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‘I’m sorry’ Labour issued a momentous public apology to former staffers in the High Court on Wednesday after they sued over the fallout from a BBC Panorama investigation into the party’s handling of antisemitism, writes Jack Mendel. However, just hours before the announcement, there were reports that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, his former communications chief Seumus Milne and Labour’s former secretary-general Jennie Formby had sought assurances that their names would not be connected to the apology. In a sign of lasting anger, Corbyn later dismissed the apology as “a political decision, not a legal one”. Seven former staff members, who voiced their concerns about how claims of Jew-hatred among members were dealt with, sued after they were accused of libel in the Panorama documentary, broadcast last year. The hour-long dissection of the
inner workings of the party’s complaints handling unit contained claims of political interference in what should have been an independent disciplinary process. This was strenuously denied by the party at the time. According to the whistleblowers’ lawyer, William Bennett, Labour accused them of “acting in bad faith during and after their employment with the intention of harming” the party, calling the accusations false. Mark Henderson, who defended the Labour Party, said he “acknowledges that these claims about the Claimants are untrue, and we retract and withdraw them and undertake not to repeat them. Actions are being taken against those who repeat the libels and will be taken against those who choose to do so in future.” Continued on page 2
Jewish News 23 July 2020
News / Whistleblowers praised / Minister resigns / Councillor suspended
JLM praises bravery of Labour whistleblowers Continued from page 1 The apology does not put an end to the party’s fiveyear long antisemitism saga, because the Equality and Human Rights Commission is still due to publish its report into allegations that antisemitism was “institutional” within the party. It has looked at the party’s much-criticised complaints procedures and the extent to which its internal culture under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership allowed antisemitism to grow. This report, following an inquiry that began in May 2019, has been disseminated to Labour officials in draft form, the party confirmed earlier this month. The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), the community’s affiliate to the party, welcomed the decision, saying the “brave” whistleblowers “brought to the public’s attention the scale of discrimination perpetrated against Jewish Labour members”. JLM added: “It is a sad reflection of its historic role as the party of working people, that Labour sought to pursue and silence its former employees for speaking out against racism. Panorama shone a spotlight on the Labour Party’s failure to act, and the growing culture of denial that sought to victimise those who had faced discrimination.” Labour said it “issued an unreserved apology to John Ware” and “agreed to pay damages to him”. Its statement added: “Under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, we are committed to tackling antisemitism within the Labour Party. “If we are to restore the trust of the Jewish commu-
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nity we must demonstrate a change of leadership. “That means being open, transparent and respecting the right of whistleblowers and the free press and freedom of expression which includes the right to object to things written or published. We are determined to deliver that change.” u Editorial comment, page 18
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Russell-Moyle’s resignation comes after the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) criticised him this week for having attracted “constant controversy in relation to antisemitism”. The JLM listed numerous criticisms including “his very public defence” of Chris Williamson, the former MP suspended for claiming it was “too apologetic” on antisemitism.
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A Brighton councillor has been suspended by Labour over allegedly antisemitic social media posts. Anne Pissaridou is under investigation by the party after it emerged she shared an article from a conspiracy theory website in 2016. The article, posted from The Free Thought Project site, pictures Jacob Rothschild and refers to the collapse of the banking system, and the need to stockpile food. A Labour spokesperson told Jewish News it “takes all com-
plaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and they are investigated in line with our procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken”. It confirmed Pissaridou is administratively suspended pending an investigation, after being reported to the compliance unit last week. The party will also reportedly look into an article she shared in 2018, claiming “pro-Israel propagandists have ‘taken out contract [sic]’ to stop Jeremy Corbyn being elected”.
NOW LABOUR CAN START TO HEAL FROM ITS SHAME BY BENJAMIN WESTERMAN
Yesterday, the Labour Party took a momentous first step in righting the wrongs of a shameful period in its history. Last summer, I found myself in the onceunthinkable position of taking to national television to criticise the party I had been a member of for many years and to whom I had dedicated part of my professional life. I am hugely proud to have stood alongside seven inspiring colleagues in blowing the whistle on the party’s handling of its antisemitism problem during the BBC’s Panorama episode Is Labour Anti-Semitic? We spoke out because we could not remain silent any longer. This wasn’t about politics or policy; it was about doing the right thing. Nothing could have prepared us for the response the party chose to disseminate. Rather than taking this opportunity to apologise, to build bridges with the Jewish community and to learn from the hurtful errors of this period, the party and its leadership chose to launch a malicious public attack on our collective character and integrity, insinuating malign motives. But this was about more than just us. This was about a whole community and how the party was treating its concerns. Words matter, and for the brave young Jewish activists who appeared alongside us on the documentary to describe the racist
abuse they had received, the party’s response was unimaginably painful. All this from a party claiming to defend workers, support whistleblowers and oppose racism. It was chilling, and their words hurt. Today, the party has chosen to redress this injustice. In making a full, public apology, the party has taken its first step, although there is much work to be done if the wounds of this period are to heal. Even now, as Jeremy Corbyn describes the party’s apology to us whistleblowers as ‘political’, it is clear the journey is far from over. The fact it has taken a change of leadership for the apology to come about speaks volumes. The past five years have been unprecedented and saddening for those of us who so badly want to see the Labour Party return to government. With the Equality and Human Rights Commission due to deliver the findings of its statutory inquiry in the near future, the party must continue to learn lessons – only when it understands what led to its lowest point can it regain public trust. If the leadership is uncompromising in its desire to root out this poison, it can make things right. The lessons must be learned, but the past five years must never be forgotten. This is a victory for all those who spoke out. It is about making things right, and it marks the beginning of a process by which Labour can heal from its shame. It is both welcome and long overdue that the party is beginning to understand the severity of what is has done and, more importantly, demonstrate contrition.
23 July 2020 Jewish News
China accused / Ban plan / Covid closures / News
Board calls for Uyghur justice A British Jewish leader has urged China to “immediately” free hundreds of thousands of Uyghur Muslims from camps in Xinjiang, saying “nobody could fail to notice the similarities” with the Holocaust, writes Adam Decker. Addressing China’s Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl called for the release of the Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities “from all ethnic and religious oppression”. China has come under increasing pressure over its network of 1,200 indoctrination
camps and system of mass surveillance in its western province, but Xiaoming defended the country on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show. “Nobody could and fail to notice the similarities between what is alleged to be happening in China today and what happened in Nazi Germany 75 years ago,” said Van der Zyl. “People being forcibly loaded onto trains, beards of religious men being trimmed, women being Marie van der Zyl said the world was watching China
sterilised, and the grim spectre of concentration camps.” Van der Zyl said China should immediately release all those being held because of their religion or ethnicity and “throw open the doors of the camps to a full and impartial international investigation”. She added: “The world is watching. The hand of history is poised. For its future, China has a choice between great glory and eternal shame. Let it choose the former.” uJewish News and Rene Cassin are hosting an online panel discussion tonight (Thursday) at 8pm, entitled: Chilling Echoes: The plight of the Uyghurs and why we must act now. Go to www.jewishnews.co.uk to watch
COMMUNITY REMEMBERS SREBRENICA MASSACRE Leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities in the north-west of England held a joint event online on Sunday to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, writes Adam Decker. The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester heard from Aldin Zilic, a Bosnian who
came to the UK as a refugee aged nine, as they reflected on the murder of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys by Serb forces in and around Srebrenica under the noses of United Nations peacekeepers in 1995. In an online event attended by MP Kate Green as well as Shadow Deputy
Leader of the House of Commons, Afzal Khan MP, the cross-communal organisation said the massacre was “the greatest crime committed on European soil since the Holocaust”. Zilic described how his hometown of Olovo was the birthplace of the famous Jewish painter Daniel Ozmo, who was murdered in the
Holocaust. Growing up, two of his best friends were a Serb and a Croat, and the town was well integrated, with Bosnian Muslims happy painting Easter eggs and pledging allegiance to Yugoslav values at school, which he said were similar to British values, but “they meant nothing when the genocide started”.
EU URGED TO BAN HEZBOLLAH More than 200 politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have urged the European Union to designate all of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. Under the auspices of Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI), parliamentarians urged the EU to “dismiss the false distinction” between Hezbollah’s political and military wings and proscribe all of it. British signatories included Stephen Crabb MP and Lord Pickles from Conservative Friends of Israel and Steve McCabe MP from Labour Friends of Israel. Brussels-based Daniel Schwammenthal of the American Jewish Committee, who is TFI’s secretary-general, said:
“We applaud the growing consensus among European lawmakers on this crucial issue. “Europe’s commitments to Israel’s security and to combatting antisemitism ring hollow when it continues to allow a deeply antisemitic organisation dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state to use Europe as an operational hub.”
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ALL-PARTY GROUP NAMES CO-CHAIR The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews has announced its new co-chair. Christian Wakeford, who represents the constituency of Bury South, which has one of the largest Jewish communities, was elected to the post this week. The parliamentary group works across the political divide to improve relations between the community and decision-makers in Westminster on key issues. Wes Streeting, co-chair and MP for Ilford North, welcomed Wakeford to the role.
REFORM RABBI TO JOIN WEST LONDON A rabbi from Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue is to join West London Synagogue just five months after the latter suspended its membership of the Reform movement. West London Synagogue chair Andrew Stone on Tuesday disclosed the appointment of new Associate Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman, saying she “brings many skills, qualities and interests”. WLS caused communal waves by suspending its membership in February.
UK intelligence reveals Israel’s ties to Moscow The long-awaited report on Russia from MPs overseeing Britain’s security services has pointed out Israel’s friendliness towards Moscow, with an open-arm approach to oligarchs, writes Adam Decker. Published on Tuesday, after a long delay, by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC), the report accuses Russia of “seeking out division and intimidating those who appear isolated from the international community”. While the UK has allies in its efforts to take a strong line against Moscow, the report notes – in a partially redacted statement– several countries that do not share that approach, including some in Europe as well as Israel. “Others do not share the UK’s concerns about Russia, or even if they do they are not willing to take such an assertive approach towards Russia’s malign activities,” the report reads. “France does not appear to have publicly condemned Russian cyber-activities, and it has been widely reported that other European governments, such as Austria and Italy, have appeared publicly to move closer to the Kremlin in the last few years. “We also note reporting that Israel…
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FOREIGN MINISTERS OPPOSE ANNEXATION Foreign ministers from 11 European countries have asked the EU to give them a list of possible actions to dissuade Israel from annexing parts of the West Bank. In their letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, they said they wanted options that would “contribute to our efforts to deter annexation” including possible “legal consequences”. The signatories were from Ireland, Italy, Belgium, France, Portugal, Malta, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland.
SINGER’S ONLINE Q&A FOR JLGB Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Vladmir Putin have a warm relationship
has welcomed Russian oligarchs and their investment and has thus far been unwilling to challenge the Kremlin openly.” After Russian agents poisoned the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in 2018, a total of 153 Russian diplomats were expelled from 29 countries around the world in a show of support to the British government.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian premier Vladimir Putin have a warm relationship, such that in 2016 Netanyahu asked Putin to use Russia’s veto in the UN Security Council to stop Resolution 2334, which accuses Israel of violating international law in the West Bank, when it became apparent that US President Barack Obama was planning to abstain. Putin refused.
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A British Jewish group opposed to Israel’s annexation plans has projected its message into the heart of Whitehall. Anti-occupation movement Na’amod projected messages onto the Foreign Office building in Whitehall, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish National Fund UK’s offices in Hendon. The message in Whitehall read: “British Jews demand freedom and equality for Palestinians.” On Twitter, the group said it was sending a message to the government from British Jews, adding: “There is no justice without freedom and
The message projected onto JNF UK’s offices in Hendon
equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.” Na’amod’s protest coincided with Sir Mick Davis’s critique of Israeli leaders’ determination to annex Palestinian territory
during a second wave of coronavirus infections. Na’amod has said the annexation threat represents “a day of reckoning” for the Jewish community.
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Countdown presenter Rachel Riley has won the opening round of a legal battle after complaining about being defamed and harassed by the operator of an anonymous Twitter account. A high court judge has ordered barrister Daniel Bennett, who “admits responsibility” for the Harry Tuttle account, to disclose tweets that refer to the 34-year-old television presenter. Mr Justice Saini said Bennett should provide tweets to a blogger, David Collier, who has also complained of being defamed and harassed. The judge said Collier and Riley used Twitter to “speak out against this [antisemitism] phenomenon” and claimed that the Harry Tuttle
account had been used “as a medium to attack a number of Jewish people, by harassing and defaming them”. Last Wednesday the judge ruled that Collier and Riley were entitled to know who had access to the account between March 2018 and July 2019, when it became dormant. But the judge did not order Bennett to disclose tweets to actress Tracy Ann Oberman, who had also complained that the account had been used to defame and harass her, adding the evidence relating to her was weaker. Riley has, separately, sued a former aide to Jeremy Corbyn for libel. A high court judge has overseen a preliminary hearing.
23 July 2020 Jewish News
UK Jewry / Student roles / Welfare concerns / Historical criticism / News
Website launched sharing history of Jews in Britain A medieval doodle and a newly-rediscovered photo of Leeds shop workers relaxing in a solarium belonging to the Burton Menswear company in the 1930s help tell the story of Jews in Britain, archivists said this week ahead of a website launch. Montague Burton, a Jewish immigrant, opened his first shop in 1904, the company later becoming one of Britain’s biggest clothing retailers. The photo found in West Yorkshire Archives is among the 25 collections to feature in the new Hidden Treasures website, which will be unveiled on Sunday. The images relate to Jews’ experiences in Britain, and draw from the National Archives at Kew, Merseyside Jewish Community Archive, Hull History Centre,
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The Hidden Treasures website, an initiative of the Board of Deputies, also features contemporary material being compiled to chronicle the Jewish community’s experience of, and response to, the coronavirus pandemic. Among the items to be explored include a medieval doodle in the margin of a document from 1277 regarding criminal cases in the king’s forest. The sketch of ‘Aaron – son of the devil’ appears next to a case concerning the killing of deer near Colchester and is one of the earliest English images of the ‘Badge of Shame’, the medieval equivalent of the yellow star. Board president Marie van der Zyl said: “This is an important project for anybody interested in the history of our community.”
The Union of Jewish Students this week revealed a new sabbatical team, with incoming president James Harris aiming to make the most of his tenure. The organisation, which works with 67 Jewish societies (JSocs) in campuses across the UK, celebrated its centenary last year, and welcomed new graduates to the London-based team, which now comprises two Israeli-born staff members. Coventry alumnus Bradley Langer, who was previously campaigns sabbatical officer, returns as campaigns organiser, while Haifa-born Lancaster student Shiri Wolff comes back in a communications role. New faces include Amanda Sefton, who studied in Birmingham, and another Israeli Gil Rubin, a Cambridge graduate who grew up in Dorset. In the post-coronavirus world, many campuses are making the decision to go digital, with Harris saying: “I’m confident that by doing more online, we can engage more Jewish students in more innovative ways than ever before.” New president: James Harris
COMMUNITY UPSET OVER TWO-CHILD CAP Shoah ‘distortion’ concern A large delegation of Jewish representatives this week met Welfare Delivery Minister Will Quince MP to convey communal concern about the impact of the government’s two-child welfare and housing cap. The Orthodox Jewish community has much larger families than the national average and representatives said the twin impact of the cap plus the economic downturn as a result of the pandemic
could push some families into poverty. The delegation comprised representatives from London and Manchester, as well as from Charedi communities in Canvey Island and Gateshead. “The two-child cap remains a matter of concern for us and we continue to urge the government to scrap it,” said Board of Deputies’ vice-president Edwin Shuker, who was one of 11 Jewish representative to attend the meeting.
“We will continue to work with government and partners across the community, particularly in the Charedi community, to find a more fair and just formula that supports families and tackles child poverty.” Quince said: “We are committed to maintaining our strong relationship with the Jewish community, and I look forward to engaging with them further in the future.”
The world’s most eminent Holocaust historian has criticised Israel as having “collaborated” with Holocaust distortion for geopolitical reasons. Yehuda Bauer, 94, professor of Holocaust studies at Hebrew University, whose family fled Czechoslovakia on the day it was annexed by the Nazis, was speaking in a webinar for
UK educators. Referring to several European states, such as Poland, Hungary and Lithuania, Bauer described how nationalists were now using Holocaust “distortion”, as opposed to denial, and that Israel was playing along with it. He said distortion was “more dangerous than outright lies”.
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Jewish News 23 July 2020
News / Gas plan / Charity trustees / Model guilty / Becks simcha
UK confirms talks about gas for Gaza The British government has confirmed that it has held “discussions” with British Gas about its interests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea with a view to securing a reliable energy source for Gaza, writes Adam Decker. In 1999, the Palestinian Authority granted British Gas a 25-year licence for the entire marine area off the coast of Gaza, giving the company the right to explore the seabed, develop any gas fields it finds, and build the necessary infrastructure. Just two years later, in 2001,
British Gas found a huge gas field 18 miles off the Gaza coast, at a depth of 600 metres, estimated to contain one trillion cubic feet of gas. The company still holds a 90 percent stake in the field, but the Israeli– Palestinian conflict has prevented the reserve from being developed. Answering a question in the upper chamber, Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Lord Ahmad said: “This issue has been discussed with British Gas Group and at international level in the context of how to
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facilitate a sustainable and long-term solution to the energy crisis in Gaza.” With US support, the Palestinian National Authority began discussions with Israel in 2012 about developing the field but wrangling over gas prices soon ended hopes. When the concession was awarded to British Gas in 1999, it
was on the pre-condition that surplus gas would be supplied to Israel, but Israeli leaders have refused to pay market rates, creating a situation of deadlock. Development could take place under the auspices of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which was established last year in Cairo.
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MODEL CITIZEN SENTENCED A court in Tel Aviv has convicted Bar Refaeli of tax evasion, sentencing her to nine months’ community service and a £570,000 fine. The model, 35, admitted submitting false tax returns while living abroad to avoid Israeli taxes after a tax investigation that began in 2015. Her mother, who is her agent, was also convicted after signing property leases for Refaeli using other relatives’ names. The model has previously caused anger by dodging military service.
The former chief executives of Norwood and the Jewish Leadership Council will help to steer a charity supporting seriously ill children. Simon Johnson, who recently departed from the JLC, will join former Norwood chief Elaine Kerr on the board of trustees at Camp Simcha. Kerr brings a background in health and social care, having held key positions in the NHS and third sector. Johnson spent seven years at the helm of the JLC, leading it through the Labour antisemitism row. He now chairs the Rugby Football League.
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A police officer in Manchester is suspected of emblazoning a colleague’s belongings with a swastika. The Greater Manchester force said it has begun an internal investigation after the “disgraceful and disgusting act”. The officer began their shift on Sunday to find the Nazi symbol etched on to their items. Assistant Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: “We are appalled that one of our employees felt that this behaviour was acceptable. A colleague has been subjected to a hate crime and there is no place for behaviour like this in GMP or policing nationally, and it’s being treated incredibly seriously... It is absolutely unacceptable that an officer has been faced with such an atrocity during their shift and we’re urging any officers or staff with any information to report it.”
Brooklyn Beckham’s marriage to actress Nicola Peltz will be a Jewish affair. The Daily Mirror reported that the son of former footballer David and Spice Girl Victoria, who announced his engagement last week, has told friends the pair are likely to marry under a chuppah and sign a ketubah. They will have two ceremonies, in the UK and the United States. Beckham, 21, and Peltz, 25, bonded over their Jewish heritage when they started dating last autumn, the paper said. David Beckham has often identified as having Jewish
heritage because of a Jewish grandfather. Peltz’s father, Nelson, is a Jewish billionaire businessman who, according to the Mirror, spent more than a million dollars on the 2016 barmitzvah of his twin sons. Like his father, Beckham is reported to have a tattoo of the phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”, from the Song of Solomon. Beckham, the oldest of four children, is a model and amateur photographer. Peltz starred in the 2014 film Transformers: Age of Extinction.
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23 July 2020 Jewish News
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Faith ‘has pressing role’ after Covid-19 ADMISSIONS OPEN An interfaith report published this week argues that the contribution of faith to society is likely to become “more pressing” after the coronavirus pandemic. The findings are detailed in Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief, by the thinktank Theos, was jointly commissioned by the British Academy and the Faith and Belief Forum (FBF), which charts social cohesion policy in the UK and examines the practical impact of the faith and belief sector in society. Among the case studies that the report’s author Madeleine Pennington drew on was the Peace by Piece interfaith programme initiated by the West London Synagogue to promote positive JewishMuslim relations locally. Another is the longstanding secondary school linking partnership between JCoSS and Tawhid Boys, with students touring museums and galleries together, and jointly visiting Arsenal Football Club.
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Jewish News meets... Human rights campaigner Rahima Mahmut
‘Jewish solidarity with Uighurs gives us hope’ Our community’s powerful response to the plight of her people gives renewed strength to Rahima Mahmut, who hasn’t spoken to her family for three years. By Jonathan Shamir For Rahima Mahmut, the plight of the Uighur Muslims in China is more than religious or ideological – it is personal. A rights campaigner whose family members are among the hundreds of thousands with an unknown fate in Xinjiang Province, Rahima is a long way from home, but says she has found a new home with the Jewish community, and is now a regular at Shabbat dinners. She told Jewish News the experience had been “heartwarming, peaceful and spiritual” as she reflected on the support of a community whose people were once also persecuted and detained en masse. She has not been home in 20 years and since the height of the Chinese government’s crackdown in 2017 she has lost contact with her family, including her nine siblings. “Being in a warm family environment brings back a lot of beautiful memories,” she says, adding that the Jewish response to the plight of Uighurs in western China had made her “very happy” and “given us hope”. The issue previously inspired only a narrow coalition of Chinese democrats and Tibetan activists, but having the Jewish community behind them “gives us a lot of strength,” she says. At a Board
of Deputies roundtable meeting in January, Dolkun Isa, president of the London-based World Uighur Congress (WUC), said: “In this time of grave crisis, it is essential to build a stronger cooperation between different groups. Uighurs need
global support.” The Uighur community in London numbers only 500, and the WUC is barely a year old, but Rahima has already begun reaching out as its project director, despite serious fears among the Uighur community about political activity. “If you pick up phone calls from foreign countries, you can get in huge trouble,” she says. One of her close friends, in Germany, found that her sister, a PhD student in Malaysia, vanished in 2018, while her sister-inlaw was jailed for 19 years for talking to her husband in Germany. The Uighurs’ relationship with the Jewish community began when Rahima was approached by a Jewish barrister, Amy Woolfson, who suggested a meeting with René Cassin, the Jewish rights organisation based in London. René Cassin hosted the first event in May last year, swiftly followed by a
Drone footage of blindfolded Uighur Muslims prior to being put onto trains. Inset: Last week’s front page
joint iftar of Uighurs and Jews, held in solidarity with Chinese Muslims prevented from observing Ramadan. Evidence of the Uighurs’ plight has been submitted to the UK’s foreign affairs select committee inquiry and the British Jewish community has since stepped up its response through campaigns and actions. Much of this has been led by the Board of Deputies. Interfaith and social action officer Anthony Silkoff told Jewish News that the Board “felt that it was important for us to make our voice heard... after learning about the terrible situation”. He added: “Because of our history, in particular the Holocaust, many Jews feel that it is the responsibility of all of us in our community to stand up against persecution.” After the roundtable discussion in January, the Board held an event
at Portcullis House in Parliament the Jewish and Uighur communities outlining what actions can be taken and Rahima described Hasensonto support the Uighur community, Gross as a “mentor,” teaching her while Board vice-president Edwin “how to run a campaign”. She was Shuker wrote to Rehman Chishti, moved that the Jewish community the government’s special envoy for “acknowledged the similarities [with their own history] and have freedom of religion or belief. René Cassin, the European Union taken on this problem as their own”. Going forward, Rahima says of Jewish Students and the Union of Jewish Students were due to there is “so much that governhost a Day of Awareness, ments can do, but have been including a demonstravery reluctant to,” pointing to boycotts of companies tion outside the Chinese Embassy’s Culdirectly implicated in Chitural Division, which na’s campaign against the was postponed due to Uighur people. With human rights coronavirus fears. René Cassin experts describing it as “cultural genodirector Mia cide,” it is little Hasenson- Gross wonder that Jews described “the want to help. close relation Opinion, page 22 Rahima Mahmut ship” between
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Walking in Amos’ shoes Of the 46,000 Jews from Theresienstadt, 18,000 were placed in a family camp in a section of AuschwitzBirkenau. Kubik said that it was not the first time the museum had come across documents in shoes, but that these had been “mainly newspapers” inserted for extra insulation. “This find is precious and interesting because the documents have been preserved in good condition and they contain dates, names of the persons concerned and handwritten captions,” she said. “They date back to 1941 and 1942. “The documents belonged to people probably living in Munkacs and Budapest. Some of them are official documents, a fragment of a brochure and a piece of paper with a name. The names Ackermann, Brávermann and Beinhorn appear in the find.” Kubik added: “They were probably deported to Auschwitz in the spring or summer of 1944 during the extermination of Hungarian Jews. I hope that more in-depth research will allow us to determine the details of the individuals.” The newly-discovered documents will be preserved and sent to the central collection along with the shoe.
THE QUEEN SENDS MAZELTOV TO US Buckingham Palace has written to the United Synagogue to congratulate it on its 150th anniversary, on behalf of the Queen. A letter from the monarch’s private secretary said: “The Queen has asked me to convey her warm thanks for your message of loyal greetings sent on behalf of the United Synagogue on the occasion of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of its establishment in 1870.”
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Auschwitz Museum has unveiled an incredible discovery found while staff were cleaning out an exhibit – handwritten inscriptions and documents hidden in inmates’ shoes, writes Adam Decker. In one example there is an inscription, which is still legible, showing that the footwear belonged to Amos Steinberg, who was born in Prague on 26 June 1938. Shortly after his fourth birthday, Amos was taken to Theresienstadt, just outside Prague, and then in October 1944, aged six, he became one of the 46,000 Jews deported from there to Auschwitz, together with his parents Ludvik and Ida. As well as the boy’s full name, the inscription shows the mark of the transport and registration number on the transport list. “It is likely that both his parents were murdered in the gas chamber after selection,” said Hanna Kubik, from the Museum Collections. “We may presume that Ida was most likely the one who ensured that her child’s shoe was signed. The father was deported in another transport. We know that he was transferred from Auschwitz to Dachau on 10 October 1944. He was liberated in the Kaufering sub-camp.”
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Some of the documents found hidden in prisoners’ shoes
Cyclists raised £675,000 for a charity providing out-of-school hours activities for Jewish children with disabilities in London. Participants in the annual Bike4KEF on Sunday raised the charity’s highest total yet, as 200 riders observed new coronavirus-related government guidance by not riding in the normal peloton style. Instead, riders were given a four-hour window to begin the ride, in groups of up to six, with sociallydistanced pit stops.
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Special Report / Pandemic breakthroughs
Start-up nation versus virus As Israel is hit by a second wave, a new book by Jodie Cohen explores companies aiming to halt the spread The number of coronavirus cases around venting the further spread of the virus, the world is approaching 12 million. testing, caring for patients, research into Roughly half of those have recovered, and potential treatments and the race for over half a million people have died. As the a vaccine. “Every day in the news, I saw more and numbers rise around the world, a newly released book by Jewish News freelance more stories of Israeli research, innovaspecial political reports writer, Jodie tions and start-ups pivoting their techCohen, suggests there is room for optimism. nologies in an attempt to do something to Tikkun Olam: Israel vs Covid-19 reports help,” explains Cohen. “Israeli society is used to on more than 40 Israeli innovations that were developed having to be agile, with unexbetween the onset of the pected sirens and rockets disvirus and early May 2020. rupting everyday life. “As a result, Israelis tend It provides a snapshot of work that has been carto work flexibly and fast, and ried out around the clock in this was particularly demonthe ‘start-up nation’ by scistrated after the pandemic entists, doctors, CEOs and appeared.” Here, Cohen highlights non-governmental organisations, in their efforts some of the key innovations to tikkun olam, or heal that particularly stand out... the world. Cohen researched, conMEET ‘MAYA’ ducted interviews and Maya is a 3D-printed sticker, wrote the book during her developed by the Faculty of second month of lockdown Mechanical Engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of in Israel. It covers innovations in the areas of pre- Jodie Cohen’s new book Technology, led by Professor
the hospital had already begun to share the stickers with other hospitals around Israel and had also been approached by medical centres abroad. Next steps are to work with a factory to develop mass production so it can send the stickers to more hospitals, and make them also available to members of the public.
HELPING TO SPEED UP COVID-19 DIAGNOSES
The 3D-printed sticker known as ‘Maya’
Eyal Zussman. The innovative sticker, which is named after Zussman’s daughter, who was the first person to trial it, contains nanofibers coated with antiseptics. Stuck onto surgical masks, the team says the sticker significantly upgrades protection, and is able to capture and kill nanoparticles of 99 percent of viruses from droplets that reach the mask. The Technion is working in collaboration with the Covid-19 National Emergency Team of the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Defense R&D. In April, Israel’s Ministry of Health gave initial approval for a pilot to assess the adaptability of medical staff to the sticker, to take place at the government-owned Galilee Medical Center in northern Israel. Initial results suggest medical staff feel more confident when wearing the sticker than with the surgical mask alone. By April,
The biomed division of BATM, which is based in Hod Hasharon in Israel and has branches in several countries, is well known for infectious diseases diagnostics. Last December, BATM says its team suspected something very ‘nonkosher’ was happening in China. Dr Zvi Marom, BATM’s CEO and chairman of the Israeli High-Tech Association, alerted the government and Israeli industry. BATM units in Israel and Italy were put on high alert to produce fast diagnostic tests for Covid-19. Collaboration with several universities and research institutions, which work regularly with BATM, was enhanced as well. The result was that by May, the company had produced several tests that can diagnose Covid19, and help to speed up diagnosis. BATM has also partnered with Israeli life sciences company, Novamedis, to develop a diagnostic kit that does not require specialist training. This means that people should be able to test themselves for Covid-19 in their own
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Israel’s largest non-governmental humanitarian aid agency, IsraAID, has 14 long-term missions spanning Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. IsraAID has experience responding to numerous health-related epidemics and disasters around the world, directly helping more than 250,000 people, and indirectly helping many more. Recognising that stress management is crucial to an effective emergency response, the organisation launched stress management webinars in early March for Chinese first responders and mental health workers. The webinars focused on developing personal resilience and positive coping mechanisms, and offered a forum for participants to discuss relevant psychosocial issues
IsraAid offers support in many countries
arising from Covid-19. As the virus spread, so, too, has IsraAID’s work, providing support to health teams in South Korea, Italy, and the US, as well as wherever each of IsraAID’s 14 field teams are on the ground. The organisation says that next steps are to provide long-term mental health support and to help rebuild health care systems in affected countries.
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CytoReason calls itself the global hub of pharma R&D data. It aggregates proprietary data from different companies across the industry, and uses it to train its computational models of human diseases. In other words, on a computer, scientists and doctors can see precisely what happens to the body on a molecular level when it is fighting an illness. The company says this is helping pharma and biotech companies to develop drugs for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and to understand how a patient might respond to new treatments. When Covid-19 emerged, the company began collecting Covid-19-related data around the world and built a model aggregating the data, so it says it is the most accurate available. It says it is making this model available free of charge to all pharma customers across the world who are working on finding a treatment. The model is helping these companies understand if their drug could help patients with Covid-19. Going forwards, CytoReason will continue
CytoReason collects Covid-19 data globally
looking out for, and tracking, new Covid-19 outcomes, and building its models to help speed up the development of new therapies. The company is also working to make its platform accessible enough so people can download and use it from the web, without the need for special training.
A POTENTIAL COVID-19 VACCINATION
The MIGAL Galilee Research Institute Ltd is internationally-recognised for its research. In 2016, it established a centre of excellence, looking at vaccines for viruses such as the influenza, Newcastle disease and reovirus. As part of its work, MIGAL researchers developed a new oral vaccine for infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), an avian coronavirus. This was designed so it could be quickly adapted to virus mutation. Pre-clinical trials carried out by the Israeli Veterinary Institute showed that the vaccine for the poultry
coronavirus was effective. When Covid-19 emerged and its genetic sequence was published, researchers found that the poultry coronavirus was genetically very similar – in fact, nearly identical – to the human coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. As a result, following genetic adjustments, the same scientific concepts were applied to transform the avian vaccine to the human vaccine. Human testing is still needed and, if proven effective, MIGAL’s proposed vaccine would be taken orally, which could make it more readily accessible to the general public. MIGAL has licensed the technology to MigVax Ltd, its fully-owned subsidiary, to develop, manufacture and commercialise the oral vaccine. In May, it was announced that crowdfunding platform OurCrowd is leading investment of $12 million (£9.5m) into MigVax to help speed up efforts towards development. “We don’t yet know which innovations, treatments and vaccines will go on to be proven effective or adopted widely,” explains Cohen. “Many are in the various stages of testing, but all are in use in hospitals and medical settings. “What is clear, however, is that there are so many innovations in the pipeline that there is cause for optimism. Especially as we face the second wave, facing reality with optimism is more important than ever.” � Tikkun Olam: Israel vs COVID-19 is available on Amazon and at other online and retail bookstores. Follow the blog at www.TikkunOlamIsrael.com
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Teacher fired for ‘Jews are cleverest’ remark
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Lecturer Stephen Lamonby appealed against his sacking
ethnicity” and suggested he be given a formal written warning instead of losing his job, but the tribunal said the university was within its rights to dismiss him for gross misconduct. A Solent University spokesperson said it was pleased with the outcome of the hearing and it reflected its commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
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Jewish News 23 July 2020
Special Report / Police training
What Israel teaches US cops Linking Israel to US police misconduct is a bizarre excuse for racism, but that won’t stop conspiracy theorists, writes Ben Sales In June, as protests against aggressive and abusive policing in the United States took hold, so did a false accusation about a group of programmes that sends American police chiefs to learn from their counterparts in Israel. “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learned from seminars with Israeli secret services,” actress Maxine Peake now infamously told the Independent. Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked by Sir Keir Starmer for retweeting the interview carrying that claim. Over the past couple of months, the accusation has popped up elsewhere. It’s the latest version of a claim that has circulated in anti-Zionist circles for years – that US police delegations to Israel serve to import brutal and militarised policing to the US. The organisations running the trips say that beyond being false – the trips do not teach physical, on-theground tactics such as chokeholds – the claim that Israel encourages American police brutality is an antisemitic canard. “These types of instances existed long before any of these professional leadership exchanges happened, and are part and parcel of the history of the US,” said George Selim, senior vice president of programmes at the AntiDefamation League (ADL), which runs police delegations to Israel, regarding American police brutality. “Seeking to link Israel as a state to US police misconduct is a bizarre excuse for the centuries-long history of racism and injustice that has been part of American history, really since our founding.” The main organisation opposing the delegations has been Jewish Voice for Peace, or JVP, an anti-Zionist group that published a 2018 report calling the trips a “Deadly Eexchange”. The report says they normalise “the violent repression of communities and movements the government defines as threatening”. Based on the report, JVP has campaigned for an end to police delegations to Israel, and has succeeded in banning them and other international police exchanges in Durham, North Carolina. It also has successfully pressured two New England police officials to withdraw from delegations. Now JVP is seeking to temper the anti-Israel criticism tied to recent protests of police brutality. In a June update to its “Deadly Exchange” campaign, JVP said “suggesting that Israel is the start or source of Amer-
Israeli police are accused of teaching the chokehold that was used when a US officer apprehended George Floyd, who died at the scene
ican police violence or racism shifts the blame from the United States to Israel” and “furthers an antisemitic ideology”. But JVP is still campaigning against the trips – not, they say, as the driver of police abuse in the US – but because the group says such exchanges allow police forces from two countries with histories of racial discrimination and allegations of oppressive policing to swap strategies. “On these trips, it’s about sharing and swapping ideas and tactics, but that’s not to say that the mission from the US officials wasn’t there to begin with,” said Stefanie Fox, JVP’s executive director. “It’s like, oh great, then let’s adapt this and adopt this to the practice we’re already trying to do of surveillance and of suppression of protest and of racial profiling.” Trip organisers and participants, however, say that’s a fundamental mischaracterisation of the trips. They say the trips, which are far from unique among international police exchanges, expose participants to a variety of policing practices in Israel, from surveillance systems to models for community policing in minority communities. The itineraries, they add, mostly consist of lectures, meetings and tours. “What we do is focus on management and policy issues, not training, not specific tactical training,” said
Steven Pomerantz, director of the Homeland Security Program at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, or JINSA, a conservative think tank that runs some of the delegations. “There’s no shooting, there’s no wrestling, there’s no chokeholds. That’s just not what this is about. It’s about the constituent parts of successful law enforcement [and] counterterrorism responsibilities in local policing.” The delegations to Israel began in the 1990s and ramped up after the 11 September attacks in 2001. The sponsoring organisations and their Israeli partners frame the trips as an opportunity for American police to learn from a country and police force with many decades of experience protecting civilian populations from attack. “There was a lot of interest, and still is, in understanding the Israeli approach to terrorism and counterterrorism,” said Robbie Friedmann, who runs the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, a programme at Georgia State University that takes senior police officers on delegations to Israel and elsewhere. “Delegations learn about the need to provide balance between fighting terror and providing services, so that if someone gets their apartment burgled, they know that’s something the Israel police will take care of.” More than 1,000 participants,
And the trips are just one example of a whole industry of delegations to Israel. Jewish organisations regularly offer Israel trips to politicians, community activists, celebrities, students, business executives and others. As with those trips, part of the goal of the police delegations is to acquaint the participants with Israel and give them a favourable view of the country. The main goal of the trips, across the groups that organise them, is to share Israeli expertise in counterterrorism. Organisers say the trips are about observation, policy and systems, not about doing active-duty training or teaching American officers physical manoeuvres. “In Israel in general, confronted with the kind of threats they are, they’re still very resilient,” said Lou Dekmar, the chief of police of LaGrange, Georgia, and the past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, who has been on several delegations to Israel. “How important it is, when there is a crime or an attack, to quickly address it, process it and reintroduce a state of normalcy.” Palestinian activists and their allies point back to accusations of Israeli police misconduct as the core reason they say BLM protesters in Washington DC chant: the trips shouldn’t be ‘Israel, we know you, you murder children too’ happening. Yousef Munayyer, a mostly senior law enforcement offi- Palestinian-American scholar, says he cials, have gone on the trips, which are is routinely profiled when he returns primarily provided by Friedmann’s to Israel, where he was born and where programme, the ADL and the Jewish his extended family still lives. “Yes, our Institute for National Security Affairs. police need to get better in the United Each organisation has taken sev- States,” said Munayyer, a non-resident eral hundred police officials to Israel, fellow at the Arab Center in Washa small fraction of the leaders of the ington, D.C. “But do they really need to approximately 18,000 police depart- be training in a place and with forces ments in the US. The trips are gen- where racial profiling is a value, where erally privately funded and are free racial profiling is central to the ethos of for participants, although none of the security system?” the organisations would share the The delegations do broach uncomsources of the funding or the costs of fortable topics, organisers say. When it the trip. comes to racial profiling, for example, Israel is far from the only country Friedmann said: “We receive briefto host a delegation of police officials ings based on the policies,” and that from abroad. Foreign police officers participants learn about the process come to the US to see how police for filing complaints. “What’s imporforces operate, and countries across tant is not to suggest that Israel is a the world also host delegations. Fried- perfect society,” he said. “But it is a mann’s group has run tours in coun- society based on the rule of law, and tries throughout Europe and South if an officer is behaving egregiously, it America, as well as in China, Australia will be handled.” and elsewhere. (JTA)
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Teen killer of Ari Fuld jailed for life The Palestinian teenager who murdered Israeli-American Ari Fuld in a terrorist attack in the West Bank in 2018 has been sentenced to life in prison. The Judea Military Court also ordered Khalil Jabarin, 17, to pay NIS 1,250,000 (£290,000) to Fuld’s family as compensation. The court earlier
this year convicted Jabarin of one count of intentionally causing death — the court’s equivalent of murder — and three counts of attempted murder. In a statement after the sentencing, Fuld’s wife Miriam said: “I felt the judges heard us and then got to know the man that Ari was.” Before the hearing,
she had told reporters: “Ari is our hero. He learnt to protect the country and the Jewish people, on social media, in army reserve duty, in advocacy, and we expect the court to protect him as he protected the land of Israel.” Fuld’s mother, Mary, said: “As a mother, there
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Ari Fuld and (inset) Khalil Jabarin
are no consolations. As an Israeli citizen, there is justice and that is what we expect. Justice.” Jabarin stabbed
Fuld, a father of four, multiple times in the back and neck as he was standing outside a supermarket near the Gush Etzion junction.
The oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe has been vandalised. At least 50 gravestones in Heiliger Sand (Holy Sands), the medieval Jewish cemetery in the German city of Worms, were smeared on Thursday with a greenish paint, the city said in a statement. There are about 2,500 gravesites in the cemetery, some dating back to the mid-11th century. Among the vandalised gravesites was the tomb of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg, known as the Maharam, a prominent rabbi who died in 1293. The city website said it did not believe the vandalism was motivated by anti-
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GRAVES VANDALISED IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH CEMETERY
The Heiliger Sand cemetery in Worms
semitism or politics. Meanwhile, experts reportedly are trying to work out how to clean and restore the gravestones. Mayor Hans-Joachim Kosubek said:
“We do not yet know what material the paint is made of and how we can remove the smears without damaging the valuable tombstones.” In a statement he described the incident as a “slap in the face” to the city. He added: “According to initial findings, the main gravestones in the medieval part of the cemetery are affected, the rocks of which are particularly sensitive due to their age.” The city noted that the cemetery – which was ordered to be closed for a week – attracts thousands of Jewish visitors each year.
Jordan’s prime minister has said his country could look positively on a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so long as it gave equal rights to all. Speaking to the Guardian, Omar Razzaz slammed Israel’s annexation plans as “ushering in a new apartheid state” that would “push the region into chaos”, but said a “one-state democratic solution” might work. His comments, which are likely to have been approved by Jordan’s powerful King Abdullah II, provide an interesting insight into the Hashemite Kingdom’s thinking,
in particular its leaders’ apparent acknowledgement that the territorial integrity of a Palestinian state in the West Bank may now have weakened irredeemably. “You close the door to the two-state solution, I could very well look at this positively, if we’re clearly opening the door to a one-state democratic solution,” Razzaz said. “I challenge anybody from Israel to say ‘Yes, let’s end the two-state solution, it’s not viable, but let’s work together on a one-state democratic solution.’ “That, I think, we will look at very favourably.”
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The trial has begun of the suspect behind the terrorist attack last October on a packed synagogue in the east German city of Halle. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office accuses Stephan Balliet, 28, of two counts of murder and 68 of attempted murder.
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LGBTQ FESTIVAL GOES ONLINE FOR FIRST TIME An LGBTQ festival, launched in memory of Israeli teenager Shira Banki who was killed at a Jerusalem Pride parade in 2015, is to be brought online for the first time because of the pandemic. Israeli LGBTQ equality association The Aguda’s Pride in the Livingroom project – a programme of events with speakers from across the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender spectrum – was launched in 2017 and this year runs from 3 to 7 August. It will include talks with rabbis, activists and influencers.
Scientists trial cancer treatment Scientists in Israel are trialling a cancer treatment they hope could be used to remove proteins produced by malignant cells from the bloodstream, writes Mathilde Frot. Professor Gal Markel, director of the Ella Lemelbaum Institute for Immuno-oncology at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, is leading a 40-patient clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of immunopheresis therapy. Some cancer cells, he said, release proteins into the bloodstream that can sabotage the ability of immune cells to fight the disease. The new treatment, which resembles dialysis, could “neutralise the cancer by filtering those proteins out of the bloodstream so the patient’s own immune system can fight effec-
tively, either alone or in tandem with existing immunotherapy drugs”, he went on. “The most important thing for me is to improve cancer patients’ survival and quality of life,” he added. “With this trial, there is real hope that we can really make that happen.” The team says immunopheresis therapy could potentially be used to treat various conditions, including breast cancer, resistant metastatic melanoma, renal cell carcinoma and lung cancer. The blood-filtering technology manufactured by the US medical tech company Immunicom was awarded a breakthrough device designation from the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this year.
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ruled they could not be paid by his wealthy friends. The charges against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, centre on three cases. He is alleged to have received gifts worth £300,000 from a businessman in return for helping him buy an Israeli TV channel and get a US visa; to have planned to help a newspaper owner by restricting a rival’s circulation; and to have promoted regulatory decisions that saved a telecoms tycoon £400 million.
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Soviet Shoah experience goes online for Israeli pupils Israeli schoolchildren learning about the Holocaust will soon be able to visit Russia virtually to understand how Soviet Jews both fought and suffered under the Nazis. Most Israeli secondary school pupils travel to former Nazi camps across Europe, most notably Auschwitz-Birkenau, but a pioneering team from the Israel-based Beit Lohamei Hagetaot – Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, came up with an online alternative seminar, prompted by the lack of travel during lockdown. It is a joint collaboration between the museum and Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), and organisers hope to incorporate the story of the Holocaust of Soviet Jewry into Israeli learning. The six-hour programme, specially tailored for groups of up to 20, will cover the heroism of Jews who fought the Nazis, explore the meanings of memory, and prompt discussions about awareness, activism and communal involvement. Using a mixture of lectures, workshops and films, it will give an overview of the Holocaust in Soviet territories with a guided tour of the museum’s relevant exhibitions. Included in the learning will be a Bielski
Secondary school students will learn about the heroism of Jews who fought the Nazis
Brothers workshop, dedicated to the legendary family of Jewish partisans, and a session on heroes hailed by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. There will also be a portable gaming workshop, described as “visual escape room sets, which use quest-room methods for exploring the individual life stories of five inspiring characters that lived in
Visitors will experience life in the 16th century
Europe’s best klezmer musicians and Yiddish scholars have been told not to cancel their ticket for this year’s Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany, with organisers still determined to put on a show. A reduced selection of artists will take part in an array of events, including poetry readings, workshops in Yiddish and outdoor chamber music concerts, although the dancers will be missing this year, owing to coronavirus restrictions. Attendees will be asked to observe safety regulations as they enjoy a programme ranging from an exploration
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Boston’s Jewish community has unveiled a monument to local coronavirus victims in a ceremony streamed live to hundreds of families. A memorial stone and two granite benches were dedicated in the grounds of the Baker Street Memorial Park, a complex of 42 Jewish cemeteries. One bench is for those who died without loved ones, the other for cemetery staff for their work in extraordinary circumstances.
the Soviet Union territories during the Holocaust”. By September, Beit Lohamei Hagetaot says it will have developed virtual tours of three of its 15 thematic halls, and offer a guided online visit with 10-15 “discussion stations” to broaden the learning experience, augmented by original artwork and video testimonials.
Venice Jewish museum restoration
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Venice’s Jewish Museum is to get an innovative makeover that will give visitors a snapshot of the city’s 16th century Jewish Ghetto. Overcrowding, cramped living quarters and a lack of hygiene meant that life was tough but safe within the confines, and tourists will soon get a sense of it at the Jewish Museum in Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, the square at the heart of the ghetto. Visitors will enter a flat located under the historic German Synagogue, which will be rebuilt based on the model of the Jewish houses of the 16th century. “Tourists will realise how difficult the life of the Jews was,” said historian David Landau, who is overseeing the project. “The ghetto was both prison and pro-
of European Yiddish wedding music in 1920s New York to a transnational song evening featuring works by poets as diverse as Mordechai Gebirtig, Georges Brassens and Bob Dylan. There will be a “musical dialogue” between four leading representatives of the international Klezmer scene, as well as concerts in the Thuringian capital of Erfurt and Johann Sebastian Bach’s hometown of Eisenach. Founder Dr Alan Bern said: “Our challenge this year was to design a programme that continues that tradition while staying healthy and safe. We think we’ve succeeded, and the strong, positive response we’ve received from artists and participants is very gratifying.”
tection. As long as residents remained inside, no one could harm them.” The museum incorporates some of the city’s most important and ancient synagogues as well as Jewish dwellings dating back to the start of the Renaissance. Amid the complex is Venice’s oldest synagogue, the German Synagogue, which was built in 1528, along with the Canton Synagogue, built in 1532. The Spanish and Levantine synagogues, also built in the mid-16th century, lie just outside. “Residents came out of their lodgings and, through internal passages, they climbed into the synagogues,” said Landau. “They were much higher, more ventilated, and better illuminated than their homes.”
Jewish leaders in Buenos Aires were granted an audience with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in the run-up to the anniversary of the deadly 1994 bombing of the Jewish centre in the city. In 2015, Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the case for several years, was found dead in mysterious circumstances just hours before he was due to reveal evidence of a state cover-up in court.
A far-right activist is set to do jail time for insulting a German Jewish leader after the country’s highest court denied his appeal. Sascha Krolzig, who heads the small Die Rechte party, will serve a six-month sentence for calling the head of the Jewish community in Herford-Detmold an ‘insolent Jewish functionary’, praising the SS and demanding a boycott of Jewish organisations on a news website.
Prosecutors are seeking to shelve a book by a Jewish comedian about Sweden’s wartime collaboration with the Nazis. Lawyers say the book’s cover, which shows a tiger in the national colours of blue and yellow, infringes on the copyright of a war-time propaganda campaign, which is now owned by a museum. The author, Aron Flam, said it was satirical and therefore protected by freedom of speech.
MASA ISRAEL REMAINS ON TRACK TO CONTINUE English-speaking postgraduates and young professionals can now enrol on a new fourmonth educational stay in Israel while continuing to do their jobs remotely. Masa Remote Israel is to let successful applicants, or fellows, move to Tel Aviv for four months while working their current jobs in their home country, with Masa’s educational and social programme scheduled around the fellow’s job and time zone, letting them
get in a full working day. The programme, for which scholarships are available, is aimed at postgraduates aged under 30 from Englishspeaking countries such as the UK, US and Canada, and fellows are being allowed into Israel, when other students are not. Fellows will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, during which they will receive orientations, Hebrewlanguage course and educational seminars.
Representative body of German Jews celebrates 70th anniversary The representative body of post-war German Jewry celebrated its 70-year anniversary this week with one eye on an even bigger anniversary next year. Reflecting on the fact the Central Council of Jews (CCJ) in Germany held its inaugural meeting in Frankfurt on 19 July 1950, establishing what was intended to be a provisional set-up, community leaders said Jewish life in Germany today was once again vibrant. At its inception, the CCJ’s main task was to support the Jewish families who had managed to survive the Holocaust and to facilitate their emigration, yet CCJ leader Josef
Schuster said many families surprisingly wanted to stay in Germany. Within weeks of the war ending, the ‘Israeli Cultural Community’ was founded in Munich, the first of several steps marking the revival of Jewish communities in Germany, which was divided between East and West during the Cold War. “For a long time, it was very problematic, also in Jewish circles, to stand up and say that you’ve consciously chosen a life in Germany,” said Schuster, adding that when legendary CCJ leader Werner Nachmann began proudly proclaiming the return of Jewish life in Germany, he faced criticism from Israel.
German Jewish leader Heinz Galinski in 1967
Next year, Jewish communities in Germany will celebrate a far larger anniversary, marking 1,700 years of Jewish life on what is now German soil. The CCJ said it would seek to strike a tone balanced between past, present and future.
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Shul memories of Belarus It was good to see an advert for ‘Zooming’ to Jewish Belarus in last week’s edition (Jewish News, 16 July 2020). To mark our synagogue’s 25th anniversary in 1996, I established contact with the tiny Menorah community of Grodno (pictured), scene of much Jewish destruction and the base of the resistance group, the Bielski Brothers. Menorah’s young founders, Misha Kemerov and Ira Belskaya, were able to establish their halachic origins and were married in our synagogue, with huge support from the community. We had Menorah children over to stay, study and learn. They were amazed when the local mayor spoke to them; more so that he was Jewish! Members housed them; dentists and doctors in the community (we had a few – who doesn’t?!) gave them
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Single state idea is a disingenuous cop-out FORMER CHAIRMAN, JEWISH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
merican commentator Peter Beinart recently published thousands of words advocating a bi-national one state solution. There is a world of difference between criticising the government of Israel for at times undermining the future of a Jewish and democratic state, as I have done often in the past, and asking the citizens of Israel to voluntarily dissolve that state. Two states haven’t yet been achieved but I still believe, as do many others more highly qualified than myself, that the obstacles can be overcome in the long-term with creativity and sufficient political will. Beinart’s argument, as many have written, is utopian. It takes flawed bi-national models like Northern Ireland and Belgium and elevates them to a status their flaws do not warrant, while ignoring bloodier examples like Yugoslavia. It dismisses the concerns of Israelis caused by several decades of regional and local annihilationist terror and aggression as some kind of psychological throwback
to the Holocaust, rather than an understandable response. Fundamentally, as President Obama’s ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted, “His proposal means the elimination of the very purpose of Zionism: the sovereignty in their homeland that the Jewish people deserve and history proved repeatedly they suffered grievously without.” Therefore even if it was in the universe of the possible, which it is not, I reject it. If the State of Israel is not a Jewish state why should it exist and what connection would Jews outside Israel have to it? Diaspora Jews would become mere foreigners. Whatever stake we feel we have in Israel would disappear. For all Beinart’s long-expressed
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concerns for the future of Diaspora Jewish connection to Israel particularly among the young, his proposition would make Diaspora Jews and Israel irrelevant to each other, entrenching a schism he previously feared. Yet our connection to Israel has been vital for the continued existence of Jewish communities. The Zionist enterprise forged and has maintained a Jewish identity relevant to modernity. Beinart’s proposal not only existentially threatens the State of Israel but modern Jewish identity. If Israel is no longer a collective Jewish endeavour then, over time, the Jews will cease to exist save as a relic of history. Judaism and Jewish identity would become the sole preserve of the ultra-orthodox. To condemn the Jewish State of Israel to history would do the same to the Jewish people. It would be as dangerous a self-indulgence by the left to give up the Jewish nation state as for the right to erase from history the Palestinians' right to their own nation state. No one should contemplate giving away the right to statehood conferred by UN resolution 181 or deny that right to Palestinians. That Palestinians wasted so much time fighting Israel’s existence and that for the past decade both sides have been grotesquely
unable or unwilling to negotiate a solution does not make that solution irredeemable. The imposition of facts on the ground to in effect inhibit the viability of a Palestinian state has indeed been infuriating but we shouldn’t buy into the notion, ironically encouraged by both the Zionist hard-right and anti-Zionist left, that such facts are irreversible. In a vacuum with no momentum, however, others will propose far worse ideas. But the issues that have bedevilled the two state solution – no trust, a belief by many on both sides that the land is theirs alone, huge wealth disparities – will not be solved by jumping off a one state cliff and hoping to fly. And if we outside Israel embrace one state we would be complicit both in the mayhem and violence it has the potential to unleash and in the demise of the Jewish people as we know it. Instead of giving up on Israel and a two-state solution, we need to embrace both with more conviction than ever. Is it difficult to achieve? Is it difficult to persuade younger generations of the patience, moral and political compromises needed to achieve it? Of course, but so what? It’s a hard sell but an attainable goal. A bi-national state, however, is a dangerous, disingenuous and ahistorical cop-out.
My appetite for shul has been curbed by the virus ALEX BRUMMER
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he reopening of Britain for business and prayer has unleashed a variety of reactions. My esteemed colleague, Tom Utley, recalled in careful detail his yearning for the reopening of his local pub and a pint of real beer. When his wish finally came true he was told he could only order via the pub’s app. It required a socially distanced bar assistant to lean over him tapping into his phone and a 20-minute wait for the drink to arrive. A friend locked down in his country pile in Somerset drove up to London for the first time to be in the queue for the reopening of the fashionable River Café on the Thames in Fulham. My editor at the Daily Mail craved dining out in central London and was disappointed at ghost town streets and the emptiness of a famous eatery. As for this writer, his wishes have been modest. As a person of a certain age with a vulnerable wife who has been studiously sheltering, I have proceeded with caution.
On returning to my office in Kensington for the first time, I vowed to visit the local Italian restaurant for my morning coffee. I sat outside with my americano and The FT in the milky morning sun. The whole experience was even better when the proprietor greeted me with a big smile and announced that there would be no charge! A bigger challenge lay ahead. Ever since childhood, I have been a habitual shul-goer, something inherited from my dear late father. When I have travelled for work to Washington, Frankfurt, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Sydney and a myriad other places, I have made time to go to synagogue, sometimes for the morning weekday minyan, for Shabbat or yom tov. So returning to services is something I wanted to do. The idea of having to go to synagogue websites and sign in was a novelty. My first service was Kabbalat Shabbat at my local Richmond United Synagogue. Rabbi Meir Shindler and the honorary officers had worked tirelessly to make it as hygienic and as spiritual experience as possible. It was joyous to be back among friends and to sing quietly through my mask, but by the end of the 45 minutes of prayer,
BY THE END OF THE 45 MINUTES OF PRAYER, I COULDN'T WAIT TO TEAR OFF MY MASK I couldn’t wait to get outside and tear the thing off. The whole experience was made a little more pleasant by a kind, anonymous donor who had placed on our seats miniature bottles of single malt and a small sanitised plastic cup. Since then, I have visited the morning minyan at Western Marble Arch on a couple of occasions, limbering up for some upcoming yahrzeits. While it was great to be back and don tefillin, the masks, vast social distancing and the lack of spontaneous interaction made it feel very different. I have to admit that when it came to Shabbat morning last week and the prospect of wearing a mask for two hours on a blazing hot summer’s day and listening to the leyning of two long parshat, I chickened out. Having ascertained from the rabbi that there would be a minyan (in fact there were
16 or so men), I took the executive decision to daven at home. As has become the custom during lockdown, I was joined by my younger son Gabriel. I led shacharit prayers, he led mussaf and between us we leyned a chunk of the portion of the law from the Chumash. We said the prayer for the new moon and split the haftorah. It has proved a great bit of family bonding and something that has brought us closer together in lockdown. This week, Shabbat Chazon, I will go to synagogue to mark the yahrzeit of my late elder brother (who died very young) and my mother. The call of prayer with others is strong. But I must admit that in my heart of hearts, enthusiasm for shul has been greatly dulled. It is no longer the full-throated, social experience that was so much part of my life before Covid-19 arrived.
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Jewish News 23 July 2020
Labour’s apology is first step towards redemption MIKE CREIGHTON
FORMER LABOUR AUDIT DIRECTOR
reputation cannot be fully restored simply by a few words, but for me and others involved in the Panorama ‘Is Labour Antisemitic?’ programme, hearing the party describe the allegations against us as “untrue and defamatory” is a first step. I have initiated many legal proceedings on behalf of the party, usually for the national executive committee in defence of some arcane paragraph from the rulebook, or as a result of a breach of election law by our opponents. I never expected that I would initiate libel proceedings against Labour, the party I’ve been a member of for more than 40 years and served as an employee for 25 years. I’m not Jewish. When discussing antisemitism, I don’t even claim “some of my best friends are Jewish” (although some are). Being shown the daily experiences of many Jews, from casual, throwaway antisemitism
to deliberately hateful and hurtful vitriol was a true eye-opener for me. That these were the experiences of members of the Labour Party, perpetrated in part by voices within the Labour Party, amplified by social media, and then discounted and diminished by people supposedly without an antisemitic bone in their body was bewildering. Jaw-dropping. When I retired from working for Labour in 2017 it was with an absolute recognition that we, as a party, had failed to stem a rising tide of antisemitism. But I knew I left behind a team of people committed to tackling this stain on the reputation of one of the great political parties. And then, one by one, they too left or were invited to leave. We all became observers of the failure of the Labour Party. So when a journalist of extremely high repute, John Ware, gave me and others the opportunity to share our experiences on Panorama it was a real chance to open the eyes of others: to finally prompt a public acknowledgement of the scale of the problem and a commitment to action by the party.
THE ACCUSATION THAT WE INTENDED TO HARM LABOUR COULD NOT BE LEFT UNCHALLENGED
None of us, the whistleblowers, expected Labour to welcome our comments. But nor did we expect the party to instigate a campaign to destroy our reputations before the programme had even been aired. This campaign continued for almost a year, right up to Sir Keir Starmer being elected leader. None of us took action against the Labour Party lightly. We had years of loyal service between us. I had served eight leaders, and eight general secretaries. We all worked endless hours to get Labour into power, to “seek the trust of the people to govern”. The accusation of being bad faith actors with the
intention of harming Labour could not be left unchallenged. We remain grateful for the many, many messages of support that sustained us through what was an extraordinarily debilitating time and, of course, to our legal team. That it took nearly a year and a new leader for the party to recognise the harm it had caused, in itself caused more harm to the individual whistleblowers. It also caused even more harm to members of the Jewish community who had always previously viewed the Labour Party as a friend and haven. It is, therefore, with relief that this chapter is coming to a close, with the party withdrawing the accusations against us as false and defamatory. I am pleased that Starmer is already showing the leadership that has helped bring this about, but it’s clearly not the end of the story. There is still much more to be done to eradicate the stain of antisemitism from Labour. I hope Starmer and others are successful in that task to which he has committed himself and the party. I have no doubt that the whistleblowers, reputations restored, will stand ready to help.
Zalman’s words are a rallying cry for us all KAREN POLLOCK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST
n 1945, a series of notes were discovered, hidden in the ground at Auschwitz-Birkenau. They had been buried by men who knew they would soon be murdered in the gas chambers and who risked everything to write on scraps of paper in the desperate hope that their final words would be found. One of those notes was from Zalman Gradowski, a Polish Jew who was forced by the Nazis to work as a Sonderkommando in the gas chambers and crematoria. He wrote: “I have a request of you: this is the real reason why I write, that my doomed life may attain some meaning, that my hellish days and hopeless tomorrows may find a purpose in the future.” Today, 75 years on, we read with horror about the existence of 13 tonnes of human hair forcibly shaved from Uyghur women in China and we see reports of over a million Uyghurs detained in ‘re-education’ camps – the largest incarceration of a minority group since the end of the Second World War.
And, as we see the official documents that show a policy of mass sterilisation, and drone footage of hundreds of blindfolded prisoners being forced onto trains, I cannot help but recall Zalman’s words. The Chinese Ambassador can claim – as he did on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday – that “there is no such concentration camp in Xinjiang”, but the evidence is there to see. And having seen it, we have a duty to speak out and to act. We of all people know the value of hearing from a witness - that famous quote from Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel tells us when you hear from a witness, you become a witness. Well, today we hear from those who have escaped or survived. Exiled members of China’s Uyghur minority have given evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court. We need to listen and we
need to share their stories. According to the US Holocaust Museum and Memorial, between one and three million Uyghurs out of a population of 12 million are currently in some form of detention, and those who are not still face rapidly tightening control restricting their ability to express who they are. The Chinese government claims it is cracking down on extremism, but it is targeting an entire ethnic group. The Holocaust was a unique and unprecedented event in human history, and the lessons live on. We of all people know all too well what happens when a group is singled out and targeted, made into an ‘other’, persecuted and dehumanised; and we of all people know how deafening silence and inaction can be. In the 1930s and 1940s, the world was silent. Today, we recognise our duty to stand up and speak out.
THE EVIDENCE IS THERE TO SEE. HAVING SEEN IT, WE HAVE A DUTY TO SPEAK OUT
We cannot be silent as the world becomes increasingly aware of the persecution of the Uyghurs. This is happening in a global, interconnected world, where information is at our fingertips and social media enables the spread of information faster than ever. Every news report, every video online, every testimony should be a rallying cry for all of us. This matters because we know that targeting people based on their faith, culture or identity can have repercussions beyond our darkest imagining. It matters because dehumanising a group, moving them from their homes, tearing apart their families, stripping them of their right to practise their faith, preventing them from having children and even removing their hair, strips them of their very humanity – and is a warning sign of a breakdown of civilisation. It matters because the protection of basic human rights, of basic dignity, is our responsibility to our fellow human beings. So today I ask you to remember the words of Zalman Gradowski, who secretly buried his words next to the gas chambers so that the world would remember his suffering and give it meaning in the future. Today is that future.
23 July 2020 Jewish News
Jewish News 23 July 2020
Scene & Be Seen / Community
1 COMMUNITY HELP
Torah Action Life raised more than £300,000 to support its community centre. The organisation hosted online events over two days, including a challah baking session led by Raya Tawil and Rebbetzin Esti Hamilton and a children’s art class with a chance to win a prize. It thanked the community for its “crucial support securing Jewish futures and inspiring thousands in an ever-changing world”, adding: “Without your help and support, we wouldn’t have been able to make it.”
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Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman, 74, joined 45 Jewish Blind and Disabled tenants over Zoom to chat about her career, politics and the lockdown. Tenants asked about her role as Evelyn Plummer in the long-running soap and British Telecom’s iconic 1980s adverts, in which she played doting Jewish grandmother, Beattie. “As long as you’ve got your health, that’s all that matters. You have to take each day as it comes and focus on kindness, thoughtfulness and not letting everything get you down,” she said.
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During Morasha Cares Week, pupils at the north London school took part in selfless acts, such as helping elderly relatives, organising charity bake sales and washing their teachers’ cars. The week of activities led by Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School sought to encourage pupils to reach out to the community, families and the environment. The school said projects reflected values it “emphasises throughout the children’s time with us, and that we know they will uphold through secondary schools and beyond”.
4 ONLINE SUPPORT
The government’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Lord Pickles, and TV judge Robert Rinder were among the speakers to address an online event held by The Association of Jewish Refugees. Fran Horwich, the association’s northern volunteer coordinator, read aloud a poem about a volunteer’s phone call to a member, while chief executive Michael Newman led a quiz. Chair Andrew Kaufman said: “This year my thank you is probably even more heartfelt than usual, as I am acutely aware of the additional support and care you have been giving our members during these challenging times. You have enabled us to maintain a critical lifeline with our members.”
23 July 2020 Jewish News
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Book / Weekend
‘Measles saved my mother from Auschwitz’ Main: Jews being rounded up in France. Inset: Debut author Debra Barnes
Alex Galbinski speaks to Debra Barnes about her new novel, which was inspired by her mother’s miraculous Holocaust survival
ebra Barnes always knew her mother, Paulette, had experienced a traumatic childhood and, like many other Holocaust survivors, she rarely spoke about it. But for years a black-and-white photograph only served to feed Debra’s curiosity about what had happened to her mother during those years. In the picture were her French-born mother, her siblings, including her twin, Annette, and their parents, most of whom had perished. “Growing up, the Holocaust was something we didn’t discuss at home. It was an uncomfortable subject that was avoided. We didn’t read books or watch films, but you could say things have changed – now that’s all I do,” says Debra, who produces life story books for members of The Association of Jewish Refugees. Debra’s debut young novel, The Young Survivors, is inspired by her mother and her siblings and is published today (Thursday). Paulette and Annette, the youngest of the five Szklarz children, were born in 1938 in Metz, a French town on the border with Germany. Their parents had moved there to escape persecution in their native Poland, but had started to experience antisemitism in their adopted homeland. Having been forced to flee Metz alongside other Jews, they were soon arrested and deported. In the summer of 1943, the siblings were separated, with the twins and one brother sent to a Jewish orphanage and then a second in the suburb of Louveciennes. They remained together until July 1944, when orders came to deport all the children to Auschwitz. It would prove to be the last convoy from France, just three weeks before Paris was liberated. While her twin and older brother were murdered on arrival in the gas chambers, Paulette’s subsequent
Top: Denise Holstein at the home in Louveciennes with her nine charges shortly before they were deported. Annette is pictured second from the left in the back row, with Paulette to her right. Above: Paulette and Denise reunited after 62 years
survival was nothing short of miraculous. The sixyear-old first avoided deportation, because she had been taken to hospital to recover from the measles. Then, when the Gestapo attempted to take her as well, Paulette was hidden by doctors, before spending the rest of war concealed by nuns in a convent. Her inspirational story of survival provided the background to Debra’s novel, The Young Survivors, which tells the journey of the five Laskowski children, whose parents are abducted in the night, before losing their home, their Jewish community and each other. It weaves in many stories that Debra, 56, who studied journalism, was personally told and learnt about while researching the book. “I thought it was such a powerful story – this was the first time my mother and Annette were apart; they were without parents, they were each other’s rock and had been together the whole time,” she says. “For them to be separated and for that to happen, it’s just heart-breaking. It must have been such
a burden of a guilt on my mum and I think that’s another aspect of the story that makes it so special.” The Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue member keenly understands the trauma felt by the second generation. After the war, eight-year-old Paulette moved to England, where her maternal aunt lived. As an adult, Paulette had a happy family life, explains Debra, but something wasn’t quite right. “I don’t think my sister and I realised it at the time, but now we are mothers ourselves, we can see our relationship with our mum was complicated, despite growing up in a happy, loving environment. I think it’s something many of the second-generation experience. “I grew up thinking, ‘I can’t upset my mum, she’s been through so much already, I’ll do whatever I have to, to make sure she’s happy’ – and that becomes a bit of a burden and quite a lot to carry.” Following her mother’s death, Debra decided to research more into her family and subsequently write a book. In 2006, Paulette had been reunited with Denise Holstein who, aged 16, had looked after the children at the orphanages and had survived Auschwitz herself. They were put in touch after Denise’s Holocaust testimony appeared on the internet with a photograph of the pair. Denise appears as Jacqueline in Debra’s book, and she was able to fill in some of the missing details. “Denise hadn’t known my mum was still alive; she thought all the children in the photograph had died,” explains Debra. “It was so positive to hear from her that the children didn’t know what was going on and were happy and played together.” Debra was also motivated to shed light on the fate of the 75,000 French Jews who perished in the Holocaust and has dedicated her book to them. “It was only in 1995 that the President of France, Jacques Chirac, admitted how the French had collaborated with the Nazis. I don’t think many know what happened in France and I wanted to bring it to people’s attention.” � The Young Survivors by Debra Barnes is published by Duckworth Books, priced £8.99 (paperback). Available now
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Jewish News 23 July 2020
Weekend / Entertainment
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Apple has given a straight-to-series order for Echo 3, a new action-thriller written by The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal and based on Israeli hit series When Heroes Fly. Produced by Apple and Keshet Studios, the 10-part series follows the story of Amber Chesborough, a brilliant young American scientist, who goes missing along the ColombiaVenezuela border. Her brother and her husband – two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts – struggle to find her in a layered personal drama,
FILM Dirty Dancing Could Baby be coming out the corner? Actress Jennifer Grey,, who starred alongside Patrick Swayze in the original Dirty Dancing film, is said to be collaborating with Lionsgate on an untitled dance movie in which she will star and executive produce, Deadline reported this week. Lionsgate holds distribution rights to the original films, which include the 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
THEATRE Looking Good Dead
set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war. Based on Omri Givon’s award-winning Keshet Broadcasting series and inspired by the eponymous novel by Amir Gutfreund, Echo 3 will be shot with English and Spanish dialogue. Boal will serve as showrunner, alongside co-showrunner and executive producer Jason Horwitch (Berlin Station, House of Cards). This marks the second straight-to-series order from Apple and one of Keshet International’s production arms, following Suspicion, Keshet Productions’ new drama starring Uma Thurman.
Grey played teenager Baby in the 1987 box office smash. Her character fell for handsome Catskills resort dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Swayze). The movie racked up £171 million at the global box office and won an Oscar and Golden Globe for the memorable original song, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Frank Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz. In recent years, Grey, the daughter of actor Joel Grey, has starred in the Amazon comedy Red Oaks and won the 11th season Stars. of Dancing With the Stars
DIRECTOR’S CHAIR Gideon Raff Spy thriller Homeland might never have been made, as TV executives were actually “looking for a sitcom” when the idea was first pitched, revealed creator Gideon Raff during an online chat with fans this week. Raff, 47, whose other mega-hits include The Spy and The Red Sea Diving Resort, told supporters of Tel Aviv University that it was a light-hearted comedy, rather than a show about a double agent “turned” by the enemy, that an LA-based director was on the lookout for. But the script for Raff’s breakthrough show, Prisoners of War, which formed the basis for Homeland, ultimately won him a commission,
going into production first in Israel and then in the US with an English-language version, starring Claire Danes (pictured) and Damian Lewis. Raff revealed that Homeland has since been remade in numerous countries, including, most recently, Russia and India – where the local version ran to 126 episodes.
Crime novelist Peter James’ Looking Good Dead has been adapted for the stage and will embark on a UK tour next year. The story, part of his popular Roy Grace series, revolves around a man who witnesses a vicious murder, placing his family in grave danger. This is the fifth of James’ novels adapted for the stage, following The House on Cold Hill starring Joe McFadden and Rita Simons, Not Dead Enough starring Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore, The Perfect Murder starring Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace and Dead Simple starring Tina Hobley. James said: “I can scarcely believe this is the fifth of my novels to be adapted for the stage. It has been a tremendous thrill to see my characters so brilliantly brought to life, and it has been quite
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23 July 2020 Jewish News
Our post-Covid community / Special Report
‘We’re more in demand but scarcely able to raise funds’ In the first of a two-part series on how the pandemic has reshaped our community, Sandy Rashty looks at its impact on charities There was a time when a charity’s annual gala dinner was the focus of its fundraising committee. Often, charities could rely on the lavish sit-down dinners to raise millions of pounds to provide key facilities for service users. But since the outbreak of Covid-19, charity leaders have had to adapt to survive. For Louise Hager, chair of Chai Cancer Care, the impact of the pandemic is “worrying”. The charity, which provides services for patients and their families across the UK, has had to cancel or postpone its fundraising events, which account for nearly 65 per cent of its annual £3.5 million target. “Normally our annual fundraising dinner would raise around one-third of our income. Other successful events like a concert we were planning and a ‘golf day’ have also been postponed. A lot of income would also come from celebrations, from people donating for weddings, bar and batmitzvahs – but they have also been put on hold. The pandemic has had an enormous impact.” For now, individual supporters have been raising money for the charity through bake sales, bike rides and social media campaigns. While a virtual fundraising dinner in Manchester raised £120,000 for the charity in June, there is still a lot more to do. “We are doing everything we can, but it is a worry,” she said. The charity has also had to adapt the services it provides for 3,600 patients and their families. Counselling services are being held online and the charity intends to resume home visits, but it is expecting to see a surge in demand for its services. “Not only do we need to carry on supporting existing clients, but sadly we know there will be more people who need significant input because diagnosis and treatment has been delayed,” she said. “A lot of support will be needed.” For larger communal organisations like Norwood, which supports children, families and people with learning disabilities, the pandemic has also had an impact. According to a charity spokesperson, it has “suffered from the double hit of loss of fundraising income at the same time as facing increased costs due to Covid-19”. While the charity is looking to adapt with digital fundraisers, it is projecting a £3mil-
lion loss this year despite ongoing grants from trusts, foundations and communal organisations. “There can be a tendency to feel that the large charities like Norwood can manage… but the truth is we are totally reliant on support from the community to continue our vital services.” Still, Norwood has seen a 200-person surge in volunteers who have helped prepare and deliver meals to service users every week. And many services have been held on online forums like Zoom, WhatsApp and Facebook – an element that may continue in the future “even when this is no longer a necessity due to Covid-19”. As a result of lockdown, there has been an increase in demand for Norwood’s chil-
Charity volunteers deliver meals to those in need during the coronavirus lockdown
the ongoing running of its helpline, which has had 40 per cent more enquiries since lockdown. But with the surge in demand for its service and the loss of large gatherings for fundraisers, the charity has had to turn to digital gathering to raise money for its services. While a recent virtual ‘business breakfast’ event raised more than £8,000 for the charity – it doesn’t compare to the Charities have reported a surge in demand pre-lockdown fundraisers: a business breakfast with Sajid Javid in February raised £70,000 for the organisation. A Jewish Care spokesperson said: dren and family services, she said. “But we know that the real increase will come as “Whilst the pandemic has meant that restrictions ease and people emerge from we have had to adapt, we will continue to provide as full a service as possible for what is for some, the trauma of lockdown. “We already have programmes in place those who need us and we are incredibly to help the parents and children who are grateful to those who have come forward transitioning from nursery to school as to volunteer and support the community they have missed out on activities that during this time.” For UK charities fundraising for organwould have usually prepared them for this major milestone,” she said, adding that the isations in Israel, the impact has also been charity was working with more than 40 clear. Gaby Blauer, executive director of food poverty charity Manna UK, said the schools on this initiative. Likewise, Jewish Care has seen a sig- demand for services in Israel has surged, nificant impact on its services since the describing it as an “emergency situation”. Supporting five food centres across pandemic struck. With care homes for the elderly and vulnerable across the country, Israel and Meals on Wheels deliveries the charity went into lockdown a week to people in need, he said the surge in demand was not matched by funds. “As before it was formally imposed in March. With 3,600 volunteers – a 20 per cent a huge portion of our income in the UK increase since the outbreak – the charity comes from fundraising events which has been able to boost services offered have been cancelled, we had to adopt new to people affected by the pandemic, techniques,” Blauer said. Zoom cookery including the delivery of 16,000 ‘Meals on classes have raised £5,000 while social Wheels’, telephone support services, the media campaigns have raised £10,000. He provision of iPads for service users and is expecting “a very busy year ahead”.
JEWISH WOMEN’S AID’S BIGGER LOAD The UK government is under pressure to tackle the increase in reports of domestic violence during lockdown, with police in London seeing a 10 percent rise in the number of calls reporting attacks. Helping in Dimona, in the Negev And the surge has put extra pressure on Jewish Women’s Aid, which estimates that one in four women are affected by domestic abuse. In April, the charity reported a 27 per cent rise in demand for services compared with the past three years. “We have seen more women asking us for help and more children being traumatised through witnessing abuse,” a spokeswoman explained. Reflecting the national increase in calls to helplines, she said: “There seems to be a higher awareness of the issue of domestic abuse as a result of media coverage of the rise in violent incidents and deaths under lockdown.” While pressure on the charity has increased, it has been less able to fundraise and had to cancel its annual June dinner. “We launched an emergency fundraising campaign in May – and we also applied to a range of funders to help ensure that we are able to keep meeting the needs of women and their families.” But still, JWA’s frontline services have run “without interruption” under lockdown, with those that were face-to-face now conducted online or on the phone. “We have continued to offer advocacy, counselling and children’s therapy and moved women into emergency accommodation.” The spokeswoman added: “We are expecting a spike in demand for our services, following the easing of lockdown, when women have more freedom to contact us for support. It’s hard to predict exactly what this will look like but our priority will be making sure we have the resources to respond to every woman who needs us.”
Jewish News 23 July 2020
Weekend / Food & Drink
hakalaka is considered to be a salad in Soweto, but think of it as a spicy vegetable relish, because the vegetables are chopped and cooked. I created this recipe for a themed Shabbat lunch that infused Asian, African and Indian flavours. The first time I made it, I served it with brown sugar beans, but it wasn’t until I created it as a deconstructed sushi salad that it flew off the platter. When I asked my domestic helper what the isiZulu or isiXhosa word for ‘deconstructed’ is, she responded quite simply, ‘Do you mean it’s broken?’ Well yes, that’s exactly what it is, so it became tsebrochen (Yiddish for ‘broken’) salad. If you need to save time, you can prepare the chakalaka sauce a day ahead or use a ready-made one.
D CHAKALAKA (OR DECONSTRUCTE SUSHI SALAD)
INGREDIENTS 3 cups ready-cooked sushi rice, or 3 x 85g vegetableflavoured ramen noodles 1 English cucumber, pith removed and julienned 250g baby corn, sliced on the diagonal 250g sugar snap peas, sliced on the diagonal 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 green pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 2 carrots, julienned ½ cup chopped spring onions 100g salted cashew nuts handful chopped fresh coriander for garnishing
For the chakalaka sauce, see recipe online
Dressing ½ cup chakalaka sauce 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup cold water ½ cup white wine vinegar 2 tsp sugar or sweetener
1. If using the ramen noodles instead of sushi rice, prepare the noodles according to the packet instructions, but retain the third packet for crumbling the dry noodles over the salad. 2. Spoon the sushi rice or noodles onto a platter and cover with the cucumber, baby corn, peas, peppers, carrots and spring onions. Alternatively, arrange the ingredients in groups over the rice. 3. To make the dressing, combine the chakalaka with the mayonnaise, water, vinegar and sugar or sweetener until well mixed. 4. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the sushi rice and vegetables and garnish with the cashew nuts and fresh coriander. If using noodles, crumble the third packet of noodles over the top of the dressed salad.
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SEDRA Devarim BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Shabbat Chazon (the Shabbat of Vision) takes its name from the opening line of the Haftorah, usually read by the rabbi to the haunting tune of Eicha. Chazon details the vision of Isaiah, which concerns the fate of Judah and Jerusalem. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch introduces us to the book of Isaiah by explaining this prophecy took place some 150 years before the destruction of the Second Temple. The eyes of Isaiah’s contemporaries were completely closed to the state of the decay. They instead saw a perfect picture, Jerusalem full of Jews, its marketplaces full of abundant food, a functioning Temple, Kohanim, Leviim, korbanos, a fire on the altar, 10 open miracles on a daily basis. To the eye fixed on the externals, nothing was missing and everything seemed fine and dandy. Chazon is Hashem opening Isaiah’s eyes to the condition of the Jewish people. To the mind’s eye, the eye that rests in the chazeh (chest or heart), the disconnect between the people and the mission was palpable.
The rabbis tells us that, like Hashem, the soul cannot be seen, but it has the ability to see. One who is able to ‘see’ with his soul, perceives the world for what it really is, rather than the obscured illusion of the material world. Chazon means to behold something in its fullest sense, rather than just view an object or a situation with a pair of eyes. Isaiah, with his divinely-inspired ability to see through prophecy, perceives the Jewish people are on a collision course. This catastrophe will take place well over a hundred years from his time, but he has to act now if anything is going to alter the course of Jewish history and destiny forever. Chazon is the ability to see things for what they are, rather than what they appear to be. It is the long-term vision, one that doesn’t just see what is immediately in front of our faces, but one that invests in the Jewish future.
◆ Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director of Jewish Futures and serves Finchley Federation Synagogue
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Persecution of the Uyghurs BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL US federal authorities recently seized a shipment of nearly 12 tonnes of human hair believed to have been taken from Uyghur Muslims incarcerated in concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang province. So, what does the Torah day about this? In 2004, an investigation by a London rabbi on behalf of Rabbi Y S Elyashiv led to a worldwide ban of women’s wigs sourced from India on the basis the wigs were dedicated as an offering before they were sold on. The sourcing of human hair taken from people who may be imprisoned for political crimes or for simply who they are is, from a Torah point of view, a lot worse. In Judaism, idolatry only offends God. Human oppression offends both God and mankind, resulting in a double offence before God, and one for which even Yom Kippur, the day on which sins are pardoned by Him, does not atone or pardon. The Torah describes the shaving
of the head as a humiliation, particularly for women, in the context of women taken as prisoners of war. The Uyghur are mostly Muslims, but also have among them many ethnic Jews who moved East into China along the silk trade routes since the times of Sassanid Persia. I have personally met a Uyghur who immediately recognised the tefillin I was wearing when praying in a university multifaith chapel. His surname was Tzadikoff. He was greatly traumatised by how his
people were being brutalised, too traumatised to say much. We must strive to discourage the trade of human organs and of other body parts taking place from within China, which only repeat the horrendous scenes of the Shoah. In 2008, Israel became the first country to punish organ tourism with a year’s imprisonment. In Judaism, it is better to pass away than have a hand in the cruel taking of another person’s life, so as to self-preserve. It will be equally more praiseworthy that Jewish women will take extra care not to wear such wigs in the name of piety. It is now time for all faiths to rise up in joint condemnation of the state persecution of minorities and do what we can to save the Uyghurs from their terrible fate. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force
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The Bible Says What? ‘God knew you before you were in the womb’ BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH The first of the Haftorot that lead up to the fast of Tisha B’Av includes the call of the prophet Jeremiah. He warned the people of Judah they were about to be overrun and exiled by the Babylonians and their Temple destroyed. Jeremiah would witness this himself and lament in the book of Eichah, chanted on Tisha B’Av. The Haftorah includes the verse, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5), which suggests that, for people who make a difference, their fate is set. Jews live in a combination of absolutely free choice, whether to choose a good or damaging path, and also a sense that our qualities are set from birth. We are who we are the moment we take our first breaths. We use the expression bashert from a Yiddish word meaning ‘preordained’ to describe a life partner who we feel is a soul mate, or for a situation we feel destined to encounter and have to deal with. The Bible and Midrashim are full of
examples of people who were seen as destined to fill a role because of qualities in their essential make-up. The young David, who was able to be an effective shepherd and warrior with the bravery to confront Goliath. Moses, who Midrash illustrates as qualified to be the leader of Israel, because of the compassionate way he had carried a lost and thirsty kid-goat. We are undoubtedly born with a great deal of ourselves and who we will be fully formed. Every parent can look back in their children’s lives and see how their qualities that drive them were there from toddlerhood. But from then on, it is what we learn, the morals and ethics that we imbibe from our Judaism and other sources, and the experiences that help us to make good choices, which we have to put into action, so we can make a positive impact on the world.
◆ Mark Goldsmith is senior rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
Progressively Speaking Do not ignore the exploitation of workers, here or abroad BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN “Do not oppress a needy and destitute hired labourer, whether a fellow Israelite or a stranger in one of the communities of your land. You must pay out the wages due on the same day, before the sun sets, for his life depends on them...” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15). In the Torah we find such inspiring, universal and timeless statements. And it was a Jew, René Cassin, who might have been motivated by such refrains, who co-drafted Article 23 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights concerning work. It states, among other things: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. “Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.”
Some see such statements as idealistic. But the Jewish motif of “knowing slavery” underpins our obligation to uphold ethical business and employment practices. Well that – and simply doing the right thing. Until the day he died, my grandfather-in-law answered the question “how are you?” with “I make a living”. Wrapped up in this reaction is the vitality of work, to earn a just living that provides physical and mental wellbeing and dignity. Judaism has no problem with wealth generation, but it expects justice for those whose backs it is built upon. The majority of Torah and
Jewish employment law concerns the behaviour of the employer because, in most cases, they hold power over employees. The exposure of a Boohoosupplying factory in Leicester that allegedly paid workers just £3.50 an hour, offered no protection from coronavirus and had appalling working conditions, caused outrage. If true, it would be akin to modernday slavery. Outrage was justified: we wish business well, but not by exploiting labour. We should continue our push for employees to earn a Real Living Wage. But the outrage was also selfrighteous. We have encouraged “fast fashion”. Our expectations drive an economy that seeks immediate gratification at the lowest price. We should not ignore exploitation in the production of our goods, here or abroad. ◆ Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is chair of the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors
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