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The final whistle?

Ben Westerman

Kat Buckingham

Louise Withers Green

Mike Creighton

Baron Iain McNicol

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Martha Robinson

Sam Matthews

Eight former Labour staffers claim:

• Antisemitism files moved

from HQ to leader’s office

• Attempts to influence

disciplinary panel selection

• ‘Laughter’ at idea Corbyn

make speech on antisemitism

• ‘Powerless’ disputes officer had nervous breakdown

Labour whistleblowers last night accused Jeremy Corbyn’s office of hijacking antisemitism cases in the party, despite the process being supposedly free from political interference, writes Adam Decker. The incendiary claims, revealed on Wednesday evening’s BBC’s Panorama programme, represents the first time that

the Labour leader has been personally and directly implicated in a process he has always insisted was independent. The documentary, by veteran journalist John Ware, also revealed that a close Corbyn aide tried to alter the make-up of the panel hearing the case of former Momentum vice-chair Jackie Walker. Ware spoke to seven former Labour

officials from the Party’s Complaints and Disputes department, plus another former staffer. All have now left, four having signed nondisclosure agreements before doing so. Among the internal messages divulged were concerns by Corbyn’s influential communications chief Seamus Milne, who waded in saying that the suppos-

edly independent team was “muddling up political disputes with racism”. Elsewhere, the party’s former chief investigator described Corbyn’s office as “angry and obstructive,” and the disciplinary system as “arcane”. The documentary makers said that “on one occasion there was an order from the Continued on page 2


Jewish News 11 July 2019

News / BBC Panorama expose

Corbyn’s team implicat Labour antisemitism s Formby’s predecessor Iain McNicol described her comments were “really important” and “should ring alarm bells across the Party,” adding: “The NCC was created in a specific way to remove itself from politics and from political interference.” A Labour spokesman cried foul, saying the party had only been asked by Ware about the allegations at the end of June and provided 50 pages of answers to his questions. Labour said Ware, a former Sun journalist, has previously expressed “strong opposition” to Corbyn and his politics. On the eve of transmission the party hit back against the BBC, claiming that the programme was “unlikely to meet the BBC’s obligations of fairness, balance and political impartiality,” and that it “shows clear signs of political interference” and “attempts at undue influence in the current [Equality and Human Rights Council] EHRC investigations into our disciplinary and complaints procedures”.

Continued from page 1 Leader’s Office to bring batches of antisemitism complaints from Party HQ to his office in parliament for processing by his aides”. Labour said this was a “staffing” issue and that the person concerned had been seconded to the team. The accounts of the ex-officials, including the former head of disputes Sam Matthews, also showed discussion by the party’s general-secretary about interference with the National Constitution Committee (NCC), the independent Labour body that has the final say over expulsions. Walker, who had a history of making offensive comments, has since been expelled, but before her hearing Labour’s generalsecretary Jennie Formby is shown emailing that “the NCC cannot be allowed to continue in the way that they are at the moment, and I will also be challenging the panel for the Jackie Walker case”.

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In a fiery letter to the corporation, sent on Wednesday, Labour said the documentary was “likely to be politically slanted in language, presentation and balance of interviewees” and “relies heavily and one-sidedly on the claims and allegations of politically partisan anonymous/unnamed sources and Conservative-supporting organisations”. The party’s embarrassment was visceral last night as the documentary exposed the huge increase in antisemitism complaints since Corbyn became leader. A Labour spokesman said: “We have complained to the BBC at various levels, including at director-general level, about the way the process was engaged in, the lack of engagement with us at an earlier stage and the failure to come to us with a balanced and fair set of questions.”  Editorial comment, page 18 Right: Seumas Milne and Jeremy Corbyn

PR0-WILLIAMSON GUARDIAN LETTER PULLED AFTER ANGER The Guardian has launched an investigation and withdrawn a letter, reportedly from “prominent” members of the Jewish community, supporting Chris Williamson. Expelled Labour members Tony Greenstein and Jackie Walker were among more than 100 signatories of the letter, published on Monday. Its publication sparked anger within the Jewish community, with the Board of Deputies criticising the Guardian’s description of the signatories as “prominent members of the Jewish community, in the UK and abroad,” describing that characterisation as “inaccurate and misleading”. In a letter of complaint published on Tuesday morning, the Board said several signatories had been expelled from Labour during the antisemitism crisis to have hit the party in the past four years. The Board said one signatory had “called for Zionists to be exterminated”, while another claimed to represent the Jewish Labour Movement despite the JLM being categorical in its opposition to Williamson’s readmission. “The Guardian has a duty to conduct due diligence on the signatories of letters it publishes, especially on one relating to such a serious issue as racism,” the Board said. “In this case, the inclusion of racist signatories ought to have stopped the publication of the letter. “Should it choose to publish such a letter, the Guardian has a duty to describe it accurately. To describe the signatories of this letter as ‘prominent members of the Jewish

community’ is inaccurate and misleading.” A Guardian News & Media spokesperson told Jewish News in wake of complaints: “We have taken down the letter pending investigation.” The letter, which urges the Labour Party to reinstate Williamson, was signed by several well-known signatories, including Professor Richard Falk, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights, and US academics Noam Chomsky and Norman Finklestein. One signatory claimed to sign on behalf of Hope Not Hate (HNH), which the antiracism group took issue with. Taking to Twitter, the HNH said “We have no knowledge of the person listed in this letter. We don’t know on what grounds they think they’re entitled to use our name.”

Re-suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson

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Gordon Brown: ‘Labour now owes British Jews unqualified apology’ Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a radical overhaul of Britain’s methods of combatting racism, including the Labour Party agreeing a raft of tough new measures to tackle antisemitism, writes Jenni Frazer. In a barnstorming speech at Hampstead Synagogue, the 17th annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture, Brown said that Labour needed to adopt serious changes in the Gordon Brown at Hampstead Synagogue way it dealt with antisemitism. attacks on or near Jewish synagogues 400 Saying that “the Labour Party owes the Jewish community an unquali- per cent and attacks are carried out on fied apology”, Mr Brown declared: “That social media thousands of times over, we is only a starting point in rebuilding trust.” have not lived up to that promise.” Brown was uncompromising when he He wants the party automatically to expel antisemites and says that the next said: “We have to call out antisemitism for Labour government needs to create the what it is: racism, and, in this case, antirole of a newly-designated minister and Jewish racism. And I promise that whenever prejudice and intolerance arises, I global ambassador to fight antisemitism. Pulling no punches, the former prime and whoever I can persuade, are not going minister said: “To the Jewish community, to remain silent or stand aside or desert we promised ‘never again’. We promised the Jewish community or neglect it or that the crimes of hatred, discrimina- forget.” And he laid out his game plan for tacktion and persecution would never recur. We promised we would offer support and ling antisemitism in the party. “First, protection. But at a time when attacks on automatic expulsion. When an offence is Jewish schools have risen 100 per cent, as counter to our core principles as anti-



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semitism, we cannot, in all conscience, be less demanding and less immediate in our response and we should automatically expel – and not just suspend – in cases where there is irrefutable evidence of antisemitism or any kind of racism. “Second, independent appeals. We should ensure the right to an appeal, but from outside the party not from inside, and the appeal system has to be independent of the Labour Party’s hierarchy with members chosen for their standing and integrity among the public – and after consultation with Jewish and other communities. “Third, racist poison is not restricted to antisemitism. It includes the efforts of Islamophobes who are using social media to condemn the entire Muslim community – demonstrating the still-widespread racism that disfigures more and more of our society. “The need is more urgent now and, in preparation for the next Labour Government, we should consult on a new and broader strategy that begins with better education in our schools – and include stronger laws against racism in all its forms.”

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Jewish News 11 July 2019

News / Labour antisemitism

JLM talks with John McDonnell break down before they begin The first face-to-face talks between John McDonnell and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) in three years broke down before they began after fury over the shadow chancellor’s comments ahead of the airing of Panorama’s probe into Labour antisemitism. Jeremy Corbyn’s long-term ally was due to meet JLM’s new chair Mike Katz and national secretary Peter Mason last weekend, after personally contacting the party’s only Jewish affiliate three weeks ago, Jewish News can reveal. But a clash with his appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show meant the meeting didn’t go ahead. While a source close to McDonnell told Jewish News he hoped to

reschedule, JLM insisted his comments defending legal letters to former Labour employees who’d blown the whistle on antisemitism meant there was “no point” in proceeding. McDonnell claimed Non-Disclosure Agreements enabled organisations to protect confidential information and insisted it wasn’t an effort to gag those speaking out against racism. He also rejected suggestions of hypocrisy over the party’s campaigning against their use to gag whistle blowers. JLM responded angrily: “We were going to tell him to his face that in order to save the Labour party, he needed to get rid of Corbyn, sack those who have been responsible for covering up cor-

ruption at the highest order, and take some personal responsibility for his own actions. He seemed to be up for it at the time. “He then went on Marr, and attacked those who are bravely blowing the whistle on antisemitism. McDonnell could fix Labour’s problems in one afternoon with a few texts to his mates. There’s little point in a meeting now.” It is understood McDonnell approached JLM weeks after it sent three conditions for a meeting to an intermediary, including: the resignation of any staff members shown to have intervened in the disciplinary process; demanded he publicly welcome the Equalities and Human Rights Com-



JLM: No point in meeting McDonnell

mission investigation into Labour’s handling of antisemitism complaints; and resigning as honorary president of the Labour Representation Committee, which opposed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and described the Ken Livingstone case as a “witch-hunt”.

Three Labour Lords a-leaping from ‘antisemitic’ party Three Labour peers resigned their party membership this week, citing “institutional antisemitism”. Lord Triesman, a Foreign Office minister under Tony Blair’s premiership before chairing the Football Association, was joined by former president of the Royal College of Physicians Lord Turnberg and Lord Darzi, a former Health Minister. .In a letter to Baroness Angela

Lords Triesman (left) and Darzi

Smith, Labour’s leader in the House of Lords, he said he was resigning the

whip with immediate effect, describing it as a “painful decision arrived at with great sadness” but “inevitable”. He said: “Day by day, the extent and depth of antisemitism became clearer in the top leadership and the National Executive Committee. Antisemites are shielded and solid and serious Party members are thrown out unceremoniously. “Each new manifestation is fol-


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lowed by a grim parade of social media messages directed at Jewish Party members. The experience of life in the Party has become sickening.” Lord Triesman said Labour had “slipped into the familiar gutter of so many of the hard left and the old tropes about the secret wiring connecting Jewish entrepreneurs and the use of wealth to exercise secretive control can be heard almost daily”.

Labour has failed to address antisemitism in its ranks and needs to act much more quickly on the issue, the shop steward of the party’s MPs said. John Cryer, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, said procedures had improved under general secretary Jennie Formby but not all antisemites were being kicked out. The MP also called for “tolerance” of divergent views at the top of the party, suggesting that while Jeremy Corbyn accepted differences of opinions, others around him did not.

BARRISTER QUITS BEFORE EHRC PROBE A Jewish barrister hired by the Labour Party to help it tackle a backlog of antisemitism cases is to leave at the end of this month. Gordon Nardell, QC was appointed as the Party’s first in-house counsel in June 2018, but his chambers announced that he would be returning to private practice in August. The timing has been noted, given the ongoing statutory investigation into claims of institutional antisemitism in the Labour Party by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Hunt in shul / Envoy lobstergate/ Paper row/ News

Hunt laments ‘balagan’ Prime ministerial hopeful Jeremy Hunt has told a synagogue audience that Britain must sort out its “Brexit balagan” (mess) before it can move ahead on other fronts, writes Mathilde Frot. Speaking at Finchley United Synagogue on Wednesday to a crowd of around 100 congregants and members of the Conservative Party, the MP spoke a few words of Hebrew, including the greeting boker tov (good morning). Hunt told the audience it was important to “build trust with the other side” and to negotiate with the EU but added that he was prepared to leave without a deal. “I want to talk about all the things I want to change in our wonderful country and we can’t do any of those until we sort out Brexit balagan,” he added, prompting a round of applause. Introducing his “amazing” Jewish parliamentary assistant Rebecca Besalel to the audience, he claimed she was “a tremendous advocate to the Jewish community.” “She’s also single, so that’s a job for you to do,” he quipped, prompting more applause and laughter. Meanwhile, to boost the economy,

Jeremy Hunt addressing an audience at Finchley United Synagogue

Hunt said he would draw “inspiration from Bibi”, after meeting Israel’s Prime Minister in February in Warsaw. “Before he arrived, he said, it was like North Korea in Israel, in the sense that all the technology was military and he opened it up and he has made Israel an absolute beacon of the tech industry,” Hunt said. While admitting he does not “agree

with everything Israel does”, he described the Jewish state as a beacon of democracy. “When I see these stories about all the bribery allegations in the run up to the Israeli election, I think that is because Israel is a democracy,” he said. Hunt spoke without notes for approximately 10 minutes, before taking questions from the audience

for half an hour on topics ranging from Brexit to budget cuts. When asked whether he would commit to a robust investigation into claims of Islamophobia in the party, he replied that he backed an independent inquiry. “We led the charge in calling out antisemitism in the Labour Party, so we have to be purer than pure in terms of all prejudice and discrimination in our own party,” he added. When asked how he would respond to Iran’s breaches of the 2015 nuclear agreement following Boris Johnson’s comments to Jewish News on the subject, he replied the long-term solution was for Iran to stop its “destabilising activity across the region”. “I do think the Iran Nuclear Deal was the right deal because four years ago they were 18 months away from having a nuclear weapon,” he added. “I think the Middle East is safer for the fact that they don’t have a nuclear weapon but if they don’t abide by the agreement, then there is no agreement,” he said, adding that he would make a decision once he obtained independent verification from the UN’s nuclear watchdog.


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Israeli Ambassador to Brazil Yossi Shelley, right, was roundly mocked on social media this week when he crudely blacked out lobsters he was purportedly pictured eating with President Jair Bolsonaro. He claimed it was salmon.

Jewish organisations this week criticised Labour over a document on antisemitism aimed at stamping out Jew-hate. No Place For Antisemitism is intended as an introduction to understanding antisemitism so it can be defeated and will contain various materials, including the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition and examples. Labour say it contacted the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and the Community Security Trust (CST) last

month asking for their views, but JLC said it did not support the booklet “in any way as it was not produced in partnership or consultation with the mainstream Jewish community or any expert in antisemitism”. And in an email sent last week to Labour general secretary Jennie Formby, JLM refused to engage with the party on the document, saying Labour “made it clear you do not think JLM should have a role in providing training”. The CST also said it was not consulted “in any meangingful way”.

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Jewish News 11 July 2019

Jewish News meets... Boris Johnson

‘Wild horses wouldn’t stop

Photo by Daniel Elias

By Justin Cohen @CohenJust

Boris Johnson this week told Iran to “cease this madness” over its breaching of the nuclear deal and said he was “prepared” to re-start sanctions against Tehran. The former foreign secretary’s comments came in the only Jewish media interview of his campaign to become prime minister, during which he vowed to maintain the proscription of terror groups on EU banned lists after Brexit and to pursue Palestinian leaders over their policy of paying salaries to terrorists. He also responded to concern over his labelling of Israel’s actions in the 2014 Gaza conflict as “disproportionate” and said “wild horses wouldn’t keep me away” from becoming the latest PM to

Ready to lead: Boris Johnson

visit the Jewish state. On Iran, Johnson insisted the nuclear deal, which the UK remains a signatory, has stopped Tehran from building a nuclear weapon – but said Britain must now wait for a the international watchdog to confirm Iran’s claims that it has already broken its terms before considering sanctions. “I don’t want people to think I’m in any way soft on Iran. We face a very difficult situation and I am certainly prepared to go down that route if they have breached the nuclear deal. My strong, strong advice to the Iranians would be to cease this madness, not to take any further steps that would break the terms of the agreement, and not to acquire a nuclear weapon. “I think that there are enough tensions in that region without triggering a nuclear arms race, whose consequences would be very hard to foresee, and which would certainly pose very difficult choices for any Israeli government. I certainly think you could not fault the UK government for being tough on Iran’s sanction busting. As Prime Minister, I’d make sure we continue to do everything we can to constrain Iran’s disruptive behaviour in the region.” The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP described himself as a “passionate Zionist” and Israel as “great country” that “I love”. It was in this context that he sought to explain his characterisation of the IDF’s

Visiting Google’s Tel Aviv office in 2015

operation against Hamas in 2014 as “disproportionate” – a claim that differentiated the London mayor’s response from that of Cameron’s government. “Those of us who support Israel always want Israel to show the greatest possible restraint in all its actions and to do everything it can to minimise civilian casualties. It’s unacceptable that innocent Israeli civilians should face the threat of bombardment from Gaza. “I understand why Israel reacted in the way that it did and I understand the provocation and the outrageous behaviour that occasioned that response. All I’m saying is that you know

11 July 2019 Jewish News


Jewish News meets... Boris Johnson

p me visiting Israel as PM’ moving the British Embassy to Jerusalem but believed “the moment for us to play that card is when we make further progress”. And he added the moment for this country to formally recognise Palestine would be when Palestinian leaders “meaningfully recognises Israel and stops threatening to revoke recognition”. He also strongly condemned the Palestinian policy of offering salaries to terrorists. “There are funds that are made available to the Palestinian Authority that end up in the pockets of terrorist families, and that is indeed a point I raised with Mahmoud Abbas, and will continue to raise,” he said. “I think it’s ludicrous that there should be any kind of financial incentive or compensation for terrorist activities.” Closer to home, the leadership frontrunner confirmed for the first time that “all the necessary steps” will be taken to ensure terror groups such as the political wing of Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade remain proscribed in Britain post-Brexit. They are currently proscribed in member states as a result of being on EU banned lists, with the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council warning the Treasury would need to act to prevent a lifting of sanctions when the UK leaves the EU. The former London mayor committed to

“copy over the list of organisations that are currently on EU-only lists”. If he wins the keys to Number 10, government spending on security for communal buildings would “absolutely” remain at at least the same levels as today and he will “continue to support” the planned Holocaust memorial and learning centre in Westminster. He added: “I will make sure that shechita is protected and traditional observance is permitted. Of course, it is very important also that this country maintains high standards of hygiene and animal welfare.” He sought to reassure British Jews concerned about the possibility of a Jeremy Corbyn government of his experience of defeating the Labour leader’s left-wing ally Ken Livingstone to City Hall. But he said the best way of avoiding that

Photo by Daniel Elias

in any such response it’s always right to be proportionate. “Israel has a right to respond, Israel has a right to defend itself. Israel has a right to meet force with force. I agree with that, but all I was saying is I believe in Israel. I will always support Israel. I just joined with those who say ‘I want the Israeli response to be proportionate’.” As London mayor, he led a successful trade mission to Israel and the West Bank, but the final day made headlines for the wrong reasons after a series of engagements were cancelled amid Palestinian anger at his colourful dismissal of Israel boycotters. “I was proud to be the Mayor who led the first London-Israel trade mission. I’m proud the UK is now Israel’s biggest trading partner in Europe and we saw huge investments both ways, partly actually as a result of that trip. We did a lot of good business but we want to step it up.” Asked if he agreed with rival Jeremy Hunt’s description of boycotts as “antisemitic”, he said: “It often stems from that syndrome, definitely. Anybody who knows anything about it knows that actually the boycott and disinvestment movement will probably hit hardest Palestinian community people who are in jobs, are benefitting from Israeli investment, Israeli farming, whatever. It just makes no sense at all.” Johnson said he “could see the logic” in

Johnson in conversation with Jewish News


scenario was to leave the EU in October and insisted he had the “credibility to explain the Brexit deal that I do to the country. It will be a very good deal but if necessary we’ll have to come out without a deal. I also have experience of defeating the London Labour left”. But he didn’t go as far as Matt Hancock’s description of Corbyn as an antisemite. “I can’t make a window into his soul and discover exactly where his feelings lie on this. There is no question that he is indulging and condoning antisemitism in the Labour Party that is quite extraordinary and reprehensible. It would never have been tolerated 20 years ago. There is no question he is indulging and condoning antisemitism that is reprehensible.” Johnson was pressed repeatedly on whether he felt he shouldn’t have used the words he did by comparing veiled Muslim women to letterboxes and bank robbers – for which he apologised for the offense caused. But he would say only: “It was a thoroughly liberal article defending the right of women to wear the burka.” And would he be more careful in future with his language about minorities? “I remain frank and unexpurgated in my language. But I am always sensitive in the concerns of the Jewish community and other monitory groups in Britain and will continue to be true to that.”



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Jewish News 11 July 2019

News / Mikveh guide / Boycott call / BBC doc

Charities call on mikvot to help with breast cancer care Jewish cancer charities working with breast cancer survivors have issued new guidance for attendants around using religious baths before, during, and after treatment, writes Adam Decker. It aims to raise sensitivity and awareness of the physical and emotional consequences of breast cancer for women using a Jewish ritual bath, or mikveh. The guide was launched by Michal Mocton, 41, who had breast cancer six years ago, and identified a need to train attendants, who may be the only other person to see the woman naked. Mocton worked with Chai Cancer Care and Dr Naomi Marmon Grumet at the Eden Center in Jerusalem to develop the guide, having identified that breast cancer treatment and its implications were subjects with which mikveh attendants were often unfamiliar. “It is important for all balaniot (attendants) to understand the physical and emotional impact that going to the mikveh after a cancer diagnosis can have on a woman,” Mocton said.

The mikveh at the White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw, Poland

Many women with breast cancer may expect not to go to the mikveh during treatment, because chemotherapy can stop menstruation, but treatments affect women differently, so those with breast cancer may still visit the mikveh during diagnosis and treatment, and after treatment. The guide tells attendants that women with cancer often feel “fear and anxiety” about using the mikveh after diagnosis, surgery, or during chemotherapy. “A woman may not have shown her scars to anyone except her doctor,” it says. “Even her husband may not have seen them. Exposing herself to the

attendant may be embarrassing, frightening, or overwhelming and fraught with tension.” One cancer survivor recalls that although she hoped that returning to the mikveh would “feel like a normalising experience, the focus on preparing my body for immersion reminded me of my feeling damaged and unattractive”. Breast cancer is a particular concern in the Jewish community, where one in eight Jewish women will develop it during the course of their lifetime – a far higher percentage than the national average. This is because roughly one in 40 Ashkenazi Jews – men and women – carries a BRCA gene mutation, and recent studies show that Sephardi Jews may also be genetically predisposed to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Increasing numbers of women are now choosing to perform prophylactic breast removal after discovering they have the BRCA gene, to reduce their chances of breast cancer. This is when a woman has an elective mastectomy as a way of prevention.

Michal Mocton worked with Chai on a guide for mikveh attendants

“Extreme care is needed not to question their personal decisions,” the Chai guide explains. “It is important to make them feel welcome and cared for in the mikveh and be careful not to stare, no matter what their body looks like.”

Chai chair Louise Hager praised Mocton for her “commitment and determination in raising the issue above the parapet, and sharing it with Chai in order that we can assist in bringing it to the attention of a broader audience”.

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An Arab Knesset member who accuses Israel of “apartheid” called for a mass boycott at a London festival of Palestinian culture. Lawmaker Yousef Jabareen (pictured) said states had “all the tools to deal with war crimes – to boycott settlers, to boycott settlement products, to boycott international companies”. He was speaking at the PalExpo event at London Olympia as a member of the

BBC Two has commissioned a “timely and important” film about Holocaust denial with comedian David Baddiel. The broadcaster said the film would “investigate the history and modern face of Holocaust denial” as the Jewish TV personality revealed he had “always had a dark fascination” with the subject. Editors said the Holocaust was “one of the most documented, witnessed and written about events in history… so

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News / JTrade exhibit / Philanthropist award NEWS IN BRIEF

COLDPLAY SINGER AT JAFFA NURSERY Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin was in Israel this week on an unannounced visit. He was spotted in Jaffa’s bilingual kindergarten network for Jewish and Arab children, Bustan Yafa, according to Channel 12’s Good Evening with Guy Pines. Martin has in the past made contributions to The Orchard of Abraham’s children Foundation behind the kindergarten network, which seeks to promote coexistence. Martin reportedly toured the educational institutes in Jaffa and went on a tour in the West Bank.

SCOTTISH SCHOOL’S YAD VASHEM AWARD An Aberdeen academy has become the first Scottish school to receive a prestigious award from Yad Vashem for Holocaust education. Dyce Academy spent three years developing its programme, which helps pupils examine how the Shoah happened and how it can be prevented from happening again. It sent student ambassadors on residential courses in Amsterdam, Berlin and Budapest and last week received a ‘Leaders in Holocaust Education Award’ from Israel’s Holocaust memorial centre.

Minister marvels at communal acumen Communities Secretary James Brokenshire joined more than 5,000 visitors to Britain’s only Jewish trade fair, writes Mathilde Frot. The jTrade Expo, which brought together Jewish entrepreneurs across construction, property and other industries, was held at ExCel London on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock. It follows last year’s inaugural event, which sold out, and aims to put Jewish businesspeople in touch with each other. The Conservative MP gave a speech at the fair, expressing his “proud” support for Britain’s Jewish community and praised its achievements. “As a government, we will continue to stand up. We will continue to challenge. We will continue to celebrate the fantastic things, contributions and place of British Jews in Britain,” Brokenshire said. “I thank all of you for everything that you do, and we as a government will continue to be on your side because you matter so much.” He revealed he would be travelling to Buchenwald this week with

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire at JTrade

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Far-right synagogue arsonist is sectioned A homeless antisemite who tried to set fire to a 250-year old synagogue in Exeter last July has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Tristan Morgan, 52, who wrote songs calling for violence against Jews, was ordered to be detained in a hospital for treatment after pleading guilty to torching Exeter Synagogue while suffering a psychotic episode. Morgan smashed a window of the men’s toilet from the outside with a small axe, poured in petrol from a can and threw in a burning piece of paper. The resulting fireball knocked Morgan off his feet and burnt his forehead and hair. A passer-by heard the explosion and saw Morgan walking to his van with a green petrol can before driving off. She flagged down a passing police car and gave officers the licence plate number.


Tristan Morgan was burned while setting fire to the shul

Shortly afterwards, when police arrived at his home in Exeter, Morgan’s first words were: “That didn’t take long”. Morgan also told police: “Please tell me that synagogue is burning to the ground. If not, it’s poor preparation.” He was arrested and cautioned, to which he replied: “Do you believe in race?” Firefighters later said it was sheer luck that the boiler inside did not explode, given the severity of the fire, which would have made it a much more serious incident. The grade II listed building

dates back to 1763 and is the third oldest synagogue in the UK. The cost of repairs was more than £23,000. Psychiatrists told the court that Morgan had been suffering from psychosis at the time of the attack, and concluded that he posed a high risk of further violence, exacerbated by his use of alcohol and drugs. Synagogue president Richard Halsey this week described the events of the past year as “traumatic” and thanked the police for “their brilliant response and thorough investigation”.

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Jewish News 11 July 2019

News / Hospital help / Uni tensions

Rwanda airline takes sick children to Israel Rwanda’s national airline has launched a special service taking children to Israel for cardiac treatment. RwandAir is working with

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Fisher said: “This new direct flight between Kigali and Tel Aviv will greatly support our ability to save many more young Rwandan lives in this Israeli-Rwandan partnership.” The children will be treated at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon by volunteer doctors

working for the hospital. The humanitarian effort was made possible thanks to a partnership between SACH and the Rwanda Ministry of Health, the Mitrelli Group, RwandAir, the Australian Orah Foundation and the Israeli Embassy in Rwanda.

An anti-Israel activist and human rights lawyer jailed after a racist rant at Air India cabin crew has been found dead. Simone Burns, 50, also known as Simone O’Broin, was jailed for six months after being filmed threatening to boycott Air India unless she was served more wine on the flight from Mumbai to London. Burns, who worked as a head researcher for the anti-Israel Badil organisation, was filmed spitting at a steward and shouting she was “a criminal lawyer for the f***ing Palestinian people” in an inebriated rant.







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“There can be tensions on campus between Orthodox students, on the one hand, and Reform or Masorti students, on the other,” the report said. “These tensions between different denominations can adversely affect Jewish Societies [JSocs].” The report noted that a Union of Jewish Students (UJS) staffer said “some Jewish

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and an egalitarian progressive prayer service, and in other campuses it very much fluctuates depending on the leadership. “So, you know, Orthodox students will be like, ‘I can’t eat this, it’s not strictly kosher’; and our Reform students say, ‘I’m not coming to a prayer service where men and women sit separately’.”

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Charedi schools / Visa row / Twitter rules News

Boys still ‘missing’ in Charedi schools New Government figures suggest there are still seven times more Orthodox Jewish girls studying in registered state-funded or independent schools in Hackney than boys. The numbers highlight how little ministers have done to get on top of unregistered schools, as the buck gets passed between the Department for Education (DfE), the national inspectorate Ofsted, and local councils such as Hackney. The borough, which has a large Orthodox population, has dozens of yeshivot (Jewish religious educational institutions). Charedi boys up are expected to leave school and

study religious texts in a yeshiva for several years from the age of 13. In recent years commentators examining the government figures have dubbed them “the missing boys”. DfE’s latest stats show that there were 1,735 girls aged 11-15 studying in registered Jewish schools in Hackney, but only 256 boys of the same age. The huge disparity reflects similar figures for the past eight years, and has long been recognised as a problem that ministers seem unwilling to tackle. A report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) published in January this year said there


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were more than 20,000 Orthodox children in the UK attending statefunded and independent ultraOrthodox schools. However, they said a “significant number of Charedi teenagers” study in yeshivot and are therefore not included in DfE figures.

Rabbis coming to the UK to preach may now need to demonstrate a “strong command of the English language” under new rules for visiting clergy. At a Westminster Hall debate this week, MPs expressed anger that religious ministers can no longer apply for Tier 5 visas and must now apply for Tier 2 visas, for which an English language proficiency test can be included. The application costs have almost tripled to more than £600. Home Office Minister Nick Hurd MP said it was to make sure visiting clergy “can explain their teachings in English to all in the community, not just to their congregation”.

He added the changes were the result of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consultation on the ‘integrated communities strategy’ adding: “Ministers of religion play a visible role in religious institutions and must be able to integrate with the wider communities in which they live and serve.” Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott described the change as “unwieldy, costly, bureaucratic and discriminatory,” adding that the new measures were “a blockage to faith communities, to the religious ministers they need to lead them, whether temporarily or for a little longer, and to good community relations”.



Twitter is updating its hatespeech rules to prohibit tweets from referring to religious groups in dehumanising terms such as rats or parasites. It follows a consultation with users on its hateful conduct policy, during which many said they would still like to be able to use similar insults to

Jewish groups including Keshet UK, West London Synagogue, Laviot and the Jewish LGBT+ group took part in London Pride at the weekend, bearing rainbow-coloured tallitot and even carrying a chuppah.

describe political organisations and hate groups. The social media giant has already banned users from spreading scaremongering stereotypes about religious groups and from using photoediting to add “hateful symbols” to individuals, such as the yellow Star of David badge used

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World News / Survivor tributes / News briefs

Eva dies on Auschwitz trip Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who underwent experiments in Auschwitz with her twin sister, has died aged 85. Kor, who lived in Indiana, died last Thursday in Krakow, Poland, during an annual trip to the Nazi camps by the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Kor and her sister Miriam were one of some 1,500 sets of twins who were experimented on by Josef Mengele. CAN- Tributes paid to Eva Mozes Kor DLES stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab members of her family to surExperiments Survivors. She vive the Holocaust, after being sent to Auschwitz in 1944. founded the museum in 1985. She and Miriam, who were The sisters were liberated 18 born in Romania, were the only months later by the Soviets.

Kor moved to Israel with her sister in 1950, where she served in the Israeli Army as a Sergeant Major. In 1960, she married fellow survivor Michael Kor and they moved to the US. Her experiences became public owing to the 1978 miniseries The Holocaust. She returned to Auschwitz to share her experience with groups during tours of the site. Kor frequently spoke about the power of forgiveness and publicly forgave Mengele and the Nazis. Her embrace in 2015 of 94-year-old Auschwitz guard

Oskar Groening, during his trial in Germany, made headlines. Kor told Jewish News in 2016 she would offer forgiveness to all Nazis – including Hitler. “If I forgive everybody, and Hitler is the greatest perpetrator, the most evil man that I have ever known about, am I going to keep that wound open and have Hitler and his activities and actions ruin my life?” she said. “Why would I not forgive him? “ Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust UK said: “Eva brought the stories of those who were victims of human experimentation into the public.”

SURVIVOR TURNED MOVIE MOGUL MOURNED Artur Brauner, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who became one of Germany’s most prominent film producers following the Second World War, has died aged 100. Brauner’s family said he died in Berlin on Sunday, according to German news agency DPA.

He produced hundreds of films, including the Dr Mabuse crime movies and other hits such as Girls In Uniform, starring Romy Schneider. Several of the films he produced evoked the memory of the Holocaust. Agnieszka Holland’s Golden Globe-

winning Europa Europa is about a boy in Nazi Germany joining the Hitler Youth to try to conceal the fact he is in fact Jewish. Babi Yar centred on the 1941 Nazi massacre of Jews in Ukraine, in which several of Brauner’s relatives were killed.


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The Ukraine synagogue where the late Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin was married received its first Torah scroll since World War Two. Leaders of Ukrainian Jewry gathered on Wednesday at the Choral Synagogue in the western city of Drohobych to celebrate the introduction of the scroll in a ceremony.


There were bizarre scenes outside a locked-up synagogue in Krakow after the country’s chief rabbi climbed a fence to enter the closed compound,

only to be arrested. Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich was protesting a wealthy Jewish family’s decision to hike the rent for the Chabad-run Izaac Synagogue by 1,000 percent.


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What if Israel’s so-called four tribes – secular, religious and Charedi Jews, and Arabs – walked in one another’s shoes for a day, asks Stephen Oryszczuk Israeli President Reuven Rivlin likes to talk about the four tribes of the country: secular Jews, religious-nationalist Jews, strictly Orthodox Jews, and Arabs. By population, they’re about a quarter each, and although they share the same land, they’re worlds apart. Rivlin argues they need to mix and mingle if Israel is to succeed, but they aren’t doing it, and left to their own devices, they won’t. Those aiming to help solve some of Israel’s long-term strategic difficulties have got involved. One such group is the Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships. Its ‘Day in the Life’ (Yom Bimkom) initiative took place last month, and involved “swapping places” with someone from a different ‘tribe’ for the day. “We had no difficulty convincing people to participate,” said Anat Nehemia Lavee, chief executive of the Partnerships. “That included businesspeople in traditional villages and senior government staffers.” What prompted the idea? “We live in a very diverse but often separated society, and people really want to get to know members of the other groups personally and emotionally. Literally hundreds of people contacted us to take part.” Among those swapping places was the secular Jewish chief executive of a giant beverage company who switched with the Arab chief executive of a very large food company. In another pairing, the religious Jewish education director of the Modi’in Municipality switched with the Arab school principal from the mixed city of Lod. Likewise Harel Tubi, head of President’s House (Rivlin’s official residence), traded places with the head of a strictly-Orthodox women’s college. “My family has an ultra-Orthodox wing,” Tubi says. “But there is nothing like personal contact at a place of education to get to know people better and for me to see how to deal with the challenges facing the person I am changing with.” Lavee – “a traditional Jewish woman” – switched with the head of the Druze Center in Israel. “We were glad we managed to get people to participate from communities and levels who don’t usually take part in national projects, such as Arabs and the strictly-Orthodox,” she says. Among the strictly Orthodox taking part was Yehuda Shlezinger, a religious food journalist who switched with a secular food journalist; Yehuda Meshi Zahav, the head of first aid organisation ZAKA, who switched with a secular student leader; and Rabbi Zvi Schreiber, head of the Lev Academic Center, who swapped with the director of President’s House, a secular Jew. “I wanted to experience the worldview of the other side,” said Schreiber. “What motivates him? What makes him worried or fearful? How does he see me?” S l i m a n Alamour, from the Arab community, works

Anat Nehemia Lavee, Faten Alzinati, President Reuven Rivlin, Rabbi Zvi Shreiber and Harel Tubi

with young people in Bedouin villages. While his work has introduced him to secular Jews, he says: “I’m less familiar with the religious and strictlyOrthodox tribes. I want to know them better.” Alamour, who now works at the Negev Institute for Strategies for Peace and Economic Development, swapped with Shira Ohana of Kav Hazinuk, an organisation training young religious Jews in the Negev, and said they faced shared challenges. “The difficulties that arise are similar,” he says. “We can learn from each other.” Asked whether Rivlin’s theory of the four tribes held any wisdom, Ohana agrees. “Our life structures define who we meet and who we don’t. The moment our educational institutions separate between religious, secular, Arab and strictly-Orthodox, there’s no place to meet.” Alamour said that while meeting those from other tribes was a remedy to counter these tribal barriers, it was becoming more difficult. “The barriers are being erected and keep getting bigger,” he said. “Politicians create them for their own cynical and aggressive needs. They create division, which deepens the schisms.” Schreiber says there were “always extremists in each of the tribes, who try to maintain obstacles through engendering fear of other tribes,” adding: “The influence of politicians is usually destructive. Politics by its nature polarises.” Alamour agrees that coming together works. “Israel will be stronger if these barriers are removed,” he says. “We must get to know one another’s tribes, their characteristics and needs. That doesn’t mean we all become alike, but it does lead to cooperation and creates a shared and healthy space, which brings prosperity and helps everyone.” Schreiber, likewise, recognises the limits, saying: “Israel will be stronger when there is acceptance and love between the tribes.”


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World News / German payments / Film festival / Migrant protest

Shoah compensation extended The Claims Conference, which handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis, has announced Germany has agreed to extend compensation to their surviving spouses and increase other payments – taking the total to be handed out in 2020 to more than £800,000. Until now, pension payments to Holocaust survivors had been stopped upon their death, but the New York-based Claims Conference said Berlin has now agreed to continue survivor pensions for nine months after a death to the spouse. The payment is expected to be granted to around 14,000 spouses retroactively — and a total of about 30,000 people are expected to qualify. Claims Conference negotiator Greg Schneider said: “We have survivors who have been

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just getting by for many years. This extra nine months of income gives a cushion for the family of the survivor to figure out how to deal with their new circumstances.” The Claims Conference carries out continuous negotiations with the German gov-

ernment to expand categories of people eligible for compensation for suffering and losses resulting from persecution by the Nazis. Since 1952, Germany has paid more than $80 billion. The Claims Conference established its own fund in 1963 to aid additionally, Right-

eous Gentiles — non-Jews who helped Jews survive the Holocaust — and this year the German government agreed to help fund those payments. Schneider said there were 277 Righteous Gentiles still alive today, whose average age is 91, who have indicated they need financial assistance. Meanwhile, at a ceremony in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, Dutch Railways announced a scheme to compensate Holocaust victims and their families. Roger van Boxtel, the chief executive of Nederlandse Spoorwegen announced survivors would receive 15,000 euros. Recipients include about 500 Jews, Roma and Sinti, who were transported to Nazi extermination camps, but survived. Relatives and widows of the survivors are to receive between 5,000 and 7,500 euros.

PLURALISM IS FOCUS OF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL More than 35 films were screened during the fifth Moscow Jewish Film Festival. The 2019 programme included films such as the Oscar-winning Skin by Guy Nattiv; Promise at Dawn, a film based on the autobiography of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary; Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life and King Bibi, both provocative documentaries; To Dust, a black comedy, and Seder-Masochism, an ironic animated feature. There were also retrospective screenings of Mikhail Romm’s Triumph Over

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Violence and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. More than 30 of the educational events during the festival were organised with support from Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG). Its president and CEO, Ilia Salita, said: “Supporting the Moscow Jewish Film Festival is both a longtime tradition for us and a critical contribution to developing Jewish cultural life in Moscow and throughout Russia. “The key priority in this partnership is to create an atmosphere of pluralism and meaningful dialogue. We are proud to partner with an organisation that’s taking concrete steps to make this goal a reality.”

Jewish groups protest US migrant detention conditions Hundreds of Jewish activists brought traffic to a halt in Boston as part of a major protest against migrant detention conditions in the city and across the country. Some 36 Jewish demonstrators were arrested outside a New Jersey detention centre. In Boston, after a rally at the New England Holocaust Memorial, protesters marched through the city’s streets to the Suffolk House of Correction, where 18 people were arrested after locking arms at the facility being used by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house scores of immigrants

awaiting deportation proceedings, according to The Boston Globe. The demonstration was organised by Never Again Action, a new Jewish group of young activists who also organised the New Jersey protest, which is invoking the memory of the Holocaust to refer to ICE’s treatment of undocumented immigrants at the US southern border and other locations. Some carried signs reading “Never again means close the camps”. The protest was supported by the Boston chapter of If Not Now, a Jewish group that opposes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and

Second Romanian mass grave found A second mass grave of Jews killed by Romanian troops during the Second World War has been discovered in northeast Romania. The human remains were found near the village of Popricani, the site of a massacre of Jews carried out by Romanian troops allied with the Nazis. In 2010, a mass grave containing 16 bodies was found in a forest near Popricani. More than 100 Jewish adults and children are thought to have been buried at the site, the

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Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania announced at the time, based on eyewitnesses to the 1941 shooting. Archaeologists have now unearthed a second site, and discovered the remains of at least 40 people, including 12 children – one as young as two years old, the French news agency AFP reported. In 2014, military prosecutors found that the Popricani massacre was carried out by Romanian troops, despite the country’s denial it participated in Holocaust atrocities. About 15,000 Romanian Jews were killed during the Second World War in mass shootings and in labour camps, or on trains heading to death camps.

Movimiento Cosecha, a national immigrants’ rights group. “When we grew up hearing the words ‘never again’, it’s referring to a moment like this,” Michaela Caplan, 23, one of the organisers of the event, told The Globe. Caplan said her grandmother was a survivor of Auschwitz and that 30 family members were killed by the Nazis. Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said that there was widespread support for asylum seekers among the Jewish community.

Never Again Action group members were arrested in Boston earlier this month

Torah scroll dedicated at restored synagogue The dedication of a Torah scroll at the restored Choral Synagogue took place last week in the Ukrainian town of Drohobych. Yaakov Dov Bleich, the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, dedicated the scroll together with representatives of Jewish communities from across Ukraine, along with residents and descendants of Jewish families of Drohobych, who came from Israel and the US for the occasion. The synagogue restoration project, initiated by Felix Vekselberg, began in 2013 and took more than seven years to complete. It was funded by his son,

The Choral Synagogue in Drohobych

Viktor Vekselberg. Bleich said: “[This] marks another important milestone in the revival of

Jewish life, not only in Drohobych, but all across Ukraine. “Viktor Vekselberg was born and raised in Drohobych and, for many years, has supported the Jewish community. I am sure, given his great efforts in helping develop Drohobych, he has all the merits to be considered for the title of honorary citizen of this town.” Drohobych was home to 17,000 Jews before the Holocaust, about half of the town’s population at the time. It is estimated that in 1942 and 1943, Nazis massacred between 11,000 and 14,000 Jews there.

‘Unconventional’ Jewish-Muslim dialogue launch Jewish and Muslim entrepreneurs met in Berlin to launch “an unconventional JewishMuslim dialogue”. Dubbed Schalom Aleikum: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, the project of the Central Council of Jews in Germany – the country’s European Jewish Congress affiliate – began with

young business leaders having an open exchange on the issue of cultural identity and the job market. German TV journalist Shakuntala Banerjee served as the moderator. Central Council President Dr Josef Schuster said the project aimed to break down stereotypes and prevent anti-

semitism and islamophobia, adding: “People who who speak to each other from the realities of their lives can approach each other without reservations.” The nationwide project has the support of Minister of State Annette Widmann-Mauz, who heads Germany’s Federal Commission for Migration, Refu-

gees and Integration. The first year’s events have been funded by the government with €1.2 million (£1m) and will encompass dialogue formats. Additional Jewish-Muslim dialogue forums are planned for the coming months with teachers, athletes, students, seniors and women’s groups.


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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.



Indebted to the courageous eight As was to be expected, the eight former Labour staffers who courageously spoke to this week’s BBC Panorama programme of their experience in dealing with antisemitism complaints have been sneeringly dismissed by party spokesmen. The former staff were said to be disaffected and disgruntled. In one case, where an ex-staffer, Michael Creighton, said he had been laughed at by communications director Seamus Milne, a spokesman said: “The Labour Party dispute this conversation ever took place… this allegation is false and malicious”. Mr Creighton and the other brave whistleblowers, one who had a nervous breakdown, another who seriously considered suicide, had no reason to make anything up — and the shocking evidence on show in the Panorama programme is a public service, nothing less. These officials should be applauded, not condemned. The only “false and malicious” is Labour’s continuing refusal to tackle antisemitism in the party without engaging in a welter of “whataboutery”. --This has not been a good week for Labour, to put it mildly. Gone are Lord Triesman, Lord Turnberg and Lord Darzi, and gone too, courtesy of Panorama, is any lingering pretence that there was no political interference in the disciplinary process surrounding its antisemitism cases. Not gone are the Equality and Human Rights Council investigation and party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose closest aides now have questions to answer, having been shown gently caressing a supposedly independent process. How many slaps on the wrist, we are left wondering after Wednesday’s BBC1 programme, would in fact have been goodbye waves had the likes of Seamus Milne and Jennie Formby not got involved in the way they did? While there may no longer be hope, there remains a very clear way forward for those in Labour who still wish to show that they are on top of the problem. One element was suggested this week by former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown and seconded by Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer. That is to change the Labour rule-book so that in cases of clear and blatant antisemitism, members are expelled immediately – not in three years’ time, after two hearings, much upset and mountains of legal letters. If Labour can expel people like Alistair Campbell within milliseconds of saying he voted Lib Dem, why dilly-dally with diehard racists? Such a change would not rid Labour’s processes of their innate fairness. Rather, it would rid a supposedly anti-racist party of racists.


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Lithuanian Jew in No10? The ancestry of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is as charismatic as the man himself, and includes Sunni Muslims, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Protestant dissenters and even the British Royal Family itself. More importantly, he also has a Jewish line. Boris’s mum, Charlotte Offlow Fawcett, now Mrs JohnsonWahl, is the granddaughter of Elias Avery Lowe, a Jewish Russian-American paleographer, professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study and a friend of Albert Einstein. Elias, who was born in 1879 in Kalvarija, then part of the

Russian Empire, married in Switzerland in 1911 an AngoAmerican, Helen Tracy Porter, of Princeton, New Jersey, known for her pioneering translations of the works of Thomas Mann. His father, Chaim Lev Loew (later Charles), a silk merchant,

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FORUM HAS AN IMPORTANT LEGACY I refer to Farid El Diwany’s letter [4 July] regarding the legacy of Sheikh Zaki Badawi, of the founders of the Three Faiths Forum. Badawi and Dr Marcus Braybrooke, together with Sir Sigmund Sternberg, were visionaries who established the forum. My late husband, Sidney L. Shipton OBE, joined soon after, and their pioneering work was hailed as outstanding and recognised by

peace loving people gobally. Alas, these personalities are no longer with us, but I’m certain those now running the organisation are doing their best to continue their valuable and essential legacy of trying to bring the three Abrahamic faiths to a better understanding of each other. And when was it more important than today?

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had migrated from Moscow to the US, with his wife, Sarah Gitel Ragoler (later Sophia), and young family, arriving in New York City in 1891. It is believed Sarah came from a distinguished rabbinical family, although this is unproven. Boris’ three times great grandparents were Schmaye Lev and Rachel Weiss, of Kalvarija. Boris, the descendant of Lithuanian Jews, proudly affirmed his Jewish ancestry on a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem in November 2015. Doreen Berger The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

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Civil war has erupting in Labour. With the party showing fourth position in a recent YouGov poll, even the likes of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott are giving serious thought of

abandoning the captain of the fast sinking ship. It is time for the leader to relinquish his post for the sake of a party that is in danger of disappearing into history.

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WHY WON’T MP STAND UP? I was at a Parliamentary meeting last week where a Jewish leader said that never have Jews felt more apprehensive living in UK. Racist threats come from the far left and far right. Antisemitism is prevalent, and, as ever, is the canary in the mine. The threat to Jewish freedoms reaches out to the freedoms of belief of us all. How sad, then, and depressing that as the Labour Party struggles to deal with antisemitism we now have an MP for Enfield Southgate who, unlike myself and my predecessor, is absent from standing up to antisemitism.

Bambos Charalambous regrettably refused to join 121 of his Parliamentary colleagues in calling for the whip to be withdrawn from Chris Williamson MP who, in the words of Labour’s Deputy Leader “we have never had an MP accused of stirring up so much upset in a particular community in Britain. It required a full inquiry”. I simply ask openly and publicly – why?

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Transparent double standard I’d like to make two points regarding Sidney Sands’ letter (Jewish News, 4 July). As to Jenny Tonge maintaining that “she is in no way anti–Jewish”, this is not “fair enough”. Antisemitism involves being anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist. She, like so many other

politicians of our day, holds extremely troubling views, which is not “fair” at all. The headline, however, is spot on. For antisemites, it’s become standard practice to apply double standards to Israel. No other country in the world is judged so regularly, critically and negatively as

regards anything that is said or done in her name. Jenny Tonge and her ilk are in every way antisemitic with all that it entails. She may claim otherwise, but that’s the standard we’ve come to expect of such politicians.

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Dates and density: my day at PalExpo ELLIOT KECK



stepped out of my comfort zone last weekend. As a strong supporter of Israel, Palestine Expo was hardly standard Saturday. But I’ve always valued listening to the other side, and a friend was interested in the cultural issues. So to Kensington Olympia I ventured. First the good. On arrival, we were presented with samples of Palestinian medjoul dates. To describe them as some of the best dates I’ve had would not be too generous. Indeed I went on to purchase a weighty box from the Yaffa stand. My friend was slightly puzzled. “Doesn’t this go against your beliefs?” she asked, something I found jarring. I am absolutely in favour of supporting Palestinian farmers and workers and Palestinian products. I am also in favour of supporting Palestinian self-determination. What I am not in favour of is anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred. Regrettably it was that which dominated the day. Entering the vast space, it was a surprisingly barren affair. Turnout was poor, and stalls were

fairly sparsely distributed around the space. What dominated were the thoroughly bizarre installations in the middle of the hall – with one depicting the separation barrier as quite literally (and entirely falsely) bifurcating family dining tables. Having explored a few of these installations, I decided to go to the talk Nation State Law: Israeli Apartheid State. Full disclosure: this was the only talk I went to; my friend was so disturbed by the proceedings she insisted on not attending another, and I was scarcely more keen. So perhaps the other talks were defined by reason and proportionality. But I suspect not. By no means the most egregious, but certainly the most jarring statement of the talk was that of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Zwelivelile Mandela, when he said Israeli “apartheid” is “the worst apartheid we have ever seen”. He uttered these words while Yousef Jabareen (another speaker) looked on. Mr Jabareen is an Arab member of the Knesset, representing an Arab party, elected by Arab voters. A country with full voting rights for its minority groups is a strange form of apartheid. Then there was the really nasty stuff. The

MANDELA’S GRANDSON SAID ISRAELI ‘APARTHEID’ WAS THE WORST HE HAD EVER SEEN claim that Zionists have the same view of Judaism as the Nazis; the idolisation of Palestinian “martyrs” (individuals who have died committing acts of terrorism) as the “Mandelas of the Palestinian people”; and perhaps most chillingly: “no state has the right to exist”. All against the backdrop of a supportive crowd. The problem was that the speakers were not just railing against Israeli policies in the West Bank (legitimate) or Israeli policies towards its Arab minority (also legitimate). One of the most ferocious attacks was on the prevalence of Jewish symbols and Jewish holidays in the state of Israel. In other words, an attack on the very Jewishness of the nation (illegitimate).

The use of the menorah, the Star of David, the national celebration of Jewish holidays and festivals were thus characterised as representative of an oppressive ethnocracy. The whole point behind the conspicuous adoption of Jewish symbols by Israel was precisely because for so long open displays of Jewishness were viewed with contempt by European (and to a lesser extent Islamic) society. Many Jewish intellectuals in the 18th and 19th centuries called on Jews to assimilate, to remove evidence of their Jewishness, in the hope of being accepted. It didn’t work. Instead, in the 1930s and 1940s in Nazi Germany, Jews were forcibly marked with the letter J on their passports and a Star of David on their arms. The Star of David became a symbol of genocidal dehumanisation. But Israel reclaimed this symbol, and other Jewish symbols, as a source of heritage and pride, much as other oppressed groups have done. Yet here we are, in 2019, with the “woke” left whooping and cheering as speakers condemn conspicuous displays of Jewishness by the world’s sole Jewish state. Still, the dates really were magnificent.

A dystopian day out for the whole family LUKE AKEHURST



ast weekend London’s Olympia hosted “the biggest Palestine event in Europe”. But Palestine Expo was not a forward-looking positive event, or an honest assessment of the many barriers to a Palestinian state. In this dark twilight world, everything is Israel’s fault and there is no discussion about how to build a better future for the Palestinians – why bother when it’s easier to just demonise Israel? Looking at the programme, there was an appealing glimpse at Palestinian culture: dabke dancing, Bedouin coffee and a food court. “Interactive installations” enabled you to “see how you interact with your family during a meal with the Apartheid wall cutting through the dinner table” (the security barrier doesn’t actually run through the middle of anyone’s house). You could present the genuine problems it creates for farmers, for example, without giving such an absurd example and, of course, the context that it was built to stop suicide bombings (and succeeded) is completely missing. You

can show your anger by having “a go at knocking down apartheid in a game of BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions movement] bowling” [see picture, inset]. Multiple panel session titles referred to “apartheid” or colonialism. Multiple sessions focused on boycott as the way to combat this. There was an acute sense of paranoia with sessions claiming media bias, that the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy is being used to “erode” Palestine activism, that aid work in Palestine is being attacked by “antiPalestinian groups”. Chillingly there was a session called One State: The Future (i.e. Israel abolished) with no question mark in the title. Speakers included Professor Ilan Pappé,


who thinks that “Zionism offered itself as the solution to antisemitism, but became the main reason for its continued presence”, Professor Joseph Massad, and Labour NEC member Huda Elmi, who recently voted to readmit Chris Williamson MP to the party and opposed Labour adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. Nowhere in the programme was there any sense of pluralism and debate, of struggling to engage with nuance. The Israeli Jewish narrative, and the need to build bridges with Israel to create a peaceful solution, was wholly

absent – the only Jewish voices are a handful of anti-Zionists from groups such as Jewish Voice for Labour, which supports BDS and opposes IHRA. No alternative strategies were examined other than bash Israel using the failed tactic of BDS, and hope that somehow one of the world’s most dynamic economies will collapse in the face of student unions not stocking Sabra hummus. There was no sense of hope or vision beyond the dystopian objective of One State – unmaking 71 years of Israel and two millennia of Jewish dreams of a homeland? Where was the discussion about how to achieve two states and attain Palestinian national liberation without destroying Jewish national liberation? Where was the mutual recognition that there are two peoples with a home in one small land? Where was the vision of what a Palestinian state could look like, how to build its institutions and how it could live in harmony with its Israeli neighbours, of the actual things the Palestinians need, rather than the destruction of Israel? Will this event fire people against Israel? Undoubtedly. Will it help advance Palestinian statehood? Unlikely.

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How not to cover a magazine in glory ALEX BRUMMER

dinately powerful role in global finance. Among the explanations offered by the organisation is that Goldman bankers become personally comfortable early in recently attended the celebration life, giving them capacity to give something of the 150th birthday of US investback to society through public service. ment bankers Goldman Sachs at Nevertheless, it is still disturbing to see a grand event at the Victoria & antisemitic tropes about Goldman playing Albert Museum, hosted by its new out in mainstream media. chairman David Solomon. Guest I have to admit a double take when of honour was Chancellor Philip I looked at the cover story in the latest Hammond. edition of Spears, a magazine catering to Goldman Sachs is a global phenomenon. the aspirational and wealthy. Among its alumni are the governor of the The cover celebrated with a giant Bank of England, Mark Carney, president of birthday cake for Goldman, upon the European Central Bank Mario Draghi and American Treasury Secretary which was sprawled a friendly Steven Mnuchin. Other policylooking, giant squid or octopus. Doubtless the illustrator and makers have included recentlythe editors of Spears, a magaretired chairman of the New York zine created by journalist Bill Fed, Bill Dudley and Trump’s Cash, intended the cover to first director of the National be clever and ironic. It was a Economic Council, Gary Cohn. play on the theme of the great Given this list of the great vampire squid, the feature of a and good, it is understandable critical Rolling Stone article by why it might be suggested that Matt Taibbi in the aftermath of Goldman, founded and often Spears’ squid cover the financial crisis of 2008-09. headed by Jews, plays an inor-



When the subsequent ‘occupy’ movement erupted in the US, the vampire squid cover fuelled protests against the power and influence of Goldman Sachs, including some antisemitic slogans from the protesters. Goldman employees in southern Manhattan were the subject of personal and racist abuse as they made their way to work. The use of a squid or octopus creature to depict the power of Jewish bankers has a history. The antisemite, ‘Coin’ Harvey, used it as an illustration in Coin’s Financial School in 1894 under the title The English Octopus: It Feeds on Nothing but Gold. It shows a giant squid-like creature sprayed across the globe reaching to every corner including the US, Canada, Russia and Australia. Above its head is the word ‘Rothschild’. In a novel A Tale of Two Nations the same author wrote of a plot to destroy the US by demonetising silver designed by a Baron Rothe. In the minds of some of the old-style antisemitic leftists who have resurfaced in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, the images of the Rothschild as bankers and financiers

controlling the world never has died. What is deeply disturbing is that 125 years later, the image first conjured up Harvey is being invoked in mainstream media and applied to the more ubiquitous Goldman Sachs. It is accepted that illustrators and cartoonists have more freedom to exploit stereotypes than other parts of the media. But it is the association of Jews with blood that is most offensive, dating back to the ancient libel perpetuated in the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Spears cover in no way strays into this territory. But the ‘vampire’ squid imagery from Rolling Stone on which it is based certainly does. The Spears squid may be a smiling creature on a birthday cake but to anyone familiar with the offensiveness of this symbolism, it crosses a line. Goldman Sachs was furious when it was used by Rolling Stone. The bank is none too pleased to see the mythology propagated again, even in a mild form. All that does is give succour to left-wing antisemites who bracket Jews and the perceived evils of global capitalism as one and the same.

50 years after Stonewall, Pride is still a protest ELLA ROSE


0 years ago, the Stonewall riot broke out at a small LGBT+ bar in New York. 50 years on, Pride marches happens every year, across the world. Last weekend marked London Prideoday, what appears like a corporate-sponsored festival, is at its heart, still a protest. Rights for the LGBT+ community have come a long way in those 50 years since the Stonewall riot. In the UK, we’ve seen Section 28 repealed, the age of consent equalised, civil partnerships and now equal marriage. Keshet has done brilliant work in our schools and synagogues, paving the way for lasting and meaningful change where no person should have to choose between being Jewish and being LGBT+. However, the past few months have reminded us that there’s still a huge amount to protest, in our community and in broader society. Just as antisemitism is on the rise,

so is homophobia and transphobia. The vicious attack against two LGBT+ women in West Hampstead, home to so many of our young professionals, shows that we don’t yet live in a tolerant and accepting society. Stonewall reports that one in five LGBT+ people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months alone. This will be no different in the Jewish community. The devastating news from a South African Israel tour shows us that our communities have some way to go before young LGBT+ people feel accepted, loved and celebrated for who they are, all created in the image of God. Jewish LGBT+ people exist. In our synagogues, our schools and in our communal framework. As the debate over LGBT inclusive education raged in Birmingham, one Jewish paper ran an op-ed with the headline ‘Jewish schools face battle for survival’, another Jewish paper used the deadline ‘possible relief for Charedi schools on LGBT teaching’ and another one claimed on its

CHANGE IS COMING, THANKS TO KESHET AND OTHER TRAILBLAZING ACTIVISTS front page that ‘Jewish schools’ hopes rest on peers’ as ‘Lords can bin LGBT teaching’. The impact of these damaging headlines and hyperbole cannot go unnoticed. All children deserve to grow up knowing they are who they’re meant to be, without societal imposed shame or fear. Inclusive education saves lives, prevents violence and could show our community it’s fullest and most inclusive extent. Change is clearly coming, thanks to the hard work of Keshet and so many trailblazing activists. Keshet’s paper with the Chief Rabbi shows that progress can

be made. It’s clear that after the past few months that it can’t come quickly enough. Until then, Pride marches across the world will continue to protest.  Ella works for the Holocaust Educational Trust and writes here in a personal capacity

Ella Rose at London Pride

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Jude Cannon, also pictured [inset] with proud dad Adam, has raised around £1,800 for charity Meningitis Now during his barmitzvah year by climbing Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain at a knee-knocking 1,085 metres above sea level. The intrepid teenager, who was diagnosed with meningitis several years ago and made a full recoverey, said: “Meningitis Now helps people who have had the condition and whose lives are changed by it. Amazingly, mine hasn’t been changed and I am able to climb mountains.”


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​Year Three pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School were presented with their first Chumash during a Chagigat Chumash ceremony this week by guest of honour Rabbi David Meyer, executive director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools. Jewish Studies lead Deborah Harris said: “We are so proud of each and every pupil. They performed beautifully and were very excited to receive their first Chumash, which we know they will treasure for many years to come.”


Israeli chef and TV food personality Gil Hovav demonstrated the right way to make hummus at events in Mill Hill Synagogue and Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue during a tour of the UK with the Zionist Federation and the World Zionist Organisation. Hovav entertained guests with stories about the Israeli fixation with hummus. Hovav told guests the secret to making great-tasting hummus is to use good quality ingredients and avoid refrigerating.




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The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, was among the high profile guests at World Jewish Relief’s Business Dinner, which raised £210,000. In a wide-ranging conversation with BBC business correspondent Victoria Fritz, Carney spoke about the future of banking and the rise of cryptocurrency. The evening attracted a diverse range of people from across the business community. Pictured at the event are Hannah Strauss, Ariella Gould and Katie Neville.


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Around 120 golfers helped raise £111,000 at a golf tournament at Abridge Golf and Country Club. A cheque for £96,000 was presented to Jewish Care by Andy Green, committee chair of the Redbridge Aid Golf Society, while the Community Security Trust received £10,000, and another £5,000 was donated to Sidney Gold RAGS Scholars. Pictured is Green with his team.

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More than 100 people attended Migdal Ohr UK’s first dinner quiz to support the charity and raise funds for its foster family care programmes, in which foster families care for 12 children and teenagers in a home-like environment. Amit Fraser, executive director of Migdal Ohr UK, said: “Israel has made tremendous progress in improving welfare and development of the country, but still, more than 260,000 children in Israel remain at risk, a figure we cannot live with, especially considering this is one of the highest poverty rates in the developed world.”

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Comedian Shani Cohen, pictured, and singer Miri Mesika helped the charity Simcha LaYeled, supported by JNF UK, raise more than £90,000 at a gala event in London attended by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev. The money will go towards continuing to support physically-disabled children and their families in Israel. Award-winning singer Mesika performed a selection of hit singles, Israeli classics and a cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow accompanied on the piano by her husband, Ori Zakh. Yonatan Galon, CEO of JNF UK, said the event was a “huge success” and “an incredible evening”.


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Polish Ambassador to the UK, Arkady Rzegocki, met with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, pictured, to discuss relations between the country and the Jewish community. “Delighted to

meet @chiefrabbi Ephraim Mirvis, confirmation of the strong & enduring PolishJewish friendship & Poland’s commitment to the preservation of Jewish heritage,” Rzegocki tweeted.


The Friends of Israel Opera association hosted an operatic event at Chucs Restaurant in Hyde Park. The evening was attended by more than 200 people, including Israel Ambassador Mark Regev, who were all treated to a performance by singer Alfie Boe and the soprano duet Belle Voci. Organisers said the event was a “great success”, raising more than £40,000.


Kingston Liberal Synagogue hosted a special Shabbat service in honour of its beloved bnei mitzvah teacher Robert Markless, who is moving to Huddersfield to live closer to his daughters after 25 years of teaching. He has prepared 135 pupils for their bar and batmitvahs, and many of his former pupils attended the service at which he read lines from Bob Dylan’s poem, Forever Young. Former pupil Sam Alston said: “He was the most patient and supportive teacher I’ve ever had,” while Nicola Jessop said: “He really built up my confidence when he told me that I soaked up information like a sponge.”


Chazak held its eighth annual football tournament, hosting 12 teams of students and young professionals at Mill Hill’s Power League. Rabbi Yitsy David, managing director of Chazak, said: “There is something special about football; it unites people of all ages, all backgrounds and all abilities together for the love of sport. In our eighth year, the Chazak Football Tournament has been our biggest and best yet, bringing together 12 teams from across London for what was a fantastic day.” Pictured from left are Moses Seitler, Josh Beharier, Zak Lewis, Josh Harris and Dudi Edreyi.

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Kidanza extravaganza!

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Kidanza Dance Studio celebrated another successful year with its magical show, The Circus of Life. An audience of 1,000 loving parents, supportive friends and adoring dance fans from the community enjoyed the stunning Ryan Theatre courtyard where they were entertained by professional circus artists and ate soft ice cream scoops with flake and popcorn. The two performances of the day highlighted the talent of all 150 dancers, from the twirling three-year-old beginners to the 17-year-old prima ballerinas, and showcased their progress and abilities. Hila Moussaioff, the founder of Kidanza Dance Studio, and her daughter Judi Moussaioff created an enchanted choreography, smoothly combining a variety of dance styles bringing the show to new peaks with each and every number. Kidanza Dance Studio is already preparing next year’s show, sprinkling even more magic over the 20th anniversary celebrations.

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Jewish News 11 July 2019

Scene & Be Seen / Great Jewish Bake Day

Have your cake and eat it!

Photos By Paul Lang, Justin Grainge, Yakir Zur, David Solomon & Justin Grainge

Hundreds of community members of all ages took part in Jewish Care’s seventh Great Jewish Bake Day. Director of fundraising and community engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said, “It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces as the youngest to the oldest members of our community get together to enjoy the Great Jewish Bake Day across the generations. Food really does bring us together and I’d like to thank everyone for taking part in activities and bake sales to help support older members of the community, including members of community centres and residents in our care homes. The community’s enthusiasm has made it a real treat to get involved in the Jewish Care’s 7th Bake Day. Bake sales are still taking place so if you haven’t held one yet, it’s not too late to invite your family and friends to take part.”

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Culture / Weekend BOOK

‘I was nostalgic about the past when I was born’ Francine Wolfisz speaks to Howard Jacobson about the power of memory, as his new novel, Live A Little, is published


s a woman well into her 90s, Beryl Dusinbery’s memory is not quite what it once was, resulting in her forgetting everything – including her own sons. But Shimi Carmelli, aged 91, is a man who forgets nothing, even though he desperately wishes he could be free of the shame that has clung onto him from past events. “She’s a woman who can’t remember and he’s a man who can’t forget – that’s what they call a ‘couple fit’ in psychology,” muses Howard Jacobson about his latest novel, Live A Little, which was published this week. Jacobson’s familiar wit and whimsy combine with verve and tenderness in this narrative of nonagenarian love found along Finchley Road and the constant shimmer of hope that, even in advanced years, one can still enjoy life. Speaking about his latest protagonists, Jacobson – who has penned 16 novels and won the Man Booker



Prize in 2010 for The Finkler Question – reveals the character of Beryl, a former English teacher to girls of refinement, “came fully formed out of the sea like a Venus de Milo aged 90”. He enthuses: “What was remarkable about her was not particularly her beauty or her shape – though she’s a good looking woman – but her intelligence, her experience, her humour, her wit. “The opening of the novel is what I heard in my head. Her ringing up her son, or her son ringing up her, and just being rude to him. She’s a woman who doesn’t like her children, a woman who isn’t a mum or a gran, or defined by any of that nonsense of nurturing roles.” Jacobson reveals he had drawn upon years of “listening in to women’s conversations about men” for her character. The Manchester-born writer adds: “I’ve always found women very funny about men’s inadequacies, what men are like as companions, their vanity and self-engrossment. How men are as sexual beings and how hopeless they are. How they’ve got no sense of timing, are uncourteous and unreasoning. I’ve listened to that and laughed. That’s all spilled into Beryl.” His heroine, apart from affording him with much of the novel’s comic tone, has allowed the 76-year-old author a vessel through which to “express opinions freely” in the current climate. “A woman can make fun of a man, but a man can’t make fun of the woman, that is the rule at the moment. At one time, if it was the hero of a Philip Roth or Saul Bellow novel, the males could be very contemp-


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Wondering what to do with the kids under five on Sunday? Sandal Sticks Theatre is revisiting two classic Jewish tales, Jar of Fools and The Rain Wall, at the Jewish Museum. There will be songs, puppetry and Jewish folklore. At Jewish Museum on 14 July


tuous of their wives, but that’s had its day. If I was going to express things freely, I knew it would have to be a woman. In an age of correctness, Beryl is a goddess of incorrectness.” Shimi, meanwhile, feels constrained by his memories, but, says Jacobson, is also something of a catch – he can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. He even has a troupe of north London widows after him, a scenario inspired by Jacobson’s real-life situation. “My mother is 96 and my wife’s mother is 106,” he muses on increasing life expectancy. “With everyone living longer, I see a future where there’s a widow, behind her is another widow, and another, and soon there’ll be an eternity of caring going on.” As for Shimi’s obsession with memories, that is something with which Jacobson is painfully familiar. “I didn’t have to look much further than myself for that,” he laughs. “I have always lived in the past. I was nostalgic about the past when I was born. I’m very sentimental and always have been.” Jacobson’s sharp repartee becomes all the more apparent as we talk, and I’m curious to discover where his deeply dry humour comes from. “Well, from being Jewish,” he laughs. “My father wasn’t fast talking, but he was amusing and my mother was quick witted and the Jewish boys I grew up with were as well. “Today, most of the men I meet are built like body builders, spending hours in the gym, but no Jewish boy I ever knew growing up wanted to spend a minute there. We read, we told jokes, we made excuses so we didn’t have to do football, athletics or cricket. We lived in the mind, the source of quick wittedness.” That witty banter and enjoyment of conversation is at the heart of the novel, not only in its writing, but in how Shimi and Beryl enjoy conversing together. “Talk is life and at the heart of the best relationships,” Jacobson tells me. It’s also firmly on his own bucket list. “I’d like to keep talking forever,”he laughs. “But you can probably already tell that.”  Live A Little by Howard Jacobson is published by Jonathan Cape, priced £18.99 (hardback). Available now



The Brooklyn-born daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants married to Jackson Pollock made a huge contribution to abstract expressionism. Admire her portfolio from up close for the first time, including stunning self-portraits, collages and paintings from the 1940s. At the Barbican, until 1 September WHY THE JEWS

More than one fifth of all Nobel prizes have been won by Jews. Find out what makes the community so accomplished in this documentary directed by BAFTA-nominated composer and director Benjamin Till, who gains insight from Howard Jacobson, Shimon Peres, Alan Dershowitz and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. At JW3 on 14 July


Explore for the first time in 80 years a collection of 600 prints by eminent portrait photographer Gerty Simon, who captured the likes of Albert Einstein, composer Kurt Weill and actor and singer Lotte Lenya, from her studio in Weimar Berlin. At The Wiener Library, until 15 October



Be transported to the port city of Haifa in the summer of 1968 in this beautiful coming of age story written and directed by Avi Nesher. Inspired by Amir Gutfreund’s book, When Heroes Fly, it grabbed awards in Israel and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. At Reel Borehamwood, 14 July, 6pm

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Weekend / Entertainment

Worth a Mensch-ion

Loose Women star Stacey Solomon this week shared a sweet photograph of herself with her partner, Joe Swash and their baby son, Rex, who was born in May. Taking to Instagram, the bubbly mum-of-three wrote: “Today I realised I haven’t got any pictures of me, joe and the baby other than on the day he was born. So today i made sure we got one. The way he looks at him melts my heart.”

BINGE ON THE BOX Stranger Things 3 Netflix’s love letter to the 80s, from executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, mixes sci-fi, horror and the supernatural and only launched its third series a few days ago – but has already broken records with more than 40 million households downloading the captivating drama. Now set in 1985, the original line-up are back, including Jewish cast members Winona Ryder as Joyce, the frantic mother of Will, played by Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard, who plays Will’s best friend. Available now on Netflix


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BOOKS The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr MUCH-LOVED AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR JUDITH KERR continued to work on her final book right up until a few weeks before her death, in May, at the age of 95. Now The Curse of the School Rabbit, which is dedicated to her two grandchildren, has finally been published today (Thursday) and features Judith’s trademark wit, warmth and style, as well as beautiful illustrations in black and white pencil that will delight younger readers. The charming story revolves around a school rabbit named Snowflake, who comes to stay – and immediately spells trouble for Tommy. Snowflake pees on famous actor Mr Strong’s trouser leg, then nearly gets attacked by savage dogs while out walking with Tommy, before escaping through a gap in the hedge. But luckily for Tommy, a chance encounter with Uncle Mike in the fog while looking for Snowflake, gives him the idea for a new film about a rabbit. Berlin-born Judith Kerr arrived in Britain aged 12 after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France. She wrote about her early life in her semi-autobiographical trilogy, Out of the Hitler Time, which includes the well-known novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Judith, who was awarded an OBE for her services to children’s literature and Holocaust education in 2012, studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Her first book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which was written as a bedtime story for her daughter, Tacy, after a visit to the zoo, was published in 1968 and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. She also became well-known for her long-running Mog series about a forgetful and accident-prone ca. The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr is published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, priced £12.99. Available now.

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Music / Weekend

‘If I’d played my cards right, I’d have been the first Jewish princess’

Brigit Grant dispenses with her hard back chair and finds herself enthralled with Barbra Streisand at BST Hyde Park


ST HYDE PARK has had some extraordinary headliners since it started in 2013. The Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé,Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder to name a few and, tomorrow, Bob Dylan will be ‘freewheelin’ on the main stage [read our review next week]. But when BST announced Barbra Streisand would be performing, Jewish people who always need a hard back chair to sit on, forgot their ailments and joined 65,000 other fans last Sunday to hang on every word and chord the superstar delivered. And boy did she deliver. With an entrance heralded by a huge gold italic B on the screen, and an overture featuring some of her most memorable songs, the crowd hollered and applauded when she appeared in a glittering pink ensemble designed by Dame Zandra Rhodes. Sharing the details of her outfit was one of the first things she did, along with commenting on the size of the audience – “So many of you –I’m verklempt,” she said, and we knew exactly what she meant. Thankfully she wasn’t too emotional to speak, for over the two and a bit hours she was in our midst, she shared stories about her family and films while showing slides and sipping tea tea from a floral china cup.

Barbra on stage before the show

Stills of her directing and then editing Yentl in London led her to enthusing about the capital, while a shot of her meeting Prince Charles in 1974 unleashed “If I had played my cards right, I could have been the first Jewish princess”. While ‘the chosen’ in the crowd kvelled at the notion, she sang, and it was magnificent. Time has not tainted the voice that touches your soul and at the age of 77, her rendition of Jules Styne’s People makes you cry. It was the same with Send In The Clowns, Sondheim’s Children Will Listen and Evergreen from A Star is Born. The years have not been as kind vocally to Kris Kristofferson, who was one of the support acts, but when he joined her to sing Lost Inside Of You, she covered his cracks, held his hand and we cried again. She didn’t need Lionel Richie to sing The Way We Were, but as Robert Redford (Hubbell) wasn’t available, what was Katie to do? Everything Barbra said and sang at Hyde Park illustrated why there will never be anyone like her, a fact stated by Broadway star Ramin Karimloo, who dueted with her for Phantom’s Music of The Night. As a final gift to the audience, she brought out her “babies” – three Coton de Tulear dogs Miss Scarlett,

Miss Violet and Miss Fanny (Brice). Barbra Streisand is still that Funny Girl with a vocal range and power that belies her years. No one thought about hard back chairs on Sunday – as standing is what you do in the presence of greatness. What was the fans’ verdict on Twitter? @itsalawyerslife said: Absolute legend! #Barbra Streisand is queen of a packed Hyde Park tonight. She’s funny, engaging with the audience and that voice. She just performed Evergreen from A star is born. Goosebumps. @BSTHydePark @GrantTucker GrantTucker said said: My favourite bit of the Barbra Streisand concert tonight, apart from her Judy Garland cover, was when she said a taxi driver asked if she was at Pride yesterday. She replied: “Why would I? I knew I would see all of them today at my concert.”

On the night What did she sing? Overture: As If We Never Said Goodbye Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home Alfie Evergreen (love theme from A Star Is Born) Lost Inside of You, with Kris Kristofferson Guilty Stoney End Woman in Love No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught / Children Will Listen Second Hand Rose The Music of the Night, with Ramin Karimloo Send In The Clowns The Way We Were, with Lionel Richie Silent Night People My Man Don’t Rain on My Parade What the World Needs Now

Encore: Unusual Way The Man That Got Away

Who was watching? Richard E Grant David and Victoria Beckham Helen Mirren Antonio Banderas Daisy Ridley Mylene Klass David Walliams Kate Beckinsale Ralph Fiennes Rebel Wilson Ronan Keating Keith Lemon Bruno Tonioli

@antoniobanderas said: Thank you my dear friend. Last night you surprised me “In a very unusual way.” Love. Antonio. @BrunoTonioli BrunoTonioli said said: @barbrastreisand you were sensational!! What a night! Even better when with @bananarama_official

Barbra with Kris Kristofferson; and top: Lionel Richie


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Weekend / Eat & Drink



admit there is nothing new about beetroot and goat’s cheese. It’s a combination that we know works. But this is based on a dish I ate with my brilliant photographer Nassima at an inspiring café/foodstore/market called Shed in Healdsburg, Sonoma. The spicing of the vinaigrette, sweetness of the stone fruit and the beetroot prepared two ways was superb, and worthy of replicating.

vinaigrette + Stone Fruit with spiced 1. Preheat a fan oven to 140˚C (280˚F/gas 3). 2. Rinse the purple beetroot and, with the water still clinging to them, place each on a separate sheet of kitchen foil and loosely scrunch the foil up around it (the water helps to steam them). Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Check they’re cooked by unwrapping the foil and piercing the beetroot with a cutlery knife. If the knife slips in easily, they’re ready. Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature (overnight if you like), then unwrap and peel by rubbing off the skin with your fingers, wearing gloves to avoid staining.



3. To make the vinaigrette, tip the spices into a cold, small saucepan with the shallot, garlic and oil. Set over a low heat and warm very gently, slowly infusing the oil. After 6–8 minutes the onion and garlic should be turning golden and the mixture fragrant. Cool, then drain the oil through a sieve into a mixing bowl. Add the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Cut the cooked beetroot into wedges and toss them in the vinaigrette. Photos © by Nassima Rothacker

4 purple beetroot, unpeeled and trimmed 1 candy striped beetroot, unpeeled and trimmed 150g (5 oz) soft goat’s cheese 100g (3½ oz) Greek yoghurt Grated zest of ½ lemon 1 ripe nectarine, sliced 50g (2 oz) toasted pecans, chopped Small handful of tarragon leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Spiced vinaigrette ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds ½ teaspoon cumin seeds ½ teaspoon nigella seeds 2 cardamom pods, crushed 1 shallot, sliced 1 garlic clove, halved 3 tablespoons groundnut (peanut) oil 1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar

4. Peel the candy-striped beetroot, then use a mandoline or sharp knife to cut it into very thin slices. Mix the goat’s cheese in a bowl with the yoghurt and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper and spread over the base of a serving plate. Lift the purple beetroot from the vinaigrette and arrange over the cheese, along with the sliced nectarine and candy-striped beetroot. Scatter over the pecans and tarragon and drizzle over a little of the vinaigrette to serve.

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Chukat BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Discussing this week’s portion of the “red heifer”, my student Jack Hodari highlights the combination of the ‘humble” and the “lively”. The purification process to enable an Israelite access to the sanctuary involved the use of water, the hyssop grass, and the pot, all basic, humble and simple ingredients, although the water is described as “living”: there is a vital energy as its active component. The mix of energetic and humble is purifying. Jack concludes that this is what purification demands: to return to a state of purity, we need to become at once humble and youthful. The waters are basic, but invigorating. The hyssop (oregano) is used in three Torah sacrificial procedures: the red heifer, in this week’s reading; the pascal lamb and the leper’s return. In each case, blood and water are mixed and the brittle and lowly, yet fragrant hyssop grass used to cast this mixture at the applicant for purity. Jack points out human beings all begin from a mix of blood and amniotic water, indicating that each entry after impurity is a rebirth. This thought is especially poignant for me as my wife and I celebrate the birth and brit of our son, Elijah Ezra. This week, Aaron dies, handing over the mantle of priesthood to his son, Elazar. The remainder of this week’s reading records the attempts of the Israelites to traverse through Canaanite territory. They fought against the Canaanite king of Arad and Og and Sichon on the east bank of the Jordan, but avoided battling the Edomites as they are cousins. No matter what the cause, family should do what it can to defuse tensions.

 Rabbi Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to HM Armed Forces

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about... Nepotism? BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND Following accusations of nepotism against Donald Trump after he gave a high-profile role to his daughter, Ivanka, at the recent G20 summit, what does the Torah say about favouring loved ones? The most fundamental desire of a parent is to provide for a child: sustenance, shelter, an education. However, we are hardwired to care beyond our immediate ken – and so look to nurture and care from afar once our children become adults. Many parents – and grandparents – see their purview going beyond providing the keys to unlocking the future, but actually facilitating and providing that future. In Judaism, we do find a strong notion of bequeathing livelihoods – the biblical system of ancestral fields means parents cannot sell land in perpetuity, and it will

eventually return to their descendants. Halachic sources indicate a child has the right to inherit a parent’s position: we see that biblically, when the monarchy passes to a son, such as Solomon from David, as does the job of High Priest – Aaron’s son, Elazar, is his successor – provided the child is qualified to take on the leadership. However, we find a powerful source that implies one should not keep it in the family:


Moses. Despite being the prophet, leader and teacher par excellence, we find barely a mention of his sons in the Torah. Joshua, his faithful servant, became leader in his stead. The Chasam Sofer, one of the most important rabbinic authorities in the past 200 years, distinguishes between positions of authority – which are hereditary – and of religious leadership – which, like the role of Moses, was not. One can suggest this distinction is, to a great extent, moot today: the nature of democracy is that authority is inherently conditional upon the will of the populous: temporary, and based solely on merit. This applies in companies with boards of directors, and in charities with trustees. Our children, therefore, do not have the automatic right to follow in our footsteps, but we are blessed with the opportunities to raise them with the skills and personal capacities to choose the path that suits them best.  Rabbi Garry Wayland is a teacher and educator for US Living and Learning

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Progressive Judaism

Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

How is Glastonbury like the Garden of Eden?

‘Jacob was a terrible father’ BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY Of all the Torah’s patriarchs and matriarchs, Jacob is the most difficult to see in a constantly positive light. A brief summary of his life sees him usurping his brother’s birthright by tricking their dad, before going on to father children by four women and then favouring one of those sons so much that the other 11 sell him into slavery. The fate that befalls Joseph is one of the starkest examples of the many sibling rivalries in the Bible, as he is thrown in a pit and then sold by his brothers, who subsequently tell Jacob he has been killed by a wild beast. While the brother’s actions are obviously shocking, you again have to question the actions of Jacob – fresh from his betrayal of Esau. Not only are his sons out of control, but the Torah tells us that a big part of their motivation was that “they saw that their father loved Joseph more than any of them”. In the Torah, for once, there are

happy endings all round. Again cutting a long story short, Joseph forges his own identity, becomes Vizier (the second most powerful person in Egypt after Pharaoh) and is reconciled with his brothers and father. Jacob moves to Egypt, where he lives with all 12 children until he is the ripe old age of 147. But what we can learn from Jacob’s parenting skills, or lack thereof? As practically a single father of 12, the Torah gives no indication of Jacob ever chatting through his problems with other people. Maybe this was his biggest mistake. In 2019, with isolation becoming a real issue for people of all ages, community is more important than ever. Receiving support and comfort from those in a similar position to ourselves is vital to stop us repeating the same mistakes of our most flawed patriarch.

 Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH A Midrash in the 7th century collection, Kohelet Rabbah, has God taking Adam on a tour around the Garden of Eden. God showed him all the trees and said to Adam: “Look at My works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! And all that I have created, it was for you that I created it. Pay attention that you do not corrupt and destroy My world: if you corrupt it, there is no one to repair it after you.” Last month’s Glastonbury festival aimed to be the greenest yet. The organisers encouraged the 200,000 people to ‘love Worthy farm and leave no trace’. Single use packaging was to be avoided, solar and wind power was used as much as possible, recycling bins were provided all around and festivalgoers were asked to promise to take all of their belongings home with them, including tents, of which it is not unusual for 50 percent or more to be left behind at festivals.


Good environmental stewardship is an aim for many festival organisers who bring thousands of people together, whether Glastonbury or Limmud. However, it does not work unless the festivalgoers are truly partners in the enterprise. Many newspapers last week printed photos of the mess left behind after Glastonbury finished, stating that it was going to take many days for the site to be cleared by hundreds of rubbish clearers, in marked contrast to the good intentions of the organisers. In the end, the aim to be green and take care of the world can only

succeed if every person thinks of themselves as that Adam, being taken around the garden and taking responsibility for what they see. If any one of us thinks that someone else is going to fix the world from the damage we do, then we have to recognise that the consequences of environmental degradation will affect us and that, in time, we will reach a point when it will be too late to repair the world. In fact, before environmental degradation makes life far worse in the UK, the effects will be felt in poorer countries without the resources to ameliorate them. The Midrash says that every one of us is a partner in making the world liveable, and we can start easily by reducing what we throw away.  Rabbi Mark Goldsmith serves Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue and is a steering group member of

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Jewish News 11 July 2019

We ensure that all people with hearing loss get the very best out of life

I couldn’t go out and, struggling with my hearing aids, I became very isolated. I really missed talking with my family on the phone. JDA’s new home visiting service changed all that! Their technology specialist came to my home, fixed my hearing aids and brought me a new phone. It’s such a relief to be able to hear more clearly. I must call my daughter to tell her what happened on Judge Rinder today!

Thanks to JDA, more and more people with hearing loss are enjoying life and feeling the joy of connecting with the people around them again.

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