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60% of councils shirking IHRA are Conservative 30 Tory-led local authorities ignoring ministers on antisemitism definition by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

The overwhelming majority of local councils in England that have yet to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism are under Conservative control, Jewish News can reveal. At least 50 local councils – out of a total of 340 in England

The government has called on councils to adopt IHRA

– have ignored repeated calls by government ministers to adopt the the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition, a report compiled by a communal organistion confirms. The data, held by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and shared with government, confirms that of the 50 councils not signed up to IHRA – no fewer than 30 of them, some 60 percent, are Tory-led. The complacency of some Tory local authorities towards the internationally-recognised working definition – devised as a guide to modern-day anti-Jewish racism – stands in direct contrast to the impressive record of support for IHRA from government ministers. One senior government figure told Jewish News: “It’s not that most of the remaining Tory councils yet to adopt IHRA oppose the definition. It’s more that they just don’t see its adoption as being a priority.” Asked to comment on the situation regarding Conservative councils and IHRA, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed that at least three-quarters of local councils in England have now adopted the IHRA definition. They said the government would strongly encourage those yet to adopt the definition to do so – and added it release a list of councils that have adopted the definition. They stressed that the government remained committed to tackling antisemitism. Continued on page 3

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Scrapping universal credit uplift ‘will hit many Jews’ by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

The government’s decision to cut the £20 a week uplift to universal credit next month will prove to be “highly detrimental to the country, including to many in the Jewish community”, a Labour councilllor and Board of Deputies representative has warned. Nathan Boroda used his maiden speech to Bury Council to propose a motion aimed at stopping the cut, which he said went against “our values of fairness, equality and decency”. He pointed to a recent workinggroup set up in the region that highlighted how many of those in the Charedi community relied on universal credit to top up often low wages. In a speech applauded by those in the chamber, Boroda said the uplift to the benefit had proved to be a “lifeline” for many in the community since it was introduced by the government. Boroda, 22, followed up his cam-

paign to protect the uplift, which was brought in during the coronavirus pandemic to help struggling families, with a question at Sunday’s Board’s plenary. Recognising the Board had made several representations on welfare policy in the past, Boroda, who sits on the Defence Committee, called for the communal organisation to intervene over the ending of the uplift. The former Warwick University student told Jewish News this week he feared the cut would “impact across all denominations in our community” and added it would “go against our Jewish values of loving one’s neighbour as oneself”. The Board’s Gary Mond vowed to pass the issue on to Andrew Gilbert, who he said sits on the relevant sub-committee, for consideration. A recent cross-authority working group set up between Manchester, Salford and Bury had looked at the unique

People protest against government cuts. Inset: Nathan Boroda

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Key Labour sources have criticised claims made by Len McCluskey that Keir Starmer backtracked on a pledge to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn to the party. McCluskey, who stepped down as the general secretary of Unite last month, wrote that Starmer “risks becoming fixed in the public’s mind as someone who can’t be trusted” in a recollection of private conversations he claimed he had with the Labour leader. The ex-union chief has used his memoir, Always Red, to give his account of an alleged backroom deal struck to readmit Corbyn, who was suspended for a statement he made in October 2020 after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into antisemitism in the party during his leadership. Sources close to Starmer issued strong denials of McCluskey’s account of the tense negotiations that took place over Corbyn’s suspension. They claimed it was made clear to McCluskey, and others siding with Corbyn during the discussions, that unless he deleted his statement about the EHRC report from his Facebook page – which stated that claims of antisemitism in Labour had been “dramatically overstated” – sanctions would not be dropped. “Len cannot acknowledge that even he could not get Jeremy to apologise or retract his original statement,” one senior figure told The Guardian. McCluskey claimed that the Labour leader had agreed to readmit Corbyn after a new statement was issued and that the MP Jon Trickett and Starmer’s senior adviser, Simon Fletcher, had worked up a draft statement.

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McSweeney claimed he was representing Starmer’s view during the discussions – and that if a suitable form of words could be agreed with the statement, Starmer would accept Corbyn’s full return to the party. McCluskey says that in a subsequent phone call with Starmer, the Labour leader told him he was “beyond angry with Jeremy”. He suggests Starmer had himself breached the recommendations of the EHRC report by becoming personally involved in Corbyn’s suspension – despite the report’s call for an end to political interference over disciplinary decisons. But Labour’s sources insist their legal boss gave general secretary David Evans his view that the EHRC’s conclusions meant Corbyn had to be suspended and that Evans agreed. Starmer was in the room at the time, says The Guardian. “Keir could not have ordered the suspension. He had been briefed multiple times by the EHRC about the implications of this report – he took it extremely seriously,” one senior aide told the newspaper.

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Antisemitism Tory councils delay on IHRA motion tabled number (of incidents) expected during this period”. The text ends by saying Parliament Liberal Democrats should “continue to foreign affairs spokescall out all injustices person Layla Moran in the Middle has tabled an Early East and seek for Day Motion (EDM) Lib Dem foreign affairs in the House of spokesperson Layla Moran a peaceful solution to the Israeli Commons condeming the “appalling rise in Palestinian conflict”. Moran – who is of Palestinian antisemitism” in the UK earlier this year as a result of the conflict descent herself – has previously delivered emotional speeches in between Israel and Hamas. The motion adds that it is the Commons calling for an end “shameful that in the UK, British to violence on both sides. In May, she read out the names Jews often suffer when violence flares up in a region thousands of of Palestinian children killed in the most recent conflict. miles away”. Her EDM is submitted It includes figures recorded by the Community Security Trust, by six other parliamentarwhich showed that between 8 ians, including fellow Lib Dem May and 7 June this year, there Wera Hobhouse, Plaid Cymwere 628 antisemitic hate inci- ru’s Hywel Williams, Ben Lake and Liz Saville-Roberts and dents recorded. The EDM notes “with fur- Alison Thewliss of the SNP. Caroline Lucas added her ther concern that this represents roughly four times the normal name as a signatory. by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Continued from page 1 In contrast to the Tories, Labour has proved to more successful in encouraging its own councils to adopt the definition. Just five Labour-run authorities have yet to adopt the IHRA definition, according to the most up-to-date list of English councils. However, High Peaks Borough Council in Derbyshire, the scene of several incidents involving allegations of antisemitism among councillors, remains on the Labour list of authorities yet to sign up to the definition. A further 12 councils, either independently-controlled, or under the control of the Liberal Democrats, have also failed to commit to the adoption of IHRA, including those in Devon. The JLC’s statistics confirm a whole swathe of Tory councils across Kent – including Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone, Canterbury and Dover – have yet to adopt the IHRA definition. Bolton Council – which came under Tory control at the 2019 general election – is another authority yet to sign up, and is the only authority in Greater Manchester not to have adopted IHRA. In East Sussex, the Tory-led Wealden council is also another name on this list. Another notable Tory council yet to adopt IHRA is Huntingdonshire Council.

Senior communal figures praised the role Labour’s shadow community secretary Steve Reed had played in proactively encouraging councils led by his party to adopt IHRA. He has written to all these councils again, including general secretary David Evans, asking local leaders to confirm a date by which they intend to commit to the definition. Jewish News understands that senior figures within the Conservatives had last year became so alarmed at the number of councils controlled by the party yet to adopt IHRA that they tasked Lord Pickles, the former local communities minister, to help rectify the situation. But nearly one year later, Lord Pickles’ efforts have met with limited success. The former communities secretary and now former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson are among government figures to have made high-profile appeals for the

need for the definition to be adhered to. Board of Deputies vice president Amanda Bowman called on local authrorities to adopt the definition “as soon as possible and to play their part in the fight against this oldest of hatreds”. Dave Rich, director of communications at the Community Security Trust (CST), commended both the Conservative government and Labour’s current leader ship under Sir Keir Starmer for their “supportive” stance towards the Jewish community but called on those that had not adopted the definition to “follow the lead of their respective national parties.” Reed told Jewish News: “Under Keir Starmer’s leadership, Labour is rebuilding trust with the Jewish community as a top priority. “Those few Labour councils that have not yet adopted the definition have been instructed to provide a date when they will do so.” Claudia Mendoza, co-chief executive of the JLC, said: “We are proud to have worked closely with MHCLG in helping over 290 councils and authorities from across the political spectrum in England adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. “There is more to do, but the scale of adoption is a testament to the JLC’s regional work over the past five years.”

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Liverpool Labour councillor in ‘From the river to sea’ chant by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Socialist Campaign Group MPs – including Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Dan Carden – spoke at a rally in Liverpool at which an elected local councillor was filmed joining in with a chant from the crowd of “From the river to sea – Palestine will be free”. Sam Gorst, Labour councillor for Liverpool’s Cressington ward, was spotted joining in the chant, which has long been associated with Islamist terrorist group Hamas and the call for Israel’s elimination, at an anti-arms industry demonstration last Saturday. Gorst, previously investigated by Labour over antisemitism claims, was seen holding a banner and joining in with the chant as protesters, many of whom carried Palestinian flags, marched towards the designated assembly for the speeches. Dame Louise Ellman, the former MP for Liverpool Riverside, reacted furiously to Gorst’s involvement in the inflammatory chant. “I was appalled to see a Labour councillor singing Hamas chants about annihilating

Liverpool councillor Sam Gorst (right) at the protest. He was seen joining in with the chant

Israel,” Ellman told Jewish News. “This brings the Labour Party into disrepute.” The demo was held to protest against the staging of an arms fair in Liverpool in October, which is set include arms manufacturers from across the globe. But the main focus point for many on the demo was the alleged presence at the forthcoming fair of the Israeli-based defence electronics company Elbit. BS''D

Other Labour MPs to express support for the protest included Luciana Berger’s replacement in Wavertree, Paula Barker, and Louise Ellman’s successor, Kim Johnson. One of the main organisers of the event was Audrey White, an activist facing an investigation into antisemitism claims, who was filmed leading chants of “Starmer out!” ahead of the speech given by former Labour leader Corbyn.

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Free speech Bill could help protect Bristol professor Stone said he feared “there will be academics who have a particular area of expertise – and that are will potentially give cover for them Bristol University acasaying particular things. demic David Miller – who I do think that needs is under a prolonged looking at – those parinvestigation over alleticular complexities in gations of antisemitic the Bill.” comments directed at Stone added that Jewish students – could be “across Parliament” it given protection under new had “been recognised” that freedom of speech proposals Miller had made “antisemitic by the government, a leading statements” such his reference charity chief has warned. Speaking to a committee of MPs Professor David Miller to Jewish students as “political pawns” of a regime “engaged in assessing the planned Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, Antisemitism ethnic cleansing”. During Monday’s session in Westminster, Policy Trust director Danny Stone said he did “worry” that the proposals could provide cover one university professor, who supported the for academics, especially if they were passed government’s proposals, said he would be prepared to invite speakers from the far-right over for promotion. Asked by Labour’s Charlotte Nicols if he was British National Party or National Front to concerned that this Bill “would actually pro- address students on campus. Prof Matthew Goodwin, of Kent University’s tect” someone like Miller, Stone replied: “I do School of Politics, was asked if he would allow think that needs looking at. I do worry bout it.” The charity head then went on to explain fascists to speak to students. He said: “I have to the committee that he feared Miller could invited people from across the political spechighlight his official area of expertise - “the trum to speak to my students over the years .... I would have invited somebody from the BNP Zionist movement, Israel lobby and racism”. Stone said: “One could see, using the Miller or National Front where they available. Expecase as an example, how this might present an rience has taught me students are more than issue in the future. An academic has the right to capable of being exposed to a range of views, protest, if for instance he had been passed over and challenging these views. We are not here to for a job or promotion because of free speech put students in ideological monocultures that only give them one view of the world.” they had used in their area of expertise.” by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

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At one stage, White told the crowd of around 750 people that “socialists in our party, like me, like Chris Williamson” were being “witchhunted” as a result of the Labour leadership’s decision to threaten those associated with groups now banned by the party with autoexclusion. Corbyn used his speech to attack the west’s policy over the War on Terror, while McDonnell called for Starmer to restore the whip to the former party leader. Kim Johnson tweeted later: “Who organised it is irrelevant. I marched as the MP for Liverpool Riverside, home to many displaced refugees from Syria, Yemen, Libya and now Afghanistan, victims of war and who doesn’t want an Arms Fair in our proud City of Sanctuary.” On Monday, Gorst tweeted: “Thanks to all comrades showing solidarity to me after some horrible and personal attacks on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours”, adding that “bullies will always be bullies”.


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Footballer Scott draws on Jewish past

Alex Scott visiting Sandys Row Synagogue in London

Football pundit and former England player Alex Scott discovers she has Jewish roots in the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?, writes Francine Wolfisz. The seven-episode series, which airs on BBC1 next month, features the 36-yearold learning more about the Jewish ancestry on her mother’s side and hears that her great-grandfather faced down fascism in London’s East End in 1936 – the same year the infamous Battle of Cable Street took place. In the course of her journey

she visits Sandys Row Synagogue, the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in London and last remaining synagogue in Spitalfields. Scott, who mostly played as a right-back for Arsenal WFC and made 140 appearances for the England’s women’s national football team, also travels to Jamaica to uncover history on the other side of the family and learns of tremendous hardship and suffering, as well as some uncomfortable history. Other celebrities taking part in the new series

include Dame Judi Dench, who unearths Danish roots and some intriguing Shakespearean connections, while former Labour politician and presenter Ed Balls uncovers great bravery and some less admirable conduct. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong, while comedian Joe Lycett discovers a darker side to his family history. Meanwhile, YouTuber Joe Sugg discovers a remarkable family history as far back as the Great Fire of London and

comedian Josh Widdicombe traces his lineage back to the Elizabethan and Tudor courts. Executive producer Colette Flight said: “Who Do You Think You Are? is back with another line-up of celebrities exploring their family histories across the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Jamaica. The personal stories they unearth of their ancestors’ lives – from royal love triangles to labourers fighting for their rights, from Victorian child sweeps to battling fascists in London’s East End – reflect and illuminate all our collective history.”

CHALLAH EXPERT TO DOUGH BATTLE One of this year’s Great British Bake Off contestants hopes to wow the judges with his talent for making challah, writes Francine Wolfisz. IT professional Jürgen, who is originally from the Black Forest in Germany, and now lives in Sussex with his wife and son, is one of 12 amateur cooks battling it out on the new series of the popular Channel 4 show, which begins next Tuesday. Unable to find traditional German

bread in his adopted home, Jürgen decided to bake his own – and his passion for baking has grown ever since. He is particularly well-known for his challah and for the celebration cakes he loves to bake for friends and family. Jürgen approaches baking like the physicist he is – making calculations that help to ensure the utmost precision and perfect results. He is also an accomplished trombonist – a talent that he is proud to have

passed on to his son. Other contestants taking part this year include a Met Police detective, a vegan psychology student, a retired midwife – and a sales manager who took up baking as a new hobby during lockdown. Jewish comedian and actor Matt Lucas returns to host alongside Noel Fielding, with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith as judges.  The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday, 21 September, 8pm on Channel 4

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‘Stones act as important reminder of Holocaust’ A Jewish peer who came to Britain on the Kindertransport is helping a British man living in Prague raise money for a book showcasing ‘stumbling stones’ laid in pavements to honour the city’s Jewish victims of the Nazis, writes Adam Decker. Lord (Alf ) Dubs is backing the crowdfunding campaign of retired expat Trevor Sage in the Czech capital, urging Jewish community members to buy a book and donate it to a Jewish school. Asked about the stumbling stones, or Stolpersteine, and Sage’s one-man quest to lay as many as possible in Prague, Dubs said they were “enormously important” because “they keep alive the memories of people who were cruelly murdered, some of whom may have no other grave or memorial”. He said: “They also act as an important reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and why we must always be determined and resolute in ensuring nothing like this can ever happen again. If we forget the past, we risk repeating its mistakes. “I hope to visit Prague again –the town of my birth – and I shall look out for these Stolpersteine. “We all need to remember that terrible

Lord Dubs is backing a fundraising campaign for a book on the Stolpersteine

time in our continent’s history, not just those of us who, like me, lost friends and family in the Holocaust.” The crowdfunding campaign is for a book – planned for publication in November – chronicling the story both of the stones and those in whose memory they are laid, with Sage asking for £4,600 to cover the cost of publication – a target he hit this week.

“Ten further stones were laid at the end of August and around 40 more are expected during September and October, all of which I will be adding to the book,” said Sage, who is not Jewish. The Stolpersteine Project was started in the 1990s by German artist Gunter Demnig, with stones typically laid in the pavement outside the house of a Shoah victim.

N Ireland kosher threat ‘despicable’ The prospect of EU-UK trade differences causing a kosher food shortage in Northern Ireland is “despicable”, the Northern Ireland secretary has said. Brandon Lewis said the EU needed to “engage properly” with the UK’s position on trade to sort out “underlying problems” disrupting everyday life in the region. Highlighting the risk that Belfast’s small Jewish community would be unable to import kosher food, Lewis said: “To have the EU effectively saying to the Jewish community you can’t source your products in your own country is a pretty despicable place to be. “And to not understand that an elderly, vulnerable community like that cannot travel 100 miles each way once a week to get their shopping, I think is pretty poor form. I find that disgraceful, to be frank.” His comments on Wednesday came amid arguments about the post-Brexit

Northern Ireland Protocol, a week after the UK unilaterally extended grace periods for importing chilled meats from Great Britain to Northern Ireland without checks. The EU “took note” of the move. Lewis said: “The practice of the implementation is not working for the people of Northern Ireland. “It is disrupting everyday lives of people and their communities. You’ve probably seen the stories around the challenges that the Jewish community’s having. This is not about unionists versus nationalists, everybody is suffering, businesses are struggling to get goods over, it’s not respecting the internal market of the UK. “In its current state it’s not sustainable. “This is not about trying to find odd solutions to odd problems, it’s about solving the underlying problems creating all of these symptoms.  Confidence over labelling reforms, page 9


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FLYING FLAGS FOR THE FALLEN AJEX representatives recited kaddish and laid wreaths for those who died in Operation Boatswain in 1941. The failed mission was conducted by Palmach and the British Army on an oil refinery in Libya during the Second World War and led to 23 Palmach commandos being lost at sea. The ceremony, held at Brookwood Military Cemetery on Sunday, also honoured British Jewish agent Lionel Lee, who was captured and likely executed in 1944.

‘Poignant’ parade to return to Cenotaph

The community will return to the Cenotaph for an in-person remembrance parade to honour those who served in the armed forces, writes Jack Mendel. The ceremony will take place on 21 November and will mark 100 years since the first wreath was laid at the site by a Jewish soldier. It comes after the pandemic forced the event of 2020 online, with more than 10,000 attending virtually to pay respects. The Queen and Boris Johnson were among those who wrote letters in tribute.

Organised by the Association of Jewish exServicemen and Women – The Jewish Military Association (AJEX-JMA), the event honours those who fought in the military, while promoting a message of education for future generations. It will include the newly-formed JFS Combined Cadet Force for the first time. AJEX national chairman Mike Bluestone said: “It is our duty to always remember the sacrifice Jewish men and women made for this country. “We are excited we are planning to parade and

honour in-person. This year will be especially meaningful given the difficulties of Covid over the past 18 months and is extra poignant as it marks the 100th year since the first wreath was laid at the Cenotaph by Jewish servicemen. “We look forward to parading in November and seeing as many of the community as possible join us to participate and support.”  Register your interest in attending the Parade or, to book a veteran talk, visit www.ajex.org.uk or email ajexremembers@ajex.org.uk

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Nearly £360,000 has been raised to support Jewish education after a successful appeal by Jewish Interactive, a provider of digital Jewish resources. The organisation’s record-breaking new year appeal, ‘Kids who love Ji love being Jewish,’ received contributions from all over the world, including the US, Israel and the UK. Chief executive Chana Kanzen said: “This is the largest amount Ji has raised in any event or campaign to date and we are so proud of what we have achieved together.“

Board names Michael Wegier as new boss The Board of Deputies has appointed a new chief executive after the previous incumbent was elevated to the House of Lords. The Board said its new boss will be Michael Wegier, who has been working as interim chief executive since April. He succeeds Gillian Merron, who stepped down from the role after becoming a life peer. Wegier said: “I am relishing the challenge of navigating the next phase of our community’s development.”

Nearly half oppose racists being able to sue for ‘no platforming’ by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Nearly half of the public would not support plans that could allow Holocaust deniers and other extremists to sue universities if they were banned from speaking on campuses, a survey has suggested. Critics of new proposed freedom of speech laws claim they could leave the way open for antisemites and other racists to sue for compensation if they are “no platformed” by university leaders. Anti-racism group Hope not Hate is calling on the government to amend the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill to ensure “harmful, hateful liars” are not protected by the proposals. A poll conducted for Hope not Hate found 48 percent would not support the proposals if it meant racists, extremists, Islamophobes and Holocaust deniers were allowed to sue universities if denied a platform. Of more than 500 respondents who claimed to vote Conservative, 46 percent said they would not back the gov-

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ernment’s proposals if this group were allowed to seek compensation when blocked from speaking at universities. The survey of 1,500 people across the UK, shared with the PA news agency, suggests more than one in four people (29 percent) are against the plan to allow visiting speakers, academics or students to be able to sue universities if blocked from speaking on campuses because of their political views. The Bill was introduced in May to protect the rights of visiting speakers. If passed, it would require registered universities and colleges in England to promote and defend freedom of speech and academic freedom. England’s higher education regulator, the Office for Students, would have the power to impose fines on institutions if they breached this condition. Academics, students or visiting speakers will be able to seek compensation legally if they suffer loss from a breach of the free speech duties. Joe Mulhall, head of research at the campaign group, said: “The Bill isn’t about free speech, it is a political salvo in their ongoing culture war.

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“The result of this lazy opportunism is that the government’s legislative attempts to score points could inadvertently result in Holocaust deniers and far-right extremists getting protections they don’t have now. “The government – in seeking positive headlines – is intervening to tell universities they must host people with harmful, ill-informed opinions, or who promote outright lies like Holocaust denial and race science. “At worst this risks legitimising topics that are not legitimate. Just

debating the Holocaust makes it a debate when it simply is not.” He added: “Voters want to see free speech protected, but they draw the line at harmful, hateful liars who will pollute the debate.” The warning comes after education secretary Gavin Williamson called on university bosses to help bring the country together rather than “cancelling national heroes” and “debating about statues”. Speaking at the Universities UK annual conference last Friday, he said: “Vice-chancellors who allow these initiatives to take place in their name must understand that they do nothing but undermine public confidence, widen divisions and damage the sector.” Williamson has been a vocal opponent of so-called no-platforming of speakers who hold controversial views on university campuses. A Department for Education spokesman said: “It is categorically untrue to suggest this Bill will introduce new rights or protections for individuals who seek to harass others or spread extremist views.”

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Classroom concerns / Food consultation / News

Teachers failing on Shoah by Jack Mendel jack@jewishnews.co.uk @mendelpol

Karen Pollock speaks to students in Auschwitz on the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons From Auschwitz project with Union of Jewish Students

A major study has raised alarms about “misunderstandings, misconceptions and historical inaccuracies” in teaching the Holocaust at secondary schools. Research by the University College London (UCL)’s Centre for Holocaust Education found there had been “improved subject knowledge” over the past 10 years, but there were “a number of significant gaps and common confusions”. The report, based on answers by almost 1,000 teachers, says nearly “one fifth of those with recent experience of teaching about the Holocaust had received no formal specialist training at all”. It warns “many teachers still appear to share a number of widespread misunderstandings, enduring misconceptions and common historical inaccuracies, all of which have potentially profound consequence for the teaching and

learning of this important history”. The study flagged major gaps, saying “fewer than half of all teachers were able to correctly identify that Jews comprised less than one percent of the pre-war population of Germany or that systematic mass murder of Jewish people began with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941”. Dr Andy Pearce, associate professor in Holocaust and history education said the findings “clearly indicate that formal specialist training... makes a significant impact on teachers’ subject knowledge of the Holocaust and its history”. While praising the reported improvement in the past decade, he said many teachers “do not appear to have the subject knowledge required to combat myths and misconceptions that are prevalent in wider society and which we know are held by many young people”. He continued: “Not having this knowledge has profound repercussions. It means teachers are less likely to be able to identify misconceptions among their

students, it increases the risk that misunderstandings will be perpetuated, and it undermines the notion that, by learning about the Holocaust, young people will be able to better understand and respond to persecution and atrocity. “It is troubling that such myths and misconceptions as these remain among large sections of the teaching profession.” A spokesperson for the Holocaust Educational Trust said it “has always believed it is vitally important that educators are equipped with the best tools to teach this difficult subject effectively and with sensitivity in the classroom”. They added: “This important study from UCL confirms that the route to high quality impact is high quality training. That is why we, alongside others in the sector, place huge emphasis on teacher training, but there is always more work to be done.” Teaching about the Holocaust has been a compulsory component of the national curriculum at secondary level since 1991.

‘CONFIDENCE’ OVER LABELLING REFORMS by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Shechita UK has welcomed the government’s announcement of a consultation process over possible food labelling reforms for animal welfare reasons, saying it was “confident” the concerns of faith communities will be respected. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed on Monday that it would launch a Call for Evidence on Animal Welfare Labelling lasting for 12 weeks until Monday, 6 December. The government needs to create its own animal welfare legislation following the decision to exit the European Union. Defra said it wanted to listen to views, including that of Schechita UK, about possible reforms to food labelling for animal welfare – with the aim of understanding how this might impact business, farmers, and consumers. The department said it would listen to

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views on which welfare standards could form the basis of a possible food label for animal welfare, and what the label might look like. It also confirmed it was looking for information on the potential scope, regulation and enforcement of such a labelling scheme. Responding to the announcement, Shechita UK’s director Shimon Cohen said the organisation “fully supports the concept that consumers have every right to know what they are eating, where their food comes from, that it meets required standards, and if they so require, as Jews do, how their meat was prepared”. But he added: “However, it is extremely important that any label is honest and nondiscriminatory, as if this was not the case it could lead to an inadvertent deception of the consumer and an affront to faith communities. “With regards to slaughter, one dimensional labelling such as ‘stunned’ or ‘nonstunned’ would be innately pejorative and misleading to the consumer.

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“It would advance the myth that mechanical, industrialised stunning is an all-encompassing, animal welfare panacea. It is not. Mechanical stunning methods, which include captive bolt devices, firearm with free projectile, electrical stunning, electrical waterbath

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Donor campaign / Court case / News

‘Discuss organ donation now’

JODA UK’s campaign is aimed at encouraging Jews to talk with family about organ donation

Jewish families are being urged to “have a conversation” about organ donation and family members’ wishes in the event their death gives an opportunity to donate, writes Adam Decker. The encouragement follows the launch of a video showing a group of Jewish friends discussing the matter around a dinner table, as medics warn that only half of British Jews have spoken about their wishes to their next of kin. The video, which is the first of several, shows friends in their mid-20s discussing the issues that matter to them, including whether they know their parents’ wishes. It is part of a new campaign from the Jewish Organ Donor Association (JODA UK) urging people to talk about donation, in part to avoid a situation immediately after a death in which family members are unsure of a person’s wishes. To coincide with the launch, figures revealed that 45 percent of British Jews have signed up to the new organ donor register, following last year’s legal change. Some 49 percent are yet to have a conversation with family about their wishes, while

22 percent have not yet given the matter any thought. The same survey showed that almost twothirds of British Jews have thought about their own mortality more since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. JODA UK said myths around Jewish burial and organ donation persist, with one in five community members still mistakenly believing that a Jew cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery if they have a tattoo or if they have donated organs. “Both are untrue,” said JODA UK medical director Dr Marc Wittenberg. “By debunking these myths and showing Jewish families having important conversations about their wishes, we hope to raise awareness of the positive Jewish attitude to organ donation, as well as a new organ donation faith declaration developed by the Office of the Chief Rabbi.” He added that it was “likely the Friday night and yom tov dinner table will be filled with lively conversation this year. We hope people take the opportunity to leave their family certain over organ donation”.

MAN ADMITS ASSAULTING PREGNANT JEWISH WOMAN A man has admitted assaulting a pregnant stranger after attacking her from behind, putting a pillowcase over her head and repeatedly punching her. Keith Gowers, 58, from Tottenham, has pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Thames Magistrates’ Court over the attack on 18 March, the Crown Prosecution Service said. The court heard that the victim, a strictlyOrthodox Jew, was six months’ pregnant at the time and had been followed down a street in Hackney by Gowers, whom she had never met before. She suffered a cut lip and thumb during the ordeal, in which she was punched in the head and chest, and was taken to hospital as a precaution but neither she nor her unborn child were seriously hurt. Gowers was arrested on 22 March, four days after the attack. CCTV footage of the unprovoked attack, which clearly identified Gowers,

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Special Report / Abraham Accords’ first anniversary

‘A diplomatic sensation’ Chair of the UK Abraham Accords group Liam Fox says the deal’s importance has become far greater with the election of the Biden administration, writes Lee Harpin

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ormer Conservative Cabinet minister Dr Liam Fox has suggested that had the normalisation deal between Israel and two Arab states been agreed under a Democratic administration in the United States “the entire liberal press would be demanding a peace prize”. Speaking to Jewish News this week in his role as chair of the UK Abraham Accords Group, the Tory heavyweight praises the agreement with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as a “diplomatic sensation”. The former defence and international trade secretary added that because the Accords were signed done under the Trump administration in August 2020 “there is a rather ominous and disappointing silence”. Fox’s comments came after reports emerged in the States that President Joe Biden’s team were trying to play down the merits of the deal struck between the three Middle Eastern states – and had even stopped referring to the Abraham Accords by name at all. “I think in the US the current government is unlikely to give much credit to the previous administration,” the MP says, “such is the tribal nature of American politics at the moment.” The Accords had, Fox adds, proved that the United States could bring about huge diplomatic change. “I hope the US administration will welcome this as the opportunity I believe it to be.” Through his friends of the Accords grouping

in the UK, Fox now wanted to play a “constructive” rather than a “cheerleaders” role in maximising benefits from the deal, he says. As the anniversary of the agreement passes he thinks they represent “an enormously important statement of intent about peace and prosperity”. He said all three countries involved recognised that the deal was not just about growing relations with one another but “strengthening the region as a whole”. Asked about repeated criticism that the Accords overlooked the task of creating a lasting solution to the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and therefore failed to bring stability to the region, Fox disagreed robustly. “I think exactly the opposite,” he said. “What it does show is that the Arab world can work and improve ties on issues such as prosperity and security with Israel. That Jews and Muslims can operate in an environment with religious tolerance and inter-faith communications.” He said that “far from isolating the Palestinian issue it builds mutual confidence that will be beneficial in the future”. Fox added that not every issue in the Middle East “can directly be tied to the Palestinians” but: “That is not to belittle the issue all – and I don’t think any of the three countries are either.” Reflecting on the changing diplomatic landscape over the past year – and the hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan – Fox compared the attitude of Joe Biden’s administration with that

Liam Fox is behind Ambassador Hotovely at the launch of a UK group to promote the Accords

of Trump. “On one side you have what seems to be a slightly lesser US commitment to the region, and an increased danger from Iran. “Just at a time when no one thought Iran’s politics could get worse, it has with the election of a new president,” he said. “All of these things are happening and that makes the Accords of even greater importance.” He said there was also a “bigger global challenge” at stake. “We have spent the best part of 1,400 years arguing between the three great Abrahamic faiths,” he reasons. “With the rise of China we look at anti-religion, atheist culture that suppresses any form of religion at all.” The change of government in Israel, since

the signing of the deal under Benjamin Netanyahu, had so far made little difference, he adds. And as for further normalisation deals, Fox points out that since the signing of the Accords at the White House last September, Morocco and Sudan had signed deals with Israel. Fox says he was invited into his role as UK chair of the Accords group by the respective ambassadors of all three countries. He got to know them all well as a result of his work in defence and trade as a government minister. “I think they thought I was a natural fit for the role and, of course, I was more than delighted to accept the offer,” he adds.  Editorial comment, page 20

UK to help deliver Accords’ vision by Justin Cohen justinacohen@yahoo.co.uk @justincohen

The UK is well placed to help deliver the vision of the Abraham Accords, a senior Emirati official told MPs and peers in Parliament this week. Anwar Gargash, who served as UAE’s foreign affairs minister until earlier this year, addressed a Commons gathering marking the launch of a UK group to promote the Accords. Standing metres from the flags of the UK, Israel, UAE and Bahrain on the eve of the first anniversary of the historic White House signing ceremony, Gargash suggested leaders had overcome “a psychological barrier” that suggested normalisation was beyond reach. But he cautioned: “Normalisation is not an event, it’s a process. I see this developing as we see more trust being build, more business done.” He added: “I cannot imagine these four flags have ever been assembled together here. The UK can play an important role in building up our collective expectations of the Accords. We want others in the region to see the benefits of establishing peace between Israelis and Arabs. Let’s

The leaders of Bahrain, Israel, the UAE and the United States at the Accords signing ceremony

hope the circle widens.” He also expressed hope that the Accords would help the path towards a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians and end decades of violence “that have seen so much suffering” for both. “We celebrate an important milestone on the way to Middle East peace but there are many more challenge,” he said. And he rubbished the suggestion that normalisation was not yet having a political impact, pointing to the fact there were six phone calls

between former Israel foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his Emirati counterpart during the last war with Hamas. Revealing he would visit Israel and the West Bank later this year, UK Middle East minister James Cleverly agreed that normalisation would be a “good jumping off point” from which to address the plight of Palestinians. Saying London was keen to play its part in promoting normalisation and the opportunities it brings, Cleverly added: “I hope this will

continue to expand between Israel and other countries in the Arab world. We can all reap the benefits from this, socially or economically.” Over the last 12 months embassies have been established and tourism has boomed while agreements have been signed to boost cooperation in fields from culture and cyber to agriculture and academia. Dr Liam Fox, who heads the new UK group and fronted the event with Lord Stuart Polak, stressed Britain’s “strategic” involvement in the Gulf through trade and the military and insisted he’d “seldom been more thrilled” to take on a role. The Accords, he said, create an opportunity to marry the creativity of Israel with the resources in the Gulf and said the their impact must be “real” in bettering the lives and livelihoods of people on the region. Israel’s Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely told the gathering she had struck up an immediate connection with “my dear friend” Mansoor Abulhoul, her Emirati counterpart. She said tens of thousands of Israelis had rushed to experience Dubai. She now hopes to follow in their footsteps by visiting the Expo which opens next month.


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‘Her talent was obvious’ by Francine Wolfisz francine@jewishnews.co.uk @FWolfisz

Then and now: Raducanu wins the US open, and as a young player

Emma Raducanu’s former tennis coach claims it was “obvious” how talented she was years before the talented teen stormed her way to US Open victory last weekend. The 18-year-old – who was until just days ago was ranked 150th in the world – defeated Leylah Fernandez with a straight set 6-4 6-3 win in Saturday’s final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, making her the first British female to claim a Grand Slam title in 44 years. Now her former youth coach, Simon Dahdi, has revealed how even at the age of eight, the youngster from Bromley was showing a formidable prowess on the court. Dahdi, 41, who attended South London Liberal Synagogue in his youth and celebrated his Kabbalat Torah (coming of age) there in 1995, formerly worked as a talent spotter for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). He assisted with

coaching the young player at Bromley Tennis Centre and attended regional camps and LTA international fixtures for Radacanu until she was 11. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Dahdi, who is now a Thameslink train driver and lives in Orpington, Kent, said: ‘She showed athleticism, concentration. Good technique. Good understanding of the game tactically. She was very impressive from a young age.” He said he forged a close relationship with her parents, Ian, who is from Romania and Renee, from China, and credited her success to their discipline and support. Four years after Dahdi stepped down as her youth coach, Radacanu won her first pro-circuit title in Tiberias, Israel, beating her opponent in a searing 45-degree heat without dropping a set. At 15 she was the youngest player that year to reach an International Tennis Federation final and three years on has become the youngest female Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17.

JVL to make claims about Labour ‘crisis’ Jewish Voice For Labour is to stage a fringe event at this month’s Labour Party conference that will claim the party is in “crisis” as a result of leader Sir Keir Starmer’s crackdown on antisemitism. The event on 26 September, entitled ‘Labour In Crisis – Tackling Racism In The Party’, is to be chaired by the group’s co-chair Jenny Manson, who was behind a recent move by the group to claim that Starmer “is purging Jews from the party”.

Manchester solidarity after mosque attack

Manchester’s Jewish community has expressed solidarity with a mosque that was the target of an arson attack last Saturday. Didsbury Mosque was targeted by arsonists in what is being treated as a hate crime by police. Nobody was injured during the attack, and the mosque’s door was left scorched. Two passersby helped to extinguish the blaze with their coats.

COMMUNITY WARNING ON ANTI-ABUSE LEGISLATION The government has been urged to ensure a law making get refusal illegal doesn’t inadvertently prevent couples from divorcing according to Jewish law, writes Jack Mendel. Bet Dins of the Federation of Synagogues and United Synagogue put forward concerns before the window for submissions closed on Tuesday. Highlighting that Jewish divorce – a get – must be given voluntarily and without coercion, the Federation stressed that any law criminalising get refusal would not be acceptable in Jewish law (halacha). It said it “was invited to engage with government figures and made substantive representations on the matter”. It also made a submission “surrounding the statutory guidance for the implementation of the Act, to ensure that the legislation will be used to help rather than hinder the plight of agunot [chained spouse]”. The United Synagogue’s London Bet Din also made a submission, welcoming the act for “broadening the definition of what constitutes domestic abuse and for enabling more victims of domestic abuse

A woman campaigns against divorce law in Jerusalem

to benefit” from the law. It explained, however, that a get “cannot be imposed” and must be an “arrangement between the divorcing parties” which can “only be given with the free will of the husband and it can only be received with the free will of the wife”, according to Jewish law. If either party chooses not to cooperate in the granting/receiving of a get, in most circumstances, a get cannot be effected, it said. Naomi Dickson, CEO of Jewish Women’s Aid, said the new law would act as a “deterrent” to would-be abusers. She said “no woman should experience get refusal, especially where it is weaponised as a

tool of abuse, and we therefore welcome the inclusion of get refusal in this guidance.” Nahamu, which campaigns against extremism in the Jewish community, said its own “submission makes clear our concerns about spiritual abuse being facilitated by a recalcitrant husband or batei din, or both”. Calling on the community to “deliver practical improvements for women navigating this awful abuse”, it also called for the “inclusion of forced marriage in the guidance, bolstering legislation that includes emotional and psychological pressure in the criminal offence”.


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Medical breakthrough / Special Report

Israeli scientists show oxygen could help to beat Alzheimer’s Build-up of plaque on the brain, a characteristic of Alzheimer’s, has been slowed in an animal trial using oxygen therapy, Israeli scientists have found, writes Nathan Jeffay. Tel Aviv University researchers have spent years exploring the purported anti-ageing potential of therapy in a pressurised chamber, breathing pure oxygen for some of the time. In their latest study, they concluded that the therapy boosts the function of the human brain, and was shown in animals to fight the build-up of plaque that is associated with Alzheimer’s. “I don’t think this can ‘cure’ Alzheimer’s in humans, but it may be able to significantly slow its progression and severity,” Prof Uri Ashery, lead author of the research published in the journal Aging, told The Times of Israel. “Further studies are needed, but people could possibly start benefiting from this in just a few years.” Tel Aviv University’s championing of hyper- A nurse checks on a patient receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (in a pressurised chamber) baric therapy to fight ageing-related decline Ashery and his team used an oxygen therapy field believe that reducing plaque on the brain attracted mixed reactions among experts. Dr Deborah Toiber, an Alzheimer’s scholar is key to countering Alzheimer’s, she is sceptical. protocol which in past studies they have praised “I think plaques are a dead end [for research],” for improving “the biology of the brain” and from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, who was not involved in the new study, told The Times she said, suggesting that there is inadequate evi- making changes in human blood cells that of Israel that she considers any therapy that dence that eliminating or reducing them will “reverse” ageing. In the animal trial, which involved 15 genetiappears to counter cognitive decline as “inter- significantly prevent or decrease the severity of cally modified mice that mimicked degeneration Alzheimer’s. esting promising”. But 2020:Layout while some 1in09/01/2020 her the onset HALFand PAGE ADVERT JAN 16:04ofPage 1

caused by Alzheimer’s, researchers reported that the therapy led to the prevention of amyloid plaques forming on the brain and the removal of some existing amyloid plaque deposits. Amyloids, non-soluble proteins, are believed by many medics to be connected with severe degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Blood flow to the brain decreases with Alzheimer’s, but the researchers reported improved blood flow to the mice brains. Ashery’s team also monitored six people over the age of 60 who have experienced cognitive decline. This part of the research took place at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at the Shamir Medical Center, near Rishon Lezion, which offers its oxygen protocol to businesses outside Israel. It is being sold at the Aviv Clinic at a retirement village in Florida, which offers it as an answer to ageing. The research team reported that after 60 sessions of oxygen therapy over 90 days, blood flow to the brain was improved by an average of 20 percent, and results in memory tests were improved on average by 16.5 percent. Ashery acknowledged that the human sample size was small, but said it may reflect the benefits of the oxygen therapy, as observed in mice, working on humans.

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Tel Aviv is world’s most fun city, says Time Out Tel Aviv has been ranked as the “most fun” city, and eighth overall, out of the 37 “best cities” around the world, according to a survey by Time Out magazine, writes Adam Decker. The culture and events publication sought out the opinions of almost 27,000 city-dwellers on food, culture, nightlife, community, neighbourhoods, overall happiness and other factors in their own cities, such as community projects, green spaces and sustainability. While ranking Tel Aviv eighth overall, the magazine said Israel’s second-largest city (after Jerusalem) had scored highest in the “fun” category, second in the food and drink category, and was the city most likely to be described as “good for people like me”. “When Covid hit tourism, this high-tech hub hit the reset button,” Time Out wrote. “The pandemic caused the ‘city that never stops’ to take a well-needed pause. Spaces like Dizengoff Square and Park HaMesila played host to picnics, gigs, screenings and talks. After the lockdowns, Israel led the vaccination race and before long locals were back sipping cappuccinos in cafes and doing yoga on the beach.” The magazine said 81 percent of Tel Aviv residents say their city is “fun” and 84 percent

say they can “express themselves,” adding that the city “is home to the region’s biggest Pride Parade, the widest choice of vegan options, and its nightlife always offers a real alternative”. A September 2018 Time Out survey ranked Tel Aviv’s Shuk Hapishpeshim (flea market) area as the 16th-coolest neighbourhood in the world. This year’s ranking noted the city’s Carmel Market as “the pulsating heart of the city”. Coastal Tel Aviv, nicknamed the ‘white city’ for its thousands of Bauhaus-style buildings, is placed between seventh-place Prague in the Czech Republic and ninth-place Porto in northwest Portugal. It was the highest-ranked city in the Middle East, with Dubai coming in 26th and Abu Dhabi in 30th place. San Francisco took top spot, followed by Amsterdam in Holland and Manchester, in England. Bangkok closed the list in 37th place. Tel Aviv was founded in 1909, nearly 40 years before the establishment of the state of Israel, by a few dozen families who divided up the available land using a lottery drawn with sea shells. Today it has a population of more than 460,000 people.

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More than 100 headstones were smashed at a Jewish cemetery in Argentina that had been hit by similar damage in 2009. The vandalism at the Tablada Cemetery in the Buenos Aires area was discovered on Sunday, the Jewish news site Visavis reported. AMIA, the umbrella of Argentine Jewish communities, condemned the vandalism and lamented the “neglect and lack of control” by law enforcement around the cemetery in La Matanza, an eastern district of the Argentine capital. Police are investigating, AMIA said in a statement.

Electric car battery charges in 10 minutes StoreDot, an Israeli developer of extreme fast-charging battery technology for electric vehicles, unveiled this month what it called the “world’s first” silicondominant battery prototype capable of recharging in just 10 minutes. The company’s cylindrical cells use a 4680 format – 46mm wide by 80mm long – that is favoured by global carmakers, specifically electric vehicle giant Tesla. The tech has been in development for three years and includes five patents in cell design, StoreDot said in a statement last week.

Arizona’s divestment ultimatum to Unilever The American state of Arizona is divesting close to $200 million (£145m) from Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever, becoming the first state to do so because of the ice cream brand’s decision in July to stop selling its product in the West Bank. Its treasurer Kimberly Yee, a Republican who is running for governor, had sent a warning letter to Unilever. “I gave Unilever PLC, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, an ultimatum: reverse the action of Ben & Jerry’s or divest itself of Ben & Jerry’s to come into compliance with Arizona law or face the consequences,” she said last week.


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Special Report / Toy craze

Pop culture! How the latest must-have kids’ toy was created by an Israeli classmate of Anne Frank – to look like breasts

If you know any young children or fidgety adults, chances are you’ve seen, heard or coveted a handheld piece of dimpled silicone known as a “pop-it”, writes Philissa Cramer. The must-have toy was originally created in the 1970s by an Israeli couple with a penchant for playthings, according to a BBC report that calls the pop-it “an overnight sensation more than 40 years in the making”. Theo and Ora Coster created more than 150 toys and games through their company, Theora Design, including some that immediately became popular worldwide, such as Guess Who? and Zingo. Others became popular in Israel, where Theora first made promotional products for banks and other businesses, according to the company’s website. The pop-it was inspired by a dream that Ora had after her sister died of breast cancer, according to the BBC report. “She said, ‘Theo, imagine a large field of breasts, ladies’ breasts, that you can push the nipple.’ She was very open, she said whatever was on her mind, to anyone,” Boaz Coster, their son, told the BBC. “She went to him and she said, ‘Do a carpet of nipples that you can press from one side to the other.’ And he did just that.” It was hardly the only time Ora convinced Theo to create something that would go on to international acclaim. After she envisioned a plastic disc embedded with rotating dice, she created a prototype by hand while her husband, Theora’s “chief model

maker”, was off serving in the Israeli army reserve; the Magimizer maths game became one of the company’s early hits. Later in life, she encouraged him to document his memories of growing up in Amsterdam, where he was a classmate of Anne Frank, who, like half their class at a Jewish school, was murdered by the Nazis. Coster survived by being sent to live with non-Jews; his parents also survived in hiding. His efforts turned into a documentary, Classmates of Anne Frank, and then a 2009 book, We All Wore Stars. But back to the pop-it. In part because rubber was expensive, the toy the Costers designed in the 1970s never went into widespread production — until just a few years ago, when Boaz and his brother Gideon licensed the idea to a Canadian toy company. That company, Foxmind, sold seven million GoPop! pop-its over the past 18 months, compared to just 700,000 in 2019 — an explosion the company attributes to a monkey named Gaitlyn who played with a GoPop! in a viral TikTok last year. Now, pop-its are their own genre on TikTok, the video platform popular among consumers of sensory media known as ASMR. According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, pop-it clips have been seen more than 12 billion times on TikTok and have given rise to an associated activity, “fidget hunting”, that has sent children and tweens searching for toy stores selling unusual shapes and colours. Few of those products are made by FoxMind as

The editor’s daughter is partial to a pop-it, as is his dog

most are knockoffs. Theo died in April 2019 and did not live to see his company’s greatest hit, but Ora, who died this year, did. The pair are buried in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv under headstones designed to look like the flip-up frames of a Guess Who? board. Theo and Ora spoke to Haaretz in 2015, shortly after licensing their pop-it idea to FoxMind. She offered a prescient description of what would make the GoPop so popular. “The trick in this game is that you can play it again as soon as the contest ends: you simply turn it upside down. Also, it comes in a single unit that you put into your pocket,” she said.

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UN conference / Leifer case / Fake results / World News

16 nations will boycott Durban ‘hate festival’ by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @michaeldaventry

Four more countries will stay away from a United Nations conference on racism later this month because of concerns about antisemitism. New Zealand, Cyprus, Croatia and Italy announced that they will join 12 other countries in a boycott of the meeting on 22 September. The event, which is due to take place on the fringes of the UN General Assembly, will mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. But a growing number of countries are boycotting it over

Former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 2009 event

concerns that it will promote antisemitism. Israel was the only country identified as racist during the original 2001 conference.

Britain, the United States and France have already said they are boycotting this year’s event. The Jerusalem Post this week quoted New Zealand’s foreign ministry as saying: “New Zealand remains strongly committed to combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. “Consistent with our longstanding position, New Zealand will not attend the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration conference in New York on 22 September 2021.” The other boycotters are Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel and the Netherlands.

EVIDENCE IN ABUSE CASE Asked if she could see and Alleged child sexual abuser hear the court via video Malka Leifer’s committal link, Leifer answered: hearing began this week “Yes, yes.” in Melbourne, Australia. In a joint statement, The online hearing, the Jewish Commuwhich is expected to nity Council of Victoria, run until Monday, will Tzedek and VoiCSA (Voice determine whether there against Child Sexual Abuse) is enough evidence to send Leifer to trial. Malka Leifer expressed support for Erlich and her sisters Nicole Meyer She is charged with 74 counts of abuse, allegedly committed between and Elly Sapper, noting, “We admire 2004 and 2008 while principal of the the courage and determination of these sisters and hope that they find comfort Adass Israel School in the city. “Over the next two weeks my sisters in knowing that they have the full supand I, as well as other witnesses, will be port of their community.” Last month, a magistrate imposed cross-examined by the defence,” alleged a media suppression order on medical victim Dassi Erlich said on Sunday. “This process tests the strength of information relating to Erlich. Leifer was extradited from Israel the evidence in order to determine if in January. She attended the hearing this case will proceed to trial.” Leifer, 54, is excused from appearing via video link from Dame Phyllis Frost before the hearing on Thursday to Centre women’s prison in Melbourne. She maintains that she is innocent. observe Yom Kippur, the court ruled.

Pilgrims faked Covid tests to return to Israel Hundreds of Israelis who travelled to Ukraine for an annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the grave of a Chasidic rabbi are suspected of using forged negative Covid tests to return to Israel after testing positive for the virus. Tens of thousands of Israelis travel

to Uman, Ukraine, each year to the grave of Rabbi Nachman, the leader of the Breslov branch of Chasidism. Last year Israelis were barred from the pilgrimage because of the pandemic. Some attempted the trip but ended up camped on the border

in Belarus for weeks, with the Red Cross even coming to their aid, before returning to Israel. This year, the Israeli government let travellers visit Ukraine if they presented a negative Covid test before leaving and before returning to Israel.

Some of those who tested positive acquired fake test results to board their return flights. They are expected to be charged with fraud, forgery and spreading an infectious disease, according to Haaretz, and were taken home by ambulance to quarantine.

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Accords anniversary Send us your comments It was a rare foreign policy triumph for Donald Trump a year ago this week when two Arab countries – Bahrain and the UAE – committed to normalising their relationship with Israel. The US president said at the time that the deal was not just about establishing embassies but building strong ties. Remarkably, the Accords have grown beyond the original three countries since then: first there was Sudan, which said it would normalise ties with Israel, a huge shift for a country that was on the US list of terrorism sponsors not so long ago. Then a deal was struck with Morocco, where Israel’s new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid opened new offices last month. That’s four countries in the space of a year. Before that, only two Arab nations – Egypt and Jordan – have had full relations with Israel, and cool ones at that. Israel’s fledgling coalition government appears to have adopted the Accords enthusiastically, but the same can’t necessarily be said for the new American administration. In fact, some say, Joe Biden’s team is going out of its way to avoid even the term “Abraham Accords” for fear of associating themselves with a Trump foreign policy victory. Many Biden officials are conspicuously using the phrase “normalisation agreements” instead. But there is no doubt that the US remains eager about the principle of Israel engaging more with the Arab world, and there is speculation aplenty that other countries may follow suit. Watch out for Oman, or Qatar, or even Saudi Arabia.

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The Boys are back in town! What a joy it was to read Jenni Frazer’s feature on the Boys of Loughton’s reunion (Jewish News, 10 September 2021). The image of the three surviving members of the original 26 Loughton Boys (pictured), taken at the location where they rebuilt their lives after the war, was immensely moving to behold. It inspired me to rewatch the BBC drama documentary, The Windermere Children, which aired last year for Holocaust Memorial Day. That final scene, when the actual survivors – including Harry Olmer, Arek Hersh and Sir Ben Helfgott – appear alongside the actors who portrayed them is one of the most moving moments in television history, comparable with the great Sir Nicholas Winton

meeting the children he saved on another BBC programme, That’s Life! Thank you to ’45 Aid Society chair Angela Cohen and Epping Forest District Museum for

making the reunion possible – and Jewish News for making it possible for so many to share this moment with these remarkable men. S D Edleman, Southend

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Sketches & kvetches

“Argh! A flood! Quick, everyone, into the Ark!”

COST OF WITHDRAWAL The United States’ careless incompetence in Afghanistan gifted the Taliban a military airport the size of a large town containing $83 billion of the finest military equipment that included hundreds of aircraft. We have already seen the Taliban gruesomely using Black Hawk helicopters dangling hanging men as they flew over Afghan towns as a warning to the citizens below. So for what other evil purpose can they devise for the use of this American treasure trove? A C-130 US military transport plane packed with explosives crashing into a tightly populated urban city would have the same devastating effect as a nuclear explosion. It would be a world shattering statement by a messianic terror organisation akin to 9/11. If you think this is an unbelievable nightmare scenario, think again and plan for such an Armageddon. That is the only way to prevent such an outcome in which the mechanics and the intention are there for all to see. This is an existential threat that Israel must solve, and quickly. Before 9/11 comes again. Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies

Do not advertise ignorance Eben Marks, yet another anti-Israel propagandist, “hopes you stop” running adverts for settlements and “endorsing a shameful occupation” (Jewish News, 10 September 2021). I hope you stop giving space to correspondents claiming “settlements steal livelihood from Palestinians”, when they actually give them livelihoods, claim that “disputed” land is “occupied Palestinian land”, when it is

under Jewish sovereignty in international law and don’t know the “settlements” pre-dated that invasion and were destroyed and re-established post-1967. As for the Oslo Accords, Mr Marks should read them. Then he would know there is no restriction to Israel building in Area C, just as there is no restriction to Palestinian Arabs building in Areas A and B.

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How delightful it was to read the article “Yavneh boys help youngster” (Jewish News, 10 September 2021). The content was a breath of fresh air at time when we’re focused on issues such as being introspective, repenting and being judged by Hashem for how we conducted our lives during the past year. These boys are a credit, not just to their school, but to the Jewish people and, indeed, those of all faiths and none. On that positive note, I wish for this year, 5782, for all of you who work at Jewish News and the whole Jewish community a g’mar chatimah tovah. May you be inscribed ‘in the Book of Life’ for good. J D Milaric, By email

Over the recent chagim, your newspaper was full of adverts highlighting charities that need our support – for the disabled, the lonely, the blind, the deaf, the children without a loving home both here and in Israel. The list is endless and each one is meritorious and needs our support, however small. Jewish people are well-known for their charitable support not just over Yom Tovim but throughout the year. Both in good times and when antisemitism rears its ugly head, we can all be proud of what we have achieved. Hoping for a happier new year for us all. Norma Neville, Hendon

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Stoppard not alone in struggling with his past ALEX BRUMMER

CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL

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ou wouldn’t need to be a devotee of the theatre or playwright Tom Stoppard to be fascinated by his lengthy appearance on the late night BBC arts programme, Imagine. Alan Yentob’s interview, conducted in the bucolic setting of Stoppard’s quintessentially English country home, detailed his life as an inside, outsider. Prep and public schools and a protective mother, Martha Becková, shielded him for most of his life from his refugee and Jewish background. Martha remarried after Stoppard’s father, Eugen Sträussler, a doctor for the Bata shoe firm, died in Japanese hands during the Second World War. His stepfather, Kenneth Stoppard,

whose English surname he took, is described at one point as being mildly antisemitic. Anyone who has seen Stoppard’s late-flowering, brilliant play Leopoldstadt, set in Vienna, will recognise how he eventually came to terms with his Judaism and how most of his biological family perished in the Shoah. What also comes through loudly is how that part of his life was suppressed by his mother. As Stoppard put it: “I had an exciting life up until the age of eight.” What happened before that, including his Czech birth, exile in India, loss of a parent and erasure of his Jewishness provided the backdrop to the Yentob interview. Stoppard’s life may have been unusual in that his background and the Holocaust backstory was so suppressed and anglicised. Yet lack of exposure to the refugee experience is a common theme. My own family background was very

FOR MUCH OF MY EARLY LIFE, WE WERE SHIELDED FROM DISCUSSION OF WHAT BECAME OF THE FAMILY

different. My father Michael, a refugee from Hungarian-speaking Czechoslovakia, came from an Orthodox background. One of my father’s brothers was a chazan-rabbi and a sister was married to a rabbi. English wartime experiences, from the bombing of Kemptown in Brighton to being part of the land army, were the dialogue over family dinners. But for much of my early life, we were shielded from discussion of what became of my father’s parents and the rest of the family in the war. When the TV drama Holocaust aired in 1978, it was regarded by mother as too painful to watch for my father, who had lost both his parents, three older brothers and countless other relatives in the Shoah. When my brothers and I were growing up, the evil of what had befallen the family was discussed only in hushed whispers. An Israeli cousin, son of my father’s youngest brother Martin, only learned of the horrific experiences of his father during the war from listening in to conversations on the balcony of his parents’ Ramat Gan flat. Each Shabbat morning, his father and a friend would sip coffee and relive their horrific experiences

in a series of work and concentration camps. This included being tied to a railway line for several hours after an attempted escape and only being cut loose as a locomotive bore down. In our family’s case, release from the decades of silence and whispers only occurred after my anglicised mother died in 1994. I, my father, my brother, and a first cousin, who had lived through the terrible trauma of Auschwitz, set off on a journey of remembrance to the family home, now Ukrainian territory. As we journeyed across Eastern Europe, the family history unfurled. The death of my father’s elder brothers in Hungarian work camps. My grandparents’ last journey to Auschwitz. The neighbours who threw salt at the departing Jews as they requested water. The fonder memories of childhood days before Nazi bedlam destroyed a society. Tom Stoppard was not alone in piecing together family history relatively late in life. In his case, travel to his native Zlin in the Czech Republic set him off on a journey of discovery that exposed the secrets of the Shoah. The Yizkor service on Yom Kippur reminds us never to forget.

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Was the lying, forging and evasion worth it? JENNI FRAZER

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imagine most people who read Jewish News are in Britain. But think for a moment of the benighted denizens of Melbourne, one of the biggest cities in Australia, and still, all these months on, subject to the most draconian of lockdowns because of the pandemic. Even though restrictions are gradually being lifted in the regional areas of Victoria, the province of which Melbourne is the capital, Melbourne itself is still harshly policed. Its citizens are forbidden to leave home at night between 9pm and 5am. They can’t leave home unless they are shopping for essentials. They can only exercise for up to two hours; those who can’t work from home need a permit to go to work. All pretty grim, right? I have at least one family member in Melbourne who is metaphorically, and for all I know actually, tearing his hair out. Which is why the behaviour of some parts of the Jewish community is absolutely incomprehensible. In the past month, two actions

by Jews in Melbourne have hit Australian headlines. First was an engagement party, which we know about because a video of a crowded room, full of unmasked guests, went viral on social media. A laughing and joking crowd hears the intended bridegroom say: “Clearly this is legal, because this is a group therapy session.” The event was hosted by one of Melbourne’s most prominent Jewish families, who, presumably, were able to shrug off a fine of $300,000 (£159,000). Despite absolute fury from many members of the Jewish community, it didn’t take long before lockdown rules were being flouted again, this time over Rosh Hashanah. Victoria Police reported that up to 100 people breached the regulations by entering a synagogue in the south-east of Melbourne. Each adult, the police said, would be issued with a fine of just over $5,400 (£2,857) each. What is it, I wonder, with Rosh Hashanah, that some see it as an opportunity for breaking the law? In Israel, it’s been reported, dozens of men – it’s always men – who went on the

THE BEHAVIOUR OF SOME PARTS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IS ABSOLUTELY INCOMPREHENSIBLE

annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, used forged negative test results and are now said to be infected with coronavirus. Police rounded up the infected individuals as they returned to Israel, chucked them into ambulances for mandatory quarantine, and have promised that full prosecutions will take place. Israel’s Border and Immigration Authority believes that dozens of those who tested positive in Kiev had flown home with false negative tests, opting to take the tests in Ukraine where they hoped conditions were looser, rather than Israel. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is said to be livid at the behaviour of the Uman pilgrims, but for some it will already be too late, and not all the earthly laws will be enough to combat the renewed spread of the Covid virus. Fortu-

nately, it is not known to us, at this season, who will be inscribed in the Book of Life and who will not. Undoubtedly, there will be those engagement party guests who will sail through unscathed, and use that as a pointer that the lockdown restrictions are all a great fuss about nothing. Equally those who choose to remain unmasked and unvaccinated and who, somehow, beat the odds, are likely to crow about their decision. But for the majority of us, the behaviour of some is not just life-threatening but could also lead to a whole new wave of anti-Jewish, or anti-strictly Orthodox, reprisals. I hope they think it’s worth all the lying, the forging, the evasion and the fines: but to be honest, that word “think” does not appear in their vocabulary.

A motion the Israelis and Palestinians can support GAVIN STOLLAR

CHAIR, LIB DEM FRIENDS OF ISRAEL

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iberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran is bringing forward a motion on Israel and Palestine to this weekend’s party conference which, remarkably, has the stamp of approval from both the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) and Friends of Palestine. This is no mean feat, but Layla is quite a unique parliamentarian. Layla, the first MP of Palestinian heritage, was lauded by none other than the late Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks. Last year in the House of Commons, she said: ‘I’m as much a friend of Israel as I am a daughter of Palestine’. Clearly, she does not see the Middle East as a partisan issue. She and the rest of the party support Palestinian self-determination and campaign for a recognition of a Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state solution, which has been party policy since 2017. However, Layla seeks to go one step further. She calls for the UK government to take its relationship with Israel to the next level. The motion recognises that, following

the government’s reckless decision to take us out of the EU, the UK needs to forge new and prosperous relationships. We are encouraging the government to further promote trade links between Israel and the UK. Israel leads the way in science, technology and innovation, and the UK must work side by side with the Jewish state to increase prosperity between these two like-minded nations. Jewish community lay leaders have reiterated to me that this motion is on the whole a positive influence on Israel advocacy in British politics. It does not hide from the issues that our community often does not want to face. The motion is unabashedly pro-Israel while being fervently critical of Israel’s occupation and settlement building in parts of the West Bank, which I have been opposing all of my adult life. They go against mine and the LDFI’s liberal principles and do nothing for the advancement of peace in the region. This policy shift from my party also demands more of those “on the other side”, calling on those who do not recognise Israel to do so, while also urging the Palestinian Authority to hold free and fair elections, following the decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel their elections planned for earlier this year.

THE LIB DEMS UNDERSTAND THERE IS NO ONE NARRATIVE TO THIS EXTREMELY COMPLEX ISSUE

It also criticises the Palestinian government for their persecution of marginalised groups, political opponents and their LGBT+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer] community and women. The Liberal Democrats understand that there is no one narrative to this extremely complex and emotive issue that runs incredibly deep. Therefore, the cornerstone of this motion is something that the LDFI have been pushing for some time, along with our cross-party friends, campaigning for the government to support the creation of an International Fund for Israeli Palestinian Peace, which will replicate a similar initiative that was instrumental in the peace process in Northern Ireland, along with the Good Friday Agreement. To achieve peace, in tandem with political

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Layla Moran

negotiations at a state-to-state level, there also needs to be a monumental effort on the ground to promote peace building and coexistence projects for those who live every day side by side, within Israel and the Palestinian territories. Working on this motion was not easy. However, it is an issue that has been an enormous part of my life and it is one of the reasons LDFI exists. It speaks volumes that the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, Friends of Palestine and Layla can come together to produce a motion that is fair, balanced and tackles some of the really difficult questions posed by this ongoing conflict.


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1 GRATEFUL TEA

Paperweight, the charity that offers free guidance and support to those in crisis in the community, held a pre-Rosh Hashanah tea for all of its case workers and volunteers. The event was to thank them for their work and support during the pandemic, as the charity has experienced an increased workload. For many of the charity’s staff, the event was the first time they had met face to face since the start of the pandemic.

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2 SHULS UNITE

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Members of Stevenage Liberal Synagogue joined their fellow Progressive Judaism community, Radlett Reform, for Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. The two Progressive congregations united at Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, for the traditional casting off of sins into water. Meanwhile, the South Bucks Jewish Community came back together on Rosh Hashanah by visiting the College Lake Nature Reserve.

3 CRICKET APPEAL

Rabbi Nicky Liss was among the faith leaders playing in a charity cricket match organised by Heaven Help Us cricket club, against Afghan Refugees XI. The game, held at Beckenham Sports Club, raised around £1,700 towards the Refugee Council’s Crisis Appeal. Pictured are Captain Archbishop XI, Rev Chris Kennedy, former Test player Chris Lewis and Rabbi Liss.

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More than 140 people raised around £40,000 for Jewish Care at its first in-person Business Breakfast at Claridge’s, with all money going towards core services. Donors heard from Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, who was interviewed by former director of BBC News, James Harding. Kwarteng said it was a “pleasure” to support the event, adding: “Their work across the community supporting elderly and vulnerable people has been outstanding.”

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Choc and awe! A charity recipe book explores how the Jewish people and cocoa have been inextricably linked for generations, writes Alex Galbinski

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hink about chocolate and are relatively simple recipes and some very challenging, original ones,” reveals the usual associations that Leventhal, who is the publisher of spring to mind are the Maya Greenhill Books and Green Bean Books. and the Aztecs, the French “There’s also a section on the connecand the Swiss – but not the Jews. tion between the Jewish community and Now a new recipe book is keen to the global chocolate trade. Jews have been highlight how Jewish traders played a involved with chocolate for more than crucial role in helping introduce choco500 years and they still are – there are late to many countries around the world. Michael Leventhal plenty involved in the trade in England Babka, Boulou & Blintzes: Jewish and overseas. It’s one of those peculiar, relatively Chocolate Recipes from around the World by Michael unknown aspects of Jewish history.” Leventhal sets the story of this most beloved confecThe book was an accidental lockdown project tionary more than 5,000 years ago, with the Maya, while Leventhal was juggling work and home who dried and ground cocoa beans, mixing them schooling his children, aged eight and six. with water to create a hot, frothy chocolate drink. As a publisher of children’s books – and a conThe Aztecs after them believed chocolate was firmed chocoholic – he was writing a children’s book a precious gift from the gods. about chocolate, telling the story about Spanish Jews By the 1580s, Leventhal writes, regular imports of who introduced it to France in the 1600s. cocoa beans had begun after the Spanish had worked “As a sort of spin-off project, I thought it would be out how to convert the pods into a tasty drink. fun to collect a few chocolate recipes from chefs and “It was now that Jewish traders in Spain started cookery writers,” and, as the founder of Gefiltefest, playing a key role in the creation and expansion of a London food festival celebrating Jewish food and the chocolate market. culture, he knows quite a few. “But that mushroomed “At the time, they were blocked from numerous in a way I didn’t expect. I don’t think anyone has ever occupations as a result of widespread antisemitic put together a collection of Jewish chocolate recipes prejudice: the chocolate business was something and my target was 50 such recipes.” the Jews were permitted to do so they embraced it.” The collection includes contributions from From there, chocolate was introduced to the chefs, cookery writers and bloggers, including southern French town of Bayonne in the early 1600s Claudia Roden, Evelyn and Judi Rose, David by Jews who had fled Spain during the Inquisition. Lebovitz, Amir Battito, Linda Dangoor, The Monday Leventhal says that just as you can trace the Morning Cooking Club and Leah Koenig and movement of the Jewish community through countries including Curaçao, Israel, Egypt, France, aubergines, “equally, you can tell the story of Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, America Jewish emigration through chocolate”. and Turkey. He tells me: “As they travelled, they took with Mouth-watering desserts to try yourself include them different things, including cocoa beans and the requisite chocolate chip cookies and brownies, the knowledge of how to make chocolate.” alongside other delicacies such as chocolate mousse The book contains sprinklings of facts, including cake, Sachertorte, Sicilian caponata, chocolate chilli that Europeans were introduced to chocolate in and chocolate cardamom truffles. 1502. Leventhal, 48, chose to link up with Chai Cancer Christopher Columbus (who some believe was Care and aims to raise £10,000 for the charity. Jewish himself, although he certainly voyaged with His mother is undergoing treatment for cancer a number of Jews) was given cocoa beans as a gift and Leventhal says Chai has provided “incredible on the island of Guanaja, but mistakenly thought support” for his entire family. He himself has they were almonds or goat’s droppings. benefited from counselling from Chai, just one of Meanwhile, in Curaçao, Leventhal says, it is the services it provides for those living with cancer traditional to have hot chocolate at a brit milah as and their families. Jews played a huge role in “Unfortunately, so many people and their families introducing chocolate to the are affected,” says Leventhal, who grew up in Elstree Caribbean island almost and now lives in East Finchley with his family. “I’ve 500 years ago. He hopes anyone with worked with a lot of Jewish charities and Chai is one of the best. Chai has also published a few other an interest in Jewish cookbooks, so it was a natural fit.” history or baking He calls himself a food enthusiast and says he only will pick up found out about other types of Jewish cooking when the book he met Rachel, now his wife, 11 years ago. “She’s an and says it incredible Sephardi cook, and it opened my eyes contains to this whole world of Jewish food that, with my someAshkenazi background, I had no idea about.” thing for He realised food is a formidable way to connect everyone. people, tell stories, explore history and “just have “There fun”, adding: “Food becomes a vector for talking about Jewish culture, history and law. A chocolate babka

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“There’s a Claudia Roden line that every recipe has a story, which I like because it’s true – even looking at hot chocolate, if you think about where the recipe for it came from, you end up telling a story that goes back 500 years. “With so many cakes, you can trace exactly where in the world they came from if you dig deep enough.”  Babka, Boulou & Blintzes compiled by Michael Leventhal is published by Green Bean Books, priced £25. Available to purchase from Chai Cancer Care, www.chaicancercare.org/ events/chocolate or Amazon

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MUSIC

COMING SOON

No Time To Die

Ridley Road

Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the hotly awaited No Time To Die – the 25th James Bond film – will be released next month. The Decca Records soundtrack, available from 1 October, features Billie Eilish’s eponymously named song, which was co-written with her brother, Finneas O’Connell. The smash hit topped the Official UK Singles Chart when it was released last year. No Time To Die, which can finally be enjoyed by UK cinema audiences from 30 September, sees the return of Daniel Craig in his fifth appearance as Bond. The film, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and David Dencik, revolves around a now-retired Bond who is pulled back into active service to help search for a missing scientist, uncovering

A trailer has dropped for Sarah Solemani’s new BBC One thriller, Ridley Road, which airs in the autumn. Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition from the Jewish community who stood up against rising neoNazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees Vivien (played by newcomer Aggi O’Casey) leaving her comfortable life in Manchester and starting to work with the activists until she realises her boyfriend Jack (Tom Varey), has been badly injured. When Jack then vanishes, Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement becoming increasingly prominent in London. As she descends further into the fascist organisation, Vivien must face challenges both to her courage and commitment to the cause. The series, which has been adapted from the acclaimed neo-Nazi thriller penned by Jo Bloom, also features Rory Kinnear, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Tamsin Outhwaite and Samantha Spiro.

a mysterious villain in the process whose Hans Zimmer schemes could result in the death of millions. Joining Zimmer on scoring the soundtrack is The Smiths co-founder Johnny Marr, with additional music by composer and score producer Steve Mazzaro. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga said: “I’m beyond excited that Hans scored No Time To Die. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.”

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Chernobyl actress Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan and Omari Douglas Emily Watson have all been lined up to star in a new film about the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Midas Man, directed by multiGrammy winning director Jonas Akerlund, is the first feature film to explore the story of the visionary Brian Epstein music manager. Eddie Referred fondly by the Fab Four Trimble, Epstein’s ever-trusted confidant Marsan as ‘the fifth Beatle’ – Epstein signed and friend. They join Jacob Fortuneup the chart-topping band in 1961 Lloyd, most recently seen in hit Netflix and also worked with the likes of series The Queen’s Gambit, as Epstein. Gerry and the Pacemakers and Midas Man, written by Jewish Cilla Black, as well as helping to News supplements editor Brigit promote musicians such as Jimi Grant and Jonathan Wakeman, is Hendrix, The Who and Pink Floyd. described as “an emotional, witty, Omari Chernobyl actress Watson heartfelt story” about “the man from Douglas will play Epstein’s mother, Malka Liverpool with the Midas Touch, whose “Queenie” Epstein, Marsan (V for Vendetta, influence on popular music and culture resounds to this day”. Sherlock Holmes) will portray Brian’s father and The film will be shot in London, Liverpool successful businessman Harry, while Douglas and the United States for release next year (It’s a Sin, Constellations) stars as Lonnie

COMEDY

Ali G After the success of resurrecting his beloved character Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen looks set to bring Ali G out of retirement. Sacha Baron Fourteen years after saying Cohen goodbye to his medallion-wearing, shell-suited gangster wannabe from Staines – Alistair Leslie Graham, or Ali G for short – Baron Cohen has confirmed the character is returning for his stage shows. Rumours have been swirling ever since the British-Jewish comedian began making surprise performances at comedy clubs in Australia over the summer as his larger-than-life persona. Confirming the news to GQ, Baron Cohen, 49, said: “I wanted to get on stage and muck around and see what Ali G would be like with a crowd. It was really good fun. “The reason I became a comedian was that I loved people laughing at my jokes. When I do the movies, I think it is funny, but I have to wait three months to hear an audience laugh.”

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ITH SAFFRON, W S E O T A M O T D E K BA RIES BULGUR & BARBER

Food & Drink / Weekend

his is based on a simple meal Greg’s mum used to make with different-sized tomatoes from the garden. It’s best made in full summer, when tomatoes are ripe and flavourful but if you don’t grow your own, the best place to find a larger variety tomato for stuffing will be farm stores or farmers’ markets. You should be able to find large beefsteak and oxheart varieties fairly easily and heritage varieties (such as the marmande) are increasingly widely available.

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200g (7oz) small–medium vine ripened tomatoes 80ml (2½ fl oz) extra-virgin olive oil sea salt 2 large shallots, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon Turkish red chilli flakes 80ml (2½ fl oz) vegetable stock 15 saffron threads 4 large beefsteak tomatoes (or another large variety) Greek-style yoghurt, to serve Bulgur stuffing 120g (4½ oz) medium–coarse bulgur wheat 40ml olive oil 2 small shallots, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons barberries (or dried cranberries or cherries) ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground allspice 2 tablespoons pistachio slivers ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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1 To make the stuffing, soak the bulgur wheat in boiling water for 20 minutes then tip into a sieve to drain. Use your hands to squeeze out as much water as you can then set aside. 2 Heat the oil in a small frying pan. Add the shallots, garlic, barberries and spices and sauté for a few minutes until the shallots soften. Add the bulgur wheat and pistachios and season with the salt and pepper. Stir to combine and set aside until ready to cook the tomatoes. It will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 12 hours. 3 Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). 4 Arrange the vine-ripened tomatoes in a roasting tin. Drizzle on half the oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 10 minutes, or until the skins split. Peel away and discard the skin. Add the shallots, chilli flakes, stock and saffron to the pan. 5 Working from the stalk end, carefully slice out the cores from the large tomatoes, then scoop out as much of the flesh as you can with a melon baller or teaspoon. With true ‘stuffing’ varieties, you’ll find thatthe seeds are all clustered close to the centre, with a fair amount of space around them, making it easy to scoop them out. Chop the flesh finely and mix it into the bulgur stuffing mixture. Divide the stuffing evenly between the tomatoes, packing it in tightly. 5 Sit the tomatoes on top of the vegetables in the roasting tin. Cover the tin with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot from the oven, or at room temperature, with Greek-style yoghurt.


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Business / Good gaming

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THE E-SPORTS COMPANY WITH A CONSCIENCE The founder of a company helping gamers go pro tells Candice Krieger why it’s important organisations consider their social responsibility

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organisation to unite with social ormer sports responsibility. lawyer Oliver Gamers are invited to “tryWeingarten out” against each other for has carved places (and a contract) in out a one of LDN UTD’s teams, career including Fortnite, Valorant, that would turn even FIFA and League of Legends, the mildest sports fan taking part in events to address green with envy. After issues such as knife crime, racial landing his “dream job” at inequality and loneliness, more the Premier League aged 25, he went on to hold senior roles Oliver Weingarten recently during Covid. “Esports is a unique way for brands at F1 and has attended some to connect and engage with the harderof the world’s top events. Now to-reach young/Generation Z audience,” says his focus is using sports, specifically Weingarten, 42, whose seven-year old son esports – which refers to competitive “drags [me] into the office to play FIFA or the video gaming – as a force for good to proF1 game whenever he can”. mote healthy lifestyles and social issues, Glaswegian Weingarten was inspired to set through his company LDN UTD. up LDN UTD after a visit to Wembley for an His company provides opportunities for esports event. “It opened my eyes to the size gamers to take the path to pro, while aligning and opportunities. I took learnings from the with campaigns that address societal concerns. motorsport and football worlds and looked at It is credited with being the first UK esports

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the varying degrees of legacy they each had attributed to them. “I felt there was space for an organisation that catered to the grassroots but had a social purpose at its core and realised there was no better vehicle for doing this than esports.” Quite. Esports has become one of the world’s fastest-growing industries with more than 2.7 billion gamers according to a report by Accenture, a number that is expected to rise by more than 400 million by the end of 2023. And Weingarten, who says he spends 24/7 thinking about his proposition of using gaming for the greater good, is not alone in seeing the potential. LDN UTD has formed impactful alliances. The organisation recently announced it is launching a purpose-driven centre of excellence in Camden, north London, for gamers to focus on physical and mental well-being and social purposes, in addition to an event to promote health and well-being in esports taking place at Samsung KX in November, in partnership with the mayor of London. It will be signing a Rocket League team, at the same time as using high-profile influencers to raise awareness of the importance of health and nutrition in the sector. The organisation has also worked with the mayor of London on the Yop Esports Champs, holding digital workshops to engage residents of Hackney, Lambeth, Lewisham and Kingston and recently partnered with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation for a four-hour stream to promote diversity and equality in the UK. Later in the year, Weingarten plans to run a campaign with the NSPCC on safeguarding in esports. Growing up in Glasgow, Weingarten – now based in Radlett – developed a love of sport from a young age. “My late grandpa was sport daft and took me to my first Rangers game and to this day I follow them through thick and thin. My dad is from Brazil so always harked on about how much better Brazilian football was than Scottish. I went to Glasgow Maccabi and that was my sports outlet growing up.”

Weingarten, who lives with his wife Clare, and their three children studied at Strathclyde University before completing a master’s in sports law. He trained as a lawyer at Olswang and, newly qualified, moved on to his ideal job at the Premier League, working under Simon Johnson. “Simon hired me, then left within three months. I had to sink or swim and, fortunately, I did the latter.” After seven years, Weingarten took on the role as secretary general of the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA). “I was the walking dartboard in the paddock for three years, with the unenviable task of representing the teams’ view to Bernie Ecclestone!” In 2014, the FOTA dissolved and he set up OW Advisory, a boutique sports agency where his work transcended to mobile gaming and esports. He founded LDN UTD in 2018. The business was hit hard during Covid, despite the explosion of online gaming and esports during that time. “I had just walked away from an anchor investor deal and then Covid hit. I had to reset, see if the business model would still resonate and had no money. Investors were reinforcing their existing portfolios so for a pre-revenue business it was rather challenging to say the least.” But with restrictions eased, Weingarten has several initiatives in the pipeline and is planning to expand into other UK cities. Earlier this year, LDN UTD concluded a £250,000 pre-seed EIS [enterprise investment seed] round and is gearing up for a £3million+ raise to help it lead the way in using esports as a force for good. “It is important brands get it right and we are seeing organisations be more socially minded. You only need to look at comments from the CEOs of FMCGs [fast-moving consumer goods companies] such as at Unilever about how their brand has to be purposedriven. A Forbes study revealed consumers are four to six times more likely to purchase, protect and champion purpose-driven companies.”  www.ldnutd.gg

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SEDRA

Torah For Today

Ha’azinu

What the Torah says about: Remembering 9/11

BY RABBI JONATHAN TAWIL Give ear, O heavens, that I may speak, Earth, hear the sayings of my mouth … The rock (tzur), His acts are perfect, For all his ways are just. (Deut 32:1,4) Tzur, the word for rock, is rare in the Torah, occurring just three times in the first 52 sedras. But in Ha’azinu, it appears on five occasions and is the first time it refers to God rather than an object. Why? On a simple level, the Rock implies strength and stability. Moses on the last day of his life reminds the Jewish people that even as human beings are temporal, the Rock – God – can and will always be there to rely upon. More deeply, we are taught not to blame God when things go wrong. Moses feels this so passionately. Do not believe, he says, God is there to serve us. We are here to serve Him and through Him be a blessing to the world. God is straight; it is we who are complex

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and self-deceiving. God is not there to relieve us of responsibility; He is calling us to responsibility. Rabenu Bechaya says it was at the rock where Moses’ dream died. Even after 515 prayers, he could not enter the land of Israel. Nevertheless, Moses declared that God – the Rock – and His justice is perfect and beyond reproach. The word tzur has an etymological resemblance to the word used in man’s formation, vayitzer, and also the word for artistry, tzayar. God formed man like a perfect artist and gave us a stage to fulfil our real potential. As we start the new year, God’s artwork has been restored. Let us use this moment to recommit ourselves to illuminating the great canvas known as life with a beautiful self-portrait of our radiant souls. ◆ Rabbi Jonathan Tawil is founder and director of Torah Action Life (TAL), www.torahactionlife.com

Twenty years have passed since 11 September 2001, also known as 9/11, when Islamist group al-Qaeda carried out a series of co-ordinated terrorist attacks on America soil – including flying two planes into the Twin Towers – killing almost 3,000 people. The sense of loss since that day has not abated. So, what does the Torah say about such tragedy? Noah’s flood brought about the first Ground Zero in recorded history. God swore by a marvel of nature that it should never reoccur: the rainbow, arched heavenward in a sign of reconciliation with the surviving remnant of humankind. The Flood of Enosh wiped out one-third of the human population in the known world. Traditionally identified as the flooding of the great valley lying between the northern shelf of the African continent and the southern reaches of Europe, the waters that broke through at

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day and the fire by night that led the Israelites through the desert for nearly four decades. At the Sea of Reeds, the waters parted and the Israelites were able to cross on dry land, but the Egyptian army was engulfed. Even the loss of life of Israel’s enemies was mourned in heaven. Had He not fashioned them all? All of the above are natural disasters with dramatic effect. When human beings use terror to strike blows to the hardworking, unsuspecting parents, making their children orphans and their relatives bereft, the only response is to unify more against terror and the politics of hate. May the time that has passed prove to be one in which better technology has evolved for greater security and allow the world to conduct its affairs in peace. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel is based in Liverpool


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Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What? ‘Don’t expect God to provide’

Why we must welcome refugees this Succot

BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER With our history of wilderness wandering, it isn’t surprising that we find a number of moments in the Torah when God is seen as the provider of water to the thirsty. However, we have to read such verses very carefully. In Genesis 21, when Abraham had expelled Hagar and Ishmael from his house at the behest of his wife Sarah, Hagar thinks she is going to have to watch Ishmael die of dehydration. On a quick reading of the text, one might look at it and think that God provides water at this time, but as Benno Jacobs teaches: “No miracle takes place, as the well is not created just now; Hagar had merely not seen it in her desperation.” I think this is one of the most crucial lessons the Torah can teach us. When life is at its hardest and we are desperately praying for a miracle or despairing as

we know such a thing could never happen, the Torah does not say “God will provide.” Instead, we are encouraged to look around us. Psalm 121 prompts us to ask where our help will come from. Is the answer to our problem right under our nose, but our emotional turmoil stops us from seeing it? It will not always be as simple as seeing the well when dying of thirst, but it does encourage us to stop, take a step back from the situation, and see if we can look at it in a different way. We may all prefer to pray to God who provides water to the thirsty, but perhaps we may find life easier if we simply pray for our eyes to be opened to the possibility of finding water ourselves.

◆ Rabbi Miriam Berger is principal rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue

BY RABBI REBECCA BIRK “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… that your generations may know that I made the Children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.” This Torah verse is the basis for our annual building of a succh, whether large or small, each Succot. But, more than that, it calls us to an empathy that lies at the heart of this festival. The rabbis of the Mishnah tell us: “All of the seven days of Succot a person should make their succah into their fixed residence and their house into their temporary residence.” How can succah, and the idea of shelters impermanent and fragile, not evoke in us all a remembrance of our own journeys – of how many of our ancestors fled to Britain to escape persecution, pogroms and the Holocaust? That in turn also makes us think of the journeys of others. Those fleeing terror and war today without permanent homes for themselves

and their families. The frailty of the succah must direct us to think of the frailest among humanity. Right now, according to the UN, up to 500,000 people are trying to flee Afghanistan to escape threats of persecution and death from the Taliban. Some will be arriving in the UK. It is our duty to welcome them this Succot and use our platform to encourage Britain’s leaders to do more. Six years ago, at Finchley Progressive Synagogue, we held a Sanctuary Succot, where we pleaded for the Borough of Barnet to accept 15 Syrian refugee families. A coalition had

secured possible homes, school places and primary health care. Emboldened by our own succah and the warmth of our members and guests, we asked the question. A year later, 15 families were settled around Finchley. What about this year? Jewish News has backed a campaign to support children coming from Afghanistan, like so many of our own came to Britain. One month after Kristallnacht in 1938, the British government agreed to accept children from Germany and Nazi-occupied states. Jews, Quakers and other Christian groups coalesced, enabling these children to leave – among them Diana King, Rabbi John Rayner, Sir Eric Reich, Rabbi Harry Jacobi and Lord (Alf ) Dubs. All grew up as British citizens and contributed so profoundly to our national life. Now we can help others to do the same. ◆ Rabbi Rebecca Birk serves Finchley Progressive

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