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‘£14m conman is free but I’ve got a life sentence’ Victim’s anguish as Borehamwood fraudster Freddy David leaves jail by Joshua Salisbury josh@jewishnews.co.uk @josh_salisbury

One of the biggest victims of a £14.5million conman says he is living with a life sentence as the crook walks free from jail. Disgraced former wealth management consultant Freddy David has been released after serving half of his six-year sentence for theft and fraud. David, 56, of Borehamwood, Hertordshire, was convicted of a Ponzi scheme in which he stole £14,545,594 from 55 clients over 10 years, most of them Jewish. He used the money he stole to fund heavy gambling, pay his children’s school fees and take luxury holidays. He also opened a kosher restaurant, Let’s Meat, in Borehamwood. But while he lived a life of luxury, victims were unknowingly being left penniless – and one has told Jewish News the conman should still be behind bars. “He stole £14million from 55 victims. It’s just not fair, he should’ve got 10 times the prison sentence,” said retired bookkeeper Leon Winsky (pictured), ), who was swindled out of life savings of £300,000 by David. “He went to an open

prison as well – it was too soft. When the police saw him, all he said was ‘no comment’, until they could prove it. Only then did he admit it all. “He’s a very crafty person. He knew what he was doing. It’s not long enough. I’ve got a life sentence. There’s no way I’m going to get my money back.” Winsky began investing with David in about 2014, meeting up with him at his plush Borehamwood office. It was, said Winsky, lined with certificates which seemed to solidify his credentials as a trustworthy person to handle investments. “He was supposed to be one of the top 100 wealth managers in the country,” said Winsky. “And he worked in a bank previously, so he seemed to have all this experience.” But it was only when police rang Winsky, after he had invested his entire life savings, that the truth was revealed: David had stolen the cash for himself. “I was shocked knowing all my life savings were gone,” Winsky told Jewish News. “I’d started [working] when I was just 14 years old and retired when I was 66. That’s 52 years of savings gone, just like that. “I’m Jewish and you’d never have thought a Jewish person could cheat another Jewish Continued on page 8

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Gymnast Artem Dolgopyat jumped for joy this week after winning Israel’s first Olympic gold medal since 2004. The 24-year-old beat strong Spanish and Chinese competition in the artistic floor exercise competition to secure his country’s second-ever Olympic gold, while taking Israel’s total at the Tokyo Games, which ends on Sunday, to a record three medals.


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News / IWM exhibition / Abuse case / Nazi trial

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An exhibition of photographs of Holocaust survivors with their children and grandchildren – including two taken by the Duchess of Cambridge – opens at London’s Imperial War Museum tomorrow. The initiative is the culmination of a two-year project initiated by Jewish News and brought to life with the Royal Photographic Society, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Dangoor Education. Pictured is Joan Salter and, inset, John Hajdu holds the teddy he brought from Hungary.

Teen admits racially abusing Jew after Euro 2020 match A teenager has admitted racially abusing a Jewish man on the London Underground following England’s victory over Ukraine during Euro 2020. The 17-year-old, who was holding a can of lager, yelled “I f****** hate Jews” at the man as he took the escalator towards the platforms at Oxford Circus Tube Station. A clip of the incident at just after midnight on 4 July sparked outrage after it was widely circulated on social media and the British Transport Police put out an appeal for information leading to an arrest. The incident was the second time the man had been racially abused that evening, having been threatened by a man on a bus as he made his way to the Tube station. The defendant eventually handed himself in to police on 11 July and was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence on 23 July. In his police interview, the defendant said

he had been at Leicester Square watching the match and had made the comments because he thought “it might have been funny at the time”. At a hearing at Highbury Corner Youth Court on Monday, he admitted the offence, but insisted that he bore no hatred towards Jewish people. Judge Williams said: “You have got to take a serious decision about which way you are going in life – do you mind your manners, mind your mouth and mind the way you drive?” She advised him to quit drinking, saying: “Either cut it down or cut it out, or you are going to find yourself in serious trouble.” The 17-year-old will be sentenced on 3 September to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He was granted bail on the condition he does not attend or loiter outside any stadium where either Millwall or England are playing, and not to attend or loiter outside Wembley Stadium regardless of the event taking place inside.

FORMER NAZI GUARD INDICTED A 100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been indicted in Germany for being an accessory to murder in 3,500 cases. The defendant, who was not named in the German media, is scheduled to go on trial in October in the Neuruppin district court for his service at Sachsenhausen, Reuters reported. The defendant was said to have worked as a guard from 1942 to 1945 in Sachsenhausen, a camp near Berlin where some 200,000 people were imprisoned and 20,000 murdered. Germany has prosecuted several accused

accomplices to Nazi war crimes since the 2011 conviction in Munich of former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk, who had been living in the US before being arrested, deported and tried for his role at Sobibor. He was found guilty as an accessory in the murders of nearly 30,000 Jews there and died in 2012. The Demjanjuk case set a precedent that being a guard at a death camp was sufficient to prove complicity in murder. The number of prosecutions is dwindling, however, as few guards are still alive.


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Charity co-operation / State statement / Tanker attack / News

Charities may ‘pool expertise’ Leading Jewish learning disability charities are exploring new ways to co-operate after a report raised concerns about demand for services outstripping supply, writes Adam Decker. Kisharon, Langdon and Norwood are looking to find ways to “collaborate in the future, pooling their shared and mutually supportive areas of expertise”. It comes after the 2020 Cordis Bright report on the Learning Disability Community, found that the needs of the community will outstrip available resources for the foreseeable future. Kisharon and Langdon will now

undertake their own research to compare services and “establish whether an enhanced level of services can be delivered”. “The ultimate test is how we can demonstrate that by working together we can deliver better outcomes for young people and adults with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders,” said Langdon CEO Neil Taylor. Kisharon CEO Richard Franklin said: “The approach adopted, in our view, provides a latitude and scope to ensure the needs of valued members of our community with learning disabilities can be met both now and into the future.

“Being two organisations of similar size and remit, Kisharon and Langdon will now look with increased granularity to explore how our learning disability services can be greater than the sum of our parts.” Dr Beverley Jacobson, the chief executive of Norwood, said the charity was committed to sharing its expertise with like-minded organisations. “In these challenging times , that spirit of cooperation has never been more important for us and

Kisharon’s Wohl Campus and its Noe School headteacher Sora Kopfstein. Inset: Kisharon chief executive Richard Franklin

our community and we will continue to ensure vital services are available when and where

they are most needed to support vulnerable people at every stage of their life’s journey,” she said.

Government U-turn over status TANKER ATTACK CONDEMNED The Department of Transport has issued clarification to a letter it sent out that stated “the UK recognises Palestine as an independent state”. Darren Lewis wrote to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps after the minister had tweeted on 24 June about updated travel advice: “Israel and Jerusalem are added to the green watchlist.” Lewis wrote: “Can you please explain how Jerusalem is not part of Israel? Is this UK government policy?” In a response sent on 26 June, Shapps’

department wrote: “Jerusalem is claimed by Israel and Palestine and as the UK recognises Palestine as an independent state, it is referred to as Israel and Jerusalem (including East Jerusalem).” After Jewish News queried the statement, the Department of Transport said: “This correspondence is not correct and does not reflect the government’s long-standing position. A corrected letter is being sent out from the department and we are investigating this matter.”

An attack on an Israeli-operated tanker, widely blamed on Iran, was condemned this week by both the Conservative and Labour parties. The MV Mercer Street, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, was attacked off Oman last Thursday. A British national and a Romanian citizen were killed in the incident, which appears to be the latest escalation in an undeclared “shadow war” between Israel and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said there was “evidence” that its longstanding foe

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Hate incidents reach new high in first half of 2021 by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Antisemitic hate incidents during the first half of this year have reached their highest-ever total – largely as a result of the wave of antiJewish hate in response to the recent conflict in Israel and Gaza. A new report by the Community Security Trust (CST) showed there had been 1,308 antiJewish hate incidents reported to the organisation between January and June from across the UK. This represents a 49 percent increase on the 875 antisemitic incidents recorded during the first half of last year. In May, when the conflict in the Middle East intensified, 639 antisemitic incidents were recorded, which accounted for almost half of all the incidents logged in the first six months of this year. The total of 1,308 antisemitic incidents from January to June 2021 is higher than every full-year incident total prior to 2016. Reacting to the latest CST report, the government’s independent adviser on antisemitism, Lord Mann, said: “The scale and inten-

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relentlessly opposed, be it on campus or off. I will continue to work with CST which acts as a model for the world in recording, analysing and acting upon this vile racism.” CST’s Antisemitic Incidents Report JanuaryJune 2021 revealed how the surge in antisemitic incidents in May corresponded with the government’s relaxation of social distancing measures aimed at tackling the pandemic. “It is possible the loosening of social regulations, coinciding with the war in Israel and Gaza – a subject that triggers strong emotional responses – provided people with a potential release from months of lockdown-induced frustration,” the report reasoned. But it also revealed how, during the first six months of 2021, there had been 130 antiJewish hate incidents involving schools, students and teachers – “the most reported in the first half of any year and a sharp increase of 491 percent from the 22 such incidents recorded in the first six months of 2020.” Worryingly, there were 84 antisemitic incidents in which the victims or offenders were students or academics, or involved student unions or other student bodies. Of these, 57 occurred in May. DCC Mark Hamilton, the National Policing Lead for hate crime, said: “A huge rise in antisemitic hate crime in the UK at a time of conflict in the Middle East is shocking, but sadly not surprising, as we saw a similar response in 2014. “When that earlier tension dissipated, we sought to learn from the challenges here and among the lessons we took from that experience was the importance of proactive work with affected communities and the value of effective partnerships.” CST recorded 89 violent antisemitic incidents from January to June 2021, the highest recorded in the first six months of a year and an increase of 68 percent from the 53 violent incidents in the first half of 2020. Eighty-seven of these violent incidents were in the category of assault while two were classified by CST as ‘extreme violence’, meaning they involved potential grievous bodily harm or a threat to life.  Read more at www.jewishnews.co.uk

The 1,308 antisemitic incidents reported to CST from January to June is a record six-month total, a 49 percent rise from the 875 incidents recorded in the first half of 2020 and a consequence of the surge in hate that came to the surface as hostilities in the Middle East intensified. The impact of trigger events such as this on the Jewish community in the UK cannot be understated, and it really is the entire community that is affected. Jewish individuals are targeted regardless of age, regardless of gender, regardless of public prominence and regardless of level of religious observance. Jewish institutions are subjected to antisemitic threats and abuse, whether or not they have ever passed comment on Israel. Every time that violence in Israel and Gaza flares up, a significant spike in antisemitism is observed. It is indiscriminate. It is not a coincidence. Of these 1,308 reports, 832 took place across May and June, in light of the conflict escalating. Of these 1,308 reports, 693 referenced the war between Israel and Hamas, were motivated by the fury it inspired, demonstrated anti-Zionist sentiment, or a mixture of the three. When perpetrators do not separate antiIsrael hatred from anti-Jewish hatred – indeed, when they use whatever they claim Israel is doing to vindicate their prejudice towards Jews – whatever academic distinctions may exist between anti-Zionism and antisemitism become irrelevant. When a Jewish child fears for their safety in school because shouts of “Free Palestine” are repeatedly directed at them; when a Jewish university student is told that their life is worthy of being threatened if they don’t declare themselves to be antiZionist; when community members are scared of expressing their identity in public in case they are held accountable for Israel’s alleged actions – this is antisemitism. CST’s mission is to protect the Jewish community, physically and emotionally, in order to facilitate the thriving of Jewish life in the UK. But this mission cannot be fulfilled alone. It demands the support of allies, those who want to create an inclusive society that celebrates diversity and denounces racism, to stand in solidarity and call out antisemitism. It demands the action of social media platforms to adhere to their own policies and show that their claims of zero tolerance for hate is not merely lip service. It demands that the police treat hate crime with the severity it deserves and investigate, arrest and prosecute its offenders. This is a shared responsibility.  CST urges readers to be vigilant, to report antisemitism to CST and police and support all of its communal efforts against the danger.  Visit www.cst.org.uk. In an emergency call the police and then call the 24-hour emergency number, 0800 032 3263


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‘We’ll celebrate his kindness for ever’ by Josh Salisbury josh@jewishnews.co.uk @josh_salisbury

A 20-year-old who died in a plane crash in Ukraine has been remembered for his kindness to others by the family of a man for whom he helped to care. Yeshiva student Hershy Weiss was killed when a plane carrying him and three others crashed into a house in western Ukraine last Wednesday. The Golders Green resident was reportedly a student at the Mir

Yeshiva in Jersusalem and had been in Ukraine for a tour of Jewish holy places. A funeral was held for him in London last Friday. The student had been a carer for Yechiel Yosef (known as YY) Rothschild, 20, who is thought to be the community’s youngest Covid victim. Yechiel had Down’s syndrome and lived in supported accommodation provided by charity Kisharon. Hershy had worked as a carer for YY, and was remembered for his kindness. “He was [YY’s] carer two summers ago. He was a very special person,

always looking to help others,” said YY’s brother, Yanky. The organisation Hershy worked for, Shabaton L’menucha, said it was shattered by the loss. “Hershy was a famous volunteer for our weekend shabatons and holiday programmes,” said the organisation’s Menchem Leiberman. “We at Shabaton L’menucha are all shattered by the loss of the two young men who passed away so young. They will be remembered by us for ever.” Jewish Community Council director Levi Schapiro said:

Hershy Weiss, right, with YY, for whom he was a carer two years ago

“He carried his family’s genes of kindness, generosity, loving and caring [and] his passion for living and breathing Torah was a true inspiration for everyone.” On board with Hershy in the

crash in the town of Sheparivka were Lazer Brill and Avromi Framowitz, both from New York. Pilot Igor Tabanyuk, who was said to have had 40 years of flying experience, was also killed.

SOAS ‘IGNORED CLAIMS OF INSTITUTIONAL ANTISEMITISM’ A London university has been accused of ignoring allegations of institutional antisemitism by an academic it asked to handle an antisemitism complaint, writes Joshua Salisbury. SOAS paid out £15,000 to student Noah Lewis last year after he complained that a “toxic antisemitic environment” at the university forced him to drop out. An appeals panel that heard the complaint, chaired by David Hirsh, a senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, and included two others, recommended an external investigator conduct a comprehensive inquiry into whether the university has a

problem with institutional antisemitism. But according to an email from Hirsh to university staff last month, which was also copied to the government’s antisemitism adviser, the recommendation has been ignored. “The panel I chaired made clear and unanimous determinations which have so far been completely ignored,” wrote Hirsh. “This is further prima facie evidence that there is a problem of institutional antisemitism at SOAS.” The panel recommended the inquiry in March 2020 – but, to date, no such inquiry has been forthcoming, said the academic.

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“SOAS is powerful and has felt itself able just to ignore the finding of its own appeals panel. It has not felt the need to respond to it or to explain its decision,” he added. A spokesman for the university denied it had a problem with anti-Jewish racism and said it had gone above the requirements placed on universities in developing a new ‘discrimination’ charter. “We stand firm against antisemitism, as we do against all forms of discrimination,” he said. “Most importantly, we do this in a manner which is consistent with the principles of academic freedom.”

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Examples of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel hate that’s prevalent across social media platforms by Sandy Rashty @SandyRashty

Antisemitic posts reported to social media companies in accordance with their guidelines are ignored, a leading watchdog has warned. A report by the International Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) found a “serious and systematic failure to tackle antisemitism” by large social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Posts reported to the companies included conspiracy theories that blamed Jews for the Covid-19 pandemic or referred to the community as the “Illuminati” or “New World Order”. It found that “platforms were particularly poor at acting on posts that denied or minimised the Holocaust, with 80 percent of such posts receiving no enforcement action whatsoever”. The report was based on the failure of big companies to deal with 84 percent of 714 antisemitic posts that were reported to moderators over a six-week period, from 18 May to 29 June this year. The posts, which reached millions of people, were reported to the companies via their official complaints system, according to the CCDH. Despite the reports, the companies failed to either remove the posts or close the accounts in 84 percent of cases. Facebook acted on just 14 of 129 antisemitic posts (10.9 percent); Twitter on 15 of 137 (10.9 percent); TikTok on 22 of 119 (18.5 percent); Instagram on 52 of 277 (18.8 percent); and YouTube on 11 of 52 (21.2 percent) A Facebook spokesperson told Jewish News: “While we have made progress in fighting antisemitism, our work is never done. These reports do not account for the fact we have taken action on 15 times the amount of hate speech since 2017, the prevalence of hate speech is decreasing on our platform and, of the hate speech we remove, 97 percent was found before someone reported it to us.” It added that it continues to “take significant action ... by removing harmful stereotypes about Jewish people and content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, while educating people about it with authoritative information.” A YouTube spokesperson told Jewish News: “Over the last few years, we have established a robust hate speech policy and made significant progress in our ability to quickly remove hateful

content that violates our Community Guidelines, including antisemitic content. “We removed over 85,000 videos for violating our hate speech policy and 0.16-0.18 percent of all views on YouTube come from violative content. This work is ongoing and we appreciate this feedback from CCDH.” A TikTok spokesperson said: “We condemn antisemitism and do not tolerate hate speech. We work aggressively to combat hate by proactively removing accounts and content that violate our policies and redirecting searches for hateful ideologies to our Community Guidelines. Hateful behaviour is incompatible with TikTok’s creative and inclusive environment.” But the CCDH said the failure to act on most reports made “social media a safe place to spread anti-Jewish hatred and propaganda”. CCDH chief executive Imran Ahmed said: “Social media has become a safe space for racists to normalise their conspiracies and hateful rhetoric without fear of consequences. The platforms who set ... and enforce those rules must be held accountable for their failure to protect the rights of those communities. No one has a fundamental right to have an account on a social media platform to bully Jews or to spread hatred we know can end in serious offline harm.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said: “This report’s findings demonstrate unequivocally that the world’s largest social media companies are repeatedly failing not just their Jewish users, but all Jews, online or offline, targeted by antisemitic hate transmitted via these platforms.”

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News / TalkSport criticised / Fraudster free / Rabbi quits

Radio racism unchallenged Jewish organisations have reacted furiously after a caller to TalkSport made openly antisemitic remarks about Tottenham Hotspur chairmen Daniel Levy – which went unchallenged by two presenters, writes Lee Harpin. In a discussion about Harry Kane’s future at the club, a caller to the radio station said of Levy:”He’s Jew, he’s not going to let him go for nothing, is he?” The remark, on Monday evening’s edition of The Sports Bar, was not challenged by hosts Jordan Jarrett Bryan or former Arsenal player Perry Groves. Board of Deputies vice-president Amanda Bowman said it was “extremely disturbing” to see the presenters failing to call out antisemitism live on air, “particularly as both presenters have been vocal about the need to confront racism.”. Andrew Percy, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, has written to the station’s chief Lee Clayton to ask what action it was taking. The MP said the incident was “no doubt” a breach of the Ofcom code and confirmed that he had complained to the regulator. Clayton said: “We are all appalled by the comment. We broadcast with a slight delay to ensure any unexpected and inappropriate comments don’t make it to air. The comment was, however, streamed live on the TalkSport YouTube channel, which we are currently testing and which

TalkSport presenters are accused of failing to call out an antisemitic trope

awaits a similar profanity/offence delay. Our team did not take our YouTube stream into consideration and therefore the comments were not challenged as they should have been for our viewers on YouTube. He added: “It is unacceptable that the comment appeared anywhere... . We have suspended live broadcasting on YouTube until we can be sure we have the same processes and protections in place as we have for our radio broadcasting.” A spokesperson for Spurs said: “We

were appalled that neither presenter addressed the comment, failing to call out the antisemitic trope. “If an equivalent comment had been made regarding an individual’s race or other protected characteristic, the response would have been immediate and far-reaching. “It cannot be acceptable that antisemitism does not receive the same level of condemnation as other forms of discrimination and efforts to tackle it should be no less rigorous.”

CONMAN FREDDY DAVID IS RELEASED Continued from page 1 person.” The family were left eating two meals a day and wore coats indoors during cold weather because they could not afford high electricity bills. And the devastating loss of his savings means that Winsky is no longer able to leave money for his son Jonathan , who has special educational needs. “It would’ve been nice for the money to go to him when I’m gone,” he said. “But I can’t now because Freddy David has taken it all from me.” Jewish News understands that David, who is barred from holding any financial advisory role, has repaid some of the money owed to his victims. In July last year confiscation hearings were held at Southwark Crown Court in central London in which the fraudster was ordered to pay a total of £1,340,111. While out on licence, he must follow restrictions con-

Freddy David served half of his six-year sentence

ditional on his release or be recalled to prison. But, said Winsky, his victims are living with a lifelong sentence because of David’s crimes – and all for nothing. “I would say to him, ‘Was it worth it Freddy?’” Winsky told Jewish News this week. “ ‘You’ve lost your wife, your home – what are you coming back to?’ ”

Norrice Lea rabbi quits The rabbi of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue is to leave his post after three years citing disagreements with honorary officers about the way forward for the community. Rabbi Daniel Friedman and wife Batya came to the Norrice Lea shul in July 2018 and were tasked with resolving “the issues of the community”, with a survey finding that members had become disengaged. But

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they are leaving “by mutual agreement” in September.

In an email to members, the Friedmans said that after conversations with officers over the years, “it has become increasingly clear to us that we have a different vision for the way forward, and we acknowledge the wisdom of those who have lived in and led this community far longer than we have”. Friedman now plans a sabbatical to finish a doctoral dissertation, along with his wife.

EX-UJS CHIEF’S Lipstadt gets EURO TARGET job as envoy A former president of the Union of Jewish Students is aiming to take the top job at the European body representing Jewish students. Esther Offenberg, 23, a psychology graduate from the University of Birmingham, hopes to be the next president of the European Union of Jewish Students, which represents more than 200,000 Jewish students. She would be the first president from the UK since 1993, and faces competition for the role from Elias Dray, who hails from France. “In my time as president, I got to work with them quite a lot, and I just decided to go for it,” she said. “I really enjoyed it, and can see things I can bring to it, having that mix between European and UK perspective.” Offenberg has pledged to focus on engagement, celebrate diversity and bolster the union’s long-term stability. The vote will be held on August 20 at a conference in Italy.

US President Joe Biden has nominated Deborah Lipstadt to be his new antisemitism envoy. Lipstadt, who defeated David Irving after he sued her in a UK court for defamation for calling him a Holocaust denier, has for years been an expert for the media and for legislators on Shoah issues, particularly on how the genocide’s meaning should be understood in the 21st century, and whether it had any cognates among anti-democratic forces in the current day. She twice endorsed Barack Obama for president but has been on call for her expertise across the political spectrum. Her 2005 book, History on Trial, was made into a film in 2016 with Rachel Weisz starring as Lipstadt. Last year, she broke a taboo on comparing present-day American politicians to the Nazis and endorsed an ad by the Jewish Democratic Council of America likening the Trump administration to 1930s Germany.


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Green light at last for Shoah memorial A proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre built close to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster has finally been given the green light, writes Lee Harpin. Christopher Pincher, minister for housing and planning, confirmed the decision to allow the £100million project in Victoria Tower Gardens to go ahead. The decision follows a public inquiry into the project, which sparked lengthy debate over its location, impact and size. Crossbench Life peer Baroness Deech has described the decision as “ill-considered and damaging” adding that it “will do a disservice to victims and survivors”. Leading supporters of the project include Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl and Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock. Former Conservative Party chief executive Sir Mick Davis and the Community Security Trust’s Gerald Ronson had been among the memorial’s earliest backers. Communities

secretary Robert Jenrick received death threats after he stated his overwhelming support for it. Jenrick said he believed that the memorial would “educate and inform future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust” and that he hoped millions of people would visit it every year. He added that it would also foster a better understanding of “the British role in the tragedy – the things we did right and wrong”. The project, said its supporters, would also preserve the testimony of British Holocaust survivors and concentration camp liberators, honour the Jewish victims of the Shoah, along with other victims of Nazi persecution, including Roma, LGBT and disabled people. Pollock said: “As the Holocaust moves from living memory, there could not be a more important time to build this memorial in the shadow of Parliament, as a reminder of what happened when antisemitism was allowed to flourish.” Van der Zyl said: “It will be a powerful reminder of the universal values

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when hatred reigned.” But Deech said: “The memorial will enable antisemites and virulent Israel-haters to visit, and declare themselves non-racist, paying respect to six million dead Jews while continuing to attack today’s Jews. There will be no funds left for a review of Holocaust education in schools.” The report accepted there would be a “modest loss of open space and functionality” within Victoria Tower Gardens – one of the key complaints by local campaign groups as well as concerns about the

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‘Project supported by particular type’ An arch critic of the Westminster Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has labelled the approved scheme a “vanity project” backed by “a particular type of Jewish person”, writes Lee Harpin. Barbara Weiss, co-founder of the Save Victoria Tower Gardens Campaign, said she believed the memorial was “a way of appeasing Jewish donors to the Tory Party”. Weiss, who is Jewish and the daughter of refugees, said there was “huge Jewish support” for her opposition to the proposal. She said: “There are a lot of Conservative people who are financing this memorial – the government isn’t paying for all of it. If you look at the names of the major donors – it’s been something the Jewish community wanted for decades. “[David] Cameron suddenly said it was going to happen. There are lots of us who don’t want it.” The director of Barbara Weiss Architects, who said her group would take legal action to stop the project going ahead, believes that the memorial would lead to the “destruction” of the Victoria Tower Gardens, near Millbank.

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“It’s a bit of a vanity project now, right next to Parliament. But they are destroying a World Heritage site. This area is short of family parks. It will only increase antagonism.” She added: “There are enough prominent Jews on our side – Baroness Deech, Lord Carlile... We have a huge Jewish support. It’s just that they have gone to a particular type of Jewish person.” Asked about these “particular” types, Weiss named Lord Feldman, Sir Mick Davis – who chaired the commission recommending the memorial – and Gerald Ronson. She also said the way antisemitism had been tackled

over “past decades” had produced “very poor results” and neededto be “countrywide and not London-centred”. Learning centres at places such as Auschwitz could prove beneficial in teaching how to avoid the horrors of the past, she said, and was only disputing the location. “In the original conception, the Imperial War Museum was one of three sites chosen. A memorial and learning centre would have added to what it offers. But for whatever reason, maybe south of the river isn’t posh enough... Andrew Feldman, Mick Davis – all of them suddenly wake up.”

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A PARTICULAR TYPE OF ANTAGONISM BY SIR MICK DAVIS

CHAIRMAN, THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COMMISSION OF THE UK The Westminster Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, approved last week, will be an invaluable resource for Holocaust education for generations to come. The overwhelming majority of UK Holocaust survivors and educators celebrated the government’s announcement and I was delighted for them. There has been vociferous opposition from some quarters and, sadly, it seems this will continue. I have rebutted their arguments previously and, given the decision just handed down, ordinarily I would follow the wisdom of the Arabic proverb: “The dog barks, but the caravan moves on.” But the narrative and language used by some of the memorial’s opponents are so egregious that they cannot be allowed to stand. Barbara Weiss, co-founder of one group opposing the plans, called the memorial a “vanity project” backed by “a certain type of Jewish person”. Lord Feldman, Gerald Ronson and I, according to Weiss, are this certain type of Jew. For good measure, she opined that David Cameron initiated the project simply as “a way of appeasing Jewish donors”. I chaired the prime minister’s Holocaust

Commission that recommended the building of the memorial. Far from being any Conservative Party donor’s diktat, the commission’s report was based on evidence from an astonishing array of universities, schools, survivors’ groups, scholars and educators. Westminster is the most appropriate location. Some suggested the Imperial War Museum, already home to an impressive Holocaust exhibition. This miscasts the Holocaust’s victims as combatants or participants in war. They were not. The Holocaust was not a product of war but of 2,000 years of abuse, compromised liberties and hatred given free rein by the breakdown of democracy. That is why a site alongside the Palace of Westminster – a symbol of democracy, rights and freedoms – is the right place. The suggestion, however, that this was a topdown process at the behest of Jewish donors is not only wrong but comes dangerously close to antisemitic tropes about the proximity of Jews to power. That someone can evoke these tropes in this debate merely vindicates the need for the memorial in as prominent a location as possible. Regardless of how many Jewish friends a person has, or the origins of their family name, the very phrase “a particular type of Jewish person” does not belong in considered and constructive public discourse, but in the mouth of a particular type of person.

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Alta’s parents lose ECHR bid The parents of a two-year-old Manchester girl who has been on life support since birth have failed in an attempt to get the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to intervene in their case, writes Lee Harpin. The strictly-Orthodox family argued for the right to take their severely disabled daughter, Alta Fixsler, to America or Israel for further treatment. The child has been on life support at Manchester’s Royal Children’s Hospital since birth. In May the High Court ruled that Alta, who cannot breathe or eat on her own, could be placed into palliative care or have her life-sustaining treatment withdrawn. But their lawyer, David Foster, confirmed that the “extremely disappointed” parents had lost their case in the ECHR. Foster confirmed on Radio 4’s Today programme that the family had attempted to get the Court to intervene “on a number of grounds”. As well as “medical disclosure issues”, the family had “particularly” stressed how, in their opinion, the UK court had not given enough weight to their religious beliefs. It is a case of the court doing what is in the best interest of the child,” said Foster. “One of the points the parents were keen to make is that the child has been in this stable condition for

The family of two-year-old Alta Fixsler hoped to get the human rights court to intervene

two years and therefore moving the child in this case to Israel would not cause her any greater harm or difficulty.” The lawyer said that after failing in their attempt to get the ECHR involved, the family were now “considering the position” and added: “It’s still the case that agreement may be reached. We hope that will happen.” Earlier this week, Yossi Gestetner, a family friend in America, claimed that Alta had the “potential for a better future” were she allowed to travel to the US or Israel for treatment there. Chuck Schumer, the US Senate majority leader, has secured her a visa.

Jewish Care reopens centres Community centres run by the community’s largest care organisation, Jewish Care, have begun reopening for in-person events for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Members at the Dennis Centre in Ilford and The Sam Beckman Centre based in Friern Barnet’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre, were among the first to return. The charity will reopen all of its dementia day centres and community centres, alongside its other support services such as befriending and Meals on Wheels. Roberta, whose husband Henry is a member of the Dennis Centre, said: “It’s good to know Henry can enjoy spending the day here and I can go and do things without

worrying about him.” The organisation will require regular Covid testing at the centres, who will wear masks indoors. Online programmes will also continue.

BILLIE’S ‘HI ISRAEL’ SPARKS ANGER Pop star Billie Eilish provoked a wave of angry criticism on social media this week after posting a short video online promoting her new album to Israeli fans. “Hi Israel, this is Billie Eilish, and I’m so excited that my new album, Happier Than Ever, is out now,” she says in a clip posted to her Tik Tok, the blog Israellycool reported Sunday. The video was one of several that Eilish posted to fans in different countries. Anti-Israel social media users appeared to criticise Eilish for recognising Israel as a country. Others used the opportunity to criticise Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. Happier Than Ever, the 19-year-old’s

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Jewish News meets... Israel’s diaspora minister

‘Your country as much as mine’ Israel’s new diaspora minister welcomes criticism from UK Jews, writes Nathan Jeffay British Jews should feel free to criticise Israel, the country’s new diaspora minister says, arguing there is plenty of room for people to feel proud of the country while scrutinising its actions. “Israel is your country as much as my country,” Nachman Shai told Jewish News after being asked his message for British Jews. “This is a Jewish state and a democratic state. You can be proud of what Israel has done so far, and we welcome criticism from you and anyone and we can argue about things.” As the first left-wing diaspora minister since Israel’s current President Isaac Herzog held the post 12 years ago, Shai strikes a different tone to his recent predecessors. That may mean a minister more willing to hear critical views from diaspora leaders, such as those voiced in April by Sir Mick Davis, who predicted diaspora Zionism would “dwindle” as “large swathes of the diaspora see Israel’s liberal democratic values under threat”. Shai said the Jewish element of Israel’s identity means all Jews

should have a voice. The country’s democratic element, he continued, means debate should be conducted in a dignified manner and prompt people to see the country’s strengths even when discussing their criticisms. “This is the place where Jewish values and democratic values are being implemented, and it’s an open and liberal state with a diverse population,” he said. “Get involved and help us help you. I’m your man in the country and in the government.” Shai, a 74-year-old former journalist, says his experience working for Jewish umbrella groups in the United States means he is attuned to Jewish pluralism. “On my first day, I called the three denominations in the US and delivered the same message,” he said, referring to senior Orthodox, Conservative and Reform figures. “It was that we’ll take a pluralistic approach and each denomination will be equal to the others, and this will be policy for the long run. This is the spirit of this government, a national unity government.” That is likely to please the Conservative and Reform movements, which

have complained in recent years that their interests have been sidelined. But it will generate resistance from Orthodox parties in Israel, and some diaspora organisations, which view talk of equality for other streams as a downgrading of Orthodoxy, although Shai explained: “Making the others equal doesn’t mean you disadvantage Orthodoxy. I’ll talk to any rabbi, any synagogue.” This complex dynamic, in which the non-Orthodox request equality and Orthodox leaders decry this as a slight, is most pointed at the Western Wall. The progressive Orthodox movements are furious a 2016 agreement for an upgraded area for their prayers was never implemented because of political pressures from strictly-Orthodox parties. Shai is serving in a government without Charedi parties, albeit led by the heavily Orthodox Yamina. He believes he will navigate the politics to deliver on the Kotel agreement. “In the cabinet, there will be a huge

Above: Jews in Leicester protest against the occupation. Left: Israel’s new Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai

majority for returning to the 2016 Kotel trajectory. It was suspended by the government in 2017 and there’s no reason not to return to the original agreement and follow it. With the help of others I can solve this.” Shai said one of his other priorities will be urging governments around the world to crack down on antisemitism, adding that he is especially concerned about manifestations of Jew-hatred seen following the recent

Israel-Hamas clashes. “This operation exposed the antiIsrael and antisemitic streams and phenomena more than any other military campaign in the last few years. “We urge governments to take action through law enforcement and legal means to stop people involved in antisemitism. We also believe Jewish people should be prepared for anti-Israel campaigns – they are part of our life.”


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World News /Eviction decision / Booster rollout / National budget Trump’s son-in-law focuses on investment Jared Kushner, the sonin-law of former US President Donald Trump and his one-time senior adviser, is quitting politics to focus on investment, particularly on businesses that advance Israeli-Arab peace, according to a report. His business will be called Infinity Partners and will be based in Miami, where Kushner and his wife Ivanka now live. Kushner will also open an office in Israel.

GPG gives Maccabi Europe urgent grant

Jewish sports umbrella organisation Maccabi Europe has been given an emergency grant by the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) to safeguard its future. It comes after Covid caused a serious challenge to fundraising for the nonprofit organisation. Chair David Beesemer said the money was vital to many of its members, which include more than 40 countries in Europe. GPG said it saw great value in Maccabi’s events.

Court offers compromise to Sheikh Jarrah residents by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @MichaelDaventry

Four Palestinian families have been given until next week by Israel’s Supreme Court to decide on a compromise to prevent their eviction from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. An Israeli settlers’ group is seeking possession of homes in which around 70 people live, arguing they were Jewishowned before the 1948 war after Israel’s creation. The case is part of a decades-long campaign for control of neighbourhoods just Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, face eviction outside Jerusalem’s Old City that today are inhabited by to consider the proposal, which was ties within Israel’s borders that they abandoned before 1948. rejected by the settlers group. Palestinians. Campaigners estimate as The Sheikh Jarrah case has On Monday, the Supreme Court offered the Palestinian residents drawn international attention many 1,000 Palestinians face a form of “protected” status that over what Palestinians and human eviction if the present case rules would shield them from eviction rights groups say are discriminatory against them, although sources in exchange for recognising the Israeli property laws. They argue the close to the Israeli government settlers’ historic ownership of the legal system does not permit Pales- suggested an eviction order was properties. They were given a week tinians to make claims over proper- unlikely to be enforced.

A NA LY S I S On paper, this is a straightforward property dispute: a company has gone to court to order tenants out of the homes it owns because they won’t pay rent, writes Michael Daventry. But just about every word in that sentence is doing some very heavy lifting — because this is Jerusalem, where nothing is straightforward. Take the homes themselves. The properties in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah have changed hands with the conflicts of the past century. They were Jewish-owned before Israel’s independence, but after the 1948-49 war became part of Jordan — which settled Palestinian families there, families who had fled their own homes on lands that became part of Israel. That potted history helps explain why the properties’ ownership is so contentious. Do they belong to their pre-1948 Jewish occupants, or their latter Palestinian ones? When Israel captured Sheikh Jarrah in 1967, the Palestinian families were permitted to stay, but there were vastly differing interpretations of the rules on who owns the properties and should rightfully expect rent. That is what the Israeli Supreme Court has been trying to decide. On the one side of the case is Nahalat Shimon, a pro-settler company that acquired the rights of the pre-1948 Jewish residents. On the other side are the Palestinian residents of today. That is why the judges of Israel’s Supreme Court have sought a compromise rather than picking a side: there is something even larger than an East Jerusalem neighbourhood at stake.

Israel ‘picks up the pace’ with third booster dose Israel began its rollout of the third booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine this week for those aged over 60. “The situation is good, but we have to pick up the pace,” said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “Our daily rate needs to be five times what it is now…. Our goal is to vaccinate everyone by the end of the month. It’s ambitious but possible.” There has been a high level of demand for the third dose, to the degree that phone lines crashed owing to the number of people calling to schedule appointments. According to Clalit, the country’s largest health maintenance organisation (HMO), 17,000 eligible Israelis have already received a third dose and 110,000 have made an appointment for the coming days. HMO Maccabi said that an estimated 11,000 have got the shot, while close to 72,000

President Isaac Herzog and his wife receive their third vaccine at Sheba Medical Centre

have made an appointment; HMO Meuhedet reported that 3,000 received the dose and more than 53,000 have appointments, and HMO Leumit said 15,000 appointments have been made.

CABINET APPROVES BUDGET The Israeli cabinet this week voted to approve the national budget for the first time in three years and will introduce a slew of profound changes to the Israeli economy and society. The complex legislation must now pass through committee stages and three readings in the Knesset plenum by a 4 November deadline – in a key challenge for the coalition, which holds a narrow parliamentary majority. If it does not pass by then, the Knesset would automatically dissolve and new elections would follow. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the advancing of the budget, which covers 2021-

22, the negotiations for which mark a major test for the new government. “After three years of stagnation, Israel is back to work,” the premier said in a statement. “I ask members of the government to understand the magnitude of the moment,” he said. “After years of neglect, this morning we have produced the most daring, most competitionfocused budget, the most helpful to the weaker sections [of society], and the most concerned about the future of our children.” Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the reforms would bring tangible change to the lives of many.


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A powerful vision, a precious reality On Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, David Cameron stood in the Commons to announce the government’s intention to erect a memorial to Holocaust victims in Victoria Tower Gardens opposite Parliament. The project, which would begin construction at the end of 2017, would, the then prime minister said, be “a permanent statement of our values as a nation… visited for generations to come”. What followed, however, was not five years of building but bickering. Five years of campaigning and complaints about the proposed memorial’s logic, location and look. Locals launched a group called Save Victoria Tower Gardens, fearing visitors and high security would make one of the capital’s most crowded postcodes even more congested. The Imperial War Museum, less than one mile from Westminster, warned it would duplicate its own Holocaust exhibition (a statement it later withdrew). The acclaimed cellist Raphael Wallfisch, whose father survived Auschwitz, held a concert to raise money to oppose the plans. Dame Ruth Deech, whose father also fled the Nazis, branded the idea “ill-considered” while another Jewish peer, Lord Carlile, the government’s independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, said it would be a conspicuous terrorist target. There were fears that the site would overshadow a nearby memorial to victims of slavery and reservations over its striking bronze fin design, which Jewish commentator Melanie Phillips called “a giant toast rack”. Whether these objections and others were nimbyism or genuine and heartfelt, they all failed to recognise the project’s raison d’etre – the fundamental reason why Britain’s national Holocaust memorial (until now an unremarkable garden in Hyde Park) should sit – must sit – opposite the Palace of Westminster. On one side of Victoria Park stands the cradle of democracy, the Palace of Westminster. On the other will stand a physical reminder of what can happen when we take democracy for granted. It’s the light and the dark; an ideal and a warning. Truly, these two structures belong side by side. Heartfelt thanks go to Sir Ben Helfgott, Lord (Eric) Pickles, Ed Balls, Sir Mick Davis and all at the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, the current and previous five prime ministers and everyone else in the Jewish community and beyond whose dedication made a powerful vision a precious reality.

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Board lost moral compass I was horrified to read that the Board of Deputies rejected the application from JCORE to become a member (Jewish News, 29 July 2021). Your headline “Fury at snub to refugee body” accurately reflected my own response. Having now watched a recording of the debate, I despair at the crass ignorance and loss of moral compass shown by some deputies. I was privileged to serve as an elected ­member of the Board for four decades, culminating in spending six years as its vice president/treasurer. But it wasn’t until I subsequently became a trustee of JCORE that I fully appreciated the critical role our community can fulfil in the national debate on race relations and treatment of refugees.

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“I know Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for streaming her latest movie, but I don’t think you can sue your parents for streaming your barmitzvah!”

As an asylum judge, I saw in my ­professional life every day what an awful ordeal many asylum seekers and refugees had to suffer. I am so enormously proud of JCORE for offering practical assistance to refugees in so many ways. I finally understood the words from the Book of Isaiah that Jews should be “a light unto the nations”. For members of the Board to believe that such a worthy organisation does not deserve a place on our representative body conveys an abysmal message to the wider community about our values and traditions. Until the Board favourably reconsiders this application, it remains a sadly diminished organisation. Councillor Laurence Brass, Hertford

SILENCE LONG OVERDUE The moment’s silence at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, in respect of the slain Israeli athletes at Munich in 1972, must have brought back shocking and haunting memories for Israeli families whose loved ones were killed by terrorists five decades ago. It reminded me of my own attendance at said Olympics, which I recollect most clearly, especially the day of the massacre, when I witnessed first-hand the authorities racing towards the Olympic Village. I was leaving the area to drive to the airport for my return to London and as flights were heavily delayed, I watched on the TV in horror as the events unfolded. What amazed me was that there was no consideration to abandon the Games after such a heinous murderous act, only a short delay and a little hand-wringing with a message that the Olympian ideals must carry on. In every subsequent Games there has been scant recognition of that dark day – until now. Until this long overdue acknowledgement in Japan, any hope we had that the Olympics would even attempt to remember the murder of innocent athletes appeared to be a futile exercise. Stephen Vishnick, Tel Aviv


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Simplest of conflicts Baroness Ramsay extols President Biden’s efforts in the Palestine/Israel conflict as “delivering results” in contrast to Donald Trump’s “megaphone diplomacy”. She’s wrong that a two-state solution is the only route to solving the conflict’s “tragic complexities”. For Israel, it would be the “peace of the grave”, resulting in the “Auschwitz borders”. The Palestinians were given all they demanded in 2000 and 2008 yet rejected the offers of a state without giving counter offers. Why? Far from “complex”, the conflict is simple. The Palestinian Charter calls for

Israel’s destruction, as an “illegal entity”. The Palestinian Authority syllabus teaches children from a young age to hate Jews; maps of the region show only ‘Palestine’ covering the entire area. No call to create a Palestinian state was ever made between 1948 and 1967 when the West Bank was illegally occupied by Jordan and it became Judenrein. Why not? Golda Meir, in her 1970 Thames TV interview, stressed the conflict was about ideology, not territory. The Arabs don’t want Jewish sovereignty in any form. James R Windsor, Leytonstone

TRICKY TO VISIT ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS I want to go to Israel to visit my son, whom I have not seen for two years, and my grandson, whom I have never met. Yet Israel seems to keep changing travel rules. Now it appears I must give 20 days’ notice of intention to travel. They need a signed letter from a doctor on headed paper to prove I have had two jabs, but most doctors in the UK do not provide this. I feel Israel makes it deliberately difficult. Malcolm Silverman, By email

Without wishing to prolong the agony of the discussion, I believe that as Ben & Jerry or Unilever feel differently about the supply of their goods to genuine occupiers such as Turkey (Northern Cyprus), China (Uyghurs), Russia (Ukraine) and other guilty countries – of which there are many – than they do about Israel and single out only the Jewish state for boycott, the company can be fairly accused of an anti-Israel bias. Adrian Korsner, By email

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Week when media laziness reduced Jews to caricatures JENNI FRAZER

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’ve commented in this space before about people choosing their battles in the Jewish world and how, sometimes, it seems to me people get aerated over complete nonsense. Let us, for the sake of all our sanity, draw a veil over the latest ice cream farrago, sufficing it only to say that, in my opinion, a decision to stop selling Ben & Jerry’s products in the West Bank does not amount to terrorism. Everyone needs to stand back, take a deep breath and put this whole episode into context. However, I have seen two examples this week where perhaps it is worth making a fuss, one home-grown and the other in South America. We have often viewed the lazy use of images of strictly Orthodox Jews to illustrate even the flimsiest of articles relating to the Jewish community, the apparent problem being that national newspaper picture editors can’t seem to get their heads round the fact that most Jews look like everyone else. How dull, therefore, to use a picture of “quite a lot of ordinary-looking people”, when a “sexier” alternative beckons in the form of observant people in Stamford Hill, complete with beards, peyot, tsitsit and many children.

Perhaps those in charge at the London business paper City AM were having an off-day when they were looking for an image to go with a story about an unfortunate libel case lost by another Jewish newspaper, about the alleged activities of a Labour campaigner. Rather than use a picture of the editor of the newspaper, or the campaigner, City AM bizarrely chose to use a picture of… Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Apart from the inconvenient fact that he had nothing to do with the case in the story, what was the paper thinking? That he usefully fits the bill of ‘generic Jew’? Fortunately, should he so choose, the Chief Rabbi is more than capable of complaining to City AM about this inappropriate use of his picture. However, someone utterly incapable of complaining about the use of her image – because of inconveniently being a Holocaust

WHAT WAS THE PAPER THINKING? THAT THE CHIEF RABBI USEFULLY FITS THE BILL OF ‘GENERIC JEW’?

victim – is the teenage diarist Anne Frank, who as we know spent just over two years in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, dying in Belsen just before liberation in 1945. Last week in Buenos Aires, a hugely popular reality talent programme called Showmatch featured a singer, Sofia Jimenez, performing I’m Not That Woman, which namechecks women who cannot leave their house. Jimenez sang: “I’m not the Anne Frank’s image on the hugely popular reality talent show type of woman who doesn’t Anne Frank did not stay at home because leave the house” in front of a giant image of she was a submissive woman, but had to Anne Frank. hide to escape the persecution of the Nazi I simply cannot imagine what the show’s machinery.” producers or the singer thought they were After the complaints, the singer and some doing here. Although, as they say on social of Showmatch’s producers visited Anne Frank media, that word “thought” is doing a lot of House in Buenos Aires, but I believe that the heavy lifting. damage was done. Anne Frank was reduced to a There is an Anne Frank House in the caricature for millions of Argentinian viewers, Argentine capital, a recreation of the original all for the sake of a lazy image. in Amsterdam, and its administrators, rightly, It’s too easy to reach for the nearest reproached the show. Holocaust trope or picture to illustrate They said: “To use Anne Frank as the anything these days. I profoundly wish more background for a song by a woman who refuses consideration could be applied, but I’m not to stay at home is to bring the banalisation of holding my breath. the Holocaust to its extreme expression.


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Where survivors’ legacies will take on physical form KAREN POLLOCK

HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST

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n living memory, the unimaginable happened. Jewish people in their millions were identified and segregated. They were stripped of their businesses, their homes and even their citizenship. They were rounded up, deported and forced into ghettos and camps. And then, in purposebuilt extermination camps, in ravines and in forests across Europe, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered. As Jews, we grew up hearing the stories of the Holocaust. We knew people who had tattoos on their arms. We knew that the Holocaust was something that happened to people like us, our family. But today, that knowledge goes beyond our community. In schools the length and breadth of the country, British students from all faiths and none learn about the Holocaust. They hear the testimony of Holocaust survivors, they visit the sites where it happened, they learn the story of the Kindertransport and they explore the allied forces’ decision not to bomb the train tracks leading to Auschwitz. The Holocaust

THIS MEMORIAL WILL REMIND GENERATIONS TO COME OF THIS STAIN ON WORLD HISTORY

Sir Ben Helfgott views the designs of the memorial that will be built in Westminster

is British history and has become part of this country’s narrative. Today, we can have faith that this willingness to learn, understand and remember will continue and grow. The UK Holocaust

Memorial and Learning Centre will be built at the very heart of our democracy;, it will forever stand as a warning from history and as a reminder of what happened when hatred and antisemitism went unchecked.

When we can no longer hear the testimonies of the eyewitnesses, when we can no longer be awestruck by their unimaginable stories of survival, when we can no longer almost touch history, this memorial will stand to remind generations to come of this stain on world history, this seminal moment in British history and this central moment in Jewish history. Britain’s Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre will stand in the shadow of parliament. A parliament that made decisions that shaped the Second World War. It will forever have a central place in our city – a place to pause, reflect and challenge, a place where we can come together to reflect upon our shared humanity. A place where the very human stories of the Holocaust will be told. A place where the Jewish community can come together to mourn. A place where people from around the world will learn about this abominable part of human history. A place that will tell our nation’s story and stand forever as a warning of what can happen when liberal democracy fails. Today, as a nation, we say that we will remember.

We can’t wipe out hate but we can show where it leads LORD ERIC PICKLES & ED BALLS UK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ADVISORY BOARD

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new national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in the heart of London was first mooted in 2015. Six and a half years later, we are thrilled that Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament will be the home of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. The memorial will honour the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazi persecution. The co-located learning centre will also focus on subsequent genocides. This memorial also respects the men and women whose lives are a testament to the endurance and the strength of the human spirit – the inspiring survivors. In a world in which Holocaust denial, distortion and revisionism is on the increase, we have a duty to provide the unvarnished facts. The memorial will stand as a reminder of

the horrors of the past and will encourage reflection on their implications for British government and society, both at the time and subsequently. The view of parliament from the memorial will serve as a permanent reminder that political decisions have far-reaching consequences. The exhibition will address the complexities of Britain’s ambiguous responses to the Holocaust, and encourage visitors to critically reflect on whether more could have been done, both by policymakers and by society as a whole. The memorial will be an opportunity for all of us to reflect on a crime unique in human history. One where six million innocent people – men, women, children, babies – were sent to their deaths just for being different, just for being Jewish. It is also a chance to reflect on the hundreds of thousands of Roma, and the thousands

of gay and disabled people who were also murdered by the Nazis. It is important that we not only focus on how they died, but also how they lived – as fathers, as mothers, as sons, as daughters, as brothers and sisters who loved and hoped and dreamed, just like every one of us. We have a duty to ensure that we all understand how this evil was allowed to happen; how so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts and, perhaps more importantly, how so many others stood silent. It is not enough to just listen, learn and remember – remembrance without purpose, without action changes nothing. The Holocaust may have reached its climax at Treblinka and Auschwitz, but it started in the hearts of ordinary men and women. When the true horror of the Holocaust was revealed, we collectively said ‘never again’, but since then we have all seen the madness and evil that can sweep through nations

IN A WORLD IN WHICH HOLOCAUST DENIAL IS ON THE RISE, WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROVIDE THE FACTS

– Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur – they shock our conscience, but they are the extreme of a spectrum of ignorance and intolerance we see every day; the bigotry that says another person is less than my equal, less than human. These are the seeds of hate that we cannot let take root. The words ‘never again’ have become synonymous with the Holocaust and are a challenge to us all to reject hatred in all of its forms, including antisemitism, which has no place in a civilised world. We must confront the reality that around the world antisemitism is on the rise. Related to the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza, the Community Security Trust recorded more than 628 antisemitic incidents between 8 May and 7 June this year. This record wave of anti-Jewish hate was accompanied by violent rhetoric and extremist incitement online and anti-Israel demonstrations and rallies across the country. We know that we will never be able to wipe out hatred and we will not entirely erase the scourge of antisemitism, but the exhibition and education offered by the new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre will ensure we are all aware of where hatred can lead.


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Ice cream decision is the tip of the occupation iceberg ILAN BARUCH

CHAIR, ISRAELI POLICY WORKING GROUP

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istory keeps telling us that small gestures sometimes tell big stories. The announcement of Ben & Jerry’s intention to cease its marketing of ice cream in the occupied territories on grounds of principle by the end of 2022 is one such case. Officially, Israel has sprung into frantic action. President Herzog was quoted calling the move “terrorism”. Foreign minister Yair Lapid blamed the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and condemned the Jewish owners of B&J’s for succumbing to its dictate to boycott Israel, while equating it with antisemitism Israel’s ambassador to the US and the UN shouted gewalt while launching a global counter-campaign to make B&Js retract. This is the official Israeli self-righteous position, expecting full and unrelenting support from the international community and Jewish establishment. The British Jewish leadership lined up as expected.

But the issue is not the petty ice cream pleasures denied to Jewish settlers and soldiers in the occupied Palestinian territories. The real issue haunting us in Israel for more than half a century is the occupation, which is increasingly involved with cruel subjugation and denial of civil and human rights to millions of Palestinians, with no end in sight. Life in the West Bank is clearly reminding people of Apartheid South Africa. The occupation is unsustainable as two seams critical for Israel’s survival are exposed to increasing international pressure threatening to collapse. First, Israel is losing the understanding and sympathy of the liberal and democratic world. The post-Second World War order is based on respect for the rule of international law and of human rights. The Israeli treatment of the Palestinians is universally regarded as in contravention of both. Israel, for maintaining its security, needs to be watchful of its international standing. It is not enough to blame adversity as antisemitic. It is required to fall in line with the norms and regulations of the international order, which it has defied for more than 50 years. No one can

ignore anymore the emerging tendencies on both sides of the Atlantic, of impatience with the stagnating occupation and the violations of international law and human rights of the occupation and settlement enterprise. Second, the Israeli policy towards the Palestinians is putting its relations with the liberal Jewish world in a stressful situation. For how long can Jewish communities overseas tolerate the bullish behaviour of settlers and soldiers, abusing Palestinians, engaging in usurpation of land, destruction of olive groves, spilling of produce, flattening of homes, aiming to evict by force dwellers of poor shepherd communities under the blazing sun? The UN Security Council resolution 2334 (December 2016) “underlines that it will not recognise any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations”. The ice cream crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Israel needs international assistance to redress its relations with the Palestinians by pursuing a fair deal leading to the two-state solution.

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Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue Camp Kochavim participants have been enjoying summer highlights, including seeing animals in a petting zoo, outings to Legoland and Kidzania and a performance by a finalist from Britain’s Got Talent. Campers who were isolating were still able to be part of the experience, joining virtual interactive sessions and watching the entertainers. Throughout camp, children picked up a ‘Jewish Thought of the Day’, learning and discussing different values such as friendship, respect and forgiveness.

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KIND CAMPAIGN

Norwood resident Moshe made a Rosh Hashanah card for family with home manager Eugene for his ‘act of kindness’. In celebration of the Jewish New Year, and from today (Thursday) until 6 September, Norwood is running an acts of kindness campaign to make the community more inclusive of people with learning disabilities. Participants are being asked to perform an act of kindness, photograph it and post it to the social media channel of their choice, tagging Norwood and including its hashtag, #ActsofKindness.

3SHUL REDEDICATION

The Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Community celebrated its reopening after 18 months with a celebratory weekend of events, including a cheese and wine tasting. The shul has transformed its building with green features, including solar panels, and held a series of events to mark the occasion. The celebrations began with a family fun day, followed by a Friday night service – during which Rabbi Naomi Goldman rededicated the building – and a Shabbat morning choral service.

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Schoolboy Charlie Harris took part in the Bnei Mitzvah Challenge to climb two mountains in the Lake District in aid of Chai Cancer Care, raising more than £2,500. He carried out the challenge with his father as part of his barmitzvah learning and wanted to fundraise for the charity as it helped his aunt and her family when she had cancer. He urged others to do a similar deed for their barmitzvah. “It was tough and very hot, but I was really proud of myself and the whole group that we managed to do it,” he said.

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A MAN OF WORDS …AND ACTION! Francine Wolfisz speaks to actor and writer Lior Raz about his new Netflix thriller, Hit & Run

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f the tension-ridden scenes of Israeli thriller Fauda have viewers at the edge Top: A fight scene from Hit & Run of their seats, then Lior Raz’s latest show might well have them ending up on the floor. Having co-created the hit drama with political journalist Avi Issacharoff – and led the cast as the brooding yet smouldering stubblefaced commando Doron Kavillio – the talented actor and writer has turned to his trusted partner again, as well as The Killing’s Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich for their new nine-episode series, Hit & Run. Raz, 49, also stars in this new show as tour guide Segev Azulai, who lives a contented life in Tel Aviv with his young daughter (Neta Orbach) and his new American wife Danielle (Kaelen Ohm). When Danielle is killed in a mysterious hit and run on the day she was set to return to New York for a visit, he suspects it may not have been an accident. Lior Raz, above, stars as tour guide Segev Azulai In the midst of his grief and confusion, he decides to He laughs: “It’s so much fun. You know, you he doesn’t want embark on a danger-laden have the licence as an actor to do crazy things to, he just journey to find his wife’s that you cannot do in real life. I can’t just go and killers, who may have fled wants to live chase someone on my motorcycle. I love to do to the US – but along the way his life. my own stunts, I love to fight, I love to shoot, “He goes he uncovers disturbing truths I love to drive. But it’s not easy, physically – about his beloved wife and into ‘beast’ you know to do all those things. I broke my rib. the secrets she kept from him. mode, where The stellar cast also he doesn’t care I’ve torn my ankle. I’ve torn muscles in my leg.” Raz has literally spilt blood, sweat and tears features Gal Toren – seen about anything Lior Ashkenazi stars for his art, but the payoff has been obvious: else, he’s just recently in Apple TV+ neo- alongside Kaelen Ohm Fauda has become an international hit – noir thriller Losing Alice – going for the chase. thanks to being streamed on Netflix – and alongside Moran Rosenblatt, Sanaa Lathan, That’s something propelled Israeli shows into the global arena. [Avi and I] both know from our experiences Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Aronov, Has he been surprised by the success of the and we brought it to the show.” Igal Naor, Kevin Mambo and Gregg Henry. show, which is soon going into production Having served in the same military unit As with Fauda, which draws on Raz and for its fourth series? together and been friends since the age of 16, Issacharoff ’s military background as “Definitely,” he smiles. “I was shocked Raz explains how he and Issacharoff formed a commandos in an elite counterterrorism unit because we thought just our parents would of the Israeli special forces, Hit & Run was partly lifelong bond – one that today has turned into watch that show. All of a sudden it became a a thriving creative partnership. inspired by the pair’s own experiences with loss huge hit all over the world. For me as an actor “Avi and I are just like brothers,” he smiles. and grief. as well, it’s brought us the opportunity to do “That’s it for life. I think the combination In the case of Raz, he was just 19 when his things like Hit & Run.” between us is very good. He’s a journalist and an girlfriend, Iris Azulai – whose last name is As for what might be coming next, Raz hints autodidact, he’s all the time learning. He’s more borrowed for Segev’s – was stabbed to death that there are far more ideas and projects in the into the story and the plot and I’m more about in 1990 by a Palestinian Arab terrorist. Of the pipeline, although he’s also taking time to try to the emotional journey of the characters. many tattoos that cover Raz’s body, one is a balance that with family life, especially since he “We are good friends and good partners. permanent reminder of her birthday. and his wife, Meital Berdah, have just welcomed It’s very hard to find a partner that you trust.” Dealing with the grief that emerged aftera daughter, their fourth child. While their off-screen chemistry has wards provided Raz with a poignant starting “You look at Covid as the craziest, worst thing translated into the global success of Fauda, point for Hit & Run, he tells me during our that ever happened to all of us, but you can also it’s equally Raz’s on screen personality as an allrecent Zoom chat about his new drama. try to learn something from that,” he reflects. action tough guy that has kept viewers hooked. “Hit & Run is about someone who was in the “I learnt a lot about what’s important in my Between the thrills and spills of car chases, special forces and now he’s living the best life life, about my family, and about how humble shoot-outs and fight scenes, Raz understandably that you can ever imagine. He has his wife, his you can be.” loves the opportunity to play the hero, daughter, he is a tourist guy, he’s not fighting  Hit & Run premieres on Friday, 6 although there have inevitably been injuries anymore. But this character is drawn back to his August, on Netflix along the way. past because he has to fight again, even though

A look

Inside Number crunching: Rachel Riley’s new maths book for adults

Trail of the century: Radio 4’s compelling new drama, Nuremberg

Food: Spice roasted salmon with pickled mustard seeds, citrus and herbs


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COMEDY

FILM

The Funny Girls

Extinct (U)

Whatever would have happened if Barbra Streisand came up against Joan Rivers? That’s the quirky premise of new ‘what if’ comedy, The Funny Girls, which opens this autumn. Roy Smiles’ play is a fantastical clash of ego and wit, laced with lashings of Jewish humour. Actors Mia Tomlinson (The Beast Must Die, The Lost Pirate Kingdom) and Rosanna Harris (Grease, UK tour) will reprise their roles as Joan and Barbra, under the direction of Michael Strassen. Two rising stars with big dreams, The Funny

Girls follows the trials and errors of paving a way to success in bygone America and knowing when to seize your moment. From overbearing mothers and closeted homosexual lover, to troublesome beauty standards and the level of fame, no cards are left unturned. But was it all worth it? The Funny Girls runs from 26 October to 21 November at Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate, www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s Alex Borstein and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress Rachel Bloom are among a stellar cast lending their vocal talents on Extinct, a new feature animation arriving on Sky Cinema later this month. Chalk and cheese siblings Op (Bloom) and Ed (Adam Devine) are Flummels – cute, furry donut-shaped animals who live on an island in the Galapagos in 1835. Ed, a grumpy pessimist, desperately wants to fit in with the community, while the overly exuberant Op constantly creates havoc that makes them outsiders. When they accidentally time travel to modern-day Shanghai, they discover traffic,

trans fats, and worst of all, that flummels are now extinct. It’s up to this bumbling pair to save themselves and their species – and, just maybe, change the course of history. Directed by David Silverman and Raymond S Persi, the cast also features Ken Jeong, Zazie Beetz, Jim Jeffries, Reggie Watts, Julia Chan and Steve Aoki. Extinct is released on Sky Cinema and Now TV from 20 August

BOOK

At Sixes and Sevens Countdown queen Rachel Riley has disclosed that she is releasing a maths book for adults. Due to be released in October by publisher HarperCollins, At Sixes and Sevens is aimed at helping “anyone and everyone who ever thought maths was ‘above’ them”. The synopsis reads: “Discover how to divide and conquer, make your decimal debut, become a pythagoras professional and so much more with these easy-to-learn tips and tricks. “Packed full of working examples, fool-proof methods, quirky trivia and brainteasers to try from puzzle-pro Dr Gareth Moore, this book is an absolute must-read for anyone and everyone who ever thought

maths was ‘above’ them. “Because the truth is: you can do it. What’s more, it can be pretty fun too!” Taking to social media, the 35-year-old presenter cheekily added: “I will be taking you by the hand and leading you every step of the way. It’s a fun maths book, so there’s more references to football, cocktails and even vejazzles than you might expect.” At Sixes and Sevens is released on 28 October and is available for pre-order now

Leopoldstadt Tom Stoppard’s sweeping drama Leopoldstadt, which draws on his own Jewish background, is set to return to the West End this week. The Olivier Award-winning play received critical acclaim after it opened in early 2020, playing seven weeks of sold-out performances before closing during lockdown. It reopens at Wyndham’s Theatre this weekend and rusn until the end of October. In the early 1900s, Leopoldstadt was

RADIO

Nuremberg Natalie Dormer, Freddie Fox, Ed Stoppard and Alex Kingston are set to feature in a compelling new radio drama from Jonathan Myerson about the Nuremberg Trials. Nuremberg follows the race to track down and capture war criminals, the struggle to establish the trial itself, the horrific evidence – and finally the monumental sentencing. The eight-part drama begins as Nazi commanders are arrested and held in a former luxury but now stripped-out Luxembourg hotel. The accused await trial, on suicide watch and at risk of reprisals. The series tracks how the trial was pulled together; wrestling the legal systems of Britain, America, France and Russia – and how, stretched between the desires of Truman, Churchill and Stalin it almost collapsed altogether. Listeners will hear the tension of court proceedings as prosecutors scale an overwhelming mountain of evidence.

THEATRE

Seized from retreating Nazis, the Navy Archive alone comprised of 485 tonnes of paper. Testimonies detail the convenient ‘amnesia’ of onetime Deputy Führer, Rudolf Hess, the self-adoring grandiosity of Nazi power figure Hermann Goering and the tactical repentance from architect Albert Speer. But, most importantly of all, it marked the first ever hearing of harrowing evidence of the Holocaust, with the trial effectively inventing the word ‘genocide’ to describe crimes inflicted upon Jews, Roma and other minorities. The drama airs from 27 August, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, which is marked in November, on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, but times have moved on for manufacturer Hermann Merz, a baptised Jew married to a Catholic woman, Gretl, and they now live in a more fashionable part of the city. Assimilated and ambitious to become members of the social elite, the Merz family look upon this era with optimism and opportunity. However, by the time Stoppard’s sweeping drama has come to its conclusion, Austria has borne the scars of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany – and for the country’s Jewish community – the murder of 65,000 of them during the Holocaust. Directed by Patrick Marber, the play features Cara Ballingall, Arty Froushan, Aidan McArdle and Macy Nyman alongside original cast members Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey and Faye Castelow. Leopoldstadt plays at Wyndham’s Theatre from 7 August to 30 October, www.leopoldstadtplay.com


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Food & Drink / Weekend

H PICKLED IT W N O M L SA D E SPICE ROAST RUS AND HERBS IT C S, D E SE D R A ST MU

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like my salmon with a spicy rub and tangy, acidic accompaniments as a foil to the fatty richness of the fish. This dish is very easy and quick to make and beautiful to behold. It’s self-saucing— making its own flavourful liquid as the mustard seeds, spices, cooking juices and citrus mingle together. It’s easily adaptable for a bigger crowd – just get a bigger piece of fish.

SERVES 4 TO 6

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SALMON: 2 clementines, peeled and sectioned 2 blood oranges 1 Cara Cara orange (or ruby red grapefruit) 2 pounds skinless salmon fillet 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup lightly packed fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill, chervil and mint

Photos by Gentl and Hyers

FOR THE PICKLED MUSTARD SEEDS: ½ cup yellow mustard seeds 1 cup water ¾ cup white wine vinegar or cider vinegar ¼ cup sugar 1½ teaspoons salt

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1 To make the pickled mustard seeds: Heat a small saucepan over high heat. Add the mustard seeds and toast until fragrant, about three minutes. Add the water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the seeds are soft and plump and most of the liquid has been absorbed (it still should be spoonable), about 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. 2 To make the salmon: Peel both oranges with a knife, removing all of the white pith. Cut crosswise into slices. If using grapefruit, cut out each section, leaving the membrane and pith behind. 3 Preheat the oven to 230°C. Line a large baking sheet with foil. 4 Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet and rub with the oil. Mix the cumin, coriander, paprika, salt and pepper to taste together and rub all over the salmon, making sure the top is well coated first. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes (depending on thickness), for medium, or to desired doneness. Using two large spatulas, carefully transfer the fish to a serving platter, top with ¼ cup pickled mustard seeds, the citrus and the herbs.

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ENTERPRISING CONNECTIONS SAVE TIME FOR TRADE Two recently-launched apps that use on-demand services are saving people time and money and are changing the trades landscape, discovers Candice Krieger

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sitting round a table, but was there new Deliveroo-style early enough that I sat on the floor app has been working and having lunch.” launched that Fast forward a few years delivers parts and convenience has become to plumbers critical for consumers. “People and tradespeople are time poor, so if someone can within 30 minutes. save themselves time they will,” Snap-It is the brainchild of he says. “People’s expectations are plumber Viktor Muhhin, who was Harry Tyndall more demanding than ever. The onfrustrated by the time wasted every demand ideology has expanded like week shopping for spare parts. Launched last year, it has reached more than we could have never imagined, from next day delivery being amazing to four-hour delivery £1 million in turnover and secured a couple slots, to deliveries on demand in less than 30 of handy team members en route, including minutes. And it’s not just products and perishJewish entrepreneur Harry Tyndall, who was able goods, it’s transport too, such as Uber or one of Deliveroo’s early employees, launching having a bike to use outside your front door.” their business in the UK, Dubai and Australia. Snap-It delivers boilers and spare parts Tyndall joined Deliveroo as the 30th person. within 30 to 40 minutes. Tradespeople use the After three years, he was one of some 2,000 and app to complete purchases, which run through worked his way up to head of sales UK before the Snap-It system and are sent to the nearest leaving the food delivery company in 2017. participating retailer. Once the order has Tyndall, 33, Snap-It’s chief revenue officer, recalls: “I wasn’t part of the first group of people been accepted, a partnered courier will collect

Snap-It delivers boilers and spare parts within 30 to 40 minutes

and deliver the order. “It’s win-win,” explains Tyndall. “The tradesperson saves time, money and stress shopping for parts and the customer gets their hot water back straight away! And the store enjoys a sale from us too.” Currently London-based, Snap-It plans to roll-out to over 30 UK cities. It has around 40 retailers on board – including Gas World and Embassy Plumbing – a number it hopes to more than triple in the next year. It recently began a pilot with a major UK retailer. “We want to have a real impact on the industry and there’s no reason why we can’t surpass 500+ partners in the next few years,” affirms Tyndall, who believes he wouldn’t be at Snap-It were it not for Deliveroo. “I became a strict operator at Deliveroo, ensuring I documented my work religiously, always thinking of a plan B, making sure I had options and understood all potential outcomes. Commercially, it made me really aggressive, in a good way: making hundreds of calls and having 30 to 40 client meetings a week became my norm and I refuse to stop until the job is done.” But, after three years, Tyndall – who lives in north London with his wife Samantha and their baby boy – found himself “stuck behind a desk and my ‘chutzpah’ was vanishing. I needed a new challenge to get my mojo back.” He was introduced to Muhhin through one of Snap-It’s investors. The company has secured more than £1m in investment to date. Tyndall acknowledges the on-demand landscape has changed significantly since his Deliveroo days, in part accelerated by Covid. “Pre-pandemic, we were

all booking Ubers, using Amazon Prime and treating ourselves to Deliveroo, but Covid has forced us to stay in more and accept that we can run our lives from our living rooms.” He adds: “There are so many courier companies, so more and more services and brands will offer on-demand services. Imagine not having to queue for an iPhone – would you pay £15 to get it ‘now’? The answer would be yes. Ten years ago, one would say ‘£15 for delivery, thanks but no thanks’. But today, anything that can save us hassle, time and money, we’ll be game for. The convenience concept works best when you have demand but most of all density, as it will reduce delivery times, delivery costs and increase efficiencies for couriers.” The on-demand delivery market is growing at a staggering rate, penetrating multiple sectors. Grocery has seen the biggest growth. According to reports, the global online ondemand food delivery services market is set to grow by £31.82 billion during 2020-2024. “Grocery deliveries are the new thing – take Dija.” Founded by two former Deliveroo executives, Alberto Menolascina and Yusuf Saban, Dija guarantees the delivery of groceries within 10 minutes. “I wish I had the initiative to do this myself when working with Booker and Nisa in the Roo days – it’s starting to make a real impact.” And Tesco recently waded into the rapid grocery delivery war with the launch of Whoosh – a one-hour service the supermarket giant is trialling, initially in Wolverhampton. Yet Tyndall is confident the trades market will be next to be disrupted. “It’s one of the few industries that still runs on pen and paper, with billions generated every year. It’s yet to be digitised and a bit archaic, so changing habits won’t be easy, but we are the first to take a big step in the right direction.” www.snap-it.app


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NEW APP LINKS CONSUMERS WITH TRADESPEOPLE A revolutionary new app that connects the public to nearby, toprated tradespeople in under a minute is being rolled out across the UK. Spetz, founded by Israeli-entrepreneur Yossi Nevo, is a “one-stop shop” for those who are in need of an urgent tradesperson, such as a locksmith, electrician, builder or plumber. Already operational in Israel and Australia, Spetz recently began a full UK offensive after a successful ‘soft launch’ and will launch an initial public offering, or IPO, to help fund expansion. Nevo says: “Urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility – but we do. “The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free – it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads.” A serial entrepreneur, Nevo has set up several businesses harnessing old and new

technology, but believes Spetz will be his biggest success yet. “The app was based on my 20 years’ experience in dealing with tradespeople and then harnessing that with the latest technology,” says Nevo. “It is highly advanced, continually learning and can be easily scaled as we expand into the UK market.” Apart from obvious ‘Mr Fixits’, Spetz trade– speople cover more than 400 different services. “All that anyone might need for normal day-to-day eventualities,” explains Nevo. “Using machine learning and artificial intelligence Spetz identifies the user’s location, matches them with the top-rated available service provider in their area, puts them in touch immediately and supplies each with the other’s details.” Company vice-president Ofir Friedman says: “Previously, anyone hunting an urgent service typically faced too much and sometimes challenging information, but Spetz cuts through all that to get help on its way fast. “There is no online form filling, no directory scrolling or navigating quotes. We simply match the customer with the best tradesperson by availability, service and location.” www.spetz.co.uk

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Torah For Today What the Torah says about: Extreme weather

RABBI ALEX CHAPPER “Seeing is believing” is the adage that suggests sight is the clearest of the senses, more accurate than hearing, more informative than touch, smell and taste. However, until this point, Moses has been telling the people to listen to his final words of warning to hear the mitzvot they have learnt previously and about which he is now reminding them. The verb shema (hear) occurs 30 times in the previous two Sidrot and impresses upon us the importance of absorbing everything we have heard with our ears. It is no surprise then that the greatest declaration of our faith is known as the Shema. So why do we now switch senses? “Re’eh (see), I place before you today a blessing and a curse...” only to revert to being told that the blessing will come about “if you listen to the mitzvot”. What is the difference

between seeing and hearing? The latter allows us to perceive something even when it is at a distance, whereas sight is limited to something closer to us. Throughout life, we face many situations, a variety of options and a choice of responses but how clearly do we know the consequences of our actions? The only way to discern the difference between a blessing and a curse is to open our eyes to the reality of what is good and what is not. As we are about to begin the month of Elul, we can see the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not so far off and that is why we blow the shofar every day for the whole month, so we can hear and understand that although not yet in sight it will not be long before they arrive. ◆ Rabbi Alex Chapper serves Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue

RABBI GARRY WAYLAND Heatwaves and floods have dominated Europe’s weather in recent weeks – and at times to devastating effect. What does the Torah say about extreme weather? “God smelled the appeasing fragrance, and God said to Himself, ‘Never again will I curse the soil because of man, for the inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. “I will never again strike down all life as I have just done. As long as the earth lasts, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night, shall never again cease [to exist].” Thus promises God after the deluge: up until that point, the fate of earth was intrinsically linked with the spiritual standing of humankind; it rained when Adam prayed, it gave forth thorns when he sinned. After the generation of Noah, however, this was no longer tenable: man was to be part of the ecosystem, not above it; a servant, not its master.

The pulse of the Jewish year was always the seasons: Pesach linked with the ripened barley; Shavuot with the first fruits. Jews in Israel knew precisely the dates by which they should expect rain; the sages instituted a series of precisely calibrated fasts lest, God forbid, the rains did not come in their proper time. God gave two sets of commandments to Adam: “Fill the earth and conquer it” and “guard and work [the Garden of Eden]”. The era of modernity has certainly led to mankind filling the first command: we had, it seems, managed to fill the earth and conquer it,

becoming masters of the soil and the sky; every creature from the largest beast to viruses subdued for our needs; our physical bodies becoming mere conduits for technology. Nature, at last, may be fighting back. Extreme weather is becoming more frequent, while horrific diseases are emerging from our encroaching of ecosystems to which we do not belong. In the words of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik: “As long as man lives within the bounds set by his Creator he remains the son of Mother Earth and may claim asylum in her lap… she is kind to herself, to her son who is an integral part of her.” Hope, in the words of the late Rabbi Lord Sacks, is an active virtue, and building a future in which we can live in partnership with nature will take patience, sacrifice and hope. ◆ Rabbi Garry Wayland is a teacher and educator for US Living and Learning

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Will Harry’s tell-all book speak out against injustice or just be salacious gossip?

‘You really can’t live on bread alone’ BY RABBI RICHARD JACOBI “God subjected you to the hardship of hunger and then gave you manna to eat, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever known, in order to teach you that a human being does not live on bread alone…” (Deuteronomy 8:3) This is one of those quotable lines from the Torah that has found its way into everyday speech. The context makes clear it is not simply dietary advice. The Chatam Sofer clearly tells us “not to take our lives on merely gaining a livelihood: eating in order to work, working in order to eat. Our true purpose should be learning in order to teach, observe, do and uphold Torah in truth and faith.” The setting for Deuteronomy, in the borders of the Promised Land, gives even more context. Moses is pictured anticipating what could happen when the Israelites are safe and comfortable in their portion of

the land. At what point will a full stomach lead to complacent blindness to the purpose of life? In 2021, we have seen the consequences of centuries of living by bread alone – whether we look at deforestation in the Amazon, soil erosion, methane adding to climate change, plastic water bottles polluting the seas and so forth. The effects are dramatically felt this summer with floods being described as “Biblical”. Nature is telling us: “You’ve messed with me, now see what rebounds onto you.” Every time we conclude a meal, the Birkat Hamazon reminds us not only to be thankful for having food, but to return our focus to improving the world we live in through our words and our deeds. So let’s also feed our thoughts towards the urgent tasks of repairing this world.

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BY RABBI ELLIOTT KARSTADT How do you feel about Prince Harry (pictured) and Meghan Markle signing a tell-all book deal with Penguin Random House worth a reported $20 million (£14 million)? As with everything the royal family does in public, it precipitated fevered speculation, including (incorrect) reports that a second instalment of Harry’s memoirs would be held back and published upon the death of the Queen. Jewish tradition warns us against spreading gossip (lashon hara): “Do not go around as a tale-bearer amongst your people,” we are told in the book of Leviticus (19:16). This injunction includes things that are true but which were not before in the public realm. The Torah’s focus is on the one who goes around spreading gossip, but we are just as much to blame when we willingly form part of a culture that rewards people for exposing their private lives in such a way.

Harry’s supporters might object that there is a place between lashon hara and speaking out against injustice. Indeed, alongside the injunction against going about as a tale-bearer, we are told not to stand idly by while others are harmed and to tell others when you think they are doing wrong. This is particularly relevant in the case of Harry and Meghan, given what was revealed in their recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, when it was suggested that members of the royal household had spoken in derogatory

terms about Meghan’s race and that of her and Harry’s future children. In his famous work on the ethics of gossip and slander, the Chofetz Chayyim (Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan) points out that what might be considered lashon hara is permissible when it helps others. However, he includes seven conditions that should be met for this to be the case, including that the sins you are describing are not exaggerated and that the revelations are not entered into without consideration for those who are most deeply affected. If we do end up buying a copy of Harry’s memoirs when they appear, let us hope that what he has to say is well considered, with the intention of serving the cause of justice. But let us also remember our own responsibility not to serve our own desire for salacious gossip. ◆ Rabbi Elliott Karstadt serves Alyth Synagogue

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Our trusty team of advisers answers your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: The requirement for an Israeli will, financial compliance and dismissal of new employees CAROLYN ADDLEMAN DIRECTOR OF LEGACIES

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Dear Carolyn I own a property in Israel but live in the UK where the remainder of my assets are. Do I need an Israeli will and an English one? Ruth Dear Ruth The question of whether you need a will in each jurisdiction is becoming more common as more people buy homes overseas. It is always advisable to check with a local lawyer as some countries will require a local will, while others will accept a foreign one, and some jurisdictions have specific inheritance

Can you put this into perspective? David

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RICHDALE CONSULTANTS LTD. Dear Jacob I’ve been operating as a payment service provider offering foreign exchange, money remittance, etc, for more than 20 years. Over recent years however, both HM Revenue and Customs and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have greatly increased their compliance demands.

Dear David The purpose of regulation is to achieve the objectives of the regulator. The operational objectives of the FCA are to protect consumers, enhance the integrity of the financial markets and encourage fair competition. Focusing on the first two objectives alone, it is clear that a lot more needs to be done to prevent the staggering levels of fraud in the UK, which cost the private sector more than £150 billion annually while costing the public sector more than £50bn annually. These “increased compli-

rules governing the division of local assets. The general rule is that inheritance rules for immovable assets (property) follow the law of the land in which they stand. Although it is not obligatory to have an Israeli will, it is certainly preferable and will make the administration of your Israeli estate much easier and quicker if there is one in place. It is important that an Israeli will co-exists with an English one and restricts its application to your assets in Israel. An Israeli lawyer should be made aware of any English will that is in place and, if possible, they should be made aware of the date the will was signed. If the lawyer doesn’t know about the existence of a valid English will, an Israeli will could unintentionally revoke the English one, creating more problems than it solves.

ance demands” are intended to achieve the objectives of protecting consumers, enhancing the integrity of the financial markets and encouraging fair competition, which I am sure you would also like to achieve, although I appreciate it is often difficult to see the endgame. That’s why at Richdale we encourage businesses to move away from a tick-box approach to their compliance, and instead work towards an understanding of the regulations and their underlying objectives, while automating the processes where possible. Our experience has shown us that businesses tend to be more successful in the long run, by virtue of having implemented compliant procedures.

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Hamas [noun] 1 a terror group dedicated to the destruction of Israel. 2 been responsible for four wars and more than six thousand civilian deaths. 3 its military wing was proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000. 4 its so-called ‘political wing’ remains outside of that legislation while openly promoting violence against Jewish and Israeli targets.

Hamas is a terror organisation. This August the Israel Britain Alliance will start a new parliamentary campaign to insist that the UK Home Secretary proscribes Hamas under the Terrorism Act 2000. Please register your support now at www.israelbritain.org.uk.

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