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Jewish News 28 June 2018

News / Palestine support / Labour criticism

Corbyn wants ‘right of return’

ERIC PICKLES ADMITTED TO THE HOUSE OF LORDS Former communities minister and Conservative Friends of Israel chairman Eric Pickles was admitted to the House of Lords this week in a special ceremony in Westminster. Fellow peer Baroness Ros Altmann paid tribute to Pickles, who is the Government’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, saying that it was “a great party for a great man”. Pickles, who stood down as an MP at the last election, said he was “proud to wear a symbol of Holocaust remembrance on my lapel during the ceremony”.

Around 700,000 Palestinians fled Jewish leaders have reacted with the new state of Israel, while more concern after Jeremy Corbyn than 850,000 Jews were expelled demanded the Palestinians’ right or fled from Arab countries – of return. many starting new lives in Israel. Following a visit to a refugee Jewish leaders, including the camp in Jordan, the Labour leader chief executive of the Jewish said: “Palestinians obviously have Leadership Council (JLC), said rights… The siege of Gaza must Corbyn’s call for a right of return end, the settlement policy must for Palestinian refugees “doesn’t end and the right of return must square” with his call for a twobe a reality.” He later used Twitter to reit- Palestinian woman in London holds keys state solution and Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan MP has erate his call for “a real two state settlement to the Israel-Palestine lies lived on before 1948, inside and written to Corbyn, asking him to conflict which ends the occupation outside the internationally agreed “urgently clarify” his comments. JLC chief Simon Johnson said: and siege of Gaza and makes the Pal- borders of Israel. Its application would drastically “It’s the Palestinian narrative he estinian right of return a reality”. The right of return is the prin- alter the demographic make-up of believes in, but it poses the question ciple that Palestinians are entitled the country, effectively signalling – when he says he wants a meanto return to land they and their fami- the end of Israel as a Jewish state. ingful right of return, how does he

square that with his call for two states for two peoples? “What right of return is he calling for? To which borders? The 1948 borders or 1967 borders? Commitment to the Palestinian narrative is laudable, but comments like this play into the perception there is no other side to that narrative.” A Labour spokesperson told Jewish News: “These rights are inalienable and guaranteed by UN Resolution 194 of 11 December 1948. How the right of return is implemented is a matter for the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” On Sunday, Corbyn tweeted that a Labour-led government would recognise Palestine as a state.

Labour leader a ‘megaphone protester’ The Board of Deputies this week branded Jeremy Corbyn a “megaphone protester” and issued a set of demands on the Labour Party. The highly personal remarks against the Labour leader from new senior vice-president Sheila Gewolb marked a new low in relations, after the Board lodged

its submission to the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum consultation. The Board “urged” Labour to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, including its working examples, some of which have been criticised by the Home

Affairs Select Committee for potentially limiting legitimate free speech on Israel. It also demanded the scrapping of the ‘two-child policy’ on child benefits, and the full proscription of Hezbollah, including its political wing, which is not currently proscribed. Gewolb called Corbyn “one-

sided” on the Middle East conflict, after he said a Labour government would quickly recognise the state of Palestine. She said: “Mr Corbyn’s call for a two-state solution is consistent with our policy... but his one-sided pronouncements risk undermining his potential to be future peacemaker.”


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School ‘prevents kids from calling helplines’ One of the UK’s leading Orthodox Jewish schools has hit out at Ofsted after the national inspectorate downgraded it from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ in a damning report published on Tuesday. Governors at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill railed against a “secularist plot” after inspectors blasted the school for not teaching “key information” such as the basics of reproduction in science lessons. The school has been one of the Orthodox community’s stand-out performers in recent years, and has been championed as a model of teaching excellence by those arguing against teaching requirements in religious schools. But after its most recent inspection in March, Ofsted criticised the state-funded

Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School rejects criticism

secondary school for “not meeting the requirements of the national curriculum”, adding that “safeguarding is not effective” and that “teaching is not good enough”. The inspectors’ main issue, however, was that the school’s “leaders do not prepare pupils well for life in British society”, adding that

the redaction of books such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Elizabethan England was “detrimental to pupils’ learning…pupils do not have equal opportunities for learning compared to pupils elsewhere”. The report’s authors added that school leaders, including Principal Rabbi Avroham Pinter, “have not

met their statutory duty to provide impartial careers advice and guidance so that pupils can make informed decisions about their future aspirations”. Inspectors went further, noting that the school’s redaction of helpline numbers from books “prevents pupils protecting themselves, because they are unable to seek independent advice if required”. In an angry response, the chair of governors said the report “says more about Ofsted than it does about us”. Theo Bibelman said Yesodey Hatorah had recently been judged “outstanding” by the Hackney Learning Trust and that Ofsted had “downplayed our successes and academic achievements while showing a clear disrespect for the Orthodox community”.

POLES RETHINK LAW Jewish leaders have welcomed the Polish prime minister’s withdrawal of criminal sanctions from a controversial recent law that Israeli ministers said risked rewriting the history of the Holocaust. Mateusz Morawiecki made the changes to Poland’s Holocaust Law, which criminalised references to “Polish concentration camps”, and claims of Polish complicity in Nazi crimes. The country has long sought to clarify that the camps on what is now Polish soil were not ‘Polish camps’ but rather Nazi camps, run

by Germans, because the country was occupied by Nazi Germany. Board of Deputies’ senior vicepresident Sheila Gewolb said Morawiecki had made “the right decision” to remove the criminal sanctions from the law, which was passed by Poland’s politicians earlier this year. However, she added: “We note Mr Morawiecki has nonetheless been equivocal about whether this is the right decision. We will be watching the legislative amendments closely to ensure it’s carried through.”


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Jewish News 28 June 2018

News / Charity honour / Rabbi’s landmark NEWS IN BRIEF

MARR BREACHED BBC GUIDELINES OVER HIS ‘KIDS KILLED’ CLAIM BBC presenter Andrew Marr has received a slap on the wrist from the national broadcaster after a complaint about his coverage of Israeli action in Gaza was partly upheld. The complaint related to his comments on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, broadcast on 8 April, when he said: “There’s lots of Palestinian kids being killed further south as well by the Israeli forces.” The BBC’s editorial guidelines say claims such as that should be “well sourced” and “based on sound evidence,” but journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti, former head of Campaign Against Antisemitism, took issue with Marr’s suggestion. Sacerdoti also noted that Marr’s remarks linked the killing of Palestinians with a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, another topic discussed on the show.

Evie’s parents honoured Two “outstanding” Jewish volunteers who were shortlisted for a Jewish News Night of Heroes Award earlier this year have been honoured by the prime minister for their work providing respite breaks for families. Camp Simcha supporters Sam and Lee Bladon were this week given a Points of Light Award by Theresa May for their launch last October of Evie’s Night Owls, an at-home overnight respite service supporting parents whose children require roundthe-clock care. The initiative was named after the couple’s daughter, Evie, who was born in 2012 with severe brain damage, and was given 48 hours to live, but her parents’ devoted care led to her reaching her third birthday before passing away in November 2015. They launched Evie’s Night Owls with £10,000 raised from selling girls’ party dresses in London and Manchester, which were donated by a local business. The money went to Camp Simcha, the Jewish charity that supported the couple. In a personal letter, the prime minister told the couple, who live in Mill Hill: “This work is a remarkable way of honouring Evie’s memory and you should be very proud of what

Points of Light Award winners Sam and Lee Bladon with Evie and their other children

you have achieved.” Neville Goldschneider, chief executive of Camp Simcha, said the charity was “absolutely thrilled that the prime minister has recognised Sam and Lee Bladon’s hard work, strength and relentless dedication to making the service a reality”. He added: “All of us are grateful

SNAPPER CAPTURES 70 SMILES FOR SHOW Photographer Hanina Pinnick certainly went the extra smile for her stunning university project showing the diversity of London’s Jewish community. 70 Smiles, part of the Free Range exhibition at Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery until Monday, shows Jews of all ages, from across the religious and cultural spectrum. The 21-year-old said: “The images include children, teenagers and adults, some born in the UK, some refugees, some Israelis living in London, some religious and some not.” The artist says she was inspired by the number 70, as this year marks Israel’s 70th anniversary, as well as being a number with “deep biblical roots”. See:

to have had the opportunity to get to know their beautiful little Evie and we are humbled by the way Sam and Lee have taken such heartbreak and created something that will help so many others in Evie’s memory.” The couple said the award was “unexpected”, adding: “After we lost our beautiful daughter Evie, we

wanted to find a way to honour and keep her memory alive, by helping others who are facing similar battles. “We set up the Evie’s Night Owls committee to raise funds for an expansion of Camp Simcha’s respite service. Camp Simcha was there for us, so it’s fitting that we are able to establish Evie’s legacy through them.”

RABBA BRAWER ORDAINED The UK’s first Orthodox female rabbi was ordained in a historic ceremony in New York last week. Dina Brawer accepted her smicha (religious ordination) alongside six other women who graduated from the New York-based Yeshivat Maharat, joining 19 who have already been ordained. The institution was founded in 2009 as an Orthodox seminary for female leaders. In her acceptance speech, Brawer, who founded the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK (JOFA UK), said she was “honoured to take my place alongside other women and men who have chosen to serve in this most noble of callings”. She added: “This is an incredibly important time to be a rabbi, the world is in flux, society is broken, and we are sur-

rounded by a cynical, post-truth, culture. Judaism has much to offer this spiritually parched world. “I pray that together we may bring meaning, inspiration and healing to the many lives we set out to touch.” Brawer has now completed Hillel’s Office of Innovation – Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship in New York, and will celebrate her ordination with the British Jewish community on 8 July in London Speaking to Jewish News in May, Brawer confirmed she has chosen “rabba” – the feminine term for “rabbi” in Hebrew – as her official title. “I will describe myself as a rabbi; that’s what I’ve trained to do and that’s what I’m qualified to serve as,” she said.

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Immigration fears / Plane fury News

Rabbi’s Trump fears Reform Judaism’s top rabbi has warned that Donald Trump’s policies on immigration have all the hallmarks of others in history that led to genocide. Speaking as the children’s commissioner for England expressed dismay over what they perceive to be the inhumane treatment of families in the US – notably how thousands of children have been separated from their parents on the border with Mexico – Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner told The Observer: “What has happened is a moment of reckoning. It points to a systemic toxicity in public discourse. This needs to be stopped.” Adding that the warning signs were all too apparent, she said: “The numbing of empathy, the dehumanisation of other people through the

Protesters march against the US president’s immgration policy

encouragement of disdain are documented stages in history that have led to atrocities and even genocides.” Believing Trump should visit the UK next month, Janner-Klaussaid

she hopes Theresa May can use the opportunity to “to convey to him in the strongest terms the depth of opposition these policies have evoked.”

CHAREDIM SEAT ROW DELAYS EL AL FLIGHT An El Al flight was delayed by more than an hour after four strictly-Orthodox men refused to take their assigned seats next to women. The incident took place last Thursday on a flight from New York to Tel Aviv and was recounted in a Facebook post by Khen Rotem, one of the passengers on the plane. Rotem, an Israeli rapper who goes by the moniker Sagol 59, said that one of the four Charedi Orthodox men who was “particularly devout” got on the plane with his eyes closed and was led by the hand of one of the other men and remained that way throughout the flight. The flight attendants,

according to Rotem, worked to resolve the situation, but the Charedi passengers would only speak to male attendants. One finally threatened: “If you don’t sit down, you can get off the plane now.” Two women, one identified as an American in her 70s and the second a young Israeli woman, eventually agreed to move seats. Rotem noted that the women remained in economy class and did not receive an upgrade. He also said that other Orthodox passengers on the flight plane “expressed surprise and disgust” at the men’s behaviour. An El Al spokesperson said: “Any discrimination by passengers is absolutely forbidden.”

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Jewish News 28 June 2018

Jewish News meets... Ehud Olmert

PM who cam inch of achie A year out of prison and in London for an Intelligence Squared event, 72-year-old former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert talks to Stephen Oryszczuk about the way ahead for his country, making peace, and his future


ou can think of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as the man who came within an inch of making peace with the Palestinians, the corrupt politician who was finally jailed after several investigations, or the man whose investigation and imprisonment were the direct result of his peace-making. He thinks of himself as the latter. He thinks a lot of things, and over the course of a 90-minute interview repeatedly backs his opinions with examples, experience and polite common sense. For instance, when I ask in my first question whether he’s surprised that relations between Israel and the Gulf states still aren’t normalised, he says: “Yes. Had I remained prime minister, they would have been.” There is nothing under-confident about Olmert, who came within four months of making peace with the Palestinians, according to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He still thinks the plan he proposed is “the only game in town”. What game is that? “It’s based on a two-state solution on the ’67 borders, which is what the Palestinians say they want, with tiny swaps of territory, maybe four or six percent of the West Bank retained by Israel and swapped by an equal size territory. I agreed that the Arab part of Jerusalem would be the capital of the Palestinian state.” Is the two-time mayor of Jerusalem talking about a shared capital? “Not shared,” he says stridently. “Jerusalem is important for me, for the Jewish people, but I don’t care what people say about the ‘united city,’ it’s a slogan, it doesn’t mean anything. “Jerusalem never contained Beit Hanina, or Shu’fat Refugee Camp, or Jaber Mukabar, or Al-Sawahreh. This has never been part of any territory significant to the Jewish people. I am absolutely for Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, but Jerusalem, not all the Arab villages.” Ten years ago, he was also talking about the holy sites being administered by a multinational trust. Is that still his thinking? Absolutely. “To be absolutely sincere to our-

selves and our heritage, can we say the holy city of Jerusalem is not of significance to the Christian world, or the Muslim world?” He talks of “overlapping [religious] interests” and says: “There can be no exclusive sovereignty for anyone for the holy sites. “It creates endless confrontation and will never allow a full and genuine peace. Best to define the territory of the holy basin, then appoint a trust made up of the Saudis, Jordan, Palestinians, Israel and America, governed by a UN-authorised and approved agreement to define the authority of the trust, based on free access to all believers to all the holy sites.” He talks about his late-night hours-long discussions with Abbas in his study, Olmert smoking a cigar, Abbas a cigarette, and tells me that Abbas tacitly agreed no right of return. “I said the Saudi peace initiative, approved by the Arab League, was a good framework for resolving the issue of the refugees. On the right of return I said ‘no way,’ from Day 1, and Abbas, from Day 1, said to me he doesn’t want to change the nature of the State of Israel, that no-one will come anyway. “What did it mean? It meant that while we were trying all the time to force him to say he supports Israel as a Jewish state – which I’m absolutely certain would have been accepted and integrated into the agreement at the end – to ask him to agree to this at the beginning, which was his main card, that was a mistake.” It was serious stuff. He says he was willing to give Abbas “a gesture” on refugees (5,000 over five years) and that President George W Bush offered to give 100,000 Palestinians American citizenship if it helped, but says there were moments of levity, too. “What about family reunions?” Abbas once asked him. “I said ‘Mr President, do I look like an idiot? You will say we only want to reunite three families – the Zoabis, Husseinis and Shukeris. Together they are 600,000!” It’s a strange experience to sit talking for so long about the minutiae of making peace with the Israeli leader who came closest to doing so. I ask how close he was. If there was general agreement on land, Jerusalem and refugees,


28 June 2018 Jewish News

Jewish News meets... Ehut Olmert

e within an eving peace where were they still at odds? “It was small differences on territory, ‘not six percent but four percent’, that kind of thing,” he says. “That’s more or less where it was. The Palestinians always say of all the Israelis they ever dealt with, the one they trust most is me, that I was willing to go all the way. “So the middle point between us and them is me. They already said to me they are ready for swaps of two percent, but it isn’t enough, we need more. I said six percent but I tell you now I was willing to go down to 4.4 percent. That’s where it was, the very last, final stages of negotiation, and it could have been resolved, but it wasn’t.” As he talks, I ponder what risks the current Israeli prime minister has taken to reach a settlement, and it clearly perplexes him why those lining up to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu should seek to ape him. I ask if Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid is the man to make peace. “If he is, he needs to say it, and say how. Unfortunately there is an inclination among the challengers to Netanyahu to repeat, more or less, what Netanyahu says. They assume Israelis are leaning to the right so they think you have to appeal to them by saying what Netanyahu says. “My attitude is entirely different. I don’t think Israelis are leaning to the right or that they want challengers like Lapid or [Labor leader Avi] Gabbay to say what Bibi says. If they have to choose, they will go to the original, so I don’t think it is working.” Since Olmert was prime minister, from 2006-09, the settlements have grown and so has their power base, the influence of the religious-nationalist Jewish Home party now keenly felt in government. If he were negotiating today, would this tie his hand? “Its influence is noticeable, and to my mind, exaggerated,” he says. “But it can be


In conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu

changed. I think I know how it can be changed, but I don’t want to argue on the basis of ‘if I were’ – I’m not. At the end of the day, what we need is not a right-winger, or a left-winger, but a leader that has the inner strength and courage to stand up for his principles. You’d be surprised but if there was someone who said the opposite of what Netanyahu says, he will still be respected and supported. “That’s what people want, a leader who knows to bang on the table and say ‘this is what we need to do and we will do it’. So when someone starts to move like Bibi and speak like Bibi and comb like Bibi and dress like Bibi, people will say ‘OK, then Bibi’.” As our interview ends, I note that he recently asked the Attorney-General to erase his criminal record. Is this so the 72-year-old highly experienced ex-convict can re-enter Israeli politics? “First of all it means I want justice. And the rest? Let’s wait for the future.” As evidenced by his answer, he’s a born politician. “I’m an Israeli who cares about Israel, who knows how to handle its strategic needs. I have experience hardly any Israeli has, elected nine times to parliament, twice as mayor of Jerusalem, and prime minister. I have been very active in the centre of Israeli politics for four generations. The rest, you know, it’s for historians.” So, that’s a yes then. Fall from grace: A prison guard escorts former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during his term behind bars

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Jewish News 28 June 2018

News / Rabbi’s apology / Baroness’ call / Court case

Dweck sorry for ‘vulgar’ retweet The head of the UK’s Sephardi community has issued an unprecedented apology after his retweet of an entry by 17th Century diarist, Samuel Pepys, resulted in “intimations of vulgarity”, writes Francine Wolfisz. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community, said it was not “fitting of my office” to comment on one particular entry detailing that Pepys had “cavorted with a woman who wasn’t his wife.” In retweeting the entry, Rabbi Dweck added, “some things

never change”. Over a series of posts written last night, Rabbi Dweck explained: “I recently retweeted a tweet that was from the diary of Samuel Pepys – an 17th century man who kept elaborate diaries. “He is well known in the S&P community for writing about a visit he made to the S&P synagogue in the City of London during his time describing Simhat Torah. “One of the entries recently tweeted… was an account in which he writes in Spanish that

he cavorted with a woman who wasn’t his wife. “I retweeted it saying with disappointment that ‘some things never change’, meaning to say that all too often those who seem to be virtuous fall to base vices. It is not fitting of my office. I deeply apologise and regret having done so. Especially knowing that I remain under high scrutiny & criticism from detractors. My intention was not to publicise immorality, G-d forbid. But rather to condemn it. “Although I meant it to point

out the poor virtue of the man. I recognise that it was not appropriate for me to tweet intimations of vulgarity to the public.” Rabbi Dweck courted controversy among Orthodox leaders last year following a lecture on homosexuality, in which he said the LGBT revolution had been a “fantastic” development for humanity. He also said that while there was a prohibition on sex, there were still ways in which two men could express their love for one another.

Neuberger: ‘Jews should quit’ Jews in the Labour Party should resign in protest at the anti-Semitism row under Jeremy Corbyn, according to a senior British Jewish peer and rabbi. Baroness Julia Neuberger said last week the best way to defeat Labour’s anti-Semitism problem is to stop the party winning power, and members of the community should not remain in it. Addressing an audience at the Bank of England’s One Bank Flag-

ship Seminar, the West London Synagogue rabbi and crossbench peer said Lord Mitchell, who resigned from Labour in 2016, “was absolutely right to do so”, as she urged more to quit. “Others are saying they’re in there and staying to fight it,” she added. “I understand that, but at the moment they’re not winning. There’s a point Baroness Julia Neuberger where you’re

not winning where you have to say, forgive me… and leave.” Neuberger, who resigned the Lib Dem whip in 2011, said she hoped Labour’s antiSemitism row was “enough of a problem it’ll stop them getting elected, because that’s the best way of dealing with it”. “It certainly stopped them [Labour] in some local authorities being elected last month”, she said, with numerous Jewish Labour councillors losing their seats, in Barnet in particular.

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Twitter apology: Rabbi Joseph Dweck

HATE CANDIDATE BAILED A by-election candidate convicted of inciting anti-Semitic hatred has been bailed for a month after demanding to see a lawyer before sentencing. Barbara Fielding-Morriss, 79, who praised Hitler and called for new and better death camps, had previously refused to have legal representation. Fielding-Morriss, of Draycott, Staffordshire, a candidate in last year’s Stoke-on-Trent

Barbara Fielding-Morriss

Central by-election and the general election, was due to be sentenced on Friday, but is now due back in court on 20 July.

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Jewish News 28 June 2018

News / Burial changes / Couple’s ruling / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

NEWSPAPER SAYS SORRY FOR OP-ED A far-left newspaper that regularly features articles by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn apologised for running an online op-ed linking rising anti-Semitism to “Israel’s crimes”. The Morning Star pulled an article entitled ‘Rising anti-Semitism cannot be tackled without addressing Israel’s crimes.’ A spokesperson said: “This article has been removed as it crossed a line in attributing anti-Semitism to the policies of the Israeli government and made demands on the ‘Jewish community’ as if they were responsible for Israeli policy.”

RABBI TO ‘INSPIRE’ NEXT GENERATION The ex-head of the Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon has been appointed by the United Synagogue to deliver “creative activities” for schoolchildren and create links between schools and communities. Rabbi Cobi Ebrahimoff (Rav E) will become the Tribe rabbi responsible for the organisation’s programming activity and will travel to the US for Shabbatonim and camps. He said: “I want to inspire the next generation with a connection to Jewish values rooted in a love of Torah and Israel.”

New coroner guidance The chief coroner has issued new guidance on “expedited decisions” after senior inner London coroner Mary Hassell lost a legal battle with a Jewish burial society. The new diktat was published in the same week that Hassell was ordered to pay legal costs of £68,000 after her ‘cab rank rule’ policy of releasing bodies for burial was judged unlawful in a court hearing earlier this year. The guidance states that “some faith groups, particularly Jewish and Muslim, have religious and cultural wishes about treatment of a body and burial following a death”, adding: “Coroners should pay

Senior coroner Mary Hassell

appropriate respect to those wishes.” It follows the court’s ruling that it was unlawful for a coroner to adopt a policy ruling out the possibility of prioritising consideration of a death on religious grounds, a judgement welcomed by the Stamford Hill-based Jewish Community Council. Hassell lost a previous court battle against the Jewish community in 201516, costing the taxpayer £250,000 in legal fees, a cost then met by four councils – Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets – the areas where St Pancras-based Hassell has jurisdiction. It is unclear if they are liable for

the new costs. Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl said: “At a time of tight budgets across local government, residents deserve a senior coroner they can rely on not to needlessly waste taxpayer’s money and to treat all residents fairly.” The Board of Deputies and other Jewish groups have increasingly called for Hassell to be sacked, but this power rests with the Lord Chancellor, not with chief coroner Mark Lucraft QC, who initially told Hassell her ‘cab rank rule’ policy of releasing bodies was “excellent”, only to later change his mind.

CIVIL PARTNERSHIP COURT VICTORY A Jewish heterosexual couple fighting for the right to have a civil partnership have won a ruling at the UK’s highest court that they are being discriminated against. Five Supreme Court justices unanimously allowed an appeal by Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41. They are currently prevented from having a legal union through the

route of civil partnership because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 says only same-sex couples are eligible. The academics, who live in Hammersmith, suffered defeat at the Court of Appeal in February last year, but were given the go-ahead in August for a Supreme Court hearing. The panel of Supreme Court justices, including the court’s president,

Lady Hale, heard the couple’s case in May and announced their decision on Wednesday. The judges granted a declaration that the 2004 Act was “incompatible” with human rights laws on discrimination and right to a private and family life. Lord Kerr, announcing the court’s decision, said the Government accepts that “a difference cannot be justified”.

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Paul Alexander, aged 80, centre, with his son Nadav, left, and grandson Daniel

An intrepid group of 42 cyclists completed a marathon cycle trek from Berlin to London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, writes Alex Davis. There were tears of emotion, hugs and, in some cases, pure relief as the 600-mile six-day trip, which began at Friedrichstrasse Station in Berlin where the first train departed in 1938, ended outside Liverpool Street station.

Paul Alexander, now 80 and the only cyclist to have experienced the Kindertransport first hand, was just 18 months old when he boarded a train to Britain. After crossing the finish line with his son Nadav and grandson Daniel, he said: “It’s extremely exciting and emotional coming to the place I arrived 79 years ago. “I was given a second life here after being sent away from Nazi Germany – it was literally

my rebirth. My life has been truly special thanks to the World Jewish Relief, the British people and the British government. “There’s nothing more wonderful than charity and acceptance of refugees in distress from other countries. Children were saved by people who cared and wanted to help, and this must be learnt and repeated.” Cyclist Jamie Doyan, who was met at the finish line by his mother, Sandi Firth, and grandmother Gillie Rawson, 92, said: “I feel overwhelmed. Everyone on this ride has a story and it’s been an amazing journey. Going through Germany felt like a democratic statement, saying we will never forget but we can move on.” Cyclist Rebecca Singer said: “I feel exhilarated. We suffered horrific headwinds and pouring rain: there were a couple of days I had to give myself a good talking to. But remembering the reason we were doing it was impetus of itself and the strength of these amazing children pushed me through.” A ceremony was held outside Liverpool Street station, next to Frank Meisler’s sculpture depicting the Kindertransport. Kinder Sir Erich Reich presented medals to the 42 cyclists and praised their “extraordinary” efforts in marking the anniversary and aiding present-day refu-

gees supported by World Jewish Relief. WJR chairman Dan Rosenfield added: “We are all humbled to celebrate the achievement of our 42 phenomenal cyclists. It’s right we remember the circumstances that caused this journey, but we should also celebrate the kinder and their incredible contribution to the Jewish community and society more broadly.” The German Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen, spoke of the “huge debt of gratitude” owed to those who helped the kinder, and pledged her government’s support towards “remaining strong against all forms of intolerance”.

Former kinder Gillie Rawson with daughter Sandi Firth, granddaughter Melanie Verby and grandson Jamie Doyan, who took part in the 600-mile ride from Berlin

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room, and perhaps attempt talking to one another, but Megan had already set her sights on Laura’s Wes. With its Club 18-30 grasp on commitment, uncoupling and recoupling is easy in Love Island and more frequent than meal times (do they eat?). So with Ellie not ready to be a doctor’s wife (poor pink Alex), it looks like our hero won’t be alone for long. As for Megan – I’m guessing Eyal’s mum has breathed a sigh of relief.

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RABBI: WHAT GREAT RUBBISH! A top British rabbi has hailed an Israeli invention as being “of the utmost significance” after a firm said it had developed a plastic bag that degrades naturally in the compost. Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, who has spear-

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Our prince has come For Brits with an emotional connection to Israel, the sight of Prince William touching down at Ben Gurion Airport on the first official royal visit was a moment few of us will ever forget. The significance can hardly be overstated. Beyond these shores, few of us realise the emotional pull of the British monarchy. In countries half of us couldn’t even place on a map, things come to a complete standstill for the entire day when a prince marries. Young and old gather together, glued to their TV screens, wearing Union Jack clothing. For William’s wedding, women in at least one eastern European capital wore T-shirts reading: “There’s still one prince left.” Like his mother before him, William is big news. Where he goes, what he does, who he meets and what he says all matters. The symbolism, the status, the circus that follows him, it’s bigger than any head of state, with the possible exception of a US president. Actually, he’s probably bigger than Trump. Like his father, the prince has taken the lessons of the Holocaust to heart, such that his visit to Yad Vashem was – to British Jews following his endeavours – a natural extension of his learning and interest. He didn’t just visit Israel and meet Benjamin Netanyahu – he visited Jordan and the West Bank, met Mahmoud Abbas, played football with Jewish and Arab kids. His itinerary had balance, and so must he. A penny for his thoughts as he looked down onto the Old City from his King David Hotel balcony after a day’s handshaking, learning about the conflict. A three-generation wait is now over. There has been an official royal visit to Israel, 70 years after Zionist leaders began their campaign for international legitimacy – one that often seems like it will never end. But in most battles there are turning points. The prince’s visit may just be one.


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WILLIAM’S MESSAGE OF HOPE It’s been 70 years in the coming, Territories should be included in but what a pleasure it is to see the visit. So too, the football match a member of the royal family between Arab and Jewish children setting foot at last in Israel. One and the meetings between the can only guess at the behindpresidents of both Israel and the the-scenes talks that have led to Palestinian Authority. this moment, but it is here and From all the official quotes, we all peace-loving people will see should mark two in particular. One, it as an historic and significant that the tour “is aimed at enabling occasion – for Israel and the Prince William to understand more royals. about the religions of the region” Present politics being what – note the use of the plural in they are, we can be sure the WIlliam in Israel this week “religions”. arrangements for the visit have And two, that William was been refined over and over again. There will “looking forward to meeting as many people have been many anxious discussions not only from different walks of life as possible”. to put together what has to be seen as a fair A true message of hope for those who wish balance of engagements but also, sad to say, to to see it. ensure the prince’s safety. Alexander Cohen As to the former, it is right the Palestinian By email

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THE JASON BLAIR AFFAIR I do not understand why Martin Stern (Jewish News, 21 June), would think “the average reader would no doubt assume that Jason Blair was chazan of an Orthodox synagogue”. Mr Stern must have spent a lot of time finding any reference to Mr Blair being involved with Edgware Masorti shul. The Limmud programme on which Mr Stern found a link is from 2010. It is correct Mr Blair “was” head of education and youth activities at EMS, and was part-time chazan. However, Mr Blair has had no association with the shul since his

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Supermarket disgrace I see the Co-Op, which refuses to stock some Israeli products, has opened a new supermarket in Hampstead Garden Suburb. How misinformed. Israel is the only democracy in a violent and troubled Middle East. It is surrounded by enemies. If given the chance they would invade Israel and push its population into the sea. No matter what Israel has done, no matter what efforts Israel has made to try and bring about a peaceful solution with its Arab neighbours over very many years, all have failed miserably. The

truth of the matter is they don’t want Israel to remain at any price. Since becoming a state in 1948, Israel has given to the world so much in technology, medicine and knowledge. No doubt some of the equipment Co-Op uses has been produced by Israeli technology. Israel is ruled by civil law, not by fear and hatred. Have any of CoOps bosses ever visited Israel to find out the true facts for themselves? I doubt it. Its policy of boycotting Israeli goods is disgraceful.

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A WONDERFUL MOMENT What a joyous, wonderful moment it was to see Prince William, second in line to the throne, arriving in Israel this week! Seventy long years of waiting for a royal visit finally over. This is a tricky time for such a high-profile visit, with continuing violence on the Gaza border and the United

States withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Let’s hope the prince leaves the country with a clear vision of the threats the Jewish state faces and the extraordinary contribution it makes to the world. Emma Cleeman Ilford


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BIRTHRATE CONFUSION Your story on Jewish birthrates seemed totally confused, conflating “increase” in birthrate with “actual” birthrate (Jewish News, 22 June). The headline says Jewish birthrates are triple the UK average, but the story says only that the increase in Jewish birthrates is triple the UK increase. Then, you quote percentages but do not say percentages of what: Of the population as a whole only of women, or only of women

of child-bearing age? Are the figures annual birthrates or lifetime birthrates? If they are annual rates for the whole population, this means over an expected life of 80 years each woman is having about 300 children. I do not really believe this to be true. Other than suggesting someone thinks there is good news here, the article is meaningless. Raphael Mankin By email

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All would’ve been forgiven if Olmert had made peace STEPHEN ORYSZCZUK



ut he’s a crook. That’s what I kept thinking during my 90-minute interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who was jailed for fraud and bribery and released from prison a year ago. But you’re a crook, I thought, as he told me how he’d have made peace with the Palestinians, giving them Arab areas of east Jerusalem as their capital while retaining everything “of significance to the Jewish people” in Israel’s capital. That sounds fair, I thought, but you’re a crook. When he spoke about refugees, of giving Abbas a gesture (5,000) but no right of return, of how he’d have an international trust administer the holy sites so extremists couldn’t start a war, and of how he’d have settled for 4.4 percent territorial swaps, and I thought again: ‘That sounds reasonable, but you’re a crook.’ On Gaza, he said Israel needed to be brave and make the first move to help Gazans open up and trade with a deep-water port while retaining security checks to stop the weapons, and of

how that would ensure the Strip’s stability and counter the extremism that desperation breeds, I could neither argue with his reasoning nor his suggestion that burning kites are not an existential threat to Israel, and that there may be better ways to deal with protesters than by snipers shooting them dead. Common sense, I thought. But you’re a convicted felon. On the wars he oversaw as prime minister, he explained how his “disproportionate” response led to objections at the time, but then to 12 years of “silence” on Israel’s border with Lebanon, of how Hezbollah “learnt a lesson” that day and how Iran was learning that same lesson now, and how that lesson – once learned – saves Israeli lives. I thought fine, good, but you’re a crook. Then I heard him dismiss as “childish” those who argue against a peace deal because it won’t end terror, explaining why you never can guarantee it, and how a Palestinian man approaching 60 “can’t remember not living under the gun of an Israeli soldier, not living without searching his body, his wife’s body, his children’s bodies… Bitterness has built up, almost naturally, and will not be wiped out overnight by some leader signing an agreement, but with a Palestinian

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state, the positive energy that exists among most Palestinians will take over and change attitudes”. I heard those words, unprecedented from an Israeli right-wing leader, and liked them, still thinking: ‘But you’re a crook.’ He admitted mistakes and alleged an effort to get rid of him by rich American Jews, but refused to call for his nemesis Benjamin Netanyahu to be charged, despite all the allegations and testimony and investigations, wishing “nothing personal” on his foe despite Bibi having met the attorney-general eight times, whereas Olmert never did. It’s a question of ethics, said the crook. Then he spoke about character and leadership, and how leaders risk their popularity and make concessions to achieve “something

historic”, of how he believed the West Bank to be part of ‘Eretz Israel’ because if he didn’t he couldn’t concede it, and of how right-wingers now think he’s a “leftie” but he doesn’t care because leaders “know when to bang on the table and say this is what we need to do and we will do it”. He spoke about inner strength and his face matched his words. He spoke about banging on the table and bang he did, with such force it shook my recorder. His stare said he was the man to make peace, to end 50 years of killing and terror and dread and taking other people’s land. He spoke of loving Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people, but said “we are not indifferent to the suffering of those who had to leave their homes”. This, he said, applied to both Jews and Arabs – all should be compensated, and he would have done so. I heard those words and thought how much we need to hear them from an Israeli leader, and how I never had. Then I remembered how this man came within a gnat’s whisker of peace with the Palestinians 10 years ago. ‘You’re a crook,’ I thought. ‘But I’d have forgiven you.’

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For Britain, just being nicer than Trump is not enough MARIE VAN DER ZYL



ast week, an American newsreader broke down on live TV. Rachel Maddow was overcome with emotion while trying to read a report about babies and young children being forcibly separated from their parents by US authorities. While the newsreader apologised for “losing it” on the broadcast, she had inadvertently spoken for millions of people like myself, who had watched and read the same reports with absolute horror. The treatment of these migrants by Donald Trump’s administration is a disgrace. I know many British Jews felt the same revulsion. Indeed it was articulated passionately by Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner – Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism – a few days ago. In January last year, when visiting a mosque in Bradford, I spoke out against Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from Muslim countries. As I said at the time,

even though he is the most powerful man on the planet, we will still sometimes have to tell him when he is wrong. The same applies this time. Jews know what it is like to be treated as the ‘other’ in societies across the world. In the Torah it is written: “If a stranger comes to live in your country, do not mistreat them... You shall love your neighbour as you love yourself, for you too were strangers in the Land of Egypt”. It is, therefore, no surprise that the Jewish community takes a particular interest in the plight of immigrants and asylum seekers. It is to our own Government’s credit that, in the UK, the detention of unaccompanied children is largely consigned to history. Since 2014, the detention of unaccompanied children for more than a 24-hour period has been outlawed. And since 2010, great strides have been made to minimise the circumstances in which families with children are detained. The impact of these changes has been huge. Over 1,000 children were detained for the purpose of immigration control in 2009, by 2016 this had fallen to just 71.


But Britain can still do better. The UK is also the only country in the European Union which does not have a time limit on how long people can be detained by the immigration system, depriving people of their liberty for an unlimited number of months or even years. I agree with Rene Cassin – the Jewish human rights charity – which is campaigning for a 28 day upper limit as the maximum length of time that a person can be held in detention, as is the practice in most of Europe. The UK is still not doing enough for child refugees. The proposal by Lord Alf Dubs – one of the Jewish children

brought here on the Kindertransport – was accepted by the Government in May 2016, and committed Britain to helping children to come to live safely in the UK. Lord Dubs and his supporters hoped the UK would help 3,000 but, after two years, fewer than 250 have arrived. Now the Government says it is ending the Dubs scheme, which seems like a huge missed opportunity. And in the year when we should be celebrating 70 years since the arrival of the Windrush – and the contributions of the people it brought here – this anniversary has been tainted by the shameful way that many of those Caribbean-born British citizens have been treated. British Jews are lucky to live in a thriving democracy which respects our freedom of worship and celebrates diversity. But “nicer than Trump” isn’t good enough. Britain can be so much better than that. Let’s make sure Britain lives up to its reputation as a welcoming place for those seeking refuge, or a better life, as many of our own parents and grandparents did.


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Ray of hope in this new Saudi realpolitik ALEX BRUMMER



or several decades now, senior economic and national security experts and officials from the US, Europe and the Gulf have met in Athens to review and discuss global events. It was at one such meeting, smallscale Davos and Bilderberg if you like, I first heard the alarm bells ring of the impending financial crisis a decade ago. As a friend and defender of Israel, the sessions on the Middle East have not always been comfortable. In spite of a Jewish presence of Harvard economists, the attendance of high-level Saudi Arabian officials often meant sessions dealing with the Gulf and Israel-Palestine have been hostile. Nevertheless, one has always found the Saudi representatives – including the oil minister and head of the monetary authority – to be unfailingly friendly and courteous. It has long been stated quietly and recently more noisily by Israeli officials that relations with Gulf neighbours and notably Saudi Arabia have improved immeasurably.

The common interest of the ‘moderate’ Arab states and Israel is to combat an arch of Islamic extremism from Iran, through Syria and ISIS in Iraq with ambitions to extend influence in the Gulf. The Houthi rebels, at present being bombed by Saudi planes (with the assistance of British and US weaponry), form part of that radical fundamentalist axis with a disdain for the Jewish state. The conviction that Saudi Arabia and Israel are now on the same page in the Mid East has been more warmly embraced by Benjamin Netanyahu and supporters than Riyadh. When I mentioned this to a senior Saudi at last year’s seminar, the credibility of such reports was directly challenged. In 2018, there is a notable change. First order of business for Saudi participants was to praise the steps taken by the great moderniser ‘MBS’ (as he is affectionately named), Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, last spotted living it up with Vladimir Putin at the opening game of the World Cup. Among the reforms of the great moderniser extolled by colleagues are the opening of the roads and commercial premises to women drivers and workers. A second change is the demotion of the austere Wahhabi Islam

of the pre-MBS kingdom, which in the past has funded mosque building round the world and has been seen in the West as responsible for backing al-Qaeda. MBS has also tamed corruption by locking up Saudi oligarchs, forcing them from the luxury prison of the Westin Hotel to pay billions in fines to the state and to clean up their behaviour. The final domestic element of the MBS modernisation is Saudi Vision 2030, a plan that seeks to open the economy to overseas investment. MBS’s reforms also look to have started a new public realpolitik. The same Saudi officials who once seemed embarrassed by any link with Israel seem to take it for granted a new relationship beckons. In presentations and ringside chats, it is acknowledged MBS advocates a fresh diplomacy.

Plainly, President Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was unhelpful and had to be protested. Similarly, the violence and carnage on the Gaza border, whatever the provocation, could not be condoned. Yet it is clear by the standards of the past the noise of protest from Arab capitals and on the street has been muted. The Saudis on parade don’t like what has happened but they are committed to the two-state solution to the Mid East conflict, whatever the long-term plans of the Netanyahu government. The bottom line is the tone of the discourse on Israel has changed radically and it would appear MBS wants to be part of the solution not an obstacle – an advance in thinking among the Gulf states which offers a glimmer of hope amid recent darkness.


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ast week, 7,000 strictlyOrthodox Jews prayed publicly in response to perceived attacks from Ofsted regarding how they promote British values. Some statefunded schools within these communities have censored images of women socialising with men or felt it appropriate to inquire about parents’ sexual relations. Jewish tradition dating back to Babylon teaches respect for the laws of countries where we dwell. From praying for the welfare of monarchs to combining Torah im derech eretz (with the ways of the land), Jewish thought is not lacking in pragmatic advice to follow for “the ways of peace”. What is it about Ofsted’s current approach that caused levels of concern to spark this public prayer? The primary concern is Ofsted reprimanding “schools’ refusal to teach protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act

2010”, including ensuring there is no discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality. There is no curbing of how faith schools can teach their interpretation of their faith. There is a requirement that British values of tolerance are promoted. Whatever is taught about Jewish law and ritual observance, no pupil, parent or staff at the school should feel harassed or harmed because of their gender or sexuality. Faith schools are, of course, permitted to teach their interpretation of their faith’s perspective on social issues. They are also expected to acknowledge British law and other perspectives in British society. Religious instruction should not interfere with informed




and intelligent teaching of secular subjects. Stonewall’s research provides context for improving all schools’ approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion. Its 2017 School Report found “LGBT pupils in faith schools are more likely than those in non-faith schools to say that teachers and school staff never challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language when they hear it (31 percent compared to 22 percent)”. The report highlights the welfare consequences (or Pikuach Nefesh motivation) of allowing hostility and prejudice to fester: • More than two-in-five trans young people have attempted to take their own life, and one-in-five lesbian, gay and bi students have done the same. • LGBT pupils of faith are somewhat more likely to have tried to take their own life than those who aren’t of faith (30 compared to 25 percent). My entire education was governed by Section 28 banning the promotion of homosexuality. When I asked how a loving God could create someone gay then legislate against expressing their nature, I was told each of us is born with challenges to overcome, before the teacher cited the example of people

born with physical disabilities. Friends have experience of Jewish schools where gender and sexuality were omitted from sociology classes or homosexual persecution during the Holocaust was barely mentioned. Nine years after Section 28’s reversal, Europe’s largest Jewish school allowed a religious studies teacher to suggest in the classroom that “gay cure” therapy was a viable option. No Orthodox Jewish school should be forced to change how it teaches Judaism but they might also teach Jewish values of inclusion – such as those articulated by Rabbi Chaim Rapoport and Orthodox Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. There are brave Orthodox leaders distinguishing between advancing halachic observance and advocating hatred or hostility. At the very least they might consider how, rather than “influential secular forces”, it is their undermining of tolerance and equality that may “impinge on our rights”. The British values they are expected to promote also secure our freedom of religion and safeguard Jewish people as a minority.  David is writing in a personal capacity

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This year’s Maccabi GB Community Fun Run was a record-breaker as 6,500 people – runners and spectators – flocked to Allianz Park, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for 78 charities and schools. More than 2,500 people took part in runs between one and 10km.

Two-year-old Megan Godley was the youngest participant for Jewish Women’s Aid – and raised £150 Aron, Andrew and Yishai White ran for Chai Cancer Care

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UJIA had 70 runners take part, marking Israel’s 70th anniversary

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Rabbi Yossi Simon blew the shofar with Nick Bitel, chief executive of London Marathon and chair of Sport England, to set off the 10km race

Nikki and Ashley Teper were two of Chai Cancer Care’s runners

Daniel, Alison, Joseph, Talia and Gabriella Jacob were among Jewish Women’s Aid’s 46 runners, who raised £3,000

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Rio Woolf ran for Camp Simcha after being inspired to do so by another of its fundraisers, Lucy Ronson Allalouf – who he met at Jewish News’ Night of Heroes awards in February

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David Abramson – one of 73 runners for GIFT – took part in the 10km event, four months after undergoing a bone marrow transplant to save the life of a leukaemia patient

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Lifestyle / Online wisdom

The dark side of social media Norwood is tackling cyberbullying head on with a creative awareness campaign, #BeSocialWise, writes Francine Wolfisz


rowing up in a family where her parents struggled to provide even the basics for Rebecca – including food, bedding and clothing – was challenging enough for a young teenager, without having to then endure being bullied at school. But even away from the playground and in the safety of her home, the teasing continued via social media. In Rebecca’s own words, there was “nowhere to escape”. The 23-year-old scientist, who is currently studying for her PhD, recalls: “I was picked on an awful lot, because I didn’t have clean clothes. A picture was taken of me at school and posted on Facebook. Soon everyone was commenting and it was just awful. “I remembered looking at it and thinking I’m at home, I’m not even around these people, but they are still having a huge impact on my life, despite not even being there.” While her school was proactive in speaking to those responsible for posting the picture, outside the school gates Rebecca felt there was little to protect her from the cyberbullies. “The rules of school didn’t extend to their home life,” she reflects. For Rebecca and other victims of online bullying, the impact on a young person’s mental health can be significant. Coupled with other pressures in today’s increasingly fast-paced world, it’s no surprise that more children and young adults are reporting symptoms of anxiety, low selfesteem and depression. Recent statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show one-third of the UK population experience mental health problems each year – and 50% of mental health issues

switch off from phones and iPads. are established by age 14. She explains: “Social media is The NSPCC has also revealed a sharp rise not usually the reason why children in the number of mental health referrals are referred, but it does come up in in English schools, with a staggering 55% conversations. Certainly some are more coming from primary schools. impacted than others, but we do often come While the root causes of mental health across this feeling of not wanting to put problems are complex, there is evidence down their phone or be left out of the loop. suggesting social media can add to the prob“For some, their sleep is being interlems already faced by young people. rupted, because they are on WhatsApp late at Now Norwood is hoping to tackle the night, having conversations with people they issues of cyberbullying and social media have met online. addiction through a new campaign, #BeSo“For others, a rumour circulating on social cialWise, as part of the charity’s wider Reach media can make them become agitated and Out initiative supporting young people. distracted, which impacts on their general Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in health and wellbeing, as well the UK supporting vulneras their capacity to learn.” able children and their Addiction to social media families, children with is not a problem however special educational needs restricted to teenagers. and people with learning Lisa West, deputy head of disabilities and autism. Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary Launching on 3 July, the School, has had to deal with campaign is encouraging children as young as seven young people to “log on, staying up late at night wise up” and become more messaging their friends and aware of how much they are watching videos, while also using social media, whether trying to educate parents they are staying safe online about keeping their children and to consider if their safe online. comments could be harmful “Children are getting to others. Sue Cohen, Norwood’s Norwood’s campaign slogan access to social media at a younger and younger age,” psychological therapies laments West. “Parents are manager, reveals that in almost blindly allowing their children her 16 years of working with the charity, access to iPads, laptops and their phones, as social media is “something that has become more and more prevalent” among a way of pacifying their children and giving them time to get on with a task. But I’m not young people seeking help. Cyberbullying is one issue faced by adoles- sure they are as aware as they need to be to the dangers.” cents, but so too is the problem of becoming West recalls how one unsupervised child addicted to social media and reluctance to

was allowed to use an iPad late at night in their bedroom, while another was able to access videos with adult humour. “We had another child in Year 5, who wanted to watch the songs from Frozen. At the end of the page there were these links and within just a few clicks, he was able to access a hugely inappropriate version of a song, which he then learnt and began singing in the playground.” She advises parents to supervise their child, or at least have them within earshot when going online. “I think it’s OK for parents to know everything their child is accessing, especially at primary school level. Technology is such a part of our children’s lives and their future – they just need to know how to use it safely and with their eyes wide open.” For Rebecca, who received help and support from Norwood throughout her childhood, the online bullying eventually ceased, but as a young adult she is still more than wary of just how much others use social media. “You often see people posting pictures having this amazing time and it can make you really conscious that you are not. No-one really talks about having a bad day. It makes you feel not normal, because you’re not feeling happy all the time, but in reality no-one is – they just portray that they are. I see all the time just how obsessed people have become with their phones and social media, but the reality is they are never missing out on what’s really important. “It’s far better to live in the moment, rather than worry about everyone else.” #BeSocialWise takes place on Tuesday 3 July. More at

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BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS Balak deals at length with the machinations of the King of Moab and his attempts to get Balaam, the gentile prophet, to curse the Children of Israel. It contains a sustained piece of humour where Balaam tries to ride his she-ass to curse the people of Israel, only to be thwarted by the animal, which sees an angel with a fiery sword standing in the way. The Midrash asks, why did the angel not just breathe on Balaam to kill him, as angels don’t need swords? The answer is taken from Genesis, where Isaac says: “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau”. Because Balaam wants to use his voice (Jacob’s tool) to curse the Children of Israel, so the angel uses the opposite, the weapon in his hands to oppose him. The sedra also mentions the “opening” of the donkey’s mouth by God enabling it to speak. Why make a donkey talk? The Kli Yakar says it taught Balaam a lesson. In his arrogance, he thought his gift of prophesy and ability to bless and curse was special to him. The gift of speech to the donkey is God’s way of saying that if God wills it, even an ass will see angels and make speeches recorded in the Torah! Instead of cursing, Balaam blesses the Children of Israel, three times. This repeated inversion of his intent is enshrined in our liturgy, which quotes Balaam whenever we enter a synagogue: “How lovely are your tents O Jacob, how fine thy dwelling places O Israel.”

Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves the Jewish Community of Berkshire in Reading,

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about... Womb transplants? BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Doctors have announced that the first womb transplants in the UK will be carried out by the end of this year. What does the Torah say about this? The single most important theme for our nation was its birth, scripturally described as the opening of the womb. All four of our matriarch ancestors – Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah – had trouble conceiving. God “remembered” Sarah as he had promised, and she became pregnant with Isaac. Rebecca’s pregnancy followed a 20-year period of unviability. Following Jacob’s marriage to

Rachel, God saw that Leah was hated and so “opened her womb”, giving her seven children of her own and two more through her maidservant Zilpah. During Leah’s birthing years, Rachel was unable to get pregnant, but God “remembered” her too and opened her womb and she gave birth to Joseph. It is perhaps strange that our tradition chooses the blessing given to daughters to be “May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah”. However, giving birth against the odds stacked against them by nature is what constitutes the blessing. Hannah, co-wife of Elkanah with Peninah, was “closed of womb”, and


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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

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BY RABBI SANDRA KVIAT “Let not our father’s name be lost to his clan just because he had no son! Give us a holding among our father’s kinsmen!”(Numbers 27.4) The Biblical tale of the Daughters of Zelophehad is troubling to today’s Liberal Jew for a number of reasons. The five sisters of its title – Mahlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah – wish to inherit their father’s property after his death in the wilderness, which as women they are not entitled to do. But as Zelophehad had no son, Moses takes the case to God – who rules the sister’s plea is just and they should have their father’s hereditary holding. Later, a condition of the inheritance was added that the women could marry only men from their father’s Manasseh tribe, so that their share of the inheritance was not lost to another clan. The issues here are fairly obvious. The Torah is telling us that only sons can inherit their father’s wealth (note

a mother is never mentioned). Only in cases where there are no sons can a daughter inherit, and even then only with permission and strict rules laid down directly by God himself. But we can also look at the daughters as feminist forerunners – ushering in equality in the same way as Emmeline Pankhurst or Rabbi Jackie Tabick. Women owning land in Biblical times was just as radical a shift as women winning the vote 100 years ago or becoming rabbis in the 1970s – all things we now take for granted. In Biblical law, women were treated as property – whether it was of their father or their husband – not owners of property. Property gives you agency, power and a voice. So what can this initially troubling story tell today’s Liberal Jew? That to live and shape meaningful Judaism, we have to feel ownership of it, no matter our gender.  Sandra Kviat is rabbi at Crouch End Chavurah

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RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH In Judaism human rights are not divisible. There is never a time that they do not matter. There is no “other” who does not deserve the rights that you do. There is never a nation where abuses of human rights are acceptable. Torah frequently tells us that “there shall be one law for the home-born as for the stranger.” From this, we assert that God does not see that one group of humans deserves a better life than another. One of our Psalms sung every Shabbat evening says clearly that “God will judge all the peoples with equity.” It is perhaps no coincidence that René Cassin, a key author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, was Jewish. The declaration states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” and Cassin’s legacy lives on in the communal humanrights charity bearing his name.

This religious commitment to human rights means whenever a sporting event is held in a country with a poor human rights record, Jews should join others in using the opportunity to campaign on behalf of those whose rights are violated. Since 2008, many of the major international sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the European Games and the World Cup tournaments have been held in, or have been awarded to, countries including China, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Belarus and Russia. All these countries have wellknown instances of human-rights abuses. And in the case of Qatar, preparations for the next World Cup have been marred by reports of exploitation and abuse of hundreds of thousands of mostly South Asian migrant workers. The spotlight and attention that international sporting events

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Kerem kids have a splashing time! SWIMMING Kerem school came out on top at the recent Maccabi GB Simchat Hamayim Swimming Gala with its teams claiming three of the four trophies on offer. Barnet Copthall Swimming Pool hosted six Jewish Primary schools from across London – Rosh Pinah, Sinai Jewish Primary School, Independent Jewish Day School Academy, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School and North West London Jewish Day School – along with Kerem – who brought a mixture of boys and girls, totalling 90 children in all. Kerem won the Small School, Boys Team

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England star chips in to help raise £115k Leor gets to grips at World Champs Ex-Chelsea and England defender Wayne Bridge (pictured right) was among more than 100 golfers who raised £115,000 for community services in Redbridge. Taking part in the 48th Annual Redbridge Aid Golf Society tournament, Bridge, along with James Thop-


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Jewish woman at the Championships. Israeli attention will once more centre on Dudi Sela, who, making his tenth appearance in south west London, will be hoping to end a miserable first half of 2018 which has seen him beaten in the first round of the previous two Grand Slams and drop down to 128 in the rankings. Jonathan Erlich, in the doubles and junior Yshai Oliel will complete the Israeli contingent.

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10 TOP TIPS TO AVOID DELAYS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME Thinking about marketing your property for sale in 2018? Simon Nosworthy, Head of Residential Conveyancing at Osbornes sets out his top 10 tips of things to prepare now to avoid delays when it comes to selling your home: 1. You need to find out how big your outstanding mortgage is, and if there are any early redemption penalties. If you contact your mortgage provider they should be able to provide this information in writing or over the phone. 2. Put together the title deeds for the house. The deeds to your house maybe with your mortgage provider if you have one. Many mortgage lenders do not hold title deeds anymore, so you may have received the property’s deeds when you purchased the property or if you have recently re‑mortgaged. These maybe with a solicitor that you have used in the past so please check. This is especially important if you are selling a leasehold property as

it can be really useful to have the original lease if this is available. 3. Locate all planning permissions for recent work done to the property. You should definitely have this paperwork available for work that required planning permission in the last 10 years. If these documents have been lost, you should be able to obtain copies from the Local Authority. 4. Locate all building regulations consents for work done at this property. For example, if you have had a new boiler installed post 1st April 2009 you will need to provide Gas Safe certificate. If the boiler was installed before that date then a CORGI certificate should be provided. If these documents have been lost, you should be able to obtain copies from the Local Authority or online from the certificate provider. 5. Locate all warranties and guarantees for any works done at the property. For example for

replacement windows or cavity wall installation or timber and damp treatment at the property. If these documents have been lost, you should be able to obtain copies from the guarantee or warranty provider. 6. If your property has been built in the last 10 years then you should locate your original home building warranty. 7. Obtain a set of recent utility bills (the water bill is most important, but your legal representative will probably also ask for a council tax bill and maybe electricity). If you pay your bills by direct debit, make sure to get an annual statement from the utility provider and give that to your legal representative instead. 8. Locate notices that you have received in relation to neighbouring properties such as party wall act notices or notices of planning applications and decisions for these properties. 9. Have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. It also provides information as to how you could make your home more energy efficient. An EPC is required for every sale. If you are selling

through an estate agent, your estate agent can assist you with getting an EPC done. 10. If your property is a leasehold property, request an up‑to‑date ground rent receipt from your landlord or managing agent. If your property is leasehold and you have a share of freehold and the freehold is owned by a company that is limited by share capital, then you need to ensure that you have the original share certificate to hand. Taking the time to obtain and locate the documents and information listed can save days or even weeks at the end of the sale transaction and avoid the needless frustration that so many sellers feel when exchange is delayed. To speak with Simon on any property issue you can contact him on 020 7485 8811 or e‑mail on

Simon Nosworthy, Partner Mark Freedman, Partner Osbornes is approved by the Law Society under their Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

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THE BEST SOLICITORS WE’VE COME ACROSS Our estate agent recommended Osbornes to us and we are so glad we took their advice. Their process was smooth, professional and co‑operative throughout… efficient, friendly, easy to get hold of and very swift to action matters. The advice provided to us when matters got sticky was very sound and we would definitely engage Osbornes in the future. They really are as good as the reviews they get.

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