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board member, who was a leading member of the investigation, said that the Commission had looked at 70 sample cases of complaints of antisemitism from March 2016 to May 2019. At least a third, he said, “showed unlawful political interference, including decisions on whether to investigate or to suspend”. For two months in March and April 2018, he said, Labour had actually referred every complaint of antisemitism to Corbyn’s office. “We have concluded that this was discriminatory and unlawful, and the Labour Party is responsible for it”. Only two individuals are mentioned by name in the report — former London mayor Ken Livingstone and the Rossendale (Lancashire) borough councillor, Pam Bromley. While there were numerous other examples of antisemitism, and these two were “just the tip of the iceberg”, according to Henderson, the other cases did not meet the high threshold necessary to qualify as breaching the Equality Act. Livingstone was singled out over his repeated insistence that comments made by MP Naz Shah — for which she herself apologised — were not antisemitic. Instead, he claimed, “scrutiny of Naz Shah’s conduct was part of a smear campaign by ‘the Israel lobby’ to stigmatise critics of Israel as antisemitic, and was intended to undermine and disrupt the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn MP”. In both cases, EHRC reported, the comments had caused “shock and anger among Jewish Labour Party members. They felt [Livingstone’s] comments were appalling, highly offensive and very distressing”. Their effect was “humiliating, denied the victims’ experience, diminished the issue, and had the effect of stirring up and fuelling hatred for Jews.” The report’s findings have been warmly welcomed by community bodies. In a joint statement, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, and the Community Security Trust, said: “This report is a damning verdict on what Labour did to Jews under Jeremy Corbyn and his allies. It proves why British Jews were so distressed and it disgraces those who attacked us for speaking out against anti-Jewish racism… Now, the task of cleaning out the problem lies with the current leadership. We welcome the start that Keir Starmer has made, but the challenge that lies ahead should not be underestimated.”

der Zyl. She said: “Having presided over the descent of a proudly anti-racist party into a party that broke equalities law in its treatment of Jews, his shameless comments today showed that he remains part of the problem, and is an obstruction to the resolution of the issue” The end of what the Jewish Labour Movement has called “a sordid, disgraceful chapter in Labour Party history” concluded on Thursday morning with the publication of the 18-month long EHRC investigation into the Labour Party’s handling of complaints of antisemitism. While the forensically detailed 100-page report did not describe the party as “institutionally antisemitic”, nor specifically blame the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for the scale of the problem, EHRC officials said on Thursday that Corbyn was “ultimately accountable and responsible for what happened at the time that he was leader of the party”. EHRC findings determined that there was “a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent antisemitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it”. Serious interference in complaints procedures was identified from the Leader of the Opposition Office (LOTO), and the party has been found to be responsible for three breaches of the 2010 Equality Act, relating to political interference in antisemitism complaints, failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints, and harassment. Sir Keir Starmer, who was elected leader of the party in April, said he had found the report difficult to read but accepted its findings in full.. Now Labour has been served with an unlawful act notice, as the EHRC investigation found it responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.The party has been given six weeks — until December 10 — to come up with an action plan to implement the EHRC recommendations, which the Commission says are necessary if Labour “is going to regain the trust of the Jewish community, the public and many of its members”. Sir Keir Starmer has already committed to producing such a plan, and his response was welcomed by EHRC, which noted that if the party did not comply, the courts could legally enforce the recommendations. Alasdair Henderson, a barrister and EHRC

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of complaints of antisemitism. Despite the report making it clear that it was antisemitic to suggest that the complaints of anti-Jewish racism were “a smear”, Corbyn put out a statement saying that “the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents, as well as much of the media”. Within an hour, Sir Keir had acted. A statement was issued from Labour headquarters, stating: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.” The suspension was immediately welcomed by Board of Deputies president Marie van

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Two non-Jewish former Labour MPs, who cited antisemitism as their reason for leaving the party, reacted with sadness as the full findings of the EHRC probe were made public. The former MP for Dudley North, Ian Austin (pictured), now a member of the House of Lords, and Joan Ryan, who stood down at the last election as MP for Enfield North, both expressed sadness at the report. Lord Austin told Jewish News: “It is a shameful day for the Labour Party. Who’d have thought that a party formed to fight racism could have ended up breaking equality laws in its treatment of Jewish people. I’m shocked — but I’m not really surprised at the results of the investigation. This issue should have been dealt with years ago, it should never have got to this stage. The party’s got to act

On behalf of the Labour Party, I am truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused. To Jewish people, our Jewish members, our long-standing Jewish affiliate, JLM. To the people driven out of our party, the Jewish members driven out of Parliament, including Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger. And to the members of Labour Party staff who spoke out, I want to say this: I know how hard these last few years have been for you. My party accepts this report in full and without qualification and will implement all the recommendations in full. If you’re antisemitic, you should be nowhere near this party. And we’ll make sure you’re not.

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now, there were no excuses before, but they have really got to deal with this”. Austin left Labour in 2019 along with other MPs who broke away to form the short-lived Independent Party. He said: “I’m still profoundly shocked at the way the party was poisoned. It will take a lot of work and a very long time before I even start to think about going back”. Joan Ryan described herself as “very relieved” at the findings of the EHRC report. “I had been very concerned as to whether the report would be strong enough,” she said. “It is very sad, but it’s very detailed, it’s in depth, and its absolutely damning.” The former MP was chair of the Labour Friends of Israel and was repeatedly attacked for her views. She said: “This is the beginning of a long road ahead to root out many people within the party who have no place in it.”

if Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader. The election of Keir Starmer as party leader in April felt like waking from a CHIEF EXECUTIVE, bad dream. He personally made contact BOARD OF DEPUTIES with the Board of Deputies and other communal organisations on the day of his election to reassure us things would The entire EHRC report is a damning change. His decisive response to the indictment of a party under the leaderreport of the EHRC and his subsequent ship of Jeremy Corbyn – an organisadecision to suspend Corbyn from the tion which claimed to be the party of anti-racism, led by a someone who pro- party reinforces the belief that Labour is claimed himself a lifelong fighter against beginning to emerge from this dreadful period. It is still way too early to claim prejudice. We now know the truth. that antisemitism has been excised from This episode in Labour’s history the Party and we will be watching closely has been hugely distressing for those to see whether the new leadership follow including MPs such as Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger who were hounded through on their promises. Our Jewish community never out of the party by it. It has also been a time of acute anxiety for those who may wanted this fight, but we had to defend not be Labour members or even Labour ourselves and are proud to have done so. Now, the Labour Party has an opportuvoters but who became so concerned nity to rebuild the trust they once had. about what was happening in Labour I hope they take it. that they considered leaving the country

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Some of the activists who waged a bitter five-year battle against Labour antisemitism tell Jenni Frazer why they took up the anti-racism baton The Equality and Human Rights Commission report had one focus: to decide “whether the Labour Party had unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish”. The commission was aware of many who had spent the past years in what sometimes looked like a hopeless battle, to raise awareness of antisemitism in the party – and to challenge its proponents wherever possible. Simon Myerson, a barrister, is not a party member (he left in 2018). But, along with all those to whom Jewish News spoke, he has paid a price (of vitriolic abuse) for his vigilance and monitoring of anti-Jewish hatred. He battles what he calls “the triumphalist left”, who are “thick and stupid – and malign”, adding: “These are people who are genuinely unpleasant. The minute you start making excuses for racism, or say it is justified because of Israel – when people are prepared to put aside their moral principles to do those things, where do they stop?” Myerson took up the cudgel on Twitter because he is passionately anti-bullying, seeing it as “morally offensive”. His wife has urged him to stop, telling him “nobody listens”; but he says: “What about all the people who say nothing, but watch and read [antisemitism]? If they don’t hear the voice, it’s too easy for them to assume there’s something in it.” Gnasher Jew is the anonymous online collective that has taken a leading role in challenging the Corbynistas. Three of the group were Labour members and one a Labour voter. They have a professional background in OSI, or Open Source Investigation, and had been challenging antisemitism on social media before Corbyn’s advent as Labour leader. Their spokesman said: “We noticed a huge upswing in left-wing antisemitism around the time of Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party in 2015. Initially, we were unconcerned – until 2016 [when] we started tracking some of the cases and realised rather quickly that Labour was not acting on even the most horrific examples of antisemitism.” They say their decision to be anonymous online is born of long experience with neo-Nazis and has been a wise decision. “We have had our lives and the lives of our families threatened, our properties threatened with vandalism and being ‘house cleared’. Most Jews (and non-Jews) who expose antisemitism have been the target of not only antisemitism, but racially motivated threats of violence, online harassment and abuse, and vexatious complaints to employers.” For Gnasher, the EHRC report is “not a magic bullet and should not been seen in that manner”. It adds: “Sir Keir Starmer has undoubtedly made headway in tackling antisemitism, but not enough.”

Post-EHRC report, the group is interested in “those let off under Corbyn for the grossest antisemitism and Holocaust denial”, whom they will continue to highlight, but they are scaling back their work for the time being. David Collier noticed in 2015 that various online forums that had nothing to do with Labour or UK politics and were “exclusively anti-Israel” had begun to urge people to join Labour and vote for Corbyn. “I saw we had a problem and I followed. Alarm bells rang when I could see hundreds of these people [with extremist views] joining

for my wife, being so supportive, I wouldn’t have been able to carry on. If you Google my name now, you find ‘racist blogger infiltrates Labour Party’. But this was a battle that had to be fought.” For actor and writer Marlon Solomon, “everything changed” in 2016. Although he had been to a Jewish primary school, up to that point he had few Jewish friends and did not live in a Jewish neighbourhood. He wasn’t even politically active, although he was a lifelong Labour voter. “At the beginning, I was actually supportive

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the Labour Party,” he said. “I don’t know if anyone could have foreseen what was to come, not on our side and not on theirs.” Collier has produced intricate reports such as the March 2018 Palestine Live and he has consistently responded on social media. He has remained a Labour member because, he says, he could not do what he does without being a member. “Too many Jewish Labour members left on a matter of principle. We needed to have eyes and ears inside the party, good Labour people who were horrified at what was going on.” He doesn’t consider himself an Israel defender; rather, he says, he is there to defend Israel’s right to make mistakes. And, for Collier, despite the vital importance of the work, it has had a devastating effect. “Five years ago, I had just finished a master’s degree and was running a consultancy advising small and medium-sized businesses, and it was doing quite well. It took six months of me publicly coming out [to challenge antisemitism] to destroy that business. Everything stopped, the phone stopped ringing. It’s been a very high price, and if it wasn’t

of Corbyn. But as soon as the [Ken] Livingstone thing happened, that was it – people I knew were posting about antisemitism – and not in a nice way. I ended up having to confront people because I was the only Jew they knew. This stuff reverberates way outside the Labour Party, to ordinary Jewish people who found their identity was up for grabs – and they had to defend it.” Antisemitism became “a daily fact of life, put on my social media by people I knew”, he says. “It returned me to the Jewish community: I joined the Jewish Labour Movement, and I found lots of other Jews with stories similar to mine”. As well as hitting back on social media, he developed, and toured with, a hugely popular one-man show, Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale, satirising the conspiracy theories about Jews that were appearing online. Solomon believes that the EHRC report will be “a tool to help people understand why the Labour Party became rotten with antisemitism”, but he by no means feels the fight is over. “This will go on for a long time to come, and it has changed my life as a British Jew.”

Labour Against Antisemitism (LAAS) is an online collective with passionate Jewish and non-Jewish defenders of Jews. It began, says Euan Philipps, one of its leading members, in February 2017, and prides itself on being a group with unique knowledge of Labour circles. There is a core group of around 70 people and LAAS does not confine itself to social media, but spends time reporting antisemitic eruptions in Labour circles, particularly constituency branches. Its spokeswoman, Fiona Sharpe, agreed to take on her role after a family visit to Lithuania “shook me to the core”. She adds: “There, I came face to face with the result of antisemitism. How could I not do this?” Philipps, who is not Jewish, believes that the fight against antisemitism is “everyone’s fight. It was quite shocking in 2017 to see how quickly antisemitic tropes became embedded… It wasn’t an option not to fight.” For Alex Hearn, the trigger to join LAAS was Livingstone. “People who should be our natural allies, because we are a minority, started essentially parroting propaganda from the far right. It was a perfect storm. My worry was that these ideas were becoming normalised.” LAAS, as a reporting organisation, provided the EHRC with 15,000 pages of evidence, not just of antisemitism but of the lack of response by the party to repeated complaints. Hearn, Philipps and Sharpe emphasise the importance of the EHRC report as “a public record of what went on”. But none of them envisages stopping their work now that it has been published. Hearn predicts more “denial and gaslighting” from those determined to defend Labour Party behaviour. “There’s not going to be a magic wand,” they say. “There are some very deep-rooted issues here. We won’t stop until there is zero tolerance for antisemitism.” Retired bookseller Gillian Lazarus has been a Labour member all her adult life. She spends her time sifting through Labour-affiliated forums on Facebook where criticism of Israel inevitably morphs into antisemitism. “I saw there was very old-fashioned, unreconstructed antisemitism, posing as being anti-Zionist.” She began shining a light on the forums in 2016. “People didn’t believe there was Labour antisemitism and would ask for evidence. I saw this as evidence.” Although she initially thought of it as a short-term project, Lazarus’ work has occupied more and more of her time, taking hours every night. She found “they” – the antisemites – “campaign, while we Jews ‘fix or rig’”. She believes that the Corbynists and their outriders will cast doubt on the report’s independence. “They will say the EHRC are ‘bought’ Zionists – and the Jews will say, ‘Oh, they could have been stronger.’”


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semitic imagery”. The mural, which the local council had removed, appeared to show Jewish bankers sitting on the backs of the poor and oppressed. In different ways, her colleagues – Ruth Smeeth, Louise Ellman and Dame Margaret Hodge – were attacked for allegedly “weaponising” antisemitism, and accused of “smearing” Corbyn and the Labour Party. Berger left Labour in February last year, and failed to re-enter Parliament in the December 2019 election when she ran for the Liberal Democrats. Smeeth lost her seat; Ellman, who had been made a Dame in 2018, resigned from Labour in October 2019, citing antisemitism. Dame Margaret, who had openly challenged Corbyn in the Commons, accusing him of being an antisemite, was the only one of the four to retain her seat.

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employees from the party’s governance and legal unit spoke of how cases of antisemitism had been handled inside Labour headquarters. Both they and former senior officials alleged interference in dealing with complaints. In response, Labour attacked Ware, and said the whistleblowers had “acted in bad faith” against the party. The seven sued for defamation and in July this year, Labour made a formal apology in court, paying them, and Ware, damages. The climbdown is believed to have cost Labour around £500,000 — but Corbyn subsequently criticised the payment.

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2018. In an interview in the New Statesman, he described the Labour leader’s comment about Zionists at a 2013 conference as “the most offensive statement by a senior UK politician since Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech. He believed Corbyn had “given support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate who want to kill Jews and remove Israel from the map”.

herself up to learn about antisemitism and how to challenge it. Along with Riley was actress Tracy-Ann Oberman; both, at the height of misogynistic and racist abuse, took legal action against their attackers. An unexpected ally was the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike author JK Rowling, who came out strongly in support of the Jewish community. She was a long-time financial supporter of the Labour Party so her challenge had greater resonance.

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Those struggling to make sense of Labour antisemitism had some useful guides to whom to turn – academics David Hirsh and Alan Johnson, human rights lawyer Adam Wagner, and the Community Security Trust’s Dave Rich. Rich’s definitive book, The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism, along with Hirsh’s Contemporary Left Antisemitism and Whitewashed, an anthology he edited of essays documenting Labour antisemitism, provided crisp and clear analyses of what was taking place in Labour. Wagner, meanwhile, who acted for the CAA in its complaint to the EHRC, spent hours on social media patiently picking apart the arguments of antisemites.

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‘United We Stand’ was the identical headline on 25 July 2018 on the front page of the three leading Jewish newspapers in the UK – the Jewish News, The Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish Telegraph. The editorial warned that Corbyn and his inner circle represented an “existential threat” to Britain’s Jewish community. It was published in the wake of another row within Labour, this time over the party’s refusal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s definition of antisemitism. Meanwhile, almost every Jewish journalist in the national press wrote about their own response to the rising manifestation of antisemitism in Labour, and the name-calling and abuse on social media grew louder.

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Ex-Derby MP known for vitriolic comments was suspended in February 2019, after footage emerged of him telling activists Labour had been “too apologetic” in its handling of antisemitism claims.

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Throughout the long process of in-fighting between Labour’s leadership and many of its backbenchers, several names stood out – primarily non-Jewish politicians with long and warm connections to the Jewish community. MP John Mann, who today sits in the House of Lords, had been outspoken about antisemitism long before Corbyn became the party leader, and was at the forefront of helping British Jews defend themselves against the racist abuse. Ian Austin, who is also now a peer, was the MP for Dudley North. His adoptive father was a Czech Jew, almost all of whose family were killed in the Holocaust. Austin resigned from Labour in February last year. And Joan Ryan, former MP for Enfield North, chaired Labour Friends of Israel in the Commons and lost a vote of no-confidence in her local party, primarily owing to her support for the Jewish community. She also left Labour in February last year.

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In February last year, the former Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Warren Morgan, announced his resignation from the party, citing a toxic culture of bullying, Brexit and antisemitism as his reason for stepping down. Warren Morgan Morgan hit the headlines after Labour’s controversial 2017 annual conference in the city. As the council leader, he told the party bluntly that unless it sorted out its antisemitism problem, Labour would not be welcome to hold its conference in the city again. But Morgan, who is not Jewish, and who was horrified by what he had witnessed, was not supported in his actions and Labour did return to Brighton in September last year.

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Blair: Claims wouldn’t have barred Janner Tony Blair would not have deemed allegations of child sexual abuse involving former Labour MP Lord (Greville) Janner a reason to prevent him being appointed to the Lords, an inquiry heard this week. The former prime minister said he “would have known” about the claims made against Janner by disgraced care home boss Frank Beck during his trial for historical abuse in Leicestershire when he put forward Lord Janner’s name for a peerage in 1997, weeks after he swept to power. But he told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) he was also aware the allegations had been investigated by police and that Janner himself “vigorously denied” them. Janner died in 2015 facing 22 charges of historical sexual abuse. In a statement read to the inquiry, Blair said: “In 1997, I would have known of the allegations made in 1991 in respect of Lord Janner by Frank Beck during his trial. As regards the nomination, I would expect such allegations to be considered (by the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee – PHSC) as part of that process. “In the circumstances of Lord Janner’s vigorous public denial, a police investigation and charges not being brought, I do not believe the allegations would have been investigated further beyond confirming those facts, nor that I would have considered them a bar to the nomination. “At this distance, I am unable to specifically identify any particular failing or shortcoming that I was personally responsible for in my capacity as leader of the Labour Party or

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as prime minister.” Blair said the PHSC was required to certify that the individuals were considered “fit and proper persons” to recommend to the Queen for a peerage. Earlier, the hearing was told how Downing Street wrote to the Home Office in 1992 saying it had received a recommendation that Janner be included in a future honours list “presumably for a knighthood to recognise his services to the Jewish community in Britain” – just a year after the Beck trial. Helen Ewen, from the Cabinet Office department involved in the honours process, said the Home Office was “supportive”, but that Janner did not receive the honour.

Caterer answers Rashford’s call A Jewish caterer has answered England footballer Marcus Rashford’s (pictured) call to help feed children during the school holidays by providing 300 meals, writes Tali Fraser. Adam Nathan Catering posted an offer on Facebook of free meals for families in need, which has been shared 50,000 times. “It is a great example of what a community can do when everyone comes together”, said Adam Nathan. Supplying each family with meals for the entire week, Nathan’s company delivered food all over London.

“Our chef volunteered his time and my parents were even boxing up food,” said Nathan, whose company provided meals for NHS staff at the pandemic start. Fellow catering companies have offered to help deliver food. “It has not been an easy year and still the first thought is to help other people where we can,” he said. A letter, initiated by the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, has been signed by more than 40 rabbis, and more than 100 people have written to Boris Johnson, urging him to extend free meals for children in need.

A Black Mitzvah NGOS CRITICISED Prominent black Jewish speakers from around the world are due to be featured in JW3’s ‘My Black Mitzvah Party’ event tonight. The Jewish community centre in London will host activists physically and virtually to conclude its celebration of Black History Month. Among those who are due to appear via video link tonight are rapper Nissim Black, from Jerusalem, songwriter Autumn Rowe from Los Angeles and Yiddish singer Anthony Russell from Portland, Oregon. Appearing live from JW3 itself, will be performer and director Rebekah Murrell and vocalist C. Gerod Harris. Each contributor is expected to give their response to the question: “If you could give your bar or batmitzvah speech today, what would you say?”

Humanitarian organisations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam are to be declared “antisemitic” by the Trump administration in the coming days, according to US reports. News site Politico detailed last Wednesday how organisations such as Human Rights Watch may also be caught up in the declaration, which is being pushed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, just days before the US election. If true, it would trigger lawsuits from the organisations to demonstrate in court they criticise other perceived human rights violators as well. Such a declaration would withdraw all US cooperation and support to them, including financially, and urge other states to do the same. The non-governmental organisations (NGO) all denied the allegations.


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Sir Ben is the pride of Britain Holocaust survivor and British weightlifting hero Sir Ben Helfgott has been honoured with a Pride of Britain award for five decades of tireless work in passing on the lessons of the Nazi era and fighting for those who lived through the horrors, writes Justin Cohen. Poland-born Sir Ben – whose parents and younger sister were killed in the Shoah – survived Buchenwald and was liberated from Theresienstadt before being brought to the UK aged just 15. Remarkably, just 11 years later, Sir Ben – who turns 91 next month – captained the British weightlifting team at the 1956 Olympics, a feat he repeated four years later. He is recognised alongside Marcus Rashford and other lesserknown heroes at the Daily Mirror’s

Sir Ben Helfgott, pictured with his family, having received the Pride of Britain award

Pride of Britain Awards, whose format has been revamped this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of the usual dinner in central London, a host of celebrities have been surprising winners around the country. Sir Ben

– who has held positions in almost every major Holocaust remembrance and education organisation – will be seen by a TV audience of millions on Sunday receiving the famous trophy from Stephen Fry, surrounded by his

wife Arza, three sons and five of his grandchildren. “You shouldn’t have to be Jewish or to have a relatives who perished in the Holocaust yourself to be stunned by characters like Ben Helfgott, though of course it does add an

extra element of admiration and appreciation,” said the author and television presenter after making the presentation at the Holocaust memorial in Hyde Park earlier this month. “His actions speak for all humanity, however. His quiet determination to ensure the unspeakable wickedness and evil of what happened has been inspirational. Against indifference, denial and doubt, he has raised a literal and figurative memorial wall that honours the victims and helps push back against the possibility that such horrors might be allowed to happen again.” Fry added: “It was so wonderful to see his large family standing there beaming with pride and I couldn’t help but think if he hadn’t survived none of them would be there.”

Balls and Pickles double down on support for Westminster memorial Lord Eric Pickles and Ed Balls have restated their support for the planned Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Westminster. Speaking at the public inquiry into the planning of the centre, the former MPs said that it was essential to create a memorial that would both boldly and prominently preserve

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Trump didn’t do much on the Palestinian issue – his plan was a non-starter, said one academic

“When a US president displays a credible commitment to Israel’s security, Israelis usually make what they perceive to be the safer choice and support the incumbent, as with Bill Clinton in the 1990s and George W Bush in the early 2000s. “In 2016 this was taken a step further – most Israelis preferred Hillary Clinton over the lesser-known Donald Trump, thanks largely to the positive track record of her husband, who was admired here for respecting Israel’s security interests.” Richard Pater, chief executive of UK-Israel think-tank, said any Biden administration was likely to be “less obsessive about Israeli concessions and in forging Israeli-Palestinian ties… unlike President [Barack] Obama. “Biden has already stated he would not relocate the US embassy back to Tel Aviv, so at least part of the Trump legacy will remain in place.” Pater said the most significant question of any Biden presidency in relation to Israel would be his approach to Iran, given that he was vice-president when Obama agreed the multilateral nuclear accord. “He may seek to reopen dialogue,” said Pater. “Israel will be hoping that this is an opportunity to fix some of the missing components [within the deal], particularly the ending of all restrictions – the sunset clause.” Pater said Trump “deserves credit for pushing the recent peace deals over the line”, adding: “I think there is enough momentum now building between Israel and Gulf countries that it can be sustained independent of the US, though clearly the UAE will still want those [American] F-35 fighter jets.” Others were more damning, with Tel Aviv University’s David Freilich saying Trump had “proven himself to be monumentally incompetent, so it behoves any friend of the US, which Israel is, to wish it a competent leader”. Freilich, an adjunct professor specialising

in security and diplomacy, said: “Recognising Jerusalem as the capital, recognising the Golan [Heights], these were acts that should have been saved as carrots for Israel in the context of negotiations, but he had no intention of doing anything serious about the peace process. “Trump did some good things – we owe him for the Bahrain/UAE deals – but he didn’t do much on the Palestinian issue except for the plan, which was a non-starter.” Former diplomat Nadav Tamir, who now works for the Peres Center, said Biden would be likely to re-engage international allies over Iran, revisit the nuclear accord and aim to empower Iran’s more moderate forces, “which the Trump Administration crushed”, before Iran’s presidential election in June. He expected Bden to resume US aid to the Palestinian Authority, which Trump eliminated, “thereby restoring an important lever of influence over Palestinian moderates”. Freilich said the Democrat would probably return to “more realistic proposals” from Israel’s point of view. “But Biden is a true friend of Israel, unlike Trump, who is a true friend of Trump.”


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‘Trump has polarised and ripped apart the country’ With just hours remaining before Americans choose their next president, Jack Mendel asks Jewish expats in the UK which way they voted – and why With America’s Covid-19 death toll pass- gogue, now belongs to a Masorti synagogue just ing 225,000 and historic peace deals outside DC. After moving to the US in 2012, he became signed in the Middle East, the 2020 presidential election has polarised a nation a naturalised citizen in 2018, and said the main reason for supporting Biden is “having a presiwith unique hopes and mounting fears. Unlike four years ago, when the prospect dent who isn’t Donald Trump”. He cares “deeply about racial justice, so of a Donald Trump presidency seemed pie-inthe-sky, this time around Democrat-supporting electing a president who isn’t a white supremacist would be nice”. Jews are taking no chances. “Trump’s embrace of the far-right, After a recent study outlined that 70 the increasing antisemitism of percent of Jewish Americans would the Republican Party and the back Joe Biden, voters this mainstreaming of QAnon, week voiced concerns about a modern-day blood libel, Trump’s divisiveness and weighed heavily upon my showed little signs of voting vote”, he explains. against party lines to preA defaced Biden-Harris sign is spray-painted with the word “Trump” in Pennsylvania Like other Democratvent a second term in the Russell Langer, whose father was supporters, he rates the handling of domestic issues, many White House. born and raised in Brooklyn, president zero out of 10 for supporters herald his achieveChicago-born Edie New York, cast his ballot his tenure, saying it would ments on the foreign policy Friedman, who has lived in Florida, where his be “abject despair” if he won front, namely the facilitaand worked in the UK since grandparents live. tion of peace deals for Israel a second term. 1971, refuses to even give the While a Conserva“A Shoah survivor in my with the United Arab incumbent zero out of 10. tive activist in the UK, he community told me not long after Emirates, Bahrain and “There’s no scale of minusbacked the Democrats, Trump was elected the first time that Sudan. 1,000” by which to judge him, she Edie Friedman saying: “I do not consider Philadelphian Skylar he thought American democracy says. “When he stands up, he polarmyself to be a Biden supcould just about survive one term of Trump, but Magaziner, who is based in ises and belittles people.” porter but he has a good London, voted for Trump, A lifelong Democrat and opponent of racism, not two,” he says. history of collaborative saying he has “done “A second Trump term would mark Friedman says that “for a lot of people, there’s no politics and I believe that is more in 47 months choice”, adding: “There are no words to describe the end of American democracy, what America needs in the next than Joe Biden has Donald Trump”, whose tenure has seen the and the entrenchment of white in 47 years in Wash- Skylar Magaziner administration.” US divided on issues of race, the economy, minority rule.” Saying Trump failed “to switch ington”. Ethan Olswang, a student inequality, immigration, tackling Covid-19 and Calling it an “easy deci- from campaigner to president” during his in the UK originally from foreign policy. sion”, the Republican tenure, Langer, who has worked in the UK She does not know anyone who is a Trump Greater Washington, DC, supporter says “the peace Jewish community for six years, adds: “Trump supporter, saying: “My friends feel they don’t recently went on a UK deals in the Middle East has focused his attention on exacerbating recognise the United States” anymore, with Birthright trip, which has and making America America’s divides” while in office. brought him back in touch many “physically frightened to go to vote”. Admitting “Trump deserves credit for some energy independent” were Trump has done “nothing positive and has with his Jewish identity. issues that swayed her the of his foreign policy achievements”, including He echoes concerns ripped the country apart” and, while not an most, adding: “President Middle East peace deals, Langer bemoans “enthusiastic” fan of Joe Biden, the way he “con- about the rise of the far-right, Trump has rejected the failed the president’s “closeness to far-right groups ducted himself during the campaign is a posi- saying, “Trump has continued to foreign policy of past administra- and his inability to condemn antisemitism in tive”, Friedman says, adding: “He comes across enable alt-right members, who are tions while Joe Biden has pushed for Charlottesville”. as a mensch” who wants to “decrease some of more often than not antisemitic. Ethan Olswang He says these “are particular low points of endless wars.” “Antisemitic violence and the tension and division”. Magaziner would be “concerned” if polls his presidency, which are very much part of my rhetoric has significantly increased London-born Mikey Franklin, desire to see him replaced”. under the current administra- were correct and Biden got in, saying “it would who now lives in Washington, While “the idea of another four tion”, something he believes be frightening”. DC, backed Biden in 2020, years of this divisive politics She thinks he would “shut the needs addressing. having voted for left-wing concerns me”, Langer hopes While saying Israel economy back down and raise Jewish senator Bernie Biden will “resist the “did not play a major taxes” and doesn’t “believe Sanders in the primaries. far-left of his party”, role in influencing my Biden would expand on When asked if he especially on foreign vote”, Olswang says it is the peace deal [Abraham knows any Trump suppolicy achievements, if “extremely important” Accords] if he were elected.” porters, the father-of-two the Democrats win the Republicans Overseas to vote for Biden, a candisays: “I have limited social election. date “who will protect me as UK adds that Biden would time and try very hard not to Whoever is victo“bring back the wasteful a Jewish American citizen”. spend it with racists.” rious on Monday, the The master’s student tries and unsuccessful foreign Franklin adds: “My wife’s central issues of racism, to “steer clear” of any Trump sup- interventionist policies of the family are Soviet refugees and my the response to the pandemic father-in-law has some Trumpist sym- Mikey Franklin porters in his family and social circles, Obama years”, with “more troop and Middle East peace remain also giving Trump zero out of 10 for his deployments and the destabilisapathies, but I try extremely hard not to pivotal for Jewish voters, tion of the new normalised relations” get into politics with him for fear of irrevocably time in office. Russell Langer who are placing their faith in “America cannot afford to be under the rule in the Middle East. harming the relationship.” Biden to bring stability and turn back the “Our enemies will feel emboldened”, it said. The Brit, who attended Akiva School and of a sociopath for another four years.” Meanwhile, Romford Synagogue member tide of Trump. While the president may have critics for his had his barmitzvah and chuppah at Alyth Syna-


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News / Passport mystery / Congestion charge / Football code / Charity finances

Nazi-era passport find KHAN’S C-CHARGE WARNING sparks hunt for relatives descendants”. The discovery of a Nazi-era Having spoken to a conGerman passport in a St Albans firmed relative, Sassoon street has sparked a campaign learnt that Wasserman’s only by an amateur genealogist to child died in 2016, leaving no reunite it with relatives of the descendants of his own. owner, writes Tali Fraser. Sassoon still hopes to track Harry Sassoon, from down whoever originally St Albans, is one step closer to owned the passport, but will returning the passport to its arrange for the discovered relowner’s family after he disative to receive it if he is unsuccovered a confirmed relative cessful, as they are considering in London, whose mother donating it to the Wiener was the first cousin of the Library. man pictured in the passport. Sassoon has received supThe 1935 passport, The Nazi-era passport port from World Jewish Relief, stamped with a red letter J, picture of Mr Wasserman the Jewish Genealogy Society indicating that the holder was Jewish, contained a photo of a Mr Was- of Great Britain, the Holocaust Educational serman, alongside his birth date. It was found Trust and the Board of Deputies. The search for information on how the by a woman in the middle of Hatfield Road. A photograph of the passport was posted on passport ended up in St Albans has been a Facebook group for St Albans residents, shared with another Facebook group, this asking for the owner, or anyone who knows time a Jewish one, where Sassoon says people have been checking in with friends or family them, to get in touch. Sassoon, whose family survived the Holo- with the last name Wasserman. The rabbis of caust, contacted the woman who found the St Albans’ two synagogues were contacted, passport, offering to track down the person and they shared the request for information to to whom it belongs. Ever since, he told Jewish their communities, but with no luck. “No one has a clue,” said Sassoon. “PractiNews, he has “been working hard to try to find the rightful owners”. The ultimate aim, he cally every Jew in St Albans has heard about it, said, is to “reunite the passport with any living and there aren’t that many of us.”

Sadiq Khan has said the proposed expansion of the Congestion Charge would “split north London’s Jewish community in Hendon and Golders Green”. The London mayor’s concerns come amid government proposals to extend a £15 charge to the North and South Circular roads, to secure more funding for Transport for London. North-west London Jewish communities straddle the North Circular, separating Hendon to the north from Golders Green to the south. Extending the zone would impose a £15 payment on travelling between them. The plans have led to fears that synagogues

such as Alyth in Golders Green could face a reduction in attendance. Khan said it “would split north London’s Jewish community in Hendon and Golders Green”, and would “have a devastating effect on London’s diverse communities, who are already suffering disproportionately as a result of coronavirus”. “It is wrong to hit four million more people with additional costs at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet, and I have made clear I will not agree to these draconian terms. TfL’s financial issues are solely as a result of the pandemic. The government must ... come back to the table with a revised plan.”

FA launches diversity code

The government’s antisemitism tsar has welcomed English football’s new equality code, arguing that something similar should now be introduced in cricket. It comes as the Football Association (FA), which runs the domestic leagues and cup competitions for both women and men, said it would be addressing a “longstanding challenge” of limited diversity, with a special focus to be placed on recruitment. The initiative was driven by campaigners for “proper

representation of black and Asian footballers at every level of the game [and] has been greatly inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement”. In a statement on Tuesday with Imam Qari Asim, the government’s advisor on the definition of Islamophobia, antisemitism advisor Lord Mann said the England and Wales Cricket Board should adopt “a similar initiative”. The Football Leadership Diversity Code is intended to “drive diversity and inclusion across English football”

including more than 40 clubs across the Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League and Championship. The FA said it “focuses on increasing equality of opportunity with hiring targets to encourage recruitment from across society,” adding hiring would be based on merit. “The aim is to move away from recruitment practices focused on personal networks, which is a longstanding challenge... and has limited the diversity in leadership.”

Legal fees cause JLC loss The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has posted a loss owing partly to “substantial unforeseen” fees from the review into allegations of financial impropriety by its former boss. The charity’s full 2019 accounts show it has spent more than £328,000 in legal and professional fees in the wake of an independent review that said former chief executive Jeremy Newmark withdrew tens of thousands of pounds in “potentially questionable” transactions. After it emerged that the trustees in 2013 had not thoroughly investigated Newmark’s expenditure, the Charity Commission threatened to do so, prompting the JLC to pay for lawyers and forensic accountants to conduct an independent review. The review failed to reach conclusions on several allegations and police decided not to pursue the case. The commission was reassured by the panel’s report, published early last year, but the

charity was still hit by what it this week called “significant, unbudgeted and unforeseen additional unrestricted expenditure”. It said these costs, totalling £144,953, were incurred in the final stages of the review and “included substantial legal and professional fees and an associated governance review”. It paid £183,873 in 2018, totalling £328,826 since the allegations aired. The JLC also said the annual Chanukah in the Square event at London’s Trafalgar Square in London, which is attended by hundreds of British Jews, made a loss, “which further impacted the financial performance”. Despite the legacy issues relating to Newmark’s tenure, the JLC said its fundraised income “has remained strong in 2019, with a total of £1.2m coming from more than 45 donors”. The charity has been widely credited with raising an emergency £2m Covid-19 fund to help more than 230 Jewish families.

Sharp tipped to lead BBC RABBI MOVE One of the leading candidates to become chairman of the BBC when Sir David Clementi stands down in February next year is Richard Sharp, a member of a long-established Jewish family in London. Sharp is the son of Lord (Eric) Sharp of Grimsdyke, who was knighted and then given a life peerage for his services as chair of the energy company Cable and Wireless, between 1980 and 1990. Eric

was married in 1950 to Marion Freedman and the couple, who were members of Westminster Synagogue, had three children: Richard, Nicola, who died in 1982, and Victoria. Lord Sharp died in 1994. Dame Victoria Sharp is president of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in England and Wales. Richard has spent most of his career in banking.

A rabbi who studied chemistry before working in PR and a rebbetzin who qualified as a French pastry chef before working in interior design are to join Western Marble Arch Synagogue as the new senior rabbinic couple next year. Rabbi Daniel Epstein, a Londoner, and Rebbetzin Ilana Epstein, a New Yorker, will take over from Rabbi Lionel and Natalie Rosenfeld in the spring.


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‘Jews are considered white and privileged’ Two of Britain’s leading entertainers, who regularly appear on social media combatting antisemitism, were the special guests of ORT UK at an online event to celebrate the organisation’s centenary year, writes Jenni Frazer. As ORT UK’s chair, Simon Alberga, explained, in normal times there would have been a gala dinner — but the virtual discussion between TracyAnn Oberman and David Baddiel was an opportunity for ORT UK to launch its There Then, Here Now campaign and to highlight its work, particularly its Jump programme, which pairs mentors and mentees from all over the country. More than 800 households tuned into the Oberman and Baddiel conversation, a relaxed event as both are actors, comedians and writers who have known each other for years. The focus of the discussion was antisemitism and

Tracy-Ann Oberman and David Baddiel in conversation

how it has manifested itself today, together with some personal family stories from Baddiel. Baddiel’s forthcoming book, to be published early next year, is called #Jews Don’t Count, an examination of why society skates over antipathy to Jews and does not accept it as fully racist – because of what he believes is a mistaken assumption, that all Jews are white, and therefore privileged.

Baddiel, who was educated at North West London Jewish Day School and then Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, said: “One of the key things about antisemitism now is this notion that Jews are white and have privilege. “For a white supremacist or Nazi, Jews are almost centrally non-white. “Meanwhile, particularly now, you get this thing where if Jews talk about antisemitism, they’re accused, mainly

by some on the left, of trying to get antisemitism as a racism more noticed than it should be, with a sense that, ‘come on, you’re white, so racism for you is not really a thing’.’” The pair discussed the recent outburst by grime artist Wiley, whose online antisemitism had spurred Oberman to lead what became an international 48-hour boycott of Twitter in protest. Baddiel said: “I got the sense Wiley was a bit confused by the backlash because I think he thought, ‘well, I’m a black person and black people are allowed to call out white people and they [Jews] are just white people.’ Sydney Sadler, 100, an alumni of the ORT Berlin school, who was one of 106 boys rescued from Germany on the eve of the Second World War, paid tribute to ORT in a film showed during the event.

Yad Vashem course Yad Vashem’s new free online education course aiming to boost Holocaust awareness worldwide has seen almost 2,000 participants sign up in its first few weeks, writes Tali Fraser. The course, geared towards educators, will consist of three hours of learning per week for three weeks. It has already attracted 1,700 participants across 78 countries including Poland, Australia, Italy, Germany, USA and Brazil. It comes at a time when levels of Holocaust awareness and education is at an extreme low around the world, espe-

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World News / Sudan deal / Blogger denial / Jerusalem stamp

Sudan to normalise ties

Sudan will become the third Arab country in the past two months to normalise ties with Israel, continuing the trend of Arab states’ willingness to advance ties with the Jewish state even without a peace agreement with the Palestinians. President Donald Trump announced the agreement last Friday. According to a joint statement released by Israel, Sudan and the US, the two countries will “end the state of belligerence between their nations”. The statement also noted that the countries will “begin economic and trade relations, with

In Gaza, Palestinian protesters condemn the normalisation of ties between Israel and Sudan

an initial focus on agriculture”. In the coming weeks, the statement says, they will meet to discuss “agriculture technology, aviation, migration issues and other areas”.

“The Arab-Israeli conflict is moving towards an end,” said Brian Hook, the top State Department official who helped broker the deal, last Friday. Earlier in the day,

Trump informed Congress of his intent to remove Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, which reportedly is part of the agreement. Board of Deputies of British Jews president, Marie van der Zyl, said: “We warmly welcome the normalisation of ties between Israel and Sudan, which will hopefully add to a growing era of peace and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa. “It is our continued hope this development and spirit of cooperation will also help foster peace with the Palestinians, and greatly enhance the security for all in the region.”

NAS DENIES ISRAELI SUPPORT

as trying to “make Israel look Arab-Israeli travel blogger good” using tools provided by Nuseir Yassin denied that he the Israeli government. receives support from the He described the report Israeli government to spread as “fake news” and denied his pro-Israel propaganda. Nas Academy educational proIn a video posted last Tuesday on his Face- Nuseir Yassin gramme works with the Israeli government. book page, Nas Daily, “In the past month, there was a coorwhich has more than 17 million followers on the social network, Yassin dinated fake mews campaign against said the satellite news network Al Nas Daily, accusing us of things that are Jazeera had falsely portrayed him factually incorrect,” Yassin said.

‘Jerusalem’ stamp on passports The US is set to allow Jerusalem-born American passport holders to add “Israel” to their birthplaces. The website Politico quoted an official who confirmed the change, which reverses decades of policy under Republican and Democratic presidents. Jerusalem-born Americans began seeking to change to their passports almost imme-

diately after Congress passed a law in 1995 recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but the State Department until now has not allowed the change. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s right to disallow the inclusion of “Israel”. President Trump’s 2017 recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017.

Auction house to sell Hitler manuscripts ISRAELI ‘AUTHORITARIANISM’ Less than a year after it spurred widespread Jewish condemnation for selling Nazi memorabilia, a Munich auction house is selling several manuscripts written by Adolf Hitler. The European Jewish Association (EJA) blasted Hermann Historica on Tuesday over the Hitler

papers it has on the block for Friday. Many are notes written before infamous speeches the Nazi leader gave in the 1930s. “It defies logic, decency and humanity for the very same auction house that came under fire less than a year ago for selling disgusting lots of Nazi memorabilia

that they should do so again,” Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the Brussels-based association, said in a statement. “I cannot get my head around the sheer irresponsibility and insensitivity, in such a febrile climate, of selling items such as the ramblings of the world’s biggest killer of Jews to the highest bidder.”

Bernie Sanders has included Israel in a list of countries where authoritarianism is rising. In a speech about the dangers of bigotry at a memorial for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh the democratic socialist senator was the keynote speaker at a virtual memorial event held a day after the two-year anniver-

sary of the shooting in which 11 Jews were killed. Sanders spoke about how white supremacy targets Jews and all minorities, and how it poses a threat to liberal democracy. He then segued to speaking about how illiberalism and authoritarianism were on the rise around the world, including in Israel.

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Petition to extradite killer nears 12k The father of a teenager who died in a Jerusalem suicide attack in 2001 says he still hopes to see his daughter’s murderer “in leg chains and handcuffs” after a petition for the killer’s extradition from Jordan reached 12,000 signatures, writes Tali Fraser. Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki died in the blast at the Sbarro pizza restaurant, told Jewish News that support for the petition to extradite terrorist Ahlam Tamimi to the US has been “growing strongly”. Tamimi proudly claimed credit for the attack, admitting to having chosen Sbarro because it was a favourite with families. She has spoken of “disappointment” as she had

“hoped for a larger toll”. She was released from an Israeli prison as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011 and now lives in Jordan. “It’s obvious that Jordan’s refusal has much more to do with politics than justice,” Roth said. “But it’s the justice – more accurately the injustice – of Ahlam Tamimi’s obscene freedom that has been bringing people to the petition site to sign”. Encouraging the US to push the Jordanian authorities further to extradite Tamimi, Roth said he was reassured by the US State Department after it said its treaty with Jordan should cover Tamimi’s extradition, despite reports that said a Jordanian

court ruled it invalid in 2017. “The US governments of both Presidents Obama and Trump have taken important steps to indict Ahlam Tamimi. We would like the US to step up the pressure. Jordan has extradited fugitive terrorists to the US for years. They are serving long prison sentences now, just as we hope Ahlam Tamimi will soon.” But Roth said the Jordanian authorities are paying no attention to their treaty with the US, telling Maajid Nawaz on LBC that “Jordan faces to lose all its foreign aid from the United States”, if they don’t take action on Tamimi. However, Roth told Jewish News that several legal experts have branded the Jor-

‘UK MUST REALIGN FOREIGN POLICY’ The UK is being urged to “realign” its policy in the Middle East after normalisation between Israel and its Gulf neighbours. Israel–Britain Alliance, under director Michael McCann, a former Labour MP, seeks to challenge the “distorted and fake narratives created around the Israel/ Palestinian conflict”. He said: “Arab nations are fed up with the refusal of the Palestinians to negotiate peace.” It calls on the government to rethink the millions of pounds given in aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Arnold Roth with daughter Malki, killed in a 2001 bombing

danian position “untenable”. “[Jordan’s position] ignores the law and is inconsistent with what law-abiding nations and allies do. If more atten-

tion were given by the news industry we would have seen Tamimi in leg-chains and handcuffs long ago. We still hope we will, and soon.”

...as World Service chief apologises The head of BBC World Service has personally apologised after it rolled out the red carpet to the murderer of 15 Israelis, writes Jack Mendel. Jamie Angus, director of the BBC’s international arm, said that giving a sympathetic platform to Ahlam Tamimi

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on the broadcaster’s Arabic TV station was a “lapse in our editorial standards”. He added: I have been reviewing with my senior management team in BBC Arabic how we came to put out the item in the way that we did and will ensure that

the appropriate lessons are learned across all our editorial teams.” Arnold Roth, whose daughter Malki died in the attack, had told Jewish News that the BBC’s initial apology, given last week, was “empty, cruel and pointless”.

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Jewish News meets... Sylvan Adams

He’s a tour de force! Meet the man showing Israel’s true face Businessman Sylvan Adams has taken it upon himself to improve Israel’s image abroad. He tells Justin Cohen how and why he wants to inspire others about the Jewish state It’s little wonder it’s taken several attempts signing of British cyclist legend Chris Froome before finding a window in Sylvan Adams’ may just do the trick. It wasn’t particularly hard diary for this interview. In the past couple of to convince the four-time Tour de France winner years, he’s arranged for Madonna to perform to compete under the Israel Start-Up banner, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Adams reflected. “He liked the idea of taking a page from British brought the world’s second biggest cycling race to Israel, saw his Start-Up Nation squad cycling, developing the sport in Israel and being a take part in the Tour de France and attended role model for an entire country.” And his new boss is brimming with confithe signing of peace treaties with the UAE and Bahrain. Every moment Israel has dence. “Next year we’re going for yellow jerseys been in the international spotlight in recent and to win the Tour. For as long as we have Chris, times, it seems, the businessman hasn’t been we’re expecting to fight to be in the hunt to win. far from the action – and his sights are now Everybody follows the winners and they will be set on maximising links with the Arab world talking about Israel.” A few days after this interview, fellow Brit through sort and music. A property developer turned self-styled Alex Dowsett provided the team’s first stage ambassador for Israel since moving to the victory in a major race when he climbed to the country five years ago, the 61-year-old has carved top of the podium at the Giro d’Italia. Adams’ ‘ambassadorial’ work has brought out a niche using culture and his not inconsiderable financial clout to bring major events and the media spotlight to a man who was little icons such as Lionel Messi to the Jewish state. known outside Canada and his industry a few His aim: to show a side of Israel beyond the one- years ago, and who actively avoided journalists in his professional life. All the business media dimensional angle portrayed on the news. Sylvan Adams with Lionel Messi “Sadly we have to fight just to be considered wanted to know was how much a normal country,” he laments. “I want people to you and you latest project see the true face of Israel. I get asked if I’m mixing was worth, he said. Now his sport and politics, but this is cultural diplomacy.” product is Israel, he jumps at The Canada-born former world masters the chance to talk numbers. A global TV audience of cycling champion co-owns the Israel Start-Up Nation team, which competed in the Tour de hundreds of millions enjoyed France for the first time last month. The billion- the sights and sounds of Israel aire, who rode part of the famous course ahead when he arranged for Jeruof the professionals, is still buzzing when we salem to host the start of the Giro in 2018 – a fact he finally catch up on Zoom a week later. believes played at least He told Jewish News: “When we came through in our blue and white kits with a bit part in a 38 percent surge in tour‘Israel’ on the front we could hear ists the following ‘Yisrael, Yisrael yalla, yalla, yalla’ from year. And internatens of thousands of sports fans. We tional viewers of felt the love of these cycling fans and Eurovision douit was fantastic. I’m so proud of the bled the year when Sylvan is a former world masters cycling champion team and what it represents.” he brought Madonna When it comes to inspiring budding Israeli cyclists, he looks to the to headline the contest in Tel Aviv, whizzing round Silverstone. He hopes to bring together Israelis as well as UK. “‘British cycling is the best in drawing in the North American to enthuse the Jewish world on his journey to audience. the world and it all started The philanthropist is bolster Israel’s image. “I want diaspora Jews to be with the creation of the convinced more posi- able to able take pride at what’s happening in the National Cycling tive exposure is just country which occupies a place in their hearts.” Centre in ManWhite House Middle East envoy Jason Greenround the chicane, chester for the thanks to Formula blatt believes mass cultural projects can compleCommonwealth 1 racer Roy Nissany, ment wider peace efforts, and Adams was invited Games. It who was signed to attend the signing of the Abraham Accords. became a feeder. by the British Wil- He enthused: “Sport, music and technology can “I’m taking liams team as a test encourage normalised interaction. Israel is a a page out of driver in January peace-loving country and we want to be accepted British cycling, and is lined up to race in our region. That seems to be happening.” trying to repliMonths before anyone could have imagined alongside the big boys cate that success in 2022. Adams boldly peace between Israel and Arab states, Start-Up using the same methods.” claims the 25-year-old Nation riders participated in a UAE event, at If his recent crehas the potential to be which fans queued for autographs and water botthe next Lewis Hamilton tles with the word ‘Israel’ on them. “I said at the ation of the Middle and doesn’t hide his excite- time that when our leaders get round to signing East’s only Olympicment at the prospect of 350 a peace agreement we will have set the condistandard velodrome million F1 fans seeing his tions for a warm peace because our presence isn’t enough to inspire Sylvan Adams Israeli flag-emblazoned car was accepted by the people,” Adams recalled. stars of the future, the

Sylvan trains with the Israeli Cycling Academy

He is now working with the UAE and Bahrain to “create symbolically important joint projects”. The Israel Start-Up Nation team has been targeted by boycott-pushers, and Adams believes the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is “a strategic threat to us. Even though they’re small in number, they’re polluting the minds of the silent majority. The more we succeed, the more we have an antidote to their poison”. This work and his charity giving – he’s the biggest donor to a new children’s hospital that will support the work of Save a Child’s Heart in Holon – is enthusiastically endorsed by Israeli ministers. Tapping into sport and culture, he insisted, was changing more hearts and minds than the government could hope to, but those efforts should be conducted in parallel with defending against “lies and distortions of the haters”. “We have to stand up and say we have a right to exist,” he said. “But you’re not changing a lot of minds when you do that. I’m reaching more people and I’m appealing to more people than our technical arguments can ever do.” Adams considers who he would next like to bring to Israel. “I’m always looking to top previous projects,” he said. As he promises to retire from his ‘ambassadorial’ role only when Israel is widely accepted like any nation, he certainly has his work cut out.


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News / Pandemic report / Bereavement service / Terrorist talk

Financial impact unveiled Almost 30 percent of British Jews say the pandemic has left them worse off, but 22 percent say they are better off as a result, a nationwide survey has shown, writes Adam Decker. Demonstrating how the coronavirus and its restrictions has had sometimes hugely different impacts, 20 percent said they were “a little better off” financially, indicating savings on transport, and almost two percent said they were “a lot better off”. Yet while fortunes have diverged, 7.4 percent of Jews have borrowed money on credit cards, struggled to pay the bills, shrunk meal sizes to feed the family, or turned to food banks to get by. The data, which only measures the pandemic’s effects until July, was published this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), in a short report on the effects of the virus on Jewish people’s health, jobs, finances, relationships and lives. It shows that those “living comfortably” before lockdown were far less likely to have been adversely affected than those struggling to get by. “Jewish households that were already economically disadvantaged before the pandemic have been hardest hit by its detrimental effects,” the authors say, with up to 50 percent in

A report found less wealthy Jews were far more likely to have been affected

this bracket reporting a worsening financial situation since March. “Almost four in five acutely disadvantaged households reported that they were worse off, compared with just one in four other Jewish households.” The paper sought to identify “where in the Jewish population we see clear signs of economic stress”, in part to better inform resource allocation, with the Jewish Leadership Council having made £2 million available to families affected. Researchers found that 52 percent of less wealthy Jews reported losing their

job, being furloughed or having their salary or hours cut, compared with 20 percent of all other Jewish households. “About half of those who were acutely disadvantaged in July 2020 were likely to be newly so,” the authors say. Strictly Orthodox households were more likely to be acutely disadvantaged, with about one in seven affected, up to three times “the national Jewish average”, but Charedi families – which are typically large – were already known to experience above-average levels of poverty and deprivation. Jewish householders in their 40s

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were most likely to have been hard hit, while those aged 60 or over less likely. The researchers said people in their 40s were more likely to have higher outgoings, or to have built up fewer savings. Ominously, JPR said that – beyond the 7.4 percent of “acutely disadvantaged” households – there were “an additional 9.5 percent who are highly vulnerable to acute disadvantage, as they are already using up savings to cover their living costs”. Co-author and JPR director Dr Jonathan Boyd said there was good news and bad to emerge from the work. “The good news is that the Jewish population entered into the pandemic in relatively robust economic health, and as of July… most Jewish households were navigating their way through any economic challenges rather well. “But about one in 14 Jewish households were already showing signs of acute economic stress, about half of whom appear to have been in that position as a direct cause of the pandemic. “Beyond them, about one in six is vulnerable to serious hardship. The fear for them is that one negative work experience over the autumn or winter – a redundancy or pay cut – could tip them into the realm of the acutely disadvantaged.”

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VIRUS HITS SCHOOL IN MANCHESTER An outbreak of coronavirus at King David High School in Manchester has been reported. Two teachers have the virus and are self-isolating, the school told Manchester Evening News, with several other teachers in quarantine as a result. A member of staff who works in the kitchen has tested positive, prompting co-workers to stay at home and the school is hiring in meals from kosher caterers in the interim. Two Year 11 and two Year 13 pupils are also confirmed to have tested positive.

LANGDON HOSTS VIRTUAL DINNER Learning disability and autism charity Langdon held its annual charity dinner online on Monday. More than 150 people watched short films and heard virtual addresses as comedian Ivor Baddiel hosted viewers at home. A highlight of the evening was a sequence featuring Langdon member Mark Butcher, aka DJ Butch, who was surprised with a socially-distanced visit from a real superstar DJ to teach him how to professionally spin the decks and mix tracks.

Covid bereavement support A group to support British Jews who have lost someone due to Covid-19 or its effects is to begin in November. The Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service (JBCS), which offers confidential support to individuals, couples, children and families in the Jewish community, said it would begin special sessions for those bereaved during the virus. The group will meet via Zoom until social distancing is no longer required and will be facilitated by two experienced volunteer counsellors. The charity said referrals had increased by 50 percent since lockdown began in March, and that the new group was “for any death during the period of Covid-19” and not necessarily owing to the pandemic.

JBCS manager Trisha Curtis said people had suffered the “trauma of not being able to grieve in the usual way such as Zoom funerals, shivas, and limited numbers able to attend”, with additional complications due to the virus. “The speed in which people have become unwell and passed has been shocking, with family unable to see their loved ones,” she said. “Social distancing and isolation for our clients has made grieving that much more difficult and complex.” She added: “The majority of us have never experienced a pandemic so the experience for all of us is unprecedented. The nature of the death is shocking, especially as so many Covid-19 deaths could have been avoided.”

LEEDS UNI HOSTS TERRORIST Leeds University has begun an investigation after a convicted Palestinian terrorist addressed students, advocating “armed struggle” as a means of resistance. Leila Khaled, who hijacked two international flights for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, spoke to students last Friday. At the Zoom event, part of the Apartheid Off Campus campaign promoted by the University of Leeds Palestine Solidarity Group, she said Palestinians were “not afraid of struggle”.

“We have used all means of struggle and we are still determined to continue using all means of struggle including armed struggle,” Khaled told students. Adam Saeed, the student chair of the meeting, told attendees: “I think we can all be inspired by this... Everything that she said about international law is true, it doesn’t mean that anyone in this meeting endorses or encourages anyone to take arms, what it means is that under international law people are entitled to resist occupation in any

means they see fit.” The event had originally been denied permission by Leeds University, which said organisers had not followed protocol or provided sufficient notice, especially about Khaled’s appearance. But Leeds Palestine Solidarity Group said it believed “Leila Khaled deserves a platform”. A joint University of Leeds and Leeds University Union statement said: “We were disappointed the event organisers chose to proceed without our permission. We are investigating this matter further.”


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Web debate mulls Israel’s first ‘Arab Section’ spies Those interested in the formation of Mossad and how Mizrahi Jews first went undercover even before the proclamation of the state of Israel joined an online discussion last Wednesday night to learn more. The virtual event, which examined declassified Israeli papers, was held to celebrate the launch of the Russian edition of a book about the spy unit known as the ‘Arab Section’ by Israeli-Canadian journalist Matti Friedman. With much of the action and intrigue set in early 1948, when the British Mandate over Palestine was due to end, Friedman showed how Jews of Arab descent were already being sent undercover to gather information and plan diversions. “The Jewish intelligence service had traditionally relied on networks of paid Arab collaborators willing to work with the Jews for money or for the chance to harm their political enemies,” said Friedman, but the information was “expensive and often unreliable” – so the mista’arvim unit, or Arab Section, was born. Winner of the 2018 Natan Book Award, the book – Spies of No Country – tells the stories of four Mizrahi Jewish spies who “found themselves belonging with neither side of the conflict… the first Israeli

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Your weekly digest of stories from the international press FRANCE

The Israeli cultural attaché in Paris has been chosen as one of France’s 100 Women of Culture of 2020. Elinor Agam Ben-David, a theatre director appointed to the diplomatic post five years ago, has hosted hundreds of Israeli cultural events across France, including fairs and festivals. The sector has been hard hit by the pandemic.

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Israeli-Canadian journalist Matti Friedman reads from his earlier book

spies, the roots of what later became Mossad, operating even before the country was born”. Friedman is himself an Israeli Defense Forces combat veteran with later experience of living in Arab lands, having been a Middle East correspondent for Associated Press for several years, based in countries such as Morocco, Lebanon and Egypt. He was in conversation with the Israeli literary critic Benjamin Balint in an event hosted by Eshkolot with support from the

Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG). Eshkolot director Semyon Parizhsky said: “We encourage our speakers to present their scholarly work in a way that transforms their research into a narrative, a story, a quest. Matti is a perfect example, telling the story of an investigation as a thriller – you want to know how it ends. “As you read, you begin to realise that this book about spies is actually about paradoxes of Arab-Jewish identities defining the social fabric of contemporary Israel.”

The embryonic UAE Jewish Council has appointed a senior rabbi following this summer’s historic normalisation agreement between Abu Dhabi and Israel. Beirut-born Rabbi Elie Abadie, himself a former refugee and now a prominent Sephardi scholar, was chosen in part because he is fluent in Arabic and six other languages.

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The Jewish Museum in Frankfurt has reopened with an updated design and new permanent collection. Its collection, partly destroyed by Nazi thugs during Kristallnacht in 1938, dates from the Museum of Jewish Antiquities (1922), itself developing from the Society for the Study of Jewish Art Monuments (1897).

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The attorney-general of Washington, D.C. has filed a lawsuit against a Jewish pre-school, saying it ignored allegations that a teacher was sexually abusing children. Karl A. Racine said Washington Hebrew Congregation routinely ignored both laws and warnings, misled parents and created an environment ‘ripe for abuse’.

MONTREAL SURVIVOR MEMORIES IN A SNAPSHOT

All-female production of Holocaust memoirs During a reduced capacity audience at the Jewish State Theatre in the Romanian capital last week, an all-female cast performed in the debut of a production focused on the memories of Holocaust survivor Ana Novac. The Beautiful Days of My Youth includes Novac’s memoirs of Auschwitz and Plaszow following the deportations of 290,000 Romanian Jews and Roma in 1941, performed as part of the National Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations. The country’s Jewish population today stands at 6,000, down from a pre-war 800,000, and representatives were among the theatre’s audience, which took up less

The Jewish State Theatre in Bucharest

than a third of the auditorium owinge to Covid-19 restrictions. Maia Morgenstern, the Jewish actress

BLAVATNIK GIFTS $1M TO ARCHIVE JEWISH HISTORY The centre housing the largest collection of Jewish history in the world outside Israel had a major financial boost this week as the UK’s fourth wealthiest man, Sir Len Blavatnik, donated $1 million (£ 766,000). The Blavatnik Family Foundation awarded the sum to the Center for Jewish History for the preservation, digitisation and archival processing of collections held by the center’s five in-house partners. These include the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University

Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Together, they comprise more than five miles of archival documents in dozens of languages and alphabetical systems, 500,000 volumes of books, seven million digital items, and thousands of artworks, objects, textiles and recordings. Scholars have accessed them for their studies of early modern rabbinic courts, the legacy of blood libel within the Soviet Union, the impact of Jewish philosophy of Kabbalah in the founding of the US, and Yiddish prose works by women writers.

who played Mary in Mel Gibson’s controversial 2004 film Passion of the Christ, now heads the Jewish State Theatre, and brought in Liana Ceterchi to direct. Novac, who grew up in Transylvania, was a teenage diarist often compared to Anne Frank. Aged 14 when she was deported, she survived the camps and published her journals in 1966, seeing them later translated into several languages. “Each one of us is a facet of Ana Novac’s soul and memory,” said Morgenstern. “We are bearers of scars from wounds that are not directly ours, but still we carry them.”

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A virtual photography exhibit honouring 30 of Montreal’s Holocaust survivors has been unveiled in the Canadian city. Each story is told through a triptych including their portrait, a photo in their home and

an image of a precious object. The photographs were taken by Stéphanie Cousineau, who said that portraying the survivors in their own spaces offered “accuracy and authenticity”.

Riga museum to close after lease expiry City authorities in the Latvian capital have said they are closing the Holocaust museum, after the expiration of a preferential land lease agreement. The Shamir Association, which operates the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, said it was now being asked by the council to pay full market price, which it cannot afford, forcing the institution’s imminent closure after 10 years. Association chair Rabbi Dr Menachem Barkahan said: “This is not a local

commercial conflict. The city council’s decision will show whether the preservation of Holocaust memory is an important value for Latvian authorities or not. “As Latvian citizens, we cannot accept that in our country money is worth more than the memory of our fathers killed by Nazi occupiers.” Under the terms of the expiring contract, the museum pays just 10 percent of taxes as a rental fee, and said the new proposal was “unacceptable”

The Riga Ghetto Museum cannot afford to stay open

because it requires the museum “to let go of part of its territory”. It said this was “where an important segment of the memorial is located, namely, Ghetto

Street, bearing the names of 75,000 Latvian Jews and 25,000 Jews from Western Europe who perished in Latvia during the Holocaust”.


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Trump is a danger to so many of our values When Donald Trump won the American presidential election four years ago, very few British Jewish leaders congratulated him and those who did were criticised for doing so. The frosty reception was due in large part to the view that he panders to white nationalism. Few who formed that view have since been disuaded. For the many who dislike Trump, all their fears have since been realised, culminating in the Black Lives Matter movement this summer, when race riots erupted across the United States after the death of George Floyd – yet another unarmed black man killed by police. According to an opinion piece published by the respected UK-based anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate, demonstrations were “the excuse he’d been waiting for to militarise his response to dissent, giving further fuel to the organised paramilitary formations wreaking havoc on civic protests”. A conspiracy theorist keen on dog-whistle racism whose armed far-right supporters have been described as “paramilitaries”, President Trump remains not just repulsive but dangerous to many liberal Jewish observers, yet many of those same observers are keen to see the US help Israel, and on that he aces the rest. Withdraw from the Iran deal? Tick. Move the embassy? Tick. Propose a peace deal recognising settlements? Yup. Withdraw funding from the Palestinians? Done. Recognise the Golan? It’s yours. Sell advanced jets to Gulf states if they shake hands with Jerusalem? They’ll come giftwrapped. To America’s right-wing Jewish voters, as to his fans, Trump can do no wrong. It may not be enough. In recent years, about 70 percent of American Jews have voted Democrat, and polls show that trend is continuing. Yet Trump has found Jewish support in unexpected areas, not least from the large, strictly-Orthodox communities in New York angered by local Democrats, including city governor Andrew Cuomo, who don’t want them to spread coronavirus. He is the candidate for the angry or disenfranchised, the figure favoured by those who distrust authority or science, and the man who will save America from the enemies of white nationalists, enemies who include Jews. President Trump is, in short, a danger to the values many readers hold dear, but a boon to a country many readers hold dear. How that translates at the election next week is anyone’s guess.

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£400-a-month congestion tax? The extension of the congestion zone to the North Circular, which some government ministers want, is much more serious than Professor Geoffrey Alderman stated in his column on your website. Residents within the zone would have to pay it every day they use their cars, not just those who want to cross the line from one side to the other. There used to be a residents’ discount but this has now been closed to new applicants since the beginning of lockdown. So, from next year, the cost of living of every single family in Golders Green, Hampstead and anywhere else within the North Circular who do the school run would rise by £15 a day. Our local MPs and elected representatives will

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be toast at the next election if we don’t persuade them to put a stop to this idea as soon as possible. Anne Elliott By email My family and I will be devastated if the suggested expansion of the congestion charge comes into effect. We live in Temple Fortune and attend synagogue in Finchley. My husband davens there most days. Taxing us about £100 a week – £400 a month! – would be untenable, deeply unfair and, in my opinion, utterly immoral. Mayor Sadiq Khan is vehemently against the extension proposal. I trust his voice and ours will be heard loud and clear.

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How Corbyn let racism poison the Labour Party RICHARD FERRER EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS

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eremy Corbyn can be accused of many things. Learning from his mistakes isn’t one of them. The former Labour leader has never wanted to know what he does not know. He does not rethink, therefore he is. So don’t expect the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) withering verdict on the “inexcusable” antisemitism that poisoned Her Majesty’s Opposition under his watch to touch even the sides of his conscience. Published on Thursday after an 18-month wait, the report would have anyone capable of self-criticism mea culpa-ing like mad. Not this Monty Python Black Knight, armless and legless, still convinced “tis but a scratch”. Far from a flesh wound, the EHRC has exposed the vital organs of a party that placed ‘The Project’ – the frenzied pursuit of pure socialism – ahead of everything else. Including decency. It crucially exposes two key breaches – direct interference from the leader’s office and the failure to provide adequate training. Significantly, it also finds Ken “Hitler supported Zionism” Livingstone guilty of unlawful harassment. The tone is set from the start: “Serious failings in leadership and an inadequate process for handling antisemitism complaints across the party… multiple failures in the systems used to resolve them… unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination for which the party is responsible… a culture which, at best, did not do enough to prevent antisemitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it… a culture at odds with a commitment to zero tolerance of antisemitism… evidence of unlawful political interference in the handling of antisemitism complaints… staff from the leader’s office influencing decisions on complaints and suspensions.” In proving beyond any reasonable doubt that between 2015 and 2019 the party broke equality laws in its harassment of Jewish people, this report is not so much a smoking gun as a locked and loaded AK47 with attached bayonet. In all the EHRC finds 23 instances of inappropriate interference by Corbyn’s team and others, vindicating former staffers who told BBC’s Panorama programme there had been political meddling at the highest level. EHRC interim chair Caroline Waters pulls no punches, describing as “inexcusable” how Labour under Corbyn refused to tackle racism. The report concludes: “The party must make positive change in its policies, processes and culture, to benefit all of its members and rebuild trust among the Jewish community and the wider public.” This moment is a complete vindication for Jewish members of a party in which you could tweet about Zionists ruling the world while insouciantly standing as a councillor.

A party in which internal reports of threats to Jewish Labour MPs were concealed from the police, incriminating files hidden and disputes officers suffered nervous breakdowns. A party in which Karie Murphy, Corbyn’s former chief of staff (who he recommended for a peerage), bragged on WhatsApp about trying to deselect MPs who opposed antisemitism. “F****** idiots,” the charmer wrote after seven Labour MPs, including Luciana Berger, quit the party in February 2019. “All the work I did to trigger them and they leave before I had the pleasure.” Labour under Corbyn provided fertile nesting ground if you looked, swam or quacked like someone who sees Jews as the embodiment of some sort of shadowy threat. Under a self-proclaimed “lifelong anti-racist”, conspiracy cracks and Holocaust deniers treated the party like their personal country club – the sort where the bar goes quiet when a Jew walks in. This was a party that lost more marbles as it gained more members. Rank and file more than doubled under Corbyn, many with beliefs counter to everything Labour held dear since its inception. When a party leader calls Hamas his “friends”, don’t be surprised when it becomes a natural home for racists. A party in which a shabby little posse calling itself Jewish Voice For Labour (JVL) was assembled with one job to do – claim antisemitism allegations were fabricated and weaponised. The EHRC has buried that obscene lie once and for all. So much has changed since the EHRC went to work 17 months ago. Sir Keir Starmer has turned the party upside down so its backside is no longer in charge, setting the tone with an early-doors decision to socially distance Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow cabinet for sharing an article linking George Floyd’s death to Israel – precisely the sort of gumpf Corbyn provided cover for as leader. The speed of Starmer’s decision to sack Long-Bailey stunned a browbeaten Jewish community resigned to Labour members wittering and twittering about the unique wickedness of the Jewish state. With Corbyn and his disciples consigned, there’s no need to plead with the party to say and do the right thing. Tellingly, the new sheriff in town invited Jewish former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth to introduce his keynote speech at last month’s online party conference, which featured the line: “We will root out the antisemitism that infected our party once and for all.” In his press conference on Thursday, Starmer went further still, saying it was “a day a shame for the Labour Party” which now “needs a culture change” He added: “We have failed Jewish people… Jewish members driven out of parliament, including Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger. I hear you. I will act. Never again will we fail to tackle antisemitism. The Labour Party I lead accepts this report in full.”

THE EHRC HAS EXPOSED A PARTY THAT PUT PURE SOCIALISM BEFORE COMMON DECENCY After inflicting Labour’s worst election defeat for almost a century, causing the humiliation of a High Court apology to antisemitism whistle blowers and sparking a litany of new legal cases that could yet bankrupt the party, the now suspended Corbyn would have been wise to think carefully before rolling out his old Monty Python Black Knight routine within an hour of the report’s publication. Of course, as ever, he acted on reflex rather than reflection, blaming the scandal on “political opponents inside and outside the party” and “much of the media”. His minions, meanwhile, will be equally obtuse or simply pass the buck. As someone high up in the party told me this week: “The hard left is so virtuous it will simply refuse to carry the moral deadweight of this night-

mare on its shoulders.” There’s no reason to not take Starmer at his word. His fitness for Number 10 will be determined in no small part by his response. To be on the right side of history he must scorch the earth between then and now, investigate every outstanding antisemitism case (130 at the last count), expel the guilty and, if he’s really serious, Corbyn too. Not to punish his party but to guard against forsaking its raison d’être – it’s common decency – ever again. This report should sit on the bookshelf of every Labour member, alongside Andrew Thorpe’s seminal A History of the British Labour Party, as a warning from history. A reminder of how a party that championed equality for 100 years was consumed by the oldest hatred.

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It’s time to take comfort after five traumatic years DAVE RICH

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he ruling by the Equality and Human Rights Commission {EHRC) that the Labour Party broke the law by discriminating against Jews should not bring pleasure to anybody. Vindication and relief that Jewish voices have been heard, of course: but nobody should be happy that the antisemitism in Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was so blatant and widespread that the party had to be brought to account by the UK’s official anti-discrimination regulator. Jewish history teaches us that the worst persecution happens when governments turn against their Jewish populations. Nazi Germany is the most obvious example, of course, but far from the only one. Think of the systemic repression of Jewish life in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, or the mass flight of Venezuelan Jews from the increasing hostility they endured under Hugo Chavez, or the catastrophic collapse of historic Jewish

communities across the Arab world in the last century. The antisemitism that is always present in society only becomes an existential threat when governments turn from protectors to persecutors. This was the fear felt by many British Jews when a Corbyn-led government looked like a realistic prospect, and the EHRC ruling shows why this fear was not unfounded. According to this ruling, when it was in opposition, Corbyn’s Labour Party systematically, repeatedly and unlawfully discriminated against Jews; it is reasonable to assume that it would have continued to discriminate against Jews if it had made it into power. Under Corbyn’s leadership, Jewish Labour Party members across the country became the targets of vicious hatred from people they had thought of as comrades, but who now turned against them. Lifelong Labour activists were accused of loyalty to a foreign government and the betrayal of socialism. It is reasonable to imagine that a Corbyn-led government would have encouraged similar treatment of all British Jews, apart from the tiny minority who, like Corbyn, are anti-Zionist

EHRC RULING SHOWS WHY FEAR OF CORBYNLED GOVERNMENT WAS NOT UNFOUNDED and anti-capitalist. Corbyn never said he would govern for the whole country. In every speech and every media soundbite, he always said there was a group of people he would actively govern against. Sometimes he called them “the few”, sometimes “the one percent”, sometimes “the wealth extractors” or the “global elite”: but whatever he called them, there was always an enemy he portrayed as rich, rootless, exploitative and conspiratorial. It shouldn’t take much knowledge of the history of antisemitism to know that this type of politics attracts and encourages antisemites, but apparently this was not within the understanding of the “antiracists” leading Labour over the past five years. The EHRC report does not determine

whether Labour was incapable of dealing with antisemitism because the party didn’t understand it, or because it agreed with it: as far as the law is concerned, the discriminatory outcome was the same. We usually think of antisemitism as a type of racism found mainly in language, stereotypes and conspiracy theories rather than concrete discrimination. The EHRC confirmed antisemitism can still involve discrimination against, and exclusion of, Jews – and in the Labour Party, of all places. How ironic. However traumatic the past five years have been for British Jews, we should take comfort from this outcome. The EHRC is a key institution of Britain’s democratic culture and it has held firm in defence of Jewish rights. Last December, the electorate rejected Corbyn’s antisemitism in the General Election, and then Labour Party members turned away from the hard left and chose Keir Starmer as their new leader. So far, he has made a good start in chipping away at the antisemitic culture that made its home in Labour; seeing through the recommendations of the EHRC report will be the fuller test of whether he can truly repair the damage done under his predecessor.

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Corbyn condemned himself with the mural STEPHEN BUSH

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f we think of Al Capone, we don’t think, first and foremost, of a vagrant or a tax evader. Yet those were the charges – vagrancy and tax evasion – that the US state department used to bring down Chicago’s pre-eminent mobster in May 1932. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s investigation into the Labour Party, and the Labour Party’s subsequent suspension of Jeremy Corbyn after he refused to retract his statement in response, which said that the scale of the problem had been exaggerated by the party’s political opponents, both have a whiff of the forces bringing down Capone. I don’t want to belittle the importance of the fact that the party’s processes were found to have discriminated against Jewish people, that Corbyn’s office was found to have interfered on at least 23 occasions, including into a complaint against Corbyn himself, or the other serious procedural issues unearthed by the EHRC. But the central problem with the Corbyn era, and with Corbyn himself, was not revealed by anything he or his allies did or did not do as leader.

Corbyn condemned himself back in 2012 when he was faced with the sight of a mural that was so virulently and obviously antisemitic, it would not have looked out of place in a sitcom about a hapless buffoon who accidentally commissions an expensive work of art, only to find it is visibly and transparently racist. You can almost imagine Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm trying to work out how to tell his neighbour that their new piece of artwork was antisemitic, or Leslie Knope trying and failing to get the truculent residents of Pawnee to remove such a mural. What you can’t imagine, and until 2015 would have thought you had little need to, is the leader of the opposition, seeing that such a mural had been painted over would ask: “Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller [sic] destroyed Diego Viera’s [sic] mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.” Those 18 words are more damning than any of the 35,000-odd words in the EHRC’s report: that Corbyn was either unable to recognise an obviously antisemitic piece of artwork when he stared it in the face, or that he agreed with its content made him an unsuitable candidate to be prime minister. That that unsuitability had institutional

THE PROBLEM OF TOLERATION OF ANTISEMITISM IN THE LABOUR RANKS EXISTED FOR DECADES consequences is important, but unsurprising: and ultimately, secondary to the moral issue exposed by the mural instance, one of a number of times when through a combination of action or inaction, the Islington North MP revealed himself to be beyond the pale. Small wonder that by the time of the 2019 election, more than eight out of 10 British Jews believed Jeremy Corbyn to be antisemitic, and even more refused to back Labour at the election in the same year. The problem is, though, just as Al Capone did not invent the problem of organised crime, or organised crime in Chicago for that matter, the problems of antisemitism in the Labour party did not start with Corbyn. Indeed, the worst things that Corbyn himself did occurred under his predecessors as Labour leader. He had been condemned by our lay leaders and the Community Security Trust many times before he became leader. At a grassroots level, rather than complaining to the

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leadership, the issue was ignored. It is convenient and somewhat reassuring to see the issue as one that began with Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader in 2015 and ends with his suspension in 2020. The reality is the problem of toleration of antisemitism in the Labour ranks was a problem that existed for decades. It is recognising that problem, and genuinely tackling it, that Keir Starmer must do.

The anti-racist party that enabled its own racism MIKE KATZ

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t’s been a long time coming, but finally we saw the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s report into the Labour Party yesterday. And it was a complete vindication for the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and our members. Yesterday was a day of shame for Labour, the anti-racist party that ignored racism in its own backyard. The EHRC has ruled that it broke the law. It’s unprecedented report clearly shows that the failure of political leadership at the top of the party allowed antisemitism in from the very margins of the left to infect Labour with the worst left-wing antisemitism. This wasn’t an abstract debate. This had a real, toxic impact on Jewish Labour members, destroyed trust with the wider community and hugely damaged the Labour Party’s reputation at a time when the country needed us more than ever. It went far, far further than the high profile names we all know about, like two of JLM’s previous parliamentary chairs, Louise Ellman

THE NEW LEADER HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT ANYONE DISMISSING THE EHRC VERDICT WILL BE IN TROUBLE and Luciana Berger, who were ruthlessly bullied out of the party. Too many ordinary Jewish members, who had spent decades campaigning for Labour were forced to withdraw from party meetings, down tools at election time or even leave the party in which they had grown up. The report sets out this was systematic discrimination that broke the law. They suffered real pain and anguish, online and in person. Then, to add insult to injury, they were told they were only making allegations because they didn’t like Corbyn or were ‘red Tories’. All those who told Jewish members they were ‘weaponising’ antisemitism should read the report and take a long hard look at them-

selves. Our discrimination and victimisation wasn’t imagined. It was real, it hurt and it was wrong. JLM didn’t refer Labour to the EHRC two years ago on a whim. We only took this step because our efforts to engage constructively with the party from 2015 onwards had been rebuffed constantly and our members faced continued abuse and harassment. While some tried to justify their roles in this shameful period by blaming their predecessors, or claim incremental improvements, they never asked why this had become a problem. They knew the election of Corbyn in 2015 led to an influx of crank conspiracy-peddling racists who suddenly decided that Labour was their natural political home, poisoning the atmosphere for the majority of decent members. In truth, as the report lays bare, at no point was there genuine remorse or improvements to the disciplinary system. The previous leadership’s only success on antisemitism was the rigour with which they protected their political allies, downplayed the issue and gaslighting those who spoke up against it. Of course, the impact went beyond Jewish Labour members, and, indeed, our community. Antisemitism wrecked the party’s reputation

in the country. From Barnet to Blythe Valley, voters rejected racism and rejected a leader who couldn’t put his own house in order, let alone fix the nation’s problems. Keir Starmer now has a set of legally-binding recommendations that give him a roadmap for the tough decisions needed to put this situation right. He apologised again to JLM and the community and showed his resolve in taking swift action yesterday. Starmer made it clear that denying the extent of the problem was in itself antisemitism; he did not hesitate in suspending Jeremy Corbyn when the former leader did just that. Unlike Corbyn, Starmer has owned up to his own responsibility for the past five years and made it clear that anyone who dismisses the EHRC or disowns its findings will be in trouble. We trust his intent and will re-engage with the party on the action plan the EHRC has told it that it must develop. It’s going to take a long time to rebuild trust with the community: change won’t happen overnight. One thing’s for sure. JLM won’t hesitate to continue putting our members first and making sure Starmer does what is necessary not just to restore the party as a safe space for Jews, but make it one they can support.


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If nothing else, Trump toppled the iron wall ALEX BRUMMER

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ritain’s Jewish community, in line with its American counterparts, is encouraged by Israel’s series of peace deals with Arab states. In the latest manifestation Sudan – regarded until the latest accord as a terrorist state – has signed on the dotted line. If polls are believed Donald Trump is heading out of the White House. But on this aspect of his confusing foreign policy he is leaving on a better note. As the BBC’s veteran Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen observes, an ‘iron wall’ between Israel and the Arab states, first breached by the cold peace with Egypt and Jordon, shows signs of coming down. The warming relationship between Gulf Arabs and Israel may have been greased by sale of advanced US F-35jets. It will also have important economic benefits. It is axiomatic that trade with your closest neighbours is the most efficient. But at its

core the deals forged with encouragement from the White House are strategic. Israel and ‘moderate’ Arab states are aligning themselves against an arc of Shi’ite radicalism reaching from Iran through Syria to the Yemen. One might have thought that the openings to the Gulf would be welcomed by Israel’s Arab minority which have played such a significant role in the health care sector in the pandemic. As Arab and Hebrew speakers, the opening of the new diplomatic and trade bridges might seem to offer an opportunity for improving economic opportunities. The situation is more complicated than that. The Joint Arab List in the Knesset generally takes the view that the route to peace for Israel is through the West Bank and Gaza. Indeed, Ayman Odeh, the Hadash Party lawyer who

leads the Joint List in the Knesset, has travelled to Ramallah in an effort to keep open a dialogue with West Bank leaders earlier this year. Even though he went as a democratically elected Israeli parliamentarian, he was sniped at by conservative elements in the Knesset. Israeli-Arabs have more to gain from a peace deal with the Palestinians than almost any other grouping. In parts of northern Galilee region the green line cuts some towns in half, dividing kith and kin and complicating the extensive cross-border commerce. The Netanyahu-Trump route to a broader Middle East settlement is seen as bypassing and diminishing the importance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians. The initial deal with the UAE put Netanyahu’s threat to annexe the Jordan Valley on hold – but no one

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really knows for how long. As, significantly, it drives a wedge into the Arab League agreements, reached in the Sudan capital of Khartoum, against signing peace deals with Israel until the Palestinian issue is dealt with effectively. There is the possibility that a top down deal – which also secures Israel’s relationship with Saudi Arabia – could be a route to peace with the Palestinian Authority. But that could be a pipedream if it’s all change in Washington. In the same way as the UAE won concessions from Israel on the Jordan Valley it is possible that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the effective rule of Saudi Arabia and guardian of Islam’s holiest shrines, could seek an Israeli-Palestinian accord as the price of a broader peace. But for the moment the Palestinian issue has been parked. Israel’s Arab minority has come together much more strongly as political force in Israel’s frequent recent elections. It has good reason to be cautious about how the ‘Abraham Accords’ and any further deals will play out.

They take the money and still preach murder MICHAEL MCCANN

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e, the undersigned, recognise the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom.’ The opening words of the Abraham Accords. The announcement of the deal was the equivalent of a friendly ambush, if such a thing exists, and contradicted everything we have come to expect from @realDonaldTrump. Nobody knew the deal was on the cards, and the world’s media that thrives and survives on leaks, speculation and, dare I say it, fake news … was caught off guard. The deal was greeted with predictable condemnation from the Palestinians and Iran. Many believe that the accords were birthed by the Arab world’s exasperation with Palestinian leaders, unwilling to negotiate peace, which would naturally allow the door

to be opened to wider normalisation agreements; and Sunni Islam’s apprehension over (Shia) Iran’s hegemonic ambitions in the region. We can speculate about what tipped the scales, but most agree that the accord would never have been delivered without an additional factor, Saudi Arabia’s consent. From a UK perspective the reaction of our own politicians was instructive. Stephen Kinnock MP, who analyses the Israel/Palestinian conflict through one prism, ‘settlements’, ignored this seismic diplomatic breakthrough and sponsored a debate in the House of Commons about … ‘settlements’, two weeks after the Abraham Accords were signed. However, it’s the UK government response that merits further analysis and deconstruction. Foreign Office Minister, James Cleverly, said the ‘normalisation of relations represents a move towards peace in the region’ and that the ‘UK government has supported the Palestinian authority in putting in place the building blocks for a future Palestinian state’. What connects the two issues? He is entitled to welcome the accords, but he’s not entitled to ride UK government

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PAYS SALARIES TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE MURDERED JEWS policy on its coattails, as if somehow UK policy contributed to this deal or wider peace ambitions. It’s time for some home truths. UK government policy on the Israel/ Palestinian question feeds the status quo, inertia. We send tens of millions of pounds to the Palestinian Authority (PA) every year. The money is handed over on the condition that the PA complies with the principle of nonviolence, and every day of every year the PA breaches that agreement. It pays salaries to people who have murdered Jewish people, it pays bounties to the families of ‘shahid’ (martyrs), Fatah politicians regularly call for violence on PA TV and children are given lessons encouraging

them to hate their Jewish neighbours. I assume that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office doesn’t have access to the internet because when these breaches take place, the UK Aid tap keeps on running, unabated. How do Palestinian leaders to react to such weakness? They exploit it. They take our money, but won’t reveal publicly what is their solution to the conflict. We keep on stumping up the cash, with no penalties for breach of contract, in a desperate attempt to resuscitate a two-state solution, while the Palestinians keep their ambitions to wipe Israel from map, from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free, under the table, beside the bombs, guns and rockets. The lesson our politicians must absorb from the Abraham Accords is that leaders make decisions based on their own interests. If the Arab world has reached the conclusion that the Palestinians have overplayed their hand and that Iran represents more of a threat to them than western democracy, why haven’t we? The Israel Britain Alliance’s new campaign delivers this analysis and reality straight to the Foreign Secretary’s desk. Join our campaign here: israelbritain.org.uk/aa


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1 SPARKY CHILDREN

Pinner United Synagogue recently launched SPARK, its inperson, Covid-safe programme for children. The Sunday morning programme focuses on Jewish learning and fun in two classes, ‘Mini-sparks’ (for children in nursery and reception) and ‘Spark ignite’ (for children in Y1 and Y2). Rebbetzin Abi Kurzer said: “It was magical to see the children running around and laughing as they jumped and sung the morning tefillot.”

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2LORD SPEAKER

Lord Daniel Finkelstein joined the British Indian Jewish Association’s Bagels and Samosas webinar as a guest speaker last week. He was interviewed by Reena Ranger about his life and career and his new book, Everything in Moderation. The newspaper commentator spoke about his experiences in the media and his earlier career advising Conservative leaders John Major and William Hague.

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3 REFUGEES AWARDED Holocaust survivors Peter and Marianne Summerfield were awarded the British Empire Medals for services to Holocaust education and awareness, with their official Investiture held last week. Peter, who was born in Berlin four months after Hitler came to power, arrived in England with his family in August 1939, penniless and only with hand luggage. Marianne was born in Breslau Germany – now Wroclaw in Poland – in July 1938 and she and her family came to England after Kristallnacht and the arrest of her father, who had been sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. The couple has shared their testimony of being Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany with groups ranging from school students to local authorities for years.

4 LOCKDOWN CD

In the months of lockdown before the High Holy Days, members of Bromley Reform Synagogue’s community recorded themselves on smartphones and tablets, singing songs from the festivals. The 300+ individual recordings were given a studio makeover and turned into a professional choir. Streaming their services through the rabbi and lay-readers’ homes, the community said the joint effort made having the High Holy Days from home more bearable. Funded by a donor, the community has now turned the recording into a CD, available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the synagogue.

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Abraham on Trial A court room drama of biblical proportions

The story of Abraham’s divinely-instructed attempt to sacrifice his son is truly shocking. Millennia have not lessened its impact. Was Abraham right to risk his son’s life? Was it fair to his wife Sarah? This court room drama will serve to deepen our appreciation of the Torah and the profound challenges faced by our ancestors.

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WEAR A MASK – J

oe Biden is probably too busy to send a thank you note to Sacha Baron Cohen – but he should. With Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the British Jewish comedian has made the most persuasive party political broadcast for the Democrats and it’s a must-see for any pro-Israel American Jews about to vote Republican. That he elected Kazakhstani journalist Borat Sagdiyev to subliminally push for a Biden victory, while exposing the easy bigotry, depravity and stupidity within certain parts of America, is a testament to Baron Cohen’s bravado as the film –largely shot secretly during the pandemic – targets everyone from “Princess Melania” to Trump suck-up Rudy Giuliani, who has hit the headlines for his performance in a hotel bedroom. Remarkably Baron Cohen, who lives in the States, was not put on its most wanted list after Borat’s first derision mission 14 years ago. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan gave the eponymous hero notoriety and its producers a ton of lawsuits, but as a co-writer, producer and the star, Baron Cohen has an unabated appetite for the risky and risqué at the expense of the clueless. Best of all, Borat, creator of the first male crotch-to-shoulder swimsuit (the mankini) is still funny in this new story, which begins with his release from a gulag after a lengthy sentence for shaming his homeland. Freedom, however, comes at a price. Kazakhstan’s corrupt president wants to be besties with “McDonald Borat has Trump” like other served time tough guy leaders, for shaming such as Putin and his homeland Kim Jong-un, and Borat’s full pardon is dependent on him delivering a gift to make that happen. Without spoiler alerts (Giuliani would have benefited from one), there is no way of describing Borat’s Texas odyssey other than to say that when the first gift is damaged, the protagonist offers up his only daughter, Tutar (screen-stealer Maria Bakalova) to

OVER YOUR EYES! Borat 2 has as many chuckles as cringe-making – and offensive – moments, finds Brigit Grant

world won’t appreciate this slanderous plotline, as Kazakhstan was a haven for Jewish refugees after the war, but SBC doesn’t let facts interfere with his frolics. Borat’s chosen survivor, Judith Dim Evans, to whom the film is dedicated, died a month after filming ended. Whether she was genuinely disarmed by Borat’s Shoah ignorance or informed ahead of filming (as alleged), she tells him she was a witness to the horror and dismisses the myth about big noses by pointing to her own petite one. To watch her quiet discomfort just days after Facebook finally agreed to ban the deniers was timely, tragic and uncomfortable. SBC knows there are people who believe the falsehoods, as his brilliant speech to the AntiDefamation League in 2019 revealed, but he would never know if the Texans in the film seeking Borat’s autograph were also non-believers. Any idiot can laugh at the man with the funny accent (his language is a mash of Ivrit); recognising the facts within the satire requires a brain. So when the film shows a Republican crowd championing a racist performer (Baron Cohen again in disguise) and joining in the Wuhan Flu song with its lyric “the US should chop up journalists like the Saudis do”, it’s doubtful that they’ll grasp the movie’s real message. SBC must realise that a Borat movie about the ugly underbelly made for smart folk will also Borat is not for the appeal to big-bellied fainthearted or the fools voting for a presieasily offended dent who peddles truth as fake news. Yet despite my reservations about racist and conspiracy theorists spouting on screen, Borat the sequel offers muchneeded hilarity and is even sweetly sentimental for a second or two. You can always put your mask over your eyes when the going gets tough, but Sacha Baron Cohen would be wise to keep his on. And never set foot in Kazakhstan.

Vice-President Mike Pence. If I were Pence or Giuliani, I’d have a word with security, as Borat and Tutar get within knee-touching distance of both men, though luckily for them Baron Cohen’s interest is giggles not guns. Along the way we get to hoot and hide in horror when Tutar, revamped from peasant to princess, is escorted by her disguised pa to a debutante’s ball in Georgia. What ensues there is not for the fainthearted, or for anyone who trembles during tampon commercials, but then neither are the encounters with people who never question Borat’s misogynistic, abusive behavUnmasked: the star and co-writer iour and racist comments. Black Lives Matter gets a shoutout with the presence of Tutar’s suitably suspicious babysitter Jeanise, but she ploughs a solitary furrow in the land of dumb. Those who offend easily With survivor Judith Dim Evans should give Borat a wide berth as the willingness of a plastic surgeon to give breast enhancement to a 15-year-old, while admitting what he would do to her if left alone, is vomit-inducing. Of course, SBC knows that the right-thinking (not the political kind) will be disgusted by this sexist view, but is it right to offer it as entertainment? I thought about this but kept chuckling until Borat in Jew disguise (big nose, bat wings) entered a synagogue and met a Holocaust survivor. Enraged by Tutar, who had seen a Facebook post describing the Shoah as a lie, Borat’s pride in Kazakhstan’s involvement is under threat. Was the annual foam festival commemorating their soldiers running the camps fraudulent? The citizens of the ninth largest country in the

 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (15) is available to view on Amazon Prime Video now

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DOCUMENTARY

SKY ATLANTIC

The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius

The Undoing

Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp

Bafta award-winning director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough, George Best: All By Himself) and producer John Battsek (Searching For Sugar Man and One Day In September) have teamed up for a riveting BBC documentary, The Trials of Oscar Pistorius. The four-part series tells the story of the ‘Blade Runner’, the South African Paralympic star who inspired millions with his sporting achievements until Valentine’s Day 2013, when he was accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. More than a dozen of those closest to the story help recount Pistorius’ fall from grace and conviction. According to Pistorius, the event was

a tragic accident, but his troubled past and questionable testimony cast doubt on his innocence. Gordon says: “The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity. It’s at once inspirational and harrowing and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender-based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy. “My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.” The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius comes to BBC iPlayer on Saturday 7, November and will be broadcast on BBC Two at a later date

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Moon Knight

Grab your cape and kippah! Disney+ is set to adapt Moon Knight, a Marvel comic series about a rabbi’s son who leaves religion for a life of vigilante justice. In the frame for the lead role is non-Jewish actor Oscar Isaac (pictured), whose previous roles include Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the 2018 film Operation Finale, which dramatises the Israeli operation that captured Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann

in Argentina. The American-Guatemalan star’s original last name was Hernandez, but the actor opted to use his middle name Isaac instead, which he formerly revealed was given to him because of Jewish roots on his father’s side. Other possible names floated for the role include Snowpiercer actor Daveed Diggs and Big Mouth star Nick Kroll.

IN THE WORKS

The Spaceman of Bohemia Adam Sandler is heading out of this world and starring as an astronaut in his new Netflix drama. The 54-year-old actor, most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed Uncut Gems and Murder Mystery has signed on for a screen adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfar’s novel, The Spaceman of Bohemia. Chernobyl’s Johan Renck will direct, while the script will be adapted by Colby Day. The story follows an astronaut (Sandler) sent to the edge of the galaxy to collect mysterious ancient dust, but he soon finds his earthly life falling to pieces. He turns to the only voice who can help him try to put it back together – a creature from the beginning of time lurking in the shadows of his ship.

Director Susanne Bier ((The The Night Manager)) has teamed up with Nicole Kidman and Big Little Lies creator David E Kelly for new star-studded Sky Atlantic drama, The Undoing, which started this husband Jonathan (played week. by Hugh Grant) goes Adapted from missing, a chain author Jean of terrible Hanff Korelitz’s ’s revelations suspenseful emerges. thriller, You The cast Should Have also includes Known,, the plot Édgar revolves around Ramírez (The successful New Assassination York therapist of Gianni Grace Fraser Versace), (Kidman), American who is Horror Story’s happily Lily Rabe married with a Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. Inset: Susanne Bier and Donald son (Noah Noah Jupe) Sutherland. and on the brink of The Undoing publishing her first book. airs on Mondays, 9pm, on Sky Atlantic and is But her seemingly perfect world is available via Sky On Demand and Now TV rocked by a violent death and when her

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Brigit Grant’s little bit of this and little bit of that...

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Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY DURING LOCKDOWN I HAD A particular loathing for mothers who bragged about how well their kids were handling virtual learning. Beavering away in their bedrooms with barely a toilet break or a snack, their children messaged teachers for “more equations” or screen shared 3D models from CAD drawings in design and technology. “Well done,” I seethed, pouring a G&T before Countdown and constructed my own word from the anagram KCUFUOY. Don’t get me wrong, my child wasn’t screen switching from geography to Gilmore Girls or Zoom-bombing other lessons, but there was a lack of urgency towards learning that increased over the weeks, along with the Amazon deliveries. Of course, being a parent is never easy (unless you are useless at it), but the March to September continuum had us all dealing with a helter skelter of emotions - think Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s Veruca Salt meets Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm . I’m guessing even Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget, both experts in child

development, would have struggled with issues raised from greeting grandparents by elbow or waving at them through a window – and now the Tier 2 rule stops them seeing at weekends the same friends they sit beside on the school bus. With a situation more confusing and inflammatory than a game of Cards Against Humanity without the laughs, I’m trying to focus on the positives as this page is The Lighter Side. Unfortunately, a horrible story about the child of a distant friend has to be told. Along with thousands of others, redundancy forced this north-west London family to rethink their finances, which meant removing their daughter from private education. As their girl set off to a new state school in September, pupils from her alma mater kept sending anonymous Snapchat messages that said: “You’re too poor to go to our school.” Intending to wound, the goal was achieved but, as Snapchat allows users to delete messages (a tool created for cruel cowards), any tracing was difficult. Of course, the girl guessed the offenders’ identities, but

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chose to move on and forget them. This is not an isolated incident, as her mother found other parents who had watched their child’s selfconfidence shrivel because of vicious barbs sent by mean kids. Children you might even know but believe incapable of such behaviour. My friend sent me other examples of posts from distraught mothers Is your child a nasty piece of work like Veruca Salt? with distressed teens, including one absence made hearts grow fonder, while others dealing with the aftermath of a false dissipated and we have all learnt lessons about TikTok account set up to shame her daughter. who and what are essential going forward. So hateful was the campaign that even the Kindness is vital – just as it was before police were horrified, but TikTok’s concern for the pandemic – but with so many facing human rights stopped them naming the nasty tumultuous change to their lives and account holders. That this girl changed schools to escape the nightmare shows how destructive livelihood, our children really need to think about the dark reality of their virtual social media can be in the hands of kids left behaviour. Hopefully months of confined literally to their own devices. The young and parenting will have helped your child to misguided got a lot of time with those devices blossom, but remember there is no age limit on during lockdown and although we were with being a nasty piece of work. Parents reluctant them, we weren’t with them as they played to accept they’re not raising angels have got Kahoot! or Among Us online, or chatted more to learn than their kids. until the early hours. For some friendships,

HO HO HO! It may not officially be our holiday, but many a Jewish household is partial to a fir tree and a figgy pudding. Okay, so you call it a Chanukah bush but, as the lighting of the menorah doesn’t clash with that other holiday this year as it did in 2019, you might want to extend the cheer for your children. Several nice Jewish boys Marc Jacobs, Barrie Gotch and Richard Jaye certainly think so, which is why they’ve come up with this idea of Santa’s Garden Grotto. Grotto The boys, who will be sending the santa’s in their red suits and beards to you, will come through the side gate with a sackful of presents for a socially-distanced visit with a maximum of four children. Father C will be waiting for you in your garden or drive, but as there is no mention of a reindeer roof landing, you’ll probably need to leave a space for their car. You won’t recognise one of the Santa’s, toastmaster Jamie Paskin, in disguise. To book either email, santasgardengrotto@hotmail.com or call 07516 931 398

Just when I thought the postman was lost in the wilderness, a photo arrived of actor Sasson Gabai holding Jewish News’ New Year magazine. Better known to us as Nuchem Shtisel in our favourite Israeli drama, Sasson received the issue (a celebration of the show) when he flew in to Tel Aviv after filming in Prague with Shtisel co-star Dov Glickman. While that production remains hush hush for now, Shitsel 3 will (baruch Hashem) be aired in December on Netflix. There will also be more Shtisel exclusives in our December magazine, so be sure to grab it.

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Wearing a hat to shul may be a distant memory for members of the Reform movement, but it’s a different story for United Synagogue congregants. Sociallydistanced services do, howeve,r require Covid-safe attire for all, which inspired Pop Fusion’s Natalie Davis to create face shields with smatterings of gems to bring a lift to essential mask wearing. Complete the look with a hat in complimentary tones and impress the rabbi. Hairdressers and fashion folk will also appreciate a bit of jazz and, for those planning simchas at home, she has the Bling Box filled with gifts and real flower edibles. Friends who can’t be with you can also receive the identical box so they can celebrate with you. Call 07815 110 880 or visit www.facebook.com/ popfusionevents

They may be dealing with a loon for a leader and who knows if that will end, but when it comes to fundraising online, Americans have the edge on the pledge. Take the Holocaust Museum in LA, which last week held a livestream hosted by Melissa Rivers, daughter of Joan, who welcomed Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Gad and Gal Gadot. There were others – Ben Platt, Lior Raz… and Marc Shaiman, but a Platinum sponsorship (two virtual tables of 10, preshow cocktail reception, gourmet wine and cheese gift box) was $25,000 (£19,057). A general ticket was $200 (£151), which seems excessive for a seat in your own lounge, but a cast of this many famous of the faith brings big dollars. If more UK Jewish celebs were willing to own their identity and appear, our community charities would benefit. Interestingly, Lord Daniel Finkelstein was part of the Hollywood event, so maybe he could start the ball rolling here.


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‘My Nazi father sent but I became a Jew an Bernd Wollschlaeger grew up believing that his father was a war hero but then learned the uncomfortable truth, writes Michael Havis

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is father was a senior Nazi personally awarded the Iron Cross by Adolf Hitler – but Bernd Wollschlaeger converted to Judaism and served in the Israeli military. Now he has spoken about his incredible story for the first time. Growing up in Bamberg, in the German state of Bavaria, Bernd was taught the Holocaust was a lie and that his father, Arthur Wollschlaeger, was a war hero. Arthur came from a long line of warriors and was personally decorated by the Nazi dictator for his actions on the Eastern Front, where he served as a tank commander under General Heinz Guderian. But he did not get the glorious death in battle he expected: he was captured in 1945 and his only son, Bernd, was born in 1958. “What he told me was a knight-in-shiningarmour story,” says Bernd, 62. “His war buddies who came to our house to celebrate the ‘good old times’ told me my father was a hero. But there were question marks in my mind that came up right and left.” The first clue was right at home. In a remarkable coincidence of history, the Wollschlaegers lived in a house owned by the widow of Claus von Stauffenberg, the Germany army officer who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Nina von Stauffenberg lived upstairs and Bernd, who would play with her grandchildren, lived downstairs with his family. “My father referred to Claus as a ‘traitor’”, Bernd says. “But his wife, his grandchildren

Bernd on the day of his First Communion

Bernd’s father Arthur Wollschlaeger, pictured on the left, with Heinrich Himmler, second from right

and the pictures I saw in her home upstairs suggested completely the opposite – he was a loving, caring man. “I couldn’t intellectualise that yet but there was a question mark: ‘Why is my father saying that?’” The turning point for Bernd came when Palestinian terrorists massacred 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team – six coaches and five athletes – at the 1972 Games in Munich. “For the first time, at least in my life, the old wounds were opened and we were forced to deal with the past and why it’s such a big deal that Jews are being killed in Germany again,” said Bernd. “I had to ask myself: if such a horrible thing had happened to the Jews why is my father not talking about it? Why is he so angry? He actually referred to the slaughter of the Israeli athletes, saying, ‘Look what they do to us again! They, the Jews, are tearing down our reputation to make us look bad.’” The massacre raised another question – if Jews were being killed in Germany again, when had it happened before?

Bernd’s teachers told him the truth. “I was not only shocked to hear about it, I was perplexed because my father was a war hero, he must have known something,” recalls Bernd. “I asked him and he told me this was all a lie, that my teachers were communists and that the Holocaust never happened.” When the 1978 TV series, Holocaust, was broadcast in West Germany a year later, Arthur dismissed it as “Jew propaganda”. “I started to fill in the blanks, because I suspected there was a big gap – a dark hole that my father didn’t want to shed light on. I came to the conclusion that my father was a liar.” In later life, Bernd would be shown a picture of his father seated next to Heinrich Himmler, the leading architect of the Holocaust. He would also learn that his father’s unit would terrorise Jewish villages in Russia, slaughtering the locals and using unwound Torah scrolls Torah as insulation for their tanks. Furthermore, he discovered that his father

had sent people to their deaths at Auschwitz. “He knew exactly what Auschwitz was,” said Bernd. “He participated in the murder of Jews.” Determined to learn more about the people his father had persecuted, the young German asked his teacher, a former Jesuit priest, to help him. The priest took Bernd to an annual interfaith summit organised by the church, designed to bring together Jews and Arabs from Israel, where he met an Israeli girl with whom he bonded. Three months later, he travelled to the Holy Land to see her, where her parents welcomed him into their tiny flat. It was a transformative experience. “They hosted me like a long-lost brother,” said Bernd. “I asked the father how he learnt German and he showed me the number tattooed on his forearm and I was shocked. He didn’t blame me for that, he was a very, very nice man. He was in Auschwitz. “He told me, ‘I don’t hate Germans, but I want to know if they teach you.’ And I said, ‘Probably not enough.’ “And he took me to Yad Vashem, the


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people to Auschwitz and served in the IDF’ say goodbye the night before I left. He didn’t want to see me. He called me a traitor. He was drunk like always, but he called me a traitor. And that was that.” Arthur died in June 1987 and was given a full military funeral. His last words to his son were contained in a series of letters sent to him in Israel. It was 20 years before Bernd could bear to read them. “They were very gutwrenching, angry and dismissive,” says Bernd. They were torn between loving me as a son and then losing me as a son. And yet in his will Arthur and his wife, Elizabeth he stated explicitly that I Holocaust memorial in was forbidden to attend Jerusalem, and there I his funeral – I wasn’t there anyway. I was also realised the extent of forbidden to carry his the murder and I broke name and to approach down emotionally. I his graveside and I was cried.” called a traitor.” On his return to Bernd’s relationship Bamberg, Bernd offered to help his local Jewish with his mother, Elizacommunity as a shabbos beth, also suffered. She had goy, a non-Jew who pergrown up an ethnic German forms activities prohibited on in Czechoslovakia but lost Shabbat. He says: “I came every both parents in the war. Friday and Saturday, and I did Her son’s conversion made what I thought would be Arthur wearing the Knight’s no sense to her. “She was something that was important Cross, given to him by Hitler shellshocked,” says Bernd. “She said ‘How can you identify with for me. And the closer I came the victim [the Jews], when we to this family-of-choice – and were all victims?’” I knew the liturgy, the language, the mannerElizabeth developed dementia after isms – the more distant Arthur’s death but visited her son in Israel I felt from my family of origin and it came to a break-up.” The decisive moment came when he was asked to say Kaddish at the graveside of an older friend who had died with no family. The man had been a Sonderkommando during the Holocaust – a Jew who was forced, on pain of death, to assist in the murder of his own people – and felt deeply ashamed of it. “When I did that, I knew I crossed a line,” says Bernd. “I wasn’t a German anymore.” He asked Itzhak Rosenberg, then the head of the town’s small Jewish community, to help him undergo conversion. His application was refused for two years, but eventually Bernd received religious instruction under Rabbi Nathan Peter Levinson. He says: “I underwent an Orthodox conversion in Germany in November 1986 and it was a very, very difficult process – not an intellectual endeavour, but an emotional and spiritual endeavour.” By that time, Bernd had also completed medical school and decided he would travel to Israel and serve in its army as a medical officer. He saw his father one last time. “I went to A younger Bernd holds a Torah scroll

Unrepentant Nazi Arthur Wollschlaeger died in 1987 and was given a full military funeral

Bernd pictured in 2012

He would wear the Knight’s Cross, which was awarded him personally by Adolf Hitler, Bernd with his Israeli-American wife and their children with pride on Christmas. That was my father. once, in 1990. When they reunited, Bernd was “I forgave him for who he was – not for what wearing his army uniform. He recalls: “She looked at me and she he did to others. I teach my children if anybody said, ‘I see Arthur in you, you became a warrior is different, you need to embrace the difference and understand it. You cannot hate.” too.’” He tried to talk about what had passed Bernd left Israel in 1991, following his thenbetween them, but it wasn’t to be. “It was kind wife, an Israeli-American, back to the States of a final way of saying goodbye, by being with before they divorced in 1995. Today, he is a her without having family doctor in Miami, Florida, and has three a profound discussion anymore.” Although his father never recanted Nazism, children, Tal, 31, Jade, 26, and Natalia, 23 – all raised in the Jewish faith. Bernd, who recounts his spiritual journey in a He remains in touch with his sister, Helga, memoir, A German Life, learnt to 59, having reconciled with older sister, Christa, forgive him. “It would be too simple to say before her death in 2006. he was an unrepentant Nazi, but for him the Arthur Wollschlaeger was buried in Bamworld stopped in 1945. berg, a short distance from the Jewish section “He went from being a nationally-celebrated of the cemetery. hero to nothing.


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SEDRA Lech Lecha BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN The Jewish journey starts with a man, a woman and the courage of their convictions. Avraham and Sarah are born in an environment that is hostile to radical ideas, one where idolatry is sacred and monotheism is unheard of. He is mercilessly persecuted for his beliefs yet, remarkably, they are willing to dedicate themselves and even risk their lives based on the strength of their understanding that there must be an Infinite Creator. Unwilling to stop there, they make it their life’s mission to wake humanity out of its slumber and offer an alternative, ethical monotheism based on mankind being able to have a relationship with the Infinite. The challenges they face just make the necessity of the cause all the more palpable. The 16th century mystic, the Arizal, explains that just as no two people are the same, so, too, no two people have the same role to contribute to humanity. All the challenges we experience in life serve as a guide and backdrop

for our unique contribution to the world. Just as Avraham experienced 10 tests in his life, we too experience our own tests. In fact, the word for challenge, nisayon, is related to the words for “miracle” and “banner”. It may take a miracle to pass life’s tests but when we do so, we are raising a banner of what we are capable of. Avraham and Sara are supposed to serve as a guiding light and inspiration for all of us. Rather than complain about their circumstances, they rise above them to start a revolution that continues until today. As Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook (d.1935) wrote: “The purely righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom.”

Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director of Jewish Futures and serves Finchley Federation Synagogue

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Halloween BY RABBI SHAULY STROM Halloween, in any other year, is a time when people wear masks and costumes, tell ghost tales and go out trick or treating. The festival is thought to have Celtic roots and marked the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. So, what does the Torah and Judaism say about Halloween? Seeing that Halloween trick or treating has been abandoned this year because of the coronavirus makes me reconsider the Jewish involvement in this festival. There is something nostalgic about beckoning the cold autumn days with splashes of orange, pumpkins and hooded effigies. Although the festival is perhaps not celebrated here as much as by our transatlantic brethren, Halloween is very much something

that surrounds us and is a prevalent part of our consumer culture, if not our Jewish culture – although I have yet to see orange challah in my local kosher bakery. Jews are, however, synonymous with the handing out of treats – or any food for that matter – ever since antiquity. Even in my profes-

sional capacity as a rabbi for university students, we have seen a large part of our face-to-face work shift from hosting events to handing out food packages. The concept of Jewish giving goes beyond a Jewish mother’s persistence for her child to eat her homemade chicken soup, in that it is very much a reflection of the nature of our Jewishness. The Talmud takes this further and reflects that, conversely, “one who despises gifts will live”. While the Halloween tradition of trick or treating might be curtailed this year, on the flip-side, we should acknowledge that we still have the health to refuse the treats this year and instead live. Rabbi Shauly Strom is director of northern campuses at Aish UK

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The Bible Says What? ‘God made us divided so we could come together’

Progressively Speaking Now we can have mixed faith weddings under a chuppah, will Judaism be more accepting? BY RABBI DANNY RICH

BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER The stories within the earliest chapters of Bereshit are best approached by establishing what question is being addressed. The story of the Tower of Babel enables us to ask why is the world so divided – and whether different languages are a cause, or a symptom, of that division? When you converse with someone who doesn’t speak your language, you speak slowly, ensuring they are following. You may exaggerate – gesticulate and use facial expressions. Now think about the conversations we have with friends or family: often rushed, sentences unfinished and many assumptions made. There’s so much scope for misunderstanding although the language is shared. Sloppiness is part of our life. We speak to so many people, but do we think about how our words may be interpreted? Perhaps more translation is applied by the person who hears our innocent remark as snide, than by the foreigner you helped by conveying the message clearly and

giving them the time they deserve. The Babel story helps us appreciate the unintended consequences of language, namely the negative associations of sloppy communication. Never has there been a more modern need for such an ancient story. We live in an age where communication has never been so quick and so easy and yet how often is it used to harm, to communicate falsehoods and spread messages of hate? What if we spoke as if we were talking to someone who didn’t share our language? What if we needed to be clear and concise, so no one was left in any doubt? Babel isn’t God’s desire for division, but a warning about the consequences of not taking the time to say what we mean. Slow down. On many levels, we don’t speak the same language. Don’t leave anything to translation if you really want to make sure you are understood.

Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue

“In a place where none behave as a leader, behave as a leader” (Hillel, Pirkei Avot 2:5). Earlier this month, the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors, endorsed by an overwhelming majority, a resolution to permit, at the rabbi’s discretion and where the Mixed faith couple Helen Goldhill and couple intend to maintain a Jewish Lucie Spicer plan a chuppah wedding home, a ceremony under a chuppah in the circumstances where a Jew is of the enduring values and beauty partnered with a person who does of Judaism with the advances and conveniences of modernity. not identify as a Jew. Liberal Judaism’s policies of It did so not to win popularity within the Jewish community, nor inclusion and equality – and its to increase membership, but rather modern introduction of liturgical to offer couples the opportunity creativity and ritual innovation – to utilise a chuppah, the symbol of have changed the face of modern a Jewish home, if those couples are Judaism more deeply than within its own relatively small membership. committed to Jewish continuity. One of my proudest moments, Liberal Judaism has never sought popularity nor courted during my period as the movement’s controversy for its own sake, but chief executive and senior rabbi, was rather it has sought to remain true giving evidence as the only invited to its core mission: to bring to Jews religious Jew in favour of sameand others its unique combination sex marriage to the parliamen-

tary Public Bill Committee on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. While I was joined by some other smaller faiths – most notably the Quakers and Unitarians – the legislation was enacted against the opposition of established churches and silence in religious communities elsewhere. How things change. Now, even Pope Francis has offered a compassion response to the question of same-sex civil unions. I am confident it will not be long before other parts of the Jewish community and, indeed other religious faiths, review their marriage practices. This is because they will need to reflect the growing liberalisation of a multifaith society where religious expression is just one part of the complexity of 21st century identity and life. Now that British society is getting to a place of acceptance, religion must once again catch up. Rabbi Danny Rich is a vice president of Liberal Judaism

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Our trusty team of advisers answers your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Buying a traditional phone suitable for hearing loss, live-in care and property in Israel

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Dear Sue I’m at home so much of the time now, and I often mislay the mobile phone handset and then find it has run out of power. I think I should purchase a traditional phone, then I will know where it is as it will be plugged in. My hearing is not as good as it used to be. Can you advise what and where to buy one suitable for my hearing loss? Peter Dear Peter Our advisers, Gabrielle and Judith, would be happy to discuss your needs in more detail – either by email, phone or on a video call.

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SWEETTREE HOME CARE SERVICES Can live-in care provide a solution to self-isolation? Emma Dear Emma At SweetTree we are fully invested in the government’s desire to protect the most vulnerable in our society, so we do everything we can to minimise risk for our clients and our wonderful staff. Like

any dutiful care provider, we have invested significant amounts into PPE equipment and a specifically trained COVID response team to try to tackle this problem to the best of our ability. The unfortunate truth, however, is that Coronavirus does not change the fact that there are vulnerable people who cannot simply lock the door to the outside world. Personal care, in particular, does not happily co-exist with social distancing measures, but that cannot mean that those unable to wash or dress should simply exist for the duration of this crisis. For people who receive our managed live-in care service, they are part of a single household with the

There are lots to choose from, so we’ll help you find the most suitable one for you. The choice could depend on your degree of hearing loss, whether or not you wear hearing aids, if you would prefer a ‘big button’ phone that has a sliding switch to improve amplification, or a press a button design. You might prefer one with/without an answerphone, and whether you need a single, double or even a triple set. Prior to the pandemic, we would have invited you to try out different phones in our Technology and Information Centre. We look forward to doing that again in the future. In the meantime, please call. We can also help you through the ordering online process should you wish. Please contact Gabrielle at JDA on 020 8446 0214 or gabrielle@jdeaf.org.uk and she will help you arrange the most suitable phone for you quickly and easily.

person who can meet their care needs, which naturally means it’s easier to comply with government advice and minimise the risk. The added benefit of course is that this means the same is true for the Support Worker themselves. Food can be sought, and deliveries set up by the dedicated Support Worker, and the SweetTree Team can prove a useful liaison when helping to set up calls or update families. Knowing that the risk is minimised for both our clients and our support team is a great comfort to us. We do not hold a magic wand that can completely eliminate the risk; however, we do see Regulated Live-In Care as one of the safest solutions.

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POLLY LANDSBERG Qualifications: • Polly has worked in health and social care for more than 35 years. • Has a degree in nursing and a diploma in health visiting. • Polly is responsible for the day-to-day management of the palliative and end of life care service.

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“ To be able to understand the paramedic and see her reassuring smile stopped me feeling so terrified.” When Eva’s breathing became erratic and she complained of a tight chest, thankfully Janine, one of JDA’s Support Workers, was visiting her. Janine called an ambulance and, upon arrival, gave the paramedic a see-through mask. This enabled Eva to lip-read and follow what was happening to her. As a result of this, JDA has been in consultation with the London Ambulance Service and is equipping Hatzola’s paramedics with these specialist masks.

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In this finished crossword, every letter of the alphabet appears as a code number. All you have to do is crack the code and fill in the grid. Replacing the decoded numbers 3, 5 and 25 with their letters in the grid will help you to guess the identity of other letters.

The words relating to light sources can all be found in the grid. Words may run either forwards or backwards, in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction, but always in a straight, unbroken line.

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