on the Kindertransport in 1938. She was 14 when she left Vienna and an aspiring pianist, taking weekly lessons until Jewish children were forbidden from attending lessons with non-Jewish teachers. Her mother’s last words to her as she boarded the train were: “Hold on to your music and I


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will be with you every step of the way.” She was young, in a foreign city, far from everyone she loved, during the Blitz. It would have been easy to let go of her dreams, to focus on just surviving from one day to the next. Instead, in a hostel in Willesden Lane for Jewish child refugees, she kept practising the piano, kept searching for news of auditions, and eventually achieved her dream, being accepted to the Royal Academy. Even more incredibly, she played the Grieg Concerto, one of the most challenging pieces of music, at the iconic Wigmore Hall, as her piano debut. An incredible story. For young students from across the capital, many of them refugees themselves, they are

hearing that in adversity, even in the face of unimaginable circumstances, there can still be hope and new beginnings. Learning about Lisa’s story and the Kindertransport is not just an introduction to understanding the Holocaust, but also teaches them something about the world we live in today. I’m so proud the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) is bringing this story home, to London, where it all began.  HET is hosting a special gala performance of The Children of Willesden Lane on Sunday, 10 June, at Wigmore Hall. For more details and to buy tickets, see wigmore-hall.org.uk




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Cross Corbynistas have sense of humour bypass JENNI FRAZER


o, I had that anti-Semite in the back of my cab. And you know what I said to him? Do yah? Do yah? Nah, I don’t remember either. Tchaboom! I’m here all week. We know – at least we ought to know, because he never tires of telling us –that the writer and comedian David Baddiel is, at the very kindest, agnostic when it comes to Israel. Actually, it’s much more acute than that. He is not remotely interested in Israel or in anything it stands for. Baddiel’s Twitter profile describes himself simply: “Jew”. By that, he means someone who shares a cultural and social history with many of us, and at the same time is painfully aware that the Nazis would not have made a subtle differentiation between those who love Israel and those who are simply indifferent to it. Or those who are religiously observant and those who are not. As far as Baddiel is concerned, as I understand him, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Which means, accordingly, that antiSemitism is anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism, dress it up how you may, put lipstick on it,

whatever you like. It is racism, pure and simple, and Baddiel, whose mother was a Holocaust survivor, has been at the forefront of attacking its proponents wherever he can. A couple of weeks ago, Baddiel took part in a BBC comedy chat show, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, in which he, Boyle, and three women actors and comedians spoke interestingly about anti-Semitism and how it manifests itself in political life. Boyle later complained that references to Israeli “apartheid” had been edited out of the show without reference to him. But then, overwhelmed by being attacked on social media, he declared: “I’ve had from literally hundreds of people, that anti-Semitism in Britain should not be discussed while Israel commits war crimes. The idea that Jewish people have collective responsibility for Israel is racist.” So far, so depressingly predictable. But matters took a weird turn this week after another BBC programme, Tracey Breaks The News, in which the comic actor Tracey Ullman assumed the guise of none other than Jeremy Corbyn to make a pointed joke about the company that the Labour leader keeps. In her sketch, Ullman, queuing for an

airport taxi, is first directly snubbed by a Jewish man who assails Corbyn for his behaviour, and then refuses to shake his hand. Eventually the Corbyn character is driven away in a cab by “Ismail, from Hamas”, who reminds him of how they had tea together at the House of Commons. I can’t pretend it’s wildly funny, but it’s not often that Corbyn gets mocked on TV. And the Corbynistas went wild. And here’s where the conspiracy theories went deranged. An actor and writer called “Dylan Strain” flat-out announced on Twitter that David Baddiel had written this sketch. He hadn’t. Nine writers, not one of whom, as far as I know, is Jewish, are credited with the work on the show. As the writer Linda Grant summed up: “Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are currently

attacking Baddiel for writing a Tracey Ullman sketch about Corbyn, which he didn’t write, but must have done because he’s a Zionist ( he isn’t.)” Oh, and quite a lot of the loonies insisted that Ullman herself is Jewish, which she isn’t. Strain backtracked and claimed he was being sarcastic because of Baddiel’s earlier appearance on the Boyle show. It didn’t look like sarcasm to me, or to Baddiel, or indeed to the mad Corbynistas. In the absence of a statement from the Board of Deputies denouncing something, I’d like to thank Tracey Ullman for proving a point. And to praise David Baddiel for confronting anti-Semitism. And to note, as Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks amply demonstrated, that nothing deflates pomposity like being laughed at.


Tommy Robinson’s politics surrenders truth to the mob MARK GARDNER



or me, the highlight of last week’s Israel 70 celebration concert at the Royal Albert Hall was when Natan Sharansky criticised those who love Jews but hate Israel and those who love Israel but hate “liberal Jews”. Sharansky delivered the same message at the most recent Global Forum on anti-Semitism in Jerusalem. This is because he means “liberal Jews” in the political sense, not the religious one, and the anti-Semitism conference paid close attention to those modern European right-wing nationalists who support Israel, while also whipping up hatred of local Jewish opponents who warn against their authoritarian, populist and bigoted agendas. Having been packed off to the gulag for being the wrong sort of Jew (one who sought to live in Israel), Sharansky survived and saw off Soviet Communism. He understands freedom of speech, freedom of protest, and the importance of an independent legal and judicial system. He

has lived the difference between dictatorship and democracy, and knows Jews need the rule of law, not the rule of the mob. What, then, to make of the current controversy over the charismatic Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon), who insists his condemnations of Muslims and Islam are not racist. Robinson is now in jail, which caused hundreds of men, variously described as football thugs and English Defence League types, to rush the gates of Downing Street last weekend. Apparently, 500,000 people have signed a petition demanding his immediate release. There are Jews agitating on Robinson’s behalf, ranging from Facebook circles to a small demonstration in Tel Aviv outside the British Embassy. Robinson is not (yet at least) a political leader in the sense of those modern European nationalists whom Sharansky warned against in both London and Jerusalem, but he poses the same questions to our Jewish morality and politics. He has visited Israel and proudly sat on an Israeli tank: but what is Israel for him? Is it the post-Holocaust saviour of world Jewry? Is it the modern fulfilment of millennia of Jewish


longing? Or, at heart, is it just a really good way of sticking two fingers up at Muslims? CST, the Board of Deputies and many other Jewish groups have long argued that such nationalism is morally and politically unacceptable. We have explained how racism works, how it feeds off catch-all language and how it can begin with one target group but never ends there. Robinson deliberately broke very straightforward suspended jail sentence conditions. Last year a judge told him: “Turn up at another court, refer to people as ‘Muslim paedophiles, Muslim rapists’ and so on while trials are ongoing… and you will find yourself inside. Do you understand?

Thank you very much.” Despite this, or perhaps because of this, Robinson stood outside a trial, filming those coming in and out, broadcast it on Facebook and risked the collapse of the trial. So he was jailed. Nevertheless, we now hear from his supporters, including Jews, that he was imprisoned to prevent media coverage of “Muslim” sex grooming gangs and paedophiles. Think for a moment what this means, that there is a conspiracy in Britain between our legal system, the judiciary and the mass media to cover up “Muslim” crimes. Why would this be? To somehow better enable a Muslim takeover of Britain? Or less sensationally, is it because the ruling elite don’t want you to know what their mass immigration policies have led to? Either way, this is the kind of rubbish Jews should be able to smell from a mile off. It stinks of a politics that encourages stupidity, prefers hatred to unity, promotes falsehood over truth, surrenders our freedoms and legal protections to the mob; and helps pave the road to tyranny. You don’t need to have served 13 years in a Siberian prison camp to understand it.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen


The 20th Finchley Jewish Scout Pack enjoyed a weekend at Phasels Wood Scout Activity Centre, taking part in outdoor fun including archery, fire lighting and crate stacking. Debra Morris, group scout leader, said: “The children had a brilliant weekend.”


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Jewish youngsters got down and dirty as they crawled through army nets, climbed up walls and ran through tyres as instructors had them doing squats, push-ups and vaults. The 460 children, from nursery to Year 6, were taking part in an obstacle course at Clore Tikva School in Barkingside, and raised £4,500 for new sports equipment and other support. Local MP Wes Streeting, who presented them with their medals, said: “The parents and staff did a fantastic job organising what must be one of the most fun and elaborate obstacle courses put on by any school in the borough.”

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More than 300 guests from the private equity industry and related sectors helped raised £220,000 for Norwood at its Private Equity Dinner. Hugh Dennis (pictured) provided the comedy entertainment for the event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, while Wayne Chodosh hailed the ‘miraculous’ impact the charity had on the life of his son Jake, whom it supports. New Norwood private equity committee co-chair Deborah Sayagh asked people to reflect on how much they do for charity, saying: “When asked if they feel they give enough for charity, most respond ‘no’; tonight we have the opportunity to turn no into yes.”


Work from the Israel 70 – Building Artistic Connections exhibition has gone on display at the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Centre in Israel. The exhibition, which went on show at JW3, features work from 6,500 pupils from 33 Jewish primary and secondary schools. It is run in conjunction with PaJeS with the support of the Jewish Leadership Council and the Genesis Philanthropy Group, and is sponsored by the World Zionist Organisation. David Quarrey, UK Ambassador to Israel (pictured) spoke at the launch. PaJeS’ Rabbi David Meyer said: “The Israel70 project is a wonderful initiative that brings to life the rich history of Israel, the relevance it has to our community and the significance of Israel’s independence.”






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8 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Top chef Denise Phillips prepared a delicious Italian meal for World Jewish Relief’s Dine in Help Out Campaign competition winner. Through good food and laughter, dinner hosts ask their guests to donate money rather than gifts, which goes towards helping some of the most vulnerable Jews in the world.



For Those In Need, a ladies committee that for more than 50 years has raised funds to support two multiple sclerosis day centres, the Marjorie Collins Centre at Chadwell Heath and MS Action in Walthamstow. Its recent fundraising lunch with Stacey Solomon, held at the Prince Regent, raised £3,500 for MS. The charity has raised more than £300,000 by holding celebrity lunches, dinner dances and quiz evenings.



pendently with dignity and choice [in] their own apartment, full of special features planned to enable them to manage those essential everyday tasks for themselves.”

Edgware-based fashion designer Leanne Goldenberg has been featured along with 50 fashion students from the UK in top industry publication Drapers. The 22-year-old has just finished a three-year course at Leeds Arts University, where her dissertation was based on linking fashion and Judaism. Her designs included the use of fish to represent the Jewish new year. She said: “The concept derived from my Jewish heritage and I was inspired by the fish. I’m very proud of my work and that I was featured in Drapers.”


Thirty parents raised more than £1,000 for Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD) at an event based around developing children’s reading. The event was hosted by the JBD Juniors committee and featured talks by children’s reading experts Clare Zinkin and Angela Novik. JBD Juniors’ Lisa Cohen said: “No one else in the Jewish community is dedicated to enabling people to live inde-


Barmitzvah boy and GIFT volunteer Ami Jacobs and his brother Eli have collected hundreds of pounds worth of food to donate to the charity, having manned a GIFT Box each week. During his celebratory breakfast, guests were invited to run a ‘giving station’ where they were encouraged to make tefilat haderech (prayer for protection) key rings and personalised purses for Israeli soldiers from Ami’s cousin’s unit.


Youth Aliyah Child Rescue and JCoSS collaborated at a concert bringing together Israeli and British music to JCoSS students and parents. Four students from Aloney Yitzchak Youth Village represented Israel. Facilitated by Youth Aliyah Child Rescue, the trip for the Israeli students was funded by a local donor.

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Scene & Be Seen / Community

CCJ celebrates 75th anniversary

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The Council of Christians and Jews celebrated its landmark 75th anniversary with a fundraising dinner at Lambeth Palace. Guest of honour was F W de Klerk, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was interviewed on stage by Lord Daniel Finklestein.



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Trump, Netanyahu and a deal that can’t be made In this compelling extract from a new biography on Benjamin Netanyahu, author Anshel Pfeffer analyses the relationship between the US and Israeli leaders

The odd couple: On the surface, there seems little in common between Netanyahu and Trump, yet there are many similarities between these two controversial figures, writes Anshel Pfeffer in his new biography


illary Clinton was the last politician Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to see in the Oval Office after the US election. As First Lady and then secretary of state, she had played key roles in both of the administrations he had clashed with over matters he considered vital to Israel’s security. In an interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton had said: “I’ve known Bibi a long time. And I have a very good relationship with him, in part because we can yell at each other and we do. And I was often the designated yeller.” That wasn’t exactly what Bibi was

looking for in a president. Had Netanyahu not given up his US citizenship upon becoming an Israeli diplomat in 1982, he would have instinctively voted Republican. But this year’s candidate was no kind of Republican he had ever dealt with before. He wasn’t even a politician… Like everyone else, he had gone to sleep on 8 November expecting four years of Hillary Clinton. Waking up to Trump, Netanyahu reflected that while this wasn’t exactly the GOP president he had dreamed of working with, after so many years of arguing with Democratic administrations, he did see some unique benefits in having

a President Trump. While other world leaders were still working out how to contact the president-elect, putting calls through to the Trump Tower switchboard, Netanyahu was the only one who was already personally acquainted with him. Bibi and Donald had met back in the 1980s, during Netanyahu’s UN days –they had been introduced by Ronald Lauder, Bibi’s friend who was also an old friend of Trump’s... On the face of it, there seems to be little in common between the selfmade diplomat and politician and Trump, the bumptious salesman. Netanyahu is an intellectual and

an ideologue, while Trump finds it difficult to remember any books he’s read, and his only dogma has ever been promoting his brand. But there are similarities as well. Both men are fundamentally insecure, lacking in introspection, and have an uncanny ability to sense their rivals’ weak spots and sniff out their voters’ inner fears. Netanyahu’s perpetual campaign mode also resembles the Trump presidential campaign, with its reliance on constantly stirring up resentment and divisions between parts of the electorate. Trump, promising to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, had repeatedly mentioned Israel’s border fence as his model, saying, “Walls work. Just ask Israel.” Netanyahu, trying to curry favour, tweeted: “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,” causing a diplomatic spat with Mexico and angry protests from the Mexican Jewish community. After his election, Trump had called a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians “the ultimate deal” and said that “as a deal maker”, he wanted to seal “the deal that can’t be made. And do it for humanity’s sake”. But it quickly became clear that he had no idea how to go about doing it. On 15 February 2017, Netanyahu arrived in Washington for his first White House meeting with a Republican president. At their joint press conference, Trump was asked for his

opinion on the two-state solution. Abandoning nearly two decades of US foreign policy, Trump answered: “I’m looking at two-state and at onestate and I like the one that both parties like...” Unlike Obama, who had waited five years to make his presidential visit, Israel was on the itinerary of President Trump’s very first international tour. Arriving directly from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Trump stepped off of Air Force One in Ben Gurion and told his hosts: “We just came from the Middle East.” Not to be outdone, Sara Netanyahu told the president and First Lady: “We’re just like you. The media hate us but the people love us.” Trump spent 24 hours in Israel, making speeches that could have easily been written by Netanyahu. At one point Bibi even said: “I think we quote each other.” On the peace process, Trump said he was “personally committed”, but that he had no plans. In the many speeches he made during his whirlwind visit, he barely mentioned the Palestinians, and never once a Palestinian state or the settlements.  Bibi: The Turbulent Life & Times of Benjamin Netanyahu by Anshel Pfeffer is published by Hurst, priced £20 (hardback). Available now.



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Lifestyle / Author interview

The place where faith and insanity converge Alex Galbinski speaks to Sarah Tuttle-Singer about her new book, exploring the diverse cultures of Israel’s capital


arah Tuttle-Singer’s ‘safe place’ is Jerusalem. More specifically, it is the Old City, where she makes connections with people of all faiths and backgrounds. In her first book, Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem, Tuttle-Singer, a blogger and online editor for Times of Israel, reveals its intricate, beautiful and complicated layers. Tuttle-Singer fell in love with Jerusalem 20 years ago, aged 16. Her parents had sent her to Israel for two months with others from her native Los Angeles. She visited again over the next two years and, at 29, she made aliyah with her Israeli husband. From childhood, her parents and her Reform Jewish community had imbued her with a love for her adopted country through stories and songs. “We always talked about things as though they had happened to us,” she explains. “Just like at Passover when we say, ‘we were slaves in Egypt’, all my life the stories of our people have been told to me as if we were there… weeping by the waters of Babylon, when the Temple was destroyed, in Auschwitz…” While her parents weren’t strictly observant – indeed, Tuttle-Singer’s father is not Jewish –her mother, Maida, felt a “deep commitment to observing tradition” and they would attend synagogue on festivals. Maida, who died of cancer when Tuttle-Singer was 23, had also told her stories about when she had been in Israel, between July and October 1967. “She must have loved something about the freedom to walk though those ancient streets in the Old City, to be soaked in history and a living example of the endurance of the Jewish people.” Tuttle-Singer’s book reads like a love letter to Jerusalem, to the people of the Old City, to coexistence and, not least, to her late mother, whose painful absence she continues to grieve. Her descriptions are vivid of the Old City’s winding streets, taking us along as she drinks coffee and eats kenafe with friends old and new, as she meets a fabric merchant whose cardamominfused shop is sited above a crusader church, and watches groups of men playing backgammon. Tuttle-Singer feels a spiritual connection to the city that is at the heart of so many religions. “I’m not a Torah Jew by any stretch, but I love God; it takes me by surprise how much that informs my sense of the world,” she admits. “And it’s not a God that is mutually exclusive to Jewish people. Maybe it’s the idea of the God, the goodness, within all of us, to create and make things better, to reach out and build bridges.” Yet for all the city’s charm, history and warmth, Tuttle-Singer has suffered difficult times there (and in Israel). She writes emotionally

People of all backgrounds live together

Sarah Tuttle-Singer in Jerusalem’s Old City (photograph courtesy of Aia Khalaily)

about being sexually assaulted, and physically attacked, and the repercussions. “Like life, it’s complicated,” she explains. “It’s not always sunshine, rainbows and happiness – there are very painful parts. I’ve gone through experiences that were haunting and gutwrenching, but overall it is a love story, and I hope that’s what people walk away with.” She surprised herself by continuing to live in the Old City after her year was up – she spends half the time in a place between the Christian and the Armenian quarters and half the time on a moshav with her two children, having separated from her husband a year after moving to Israel.

“Jerusalem is the love of my life. I’m madly in love with the Old City. I like who I am here, I like what I get to do here. It’s not easy, but I like the challenge. My heart is here.” She thinks of herself as a mermaid, an “inside-outsider”, owing to her freedom to move between areas, never quite fitting into any one place. The Old City is where, she writes, “faith and insanity overlap, where the streets are overrun with scorpions and the righteous, this is ground zero”. It is where people live cheek-by-jowl,

but rarely cross meaningfully into each other’s worlds, where “you can watch Palestinian kids dancing Darbuka and ultra-Orthodox kids going off to daven, and it’s beautiful and it’s sad, because they’re the exact same age and they pass each other, like the other is a ghost”. How would she suggest crossing the boundaries? “Wanting to do it is the first step. Having very basic conversations to begin with, and building from there. If one conversation can lead to a second, a third, that’s the beginning of some kind of relationship where trust is established over time. A lot of good things in life are not easy and part of the beauty of getting there is going through the challenge of taking those steps.” She humanises the ‘other’ and calls out the imbalance between Israelis and Palestinians. “People say we don’t have a partner for peace, and we don’t – because a partnership is between equals and we are not equal. We have to get to a place where there is equality, otherwise there is going to be this imbalance, which only breeds resentment, fear, frustration and anger on both sides.” Yet when asked whether she thinks there could ever be peace, she is optimistic. “Anything can change, and sometimes you’re building something stone by stone, and other times change can come in a tidal wave. “I’m always hopeful something will change and until we get to that point – and we may not get there in my life – I’m going to keep living as though it’s on the horizon. If we do that, I think we can bring that day much closer.”  Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered by Sarah Tuttle-Singer is published by Skyhorse Publishing, priced £17.99. Available now

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Lifestyle / Travel

ROCK and awe!

Francine Wolfisz savours the enigma of Stonehenge, explores Britain’s only natural thermal spring and enjoys a luxury break in the Cotswolds


rom a site of worship and coronations, to a gigantic sundial, a place of healing – and even a landing pad for aliens – the reason why Stonehenge was built has kept us stumped for thousands of years. But standing on Salisbury Plain on a brisk spring day, looking at this ancient wonder, there was another enigma that is just as incomprehensible – how on earth did our ancestors even make the mighty trilithons in the first place? Many stones are 13 ft high, 7 ft wide and weigh around 25 tons, with some of them being dragged from Preseli Hills, more than 150 miles away! My children stared in awe as the afternoon sun shone through the remains of this most famous lintelled stone circle and cast its long shadows across the open grassland. This year marks 100 years since a local barrister named Cecil Chubb and his wife, Mary, gifted Stonehenge to the nation and restoration work began on conserving the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Over that time, archaeologists have unearthed more than 250 objects left behind, from intricate pendants and beads to pottery and flint tools. There was something remarkable about staring into the face of a 5,500-year-old man, reconstructed from skull remains, as well as standing inside the stones and watching the seasons and centuries speed past, thanks to the

Francine with her family at Stonehenge

Clockwise from top: The famous lintelled stone circle at Stonehenge, the beautiful grounds at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, its 20-metre indoor swimming pool and, inset, the children find out about Roman slaves in Bath

audio-visual, 360 degree view on display inside the visitor centre. Outside, the children loved looking around the reconstructed Neolithic houses and trying their hand at grinding grain into flour, using only stones – it was hard work and even after 20 minutes of pounding the grain, there was barely enough flour to even get started. Our visit to Stonehenge, where thousands of people will gather later this month for the annual Summer Solstice, coincided with a visit to the stunning Wiltshire Cotswolds. With their pretty honeycoloured stone villages, narrow, meandering lanes and miles of unspoilt countryside, there’s no surprise that the Cotswolds have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As we drove along, we discovered the picturesque villages of Sherston, Slaughterford and Castle Combe, the latter often voted the prettiest village in England and featured in such films as Dr Dolittle (1967), War Horse (2011) and Stardust (2007). Just a short drive away from Castle Combe, we journeyed on to Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa. Set in 500 acres of sprawling parkland and with a magnificent avenue of 400 lime and beech trees, it’s hard not to be impressed by this grand country house, which offers 42 individuallystyled rooms and suites. But for all its grandeur, the hotel goes above and beyond in making everyone welcome – even your family pooch. Lucknam Park’s younger guests can also expect to receive special treatment. Not only did the hotel manage to source fluffy bathrobes

and slippers small enough to perfectly fit our children aged three and seven, but there is also a fabulous 20-metre indoor swimming pool for them to enjoy, as well as an on-site equestrian centre providing pony rides and lessons. For little chefs, the hotel even boasts a cookery school, while The Brasserie offers a good selection of contemporary, child-friendly choices on its menu. Meanwhile, the hotel’s more formal, Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones, welcomes younger diners aged over five until 8pm. The feature that really sealed the deal for us was The Hideaway. This little cottage, located on the grounds a short walk from the main hotel, has everything children of all ages could wish for – a games room with table tennis, a techno space with the latest computer games, a role play area for youngsters featuring a mini playhouse and shop, as well as a room for more creative types looking for water play, arts and crafts and music. Lucknam Park was recently named Best For Families at this year’s Conde Nast Johansens Awards For Excellence and while children are certainly well-catered for, so too are the adults. The hotel’s sumptuous spa features an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, as well as eight state-of-the-art treatment rooms and

thermal cabins. Suitably relaxed by our stay, we headed off to Bath, just under 10 miles away. This historic city is best known for the ancient Roman Baths, where visitors can still see the remains of the spa built as a shrine to Minerva, as well as Britain’s only natural thermal spring. You can taste the famous spa water, which contains 43 minerals, from a fountain located within the ruins, or from the traditional fountain in the Georgian Pump Room, located above the Baths. Be warned however, the water is warm and has a very distinctive taste that may not be to everyone’s liking! Affluent Sephardic Jews came to Bath as early as 1730 to try out the curative powers of the water and, a few decades later, the city’s first community settled here. By 1874, however, numbers had dwindled and services ceased at the synagogue. Later attempts to rebuild the community never took off, but visitors today can still see the Old Jewish Burial Ground in Coombe Hill, which dates back to 1812. Rounding off our visit, we headed off to the city’s famous tearoom, Sally Lunn’s, located inside one of Bath’s oldest houses (it dates from 1482). Sally Lunn was a young Hugenot refugee where she arrived in Bath in 1680 and began selling her famous Bath bunn – a regional specialty not too dissimilar to brioche – or even challah. And, I can safely say, it’s just as delicious with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

WHERE TO STAY... Francine stayed at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire (01225 742 777, lucknampark.co.uk) which offers classic rooms from £295 per night, based on two adults sharing on a room only basis, including use of the spa facilities and VAT. Special offers include four nights for the price of three, and the Garden Tour Getaway Package. For details about Stonehenge, see english-heritage. org.uk or for The Roman Baths, visit romanbaths.co.uk

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Orthodox Judaism



Torah For Today What does the Torah say about... Saying Kaddish for Gaza

BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Shelach-Lecha describes the disastrous outcome of the Israelite’s spying mission into Canaan. Of the 12 men sent, 10 brought back a negative report. That night’s panic followed by the Israelite’s ‘tears of ingratitude’ became the portent for Jewish calamity over the ensuing millennia. The spies were men of distinction, chosen for their high moral character. They were charged with a duty and faithfully reported what they saw – “a land flowing with milk and honey … the nation was strong … the cities were fortified”. They included strategic locations of hostile tribes. They offered a subjective interpretation of the data. “We aren’t able to ascend … they’re stronger than us ... it’s a land which consumes its inhabitants … we were as grasshoppers.” Inexplicably, the 10 top leaders succumbed to fear or lack of faith, conveying a contagious message to Moses, Aaron and the people, which was grave enough to demoralise the national psyche. Judaism is now large enough to accept there are Jews who won’t always agree – the Talmud proved this. It’s wide enough to accommodate those wishing to be non-conformist – Chasidism proved that. Hopefully, it’s also robust enough to face challenging objections and still come to workable solutions, instead of being trapped in negativity created by our imaginations.  Rabbi Jeff Berger is Rambam of the Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree/Borehamwood and can be contacted at RabbiJeffLondon@gmail.com

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL A Liberal rabbi provoked a strong communal response, after reciting Kaddish for 62 Palestinians killed at the Gaza border two weeks ago, despite confirmation that 50 were members of Hamas. So, what does the Torah say about praying for our enemies? Isaiah the prophet openly wept for the distress of Moab. “Therefore, I will weep…and with my tears I will water you, Heshbon and Elaleh…” Moab, like the Arab nation, is closely related to us. However, the Moabites were sworn enemies of the Jews. As Jews, we feel the sorrow of our enemies suffering, even as we resolutely defend ourselves from their aggression. Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks high-

lights the Talmudic understanding of shofar-blowing on Rosh Hashanah as hearing the cry of our enemies; when we do, we become sensitive enough to repent. The sobbing and wailing of the shofar reflect the distressed sounds of the mother of Sisera, an arch-enemy of early Biblical


Israel, who waited in vain for his return from the battlefield. In contrast to Isaiah’s mourning for Moab, Talmudic tradition does not prohibit celebrating the demise of an adversary. The Talmud states that when Pharoah’s army drowned in the sea, the angels stopped singing, but Israel was commanded to rejoice, singing the Songs of Moses and Miriam. Similarly, Deborah the prophetess sang following Sisera’s downfall. Furthermore, we do not recite Kaddish for the Pharoah’s drowned legions. We can feel deeply sorry for our enemy’s predicament, but it is not our business to promote them in the afterlife for their efforts on earth. In the same way, the recent storming of Israel’s border fence was not an attempt to fall into a friendly embrace – it was to kill and maim. Kaddish, a prayer for peace and life, is not a suitable concluding prayer for such murderous intentions.  Rabbi Ariel Abel is padre to the Armed Forces

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? Progressively Speaking ‘Don’t mix wool and linen, except in tzitzit’ BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD In the Bible we find laws that delineate boundaries, including men and women not wearing clothes of the opposite gender, vineyards not sown with two kinds of seed, an ox and ass not ploughing together and clothing not made sha’atnez, with mixed fibres of wool and linen. Sha’atnez is one of the most mystifying of biblical laws, coming into the category of hok – something without rational explanation. Even the word appears to have entered the language from outside of Hebrew. Rabbinic Judaism tries to explain the words it is apparently created from – ironic, given that the prohibition is all about mixing. The mitzvah is limited to not wearing garments containing wool and linen – other mixed fibres are acceptable – and Maimonides suggests it is because pagan priests wore this mixture in their ceremonial robes. The only case where the two fibres are permitted is in tzitzit, where woollen threads can be attached to a linen

garment or even be woven together. The clothes of biblical priests also include mixed wool and linen, so there is a sense these two fibres have a spiritual quality not to be used in mundane clothing. For some of us, sha’atnez is a mystifying prohibition with little ethical or spiritual meaning, but it continues to be observed in more traditional communities, with laboratories specialising in checking the fibres in clothing or material for those who observe this mitzvah. How can we as Progressive Jews approach this mitzvah? One way would be to consider what makes our clothing a fitting expression of our spirituality and values, and considering what clothing we should avoid. We might check it is not made in sweatshops, that the natural fibre is fairly traded and that the material and its journey from fibre to wardrobe doesn’t add to the burdens on our climate. Sha’atnez reminds us that even everyday clothing can be holy.  Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi for 30 years

Should there be different expectations for converts compared to those born Jewish? BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY The principle that those who convert to Judaism are treated exactly the same as those born into the faith has held since Torah times. Shavuot has just passed, on which we read from the Book of Ruth – the story of the Bible’s most famous convert and progenitor of the family line that would give us King David. Yet, in today’s increasingly polarised world, even this sacred principle is now under threat. There have been calls from some quarters that recent converts should keep their heads down, especially when it comes to discussion on Israel and anti-Semitism. The argument is that those who weren’t born Jewish don’t have the experience to comment. The recent targeting of the young activist Charlotte Nichols is a case in point. She attended the controversial Jewdas seder with Jeremy Corbyn, and then spoke about it positively in media interviews. I, like many, disagreed with some


of Charlotte’s views. However, where things got ugly was that for some taking her on in debate wasn’t enough. She had her social media trawled to prove she wasn’t a ‘real Jew’, and the fact she had converted from Catholicism used against her. The campaign jumped from social media to the printed press with an article in The Spectator, which opined: “One might consider it polite for a relative newcomer to Judaism to refrain from publicly

criticising elected Jewish leaders.” It shouldn’t need saying, but any Jewish person’s views on any topic, no matter if right or wrong, have nothing to do with whether they converted. Indeed, those who imply that a conversion gives someone a lesser status to comment are ironically the ones who seem to have forgotten the key tenets of our faith. As Liberal Judaism states on its website: “A non-Jew who converts to Judaism is Jewish for all purposes.” Since its founding more than 115 years ago, our movement has done so much on egalitarianism. This does not just mean equality between men and women, or equality for LGBTQI+ people, but equality between all. There should be no hierarchy in Judaism. That is something everyone needs to remember, even when we don’t agree.  Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships


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Professional advice from our panel / Ask Our Experts

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THE PAPERWEIGH TRUST Dear Bayla We have three children aged seven, four, and 18 months, each with special needs. My husband works and my whole time is spent looking after the children, taking them to their special centres and schools and to doctors’ appointments. We are not sure we are receiving all the help or benefits to which we may be entitled and, quite honestly, we find the bureaucracy involved overpowering. We have no energy left to seek out the agencies who may be able to help. Can Paperweight help? Sarah Dear Sarah At Paperweight, we know how much time and energy special needs children take up, and the daily travelling and timetable of appointments certainly demands stamina. It is not surprising you have no time left to


WEST END TRAVEL Dear David I’ve heard a lot about the vibrancy of Jewish life in Berlin and would appreciate your advice on booking a kosher weekend break of Jewish interest later this year. Jenny Dear Jenny Berlin today is a modern, bustling and fascinating

city and certainly well worth visiting. The Berlin Jewish community is the fastest-growing in Europe and provides excellent kosher facilities, welcoming visitors from around the world. The 4-star city centre Crowne Plaza hotel is experienced in receiving Jewish guests and is highly recommended as your base in the heart of Berlin. The nearby Orthodox synagogue in Joachimstaler Strasse warmly welcomes Jewish tourists and offers visitors both Friday night dinner and Shabbat Kiddush lunch (at a very reasonable cost). Finding kosher food during your stay is not a problem – there are

address your concerns personally. The Paperweight Trust is fortunate to have an in-house team of benefits experts. If you can find a few moments in your hectic day to call our office, we can take down some details and pair you up with someone who will help you understand what benefits are available. If you are not already in receipt of those benefits (or at the correct level), we can help you resolve this and will do our best to advocate for you. We will certainly help with the associated paperwork and evidence-gathering. Our subsequent interactions can be either by telephone or in person, either at your home or in our office. We also can arrange our experts and caseworkers to meet up with you and your husband after the children are in bed and after your husband’s working hours. At Paperweight, we promote a holistic approach, because we understand that the knock-on effect of one set of concerns can be quite critical in other areas too. With your permission, we can explore other avenues of assistance to help you and your husband with your childrens’ welfare. This may cover the possibility of grants to adapt or improve the home, and the recruitment of other agencies and organisations that may be able to bring other tangible benefits, such as volunteers for play or one-to-one interactions.

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Russell Goldstein added to his England caps at the weekend when he featured twice for the Three Lions’ futsal side in two friendlies against Poland. Despite losing both games 3-1 and 5-4, he said: “I was proud and excited to be selected for England again and was a great advert for the game, with it being televised. I felt both the team and myself played well and put in good performances in both games, but we were disappointed not to get a result. We’ve learnt a lot from playing a strong Poland team who have recently got results against Italy and Portugal and qualified for the Euros.” While the international season is now finished, Goldstein’s isn’t as he’s still involved in the FA Cup with Helvecia FC.

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Stuart Bookatz completed his 46 Day Ride Across America, which saw him raise nearly £28,000 for a number of charities. Clocking up 3,000 miles as he travelled across eight states, starting in California and ending in Florida (pictured), he said: “I’m relieved and delighted I have completed what I set out to do and I owe my sincere thanks to everyone who showed their love, friendship and support from both a charitable and emotional angle and am now looking forward to the future!” Raising money for seven charities, including Jewish Care and Chai Cancer in the UK and The Jewish National Fund and The Jewish Federation in the US, you can still donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stuart-bookatz

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Golfers club together for Nightingale Sirens go on a stroll for JWA CHARITY Nightingale Hammerson smashed its fundraising target in its 34th Super Golf Tournament, as 72 golfers raised more than £36,000. Held at the prestigious Coombe Hill Golf Club, one of the top 100 courses in England, the event at the 18-hole course was organised by club members Maurice Edward and John Austin. Helen Simmons, Chief Executive of Nightingale Hammerson, said: “I’m thrilled that our golfers and putters have raised this amount. It’s thanks to our incredibly generous donors whose



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Maccabi London Lions U14s White won the six-a side Letchworth Garden City Tournament on Sunday – the first time they’ve won the trophy at the seventh attempt. Winners of the Watford Friendly League Red Division, Joe Bregman’s superb solo effort sealed them the win. Manager Nigel Burns and assistant Joel Phillips, who were in charge when they first entered it eight years ago, said: “We’re rightly proud of the group who stuck to the task in very warm conditions and played as a team, playing some excellent football.” Squad: Sam Meisel, Scott Leslie, Sam Goldberg, Oli Kaye, Ben Barnett, Jason Burns, Dylan Phillips, Joe Bregman


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