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cabinet meeting next week The Labour Party faced a torrent of angry accusations this week as the ferocious fallout from last week’s BBC Panorama left the leadership increasingly isolated. Jeremy Corbyn has finally been forced to yield to long-standing calls for a dedicated shadow cabinet session on antisemitism in the wake of the
damaging programme, in which eight former staffers broke their silence over interference in racism complaints. Meanwhile, more than 60 Labour Lords have taken out a newspaper advertisement accusing Corbyn of “failing the test of leadership”, while party peers also warned the leader that in the absence of full and frank openness the crisis has become “a cancer”.
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him personally, he said it was “devastating” to have to fight to protect “that movement which to me was so important, from people flooding it with racism”. “Obviously there’s a slight personal thing for me too, because I was the only person in the team with any Jewish connection,” he said. “I was an easy target to call all the nasty things you get called, like ‘Nazi’.” He recalled speaking to a suspended Labour councillor, who hurled abuse from the start, saying: “I brought up the evidence and she had said something deeply antisemitic, and told me I was a Nazi. “I said I’m going to inform you that a great many of my family were murdered in concentration camps by the Nazis, so to say that to someone with my history, might you think that’s quite offensive?” “She said, ‘no, your lot are just as bad as the Nazis’. And that was fairly commonplace.” Westerman left the party in 2017, citing the suspension of Ken Livingstone for claiming Hitler had “supported Zionism” as a “litmus test” for the party’s processes. He said he “never felt more connected to my Jewish her-
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disclosure agreements (NDAs), according to the BBC. They accused top Labour figures of interfering with the disciplinary process investigating claims of antisemitism, with communications chief Seumas Milne and general secretary Jennie Formby singled out. Westerman, who did not sign an NDA, accused the party of “hypocrisy” if its “response to people blowing the whistle on racism is to sue”. Asked about the impact on
The only Jewish whistleblower in the BBC Panorama exposé on Labour antisemitism has told Jewish News the party is “spitting” on the community with its derisory response to the documentary, writes Jack Mendel. Ben Westerman, who was a party investigations officer from 2016 to 2017, detailed on camera the “devastating” toll of working for the party, saying he was routinely branded a Nazi. Eight former Labour officials spoke to Panorama, including four who signed non-
The eight whistleblowers in the Panorama programme
itage and also proud than when you come under attack”. “For all the horrible, horrible people, there are more people expressing support and solidarity in the Jewish community, which is just wonderful and so it makes me very proud of that heritage [and] acutely aware of the need to defend it”. Labour accused the BBC of “pre-determining” the outcome of its investigation into Jew-hate, claiming Panorama “engaged in deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead the public”. The party also said some of the whistleblowers were “disaffected former officials”
who “have always opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, worked to actively undermine it, and have both personal and political axes to grind”. In the documentary Sam Matthews, Labour’s former head of complaints, said he had been pushed to the brink of suicide, while Kat Buckingham, head of disputes and discipline between 2015 and 2017, said she had had a breakdown. Matthews and Louise Withers Green, a disputes official who also testified, have confirmed they are taking legal action against “untrue, libellous statements” and “a concerted campaign” to defame
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and intimidate whistleblowers. Westerman said this would have been a good opportunity for Labour “to show contrition, to show they really do take this seriously” but they again failed “with the Jewish community by, frankly, spitting on them, and saying it’s all a lie”. Opinion, pages 20 & 22
‘I could not be responsible for putting Corbyn in No 10’ Luciana Berger, the former Labour MP who left the party after sustained antisemitic bullying, says she believes British politics to be in a “perilous” state and that she “couldn’t be responsible for facilitating getting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street”, writes Jenni Frazer. In a discussion with Richard Verber, communications director of the United Synagogue, Berger ruled out following in the path of colleague Chuka Umuna, who, after a time in the Change UK Party with her, had left to join the Liberal Democrats. Berger said she could not be sure in a future general election that the Lib Dems would not join a Corbyn-led coalition with Labour. Speaking to a packed audience at Finchley Synagogue as part of its “Our Friends in Westminster” lecture series, Berger, who now sits as the Independent MP for Liverpool Wavertree – where she had a 29,466 majority at the last election
Luciana Berger with Richard Verber
– said she believed politics “needed to be done in a different way”. She began by warning that being in Parliament was “not a job for life” and said holding public office was a responsibility and a privilege, and that attitudes to public service needed to change. Berger was speaking in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s BBC Panorama programme, which had asked if the Labour Party was “institutionally antisemitic”. The MP, still on maternity leave with
her second child, Zion, now four months old, said she had thought initially that things might change after the March 2018 Enough is Enough rally outside Parliament. But she had now come to the conclusion, she said, that there was “complicity at the highest level” and that “there had been countless opportunities to do things differently”. She believed, therefore, “a choice” had been made not to deal with antisemitism in the party. Asked by Verber and audience members whether she regarded Corbyn as antisemitic, Berger would say only “the facts speak for themselves”. But she drew laughter and applause when she revealed that her programme of choice last summer, during the height of antisemitic abuse against her, had been Love Island, which she said was her “escape route from the every day. Love Island saved me”.
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... as yet more ‘vile’ 1 in 3 peers accuse EMERGENCY MEETING testimony emerges their party of lying OF SHADOW CABINET Further revelations of what it was like to deal with antisemitism issues at Labour Party headquarters have been made by a complaints officer who left the party three months ago. Tim Dexter, who, like other whistleblowers on last week’s BBC Panorama programme, has breached his non-disclosure agreement to speak out, told The Sunday Times that “within an average week we would see dozens, if not hundreds of complaints of antisemitism being received”. He added: “Sometimes this could be the most vile, disgusting of things, where people were openly talking about the Holocaust... how it was deserved, moving through to how Jews were ‘naturally conspiratorial’ or ‘greedy’.” Dexter, who is not Jewish, said the power to make initial decisions on cases lay with the disputes team. “The complaints team would pass it on to the unit if they felt there was something to answer.” But that power, he said, was given to an individual
“who would be able unilaterally to decide whether any suspension was required”. Quite regularly, Dexter said, decisions would come back “which seemed to be incredibly lenient”, with only complaints that had become public and were reported in the press attracting any action. The ex-Labour employee said there had been repeated refusal, in one case, to suspend a man who had described two Jewish Labour MPs as “Zionist c** buckets”. He also alleged that Thomas Gardiner, a senior Corbyn ally, had said it was “ridiculous” the party had to adopt a zero tolerance approach to antisemitism, and that MPs who had apologised for historic remarks should not have to face further action. Labour has said “categorically” no such conversation took place. Dexter, who said he felt “guilt” at how the processes were carried out, resigned in April and was. he said, marched out of the office after being accused of breaching data roles.
apartheid activist Peter Hain, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rama documentary reported prominent Jewish scientist will convene an emergency senior figures, such as comRobert Winston, former meeting of the Shadow Cab- munications chief Seumas Labour Friends of Israel chair inet next week as the row over Milne and general secretary Jon Mendelsohn, and JonaJennie Formby intervened in antisemitism intensifies. than Kestenbaum, whose The meeting, expected antisemitism investigations. parents’ families fled Nazi It was vigorously criticised to be held on Monday, was Germany. announced at a Parliamentary by the party, with Corbyn They told Corbyn: “You claiming it contained “many, Labour Party (PLP) meeting. are accountable as Leader “The bottom line is we many inaccuracies”. for allowing antisemitism to Len McCluskey launched have got racists in our party grow in our party and preand they are not being dealt a scathing attack on deputy siding over the most shaming with,” PLP chairman John leader Tom Watson for critiperiod in Labour’s history.” cising Formby over her hanCryer told MPs. They also accused the Corbyn came under fire dling of antisemitism cases Labour leader of “shielding from MPs and staff members while she undergoes cancer antisemitic conduct from the after last Wednesday’s Pano- treatment. party’s disciplinary rules,” adding: “We cannot stay silent while younger, braver party workers and members Six leading British Jews – activists spoke of “the poison speak out.” Howard Jacobson, Simon in the [Labour] party’s soul” Shadow Chancellor John Sebag Montefiore, Sir and mourn the fact “trust McDonnell responded, saying: Simon Schama, Neil Blair, between Corbyn’s Labour and “We’ll listen to their Tracy-Ann Oberman and most Jews in Britain appears views. I’m not sure why Baroness Neuberger – this to be fractured beyond they’ve put an advert in week praised the Panorama repair”. The investigation into The Guardian – they could whistleblowers as showing have just written to us or “moral courage that gives Labour by the EHRC, the signatories say, “is not a popped in for a meeting. us hope”. But we’ll listen to them In a strongly-worded matter of housekeeping, and say, ‘What are the conletter in The Observer, the six but a taint of international, x 165mm_Layout 1 14/06/2019 shame”. 11:40 Page 1 cerns?’.” household-name writers and historic Wednesday’s Guardian advert GAD_Commercial_Property_2019_JewishNews_128mm A third of Labour’s peers have posted a full-page advert in The Guardian blasting Jeremy Corbyn for not telling the “whole truth” about antisemitism in the party. The 67 signatories, including Tony Blair’s former fundraiser Michael Levy and spin doctor Peter Mandelson, say the Labour Party now welcomes everyone “except, it seems, Jews,” adding: “This is your legacy, Mr Corbyn.” In a stinging and highly personal attack, they say Corbyn has “allowed a toxic culture to divide our movement,” adding: “You have failed to defend our Party’s anti-racist values. You have therefore failed the test of leadership.” Among the signatories are former minister and anti-
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‘I don’t know how Jeremy Corbyn can sleep at night’ By Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
One of Labour’s most outspoken MPs, Wes Streeting, has told Jewish News he “doesn’t know how Jeremy Corbyn sleeps at night”. He added that he had “given up hope the party will tackle antisemitism while Corbyn is leader”. Streeting was speaking on the eve of a speech he gave to Labour First on Tuesday. “You think that things can’t get worse, and yet somehow on antisemitism, they do,” the
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backbencher said. Streeting did not believe the BBC Panorama programme could shock him. However, he admitted to being “completely floored” by the testimonies of the whistleblowers. “On a human level, how anyone could see that and not feel sickened, aggrieved, and ashamed, I don’t know. “If this were any other employer where staff were whistleblowing in these terms, and people involved in the company were describing, in painful detail, their experiences of racism, the Labour Party would be outraged and calling for the directors to be sacked, the management to be held to account – and for the whistleblowers to be believed and protected.” The Ilford North MP added: “Instead, here we are, with the so-called party of equality and workers’ rights
Wes Streeting at last year’s Enough Is Enough rally
apparently not even pretending to care any longer”. He added that all the leadership cared about was “dismissing the problem and not addressing it”. Streeting said: “I would have thought that seeing young Jewish members on TV describing their direct experi-
ence of racism in the Labour Party would be enough to shock Jeremy Corbyn into action. “I would have thought that having former members of staff describing what they have seen and experienced in Labour HQ would wake Jeremy up. It seems nothing
will make this man sit up and realise there is a problem. One of the things I am most disgusted by, in terms of the official response to Panorama, is that you would think that the victims of the antisemitism crisis in the Labour Party were Jeremy Corbyn, a bunch of senior staff and shadow ministers. Nothing about this passes the smell test. I honestly don’t know how he sleeps at night — and this is someone who wants to be prime minister.” The main problem, he believed, was not simply the number of antisemites in Lab– our, but the far greater number of those who had “dismissed, downplayed, and delegitimised how to deal with the issue”. Streeting concluded: “This issue can’t just be left to Jewish Labour MPs [to fight.] If you are coming for them, you’ll have to go through me first.”
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WATSON & FORMBY IN PUBLIC SPAT Labour general secretary Jennie Formby has accused deputy leader Tom Watson of “publicly attacking” her while she undergoes cancer treatment as the antisemitism row deepens. Watson called for the party to publish its submission to the EHRC. She said: “The party has at all levels consistently shown that it recognises the vital importance of combating antisemitism, yet you consistently abuse your… platform to denigrate any progress that has been made.”
HERZOG: PARTY ROW IS ‘MINDBOGGLING’ The chairman of the Jewish Agency has said that Labour antisemitism allegations are “mindboggling, extremely disturbing and extremely dangerous.” Isaac Herzog said: “One of the two major pillars of British democracy that we like to look up to as an example of impressive democracy is riddled to its bones with antisemitism,” he said. “It’s mind boggling and dangerous and needs to be dealt with immediately. It is a major challenge for the British political system.”
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Jewish fury over Trump ‘racism’ She added: “Whatever one’s political disagreements, telling people to ‘go back home to where they came from’ can never be the right response. It is also wrong to drag Israel in to these undignified tirades.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “Our increasingly polarised world calls out for the kind of strong moral leadership, which will quench the flames of hatred and bigotry and bring healing to our divided societies. “Whilst the president has a right, and indeed a responsibility, to challenge those people whom he believes are a force for negativity in American politics, the manner in which he has chosen to do so must be condemned in the strongest terms.” Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said the comments were “corrosive, disgraceful and undermine the true meaning of democracy”, adding: “The moral underpinning of any country is led by political leadership alongside religious leadership... These despicable words must be condemned and apologised for.” Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg said the remarks were “shameless” and “shows [his] racism, sexism and contempt for democratic political process”. Senior Liberal Rabbi Danny Rich said the comments were “inimical to the Jewish ideal of a single humanity under the sovereignty of a single God”. He added: “Trump demeans his office… by his foolish, ignorant and sometimes even misogynist and racist tweets, which are designed to appeal to the worst of human thought and behaviour.” Edie Friedman of the Jewish Council for Racial
Equality said: “It should be unthinkable that such racist comments can emanate from the president of the United States, a country where most families are of immigrant origin, including his own.” She added: “This ‘go home’ trope has been used for centuries, including against Jews in different periods of our history. It smacks of white supremacy and is absolutely shameful. We must be on guard against the normalisation of such sentiments, which can too easily enter our political and social discourse and threaten us all.” Both Tory leadership candidates in the UK have condemned Trump’s comments, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt saying he was “utterly appalled” by the president’s choice of words. Even Boris Johnson, seen as a keen supporter of Trump, said: “You simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people back to where they came from.”
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Settlements not part of post-Brexit trade deal The UK has confirmed that Israeli settlements on the West Bank will not be part of any future UK-Israel free trade deal after Brexit. Middle East Minister Andrew Murrison clarified the position in the House of Commons this week, in an answer to a question from Labour MP Lisa Nandy. He said: “We do not recognise the Occupied Palestinian Territories as part of Israel and therefore they are not covered by the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which currently governs our trade with Israel, nor the UK-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement, which will govern our trade after the UK leaves the EU.” He added that products from Israeli settlements “do not receive preferential tariff treatment under either agreement”. Settlement products are not banned from entering the UK, and labelling their origin is optional. Murrison also said there were “no plans” to reconsider the government’s opposition to listing in the UN business and human rights database companies involved in settlement-related activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. The UN settlement list is contentious and Murrison said the government felt the
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A settler tourist site in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Inset: Lisa Nandy MP
database went “beyond the competence of the Human Rights Council… Human rights obligations are directed at states, and not individuals or businesses”. He added: “Ultimately, it is the deci-
sion of an individual or company whether to operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The British government neither encourages nor offers support to such activity.”
The Charity Commission has revealed a five-year-old ongoing class inquiry into eight linked Jewish charities following the sentencing of a Charedi fraudster. Edward Cohen, from Stamford Hill, was an administrator of Chabad UK [unrelated to Chabad-Lubavitch UK] and sold counterfeit erectile dysfunction and slimming pills worth more than £10.3 million through several bank accounts linked to the charity. He was jailed for nine years and nine months at Southwark Crown Court for money laundering, theft of funds given for charitable purposes, and supplying false information to the Commission. Following the court case, the charity watchdog said it could now reveal its inquiry into Chabad UK, Havenpoint Worldwide, Mamosh Worldwide, Or Simcha, Ozer Dalim, Pikuach Nefesh, Worldwide Hatzala and Havenpoint. The Metropolitan Police said the charities were based in Stamford Hill, linked to Chabad UK, and had bank accounts controlled by Cohen. “Between March 2012 and September 2014, nine companies of the Chabad UK group, seven of which were registered charities, processed over £10.3m, a very small proportion of which were legitimate charitable donations,” the Met said. “During the same period, £8.6m was transferred to Foreign Exchange accounts, and £1.6m was transferred to a number of Money Service Bureaux,” while “thousands of pounds” also went to the defendants’ personal accounts. The inquiry is examining whether the charities were used as a conduit to launder the proceeds of crime, whether they used charitable funds for criminal purpose, and whether the other trustees personally benefited.
ADAM SCIENCE PROGRAMME MAKES LEADERS BY THE DOZEN A dozen ambitious young Jews graduated from their leadership development programme last week and were tasked with tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing the community. The 12 emerging leaders who completed the Adam Science Leadership Programme were Alice Alphandary, Naomi Bloomer, Aviva Braunold, Emily Eastmond, Yehudis Goldsobel, Josh Harris, Rachel Kass, Claudia Levine, Matthew Owen, Jay
Schlesinger, Neil Taylor and Natacha Woodcock. The graduation event featured guest speaker, Councillor Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council, and one of the youngest people in the UK to have been appointed a council leader. The programme was created in memory of Adam Science, a talented young communal leader who was killed in a car accident at the age of 27. He had dreamed of setting up a leadership programme
to create a pipeline of fresh Jewish leaders. The programme is run by the Jewish Leadership Council’s leadership development arm, Lead, and organisers said participants came “from across the communal spectrum” with “an equal balance of lay and professional roles”. Lead director Michelle Janes said the cohort was “a credit to themselves, the community and the organisations with which they are involved”.
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Charles is new Bevis Marks patron Prince Charles is to be patron of the Bevis Marks Synagogue Appeal, raising funds for the development of the Grade I listed “Cathedral synagogue of AngloJewry”, writes Adam Decker. A known friend of the Jewish community, the Prince of Wales was quick to accept the invitation to help raise money to protect the fabric of the 318-year-old City of London building, one of the oldest
synagogue still in continuous use in Europe. The appeal, which has been established under the auspices of the Bevis Marks Synagogue Heritage Trust, is raising funds for the synagogue’s new religious, educational and cultural centre. Acknowledging that Bevis Marks is of “unique, historical, architectural and emotional significance to the British Jewish
community”, the National Lottery Heritage Fund last month awarded it a £2.8 million grant. The planned visitor centre will tell the story not only of the famous Sephardi synagogue, but of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation (S&P Sephardi Community). Jews of Iberian heritages were among the first to be readmitted to the UK by Oliver Cromwell in 1656,
after Jews were expelled by the king three centuries earlier, so the synagogue’s story is that of the founding of today’s British Jewish community. Rabbis and scholars will draw on the synagogue’s Judaica collections and the oral histories of members as well as an accessible digital archive to tell the story of the Jewish experience in London, including the community’s East End ori-
gins. “Britain has been good to the Jews, and the Jews good to Britain,” said Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy, who led Bevis Marks for more than 50 years. “The prince’s support is a welcome boost for the synagogue, where the British Jewish experience has played out for over 300 years.” Adam Musikant, coordinator of the synagogue appeal, said Bevis Marks has “not just been a focal point for Jewish life in the UK, but for the wider communities with which it has interacted”, adding: “We look forward to developing a religious, cultural and educational centre to tell its unique story.”
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LIB DEM LEADERSHIP HOPEFULS MAKE THEIR CASE TO COMMUNITY Lib Dem leadership hopefuls Jo Swinson and Ed Davey this week sought to make their case to the Jewish community as the party prepares to elect its next leader, writes Mathilde frot. Deputy leader Swinson and Davey, ex-secretary of state for energy and climate change, discussed wideranging issues in an interview with Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, published on Tuesday. Both sought to present the Lib Dems as an alternative to Labour, with Davey stressing: “We are not only progressive, liberal and pro-
European, but we have and must always have zero-tolerance for antisemitism.” Similarly, Swinson said she perceived her party as the natural home of the Jewish community and criticised Labour over its antisemitism. ”Panorama reinforced what has become evident in recent years,” she said. Both ruled out propping up a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government, with Swinson adding: “Corbyn is a Brexiteer which makes coalition impossible and undesirable. His inability, at best to act on antisemitism within his party would make
it impossible for me to work with him on a personal level in any sort of arrangement.” The two expressed concern about the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement, with Swinson saying: “It is counter-productive and simply adds fuel to a confrontational and aggressive narrative that those who do not want peace wish to build.” However, Swinson said she supported the EU’s practice of labelling goods from the occupied territories and Davey admitted “there may be a case for sanctions” against settlement goods.
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News / Kosher concern / Justice calls
Chief takes ‘personal interest’ in city’s kosher food provision Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has travelled to Liverpool to discuss a way forward after one of the city’s main kosher food outlets was reportedly caught selling treyf food last month. Mirvis and Dayan Menachem Gelley, head of the London Beth Din, met Jewish leaders in Liverpool last Thursday, at the request of the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council. The city’s Jewish com-
Ephraim Mirvis with Dayan Menachem Gelley, Rabbis Fagelman and Kievman and lay members of LKC
munity was urged last month to discard all utensils used to cook meat and
poultry bought at Roseman’s Delicatessen and all food bought under the Liverpool
Kashrut Commission (LKC) licence, with the exception of chicken with a Manchester Beth Din label and pre-packed sealed meat products from other suppliers. New measures to ensure safe kosher provision in the city have not yet been announced, but Jewish News understands Mirvis is considering proposals. A spokesman for the Chief Rabbi said he “recognises that this is a tragedy of
many layers and a great deal of time will need to pass before, hopefully, the dust will fully settle”. He added: “He has made clear to the Jewish community in Liverpool that he is with them at this trying time. “The provision of kosher food – which is kosher beyond question – is a priority and he will take a personal interest in ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to achieve that objective.”
DOCTOR WILL COMPETE IN TRANSPLANT GAMES A Jewish doctor who received a life-saving stem cell transplant nearly 20 years ago is competing in the 2019 British Transplant Games. Nadia Stock, 38, from Newcastle, will be joining Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity that facilitated her
transplant, at the annual event held later this month in Wales. Despite picking up gold and silver medals at last year’s British Transplant Games, Stock still feels nerves when standing on the starting line. “I get nervous just before each of my races because there
are usually a lot of supporters and I don’t want to let them down or mess anything up. But the lovely thing about the games is how supportive everyone is,” she said. Stock was diagnosed with a rare and potentially lifethreatening condition known
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PEER’S WARNING AT JWA SEMINAR A seminar organised by Jewish Women’s Aid has heard more must be done to ensure the justice system serves women. Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC said the legal system has changed over the past 30 years, claiming further reform is needed. “Domestic violence opened my eyes to how the law failed women,” she said. “Not enough has changed. We’ve come a long way, but not far enough.” Lucy Stone QC outlined proposed changes in matrimonial law.
ISRAEL TOURISTS SPENT £5BN IN 2018 Tourists to Israel last year spent almost NIS 21 billion (£4.7bn) as the number of visitors in 2018 jumped 10 percent from 2017. A survey of holidaymakers’ spending habits was released on Sunday by the Ministry of Tourism, comparing the 3.6m visitors in 2017 to more than four million last year. The poll of 15,000 tourists showed that Jerusalem was Israel’s top draw, being seen by 77.5 percent of all tourists, while 67.4 percent travelled to Tel Aviv, 48 percent saw the Dead Sea and 36.2 percent visited Tiberias.
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Welsh heritage / Faiths reunited / News
Project to trace Welsh Jewish roots raises £3k A project to tell the story of Jewish people in south Wales to prevent the community from fading into obscurity has raised more than £3,000 in less than a month, writes Mathilde Frot. The Jewish History Association of South Wales (JHASW) crowdfunded £3,225 from 60 supporters in 28 days as part of a bid for Heritage Lottery funding for a further project estimated to cost around £60,000. It has spent more than a year digitising more than 6,000 images and interviewing some 72 Welsh Jews dotted around the UK, now showcased
in a travelling exhibition. The funding will allow the completion of further research, a heritage trail in Cardiff and a new digital toolkit to enable small communities to collect and preserve their heritage. The community has links back to the 1730s when, according to oral tradition, the first settlement was established in Swansea. Thousands of Jews once lived in villages dotted around south Wales, with approximately 6,000 living in the country in 1918. But the 250-year-old community, now concentrated largely in Cardiff,
Swansea and Newport, risks disappearing entirely as populations age and younger generations move away to cities such as Leeds, Manchester and London. Estimates suggest the number of Jews living in south Wales could have dipped into the hundreds since the last census recorded more than 1,400 Jews in the region, and some find it challenging to maintain their way of life. There are no Jewish schools or kosher slaughterhouses in Wales, with products delivered from London every two weeks. “It can be difficult to even
Clergy and members of Cardiff’s Jewish community in 1932
find a minyan,” said JHASW’s Klavdija Erzen, referring to the quorum needed to hold some services. Those interviewed spoke about everything, Erzen said. “Memories of their parents and grandparents, but also received memories, anecdotes, stories
from ancestors who came from Russia and Poland. “The aim of the project was to identify what Jewish heritage there is in south Wales, then preserve it and share it with future generations,” he explained.
Prof needs help to preserve north Wales’ Jewish heritage A Jewish professor at the University of Bangor has asked for help to preserve and display the “disappearing” Jewish heritage of north Wales. Professor Nathan Abrams is crowdfunding to keep this Jewish history alive through guided walks, a self-guided map, a digital app and travelling exhibitions of the Jewish history of north Wales, “from Holyhead to Wrexham”. Last year he launched two walks and a Jewish map of Bangor, followed by an exhibition funded
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by his university, before transferring all the material to a free app called ‘Walking Jewish History’.
“North Wales has had a rich Jewish history,” said Abrams. “Jews moved there in large numbers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were escaping persecution in Eastern Europe, but also wished to better themselves in Britain, where there were exciting new economic opportunities. “Jews did much to help shape north Wales’ high streets. They had entrepreneurial energy, ambition, financial acumen, a willingness to
take risks and the vision essential in building modern businesses. “While little of this Jewish entrepreneurialism survives, their legacy lives on in the number of well-known British businesses and brands that bear their names. As the Jewish community has declined and dissolved, and our high street has been transformed, not many know of this history.” Visit gofundme.com/north-wales -jewish-history
INTERFAITH FRIENDS REUNITE 20 YEARS ON People who took part in a “groundbreaking” 1999 interfaith exchange project between British, Israeli and Palestinian teenagers have met in London for an emotional 20-year reunion, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Now in their late 30s, many of the original group of 24 Jews, Christians and Muslims met at the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue on Sunday to “demonstrate that friendship and mutual understanding transcends religious differences”. The 10-day ‘Encounter Youth Exchange’ project in 1999 was pioneering and included 36 hours in the Negev desert, as well as visits to places of worship and sites of historical significance across the Holy Land for the three faiths. It culminated at the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam Peace Village. A year later, in 2000, the participants repeated a second ‘leg’ of the project, in East London. Last Sunday, the exchange coordinators – many now retired – recalled their aim of promoting a better understanding of, and reconciliation between, Christians, Jews and Muslims. Participants who now live as far away as China joined in via Skype, and the group celebrated how the exchange’s Muslim and Christian youth leaders – Sofia Choudhary and Chris Wright, who met on the project – ended up getting married. All agreed that it was the only project of its kind, then and since, and Dan Ozarow, a Jewish participant, recalled how the project took place at a time of “enormous hope” for the peace process, shortly after the Oslo Accords
were signed. “During those beautiful times, we all learned just how much we had in common, both as teenagers with similar interests and dreams, and also in terms of our how similar the values and precepts of our respective faiths were,” he said. “These were experiences that changed our outlooks and our lives forever. It was magical to meet again, share memories and rekindle our friendships. We have proven that we have so much more in common than what our differences are.” Anne Davison, project coordinator said: “When planning this project, I was asked ‘why bother, what difference will it make?’ “The answer is here, 20 years on, with so many of the original group travelling miles to meet again. I feel proud that our small drop in the ocean has not been lost, but is still swimming strongly against the tide.”
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News / Racism claims / Report approved
Wimbledon snubbed me, says tennis champ A tennis champion who won the women’s doubles at Wimbledon 63 years ago claims a club refused to accept her because she is Jewish. Angela Buxton was the first British Jewish victor at Wimbledon in 1956, winning with her American partner Althea Gibson. She said she applied shortly afterwards to join the All England Club, to which she had expected to be accepted owing to her top player status. Buxton told The Sunday Times she believes antisemitism was the reason she was
never accepted, although she had continued to wait and reapply. “It’s an unfortunate example of how the British really treat Jews in this country,” she told the newspaper. “This sort of thing exacerbates the feeling towards Jews. It speaks volumes.” However, according to The Daily Mail, the club said in a statement: “While the decision-making process for membership of the All England Club is a private matter, we strongly refute any suggestion that race
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1956 winner Angela Buxton
Novac Djokovic won the 2019 men’s title in a thrilling final
or religion plays a factor.” Buxton also said she had experienced antisemitism during her career. Author Bruce Schoenfeld, in his book The Match: How Two Outsiders – One Black, the Other
Jewish – Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History, reported that Simon Marks, the Jewish owner of Marks & Spencer, allowed her to practice on his tennis court. As a teenager, Buxton
applied to join the Cumberland Club, the top tennis facility in north London. Coach Bill Blake reportedly rejected her, saying: “You’re perfectly good, but you’re Jewish. We don’t take Jews here.”
ESSEX UNIVERSITY PRAISED FOR ANTISEMITISM RESPONSE The Union of Jewish Students has praised a report by the University of Essex setting out 33 ways to stamp out Jew-hate on campus. The detailed report, released last Friday, comes after the university hit headlines in February over opposition from hundreds of students to the creation of a Jewish society on campus and the discovery of antisemitic social media
posts by a staff member. Many of the recommendations, which cover areas such as complaints
procedures, kosher provision and staff training, have been put in place while others are being implemented over the summer. Simon Johnson of the Jewish Leadership Council and Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust were among a group of independent advisers to approve the report. They said: “The university
responded rapidly to the allegations of discrimination against Jewish students caused by the vote against establishing a Jewish society. “It quickly removed the discrimination, held events in solidarity, commissioned this report, ensured that evidence was collected and considered, and that this report was independently scrutinised.”
The first Asian woman to receive a peerage has told of how she lost her religious faith after learning about the Holocaust. Baroness Shreela Flather, a British-Indian crossbencher who is now among the country’s foremost humanists, was speaking last Thursday in a House of Lords debate on religious persecution. “When I learned about the Holocaust, I became a non-believer,” she said this week. “I thought, if six million people who prayed had no response, I am not going to waste my time.”
SINGER DEFENDS MEMORIAL PICTURE Pop singer Pink has defended a photograph she posted of her children running at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial. The Jewish perfromer, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, shared photos on Instagram from her trip to the German capital. One showed her two young children running among the large stone blocks that make up the vast memorial. She wrote: “To me this is a celebration of life after death. Please keep your hatred and judgement to yourselves.”
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Sex education / News
‘Pupils would leave if we taught about sex’ Faith communities have expressed concern about new relationships and sex education in a new BBC Panorama documentary on LGBT lessons, which aired on Monday. The 30-minute film, titled Sex Education: The LGBT Debate in Schools, highlighted concerns from parents. It will be made compulsory for schools to teach relationships education for primary-age pupils and relationships and sex education for secondary-age pupils from September 2020. The government says it wants children to be taught about same-sex relationships, but that it will be up to schools to decide when it is “age appropriate”. Eli Spitzer, headteacher of Tiferes Shlomo Boys’ School in Golders Green, told Panorama: “If I was to decide tomorrow to teach about sexuality, sex education, if I start that tomorrow in my school, parents would withdraw their children.” He added: “Charedi parents are very strongly opposed to any sexualisation of their children whatsoever, to the extent they wouldn’t mention anything that could even lead to a discussion about sex. “Simply put, Charedi children don’t know how children are made.” Judith Nemeth, from The
Tiferes Shlomo Boys’ School head, Eli Spitzer (credit: BBC)
Values Foundation, set up last year to promote faith and traditional family values in education, issued a similar warning. “Grassroots, groups of parents are standing at the school gate, handing out leaflets saying ‘do you know what your child is being taught’,” she said. “There’s no way people of faith will teach it’s ok to be gay. They won’t because the Bible tells us it isn’t ok to be gay. “But that doesn’t mean we are intolerant of people who do follow that lifestyle. Nobody’s being judgemental here, nobody’s being homophobic.” Meanwhile, Britain’s counterterrorism tsar, Sara Khan, told the programme that more support should have been given to headteachers dealing with protests from parents in Birmingham.
“I think they were too slow to respond,” she said. “There’s a lot of confusion about what’s being taught and I think the Department for Education could have played a very important role in clarifying to parents this is what’s actually being taught, not the misinformation we’re seeing out there.” Education Secretary Damian Hinds told the BBC: “We want children to grow up understanding that some people are different, some relationships are different from what they may have experienced, but all are valuable. “We trust individual schools, individual headteachers, to know their cohorts of children, and to determine how and when to address what can be obviously sensitive subjects.”
Minister sorry over Scruton Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton has received an apology from the government minister who sacked him over comments in a magazine interview. Sir Roger was dismissed from his role as a housing adviser in April, but Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has said he regretted the way the decision was made. Brokenshire is expected to meet Sir Roger in the coming days to see what role he would be prepared to play on the building design agenda in future. Sir Roger was dismissed over a series of comments reported in the New Statesman, including claims of a “Soros empire” in Hungary – a reference to Jewish billionaire George Soros. However, the magazine did not include the rest of his statement that “it’s not necessarily an empire of Jews; that’s such nonsense”. The magazine subsequently apologised for the way it had posted social media links to the article in which “the views of Professor Scruton were not accurately represented in the tweets to his disadvantage”.
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UK GROUP BLASTS ISRAEL MINISTER’S ANTI-GAY SLUR British Jewish LGBT+ group Zionist Jewish Home Party, Keshet UK has condemned was asked about his attitude Israel’s new education min- toward LGBT people and ister Rafi Peretz for saying about his opinion of so-called he supports gay conversion conversion therapy. “I think that it is possible to therapy and used the practice convert (someone’s sexual orito help homosexual youth. The comments spurred entation),” Peretz responded. calls for his resignation from “I can tell you that I have deep familiarity on the issue politicians and lobby groups. A Keshet UK spokesperson of education, and I have also said: “It is clear that the dam- done it (practiced conversion aging and discredited prac- therapy).” Peretz said that for tice often known as ‘conver- someone who is gay, the goal sion therapy’ should never be is “first of all he gets to know offered. We support the UK himself better, then decide”. “The remarks by the educaGovernments plans to introtion minister regarding the gay duce legislation to end it.” “The groundbreaking community are unacceptable guide The Wellbeing of to me and do not reflect the LGBT+ Pupils: A Guide for position of the government Orthodox Jewish Schools under my leadership,” Netancovers many subjects for yahu said in a statement. “I spoke this evening with the first time in this context, including the negative Rabbi Rafi Peretz, and made impact of so called ‘conver- it clear to him that the Israeli sion therapy’ on LGBT+ educational system will continue to accept all Jewish chilJewish people.” During the interview dren whoever they are and Peretz, head of the Religious- without any difference based Radlett Premier Bathrooms Ad_Layout 1 06/07/2015 10:31 Page 1
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on sexual orientation.” Peretz later attempted to clarify his comments. “During
my years as an educator, I met with students who felt terribly distressed over their sexual orientation and chose to turn to professionals to change their [sexual] orientation. What I said in the interview was from my personal acquaintance with similar cases,” he said a couple hours after the interview. He also noted that he did not claim that a child must be sent for conversion therapy. • The UK government said this week that parents will have “no veto” over the mandatory teaching of LGBT+ relations from September next year, but will be consulted.
I survived religious ‘conversion therapy’ BY JOSEPH HYMAN I’m a religious gay man who survived ‘conversion therapy’. Not everyone does. It’s a destructive, abusive and often illegal practice. The highest youth suicide rate in Israel comes from religious gay men. I know of at least three cases in recent months. Conversion therapy strips LGBT+ people of their dignity and sense of self and makes life not worth living. We are responsible for the lives of all Jews and these rabbis will have blood on their hands until they speak out against this dubious and often illegal practice. Going to yeshiva in Israel should be a religiously affirming experience. For many young boys and girls, it’s their first time living away from home and the same went for me. Leaving home on a journey is a part of our religious story and started with Abraham and Sarah. When I left my parents at the airport with my suitcases for my year in yeshiva, I was carrying more than my clothes and books. My hidden gay identity dragged behind me wherever I went. A few months before I left for Israel, I sought out a conversion ‘therapist’ from JONAH, an organisation falsely selling a ‘solution’ to ‘same-sex attraction’. This organisation has now been shut down for consumer fraud but it still practicing its pseudo-scientific practices under a new name,
Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. At the start, I was convinced my therapy was working and my phone calls would be the answer to my need to be a straight Jew. As time went on, it became clear that this was not going to change who I was, and it was heartbreaking. The weight of this burden is too much for anyone to deal with and left me feeling empty, alone and completely helpless. I needed real support but was terrified. After spending a year speaking to this therapist on the telephone and being sold his lies, I thought meeting another conversion therapist in person in Jerusalem could help. I was sold a narrative about my supposed psychologically impoverished childhood, that I wasn’t loved enough or man enough. I was invited to attend retreats that were sold as methods to heal but achieved the opposite. I was emotionless, empty and traumatised. Conversion therapy is abusive and dangerous and is banned in a number of states in the US. Sadly, it is still practised in Israel and in the UK. The impact of this therapy is still present within me and others. After a long journey, I have been able to accept myself in my totality, but others have not been so lucky and have taken their own lives. Rabbis must speak up in support of LGBT+ Jews before it’s too late.
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Special Report / Eye on the future
Israel’s 2050 vision With its population set to double in the next 30 years, Sue Surkes wonders what the Jewish state will look in the decades to come
lanet Earth, currently home to 7.7 billion people, will have to cope with an extra two billion souls by 2050 and a total of up to around 11 billion by the end of the century, according to a UN report published last month. Within the same 2050 time frame, Israel’s population – the fastest-growing in the developed world, increasing by two percent annually – is set to almost double from the current nine million to 17.6 million, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. And that’s in a dot of a country, just a little bigger than New Jersey in the US or Wales in the UK, that already has one of the highest population densities in the West and rapidly depleting open space. Like many countries facing exponential growth, Israel is trying to grapple with the implications and, following massive social protests in 2011 over the high cost of living, of housing in particular, the government has been focusing on the need for a massive number of new homes. In 2017, having set up a new bureaucracy to fast-track planning and cut red tape, it approved the construction of 1.5 million housing units by 2040. Critics – among them many mayors – say the government’s overriding focus on massive residential construction fails to take sufficient account of the need for capital investment in additional infrastructure, such as schools, hospitals, roads, public transport and sewers. Increased congestion on roads and crowding of public services will only lower quality of life, they warn.
The building obsession also overlooks the ability of local authorities to finance services for rapidly increasing populations on an ongoing basis, they charge. Civil society and environmental groups, furthermore, bemoan the draconian powers awarded to a new planning body which, contrary to government declarations about the importance of preserving the country’s rapidly diminishing open space, currently envisions much of the new housing being built on green areas bordering cities and on agricultural land rezoned for residential construction.
Following the 2011 social protests, which at their height brought 400,000 Israelis out to the streets, the government established a ministerial committee for planning and construction that became known as the “housing cabinet”. The cabinet’s role is to declare “preferred [priority] sites for housing,” 108 of which had been announced by the end of last year, for the building of 386,000 apartments. To speedily approve plans for large-scale building on these preferred sites, the government then created in 2014 a temporary Committee for Preferred Housing Sites, known by its Hebrew initials as Vatmal, whose term has already been extended and will come up for Knesset renewal again in August. Running parallel to the regular tiers of local, district and national planning committees, the Vatmal has since 2014 approved a third of all housing units green-lighted for construction. The Vatmal is based in the Finance Ministry, where minister
Moshe Kahlon has staked his reputation on bringing housing prices down. It has the authority to override all but one existing national plan. A large majority of its 18 members are drawn from government departments. Public objections can be lodged but are rarely accepted, and there is no right of appeal against its decisions. In February 2017, the government approved a nationwide target of 1.5 million new units to be approved by all planning bodies, including the Vatmal, and to be built by 2040, of which more than a million are to be in Tel Aviv and the centre of the country, where demand is high. The planning targets for the various regions actually add up to a total of 2.6 million units to take account of the fact that not all plans reach fruition. Vatmal’s annual report for 2018 states that plots for 34,500 apartments were in the process of being marketed, with plans for a further 27,000 apartments being advanced within the context of demolishing old buildings in inner cities and building new, bigger ones.
QUALITY OF LIFE
“You can always cram in more and more people,” Tal told a Tel Aviv conference last month. “The question is, ‘What sort of life do we want to lead? When does the figure start to harm our quality of life?’ We have to start talking about limiting births.” Speaking to the Times of Israel, Tal elaborated: “It’s a small country. At the end of the day, it’s going to need more than 1.5 million more housing units, it’s going to need 20 million, because you’re growing
all the time. We all know that in a closed system, infinite growth is impossible.” Tal said the way to reduce population growth was to remove government incentives to have more children, which start with grants for each birth and continue with various payments for each child. “We have the most crowded country in the Western world and it’s doubling in size every 30 years and we have t o
realise that the ethos and the axioms that have characterised the planning system are outdated, inappropriate and ecologically disastrous.”
RAY OF HOPE?
Maybe hope will come from the Israel 2048 group, which is devoted to developing the full potential of the still-sparsely-populated Negev and Galilee regions of the country so that they can accommodate a total of seven million people by 2048, instead of the predicted four million, providing the same level of services and employment oppor-
tunities as Israel’s overstretched centre. Bringing together government ministries, the National Economic Council, the Israel Builders Association, local authorities in the Negev and the Galilee, students and academic experts, the awardwinning organisation is working towards reducing the expected population in the central region by actively increasing that in the peripheral north and south of the country. It has already established new communities and helped to strengthen existing ones, and has raised funds to create more than 80 infrastructure projects. “By the year 2048, Israel will likely be home to more than 17 million residents,” says the organisation’s website. “Only four million of those people are expected to live in the Negev and Galilee. That’s 75% of Israel’s territory, with just 25% of the population. Meanwhile, 12 million people will live in the small area between Nazareth and Kiryat Gat. The entire country will depend on a single, crowded and unaffordable, economic centre. This scenario will destroy the quality of life for Israel’s residents, and exacerbate the already growing socioeconomic gaps. “We can sit back and watch the crisis unfold,” it argues, “or we can stand up and build a strong, sustainable Israel.”
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Legal case / Jellyfish swarm / World News
Hate victim awarded £11m A judge in the US has said £11m should be paid to a American Jewish woman after the publisher of a white nationalist news site encouraged followers to bombard her with hate mail. Estate agent Tanya Gersh was subjected to months of harassment after Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, posted her contact details and called for a “troll storm” against her. Gersh lives in Whitefish, Montana – the same town as prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer, and was targeted for abuse in December 2016 after he claimed she was trying to “extort and
Angela Gersh faced a barrage of phone, email and other abuse
threaten” his mother, Sherry. The Daily Stormer posted Gersh’s photo, phone numbers, email address and social media profiles, as well as those of her husband and
colleagues. It even included a link to an account for Gersh’s 12-year old son. “I’ve been told: ‘You really should have died in the Holocaust with the rest
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A political cartoonist was disinvited from a White House event last week because a sketch from 2017 was deemed antisemitic. Ben Garrison drew then-National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and ex-CIA chief David Petraeus being manipulated as puppets by Jewish financier George Soros and the Rothschilds.
An environmental scientist has made history by becoming the first Israeli to speak at an international conference held in Cuba. Doron Markel spoke at a government-run five-day event designed to share sustainability knowledge and build international networks.
MEXICO The largest Jewish sporting event ever to take place in the Americas has been heralded as a landmark moment for Jewish communities in the region. More than 3,800 athletes from 19 countries, including Israel, competed in 24 sports at the 14th Pan-American Maccabi Games in Mexico.
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NORTH MACEDONIA Cleaning a hillside Jewish cemetery in the North Macedonian town of Bitola that is being used as a dumping ground is one of several projects to reinvigorate the small state’s tiny Jewish community, its leaders say. Almost 99 per cent of its Jewish community was killed in the Holocaust and now numbers fewer than 1,000.
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Trump uses race hate as a weapon The late, great professor David Cesarani was once branded “more dangerous than David Irving” by esteemed Jewish journalist David Guttenplan for his comments on Holocaust denial and free speech. What caused the criticism? Cesarani had said: “The fractional loss of liberty entailed in penalising the expression of neo-Nazi views or Holocaust denial seems a small price to pay compared to what can follow if the far right is shielded all the way into power.” In other words, the British professor had argued that it was worth destroying a little of something sacred if that something “shielded the far-right all the way into power”. The idea sprung to mind this week after Donald Trump told four US Democratic Congresswomen of colour to “go back” if they didn’t like his draconian border policies for migrant families. To three of the four, there was no “back” – they were born in the United States. The fourth moved there when she was a young child refugee. That the comment was racist is not even debatable. That the comment touched a nerve was evident as soon as this newspaper sought reaction. We cannot recall a time when so many Jewish leaders were so quick to respond so strongly in such a traditionally sensitive area. That tells you everything. Trump has not learned that being a friend of Israel’s is not the same as being a friend of Jews. Friends of Jews do not go out of their way to divide and incite diverse domestic populations based on race, religion or origin, because they know where it leads. The president of the United States is playing with racial hatred using Twitter as a child plays with ants using a magnifying glass. And he’s doing so during a heatwave. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 7692 6929 email@example.com
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PANORAMA WAS NO SURPRISE Are we really surprised at the latest revelations with regard to the process of dealing with antisemitism within the upper echelons of the Labour Party? We have now had numerous opportunities to expose the true character of Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. A danger and a disgrace are damning, but don’t go nearly far enough after examining his very long record to date – which includes sharing platforms with and promoting various anti-Israel terrorist groups. This must be perceived as his true attitude and deep beliefs regarding Zionism, Jews in general
and Israel’s right to exist. The time to act is now, especially with the Brexit issues that have been inflicted on the Conservative Party, which despite Labour’s confusing policy on the subject could offer them a shoo-in at the next general election. Should the dark scenario occur of a Corbyn-led Labour government, the phrase “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you” might have more than a modicum of truth about it.
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Why the Labour Party protects its antisemites RICHARD FERRER EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS
or 100 years the Labour Party was the broadest church in politics. That all changed the moment it passed into the tender loving care of Team Corbyn. Suddenly, faster than Margaret Beckett could say “Ooh, let’s put Jeremy on the leadership ballot to broaden the debate”, it was bludgeoned into a groupthink that would have Harold Wilson, James Callaghan and even Clement Attlee rolling in their graves. Those former Labour prime ministers would be sickened to see the antisemitic depths their cherished party has plumbed. Last week’s BBC Panorama, based on the agonising testimonies of eight former staffers, described attempts by Corbyn’s team to sway antisemitism disciplinary panel selections, files being mysteriously removed from party HQ and disputes officers having nervous breakdowns over Corbyn’s reluctance to punish anti-Jewish members. It was the first time the leadership had been impli-
cated in a process it insists is independent. The programme did not show the Labour Party to be antisemitic, nor did it expose individual party members as anti-Jewish beyond those already incriminated by their own words. Rather, it revealed something altogether more sinister. The inescapable conclusion is that NOTHING, not even opposing the cancer of antisemitism, is more important than The Project. It showed you can consider yourself a proud “lifelong anti-racist” while leading a morally lost party where a robust approach to tackling racism is sidestepped for fear it might jeopardise the greater cause. It showed how even basic human decency can be sacrificed in Labour’s frenzied pursuit of pure socialism. That’s why the party didn’t report antisemitic threats made to its MPs to the police. That’s why it refused to back a ban on terror group Hezbollah. That’s how newly-elected MP Lisa Forbes can win a by-election, despite “wholeheartedly” liking a post saying Theresa May has a “Zionist slave masters agenda”. It is also how general secretary Jennie Formby, with a straight face, can tell deputy leader Tom Watson not to monitor antisemitism because of
ONLY 15 MEMBERS HAVE BEEN EXPELLED FOR ANTIJEWISH RACISM. FIFTEEN GDPR rules. That’s how the party can dismiss the testimony seen in Panorama as the words of “disaffected” staffers with “axes to grind”. All of this, and so much more besides, is just inconvenient background noise distracting from The Project – ie, renationalisation, redistribution and all-out denunciation of modern centre-ground politics. All this, apparently, for the many, not the few. Or the Jew. It’s not that the party endorses antisemitism. It’s just way down the pecking order. Corbyn and co don’t necessarily prefer the company of chomping antisemites, Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists, Hamas and Hezbollah. But if the world’s worst human beings help swell their ranks and share their world view, why not
invite them to tea in Parliament? It’s all grist for the mill. My enemy’s enemy and all that. The Project cannot afford to sacrifice comrades just because they don’t like Jews. That’s why only 15 members have been expelled for antisemitism in four years. FIFTEEN. Labour MP Margaret Hodge calls it “permitted racism”. Which not so much begs as demands the question: why are moderate Labour MPs, and 200,000-strong middle-ground membership, endorsing this with their presence? Labour is now on par with the BNP as only the second party to face a formal investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This will be a rigorously objective inquiry, with statutory powers to access off-the-record evidence such as texts and WhatsApp messages. The most damning outcome would see the party’s disputes and compliance unit placed under independent supervision. At least 30 further former and current staff members are to give evidence. The EHRC moves at the speed of a tectonic plate but is poised to cause a political earthquake – plunging this sordid excuse for a political party into the abyss.
A national disgrace that’s gone too far RABBI BARONESS NEUBERGER
t is almost impossible to be further shocked by Labour’s leadership over issues to do with antisemitism, but its response to last week’s Panorama programme, Is Labour Anti-Semitic?, managed to achieve just that. Labour is already facing an inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission over antisemitism, which should be a development that would get the leadership hanging their heads in shame. Instead, the opposite is true. They attack the messenger, and so the party of antiracism and workers’ rights attacks its former employees who spoke out about antisemitism, and the leadership’s interference in investigations into antisemitism in the party. They dismissed them as being antiCorbyn, derided them for having political issues, and ignored the fact that they had suffered considerable stress, and, in one case, contemplated suicide. And they displayed no human response or recognition of their duty of care to their employees.
They attacked Tom Watson, MP, the deputy leader, who has stood up to be counted and has raised his deep concerns about these issues of antisemitism. They particularly condemned him for blaming Jennie Formby– chief executive of the Labour Party – for any of her actions. Of course it is horrible for her that she is receiving chemo, but it cannot be right to ignore the mental distress of former staff members, who displayed real anguish on the Panorama programme, and then argue no one can say anything about Ms Formby because she is ill. Indeed, the Labour Party claims to be committed to protecting whistleblowers. Yet it
LABOUR PARTY STAFF WERE NOT SUPPORTED. INSTEAD, THEY WERE VILIFIED
asked its former employees to sign non-disclosure agreements when they left, agreements which some broke – extremely bravely and on a matter of principle – to appear on Panorama. There is some satisfaction to be had from the fact that the Labour high command is to be sued by some of those former employees who broke cover to criticise the party’s handling of cases of alleged antisemitism. For Sam Matthews and Louise Withers Green, two of the group concerned, believe Labour has defamed them in its response to the claims they made on Panorama. Others are considering joining them. For the Labour leadership simply to proceed to attack the messenger, yet again, without even suggesting it would investigate its own actions, beggars belief. And, to add to that, Labour has complained to the BBC about the programme. Yet it is inconceivable that the BBC would not have checked the programme before it went out on air, for accuracy and legality. Jeremy Corbyn has argued that: “The programme adopted a predetermined position on its own website before it was broadcast…..Our party members do have the right to be heard if they’re accused of anything and
our party staff have a right to be supported and they are supported.” But in this case, the party staff were not supported. Instead, they were vilified. And Tom Watson was attacked by Unite leader Len McCluskey, in wholly immoderate terms. There are some signs of hope. 20 Labour MPs, all members of the Tribune Group, issued a statement expressing their shock at reports of the party’s handling of cases and how individual employees have been treated. They said: “We support former employees in speaking out and commend their bravery in doing so….. Labour has always and always will support whistleblowers in coming forward when they are concerned about wrongdoing.” But, given that the Labour leadership appears to be unmoved by the evidence from the YouGov poll for Hope not Hate, showing that a third of voters believe that Labour is now an antisemitic party, we need far more MPs to join those 20. And, now that Lords Darzi, Triesman and Turnberg have resigned the Labour whip, we need others to speak out, and, if nothing changes, resign the whip too. This has gone too far. It is a national disgrace.
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since the AMIA bombing Waiting for justice to be served Supplement
WE MUST NOT WAIT ANOTHER 25 YEARS TO PUT AN END TO THIS CHAPTER IN JEWISH AND ARGENTINIAN HISTORY WJC President Ronald S. Lauder
SURVIVOR TESTIMONIES: Humberto Chiesa
Owner of the Chisea y Galarraga printer, working in front of AMIA when the bomb went off That day, we went for coffee as usual, but the client never came. When we returned to the printer, Guillermo and I met with Adriana, our secretary. Forty days later, I woke up in the Clínicas Hospital, not knowing what happened. I had been in a coma. You are just talking, and then suddenly you wake up in a different place 40 days later – you can’t know what happened. When they transferred me to a room, they didn’t want me to go to the bathroom. They didn’t want me to see my own face. My parietal bone was broken; my face was deformed. I knew something had happened. But I had memory trouble and I was confused. A few days later, the Israeli ambassador came by with some people, including my psychiatrist. The ambassador spoke in Hebrew, drawing my attention. I still didn’t know what had happened. The ambassador then told me who he was and what had come to pass.
My wife told me the ambassador’s wife had been in the hospital days and nights with the relatives of those in a serious condition. When I opened my eyes, I saw the victims. It was a difficult situation. All you could see were white sheets and tubes. When you opened your eyes, you saw something else that made you close them again. When I came home from the hospital, I learned what had happened, with the help of therapists. Later, my psychiatrist brought me to Pasteur 600, to the AMIA building. The city was bombed. AMIA was destroyed. My shop was destroyed, and so was the next building. All of Pasteur Street itself was destroyed. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was then that I learned that Fabio, our employee, had been killed. Adriana, our secretary, was physically unscathed, but mentally was very affected. It took two years to remove the shrapnel from my body. You live with guilt for having survived. That is something you must always deal with. After the bombing, I could no longer laugh. I didn’t want to see people, it upset me. My face was not for gatherings or get-togethers. But life gave me a granddaughter, Abril. And then my smile returned.
I still feel as though I am missing part of my body. Those who died left behind children, relatives, husbands and wives. They still cannot rest in peace. As long as justice is missing, they cannot rest in peace.
Lived near the AMIA building I started to cry and tried to help. My mother told me about a corpse, which I hadn’t seen. I had to help. For the first hour after the bomb, it was complete chaos. No one took charge. People were shouting for things that they needed, like “water”. Everyone was helping. One part of me could not understand what happened. I have a big brother who disappeared during the military government and whom I also don’t know anything about. I live with that, with a lack of clarity about what happened. The bomb generated so much shock, it takes years to get beyond that. The feeling of survivors is that this life is borrowed – so much no longer belongs to you.
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World Jewish Congress
25 years since AMIA bombing: The world must never surrender to terror
By RONALD S. LAUDER President of World Jewish Congress
wenty-five years ago, a suicide bomber drove a van loaded with 275 kilograms of explosives into the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) center in Buenos Aires, the heart of Latin America’s largest and most thriving Jewish community, killing 85 people and wounding more than 300. This remains the deadliest attack in Latin American history and the worst strike against any Jewish community outside of Israel to date. It was also a chilling prediction of the wave of indiscriminate terror that continues to encapsulate the globe today. Only two years prior to that attack, the Israeli Embassy in the Argentine capital was targeted in another bombing. In each case, the terrorists sought explicitly to murder Jews, but their target was all of Argentina and democratic society as a whole, undercutting the very values of freedom and tolerance upon which our modern nations are built. Jews have been subjected to violent attacks from time immemorial, before and since these
bombings. But this brutal mass murder underscored the inescapable truth that the hydra of hatred knows no boundaries. Terror may first manifest itself against the Jews, but it never ends there. Repeated investigations and indisputable evidence have made it clear that the Buenos Aires bombings were carried out by Hezbollah under the mastermind of its patron, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yet, well over two decades later, the victims and their families are still waiting for justice to be served. Not a single perpetrator or organiser of these attacks has been brought to trial, despite international arrest warrants. Iran remains the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism, through its proxy, Hezbollah, spreading its violent wings across continents, from Latin America to Europe and throughout the Middle East. Other terror groups, such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, have dominated headlines in recent years as the greatest threats to global peace and security, but it is Hezbollah and Iran that can be singled out as a source of inspiration for the calamity and destruction perpetrated by subsequent jihadist groups, united against their common enemy, the West. Hezbollah has been responsible for dozens of catastrophic and deadly attacks, and yet its political wing is still not recognised by several international organisations, including the UN, as a terrorist entity. The AMIA bombing is a tragic example of Hezbollah’s murderous ambitions. The international community must never forget the threat posed by this terror group.
TERROR MAY FIRST MANIFEST ITSELF AGAINST THE JEWS, BUT IT NEVER ENDS THERE
In the years since the seminal AMIA bombing, the world has learned that we are all targets in the battlefield of fundamentalism and extremism, regardless of our religions, nationalities, skin color, or faith. Islamist organizations such as Hezbollah claim that theirs is a war of attrition against the Zionist regime, as they call it, and against proponents and supporters of the Jewish state, but in reality, the entire civilized world is fair game. From Buenos Aires to London, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Paris, Pittsburgh, Sri Lanka, Christchurch, and San Diego, we repeatedly see the horrific results of global terrorism continuing to threaten our efforts to maintain a peaceful coexistence, consistently and diligently endangering national development and international coordination. It is only a matter of time before the next terrorist attack strikes, be it against another synagogue, another mosque, another church, or another major public square, where innocent people gather simply to live their lives and express their liberty as members of a democratic nation. It is imperative that authorities on both national and international levels take all necessary measures to ensure that impunity no longer prevails. If we allow Hezbollah and Iran to evade justice, then we grant the very same freedom and submission to all terrorists worldwide. As we mark 25 years since the bombing that changed Latin America and the world, we must pledge not to let another 25 years pass without justice. We must never surrender to terrorism, lest we wish to be the next target. We owe this to all victims of terror worldwide, and to our children. Ronald S. Lauder is the president of the World Jewish Congress, the preeminent international Jewish organization representing communities in more than 100 countries to governments, parliaments, and international bodies. This piece was originally written for Argentina’s La Nacion newspaper.
World Jewish Congress and Argentina hold commemorations of AMIA bombing in more than 20 countries, calling for global attention and pursuit of justice THE WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS (WJC) and its regional affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress (LAJC), have partnered with Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold commemorations in more than 20 countries to mark the 25th anniversary of the deadly 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish center, which killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. AMIA and the umbrella organisation Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA) also partnered in these endeavors. The commemorations opened on 4 June at the Argentinian Embassy in Santiago, with a moment of silence in honour of the victims, and continued throughout June and July in major cities around the world, including London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Canberra, Rome, the United Nations General Assembly in New York and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, among others. Each event was organised together with the Argentinian Embassies and diplomatic offices, and the local Jewish communities. World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder said: “Twenty-five years after this heinous attack, the families and loved ones of the victims are still waiting for justice to be served, and for the perpetrators, both local as well as those working for the long arm of Iran, to be brought to trial. “We must not wait another 25 years to put an end to this chapter in Jewish and Argentinian history. Global terrorism and indiscriminate attacks against Jewish communities are continuing around the world. We must make it clear these horrific crimes will never be tolerated and do everything in our power to prevent them
from happening again.” “This was an attack against all Argentinians, a sentiment that is shared by all in our country. It is essential that we continue to share the memory of the attack and demand justice on all levels. We hope the mass commemorations will reinforce to the international community the need to put an end to this scourge of terrorism,.” The London commemoration was held on 12 June, organised together with the WJC’s affiliate, the Board of Deputies of British Jews (B0D). Carlos Sersale di Cerisano, Argentinian ambassador of Argentina to the UK, noted in his address: “The best tribute we can pay to the memory of the victims is to continue seeking justice.” He was speaking in the presence of the Jewish community in London, Rabbi Daniel Sturgess, Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev, British ambassador in Argentina Mark Kent, and representatives of the BoD, the WJC, the LAJC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, B’nai B’rith, the Community Security Trust, and members of the diplomatic corps based in London. He added: “All the countries of the world have the responsibility to cooperate with the Argentine legal system to fight terrorism and eradicate antisemitism.” The WJC and the LAJC have compiled a special book, entitled Justice You Shall Pursue!, to commemorate the bombings, including survivor testimonies, images from the aftermath of the attack, and reflections from world leaders, which are included in this newspaper’s pages.
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AMIA bombing: The search for justice knows no rest
n 18 July 1994, a car packed with explosives drove into the AMIA Jewish Community Center of Buenos Aires, reducing it to rubble and leaving 85 people dead and more than 300 injured. To this day, the victims and their families have not seen the justice they deserve, and the Argentine government maintains a permanent call for those responsible for this attack to be reached with the weight of the law. Two years priors to this seminal attack, humanity was aggrieved by another act of terror against the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires, reducing it to dust and causing death and pain. Two attacks that shared in common the same perpetrators and the same masterminds. Those responsible have been identified and continue to be sheltered by a member country of the United Nations, Iran, which publicly proclaims the will to make Israel, another member state of the UN, disappear. In order to pay tribute to the victims and
keep alive the demand for justice, we have compiled a special book in to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the attack that changed Argentina, and Latin America as a whole. World leaders from across the spectrum were invited to reflect on international terrorism, and on the difficult path lies ahead to end this scourge. Raising our voices together as one is not simply a choice; it is a necessity. We extend our deep thanks to those who joined in on this initiative of the Latin American Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress, to share their valuable testimonies with the world. These pages are a sign of our solidarity with all victims of the terrorism that afflicts our world, as well as their families and their nations. Their stories are a testimony to our demands for truth and justice. A testimony of what occurred that fateful day on 18 July
IT CAN END ONLY WHEN THE WORLD NO LONGER MUST BEAR WITNESS TO LOSS OF LIFE AND LIBERTY AT THE HAND OF TERROR in Buenos Aires, and the struggle that has continued for more than 25 years. The search for justice knows no rest. It is a constant task that will not end, even when justice is served over the AMIA bombing. It can end only when the world no longer must bear witness to loss of life and liberty at the hand of terror.
By ADRIAN WERTHEIN
President of the Latin American Jewish Congress, the regional affiliate of the World Jewish Congress
AMIA bombing underscores why UK government had to ban Hezbollah
xactly 25 years ago, the Lebanese terror organisation Hezbollah bombed the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires - with the intention of murdering innocent civilians. Their evil attack killed more than 85 people and left hundreds injured. Those of us who remember this awful attack can readily recall the sense of horror and incomprehension with which we received this news. The shock was magnified in the Argentinian population because it was so unexpected. Argentina’s Jewish community has a long and peaceful history, dating back to the early 16th century, following the Jewish expulsion from Spain. Jews have been in Argentina for centuries, living harmoniously side by side with their fellow citizens. At one stage, there were even Jewish Gauchos – Argentinian cowboys. However, despite the many good times, the history of Argentinian Jews was overshadowed by this awful terror attack on AMIA in 1994. It is by far the deadliest terrorist outrage on Argentinian soil to date. It is poignant that the commemoration of the bombing has become a significant anniversary for Argentina every year. It is marked
by nationwide exhibitions and ceremonies, and, at 9:53 am, the time of the bombing, radio stations, television channels and police cars sound sirens all across Argentina. As World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder rightly said: “Twenty-five years after this heinous attack, the families and loved ones of the victims are still waiting for justice to be served, and for the perpetrators, both local as well as those working for the long arm of Iran, to be brought to trial. We must not wait another 25 years to put an end to this chapter in Jewish and Argentinian history…” Hezbollah has a notorious history of terrorism and violence and remains an imminent threat to Jewish and non-Jewish institutions alike across the world. For more than 35 years, the organisation has launched attacks against European and Jewish civilians worldwide. Twenty-five years after the AMIA bombing, it is time to understand and confront the danger Iran and its proxy Hezbollah are posing to Jewish and non-Jewish institutions around the world. Indeed, we in the UK were shocked by the news, which emerged last month, that the organisation hid tonnes of
explosives in north-west London. They were discovered three years ago. In this country, we have taken a massive step forward in our quest to have this disgraceful organisation delegitimised. We are grateful that our government has finally taken the principled and important step of banning Hezbollah in its entirety. The ban makes membership of the group, or supporting it, a criminal offence with a potential jail sentence of up to 10 years. It is a step that other countries should also consider and take. This legislation sends the right signals across the world. It is not just about Hezbollah but other terrorist organisations that seek to undermine democracy and the rule of law in our country. It is also a clear message to the Iranian regime that supporting and financing terrorist groups won’t pay off. Today it remains more important than ever before that we are vigilant. Radicalisation and violence need to be fought wherever and whenever they occur. We must stand together in unity and fight terrorism together as one. It might be tough, but I believe we will succeed. Jewish history is nothing if not a triumph over adversity.
By SHEILA GEWOLB
Senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Jewish News 18 July 2019
World Jewish Congress
WORLD LEADERS REFLECT ON THE AMIA BOMBING
o commemorate the 25th anniversary of the seminal attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center building in Buenos Aires, the Latin American Jewish Congress the regional affiliate of the World Jewish Congress – prepared a special compilation entitled “Justice you shall pursue!” This publication is part of our overall efforts to keep the memory of the AMIA attack and the victims alive, and to continue our efforts to ensure that justice is served. The publication brings together the reflections of world leaders, written specifically for this purpose, in the hopes that across the globe, this unprecedented atrocity and our demand for a comprehensive and definitive trial are never forgotten. Select excerpts of these reflections can be read below. In this troubled world, our publication also aims to raise awareness about the ongoing threat of global terrorism and the terrible consequences that can occur if we allow impunity to continue. We thank all of the world leaders who took the time to reflect on this horrific event and its aftermath.
OTHER CONTRIBUTORS TO THE COMPILATION INCLUDE: “We want every person who was involved in the attack to be brought to trial in Argentina.” Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
“The antidote to fundamentalism is education.” Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States
Contributors to this compilation include Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Kingdom, who emphasized the need for designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. “Innocent people were targeted solely because they were Jewish, revealing the true face of Hezbollah and exposing the absurdity of its claim to be a ‘resistance’ movement. The killing of Argentine Jews thousands of miles from the Middle East was an example not of ‘resistance’ but of murderous bigotry,” Hunt wrote in his article for the compilation. “So it was only right that Britain should have formally proscribed Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation in March. The complete ban imposed by this British Government followed an earlier decision to proscribe the military wing of Hezbollah in 2008,” Hunt added. “The struggle for justice over the AMIA bombing continues. What happened on that day in Buenos Aires was a direct assault on innocent people. It was also an attack on the values that all of us hold dear.” “Tragically, the AMIA bombing foretold other terrorist atrocities, motivated by the same combination of hatred and bigotry. But the presence today of a thriving Jewish community in
NOTHING JUSTIFIES TERRORISM. NO CAUSE, NOR ANY GRIEVANCE
“There are wounds that do not heal. This is also the painful case 25 years after the attack on the AMIA headquarters of the AMIA, the Mutual Association Israelite Argentina (...) terrorism targets our right to freedom.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
“In the global fight against terrorism, human rights must take center stage. We must ensure that our efforts are underpinned by respect for the rule of law. International fair trial standards must be upheld in order to ensure that true accountability and respect for the rights of all victims are truly realized.” UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet
“Let us work together to uphold every human being’s right to live free from persecution, discrimination, and terror.” UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay
Argentina demonstrates that terrorists may be able to maim and kill - but they will never win,” Hunt wrote. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also contributed to the compilation, writing: “As Israel and the entire Jewish People remember the eighty-five victims of the bombing, we stand as one in demanding that all those involved in the attack be apprehended and brought to trial.” “We call on the Government of Argentina to spare no effort to uncover the truth, including regarding the death of the courageous prosecutor Alberto Nisman. We note the positive steps taken by the current government, including voiding the absurd Memorandum of Understanding with Iran,” Rivlin wrote. “We call on all governments to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of their Jewish communities. We call on all who believe in freedom, tolerance and the sanctity of human life to take all possible steps to counter terror in all its forms.” “Terror must never be appeased or ignored, even when it would be politically or economically convenient to do so. Any democracy which fails to act forcefully against terror today, will fall victim to terror tomorrow,” Rivlin wrote.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
“The United States will never forget the 85 precious lives lost in the bombing of the ArgentineIsraelite Mutual Center in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1995. On this 25th anniversary of that horrible attack, we renew our solemn pledge to stand resolutely against the evils of terrorism and antisemitism.” U.S. President Donald Trump
THE IRANIAN REGIME, SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, HAS COMMITTED MANY TERRORIST ACTS OUTSIDE OF IRAN Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2003
18 July 2019 Jewish News
How do you learn equality if you’re taught prejudice? YEHUDIS FLETCHER
AMBASSADOR, JEWISH ORTHODOX FEMINIST ALLIANCE
n Monday night’s BBC Panorama programme, Judith Nemeth from The Values Foundation proclaimed: “There is no way people of faith will say it is OK to be gay, because the Bible says it isn’t.” She is misreading the text. The Torah states everyone is created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). It follows from this that God made people the way they are – straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or any other way they may identify. Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) isn’t a lifestyle, it is a reality for a percentage of every population, including the Charedi population. The Torah gives us 613 mitzvot, some of them positive commandments (things we must do) and some of them negative commandments (things we must not do). We must not add new commandments to the Torah (Deuteronomy 4:2). We must keep far away from untruths (Exodus 23:7). We must love our neighbours as
we love ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). Nemeth was no doubt referring to the negative commandment in Leviticus (18:22) that pertains to one specific sex act between males – but this commandment does not refer to orientation or mentioning LGBTQ issues – the verse is read aloud in shul every year, sometimes by barmitzvah boys. Nemeth and her compatriots appear to be choosing to zoom in on one law – and ignore many others. In attempting to make Jewish law appear black and white, they reject the complex beauty of our heritage. There will be ambiguity and grey areas, tests and tensions. We must balance the responsibilities the Torah lays out for us, and use our moral compass and common sense when we feel these may compete. Where guidance is needed, we are lucky to have strong leadership from the Chief Rabbi. The Equality Act, the legislation that has led to much of this discussion, bears similar tensions. Religious people have rights, as do members of the LGBTQ community. Sometimes it may seem like those rights compete. Neither of those rights exists in a vacuum. As with Jewish law, case law
WE MUST BALANCE THE RESPONSIBILITIES THE TORAH LAYS OUT AND USE COMMON SENSE on the act will be debated and contested through a hierarchal system. There may be grey areas, and there may be new situations that need to be worked through with compassion and integrity – not misrepresentation and the willingness to cast gay people aside, while desperately insisting to ‘not be homophobic’. [Charedi headteacher] Eli Spitzer is right. Charedi children don’t know how babies are made. He correctly draws the question back to the problem with which Charedi educators are grappling. The LGBTQ question is a red herring – even if these relationships were not described, many of those objecting to SRE would still
object. How do you teach SRE when your core belief system involves keeping children ignorant of sex altogether, introducing them to a marriage partner in one brief meeting, agreeing their betrothal and only explaining what the pair have agreed to days before the wedding? How do you teach about different types of families when you fundamentally believe that different types of families should be shunned? In J v B and The Children, respected Charedi rabbanim and safeguarding professionals, including a Charedi foster carer, lined up to convince a judge that children having contact with their transgender parent would result in them being denied school places and being ostracised by their friends and family. The judge agreed with them, and the children haven’t seen their parent for years now. How do you teach about bodily autonomy and boundaries when you believe that manhandling and hitting pupils is a legitimate behaviour modification tool? We have to start at the beginning. We need to love our neighbours. We need to celebrate a joyful, safe Judaism that rejects extremism and embraces reality.
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Paper get its facts in a twist over uni shambles JENNI FRAZER
licking idly through the newspapers on Shabbat morning, my eye was drawn to a small news story on page four of The Times. The headline was “Antisemitic university”, casually wedged in between a story on crime bosses and a TV star facing a sexual assault charge. So, nothing to see here. Apparently. Then I took a closer look. Essex University, said the story, “admitted it has an antisemitism problem but has not apologised”. How weird, I thought. Surely, if a mainstream university has not apologised over its antisemitism problem, in the light of everything we are currently experiencing, that’s a huge story? And why hadn’t I heard about it? I read on. In a few more lines, The Times wrapped up this seemingly enormous scandal: “In February more than 200 students voted against establishing a Jewish Society, which was later ratified by the university. “A review
by Baroness Neuberger of Abbotsbury found that fewer than 50 students were Jewish. Staff will now take mandatory training.” Puzzled, I fished out the Jewish News – only to find that “Antisemitic university” appears to be the very reverse of the situation in Essex. It is indeed true that in February, Essex University attracted presumably unwanted publicity after hundreds of students opposed the creation of a Jewish Society on campus – and the discovery of antisemitic social media posts by a faculty member. Is it technically true that the university did not apologise? Perhaps. But in fact, it did something much better, as Simon Johnson from the Jewish Leadership Council and Mark Gardner from the Community Security Trust attested. Essex University commissioned an independent report, headed by Baroness Neuberger, which took evidence from 85 students and staff. Messrs Johnson and Gardner were among the external scrutineers of the report, which made 33 recommendations now being put into
IT SHOWS THERE ARE WAYS OF DEALING WITH INTRACTABLE SITUATIONS, OF PULLING BACK FROM THE BRINK practice by the university. Many of the recommendations, covering issues such as complaints procedures, kashrut provision where necessary, and staff training, have already been enacted, and the rest will be put in place over the summer. The staff member whose antisemitic social media posts caused such hurt to Jewish students was first suspended and then dismissed. The university authorities took swift action – and that action has been warmly
welcomed by the Union of Jewish Students, students at Essex, communal leaders – and none other than the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, himself an alumnus of Essex University, and today its chancellor. What does all this prove, other than that a harried sub-editor at The Times got the story completely back to front? In my view, it shows that there are ways of dealing with seemingly intractable situations, of pulling back from the brink, of talking to people before things get completely and utterly out of hand. Of course, even the toughest of actions can’t change people’s thinking overnight, and it is certain that those who were initially opposed to the creation of a JSoc at Essex, won’t magically change their opinions. Just the same, when a university – or a political party, for that matter – makes it clear what will and what will not be tolerated in a diverse society, then people do come to understand that there are limits. So well done, Essex, and thank you. Everyone else, please take note.
Labour’s culture drives away young activists REBECCA FILER
JEWISH LABOUR MOVEMENT
id I think when I joined the Labour Party five years ago while in sixthform that my experience of the Labour Party would be defined almost entirely by antisemitism? Absolutely not. I joined a party that aligned with my values of social justice and equality and wanted to be a part of building a better country. Five years on, that party has all but disappeared. The airing of the Panorama documentary last week shed a critical light on the devastating failings taking place within the party and its complaints procedures. A culture that leads to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts should have absolutely no place in any workplace. Our community owes those who spoke out a huge debt of gratitude. We know the problem is institutional. From comments made by members online
and in Labour meetings, to the series of highprofile cases of antisemitism where the party has either not acted, not acted swiftly or failed to give an appropriate sanction. The National Executive Committee still featured repeat offender Pete Willsman who went on an antisemitic rant about Israeli interference in British politics but had been allowed to continue his role after another antisemitic outburst several months prior. When Labour fails to act on a clear cut case of antisemitism like that of Kayla Bibby, it reveals a reality where at best, the Labour Party fails to understand antisemitism and, at worst, wilfully allows it to manifest. Dismantling an institutionalised problem will only be successful if the leadership of the party recognises the role they’ve played in allowing a culture of antisemitism to persist. The fact that the Labour Party is now being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission should shock the Labour Party into reflecting on the position we’re now in. The complaints department is as ineffective as ever and members like me are still subject to hostile local meetings. Actions need to be taken, not press release platitudes about anti-racism. I’m joining the Jewish Labour Movement as its national organiser at perhaps its most difficult point in its history. It’s going to be a challenge, but one that needs to be faced.
FORMER LABOUR ACTIVIST
ike so many other British Jews, I was shocked, upset and angry in the summer of 2018, when a tape of Jeremy Corbyn was uncovered in which he declared that “Zionists do not understand British irony”. While the antisemitism row within Labour had been raging for three years, people labelling the leader as an outright antisemite was rare. Some may have been scared of legal action, others (like myself ) didn’t feel that the evidence supported that conclusion. Almost a year on, I feel very differently. Jeremy Corbyn is someone who holds some antisemitic views and, more importantly, is unrepentant and unwilling to be educated. But in the aftermath of Panorama and the current EHRC investigation, focusing on Corbyn alone is unhelpful. Whatever feelings one may hold towards him, the culture of the
Labour Party has been completely corrupted, and the simple removal of Corbyn as leader will not save it. While it is patently clear that his leadership has helped propagate antisemitism, and that the ‘Corbyn project’ is intimately linked with antisemitic ideology, the problems lie much deeper than the Leader’s Office. We know that a substantial number of Labour members hold antisemitic views. We know that a substantial number of them feel completely at ease expressing them in party meetings, online and at conferences. Some of them have been elected Labour MPs. The party complaints system has become infected with corruption, and is no longer fit for purpose. Jewish members of the party have been thrown under the bus for almost four years. The fact that the Jewish Labour Movement felt the need to make a referral to the EHRC should illustrate the size of the problem. Sadly for a lot of Labour members, it hasn’t. The denial from so many is Trumpian. I cannot say what is in Jeremy Corbyn’s heart. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter, and I don’t much care. The debate about whether Corbyn is antisemitic does not excuse the way in which his leadership has enabled an unforgivable rise in contemporary antisemitism in this country. Labour is utterly undeserving of government. To pretend otherwise is a grotesque insult to Jews all over this country.
18 July 2019 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
Leeat and Gary Wayne, pictured with their children Dror, Eyal, Eden and Gil, have donated a sea ambulance to Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA). The yam-bulance, as it is also known, can carry up to six people, a defibrillator, stretcher and other medical equipment. Since joining MDA’s fleet of rescue vehicles, it has provided medical treatment to those injured in the Kinneret. The family, who made aliyah from Edgware, said: “The Kinneret is in the shape of a harp and it gives life to its surroundings. Its message is to get something good and pass it on, to give a melody to life and to give happiness to the people around. This compares with Magen David Adom, which receives donations and uses the gifts to help people in distress.”
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Simon Marks Jewish Primary School hosted actress Tracy Ann Oberman in conversation with Jonathan Freedland. She discussed her life, career and her fight against antisemitism and praised the school as a “model”, adding: “It’s wonderful because it’s about bridging communities.” All funds raised from the sell-out evening will go towards the school’s Jewish education programme.
3 COMET CONTROL
Hertsmere Councillor Alan Plancey became the first mayor to sit at the controls of the world’s first jet airliner at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall. As the museum prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Comet 1a, Plancey was given an exclusive preview of the restoration work being carried out by the museum’s team of volunteers. “This was just unreal,” he said. “Being able to sit in the pilot’s seat of the only original Comet left is something you can only dream about.”
Kingston Liberal Synagogue hosted 50 students taking part in a human rights programme run by the charity Cumberland Lodge. As part of the programme, participants visited the Surrey synagogue where Rabbi René Pfertzel spoke about Progressive Judaism and interfaith dialogue. “They were truly a group of inspirational and amazing young leaders,” Pfertzel said after the event. “We had great conversations on many topics. I was truly impressed with the level of their questions and the depth of their interest.” Pfertel is pictured showing the Torah scroll to participants.
Photo by Garry Lakin
Jewish News 18 July 2019
Scene & Be Seen / Community
5 FIRST CONCERT
The London Jewish Youth Orchestra performed its first concert in Islington after a dozen rehearsals. The orchestra was recently formed to provide an alternative to local ones that often meet on Shabbat, and is a chance for young people with a passion for music to rehearse on Sundays. Auditions are open for children of all ages across different instruments, including woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings.
6 GRATEFUL GIFTS
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Hundreds of people donated items to the charity GIFT. Organiser Roxanne Stross said it was “extremely grateful to the community who rallied round donating food, toiletries and household items and also to all the amazing volunteers who gave their time to make the day such a success”. GIFT distributes more than £200,000 worth of food, toys, flowers and other items annually to more than 1,000 people and organisations across London and Manchester. For details, email email@example.com or call 020 8457 4429.
Dozens of Edgware United Synagogue congregants heard Lady Valerie Cocks of Hartcliffe, pictured, speak about rising antisemitism and anti-Zionism. The former director of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) described the “wonderful friendship” shown towards Jews and Israel under Prime Minister Lord Harold Wilson and how this had changed over the years. The Labour peer was a close friend of Wilson’s and his wife, Lady Mary, and an LFI fundraiser in the 1970s.
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Education charity ORT UK awarded certificates to graduates of its mentoring programme, pictured, at JW3. The scheme pairs Year 12 pupils across 11 London schools with mentors working in industries such as medicine, law, finance and engineering. “My mentor has cemented my decision to study medicine and I have learnt a huge amount from
his mentoring,” said Avi Miller, head boy at Immanuel College. Students were asked to write about their mentors and overall programme experience, and prizes were awarded for the most impressive essays, including to overall winner Gabriella Ziff, of Yavneh College, who was mentored by Cassy Martel at the Royal Academy of Arts.
9 SHUL BIRTHDAY
Guest of honour Joan Ryan MP, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Judith Flacks of the Jewish Leadership Council joined more than 100 guests to mark the 70th anniversary of Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue, which coincided with the 10th year of service of Rabbi Yitzhok and Rebbetzin Tzipporah Sufrin. Pictured from left are Michael Pulver, Rebbetzin Sufrin, Ryan, Mirvis, Sufrin, chairman Michael Rubinstein, US trustee Saul Taylor and president Tony Flacks.
10 WARM WELCOME Professional jazz musician, Rabbi Paul Strasko, brought a musical flavour to his first Shabbat service at Leeds’ Sinai Synagogue, performing old and new melodies and an original composition for Ahavat Olam on his guitar. Strasko, whose previous pulpit was Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, enjoyed a British welcome of fish and chips and mushy peas followed by Eton Mess at a community dinner, and a Kiddush after Shabbat morning prayers. He said: “I have long heard about the warmth of the Yorkshire welcome, but never imagined it was as warm as this.”
11 CHARITY CLIMB
Nearly 30 people braved the peaks of Pen-yghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in Yorkshire in under 12 hours to raise more than £21,000 for Jewish charity Seed, which provides adult and family Jewish education across the UK. Organisers said participants travelled on average 42km, climbed 2,100m and took 50,000 steps as part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
18 July 2019 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
Rocking for a good cause
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More than 350 girls and women from across the community gathered at the Watford Palace Theatre on Sunday to perform The Greatest School of Rock. The show was the culmination of two terms of rehearsals at Dancing With Louise. The event was held in conjunction with Chai Cancer Care and raised more than £5,000 for the charity.
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Television / Weekend TELEVISION
Daniel Radcliffe uncovers his great-grandfather’s tragic suicide in Who Do You Think You Are?, writes Francine Wolfisz
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Daniel Radcliffe explores his roots
ews are so frequently responsible for the bringing down of their own premises,” a sombre Daniel Radcliffe reads from an aged police report, as he seeks to discover the real reasons why his great-grandfather took his own life following a robbery at his diamond business in 1936. It’s a poignant moment in the Jewish actor’s journey of discovery, which features in the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?, starting next week. In Monday’s episode, the Harry Potter star learns that his great-grandfather, Samuel Gershon, was an apparent victim of a night-time heist on his Hatton Garden business, amounting to a loss of £250,000 in today’s money – but without evidence of a break-in, police accused him of faking the crime for an insurance payout. Gershon, who ran the business with his brother, Edward, had twice successfully claimed insurance for two previous break-ins in 1922 and 1932, while the company was in debt for the same amount that had been stolen, heightening police suspicion. Whether an inside job or not, Daniel – who bears more than a striking resemblance to his great-greatgrandfather, Louis – is visibly stirred by the suggestion that police were reluctant to carry out a full
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STANLEY KUBRICK: THE EXHIBITION
This fascinating exhibition of more than 700 rare objects, interviews, letters and photos tells the story of Stanley Kubrick the writer, director and editor. Relive iconic scenes from The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, and more. At Design Museum, until 15 September.
investigation because of antisemitic attitudes. The 29-year-old actor, who is descended from Jewish Russian and German immigrants through his mother, Marcia, is given an informant’s testimony within the case file. It reads: “Dear Sir, one hopes the criminal investigation unit is taking into account the hypothesis that Gershon committed the robbery himself. “In general terms – that he is a Jew – and that Jews are so frequently responsible for the bringing down of their own business premises and theft, so-called, committed in their offices.” Placed into the context of 1936 – the same year as the Battle of Cable Street and the rise of the British Union of Fascists, led by Oswald Mosley – Daniel understands how such attitudes were not uncommon both here and across Europe in the years before the Second World War. “It’s very jarring to see being a Jew to be taken as a piece of evidence in itself,” says Daniel. The robbery attracted intense media scrutiny, with one newspaper report featuring an image of Gershon fainting and an accompanying article suggesting that he was “too ill to see the police”. A fortnight later, still suffering from shock and anxious over whether the insurance company would pay out, Gershon tragically took his own life,
TEL AVIV ON FIRE
Humorous and heart-warming, director Sameh Zoabi’s film tells the story of an unusual friendship between a Palestinian writer and an Israeli checkpoint officer. Follow Salam’s struggles in a politically-charged environment, as he bonds with Assi to realise his career in scriptwriting. At JW3 on 21 July, 8.30pm.
THE ART OF PERSUASION: WARTIME POSTERS BY ABRAM GAMES
This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, official war poster artist during the Second World War. Inspired by his Jewish heritage, his experiences as a soldier, and the turbulent politics of the time, Games helped encourage support for the war effort. At National Army Museum, until 24 November.
aged 42. Reading the note he left behind for his wife, Raie, Daniel weeps as he realises just how much love Gershon had for her. “Doll, Darling,” it begins. “I cannot face bankruptcy after 22 years of trading, so I’m taking the coward’s way out, but I can assure you my angel, to leave a girl like you is more than a wrench. “The loveliest, truest, and noblest wife and companion and comforter you have been to me in my trouble.” Daniel reflects: “You want to reach into the past and just go, ‘whatever you’re going through, you have so much to offer the people who are around you still… you have so much to give to them. And they still would all have loved you.” News of Gershon’s suicide also made the headlines, prompting Raie to change the family name from Gershon to Gresham just three weeks after his death, as a way of helping to protect their daughters. Daniel adds: “A lot of very sad things have happened to my family, but I can’t be sad about it, because everyone was loved. Ultimately that means that, even if their time on earth ended prematurely and sadly, it was worth having.” Who Do You Think You Are? airs on Monday, 22 July on BBC One, 9pm
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Above left: Daniel’s great-great grandfather, Louis; and right, the actor with parents, Marcia and Alan
THE JOY OF JOKES: IVOR DEMBINA Known for his controversial political views, stand-up comedian Ivor Dembina, the energetic founder of the Hampstead Comedy Club, is just as much a provocateur as he is an entertainer. Laugh out loud at his rib-tickling, Jewish-infused humour with a 60-minute preview of his Edinburgh fringe solo show. At Camden Head, 21 July, 5.30pm.
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THE LION KING (PG)
Computeranimated remake of Disney’s 1994 classic directed and produced by Jon Favreau, about a young lion exiled by his evil uncle, who returns as an adult to reclaim his kingdom. The film features the voices of Jewish actors Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Beyonce. Opens at cinemas from Friday.
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Jewish News 18 July 2019
Weekend / Entertainment
Worth a Mensch-ion
Review: Bob Dylan at BST Hyde Park ★★★✩✩
Tori Spelling reunited with her co-stars from Beverly Hills 90210 ahead of the show’s much-anticipated reboot next month. Posing with Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth, the 46-year-old actress wrote on social media: “The OG Girl BFF Gang is BACK... we took a stroll down memory lane at the Peach Pit.” The reboot, known as BH90210, also features Jason Priestly, Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green. Luke Perry was set to rejoin his former cast members before his death earlier this year. BH90210 will air in the US on 7 August, with fans in the UK still awaiting an air date.
TELEVISION The Death of Amy Winehouse: 13 Reasons Why The rise and tragic fall of Amy Winehouse – one of the greatest British talents of her generation – is explored in this fascinating Channel 5 documentary. In just seven years, the world witnessed the singer’s transformation from a blossoming star to an artist haunted by drug and alcohol, eating disorders, paparazzi and a destructive relationship, leading to her death in 2011, aged just 27. Amy’s life is retold though key moments that led towards tragedy. As one interviewee of the late singer, she was: “Too young to go, but a bit too troubled to stay”. Airs on Friday, 10pm, Channel 5
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KIDS? ISRAEL NARROWLY MISSED OUT on becoming only the fourth country in the world to land on the moon earlier this year, but there’s still plenty to celebrate with a free festival at the Science Museum (www. sciencemuseum.org.uk) this weekend commemorating 50 years since the
Apollo 11 mission took “one small step for Man, one giant leap for mankind.” Youngsters can dress up as astronauts, discover what happened to all the Moon rocks and how your body changes in space. Elsewhere, David Walliam’s The Slightly Annoying Elephant is brought to life through music and puppetry at Little Angel Theatre. Suitable for youngsters 3-8. www.littleangeltheatre.com, until 4 August.
HAD THE EAGERLY ASSEMBLED HYDE PARK CROWD noticed Bob Dylan was singing Like A Rolling Stone, you’d have heard a pin drop. As it was, the level of idle chatter (“What time’s Ocado coming?”… “Federer beat Nadal!”) almost drowned out an unrecognisable version of the Bobster’s timeless anthem. It was a missed opportunity, for crowd and fabled performer alike. Crouched behind a gleaming baby grand, peering beneath the low rim of a jet black cowboy hat, resplendent in diamante dinner jacket and white striped trousers slightly too long for his diminutive frame, Dylan kicked off his biggest UK concert for decades with a reworked version of Ballad Of A Thin Man, from his 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited. It set the tone for a surreal evening of Name That Tune as, one by one, the 78-year-old and his four-piece band reworked the classics from top to bottom. Familiar turned obscure; old friends now strangers. Some fans used Shazam. The 65,000-strong crowd, many of whom had waited hours under a blazing sun and, indeed, all their lives for this moment, was denied the nostalgic sing-along they’d hoped for. Even Like a Rolling Stone was like a complete unknown. Dylan’s immortal Scooby-Doo-meets-Chewbacca drawl still hits the spot, chills the spine and takes the listener back 50 years, when the great man made writing the soundtrack of a generation seem as simple as writing a shopping list. But over the course of 500 songs, more than 50 albums and 100 million record sales, he’s resolutely replaced the old mantra, ‘Give ‘em what they want’ with, ‘They’ll get what I give ‘em’. So while we were treated to many of the most hallowed songs from his singular back catalogue – Simple Twist of Fate, Girl from the North Country, To Make You Feel My Love, You Gotta Serve Somebody, It It Ain’t Me and A Simple Twist of Fate – first time listeners would be forgiven for thinking they were all the same song, each delivered in the same ‘decipher one word in five’ careworn style. Lord knows how the signer for the deaf on the big screen besides the stage managed to do his job. (Yiddish you need to know) There was no audience engagement (“One more time!” was the extent of his chat) and he didn’t touch a guitar. In short, a magical night in the presence of an immortal. I just wish he’d played some Literally means ‘don’t bang my tea Bob Dylan songs.
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Travel notes Heard on the vine The first vineyard hotel in England is set to open this summer at the Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey. Guests can choose from 17 en-suite rooms in the eco-friendly hotel, which aims to achieve carbon neutral status. The hotel boasts a bar and restaurant and an Orangery from which to enjoy sweeping views over the Surrey Hills while sipping on wine produced on the estate, as well as an open landscape garden and access to seven miles of public footpath leading to the picturesque North Downs Trail. www.denbies.co.uk
Mark Silver cruises through the stunning Norwegian fjords and discovers glaciers, waterfalls and Scandinavian myths…
ccording to the myth, travelling men would be lured into the mountains never to be seen again after being left spellbound by a mysterious young woman waiting for them to pass by. The scene is recreated for today’s tourists on the spectacular Flam Railway... and the sweet music began to draw me in, too. You are captivated by the sound and also by the dancing of this lady in red, known as the Huldra, an elusive spirit. I was moving closer and closer to the mountain, but then I quickly came to my senses and realised that in one hour’s time they were opening the buffet on our fantastic P&O cruise ship! Those stories of people eating and eating on a cruise? Well, they are no myth... We were docked for the day in Flam, in the south-west of Norway – our second stop on a seven-night cruise around the delightful fjords. It was my second visit to this region and 25th cruise. My partner, Ilisa, is well-travelled, but new to cruising and making her fjords debut. Ilisa constantly told me how much she was enjoying the Azura – part of P&O’s eight-strong cruise ship fleet. And, like me, she felt at home on the British vessel, enjoying the company of mostly UK passengers. As for her verdict on the endless stunning scenery: ‘’It reminds me of when I was in New Zealand... but a lot easier to get to.” We had wanted a holiday that was airportfree, offered places of interest and delivered a fair share of pampering. The relatively short drive to Southampton ticked the first box and the Azura – which carries 3,100 passengers – did the rest. If you want to splash out a little, treat yourself to one of the speciality restaurants. Sindhu’s Indian fare and The Epicurean, a gourmet twist on classic British food, are an experience to savour both in food quality and service.
IT IS NOT COMPULSORY TO PUT ON HALF A STONE DURING A WEEK-LONG VOYAGE! A formal afternoon tea is served on certain days in The Epicurean and we both agreed the scones were the finest we had tasted. Although difficult to avoid, it is not compulsory to put on half a stone during a week-long voyage! Ilisa likes the gym and the Azura boasts an impressive one. More my thing was the adjacent spa, where I found the seaweed wrap to be absolute bliss. It eases your aches and pains and generally gives the body a major boost. So, while we enjoyed everything on board, our four stops were splendid. The itinerary was
focused on the south-west and west of Norway and comprised Stavanger, Flam, Olden and Bergen. In Stavanger and Bergen, we did not participate in the many tours offered by the cruise line, instead happily strolling
around and enjoying the atmosphere. There are numerous pretty and historic buildings, including the interesting former canning factory – now a museum – in Stavanger, where you can purchase a variety of sardines. Jewish interest is quite limited in Norway. The country is served by two synagogues, one in Oslo and the other in Trondheim. The shul in Olso has an outreach programme of events for small groups of Jews from Stavanger and Bergen. In the heart of Bergen, and only about a 15-minute stroll from where the cruise ships dock, is the Theta Museum and it’s well worth a visit. Here you’ll find a one-room museum in a space used by the Norwegian resistance group known as the Theta Group to send radio messages to England during Nazi occupation during the Second World War. In Olden, we enjoyed a really cool tour – in more ways than one. We joined the ship’s excursion to the spectacular Briksdal Glacier, which is about a 30-minute scenic coach ride from the port and is a memorable sight, not forgetting the delicious tea and cakes served afterwards in their cafeteria. Well, it would have been about two hours since our last meal! In Flam, we booked train tickets for the amazing one-hour journey from the fjord to the top of the mountain, where you stop off to enjoy that mesmerising music and dancing. This all happens at the side of the Kjosfossen waterfall, which is worth the trip alone. It was just as well I was not lured into the mountains. A few days later came another fantastic highlight of the trip – a flag-waving, patriotic event on deck to the sounds of our most iconic hymns and songs. Reminiscent of the Last Night of the Proms, the evening seemed to be much loved by hundreds of guests. I guess my favourite was Rule Britannia. Although on this occasion, it was the Azura that ruled the waves.
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Myanmar’s ancient capital, Bagan, has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The historical city has the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist sites and landmarks in the world. Hayes & Jarvis offers a nine-day Highlights of Myanmar Tour, starting in the country’s largest city, Yangon, and travelling to Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk
Ice, Ice, Maybe The Artic Bath Hotel and Spa in Lulea, Swedish Lapland, is now accepting bookings for between February 2020 and February 2021. Comprising six detached floating ‘cabins’ and six additional cabins on land, the unusual hotel freezes into the Lule River in the winter and floats on top of the water in the summer. Facilities include four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers, as well as yoga, meditation, and cleansing sessions, such as crystal healing. The open centre of the bath invites guests to sunbathe, ice bathe or simply sit back and enjoy the Northern Lights. www.offthemap.travel/arctic-bath
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Weekend / Eat & Drink
tasty side perfect with meat or fish, or just enjoy it as a vegan dish. Use cooked rice immediately, or refrigerate.
RICE & CHICKPEA FRIED
SERVES: 4-5 PREP: 20 MINS COOK: 20 MINS
1. Combine the black onion seeds and coriander seeds together and crush, either with a rolling pin or pestle and mortar.
INGREDIENTS 4 teaspoons black onion or nigella seeds
2.Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ gas mark 6.
2 tablespoons coriander seeds – crushed 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 large red onion – peeled and thinly sliced
3 . Place the desiccated coconut, almonds and spices on a baking tray and toast until golden. This takes about five minutes, so do put a timer on!
4 garlic cloves – peeled and finely chopped 250g cooked basmati rice
4. Remove and set aside.
100g flaked almonds 1 tablespoon olive oil
400g tin chickpeas – drained
5. Heat a frying pan with the olive oil and sauté the onion until crisp. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the cooked rice, chickpeas and dried cranberries.
and rinsed 75g dried cranberries – soaked in boiling water and drained Small bunch each of parsley, dill and coriander –chopped
Garnish: 2 lemons – cut into wedges
6. Heat thoroughly, mixing well, and stir in the spices, almonds and coconut.
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Eat your way through a Martian attack, courtesy of The Spirit of Man, a casual dining restaurant that has opened as part of Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience in Leadenhall Street, east London. Visitors are welcomed by a domineering Martian sculpture, complete with metal tentacles suspended from the ceiling, while animated paintings depict scenes from H G Wells’ famous novel about aliens attacking the Earth. The Victoriana-inspired menu includes plenty of veggie/vegan options – before moving onto quintessentially English desserts. Open Tuesday-Sunday. www.dotdot.london
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SEDRA Balak BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Parshat Balak introduces Balaam, who according to the Babylonian Talmud was one of seven non-Jewish prophets, born circumcised and given spiritual powers, so non-Jews could have a prophet of the stature of Moses. Although Balaam and Abraham were of different generations, separated by more than 300 years, Pirkei Avot 5:19 curiously compares their character traits. Students of Abraham see with a “good eye, are humble and altruistic”. Those following Balaam are the opposite; “evil-eyed, arrogant and avaricious”. Rashi also draws a comparison between the Sacrifice of Isaac and Parshat Balak: Abraham rose early to saddle his donkey to take Isaac to Mount Moriah, and Balaam saddled his donkey early on his way to curse the Israelites. Rabbi David Fohrman of AlephBeta notes several other similarities – both take two lads with them and both had contact with an angel along the way. More poignantly, God promised Abraham, “those who bless you will be blessed and those who curse you will be cursed” (Gen 12:3). Balaam is described as someone with the power to curse or to bless. What do we make of these similarities? One lesson may be that more important than the gifts we’re endowed with is the way in which we use them. When we set out to create a better world, our efforts will be aided. So too, regrettably, for those who wish to do the opposite. In our troubling times, it’s up to us to set a positive example.
Jeff Berger is interfaith adviser for Mitzvah Day and can be contacted at RabbiJeffLondon@gmail.com
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Equal pay at Wimbledon BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL At Wimbledon, Simone Halep (pictured left) took just 58 minutes to crush Serena Williams in the ladies final. Novak Djokovic needed almost five hours to see off Roger Federer. So, what does the Torah say about inequality of effort set against the same pay? When the Biblical warrior Ahimaatz, son of Zadok the Priest, ran a marathon from the battlefield to tell David that his son was dead, he beat another runner, a Nubian who reached with the same message, some ten minutes later. Both did their duty, but there was only one winner who stretched himself much more than his opponent. Two millennia ago, scores of potential calendric witnesses before the Sanhedrin made the lengthy and arduous cross
country trek on horseback to report the sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem. All were received the same way and rewarded with great hospitality in Jerusalem. The merit of each effort was recognised, whether they came in
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sooner or later, even many hours late, but on an equal basis. The reason for this was one of policy – to encourage others in the future to make the same efforts. Our sages state in Ethics of the Fathers: “Yaga’ta umatzata, ta’amen” – if you (say that) you have toiled and gained, you are believed. Success or attainment is not measured by how long something takes, but by the effort necessary to put in. Halep played aggressively and quickly. Djokovic took the slow road, calculatedly beating Federer on points. According to the ethics of the Psalmist, “the toil of the palms of our hands we eat, for this we are praised and it is good…” It is the result of effort taken, and not its extent, which produces the legitimate result from which one can receive payment. Rabbi Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to HM Armed Forces
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The Bible Says What?
What Eva Kor teaches us about forgiveness
‘God is not enough’ BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER Within our faith, we make sure to prioritise the oneness of God. Our central prayer, the Shema, emphasises that our God is one – we need nothing and nobody else. Over the centuries Jews have gone to great lengths to ensure we do not find ourselves following anything physical. In different traditions this has included not having images of people in our places of prayer, or people blessing the community by placing talitot over their heads to give blessings. Even the great sin of Moses, which prevented him from entering Israel, was for giving the appearance that it was he and his staff who gave the people water by striking it, not God. Yet, when it comes time for Moses to step aside, he tells God that a person must be set in place as a new leader – because without a human leader, the people would be “as sheep which have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:17). But isn’t God sup-
posed to be our shepherd? Is following in the path of God not enough? And yet, God obliges, placing Joshua as the new leader. Is God really admitting to not being enough? The text gives us a clue to the real meaning. Moses says this person is one who would go out and come in before the people, be someone whose actions can be seen. While the inspiration of the divine may be all we as Jews need, what we need is not leadership, but rolemodels to whom we can relate. Moses was not asking for a figurehead, but someone who could demonstrate what it might look like to bring that divine inspiration into the world. Without people we can aspire to be like, who find their leadership in the ways of our tradition, that is when we become lost.
Laura Janner-Klausner is senior rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism
BY RABBI DANNY RICH Any decent human being can only respond with humility and respect to news that Holocaust survivor and educator, Eva Kor, declared in an interview before her death: “Everybody should be forgiven. Not because Hitler deserves it, but because every victim deserves to be free of what Hitler imposed on us.” Jewish theology is clear that the ‘forgiving of wrongdoing’ is in the hands of the victim, and, if the victim is unable or unwilling, the matter of teshuvah (atonement) rests with God. This concept of returning to the correct path or to God is underpinned by the assumption that the perpetrator acknowledges the wrongdoing, expresses regret, makes recompense and intends to change conduct. Eva – who even underwent experiments by Josef Mengele and who lost all her family apart
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from her twin, Miriam – had the right to offer forgiveness because that power rests with her and because, as she herself observed, it may contribute to a personal ability to live with one’s past. Her personal forgiveness, however, does not complete teshuvah for Mengele or Hitler, since it is an unknown whether any of them even reflected or regretted, never mind compensated or sought to do better. The object of her forgiveness – ‘to close the wound’ – is laudable and understandable, but it may not necessarily be achieved in the
case of other victims. They may require, for example, punishment of the perpetrator, a formal recognition of their experience, or a public memorial of the event. Any or all of these measures may enable different victims to become a little reconciled to what has happened to them. Eva, who died last month at the age of 85, was an inspiring Holocaust educator. She demonstrated, by personal example, that on occasion forgiveness “can overcome hardship and tragedy”. But in truth it is not always so simple. Justice is not about vengeance, but neither is it always about only forgiveness. Forgiveness may need to be earned by the sincerity of those who seek it, and, in the case of dead Nazis, their fate lies beyond human understanding. Danny Rich is senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism
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