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New school rules Staggered starts and finishes, year group capsules and special Covid-19 timetables among ‘immense’ changes
Modified start and finish times, social bubbles, new timetables and restrictions on movement are among measures Jewish pupils in England will face when they return to school next week, writes Mathilde Frot. This comes as the government advised staff and students in areas under local lockdown to wear face masks in communal areas and corridors from 1 September. The Hasmonean Multi-Academy Trust will update parents on safety measures in the coming days after a meeting of its leadership team to discuss government advice. But letters sent to parents ahead of the reopening cited staggered start and finish times for students, bubbles of pupils, access to testing in the event of an outbreak and mandatory attendance. Immanuel College, in Bushey, is to introduce year bubbles, restrict movement around the site, implement a new
cleaning regime and devise a special Covid-19 timetable. The school’s year group assemblies and extracurricular activities will continue. “We cannot wait to be back attending school, interacting in person rather than through a screen and resuming something relating to ‘normal’,” said headmaster Gary Griffin. “This will not be easy and it has required enormous amounts of effort from staff and governors over the school holidays, but I have every confidence that Immanuel College will rise to this new challenge and continue to provide academic excellence, pastoral expertise and an inspiring Jewish education,” he added. JFS pupils will be greeted with “extensive information packs”, said headteacher Rachel Fink, who described preparations for the reopening of the mixed comprehensive as “immense”. “Every aspect under consideration has
to be scaled up,” she said. “We will have year group capsules of 300 students whom we need to ensure can get to school, can be educated, fed and supported while doing our best to reduce any potential spread. “This has required physical changes to the building, clear and extensive information packs for staff and students and a willingness to work together and to be mindful of those around us. I hope that when students step back into JFS they feel as if they have come home.” Kisharon School, which is to reopen at its new campus on 7 September, is planning staggered drop-offs and pick-ups and reduced hours with a shorter lunch break. The special needs school said it will conduct a thorough clean of facilities at the end of each day, with outdoor equipment and handrails cleaned during the day. Headteacher Sora Kopfstein said: Continued on page 3
Pupils will return to school next week under strict new measures to safeguard against the virus
Jewish News 27 August 2020
News / Middle East visit / Rabbi’s rule / Lib Dems
Raab tells PA: work with Israel Dominic Raab used a meeting this week with the president of the Palestinian Authority to urge closer co-operation with Israel after the Jewish state’s decision to suspend annexation of parts of the West Bank. The foreign secretary’s visit to the Middle East follows the normalisation of relations this month between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. An agreement between the two countries came with the suspension of annexation of land sought by the Palestinians for their future state, a move the UK government welcomed as a boost for peace in the region. On Tuesday, Raab met Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah as part of a wider visit to the Palestinian Territories and Israel. He encouraged the Palestinians to “re-engage” with Israel following developments in the Middle East, brokered by the United States. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The foreign secretary used his discussions with President Abbas to set out the UK’s unwavering commitment to a two-state solution. “In their meeting, the foreign secretary encouraged President Abbas to re-engage in direct discussions with Israel given the suspension of annexation plans. They discussed the twin challenges that Covid and the excessive constraints of Israeli occupation were placing on the Palestinian people. “The UK has provided long-standing development support to the occupied Palestinian
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab (right) meets Mahmoud Abbas; inset: with Benny Gantz (right)
Territories and the foreign secretary set out further contributions today to help alleviate the impacts of coronavirus.” In Israel, Raab met his counterpart, foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi and held talks with defence minister and designated future prime minister Benny Gantz and the bealeagured incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. On 13 August it was announced in a joint
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UAE cancels Israel meeting Not all is rosy with the UAE and Israel in the aftermath of their diplomatic thaw. The UAE cancelled a public meeting with the United States and Israel meant to celebrate the so-called Abraham Accords over Benjamin Netanyahu’s public opposition to the US sale of F-35 advanced fighter jets to the Arab nation. Senior UAE officials wanted to send a message to Israel that they were disappointed
with Netanyahu’s public statements on the sale of the F-35s, the Hebrew-language Walla news website first reported, citing an unnamed source involved in the cancellation. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE “should increase the probability” of an F-35 jet sale to the Emirates.
Why rabbi broke his golden rule Maidenhead Synagogue’s Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain has explained why he broke the “golden rule of clergy and party politics” last year to urge congregants to vote tactically against Labour. In October last year, the leading Reform rabbi exhorted congregants to “put aside all other considera-
tions and vote for whichever party is most likely to defeat Labour” in the December general election. The party had been engulfed into an antisemitism row, and Dame Louise Ellman quit after being a member for 55 years citing concerns over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
Now, in a letter to the Times, Rabbi Romain says that his appeal was not “motivated by opposition to Labour per se but to Corbynled Labour”. He writes that he was motivated by allegations that “for the first time in living memory, a major political party was infused with antisemitism”.
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statement by Israel, the UAE and the US that the UAE and Israel were to establish full diplomatic ties. After Jordan and Egypt, the UAE is only the third Arab country to announce formal diplomatic relations with Israel. The statement said the two countries would co-operate on investment, tourism, flights, security, telecoms, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment and the
establishment of reciprocal embassies. Netanyahu said earlier this month that, while President Donald Trump’s US administration had asked that Israel put its West Bank annexation on hold to move forward with the UAE agreement, there was “no change” to his government’s long-term annexation plans. • Parliamentary supporters of Israel have written to Dominic Raab to urge Britain to stop Iran from buying conventional weapons again. In their letter, Conservative Friends of Israel say the UK’s decision not to extend the arms embargo, due to expire on 18 October 2020, was “deeply regrettable”.
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out”. Moran praised Sir Both Lib Dem leadership Keir Starmer’s “decisive” candidates have told sacking of shadow cabinet supporters that they would member Rebecca Longlike to be the first sitting Bailey but said it was “not party leader to visit Israel. evidence enough that Layla Moran, who Labour is on top of its has Palestinian heritage, antisemitism problem”. and Sir Ed Davey were Both candidates, vying interviewed by Liberal Contenders Ed Davey and Layla Moran to succeed Jo Swinson, Democrat Friends of Israel last week. Asked about Labour’s antisemitism sidestepped the invitation to call themselves issues, Davey said the left-wing party “has a long ‘Zionists’ but neither supported the Boycott, way to go to prove antisemitism has been rooted Divestment and Sanctions movement.
27 August 2020 Jewish News
Covid rules / Wiley law / Labour pains / News NEWS IN BRIEF
BBC PRODUCER’S NAZI COMPARISON One of the executive producers of Songs of Praise appeared to draw parallels between singing Rule, Britannia and neo-Nazis shouting about not being forced into gas chambers. Cat Lewis, chief executive of the company that produces the BBC programme, waded into the row this week over the BBC’s decision to broadcast an orchestral version of Rule, Britannia at Last Night Of The Proms. She wrote: “Do Brits who believe it’s OK to sing an 18th century song about never being enslaved, written when the UK was enslaving and killing millions, believe it’s OK for neo-Nazis to shout, ‘We’ll never be forced into a gas chamber’?”
Rules ‘change daily’ Continued from page 1 “We have been so excited to move to our new premises. It is a disappointing way to start in our new school but knowing the passion and enthusiasm of my staff I am sure pupils will settle in well in the new normal school.” A JCoSS student, due to start Year 9 next Friday, told Jewish News: “There is always new information about what we are going to face when we are back at school. It literally changes by the day and that is what makes it harder. “As each school seems to be making its own ground
Pupils in England are due to return to school next week
rules, it is quite scary as we just want to get back, see our friends and have lessons. We
know we need everyone to be safe, but the way we achieve it is going to be difficult.”
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Robert Halfon, Tory chairman of the Commons education select committee, has called for Chris Whitty to explain the reason the face mask policy has changed in order to reassure parents and pupils. He said: “The chief medical officer, just as he did last Sunday about the risk of
school return, or low risks, should put out a letter about the mask policy. “What it is and why it is and the science behind it, but in a way that ordinary folk can understand it.” He added: “We just have to concentrate on getting our kids learning again. Whatever
has gone on the priority must be to get our kids learning and deal with issues of attainment. “The department and schools need to get data on how much the left-behind pupils during the coronavirus need to catch up and what the effect of the loss of learning has been.”
‘BRING FORWARD HATE LAW TO STOP WILEY’ Jewish organisations have added their voice to those of faith leaders calling for action to tackle online hate speech. The Community Security Trust joined forces with organisations such as the Church of Scotland and interfaith organisations as they urged Boris Johnson to act. The open letter comes as grime artist Wiley continued his antisemitic tirade despite Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram all suspending or ending his accounts. “We stand in solidarity
with all those who have faced abuse and hatred on social media,” the organisations said. “The prevalence of racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic and anti-Hindu hate underlines how the social media companies continue to fall short. We cannot continue to rely on their piecemeal approach to online abuse.” The signatories said they wanted the British government “to bring forward the Online Harms legislation as a matter of urgency”. Wiley interview: page 5
Corbyn bunked off JFS
Tours of JFS, a progressive synagogue and a Jewish care home were all tactics rejected by Jeremy Corbyn to repair his tainted image within the Jewish community, a new book claims. Extracts from Left Out, by Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire, an account of life in the Labour Party under Corbyn, claim that Karie Murphy, who served as Corbyn’s chief of staff, put forward proposals for him to visit Auschwitz and meet JFS pupils, shul members and residents of a Jewish care home. All were rejected. The book, published on 3 September, reveals new details about the former Labour leader’s infamous opposition to endorsing the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Exclusive extracts from Left Out in next week’s Jewish News
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News / Exam results / Maths whizz
GCSE students smiling despite grading fiasco Jewish secondary schools shared in the UK’s record-breaking 2020 GCSE grades as results came in last Thursday, writes Adam Decker. Several Jewish schools reported their best ever years as nationally the grades surged, the government having earlier cancelled students’ summer exams as part of a suite of measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus. Exams regular Ofqual had tried to moderate the marks using an algorithm, but when this was discredited it precipitated a U-turn on grading method, reverting to teachers’ verdicts of pupils’ abilities. The confusion prompted a vicious blame game involving ministers, unions, and bureaucrats – and stress for students. Nationally, the number awarded grade 7 or above rose from a fifth to a quarter, while those getting the best marks shot up by almost 40 percent on last year, as policy chiefs said the crisis had sparked runaway grade inflation that would only hurt future years’ students. This is the third year of the new 1-9 grading system, with 7 the equivalent of the old A-grade, 8 the equivalent to an A* and 9 amounting to an A** rating. JCoSS, in east Barnet, said more students than ever had scored 9 (19 percent, compared to 18 percent last year), while at fee-paying
Several Jewish schools reported their best ever results for the Y11 exam candidates
Immanuel Year 11 students had “the best grades in the college’s history”. Hasmonean Boys’ School – the best-performing Jewish secondary last year – reported 60 percent of students’ grades were 9-7, with 93 percent 9-4.
Hasmonean Girls’ School saw 68 percent grades 9-7 and 97 percent grades 9-4. “This has been an extremely challenging time for our students,” said Katherine Brice and Debbie Lebrett, heads respectively of the girls’
Top marks for nine-year-old Rafi
Rafi Ashkenazi-Bakes and his proud parents
Last week was an anxious time for many GCSE pupils. But not for nine-year-old Rafi Ashkenazi-Bakes, writes Mathilde Frot. While parents and students suffered sleepless nights amid controversy about the grading system, the youngster from Bushey awoke to the news that he had earned the top grade in GCSE foundation maths. Rafi, due to start Year 5 next week, sat three online maths papers in the summer after enrolling as a private candidate, earning a 5 overall, the highest grade on the foundation tier. “We were very lucky that our exam centre said that they would give them invigilated exams,” his mum Lily, 50, told Jewish News. “He was one of
the very few children that managed to sit a reallife exam,” she said. “I really feel for some of the kids this year it’s been awful, especially the private candidates like him. So I just feel very lucky that he was able to sit an exam and have a really valid grade. We’re just super-proud really.” While the family suspected that Rafi had done well, the Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupil jumped up and down in excitement after opening his result envelope. “We’d decorated the room with a congratulations, so by the time he’d woken up, we said ‘come down and open it’ … and he realised he’d got the top grade,” she said.
and boys’ schools. “We are delighted that the uncertainty has been removed and our students can finally focus on their future studies.” At Yavneh in Borehamwood, results springboarded back to the college’s best, with 54 percent graded 7-9, compared to 44 percent in 2019, and 50 percent in 2018, while at Kantor King Solomon in Barkingside, 31 percent of grades were awarded 7-9, with three quarters at Grade 4 or more. Pipping Yavneh to the post, however, was JFS, where 57 percent of grades were 7-9, with 37 percent graded 9-8. More than a fifth of its maths and religious studies students got a 9, and a third of its science students. Like JCoSS, the school said that “a small number of grades were moderated up by the exam board”. At Immanuel, 88 percent of grades were 6 or higher, an improvement of four points on last year, with 34 students averaging grade 8 or higher, but while there was happiness at the results, most headteachers made reference in their comments to the chaos surrounding students’ grading this year. Kantor King Solomon head Hannele Reece said it had been “a very difficult year for students” while Yavneh head Spencer Lewis spoke of “an incredibly difficult six months”. He added: “The constant changes in government and exam board policies and approach over recent days have been very unfair on the pupils.” Immanuel’s head, Gary Griffin, slammed “government incompetence” which JCoSS head Patrick Moriarty said had led to “huge uncertainty and difficulty, especially during the confusion over the awarding of results”. Jewish families fumed at the way this year’s results were handled, with West Finchley resident Les Talisman, whose daughter Leah got the grades she needed, describing it as “a fiasco” causing unnecessary stress. He said: “This government handled it so badly. Why they never went for teacherassessed grades, or even mock results in the first place beggars belief. Pupils feel let down and rightly so. It has brought unnecessary stress to many families.” Talisman added: “I imagine this fiasco has come at great financial cost to the country, and think it will have a long-lasting effect in people’s minds. This incompetent shower of arrogant politicians won’t be in government past the next general election.”
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Rapper’s rant / Mann role / News
Wiley given another platform to spew hate Racist rapper Wiley is at it again, telling an online audience that Jewish music managers “chew up and spit out” black musicians because Jews “run the Earth”, writes Joy Falk. After the interview with football podcasters FilthyFellas, its creators distanced themselves from some of his views, calling his antisemitic outburst on social media last month “a massive error”. Asked about its origins, Wiley said it came from American rapper and comedian Nick Cannon, who was fired from ViacomCBS in July for antisemitic comments. For several days, beginning on 24 July, Wiley ranted on
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, calling Jews “cowards” and “snakes” and suggesting Jews control black people. Wiley said: “Obviously I was doing my own thing, but Nick Cannon just flicked me into the pool, and I started swimming.” Having earlier said he could have better worded his antisemitic objections, he said of Jewish control in business: “A lot of what I’m going on about is institutional, deeprooted, systemic… I’ve never had a problem with anyone in business other than with some of the Jewish community that I’ve worked with..” Asked on Sky News about his apology, Wiley said: “I told
‘I’m not wrong’: Wiley (right) in his YouTube interview with football podcasters FilthyFellas
them on YouTube: I’m not antisemitic, I just drew you out. I wanted people to see what you lot are like.” Speaking about Jewish musicians, he said: “The
music industry was waiting for Drake. They couldn’t wait for him to get there.” In recent years Wiley had a Jewish manager, with whom he fell out over business deal-
ings. After his outburst, Wiley was sacked, and the artist spoke to FilthyFellas about artists having Jewish managers. “Stormzy’s done well to not get anywhere near. I hear
he’s with that David Joseph now... Can you not see what I’m saying? Basically, you’re not allowed to do anything unless one of them is with you. “It’s systemic. It needs to change. We all need to come together instead of throwing ourselves to them. They chew you up and spit you back out again.” Prompted to apologise again, he said: “I am not on the fence… I’m right. The Jewish community do own a lot of s*** on this planet, and they do, with other societies, run the Earth. They own everything… I’m not antisemitic if I say the Jewish community’s very powerful, they own this, they own that – I’m not wrong.”
Mann joins anti-racism group advisory board
John Mann: ‘Passionate’
Lord [John] Mann is the latest peer to join the advisory board of an organisation launched last year to fight antisemitism. The former Bassetlaw MP, who previously chaired the allparty parliamentary group on antisemitism, joins Lord Eric
Pickles at Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM). Other members include Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog and human rights activist Natan Sharansky. “The battle against antisemitism has not only played
a major role in my public life,” Lord Mann said. “It is also an issue which I’m passionate about on a personal level.” “The disease of antisemitism is not simply a problem for Jewish communities, it is a destructive force for all
of society,” he added. CAM director Sacha RoytmanDratwa described Lord Mann as “one of the world’s most admired figures in the fight against antisemitism” who had “set an outstanding example to parliamentarians and deci-
sion-makers across the world.” Since last year, more than 260 organisations and 270,000 individuals have signed up to CAM’s pledge, which is based on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. בס"ד
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Jewish News 27 August 2020
News / Charity tune / Tech innovators / Michael mourned
Singin’ ‘bout their generation Jewish teens from north-west London climbed up the iTunes Top 40 pop chart this week after their lockdown charity song about fighting mental ill-health proved an overnight success, writes Adam Decker. The group, aged 13 to 19, recorded their first single Strong to raise funds for YoungMinds and Grief Encounter, two UK charities, and this week shared in disbelief as it reached 19th in charts. Generation Z formed during lockdown and is comprised of Olivia Lynn, 14; Joe Taylor, 16; Amy Boujenah, 17; Oliver Joseph, 13; Molly Lane, 18; Hannah Sugars, 16;
Generation Z’s video for the single Strong
Izzy Grant, 15; Alfie Mack, 16; Sofia Arnaldi, 19; and Maddie Curzon, 14. The song was released last Friday with lyrics reflecting the teenagers’ own personal stories and feelings on coping during lockdown. Many were preparing to sit GSCE and A-level exams when the nation was ordered indoors. Boujenah said: “Lockdown has had such a huge impact on all of our mental health, but we want to show that we have, and will, come out stronger, and more resilient, because of it.” You can download Strong by Generation Z on iTunes
‘GRANDFATHER’ TO JCOSS MOURNED
Michael Phillips, hailed as a pioneer in Jewish education, has died. He will be remembered for his “generosity and kindness”, said JCoSS headteacher Patrick Moriarty. Phillips was “truly a grandfather for the school”, Moriarty added, having steered it through its foundation and early days as chair of trustees. He would visit regularly, “often to impart mischievous wisdom gleaned from his own time at school”. A passion for history kept Phillips “learning constantly and making him the most stimulating intellectual company”. “We shall miss his friendship, his impeccable courtesy, the twinkle in his eye and his constant wise attentiveness.” Phillips is survived by wife Ruth, their three children, seven grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.
Israeli businesswomen picked to share expertise in London Four Israeli businesswomen have been nominated to speak at London Tech Week next week, writes Joy Falk. Among them is the creator of ‘the world’s smartest bra shopper’ and the founder of a firm that matches busy women with beauty professionals. The innovators became London-bound after winning the European Women in Tech Award, four of 14 Israelis nominated. Judging criteria included capacity to inspire and being a role model for technology in their country. Orit Hashay founded Brayola – “the
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The fourth businesswoman, Hillary Harel, is behind Serenus.AI, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve healthcare services throughout Europe and the US. The four will be speaking about subjects ranging from sustainability, imposter syndrome, the skills needed for the jobs of the future, and how a woman can make a difference in science. The 1st DIT European Tech Women Event will be hosted by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) Europe Network, on 2 September.
27 August 2020 Jewish News
Union apology / JW3 ‘Big Night In’/ Site’s taunt / News
Union sorry for saying: ‘No time for Zionists’ A renters’ union has apologised for rejecting a membership query from a Jewish applicant through its Instagram account, telling them “sorry, no time for Zionists”, writes Adam Decker. The Acorn union said it had begun an internal investigation into how the messages came to be sent. The enquirer trying to join its Manchester branch was also told “we are a pro-Palestine organisation”. Acorn describes itself as “a community-based union of working-class people” which fights to give low-income communities a better life. The man’s experience was highlighted by Stephane Savary, vice-chair of the Jewish Labour Movement. He said Acorn not only rejected the application,
Heritage festival back A heritage festival hosted annually by B’nai B’rith UK is to return next week with a selection of virtual and physical events as some venues reopen with new social distancing guidelines. Inspired by the theme “Jewish Journeys”, this year’s European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage will run from 1 September and last until the end of the year. Events on the programme will cover some “surprising areas of Jewish interest and hidden heritage gems in London and the home counties”, organisers said, including a Jewish family research workshop with expert genealogists and a tour of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum led by
author Rebecca Abrams. Over in Liverpool, visitors can join walking tours of the Old Hebrew Congregation’s Deane Road Cemetery on 13 September for a chance to explore the history of the city’s oldest Jewish burial ground. Later this year, on 8 December, Israel Museum docent Judith Sinclair-Cohen will give a virtual tour of the Jerusalem site, founded over half a century ago and home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of 2,000 yearold manuscripts written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Sinclair-Cohen, who moved to Israel 30 years ago, has previously led tours for ambassadors.
NEWS IN BRIEF The Acorn union’s reply to a membership enquiry from a Jewish applicant
but that it then proceeded to block the man on Instagram. The applicant, who used his Hebrew name, has an Instagram profile image that includes the Star of David and the hashtag NoSafeSpaceForJewHate. When the post was
first highlighted by social media users, a staff member at the union’s Manchester branch blamed it on “a security breach”, but the claim garnered a sceptical response. Acorn UK later said it had been “escalated to the highest level”.
Acorn, which is yet to reveal the identity of the perpetrator, apologised for the “upset and offence” caused. It said: “In no way do they represent the views of our organisation.” It would be reviewing its social media operation, it added.
CANARY EDITOR TWEETS ‘ARBEIT MACHT FREI’ SLUR
FRY AND STAUNTON TO JOIN JW3 FUNDRAISER
The editor of left-wing news site The Canary has caused dismay by mocking the Conservatives’ economic policy with a tweet saying, “Arbeit Macht Frei.” Kerry-Ann Mendoza’s use of the phrase written above the gates to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps drew criticism from Jewish groups, Holocaust educators and MPs. In her tweet about Tory priorities, she wrote: “Get Brexit done; Build, build, build; Jobs, jobs, jobs; Arbeit Macht Frei.”
Author Stephen Fry and film stars Imelda Staunton and Jason Isaacs have joined a starstudded lineup for JW3’s online fundraiser next month. Other celebrities include Simon Callow, award-winning producer Mark Ronson and songwriter Boy George. Donations made during JW3’s ‘Big Night In’ on 10 September and hosted by TracyAnn Oberman, will go towards the venue’s charitable activities. Genesis Philanthropy Group will match donations on the night.
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Jewish News 27 August 2020
News / Poll results / Climate protest / Charity’s shame
Survey: Muslim antisemites are minority A wide-ranging survey of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) adults across Great Britain has found pockets of anti-Jewish sentiment are outweighed by positive views among Muslim respondents. Forty-five percent of all Muslims surveyed were found to hold a positive view of Jewish people, according to an online survey of 1,001 BAME adults, released by the anti-racism charity Hope Not Hate. It found the highest number of anti-Jewish views among Muslims (18 percent). Negative views of Jews were found among 11 percent of atheists, five percent of Christians and four percent of Hindus. Muslims, who were the most negatively viewed group, were more
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likely to perceive Jewish or Hindu extremism as a threat (both 31 percent). The weighted sample survey,
conducted in July by Focaldata, did not include data about Jewish public opinion owing to a small sample size.
Climate activists press for urgent debate Environmental campaigners are staging several days of protests outside parliament and over Zoom from 1 September to urge the government to introduce a potential bill they have written. If enshrined in law, their Climate
and Ecological Emergency Bill would lead to the UK putting in place a new plan for the climate. Organisers at Extinction Rebellion’s Jewish chapter, XR Jews, said: “We will be running events that are part of the main
rebellion but engaging on Jewish themes, this time particularly around the upcoming High Holy Days.” The group added that it “exists to bring Jews to Extinction Rebellion and to bring Extinction Rebellion to Jewish communities”.
CHARITY BOARD QUITS IN SHAME
The board of Britain’s leading Muslim charity has resigned after replacing a trustee who described Jews as “grandchildren of monkeys and pigs” with a man who hailed Hamas terrorists as “heroes” and branded Israel “the Zionist enemy”, writes Adam Decker. The Jewish community has reacted with horror after Lorenzo Vidino, an expert on Islamism, exposed extremist social media posts by Dr Almoutaz Tayara, director of the partially taxpayer funded Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) who also chairs Islamic Relief in Germany. In the Facebook posts, Tayara supported terrorist attacks against Israel and published a picture of former American president Barack Obama wearing a Star of David. The Sunday Times reports that Islamic Relief Germany knew about known Tayara’s posts in 2017 but allowed him to retain his senior role after an apology. Tayara was chosen to replace Heshmat Khalifa on the board, who resigned his IRW directorship last month after The Times revealed antisemitic posts in which he called Israelis the “grandchildren of monkeys and pigs” and Egypt’s president a “pimp son of the Jews”. He was also forced to step down as the director of an international endowment fund with a £7 million portfolio that is wholly controlled by the charity. Tayara told The Times that he was “ashamed” of his posts.
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BETHLEHEM SAYS THANKS TO BANKSY Work Banksy has been displayed in Bethlehem at an event thanking him for his support for Palestinian rights. In Gaza, the words ‘Thank you Banksy’ were written in giant letters into the Strip’s sandy beach. The Bristolbased graffiti artist last month raised £2.2 million for equipment for Bethlehem’s hospital by selling three paintings. Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel – a hotel, museum, protest and gallery – is located next to the Israeli-built security barrier in Bethlehem.
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key phrases, 1.95 million names, and 719,000 images,” said a Foundation spokeswoman. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the VHA has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian genocide during the First World War, the 1937 Nanjing massacre in China, the Cambodian genocide of 1975-79, the Guatemalan genocide of 1978-83, and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It also includes testimonies from survivors of more recent conflicts, including the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by the country’s
Nearly 20 million records are made available in act of ‘collective responsibility’, writes Stephen Oryszczuk A vast philanthropic initiative to digitise and make searchable almost 20 million records relating to the Holocaust and Nazi persecution was completed this week, with the resulting database made available to use for free. The project, years in the making, is a collaboration between American film director Steven Spielberg’s USC (University of Southern California) Shoah Foundation, Unesco’s Arolsen Archives Collection and the family tree search company Ancestry. Between them they have hundreds of millions of records, including many images, and the resulting database is fully searchable using either first name, last name, date of birth, country of origin, camp confinement, date of death and relatives. The records are now available globally and in perpetuity. The project came about after the Arolsen Archives, which holds the world’s most comprehensive Unesco-protected database, containing more than 30 million documents on Nazi victims, gave Ancestry “unprecedented access” to its vault. The firm, which helps people to trace
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relatives, was then able to use its advanced technology to digitise millions of names and other information. The collection now has an additional nine million digital records from the French, British and Soviet zones of occupation. Archive director Floriane Azoulay said the partnership was “bringing visibility” to its reams of data. “The ongoing digitisation provides families of survivors and the general public access to discover invaluable documents and records to
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Israeli-UAE ties / Special Report
‘Emiratis are our extended family’
Jon Medved in Jerusalem. ‘This is not about the quick buck, it’s about long-term ties’
“The Emiratis are quite advanced, with their own start-up ecosystem. They’re also extraordinary investors worldwide. If you look at the best-performing funds in Europe, Asia, the US, there’s Emirati money everywhere. They’re not just good at it – they’re very good. World class. “They look for a win-win, they’re not just passive investors. I was on a call yesterday with one of our partners. They were looking at how [the Emiratis] can take these products and introduce them to the broader Arab world. These guys are planning a trip to Mars – they’re the real deal.”
He said Emiratis were, in his experience, “wonderfully open, positive people of great integrity” and it was “incredibly exciting to be working with them,” but sounded a note of caution to Israeli companies looking to the Gulf. Likening the feeling in Israeli businesses to that of the “gold rush” era, he urged his compatriots not to get “over-excited”. “Step back, be intelligent, be very cognisant that we’re building a long-term relationship. This is not about the quick buck, it’s about long-term ties. “That’s the opportunity. What it does to
the Israeli psyche is just unbelievable. We’ve always been ‘of the region’ but not ‘in the region’. It forced us either to leap over the region to Asia, planes taking circuitous routes to avoid certain airspaces, or focus almost excessively with the West.” The agreement was about “common interests, challenges and dreams”, which had a profound effect on Israelis’ self-perception, he said. “It’ll take time to sink in, but you’re already seeing it. There’s very little Israelis agree on, but everybody’s in favour of it here.” Medved has previously spoken of “waves of investment” into Israel: first of American money, then European, most recently China and South East Asia. Is Gulf Arab money the next wave? “Absolutely,” he says. “They build on each other. The Chinese haven’t stopped, the Americans are investing more, even the South Americans and Africans now, so adding that last big financial group to this mix was really important. But this isn’t just about investment. It’s about joint ventures and technology transfers. It’s a true partnership.” Finally, how will Israelis and Emiratis rub along together in business, given the different work cultures? “They are different, but we’re familiar with each other. Most Israelis understand Arabic, we can eat hummus with the best of them. There’s something warm and familiar about this. This is going to be an easier cultural fit. We’re cousins. Historically, ethnically, DNA and whatnot, this is extended family for us, so culturally we’re going to get along just fine.”
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Israelis and the Gulf states can work together in dozens of industries and areas now that Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi have agreed to normalise relations, according to the head of a major Israeli investment platform, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Jon Medved of OurCrowd, who has been making business trips to the UAE for 11 years, described last week’s agreement as “towering, in terms of its potential impact on the Israeli business environment and ecosystem”, adding: “There hasn’t been a lot of good news lately and this is unadulterated good news.” Asked if he was surprised by it, he said: “It’s always surprising when it actually happens. I’ve been working this channel for years. Over the last couple of years you could really see it picking up. Things have been changing. “For instance, I was invited to speak publicly, as an Israeli venture capitalist, in Abu Dhabi in December, in a conference sponsored by their sovereign wealth fund. That surprised me, especially since I was able to do interviews and talk to their press. “When you put it all together it’s clear, but it’s never clear, because this could have taken another one, two, five years to happen. My sense is that we’ll now see additional countries signing up over the next year. There’s a bunch of them.” Asked about the impetus for the agreement, he said “most people do things based on their own self-interest” but added that bilateral business relations would not just be one-way, with Emirati money investing in Israeli technology.
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MEZUZAH RIPPED FROM SHUL DOOR A mezuzah was torn off the doorframe of a synagogue in Paris in a suspected antisemitic incident. Marc Dayan, president of the Yismah Moché shul, discovered the vandalism after returning from holiday, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against AntiSemitism. Dayan asked a neighbour if he had seen anything. The neighbour said he had done it to “restore religious neutrality” to the building, according to the report. The mezuzah had been affixed to the frame for decades, Dayan said.
BIDEN DISAVOWS BDS CAMPAIGNER Joe Biden has disavowed Palestinian–American activist Linda Sarsour after she appeared at an online meeting of Muslims who will be campaigning for him to become president. Sarsour had embraced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. “Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of antisemitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns her views and opposes BDS,” a Biden campaign spokesman said this week.
Israelis outraged at gang rape Thousands of Israelis walked out of their offices at noon on Sunday to protest against violence against women, after 11 suspects were arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl at a hotel in Eilat. All but two of the suspects are minors and more arrests are expected, Israel’s Channel 12 reported. As many as 30 individuals are believed to have been involved in the assault, suspected to have happened while the victim was drunk. The protesters on Sunday included staff of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a nonprofit organisation that facilitates immigration to Israel and promotes Israel–Diaspora ties. “We are here to put an end to
violence,” Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog said in a statement. “I turn to all men in our society — stop violence against women.” Protests in the resort town continued on Sunday, Times of Israel reported. The manager of the Red Sea Hotel, where the alleged rape took place, was detained by police on Sunday for questioning on suspicion of failing to prevent a crime and interfering in a police investigation. A task force has been set up to investigate the case, the website Ynet reported. A senior official involved in the investigation told Israel’s Channel 12 that some of the men involved in the
Survivor graduates at last An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from Poland who said missing out on a formal education was “a profound regret” has been awarded a high school diploma. Miriam Schreiber, of Hartford, Connecticut, was presented with the honorary diploma on 16 August at a socially distanced ceremony at the local New England Jewish Academy, The Washington Post reported. Representatives of the senior class
had met with Schreiber, who was born in Warsaw, at the beginning of the school year and heard her life story. The entire class voted to award her the diploma, which she received wearing a cap and gown. The students had planned to give her the diploma at their graduation ceremony, but when the graduation was switched to a virtual ceremony because of the coronavirus, they planned the special ceremony.
A protest in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square after the alleged attack on a 16-year-old
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ISRAELI’S TOUR DE FRANCE DREAM An Israeli will compete in the Tour de France for the first time. Guy Niv, 26, is a member of Team Israel Start-Up Nation, the first Israelbased and Israel-owned team to race in the world’s premier cycling event. “I am honoured and privileged to represent my country and team in the biggest race in cycling and one of the greatest sporting events in the world,” Niv said. “And to be the first Israeli to do so?
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Bibi budget / QAnon curbed / Shoah TikToks / FBI ‘regret’ / World News
Israel dodges fourth poll
Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘This is the time for unity, not elections’
Israel will not head to a fourth round of elections, just yet. The government had been set to dissolve automatically on Monday at midnight if no budget bill was passed, but Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on Sunday evening to postpone a budget vote by 100 days. “This is the time for unity; it is not time for elections,” the prime minister said in an address to the nation. At issue is Netanyahu’s desire to pass a one-year budget, though his coalition agreement with Benny Gantz,
who is set to step into the role of prime minister next year, calls for a two-year budget through 2021. Netanyahu told a reporter at the news conference that he had not told Gantz, his former campaign rival and now coalition partner, about his decision to postpone the budget vote. Israel, which is struggling through a second wave of increased coronavirus infections, held three elections between April 2019 and March 2020.
FBI PUBLISHES PROTOCOLS An official FBI Twitter account has expressed regret after it posted a link to the bureau’s documents on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The link, shared by the FBI Records Vault Twitter handle, contained copies of the notorious forged antisemitic tract. The account, which has 80,400 followers, often publishes declassified archival files in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
The accompanying tweet, which simply read “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, did not offer any contextual information, sparking criticism from users and thousands of retweets and comments. A statement published by the account last week said the posting had been automated. It read: “We regret that this release may have inadvertently caused distress among the communities we serve.”
run an international child sex trafficking ring. Critics say its focus on Jewish figures, especially the billionaire donor George Soros and the Rothschild family, is antisemitic. Last week Marjorie Taylor Greene, a congressional candidate who has promoted QAnon, won a Republican primary in Georgia. Jewish Insider uncovered a 2018 posting on a QAnon website signed by Greene that accused Soros and the Rothschild family of being involved
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A doctor who tweeted that she would give Jews the wrong medication has lost her Ohio medical certificate. Lara Kollab, who apologised, had already been dismissed from two training programmes after old tweets surfaced. She had written scores of antisemitic social media posts during 201113 but deleted them after being accepted by the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. She is now permanently prohibited from practising osteopathic medicine or surgery in the state.
FAMILY LOSE FIGHT FOR LOOTED MASTERPIECE This £30 million Pissarro painting belongs to a Madrid museum rather than the heirs of a Jewish woman fleeing the Holocaust, a US court has ruled. Lilly Cassirer received a £10,000 reparations payment for it in 1958.
Facebook restricts QAnon Facebook has restricted thousands of groups and pages with ties to the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory. The social network said it had removed 790 Facebook groups and was restricting thousands of groups, accounts and pages on Facebook and its sister company Instagram, The New York Times reported. QAnon followers believe in a complex narrative about a group of powerful people working to bring down President Donald Trump who also
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in the conspiracy. Greene’s primary win in a heavily Republican district almost certainly assures victory in November. Facebook reportedly said: “We have seen growing movements that, while not directly organising violence, have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual followers with patterns of violent behaviour.” The social network is also blocking hashtags related to QAnon, The New York Times reported. Twitter said last month that it was removing thousands of accounts tied to QAnon.
TEENS IMITATE SHOAH VICTIMS words: “I died by gas chambers A disturbing new trend on in Auschwitz.” social media platform TikTok In another, @livvy.povs encourages teenagers to mimic jerks her head around, Holocaust victims. appearing to mimic a Nazi In what appears to be a pushing around a Jewish priswarped tribute to the Nazis’ oner. In yet another, filmed by victims, #pov (point of view) @thatsnadia, a young woman videos with the hashtag in deathly make-up says: “I was #holocaustchallenge show put in Auschwitz camp at 19 people wearing makeup to make themselves look like A #Holocaustchallenge video with my family… One day they told us to go to the shower. My concentration camp prisoners while role-playing what they imagine to be the mum and I were holding hands.” In a piece entitled ‘Why are teens pretending horrors of the Holocaust. In one video, a TikTok user called @kyla. to be Holocaust victims on TikTok?’, columnist atkin is seen in a black and white clip, wearing Maddy Albert writes: “This is traumatising condark make-up around her eyes, mouthing the tent and the definition of trauma porn.”
Honshu residents are selling cupcakes to raise £12,000 to commemorate a diplomat who illicitly issued visas to fleeing Jews while stationed in Lithuania in 1940. Locals in Gifu District say they are halfway towards raising the funds to commemorate Chiune Sugihara, who saved hundreds
of lives, and plan a benefit concert to raise the rest.
Two Berlin museums which planned to tell the story of German Jewry through an artistic lens before the world went into lockdown finally opened their exhibit this week. The Jewish Museum and the German Historical Museum said those unable to visit could simulate a visit with their app, available in German and English.
The nascent Jewish Council of the Emirates has welcomed this month’s Israel-UAE agreement to normalise relations, saying it will encourage Israelis to visit and ‘share tolerance and pluralism’. The council’s statement came during the visit of Israel’s diaspora affairs minister Omer Yankelovich, who said it was ‘an exciting new chapter for both countries’.
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Piecing together our historical fragments This week’s launch of a vast, free, and easily searchable Holocaust archive is a precious gift to our community. The application of advanced technology to enormous electronic vaults of war-time data (held mainly in the US) has created an online archive that promises to shed new light on many of our families’ stories. Those behind the Ancestry Arolsen Archives Collection, including Steven Spielberg ’s USC Shoah Foundation and the company behind Ancestry.com, took years to create a system that lets anyone search through more than 19.2 million records with whatever search terms or information they have. Often, families know bits of their relatives’ history – first names, last names, when someone died but not when they were born, which camp they were in but not when they were taken there. This lets people work with what they have to find out the rest. Survivors, as the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust this week pointed out, now have the chance to put the final pieces of their war-related puzzles together before they die. This is, by any measure, a very significant new resource, to be used not just by scholars or those with special access permissions but by anyone with a broadband connection, anytime, anywhere. For every missing detail, for every photo that families never knew existed, and for every story now shaped with new knowledge, the project’s conceivers, designers, drivers and implementers are to be given huge credit. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 8148 9703 firstname.lastname@example.org
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BOARD VOTE NO CONSENSUS We write in our capacity as proposers for one of the motions at the Board of Deputies Israel plenary last Sunday, which (subject to some final votes being counted), was narrowly defeated. We are pleased it received many supporters, although we remain perplexed at how a motion welcoming any mutually agreed peace
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Editorial comment and letters
FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA STILL VALID Had Palestine constituted merely the area from the river to the sea, as the Palestinian narrative makes us believe, there might be justification for dividing the land. The sons of seventh century Arab colonisers are not responsible for the sins of their fathers. Yet, three quarters of Palestine, originally to be included in the reconstituted national home of the Jewish people (as per a decision at San Remo, April 1920), was given to the Hashemites to become today’s Jordan. The terms of the Mandate with regards to the Jewish home in Palestine were then disapplied from the area east of the Jordan river, but were to be fully adopted west of it, to include the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan and Jerusalem. This received international
approval through the League of Nations’ treaty in 1922; so Palestine has already been divided into an Arab/Palestinian state and a Jewish state. It is estimated that 70 percent of Jordanians are Palestinian. Over the years, largely due to Arab terrorism and international pressure, Israel agreed to share the land, viewing an ‘amputation’ as a lesser evil than a loss of life. This does not mean that Israel has to continue on this path. A national home from the river to the sea is not the result of Jewish expansionist aspirations but of a serious need as well as a concept rooted in history and justice. It is enshrined in international law valid to this day.
Eda Spinka NW4
Bashing Israel in public If Gabriel Webber is a student rabbi he will know it’s a sin to speak badly in public about Israel, which he did in response to my criticism on these pages of an anti-Netanyahu protest (13 August). He is behaving like one of the 10 of those 12 spies. Next he will tell us pork sandwiches are kosher. Mr Webber doesn’t need to lecture me, an Israeli citizen and graduate of an Orthodox
Jewish school, on what it means to be Jewish. I can lean on thousands of years of liturgy, halachah and brilliant Orthodox rabbis. There are plenty of people who claim to speak on behalf of Jews but aren’t even Jewish. They are often befriended by progressive Jews, many of whom never miss an opportunity to bash Israel.
William Comet By email
What flag will be next to adorn Tel Aviv City Hall? JENNI FRAZER
here’s a joke in Israel — admittedly not a very good one, but you take what you can get these days — that the best job in the country is held by the person who changes the lightbulbs in the front of Tel Aviv City Hall. And my, hasn’t this person been busy recently? If it’s not lighting up the front windows with the Lebanese flag, in solidarity with those suffering from the aftermath of the Beirut bomb on 4 August (thankfully nothing to do with Israel), then it’s illuminating the very same windows with the flag of the Emirates, to celebrate the most recent deal made with the UAE. Even now, I bet, the lightbulb woman is setting out the correct pattern for the flags of Sudan, Bahrain, Morocco, Qatar, Oman, and possibly the biggie, Saudi Arabia, in anticipation of other diplomatic accords, falling like dominoes into Israel’s lap. I imagine that Israel’s orchestras are currently practising unfamiliar national anthems for the first of these visitors to land at BenGurion Airport. (After a diplomatic debacle in the 90s when the anthems of Slovakia and
Slovenia were confused — easy mistake to make — everyone is bound to be very, very careful.) I am, of course, happy, as who could not be, that leaders of the Arab world are coming to the conclusion, however reluctantly, that Israel is a neighbour who is here to stay. Add to that the somewhat startling decision by Ukraine to name Rosh Hashanah, Pesach and Chanukah as national holidays, and you might think that Israel had everything to celebrate. And yet, and yet. The signature at the bottom of such deals is that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and with Bibi there is always another agenda. As I write, there has been yet another massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, a demonstration of ordinary Israeli citizens who are completely fed up with Bibi and his machinations. Not least of their anger is directed at him for dropping the heaviest of hints that he is ready to spring a fourth election on the weary, cash-strapped Israelis, caught in what now seems to be abysmal mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis. More than 10,000 people are said to have taken part in this latest demonstration, furious that Bibi is pronouncing “business
THE PALESTINIANS ARE THE HUGE LOSERS IN ALL OF THIS, MOWN DOWN BY THEIR FORMER ARAB ALLIES
as usual” while he is facing serious corruption charges. It also hasn’t helped that part of the UAE deal appears to be a trade arrangement between the United States and the Emirates, to sell the Emiratis the state-of-the-art F35 fighter jets, thus cutting into Israel’s long-standing qualitative military edge in the region. The other signature on these deals is, of course, that of the current incumbent of the White House, Donald Trump, desperately doing what he can to be re-elected as America’s president in November. I hope, of course, that mutual loathing of Iran and a recognition of Israel’s military and technological superiority will outlast
the pawprints of both men. But it should be recognised that the huge losers in all of this are, of course, the Palestinians, mown down by their former Arab allies in their rush to get a bite of the goodies on offer. Will the proposed peace deals be enough to secure Trump and Bibi longer in office? I’m not a prophet, but I doubt it. Keep an eye on the front of Tel Aviv City Hall for a reliable barometer as to world events, though.
Jewish News 27 August 2020
Baby Alex another link in zayde’s golden chain ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
e were exploring the grounds of Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway in Devon when a text arrived from a first cousin joyfully announcing his wife had given birth to a son. It was an emotional moment, not just because this was a firstborn late in life to my cousin but because it would be named Alexander. My pleasure was not some narcissistic moment but a recognition that the memory of my grandfather, Sándor Brummer (z’’l), was being honoured and memorialised for the fourth time among my Brummer cousinhood. My father, a refugee from the Shoah, his two sisters and niece – Auschwitz survivors – all have offspring or grandchildren with the same English and Hebrew name. None of us had the privilege of ever knowing Sándor. In June 1944 he, alongside my grandmother Fanya my two aunts, an uncle, first cousin and other family members were herded into cattle trucks in their home town on the Hungarian-Czech border (now
in the Ukraine) and shipped off to the death camps. As they left the town where the family had lived happily for many years as dairy farmers, traders and talented seamstresses, they begged for water. Instead, their Hungarian neighbours proffered bags of salt. When the train eventually stopped at Auschwitz, after a gruelling journey, my grandparents were separated from the younger member of the family and shipped off to the gas chambers and crematoria. That was the last that was seen of them. Over the years I have pieced together a picture of Sándor – Alexander – as family memories have been shared. As time has passed on and the survivors grown old, sharing the memories of their beloved parents became and has become ever more important. Indeed, so vivid has the memory of Sándor become that on the first of several visits to Auschwitz, as I stood to recite Kaddish on a rainy, windswept day, I had a vision of my grandfather standing next to me, in his long traditional coat, his red beard swaying in the wind. The ginger gene is a shared inheritance for my late elder brother Martin, my two sons, cousins in England and in Israel and a grandson.
I HAVE PIECED TOGETHER A PICTURE OF SANDOR AS MEMORIES HAVE BEEN SHARED There was much more to Sándor. His life as a farmer and a life of getting up at the crack of dawn, in fearsome mid-European winters, had taken a toll on his health. On Shabbat afternoon, in spring and summer, my grandfather would sit under a peach tree at the side of the house and read Bible stories to the younger children. Later in the day he would study from sacred books with his sons. Occasionally they would travel on Shabbat to nearby Uzhhorod where my uncle, Cantor Philip Brummer (my father’s elder brother), would perform in the great shul before he moved west to Pressburg (now Bratislava) to yeshiva and formal chazanut training. In the evenings, in the old family home, my grandfather would gather friends around him. They would sip schnapps, distilled from local cherries and peaches, and play draughts and card games for small amounts of money.
The card playing and gambling gene was always a part of my late father Michael’s life. One of the early lessons from my father was that in business and in life there is nothing more important than preserving the integrity of a name. As it states in the book of Proverbs: “A good name is preferable to great riches.” When Eichmann arranged for the hurried killing of Hungary’s Jews – some of the last to be shipped off to the death camps – he had hoped to wipe the names of Jews like my grandfather Sándor from the face of the earth. Instead, across the world from London to Israel and Columbia in South America, his name Alexander lives on in the new life of a great grandson and descendants across the continents. He may have died prematurely at the hands of evil but the golden chain in his memory lives on.
Why protesters’ slogan is morally reprehensible LUKE AKEHURST
DIRECTOR, WEBELIEVEISRAEL .
ast weekend the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) was loudly campaigning in high streets and on social media, using the slogan “Stop Arming Israel”, for a UK arms embargo on Israel. They were joined in this action by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and War on Want. Although PSC is a fringe organisation, an arms embargo isn’t such a fringe demand, as it was included in Labour’s 2019 General Election manifesto. What’s not to like? After all, no one likes weapons or warfare. This is lowest common denominator campaigning, not going after the Israel of humus and hi-tech and beach holidays and Eurovision, but going after the Israel of tanks and F-15s and drones, the one that makes centre-left people in the UK feel a bit queasy. But if you are an Israeli civilian facing terrorist threats, or anyone who cares about Israel, an arms embargo isn’t something to welcome. It’s not the practical impact that would be so important. Israel has shied away from reliance on the
UK as a military supplier ever since Ted Heath placed an arms embargo on both sides in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. This disproportionately affected Israel at a time when it was facing an existential threat because it prevented them getting spare parts for their Centurion tanks. For major essential kit, Israel is now selfsufficient having built up its own defence industry, or buys from the USA. UK arms exports to Israel totalled £364 million over the years between 2014 and 2018, which sounds like a lot, but is actually nugatory in defence spending terms (the UK has total global defence exports of about £9 billion a year, US defence aid to Israel is nearly £3 billion a year, Israel’s annual defence budget is nearly £16 billion). These exports mainly consist of components rather than entire systems or platforms. In fact, Israeli companies are now defence suppliers to the UK, with the main programme being the Watchkeeper UAV or drone for the Royal Artillery, produced in Leicester by a joint venture involving Elbit Systems. As the PSC protesters want a two-way embargo with no purchases from Israel as well as no sales to it, they would be denying the British armed forces kit they need.
UK ARMS EXPORTS TO ISRAEL TOTALLED £364 MILLION BETWEEN 2014 AND 2018 The real question is moral rather than practical. Israel is our ally in the struggle against terrorist enemies that target the West, and the UK specifically, as well as Israel. It shares sensitive intelligence with us that saves British lives. It is a democracy attempting to defend itself from specific terrorist threats that can and have killed and maimed its civilians, but also from a broader aspiration by Iran and its proxies to destroy the state of Israel, an ambition that is inherently genocidal. The IDF confronts enemies who are heavily armed by Iran and have no compunction about deliberately targeting civilians or indiscriminately firing off munitions towards heavily populated areas. Hamas has the capacity to rain mortar shells and missiles on the Israeli communities in the south and send families in Tel Aviv and other major cities running in terror to the shelters with longer range weapons.
Hezbollah has more sophisticated missiles, with a massive total arsenal of over 130,000 of them, and a standing army of over 20,000 men, combat hardened by their role in the butchery of the Syrian Civil War. That’s before you get started on the jihadist groups in the Sinai or the potential threat of the Iranian military and Revolutionary Guard Corps. The call for a UK arms embargo on Israel is an expression of a desire to disarm Israel when it faces these horrors. It is saying that British industry and technology have no legitimate part to play in defending civilians in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or Haifa, and no part to play in saving the lives of the IDF soldiers on the frontline against terrorism. The protesters calling for the UK to “Stop Arming Israel” may believe they are on the side of moral justice, but their slogan needs to be called out as being morally reprehensible.
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Jewish News 27 August 2020
Only external regulation can protect our children YEHUDIS GOLDSOBEL FOUNDER, MIGDAL EMUNAH
arlier this month we heard the closing statements to the governments Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) for the Religious Organisations and Settings strand. Chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, the inquiry was set up because of serious concerns that some organisation had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse. The chair and panel will issue their report and recommendations next summer, but based on what we heard during the hearings and that of the written submissions it is clear we need reform for more effective child protection. Mandatory reporting is something we all presume to be present in the UK as it is in 81.8 percent of the developed nations. This is not the case. In the UK we are reliant on the ‘expectations’ placed on teachers to report safeguarding concerns. When I took part in a seminar in April 2019 in front of the very same IICSA panel, we heard evidence from Professor Ben Mathews on how they imple-
mented mandatory reporting in multiple states in Australia over a period of time which led to a significant increase - almost three times the amount - of reports from teachers, with a substantiated rate of 68.8 percent. As our solicitor Richard Scorer put it in our closing statement, “Mandatory reporting law provides a refuge for those within regulated activities who often face fierce pressures not to report – pressures of loyalty to friends, to colleagues, to community and to the institution. “Mandatory reporting gives people the ability to say ‘I have to do this’ and in that way it enables them to escape the pressures against reporting abuse that we know arise all the time.” Another recommendation I would expect from the chair and panel is support for an independent safeguarding regulator. This would provide a set of common standards for every organisation, institution and setting where children are present. A child in northwest London would have the same safeguarding measures in place as a child would in south London, Bournemouth or Leeds. My take from the evidence heard over the course of IICSA is that our community
OUR COMMUNITY RANGES FROM FLIPPANCY TO BEING SATISIFIED WITH STATUTORY MINIMUM ranges from being either flippant about safeguarding children in general, to being satisfied with meeting the minimum statutory requirements. One would think that a community that has so much invested in a next generation would not be comfortable with the idea of only providing safeguarding to statutory requirements. When some imply that the bare minimum is what we parents and professionals have to fight, I wonder where our priorities lie. The United Synagogue requested that religious communities be provided with “discretion” for safeguarding standards. Similarly, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregation suggested there should be “negotiations”. This stresses my point – safeguarding standards need to be externally regulated to ensure that we don’t prioritise an institution over its members. It would prevent the opportunity
for disguised compliance whereby organisations have safeguarding officers but no one quite knows who they are or how they work. A large percentage of the calls we deal with at Migdal Emunah are inquiries regarding general child protection, where we provide information and guidance in how best to manage a safeguarding situation. But why must we wait for the IICSA report and recommendations when we can be proactive as a community? Over the years I have suggested the idea of a cross-communal helpline designated for child protection as we do not need to send those in crisis on a scavenger hunt for service provision that suits their needs, or having untrained individuals managing high risk situations. We need to start streamlining service provision, both for a cost benefit and for accessibility.
Judaism’s sexual ethics bar needs to be raised higher MIRIAM LORIE JEWISH EDUCATOR
ver since Unorthodox had us gripped to our screens, conversation about sex education, kallah classes, consent and marital rape in the Charedi world has snowballed. I read with trepidation the apparently common scenario painted by sex therapist Elisheva Liss ‘I used to rape my wife’ and Yehudis Fletcher’s article on the Jewish News website ‘Marital rape is expressly forbidden in Jewish law. However…’ The picture is a truly sobering one. I am a kallah teacher with a particular interest in how Jewish texts and values can speak to a contemporary sexual ethic. What these texts say is powerful, unequivocal and before their times. Consent is a subject the wider world is still grappling with so it’s not just the Charedi community who would do well to read on. Consent is only the beginning of the high bar Judaism sets for sexual ethics. But let’s start with the basics. The imperative for consent is set out in the Talmud: “A husband may not compel his wife in the mitzvah [sex].” To add a disincentive, the passage continues:
“Any man who compels his wife to perform this mitzvah will have unworthy children” (Eruvin 100b). In tractate Yoma, a man who forces his wife to have sex is compared to a lion who tramples its prey before eating it. Meiri, a 13th century scholar, elaborates: “It is forbidden for a person to force his wife for private matters, even for the intention of a mitzvah.” Both the Talmud and Meiri say these laws are so self-evident that even without the Torah, we’d learn them by way of natural law. The Iggeret Hakodesh, the oldest Jewish ‘manual’ for the new husband, goes further: “He should not force her to have sex and he should not rape her; for in this type of connection the Shechina (God’s presence) does not reside.” Most of the sources I’ve quoted instruct a man how to entice his wife through words, charm, gifts, foreplay and establishing a deep connection. I’m not convinced that Jewish grooms today are widely taught these texts in their pre-wedding lessons. They should be, along with the many other texts on the importance, the mitzvah, of female sexual pleasure. The absence of physical force is a long way from full consent. Consent requires respect, empowerment, education and communication. Respect, first and foremost for the feelings of
THE ABSENCE OF PHYSICAL FORCE IS A LONG WAY FROM FULL CONSENT
the other person. Empowerment to articulate one’s own desires and feelings. Education to understand enough about what you are agreeing to. Communication, finally, should go in both directions. It includes reading and responding to both verbal and non-verbal cues. Do the Jewish sources I’ve quoted speak to full consent? Absolutely. The Iggeret Hakodesh speaks of “united intentions” and the “connection of minds”. Later halachah too: Rabbi Moshe ben Yosef of Trani (16th century Spain) writes: “She is certainly not obligated to him at all times if she does not want.” So where have we gone wrong? There are particular challenges in the Orthodox and Charedi worlds. As Yehudis points out, “Very few Charedi brides can actually say no.” Sex is seen as a mitzvah and obligation. The most basic of sex education
may be partial or even absent. Laws around separation when the woman has her period brings additional time pressures. Most significant, however, are Jewish taboos on “spilling seed” – the prohibition against “wasted” semen. Orthodox communities who see this prohibition as a serious transgression inadvertently put huge pressure on women to go through with sex whether they want to or not. Easing this taboo and the guilt and shame that surround it will be crucial in the puzzle of moving forwards in strictly Orthodox communities. The first step is to amplify Jewish texts insisting on full consent – to establish that this is a basic Jewish value. Along with it should come education in the four steps needed for full consent as outlined above. There are many ways to make this change: the voices of ordinary Jews – Charedi or otherwise – will have an impact, the syllabuses of bride and groom teachers will be crucial and direction given by rabbis will put this squarely on the agenda. It’s time for a new conversation on Jewish sexual ethics. It’s time to set the bar higher. Rav Rahel Berkovits’s course, Sexuality & Sanctity, at the Pardes Centre for Jewish Studies, is the source of the texts quoted here
27 August 2020 Jewish News
Scene & Be Seen / Community
1 YORKSHIRE CLIMB
A group of 58 trekkers battled wild weather to complete a 24-mile route up Yorkshire’s tallest mountains to raise nearly £45,000 for The Fed, Manchester’s leading Jewish social care charity. The walkers completed the three peaks challenge within a 13-hour window, climbing a total of 1,600 metres. Raphi Bloom, director of fundraising and marketing, said normally they take part in a Sea to Sea Trek in Israel but Covid had put a stop to that. “So we opted to swap the warmth of Israel for the rain, wind, mountains, mud and sheep of Yorkshire.”
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2 SUMMER FUN
Residents of a home for severely disabled young people in Stamford Hill were treated to a summer programme of activities which included visits to parks and music sessions. Bayis Sheli said the activities replaced its annual summer camp. Jacob Sorotzkin at Bayis Sheli said: “I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to our committed team who have enabled us to not only provide the space for families to regain their strength, but also ensure that our residents are flourishing and enjoying a fun-filled summer in these uncertain times.”
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3 PICK ‘N’ MIX
About 70 people picked up litter in and around Whitefield Hebrew Congregation in Manchester as part of a joint initiative with Bury Council. The shul recruited dozens of members, and in some cases entire families, to join professional litter pickers on the day. Fifty rubbish bags were filled, the community said. “We provided high-vis vests with our synagogue logo on it. The council provided us with professional litter pickers and we assigned local parks and streets to participants,” said Mychiel Balshine, the youth and young families director.
4 TEENAGE HEROES
Two 18-year-old Jewish Care volunteers who distributed Meals on Wheels to older members of the community during lockdown were recognised for their help during the pandemic. Jamie Shone, who studied at Kantor King Solomon and is from Clayhall, and Daniel Sacks, a graduating JCoSS pupil from Barkingside, won Jack Petchey Foundation Awards. Daniel (main picture), who has volunteered with young people since the age of 11, said: “It seemed like a natural thing to do.” Jamie (inset picture) said: “I saw Jewish Care’s urgent call for volunteers and knew that I’d love to do something to help.”
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27 August 2020 Jewish News
Books / Weekend
Survivor who saved his Nazi helper’s life Marilyn Shimon grew up hearing her great-uncle describe the horror of camp life. Now she’s written his story. By Mathilde Frot
Marilyn Shimon. Right, her greatuncle Murray and great-aunt Rose
f the first eight Jews to be imprisoned at Auschwitz, Murray Scheinberg was the only survivor. Forcibly taken from his home in 1939, leaving behind a wife and two children, he spent almost six years in Nazi prisons and concentration camps. He was initially registered as a Polish political prisoner because the eight who were sent to Auschwitz on the first mass transport from Tarnow in June 1940 were able to conceal their Jewish identities – for a period. The truth could no longer be hidden from the Nazis when Scheinberg was forced to undress for a communal shower and he was beaten until his body was black, blue and bleeding. Decades later, he bore witness at Nuremberg, a survivor of KL Auschwitz, Auschwitz II–Birkenau, Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg and Dachau. “He saw it all, and most of it is explained in my book,” says Scheinberg’s great-niece Marilyn Shimon, 66, retired educator based in the United States and the author of First One In, Last One Out, which details his harrowing tale of survival. Growing up, Marilyn recalls sitting around the dining room table and listening to his testimony, watching him pull up his sleeve to reveal the number tattooed on his wrist: 31321. “He would show us all the scars, all the wounds on his body, telling us what happened, and every single time we went there, it was verbatim. He just couldn’t forget it”, she says. “How did my uncle survive? Where do you get the determination and the will to live through that?” Key to Scheinberg’s escape from Dachau in April 1945 was a Nazi firearm left in an officer’s room and an air-raid alert during which all lights in the camp were turned off. Using his stolen weapon, Scheinberg shot down
several Nazi guards and made his escape dressed in one of their uniforms. He was joined by a fellow Jewish inmate, who died shortly after their escape and was buried just outside the grounds of Dachau. Scheinberg then hid in a ditch, dug close to his friend’s grave, with help from a Nazi officer called Rudy, who was sympathetic to his plight and brought food to his hiding place. Decades later, Scheinberg’s Nuremberg testimony would help to save Rudy’s life, Marilyn says. “It was really quite unbelievable for this Nazi to be friends with a Jew, and for a Jew to be friends with a Nazi. At Nuremberg, my uncle actually saved Rudy. He testified on Rudy’s belief, and the lesson from that is to learn anything is possible.” Scheinberg was finally discovered 12 days later by members of the US Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry. Surrounded by excretion and skeletal in his Nazi uniform, he was relieved to hear one of his liberators, an officer originally from New York, speak Yiddish. After the war, Scheinberg emigrated to Los Angeles with a fellow survivor he met in a displaced persons’ camp in Epfenhausen in Germany. After the couple divorced, he met American Jewish divorcee Rose Kodimer in 1963, and the two spent the rest of their lives together. He died in Los Angeles in 1996. But the horror Scheinberg witnessed remained with him forever, and he continued to share his testimony in schools, libraries and to his family. He would often recount one scene in particular, which haunted him forever: the murder of a mother and child at Auschwitz’s selection ramp. “Whenever I think about it, I still cry,” his great niece says, her eyes glistening. Scheinberg was assigned to Auschwitz’s Canada warehouse, where looted possessions were kept.
This meant he was forced to bring in belongings from the selection ramp, where prisoners arrived in cattle carts, she explains. “One of the Nazis had a gun aimed at the mother and screamed at her, ‘Tell your baby to walk,’ and obviously a six-month-old baby can’t walk,” Scheinberg’s great-niece recounts. “He said, ‘Make the baby walk or I’m going to shoot the baby.’ She couldn’t, and the Nazi took the baby, threw him in the air and shot him, and then he shot the mother.” Horrors like this meant the book “was difficult to write”, says Shimon. “Quite honestly, I’d sit down maybe two, three days, eight hours a day and I had to take a break.” Researching the book – translating material from German and poring over transcripts and recordings of Scheinberg’s various testimonies – took two years. The writing process took another two. But it was worth the effort Growing levels of antisemitism in the United States are “a major threat”, she warns, making it all the more vital to preserve the legacy of survivors like her great uncle. “We must educate the youth,” she urges. “They must know what happened because if they don’t, it will happen again.” “And most important, not being a bystander.” First One In, Last One Out by Marilyn Shimon is published by Mirror Books (RRP £8.99)
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Weekend / Food & Drink
usakhan is the hugely popular national dish of Palestine: growing up, Sami ate it once a week, pulling a piece of chicken and sandwiching it between a piece of pita or flatbread. It’s a dish to eat with your hands and with your friends, served from one pot or plate, for everyone to then tear at some of the bread and spoon over the chicken and topping for themselves. Traditionally, musakhan was made around the olive oil pressing season in October or November to celebrate (and gauge the quality of) the freshly pressed oil.
INGREDIENTS 1 chicken (about 1.7kg), divided into 4 pieces (1.4kg) or 1kg chicken supremes (between 4 and 6, depending on size), skin on, if you prefer 120ml olive oil, plus 2–3 tbsp extra, to finish 1 tbsp ground cumin 3 tbsp sumac ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground allspice 30g pine nuts 3 large red onions, thinly sliced 2–3mm thick (500g)4 taboon breads or any flatbread (such as Arabic flatbread or naan bread) (330g) 5g parsley leaves, roughly chopped Salt and black pepper To serve: 1 lemon, quartered Extracted from Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley, published by Ebury Press, priced £27 (hardback).
N CHICKEN MUSAKHA 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan. 2. Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1½ teaspoons of sumac, the cinnamon, allspice, 1 teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. 3. Mix well to combine, then spread out on a parchment-lined baking tray. Roast until the chicken is cooked through. This will take about 30 minutes if starting with supremes and up to 45 minutes if starting with the whole chicken, quartered. Remove from the oven and set aside. Don’t discard any juices which have collected in the tray. 4. Meanwhile, put 2 tablespoons of oil into a large sauté pan, about 24cm, and place on a medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook for about 2–3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the nuts are golden brown. 5. Transfer to a bowl lined with kitchen paper (leaving the oil behind in the pan) and set aside. 6. Add the remaining 60ml of oil to the pan, along with the onions and ¾ teaspoon of salt. Return to a medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the onions are completely soft and pale golden but not caramelised. 7. Add 2 tablespoons of sumac, the remaining 2 teaspoons of cumin and a grind of black pepper and mix through, until the onions are completely coated. Remove from the heat and set aside. 8. When ready to assemble the dish, set the oven to a grill setting and slice or tear the bread into quarters or sixths. 9. Place them under the grill for about 2–3 minutes, to crisp up, then arrange them on a large platter. T op the bread with half the onions, followed by all the chicken and any chicken juices left in the tray. Either keep each piece of chicken as it is or else roughly shred it as you plate up, into two or three large chunks. 10. Spoon the remaining onions over the top and sprinkle with the pine nuts, parsley, 1½ teaspoons of sumac and a final drizzle of olive oil. Serve at once, with a wedge of lemon alongside.
27 August 2020 Jewish News
Investment / Business
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LONG-TERM VIEW MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER Investment analyst Peter Oppenheimer thinks focus on ESG stocks will increase post-Covid and next decade will bring much lower returns, writes Candice Krieger
consistent cycles and markets continue to occur. any companies, investors and Oppenheimer says the 30 or so major bear economists alike will be wishing markets since 1880 can broadly be grouped into they had a crystal ball to see three types: cyclical, structural and event-driven. how the markets will continue to “The ‘cyclical’ ones are the most be affected by Covid-19. common if you look back over a But with no such luxury hundred years or more. They are and forecasting harder than ever, typically a result of economic variGoldman Sachs chief global ables such as rising interest rates. equity strategist Peter OppenOccasionally you get ‘structural’ heimer is the next best thing. downturns, triggered when Dubbed ‘the godfather of financial bubbles burst and stocks’, Oppenheimer, who you tend to end up with has 35 years’ experience as things like a banking crisis, a research analyst, believes which exaggerate the economic we can learn a lot about the downturn, such as the 2008 financrisis and what it means for the cial crisis. And then ‘event-driven’ markets by exploring the history cycles where everything of economic cycles. “To appears to be going well but understand more about Peter Oppenheimer as a result of some kind of how the current market will exogenous shock you get a destabilisation of the recover we need to compare this year’s turmoil economic conditions causing a recession.” to past crashes.” Where does Covid fit in? In many ways it His latest book, The Long Good Buy; Anashould be considered an event-driven one. lysing Cycles in Markets, although written before “Although there is nothing we can really the crisis, helps us do just that. Oppenheimer, compare to the scale of this economic shock, it a member of South Hampstead Synagogue, did come out of nowhere, derailing the economy explains: “Over many decades, despite signifiand causing a very rapid initial fall in asset prices cantly different economic, social and political and stock markets. conditions, economic and market cycles both “This was the sharpest fall into bear market seem to repeat themselves. territory since 1929 and is almost certainly the “Over the past three or four decades we have deepest recession since World War II. But the seen the Cold War end, the collapse of the Soviet easing of lockdown measures, coupled with Union, dramatic falls in inflation and interest rates, massive policy support, suggest that this is also the shift from an analogue to digital world, and almost certainly the shortest recession since yet, through all those very different environments, at least World War II.” Such a rally has left many scratching their heads. “The rapid rebound is common to what we have seen in these types of event-driven circumstances in the past. The difference this time is that so much of the world’s economy has been subject to a lockdown, virtually everything stopped. We have never seen anything that aggressive before. Consequently, the policy support we have seen from central banks and government has been much more aggressive than we have seen before, which helps explain how quickly equities rose and gives us some indications as to how things might move from here.” So how does Oppenheimer, whose previous positions include managing director and chief investment strategist at HSBC, head of European strategy at James Capel and chief economic strategist at Hambros Bank, see things playing out? “As lockdowns eased it was likely that we would see activity pick up again initially quite quickly, and we are beginning to see some evidence of that in the macro data. But that sharp sequential recovery from virtually no activity doesn’t really give us a realistic sense of the more medium-term growth Peter’s book, The Long Good Buy rates that are likely to follow the initial
bounce driven by economic activity emerging from lockdowns. “While growth rates will look strong for a period of time as things recover from a weak base, most economies are not likely to get back to the sorts of levels of output that they were seeing at the beginning of this year until late next year or well into 2022.” Prior to the crisis, there was a focus on ESG investing (environmental, social and governance) and Oppenheimer says this is likely to increase post-pandemic. “The crisis has given the government the excuse and ability to reinstate its ambitions to invest in areas like renewable technologies and environmental solutions across Europe and we think this is an interesting area. In addition to the environmental focus, the emphasis on corporate responsibilities towards stakeholders, including employees and suppliers is likely to grow.” When it comes to investment opportunities, Oppenheimer urges prudence and taking a longer-term view. “There is a lot more debt
that has been taken on by governments and companies so in general companies with very strong balance sheets, that are cash-generative, with high ESG standards – and particularly in industries that are not being heavily disrupted by technology – are pretty attractive. But because of the short-term uncertainty, investors have got to take a longer-term view. “After the very strong financial returns we will see across most asset classes in the decade, we would expect to see much lower returns in the decade after this crisis. We need to be prudent and realistic about that.” Outside work Oppenheimer is a trustee of The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, a charity that provides training and support for child mental health services, and Mitzvah Day, as well as being involved in other charities.
� Peter Oppenheimer is author of The Long Good Buy: Analysing Cycles in Markets
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SEDRA Ki Tetzei BY RABBI BORUCH BOUDILOVSKY “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has not made me a slave.” This blessing, recited daily, is consistent with the intense and almost obsessive Jewish commitment to freedom. The Torah encourages the observance of Pesach, ‘the time of our freedom’, in terms unprecedented in nearly all other biblical festivals. When the process of freedom is described in the context of God’s conversation with Moses, multiple words are used to illustrate the liberating experience: “I shall take you out,” “I shall rescue you’, “I shall redeem you’”, “I shall take you to Me,” (Exodus 6: 6-8). Many of the biblical commandments are “in memory of the exodus from Egypt”. We are commanded to remember the Exodus every day of our lives. I believe that Judaism’s concentrated efforts in developing our awareness of freedom, reminds us that contrary to what we would imagine, freedom can easily be lost. Even when we live in free socie-
ties, a luxury much of the human population still does not enjoy, our freedom is too often lost in abusive relationships, in uncompromising employment conditions, addiction, poverty, mental ill health etc. Judaism is aware of how vulnerable freedom really is and how it must therefore be appreciated a, protected, and preserved. Judaism also asserts that we must become worthy of our freedom. Freedom is not only an elementary right, it is primarily a calling. Freedom enables and obliges us to shape our lives with covenant, values, compassion, justice and truth. One example, as appears in our Parsha, requires us to remember that we were slaves in Egypt in the hope that the memory of our historical disadvantage will inspire us to be kind to unfortunate people. I hope, trust, and pray that we will all be blessed with freedom and the wisdom to use it gracefully.
◆ Rabbi Boruch M Boudilovsky serves Young Israel of North Netanya
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Nuclear weapons BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND Hiroshima and Nagasaki were singular events in human history. In the 44.4 seconds it took for the ‘Little Boy’ to fall, the world changed: the immense human loss and the physical and emotional scars would be endured by the Japanese for decades to come, and, with the peace of the close of the Second World War was born a fragile hostility behind which the spectre of these awful weapons was constantly looming. The debates rage then as now: necessary? naïve? nasty? nonsensical? We will never really know: the moral weight of leaders trying to draw a curtain on that terrible period is one few can carry, and one that must be judged in retrospect with the utmost humility. The ebb and flow of Jewish life is marked out to a very large extent with a sense of appreciation for our salvation from enemies and turmoil whether ancient or modern; overtly
miraculous or seemingly mundane. We thus celebrate our freedom from Egypt at Pesach; the machinations of Mordechai and Esther saving us at Purim; and, more recently, sing Hallel in gratitude for the modernday State of Israel. Yet our joy must be tempered: most famously, at Seder night, we spill the wine because the Plagues
– although deemed by God to be necessary – engendered the loss of Egyptian life. “Do not rejoice in the downfall of your enemy,” admonishes Shimon the Tzaddik, who wrote a prayer against the heretical sects attempting to destroy the foundations of Jewish life. Jewish law never shies away from the most complex of human dilemmas; the use of and ownership of nuclear weapons are, of course exception, and we can, and perhaps should, re-evaluate history to no end. Yet the 75th anniversary of the dropping of ‘the bomb’ is a time to reflect on the fine balancing act the Torah asks of us: to be ever grateful for the Divine and human help that have brought us to where we are today, but being so sensitive to the cost – even when mandated by God Himself – borne by others as a result. ◆ Rabbi Garry Wayland is a teacher and educator for US Living and Learning
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BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH
BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS Then the Lord said: “My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a warning against Egypt and Cush.” (Isaiah 20:3)
attack Samaria and carry the Israelites into exile and oblivion. Isaiah will also tell his youngest son that he was following God’s instructions when he gave him this name (Isaiah 8:1). The other son, who does not appear to have been given a name at all, prepares himself for life as a middle child, neglected, ignored and indeed unnamed – wondering why he had the misfortune to be born into this crazy household. Asked by the Prophetess what he is doing today, Isaiah says: “I’ve told you. I’m going to continue to walk through the city streets naked and barefoot, as I have been for the past three years, to deliver God’s message about the fate of Egypt and Cush. “Speedy, would you like to accompany me?” No one said being a prophet was easy. Being married to or being a child of one must have been as hard.
Imagine a typical day in the Jerusalem home of the prophet Isaiah. He and his wife – known only as ‘the Prophetess’ – are sitting around the breakfast table with their three sons. The oldest is named She’ar Yashuv, which means ‘a remnant shall return’ – a reference to the destruction of the neighbouring kingdom of Israel, which will be defeated by the Assyrians during Isaiah’s lifetime. The youngest, munching happily on his freshly baked bread and curds, labours under the name of Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. When he is older his father will explain to him that he was given this name, which means ‘speedy booty, hasty spoil’, to signify the terrifying onslaught of the Assyrians when they
◆ Rabbi Pete Tobias is rabbi at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree
Last week the United Arab Emirates, the nation of seven states including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, unblocked their 10 million residents’ ability to directly call a +972 phone number. From now on an Emirati can phone an Israeli and vice versa. This is one of the steps in the UAE’s recognition that Israel, which has now been in existence for 72 years, does indeed exist. Out of the countries that make up the 423 million people who live in Arab League nations, so far only 120 million are residents or citizens of nations that recognise the existence of the State of Israel: those in Egypt, Jordan and now the UAE. The consistent position of Progressive (Reform and Liberal) Judaism has been and remains that all the nations of the world should recognise Israel, trade with her, enable travel to and from her and work together with her in peace to deal with the many problems of the region that they all share. At the same time Progres-
sive Judaism has consistently understood that peace for Israel is dependent on a two-state solution, with a Palestinian state, within secure boundaries and full diplomatic and trade relationships with Israel and all other countries, alongside Israel enjoying the same rights. We understand that peace and full relationships with Arab countries can only help and contribute to these aims. It is why Progressive Jews were deeply concerned about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s aim unilaterally to annex areas of the West Bank to Israel, irrespec-
tive of the Palestinian position, now suspended as relationships with the UAE become real. Behind all these issues are deep Jewish values: the need to seek and pursue peace, the millennia-old connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, and the need for a Jewish state in order for the Jewish people to have a full stake in and share of safety in the world. The care for the rights of the stranger should be as strong as our care for our own rights as Jews. Our aim is to be a light to nations and not to cast darkness over them. We also know that about half of Israel’s citizens back Netanyahu’s way of doing things and about half do not, so getting involved in Israeli dissent against current government policies in Israel is as creditably Zionist an act as supporting the government. ◆ Mark Goldsmith is senior rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
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Business Services Directory ANTIQUES 44
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BUSINESS SERVICES DIRECTORY
Stirling of Kensal Green
Top prices paid
Antique â€“ Reproduction â€“ Retro Furniture (any condition)
WE BUY ANTIQUES Carer FURS WANTED Auxiliary Nurse VERY HIGH PRICES PAID. FREE HOME VISITS.
Epstein, Archie Shine, Hille, G Plan, etc. Antiques
Dining Suites, Lounges Suites, Bookcases, Desks, Cabinets, Mirrors, Lights, etc.
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Established over 60 years. Know who you are dealing with.
Top prices paid
All quality furniture bought & sold.
Antique â€“ Reproduction â€“ Retro Furniture
Single items to complete homes
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MARYLEBONE ANTIQUES - 8 CHURCH STREET NW8 8ED
WE BUY ANTIQUES
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VERY HIGH PRICES PAID. FREE HOME VISITS. All Antique Hille & Epstein 0207Furniture 723 7415 (SHOP) Diamond Jewellery, Gold, Silver, Paintings, Porcelain, closed Sunday & Monday Glass, Bronzes, Ivories, Oriental & Judaica Antiques etc.
Computer FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL SUE ON:
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Single items to complete Please contact Gordonhomes Stirling
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Full house clearances organised.
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FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL SUE ON: 0800 840 2035 or 07956268290 OPEN 8am TO 9pm 7 DAYS.
Call Ian Green, Man on a Bike on
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closed Sunday & Monday STUART SHUSTER â€? eâ€?mail â€? email@example.com
MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT US BEFORE SELLING
WESTLON HOUSING ASSOCIATION
ARE YOU BEREAVED?
Charity & Welfare
Bereavement Counselling for adults and children individually. Support Groups available.
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During the pandemic, we offer telephone and online counselling.
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Contact Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service in confidence.
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For confidential advice, information and support donâ€™t forget Jewish Care Direct. REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 1003345
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PLUMBSAFE (UK) LTD Jami supports and represents people with mental illness across Fast & Efficient House the Jewish community.
For all your heating and plumbing requirements | boiler repairs and installation | complete central heating | | power flushing | complete bathroom installation service | | landlords certificates | project management | home purchase reports |
#jamithinkahead We are reliable, cover all neighbourhoods & suit all budgets. Give support â€˘ Get support â€˘ Get involved We also buy good quality furniture, old books & Judaica.
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Call: 078 060 79299 Reg Charity No. 1003345
We have an open waiting list for our friendly and comfortable For further details and application forms, please contact warden assisted sheltered housing schemes for Jewish people Westlon on 020 8201 8484 in Ealing, EastHousing Finchley Association and Hendon. We provide 24-hour warden support, seven days a week; a residentsâ€™ lounge and kitchen, laundry, a sunny patio and garden.
BUY/SELL For further details and application forms, please contact Westlon Housing Association on 020 8201 8484
Charity Reg No. 802559
â€œBetter Safe Than Sorryâ€?
We have an open waiting list for our friendly and comfortable warden assisted sheltered housing schemes in Ealing, East Finchley and Hendon. We provide 24-hour warden support, WESTLON HOUSING ASSOCIATION seven days a week; a residentsâ€™ lounge and kitchen, laundry, aSheltered sunny patioAccommodation and garden.
Town & Country House Clearance We buy quality items, furniture and bric-a-brac We also clear unwanted items and rubbish For free advice or a quotation Are you a Jewish woman experiencing domestic violence? With abuse in your home, do you worry about your children?
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HOME & MAINTENANCE
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07860 881505 or 0800 610 12 12
020 8953 2094 office
Clayhall Showroom 14 Claybury Broadway Ilford. IG5 0LQ T: 0208 551 6866
HI LINE ROOFING
For all your heating and plumbing requirements
020 8207 3286 home 020 8386 8798 hallandrandallplumbers.com
â€œBetter Safe Than Sorryâ€?
All types of electrical work undertaken
FOR LESS THAN
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Business Services Directory COMPUTER
Man on a Bike will get you working fast! Rapid Response IT support for your PC & Mac Networks, virus problems, broadband, wireless systems, new computers and everything else you may need. For small businesses & home users.
Call Ian Green, Man on a Bike on
020 8731 6171 • www.manonabike.co.uk
Experienced designers design, supply & install beautiful kitchens to suit your lifestyle and budget giving you the best use of space, quality & value you will enjoy for many years.
For your dream kitchen – contemporary or traditional Contact: 020 8946 3539 firstname.lastname@example.org konigkitchens.com
HOME CARE AGENCY Established Over 30 years
Professional Care at Home Day & Night Care available North and Central London T: 020 8088 2789 email@example.com kells-care.com
LEGACY- LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR MEMORY
JEWISH WAR VETERANS
Leave the legacy of independence to people like Joel.
& THEIR DEPENDANTS NEED
Need to furnish your home or office?
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Charity no. 1042391
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ADVERTISE IN THE UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH NEWSPAPER FOR LESS THAN £24 A WEEK Email Sales today at firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVERTISE IN THE UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH NEWSPAPER FOR LESS THAN £24 A WEEK Email Sales today at email@example.com
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