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Car workers in Birmingham, shopkeepers in Sedgefield, market traders in Norwich, steelworkers in Sheffield, greengrocers in Great Yarmouth, fishmongers in Falmouth, bus drivers in Bolsover, waitresses in Workington. In the end, after all the fear and doubt, the message rang far and wide and loud and clear, from the cities to the shires, to every nook and cranny of our salt-ofthe-earth nation: Jeremy Corbyn is a dangerous lightweight with obscene associations. An extremist in sheep’s clothing, whose apathy to anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values we hold dear. So the good people of Britain held their noses, crossed their fingers, adopted the brace position and voted… for anyone but Corbyn. Singing socialist Billy Bragg said it best in his 80s anthem Between The Wars: “Sweet moderation, heart of this nation.” Dear old Blighty, we should never have doubted you. Yet who was to know the result would be so emphatic? As the clock lurched towards 10pm stomachs knotted, palms sweated, brows furrowed. Surely even a semi-functioning opposition could

eek out a hung Parliament against these unpopular threeterm Tories. Surely? In those edgy moments before the exit poll, the blunt question asked across Shabbat dinner tables for the last four years was asked one last time: does Britain really care about antisemitism? It certainly turned voters off in the Bagel Belt of Hendon, Chipping Barnet and Finchley and Golders Green, where the Conservatives secured an unlikely clean sweep. Elsewhere, it played a leading role. But above all, this red-letter election required two democratic duties of voters: reject extreme socialism and respect Brexit. It could have been so different. Had Corbyn not sat on the fence over Brexit and sat on his hands over Jew-hate, he would have sneaked a hung Parliament and cobbled a coalition. Instead he exits, head in hands, stage left. The future, thank goodness, ain’t what it used to be. The Jewish community and Labour Party share a long and storied history. Now it’s time to repair that proud partnership. Indeed, there are already red shoots of recovery with the Jewish Labour Movement reporting hundreds of former members have returned since last Thursday. Continued on page 18


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TORIES TOLD: ‘AVOID SAME MISTAKES’ The Conservatives have been urged to “avoid making the same mistakes” as Labour by British Jews, as the party conducts its review into racism. The president of the Board of Deputies made the appeal after it was announced the Tories will conduct a review into handling of complaints of discrimination and prejudice – including Islamophobia. The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised during the General Election campaign for “the hurt and offence” caused to the Muslim community by Islamophobia.

GOVE: JEWS SHOULD NEVER LIVE IN FEAR Michael Gove said British Jews “should never have to live in fear again” after Boris Johnson led the Conservatives to an historic win, with Labour facing its worst electoral defeat since 1935. Gove, who secured 34,358 votes, addressed a rally in Surrey Heath hours after Jeremy Corbyn announced he would not lead the Labour Party at the next election. Gove said to applause from supporters: “You have had to live in fear for months now. You should never have to live in fear again.”

Fourth-term Freer edges out Berger Re-elected Conservative MP Mike Freer thanked Jewish supporters for “standing by me” as he paid tribute to Lib Dem opponent Luciana Berger. Freer extended his majority to more than 6,500 after a contest that split the local Jewish community. Berger, who left Labour earlier this year over antisemitism, came second after a campaign backed by a number of highprofile figures during which she increased the Lib Dem vote to a record 17,600 in the seat. Labour’s Ross Houston came third with 13347 votes. Expressing “delight” at being re-elected for a fourth term, Freer said it had been an “emotionally draining” campaign but a “good humoured and decent“ contest. Polls during the campaign had given a mixed picture of the likely outcome, but the exit poll predicted a victory for the former MP for Liverpool

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Conservative candidates were re-elected in Chipping Barnet and Hendon – with former Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers defying polls to claim a narrow victory of 25,745 over her Labour opponent’s 24,533. Villiers, who had been widely expected to lose her seat, paid tribute to her campaign team and used her victory speech to pledge to continue the fight against antisemitism and racism. The MP, who served as environment minister under Boris Johnson before the election, also prioritised the protection of green spaces and fighting climate change.

Lord Sacks, in a debate in the House of Lords, said for antisemitism to become a problem in society three things have to happen. First, antisemitism spreads from the fringes to a mainstream political party. Second, that those who oppose it are vilified and shouted down. Finally, that the party’s support is not diminished by the row. At 10pm on 12 December the British people passed the test by rejecting Labour, in part due to Corbyn’s failure to address the problem. I hope Labour will react constructively and at last expel the malign influence that has done so much to damage. This movement from the shadows into broad daylight of antisemitism explains the present Government’s decision not to try and contain the evil but to push back against it. The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has not been much of a success in discouraging trade between the UK and Israel.

Since the foundation of BDS trade between our two countries has grown to the benefit of all. However, there has always been a strong element of of wink-wink nudgenudge racism about BDS. Not so much about the dispute over contested territories but more about disrupting Israel from the river to the sea. Individuals remain free to boycott Israeli goods if they choose to do so. But henceforth the government will ensure that public bodies will be legally excluded from doing so. The government will continue with its commitment to support the Community Security Trust to ensure the safety of Jewish citizens. Similarly, the substantial support to Holocaust remembrance and education will be there. Over the past decade, Israel and the UK have grown use to working together. I doubt there has ever been a more pro Israeli cabinet than the present one. In an uncertain world our cooperation is a great point of strength. To quote the prime minister, the best is yet to come.

She added: “I’ll continue to do all I can to fight antisemitism. I call on Labour during this period of reflection to root out antisemitism. They haven’t done so.” In the neighbouring constituency of Hendon, colleague Matthew Offord had a more convincing victory of 26,878 over Labour’s David Pinto-Duschinsky, who recorded 22,648 votes. Offord complained of “disgraceful” behaviour during the campaign, and said it was “probably the worst election” he had ever fought, with people focusing on “personalities rather than policies”.

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LANSMAN: NO RUSH FOR CORBYN TO GO Momentum founder Jon Lansman said the decision on when Labour should replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader doesn’t need to be taken “until the new year”. Lansman said Corbyn has “achieved a great deal” on issues such as austerity, and that the election was “incredibly polarised because of Brexit”. He added: “Jeremy has to decide when he is leaving himself. He has always been a reluctant leader. I don’t think he’ll overstay his welcome.”

DROPPED CANDIDATE WINS ELECORAL SEAT An SNP candidate dropped over alleged antisemitic comments won a Westminster seat despite the party’s withdrawal of support. Neale Hanvey was the SNP candidate for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, but was dropped in the run-up to the poll after old social media posts came to light. However, Hanvey’s name remained on the ballot paper next to the SNP logo as the deadline for candidates to be nominated had passed. He took the seat from shadow Scottish secretary Lesley Laird, winning 16,568 votes to Labour’s 15,325. He will sit as an independent until a disciplinary process is concluded.


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Former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who lost her Stoke on Trent North seat to her Conservative opponent last week, said she is “devastated” by the result – not for herself but for her constituents. Smeeth said she did not regret her decision to stay and fight and pointed out that the antisemitism issue “came up on every fifth doorstep during my campaign. People were aware of it, not just in the Jewish community but nationally”. She added: “I beg everyone in the Jewish community to join the Jewish Labour Movement in the coming days, to have a voice in the leadership elec-

tion”. She said it was vital to “change the culture” of the Labour Party, and warned that if it did not change, “we will have to ask, what is the point of Labour? “We all knew this [defeat] was coming but I don’t think anyone quite anticipated the scale of it. It raises all the questions that we should have been talking about for years now. Every political experiment that the leadership has tried over the last four years has been shown to be a complete and utter failure. You reap what you sow.” There was even more need to stay

in the party now, Smeeth insisted. “I have huge respect for the people who chose to leave, but my decision was clear. I think the idea that I could walk away and leave the battlefield and allow my party, without challenge, to become a party of racists and cranks, was not an option which I felt I could explore. I will still be there, during the leadership contest and beyond, to try to fix the mess Jeremy Corbyn and his mates created in my party.” With sadness, the former MP spoke of packing up her London office, making her staff redundant and wondering what

would become of her constituents who needed help which she was no longer legally able to offer. She added: “I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet. I’m taking some time off at the end of the month but I will be coming back fitter and ready to fight”. She said she planned on working with one of her former colleagues if they declared themselves for the leadership, adding that “Continuity Corbyn” — in the person of Rebecca Long-Bailey — was “not acceptable for the future of the Labour Party. Rebecca has spoken out on antisemitism in the last 12 months, but she has not been in the forefront of the fight. I need someone who is prepared to have this fight, to sack the staff that failed so miserably to deal with this internally”.

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Young left-wing Jewish activists have vowed to mobilise after Boris Johnson led the Conservatives to a clear election majority. The group Jews Against Boris, which canvassed for Johnson’s Labour challenger Ali Milani in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, described last week’s general election result as “heartbreaking and terrifying”.

The group warned against what it said was the prime minister’s “embrace of the far-right” in a “crisis which threatens all of us.” “We take some comfort in the knowledge that while politicians and the media have sowed fear and division during this campaign, together we showed that real solidarity is possible. That oppression need not be a zero-sum game,” the

statement said. Vowing to mobilise the community to “show up for victims of racism, inequality and bigotry”, it adds: “We will not tolerate people using the Jewish community as a scapegoat for [the] results, just as we will not tolerate our communal institutions failing to stand up for those most vulnerable to the Conservatives’ victory.”

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WILLIAMSON LOSES ELECTION DEPOSIT Chris Williamson, who resigned from Labour after being suspended over allegations of antisemitism, lost his seat in Derby North where he stood as an independent after his former party declined to endorse him. Williamson was defeated by the Conservatives’ Amanda Solloway, who gained the seat with 21,259 votes. Williamson garnered a mere 635 votes – losing his deposit. On Tuesday he claimed “a hostile foreign government has mobilised its assets in UK”, apparently in reference to Israel.

LIVINGSTONE HITS OUT AT ‘JEWISH VOTE’ Ken Livingstone identified “the Jewish vote” as a contributory factor in Labour’s poor showing. The ex-London mayor, who quit the party last year amid a torrent of allegations of antisemitic behaviour against him, told the PA news agency: “The Jewish vote wasn’t very helpful. Jeremy should have tackled that issue far earlier than he did.” Livingstone was suspended in 2016 after claiming in a radio interview Hitler had supported Zionism in the 1930s.

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‘History won’t look kindly on Corbyn’ Jewish groups this week soberly reflected on the Labour Party’s worst election defeat in 80 years, writes Mathilde Frot. Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl warned history would not be favourable to the outgoing Labour leader. She said: “When he eventually steps back, history will not look kindly on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, where anti-Jewish racism has been allowed to run amok and some at the highest levels of the party have appeared to collude to protect antisemites. “We urge the next leader to act quickly to implement the steps repeatedly recommended by Jewish communal groups to begin solving this crisis.” She added: “We hope the prime minister will use his new mandate to bring the country together, and put an end to the toxicity and prejudice, which has become too regular a feature of our politics.” A statement from the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) urged Corbyn and his allies to take responsibility “for Labour’s moral and political failures” and “for allowing five more years of Tory rule”. It added that “the results will do nothing to heal a divided country and instead

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stoke rising racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and hatred within society. Our public services and our NHS are severely at risk”.

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Claiming the results lie “squarely with the party’s leadership”, particularly its “confused position on Brexit” and its “total failure to tackle anti-Jewish racism”, the statement urged the party “to think long and hard as to why we’ve suffered this devastating loss and how we can become a party that we can once again be proud to campaign for.” The group, affiliated to Labour for close to a century, also paid tribute to former MP Ruth Smeeth, who was defeated in Stoke-onTrent North, saying she “represented the best of Labour over these past few years – unafraid

and determined to hold the Party’s leadership accountable for their failure to tackle antisemitism despite the abuse she’s faced”. Meanwhile, Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, congratulated the government on its election win, saying: “This general election has been difficult for all of us. It has been especially challenging for Jews, but we are not the only community to have expressed sincere fears about the direction of British politics and society. “We hope our country’s politicians, from all parties, will now do their utmost to demonstrate respect for all British citizens, and for the values upon which our democracy depends.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, whose unprecedented intervention in The Times last month drew wide media coverage, called for unity. “We conferred upon our Members of Parliament the heavy responsibility of answering the profound social and economic challenges that our country faces,” he tweeted. “Islamophobia, racism and other forms of prejudice continue to afflict our communities and, as has been well publicised, even our political parties. We must focus on our shared values and leave all hatred and prejudice far behind us.”

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A newly-elected Jewish Labour MP has defended saying Nazi-saluting football fans should “get their heads kicked in”. Warrington North’s new member of Parliament, Charlotte Nichols, came under criticism after appearing to advocate violence in tweets sent before she was elected. This comes after the MP, who converted to Judaism, responded to a video of football fans from the Italian club Lazio, performing Nazi salutes in October ahead of their clash with Celtic. She wrote: “I hope every single one of them gets their heads kicked in by the good folk of Glasgow.” Asked by BBC correspondent Phil McCann whether she stood by her comments, she said: “These were people doing Nazi salutes on the streets of Britain. As a Jewish person whose grandfather fought in the Second World War, ultimately sometimes I believe that fascism has to be physically confronted as it was at Cable Street and elsewhere. “Obviously as someone who is now an elected public official, naturally your language is going to be different from being an ordinary member of the public. Sometimes I believe that fascism has to be physically confronted.”

Almost 90 peers have urged Baroness Tonge to apologise after she claimed the Chief Rabbi “must be dancing in the street” after the election, which she said was won by “the pro-Israel lobby”, writes Jack Mendel. The former Liberal Democrat politician, who quit the party after being suspended in 2016, wrote on Facebook on Thursday: “The Chief Rabbi must be dancing in the street. The proIsrael lobby won our general election by lying about Jeremy Corbyn.” In response, 88 peers, including the government’s Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues and co-chair of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation, Lord Eric Pickles, accused her of breaching the international definition of antisemitism. Writing in The Telegraph, the peers said: “She has brought Parliament into disrepute and we demand that she withdraws her remarks and issues a full and unqualified apology.” Tonge told Jewish News: “It was extraordinary for the Chief Rabbi, who only represents about half of synagogue attending Jews, to endorse such political statements. He must have been very pleased with the result. I am sorry, however, if some people are offended by the thought of the Chief Rabbi dancing in the street. It was a light-hearted remark.”


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antisemitic. He also sided with the Jewish community against north London coroner Mary Hassell over the prioritisation of bodies for burial for strictly-Orthodox families. He has come out strongly against boycotts, supported the full adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism and the Jewish community’s call for the government to allow more unaccompanied child refugees into the UK. Starmer pushed for a special cabinet meeting on antisemitism this year but some feel he should have been more visable on the issue in recent months.

A ‘soft-left’ candidate in the Ed Miliband mould, Lisa Nandy took over from Grahame Morris in 2018 to chair Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, following a visit to the West Bank, where she recalled seeing 15year old Palestinian boys shackled in Israeli jails. In July, she sought assurances from the government that Jewish settlements in the West Bank would not be part of any future UK-Israel trade deal, and in September spoke alongside Diane Abbott MP and union leader Len McCluskey at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign fringe event at the Labour Party conference. However, she is quick to rebuke those who deny Israel’s right to exist, and spoke at a Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) rally a couple of years ago.

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A supporter of Israel, Emily Thornberry has, however, urged the government to recognise the State of Palestine. She also opposed the UK’s decision to veto every Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on Israel under the ever-present Agenda Item 7, arguing that, by the same logic, the UK would have vetoed all resolutions on South African apartheid and on Chile under General Pinochet. In private, she speaks warmly about Israel, but strongly dislikes Netanyahu’s government.

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One of the first big-hitters to say Ken Livingstone should be expelled and later backed rule changes to allow the automatic expulsion of members found to have been

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In July, Angela Rayner signed an Early Days Motion condemning Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, together with Dame Margaret Hodge and former Stoke MP Ruth Smeeth. She was criticised by Jewish groups for pledging to introduce a “common rulebook” for all public schools, which they said would “undermine the authority of faith schools”. Last Chanukah, she spoke at the Board of Deputies’ reception, where she apologised for referring to Norman Finkelstein’s book The Holocaust Industry as “a seminal work”. She criticised Labour’s record tackling antisemitism, calling it “appalling”.

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The favourite to win, RLB represents a large Jewish constituency in Salford and supported the full adoption of the IHRA definition but, together with Momentum co-founder Jon Lansman, added a free speech on Israel caveat to the draft considered by Labour’s

National Executive Committee. Backed by some of Corbyn’s inner circle, including John McDonnell and Richard Burgon, she comes from the left of the party, but has delicately criticised the leadership’s handling of the antisemitism crisis. She met the JLM this summer and reportedly impressed with her honesty, saying she felt controversial MP Chris Williamson should be expelled hours after he was suspended.

JESS PHILLIPS, 38

Jess Phillips has been one of the loudest Labour critics of Jeremy Corbyn over the party’s handling of antisemitism, and has made no secret of her dislike for the outgoing party leader. Unlike most other leadership contenders on this list, she is a member of Labour Friends of Israel, and hails from the “soft-left” of the party. She has even been accused by Labour members of being “paid by the Israel lobby”. She criticised the deportation from Israel of Human Right Watch director Omar Shakir as “silencing human rights voices” and last year pushed the government to do more to help make medical equipment available in Gaza.

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Tragic chapter in my party’s history

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BY SADIQ KHAN MAYOR OF LONDON I want to start with an apology. I’m sorry my political party, the Labour Party, let down the Jewish community so catastrophically. I’m sorry so many Jewish voters felt betrayed by a party they used to think was their political home. And I’m sorry that despite constant efforts by me and others to put pressure on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership, the poison of antisemitism was allowed to take root. The post-mortem about why Labour lost the election in such a devastating fashion is now in full swing, with many different theories. But we know one thing with absolute clarity: Labour failed to deal with antisemitism and failed the Jewish community. I’ve been a member of the party since I was 15. A big

part of why I first joined was because I saw Labour as the best vehicle to break down barriers of discrimination I experienced growing up. So I find it utterly shameful and heart-breaking that, rather than being an ally and defending the Jewish community, Labour has come to be seen as a threat. Labour must now fundamentally change and seek to gain the trust of the Jewish community once again, however long it takes. We have a moral duty to ensure we never again go into an election with a community feeling excluded and threatened. We must make Labour a hostile environment for antisemites rather than one where they thrive. The next Labour leader must bring an end to this appalling chapter.

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Just days after the Labour Party’s crushing election defeat, the Jewish Labour Movement claimed hundreds of “new and returning members” are joining up, with many again considering membership of the party, writes Jack Mendel. Academic David Hirsh, who quit in February after three decades, said Labour should “beg Luciana Berger, Joan Ryan and Louise Ellman to re-join” to regain trust with the community. “It needs to apologise to them, find them safe seats and invite them to head an inquiry into antisemitism. That would be a start.”

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Others decided Jeremy Corbyn’s impending resignation is enough to entice them back. Deputy on the Board of Deputies, Joe Millis, had been in the party for more than 20 years, but left “the day Corbyn was elected leader in 2015. You can’t have worked in the Jewish community for 20-odd years without knowing who he is and who his friends are. I’ve re-joined now because I want to help rebuild the party and bring it back to the centre left where it belongs.” Tal Ofer, an ex-Labour candidate in

local elections left in July 2018 after nine years in the party, said there is now a “clear dilemma whether and when to rejoin.” He added: “For the time being I’m not comfortable while Jeremy Corbyn still clings on. We still don’t know what the outcome will be of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee investigation, and it’s not clear which one of the moderate MP have the best chance to defeat the pro-Corbyn candidates.” Former president of the Union of Jewish Students Hannah Rose quit in 2018. She said: “Although I’d be excited to re-join


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ing to JLM my political home under the right leadership, under current rules I’m excluded for five years as I campaigned for (Lib Dem) Luciana Berger at the election. Unless this is overturned, it will amount to punishing Jewish people for the choices they were forced to make due to the party’s institutional racism.” However, Noah Libson, who left Labour in September 2018 after being a member for three years, warned that not even a change of leader would necessarily solve the problems. “The issues that led to the antisemitism crisis haven’t disappeared. I can’t be a member of a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn. When a new leader takes over, and they prove to the Jewish community they are committed to eradicating antisemitism from the party, I’ll reconsider”. Yet for Birmingham-based Ian Robathan and journalist Sophie Wilkinson, coming back to their former party was a natural step after Labour’s decimation at the polls. Robathan was a Labour member for 25 years, but quit in February 2018. He said: “Last Thursday I watched the results and realised I was happy we lost. It was weird - and I worked out it was because I never wanted Corbyn as PM.”

“I re-joined on Sunday because we have to fight this evil within the party as there is no alternative and support people who stayed like Alex Sobel, Louise Ellman and Margaret Hodge.” After joining Labour in 2015, journalist Wilkinson left in the wake of Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler and Zionists. The granddaughter of refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, she said: “I’m not a practising Jew but I’ve never felt so Jewish as in the past few years.” She said Livingstone’s comments didn’t differentiate “between Jews who go to shul and who are just ethnically Jewish. Whether they all wished to believe it or not, Labour let down all Jews.” But, she returned “because I trust that with a new leader, Labour’s antisemitism will be better dealt with or disappear. I want to be part of the movement to get Labour back to adequately representing the left.” Law professor John Strawson quit in July 2017. He had been a member for over 30 years and first campaigned for Labour as a 16 year old in 1964, but added that re-joining would be conditional on Corbyn quitting “immediately” or if the Parliamentary Labour Party “removes him”.

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At least he turned up for the interview, but sorry seemed to be the hardest word for Labour’s leader when pressed repeatedly by Andrew Neil to apologise for his failure to tackle antisemitism. He’s not the only one who should be saying sorry. Every single one of us needs to apologise for what we’ve put the Jewish community through. The extraordinary intervention of the Chief Rabbi in the election debate underlined how serious this crisis is. Even so, our leadership responded by attacking the intervention. The question was ‘What is he doing?’ when it should have been ‘What have we done?’ During the election campaign I wrote to my constituents who raised antisemitism with me and tried to reach as many of them by phone to say sorry and reassure them that even if not a single Jewish person voted for me, my commitment to this community and my determination to fight this cancer in our party would be undiminished. I meant it. This is about values, not votes. As well as apologising, I owe you an explanation as to why I stood for re-election under a Labour. Labour has existed for more than 100 years. It existed before Corbyn and it will exist beyond. It has a much better chance of

returning as a mainstream centre-left force for good so long as Labour’s centre-left members don’t abandon it. I expect both of our main political parties to take racism seriously, but I hold my own party to a higher standard because I expect us to be better. That’s what our values demand. The country deserved better than the choice we gave you at this election. I accept my share of responsibility for that, too. We can’t expect forgiveness, but we can try and earn it.

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Half of Jewish Spurs fans want rid of ‘Yid’

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has revealed its summer survey into fans’ use of the Y-word in stadium songs showed large numbers of Jewish fans hate hearing it, writes Adam Decker. Findings from the consultation were revealed this week, showing up to half of Jewish Spurs fans would like to see a change, preferring that other fans stop using it or chant it less. But it also showed that, among Jewish respondents, 36 percent “regularly” used the Y-word in stadium chants and 30 percent “occasionally” did, while 34 percent never used it. The north London club, which is chaired by Jewish businessman Daniel Levy and co-owned by Levy and Jewish billionaire Joe Lewis, started its consultation in August and said this week it had received 23,000 responses. The Y-word derives from the club’s Jewish heritage dating back almost a century to a time when many of the city’s Jews had recently arrived from Central and Eastern Europe. Fans, including Jewish supporters, say they identify as the “Yid Army” as a term of affection, but other British

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CYPRUS RAPE CASE TEEN MUST REMAIN A British teenager on trial accused of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus must remain on the island over Christmas after a judge postponed the verdict. The 19-year-old is charged with public mischief for allegedly falsely claiming she was attacked by up to 12 Israeli tourists in an Ayia Napa hotel on 17 July. She insists she was raped but pressured by Cypriot police to make a retraction statement 10 days later. She had hoped a verdict would be delivered after the judge heard closing arguments at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni last Thursday, but he adjourned the case until 30 December.

SCHOOL RAISES £850K IN 36 HOURS Supporters of North West London Jewish Day School raised a staggering £850,000 in just 36 hours this week. The Jewish primary school in Brent benefitted from matching donations which only kick in when the total got to £375,000, which is what the school says it needs to secure its future. The nail-biting countdown was set up amid warnings that cuts could affect its Jewish studies curriculum. An incredible £100,000 was raised in the first hour. The funds will go towards the state school’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) support and other key areas.

Spurs fan holds a flag with the controversial phrase

Jews have said the term is offensive and racist. This year’s consultation is the club’s second into the issue. This survey showed 18 percent of fans overall found the term “offensive”, whereas 35 percent of Jewish fans thought likewise, and 94 percent of all respondents acknowledged the term could be seen as racist. “While the intention of Spurs fans is good, and supportive of Jews, it is still a word that could cause offence,”

said one fan. “I am Jewish and find the regular use of the Y-word offensive. I don’t believe most Spurs fans understand its connotations and history.” When respondents were asked whether they would like to see the use of the Y-word change on match days, 23 percent said they would like fans to choose to chant it less, whereas 22 percent said they would like to see fans stop using it altogether. The consultation was sent to all

Two teens charged over rabbi assault

CCTV footage of the two suspects on the day of the attack

Two teenagers have been charged after an anti-Semitic attack on a senior rabbi. Theattackers shouted “F*** Jews”, “Dirty Jew” and “Kill the Jews” as he walked through Amhurst Park in Clapton, north London, at around 9.45pm on Friday November 29. The Metropolitan Police, who released CCTV images of the two suspects, said the boys, aged 14 and 15, had handed themselves in during the early hours of Tuesday. The pair presented themselves at an east London police station after being recognised by a relative from the police images, the force said. They are being held in custody. The 54-year-old victim, who has not been named, had travelled to the UK from Israel to attend a wedding and has since returned home. Jewish neighbourhood patrol group Shomrim said the rabbi had left the Bobov Synagogue in Egerton Road and

The survey revealed that 18 percent of fans find the term ‘offensive’

was walking along Clapton Common when he was assaulted. The two attackers repeatedly punched him, threw him to the ground and carried on beating him, only stopping when a member of the public intervened. Shomrim said the rabbi, who sits in a Judaic court as a judge, was left “collapsed on the pavement, bleeding and dazed”. The two boys are due to appear at Stratford Youth Court on 7 January. • A man has been arrested by police investigating a hate crime attack in which a bus passenger was targeted with antisemitic abuse. The victim, aged 36, was reading a prayer book while travelling on the 254 on 6 December when another man boarded near Stamford Hill. The suspect made antisemitic comments before verbally abusing a group of teenage girls.

Spurs members, affiliates, and season ticket holders, 11 percent of whom are Jewish. The club said it represented “a substantial set of responses”. The club said fans’ use of the term in chants was “to deflect antisemitic abuse” they received from rival fans in the 1970s and 1980s, but acknowledged there was now less agreement as to whether that is still the case. “It would appear the history and motivations behind why fans adopted the

term are being lost over time, with many fans today using it solely as a means to identify themselves as a Spurs supporter,” it said. The club also said almost half of respondents felt fans’ use of the Y-word “contributed to a lack of clarity in terms of what is now considered antisemitic abuse” and that there would be “focus groups, giving supporters the chance to exchange opinions with fans” with diverse views.

RABBIS AND NHS CHIEFS TALK ORGAN DONATION NHS bosses met 25 rabbis from London’s Orthodox community in Stamford Hill this week to discuss concerns regarding the opt-out system of organ donation due to take effect next year. The meeting was arranged by the Jewish Community Council (JCC) and attended by senior practitioners at the Department of Health and NHS Blood and Transplant. “They received rabbinical guidance on organ donation,” said JCC director Levi Schapiro. “A number of issues were raised. They tried to reassure us that Jews would not have their organs donated unless they had clearly stated they wanted to.” Dr Dale Gardiner, national clinical lead for organ donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We were

grateful for the opportunity to discuss the opt-out system for organ donation with rabbis from the Orthodox Jewish community.” He added: “Ongoing dialogue with leaders across all faiths is important to us as we know that many people will have questions about how their faith is respected when families are approached about organ donation and if [it] goes ahead after a loved one dies. “We hope that by explaining how the opt-out system will work, the various choices available to people, the vital role families play and the ways in which we ensure beliefs are respected, will have reassured them that the decisions of individuals and their families will remain paramount when the system comes into effect.”

British-Israeli research project Israeli and British university researchers have agreed to collaborate on cutting-edge cyber security and artificial intelligence (AI) work with a special interest in “smart cities” and the networks that support them. The Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev and the University of Bristol pledged to work together on a formal basis after a successful series of joint research projects between BGU’s professor Yaron Wolfsthal and Bristol’s prof. Dimitra Simeonidou. Both institutions, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week, are world leaders in the fields,

with Bristol pioneering research to support the 5G telecoms rollout and BGU working with IT giant IBM on smart city design. BGU vice-president Limor Aharonson-Daniel said the formal collaboration would include bidding for joint research projects, organising joint lectures and seminars, and exchanging students, faculty and staff. “This groundbreaking research collaboration between two outstanding universities positions the UK and Israel at the leading edge of cyber security and AI research worldwide,” said British Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan.


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Charles to visit Israel next month It’s official – Prince Charles will travel to Israel next month in the second Royal visit in two years, Clarence House said on Wednesday. Both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend events related

to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of AuschwitzBirkenau, joining other world leaders such as the presidents of Russia and France. Charles will travel to Israel to meet both Israeli President Reuven Rivlin,

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then on to the West Bank to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, after attending the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem on 23 January at Rivlin’s invitation. Meanwhile, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the Duchess will attend commemorations in Poland at the site of the former death camp, meeting survivors. Confirmation this week followed a period of intense

Charles opening Krakow Jewish centre in Poland

speculation, when officials tight-lipped despite clearly

brimming with excitement. Britain’s new Ambas-

sador to Israel Neil Wigan had already joked that his tenure would be deemed a failure if he did not secure a second Royal visit, after the popularity of Prince William’s visit last year. Reacting to the news this week, Wigan said he was “delighted” Charles accepted Rivlin’s invitation, adding: “Prince Charles has visited Israel twice in the past, and I’m pleased that this time he will get to see a bit more of Israel.”

Kinder families to open exhibit Those rescued from the Nazis by the Kindertransport and the descendants of their rescuers are to help open an exhibit on the remarkable humanitarian aid mission at the Imperial War Museum (IWP) next month, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The special display, titled A Child’s Road to Freedom: The Kindertransport Activists opens on 12 January and tell how 10,000 Jewish children came by train to the UK before and after the war. Attending the opening will be the children of Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld

and Sir Nicholas Winton, two humanitarians who together helped organise trains to carry hundreds of children to safety from Nazi-occupied lands. Jonathan Schonfeld and Barbara Winton will join several of those rescued, including Lord Alf Dubs, Benjamin Abeles, John Fieldsend and Lili Pohlmann, at the event. Abeles, 94, came over on Winton’s trains in 1939 and went on to become a physicist who worked on the Voyager spacecraft, while Ukrainian-born Pohlmann arrived in London in March 1946 in the first of the three transports

of Jewish children brought over from Poland by Schonfeld. The exhibit was developed with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in New York and will focus on the “faith-based beliefs and practices amongst families who entrusted their children to strangers, as well as the activities of activKinder arriving in the UK

ists” such as Winton and Schonfeld. “This is a story of resilience and faith among children amid deepening despair,” said organisers.

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2020 vision could see a second Arab Spring Next year, the crown will fall from Benjamin Netanyahu’s head and there will be the very real prospect of another ‘Arab Spring’ say Middle East analysts, writes Adam Decker. In a forecasting report published today, researchers at UK-Israel think tank BICOM said 2020 would be the year in which Israel’s prime minister finally loses power to his former Israel Defense Force (IDF) army chief, while Arab countries on Israel’s border will descend into chaos. They said the likelihood of an “Arab Spring 2.0” emanates from civil strife in Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, a splintering war in Yemen, governance issues in Jordan and Egypt, and a controversial modernisation campaign in Saudi Arabia. The report also recognises that Russia is now the dominant military power in the region, following its decisive intervention in Syria and Donald Trump’s US withdrawal, as evidenced by his decision to let Turkey clear Kurdish areas by force. BICOM said Iran would tread water in the hope that Trump serves only one term, but noted how Tehran became far more aggressive midway through this year, attacking vital shipping lanes, US drones and Saudi Arabia’s oil installations.

BOYCOTTS TO BE ILLEGAL The new Conservative government is set to make it illegal for public bodies to boycott Israel, according to a former minister. News of the move came from Lord Eric Pickles, the UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, who was speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s conference in Jerusalem on Sunday and called them ‘antisemitic’. The Conservatives vowed to pass laws banning councils from choosing not to buy products from Israel, a move opposed as antidemocratic by the Labour Party, but given last week’s thumping election win the Conservatives are set to go ahead.

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Newly-elected Boris Johnson with Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem

While Israeli airstrikes against Iranian interests in Syria were expected to continue, regional watchers felt neither country wanted to risk escalating their conflict to all-out war. However, Israel and its allies know Iran is well capable of defending itself with the new Hoveizeh cruise missile (with a range of 1,350km), the Dezful ballistic missile (1,000 km) and the Khorramshahr ballistic missile (up to 2,000 km). Of more concern to the IDF is Iran’s ambition of turning Yemen and Iraq into launch sites for missiles aimed at Israel.

Both countries have vast swathes controlled by local forces loyal to Tehran. Iranian missiles stationed in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen would present an overwhelming threat. Domestically, BICOM said Netanyahu’s tenure would end in 2020, adding that a new leader – probably ex-IDF chief Benny Gantz – could rebuild trust with Israel’s neighbour Jordan, whose king’s patience Netanyahu has tested to the limit. Following Israel’s next election on 2 March BICOM said there would be a unity government without Netanyahu.

The umbrella group for Scottish Jewry is to undertake another survey to understand how society’s increasing polarisation is affecting Jews north of the border. It will be the third big survey by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) in recent years. The latest temperature check was announced this week after SCoJeC secured funding. It said it was being undertaken “in the context of an increasingly polarised society where antisemitism has become a familiar topic of discussion both in the media and in the political arena”.

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Anti-Israel activist loses attempt to prevent appeal Former Labour Party activist Tony Greenstein has lost a bid to stop his appeal hearing against a trade union — and ended up facing court costs of £4,000, writes Jenni Frazer. He had initially sought damages of £20,000 against the union, a sum he admitted in court was a “back-of-the-envelope” calculation. Brighton-based Tony Greenstein (pictured), who was a member of the union’s Local Government branch, took Unison to the High Court last Wednesday, representing himself. He joined the union in 1996, but was suspended in 2018 after a disciplinary panel ruled against him over

an allegation of misconduct, made by Unison official Steve Terry. He was suspended for three years with the loss of all membership rights, but was able to appeal. However, Greenstein heard nothing for months from the union about his appeal, and assumed the matter had been dropped, and that he was still a member in good standing. He told the court: “I wasn’t suggesting the appeal had been upheld, rather that it had been abandoned.” However, in June, Greenstein tried to attend the annual general meeting of the War on Want charity, which was held at

Unison’s headquarters, but was prevented from entering. He also heard from the union that the appeal process against his three-year suspension would be held in Brighton on 16 December. He applied for an injunction to prevent the appeal going ahead, arguing it would be “against natural justice” to hold it after such a long time. He said he had not been given access to the investigating panel’s notes from the original disciplinary hearing, and questioned why Terry had not been called as a witness. Mrs Justice Eady said the court “would not micromanage” proceedings and said she was “fully in favour of letting the appeal run its course”.

UJIA DIRECTOR TO HEAD RONSON FOUNDATION The regional director for Israel at UJIA is to leave the charity after 27 years to head the family foundation of Community Security Trust (CST) founder Gerald Ronson. Natie Shevel, who was UJIA’s interim chief executive after the departure of Michael Wegier, will become the chief

executive of the Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation from April. In 2009, Shevel was awarded an MBE for “strengthening links between the UK and Israel” and said it had been an “honour” to serve at UJIA. “As I eagerly begin the next

exciting chapter of my career, I look back with a tremendous sense of pride, gratitude and humility,” he said. “UJIA has been an integral part of my life and I have no doubt it will continue to be so in the future.” New chief executive Mandie Winston joins in January and chair Louise Jacobs

said UJIA “owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Natie for his innovative leadership and dedicated service”. She added: “We are grateful he and the foundation ... allow[ed] Natie to act as our interim chief executive and assist with the appointment and induction of our new chief executive.”

Lord Winston gets prestigious award Labour peer and leading fertility expert Lord Robert Winston received a prestigious accolade at a gala hosted by the British fundraising arm of the Technion. The surgeon and scientist, 79, accepted the Churchill Award on Monday for his achievements in the fields of fertility and genetics and his “strong commitment to Technion and the State of Israel” at an event hosted by Technion UK in Mayfair, attended by 300 people. Winston, who grew up in north London, pioneered techniques that improved in vitro fertilisation, has pre-

Lord Winston with Lois Peltz of Technion UK

sented several BBC series and is an emeritus professor at Imperial College London. The award was named after former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who famously praised the “great” contributions made by Israel’s oldest university.

HOME DELIVERY Rachel Riley and husband Pasha Kovalev this week welcomed their baby Maven Aria into the world. “She came so fast we didn’t get to hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and St Mary’s midwives”, the Countdown host tweeted.


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Saar sets out his stall as Bibi battle begins The race to possibly succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as leader of the Likud in Israel intensified this week, as his main challenger Gideon Saar set out his vision for the party ahead of primaries on 26 December. Netanyahu, embroiled in a corruption case that looks set to head to court, held rallies for loyalists while Saar officially launched his campaign. Supporters of both men took to the airwaves to proclaim their candidate’s credentials. Netanyahu is arguing that he is the global statesman best suited to guide Israel’s trajectory while Saar’s allies have criticised the prime minister for making concessions to the Palestinians and supporting a twostate solution. If Netanyahu were to lose it would be a seismic political upset evidencing a huge fall from grace

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The future ain’t what it used to be Continued from page 1 With relief comes caution. Corbyn is history but Corbynism remains, with a new Labour leader likely cast in the mould of the old. Far-left Jennie Formby remains general secretary of the party while Momentum waters the grassroots. It seems unlikely, but by the time the Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes its inquiry into Labour antisemitism next year, the party needs to have a leader on the right side of history – able to take decisive action against racism the moment it rears its sneaky head. Fail and Labour is doomed to remain outside the political mainstream for years to come. Meanwhile, the community has said farewell to some of its most eloquent voices in Parliament. Luciana Berger, Ian Austin, John Mann, Louise Ellman, Joan Ryan and Ruth Smeeth all lost their seats or moved on. Their absence will be sharply felt by all who hold the British Jewry and Israel dear.

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Decency has prevailed Good morning Great Britain! The first words a Jew utters on waking up in the morning are Modeh Ani – thank you. The root of the Hebrew word for Jew – Yehudi – is the same as toda – to give thanks. It is the same root as to admit. When we say thank you and mean it, we intuitively bow our head a little implying a sense of humility. May I humbly suggest that this morning [Friday, 13 December 2019] of all mornings our gratitude should be pronounced in its deep sense of humility. Indeed every citizen has the right to religious freedom, respect, tolerance and more. However, as Jews over our multi-millennial

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newspaper printed many of my anti-Corbyn letters, I can’t claim I was solely responsible for his downfall, but I do know if you take on Israel and the Jews there is only going to be one outcome.

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THE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN I became a Labour member and a member of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) three years ago when I sensed a toxic antisemitism in the atmosphere. Here in Liverpool, this den of social self-righteousness with abused former Labour MP Louise Ellman, I heard Momentum members in the streets, markets and cafes shouting their mouths off. In my area of south Liverpool, someone left graffiti “Israel is the problem” on some hoarding, but I doubt they know what’s going on in Kirby, let alone the Middle East.

Today, after years of uncertainty and stress, I no longer have to worry about Corbyn; I felt everything I had ever worked towards was about to be wiped out for me and my kids. However, nothing disturbs me more than Jews diametrically opposing each other so in this new chapter I recommend the Jewish Labour Movement, too, has a deep clean and finds itself a viable unified narrative. Chag Sameach and a prosperous future to all.

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History will show extremists and their fellow travellers have rarely succeeded in British electoral politics. Labour can only be fully rejuvenated by discarding those who preach hatred and intolerance and once again embracing its Jewish citizens. After all, Britain’s minorities are part of our national success story and none should be thrown under the bus by any political party.

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We have found our voice and won’t be silent again JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN CHAIRMAN, JLC

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eneral Elections are always tense – tense for the country, tense for those for who the stakes are high. And at this election, the stakes were certainly high for the Jewish community who were worried about what our future would look like with a hostile inhabitant in Number 10. We have always raised the issue of antiJewish racism in politics but that increased when Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party and instances of hostility increased exponentially. Indeed, we took the unprecedented action of taking to Parliament Square to protest what we believed was a culture of racism towards Jews from within the Labour party. Many joined, both from inside and – gratefully – from outside the Jewish community. This was a moment to behold. The British Jewish community protesting on the streets against racism from the Government’s opposition.

But for all those who stood by us and were pleased to see us put our heads above the parapet, many were worried that our approach was too aggressive and that it may in fact increase the instances of antisemitism. I have been clear from the beginning. You don’t half fight a war. We have a duty to expose the racism and to challenge it. An increase in hostility towards the Jewish community – while a legitimate concern - is not a justified reason to stay quiet. Indeed, my belief was that even if the level of animosity towards the community increased, it would be far worse if we allowed the Labour party’s antisemitism to go unchecked. Our approach has been vindicated by polling we conducted which showed that only two percent of the electorate felt increased hostility towards Jews as a result of the exposure. Far more – 20 percent – were concerned about the increase in racism in politics. Amid all the gloom, the silver lining has been the way the community has come together to say no. And if we feared that only Jews care about antisemitism, I have been blown away by the allyship outside of the

FOR THOSE WHO FEEL RELIEF AT THE ELECTION RESULT I SAY, THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER community. I can only say thank you to all those who listened, understood and stood by us. I am pleased they number too many to list. But for all those who feel relief at the fact that Number 10 is not occupied by people who are hostile to us, I say that the fight is not over. The Labour party is still the party of opposition and still infected with the poison of antisemitism. For all the self-described moderates left in the party, they have serious questions about how they regain control of the party, if indeed that is possible. In April 2018 we made it clear what steps the party needed to take to deal with the issue. Alas, those steps remain untaken. Since then, a

formal inquiry into institutional racism by the EHRC has been logged. This is ongoing. As well as the practical things the party can do, they have to think about how they can regain the trust of the Jewish community. I don’t think it is for us to tell them how they can do that. But some serious leadership and introspection is needed as well as a serious admission of failure. It remains unthinkable to me that the party would have dealt with any other form of racism in the way it has with antisemitism. The events of the last few years – gruelling as they have been – should be a sharp reminder that the Jewish community has found its voice and we will not stay silent when our community is under attack. The next leader of the Labour Party has a choice and they must take the urgent and necessary steps to begin to build bridges with the Jewish community. Only if the former approach is taken can some of the hurt, pain and anxiety of the past few years begin to be repaired. The time for healing is now. The question is: is that the direction the new leader of the Labour Party will want to go?

Time to throw Corbynism out with the bathwater GILLIAN MERRON CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BOARD OF DEPUTIES

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any of you will have been watching your TV screens at 10pm last Thursday, as the exit poll forecast a healthy Conservative majority. But the moment that best summed up the night for Labour, as well as the attitude of those who have assumed control of the party apparatus in recent years, came not long afterwards. Jon Lansman, the head of the far-left Momentum pressure group, appeared on the BBC and attempted to defend the Corbyn project. “It’s all very well saying the policies have been rejected,” he told an incredulous presenter. “But how do you explain the fact that the poll says in Putney there’s an 85 percent chance of a Labour victory? The voters in Putney aren’t horrified by the policies.” As goes Putney, so goes… well, just Putney. The south London seat was the only one in the entire country gained by Labour. While there are a number of faces the Jewish community will not miss on the benches of the

Gillian with fellow Jewish leaders after meeting Corbyn last year

Commons, perhaps foremost among them is Chris Williamson, the now former MP from Derby North. The man who said earlier this year that Labour had been “too apologetic” regarding antisemitism in the party ran as an independent candidate. He came last, failing to receive enough votes to get back his deposit. But there are many others whose presence in the Commons will be greatly missed – both MPs who are Jewish, such as Luciana Berger, Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman, and those who are long-standing friends of Britain’s Jews, including Ian Austin, Joan Ryan, John Mann

and Mike Gapes – and far more besides. Now, however, the focus will turn to what the Labour Party does next. Already, certain MPs have begun to position themselves for an upcoming leadership contest – eagle-eyed watchers may have been able to detect leadership themes on Thursday night during some individual constituency victory speeches. Jeremy Corbyn has said he will step down as leader, but has employed characteristic vagueness regarding when. There are two main schools of thought on the issue: one would have him step down now, without any delay, so that the rebuilding process can begin. Others have already suggested that Corbyn remain in place for the time being – at least until the Equality and Human Rights Commission comes back with the results of its investigation into accusations of institutional

antisemitism in the party. That way, there is no doubt as to where the ultimate blame for this situation should be placed. Whenever it comes, this leadership election will be viewed, at least by some, as an opportunity for the Labour Party to make a clean break from the past four-and-ahalf years, entering a new chapter. But while many within our community will doubtless be happy to see the back of Corbyn, we know the issues within the party will not simply cease to exist when he departs. During Corbyn’s time as leader, the Board of Deputies, along with other communal organisations, repeatedly made a series of recommendations as to how the party could begin to rid itself of anti-Jewish racism – most of these were ignored. Corbyn’s successor will not be able to properly deal with Labour’s antisemitism problem unless they take a very different attitude to this ongoing problem.

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A dry look at how Labour can finally clean up its act ALEX BRUMMER

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he morning after the long night of the election my first port of call was a dry cleaners near my place of work. The proprietor informed me he voted Labour but wasn’t unhappy Boris Johnson won. Why was that, I asked? He confessed he didn’t like Labour’s nationalisation plans and was pleased Brexit could finally be done. Then he followed with this line: “I didn’t believe that stuff about antisemitism. It was a conspiracy.” The implication of his remark was clear: it was the Jews that did it. Johnson’s thumping victory immediately relieved the high tension in the community about the prospect of a Corbyn-led government of the left that would demonise Israel and ostracise Jews. On the night of the election the first call I took after the comforting exit polls came from a friend who had been on tenterhooks. He confessed to having been to the bank earlier in

the week to change pounds into dollars. He feared a collapse in sterling but also thought they would be more useful if he and his family felt the need to leave the UK for their second home in Israel. If the pound climbed on the foreign exchanges (as it did) it was the best money he had ever lost. A second person told me he had been planning to go to Israel for the holiday period. If Corbyn had won it would have been a one way ticket. He was not coming back. Almost everyone I have seen or spoken to in the Jewish community since the result had much the same kind of reaction. They admitted to having a knot in their stomachs before the exit poll and then huge relief. But the dry cleaner’s remark and an after service talk at Western Marble Arch synagogue by my friend Philip Spencer, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies and Genocide at Kingston University, awoke me to a different reality. The Corbynista tendency and the antiZionist, anti-Jewish narrative of the left is far from extinguished from the party and British life. This in spite of the common sense tolerance of northern, industrial class voters.

THE IMPLICATION OF HIS REMARK WAS CLEAR: IT WAS THE JEWS THAT DID IT Corbyn and his supporters in Momentum will not relinquish their de facto control of the party easily. The Labour leader has demonstrated his stubbornness by a refusal to vacate office and a very spare apology in which he disavowed nothing about the campaign. Spencer’s brilliant point is that the left (of which he has been part for most of his academic life) is able to declare itself at the forefront of the fight for anti-racism because it does not see antisemitism as part of that battle. It is possible to be anti-racist and antisemitic at the same time. This is because Jews, in the worldview of the far left, are not people of colour (if they spent time in Israel they easily be disabused) and blend into Western society. Indeed, they disappear so well that they are

the controlling minds, the conspiracy behind media, finance and much else. Corbyn’s vicious attacks on billionaires, bankers and the wealthy is part of a disguised antisemitism. He and his Momentum compatriots’ hatred of Israel is the result of two strands of thought. In one Israel is both the last vestige of Western imperialism and colonialism. Or conversely it is the breeding ground for a conspiracy to control Western governments and agendas. None of this narrative has been expunged from the current Labour party by Johnson’s election victory. Whoever succeeds Corbyn will need to publicly disavow and expel these antisemitic views before Labour can be seen as mainstream again. The struggle to suppress antisemitism in the UK is far from being won.


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Labour will only reform if we’re part of the process PETER MASON

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he election result for Labour was crushing. As the exit poll was announced, the overriding emotion of Jewish Labour members was one of conflict and anguish. A large part anger at the scale of Labour’s defeat and the leadership that led us there. A significant part disappointment over five more years of austerity, populism and Brexit. For many too, a not insignificant part – relief – that those who failed to tackle anti-Jewish racism through inaction or design, who lied and obfuscated and prevaricated had been routed. But this may be short lived. A respite ahead of a change of leadership that could mark a new beginning in the struggle to combat antisemitism on the left. Just as they did over the scale of evident antisemitism, there are those within the Party who have set about a coordinated campaign of denialism over our epic

failure. The countless doorstep conversations where voters groaned at Corbyn’s weak leadership have been explained away as the consequence of a “media smear”. The queasiness of voters who expressed concern over Labour’s anti-racist credentials has been blamed on those who exposed it and called it out. On Brexit, there are plenty with the temerity to claim our opaque position was the consequence of “embittered remainers” foisting a second referendum on “principled” and “courageous” Corbyn, despite his supporters having firmly gripped every lever of power in the party since the 2016 second leadership election. The conflict for those of us who stayed to fight has been deep. Luciana Berger and Dame Louise Ellman’s departures were moments of great shame, and the defeat of Ruth Smeeth one of deep anger. As courageous female Jewish MPs, each faced abuse and antisemitism on a scale incomparable with some of the worst testimonies of Party members forming the bulk of JLM’s referral of the Party to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

THE REACTION OF JEWISH LABOUR MEMBERS WAS CONFLICT & ANGUISH We asked our membership twice and each time they responded that we would do everything within our power, from within, to hold the party accountable for the antisemitism coursing through our movement. None of us could have anticipated, when we made the decision to ask the EHRC to investigate in 2018, that a general election would have been called as it entered its concluding phase. Our final submission, the summary of thousands of pages of evidence – leaked in the final week of the campaign – laid bare the scale of the problem. It attested to the worst examples of institutional discrimination, confirmed by sworn testimony from whistle-blowers

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Budding reporters at Yavneh Primary School in Borehamwood received a special visit from Jewish News features editor Francine Wolfisz and sales executive Marc Jacobs last Thursday. The youngsters learnt about putting together a newspaper, from writing headlines and finding stories to designing pages and selling advertising. Year 3 teacher Karen Fait said: “Thank you so much to Marc and Francine for taking the time to speak to the Kitta Gimmel children at Yavneh Primary. It really helped us with our learning of how to write a newspaper story.”

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Former Arsenal football manager Arsène Wenger helped raise £20,000 for Grief Encounter, a child bereavement charity set up by Woodside Park Synagogue member Dr Shelley Gilbert. The ‘In Conversation with Arsène Wenger’ event was held at the Everyman Cinema in Muswell Hill and was hosted by motivational speaker Keith Fraser. Former footballer and coach Pat Rice came on stage at the end of the evening, much to the “delight of the crowd and Wenger”, organisers said.

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3 SPECIAL CHALLAH

The 1,000th members of Bushey United Synagogue’s Facebook group won challah baked in the shape of the number. The community’s Rabbis Elchonon Feldman and Nick Kett presented Penny and Howard Marco with the special challah baked by Rebbetzin Shira Kett. Howard said: “Penny and I are thrilled to have become the 1,000th member of the group. We love the Bushey community, and look forward to keeping in touch, wherever we are.” Feldman said: “Over the past three years, our Facebook group has been a central location where the community comes together, and it’s great to welcome our 1,000th friend.”

4 CHANUKAH WONDER

Marylebone’s Central Synagogue got into the festive spirit at the annual Chanukah wonderland, during which 60 members got stuck into creating chanukiyot using innovative sand techniques, a torch-lit treasure hunt and a glow in the dark disco. Storytelling and bingo sessions provided entertainment for all the family, and participants recharged their batteries with a meal of pizza and doughnuts, accompanied by music and glow sticks, and took home with them enough chocolate coins to last until the start of the Chanukah festival. Raquel Amit, PA to Rabbi Barry Lerer and Rebbetzin Naomi Lerer, said: “What an afternoon of unrivalled fun – the atmosphere was electric, everyone created such beautiful chanukiyot to take home and who doesn’t like a glow stickled treasure hunt in the shul?”

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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Francine Wolfisz speaks to Nadia Cohen, the widow of Israel’s most famous spy, about her husband’s heroism and fatal final mission

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Nadia and Eli Cohen, one of Israel’s most revered spies, pictured in the early 1960s

ore than 50 years may directed by Homeland creator have passed, but Gideon Raff. Nadia Cohen still “It portrayed Eli as a true vividly recalls hero – which he was – but the haunting moment obviously it’s a more Hollyher husband, Eli, was wood version, so it doesn’t abruptly unveiled as specifically or accurately an Israeli spy, much to describe Eli’s character. the shock of the high“I knew him as a clever ranking Syrian officials man with an exceptional he befriended while capability of receiving inforworking undercover. mation, always smiling, but “When he was caught, serious, very down to earth and something within me instantly simple, keen on helping others died,” she tells me. “At our last and giving. It was very pleasant being farewell, we both knew it would married to him,” she affirms. probably be the last time. In our Nadia Cohen She does concede however that hearts we felt we would not see each The Spy has done much to reignite interest in other again.” the story and “made a lot of waves regarding Eli’s We speak ahead of Nadia’s appearance last activities in Syria.” Wednesday in front of a packed audience at Ner Of the latter, I ask Nadia if she had ever Orre Community Centre, organised as part of suspected her husband was a spy and indeed at Mill Hill United Synagogue’s Israel Engagement what point over his four years away from home, programme, set up by Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet save for a handful of visits back to Israel, she and Orli Lang just over a year ago. might have suspected there was more to his cover For her latest appearance in London, the now story of working abroad. 84-year-old widow of one of Israel’s most revered Unknown to her, during that time Eli was agents wants to address her feelings about the posing as a Syrian textile businessman named recent Netflix drama and how it compares to the Kamal Amin Thabet. real Eli Cohen she knew and loved. “When I met Eli, I didn’t know he was in the When The Spy launched in September, Nadia Mossad,” says Nadia, who married Eli in 1959. was initially lukewarm towards the drama star“But I didn’t believe he was a businessman either, ring Sacha Baron Cohen as her late husband, an because it was not in his character. He didn’t like Arabic-speaking immigrant recruited by Mossad money, he liked the simple life. to work as an undercover agent in Syria during “Somewhere in the middle I started suspecting the early 1960s. something, because he began to change. It was Infiltrating the highest echelons of the Syrian not the Eli I knew, the way he talked, even his regime, Cohen was able to pass on sensitive military and political information to Israel before he was exposed, interrogated, tortured and sentenced to death by hanging, having been found guilty of espionage. The 41-year-old was brutally hanged in Marjeh Square in Damascus in front of a crowd of 10,000 people, in May 1965 – and despite his last request to have his body returned to Israel, the Syrian authorities have to this day never disclosed the whereabouts of his remains. Israel credits the information he provided in helping the country to victory during the Six Day War in 1967. Three months on since she first saw The Spy, I ask her how she now feels Above and right: Sasha Baron Cohen as Eli Cohen in about the drama which was written and the Netflix drama The Spy

dialect in Arabic changed. Usually he didn’t like Arabic cinema, but suddenly he started liking it, because it was part of his cover to be up-to-date with that culture.” In November 1964, Eli returned to Israel to see the birth of his third child and during his visit, asked Mossad to terminate his assignment, as he feared his cover would soon be blown. But he was told to return to Syria one last time. Nadia tells me she instinctively felt there was something wrong. “I realised he was in a dire situation,” she reveals. “I felt a great change in him. I saw a lot of fear. He was very depressed and desperate, but I didn’t realised this would put an end to our life together.” Just weeks later, Eli was caught by Syrian officials. At that moment, “something within me instantly died,” says Nadia. “I functioned like a robot. I fed the kids, dressed them, sent them to school, but there was no living spirit within me.” For the last 54 years, Nadia has tirelessly campaigned for Eli’s body to be returned to Israel for proper burial. “I have a lot of sadness,” she tells me. “It hurts me a lot, because I’m starting to think maybe I won’t be able to see his grave in my lifetime.” Last year however, Nadia received a glimmer of hope when Eli’s wristwatch was recovered by Mossad during a secret operation. Today, the watch rests within a framed plaque featuring the insignia of Mossad and a picture of Eli, and has pride of place in her home. “I felt his light again when I received that watch,” she smiles. As her lifelong campaign to return Eli’s body to Israel continues, I ask Nadia what she would like people to remember most about her hero husband. “That he was a Zionist, a true patriot and loved his people,” says Nadia proudly. “That he put himself in harm’s way to secure the future of the Jewish people.”

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NNAMON PLUM CAKE WITH CI E & VANILLA CRUMBL

his tray bake brings back unforgettable childhood memories of the plum harvest in our grandmother’s garden. Baking this classic together was an annual ritual. Our updated version is crammed with plums and is less sweet, while the cinnamon gives it a sophisticated twist.

1. To make the yeast dough, heat the milk in a pan until lukewarm. Add the sugar, yeast, and salt and stir well. Use the dough hook on an electric mixer to combine the flour, yeast mixture, and butter in a bowl for a couple of minutes, until you have a glossy, supple dough. Cover with a tea towel and leave the dough to prove in a warm place for one hour, until doubled in volume.

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INGREDIENTS YEAST DOUGH 200ml (7fl oz) milk of choice 25g (scant 1oz) dark muscovado sugar 10g (¼oz) dried yeast pinch of salt 375g (13oz) spelt flour, plus extra for dusting 50g (1¾oz) softened butter

2. Meanwhile, for the crumble, rub all the ingredients together in a bowl until you have rough crumbs and leave to chill in the fridge.

FRUIT TOPPING 1.5kg (3lb 3oz) plums 1 tbsp dark muscovado sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon

4. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Bake the plum cake in the centre of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes then remove and leave to cool. If you wish, decorate with phlox flowers.

CRUMBLE 100g (3½oz) spelt flour 30g (1oz) dark muscovado sugar 2–3 drops vanilla extract 60g (2oz) chilled butter

Tip. For a vegan version, you can replace the butter with the same quantity of coconut oil and use a plant-based milk. This cake also tastes great with other varieties of plums or chopped apple.

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3. Knead the yeast dough once again on a floured work surface and roll it out to the size of your tray. Transfer onto a tray lined with baking parchment. Cover the dough with a closely packed layer of plums (cut surface facing up) and scatter with the sugar, ground cinnamon, and the crumble. Cover the cake and leave to prove once more for 30 minutes.


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SEDRA Vayeshev BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Betrayed and abandoned, the 17-year-old Joseph finds himself in an environment that is the polar opposite of the home in which he was brought up. Far away from the atmosphere of intense spirituality and awareness of God that was palpable in Jacob’s home, he is sold into servitude to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s ministers – and also now has to find the moral fortitude to withstand the advances of his master’s wife. In what is perhaps one of the most dramatic episodes in the Torah, Joseph manages to rebuff her advances. The rabbis add even more colour to the episode, pointing out that the cantillation note above the word, va yimaen, “and he refrained”, is the rare Shalsheles sound. This is an overextended note that goes up and down in waves and denotes the tension Joseph was experiencing, almost succumbing, but in the end withdrawing from the situation. From where does a 17-year-old get this super human strength? The Talmud tells us he saw the reflection of an image of his father. This reminded him of home and all the positive associations that came with it. To take things a stage further, his own image is said to have reflected his father’s. Joseph remembered who he was, where he came from and what his legacy is. The messages he received at home were so strong and positive that he saw himself as an extension of it, despite the distance. This awareness was able to carry him through the greatest challenges and is a lesson for us all.

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that there is significant improvement on the part of an offender before he or she re-enters the community. There is no escape from behavioural reform for convicts in the Torah’s legal and ethical system. Whereas there is “sanctuary” for political refugees, anyone who is sought by the authorities for a capital offence is taken from the altar of God to face justice. For this reason, Joab was unable to flee from David’s deathbed order to his son Solomon to execute justice for his rebellion against him. Therefore, some crimes are not rehabilitated and those that are must follow a programme that ensures personal improvement and a reduction of recidivism. Much work is needed to ensure the safety of the British public in this regard. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel CF serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force


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The Bible Says What? Absolutely nothing about Chanukah! BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS The first record of the story of Chanukah is found in the Book of Maccabees, written around 135 BCE – as little as 30 years after the Maccabean revolt. That was too late to make it into the Tanach (the Hebrew Bible), so while Chanukah might feel like the festive highlight of the year to some, it’s actually one of the least important festivals. So where do we find the Book of Maccabees? It was preserved by our Christian friends in what is known at the Apocrypha, or the Intertestamental Books. For some Christians, this selection of texts made it into the official scriptures, for others they are seen as valuable and interesting historical texts. Maccabees preserves for us the story of a great military victory won by a tiny guerrilla army. It teaches us that the first Chanukah was a rededication of the Temple and a celebration of Succot, which they had missed

celebrating because of the fighting. This isn’t in the Bible, but it’s the oldest version of the story we have, and it is preserved in someone else’s Bible. More shocking, perhaps, is that there absolutely no mention of oil. The menorah is lit at the rededication of the Temple, but there’s no mention of only one day’s oil being found and an eight-day process to get more! The story of the oil doesn’t appear until the Talmud, around 500 to 700 CE. This is no bad thing; it’s what happens to keep Judaism alive. Post-Temple, the rabbis found many ways to continually deepen and reignite the meaning of our festivals. And today this is our task too – to ensure that Chanukah, and all our festivals, are opportunities to create a deeper meaning and greater light for people in their encounter with Judaism.

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Progressively Speaking However you voted in the election, now’s the time to put differences aside BY RABBI DR MARGARET JACOBI After weeks of anticipation, debate and sometimes heated argument, we at last have the result of the general election. This election divided the Jewish community, as few have done in recent memory. Some will feel happy and relieved, some sad and gloomy about the future, and many will be left with mixed feelings. Now the results are in, we have to live with them. It is time to come together. Whatever our politics, there are values that we as Jews hold in common: compassion and concern for the poor; access to education and healthcare; opposition to prejudice; the need to build harmonious communal relations and a concern for the future of the planet, to name just a few. We recently read about how Jacob’s name is changed to Israel, meaning: ‘You have struggled with God and human beings and prevailed.’ Jews have always fought for what

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we have believed. It has never been easy and, at times, we have felt powerless. But we have never despaired. As the French Jewish philosopher Edmond Fleg famously said: “I am a Jew, because where despair cries out, the Jew hopes.” There is so much we need to do together, so let us not despair, but rather come together in working for the fulfilment of the hopes we share. Let us also respect our differences and learn to listen across the divides

so that we help to create a climate of respect and tolerance. As Chanukah approaches, its message this year seems particularly relevant. We start with one candle and, at the end of the festival, we have eight, so we are reminded that it only takes one candle for light to spread and conquer the darkness. Hope can grow from small changes and, like the light, can spread, inspiring others to join in the work. Whatever our political views, let us join together to build the sort of world we would like to see, where the light of hope will spread and those who feel despair may be given the hope of a better future. We can make a difference and, together, we can fulfil our ancient calling, made in God’s promise to Abraham, to be a blessing and to bring blessing to the world. �Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi serves Birmingham Progressive Synagogue

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CURRENCIES DIRECT Dear Naomi I can see that after the elections there has been a sharp increase in the currency market, particularly sterling and shekel. I will be purchasing a property in Israel next year but would be interested to lock in the rate today. Is this facility possible with Currencies Direct and, if so, could you give me more details about it? Steven

Dear Steven This is definitely something we can help you with. As you have stated, the election gave sterling-shekel a six-month record high, meaning it is a great time to make a transfer to Israel. If you’re buying a property in Israel and want to make your money go further, Currencies Direct are here to help. As well as being able to offer you much better exchange rates than a bank, Currencies Direct can move your money fee-free, ensuring you make serious savings. We also provide an outstanding level of personal support, with every customer being assigned their own

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PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SPECIALIST TREVOR GEE Qualifications: •Managing director, consultants in affordable family and corporate health insurance. • Specialise in maximising cover, lowering premiums and pre-existing conditions. • Excellent knowledge of health insurers, cover levels and hospital lists. • Board member UK International Health Management Ass • LLB, solicitor finals, FCA Regulated 773729.

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VANESSA LLOYD PLATT Qualifications: • Qualification: 40 years experience as a matrimonial and divorce solicitor and mediator, specialising in all aspects of family matrimonial law, including: • Divorce, Pre/post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, domestic violence, children’s cases, grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren, adoption, family disputes. • Frequent broadcaster on national and International radio and television.

DR ADAM NEWMAN Qualifications: • Dentist at the Gingerbread House, a BUPA Platinum practice in Shenley, Radlett. • Providing NHS and private dentistry including whitening, cosmetic and restorative treatment. Other treatments including implants provided by in-house specialists. • BDS, Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners RCS England. GDC registered 212542.

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MAXI ROSE Qualifications: • MD at RCUK since 1999. Grown the business into three substantial UK branches serving clients worldwide – USA, Europe & Middle East. • Telecoms specialist in business & consumer mobile solutions, landline and broadband services and Ofcom Telecoms registered reseller. • Successfully established the RCUK International Travel

DR BEV JACOBSON Qualifications: • Able to draw on the expertise of Norwood’s professional staff team, including social workers, educational psychologists, behavioural specialists, speech and language and occupational therapists, teachers, psychologists, benefit advisors and psychotherapists. • Expertise in services available for children and their families and young people with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities and autism.

SUE CIPIN Qualifications: • 18 years’ hands-on experience, leading JDA in significant growth and development. • Deep understanding of the impact of deafness on people at all stages of life, and their families. • Practical and emotional support for families of deaf children. • Extensive services for people affected by hearing loss/tinnitus.

RCUK 020 8815 4115 www.rcuk.com Maxi@RCUK.com

NORWOOD 020 8809 8809 www.norwood.org.uk bev.jacobson@norwood.org.uk

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JONATHAN WILLIAMS Qualifications: • Jewellery manufacturer since 1980s. • Expert in the manufacture and supply of diamond jewellery, wedding rings and general jewellery. • Specialist in supply of diamonds to the public at trade prices.

DAVID SEGEL Qualifications: • Managing director of West End Travel, established in 1972. • Leading UK El Al agent with branches in Swiss Cottage and Edgware. • Specialist in Israel travel, cruises and kosher holidays. • Leading business travel company, ranked in top 50 UK agents. • Frequent travel broadcaster on radio and TV.

CARL WOOLF Qualifications: • 20+ years experience as a criminal defence solicitor and higher court advocate. • Specialising in all aspects of criminal law including murder, drug offences, fraud and money laundering, offences of violence, sexual offences and all aspects of road traffic law. • Visiting associate professor at Brunel University.

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STEPHEN MORRIS Qualifications: • Managing Director of Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd. • 45 years’ experience in shipping household and personal effects. • Chosen mover for four royal families and three UK prime ministers. • Offering proven quality specialist advice for moving anyone across the world or round the corner.

LOUISE LEACH Qualifications: • Professional choreographer qualified in dance, drama and Zumba (ZIN, ISTD & LAMDA), gaining an honours degree at Birmingham University. • Former contestant on ITV’s Popstars, reaching bootcamp with Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh. • Set up Dancing with Louise 10 years ago.

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ACCOUNTANT ADAM SHELLEY Qualifications: • FCCA chartered certified accountant. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Entrepreneurial business specialist including start-up businesses. • Specialises in charities; Personal tax returns. • Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Year JVN award

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HEALTH & FITNESS ANNA SCHUCHMAN & CHARLOTTE WIKLER Qualifications: • Founders of aceLIFESTYLE, offering practical solutions for becoming and remaining fit, strong and healthy. • Creators of the aceTRANSFORMATION 12-week weight-loss program. • Level 3 Personal Trainers and Nutritional Consultants. • Qualified to help ante and postnatal clients, teenagers and those of all abilities and ages.

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IAN GREEN Qualifications: • Launched Man on a Bike IT consultancy 15 years ago to provide computer support for the home and small businesses. • Clients range from legal firms in the City to families, small business owners and synagogues. • More than 18 years’ experience.

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NAOMI FELTHAM Qualifications: • Leading currency transfer provider since 1996 with over 500 expert employees. • Excellent exchange rates on your transfers to/from Israel. • Offices worldwide, with local support in Israel, the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. • Free expert guidance from your dedicated Account. Manager

CAROLYN COHEN Qualifications: • Supports couples dealing with infertility and reproductive health. • Strictly confidential helpline. • Specialist medical support and information. • Counselling for individuals and couples and educational events. • Expert medical advisory panel.

ASHLEY PRAGER Qualifications: • Professional insurance and reinsurance broker. Offering PI/D&O cover, marine and aviation, property owners, ATE insurance, home and contents, fine art, HNW. • Specialist in insurance and reinsurance disputes, utilising Insurance backed products. (Including non insurance business disputes). • Ensuring clients do not pay more than required.

CURRENCIES DIRECT 07922 131 152 / 020 7847 9447 www.currenciesdirect.com/jn Naomi.feltham@currenciesdirect.com

CHANA 020 8203 8455 Helpline: 020 8201 5774 / 020 8800 0018 www.chana.org.uk info@chana.org.uk

RISK RESOLUTIONS 020 3411 4050 www.risk-resolutions.com ashley.prager@risk-resolutions.com

ISRAELI ACCOUNTANT LEON HARRIS Qualifications: • Leon is an Israeli and UK accountant based in Ramat Gan, Israel.

• He is a Partner at Harris Horoviz Consulting & Tax Ltd. • The firm specializes in Israeli and international tax advice, accounting and tax reporting for investors, Olim and businesses.

PHOTOGRAPHER HARRISON GALGUT Qualifications: • Experienced wedding and event photographer. • Specialism in portraits and light management. • BSc(Hons), BTEC music tech, specialising in film, and member of Royal Photographic Society.

LISA WIMBORNE Qualifications: Able to draw on the charity’s 50 years of experience in enabling people with physical disabilities or impaired vision to live independently, including: • The provision of specialist accommodation with 24/7 on site support. • Knowledge of the innovations that empower people and the benefits available. • Understanding of the impact of a disability diagnosis.

EDIT6 07962599154 www.edit6.co.uk harrison@edit6.co.uk

JEWISH BLIND & DISABLED 020 8371 6611 www.jbd.org Lisa@jbd.org

• Leon’s motto is: Our numbers speak your language! HARRIS HOROVIZ CONSULTING & TAX LTD +972-3-6123153 / + 972-54-6449398 leon@h2cat.com

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CLAIRE STRAUS Qualifications: • Free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Practical support, workshops and networking opportunities to maximise prospects. • Career coach with MSc in career management and coaching with a background in human resources and general management and experience of private, public and voluntary sectors.

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“The best way for us to fight back against the hatred, threats and racism directed against us is to proudly and loudly celebrate our culture, faith and heritage. Chanukah in the Square sees a Menorah proudly standing in Trafalgar Square. This year, as the first night draws in, join us to welcome the festival and to celebrate our history in the heart of our capital city.” Simon Johnson, Chief Executive

“The Menorah in Trafalgar Square joins thousands of Chabad Lubavitch public menorahs around the globe in sharing a message of Chanukah: That each one of us can be a beacon of light and warmth to the world around us. This year, Let us Join together as a community. standing proudly as one of those beacons of light to the world around us, let us end 2019 on a high!” Bentzi Sudak, Chief Executive

The London Jewish Forum is an advocate for the Capital’s Jewish Community, campaigning and influencing change in the public institutions that make decisions which affect Jewish lives. Rooted within Jewish values, we work across the community regardless of religious, cultural or political affiliations or beliefs, and with our neighbours. @jewishlondon www.ljf.org.uk “In a period of uncertainty and anxiety, the symbolic value of Chanukah in the Square has never been greater. It provides an opportunity for Jewish and other Londoners to come together and celebrate the Jewish contribution to the cultural and civic life of this great City with the outspoken support of the Mayor in the face of those who would seek to provoke strife and discord amongst us. This truly is a fantastic opportunity for us to unite under the light.· Adrian Cohen, Chair

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Twas the night before Chanukah, all through the square The city lay peaceful, the flagstones were bare. The cables and staging were laid out with care, In hopes that we could build a grand event there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of dreidels spun round in their heads. And me in my tichel fried latkes (in truth - I’d drunk a large Palwins and hoped for a schluf). Then out in Westminster arose such a clatter. Nelson looked down to see what was the matter. The lions all turned on their plinths in a flash. And in the fountains fell pigeons with a splash. The moon shone on workers of every persuasion, As they started to set up for this grand occasion. Tables, gazebos and food trucks appearing, Scaffolding, mics and security clearing.  Neighbours around open windows and stared. It was busy and noisy but nobody cared. The joy was obvious in all who worked there To bring Chanukah right to Trafalgar Square I jumped on a tube train, my journey was quick. I felt so excited (a teeny bit sick). As we all arrived, cameras filmed for The News A Chanukah party not just for the Jews  Now, latkes! Now, doughnuts! Now, speakers, musicians! On Dreidel Man! On singers! Take your positions! To the stage with the candles! Equipment bring near! Let›s winch in the main star, a huge Chanukiah!  Then like a tornado, a flood, hurricane, The audience came, never minding the rain. They gathered together, sang strong, said a prayer, Then spoke the Chief Rabbi, and then spoke the Mayor And I got to play my part as the compere To welcome, to host Chanukah in the Square And we›ll soon once again Unite Under the Light And I›ll say Happy Chanukah - to all a good night!

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