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Yoni’s mum hails organ donor law ‘watershed’ Mother of murdered teenager – whose kidney saved Palestinian’s life – urges Jews to ‘sign up with confidence’ The mother of a Jewish teenager whose kidney saved a Palestinian girl’s life in 2002 has said new religious considerations for organ donation in England represent “a watershed moment” for British Jews on the issue, writes Adam Decker. Marsha Gladstone, whose 19-year-old son Yoni was killed in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv while studying at a yeshiva, made the comments in this week’s Jewish News, one month after his younger brother Ari urged the community to register. After Yoni’s death, Gladstone established the Yoni Jesner Foundation in her son’s name and has been a passionate advocate of organ donation ever since his organs saved two Jewish men and Yasmin, a Palestinian girl Marsha later met. Ari is now chief executive of the Office of the Chief Rabbi and last month urged Jews in the UK to sign up to the NHS’s new organ donation register, after England adopted an opt-out system in May. Implementation delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak gave Jewish representatives chance to agree to a new faith declaration, meaning that people can register as donors but declare that they want their donation to be in accordance with the Jewish faith, with rabbinic

Happy times: Marsha with son Yoni

involvement. It was initially feared that the pandemic might greatly delay the introduction of the opt-out system, perhaps until next year, but the law was changed eight weeks ago. “The effect of this will be to allow observant Jews to engage positively with the new system for the first time, safe in the knowledge that their faith will be respected,” Gladstone writes in this week’s Jewish News. “This can be a watershed moment for how our community regards the subject of organ donation, which is often an emotionally-charged subject. It is so important that we begin to discuss how we feel about it with close friends and family.” The new system presumes people agree to donate unless they have opted-out, replacing the system in which they were deemed not to have consented unless they opted in. Medics say the change will save thousands of lives. Last month, Jesner said that “the recommendation to the community is to go online and sign-up with confidence”, describing the new faith declaration as “a tremendous opportunity”. The Chief Rabbi’s Office and the Board of Deputies have worked with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the Human Tissue Authority to create the faith statement, which enables Jews to record their decision based on Jewish law and ethical considerations. This faith statement, which can be viewed and signed by any Jewish organ donor, is now live on the NHSBT website. This week Gladstone said that since Yoni’s death, she had “been struck by the lack of knowledge and misunderstanding prevalent across the Jewish world,” adding: “There are still many people who mistakenly believe that organ donation is always prohibited in Jewish law. “In fact, not only is it often permitted to donate our organs, but it is something to be positively encouraged because of the supreme value we as Jews place on life itself.”  Opinion, page 23

ISRAELI EXPATS BASH BIBI More than 150 Israelis living in the UK converged on the country’s embassy in London last weekend to add their voices to protests in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem against Benjamin Netanyahu. Shouts of ‘crime minister’ were heard from the Kensington crowd. More on page 15


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Israel offers aid after Beirut blast Israeli officials have offered aid while denying any involvement in the huge explosion in Beirut’s port on Tuesday, which killed 135 people and wounded five thousand. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which is used for fertiliser but also in improvised explosive devices. The haul had been confiscated from an impounded ship in 2013 and was being stored unsafely in a warehouse, which Lebanon’s prime minister said was “unacceptable”. Israel was among the countries to offer humanitarian and medical aid via third party mediators. Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said they approached Lebanese leaders through diplomatic channels. Hospitals in the north of Israel offered to treat Lebanese victims of the blast, given that Beirut’s main hospital – more than a mile from the explosion – was badly dam-

aged and could not receive victims. The offer drew no response. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told national security council head Meir Ben-Shabbat to ask UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov what help Lebanon needed from Israel. President Reuven Rivlin tweeted: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time.” Senior Israeli officials have said the country was in no way connected to the explosion, which Hezbollah confirmed, as Israeli media speculated that the store may have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. In 2018, Israel identified three Hezbollah sites in Beirut allegedly being used for the assembly of missiles, and its intelligence agencies are likely to have known about the ammonium nitrate. Commentators said Israel would benefit from the destruction of the ammonium nitrate in a port that Times

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Speculation is mounting around what caused a storehouse of ammonium nitrate to explode in Beirut on Tuesday, with one report indicating officials tried to warn authorities about the danger to no avail. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 tonnes of the agricultural fertiliser that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking “a disaster in every sense of the word”. He added: “What happened will not pass without accountability. Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price.” A picture posted online on Tuesday of unknown provenance appeared to show workers welding a warehouse door next to stacks of giant bags of ammonium nitrate. The door and windows on the warehouse appeared to match pictures and videos of the warehouse where the explosion occurred, shortly after a fire blamed on fireworks sent a large cloud of smoke over Beirut’s downtown. At least one worker in the picture is wearing

a cloth facemask, pointing to it having been taken recently. The authenticity of the picture could not be independently confirmed. A spark from a welding tool would Workers next to bags not be able of ammonium nitrate to cause the nitrate to explode, but it could ignite other materials and raise temperatures high enough to be able to set off a massive explosion. Lebanon’s General Security chief, Abbas Ibrahim, said the material had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes from Beirut’s shopping and nightlife districts.

FAITH LEADERS FRIENDS IND-EID Religious leaders in Ireland (from second left), Rabbi Zalman Lent, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson, attend Croke Park Stadium in Dublin to mark Eid Al Adha, the ‘festival of the sacrifice’.


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FORMER MP AUSTIN TIPPED FOR LORDS The UK’s trade envoy to Israel, former MP Ian Austin, has been nominated for a non-affiliated seat in the House of Lords. The former Labour MP, whose adoptive father was a Jewish refugee, turned Independent last year citing a “culture of extremism, antisemitism and intolerance”. Austin, who represented Dudley North from 2005 until 2019, described the peerage nomination as a “huge honour and a great privilege”. “My only regret is that my parents are not here to see it,” Austin said.

ANTI-IHRA MOTION IN CORBYN’S CLP Members of Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency Labour party (CLP) were reportedly set to debate a motion on Wednesday opposing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. According to a report in the Jewish Chronicle, the motion, on the agenda for a meeting of Islington North CLP’s Junction ward, was critical of the Board of Deputies’ 10 pledges to combat antisemitism, which were backed by Labour leadership candidates this year.

TikTok ‘shunned’ Israeli meeting on antisemitism Israel has accused the videosharing app TikTok of “shunning” efforts to combat online antisemitism after company representatives “refused to attend” a meeting this week. Israeli lawmakers and tech bosses were discussing ways to eradicate online Jew hatred, with Google, Facebook and Twitter all represented at a meeting hosted by the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs on Monday. However, a spokesman for the Knesset said in a statement on Tuesday that TikTok, which is Chinese-owned, “refused to send a representative” . Last month a series of Holocaust-themed videos accompanied by a song about Auschwitz, which included the lyric “it’s shower time,” garnered 6.5 million views on TikTok before the company pulled them offline. In response to that inci-

The app does not deny its representatives refused to attend

dent, TikTok said it “does not tolerate” antisemitism on its platform, and this week a spokeswoman reiterated that point to Jewish News, saying it took a zero-tolerance approach while neither confirming or denying that its representatives refused to attend the Knesset meeting. “Keeping our users safe is a top priority for TikTok, and our community guidelines

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make clear what is not acceptable on our platform,” the spokeswoman said. “Antisemitism is abhorrent and antisemitic hate speech has no place on our platform. We are happy to meet with members of the Knesset to address their questions and look forward to engaging with them at the earliest opportunity.” Owned by Beijing-based

ByteDance, TikTok has become the latest Chinese tech company caught up in a geopolitical battle between the White House and an increasingly assertive President Xi Jinping, with Donald Trump this week threatening to ban the app from the United States. While antisemitism on social media is not confined to TikTok, a paper in the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism in June noted a “disturbing presence” of far-right material on the app, including antisemitism. In other areas TikTok has won praise, as with its decision in January to ban Holocaust denial on the platform, putting it ahead of Facebook, which is yet to take such action owing to concerns over free speech protections in the United States where it is based. At Monday’s meeting Knesset member and committee chair David Bitan said

Israel must work to remove all antisemitic and anti-Israel online content, calling on senior ministers to meet with the heads of the social networks to push the cause. Bitan said Israeli lawmakers would work with tech companies “to determine the guidelines for the swift removal of antisemitic material” and to “establish a policy for lodging complaints, rather than wait for the companies to take action”. Jordana Cutler, head of policy at Facebook Israel, said that in 88 percent of cases “hate speech is removed before people see it”. Noa Elefant Loffler, a policy manager at Google, said: “The distinction is between legitimate criticism about the existence of the State of Israel, even if we do not like it, and calls to harm Israelis. Calls to harm Israelis are the more problematic of the two.”


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The Board of Deputies is appealing for written submissions to its commission on racial inclusivity in the Jewish community, writes Mathilde Frot. Written testimony can be submitted online by filling in a survey – which is being shared across schools, youth movements, synagogues and other communal organisations. Oral evidence meetings with black Jews, non-black Jews of colour and Mizrachi Jews have already begun, the umbrella group said. The commission, chaired by New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush, is now also seeking evidence from British Jews with black spouses or partners and non-Jewish black people working or volunteering in Jewish communal spaces. Also accepted are submissions from black Jews and Jews of colour living abroad. A safeguarding protocol is in place to support any children seeking to share their testimony, the Board of Deputies said. The commission’s findings will be discussed with Jewish denominations, schools and other groups – and a set of recommendations with a timeline for implementation will be unveiled after a six-month period.

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welcoming and inclusive to black Jews, non-black Jews of colour and Mizrachi Jews.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said the Jewish organisation was “already seeing some positive changes” since launching the commission, such as the delivery of unconscious bias training for all deputies and members of staff. Racial inclusivity surveys have been run across several synagogue

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movements, she added. “We know we still have a long way to go and we hope that people will respond to today’s call for written evidence to help power this journey to a more welcoming and inclusive Jewish community,” she said. If you wish to give oral evidence, email commissionchair@bod.org uk or the secretariat at anthony.silkoff @ bod.org.uk.

‘I know BLM’s two sides’ Craig David spoke of “knowing both sides” of the Black Lives Matter movement and the focus on antisemitism, during Monday’s youth-led Q&A session of JLGB’s Virtual Summer Extravaganza. The musician, 39, was talking to a home audience from his studio and spoke about his mother being Anglo-Jewish and his father being from the West Indies. His upbringing in Southampton was “about community”, he said. During the livestreamed event, with hundreds of families watching, he was asked about both his Jewish and Grenadian heritage, and said: “You don’t really see the duality… I was really blessed to experience so much different culture and would like to think I could be an inspiration for anyone of mixed backgrounds.” Appearing in her dressing gown, Amy from Liverpool asked him about his initial musical

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inspiration, while Talia from Cardiff asked about his music idols. David said he had “so much love” for Justin Bieber, but also said Will Smith “walks his truth”. Monday’s event was his latest involvement with the charity, which was forced to stop running its face-to-face youth provision in March.

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Lord Pickles has landed an advisory role with an organisation launched last year to combat antisemitism. The former Conservative MP, who is now the UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, joins Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog and human rights activist Natan Sharansky in sitting on the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) advisory board. “The fight against the disease of antisemitism

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level of hatred being directed towards Jews is especially disturbing,” Pickles said. CAM director Sacha Roytman-Dratwa praised Pickles for his “brave and uncompromising stand against Jew-hatred”. Since last year, more than 260 organisations and 270,000 people have signed CAM’s pledge, based on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.


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JFS is still living beyond its means, governors told Trustees at JFS have told governors that the Jewish secondary school “continues to live beyond its means” after agreeing to a bailout amid talk during lockdown of cutting both subjects and staff, writes Adam Decker. The comments, made in a budget meeting in April and disclosed in the minutes, were published following a Freedom of Information request and show that the school is looking at “significantly reducing staff costs”. John Cooper, chairman of the school’s finance committee, told fellow governors that the pandemic was expected to lead to lower levels of voluntary contributions, with funds raised from events drying up too. “Unless there were a corresponding drop in expenditure, the difference would have to be made up by the Trust [sic],” the minutes read. “The Trustees had reluctantly agreed to this but noted that this would mean a

reduction of at least 50 percent in the value of their investments, thus preventing any further grants on this scale in the future. They pointed out that the school continued to live beyond its means.” Efforts to fill the contributions gap were listed, such as grandparent teas and a sponsored calendar, but Cooper’s warning was stark. “Grants from charitable trusts and major donors were often restricted to capital expenditure, so JFS must either increase regular revenue fundraising or significantly reduce its staff costs,” the minutes record. “If all parents paid the full VC [vountary contribution] there would be no problem. Since, despite renewed efforts, matters were not improving, a range of actions on the fundraising front… should follow.” In the meeting, governors acknowledged that voluntary contributions at JFS were “amongst the lowest of all

A shocking new survey of attitudes of British Muslims has found that almost half hold antisemitic sentiments – but the number falls drastically if they live in integrated communities. The Savanta-ComRes poll of 750 people found that those with Jewish friends were 12 percent less likely to hold one or more antisemitic views, compared to 44 percent of Muslims who do not live in diverse areas. The antisemitic trope that Jews are more loyal to Israel was the view of 55 percent of observant Muslims, defined

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Jewish secondary schools”, but Cooper argued that “with the financial hardship that would accompany the current crisis, now would be a particularly bad time to ask people to pay more”. The minutes added that “on the other hand, there would be a financially unaffected minority who could afford to pay significantly more and might do so if the nature of the

crisis was explained to them… It was necessary to be brutally honest with the community about the financial situation”. JFS trustees were asked for a major grant several years ago and this was “so large that the school had to undertake a painful cost-cutting exercise”, but governors heard that “the benefits were short-lived as salary and major pension cost increases had taken effect”.

as those who attended mosque at least three times a week. It was also more common among university-educated respondents (47 percent) compared to those without a university education (40 percent). Across the UK as a whole, 24 percent believe that Jews have dual loyalty. Dr Rakib Ehsan, a researcher at the Henry Jackson Society in London, said: “Too many within British Muslim communities have been willing to indulge in antisemitic conspiracies.”

‘OUTRAGE’ AT IHRA MOVE Synagogue leaders in Hertfordshire have criticised the local authority’s “continuing failure” to adopt an international definition of antisemitism. On the agenda for last week’s council meeting was a motion to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. But councillors in the Liberal Democrat-led Three Rivers

District Council voted to withdraw all motions about racial equality from the agenda and set up a subcommittee to discuss changes to its equality policy. The leader of the council said the subcommittee will consider whether to adopt definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia “but also what more we can do as a council to address the cause and effects of hate crime”.

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Star of David added to mural for Jewish pilot A memorial to American bomber airmen killed in a crash over Canvey Island has been amended to include a Star of David in acknowledgement that one was Jewish, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Fred Kauffman was a pilot with the US 379th Bomber Group and was co-pilot aboard a B17-G named Heavenly Body II on 19 June 1944 when disaster struck as they flew back to the group’s base in Huntingdon after a bombing run over northern France. Kauffman was flying on what was described as “a beautiful summer’s day, with a little haze over the River Thames,” when another B17 plane in the same formation – which had been hit by enemy fire – “fell” on to Kaufman’s craft. Witnesses and survivors said the plane’s wing sliced through Heavenly Body’s nose, killing Kauffman instantly. The listing bomber, whose engine had blown, crashed near All Hallows with all crew

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Israelis who don’t want to see racy content have a new streaming service that allows them to skip the immodest parts. The Tov TV service, dubbed the “kosher Netflix” by Haaretz, is geared toward observant Jews. Women prescreen films and television series to identify the problematic content, according to the newspaper. Viewers can choose their level of censorship, from a warning that pops up during a scene, allowing the viewer to skip that

part, to shows in which some content has been erased. Some shows are taboo, including Game of Thrones, according to Haaretz. The service is the brainchild of Israeli businessman Israel Zeira, who has already invested more than £790,000 in the project. Tov TV believes its target audience includes 400,000 Israeli households, according to the report. Its content library now contains about 400 viewing hours with 170 titles.

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onboard after the escape hatch failed to open. The other eight members of the Heavenly Body II crew parachuted out: one was killed doing so and another drowned in the sea. Several of the six survivors later met the Queen. This week Jewish military historian Martin Sugarman paid tribute to retired Canvey Island teacher Colin Letchford for agreeing to put a Magen David on a town mural which honours the American servicemen who died that day. After finding out who owned the mural, Sugarman

asked the local Concord Beach community to add the star. “Colin agreed at once as a statement against racism and to recognise Fred Kauffman as Jewish,” Sugarman recalled. “I am now trying to persuade the Canvey Island History Society to say the same on their website about the B17 incident.” On the significance of the change, Sugarman reflected on the trope that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the country in which they live, saying: “This is another victory for the struggle against the myths of antisemitism.”

A peer has won his libel action against the Daily Mail website over an article accusing him of “rubbing shoulders with Holocaust deniers”. Associated Newspapers made a public apology to Lord Sheikh last week for the story in MailOnline in 2018. The paper’s owner agreed to pay “substantial” damages and Sheikh’s legal costs. The article, by Jake

Wallis Simons, was titled: “EXCLUSIVE: Top Tory peer’s appearance at Corbyn’s ‘hate conference’ in Tunisia comes after YEARS of rubbing shoulders with Islamists, hate preachers and Holocaust deniers.” After the hearing, Sheikh said: “I have consistently sought to promote inter-racial and interfaith understanding... I have always spoken out against antisemitism... I am delighted to have been able finally to clear my name from these shocking and unfounded allegations.”

ROGEN: ‘MUM MADE ME CALL HERZOG’ Jewish actor and comedian Seth Rogen has distanced himself from a statement from the Jewish Agency that claimed he had apologised in a conversation with its chairman for saying last week that Israel “doesn’t make sense”. In a statement on Sunday,

the Jewish Agency said a Zoom discussion was held at the weekend between Rogen and Isaac Herzog in which Rogen had “apologised,” saying his comments had been made in jest. When approached about the conversation, however, Rogen told Israeli-American

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700 artists support #NoSilenceInMusic OPEN MORNING More than 700 artists and leading figures from the UK’s music industry, including singers Rita Ora (pictured), James Blunt, Leona Lewis and Jess Glynne have backed an anti-racism letter, writes Mathilde Frot. The open letter, shared on social media with the hashtag #NoSilenceInMusic, gathered hundreds of signatures from artists, songwriters, producers, managers, labels, agents and industry lawyers. “We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause,” it reads. The letter says that “whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division. We are at our worst when we attack one another.

“From slavery to the Holocaust we have painful collective memories. All forms of racism have the same roots – ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating. “We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity. Silence is not an option.” The letter comes after allegedly antisemitic tweets published last month by the rapper Wiley, which drew wide criticism, including from Jewish groups. The grime artist, who was made an MBE for his services to music in 2018, was permanently suspended from Twitter following a 48-hour boycott of the platform. Facebook and Instagram have also banned Wiley from their platforms. Wiley apologised in an interview with Sky News “for generalising and going outside of the people who I was talking to within the workspace I work in. My comments should not have been directed to all Jews”.

YouTube bans Wiley posts YouTube is the latest social media company to ban the rapper Wiley after he continued to post videos days after being dropped from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for antisemitic comments, writes Adam Decker. The musician, real name Richard Cowie, was condemned for the anti-Jewish posts on Twitter, including an Instagram video where he said “crawl out from under your little rocks and defend your Jewish privilege”. After being banned from the three social media giants, he continued uploading videos, one of which has been taken down for violating YouTube’s hate speech policies. YouTube confirmed on Tuesday it had expelled him and removed all his videos. The platform, which is owned by Google, said: “Hate speech and content that promotes hate against religious groups is strictly prohibited on YouTube.” Board of Deputies’ vice-president Amanda Bowman said she “welcomed the belated decision” by YouTube “to terminate Wiley’s channels, following continued antisemitic outbursts by the rapper”.

The rapper in one of his YouTube rants

She said the Board had asked YouTube “to pre-emptively block Wiley as it was obvious that he would seek to reoffend elsewhere”, adding: “Sadly, we were proven correct”. Bowman added: “Although we would have wanted YouTube to take advance action on this, we welcome their decision today to terminate Wiley’s channels from their platforms for his repeated violations.” Campaigners also want the government to remove Wiley’s MBE.

The Voice removes interview A newspaper serving Britain’s black community deleted a controversial online interview with Wiley following accusations it “echoed and amplified” antisemitism, writes Jack Mendel. The Voice was sharply criticised for publishing an interview with the grime artist, after he was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram over his antisemitic comment. The piece by Joel Campbell, headlined ‘Systemic oppression and Wiley‘, asked: “Within his ranting were there any salient points?” It also makes claims that black artists need Jewish lawyers to be successful and that Jewish people see them as “slaves”. Following the interview, Board of Depu-

ties President Marie van der Zyl said: “We are saddened and concerned that The Voice, with its long history of campaigning against racial injustice, has run a piece that echoed and amplified Wiley’s racist tropes, rather than challenging them. We urge the paper to move focus to mutual solidarity.” In a statement The Voice said it “has not, and makes it clear again, supported or in any way condoned the outbursts by Wiley that the Jewish community finds offensive. We do not support the stereotyping of any race. It saddens us deeply that persons have implied that we are antisemitic. Our track record does not support this view.”

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News / Limmud Together UK / MP’s roots

40 Unders light up Limmud Rachel Riley has vowed to keep using her platform to fight the “Pandora’s box of antisemitism” and expressed relief that the “immediate danger of an antisemite” becoming prime minister had passed, writes Adam Decker. Her comments came during a Limmud Together UK Summer session in which the winning trio of the Jewish News Top Forty under 40 list reflected on the challenges for the community. Riley, second in the list, added: “The last few months have been an incendiary time in general, not just for the Jewish community. George Floyd’s murder and the subsequent explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a spotlight on racism and how online hate translates into the real world.” The 34-year-old Countdown presenter’s journey to become one of the most vocal antisemitism campaigners began with the abuse and threats she received from Labour activists in response to her criticism of Jeremy Corbyn. Her concerns were echoed by Danny Stone, director of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, a role the 39-yearold has held since 2009. “I do worry about rising antisemitism. When the economy is shaky and people are scared

Clockwise from top left: Former MP Luciana Berger, Forty Under 40 winner Jonny Benjamin, runner-up Rachel Riley, and author Howard Jacobson – who missed (by several decades) qualifying criteria for the Forty Under 40

about their future, we know this is rife territory for antisemitism to grow.” Stone, placed third on this year’s list, added: “I also worry that the more time people are spending online, the more they are encountering hate material. We have seen numerous examples

of Covid-related antisemitism: people blaming Jewish people for either inventing Covid or seeking to attack Jewish people with Covid.” More than 250 people joined the panel session, held over Zoom and hosted by ex-Labour MP and Top

Forty under 40 former winner Luciana Berger. Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who ranked top of the list, urged the community to refocus on “young people’s mental health and wellbeing”, warning that issues of addiction and suicide remained taboo subjects. The former JFS pupil also expressed optimism that “young people are more motivated and outspoken” than when he attended school. The 32-year-old remarked that the students he meets are “more open about sexuality, mental health and the activism they are undertaking.” He added: “This makes me feel positive about the future.” The panel also recounted what they had missed during the lockdown. Benjamin movingly described his pain at being unable to hug his nieces, whilst Stone longed for the return of competitive wrestling and Riley for the “banter without harm” that is football. Danny Stone concluded the discussion by saying: “The Forty under 40 list shows you can be a successful civil servant, educator or whatever you want to be. Hopefully this will inspire young people to see the diversity and potential they have.”

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SURVIVORS BLAST FACEBOOK DENIAL Holocaust survivors have launched an international online campaign criticising Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg aimed at countering denial on his social media platform. A campaign sponsored by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany called ‘There’s No Denying It #NoDenyingIt’ has begun uploading video testimony from survivors across the globe to social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) and Twitter.

AUSTRIA OFFERS MORE CITIZENSHIPS Austria will allow the descendants of Holocaust victims to receive citizenship from 1 September, the country’s embassy in Israel has announced. Before an amendment to Austria’s citizenship law, only survivors were entitled to receive citizenship, and then only if they left Austria before May 1945. Tens of thousands of Israelis will now become eligible.

Not disclosing Jewish heritage ‘became untenable’ The shadow education secretary has said it became “untenable” not to open up about her Jewish background as the row over alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party intensified, writes Mathilde Frot. Kate Green made the comment during an interview with Peter Mason, national secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement. The talk was held as part of Limmud Together UK Summer. The MP’s late father was Jewish, but she wasn’t aware of her heritage for a “long time” and declined to elaborate. “It’s not my story. It’s my parents’ story. It’s very painful,” she said. But she was “not surprised” by the discovery, which came around 10 years ago. “For a long time, I didn’t

talk about it. My parents hadn’t talked about it. I felt I had to protect their privacy.” But it eventually became “more and more hard for me not to talk about the fact that it was personal for me too” amid growing concerns about alleged antisemitism in the party. She said “it felt like I was either trying to cover it up, you know I couldn’t take the abuse others were taking, or that I just wasn’t quite being honest about why I was saying some of the things I was saying”. “As a result of now knowing what happened in my family, I’ve got to know my Jewish extended family, my Jewish cousins. That’s given me tremendous pleasure. I hope it’s given them pleasure. I also felt for them it

was important to speak out, to say ‘I’m not ashamed of being part of this family.’” Elsewhere in the interview, the MP for Stretford and Urmston, who succeeded Rebecca Long-Bailey after her removal from the front bench, said she had spoken to constituents with children in Jewish schools that were forced to employ security staff and take extra safety precautions. “I find it absolutely abominable that children and young people should not feel safe and confident in school. That should be a really safe place for them to be,” she said. “I think it’s really a symptom of a wider set of concerns about the way in which discrimination, stigma and abuse are becoming mainstreamed

Shadow education secretary Kate Green outside Parliament last year

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Miller accusations / Exerciser exorcised / Labour antisemitism / News

Uni professor: CST is Peloton backpedals pushing Israel agenda A Bristol University professor has claimed the Community Security Trust (CST) is a “straightforward story of influence-peddling by a foreign state”, after speaking at an event with numerous expelled Labour activists. The communal organisation criticised sociology lecturer David Miller this week with a thread on Twitter, saying David Miller, bottom right, during the talk it was “extremely concerned” by remarks he made at the In the left, that’s been its raison d’etre… Defence of Free Speech talk, organised So the idea people like that should be engaged in constructive dialogue is a by Labour Against the Witch hunt. Miller spoke alongside expelled fantasy, these are people who must Labour activists including Jackie only be faced and defeated”. Miller also claims during the Walker, Tony Greenstein, former MP Chris Williamson, Marc Wads- clip, that “the Zionist movement worth and anti-Zionist Jewish aca- and the Israeli govt are the enemy of the left, the enemy of world peace demic Norman Finkelstein. Miller claims CST is “at the fore- and they must be directly targeted”. CST branded his language “disfront of pursuing the witch hunt. A group which is unable to distinguish graceful and dangerous”, and said between anti-Zionism and antisem- it would lodge a complaint to the itism which purposely blurs together university. A spokesperson said: those two concepts in order to pursue “Professor Miller’s new conspiracy

statement shames Bristol University even further. CST is a UK Jewish charity that supports victims of antisemitism and to accuse us of being an agent for a “hostile foreign government” is disgraceful.” Following the event, Miller told Jewish News: ‘The CST received £14 million this year from public funds. This is an organisation that exists to run point for a hostile foreign government in the UK. Rather than being funded by the British state, it should be under investigation for its ties with Israel.” “This is a straightforward story of influence-peddling by a foreign state. In particular, a state that has tried to dictate the outcome of the past two general elections, and by any yardstick, succeeded to a great extent.” The Union of Jewish Students condemned Miller’s comments and called on Bristol to take action against him.

the likes of convicted racist The international comAlison Chabloz. pany behind the popular Jewish Peloton user Peloton exercise bike Yamit Ezra told Hainsby craze has apologised about Curran “within an after one if its instruchour” of the instructor tors unwittingly posted posting the photo, alerting an image of a Holocaust her to his beliefs, but rather denier on social media, than delete the image, then blocked the Jewish Hainsby kept it up and told fan who alerted her. The shared image Ezra that “everyone is entiPeloton, whose bikes tled to their opinion”. are connected to iPads, Shortly after, Hainsby blocked Ezra. letting users join live classes or races, said sorry after a Jewish News reader This week, her conduct brought about complained about the actions of bike a fulsome apology from the company, instructor Leanne Hainsby, who did not which committed to training its staff on antisemitism as a result. delete the image. “Last month, in an effort to show London-based Hainsby, one of only four Peloton spin instructors in the UK, support for BLM, Leanne reposted an posted an image on the site that included image she saw in the press and social Jim Curran, an Irish nationalist who media without knowing it featured a has attended meetings with con- known Holocaust denier,” said a comspiracy hub ‘Keep Talking’ along with pany spokeswoman.

UNITE PAYOUT ANGER The chief of Labour’s biggest union backer said his organisation would “no doubt” review its financial support in the wake of the decision to offer payouts to whistleblowers who accused the party of failing to tackle antisemitism. Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, used an interview with The

Observer to issue a warning to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer after the party agreed to pay “substantial damages” to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of antisemitism. McCluskey, an ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the payouts were “an abuse of members’ money”.


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Jewish News meets... Imran Ahmed

‘Why do social media giants let hate on their sites? Profit’

Imran Ahmed challenges media firms who allow extremism online. Jenni Frazer finds out how he’s achieved so much in nine months Imran Ahmed can’t quite believe it. Despite the non-governmental organisation he launched just nine months ago, his Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) is now playing with the big boys. Last week, working with TracyAnn Oberman on the successful 48-hour boycott of Twitter, the 41-year-old was celebrating joining the Stop Hate For Profit coalition – and will roll out its work in Europe. Among the groups in the Stop Hate for Profit campaign are venerable American civil rights organisations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, founded in 1909, and the AntiDefamation League, founded in 1913, names Ahmed recites with awe. And for Ahmed, the title of the new coalition says it all: “The reason social media companies tolerate hate is for profit. We are not Facebook or Twitter customers, we are their product, and

we are what they sell to advertisers.” He has one simple message for small or medium businesses that advertise on social media. “Suspend your adverts for a week, or a month, and tell them why you are doing it.” That, he says, is the only language the social media companies understand. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ahmed has a very low profile on social media. As a former political adviser, to Labour front-bencher Hilary Benn among others, Ahmed says he learnt early that he was not the story. He is the Manchester-born eldest of seven brothers and sisters – “a Muslim family, full of love, but poor”. A scholarship to Manchester Grammar, one of Britain’s best schools, gave him a kick-start. Slightly shamefacedly, he admits he began medical school before realising he hated it, dropping out and starting a banking career at Merrill Lynch while allowing his parents to believe he was

still studying medicine. The day before his 23rd birthday, 9/11 happened and for Ahmed everything changed. He knew he was fiercely against bullying of any sort; but the Al-Qaeda attacks on America made him want him to understand the nature of fear and how to confront it. He applied to study politics at Cambridge, did consulting work and then in 2009 went to his MP, Andy Slaughter, and asked if he could work for him for free. That got him into Parliament and a career as special adviser to Hilary Benn and Alan Johnson. Working with Johnson on the EU referendum campaign, Ahmed had an epiphany about the way “identity-based hate” was creating a “fundamental shift in the way society works”. He saw “the values and mores of digital spaces, bleeding into how we conducted ourselves offline”. His core mission, he says, is to stop bullies, “for which you need rules,

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enforcement, and consequences”. The CCDH, of which Ahmed is chief executive, applies these criteria to the false narratives surrounding Covid “cures” and “anti-vaxxers”, quite as much as its work against online hatred directed at Jews, Blacks, Muslims and women. Of one thing he is sure: antisemitism lies at the base of almost all online hatred. Scratch a racist, he says, and there is almost always antisemitism underneath. CCDH and its allies have had a good week. Wiley, whose antisemitic tirades sparked an unprecedented – and globally supported – walk-out from Twitter, was finally kicked off the platform last Wednesday, after nearly

Above: Imran Ahmed and, left, with Rachel Riley

six days of prevarication. And more than 1,000 companies, including conglomerates such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Ford, have said they will pause their Facebook advertising until it sorts out its response to online hatred. As for the Twitter walkout, Ahmed feels the tide is turning. “It was great to have the prime minister and home secretary backing it this week.” It came as the government was considering the next stages in the Online Harms legislation. “That movement to have a statutory duty of care to be put on the social media companies, is now unstoppable.”


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Clap For Carers wins award

NHS workers join the public clapping to salute local heroes during lockdown

One of the community’s top digital branding agencies has won an award for its role in the Clap For Carers campaign, writes Mathilde Frot. Creative Clinic celebrated scooping the Third Sector Digital Awards for its work on the initiative, paying tribute to frontline NHS and care workers at the peak of the pandemic. It was also recognised for its work with Jewish learning disability and autism charity Langdon, being ‘highly commended’ in the category of ‘Best Online Fundraising Campaign’. Winning a prize in the ‘Best Online

Awareness Campaign’ category, its creative director and agency founder Adam Selwyn, said: “To be recognised by our peers in this way is a fantastic honour. We were literally floored by the inspiring comments the judges made about our work for #ClapForCarers, saying it had ‘become part of our culture’. “We are very proud to have worked on this universally recognised campaign, but also to be continually working with some of the most amazing and important charities in our community such as Langdon, Jami, Youth Aliyah Child Rescue, Norwood and the United Synagogue.”

“But officer, anywhere inside the eruv is considered our household!” The Clap for our Carers initiative took place every Thursday at 8pm for 10 weeks during lockdown and, by 30 June, the social media reach of the campaign included more than 413 million views on TikTok, 553,000 impressions on Instagram, and 1.4 million on Twitter. It had the support of Her Majesty the Queen, the prime minister the mayor of London, and from celebrities including the Beckhams and Daniel Craig.

Holocaust documentary awarded two BAFTAs A BBC Two documentary that followed some of Britain’s last Holocaust survivors has won a BAFTA television award. The Last Survivors, which aired last year, won best standalone documentary, with the award accepted by survivor Maurice Blik, who was taken to Bergen-Belsen aged five and was featured in the programme. More than a year in the making, the documentary by Arthur Cary – who won best director in the factual documentary category – also told the wartime stories of Manfred Goldberg, who remembers Hitler waving from a car as Nazis cheered from the streets, and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who only survived Auschwitz because

Manfred Goldberg holding a portrait of his brother

the orchestra needed a cellist. In his acceptance speech, Blik said: “It demonstrates how people can go through the most awful atrocities and adversity, and still come out at the end with a view of life that is worth living.”

RESISTANCE HERO DIES Henk van Gelderen, a DutchJewish resistance fighter whose textile factory was used to produce yellow stars for the Nazis, has died aged 98. The De Stentor newspaper reported on Tuesday about van Gelderen’s death.

Van Gelderen’s factory in the eastern city of Enschede, was confiscated by the Germans soon after they invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and was used to produce 569,355 of the stars that Nazis forced Jews to wear.


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News / Consent workshops / Victim support

Students to be offered consent training by domestic abuse charity Students will be offered consent training by a Jewish charity that supports victims of sexual abuse, following allegations involving an all-male Jewish fraternity, writes Jack Mendel.

Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA) has teamed up with University Jewish Chaplaincy and the Union of Jewish Students to run workshops in campuses across the UK, in the wake of multiple

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sexual assault, harassment and rape allegations levelled against Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at the University of St Andrews. The workshops mark an expansion of the charity’s established Safer Dating programme, which was set up in 2016. JWA CEO Naomi Dickson said: “What has come to light at St Andrews is sadly not a surprise, as an organisation that supports women and girls every day. “The sessions we are

already offering receive very positive feedback and allow young Jewish men and women to take time to think about the critical issues of consent and healthy relationships.” She said the partnership, which is backed by the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council, hopes to “increase the reach of this programming and jointly develop new opportunities to engage with Jewish students on these issues.” University Jewish Chaplain-

The banner of Alpha Epsilon Pi at St Andrews

cy’s CEO, Sophie Dunoff, said: ““Our rabbis and rebbetzen have been trained by JWA to ensure they can help support and signpost students on campus effectively.” UJS president James

Harris said it was “absolutely vital” to support Jewish students with experiences of abuse” but that it was best to give them the tools and foresight to protect themselves in the first place.

Beth Din ‘U-turn’ over sex abuse advice A Beth Din that faced accusations of failing to act on evidence against convicted sexual predator Todros Grynhaus has issued a public statement urging abuse victims to go to the police. In a move hailed as a “complete turnaround” by Migdal Emunah founder Yehudis Goldsobel, the Jewish authority gave its “unwavering commitment to supporting the victims of... abuse”. Rabbi Hillel Royde of the Beth Din said: “It is, of course, absolutely halachically permitted for any victim of abuse to report such abuse to the police, or other

recognised support agencies, and we encourage them to do so.” This comes after claims that the Manchester Beth Din “did nothing” when presented with evidence about Grynhaus, 55, who was jailed for 13 years in 2015 for the sexual assaults of two teenage girls. Speaking to Jewish News, Goldsobel, said: “We are delighted that the Manchester Beth Din has chosen to use its position of influence as a halachic authority to support and empower victims in reporting sexual abuse to the

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Jewish News meets... / Ishmael Khaldi

The shepherd who became an ambassador

Ishmael Khaldi says his time in Britain ‘taught me patience’

Ishmael Khaldi says being an Israeli Bedouin Muslim diplomat is a challenge, but he’s ready for his posting to Eritrea, writes Stephen Oryszczuk A diplomat who worked at the Israeli Embassy in London has spoken of his pride at becoming the Jewish state’s first ever Bedouin ambassador, saying the UK “taught me patience”. Ishmael Khaldi, 49, completed his remarkable journey from shepherd’s tent to ambassador’s residence last month, after he was confirmed as Israel’s man in Eritrea, where he spent three weeks in February. His time in the UK from 2012 to 2015

was an educational one, he told Jewish News this week, adding that it would help him in Eritrea, where there has been no Israeli ambassador for two years. “The challenge will be building trust and close relations with the people and leadership of the country,” he says. He hit the headlines in 2011 during his time as an envoy, when a talk he gave at the University of Edinburgh, hosted by the university’s Jewish Society, was interrupted by

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a pro-Palestinian protest, but asked about his memories this week, he said he had particularly fond recollections north of the border. “The UK, especially Scotland, was a great experience for me professionally and personally,” he says. “On a personal level, I met and found supporters who were committed and dedicated to Israel and its people, who advocate, arrange events, and do everything that is needed. “In Scotland, I had the chance to visit rural places, which gave me a feeling of home, especially with the hospitality and warm welcomes. I still have friends there.” His time here got off to an auspicious start, he recalls. “I was speaking in north London at the start of my position, when a woman in her 50s came up to me excited and said: ‘Are you Bedouin? Wow, look at yourself – you’re like everyone else!’” Despite his progression through the diplomatic ranks and being heralded as an Israeli success story, in June this year, Khaldi was thrown to the floor by security guards at Jerusalem’s central bus station and pinned there by a guard’s knee on the back of his neck, leaving him unable to breathe until passengers intervened. He publicly accused the guards of a racist attack based on ethnic profiling, pressing charges, but said he was grateful for the vocal support of Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, as well as the director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “This was a sad and extreme experience,” he says. “It’s an unfortunate part of my portion – being a minority. But I trust that the police will do their work and bring those responsible to justice. “To me, the most important thing wasn’t the attack itself but the support I received, not only from the ministry but from across the political spectrum, right and left, as well as from Jewish Agency chair Isaac Herzog.” His comments in the aftermath were both clear and measured, and Khaldi – one of 11 children who grew up shepherding – knows that how he behaves in public is now increasingly important, because he is looked up to.

“I accept that I am now a role model for the Bedouin community, especially to all those who grow up underprivileged, without running water, electricity and other basic facilities,” he affirms. “The lesson is clear: it’s possible to be both a Bedouin who grows up in tough conditions and still succeed, like the rest of Israeli citizens.” It is not without its challenges, however. “Being a diplomat is not an easy thing, and being an Israeli diplomat is challenging, so being an Israeli diplomat who is also a Bedouin and a Muslim can sometimes feel almost impossible,” he says. “You can feel like you are always in the eye of the storm.” First posted to Israel’s consulate in San Francisco, California, his responsibilities in London included defending Israel from advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Khaldi expects that his stint in the Eritrean capital Asmara, north-east Africa, will focus on building relations. “The Eritrean people are warm, welcoming, quiet, but there has been no Israeli ambassador there for two years, so it left a gap that needs to be rebuilt. The country could use assistance in technology, agriculture and more. “My role will be to help them in any field they need. Israel has a lot to offer and this could help build closer relations between the two countries and helping Eritreans in any area we can.” Asked whether making a good cup of tea was a skill he learnt during his time in Britain, he laughs. “Actually, I don’t drink tea, I drink strong Bedouin coffee.” He adds: “The one thing I learnt was patience. As you say, ‘hold your horses’ – don’t rush. Do things slowly but carefully.” Spoken like a true diplomat.


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Virtual tour / Culture club / Israeli demo / Border tension / World News

Yoni Zierler leads his Jerusalem tour in person and online

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GELDEREN DIES AT 98 Dutch-Jewish resistance fighter Henk van Gelderen, whose textile factory was used to produce yellow stars for the Nazis, has died aged 98, according to De Stentor newspaper. Van Gelderen’s factory in the eastern city of Enschede, NV Stoomweverij Nijverheid, was confiscated by the German occupation forces soon after they invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and was used to produce 569,355 of the stars that Nazis forced Jews to wear. Van Gelderen himself went into hiding, assumed a false identity and teamed up with a resistance cell.

SHUL DOOR REPLACED The door of the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, that held out a far-right gunman last October was replaced this week. The heavy wooden door will become the centrepiece of a memorial to the attack and the two bystanders killed by the assailant, The Associated Press reported. Its removal comes as the suspect, Stephan Balliet, is standing trial at the state court in Naumburg. The gunman tried but failed repeatedly to force his way into the synagogue, with 52 worshippers inside during High Holy Day services before opening fire nearby, killing two.

It’s not the same as actually being there, but it’s the next best thing — Jerusalem Live, writes Jenni Frazer. StandWithUs UK has devised an interactive online tour, tailored for schools, youth movements or even private family groups. Yoni Zierler, director of StandWithUs Strategic Tourism in Israel, runs the tour, which ends with a visit to the Western Wall. During the tour, viewers can ask questions as Zierler walks through Jerusalem. And when he reaches the Kotel, he can put notes in the Wall. “Without a doubt, the most powerful moment is being at the Kotel,” he says. “As I walk down those stairs, and the online audience is ‘walking’ with me, I prepare them both historically and spiritually to ensure they have a meaningful experience. It’s amazing to give people the power of virtually touching the Kotel walls”.

UJIA has given a grant towards Jerusalem Live as part of its Summer Engagement Fund. Sara Sherrard, executive director of Stand WithUs UK, said: “While nothing can replace being in Israel in person, StandWithUs is able to bring a little taste of Israel to homes across the UK.” Last week StandWithUs delivered individually tailored tours for Year 9 students at JFS, Yavneh College and King Solomon schools. Simon Appleman, deputy headteacher of JFS, said: “At a time when so many JFS students would have been in Israel or on family holidays, it was an honour to walk the streets of Jerusalem alongside StandWithUs, giving our students the special opportunity of connecting with Israel in such a meaningful way.”.  For details or to book, visit www.standwithus. com/live-tour-uk

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The small community of Sephardi Jews living in the Greek city of Thessaloniki is to benefit from a new cultural language programme after reaching an agreement with an institute run by the Spanish government. Under the deal, signed on Tuesday, the Instituto Cervantes will provide teachers and resources to teach Thessaloniki’s 1,200 Jews both Spanish and Ladino, or JudeoSpanish, a language created by the exiles over centuries. Jews from areas such as Toledo, Granada and Seville fled to Thessaloniki – then

under Ottoman rule – in 1492 after their expulsion from Spain as ordered by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. For years the community thrived but, in the 1940s, the Nazis deported and killed more than 90 percent of the city’s Jews, leaving only a few hundred descendants of the original Iberian exiles. Institute director Cristina Conde de Beroldingen said the city had “lost a piece of its own memory” in the Holocaust, but that “Spanish is coming back after 500 years”. She added: “We want to recover this legacy for Thessaloniki.”

Bibi: Protesters ‘incubating virus’ Benjamin Netanyahu has accused thousands of Israelis demonstrating against him as “trampling on democracy” and “incubating” coronavirus. The Israeli prime minister, who has refused to resign despite being taken through the courts on corruption charges, has been accused of ordering a heavy-handed response to protesters, calling him the Israeli “crime minister”. More than 10,000 marched through Jerusalem on Saturday night in what Netanyahu’s rivals said was democracy in action, but some demonstrators were dragged away by riot police and others were knocked off their feet by water cannon. Netanyahu and Defence

Minister Benny Gantz – who against Netanyahu’s continued will take over from him next rule and his much-criticised year – clashed during Sunday’s handling of the pandemic cabinet meeting, highlighting have embarrassed him and the ill feeling between the pair. caused his approval ratings Gantz said: “Regrettably, to plummet, which he has [the demonstrators] were blamed on the media and “leftattacked yesterday once again wingers”. at several locations. The right to protest is the life’s breath of democracy, and violence erodes the foundation of democracy.” However, Netanyahu said: “What we have here is an attempt in the name of democracy to trample democracy. No one is restricting the demonstrations. To the contrary, they Benjamin Netanyahu has accused are coronavirus incubators.” demonstrators of ‘trampling on Weekly demonstrations democracy’

TISHA B’AV AT THE WALL Worshippers at the Western Wall pray on Tisha B’Av, a day of fasting and lament, that commemorates the date in the Jewish calendar on which it is believed the First and Second Temples were destroyed.

TERRORISTS KILLED ON SYRIA BORDER Israeli forces bombed and killed four terrorists as they were planting improvised explosive devices along the Israel-Syria border last Sunday night. The Israel Defense Force (IDF)’s deadly response against the attackers occurred exactly where it had operated a field hospital for injured Syrian civilians until two years ago. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said: “IDF troops on the southern Golan Heights, adjacent to an IDF post, spotted a terror squad placing explosive devices adjacent to the security fence. “IDF troops and an IDF aircraft fired simulta-

neously towards the squad of four terrorists, a hit was identified. No IDF injuries were reported.” Last month, an airstrike in Syria, attributed to Israel, killed a senior Hezbollah militant and ever since Israel has been on high alert for retaliation. In a separate incident on Sunday, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel and was intercepted over Sderot by the Iron Dome missile defence system, causing damage by falling shrapnel. In response, Israeli jets bombed a concrete manufacturing site in Gaza, which the IDF said was used to build underground tunnels.


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17th century memoir shows how Jews dealt with plague A new translation of a 350year old memoir is showing an English-speaking audience how Europe’s Jews dealt with a deadly 17th century plague, including by social distancing. The memoirs of Glikl Hamel, a successful Jewish merchant, record how the plague took hold in Hamburg and Hanover shortly before the High Holy Days, with young children forced to quarantine from their parents. In her journal from 1691 to 1719, Hamel recalled how she and her husband Hayyim were ordered to banish their fouryear-old daughter, Tsipor, to another town despite her not being ill, after locals reported that they thought she was infected. Allowed to visit from a distance, Hamel later wrote: “I will let any good father or mother judge for themselves how we felt. My husband, of blessed memory, stood in

a corner, weeping and pleading, while I stood in a corner.” Publisher Sylvia Fuks Fried paid tribute to Glikl’s “remarkable skills as a writer”, adding: “It’s why it has such staying power and why we are reading it today.” The original was written in Old Yiddish, the vernacular language among Germanspeaking Ashkenazi Jews in the early modern era. In 2006, Israel Prize winning Yiddish scholar Chava Turniansky translated it into a more modern Hebrew-Yiddish version, and the new book is based on that. Historian Rachel Greenblatt said: “Glikl provides us with an unparalleled historical source, opening a window on the daily life, anxieties, petty rivalries and stories of folk wisdom occupying the mental world of a woman who bore 14 children.”

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A journalist with a Slovak radio station has told a British-born Jewish heritage activist how she dedicated seven years to memorialising her fellow countrymen and women who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Dagmar Mozolová, who works for Radio Slovensko, told Jonny Daniels from the Jewish heritage organisation From the Depths how she had told the stories of 138 Slovaks honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. Mozolová, who has won awards for her literature and journalism, documented the Shoah heroes’ stories and put them together in 26 documentaries, told through her 40-minute radio show, which has 300,000 listeners. “I don’t want society to forget them,”

PUSH FOR RAIL COMPENSATION FOR JEWS DEPORTED IN HOLLAND A former physiotherapist with Ajax Football Club seeking compensation from rail firms for deporting Jews to their deaths has turned his attention to Germany, after winning £45million from the Dutch rail operator. Salo Muller, 84, is targeting Deutsche Reichsbahn after his campaign against Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) ended with an apology and payout for survivors of the transportations, their surviving spouses and children. Muller’s parents were taken by rail from Amsterdam to the Dutch transit camp Westerbork before being trans-

Your weekly digest of stories from the international press Animal welfare activists are renewing their bid to outlaw the swinging of live chickens while reciting a prayer before Yom Kippur. The Orthodox practice of kapparot still takes place in Brooklyn, but the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos says it could spread coronavirus. The prayer is supposed to transfer human sins to the bird, which is then slaughtered.

she was 44. It was initially a way to console herself through sleepless nights and is embellished by stories and proverbs.

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ported to their deaths at AuschwitzBirkenau, the pain of which drives his legal challenges. He said: “I blame the railway company for knowingly transporting Jews to the concentration camps and for killing those Jews there in a terrible way.” Muller is demanding an apology and financial recompense for 500 Dutch Holocaust survivors and 5,500 descendants or surviving spouses and wrote to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to push his claim. His lawyer Axel Hagedorn said: “Germany’s moral responsibility always remains.”

she said. “A lot of the stories are unknown. They lived within families. People were never honoured by official titles.” After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mozolová said many Jews came to Slovakia to look for those who had saved them or their family members, which she found out after moderating a 2013 radio discussion on Christian-Jewish relations. This proved the inspiration and, last year, Mozolová opened a foundation to help her make documentary videos and write a book about the stories, including that of the heavily-pregnant Slovak mother who saved 11 Jews despite living next door to a family of German Nazis. “After this live discussion on the radio, I couldn’t fall asleep. I wanted to know why they hid them, where, how… ”

Up to 5,000 Chasidic pilgrims are to be allowed to travel to a rabbi’s grave in central Ukraine this year, after the country granted an exemption from coronavirus restrictions. Up to 30,000 can attend the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the final resting place of Rabbi Nachman in the city of Uman. They will have to wear face masks in crowded places and refrain from gatherings of more than 30 people. Nachman founded the Breslov Chasidic movement in the 18th century.

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The tiny Jewish community of Tashkent was this week fighting a developer in the Uzbek capital’s courts to save a 124-year-old synagogue from being demolished to make way for luxury apartment blocks, according to a report in the Russian-Jewish weekly L’Chaim. The First Ashkenazi Synagogue of Tashkent has suffered three arson attacks in two years. Former Tashkent Mayor Rakhmonbek Usmanov had promised the synagogue would not be evicted.

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South Africa’s chief justice has defended his pro-Israel comments by quoting the Bible. Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng has been under fire from Palestinian supporters since he told the country’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein on 23 June that ‘as a Christian, I cannot do anything other than love and pray for Israel’. Africa4Palestine subsequently filed a legal complaint.

SPAIN ENDORSES IHRA ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION The Spanish government has become the latest to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. Madrid is now the 26th capital to recognise the IHRA definition, winning praise from the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain. Most European countries have adopted the IHRA definition, which includes several examples of antisemitism in

relation to Israel, but there are some exceptions, including Portugal and Poland. In June, the semi-autonomous Balearic Islands passed legislation adopting the IHRA definition and declared that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement was a form of antisemitism. Meanwhile IHRA secretary-general Dr Kathrin Meyer said Roma Genocide Remembrance Day on Sunday was “a hugely significant day”.

Babushkas sad not to strut this year Babushkas in the United States who usually take part in an annual autumn beauty pageant have said they are saddened not to be able to take part this year. The ‘Your Highness Grandmother Pageant’ has been staged annually in Brooklyn for the past two decades, but social distancing requirements necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic have led the elderly competitors to skip 2020. “We wait every year for this,” said 83-year-old Moldova-born Jewish grandmother Anna Malkina Shumaeva, speaking to Times of Israel. “It makes our life more nice.” The friendly competition, for which the babushkas dress up and

strut their stuff, helps sustain community relations among immigrants from the former Soviet Union and takes place in Brighton Beach. Organisers said that when the pageant began in 2001, roughly 90 percent of the participants were Jewish, but these days it is “half Jewish, half non-Jewish Russianspeakers”. Participants compete in two categories – over and under 75. Founder Raisa Chernina said their youngest participant was a belly dancer, and that some women do not speak English. “It’s funny,” she said. “The women laugh at themselves.” To compensate for having to cancel the pageant this year, organ-

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isers held a 4 July contest for the grandmothers, with more than 100 entries to a competition. Participants were asked to send in creative projects expressing their love for the US.


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Finally, good advice News emerged this week that the Manchester Beth Din is now advising the city’s Jewish community to go to the police in the event or suspicion of sexual abuse. On the one hand it is, of course, welcome and commendable that the highest Jewish religious court of the UK’s second biggest Jewish community should now let Jews both notify externally and seek external support in the event of abuse. On the other, it is an indictment on outdated and often outmoded communal strictures that it has taken this long for the most senior rabbis to say the right thing. The year is 2020, the country in which we live is one of the most advanced in the world, and the safeguarding and support systems now permeating all walks of life have been borne of tragedy and mistake, none more sickening than Savile. So why is it only now, after a major national inquiry into child sexual abuse in religious settings, that Manchester’s Beth Din has begun telling victims that they can report it externally – i.e. away from the very systems and relationships that may have caused or contributed to the abuse in the first place? Our sincere hope now is that schools and synagogues across the Orthodox world swiftly amend their policies, which have been shown to advise that “outside agencies” should only become involved “where appropriate and after consultation with the Rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC)”. Again, this is outdated, outmoded and dangerous. Outside agencies need to be involved because victims are almost always known to the offender, and the offender is almost always known to the rabbi that the victim has to tell. Impartiality is practically built into the system. Rabbis’ aims to-date – to “protect the face of the community” – have trumped the need to support the individual who might have been abused, and to alert the appropriate authorities. That starts with the police. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 8148 9703 richard@jewishnews.co.uk

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Anti-Israel, anti-reality Last week’s interview with Miriam Margolyes (Jewish News, 30 July) caught my attention, particularly where she told your writer: “I’m an anti-Zionist. I have seen the devastation and misery the Palestinian population is experiencing from the beginning of Israel’s creation. Every day, I’m reminded of the Holocaust and the terrible things that have been done to our people. I don’t forget or overlook that. I just don’t want us to be doing similar things to other people in the misguided belief that we have the right to do so. We don’t.’’ Please, Miriam, did you see the concentration camps, and what about the gas chambers, or are the real enemies the Jews, and the good people the Palestinians? It is very clear that some Jews, in order to be fair, bend over backwards to befriend the enemy. What the Israelis are doing is to live in peace and

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MARGOLYES NOT A NICE OLD LADY... That Miriam Margolyes calls herself “a nice old lady” is as far from the truth as you can get. She should reflect that her attitude has given pleasure to the many antisemites who hate Israel and Jews, and refer to her as one of them. That she calls herself a proud Jew is an insult to our community.

I believe being a barrister requires an analysis of the evidence to get to the truth. Being an actor involves playing a role, often far removed from the real world. Reading last week’s interview, it seems to me apt that Miriam Margoyles abandoned her aspirations to become a barrister and became an actress instead.

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look after our own. I’ve read many interviews with Israeli Arabs who would rather live under Israeli rule than the Palestinian Authority. I will go even further and say that even Palestinians living under the Palestinian Authority would prefer Israeli rule. Thousands of Palestinians come into Israel to work, earn good wages and are happy. Most of the Arab world now openly condemns the Palestinians for wasting the last 70 years. When Yasser Arafat died, he left his wife and daughter money that should have been left to the Palestinian people. I really feel sorry for the Palestinians, who did not have the sense to choose real leaders. Even you, Miriam, would have been better than all their rubbish leaders.

“You think I don’t know how tricky it is to choose between health and the economy? I once dated a doctor and an accountant!”

From her comments, Ms Margolyes is clearly an enemy within, a person of faith who hides behind a veil of antiIsrael/anti-Zionism which, like her declared hero, is certainly very Corbynesque. She is another intellectual

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ANTI-BIBI DEMO Regarding last weekend’s Jewish-organised protest against the Israel prime minister outside the UK embassy, I bet they are the pride and joy of their communities and are also global experts on Covid, corruption and democracy – which is handy because Bibi is the democratically elected leader of Israel and people outside israel don’t vote in Israeli elections. I bet none of the 150 protesters has won an election of any kind. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of them aren’t even Jewish, even if they claim to be. William Comet By email

ABORTION LAW Sylvia Rothschild says the Jewish view is clear, that we should not police women’s bodies and prevent abortion (Jewish News, 30 July). The reason abortion is clearly forbidden in Jewish law has nothing to do with policing women’s bodies, but is to prevent the life of a baby, created by the mother, being snubbed out because the mother has decided that, in fact, she doesn’t want her child to live, and Jewish law protects this child. The only exception to this rule is to save the pregnant mother’s life. Ann Cohen Golders Green

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Naïve to think Trump is no threat to democracy ALEX BRUMMER

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uring the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, I was a Shabbat guest speaker at Bournemouth Synagogue. As a former Washington correspondent, it was inevitable I would be asked about the implications of upcoming elections for Israel and the Jews. I wince now when I think about my answer and some of my writings at the time. My view was that Trump couldn’t possibly be the threat to democracy and normal political discourse portrayed by elements of the media and we ‘the Jews’ had little to fear. Nearly four years on, as a frequent (prelockdown visitor) to the US for work and family reasons – one of my sons lives in Texas – I realise how naïve and wrong was the benign view. Among the reassuring aspects of Trump’s potential presidency was the fact that he was so exposed to Judaism as a New Yorker and through his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. What could possibly go wrong when Kushner was married to Trump’s ‘favourite’ child Invanka – an Orthodox convert to Judaism?

The assumption Kushner would have educated Trump on race and Israel was mistaken. By effectively putting Kushner in charge of Middle East policy, in a capital city where there are no end of think tanks involved in the region, was a huge error. It made the basic mistake of thinking that diaspora Jews automatically understand the region. The result was the Trump or Kushner peace plan, which appeared to give the green light to annexation of the Jordan Valley – a policy that has been as divisive inside Israel as it has in British Jewry. As damaging as Trump’s Middle East policy has been in advancing Israel’s cause on the world stage, it is as nothing when compared to Trump’s making ‘America Great Again’ and ‘America First’ slogans. The president’s evocation of these phrases at the time of the Charlottesville demonstrations three years ago and, more recently, after the revival of ‘Black Lives Matter’ (BLM) unmasked the racially loaded side of Trump’s character. When Trump took office, friends recommended I read the 1930s novel It Couldn’t Happen Here by the celebrated author Sinclair Lewis, about a freely-elected president who learns from European fascism to clamp down first on freedom of expression, then adopts the

BY EMPOWERING THE RIGHT WING, TRUMP HAS UNLEASHED THE TROPES OF THE AGES antisemitism mantra and creates a nationwide chain of re-education camps straight out of the Hitlerian playbook. Many of the themes of Lewis’ novel are revisited at present in the evocative dramatisation of Philip Roth’s novel, The Plot Against America, on Sky Atlantic. Director Minkie Spiro captures the anxiety of North American Jewry when anti-war demagogue Charles Lindbergh beats Franklin D Roosevelt to the White House. Lindbergh seeks to shield himself from suggestions of antisemitism by adopting a tame rabbi – anxious for recognition – to his cause. In Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf, played by John Turturro, the fictional president finds the perfect foil in much the same way as Kushner and Ivanka are Trump’s shield against antisemitic views. This is nothing new in American politics. The tapes of Richard Nixon show he had nothing but contempt for Jews. But he made himself kosher by shielding

behind his brilliant Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a refugee from Nazi-era Germany. The most chilling episode in The Plot Against America is when the New Jersey Jewish family at the story’s core are mysteriously evicted from the Washington DC hotel for making what were perceived as incendiary comments. Trump’s America First comments since BLM and the recent non-stop protests in Portland, Oregon, could be scenes straight out of Roth’s novel. Race in American is complicated, but by empowering the right wing fringe, Trump has unleashed the tropes of the ages. The concern must be that the ‘silent majority’ are listening but not being heard in the opinion polls. There is already talk from team Trump of challenging a presidential election result if it doesn’t like it. We should pray for a decisive Democratic victory. Joe Biden may have lost his mental sharpness, but he represents a less racially charged and more predictable America.

How can Jewish support of civil rights be forgotten? MARC CAVE

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o more wiles from Wiley, then. Or so we thought. Until The Voice gave his incitement fresh impetus. The takeout from the piece? Jews are ‘The System’. Jews are the music business. Jews treat black music talent like slaves. While The Voice’s piece is infantile, let’s not seek more banning orders. Let’s talk to them as the mature, reasonable people they wish to be seen. Let’s explain why their incitement to Jewish race hate is not just repugnant but crassly, absurdly and embarrassingly ignorant. In our hurt and anger, there needs to be strategic substance. History. Facts. Critical thinking. In other words, education – the thing we prize so highly. Let’s start now. I have an idea… The MOBOs (Music of Black Origin) awards seem a bit past their sell-by date as a positive discrimination concept. How about adding a letter and creating the ‘MOBJOs’ — a celebration of Music of Black and Jewish Origin? It would celebrate collaborations past and present. The fusion of Jewish melody with African American rhythm

and groove to create jazz. The teaming up of Jewish composers and Black performers to give us numerous Broadway hits; the world’s first opera about African Americans (Porgy & Bess) and a vast catalogue of Soul and Motown music. Without the fusion of what Norman Lebrecht called “the minor keys of synagogue tunes with the African-American blues of the Deep South”, we would not even have the modern pop song. Wiley’s hatefest was presumably sparked by a tiff with his Jewish management team. Ditto the tweets of US rapper Ice Cube last year. It comes from the same visceral resentment expressed by the BBC Radio 1 presenter Reggie Yates in 2017, with his notorious comment about “fat Jewish managers from north-west London”. Yates apologised. But, as with Wiley, the myths themselves remain unchallenged. And with the The Voice’s additional smear, they’re escalating. Grime music speaks to inner city deprivation and marginalisation. But how silly to blame an entire particular community for that. Why not pick on the Polish community in Britain? Or the homeless community? Or middle-aged men in lycra? Or urban foxes? Given the apparent politics of Grime, maybe it’s unsurprising that #Grime4Corbyn was a real trend three or so

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years ago. Need I say more about where Wiley’s views about Jewish people may have been bred? I was shocked by Black Lives Matter UK. It is an ugly and depressing indicator of the Black-Jewish relationship in this country. Any young Black British person who thinks “Jewish Privilege” is a thing is plain ignorant. Wherever Jewish success has come, it has been earned. All we have been ‘given’ is grief. The grief of exclusion, abuse, expulsion and genocide. In conclusion, how can it be that the sufferers of the two most systemic and enduring race hates in Western society – against Blacks and Jews – have come to be pitted against each other? How can the Jewish struggle to sweep Nelson Mandela to power and to support the US civil rights movement be forgotten inside a

generation or two? How can the music business forget it was a Jewish performer, Al Jolson who, at the height of discrimination against African Americans, was the only man in the US to insist they got paid the same as their white co-performers? And let’s not forget a final piece of shared history. The Third Reich wished to ban jazz, calling it “Negermusik” belonging to a ‘race’ they called ‘inferior’. Maybe the MOBJOs could begin the process of dismantling the insane beliefs that have crept into the minds of some black musicians and commentators. There is an entire education pro- gramme to be created off the back of it: 1) Busting the myths about Jewish people in black musicians’ minds; 2) Busting the myths about black people in Jewish people’s minds; 3) Celebrating each other’s differences. Maybe you’ll develop it with us, Wiley. Record label Big Dada too; it said it would donate its Wiley royalties to antisemitism causes. Maybe it could put them towards the MOBJOs. Last, but most importantly, I urge The Voice to step forward and be part of the solution. Just think what you could achieve by partnering with Jewish News to bring our two communities together to support the MOBJOs. Let’s do something great together.


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My Yoni gave life. Now we can all do the same MARSHA GLADSTONE

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t will soon be 18 years since my youngest son Yoni was killed in a suicide bombing on a bus in Tel Aviv. It was a terrible loss that our family lives with every day. Yet the fact that in his death Yoni was able to save the lives of four people whose chances of living were quickly fading is a wonderful thing. One year after Yoni died, I travelled to meet Yasmin, the little Palestinian girl who received Yoni’s kidney. I will never forget how, as her mother came forward to embrace me, I felt the closeness of our two hearts, her gain and my loss became one. Her elation and my grief, forever bound together by the accident of the perfect match. We were two sides of the same coin, feeling both the pain and joy, the despair and the renewal in one another. That remarkable feeling returns to some degree every time I meet those who have been given a second chance at life having received a much-needed transplant. Perhaps the most moving event I have attended since Yoni died was a Service of Thanksgiving to Donor Families held at Glasgow University’s magnificent

Bute Hall, organised by NHS Blood & Transplant. Seven hundred people were invited: half were recipients and their families, half were donor families. Five people, of whom I was one, were invited to share their stories; of terrible loss and how they came to donate their loved one’s organs, or of elation as their prayers were answered. Once again, we were two sides of the coin, grief and joy, loss and gain. To me the opportunity to flip that coin in some unknown person’s favour, to offer the gift of life to somebody we will never meet, is chesed shel emet, the ultimate act of kindness. It is a mitzvah for which we can never be thanked. Since Yoni’s death, having been introduced to the world of organ donation, I have been struck by the lack of knowledge and misunderstanding across the Jewish world. Many mistakenly believe that organ donation is always prohibited in Jewish Law. Not only is it often permitted to donate our organs (always, of course, under

the advice and guidance of our chosen rabbinic authority), but it is to be positively encouraged because of the value we as Jews place on life and the lengths we are obliged to go to to preserve it. As the famous rabbinic quote says: “To save one life is equal to saving the entire world.” We have now been granted an opportunity to spread this message far and wide. Thanks to the efforts of the Chief Rabbi and the sensitive and caring manner in which NHS Blood & Transplant have sought to meet the needs of our community, the new ‘opt-out’ system which became law in England in May will enable a person to declare on the Organ Donor Register that their wishes for donation are entirely subject to guidance from their chosen religious authority. This will allow observant Jews to engage positively with the system for the first time, knowing that their faith will be respected. This can be a watershed moment for the way our community views organ donation, which

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is often an emotionally charged subject. It is so important that we begin to discuss how we feel about it with our close friends and family. Apart from the obvious benefit to any future recipient resulting from a positive decision, these conversations are opportunities for meaningful, life-affirming and values-based discussions to be brought into the family arena. These discussions can inculcate in our children an awareness that we all have a responsibility to society and the world around us, and demonstrate an absence of fear of the subject of death, which in turn, helps to promote resilience. The worst time to be introduced to the notion of organ donation is when you have just lost a beloved family member and are at your most vulnerable, as we were. The Yoni Jesner Foundation plans to work with Jewish secondary schools to ensure that students are introduced to the subject at the appropriate age and can begin to formulate their own views. With these latest changes to the law and to the Organ Donor Register, every one of us can place ourselves in a position to flip that coin from despair to renewal. I would urge everyone to take advantage of this positive development. Choose life and sign up to be a faith-based organ donor.

Starmer meeting was part of a welcome wider shift STEVE MCCABE, MP CHAIR, LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL

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abour Friends of Israel (LFI)’s meeting last week with Keir Starmer was another demonstration that our party is, as Labour’s leader put it himself, “under new management”. Keir’s acknowledgment that the past five years have been difficult for LFI’s members and supporters set the tone for the kind of positive and open engagement I believe we will see under his leadership. I am delighted he recognises the crucial role LFI can play in the party in ensuring a balanced and constructive debate on the Middle East and Israel. Anti-Zionist antisemitism has been at the heart of the scourge of anti-Jewish racism we have witnessed in Labour in recent years. Keir’s understanding that, far too often, this debate has descended into hateful antisemitism, and his determination to both confront it and rebuild the trust and confidence of the Jewish community, is crucial. As we made clear, ending the obsession with Israel, which has characterised foreign policy debates, is vital to making the

party a safe space for Jewish members again. His desire to visit Israel with LFI will provide an opportunity for him to witness first-hand the enormous security challenges the Jewish state faces. It will also allow him to see the huge opportunities that exist to strengthen the relationship between Israel and Britain, one that brings huge economic, cultural and security benefits to both our countries. Keir’s visit will also be an important signal that Labour wants to rebuild the historic bonds between our party and Israel’s centre-left, trade unions and progressive forces. The Labour leader going to the Jewish state and paying his respects at Yad Vashem will be a powerful, symbolic moment for the Jewish community. It is essential that a party aspiring to become our country’s government should establish its credentials as an honest broker on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. This was the stance adopted by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and it underpins Britain’s commitment to a two-state solution. It means that we reject the demonisation and delegitimisation of either side and instead seek to understand the hopes, fears and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians. It also means we must work to support all

those in Israel and Palestine striving for peace and an end to conflict, and oppose actions that make achieving these goals more difficult. That is why LFI is unequivocally opposed to any Israeli annexation of the West Bank. It is also why LFI does not support any form of boycott or sanctions against the Jewish state. A positive, alternative approach is epitomised by coexistence work that seeks to bring Israelis and Palestinians together. LFI has been a longstanding and active supporter of the establishment of an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Modelled on the highly successful International Fund for Ireland, it aims to boost funding for people-to-people work, thereby establishing constituencies for peace, fostering trust and reconciliation, and building the vital

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civic society foundations upon which any lasting settlement must be founded. Once just a concept, thanks to our friends at the Alliance for Middle East Peace, the fund is now close to becoming a reality, with the passage of the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act by the US House of Representatives, set to provide an initial commitment of $110million (£84m) over the next five years. This is a rare initiative that commands bipartisan support and has also been supported by Jewish groups and a broad range of pro-Israel campaign groups in the US. Our meeting with Keir is part of a wider shift we’ve witnessed on Labour’s foreign and national security positions. Within days of taking up his appointment, the new Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, announced that Labour would support the full proscription of Hezbollah, introduced last year. He and Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy have adopted a new and welcome tone on the threat posed by Russia and China’s abuses of human rights both in Hong Kong and the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang. The restoration of Labour’s internationalist tradition is one of the most welcome elements of the new management.


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1 HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Pupils at special needs school Side by Side in Stamford Hill got creative and enjoyed a host of socially-distanced activities over four days, including arts and crafts, cooking, football, walks and invited a magician. Headteacher Gerald Lebrett said: “We remain committed to supporting our pupils and their families in any way we can through these uncertain times. With thanks to our dedicated team and selfless volunteers, I am incredibly proud our summer scheme was able to provide an enjoyable and safe environment for our pupils.”

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2 GIFTING SUPPORT

This week GIFT volunteers delivered another 1,000 catered meals to those most in need in the community; resulting in more than 8,000 meals distributed to the vulnerable, elderly and those isolating during lockdown. One recipient, suffering with serious mental health issues, said: “I’ve been locked down for the past four months and have had little support from anyone, but GIFT has been there constantly, phoning me, reassuring me, shopping and providing essentials. Their regular supply of cooked food has been a life-saver.” GIFT managing director Rabbi Sandor Milun said: “During this pandemic, GIFT staff and volunteers have done all in their power to be there for the community. We have been inundated with new referrals.” Pictured is GIFT volunteer Hadar Langerman.

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3 CHABAD HELP

Scotland’s Chabad Lubavitch has been encouraging the community to dine at home by delivering budget kosher meals with a choice of 20 subsidised courses, in addition to desserts and soups – also available for free to those in need - as well as weekly Shabbat meal bags. Rabbi Chaim Jacobs of Chabad-Lubavitch is pictured delivering Shabbat meal bags. “Whenever health and safety permits l’chaim’, Sora’s Café and L’Chaim’s Kosher Catering look forward to welcoming the community to their facilities and events,” he said.

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4 ARTISTIC STEPS

More than 40 people joined Mill Hill East Jewish Community and artist Chanie Chanin of From My Art and Soul for an artistic evening over Zoom. Supplied with packs of paint, canvases, brushes and treats, which had been delivered by volunteers, the crowd learnt how to paint a relaxing beach scene step-by-step with impressive results.

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of the best Emmy nominated shows to watch now!

From outspoken housewives, feminists and religious rebels to vampires, widows and the afterlife, here are the most critically-acclaimed Jewish shows gracing our screens…

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UNORTHODOX The hit Netflix drama based on the 2012 memoir by Deborah Feldman of the same name, came away with eight nominations, including best limited series. Anna Winger was nominated for writing, Maria Schrader for directing and Israeli star Shira Haas, who learnt Yiddish for the role, was nominated for lead actress in a limited series or movie. The show is also in the running for casting, costumes, music composition and theme music. The drama revolves around Esty (Haas), who runs away from her arranged marriage and her strictly-Orthodox community in Brooklyn, and moves to Berlin, where she adapts to a secular life. But when husband Yanky (Amit Rahav) discovers she is pregnant, he embarks on a journey to find her.

Unorthodox is available to watch now on Netflix

Schitt’s Creek

The show, featuring leading 1970s Jewish feminists, received supporting actress nominations for Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug and Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan, as well as lead actress for Cate Blanchett, who played conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly. Mrs. America is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer

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THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL The third season of the award-winning Amazon Prime Video show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel scored 20 nominations, including for outstanding comedy series and lead actress Rachel Brosnahan in her portrayal of Midge Maisel. Jewish actress Alex Borstein was nominated again in the best supporting actress category and will compete against her follow Maisel star Marin Hinkle. Amy Sherman-Palladino was nominated for directing an episode, as was her husband and co-creator Dan Palladino. The three series of The Marvelous. Mrs Maisel are available on Amazon Prime Video

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MRS. AMERICA Dahvi Waller’s dazzling drama about the feminists who campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment – and the Conservative women who opposed it – landed 10 nominations at this year’s Emmys, including best limited series.

SCHITT’S CREEK The quirky comedy series, created by real-life father and son Eugene and Dan Levy, walked away with 15 nominations for its critically acclaimed final season. Schitt’s Creek was nominated for best comedy series, and all four stars were recognised: Eugene Levy, for lead actor in a comedy series; Catherine O’Hara, lead actress; Dan Levy, supporting actor; and Annie Murphy, supporting actress. The younger Levy was nominated as well for writing the final episode, Happy Ending, and for his direction of the episode. Schitt’s Creek revolves around video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene) and his grown-up son David (played by Dan), alongside wife and former soap star Moira (O’Hara) and daughter Alexis (Murphy). The Roses lose their fortune after being defrauded and are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole asset: a small town named Schitt’s Creek they bought as a joke.

All six series of Schitt’s Creek are available to watch now on Netflix

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DEAD TO ME Liz Feldman’s dark Netflix comedy, which has been renewed for a third series, landed four nominations, including best comedy series.Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini go head-to-head in the lead actress category. The show is also in the running for best casting. Dead To Me follows Jen (Applegate), a sardonic widow determined to track down her husband’s hit-and-run killer and her unlikely friendship with Judy (Cardellini), a happy-go-lucky woman who has recently suffered her own loss. The first two series of Dead To Me are available to watch now on Netflix

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary comedy earned eight nominations for the Jewish Māori director, writer and actor, alongside co-creator Jemaine Clement, including one for outstanding comedy series. Set in Staten Island, What We Do in the Shadows follows the lives of centuries-old vampires interacting with the modern world and other supernatural beings. What We Do In The Shadows is available to view on BBC iPlayer

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BLACK MITZVAH Actress Tiffany Haddish’s Netflix special has received a nomination for outstanding variety special. The Girls Trip star’s father was an EthiopianJewish refugee from Eritrea, leading her in later years to reclaim her Jewish heritage. As she approached 40, Haddish studied Torah and celebrated her batmitzvah last December, which was officiated by comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman. “[What] I love about Judaism [is] it’s all about sharing your stories , questioning and learning from each other,” she said. Black Mitzvah is available to watch now on Netflix

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THE GOOD PLACE Writer Michael Schur’s comedy, The Good Place, swept up seven nominations, including for best writing and best comedy. Actress Maya Rudolph also received a nomination for guest actress in a comedy series role and will compete against herself in the same category for her appearance on Saturday Night Live. In the show, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) arrives in the afterlife and is welcomed by Michael (Ted Danson) to ‘The Good Place’, an exclusive, Heaven-like utopia he designed. But she realises she must hide her morally imperfect behaviour. The Good Place is available to watch now on Netflix

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TELEVISION Planet Earth: A Celebration Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean composer Hans Zimmer is teaming up with Sir David Attenborough and award-winning rapper Dave for BBC One’s Planet Earth: A Celebration. The special one-hour programme, which will air in the coming weeks, brings together eight of the most extraordinary sequences from Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, with a stunning musical performance, to lift the nation’s spirits. Attenborough has recorded a new narration for the programme, which travels from the East

Cape of South Africa to Norway, from Chile to the Indian Ocean, and explores how animals have overcome adversity to survive in some of the world’s most challenging environments, offering a message of hope to humanity. To accompany these sequences, Zimmer, Jacob Shea and the team at Bleeding Fingers have created brand new compositions and rearranged original scores, which have been performed in a socially distanced space by the BBC Concert Orchestra, accompanied by Brit and Mercury Award-winning rapper Dave on the grand piano.

EXHIBITION Jewish Resistance To The Holocaust In Nazi-occupied Poland, Tosia Altman risked her life by organising armed revolt within the ghettos, while at AuschwitzBirkenau, Jewish prisoners colluded to secretly smuggle evidence out of the death camp. Meanwhile, deep in the forests of Belorussia, the Bielski brothers headed up partisan groups that ultimately rescued 1,200 men, women and children. These are just some of the fascinating stories revealed in a new exhibition, Jewish Resistance To The Holocaust, which opens today at The Wiener Library (Thursday) and draws on the museum’s unique archival collections of documents and

REVIEW An American Pickle (15)   

eyewitness accounts. The exhibition also explores individual acts of resistance, from the secret diaries written by Ruth Wiener in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen and Anne Frank iin hiding in Amsterdam, to the clandestine religious worship practiced in ghettos, as well as testimonies buried in Auschwitz by those imprisoned there. Jewish Resistance To The Holocaust runs at The Wiener Holocaust Library until 30 November. Exhibition open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am to 3pm, to visitors with pre-booked slots only, www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, who falls into a large vat of brined cucumbers

Time doesn’t heal wounds in director Brandon Trost’s fish out of water comedy, which hopes to woo audiences back into cinemas with not one, but two of Seth Rogen. That sounds like a good deal if you’re already a fan of the hirsute Canadian star and co-writer of Superbad, Pineapple Express and This Is The End, who has carved out a niche playing slackers and stoners. In An American Pickle, Rogen plays two generations of the same Jewish bloodline, who are miraculously brought together in presentday Brooklyn thanks to a ludicrous plot device from screenwriter Simon Rich that evokes 1992 comedy Encino Man, which thawed out a Stone Age caveman in the urban jungle of Los Angeles. Set in 1919, accident-prone Jewish ditch digger Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen) falls deliriously in love with Sarah (Sarah Snook) in his eastern European homeland of Schlupsk. “She is strong and she has all her teeth – top and bottom,” he coos in voiceover.

The couple marries and Herschel finds work killing rats on the factory floor of the Capital Pickle Co. A freak industrial accident sends Herschel tumbling into a large vat of brined cucumbers on the same day the premises are condemned. One hundred years later, Herschel reawakens in saltwater stasis, perfectly preserved without ageing a day. He meets his great-grandson, freelance mobile app developer Ben (Rogen again), who introduces Herschel to metrosexual 21stcentury New York, but the two men eventually come to blows over their heritage and religion. “It’s a good thing Sarah’s not around anymore. If she was, she’d be ashamed of you,” growls Ben, sowing the seeds of a bitter rivalry that makes news headlines around the globe. An American Pickle runs out of sharpened comedic intent, but Rich’s script packs a decent amount of giggles into 90 minutes. An American Pickle is released in cinemas across the UK from tomorrow (Friday)

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO Hunters David Weil’s gripping drama about vigilantes who assassinate Nazis living in their midst has been renewed for a second season, Variety reported this week. The first series, which was released in February, featured an all-star cast including Al Pacino as group leader Meyer Offerman, alongside Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton and Josh Radnor. Weil, who also serves as executive producer and co-showrunner, along with Nikki Toscano, told Jewish News at the first series launch: “With so many survivors no longer with us, we are the

next generation to tell this story in certain ways. [This show] is an exploration of my birthright, this desire to wear that vigilante cape, to get justice.” The first series of Hunters is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video

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Bay of beauty Charlotte Seligman enjoys a short trip with the family in the breath-taking surrounds of Cornwall

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y mother (probably like most Jewish mothers and grandmothers) regularly moans that she doesn’t see enough of us. She complains the kids never put down their phones and their table manners need attention. And she’s always asking: “Why do they have to be so noisy when they all get together?” So it was something of an interesting social experiment when, in the months before the country went into Covid-19 lockdown, we booked a Cornwall cottage to celebrate her 70th birthday. It was going to be memorable – one way or another! For anyone living in London or north of it, Cornwall isn’t around the corner. But if you can get past the five-hour drive – and the restless moans from the children in the back that begin five minutes after leaving home – then it’s well worth the visit. The county has some of the best beaches in the UK and those coastal walks overlooking that impressive Atlantic swell with its azure colour are breath-taking. The food is pretty special too. The pasties and clotted cream teas are, of course, The Quarter Deck, a luxury self-catering property in Trevone legendary, but because you’re right on the coast, there’s plenty of fabulous fresh fish available; and you can have it fried, Our home for our duration was The Quarter Deck – just roasted or baked, which means if the conversation among your minutes from the beach in Trevone – and it was picture perfect. party is thin, then you can always talk about the food! You’ll know you’ve arrived for a holiday by the sea when you We opted to base ourselves in Trevone, a seaside village pull up to the powder blue, wood-clad exterior. near Padstow, north Cornwall. The fresh, coastal design is reflected throughout the The beach last year received the Blue Flag award and is only property, but the best thing is it has six bedrooms and one of seven in Cornwall to receive it – and with good reason. sleeps 11 guests. The gentle shelving and soft golden sand meant the kids Not that we needed them all. The children decided to grab had their shoes and socks off and tracksuit bottoms rolled up their duvets and bunk down altogether on the floor. The open to the knees the minute we got there and were splashing in the plan living is incredibly spacious, too, and we were able to all sit waves for hours. It didn’t matter that it was late autumn and down round one huge dining table for our Friday night dinner. Grandma was worried they’d all catch the death of cold. Afterwards, while the adults finished off the wine, the kids The little alcoves meant those of us with were able to chill on bean bags in The Lookout – an addimore sense could grab a hot coffee from the tional lounge with sweeping views out to sea. little beach café and just sit and watch There were plenty of games to while away them for hours. the time. We managed several rounds of The cliffs to the north east of the beach Bananagrams – and there weren’t even any provide fantastic walks and views to Hawkers arguments. It was a miracle! Cove, the Camel Estuary and beyond. Of course, there are few better places in We walked about eight miles right across England to experience surfing than Cornwall. the top to Padstow for lunch and a wellI know the water is supposedly warmer down deserved Cornish ice cream. I’m not south, but there’s no way I could venture into sure there is a more perfect way to spend the water during these colder climes. a Sunday morning. The children, however, insisted on having The cliff does have a huge blowhole, their first lesson, and Harlyn Bay, away from which appears just at the top as you leave the maddening crowds with its two to threeTrevone Bay, so beware of getting too close mile crescent of golden sand and rock pools, to the edge if you’re not good with heights. is one of the safest and best family beaches. Happy families It works well for threatening naughty The lesson was a huge success, although children though. only my son managed to step on a weever fish on his way Tired legs need a good place to rest and recuperate. In our out the water. case, that also meant somewhere we could cook the copious No, I’d never heard of it either, but despite its small size it amount of food we’d bought with us, and devour the two honey apparently features needle sharp spines that inject venom into cakes Grandma had baked. their victims. Squeals of joy turned to squeals of pain.

Harlyn Bay, on the north coast of Cornwall

The spacious open-plan kitchen-dining area in the house

We had a more successful outing to Tintagel Castle, set on the rugged North Cornwall coast. Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish Sea, it is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Its association with King Arthur also makes it one of the most famous. The path to the castle has long been challenging, with more than a hundred steps winding towards the clifftop ruins. Hence, the introduction of a new footbridge last year, which now sits over a 58-metre drop between two cliffs that has reconnected two sides of the medieval ruin. This is is not the place to take out your mobile phone for pictures! There are, however, plenty of opportunities to take pictures during a short stay in Cornwall. I would have loved one of my 70-year-old mother mounting a bike and riding the Camel Trail with us – 18 miles of a disused railway between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow – but there are some things I’m never going to see. Still, she was happy to meet us back in Padstow for a cream tea, which is much more her type of thing. After spending a few days with the family, many might ask whether our little experiment worked. Well, there were no phones confiscated, table manners weren’t too badly scrutinised and we got to spend some quality time with one another. Even the weather was perfectly behaved. Who could ask for anything more?

CHARLOTTE’S TRAVEL TIPS Charlotte stayed at The Quarter Deck in Trevone, Cornwall, where prices start from £1,080 for short breaks and £1,490 for a week’s stay, www.perfectstays.co.uk/property/the-quarterdeck or call 01208 895570. For the latest on Perfect Stay’s Covid-19 measures, visit www.perfectstays.co.uk/our-service/ covid-19-latest-information


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hicken shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish that uses a spiced marinade to make the meat tender and flavoursome.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 1 HOUR SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS Olive oil 1kg chicken thighs – cubed Coarse salt and coarsely ground black pepper 1 green pepper – cubed 1 onion – sliced 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp ground cardamom 1 lemon – halved 6 cloves of garlic 250ml chicken stock

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1. Begin by heating some olive oil in a pan, pat the cubed chicken with a paper towel to dry it and season with salt and pepper. 2. Sear the cubes on all sides then remove from the pan. Put the pepper and onion in the pan, then cover and leave to cook for a few minutes until softened. 3. Meanwhile, mix the paprika and cardamom with the strained juice of half the lemon, then add to the pan. 4. Thinly slice the other half of the lemon, then add to the pan along with the garlic and stock and stir well. 5. Return the meat to the pan along with the olives and bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and lower the heat, then leave to simmer for 45-60 minutes. 6. Serve on a layer of rice.

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SEDRA Ekev BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND Free, nutritious, miraculous, tasty, low-maintenance, delivered to your door for your convenience every morning. Manna – the miraculous food that sustained the children of Israel throughout their desert wanderings – should have been as innocuous as the air we breathe. It served as an equaliser – ‘he who gathered much had no excess, he who gathered less had no deficiency’, and the double portion was God’s way of indicating it was Shabbat. Of course, the story did not go like that: from the day that it first fell for the Jews, the ‘Bread from Heaven’ was a source of constant strife. Some struggled to keep to the simple instructions not to deliberately save over from one day to the next; some complained it did not taste or feel like real food. God even frames the manna as a central test of faith: “Each person should collect their daily portion in order to test if they will walk in My ways or not.” The manna narratives are enwrapped in multiple layers. A verse in Ekev summarises the issue: “He

fed you manna you did not know, and your forefathers did not know, to teach you that not by bread alone does man live, but by the mouth of God”. The key component is that of faith, but there is the hint to an underlying psychological challenge: it was that which your forefathers did not know. Something new – even if it is a tailor-made, Divinely modified organism to cater precisely for our nutritional needs – creates a natural aversion, whether through fear of change, anxiety about the unknown or the inertia of not wanting to do things differently. The world needs much healing now: some of that healing will, in most likelihood, come through scientists using their Divine gifts of intelligence to create a tailor-made modern-day manna that will, we pray, give the body its strength to fight off Covid. We must pray humanity accepts this gift, without being held back by it “not being known by our forefathers”.

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What does the Torah say about: Wiley BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS Have you watched former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks’ eloquent YouTube video on antisemitism? It analyses the phenomenon of antisemitism from religious hatred to racial theories and today’s maligning of Israel and Zionism. Conspiracy theories about Jews and Judaism, Israel and Zionism, are enhanced by the internet, particularly by social media. The episode with grime artist Wiley (pictured) is among the most recent of many such events. After he was banned from multiple platforms, David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the KKK, was finally removed from Twitter. What does the Torah say about such people? Balaam was a man who sought to curse the Jewish nation. Tradition tells us he eventually found a way to seduce us to worship the god of Pe’or. Much of the antisemitism seen today seeks to use modern ideas to

woo us away from our attachment to Israel as a Jewish state. There are many Jews who are seduced by the universalist myth, who abandon their traditions and instead seek solidarity with anti-Zionist antisemites. But there is another type of antisemitism, found in Louis Farrakhan’s books and preaching which espoused that Jews are imposters and Black Africans are the real Hebrews. The very words we use in Hebrew become, in this falsehood, stolen goods, and we Jews thieves and imposters. Of course, it is ridiculous. Wiley and his ilk may well

have a relationship with God, but it is not Jewish. They use the Christian Bible to justify dispossessing and appropriating our culture. Another commonplace trope is saying that our Judaism is demonic. They will often cherry-pick quotations from the Talmud, which are obviously intended to make Jews look revolting. Rabbi Gil Student’s excellent website, at talmud. faithweb.com, is the perfect counter to such antisemitism. Above all, we must call out racists and report them – and refer them to those who fight antisemitism. You need not be polite: the Talmud says you can tell an idolater where to stick his head – and these people are no better than idolatrous, being determined to deny us our heritage, traditions and our way of life. May you get thousands such antisemites banned. ◆ Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves the Jewish Community of Berkshire, www.JCoB.org

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Shameful Wiley saga reminded me why I dislike Twitter so much

‘On the third day, God created… a mikveh’ BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS We all know the story of creation: the seven days, which may or may not follow an evolutionary pattern, to create the world as we know it. I have read it so many times, but far too often take it for granted, because it is such a well-known narrative. It was only over the past few months, while training with Boston’s Mayyim Hayyim as a mikveh guide, that I reread Genesis 1:9-10. “God said, ‘Let the water below the sky be gathered into one area, that the dry land may appear.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:9). I realised this gathering of water into one area is called a mikveh – meaning a gathering of water. So many people associate mikveh with negative words, such as “impurity” (a very poor translation of the Hebrew tamei). The waters of the mikveh don’t make us “pure” but serves to honour moments of change and transformation in our lives, whether honouring the regular cycles of our bodies, or marking

larger moments of shift. I was incredibly excited to find this beautiful origin story of the mikveh. The gathering of the primordial waters by God during creation roots our own water rituals in the act of creation, rather than in any acts of purification. When we immerse in a mikveh, we allow ourselves the opportunity of regeneration and refreshment, change and transformation honoured in ritual. We are not yet out of the Covid-19 woods, but I found myself in June creating a mikveh ritual for leaving lockdown, ritualising our loss, and our re-emergence into the world created by the gathering of waters. As God used the gathering of waters to help the land we would live on emerge, we can use our own gathering of waters to allow ourselves space to process our own transformative moments, and find solid ground to stand on again.

◆ Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers serves Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue

BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINKSY The recent antisemitic tirade of grime star Wiley catapulted him into our homes. Many of us who knew nothing of his music, let alone the reason for his MBE, now feel like we know far too much about him and his abhorrent views. His words were gross, classic tropes of antisemitism dressed up (or down) in a different language. Twitter’s initial reaction was quite rightly scorned – too little and too slow – but really only indicative of what many of us have seen before. I’m proud of our Jewish community, which united across the religious and political spectrum to react quickly and generate action. In a situation in which many of us felt powerless, we were able to feel like we had a method – through a 48-hour silence – of getting our voices heard. A time to talk and a time to be silent, to

paraphrase Ecclesiastes. And it worked. Wiley was banned, along with a host of other antisemites such as former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Honestly, I love Twitter. It is the fastest way into what is happening around the world and has introduced me to new and interesting people and ideas. Many of us who

use Twitter will have disappeared down rabbit holes exploring this path and that. But I also hate Twitter. I hate the abuse, both anonymous and named. I hate the hatred, antisemitic and racist. I hate the misogyny and bigotry. I hate that I cannot tell my children what just made me catch my breath and fight back the tears. We must call out antisemitism. We must make Twitter and other social media platforms accountable. We must support our allies when the abuse turns on them and use our words and silences for advocacy for an end to all hatred. We must also call out those who cannot debate constructively and not let them represent our Jewish community, which spoke so unitedly and with such dignity in this case. ◆ Rabbi Charley Baginsky is interim director of Liberal Judaism

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ROOSTER

4 6 8 2 3 9 7 5 1

2 7

SUGURU

RED SETTER ROACH

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Last issue’s solutions

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ROBIN

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In this finished crossword, every letter of the alphabet appears as a code number. All you have to do is crack the code and fill in the grid. Replacing the decoded numbers 3, 17 and 24 with their letters in the grid will help you to guess the identity of other letters.

The listed creatures beginning with R can all be found in the grid. Words may run either forwards or backwards, in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction, but always in a straight, unbroken line.

X R O E D E E R R A R E

9 Diagram in an atlas (3) 11 Industrial action (2‑4) 14 To the rear of (6) 17 Container for return mail (inits)(3) 19 Function (3) 20 Large hawk (7) 22 Sap of the rubber tree (5) 23 Covered in fine powder (5) DOWN 1 Ragtime dance involving shaking and shuffling (6) 2 Sever (3) 3 Carrying out (a task) (5) 4 Field entrances (5) 5 Burdensome (7) 6 Make visible (4) 10 Put a stop to beforehand (7) 12 ___ up, admit (3) 13 Seven ___ sins, pride, anger, sloth etc (6) 15 Area for your newly arrived emails (5) 16 Stunned (5) 18 Period of calm (4) 21 Beast of burden or fool (3)

CODEWORD

WORDSEARCH J

SUDOKU Fill the grid with the numbers 1 to 9 so that each row, column and 3x3 block contains the numbers 1 to 9.

S N U M W E Q O S U S W A

E E O M F K K T R H T E T

H C I E E S N F C Y A S S

T D I R X A G N I K C I P

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N J U R V N B E N P S K R

B C C C N G S M R G H B V

J J O E E S T H G I E W D

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T S U L T R P Z P O W E Z

I M U A N C C H E U S

P I E T Y C I G T I P E R E P I OR T L E D E S U R Y E A A E P I C C A P O K R O SWO O P I N G E N D E C R A S H D E

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