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THE VOICE OF OUR COMMUNITY 18 June 2020

26 Sivan 5780

Issue No.1163

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THE COMMUNITY THINKS ONLY WHITE PEOPLE CAN BE JEWS

I WAS TOLD I WASN’T JEWISH SO COULDN’T BE IN SHUL – IT’S BRUTAL

Jessica Morgan

Jodeci Joseph

SOME BLACK JEWS DON’T SOCIALISE WITH FELLOW JEWS BECAUSE OF RACISM

I OFTEN FEEL INVISIBLE AND ABANDONED BY JEWISH LEADERS

Madeline R Young

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Black Jews tell Jewish News of bitter communal experiences as more than 30 contact the inclusivity inquiry in first week Full story and analysis on pages 4,5,6,16 &18


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News / Online hatred

The web’s darkest corners A shocking report into online extremism has found that thousands of pieces of violent antisemitic material are being disseminated on social media, writes Mathilde Frot. The Community Security Trust (CST) sounded the alarm on reams of “easily accessible, extreme and violent” videos, memes and posts it said were discovered across at least four social media platforms. The Jewish charity detailed its findings in its latest report, entitled Hate Fuel: The Hidden Online World Fuelling Far-Right Terror, which it said was shared with police, government and counter-extremism officials. The document, seen by Jewish News, was not made public because of the extreme nature of the material it contains. Social media posts found by the CST included material blaming recent anti-racism protests around the world on the HungarianAmerican philanthropist George Soros and the wider Jewish community. The CST said it produced the report amid concerns about the “quantity and spread” of the material, which it warned poses an urgent threat to Jewish communities. Speaking to Channel 4, Neil Basu, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, voiced concerns about online radicalisation during the lockdown. “My professional instinct is to tell me that throughout all of Covid, one of my biggest fears is people have been locked down

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looking at nothing but their screens for over three months now, and there has been an increase in propaganda grievance narratives being twisted online to try and radicalise people who

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legislation adequately deals with hateful extremism. Sir Mark Rowley, the former head of UK counter-terrorism policing, will put forward proposals later this year.

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You won’t be able to read CST’s new report, because the content is so extreme we cannot make it public. The report, Hate Fuel, examines the online social media networks by which today’s ‘Nazis’ spread hatred and incitement to terrorism, including live footage of actual neo-Nazi terrorist attacks. When the jihadis at Isis used to film and post their videos of people being murdered, we all rightly expressed outrage. When their Jihadi propaganda offices were bombed by drones, we nodded in approval. Now, neo-Nazis post their own murder videos, on sites that anybody can get access to, but nobody is really being arrested and they certainly aren’t targeted for drone strikes. The ‘hate fuel’ revealed in this report consists of online memes, videos and slogans that

celebrate (and sometimes show) recent terrorist attacks on synagogues, mosques and churches, and tell others to copy them. This is a global movement that has already sparked terrorist attacks on synagogues, mosques and other minorities in Europe, North America and New Zealand. Perpetrators are held up as heroes by right-wing extremists around the world, who celebrate their deeds and encourage each other to emulate them. Previous neo-Nazi terrorists are pictured, with the number of people they murdered written next to their faces. Then comes the challenge, asking “can you beat the high score?”, as if it were a video game. The footage of the attacks does indeed look like a video game, because the camera is strapped to the terrorist’s helmet or chest, as if you were playing Call of Duty. At the very least there must be urgent international regulation, criminal investigation and judicial action. Anything less and it is a green light for more neo-Nazi terrorism.

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The chief executive of the CST, David Delew, is to step down in August after seven years in the role. Current communications director Mark Gardner is to take over the top job. Speaking of the “difficult decision”, Delew said: “I will greatly miss the huge honour of leading CST, but it is right that I now move permanently back to Manchester to be with my wife, Amanda, my children and my first grand-

child. I wish Mark every success and have no doubt that CST will be in great hands.” Gardner said: “I’ve fought against antisemitism, racism and extremism since I was a teenager and am deeply honoured to now lead CST on behalf of our entire community.” He thanked Delew for “his excellent leadership” and “for the 30 years of friendship we have enjoyed working for our community”.


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School warning / Pandemic help / News

Hasmo fights for survival Hundreds of Hasmonean parents logged into an “extraordinary” online call this week as they heard a “heartfelt plea to ensure the survival of the school” in its current form, given the parlous state of its finances, writes Adam Decker. Founded by Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld in 1944, Hasmonean has long been part of the bedrock of Jewish education in the UK, but in the Zoom call 500 participants were told by trustees that the school was in a “very difficult financial situation”. Hasmonean, which has both a girls’ and boys’ secondary school, is part of a Multi-Academy Trust, whose chair of trustees Gary Swabel

and chief executive Andrew McClusky issued “a heartfelt plea to ensure the survival of the school”. McClusky said the pandemic had “hit Hasmonean’s voluntary donations hard,” explaining that the schools need voluntary contributions and donations to survive because government funding does not cover costs. “Imagine a Hasmonean with no Beis, no Midrasha, no small group classes for students who need more attention, no informal education and no funds to recruit and retain first class staff,” he said. “We owe it to Dr Schonfeld, to the children of the schools and their children’s children

munities and the Jewish Small Communities Network, as collated by the Board of Deputies. A spokesperson said: “We recorded five further deaths than last week. Every loss is a tragedy. We’re seeing a reduction, but vigilance must be maintained.”

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to keep the Hasmonean flag flying.” Swabel urged parents to “preserve what’s precious” and unveiled a matched fundraising campaign, with attendees urged to “cast the net wide and reach out to friends, family, colleagues

and neighbours, to raise the much-needed funds to keep all of Hasmonean’s programmes going”. The matched funding campaign begins at 10am on Sunday 28 June and continues until 10pm on Monday 29 June.

VISUALLY-IMPAIRED PEOPLE ASK PUBLIC FOR HELP Members of the public should do more to help the visually-impaired practise social distancing as the lockdown eases in the UK, a leading communal charity has said. Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD)’s chief executive Lisa Wimborne made the appeal on Monday just as England’s high streets and shopping centres drew crowds for the first time after a three-month shutdown.

497 communal deaths The number of coronavirusrelated fatalities stood at 497 among UK Jews as of last Friday, up from 492 the previous week. The latest figure, released on Tuesday, covers deaths in hospital and beyond, using data gathered from burial boards, regional Jewish com-

She said: “Having a visual impairment and going out and about at the moment, even just trying to get into a shop or walking down the street, and social distancing at the same time is incredibly difficult, especially when you can’t then have someone guiding you, touching, holding your arm or whatever it is to move you out of the way. “It is us, not them, who should be taking

the lead to ensure we are supporting them with social distancing.” JBD tenant Michael Henriques, of Mill Hill, called on pedestrians to inform any visually impaired passers-by of their presence and offer help at a distance. “Vocalise their presence and indicate there’s plenty of room, or not as the case may be, and tell us there’s room to pass by,” he urged.

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Special Report / Black Jewish experiences

‘The community still thinks o Prominent black British Jews discuss their experiences of racism in the community and the challenge facing the Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity JODECI JOSEPH, 23, whose father is Nigerian and whose Jewish mother is from Hackney, identifies as Modern Orthodox. He went to a Jewish school, lives in Ilford and attends United Synagogue services, normally in Golders Green. He was critically ill in March with Covid-19

I’ve been refused entry into a synagogue because they said I wasn’t Jewish, and I’ve faced a lot of questions on the door. Even before entry I’m constantly getting stares from the CST volunteers on the street as I’m walking to shul on Shabbat in my suit. I’ve had the CST follow me before. It makes me feel really uncomfortable. When I go to a new synagogue I get anxious because I’m questioned for up to 10 minutes. It’s brutal. On Simchat Torah 18 months ago I was told I wasn’t Jewish so couldn’t come in. My white Jewish friends, some of whom went to that synagogue, were allowed straight in but my brother and I weren’t, meaning we couldn’t even go in and speak to the people inside who knew us. That was very traumatising. He was a non-Jewish security guard and didn’t even check with the rabbi. My mum called up the next day,

I think he got fired. I understand people need profiling, but if I look different and don’t come to shul, don’t question me in a hostile way. You don’t need to be aggressive and make me feel like I’m a criminal. And if you’re going to question visitors you don’t know and don’t recognise, don’t just question those of colour. The profiling should be justified, too. How many black people have attacked synagogues? Just a few months ago I went to a synagogue I’d been to a few times before, but was questioned extensively on the door. Congregants who knew me were walking past saying ‘Hi Jodeci’ but still it continued. It was so embarrassing. The guard actually went in and got the head of the shul to come out of the service to verify me. It affected me the whole day, I couldn’t concentrate on my prayer. I just felt frustrated and angry that I’d had to justify my Judaism just because of the colour of my skin. Once I’ll get into the shul I get a lot of stares, like I’m a new species or something. I also get lots of personal questions, asking if I converted and such. It’s like they want an interesting story to fulfil some social fetish. It makes me feel uncomfortable, like I don’t fit in and like I can’t be myself. It’s as if basic social etiquette goes out the window. If you

come up to me and say hello, offer me a seat and don’t ask for my life story, just talk to me like anyone else, then I’ll feel welcome. If you make me feel like I’m on stage then I won’t. Congregants don’t need to know my life story. I’m Jewish from birth but that doesn’t matter — Jewish texts tell us to make converts feel extra welcome. I know people who are converting who struggle every week to find a Friday night meal to go to — ­ ­­they’re just not invited. One Indian guy who has spent years converting quit very recently because of the racism. He wrote a whole thing on Facebook. It’s sad that people feel like this. I know about 20 to 30 black Jews in London they all think change is needed. They all experience similar things. A friend of mine, who teaches at a Jewish school, was even called the n-word within the community. There are things people can do to help. For a start, don’t stare. Make new people feel welcome in shul. Train the guards. Tell them that Jews can be black as well. There’s a lot of work to be done in the Jewish community. The Jewish community’s history of persecution means we should be all the more empathetic and welcoming to people of different races. This is a non-denominational issue, and people listen to their leaders, so every leader needs to ask: what can we do better? The Jewish people have been persecuted for thousands of years. We can’t be doing it to our own people.

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Jodeci, back left, with his mother, brothers and sister

MADELINE R YOUNG, from Islington, is a French American who became a UK citizen last year. She is a university economics lecturer and PhD student with a grandparent from Guinea, West Africa, whose mother is Jewish

I’m involved in the community – part of Limmud, former board member of the Movement of Reform Judaism, former board JESSICA MORGAN, 27, lives in Essex and describes herself as ‘part latkes, part plantain’. She is a journalist and recently recovered after contracting the coronavirus in March

members of the two biggest minorities, in a world where you feel neither wanted nor appreciated. On the statues, Churchill was a great British leader who fought Nazi Germany, so I disagree with those campaigning to take his statue down, yet when they tore Edward Colston’s statue down I felt total joy. My Jamaican ancestors were enslaved. Statues celebrating slave masters should be removed immediately. I’m shocked that anyone could disagree with that. A statue of Hitler would be destroyed instantly, so why are we not offered the same respect? George Floyd’s brutal murder has been a catalyst for change. Enough is enough. The world is waking up. I was disappointed with the Jewish community’s silence at first, but it seems to have finally woken up to the severity of racism in recent days. The community still tends to think that only white people can be Jews, but we have black Jews and Jews of colour all over the world. If people broaden their mindsets and educate themselves they’ll be shocked to see the huge overlap and connection between Jews and black people. To those who want to be a true ally to a black Jew, I’d say: please don’t question my Jewishness, or ask me if my mother’s Jewish, or if I had a batmitzvah, or quiz me on my Hebrew, and please don’t act like I’m wearing my Magen David as if it’s a fashion statement. We hold ourselves to higher standards of acceptance and forgiveness so let’s practise what we preach. No culture or religion is full of people who look exactly the same. Jews are no different.

we’re oppressing people, including our own people. On Sunday I was at a brunch talking to another Jewish woman who said there’s no racism in France. I lived in France and I can tell you there is. Denying racism is toxic. It makes Jewish people of colour disengage with the community entirely. I’ve met people who consider themselves both black and Jewish who tell me they don’t socialise with the Jewish community because of the racism. For Jews who want to educate themselves on the impact of racism, I’d say look at the data in areas such as health outcomes, imprisonment, policing, poverty, even maternal mortality, before learning about the history of colonialism, including Europe’s relationship with Africa and the transatlantic slave trade. We’ve never dealt with that in our education system, but tons of Jews of colour have written about it, so we can listen to voices from both outside and inside our community. As European Jews, we guard our memory of the Holocaust, but the history of slavery and racism is so deep, so global and so structural that there’s a resistance to really look into that historic wrong. It’s almost like people need to feel sad and ashamed in order for things to change. There’s a Jews of Colour Facebook group and this year I’ve organised a Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates the liberation from slavery of the last group of enslaved African–Americans in Texas. We’re doing a kosher picnic. Why not? We have Passover every year. We celebrate Exodus. Why can’t we celebrate this? As Jews we should celebrate other people’s liberation too.

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I’m adopted and embraced my Judaism in my early 20s after learning more about my biological mother’s background and heritage. The community I wanted to join wasn’t very friendly or welcoming because of the way I looked. Like other black Jews I know, I got stared at in shul, and felt like I had to jump through hoops to be accepted. It’s improved, but the community needs to use this opportunity to better itself and open its doors to people on the outskirts. I attended the #BLM protests last Sunday. It warmed my heart when I looked up to see a big banner reading: ‘Jews for Black Lives Matter.’ I felt so grateful that people showed up for us and I hope they continue to do so. Yet the last two weeks have been extremely difficult for me. My anxiety has skyrocketed seeing all these far-right football hooligans protesting #BLM, abusing the right to free speech by using disgusting abusive racial language and making Nazi salutes. It’s felt like a gut punch, watching it all unfold. I’m terrified. I live in fear not only of racism but antisemitism too. I feel like I have the biggest target on my head right now and it’s not a nice place to be. I wear my Magen David around my neck with pride but I can’t change the colour of my skin and now wonder if I’ll be attacked outside. Being black and Jewish is especially hard because you’re

member of the Jewish Volunteer Network, working on inclusivity at the Board of Deputies – but because I’m 75 percent European and 25 percent Guinean, people don’t know my ethnicity — I’m ambiguous. In Israel, they just assume I’m Moroccan. Depending on how I style my hair, people don’t ask me questions. Like many with Sephardi of North African origin, I have curly hair, but if I style it differently, more African-American for example, then they start asking me about my religion. This is in the synagogue, during Shabbat service, during kiddush. It’s really offensive and basically racism, although people don’t mean it that way. Having to constantly police my appearance within the Jewish community so that I’m not asked if I’m Jewish can be traumatising. It means I can’t make choices about my own clothing, my own hair. It’s racial policing. Converts to Judaism who are seen as white or Ashkenazi don’t get asked, whereas people who are born Jewish can get questioned. I feel like I have to suppress any expression of my non-European, non-Jewish culture, such as a love of West African food or music, because I’ll have my Judaism called into question. There’s a lot of awakening that needs to happen. People need to know that Jews are diverse, that they can look very different, and that it’s none of your business. Policing our Judaism isn’t your business either, unless you’re marrying us or you’re our rabbi. Some Ashkenazi Jews align themselves with privilege and discrimination, but just a few generations ago in Europe they were anything but privileged. We can’t get comfortable when

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Special Report / Black Jewish experiences NADINE BATCHELOR-HUNT is a writer, journalist and the former president of the Cambridge University Black and Minority Ethnic Campaign. She has suffered online antisemitic abuse, including instances that have required police involvement

Being a black Jew can feel like an alienating space. In an overwhelmingly white, Ashkenazi diaspora community, being black singles you out and makes you ‘other’. It can make the British Jewish community an intense, upsetting and difficult space. You get stared at when you go in a kosher shop, gawked at when you go to synagogue, questioned on how you’re Jewish at Jewish social events, asked how come you know Hebrew. As you proceed towards the synagogue you know you’ll be stopped and searched on your way in. While these things may seem insignificant to some, together they create an atmosphere of being constantly on edge. It makes me feel as if I’ll never truly be Jewish. Overwhelmingly, it seems that anti-black racism, and therefore racism towards black Jews, is less of a priority to Jewish communal organisations. Their attitude is one of ambivalence. While my own denomination – Masorti – has made a concerted effort to address the issue, I and many other black Jews feel

worthless, invisible and abandoned by the Jewish establishment. Black Jews and Jews of colour may be small in number in the UK, but we exist. The narrative tends to acknowledge Jews of colour in Israel or abroad, such as Mizrachi and Ethiopian communities, but pays little attention to those of us over here. Baby steps are being made. JW3 ran an event on how the community can support black people, the Board of Deputies finally set up a commission to address grievances and concerns, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the community must do more to stand with black people. But while these steps are encouraging, a complete rethink is needed of what the Jewish community actually is. It is not just Ashkenazi. There are black Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Indian Jews, Sephardi Jews, Mizrachi Jews, Yemenite Jews and so many more. In the words of April Baskin, a black Jew, the community must stop seeing itself as a monolith but rather as multi-ethnic. It must see the fight for the equality of black Jews as a Jewish fight, as the community’s fight. We need to celebrate our diversity from school to shul, textbook to Torah. If we do that then black Jews and Jews of colour will no longer feel unwelcome in Jewish spaces, or erased from Jewish communal life. Only then will the Jewish community be a truly welcoming and inclusive space.

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More than 150 people attend Sunday’s demonstration

Jewish protesters gathered in Hampstead Garden Suburb last weekend to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, writes Adam Decker. The demonstration drew more than 150 people on Sunday, including senior Masorti and Reform faith leaders and the former Labour MP Luciana Berger, organisers said. Antiracism placards spotted at the event contained references to the 2017 Grenfell fire, the Windrush scandal and Jewish texts. Organisers Rebecca Moss, 24, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, and Rachel Rose, 23, from Finchley, called on the community to stand up in solidarity with black British communities and Jews of colour. They said: “We are glad to have seen so many people from different backgrounds and of varying ages, and it’s important that many could attend their first protest in such a supportive atmosphere. “This cannot be the end of the essential conversation and action in our communities and in British society at large.”

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UK Jews join global aid effort for 70m refugees

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British groups this week joined a global call for Jewish communities to work together to help more than 70 million refugees, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Conflict in places like Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Myanmar has led to “the largest population of displaced persons in history”, with many millions around the world in makeshift camps now particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. The #70million campaign, launched ahead of World Refugee Day this Saturday, will run for 10 days and calls on Jews in Israel and worldwide to stand in solidarity with refugees and other displaced people and to take action to support them. It is being organised by OLAM, a platform of more than 50 Jewish and Israeli international development organisations including the

UK’s World Jewish Relief. Those behind the initiative said the situation was urgent. A spokesman for OLAM said: “Refugees and asylum seekers who are trapped in overflowing camps and overcrowded cities around the world lack access to clean water, health care, and even clear information. “For many, social distancing and regular hand washing are not an option.” Among the UK organisations supporting the campaign are the Office of the Chief Rabbi, United Synagogue, Masorti Judaism, Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism. WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said: “British Jewry has an innate connection to the refugee experience and we thank our community for its support to WJR’s refugee programmes, but refugees and those displaced are now

among the hardest hit by Covid-19 and will require additional assistance. “We are pleased to have assisted refugees in the UK who have played critical roles as key workers during the Covid-19 response, giving back to society in much the same way we have known Jewish refugees to always have done. “We are proud to stand alongside other Jewish and Israeli organisations as part of this.” OLAM chief executive Dyonna Ginsburg said the campaign “draws on shared values and history to encourage the global Jewish community to act for the vulnerable”, adding: “Jewish wisdom teaches to care for the stranger, to love them as ourselves. Jewish history is full of displacement and forced migration.”

AJEX online service open to all British Jews are being asked to join an online commemoration service to fallen Jewish servicemen and women next week in place of the usual in-person service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Jewish Military Association UK (AJEX) will hold a virtual service on Sunday 28 June at 11am during National Armed Forces week, with a variety of online interviews and events in the days leading up to the ceremony. This year is the 75th anniversary of VE day and VJ Day and the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. AJEX said it was “even more determined than ever” to gather together online at home to reflect on the contribution of those who served, as it launched its series interviewing both veterans and serving personnel from Sunday 21 June. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, AJEX patron, will speak at the ceremony, together with Army

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News / Grant for needy / Temperature test / Annexation anger

Kosher food bank boost The government has given £100,000 to a London food bank to provide kosher meals to hundreds of Jewish families struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic. The grant last week, to Hot Line Meals and the Jewish Community Council (JCC), has been earmarked to help 1,200 adults and children over the school summer holidays. Hot Line Meals Service (HLMS) is based in Hackney and the grant from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was obtained with help from the JCC, which is based in Stamford Hill. Orthodox community and welfare groups such as North London

Bikur Cholim, Ezer LeYoldos and Bikur Cholim D’Satmar refer needy families to HLMS, which provides daily threecourse kosher meals to people unable to shop or cook for themselves for reasons such as illness, disability or frailty. The JCC identifies households that need Defra has given £100,000 to the London service extra help as a result of the pandemic, and negotiates with ically-deprived families who have suppliers to stretch the grant fur- fallen into crisis. Their food packages will comprise milk, bread, vegther. Chani Rapaport, of HLMS, said: etables, fish, meat, eggs and cereal “We have identified 300 econom- over an initial eight-week period.”

OY, I NEED A DEGREE TO PRAY? Shulgoers could face having their temperatures taken when religious buildings reopen to the public. The government gave the goahead for places of worship to reopen for individual prayers on 15 June. The United Synagogue said it had been investigating the benefit and practicality of devices for taking the temperature of

attendees at shul, to see if they may have a fever, one of the key symptoms of the coronavirus. Dayan Menachem Gelley, Rosh Beth Din of the London Beth Din, said: “If taking people’s temperatures is required by the government in order to enter places of worship, then non-touch infrared thermometers would be permitted to be used, provided the person

operating it isn’t Jewish, such as by the shul caretaker.” Israel’s Charedi and Sephardi leaders are at odds over the use of thermometers on Shabbat: Israeli hospitals require anyone entering to have a temperature taken. Chief Rabbi Mirvis has issued caution on easing lockdown, saying it should “not come at the expense of human lives”.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS PROTEST The UK’s most senior Christian leaders have told Boris Johnson that they oppose Israel’s planned annexation of large areas of the West Bank. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, penned his concern together with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic leader in the UK. They also wrote to the Israeli Ambassador, Mark Regev. A statement from Lambeth Palace said they “expressed their opposition to any move by the government of Israel to annex West Bank territory after 1 July”, the date Benjamin Net-

anyahu’s government plans to start claiming sovereignty. • The prime minister said on Tuesday the UK “strongly” opposes Israel’s reported plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Challenged in the Commons by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, Boris Johnson replied: “I believe that what is proposed by Israel would amount to a breach of international law and we strongly object to it. We believe profoundly in a two-state solution and will continue to make that case.”

145 for envoy, 650 against Rival petitions both protesting and welcoming the appointment of Israel’s Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely as the next ambassador to the UK garnered hundreds of signatories this week. A petition calling for the British Government to reject her appointment gathered almost 650 names by Wednesday lunch-time, while a counter-petition initiated by Jewish activist Jonathan Hoffman attracted 145. In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher rejected Israel’s choice of

UK ambassador and five years ago Brazil rejected Israel’s appointment of Dani Danon as envoy, leading to him being reassigned as Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. The anti-Hotovely petition, addressed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, pointed to this precedent and urged the Government to ask Israel for a less divisive figure, drawing attention to her past comments, including her call to fly the Israeli flag over Temple Mount.

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Hudson role Interfaith gala A senior figure in progressive Judaism in the UK has been appointed as communications director at Durham University. Lucian Hudson is a vice-president and past chair of the Liberal Judaism movement, as well as a past governor of Leo Baeck College and a former member of the Jewish Leadership Council, who has served as director of communications for the UK government. A journalist by training, who has worked for both the BBC and ITV, Hudson will oversee advancement activities, marketing, communications and developing Durham University’s alumni networks worldwide. Hudson has previously worked in communication roles at both the Open University and at Oxford University.

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester celebrated its 15th anniversary online this week, with guest speakers recalling the group’s late co-founder Henry Guterman. While the Forum’s tenth anniversary was celebrated by a dinner attended by religious and civic leaders at Manchester Town Hall, the pandemic meant it moved online this year. Among the speakers were local MP Afzal Khan and Guterman’s son Mark, who recalled how his father came to the UK with his family as a refugee from Germany in 1938 at the age of 12. Henry was a stalwart of Manchester’s Jewish community, serving as president of the city’s Jewish Representative Council and active in more than 25 organisations. Many of those on the call were on the verge of tears recalling his “devotion to uniting people”.

UTENSIL MIKVEH IS APPROVED A new mikveh in Elstree has been approved for use, despite others being ordered to close for safety reasons during the coronavirus pandemic. A delegation of doctors attended the Elstree Shtiebel, a synagogue, to inspect the keilim (utensils) mikveh, including Dr Martin Harris of The Temple Fortune Medical Group, and approved it for use. Mendel Tajtelbaum said it was “the only utensil mikveh in north-west London that

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Should they stay or should they go now? As Britain re-examines its past, we scrutinise memorials – many erected very recently – to kings, politicians and others with antisemitic views RICHARD THE LIONHEART (KING RICHARD I)

England and imposed heavy taxes upon them. This deprived England’s Jews of a significant source of their money-lending business, threatening their very existence. This was followed by the Statute of Jewry issued in 1253, which was aimed at segregating the Jews and imposed on them the wearing of a badge shaped like the two tablets of the ten commandments. The statue pictured is in King’s College London’s library.

KING EDWARD I

King Richard the Lionheart’s coronation sparked pogroms of unprecedented severity against English Jews. On 3 September 1189, Jewish dignitaries bearing gifts for the newly crowned king were beaten and banished, sparking a false rumour that Richard had ordered the mass murder of England’s Jews. A slaughter quickly ensued across London, spreading to other English cities including Stamford, King’s Lynn and Colchester. On 16 March 1190, at the urging of Rabbi Yomtov of Joigney, approximately 500 Jews in York killed themselves rather than be forcibly converted or massacred. By the end of the pogrom, York’s entire Jewish community had been eradicated. Richard I’s statue, pictured above, features prominently outside the Houses of Parliament.

SIMON DE MONTFORT, 6TH EARL OF LEICESTER

In 1231, Simon de Montfort expelled the small Jewish community from Leicester “in my time or in the time of any of my heirs to the end of the world”. Justifying his actions as being “for the good of my soul, and for the souls of my ancestors and successors”, the move bolstered the 6th Earl of Leicester’s popularity. The Jews of Leicester subsequently found refuge in the eastern suburbs, which were controlled by Montfort’s great-aunt Margaret, Countess of Winchester. Today the Earl is commemorated in De Montfort University in Leicester. His statue features on the city’s Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower.

KING HENRY III Another medieval monarch with a virulent hatred of the Jews, in 1245 King Henry III issued a decree prohibiting Jews from residing in most towns across

in co-founding the Labour Party, whose constitution she helped to draft. Nonetheless, in 1897, in a book co-authored with her husband Sidney, Jews were described as a “constant influence for degradation”. She also lectured the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann after the Hebron massacre in 1929: “I can’t understand why the Jews make such a fuss over a few dozen of their people killed in Palestine.” No statue exists of Beatrice Webb, but this blue plaque is on the wall of her former Hampstead home.

KEIR HARDIE By the late 1200s England’s Jewish population had reached around 3,000 people, with prosperous settlements in London, Norwich and Lincoln. However, rising antisemitism linked to the blood libel, the Crusades and financial pressures resulted in King Edward I passing a law forbidding Jews from lending money for a living (usury). England’s Jews became impoverished, with many hundreds also being hanged or imprisoned. Finally, in 1290 under the Edict of Expulsion, Jews were banished altogether by King Edward I. Jews did not return to England until the 1650s, when they were invited by Oliver Cromwell to resettle. The statue pictured was unveiled in 2007 in Burgh by Sands, Cumbria.

WILLIAM GLADSTONE

Four times prime minister William Gladstone has been memorialised across several statues, including this one in the central lobby of the Houses of Parliament. However, the leader of the Liberal Party held antisemitic views, most notably towards his Conservative arch-rival, Benjamin Disraeli. In 1876, a failed uprising of Bulgarian Christians against Ottoman rule provoked a mass slaughter of the Christian population. After Prime Minister Disraeli upheld Britain’s longstanding support for the Ottoman Empire, Gladstone accused him of harbouring dual loyalties, describing what he termed in a letter as “Judaic sympathies”.

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From humble beginnings, James Keir Hardie rose to become one of Britain’s most notable politicians as the Labour Party’s first parliamentary leader. Yet in the very month the party was established, Hardie publicly blamed the outbreak of the Boer War on “half a dozen financial houses, many of them Jewish, to whom politics is a counter in the game of buying and selling securities”. The Labour Leader newspaper, of which Hardie was editor, also published numerous virulently antisemitic remarks stating that wherever there is trouble: “You may be sure that a hook-nosed Rothschild is at his games somewhere near the region of the disturbances.” This bust of Hardie is outside Cumnock Town Hall in East Ayrshire.

Manchester, and today there is a nationwide network of family-planning clinics named after her. The bust of Marie Stopes pictured was unveiled in 2008 in Camden.

ERNEST BEVIN

Ernest Bevin was foreign secretary from 1945 to 1951, the most senior Cabinet member in Clement Attlee’s postwar Labour government responsible for implementing British policy around the establishment of the State of Israel. In this position he went out of his way to prevent the entry into Mandated Palestine of Holocaust survivors, rejecting an Anglo–American commission’s proposal in 1946 for the immediate admission of 100,000 Jewish refugees from Europe. Fellow Labour politician Richard Crossman is even said to have likened Bevin’s outlook as “corresponding roughly with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”. This bust of Bevin is in Bermondsey, south London.

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A pioneering author and campaigner Marie Stopes founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. However, her devotion to family planning derived partly from her obsession with eugenics and in 1935 she attended a Nazi-sponsored Congress for Population Science in Berlin. She even sent Hitler a collection of love poems, declaring in 1942: “Catholics and Prussians /The Jews and the Russians/ All are a curse / Or something worse.” Stopes became the first female academic to be appointed at the University of

Theresa May last year unveiled a controversial statue of Nancy Astor, the first female MP to sit in parliament. Installed in Hoe Park in Plymouth to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Astor’s election as a Conservative MP, the bronze was also visited by Boris Johnson. At the time, the Campaign Against Antisemitism warned of her “appalling views”, which included labelling Jews the “killers of Christ” who were themselves to blame for antisemitism. According to British diplomat Harold Nicolson, she also once told the MP Alan Graham: “Only a Jew like you would dare to be rude to me.”


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‘Dirty Jews’ chants at rally European Jewish groups have condemned antisemitic chanting heard during a demonstration in Paris against the death of a black man in police custody. Chants of “dirty Jews” were voiced by some protesters at Place de la République on Saturday, as thousands called for justice for Adama Traore, who died in 2016. Paris police are investigating the chants, which were heard after counter-protesters unfurled a banner reading: “Justice for victims of antiwhite crimes.” European Jewish Con-

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gress president Moshe Kantor said: “People who claim to march against hate and racism while shouting violent antisemitic statements are hypocrites acting against the worthy cause of the majority

ANNEXATION ‘THREAT’

If Israel annexes parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will declare a state on the 1967 borders with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, its prime minister has said. Speaking to members of the Foreign Press Association last Tuesday, Mohammad Shtayyeh called annexation an“existential threat” to Palestinians, i24 News reported.

Such a move, he said, would also mean the end of the Palestinians’ recognition of the state of Israel. Last month, PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security, over Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel would begin to annex parts of the West Bank in July.

and trying to hijack and piggyback on the justifiable anger and hurt of anti-racist demonstrators.” Francis Kalifat, president of French Jewish umbrella group CRIF, said the antise-

mitic chants were “an insult to the Republic, but also to the cause that the demonstrators claim to promote”. In recent days, as demonstrations and marches have taken place across the world against racism and police brutality following the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, Jewish leaders have said “small minorities” are using it as an excuse to target Jews and Jewish institutions. Kantor said: “As people with a history of oppression and discrimination, the Jewish people stand shoulder to shoulder with the black community.”

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Synagogues in Buenos Aires began streaming services this week after city authorities allowed religious leaders to enter places of worship to record or transmit online services. The Argentinian capital has a Jewish population of around 160,000, and worshippers are still unable to attend, but rabbis there said they were ‘very excited’ about once again reentering their temples. Jewish schools remain closed.

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The police chief in Halle has said the city’s Jewish community neither requested additional protection nor provided a list of important dates before a deadly

attack on a synagogue there over Yom Kippur last year. After the attack, Jewish officials criticised the police for failing to protect the site, but this week Halle Police chief Annett Wernicke and colleagues told a committee of inquiry extra protection was on offer.

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Annexation will ‘upend’ growing security, economic and cultural ties between Israel and the Arab world, according to the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador in Washington, DC. Yousef al-Otaiba said the effects would be ‘certain and immediate’. The envoy’s op-ed in an Israeli paper will be seen as a warning: Benjamin Netanyahu counts improved ties with the Arab world as one of his main achievements. Rabbi Jacov Di Segni, right, officiates at the wedding of Marco Del Monte and Elinor Hanoka at the Great Synagogue of Rome this month

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Not so warm and welcoming for all Last week we spoke to journalist Stephen Bush, who’s chairing the Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. He will invite fellow black British Jews to share their experiences of racism in the Jewish community. This week, we proudly provide a front-page platform to four black Jewish voices. The Board would do well to invite each of them to contribute to its timely and critical investigation. The experiences of Madeline R Young, Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, Jessica Morgan and Jodeci Joseph will help inform the Board’s terms of reference. They’ll also serve as a distressing wake-up call to all those who consider our community a warm and welcoming environment for every Jew. It clearly is not.

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After 87 days of lockdown, finally some tiny green shoots of recovery across the community. Jewish life, if still far from anything approaching normal, at least shows signs of normality with schools tentatively reopening, rabbis returning to synagogues and the high street back in business. Meanwhile, who couldn’t have been moved by the sight of care home residents emotionally reuniting with loved ones after a long and painful separation? Whisper it quietly but perhaps, just perhaps, the worst is finally over. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 8148 9703 richard@jewishnews.co.uk

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Things we miss the most I was very tempted to visit Brent Cross Shopping Centre when it reopened this week. Not that I need new clothes or something for my home – just to see what shopping looks like after so many weeks at home. But now there’s no touching the goods! How can I look at the clothes without feeling the fabric? Brent Cross always includes coffee with a friend. Not now. Once I return to shul when it reopens, I shall miss sitting beside another congregant. No chit chat, no Kiddush and no singing. Let’s pray for a rapid return to shopping normality. Norma Neville Hendon

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I can’t tell you how much I miss my fellow synagogue congregants. As the weeks of lockdown have dragged into months, I have realised how much I have come to rely on my synagogue as the beating heart of my community. I’m not a religious man – far from it. I attend Shabbat services once a month at most. Shul for me is a place I go to meet like-minded people, read the Jewish newspapers and play a good game of cards. Rest assured when this dreadful lockdown finally comes to an end, I’ll be there for Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv too! The rabbi is going to be sick of the sight of me. Alan Gavron By email

STATUES RECALL PEOPLE WHO ARE GOOD FOR SOME, BAD FOR OTHERS High on the list of unsavoury statues for removal is that of Simon de Montfort, adorning the Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower in Leicester. As Earl of Leicester, Montfort expelled the Jews from the city in 1231, banishing them “in my time or in the time of any of my heirs to the end of the world”. He justified his action as being “for the good of my soul, and for the souls of my ancestors and successors”. In this, he was far ahead of King Edward the First’s nationwide expulsion of the tiny Jewish community of about 3,000 souls in 1290.

Jews had to await Oliver Cromwell allowing them the right of return in 1656. A hero to British Jews, Cromwell remains a monster to many Irish people. Who knows but that we may soon see campaigns to remove his statue from the Palace of Westminster precincts. He was no lover of democracy. The former Leicester Polytechnic was disgracefully renamed de Montfort University in 1992, despite his antisemitic views. When his statue goes, as it should, the university needs a new name.

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ship would probably still be locked. It is time a forthright initiative were taken by the public. I would urge all members of our community, especially rabbinical leaders, to email three letters – to the prime minister, the communities secretary and their MP. The respectful request should be to restore community prayer in places of worship by the next official lockdown announcement on 4 July. Social distancing and other safeguards wil have to be strictly implemented.

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Unilateral action required Your columnist Alex Brummer states: “In global affairs unilateral actions end badly, whether Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza,or Russia’s attempt to assert sovereignty over parts of Ukraine. Properly negotiated treaties or truces may be hard to achieve, but tend to have buy-in from most sides.” If it were not for unilateral actions, Israel would probably not have been created. This is because the Jews would still be awaiting “properly negotiated treaties” despite the

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The sheer stupidity of tearing down statues JENNI FRAZER

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f all the various aspects of stupidity that have followed on from the tragic death of George Floyd, it seems to me that the statues issue ranks high, and bids fair to be the stupidest. In the wake of the charged anti-racist protests – which may well have had as much to do with frustration over the Covid-19 lockdown as genuine desire to support the Black Lives Matter campaign – we have seen, in the past couple of weeks, a campaign to pull down statues in Britain. The statues – almost all of men, of course – are largely the legacy of Victorian Britain, a way of honouring royalty and philanthropy, without, usually, paying attention to how the subjects achieved their prominence in public life. I will lay bets that 98 percent of these statues have received almost no public attention in the past 100 years, at a minimum. I used to walk past an equestrian statue almost

every day near my office, and I still couldn’t even tell you who was being remembered, let alone whether he was a good person. The exceptions are two men who made their fortunes from slavery and racism — Edward Colston and Cecil Rhodes. Colston’s name permeates the city of Bristol and has been a contentious issue for decades. Successive Labour councils – and, indeed, the current mayor of Bristol, who is black – have sat on the attempts to remove Colston’s statue, until people took the law literally into their own hands and pushed the edifice into the harbour. Rhodes, whose name, of course, is given

DO I WANT EDWARD I'S STATUE REMOVED? I DO NOT: WE ARE STILL HERE AND HE IS LARGELY FORGOTTEN

to the prestigious squad of foreign highachieving scholars, is another difficult case, and there have been numerous attempts in Oxford, where the Rhodes Trust is based, to rid Oriel College of his memorial. Given that I am not black, I have not the slightest inkling of what it might be like for a black person to walk past a statue that celebrates the life of an unashamed racist. And we, as Jews, are fortunate that in this country, at least, there are few effigies of those who hated Jews more than strictly necessary. There are no statues, that I know of, of Sir Oswald Mosley, the 20th century Fascist politician and professional Jew-baiter. Nor, to take a ludicrous example floated this week on social media, is there a statue of Adolf Eichmann in Golders Green, to which I would certainly be opposed if such a thing existed. But it does not. What does exist, however, are two vile examples – Simon de Montfort, whose name is all over Leicester — and Edward I, the king who expelled the Jews from medieval England. De Montfort spent considerable time and energy in cancelling debts owed to

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Jews and in 1265, killing many of them. In 2001, Leicester City Council issued a formal statement rebuking de Montfort for his blatant antisemitism. I am not sure what good this may have done other than to assure the very small Leicester Jewish community that de Montfort’s legacy no longer meant anything in the city. His statue remains in place. Edward I – or Edward Longshanks, as he was known on account of being six foot two inches tall —issued his Edict of Expulsion against the Jews in 1290. His memorial in London consists of a seated statue erected in 1903, high on a building and looking out over the traffic in Holborn. Do I want his statue removed? I do not: and the primary reason is that eight centuries after he tried to get rid of us, we are still here, and he is largely forgotten. It seems to me that most of those honoured with statues were, at various times in their lives, less than honourable men. A sense of proportion would be a good idea at a time like this, and the statues, if they are to go anywhere, should go into a Museum of Disgrace.


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How we talk and teach about race LYN JULIUS

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ore than 700 former students and staff have signed a petition calling for JFS to adopt a ‘decolonised’ curriculum. A comprehensive Jewish education, they say, should provide an honest portrayal of the British empire and slave trade. While it is laudable that the petitioners should wish to broaden the curriculum, there are two pitfalls they must avoid. One is to impose the straightjacket of identity politics on society – this categorises people into tribes or ethnic groups, some of whom can claim to be victimised by other groups. Thus black people are generally being seen as victims of white people. Third World people are seen as victims of white colonials. Where do Jews fit in? There is a dangerous trend afoot to shoehorn Jews in to the white colonial category. Added to the classic antisemitic trope of Jewish power and world domination, Jews then become portrayed as oppressors of black or coloured people. It is a short step to extending the analogy to Israel: a ‘white’ colonial state oppressing ‘black’ Palestinians. This tendency is worrying for two reasons. One is that Jews in Europe were also victims

of oppression – until recently, Jews suffered from systemic bans and quotas. The other is that recent waves of Jewish refugees into Britain from the Arab and Muslim world testify to the oppression of (people of colour or) black people by other black people. It is a fact that Jews were only one notch above slaves in a systemic Muslim structure of racism branding non-Muslims as dhimmis. Ironically, it was western colonialism that liberated these Jews from subjugated status. The late Albert Memmi got it right. He was a Tunisian Jewish writer and philosopher who supported the anti-colonial movement for independence against the French. But surveying the dismal failure of postcolonial states to respect the rights of minorities, and witnessing the flight of his fellow Jews from Arab countries, Memmi also acknowledged that ‘black’ people could be oppressors. As a result, he was a fervent supporter of Zionism as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. If the JFS petitioners wish to broaden the curriculum, by all means. Let us talk about the evils of colonialism. Let us talk about the white slave trade. But let us also talk about the Arab slave trade, which trafficked 17 million people, whereas the transatlantic slave trade trafficked 11 million. Let us be frank about antisemitism in the Arab and Muslim world. Let’s not reduce history to simplistic categories of white bad, black good.

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t this point there is nothing I can say that’s not been said. Like many, I was struck with horror at the murder of George Floyd and reminded of the horrific mistreatment of black people around the world. This specific case caused me to take a break from social media to collect my own thoughts and speak to those whose opinions I value deeply. For many black people in the UK, it is a reminder of the hold that racism and white supremacy still have and the trauma with which many have had to deal. This experience has forced me to reanalyse my view of the many institutions around me, what I had been taught in the past, and experiences that I had ordinarily brushed off. Even though George Floyd was murdered in the United States, the truth is the UK is not innocent. Whether through the lack of acknowledgement of the horrors of colonialism, the role of the UK in the transatlantic slave trade, or even the presence of racism on our campuses and within schools today. The truth is more needs to be done. If there is one thing I can take from my time as a regional ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, it is the importance

of people educating themselves on the issues while standing up for those who are targeted with hate and face injustice. While we can post and raise awareness, what is important is that this leads to real actions and steps to fight racism, both institutionally and in our individual lives. It means that, when faced with bigotry and hate, we do not stand quiet. This in itself only allows perpetrators to have their way. Furthermore, without institutions taking real action to deliberately be anti-racist, the fight remains to create an environment that no longer praises or allows space for racism and white supremacy. As a black person in the UK, you are always forced to consider the role of race in the environment you are in, and this was not more true than when I started at university. Initially, I was almost put off because of the lack of black students within the student population, even though I knew I would be getting an education from a place that would be of great value. More needs to be done to make sure bright people of all races are able to obtain the opportunities that they rightly deserve. Above all, this is a time for solidarity and action. I encourage you to look within your own surroundings and stand up against racism in whatever form it might take. Take these conversations inside the household and be educated on how racism and white supremacy still exist and are issues here in the UK.

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We must remain united, even if we do disagree FORMER ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES

he letter signed by British Jews condemning the Israel government’s plans to annex a large section of the West Bank said as much about this controversial issue as it did about the state of Israel-diaspora relations. With the proposed annexation only weeks away, the Israeli government has yet to launch a concerted campaign to explain its position to diaspora Jews. On the other hand, the signatories seemed unaware that the Israelis most opposed to the policy are not centrist liberals but extreme rightists who reject the Trump peace plan. Indeed, the decision to publish the letter in Haaretz, a leftist paper with minimal circulation, instead of one of the more mainstream dailies, indicated a certain detachment from Israeli reality. Annexation has become another symptom of a much more pervasive – and dangerous – trend. That process has been deepening in recent years, with diaspora Jews increasingly accusing Israel of abandoning its enlightened values and

undermining their ability to defend it publicly. Israelis, on the other hand, were profoundly offended by the large numbers of diaspora Jews, especially in the United States, who supported the Iran nuclear deal and opposed US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. That resentment influenced the Israeli government’s withdrawal from the Kotel arrangement, a move which, in turn, further alienated liberal diaspora Jews. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, efforts to address the tension have been frustrated by the cancelation of virtually all exchanges between Israeli and diaspora youth, and the understandable turning inward of communities both within the Jewish state and abroad. This situation is not only morally tragic, but strategically dangerous. Diaspora Jewish support, both political and financial, is vital to Israel’s defence, and a strong Israel greatly enhances the security of Jews worldwide.

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JEWISH PEOPLE MUST NOT FALL VICTIM TO THE CHRONIC POLARISATION PLAGUING SOCIETIES The gravest threat, though, is to the Jewish peoplehood on which Israel is predicated and to which the large majority of diaspora Jews is still passionately committed. At stake is the Talmudic adage of Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh – all of Israel is responsible for one another. It is impossible to be mutually responsible and at the same time be mutually obtuse. Annexation – or rather, the extension of Israeli sovereignty, for Jews cannot annex their own homeland – is fraught with complications. Proponents will stress the need to exact a price for Palestinian rejectionism, to prevent the peace plan from stagnating, and to render its two-state solution palatable to the Israeli centre-right. Opponents warn of serious damage to Israel’s international reputation, the collapse of both the Oslo Accords and the peace with Jordan, and the erosion of Israel’s character as a Jewish and democratic state. Annexation

may help defend Israel from military threats in the Middle East while exposing it to sanctions from Europe. Certainly, there is much to discuss here and to debate, often ardently. But both sides, Israelis and diaspora Jews must first be willing to listen. Urgently needed is a respectable and widely inclusive dialogue. Previous initiatives, such as diaspora-Israel summits sponsored by President Ezer Weizman in the 1990s, ended in failure, and later Israeli leaders recoiled from what they saw as a politically unprofitable endeavour. But we no longer have a choice. Israeli and diaspora Jews – writers, rabbis, public intellectuals and decision-makers from across the religious and political spectrum – must meet and air their differences openly, frankly, and in the spirit of klal yisrael. Internal divisions, our history teaches us, have often hurt us more than external enemies. The Jewish people must not fall victim to the chronic polarisation that is now plaguing so many societies. We can still pull back from that brink. We can still gather, agree to disagree if we have to, and remain united. Whatever gains annexation may bring in terms of territory, it must not be at the cost of our people.

Councils divesting from Israel won't bring peace LUKE AKEHURST

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isappointingly, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) won a Supreme Court case in April that overturns the government’s regulations preventing Local Government Pension Schemes – the huge pension funds for all UK council staff – from divesting from companies on the basis of their links to Israel. I expect the government will now look at reintroducing the ban on divestment via primary legislation, and that there will be little appetite to pursue anti-Israel divestment among local authority pension fund committees, but there is political pressure from local PSC groups to do so. Chairs of local pension fund committees are receiving campaign letters from the PSC urging them to divest from a range of companies they claim are “complicit in Israel's war crimes”. The basis for this alarmingly worded claim is extremely tenuous, and examination of the list of companies from which they are demanding

councils divest reveals it includes a wide range of both Israeli companies and large multinationals, either because they supply the Israeli government or they simply have a presence in Israeli settlements in the West Bank (e.g. banks with branches or ATMs in settlements). The list includes major UK high street and Israeli banks, defence and aerospace companies, IT companies, travel companies, civil engineering suppliers, medical and scanner manufacturers, Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva (which supplies one-seventh of the NHS’ drugs), energy and telecoms companies, government contractors and sportswear companies. Divesting from all of them would seriously diminish the investment options open to pension funds. PSC claims council pension funds have more than £2billion invested in companies it is blacklisting.

Almost all pension funds have an ethical investment policy that will have deemed them compliant. In many cases, they employ advisers on ethical investment, who do not advocate divestment from Israeli-connected firms. Whatever the arguments about the legal status or merits of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, there is no legal prohibition on trading with them, supplying civilians or government institutions there or investing in them. The divestment demand is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which is opposed by all the main Jewish communal organisations in the UK. Local authorities should not be engaging in any way in the BDS campaign, as this negative campaign demonises Israel, falsely compares it to apartheid South Africa, and drives Israelis and Palestinians further apart – they should be

BDS DEMONISES ISRAEL AND DRIVES ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS EVEN FURTHER APART

encouraging greater cooperation and coexistence between the sides. When they impose BDS, they import foreign conflicts and divide communities. Jews and others will recoil from the idea the council on which they depend for the equal provision of schools, social care, and other public services would target Israel in this way. This extensive and absurd PSC blacklist gives the lie to any claims of a targeted approach to divestment. Major pillars of the Israeli economy are targeted, as are global businesses for having the temerity to supply Israel or trade there. The issues at stake over Israel’s next steps in the West Bank are serious and deserve proper debate that doesn’t demonise Israel. Attempts to piggyback BDS back into prominence on the back of legitimate opposition to the annexation proposals must be resisted. A council going down the divestment path wouldn't be helping to bring peace to the Middle East but it would be fanning the flames of the conflict. The sooner the government closes this legal loophole with new legislation and stops the possibility of councils using their investment clout to make clumsy interventions in a complex conflict, the better.


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Members of the community answered Jewish Care’s calls to show support for the charity between 14 to 21 of June. Some painted purple artwork and whipped up purple dishes while others dressed in the charity’s colour. Director of fundraising and community engagement Adam Overlander-Kaye, who dyed his hair purple, said: “It doesn’t matter how you join in with Go Purple, the main thing is to have fun and support Jewish Care’s amazing staff who are looking after older people in our care homes and in the community.” Pictured are the Flaum family with their pets. To take part, share photos on social media using the hashtag #GoPurple.

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Camp Simcha’s chief executive Neville Goldschneider raised more than £1,100 after shaving off his 12-week lockdown beard, grown while shielding. The challenge was broadcast live on Facebook. “[It was] a fun way to show people that even when you cannot leave the house, there are ways you can help support charity,” he said. “At the beginning, I didn’t mind having the beard, but as the weather heated up, I was counting the days until I could finally shave the monster off. I am very grateful to all those supporters who have joined me in lockdown challenges.”

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Project ImpACT volunteers baked and delivered almost 500 muffins to care home staff at residential homes across London. The Zoom event was led by chef Fabienne VinerLuzzato and her daughters. One recipient thanked volunteers, saying: “The muffins were amazing and all so carefully made and presented. Many staff members have been very scared about coming to work on the frontline of the virus, in particular, our Filipino members, whose risk factor is high and who support family members overseas.”

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The Dental Wellness Trust, has donated more than 3,400 essential toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to Norwood, Jewish Care and GIFT. “As we learn more about the virus, it’s increasingly clear your risk of severe illness and death increases with age,” says trust founder Dr Linda Greenwall. Dr Saul Konviser, also of the trust, said: “We desperately need more donations from dental practitioners and also their commitment to support their communities.”

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Weekend / Jewish News meets... Woody Allen

‘I’m not as neurot Brigit Grant has her life wish come true in a virtual chat with Woody Allen, who can still recite his barmitzvah portion and reveals why social distancing is a blessing

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always imagined my first interview with Woody Allen would take place at The Carlyle or sharing a Broadway Danny Rose sandwich at the the Carnegie Deli on Seventh Avenue. “Not on the telephone during a global pandemic,” I tell him after being introduced. “Well here we are, and it’s nice to meet you by phone,” he says. And there it was – the signature Brooklyn cadence that has flavoured his films since 1963’s What’s New Pussycat which he wrote, starred in and believes deserves the bad reviews. Fortunately, Woody has never taken notice of negative critiques and gave up reading many decades ago, although some appear within the vast recounting of his life in his first autobiography, Apropos of Nothing. It’s a fitting title for this tome by a selfdeprecating author, who questions his relevance to pretty much everything. But it is the unvarnished truth and compulsory reading for his detractors – although that’s not why he wrote it. “People have been asking me for years to do an autobiography, because I’ve been in showbusiness since I was 16 and have worked in print, radio, television, written theatre plays, directed opera, played jazz all over the world, acted and directed on the screen. “So I’ve had lots of experiences people wanted to hear about and I had no interest other than making it entertaining.” It is certainly that and more, as his vivid recollections transport you to the New York of his childhood, which served as the template for Radio Days, although the memories are conduits to other tales about his stand-up career, movie casting and relationships with women (including first wife Louise Lasser and live-in partner Diane Keaton), who remain Woody’s closest friends. Keaton is my cue to mention my Annie Hall obses-

sion, which began in 1977 with waistcoats and peg trousers leading to ownership of a VW Beetle. “I can understand that,” Woody says. “Diane has influenced fashion since she’s been around.” For my sartorial emulation to be acknowledged by the creator of kooky “La Dee Da” Annie was thrilling – and exactly the conversation I’ve dreamt about for 30 years. Unusually, I have loved all of his films, from the wacky comedies to the Ingmar Bergman-style weighty dramas and latter-day wistful romances, such as A Rainy Day in New York, which is now on

demand, in spite of Amazon’s attempt to bury it because of ‘#Me Too’ pressure. The Soon-Yi controversy (Woody and the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow have been married for more than 20 years) and allegations of abuse from Farrow are addressed honestly in the book, yet still waft around his legacy like a bad smell. “I never had the slightest interest in or illusion that anything I would write would change anybody’s mind about anything,” he tells me when I suggest it might. “The ‘trouble’ I had was part of the chronological telling of my story, so I had to devote a certain amount of space to it. But then I went back to my movies.” So back we go to Rainy Day, in which student film enthusiast Ashleigh (Elle Fanning) accompanies her boyfriend Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) to New York, where an interview with disillusioned director Roland Pollard (Liev Schreiber) reveals a man who is ready to quit the business. Is that how Woody feels? “I’ve always had a little secret, selfdestructive hope that things would happen and I wouldn’t be able to make movies,” he volunteers. “Not because of ill health, God forbid, but because no one would back my films. “But I didn’t want stopping to be my choice. So as long as people are willing to put up the large amount of money needed to make a film, I feel obliged to make them. “But it would be nice if I woke up one day and no one would give me a penny, then I could do something else without any guilt.” So what would you do? I ask, hoping he doesn’t mean it. “I could do other things I’d enjoy, like work in the theatre and write books.” The fact Woody has just written one hasn’t totally passed him by, as he describes the process of narrating

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Progressively Speaking: Why pulling down statues won’t solve racism From left: Woody Allen with Diane Keaton in Annie Hall; with his wife, Soon-Yi; and with his previous partner, Mia Farrow, in Hannah and Her Sisters


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it for the audio version as “tedious and enervating”, but after a project completes, he just moves on. Thankfully, his dislike of recording the audio is not reflected in his narration, which bubbles along with humour and Yiddishims. And he hasn’t held back on Jewish content, revealing as early as page 34 that his observant mother was “pretty strict about dietary laws that forbid pork, lobster and many delectable treats available to lucky infidels”. Two pages prior, he describes school detention as a “mitzvah” as it made him late for Hebrew school, which he hated. “The language is too guttural for my taste. Plus it was written backwards. Who needed that? I had enough trouble at school where things were written left to write.” Yet he can still remember his barmitzvah portion. “Your mind is like a sponge when you’re young and you absorb things you never forget, because they’re drummed into your head. But I never took those things seriously, I just did my barmitzvah to make my parents happy and it did. The second I was out on my own I didn’t have any interest in faith.” He has filmed in synagogues since, but never attended as organised religions are not his thing. “I’ve great respect for individual personal religious feelings and even envy it at times. “But people who join religious groups, which require wearing certain clothes, eating ‘these’ foods and meeting every week to pray to some non-existent God… not for me. “So once I was no longer subjected to the rules of my parent’s house, I never followed any religion.” I remind him of his character Mickey’s search for faith in the Oscar winning Hannah and Her Sisters, but despite any interest in religious epiphanies, he and Soon–Yi raised his adopted daughters Bechet, and Masie, 20, faith-free. As with all A-list interviews, the clock is ticking, but with restrictions imposed by the virus being particularly relevant to this 84-yearold – “I’m at the epicentre” between short walks, practising his clarinet – “just to maintain the level of badness I have achieved” and watching reruns of baseball games, there’s time to talk. So we do. About social distancing, which he has no problem with as he likes his own space and is not thrilled by “someone leaning in to give me some kind of pretentious double cheek kiss when I hardly know them. But that’s my thing”. He doesn’t mind a hug or handshake from those he knows, “but not if it means transmitting an ominous disease”, and he fears the diagnosis for getting back to work is way off because of the closeness required for movie making. “As for audiences sitting in theatres, I don’t really know when that is going to be a practicality. So I work on my script and I’m ready to go if somebody comes up with a vaccine.” Once he can travel, Woody has an idea for a film in Paris: “Any excuse to shoot there I grab, because the prospect of living there for several months is delightful.” I make a mental note to visit when he lands, just as I scheduled a visit to Spain when he was shooting the upcoming Rifkin’s Festival with

Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon. Spain is also where he made Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but now hankers to return to the film’s location, San Sebastian – “a little paradise”. If Woody is wowed by a place, his fans will be too, as his films are travelogues with vibrant vistas and unexplored streets, notably in New York, the jewel in his catalogue. The city of old is a presence in his book, but he did not have a diary or consult notes and photos to nudge the synapses as this octogenarian’s memory is pin sharp. So much so that should he bump into an old school pal, he can recall in detail their address, nickname, love of stamp collecting and talent for chemistry. “I don’t always recognise them physically because they’re 60 years older, but if I get the name, it just comes to me without a problem.” The admission is modest, which is an endearing trait, but the traits he gives to film protagonists resembling him are not his, he insists. “I do impute characters with feelings of my own, but the mistake is to think they are me. I exaggerate characters, otherwise they would be as boring as I am in reality.” Boring? Not true I bellow in the receiver. “It’s true,” he says. “I lead a very quiet middle-class life. Were I as neurotic as the characters I write, I wouldn’t be able to make film after film. “I’m well organised, go out to dinner with my wife and watch sport. In a movie, you want Hamlet, Lady Macbeth; extraordinary characters who are homicidal and tremendously neurotic.” Woody believes his wardrobe off-screen contributes to the confusion as identical tweeds are worn by his male leads. So much for the nebbish neurosis theory, yet there’s no denying his bleak view of the world as proved by his hopes for humanity. “I never thought there was any hope because I am such a pessimistic person,” he groans. “Check the world at any point and there is always something terrible going on in some place, if not many places.” To escape the pessimism, we move to musicals; Gigi, Singing in the Rain, and Fiddler on the Roof, which he admires, but didn’t interest him. My Fair Lady he preferred on stage and I’m tempted to paraphrase a song and ask if we can talk all night, but the last question is called. In A Rainy Day in New York, Gatsby says real life is for the people who can’t do any better – is that your belief? Woody pauses. “Yes, real life is not very nice, so you really want to try to inject as much magic into it as possible. We’re stuck with the real sad part, so create anything that takes you momentarily into a world that is more exciting. “Sitting at a poker table, a love affair, raising children or watching a movie, will lift you out of the mundane and sad reality we all face every day.” I struggle to say goodbye. So does he. “I hope you like Rifkin’s Festival, it’s an interesting movie and if you’re a film buff and like film-makers I like – Truffaut, Fellini and Bunuel – I think you will like it.” Woody Allen hopes I like his film. My life is complete.

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From top: Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning in A Rainy Day in New York, Woody Allen on the film set with Timothée and Selena Gomez

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WATCH NOW Alex Rider Anthony Horowitz’s ’s teenage spy Alex Rider has been brought to life in a gripping, eight-part series from Amazon Prime Video. The coming-of-age thriller is based on Point Blanc,, the second novel in the Alex Rider franchise, which has become a global phenomenon, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide. Otto Farrant stars as Alex Rider, a London teenager who has unknowingly been trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage. Pressured to help investigate his uncle’s death, and how it connects to the assassination of two high-profile billionaires, Alex reluctantly assumes a new identity and goes undercover in a remote boarding school called Point Blanc. Isolated far above the snowline in the French Alps, Point Blanc claims to set the troubled teenage children of the ultra-rich back on to the right track. As Alex digs deeper, he discovers the students are in fact the subjects of a disturbing plan, which Alex will have to risk his life to stop. The cast also features Game of Thrones actor Stephen Dillane, Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure and Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan. Alex Rider is available on Amazon Prime Video now

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IN PRODUCTION Shtisel DRAMA On The Spectrum Amazon has teamed up with Parenthood creator Jason Katims and Yes Studios, the team behind hit series Fauda, to adapt Israeli dramedy On The Spectrum, which explores the lives of three 20-somethings living with autism. The untitled series revolves around the trio of roommates, who strive for the same things that everyone else does: to get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them. Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien and Albert Rutecki, who each identify as living on the autism spectrum, star alongside Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang and Joe Mantegna. Katims, who will write and executive produce the series, said the project was “deeply personal” for him. “Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story of what it’s like to come of age as someone with autism,” Katims added.

Lockdown has seen cameras stop rolling and sets abandoned, but there may be light at the end of the horizon with Shtisel 3 stepping ever closer to going into production. Shira Hass, who plays Ruchami Weiss on the hit show exploring the trials and tribulations of a strictly Orthodox family, posted a photo on Facebook of herself holding a script fresh off the printer. Peeking from behind the stapled pages, Haas – who recently won plaudits for her role in the Netflix series Unorthodox – beams as she teases her fans with the news. “We can’t wait to start production on #Shtisel3 and see our amazing cast and crew again… it’s been a long time coming, but will be worth the wait!” the caption says. Production was due to begin again in May, but has been delayed by two months due to the pandemic.

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This Is Going To Hurt Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, A Very English Scandal) has been cast in Adam Kay’s forthcoming BBC series This Is Going To Hurt, based on his award-winning, bestselling memoir about life as a junior doctor. Kay’s diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, tell the unvarnished truth about a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology. Whishaw is set to play the fictional version of

Adam, who wends his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy — junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. The series sees Adam clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by severe stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, and all the while knowing

the hospital parking meter is earning more than him. Whishaw says: “It’s an honest, hilarious, heart-breaking look at the great institution and the army of unsung heroes who work there under the most stressful conditions. “The Covid-19 crisis has now shed even more light on their great work and underlines the necessity to support the NHS and its workers.”


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THE MIME OF HIS LIFE Stephen Applebaum speaks to Jesse Eisenberg about a new film exploring the wartime heroics of French artist Marcel Marceau

Above and below: Jesse Eisenberg in scenes from Resistance

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esse Eisenberg was nothing less than “shocked” when he compared pictures of himself and the famous French mime artist Marcel Marceau, because their alikeness was “too uncanny”. Digging further, he discovered that Marceau's father came from a town in Poland “an-hourand-a-half” from where his own family originated. “So,” he tells me by phone from New York, “we must have very similar genetics.” There was more. His mother used to be a party clown and was “over the moon” when she heard he had landed the lead role in writerdirector Jonathan Jakubowicz's latest project, Resistance, which explores the wartime story of Marceau, who was Jewish. “She said, 'I looked like Marceau!' She'd painted her face to look like him her whole career and I had never put that together.” Playing a Jewish lead might have made Eisenberg think twice at a time in the past when he was concerned about becoming “boxed in”. “I have certain characteristics that come across as particularly Jewish,” he says, “and when you're in a movie, whatever characteristics you have, irrespective of your attempt to hide them, emerge, because it's an incredibly intimate medium.” Although he has played some identifiably Jewish characters – most notably Mark

Schindler's List as an important film in his educaZuckerberg in The Social Network, and a Chasid tion about the Shoah, but while that was “a great in Holy Rollers – he says that when he was movie” made by a Jewish film-maker – Steven starting out, he'd be sent scripts with parts that Spielberg – its hero was a “rich, tall, attractive were “coded as Jewish, like the thin virgin who's German businessman who finds it in his heart to the punchline or something. I just hated those save these emaciated victims”. things”, he spits. “It humanises Jewish people,” he says, “but it “To me they were not only stupid roles, doesn't empower them.” but a bit offensive, from a cultural perspective. Resistance, So, I guess I was more hesitant to play Resistance on the other hand, explicitly Jewish roles; I thought it creates a Jewish saviour who is would be limiting as an actor.” “heroic on his own terms”, using That was then. Today, “we're ways that are “artistic, clever, in a wonderful place in our fantastic” to outwit the Nazis. Mime, Marceau tells culture,” declares Eisenberg. “I'm in a similar place in children under his protection, my own psyche, which is we is about making that which is don't have to be in denial. We invisible visible and, likewise, can depict different cultures in that which is visible invisible. the media, which is respectful to the It appeals to the imagination of culture and empowering. Those kinds performer and audience alike and is of tropes that I would say were stuck Marcel Marceau shown as something simultaneously sophisticated and childlike. in 90s comedies are not accepted Did Eisenberg, now a father of in the culture anymore as funny or a three-year-old son, with wife Anna Strout, entertaining. And thank God.” have a strong imaginative life as a boy? Marceau's story, as told in Resistance, is one "I was funny, but incredibly quiet and very of empowerment. Jakubowicz's focus is not just shy, and I hated any kind of social gatherings,” on Marceau as a blossoming artist, but as a Jew he says. “I didn't go to any birthday parties or who helped hundreds of Jewish children escape anything. I probably had a strong imagination, from Nazi-occupied France. but it came from a place of feeling really on the This was key for Eisenberg. He refers to outside of normal life. “I always just knew: 'Once I'm an adult, I'm going to be home free, but this is just torment.' I hated being a child. So yeah, I developed a rich imagination. But it certainly wasn't something that was winning friends at that age." In Resistance, Marceau uses his art to break through the children's trauma and, momentarily, pull them out of their grief. There's a lovely scene where he playfully interacts with the youngsters and something real and magical seems to be happening between them. It was a special moment, Eisenberg confirms. “You can imagine, after spending seven months learning the same routine over and over in my bedroom alone, to perform for these kids was just so illuminating. “It made me realise, if this scene happened in real life, the joy it must have brought Marcel

Marceau, who spent his fledgling career performing in dive bars for unappreciative adults. I could imagine this just gave him purpose for his work in a completely new way.” That purpose is evident in a scene shot in Congress Hall in Nuremberg. In this vast, unfinished arena for Nazi rallies, Marceau/Eisenberg gives a transportive, elegiacal performance for US troops, that silently combines pathos with anger. I ask him how he felt as a Jew in that space. “It was amazing just to go in there, let alone perform there,” he says. “But, more broadly, it was a real, unusual and wonderful victory that this hall was to be completed when the destruction of the Jewish people was completed, and not only did both of those things not happen, but here we are performing a movie inside it about a Jewish hero. “If the Nazis are alive somewhere, or looking down, I can imagine nothing as discouraging as the image of movie cameras rolling on that scene, in that building."  Resistance (15) will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from tomorrow (Friday)


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Torah For Today

SEDRA Shelach BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER Poised to enter the land of Israel, fulfilling the promise God made to their ancestors, the people dispatched 12 men to survey it and report back on its terrain, produce and inhabitants. Forty days later, these spies returned bearing samples of the land’s luscious fruit, but with a negative report claiming it was unconquerable and uninhabitable. Despite two men providing a different report, the people accept the false account and destined their entire generation to perish in the wilderness. Frank Koch in Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute, shares an experience that may shed light on this. Two battleships had been at sea on manoeuvres in heavy weather for several days. Frank was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog. Shortly after dark, the lookout reported: ‘Light, bearing on the starboard bow.’ ‘Is it steady or moving astern?’ the captain called out. It was steady, meaning they were on a dangerous collision course. The captain asked the

signalman to send a message to the ship and advise it change course 20 degrees. A message came back asking them to change their course. They repeated the request, only to be told they should change their direction. The captain was furious. ‘Send, I’m a battleship. Change course 20 degrees.’ Back came the reply: ‘I’m a lighthouse.’ They changed course. The spies concocted a story and the people accepted it as they were resistant to change. They had become so accustomed to a miraculous existence where God provided their every need that the thought of their lives being transformed upon entry to the Promised Land was viewed as a terrifying threat. To a greater or lesser degree, we all face that dilemma. We know we do not grow if we do not change, and if we don’t grow then we are not really living. Change is challenging, but we must embrace it because it allows us to achieve new things and makes us feel truly alive.

◆ Rabbi Chapper serves Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue

What does the Torah say about: Dying alone BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL A recent news story highlights the plight of people living on their own who died of coronavirus and, as a result, have not been found for up to two weeks – by which time their bodies have started to decompose. What does the Torah say about this? God asked Moses to leave the Israelite camp and die on the mountain of Nebo, all alone. Why was there no hue and cry to find Moses? I once addressed this topic to a meeting of Chevra Kadisha – those who prepare the deceased for burial – and one prominent rabbi remarked to me that, all too often, it is the ‘Moses’ of the congregation, its rabbi, who goes pastorally unnoticed by his congregation. Perhaps God was testing the Israelites to see whether, since the episode of the Golden Calf, they had learned to ask: “Where has Moses gone?” out of compassion,

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The Bible Says What?

When is it right to pull down statues?

‘Greedy people will be eaten by dogs!’

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BY RABBI JANET BURDEN

Some of the most powerful stories in the Hebrew Bible are those that illustrate how easy it is to slip into immoral action due to overwhelming desire. David’s passion for Bathsheba is perhaps the best known of these. Nathan’s rebuke to him sends shivers down my spine. Another such tale is that of Nabot’s vineyard. King Ahab wanted this vineyard for a vegetable garden, as it was near his palace in Samaria. The king offered Nabot a good price for it and offered to exchange better land for it. Nabot refused, saying: “The Lord forbid it me that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you.” Out of frustrated desire, Ahab allows his wife Jezebel to plot against Nabot and have him killed.

Averah goreret averah, meaning one transgression will lead to another, sealed the couples’ ignominious downfall. Both suffered dramatic and humiliating deaths. Ahab’s blood was licked up by dogs, while his wife was devoured by them. The lesson here is obvious: unilaterally taking something you want because you have the power to do so can never be right. Like many, I have been following the news about the proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank. I love Israel and want the best for its safety and future. But I believe this proposal constitutes a major threat not only to Palestinian rights, but also to Israel’s democracy. I fear it will only endanger the state’s long-term peace and security, just like taking what wasn’t theirs did to Ahab and Jezebel.

◆ Rabbi Janet Burden serves Ealing Liberal Synagogue

As a university student in Bristol in the 1990s, the irony was completely lost on this white, middle class girl as I walked down roads with my white, middle class circle of friends, that the white privilege that got us there was the same one woven into the very fabric of society. Whether we were walking to our lectures via Whiteladies Road or down Blackboy Hill, I realise I entered university life without fully appreciating all that got me there. In all my years as an undergraduate in the city, the history of the docks and slave trade were unmissable. Yet never was I offered the opportunity to critique its history or impact on the 20th century. Nobody helped me understand the direct link between the statue of Edward Colston and the lack of diversity within the student body. Whether through blue plaques, statues or signs, our architecture passively tells the story of our heritage. It is hugely important

The statue of Edward Colston being thrown into the River Avon

that parts of our history considered shameful are not whitewashed (pun fully intended). The statue was not the problem, but the words extolling his virtue were. What words could have been used instead to have changed the narrative completely? Jewish educator Jeremy Leigh teaches us through his Jewish Journeys, the power of using the world as our classroom, whether in a town square or under a shop sign, these stories are memorable in a way books or news items are so easily forgotten.

I would love generations of children, university students and Bristol business owners to have had their chance to stand in the shadow of Edward Colston and explore the challenges of race discrimination in our world today. His statue ended up being destroyed in such a way because he, like the abhorrent legacy he left us with, has been long ignored. We must stop shying away from such history. The statue, along with all the shameful street names and landmarks, should have been made an outdoor classroom years ago. I wish he had spurred us on to challenge difficult matters such as the levels of black and ethnic minorities of staff employed in the highest levels of their companies. We still live in his shadow, whether or not he is on the podium, and it can only be removed by educating against unconscious bias and racism that pervades society. ◆ Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue

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'LIFE IS ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES' Showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit tells Candice Krieger why failure is not an option and why it's premature to sound the death knell for the entertainment industry look to me to further their careers are desperately testing times. “If no and protect their incomes. If I vaccine is found, this could cost the fail, others suffer.” entertainment sector north of Shalit has 200 clients and £200 billion. If the worst-case 19 employees across his four scenario plays out, then more companies, under the Interlike hundreds of billions. Some Talent Rights Group, which businesses will never recover. he founded in 1993. “Being “And what we still don’t busy keeps my mind active,” know is how long Covid will take adds Shalit, who was awarded to overcome and if there will be an OBE in 2014 for services to the further spikes. The worry is it’s hard entertainment industry. “If you to imagine large gatherings of any can keep stimulated, you have more Jonathan Shalit OBE kind. Even when given the all- clear, chance of getting through this in a confidence will take time to rebuild.” positive way.” And positive he is. So how does Shalit, who counts having a cup “Winston Churchill said: ‘An optimist sees of tea with Prince and Maria Carey at a postthe opportunity in every difficulty’, which is Grammy party in Beverley Hills among his many how I have approached every challenge. The career highlights, stay so positive despite the gutparadigm will be very different when we emerge wrenching statistics? “We have to be upbeat and from lockdown. But ultimately my life is about dynamic in finding solutions to the challenges. creating opportunities for those I work with.” “In the next few years, we will see this forced But Shalit, 58, who has worked in the confinement and period of lockdown manifest industry for close to three decades, knows these itself in renewed and re-energised creativity. I believe one direct consequence of the Covid crisis will be the 2020s being the most creative and defining era of this century. Even now, millions of people are creating and imagining.” The West London Synagogue member has been supporting both the ‘Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal’ and the ‘National Emergencies Trust’. “Being a British Jew, I felt it important to support both the community and my country.” He is as reflective when it comes to business. “This is the biggest economic crisis to hit since the Second World War. But we need to put it in perspective. It is a health crisis of a severe and tragic magnitude, but so far manageable. “I have an overarching view. This crisis will predominantly kill businesses that were already struggling and needed change for the 2020s. Strong businesses will re-emerge with newfound strength, vision and working practices.” The entertainment industry will need to adapt. Many areas already are. “TV and radio shows are being broadcast successfully from where people live. UK soaps are back in production. Theatre and music have been adapting with their in-audience offerings. And for those embracing virtual and augmented reality, the

world can literally come to your home.” Last year, Shalit was named one of the London’s most influential people in the Evening Standard. He is credited with turning the 11-yearold Charlotte Church into a global superstar before her mum famously fired him. Before showbiz, Shalit had two careers – a stint as an insurance broker at Lloyds of London, and in marketing and advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi. He then entered the entertainment industry and launched his own consultancy. A big break was working with Sir George ‘Beatles’ Martin, whom he hired to produce a tribute album of Gershwin music featuring Elton John, Sting, Cher and Jon Bon Jovi celebrating the 80th birthday of American harmonica player Larry Adler. Other “memorable moments” include driving through the gates of Buckingham Palace to receive his OBE. Fast forward a few years and a different world is emerging. Covid-19 has led a dramatic shift to online streaming, with consumers turning to digital platforms for entertainment and “contactless” socialisation. The pandemic has accelerated change in an unprecedented way. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says they have seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in as many months. “The big winners are absolutely the subscription global streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+,” says Shalit. Even once the crisis passes, the psychological overhang from the virus might mean it takes time for consumers to embrace external consumptions models again. “When video came along and you could watch movies from your home, everybody said it would be the death of the cinema… and I don’t think this will be the death of social activities,” says Shalit. “As soon as the demise of Covid allows, the world is chomping at the bit to play again and be out having fun. Once people begin to feel confident, the entertainment industry will bounce back strongly. Popular forms of entertainment will very quickly hit record levels of income, and once social distancing is such that venues can fill their seats again, something close to normal will return quickly.” And Shalit will no doubt have an instrumental part to play in making that happen.

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howbusiness agent Jonathan Shalit could be forgiven for going into some sort of “lockdown hibernation”, as he puts it. Shalit has spent the past few months watching the industry with which he is synonymous pretty much grind to a halt. According to reports, Covid-19 will cost the entertainment and showbusiness industry $160 (£127) billion in growth over the next five years, hitting advertising and theatre the hardest. The Office for National Statistics says 68 percent of workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector have been furloughed. But failure is not an option for Shalit. The affable talent manager, who counts Susanna Reid, Dame Joan Collins and Robert Rinder among his clients, has too many people relying on him. He tells me: “Failure is not an option because of both the role of my company and the responsibilities I have taken on in the community. My staff and my clients rely on me and

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ISRAELI LAWYER ELI ROSENBERG Qualifications: • All aspects of Israeli law. Specialising in property law, property tax, inheritance law and dispute management. • Third generation lawyer from Israeli firm established in Israel in 1975. • Authorised and regulated by the Israeli Bar Association and Ministry of Justice of the State of Israel, with teams in Tel Aviv and London.

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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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The comfort of home If your office is now in your house, you’ll need to rethink the furniture

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e are still reeling from the impact of the virus, but for many there have been some surprise benefits. Working from home is one of them, with constant access to the fridge and sharing the parenting as major pluses.

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