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Warsaw Ghetto desecrator quits Momentum event Protester who graffitied ‘Free Palestine’ at historic site invited to speak on panel A woman who daubed a Warsaw ghetto wall with the words “Free Gaza and Palestine” has withdrawn from taking a leading role in a Momentum event run alongside the Labour Party conference in Liverpool this month, writes Jenni Frazer. Ewa Jasiewicz, 40, has described the 2010 daubing as “a small act of unarmed resistance”, which she carried out together with a former IDF captain and reservist, Yonatan Shapira. The action, which she has since apologised for admitting it “lacked awareness”, has been denounced by Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust, who says “defacing the wall of the ghetto where hundreds of thousands of men, women and children were imprisoned, starved and sent to their deaths” was “sickening and shameful”. The daubing included the words “Liberate all ghettos” and

was said by Jasiewicz and Shapira to be a protest against how Israel had “co-opted” the Holocaust to serve “agendas of colonisation and repression”. Jasiewicz, who is based in the UK, has also been attacked for a 2002 comment on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign website in which she apparently called for action against members of Israel’s Knesset. She now calls this a “flippant” remark written when she was 24 and she does not advocate violence against anyone. Left: Ewa Jasiewicz. Above: Her graffiti sprayed on the wall of the former ghetto

She is due to speak at Momentum’s politics and arts festival, The World Transformed, which will take place in parallel with Labour’s conference in Liverpool. Other speakers will include Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor. The CST called the daubing “exactly the kind of obsessive anti-Israel hatred and abuse of the Holocaust that is central to Labour’s problem of anti-semitism. If Momentum have any decency or integrity, they will withdraw their invitation.” Founder of Momentum Jon Lansman told Jewish News: “I do not condone what she did but it was several years ago. It should be judged soberly and she should have the opportunity to defend herself.” Continued on page 2

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CRIME FIGHTING HEROINE Luciana Berger was honoured last night at the National No2H8 Crime Awards. Sponsored by Jewish News, the event celebrates individuals and groups tackling hatred, intolerance and prejudice. The Labour MP received the Jo Cox Memorial Award for Bravery & Heroism, recognising her fight against anti-Semitism. See page 2

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Berger wins Jo Cox award Luciana Berger last night paid tribute to murdered former colleague Jo Cox after being honoured for standing up to the hate she and others have faced for being Jewish, writes Justin Cohen. The MP for Liverpool Wavertree picked up the trophy, named in honour of the murdered MP, at the largest ever No2H8 Crime Awards in central London, media partnered by The Mirror, Jewish News and a host of other national titles. Berger has also been at the forefront of challenging antisemitism in her party over recent months, speaking out over anti-Semitic mural whose removal Jeremy Corbyn had once questioned and taking to the stage at the historic Enough is Enough demonstration a few days later. Earlier this year, she was applauded by MPs from across the House of Commons after speaking movingly of the sickening abuse she has suffered online since the age of 19 – from both the right and the left. Addressing antisemitism within her own party, she said: “Being a bystander who turns the other way is not an option. The time for action

Awarded: Luciana Berger addressing the crowd at the Enough Is Enough protest earlier this year

is now. Enough really is enough.” She told Jewish News: “I am deeply honoured to have won this award. Jo Cox was a friend and she embodied courage and fortitude. To receive an honour in her memory is a great privilege. What Jo taught

us is to stand up for our beliefs, no matter how daunting or insurmountable the obstacles may seem. That’s what I shall continue to do.” Berger has seen five men in court over antisemitic abuse directed towards her, with four of them

receiving prison sentences. So bad has been the abuse she has faced online that she was forced to turn off notifications. One recent tweet attracted 1,000 messages of hate – overwhelmingly from men. The awards, recognising those at

the forefront of tackling hate against all communities, brought more than 360 people to the Intercontinental Hotel. The CST was among a host of event partners. Awards Chair Richard Benson said: “Luciana is a tireless campaigner who has been attacked because she is Jewish. In today’s world, we need more people like Luciana to stand up and be counted and this is why we developed the No2H8 Crime Awards. So people can be motivated, energised and driven to say ‘enough is enough’ and to stand up against hatred, prejudice and intolerance. Luciana is a hero against hate for many.” Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Faith Matters and creator of the awards, said: “I have known Luciana since she was in the National Union of Students. She was a fearless campaigner then and she is even more fearless now. “As an MP, woman and advocate who happens to be Jewish, she is an inspiration at a time when we need role models. I also want to add that if anyone thinks Luciana will keep quiet because she is targeted. Think again.”

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A man who works for Iran’s state-sponsored broadcaster Press TV has been suspended by the Labour Party. The move came after Labour fury over the live filming and tweeting of a meeting of Enfield North Constituency Labour Party last week, in which the MP Joan Ryan was facing a vote of no confidence. Robert Carter, who is also a member of the Labour Party, allegedly used his membership to enter the meeting and film the debate, which is forbidden under party rules. All working journalists and film crews were banned from the event, in which Ryan, parliamentary chair of Labour Friends of Israel, narrowly lost the vote by 97 votes to 95. Although Labour said it would not comment on individual cases, Jewish News has confirmed Carter’s suspension.

Continued from page 1 “This lynch mob mentality does nothing to assist a proper debate about antisemitism in the Labour Party or elsewhere. If someone makes a complaint to the Labour Party it will be judged fairly.” He added on Jon Lansman Twitter that “the trial by media of Ewa Jasiewicz for her graffiti is no way to judge anyone. “Libertate [sic] all Ghettos” and “Free Gaza and Palestine” are not antisemitic statements. The whole context, more info than Gilligan provided & her own defence must be considered as we do at Labour’s NEC”. The Labour Party conference takes place in Liverpool from Sunday 23 September. ¿ Editorial comment, page 18


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Jeremy Corbyn this week refused to intervene to prevent local activists targeting his internal party critics as one of Labour’s newest MPs faced censure for attending an antisemitism rally. Corbyn told the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) it was “not his role to interfere” in local “democratic accountability” after Rosie Duffield briefly faced a motion brought by members of her constituency Labour Party (CLP) in Canterbury, a spokesman for the leader said. The letter criticised her for attending the ‘Enough is Enough’ demo against antisemitism, organised by the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council. The action against the MP, who took the Kent city seat at the 2017 election with a majority of just 187 – after 99 years as a Tory stronghold – was dismissed following an outcry from fellow MPs. It followed no confidence votes against Labour Fr i e n d s of Israel chairman Joan Ryan, a former minister under Tony Blair, Luton South Rosie Duffield

Jeremy Corbyn pledged Labour would tackle the “social cancer” of antisemitism in his Rosh Hashanah greeting, posted on Facebook. The party leader acknowledged it was a “difficult time” for Britain’s Jewish communities and reiterated his promise to tackle antisemitism. He wrote: “Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur allow time to reflect, learn and confront those challenges. Teshuvah – that process of recognition and putting things right – is a moment for reflecting on our

Labour MPs, including David Lammy, centre, at the ‘Enough is Enough’ rally

MP Gavin Shuker and Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie. Those votes prompted MP Chuka Umunna to urge Corbyn to “call off the dogs” to stop centre-left MPs being driven out of the party. He also branded the party “institutionally racist” at the weekend over its handling of the antisemitism row. A Corbyn spokesman said he had told the PLP on Monday “it is not his place to be involved in the democratic practices of different parts of the Labour Party”. He added: “He was making the point that everybody is subject to democratic accountability. It’s not his role to interfere with that. “But obviously these things have to be conducted properly and thoroughly

and without abuse and Jeremy reiterated… that our politics is conducted with respect and without abuse of any kind.” After the PLP meeting, Duffield tweeted: “Thank you so much to all who’ve been in touch or tweeted. Luckily, this tiny group of members do not represent my wonderful CLP as a whole.” She was backed by senior colleagues, including former work and pensions secretary Yvette Cooper, who tweeted: “Can’t believe any party members wd want to target her rather than Tories @ RosieDuffield1 so spectacularly but narrowly defeated in #Canterbury & certainly not over her challenge to antisemitism which Jeremy, NEC & Shad Cab have all committed to tackling.”

core values, in our communities and in our politics. “I would like to reiterate that the Labour Party stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in the fight against antisemitism. “We will work to eradicate the social cancer of antisemitism wherever it surfaces, including in our own political party.” He added: “Let us all recommit to doing things differently, working together for community and social justice and changing not just ourselves but our society.”

Dutch Labour: We’re worried over Corbyn The Dutch Labour Party this week labelled as “worrisome” the actions of Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of its UK counterpart accused of fanning antisemitic hatred. The statement by senior spokesperson of Dutch Labour, or PvdA, is to date the sharpest

rebuke by a European sister movement of the British party over its problems. Femke van Zijst, the spokesperson for Dutch Labour’s parliamentary faction, said her party found “recent reports worrisome” about Corbyn.

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Confusion over rabbis’ letter A row broke out in Stamford Hill this week over the authenticity of a letter posted in synagogues before Rosh Hashanah, purporting to have been signed by leading rabbis in the area, writes Jenni Frazer. The letter, translated by the blogger If You Tickle Us, who lives in the neighbourhood, says it is “an open letter from leading Orthodox Jewish community leaders in the UK”, and publicly dissociates the strictly Orthodox community from recent attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The letter says the rabbis were “shocked to hear that there are those who are spreading reports that the Jews in Britain are united against the head of the Labour Party…They have also publicised that as a result Jews are considering leaving the land of England [Britain] out of concern that he may be elected as prime minister. We therefore publicise our views that we are in no way associated with these aforementioned irresponsible activities”. The 29 signatories, supposedly led by Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, the principal rabbinic authority of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC), declare that “God forbid, we would never consider antagonising political leaders”. The letter, whose signatories include other members of the UOHC, has been

seized on by hardline supporters of Jeremy Corbyn as “proof” that attacks on him by mainstream rabbis and Jewish organisations are not representative of the entire Jewish community. Its contents were triumphantly reported by the far-left website, Skwawkbox.

But doubt was cast on whether the letter was genuine by the newly-formed Jewish Community Council of North London, which denounced it as “fake”, while the UOHC itself said the letter had not gone out in its name. It appears, however, that the letter may well be authentic and the row over its appearance is part of an ongoing “turf war” within Stamford Hill as to who has overall authority in the community. One insider, who asked not to be named, said the rabbis probably had signed but that they had not done so officially. “If anything, they are naive”, the insider said. Certainly the translator, If You Tickle Us, is convinced it is a genuine letter, and says he has met one of the signatories who has assured him of its authenticity. The letter was posted in Stamford Hill synagogues in the week before Rosh Hashanah. On Monday, the first day of the festival, the latest boundary change recommendations for England and Wales were published, showing that Corbyn’s Islington North seat would be abolished and a new seat of Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington would be created, taking several wards from the existing constituency of Hackney North, currently held by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.

UJS president quits Labour over racism The head of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) has resigned from Labour, blaming antisemitism in the party. Hannah Rose stepped down this week – writing a letter to the general secretary of the party, Jennie Formby. The student leader, whose sister Ella was also UJS president, and is now director of the Jewish Labour Movement, wrote that it was her “Jewish values” that made her join and “now my being Jewish leaves

Hannah Rose stepped down

me no choice but to resign”. In the letter, she says her position means “I cannot, in good faith, continue as a member of a political party

which has deliberately and recklessly allowed antisemitism to emerge, and even more concerningly, flourish”. She says she did not join “to watch racism against Jews make headlines every single day. She added: “I do not leave the Labour Party because my politics or values have changed, rather because the Party has made clear through its actions that I am not welcome.”

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A 23-year-old man died during the annual pilgrimage to the Ukrainian city of Uman, where tens of thousands of Jews gather on Rosh Hashanah. The man died of heart failure caused by medical complications, according to the Israeli-based United Hatzalah emergency services group, which runs a clinic in Uman during the holiday. Around 34,000 people are estimated to have participated in this year’s pilgrimage, and visitors come to be near what is believed to be the burial site of 18th century luminary Rabbi Nachman.

In 1968 The Beatles put the title to their upcoming single, Hey Jude, on the front of their London record label’s boutique store. But Paul McCartney has told GQ that a Jewish man called him, furious about the name, as jude (Jewish in German) conjured up bad memories in the post-Nazi era. He threatened to send his son over to beat up the Beatle, but relented, as McCartney recalled: “I said ‘hey baby, let’s cool it down, nothing to do with that. You’ll hear when you hear the record, it’s just a name in a song and it’s all cool.” [JTA]

A Renoir painting stolen by the Nazis in 1941 from a Paris bank vault was finally returned to the heir of its rightful owner. Deux Femmes Dans Un Jardin is now with Sylvie Sulitzer, the granddaughter of Alfred Weinberger, a Jewish art collector in pre-war Paris. US officials said the Renoir resurfaced at a Johannesburg art sale in 1975, before being sold in London in 1977. It was put up for sale again in Zurich in 1999. When it was put up for auction by a private collector at Christie’s in New York, the auction house called in the FBI.

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QUERIES SUPPORT Sugar: ‘If Corbyn’s PM, BOARD FOR HUNGARIAN LEADER Britain will have died’ Lord Sugar made speech in a House of Lords debate on Thursday, in which he declared that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “did not give two hoots about the Jewish community”, and warned if Corbyn became prime minister, “that will be the day Britain died,” writes Jenni Frazer. The Apprentice host was one of a number of peers taking part in a massively oversubscribed debate called by the Hindu peer Lord Popat, entitled “Reassuring the Jewish community over the impact of antisemitism”. Speaker after speaker – primarily non-Jews – declared solidarity with the Jewish community and pledged ongoing support in the fight against antisemitism. Lord Popat made it clear from the start that “the notion that [antisemitism] is solely a Jewish problem is as dangerous as it is wrong”, quoting the famous aphorism by Pastor Niemoller. But three other contributions electrified the Lords: those from former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, from the president of the Associa-

Lord Sugar delivers an impassioned speech in the House of Lords

tion of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women Lord Sterling, and from Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn. Lord Sacks recalled the many years in which “hatred went unchecked, and no one said stop”. He said he had not anticipated seeing the rise of such hatred again in his lifetime, and expressed gratitude to Lord Popat for initiating the debate. Lord Sterling dismissed claims that Jews would leave Britain. “We are British Jews, and we are not going

anywhere,” he insisted. Lord Mendelsohn, once a close friend of New Labour, declared: “I too believe the leader of my party has been a perpetrator of antisemitism.” Of Corbyn, Lord Sugar said: “What kind of leader is he not to take his party by the scruff of the neck and make them see sense and kill the matter off, once and for all?” Sugar added that Corbyn “simply does not care” about the Jewish community.

The Board of Deputies may have set itself on a collision course with Israel’s Government over the question of support for controversial far-right Hungarian President, Viktor Orban. This week, Board president Marie van der Zyl “noted with disappointment” that Conservative Party MEPs had voted in defence of his government. She said: “As we have stated previously, we are very alarmed by the messages at the heart of Orban’s election campaign, including his comments about ‘Muslim invaders’, calling migrants ‘poison’, and the vivid antisemitism in the relentless campaign against Jewish philanthro-

pist George Soros. “This whipping up of prejudice by the Hungarian Government – alongside restrictions on press freedom and the independence of the judiciary – must be stopped before it undermines Hungary’s democracy irreversibly. “It is very concerning the Conservative Party MEPs chose to defend Hungary’s appalling track record, rather than supporting this motion to protect the rule of law.” But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly welcomed Orban to Jerusalem in July (pictured), calling him “a true friend of Israel”, to the dismay of many Israeli politicians.

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Countdown star Rachel Riley (pictured) said she has been called a “Tory, brainwashed and thick” for criticising Jeremy Corbyn over the ongoing antisemitism row. The Jewish TV presenter has been critical of the Labour leader, whose party has been accused of racism. On Tuesday, Riley tweeted two screenshots, one showing London mayor Sadiq Khan wishing Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah, and another that alleged Corbyn praised an activist who called for Israeli MPs to be assassinated.

Riley, 32, captioned the post: “Another game of spot the difference between Labour leaders... @MayorofLondon vs Jeremy Corbyn.” The Oxford University maths graduate then shared further articles discussing alleged antisemitism in the Labour party and said she had been the victim of abuse. She wrote: “Much as I appreciate being called Tory, brainwashed and thick, I don’t have any party loyalties, I form my opinions based on available evidence.”


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News / IHRA definition / Welby fears

Bishops adopt IHRA definition to ‘continue rejecting prejudice’ Church of England bishops this week elected to adopt the full international definition of antisemitism. A statement endorsing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, including all its working examples, was agreed during the annual residential meeting of the College of Bishops in Oxford this week. This comes after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spoke of the need for its full backing during a pre-Rosh Hashanah video shot at the house of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. The statement “notes the necessity of making explicit its adoption of and adherence to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, including all examples, without qualification or exemption.” It also urges “anyone involved in our political, spiritual and national life to reject all language and activity that leads to prejudice, stigma or hatred towards people on the grounds of their religion, culture, origins, identity or beliefs”. The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, said: “The Jewish community, among whom I live in Salford, carry with them the vivid memory and scars of the

Faithful allies: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with the Chief Rabbi

Holocaust; they know all too well that antisemitism is never far below the surface of our society. “Today’s statement from the Church of England bishops assures them that we will continue to reject such prejudice and bigotry firmly, in line with our practice over 75 years. At the same time, we will continue to speak out critically when governments here and elsewhere act in ways that our faith calls us to challenge.”

Welcoming the news, Council of Christians and Jews Chair Bishop Michael Ipgrave said: “This sends an important message to the UK Jewish community and beyond, that as people of faith we will speak up against prejudice and hatred wherever it occurs today. Jewish people should never again feel the vulnerability of previous generations, and for this reason the adoption of IHRA was deemed to be important and significant at this time.”

Welby ‘distressed’ by concerns over Labour The Archbishop of Canterbury praised the parliamentary Labour Party for endorsing the full IHRA definition of antisemitism “without any caveats or riders” – days before Church of England bishops follow suit. The intervention will be seen as thinly-veiled criticism of the Labour’s governing body and leadership, which at first refused to adopt all 11 examples and then accepted them with additional clarification on free speech. Speaking during a preRosh Hashanah video at the home of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Anglican leader reflected on the “very demanding stressful time” the Jewish community have experienced. Mirvis said it was “in a worse position” than at this time last year, reflecting on Labour’s row over antisemitism, which came to a head with the NEC’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Jew-hatred. He said that “after three

years of inaction, during which we’ve waited for the Labour party to show they are actually serious about tackling antisemitism, now we have found during this past summer, they haven’t even known where the starting blocks are”. In response, Welby said he was “very pleased the Labour Party accepted IHRA without any riders or caveats of any kind at all”, but he found it “distressing and depressing” that the Jewish community “should have a deep sense of insecurity”. “That is appalling, and what that says to me, is that the leaders in our nation must be very clear on giving security to the Jewish community in this country and that steps like IHRA are the beginning of a long journey.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said: “This moral leadership is warmly welcomed by our community and is a shining example of faith communities uniting against hate.”

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Tel Aviv to host Israel’s Eurovision celebration The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv next year, organisers have announced. The Israeli government initially insisted on holding the competition in Jerusalem but following a backlash over the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital and a fear of boycotts, it dropped the demand. A Eurovision spokesman said they chose Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural and commercial capital, because of its “creative and compelling bid”. Israel won the Eurovision this year with a flashy pop tune called Toy by Netta Barzilai, who dazzled viewers with her feminist lyrics, unconventional appearance and signature chicken dance. Her victory earned Israel the right to host next year’s contest. “Eurovision is a perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom,” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai. “We are looking forward to host a joyful and nonstop event in the spirit of Tel Aviv.” In Europe, capital cities have usually played host to the competition but the city Israel considers its capital is not recognised as such by

most of the international community. Hosting the competition in Jerusalem could have presented a predicament for the public broadcasters that make up the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), sparking criticism that they would be taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The so-called BDS group – for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – has called on the EBU, the contest’s sponsor, to boycott the Eurovision contest in Israel altogether. Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognised. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital while the Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Tel Aviv, which is hosting the event for the first time, says it expects around 20,000 tourists to visit the city.

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LGBT support / News

Charedim react to LGBT+ guide There was a muted response from strictlyOrthodox leaders this week to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ groundbreaking guidance code on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues for Jewish schools, writes Jenni Frazer. In what it terms the Chief Rabbi’s “guidance on protected characteristics”, Chinuch UK, the umbrella body for strictly-Orthodox schools in London, Manchester, and Gateshead, advises its members that “this guidance is relevant only to schools that fall under the authority of the chief rabbi”. Claiming that “the majority of Jewish children in Eng-

land” attend its schools – which might come as a surprise to many parents – Chinuch UK says its own guidelines will be communicated directly to its own membership. The response of the Chinuch UK rabbis is unusual, because in previous years, announcements from the chief rabbinate have frequently been greeted with derision. There is speculation that this more low-key approach has derived from a long summer of battles with Ofsted, the education regulatory authority, which has expressed serious concern about some of the teachings in strictly Orthodox schools. Behind-the-scenes meetings have been taking place between Ofsted and strictly Orthodox school leaders, who have expressed alarm at the potential imposition of so-called “British values” on its schools curriculum. Mirvis himself spoke directly of those fears to Education Secretary Damian Hinds in July.

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BBYO UK and Ireland was given a £10k National Lottery grant

to better evaluate its work and evidence successful outcomes for this and future projects. Teen leader and national president, Matthew Buchalter, said: “Partnerships between our members and LGBT+ organisations help us to grow and build on

our core beliefs. This step to further our inclusivity is a clear way to show the wider progress within Jewish youth, particularly in the UK and Ireland. I’m so excited to dedicate more time to ensuring every Jewish teen can benefit from the same experiences.”

Netflix Israeli drama The extraordinary story of a high-ranking Egyptian official who famously warned Mossad about the Yom Kippur War features in a new spy thriller on Netflix. The Angel, directed by Ariel Vromen and based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s popular book, The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, tells the story of Ashraf Marwan, a confidant of President Anwar Sadat, who passed on military secrets and helped prevent what could have been

even greater Israeli casualties during the 1973 conflict. Ashraf Marwan (played by Marwan Kenzari) was the son-in-law of Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser and later became close with Nasser’s successor, Sadat. Yet one day in the 1960s, he called the Israeli embassy from a telephone booth in London and offered his services as a spy. Mossad enlisted his efforts, giving him the code name, The Angel, and Marwan

Marwan Kenzari as Marwan

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Documentary

Capturing Ben’s ‘essence’ Jenni Frazer reviews a documentary exploring the remarkable story of one survivor who has devoted his life to telling others about the Holocaust

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n what could be any suburban kitchen, two parents are arguing — with evident love and affection — with their grown-up son. The audience watching the film is laughing with delighted recognition. But this is not just any suburban kitchen: it is the home of the recently knighted Sir Ben Helfgott and his wife Arza. The grown-up is their son Maurice, who has been the driving force behind a remarkable film, Ben, A Bar and A Bit Of Weight, which premiered this week and tells the story of his father’s life. Ben Helfgott is possibly Britain’s best-known living Holocaust survivor. But this film, made for the Helfgott family and shown for the first time at JW3 on Wednesday, shows a different aspect to the patriarch: the bereaved teen who arrived in Britain aged 16 and through sheer force of will, remade himself. Remarkably, first he became an Olympic athlete and champion weightlifter, then in later years, a successful businessman. At 50, the film tells us, he closed his business and devoted the rest of his life to telling the story of the Holocaust, a task he set himself because

he says he owes it to those who did not survive. The film was directed by Guy Natanel and produced by Laura Granditer, working to an almost impossible brief set for them by Maurice Helfgott, the eldest of the three Helfgott sons. He wanted them, he said, to “capture Ben’s essence” — and the resulting documentary certainly does its best to achieve that. Sir Ben is now 88 and perhaps the first surprise of the film — particularly for those who know him only by reputation — is the strength and vigour shown by the younger Ben Helfgott in a welter of family films taken over the years. Here he is debating “forgiveness” on TV in a panel that includes the broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy; here he is showing a group of young people round his hometown in Poland, painting vivid pictures in words, as he speaks of where his mother and sister were arrested and eventually taken to be shot. But the film-makers take a bold decision in how they want to tell

Unravelling the past: The film explores the life of Holocaust survivor Sir Ben Helfgott, above and left, with his son Maurice

Ben’s story before his arrival in Britain. They decide to film his nine grandchildren, who are all totally familiar with what happened to their much-loved grandfather. With unselfconscious charm the grandchildren, ranging in age from

late teens to the youngest at six or seven, unravel Ben’s Holocaust experience, and how he did not know that his sister Mala had survived. But “Auntie Mala” — Mala Tribich, herself a dedicated Holocaust education campaigner — did indeed survive and was in the audience, together with Enfield North MP Joan Ryan, chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, and the Conservative peer Lord Pickles — as they

laughed and cried in equal measure watching the archive footage. Some of the most fascinating material was footage from the 1956 Olympics, showing a young Ben weightlifting or marching with the British squad in Melbourne. As for the film’s title, that comes from his 2007 appearance on Desert Island Discs, in which he chose “a bar and a bit of weight” as his island luxury. But as the film shows, Sir Ben Helfgott doesn’t really need the equipment: he exercises religiously every day, and spends the rest of his time doing what he does best – bearing witness for those who cannot.

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Jewish groups have warned “justice hangs in the balance” this week after a German court heard an appeal against an alleged “racist policy” of Kuwait Airways. The High Court of Hesse heard an appeal against a previous Frankfurt court ruling on the airline’s policy of not accepting Israeli passengers, in accordance with Kuwaiti law. Israeli Mandy Blumenthal being denied an airline ticket Judges will deliver a verdict on “Justice hangs in the balance,” said Brooke 25 September. It is the latest twist in a legal case prompted Goldstein, director of the US-based Lawfare after an Israeli student sought to board a Kuwait Project, whose lawyers have supported the Airways flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok in Israeli plaintiff. “If the German court again finds in favour of 2016, but was prohibited from taking their seat because a Kuwaiti law bans all citizens and com- Kuwait Airways it will be providing cover for the panies from doing business with Israelis. The two racial purity laws of a foreign dictatorship, which is all the more disturbing given Germany’s dark countries have no diplomatic relations. If judges agree and rule against Kuwait Air- past with such laws.” He added that the airline “should be ways, it could jeopardise the airline’s ability to operate in Germany, because German air trans- given an ultimatum – either cease its antiseportation law requires every air carrier to trans- mitic, unlawful practice or cease operating in Germany”. port any passenger with a valid ticket.

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Educator ban / Illegal posters / News

Teacher banned for hate postings

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“This is the best thing in the world for Ros! She could not be happier. She has made a home for herself!” A maths teacher who wrote “all sane people hate Jews” has been told he cannot teach again for at least three years, despite a panel finding him “not antisemitic”. Harpreet Singh, 48, who taught at Sandye Place Academy in Bedfordshire, was struck off for making “offensive and/or racist comments” on Facebook by a professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Authority on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. But in a decision that will raise concerns, the three-member panel found that Singh was motivated by a hatred of Israel, rather than a hatred of Jews, and deemed him not to be antisemitic. Among the Facebook posts considered by the panel was one in which Singh said: “Of course we hate Jews. Israel is the most evil regime on the planet. Supported by Jews from within and from around the world. A token 20-30 Jews speak out.” In another, he said: “Every sane human is antisemitic. Because you b******s have made Zionism synonymous with mistreatment of Palestinians. Billions are antisemitic and proud. Israel should be wiped of [sic] the planet. Dogs! The chosen race?!?!?!! What an insult

Harpreet Singh from Sandye Place Academy was struck off for racism

to God!” Singh denied his comments showed “a lack of tolerance and respect for the rights and beliefs of others”, but the panel disagreed and found his comments to be “offensive and racist… no matter what the context or provocation”. But in its summary, the panel said it had heard evidence from Singh that his comments were “directed at the actions of the Israeli Government rather than against the Jewish faith and people”. It said: “Having given that evidence careful and detailed consideration, and having explored this in detail with Mr Singh during his oral testimony, the panel accepted that Mr Singh is not antisemitic. “It also accepted that he was not trying to impact upon or influence children or the public, as he did not realise his comments were public. His actions were impulsive and were made in response to something which offended him, and were said (in his opinion) as an attempt to defend the Palestinians.” Singh, who has been banned from teaching for three years, said he was “extremely sorry”.

Mayor investigating anti-Israel fly-posters Sadiq Khan has said a series of posters appearing at bus stops around the capital describing Israel as “a racist endeavour” were not authorised and will be investigated. Khan’s office confirmed that no permission has been sought either by the mayor, Transport for London (TfL) or JCDecaux, the company that operates the

One of the six unauthorised bus stop posters

Ros’s sister, Stacy

advertising spaces around bus stops. It is believed around six posters stating “Israel is a racist endeavour” appeared behind glass last Wednesday – the same day Labour’s National Executive Committee adopted all 11 examples of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. Among the most controversial of these is a sub-example that deems as antisemitic suggestions that the state of Israel is “a racist endeavour” and, in an interview with Jewish News last week, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said there would be further debate and consultation over the party’s code of conduct. The posters were put up by London Palestine Action, which describes itself as “a network of people in London taking creative action against Israeli apartheid through BDS and other effective, participatory Palestinian solidarity work”. A spokesperson for the mayor said: “These offensive adverts are not authorised and are acts of vandalism. We have spoken to JCDecaux and they believe there are six such posters in London. We are working together to take them down as soon as possible.”

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Special Report / 25th anniversary of Oslo Accords

Peace in pieces

It was supposed to signal an end to enmity but, 25 years on, Oslo now represents one of the greatest missed opportunities, writes Jenni Frazer

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n 13 September 1993 a ceremony took place on the White House lawn. It marked the signing of the Oslo Accords, the hitherto unprecedented process which laid the groundwork for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Three of the protagonists on that extraordinary day – Yasser Arafat, Yitzchak Rabin, and Shimon Peres – are now dead. Only former President Bill Clinton, who oversaw the signing like a proud new father, still has memories of what it took to get from Oslo to Washington. It’s almost impossible now to remember the optimism of Oslo, the hopes the Accords raised in Israelis — and, to a lesser extent, in Palestinians. There was a definite feeling that peace was round the corner. If Yitzchak Rabin, “Mr Security”, could overcome his palpable distaste, and shake Arafat’s hand, anything could happen. And, of course, these early hopes and prayers went largely unrealised. But although popular myth — particularly on the right-wing of Israeli politics — has declared Oslo “dead in the water” — there are still people who were involved in the back-channel negotiations who have important observations about the Oslo Accords — both historically and as a building block for future negotiations. Some of them have spoken at length to Fathom, the in-house journal of Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. Hussein Agha was an adviser to both Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, today’s Palestinian president. He is not himself Palestinian, but grew up in Lebanon and joined Arafat’s Fatah faction, swiftly becoming part of Arafat’s inner circle. Agha’s view, he tells Fathom editor Alan Johnson, is that Oslo was an attempt by Israel to resolve its security predicament, not a historical resolution of the conflict. Today, he says that Israelis and Palestinians have to get to grips with their conflicting narratives and reconcile them through some kind of truth and reconciliation commission — and urges a public process which goes beyond elite level negotiations. Describing Oslo as a “straitjacket”, Agha says both sides need to look for something new. And part of that is his conclusion that the United States “never appreciated the psychology of the parties or how to address their deep fears and dark hesitations”. For Agha, the only way forward is for Israelis and Palestinians to talk to each other, specifically proposing that refugees and settlers must be involved. He says: “You have to hear their voices” as they are the heart of the conflict. Unlike Agha, the Vienna-born Yair Hirschfeld, a professor at Haifa University, still sees things to take from Oslo. Hirschfeld and the late Ron Pundak were the two Israeli

Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat pictured together in 1994. Inset: Signing of the agreement at the White House on 13 September 1993

academics who first began negotiations with the Palestinian team, even while it was still illegal for Israelis to meet PLO members face-to-face. From at least one point of view, Hirschfeld says, “Oslo failed”. And that is, he says, in terms of PR, which was “a total disaster” insofar as the “public knowledge that Oslo was a complete failure”. He says: “Oslo never promised a rose garden. And the big mistake of Peres and Rabin was to say that Oslo was a peace agreement, which it never was. Rather, it was a set of principles to work together on a peacebuilding process”. Rather than simply write off Oslo as a failure, Hirschfeld thinks it contains elements of success, and his recommendation is that both sides should use it as a basis for advancing peace-making today. He acknowledges that the situation is “schizophrenic” because “on the ground, there is very good co-operation”. Hirschfeld’s approach is a gradualist one. He

talks about “five pillars” in the Oslo Accords: “upgrading and stabilising Israel’s alliance relationship with the United States on a long-term bipartisan basis; preventing further deterioration between Israel and Europe; stabilising and improving the extreme volatile relationship between Israel and our Arab neighbours; overcoming the internal divide within Israel; and developing a functioning partnership with the Palestinian people”. On the “third pillar”, improving Israel’s relationship with the Arab world, Professor Hirschfeld is fairly optimistic. He says: “Long-term strategic understandings with the Arab and Muslim world are vital. And there is now an opportunity for this. The political leadership in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, as well as in the UAE, Bahrain and elsewhere is reaching out to us. They both need and want an accommodation with Israel, but a stable alliance cannot be achieved independently of an agreement with the Palestinians”. And he warns of a potential deterioration in relations with Europe, and the spread of “Corbynism, particularly if Corbyn becomes British prime minister”. Agha was not initially directly involved in the Oslo process. He tells Fathom: “I was aware of something happening away from Washington, but I was not aware of Oslo and did not

know the people involved. I had nothing to do with it. Once I knew, my initial reaction was to be against Oslo. “For me, the main Palestinian problem and the core of the conflict were the refugees. I was shocked that Oslo did not address that: ‘How could this be a step toward a solution when it doesn’t deal with the core issue?’ I met the Foreign Minister of Norway, Johan Holst, in Oslo and I told him my feelings. He looked tired, said he agreed, but that we had to start somewhere. He died a few weeks later. “It was around then that I really met Abu Mazen (Abbas). My colleague Ahmed Khalidi and I were tasked to start talks with the Oslo team, to come up with a final-status agreement. This became known as the Stockholm track. The agreed “Stockholm” document, Agha recalls, was given to Shimon Peres after Rabin’s assassination in November 1995. “Peres didn’t have time for it,” says Agha. “He wanted to concentrate on the Syrian track and winning the general election in Israel. As it happened, he didn’t win the election. His opponents used the slogan ‘Peres will divide Jerusalem’.” Looking back, says Agha: “The Palestinians entered Oslo with good intentions, hoping for an independent, sovereign state. After the assassination of Rabin, Arafat felt that was no longer going to happen. When news of Rabin’s death reached Arafat, he was with a close confidante. He was silent for a long time and then he told his friend, ‘This evening they did not only kill Rabin, they killed me as well.’ Arafat knew it was the beginning of the end for Oslo, and for himself. He was right”.


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World News / Survivor tributes / Nazis march / News briefs

Man who survived Merkel attacks ‘hate’ demos seven camps dies Tributes were paid this week to educator Josef Perl, who survived seven Nazi camps, following his death aged 88. Born in what is now Czechoslovakia, Perl was the only son in a large, Orthodox family. When the Hungarians invaded in 1940, Jews were forced into the town’s synagogue, from where they were marched to waiting cattle wagons which took them to Poland. Arriving at a makeshift camp and living in the most appalling conditions, he helped his family by foraging for food. While looking for food the camp was cleared and Josef spent the next 18 months searching for his family in ghettos and towns. He was caught and taken to a forest where he witnessed Jews being shot, among them were his mother and sisters. Enduring Płaszów slave labour camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau and BergenBelsen, he was a slave labourer at Balkenheim where he took part in an attempted uprising. He was sent on a death march to Buchenwald. American troops liberated the camp on 11 April, when Josef was 15 years old. After liberation, Josef attempted to return home, but was met by a neighbour who demanded that he leave or he would “finish Hitler’s job for him”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned recent anti-migrant demonstrations as “hateful”, saying there is “no excuse” for expressions of hate, Nazi sympathies or violence. She was speaking after the killing of a German man – for which an Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested – prompted days of anti-migrant protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz that at times turned violent. Neo-Nazis were seen giving Hitler salutes in the largest demonstration, the day after

the killing, which attracted 6,000 people, and on the sidelines of the protest masked men threw stones and bottles at a kosher restaurant yelling “Jewish pig, get out of Germany”. The day before, in spontaneous protests by hundreds immediately after the killing, several foreigners were attacked and injured in the streets. Merkel said: “There is no justification for hate, Nazi symbols, hostility against people who look different, the occupation of a Jewish restaurant and heated debates about whether it’s hate or a hunt don’t help.”

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF Your weekly digest of stories from the international press. AUSTRALIA Josef Perl telling schoolchildren his story

Josef came to England in 1946, where he met his wife Sylvia and had two children. Miraculously, 20 years later, he was reunited with his father. The Holocaust Educational Trust’s Karen Pollock said: “After he retired Josef dedicated his time to ensuring that the world would never forget what happened to him, his family and six million other Jews. He exuded a strength and kindness that always shone through, even when talking about the darkest of times. He will be greatly missed.”

Rabbis have joined bishops and imams in denouncing Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers on the islands of Nauru and Manus. There are 1,650 people being detained, many for more than five years, as they await resettlement. The rabbis said: ‘These are lives on hold.’

PARAGUAY

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the closure of Israel’s embassy

in Paraguay after the South American country’s new prime minister reversed a decision by his predecessor to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Mario Abdo Benítez, who took office last month, seemed nonplussed by the Israeli reaction.

BRAZIL

An 800-year old Torah scroll escaped a raging fire that engulfed Brazil’s national museum in Rio on Sunday, 2 September, because it had earlier been moved for restoration. The Yemenite

scroll, once owned by Brazilian emperor Pedro II, is considered priceless. One of the only other items to survive was a meteorite.

SWITZERLAND

A plush Swiss region is planning an etiquette guide for Jewish tourists, after Orthodox families reportedly left dirty nappies and rubbish in forests. Reto Branschi, tourism chief for the resort town of Davos, said the initiative was prompted by ‘numerous negative comments from other guests’.

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Israel’s divided Charedi city

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uilt in the 1990s in part to ease crowding in Charedi Orthodox neighbourhoods elsewhere in Israel, Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet is both an Orthodox boom town and a site of ongoing tensions between different streams of religious Jews, writes Sam Sokol. National-religious Jews have long complained of harassment by members of the Charedi community, who style themselves as enforcers of strict codes for dress and conduct. Now there is another front in the battle: several dozen haredi dropouts, young men and women who shed their Orthodox identity in their teenage years and are rejected by many in their former communities. Long simmering tensions between Charedim and teenage dropouts recently erupted in violence, necessitating police intervention in a city known throughout Israel as a microcosm of the religious kulturkampf being waged across the country. Most of the teens hang out in a shopping centre on Rival Street, a few minutes walk from the more religiously moderate and Americanised Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph. This summer, a Charedi mob attacked a teenage girl. In a video of the incident posted online and shared widely on social media, the girl could be seen running down Nahar Hayarden, the neighbourhood’s main thoroughfare, chased by what appears to be dozens of men in black hats and black coats who could be heard screaming about her allegedly immodest attire. Less than a week later, shortly after the end of the Tisha b’Av fast, a second incident led to clashes between residents and several dozen teenagers who had gathered in the neighbourhood. The police were called and several teens were arrested. “I saw the girls come to the square and the extremists were here and suddenly I heard yelling and saw the Charedim chasing the girls,” recalled Rudi, a 17-year-old dropout who hangs out on the corner of Rival Street. “The cops didn’t do anything. They call the cops every time we sit.” Others had a different per-

spective on that evening. “It was like a pogrom,” said Avner Steinhalt, one of the small number of non-Charedi residents left in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet. “It was one of the worst nights in this neighbourhood.” He recalled how tensions rose higher and higher during the days leading up to the Tisha b’Av fast day in July. Several days before the fast, a fight erupted between Charedim and the teenagers, leading to the hospitalisation of one of the teens. Finally, on the evening after the fast, some 60 young people gathered “to have revenge on the Charedim.” They found a small synagogue on Rival Street and “destroyed everything,” Steinhalt said. “Then they went out and started to hit some people in the road even though they did nothing.” Videos of that evening Above: Local residents spray-paint smiley faces over modesty graffiti painted by haredi Orthodox extremists. (Sam Sokol). Left: Hasidim walk past a ‘modesty sign’

posted online show a thin line of police separating howling mobs of teens and Charedim. It wasn’t the first time. According to Steinhalt, a month and a half before the big Tisha b’Av brawl, the local “modesty patrol” attacked a group of teens hanging out outside a local falafel shop. “The trigger that started it? They [the teens] had a dog — a small dog that barks — and they said something wrong to one of the ladies in the neighbourhood and the husband challenged them “and it escalated,” Steinhalt said. While not afraid himself, Steinhalt said that his wife and daughters no longer walk alone at night because “they are afraid that something could happen to us.” The teens can be aggressive, too. “They [usually] sit on the bench there near the falafel place,” he said. “The main problem is shouting at night.

They speak loudly and speak to girls, harassing the Charedi girls passing by.” The city, 19 miles west of Jerusalem, has long been known as a flashpoint. It rose to national prominence in 2011 when local extremists began harassing and spitting on young national-religious girls attending a school on territory they claimed belonged to the Charedi community. Steinhalt believes that the very nature of the Charedi community’s separatist lifestyle virtually ensures continued conflict. “The problem isn’t Charedim or Zionists,” he said. “It’s a problem between two ways of living, one in which we don’t want someone who isn’t like us and one where we welcome everyone even if he [doesn’t follow] in our ways. “Most of the secular kids aren’t doing anything that bad,” Steinhalt said, “but even sitting on the street is bad” to the Charedim.

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25 more years of missed chances?

Despite all the hope and hype, the Oslo Accords, signed on the White House lawn 25 years ago this week, were an unmitigated failure. A quarter of a century later, peace between Israel and the Palestinians seems even more out of reach than it was back in the dark days of the early 1990s. Both sides have been unable to learn from its harsh lessons. The Palestinians have grown ever more violent and fragmented, with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (currently serving in the 13th year of his four-year presidential term) a weak and ineffectual leader. On the Israeli side, the current balance of power in the Knesset is such that any prime minister who calls for the dismantling of West Bank settlements would quickly be relieved of his duties. The Israeli and Palestinian leadership have not officially met face-toface since 2010. However, someone, at some point, will have no choice but to heed the terms of the Oslo Accords that cost then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin his life, and realise that maps must be altered and painful compromises made if Israel is to have any possible reconciliation with the Arab world. For the sake of both sides, it can’t wait another 25 years.

A sweeter future...

The sweetness of the Jewish new year has been tinged with the bitterness of the interminable Labour antisemitism scandal. During these days of reflection, we look back on so many missed opportunities for the party’s leadership to finally show it’s prepared to grasp the initiative and decisively act. Let’s hope next Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur sees us experience sweetness and hope rather than bitterness and insecurity. Jewish News wishes all our loyal readers well over the fast. And may we all enjoy a happy and healthy new year.

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BURKA BAN A SLIPPERY SLOPE I cannot agree with Rabbi Menahem Lester’s demand that the burka be banned in Britain (Jewish News, 30 August). Even Boris Johnson, whose flippant article regarding the garment sparked off the public debate, emphasised he would not curb the right of Muslim women to wear it. Rabbi Lester asserts the burka represents “the imposition of Muslim influence over their surroundings” and is a demonstration of “Muslim power”. Many would perceive it that way, but Muslims would maintain its purpose is to protect the modesty and decency of women. This concept has a vital place within Judaism too (whence it is no doubt derived) even though Jewish ladies are not required to conceal themselves to the same extent. Once the burka is banned, the door is opened to the passage of laws banning the wearing of other re-

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ligious garments that mischievous people would choose to regard as extreme. This could include kippot, streimels and other Chasidic clothing, which set Orthodox Jews apart from those around them. Interference with religious liberty is a dangerous, slippery slope. As Jews, we are on the alert for those who would undermine the academic freedom of our faith schools, curb or ban shechita and brit milah, or impose heavier planning restrictions on religious premises. We must not display double standards. The terrorist and radicalised hatred that are manifestations of Islamic extremism are highly threatening to society as a whole and must be combatted robustly. But attacking religious practices, as secularists would do, is entirely the wrong approach. Brian Gordon Barnet Council

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Lord Sacks is reported as saying “For more than threeand-a-half centuries, the Jews of Britain have contributed to every aspect of national life.” (Jewish News, 30 August). He is about 600 years out. Three months ago, you published an article about the Jewish medieval links with the Tower of London when, in 1267, they helped

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How can they stay? No one will be surprised that the Communist party, also known as Labour, insists on debating the circumstances of the Israeli state’s foundation in 1948 and its impact on the Palestinian people “forms a legitimate part of political discourse”. A non Jew-hate version will include Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Transjordan and, latterly, Jordan, which consists of 78 percent of Palestine owing to its illegal occupation of Judea and Samaria and most countries in south-east Europe, which were part of the Ottoman empire prior to its collapse.

Corbyn and his Corbynistas have encouraged the racists to prop up Jew-hate to a new level. He and his ilk are anti-Israel/ Zionism, Ulster, British JudaeoChristian values and culture. He wants to speak peace, but not with Israeli leaders, only with his firebrands, who have called for the slaughter of Jews, the end of Israel and deny the Shoah. How any self-respecting Jew can vote for him and his party today, be a member of Labour or be a Labour MP is totally beyond me. Then again, I do have self-respect.

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BEGINNING OF THE END So, Comrade Corbyn was dragged kicking and screaming through the back door of Labour HQ and forced to accept the international definition of antisemitism without his new 500-word clause. According to the media, this is

now the end of the antisemitism issue within Labour. No it’s not; it’s the beginning of the end of Corbyn – and not a day too soon. Russell Ballen By email

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MILNE’S NOT YET DEAD ON A HILL Seamus Milne, the main influence over Jeremy Corbyn, stated he would ‘die on the hill’ not to have a clause in the IHRA definition permitting Israel to be described as a racist endeavour. Unfortunately the get-out-of-jail ‘free speech’ caveat has allowed Milne to not yet die on that hill.

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FAITH SCHOOLS THE ISSUE I would like to respond to the ongoing debate about the growth of antisemitism in the UK, which appears to focus on the Labour Party’s position on Israel. In 2016, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research found that two-thirds of Jewish children attend Jewish schools in comparison to just one-fifth in the 1970s. Among possible reasons given for parents sending their children to Jewish schools is the “rejection of multiculturalism”.

How can we expect the next generation to not be antisemitic if the Jewish community segregates itself? How can non-Jews understand our way of life and respect us if we do not mix? The increasing incidence of antisemitism is due to increased enrolment of Jewish pupils attending faith-based schools. Segregation breads intolerance, stereotyping and hostility.

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UNRWA perpetuates the refugee problem ALEX BRUMMER

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mid the tumult surrounding Donald Trump’s White House it is easy to overlook policy actions. Some people in the British Jewish community will regret the gesture politics which led Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, regarding it as a fresh impediment to peace. Why that should be is not immediately clear, since the embassy is in West Jerusalem, the home to the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court and other institutions of state. At this time of year, when Zion and Jerusalem are very much in our thoughts, there is another Trump step in the Middle East which makes practical sense. He is the first US president to question and cut funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) – the only UN agency with a specific mission to preserve the refugee status of one national aspirational group – the Palestinians.

One can be fully supportive of Palestinian rights to self-determination without believing in UNRWA. It may do brilliant work but its existence could be construed by some as an enterprise that places Palestinian refugees in a different category to all others. These would include deserving refugees such as those fleeing the still inflamed conflict in Syria, the Rohingya Muslims escaping oppression in Myanmar and African economic refugees moving north. UNRWA was established in 1949, specifically to provide assistance to refugees fleeing or choosing to leave the newly-declared state of Israel. It was intended as an agency to deal with a short-term problem following conflict. But in the subsequent 70 years it grew into one the best-funded UN agencies employing tens of thousands of people supplying food, housing, social, medical and educational services to scattered Palestinian refugees. No longer can it be considered purely a relief organisation. It has become highly politicised agency seeking to preserve the status of second and third-generation

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Palestinians as refugees. The original number of refugees supported by UNRWA is, according to its website, some 700,000. As refugee status tumbled down the generations it now extends to five million people through the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and other countries. These Palestinians do not live in the vast tent cities to be seen elsewhere. They inhabit well-maintained apartment blocks and the children are educated in well-appointed schools. The biggest funder of UNRWA has been the United States, with Britain not far behind. In a gesture designed to demon-

strate the anachronistic nature of the organisation, the Trump White House as suspended some £232m of annual funds. The administration is the first to recognise that an organisation with the main purpose of preserving refugee status is out of keeping with the rest of the world, where permanent settlement and integration is the goal. It makes peace in the region more difficult by encouraging the multiplication of numbers. That makes the promises of ‘return’ in any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians infinitely more complicated. Britain has dipped into its big overseas aid budget and increased its contribution to UNRWA by £90m to help make up the shortfall, along with the Germany. The real hope for the Palestinians are programmes such as those run by the World Bank which seek to unleash enterprise and economic development, not to preserve a dependence culture. The US has struck a blow in this direction. That should be regarded as a positive approach for the new year.


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Is Israel morally obliged to fix Palestinian folly? DAVID WOLCHOVER BARRISTER

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n his interview in this newspaper last week, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell conceded it was “of course” antisemitic “to oppose a Jewish state”, a phrase that he doubtless intended should stand as shorthand for “oppose the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own”. But he asserted that it was not antisemitic to call a state racist ( by which he meant Israel) and he professed to justify that proposition with the claim that he regularly denounced the British state as racist. Logically, he is perfectly right. It is not necessarily antisemitic to castigate the state of Israel as racist. However, there is a crucial caveat. It would not be antisemitic to make such a criticism so long as it is based on substantial evidence (a) that Israel came into being on the back of an identifiable national (ie

governmental) racist policy, or (b) that such a policy has since been espoused and implemented, or both (a) and (b). But it would be antisemitic if meticulous scrutiny of the historical record showed no such evidence and that the accusation reflected nothing more than prejudice and the careless parroting of a non-evidencebased mantra. The state of Israel could legitimately be castigated as racist if at its inception the government of David Ben-Gurion had inspired or encouraged a policy of systematic wholesale expulsion of Arabs from territory conserved or occupied by Israeli forces during the course of the War of Independence. As revealed two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn infamously declared in 2013 that a group of British Zionists who had “berated” Palestine’s Ambassador Manuel Hassassian, needed a lesson in history (as well as, apparently, in English irony). The real irony is that neither Hassassian nor Corbyn appear to appreciate some basis facts.

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THERE’S NO EVIDENCE OF ANY SYSTEMATIC POLICY OF EXPULSION For an unassailable lesson, they need look no further than Professor Benny Morris’ study, The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949. When the book came out in 1989, it was widely acclaimed from both sides of the divide as objective, exhaustive and pulling no punches. Morris’ deep researches revealed a good number of instances of Za’hal units expelling Arab communities in certain newly seized border districts, either for genuine security reasons or possibly in some cases on manufactured pretexts. Yet there was no evidence of a systematic policy of expulsion perpetrated by the government, or even a trickle-down from high-sourced hints.

Egged on, in part, by Palestine’s Arab leadership, multiple Arab countries broke international law by invading the fledgling Jewish state to reverse by force of arms UN partition resolution 181 of 29 November 1947. They were repelled and the price they paid for that gravest of crimes against humanity was Israel’s justifiable expansion of its borders. As Menachem Begin crisply observed: “Fortunes of war”. Prof Morris demonstrated that the vast majority of the Arab population who fled from their homes typically did so to avoid getting caught up in a battle zone or in fear of reprisals. The crunch question has always been this: Does Israel bear a legal and/or moral obligation to put right the consequences of the Palestinian leadership’s own folly by reabsorbing a population who would pose a challenge to the security, integrity and character of the Jewish realm? If the answer is yes, then Israel is a racist state. If no, then take a hike Mr McDonnell.


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couple of years ago, I wrote a novel set between England and Israel against the backdrop of 2014’s conflict with Hamas. Much of the story explored the feelings of Jews in the UK at that time – feelings of being ostracised, blamed, attacked. A couple of decades ago, such sentiment would have been shocking. But I felt it for the first time, and acutely, in 2006 during Israel’s war with Lebanon. And so it is, each time tensions are heightened in the region. For many British Jews, this has been an unhappy journey of discovery. We have learned that no matter how integrated and accepted we thought we were, antisemitic sentiment exists, simmering beneath the surface, waiting only for the ‘justification’ to boil over. And this is the most frightening aspect of the current Corbyn-Labour-antisemitism furore. Not the man himself – though there is much to question. Not even his mistakes – it is difficult

but not impossible to suspend disbelief long enough to buy into at least one flimsy explanation. It is only the trigger he has become. It is the new domestic ‘justification’. The unleashing of what has been simmering below. For years now, we have witnessed anti-Israel protestors bearing signs declaring ‘We are all Hamas now’ – Hamas whose constitution calls for the death not only of Israelis but all Jews everywhere. And we Jews have sat around dinner tables listening to the heartfelt explanations – the plight of displaced Palestinians, the evil of Israeli policies – trying to believe it is only through carelessness that ‘Jew’ and ‘Israeli’ (or more accurately, Israeli policy-makers), are conflated. Trying not to wonder why there is no such outcry about the countless other nations engaging in far more evil schemes. Many of us are ourselves fierce critics of Israeli policy. But let us take one example – the insistence that people be allowed to call Israel a racist endeavour as a reason to resist the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. It was saddening to many of us when this summer Israel adopted

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into law the controversial declaration that it is the nation state of the Jewish people, raising many important questions about how this will affect the rights of non-Jewish Israelis. It is a perennial problem for Israel, suffering always from twin desires: to ingrain the notion of it being a Jewish homeland into its constitution; and to be a democracy. It is not easily answered. But seeing this statement – Israel is a racist endeavour – appearing on bus stop billboards this week, tips the validity of such debate again into the realms of prejudice. Because where are the billboards declaring the long lists of Islamic states to be racist? (My relatives were booted out

of two of them, their property confiscated and never returned.) Where are the billboards about the many Christian states? It ordinarily feels perverse to engage in whataboutism, but when the only Jewish state in the world is the only state singled out for such condemnation, it is impossible not to ask the question why. And thanks to Corbyn’s lifting of the lid, the why is abundantly clear. The old tropes are everywhere, including Jews controlling the media and conspiracies trying to unseat Corbyn. What was once subtle is becoming brazen. It is possible Corbyn genuinely views himself as a campaigner against racism, that in his not invalid commitment to the Palestinian cause, he simply cannot see where he has tripped into prejudice. But his refusal to listen to his advisers that he has, or to stamp out the clearer antisemitism of his supporters, has triggered more racism than Britain’s Jews have felt in a very long time. And, ironically, the attitudes he has unleashed only highlight to Jews the necessity for a Jewish homeland, for Israel. So he might as well not bother to learn the distinction. We are all Zionists now.

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Simply swabbing the inside of your cheek could mean the difference between life and death for someone with leukaemia or another blood cancer. In the coming year, about 1,000 Jewish people around the world will be faced with the challenge of finding an unrelated stem cell donor (i.e. someone not from their family) to have a chance of beating blood cancer. The unrelated donor needs to have the same tissue type and, since this is influenced by ethnic origin, a Jewish patient is more likely to find a match from a Jewish donor. If you’re aged between 16 and 55, and in good health, you could be that unrelated donor – a life-saver. It’s easy to find out: a sample of your saliva is taken from a swab of the inside of your cheek. It only takes a minute. The sample is then sent to a lab for analysis, and the tissue type is recorded on an international database. If you turn out to be a precious match, you will be asked to donate stem cells (usually in a straightforward procedure from your bloodstream, with your stem cells replenishing swiftly). The resulting transplant to the patient can give them years or decades of life they would otherwise have lost. 25 years ago, we began this campaign with a similar advertisement for Sue Harris.  Sadly, a donor wasn’t found in time to help save her life but a number of those who came forward for Sue did go on to be matches for other patients and her campaign added 15,000 donors to the national register.  Now we need to urgently replenish these. Please help us celebrate this anniversary by adding your name to the register. And if you’re too old, you can still play your part: a donation of £25 will cover the cost of testing someone else. For more information on how to get a swab kit, visit sueharristrust.org

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Roni Cohen is a 27-year-old Israeli woman, living in Hod Hasharon. She was due to get married to her fiancÊe, Bar, this month. Instead, she is in an isolation room in hospital, fighting for her life. Roni had been in the throes of organising their wedding when something seemed to be very wrong: she started to suffer neck pain, the roof of her mouth swelled up, and blue marks appeared on her legs. Her worried doctor sent her to the hospital for tests. The results came back: Roni was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. She needs to find a matching stem cell donor to save her life. Roni’s doctors have searched the worldwide database of potential stem cell donors for a match, without success. Stem cells are genetically determined, so a Jewish person is more likely to find a match from another Jewish person. In Roni’s case, this even more likely to come from a Jewish person of Yemenite or North African extraction. Will you come forward as a potential donor, not just for Roni but for any patient, Jewish or non-Jewish, who needs a stem cell transplant? Simply swab the inside of your cheek and post the swab to a lab. You will be put on the register for potential stem cell donors. The call may not come for you to donate stem cells for years, or ever? But it could happen tomorrow, and you would be doing nothing less than giving another human being a chance of life.

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In 1992, just before Christmas, a thirty-year old Jewish woman in the midst of revising for her Law Society Finals was rushed into the Royal Free Hospital, London with severe stomach pains. An operation to remove a ruptured spleen revealed chronic myeloid leukaemia. Sue Harris began the campaign to find her bone marrow donor in September 1993, knowing that she was more likely to find a matching donor from the Jewish community. 100,000 leaflets, with the headline Her biggest worry was her law exams. Now she needs you to save her life, were distributed to synagogues throughout Britain in time for Yom Kippur. Advertisements in the Jewish Chronicle told her story in a similar vein, as did editorial pieces in several national newspapers. Most significantly, Sue chose to speak at over 150 events, captivating audiences with a simple and direct message: “you could save my life and that of others with leukaemia; you can only find this out by being tested and joining the Anthony Nolan register”. At the start of her campaign there were only 48 Jewish people on the register; by the end, she had helped to recruit more than 15,000. Sue’s search for a donor followed a scenario that sadly still occurs today. A donor was found but two days before she was due to go into hospital for the transplant, Sue received a message that the donor could not proceed for medical reasons. By the time she received a transplant from a second donor, it was too late for it to work and Sue passed away on 19 February 1997. For more information on how to get a swab kit, visit sueharristrust.org

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umour me. Stick on Jennifer Hudson belting out this Dreamgirls classic and muster your inner diva. Let’s all “Tear down the mountains... Yell, scream and shout... And we are telling you... We’re not going.” Corbyn and his cult can say what they want, we’re not walking out. Last week the Jewish Chronicle published results from a poll which suggests 40 percent of British Jews would consider leaving if Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister. I’m not surprised that many when prompted with the question would answer this way. We’ve had nearly three years of the lid lifting on the looniest parts of the left’s obsessive hatred of Israel and crack pot conspiracy theories about Jews. This summer repeated reminders and revelations surfaced of Corbyn – the “man of peace” and “militant opponent of antisemitism” – othering British Jews “despite them

living here all their lives”; “present but not involved” at the mourning of terrorists; and seeking to diminish Holocaust Memorial Day. Just last week 70,000 Labour members re-elected Peter “Trump fanatics” Willsman to their NEC; Corbyn sought to add a statement during the begrudging full adoption of IHRA and its examples that would give cover to those seeking a resolution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict that ends the existence of Israel; and 35 percent of Labour voters polled agreed that Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic but would vote for him anyway. “All ‘cause (they) won’t listen”, listen to too many Jews feeling “not at home in (their) own home”. We’ve “tried and tried, to say what’s on (our) mind ... Now (we’re) done believing” Corbyn, Milne and the rest. And yet we also need to listen and see that there’s much to be comforted by and confident in throughout our thriving community. Here are just a few reasons to be optimistic as we end one Jewish year and begin the next. After decades of a declining population the numbers of British Jews has stabilised,

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may even be rising, and if people like me could do as we’d prefer and select Jewish for ethnicity instead of religion, there may be many more of us Jews in the UK. Jewish Care and New Israel Fund are two charities that delivered fantastic fundraising results in the last 12 months. They and the hundreds of inspiring charities our generous community supports with money and time ensure Jewish people and those of all backgrounds receive services they need or support to tackle disadvantage. In recent years new orthodox and pluralist primary schools have opened. This summer,

once again, a staggering 1,500 young people took part in educational programmes in Israel. Bushey is seemingly bursting with Jews as their local united synagogue became the second largest US community in the UK. Earlier this year the Board of Deputies elected its second female president. Three of the last six UJS presidents have been talented women. Britain saw the first women based here ordained as a rabbi. As Nicky Goldman has highlighted, women in leadership are smashing the glass ceiling. The threats and challenges facing our community are real and serious. Just as we’ve done many times before, with a bit of humour and appreciating the bigger and brighter picture, we will overcome them. Over the coming weeks we will spend time with our friends and families – and probably too much time feasting; we’ll be spiritually uplifted, comforted among our fellow congregants, and seek forgiveness; we’ll sit in shacks and shake funny fruits; and we’ll dance as we celebrate the cycle of Torah that epitomises the resilience of our people.


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1 VOLUNTEER THANKS

More than 200 guests celebrated at Norwood’s sixth Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony. Held at London’s Postal Museum, the awards recognise the contribution its 1,500 volunteers make to the UK’s largest Jewish children’s, family and learning disability charity. Among the winners were Norwood’s adult volunteer counsellors, Aviva Melamed, Myriam Kahmi and Frederika Loire, who won the Professional of the Year Award. Joint Norwood president, Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, said: “Every single one of Norwood’s volunteers makes an enormous contribution to the charity’s ongoing mission to achieve excellence in everything we do.”

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Camp Simcha delivered a sweet new year to London hospitals with gifts of honey cakes. Handed out to 50 nursing teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Whittington, Royal London, St Mary’s hospitals and UCLH, hospital projects coordinator Joanne Woolich said: “This is our way of thanking staff, but we also take every opportunity to raise awareness within hospitals to ensure Camp Simcha is always in their minds for a referral when a child who could benefit from our support is admitted to their wards.”

3 HONEY BAKES

Bakers made more than 200 honey cakes for the older members of the Stanmore and Canons Park community. The Honey Bake initiative ensured shul members, aged over 85, received a ‘home-made’ honey cake for the new year. Rabbi Daniel Fine said: “While members of the community will attend services over the Yamim Noraim, it is fantastic we can speak to them, outside of the confines of the shul, to wish them a happy and healthy, and as the older members said, a peaceful New Year.”

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Students at Side by Side special needs school looked forward to Rosh Hashanah with shofar-blowing practice and preparation of the special food symbols. Headteacher Gerald Lebrett said: “Our pupils learn about the practices and customs associated with each festival. Our pupils love learning about Rosh Hashanah and enjoyed listening to the shofar, as well as tasting the apple and honey. This preparation enables the children to join in with family celebrations and is a great opportunity to set new goals for the upcoming year.”

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Making of a Mandate One hundred years ago this week the British liberated Palestine from the Ottomans, laying the foundations for Israel’s birth

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he words ‘liberation of Palestine’ might these days be heard from an Iranian mullah or a Hamas commander, but 100 years ago, long before the state of Israel came into being, it was a British Army objective – and British Jews helped achieve it, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. It is the summer of 1918, and the historic land of Palestine is held by Ottoman Turks, who are being pushed back into a corner of their dwindling empire. Among their enemies, stationed in a forward position 20 miles north of Jerusalem, are British Jews of the Royal Fusiliers ‘Jewish Legion’, including dozens of East End tailors, plus a Zionist leader, Captain Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Six months earlier, British Jews of mainly Russian origin had joined the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, marching through the City of London and Whitechapel with fixed bayonets, a special privilege, and setting sail for Egypt, where they joined an Irish division, training and awaiting orders. They were in high spirits. A few months before, in November 1917, Lord Balfour had prompted the British Government to write to Lord Rothschild announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. “The existence of a Jewish Legion aroused great interest,” says Professor Colin Shindler of the School of Oriental and African Studies. “Even Isaac Rosenberg, the First World War poet, applied to join the Legion – but he was killed at Arras before his transfer.” It all seemed a far cry from 1915 and the formation of the Zion Mule Corps, the first regular Jewish fighting force (complete with Jewish emblem and flag) to take active part in a war since the defeat of the Bar Kochba Revolt 2,000 years ago. This force was led by a charismatic Irish Protestant, Col. John Patterson, who had read the Hebrew Bible and identified with the figure of Joab, who led King David’s army. Patterson later commanded the 38th Battalion too. He knew his men fought with the backing of Jewish families back home, who held fundraisers “for our boys fighting in Palestine”. Some of these men, who now stared down at the Ottoman forces from nearby hills, would later form the core of what became the modern Israeli army.

The Jewish Royal Fusiliers battalion’s very existence “was a momentous and iconic moment in Jewish history,” says military historian Martin Sugarman. “It would be only the second time since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the loss of Jewish statehood, that an independent Jewish fighting unit had been formed, with its own banner and later its own cap badge with the famous Menorah and Kadimah design.” The pragmatic British needed help from wherever it could be found, and many see the Balfour Declaration in this light. “The notion of a Jewish Legion ran parallel with this sudden British enthusiasm for a declaration of support for the Zionists,” says Shindler. “It seemed to fit with British strategic objectives at the time – to defeat the Turks, secure British suzerainty over Palestine, and divide up the Ottoman Empire between the imperial powers.” Illness soon struck the 800strong Jewish force. After attacking the Turks with their offensive, the men were sent to the tropical Jordan Valley, where malaria took hold, reducing their number of ‘fighting fit’ to a mere 150, just days before the battles for which they would later be known. Those battles began on 19 September. The remains of Jabotinsky’s conscripts and volunteers teamed up with their Jewish sister Battalion of the 39th Royal Fusiliers, comprised of mainly American Jewish soldiers commanded by the Canadian-born Jew Lt Col. Eliezer

Above: Members of the Jewish Royal Fusiliers. Right: A Turkish Youth Corps with a flag marches through the streets of Aleppo

Margolin. Fighting alongside them were soldiers from India, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, a total of 11,000 men. They were told to capture the Jisr ed Damieh Bridge and various fords across the River Jordan, cutting lines of communication between the Ottoman Army on the west bank of the river, and the Ottoman Fourth Army to the east, defending what is now Jordan. The Jewish soldiers’ first attempt failed, but they were ordered back, to succeed “at all costs”. They did, capturing the Mellaha position, allowing the Americans to march on. General Chaytor, a commander under General Allenby, whose men took the (now) Jordanian capital of Amman just days later, told the Jewish Legionnaires after that “by forcing the Jordan fords you helped in no small measure to win the great victory gained at Damascus”. It could have been very different. Those same Jewish soldiers could easily have been fighting against a young David Ben-Gurion, or indeed alongside Ben-Gurion against the British, because in 1914 Israel’s future leader had asked the Turks if he could form a ‘Jewish Legion’ attached to the Ottoman Army, before the Turks had decided to enter the war on the German side. This was approved, so he and dozens of others began training, but within weeks most of the Jews

were rounded up by the Turks up to 20,000 deported, mostly to Alexandria in Egypt. It was here that Jabotinsky first met Joseph Trumpeldor, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War who cofounded the Zion Mule Corps, and who saw action at Gallipoli. “They instituted a police force in the camp,” says Shindler. “This small group became the nucleus for the Jewish Legion.” Trumpeldor later established a Jewish youth movement preparing early Zionists to settle in Eretz Israel, which would soon be needed. By late October 1918, the Ottomans had surrendered to the Allies, who carved up the Middle East between the French and British. Palestine went to Britain. Some British Jewish soldiers returned home; others stayed, joining Russian, American, Canadian and Argentinian Jews in a fighting force now called the ‘Judean Regiment’ of the Royal Fusiliers –

with a menorah insignia – still under British Army command. It was a rallying cry. Soon Jews from places such as Salonika, Transylvania, even ‘mountain Jews’ from Dagestan, were applying to join. But there was a problem. The British had raised Jewish hopes of reclaiming their ancestral homeland after the war, but Arab tribes who helped the British defeat the Ottomans had been offered the same land too. Keen to avoid trouble, the British quietly disbanded the Judean Regiment, assigning men to other divisions or demobilisation. When anti-Jewish riots broke out in places like Jaffa, Jewish soldiers were kept away. Breakaway groups fostered by Jabotinsky were arrested and imprisoned. It was only years later that Jewish self-defence groups begin to militarise – the beginnings of the IDF.


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Liz Schaffer explores South Tyrol’s alpine wonderland and discovers the history of Merano’s Jewish community

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found among soaring, time-ravened peaks, the terrain a collage of greens and greys – comes with a liberating sense of space. A cable car takes early-risers skyward to watch the summer sunrise, mountain carts speed down winding dirt tracks (the same routes used for tobogganing come winter), and the Plose Looping will leave your heart in your mouth and a smile on your face. With a network of mountain lodges open to overnight guests and day explorers, everything feels accessible. Lodges like Rossalm will delight youngsters after a morning on the ‘WoodyWalk’, while the wildflower-clad Maurerberg Lodge, at 2,157 metres, offers classic Tyrolean fare and bucolic alpine perfection. There are around 16,000 marked hiking trails, mountain bike routes and lakes among the warmest in the alps. Lake Carezza according to local legend is home to a mermaid; the water’s arresting hues said to have been created when a magician, whose love for her went unrequited, cast jewels and a rainbow into its depths. But South Tyrol, brimming with design- and wellness-focused hotels and day spas, is also perfect for those seeking a calmer escape. Many local treatments incorporate natural elements like milk, wine, pine and apples, while

hot springs have eased bodies and minds for decades. Among the most popular spa towns is Merano, its water’s health benefits first discovered and promoted by Jewish doctors who helped to position the place as an ideal holiday destination for European Jews a century ago. Clearly curious and enterprising, they also introduced the world to vinotherapy, a beauty treatment involving rubbing the residue of wine making (the pips and pulp) into the skin. More of this history can be discovered by visiting Merano’s synagogue, which contains the area’s Jewish Museum. My base for my South Tyrolean exploration was the newly-opened My Arbor, an elegant, Alps-inspired hideaway a short drive from Bressanone. Bathed in light, the design is contemporary and playful, full of earthy tones and natural textures that make the space feel like an extension of the surrounding forest. Rooms are expansive, the view impossible to ignore and forest bathing de rigueur, as is lounging by the pool or letting time slip away in a meditative massage. The breakfasts and multi-course dinners showcase the best in regional ingredients and these creative meals are sure to restore you after a day among the mountains. This being Italy, it is essential that we talk about wine. South Tyrol is home to the country’s most northerly vineyards and, thanks in part to the chillier winds from the north mixing with the warm air travelling up from Lake Garda, the wines from the region are clean, smooth and distinctive.

Top and bottom left: The UNESCO-listed surroundings of South Tyrol and above, inside the newly-opened My Arbor, a short drive away from Bressanone

The area is known more for white varieties such as the native vernatsch, lagrein and gewurtztraminer, and entire days can be spent visiting wineries like Novacella, which is found in an old monastery and is known as much for its library as its coveted tipples. South Tyrol is also the birthplace of the Hugo, a lesser-known cousin of the ubiquitous Aperol spritz. The cocktail is a combination of elderflower syrup, Prosecco, soda water, mint leaves, lemon and ice, mixed to taste. Whatever draws you to this mountain-filled paradise – be it wine, calm or derring-do among the mountains – a few days here will leave you breathing deeper and thinking clearer. There are vistas that are not entirely of this world, trails infused with myth and wonder, and meals sure to rob you of words. You’ll depart in awe of all South Tyrol has to offer.

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Figuring out Jewish history

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Vayelech is the shortest reading of the year, almost a bare minimum to fit in seven call-ups to the Torah. Joshua is briefed on his mission to conquer Canaan. The people are commanded to congregate each seventh festival of Tabernacles for a mass public reading – Hakhel – to inspire pilgrims to stay loyal to the Torah, and non-Jews are encouraged to hear the Torah’s message too. Moses is asked to prepare to die and make way for Joshua, his successor. He instructs his brother Levites to store a copy of the Torah, right next to the Holy Ark inside the Sanctuary. His last act will be to assemble all the nations’ leaders and repeat his ethical exhortation to them. Moses ensures to prepare well the entire nation to take over once he is gone. His uppermost concern is the spiritual welfare of Israel and that they do not degenerate after his passing. Although Moses instructed that a copy of the Torah be stored by the Ark of the Covenant, this might have restricted circulation, especially if it is only read out once every seven years. Now, social media can get out the message of Torah, fast, far and wide. Like Moses, congregational rabbis and lay people have a great life’s task to spread Torah teachings to every corner of the earth. Another end-of-Deuteronomy mitzvah this week is the writing of a Torah scroll, which is incumbent on every Jew. This underlines the importance of each of us to make the message of Torah our own to read and understand, interpret and apply. Wishing Jewish News readers well over the fast.

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BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Who knows one? I know one? One is Hashem... in the Heavens and the Earth! Rather than being a light-hearted way to conclude the Seder, it actually contains a profound lesson about God and His world. My dear friend Rabbi Osher Levene in his remarkable book, Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers, explains that the number one is by definition a singular entity that does not consist of anything other than itself. As such, the number one is used to describe the unity of God. In truth, God is not numerically one, as He cannot be divided into smaller fractions. Rather, He is a philosophical unity who cannot be added to

or subtracted from. Furthermore this unity means that nothing really exists outside of Him. Rather, He is the context for all of existence. These are some of the ideas that we are supposed to think about when we recite the Shema, the basic declaration of our faith, twice daily. We teach this verse to our

NOTHING EXISTS OUTSIDE OF GOD. HE IS THE CONTEXT FOR ALL EXISTENCE

children, we write it on our doorposts and bind it to our bodies and, perhaps most poignantly, these are the last words we utter before passing on to the next world. Jewish life therefore centres around the awe-inspiring realisation that God is the source of everything and that all of existence is contingent on Him willing it into being. Indeed, as well as it being a mitzvah to believe in God, there is a separate mitzvah to believe, accept and appreciate His unity. Put simply, while it may seem that we live in a world where there are multiple forces of good and evil at play, in reality these all stem from one perfect unity, the source of it all. This profound realisation will only fully be appreciated at the end of days, on the day, when God will be one and His name will be one.  Rabbi Roodyn is educational director of Jewish Futures Trust

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Progressively Speaking What does the Roxanne Pallett saga teach us about repentance?

‘The Shema says God will make us perish’ BY RABBI SANDRA KVIAT “If you will indeed obey the commandments... then I will provide the rain your land needs, I will give you grass in your field for you and your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Take care not to be lured away to serve other gods and worship them. For then the Eternal One will be roused to anger...and shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, and the ground does not yield its produce and you will quickly perish.” If you do X then God will make Y happen is not a comfortable theology, especially when Y will lead to our ultimate death. This is not the way most Progressive Jews understand the world, their role and their relationships to God. Yet the above quote from Deuteronomy is part of the Shema’s second paragraph. Progressive Jews struggle with a description of a world determined by divine reward and punishment and because of this, the second

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paragraph is not found in the main service in Liberal siddurim, but at the back of the book. However, we also believe prayers and their understandings change over time, as our relationship and perception of the world changes. Looking now at the Shema again, for some, this paragraph is a warning about ecological disaster and what happens when we treat nature as a giant waste bin. For others, it is aspirational – we can help in the creation of a world where doing what is good and right is rewarded. And some see it as describing how our individual duties are an inextricable part of the responsibilities of the community as a whole. These changes in how we understand prayers are refreshing, but also make the prayers relevant in a world in which liturgy is usually relegated to our minds’ backbenches.  Rabbi Sandra Kviat serves Crouch End Chavurah

I haven’t watched Celebrity Big Brother for a few seasons. But even I wasn’t able to avoid this year’s biggest controversy. Actor Ryan Thomas appeared to light-heartedly jab at housemate Roxanne Pallet’s body. Watching the clips, it seemed like a jovial bit of play-fighting and she continued to joke with him afterwards. But she soon complained of feeling unsafe and he was given a warning. Roxanne then began discussing it with other housemates, trying to get them on side, before they began to question if he should be allowed to stay in the house. Social media blew up over the episode, with most people feeling she was overreacting and making a mockery of claims of real abuse. Roxanne chose to leave the show after hearing the crowd asking for her eviction and has since apologised on national TV, saying she clearly got it wrong.

Accuser: Roxanne Pallett

This appears to be a great example of teshuvah (repentance) for the High Holy Days. She got it wrong, she has apologised, and shown contrition. She also seems to be punished, losing all previous work commitments. Shouldn’t she be allowed a second chance? Someone’s reputation is hugely important in Judaism – to destroy a person’s name is akin to killing them. “A sword can only kill someone

who is nearby; a tongue can cause the death of someone who is far away” (Talmud Shabbat 15b). Not only did Roxanne damage Ryan’s reputation, her behaviour has been detrimental to millions of victims whose voices were heard only last year after the #MeToo movement took off. Their abusers were largely not brought to justice. Roxanne’s embellishing of her grievance against Ryan gives unfair credence to the suggestion that women frequently use such claims for attention. To sin and apologise is part of the effort of this season, but to repeatedly sin in the same way and repent just doesn’t work. Teshuvah is only complete when you can change your behaviour the next time you are tempted by the same misdeed.  Debbie Young-Somers is Reform Judaism’s community educator

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Champions stunned by league new boys Highgate & Muswell Hill’s first match in men’s football saw one of the biggest opening day shocks in the history of the league. Taking on the reigning Premier Division champions Hendon United – who came into the game on the back of winning the Charity Shield last week – Adam Abadi’s hat-trick, along with Dom Feldman and Clark Norton strikes saw the new boys hand their hosts a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing. Avi Goldberg, who’s managed most of the team through its academy since they were 14 years of age, said: “Our first outing in men’s football couldn’t have been more daunting. But the guys came primed and ready for action, took the game to Hendon from the start and I couldn’t be more pleased with the squad this early in the season.”

Elsewhere in the division, Daniel Green’s double and Adam Arnold’s strike saw London Lions beat Faithfold A 3-2. Redbridge A began the new season in thrilling style – beating NL Raiders A 4-3, thanks to Nate Kashket’s double, and strikes from Karl Dobrin and Steve Summers. Adam Ellis scored a matchwinning hat-trick in Bayern Mincha’s 3-2 win over Los Camden B. Zack Cohen’s hat-trick saw Mill Hill Dons win 4-1 at FC Team in Division Two, Joseph Reece claimed the fourth goal. First half goals from James Millet and Harry Graham saw Hertswood Vale beat Temple Fortune 2-1, while Faithfold B and SPEC drew 2-2. Adam Hersh scored twice for the Greens, with Ricky Lawrence and Zack Neiman earning SPEC a point.  Full review & reactions: jewishnews.co.uk

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