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Anger as Labour drops probe into Oxford ‘Zio’ slurs Whitewash ‘confirms view we don’t take anti-Semitism seriously’, warns uni investigator Baroness Royall
The senior Labour peer who investigated claims of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club has warned that a decision by a party panel not to discipline two individuals risks “confirming a widely held view that we don’t take anti-Semitism seriously”, writes Justin Cohen. After months of investigation, party staff had recommended that a warning be issued against the pair over various allegations of antiSemitism and bullying. But, in the latest major blow to relations between the party and Britain’s Jewish community, it’s understood the party’s disputes committee – made up of members of the National Executive Committee – decided against even a slap on the wrist. It comes nine months after Baroness Janet Royall, a former Labour leader in the House of Lords, produced a report into the Club saying there had been “incidents of anti-Semitism” and passed allegations against “a small number” of individuals to the party’s general secretary. Baroness Royall said: “I am deeply disappointed by the outcome and fear that it will further harm relations between the Jewish community and our party by confirming a widely held view that we do not take antiSemitism seriously. It also doesn’t bode well for
the outcome of the ongoing inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s behaviour.” The Union of Jewish Students branded the decision “disgraceful” and asked: “What more would need to happen for the Labour Party to take action against anti-Semitism?” A statement added: “The party had an opportunity to put its values into practice, to demonstrate how seriously they take the issue of anti-Semitism and to show that Labour Clubs are welcome spaces for Jewish students, but they have failed miserably. They have let Jewish students down and in doing so, they have created an atmosphere in which Continued on page 6
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News / Inauguration of Donald Trump
Trump: key questions for the new president As the United States prepares for a new presidential inauguration on Friday, analysts and Jewish representatives in the UK admitted to being ‘stumped by Trump’, with more questions than answers on what he might mean for Israel. In a forecasting report on the Middle East, published this week by BICOM, the UK-Israel think-tank said: “The policy direction of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration in the Middle East is the big unknown for the Middle East in 2017.” Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson agreed, saying Trump “has no legislative background and has so far been hard to predict, so it is incredibly hard to guess what he will do”. Board of Deputies’ senior vice president Richard Verber concurred, saying: “Much remains to be seen.”
Among the many questions facing those interested in Israel’s immediate future, Jewish News posed several to analysts and representatives of the British Jewish community, to see what they thought might happen. Will Donald Trump move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?
Despite the noise, and despite Trump’s campaign promises to do so, most were sceptical. Hannah Weisfeld of Yachad thought Trump might “eventually capitulate,” adding: “General James Mattis, Trump’s choice of Secretary of Defence, has indicated that he wants to respect current US policy and keep the embassy in Tel Aviv, so Trump might yet be convinced by more experienced, less reactionary members of his administration to keep the embassy where it is.” BICOM chief executive James
Sorene predicted the potential for “a hugely dramatic moment” if Trump made the move on the 50th anniversary of Israel reunifying Jerusalem, later this year, but he said the new president would be warned against it by those at home and abroad, so suggested Trump may yet opt for a compromise. “Rather than formally move the embassy, Trump may prefer for the ambassador to live in Jerusalem and commute daily to Tel Aviv, or for him simply to work out of the current American consulate, which is based in West Jerusalem.”
Will Donald Trump ditch the Iran deal?
Most agreed this was unlikely, despite Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to convince Trump to do so. Dr Emily Landau, senior researcher at the Institute for National Security
LET’S HOPE MR UNPREDICTABLE CAN PRODUCE A FEW SURPRISES ALISTAIR BURT MP
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As with almost every other element of his imminent presidency, it is hard to give any authoritative prediction of what is to come in terms of Donald Trump’s relationship with Israel. We know some things from his pronouncements during the campaign, but to what extent they are any guide is debateable. Understandably, policy appeared to develop over time, from a nuanced neutrality on the Palestinian issue, to the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. But even so, the Oval Office is different from the campaign trail – even for him. As with all US presidents, I think we can be sure that he will be a friend to Israel. The question is whether he will be a friend like John Kerry, prepared to say hard truths and urge progress on the Middle East peace process? Or will he be a less critical friend? If he is the latter, then the consequences for Israel’s domestic policy may be profound. At present, it appears that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is able to use the White House to rein in the more extreme fringes of those to his right. If that bulwark is taken away, even the great survivor might be in trouble, with the risk of a new coalition moving to the worrying territory of annexation, and the abandonment of a two-state possibility.
I was in Jerusalem when news came through of the president-elect’s choice of US Ambassador to Israel. The mood of disquiet that followed was tangible. David Friedman’s active support for settlers places him in a difficult position to be seen as offering the impartial advice, which should be the hallmark of another state’s position, no matter how friendly or well-disposed. To be seen as being on one side or another of an increasingly divided Israeli, and worldwide Jewish community – with some outrageous and disparaging remarks about groups of which he disapproves in his background – won’t make his president’s position any easier. And moving the embassy would not help. Trump has also suggested his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, could be an envoy. This would be an even more inexperienced choice at this level. Is it enough to have the president’s trust but be tasked to tackle possibly the world’s most intractable yet important impasse? In short, no, and he will need good back-up. However, and ever the optimist, all the clever conventional experts up to now have failed to resolve a situation that ultimately requires not management but an end. Perhaps in this Balfour year, for young Palestinians and Israelis alike who deserve better, let us pray that Mr Unpredictable might surprise us all.
Studies in Tel Aviv, and head of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program, observed that many critics of the deal now thought it should be kept. “A new reality has already been established, and under these circumstances it makes most sense not to begin by rejecting the deal outright,” she said, adding that a US withdrawal would antagonise America’s allies. Johnson, while stressing the JLC’s UK focus, also thought Trump would not pull out. He said: “The Iran deal is in force by too large a degree. It is unlikely to be changed at this stage.” Weisfeld agreed that it was “unlikely,” adding: “The implications of doing so go well beyond Trump’s opinion of it… Russia could yet convince him of the benefits of the deal.” Landau added that while the deal Right: President-elect Donald Trump. Inset: His son-in-law Jared Kushner
Obama’s final words on Israel The increase of Israeli settlements has “gotten so substantial” that it is inhibiting the possibility for an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state”, Barack Obama said in his final interview as US president. Obama this week dismissed the idea there was a “major rupture” in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month’s decision by the US to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements. “Because of our investment in the region, and because we care so deeply about Israel, I think (the US) has a legitimate interest in saying to a friend: ‘This is a problem’,” he said. “It would have long-term consequences for peace and security in the region, and the United States.” The outgoing president also reflected on
his legacy and his biggest challenges during his eight years in office. A number of his policies, from healthcare to his contentious relationship with Israel, could be short-lived as Donald Trump has vowed to reverse some of them. Trump has been vocal about his disapproval of many of Obama’s policies, and has accused Obama of throwing up “inflammatory” road blocks during the transition of power and his administration of treating Israel with “total disdain”.
KUSHNER GIVEN MIDDLE EAST ROLE Donald Trump will put his 35-year-old Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of IsraeliPalestinian peace negotiations, but has rowed back from his campaign promise to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. In his first major interviews with European media, with The Times and German newspaper Bild, Trump said Kushner, the husband of his daughter Ivanka, would “secure an Israel deal”. Despite critics accusing the incoming commander-in-chief of nepotism, Trump has stuck to earlier suggestions his son-in-law would play a key role in securing a Middle East agreement. Trump said: “He will secure an Israel deal which no one else has managed to get. You know, he’s a natural talent, he is the top. He has an innate ability to make deals. Everyone likes him.”
Kushner is a New York real-estate mogul, like Trump, and ran his social media campaign during the election. He has since taken an increasingly prominent role in Trump’s top team, even discussing UK-US policy with Boris Johnson during the Foreign Secretary’s recent visit to the US. Asked about Obama’s refusal to veto a UN resolution condemning Jewish settlements in the West Bank late last year, Trump said the abstention was “terrible” and urged Britain to veto any resolutions during Obama’s last days in power. For the first time, however, he refused to recommit to his promise to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move analysts have said could trigger a new round of Palestinian violence. “I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. “But we’ll see.”
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Inauguration of Donald Trump / News would likely be left intact, several points – such as what constitutes a violation – need to be clarified by Trump’s team. “The new administration is best positioned to take a fresh and critical look at the deal, and introduce much needed improvements,” she said. Will he defend Israel at the United Nations, including on settlements?
Johnson said that although Trump seemed very supportive of Israel, “it would be surprising if he didn’t let something through [the UN] at some stage… In recent memory, most presidents have not vetoed UN resolutions which Israel has asked them to oppose.”
Weisfeld, who by contrast could “never” see Trump allowing a UN resolution critical of Israel, said: “It’s not clear if Trump understands what settlements are, and how they are perceived by one of the parties in the conflict, or the rest of the world.” She added: “It’s not beyond the realm of possibilities that Trump could suddenly decide he dislikes the settlements and say so. But as things stand this seems unlikely.” Sorene said Trump’s unequivocal support for Israel at the UN meant an end to the Palestinian strategy of internationalising the conflict. He said: “They have probably realised this ship has sailed.” On settlements, however, Sorene noted that while Trump was sympathetic, Gen. Mattis was “a strong opponent,” and the BICOM chief thought that if Trump became convinced that settlements “harm American interests, or if he feels duped by the Israeli government, then he could come to specific decisions”. Will he really put his 35-year-old property investor son-in-law in charge of Middle East peace negotiations? And if so, can it work?
All were sceptical that Jared Kushner
[pictured, left] could solve the world’s most intractable problem. For Weisfeld, this was partly because he would not be seen as an honest broker by the Palestinians. “His family foundation donated to various settlements, and to the Israeli army,” she said. “For the Americans to broker peace, there must be a shred of trust.” Noting that all previous attempts to broker a peace had come to nought, regardless of who tried, Johnson said: “Businessmen have had as much success as career politicians... We will only be able to judge Kushner on his actions.” On US involvement, he added: “What needs to happen to make peace last is direct, bilateral discussions between Israelis and Palestinians. Outside influence is unlikely to be successful.” Sorene restated the difficulties, including wide gaps on core issues, the right-wing make-up of Israel’s coalition, a weak and increasingly dysfunctional Palestinian Authority, Hamas control of Gaza, violence on the ground and the recent UN Security Council Resolution 2334. “This all makes restarting negotiations even harder,” he said. “Kushner will not be able to change any of these issues, regardless of how likeable he may be.”
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News / Paris peace summit
Britain rejects Paris statement Britain this week refused to sign a communiqué at the conclusion of the Paris peace summit, expressing “particular reservations” about the absence of the two parties to the conflict and claiming the event could “harden positions”, writes Justin Cohen. Around 70 countries attended the conference in France, with many sending ministers who then recommended that the European Union adopt their position, a move the UK again refused to endorse. The British had earlier put sent a low-level delegation to Paris, headed by Michael Howells, head of the Near East department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), as well as two diplomats from the British Embassy in France. The UK’s stance followed strong condemnation of the FCO by Jerusalem and UK Jewish leaders following its role in the anti-settlements motion at the UN three weeks ago. An FCO spokesperson said that the best way to further the two-state goal was through a return to bilateral negotiations that “take account of and confront all of the obstacles to peace and legitimate concerns of both sides. “We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American president when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks, therefore, that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. That’s why we have attended in an observer status and have not signed up to the communiqué.” The statement comes just five days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, who spoke out against the current administration after it failed to veto a UN Security Council resolution, and after Downing Street condemned John Kerry’s subsequent speech on the conflict. “We will continue to support efforts to
Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry and French President François Hollande, centre, join delegates from 70 countries at the summit
improve conditions on the ground to enable negotiations to resume and look forward to working with the parties, the new US administration and other countries represented in this conference to make progress” the FCO said. US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the summit, but neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were present for a gathering that Benjamin Netanyahu said was “pointless” and “rigged” . The final statement from delegates urged both sides to “officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution” and disassociate from voices that reject that goal. It also called on them to avoid unilateral actions. But Jerusalem welcomed the absence of the strongest language
used in Resolution 2334 on settlements. Netanyahusaid:“Itisco-ordinatedbetweenthe French and Palestinians with the goal of imposing on Israel conditions that do not correspond with our national needs. It also distances peace as it hardens Palestinian conditions and keeps them away from direct negotiations without preconditions.” Concern had earlier been expressed that the summit could form the basis to push for a further UN resolution, ahead of Trump’s inauguration, to compound the anti-settlements motion passed at the end of last year. But Kerry called Netanyahu from Paris assuring him that the US would prevent any further action at the UN.
YACHAD ATTACKED OVER UN RESOLUTION SUPPORT The president of the Board of Deputies has attacked Jewish campaign group Yachad for backing the recent UN resolution criticising settlements, but refused calls to expel the group from the Board for doing so. The comments came during Sunday’s monthly board meeting, where Jonathan Arkush once again criticised the Security Council vote on 23 December, despite acknowledging there were “a range of views” from the community. He said: “I fail to understand how Yachad believes that Resolution 2334 would contribute to the prospects of peace, given that leading progressive voices in Israel, including Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, roundly condemned it.” Some deputies, including Natalie Shaw from Barnet Synagogue, called for action against Yachad, arguing that the group’s direct message to the UK government in favour of the resolution amounted to a breach of the Board’s constitution. Arkush, who voted against Yachad’s membership, said: “I do not read the [Board’s] constitution
as requiring every deputy to have a particular view or not to have a particular view… I’m not going to expel them because I don’t agree with them.” Yachad believes settlements beyond the Green Israel supporters outside Paris’ Israeli Embassy on Sunday Line are illegal, and advocates a two-state solution “close to the pre-1967 Amos Schonfield of Yachad said the wording lines” with Jerusalem as the shared capital. of the UN resolution was “a mirror of the wording Lawrence Brass, a former Board treasurer that Israel signed in a bilateral trade agreement from Bushey and District Synagogue, said the with the European Union, it’s nothing new”. Israeli government had a “flagrant disregard to He said Yachad writing to ministers was also the rule of law,” citing the continued existence nothing new, Yachad having been the first Jewish of the illegal settlement of Amona, which judges organisation to condemn “absurd” resolutions ordered to be demolished. on Jerusalem put forward by UNESCO. He said Arkush’s comments had “caused huge Tal Ofer of Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue disappointment to many members of our com- asked why [the Board’s] statement “sounds as if it munity who love Israel but aren’t prepared to was drafted by Netanyahu,” asking Arkush: “The sign blank cheques for whatever the Israeli gov- official view of the Board is to support the twoernment does”. state solution [so] why are you disappointed?”
The UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was backed by 14 members including the UK, with the US taking the unusual decision to abstain. The UK’s decision to back the motion was condemned by community leaders. After a meeting with Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush last week, Middle East minister Tobias Ellwood said the government “understands and appreciates” communal concerns. He added: “While I reiterated the government’s continued belief that settlement building is illegal, I was clear that it is far from the only obstacle to peace and the international community must not forget this.”
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KERRY: PARIS SUMMIT WON’T LEAD TO MORE ACTION AT UN Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Paris peace conference will not lead to further action at the United Nations or other international bodies. Kerry – one of more than 72 international leaders who attended the Paris conference – spoke by phone with Netanyahu, who did not attend, during the event. The conference closed on Sunday with a final statement that called on Israel and the Palestinians to “officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution” and not to take unilateral actions that would jeopardise future peace talks. Netanyahu had earlier criticised the gathering during his weekly cabinet meeting. “The conference convening in Paris is a useless conference,” he said. “It is being coordinated between the French and the Palestinians. Its goal is to try and force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs.” He added: “Of course it pushes peace further away, because it hardens the Palestinian positions and it also pushes them away from direct negotiations without preconditions. “I must say that this conference is among the last twitches of yesterday’s world.”
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Investigation rejected / News in Brief / News
May rejects call for sting probe The government has rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s call for an investigation into the “extent of improper interference” by Israel in British politics following an undercover Al Jazeera sting operation. The Labour leader wrote to Theresa May after his shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, urged a probe as the broadcaster aired the final part of its four episode series The Lobby. It showed the Israeli Embassy’s former political officer Shai Masot joking with a friend, a former parliamentary aide, about “taking down” critical MPs, including Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan. Masot has since had his employment terminated and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev has personally apologised to the minister. Corbyn wrote: “Many members of Parliament and the public will be concerned at this evidence of attempts to undermine the integrity of our democracy. I’m sure you’ll agree that such improper interference in this country’s democratic process is unacceptable, whatever country is involved.” Describing the matter as a “national security issue”, Corbyn added: “I would ask that you treat the matter as such and launch an inquiry into the extent of this
Former Israeli Embassy political officer Shai Masot in the Al Jazeera sting
improper influence.” However, the government says it considers the matter finished. A spokesperson said: “The Israeli Ambassador has apologised and is clear these comments do not reflect the views of the Embassy or government of Israel. The UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed.” Posing as an Israel activist keen to help tackle the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, the undercover reporter befriended Masot and ended up being introduced to key figures
standing up for Israel in Britain. It was even suggested along the way that he might help in the setting up of a Young Labour Friends of Israel. But his tactics, including the filming of the director of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), Ella Rose, while she was in tears over feeling she was the victim of anti-Semitism, have provoked anger. Al Jazeera’s attempt to undermine accusations of anti-Semitism have also been condemned by the Community Security Trust. “Anti-Semitism is real and Jewish concerns are genuine. Your
claims of dishonesty over this are baseless and inciting more anti-Semitism,” the charity tweeted. LFI chair Joan Ryan MP, whose report of an incident at its party conference stall was the focus of the third programme, said: “It is the duty of Labour party members – whether in parliament or at the grassroots – to report language they believe to be racist or anti-Semitic. References to groups having ‘lots of money… lots of prestige in the world’ and suggestions that they advance people’s careers appeared to me to evoke classic anti-Semitic tropes. The intention of this programme is sadly clear: to deny and belittle the serious problems with anti-Semitism experienced by the Labour party over the past year. It would be most regrettable if it succeeded in deterring people from taking a stand against hate language.” Thornberry also wrote to Crispin Blunt, chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, urging a separate investigation.
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SELECT COMMITTEE CHAIR WANTS INQUIRY INTO ISRAELI ‘STING’ The chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee reportedly hopes to include events captured by an undercover reporter for Al Jazeera in a forthcoming inquiry. The Mail on Sunday quoted Crispin Blunt as saying he would like to look into comments by Shai Masot, the Israeli Embassy’s political officer, who was secretly filmed in a conversation with a former parliamentary aide joking about “taking down” Foreign Minister Alan Duncan. The reporter, posing as an Israel activist keen to tackle the BDS campaign, befriended Masot and gained access to closed meetings, meeting and filming representatives of organisations including Labour Friend of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement. Blunt, who was also referred to in the recordings, reportedly said: “I hope to include this matter in the committee’s wider inquiry into the Middle East peace process.” A Committee official said: “The decision on which inquiries will be undertaken can only be made by the committee.”
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News / Oxford Labour Club / Welby at Auschwitz
Decision to drop Oxford inquiry is ‘unsurprising ’ Continued from page 1 anti-Semitism may thrive without fear of being challenged.” They pledged not to rest until action was taken and to work with with Oxford students to explore further avenues to achieve this. Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) chair Jeremy Newmark said: “This decision rides roughshod over the concerns and experiences of our student members. They do not feel comfortable attending meetings of their own Labour club. This has been looked at by three inquiries and one investigation. The complainants have not heard from the party for nearly a year, even to inform them of the decision. “JLM is working with Labour students and UJS to deliver training and education to prevent future incidents. However, this problem can not be fixed without the backing of a disciplinary process that is fit for purpose. This decision shows just how far we still have to go.” Adding her voice to the condemnation, Board of Deputies vice president Marie van der Zyl said: “This inability or unwillingness to confront what is a serious problem is damning for the party and will concern Jewish students on campus who feel their own party offers them no protection against abuse.” Jewish News understands the panel overturned many recommendations made by party HQ on disciplinary issues unconnected to anti-Semitism. One member said paperwork provided to members by the party showed
Alex Chalmers, left, co-chair of the Labour Club at Oxford University, above
one of those investigated admitted bullying, but not anti-Semitism. While the case presented lacked detail, they suggested, party officials recommended a warning and “warnings have been issued for less”. The Labour Club case marked the start of the row over anti-Semitism in Labour. Alex Chalmers, the Club’s cochair, resigned in February, accusing members of casually using the derogatory term “Zio” and of accusing Jews of “crying wolf” on the day the Club voted to endorse Israel Apartheid Week. Chalmers said: “This news is disappointing but unsurprising. It is entirely in line with the indifference, lack of transparency and bad faith that has characterised the response of certain parts of the Labour leadership to claims of anti-Semitism.” Further reading at jewishnews.co.uk
‘I LEFT WITH TOO MUCH TO WRITE, BUT NO WORDS’ The Archbishop of Canterbury has written a moving account of his recent visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, saying the Nazi death camp “defies description”. Archbishop Justin Welby toured the site as part of an Anglican delegation, wearing snow boots in freezing conditions, with temperatures dipping to -14 degrees. Reflecting on the cold experienced by both his party and the camp’s inmates, he wrote on Facebook: “We had layers and layers of clothing, hats, gloves, scarves, yet it worked through and we were cold to the core. They wore the equivalent of pyjamas and clogs. We were there for five hours, they were out for 12. We were fed, they were starved.” The senior leader of the Church of England said there were “so many statistics about AuschwitzBirkenau, but it defies description,” later adding: “I’ve come away with too much to write, and no words to write it.” Among the aspects he said would “stay with me” was “the way that the perpetrators at Auschwitz tried to dehumanise their victims... In a way that actually cost the humanity of
Justin Welby at the infamous site
both,” he wrote. “It worked to some extent. Prisoners killed others in order to live – and were then killed themselves.” The visit, the first in a new programme designed for clergy to receive in-service training, prompted the delegation to reflect on the human capacity for evil, said Welby, and the need to both recognise and challenge this wherever it appears. “We must protest to the limit against evil: before it occurs, as it happens, and in its aftermath,” he wrote. “But there is also a need for silent reflection – in which we honour the victims, mourn our capacity for evil, and learn to beware.”
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News / Far-right fears / Blogger tributes / World News
Top rabbi’s Le Pen warning One of Europe’s leading Jewish voices has warned a victory by far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election would put the future of the country’s Jewish community “in serious doubt”. Pinchas Goldschmidt, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference of European Rabbis, was speaking in Madrid, and warned that the continent’s post-1945 security and political infrastructure now “risks falling apart”. He said: “Brexit is a sign of this danger. It sends a very strong signal to all the capitals of Europe that things are amiss. The fact that Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, is leaving to go back into German politics speaks for itself. It’s like he’s abandoning ship. ” Earlier this month, Schulz was honoured for his work countering extremism by another European Jewish leader, Moshe Kantor, who heads both the European Jewish Congress and the
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Palermo’s resurgent Jewish community is to open its first shul since the Spanish Inquisition, when Jews were expelled from Sicily. Last Thursday, the city’s archbishop officially transferred ownership of a church, built on the ruins of the Great Synagogue of Palermo.
Goldschmidt says the rise of the far-right has serious consequences for French Jews
European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation. When asked about the rise of extremism on the continent, Goldschmidt told Jewish News: “More and more people are unhappy with their economic situation, so more and more vote for anti-establishment parties, extreme parties.” He added: “People want change. What happened in the US is a revolution. The good news is that Jews are not in the
centre of it, but definitely can be collateral damage.” On the French Front National leader Le Pen, he said: “Maybe she has not been involved in anti-Semitic slogans, but definitely members of her family don’t have a track record when it comes to racism and xenophobia... Her party was founded by Nazi collaborators.” Le Pen’s 88-year-old father, Jean-Marie, remains
the party’s honourary president, despite an unsuccessful legal battle by Marine last year to have him thrown out for saying that the gas chambers were a mere “detail” of history. She has been on a charm offensive with French Jewry, but despite offering to meet European Jewish leaders, most have refused although polls show that up to 20 percent of French Jews have voted for her party.
An Israeli grandmother drowned on Tuesday while tubing down a Guatemalan river on a womenonly ‘extreme trip’ designed to test participants’ limits. Israeli officials arranged for the body of Hadas Ayash, 60, who was part of the Queen of the Desert group, to be flown back.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has bought from a shul work chronicling Sephardic Jewish history in LA. It details Sephardic Jews’ migration from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa to the west coast at the turn of the 20th century.
Non-Jewish Poles have been credited for solidarity with the Jewish community, after dozens donned yarmulkes in a protest at a Warsaw café where a bartender had been accused of anti-Semitic comments. The protesters included ex-Polish ambassador to the US, Ryszard Schnepf.
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Tributes have been paid to a former councillor turned prominent blogger, who has died aged 44. Barnet politician Daniel Hope, who ran the ‘Barnet Bugle’ blog, passed away last week after battling a serious illness. He had stood down as a Conservative councillor in 2006, and dedicated his time to fighting for transparency within Barnet Council, filming every meeting on his blog. Ex-mayor of Barnet and councillor Mark Shooter led tributes, writing on Twitter: “Devastated about sad passing of Daniel Hope, an advisor, mentor and true friend. I will miss you and condolences to your dear mother & family”. Speaking to Jewish News, Shooter said Hope had “a very firm and unshakable view on politics and his support for the Conservative Party”, adding: “He had a brilliant mind and was clued up on the bigger picture. He will be dearly missed.”
AMAZON DELIVERS ‘ADOLF GREETINGS’ Online retailer Amazon has sacked an employee who included a handwritten note with a parcel sent to a Jewish woman that read: “Greetings from Uncle Adolf.” The woman, who is in her 30s but who does not wish to be named, received the note, along with a toy she had bought for her neice, on 22 December. She reported it immediately, with friends saying she was so upset she was shaking. The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of an offence of malicious
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Tributes have been paid to Daniel Hope
Chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement Jeremy Newmark said Hope had a “wicked, stubborn and often naughty sense of humour and had a habit of rubbing people up the wrong way”, making him an “irresistible person to befriend”. communications, and that the incident was being treated as a “hate crime,” but that no arrests had yet been made. Amazon this week confirmed the employee had been dismissed, and that an apology had been made to the customer, adding: “We take this incident seriously.” The unidentified former employee is believed to have targeted the woman because of her “Jewish-sounding surname”. The woman’s Israeli friend, Liran Meydat, praised the police response, after officers arrived within 20 minutes of the complaint, but criticised Amazon, saying: “We contacted them on the same day and didn’t hear anything back. I’ve now given them hell over it.”
19 January 2017 Jewish News
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ewish News – in partnership with the Jewish Leadership Council – this week proudly relaunches its fascinating search for individuals set to define Anglo-Jewry in the decades to come. Past years have seen thousands of inspiring nominations, and 2017 is expected to be no different as our team of judges seeks to identify 18 outstanding candidates under the age of 18 followed by 30 under the age of 30. Starting this week, we’re asking readers to suggest individuals who should be included in our Who’s Who of current and future high-flyers. Nominations can come from across the country, making this a truly nationwide ini-
tiative, with the top places selected by a range of Jewish leaders in the worlds of politics, art, education and culture. The process will culminate in the spring, when Jewish News will publish the results of the judges’ deliberations. We will reveal who’s made the final cuts before the end of April, by which time older nominees should still be under 30. For the Eighteen Under 18 category, nominees should be yet to hit the landmark birthday by 31 August. In past years, Jewish News has profiled Forty Under 40 and Twenty-Five Under 25, and past names on these lists will comprise our judging panel, including former JLC chief Jeremy Newmark and Luciana Berger MP. Jewish News publisher Richard Ferrer said: “These are lists for those already making a big impact across our community and those who are set to. “The names topping our Thirty Under 30 list may already be making a difference, while the Eighteen Under 18 list will include innovators, creatives, campaigners, event organisers, young
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Ella Rose and Luciana Berger, who topped our Twenty-Five Under and Forty Under lists in 2015
leaders and all-round mensches. It will be intriguing to see who gets nominated and get a sense of the impact they are having on Jewish life.” Chair of judges Andrew Gilbert
[who writes about the process in detail below] said: “We are looking both for those already in leadership positions and those who show the most potential.
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME ANDREW GILBERT
CHAIR, EIGHTEEN UNDER 18 & THIRTY UNDER 30
Young Jewish People of today are very different to past generations. In general they are much more likely to be attending or have attended a Jewish school, more likely to be either more secular or more strictly Orthodox, more likely to be going to university and yet with fewer clear prospects after university. They are better connected and maintain stronger contact through social media while being less social. While all previous generations saw their identity set as teenagers, this generation of millennials often don’t form their identity until well into their 20s. Many go home after university and drift through their 20s taking on few responsibilities, not able to afford their own property. And yet they can be creative, innovative, caring, thought leaders, mensches and their stories can amaze us. As we read in the Talmud Berachot 64a: “Do not read your children [banayich], but your builders [bonayich].” So with this in mind, I am delighted Jewish News has decided to create two new lists of our young people. The first list will be of 30 people under 30 who are impacting on the Jewish community. But how will we measure impact?
Formative impact – Those who already have emerged into leadership positions in existing organisations or taken leadership positions in the community in youth, student and young adult organisations. Are they the future foundation stones or leading donors and fundraisers of our community? Transformative impact – Those who are creating new aspects of our community, whether they be the pied pipers, the change agents, the signposts or the innovators. Depth impact – Increasing the content of our community and its offerings through intellectual and structural development including communal builders, gurus, scribes, thinkers, mavens and maybe prophets. Width impact – Widening communal impact reflects on how our community changes and develops and this can be through ambassadors, celebrities, outreach and even rebels. This list will be ranked and will build on the excitement created in the Twenty-Five Under 25 list of two years ago. It will be a new challenge as it may be less campus and youth movement focused as it covers the whole of the 20s. How does one measure a star who is working for the community for a year against another who has been making a constant contribution throughout their 20s? The panel will certainly be made to consider very different stories. All we need now are your nominations of anyone who will be under 30 on
Monday 10 April (the first day of Pesach). The second list will be of 18 people under 18 who are so incredible that we have to tell their story. When we ran Twenty-Five Under 25, we had exciting nominations for those who were under 18. As we want to include all those at school, we are counting as eligible anyone who was under 18 on 1 September 2016. Three of them made that list: Zoom Rockman, then a 14-year-old cartoonist; Noah Rubin, then the 14-year-old founder of Step Up collecting; and Zak Wagman, then a 16-year-old member of the British Youth Parliament. We think there may well be many other inspirational teenagers out there and we hope you will nominate them and tell their story. The list of the 18 under 18 will be alphabetical and not ranked. I am also honoured to accept Jewish News’ invitation to chair the panel. The newspaper has brought together a panel with great expertise in the community to assess your nominations. I also wanted to thank the Jewish Leadership Council for again stepping up to be a sponsor and for the work it does in this sector through LEAD (leadership development in the community), PAJES (supporting Jewish schools) and Reshet (support the Jewish Youth Service with UJIA). We look forward to some great stories of young people doing great things that will make us all feel good about the future prospects of our community.
“We are not interested in fame per se. Just being well-known is not enough. We are interested in influence, innovation, leadership, and impact on the Jewish community.”
MEET THE PANEL Andrew Gilbert: Chairing the panel and Trustee, London Jewish Forum, and Chair, UJIA UK Programme Committee Richard Ferrer: Publisher, Jewish News Simon Johnson: Chief Executive, Jewish Leadership Council Raymond Simonson: Chief Executive, JW3 Carolyn Bogush: Trustee UJS and WJR Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Chief Executive, JFT (Jewish Futures Trust) Mordche Grosskopf: Activist, Strictly Orthodox community Simi Ben Hur: Executive Director Shaare Zedek UK, Trustee Adam Science foundation Shelly Marsh: Executive Director, Reshet (The network for Jewish Youth Provision) Sally Halon: Manchester UK Programme Director, UJIA Luciana Berger: Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree Alan Mendoza: Vice-Chair, S&P Sephardi Community; Executive Director, Henry Jackson Society and former Conservative Party Candidate, Brent Central David Brown: Chief Executive, Union of Jewish Students Jeremy Newmark: Chair, Jewish Labour Movement and former Chief Executive, Jewish Leadership Council Nicky Goldman: Executive Director, Lead (inspiring Jewish leaders) Justin Cohen: Publisher, Jewish News
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News feature / Jewish life in... Georgia
Take that, Uncle Joe Concluding our series on Jewish communities around the world, we meet the Sepiashvili family from Georgia in the former Soviet Union
he Stalin Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Georgia. As you’re escorted round, a stern Georgian lady recites in perfect English Stalin’s litany of achievements and great successes, skirting swiftly over certain inconvenient historical details like purges and mass killings. Georgia’s most famous son, “Uncle Joe” is revered by many older Georgians as the strong leader who defeated Hitler and fascism. His face adorns everything, from supermarkets to trinkets in the local market. It’s only in more recent times that a more nuanced view of Stalin can be articulated and the museum nods gently towards this progress with a room, albeit tiny, commemorating all of those who died at the dictator’s brutal hand. In many ways, that dichotomy between old and new, communism and capitalism and the struggle between Soviet times and modernity is symptomatic of Georgia as a whole and the Jewish community in particular. Natela Sepiashvili is 66 but looks many years older. She is one of Georgia’s estimated 3,000 Jews and remembers communist times fondly. “It was a simpler existence back then,” she says. “There wasn’t the modern need to make choices and the difficulties that come with that. We were free.” Natela moved from the Georgian countryside to Tbilisi, the capital, in 1970. She was just 17. There she met and married Mikhail and had three children: Nino, Natia and Maia. Since then the Jewish community has shrunk. “Many have died, gone abroad or made Aliyah,” Natela explains. “What was once a community of 150,000 has now shrunk to a few thousand.” Yet the main Sephardi synagogue in Tbilisi is a huge, grand affair. Two synagogues sit one on top of the other, the main one for everyday use downstairs and the special High Holiday shul above it. “It reminds me of the oldest Jewish joke of the guy who washes up on the desert island and builds himself two shuls – ‘one I use, the other I never set foot in’,” Natela says. In the past few years, Natela and Mikhail have lived a sedentary life, like many older Jews in the former Soviet Union. “I spent years in bed,” she says. “That was my life, every day.” Until recently, the idea of older people
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living a full and active existence was very much seen as a Western ideal to which few aspired. Across the former Soviet Union, older people are routinely discriminated against. Nobody fights for change. Older people are seen as a burden on the pension system, so little time or money is invested trying to improve their quality of life. Natela and Mikhail’s pensions are a mere £58 per month in a city that houses Gucci, Prada and the like. World Jewish Relief’s programmes encourage older people to take charge of their lives. Focusing on empowerment has helped Natela to have a more positive outlook on life, she says. “Before I got the support, life was basically impossible. But after I received food and medicine and was encouraged to exercise, I become more positive. I am also now connected to the local Jewish community which makes life worth living for me.” World Jewish Relief provides both Natela and Mikhail with a food card that can be used in supermarkets. It looks like a regular bank card and gives them the independence to buy the food they want rather than the charity handing out food it thinks they want. This might sound like a simple thing, but for many people in these parts the years of repression have led to a mentality of disempowerment and despondency. It’s hard not to paint this little group’s story as one constant struggle. The reality for this Jewish family is that Natela’s daughter Nino has had a similarly difficult time. “My Nino was born a conjoined twin,” explains Natela. “She spent her first five years
Above, Handycraft at the Jewish day centre, Georgia, World Jewish Relief; Left, The Sepiashvili family, from left, Nata, 6, Nikoloz, 9, Natela, 66, Mariam, 13, and Nino, 9, in Tblisi, Georgia. Pictures by World Jewish Relief
in hospital. She left secondary school before graduating and worked at the textile mill to make money. She fell in love, married and gave up her career.” However, an abusive five-year marriage ensued and she divorced in 2009. Nino’s family, including her three young children, Mariam, 13, Nikoloz, nine. and Natia, six, who she raises alone, receive almost nothing in the way of state support. As a child, Natia’s father was prone to drop her and her teeth fell out. The family live in a dormitory, which is located in the abandoned building of the former hospital. It is only thanks to their connection with the Jewish community that the whole family can get by. Despite the difficult situa-
tion, Nino makes great efforts to assist in her children’s education and their well-being. Older people in Georgia worry that their families will end up in the same situation that they find themselves in. That’s why it’s so important that Nino’s generation are given opportunities to get into work and support themselves and their children. Natela has high hopes for Nino and her grandchildren. “It’s not easy for Nino with three children to support, but she is strong and with the support of the community, she will only get stronger. Family is the most important thing and we hold each other up. That’s what being Georgian means. That’s what being Jewish means.” Take that, Uncle Joe.
19 January 2017 Jewish News
News / Wall decision / Pendant link / News briefs
Court demands Kotel answers Israel’s Supreme Court has given the government one month to explain why it still prevents women from praying from the Torah at the Kotel. In the court’s ruling, it also suggested that an alternative site for women to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall was insufficient and ordered that searches of visiting women be halted. Israel’s government agreed earlier this month to create an equal prayer site after three years of negotiations between Jewish liberal groups, ultraOrthodox leaders and the government. But the site was never established, with liberal groups accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of giving in to pressure from two ultra-Orthodox parties in his coalition.
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The bones of the Nazi doctor who experimented on Jews in Auschwitz are themselves now being handled, probed and investigated by students and medics in Brazil, where he died. Josef Mengele, known as the “angel of death”, drowned off the coast of São Paulo in 1979. He was exhumed and identified, but his bones lay in a plastic bag for 30 years. Now, a team from the city’s Legal Medical Institute will use his remains to teach students about how to study bones.
Syria has accused Israel of firing rockets that exploded near a major military airport west of Damascus and warned of repercussions. The attack is the third such incident in recent times, according to the Syrian government. In a statement carried on the official news agency SANA, the military said several missiles were launched just after midnight from an area near Lake Tiberias and fell in the vicinity of the Mezzeh military airport on the western edge of the Syrian capital.
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GAY JEWISH ACTIVIST ATTACKED IN CHILE
A trio of Palestinian-born German residents who firebombed a synagogue in 2014 were not being anti-Semitic, they were merely expressing their frustration at Israeli military action in Gaza, a German regional court has ruled. Last week’s surprise judgement in Wuppertal, east of Düsseldorf, led to outrage online, with social media commentators questioning how the burning of a German synagogue for actions in the Middle East could not be anti-Semitic.
A gay Jewish activist in Chile has been attacked by thugs who slashed him with a razor blade, after they spotted his Israeli flag T-shirt. Jorge Arce, who heads a Jewish LGBT group in the capital Santiago, was targeted while he walked through a park, with the assailants shouting “murderer” at the sight of the flag, according to the El Mostrador news site. The men then chased him, punched him in the throat and slashed his arm as he lay on the ground. No one has yet been arrested.
Women of the Wall reading from the Torah at Robinson’s Arch
The groups accuse the government of violating the right to equality and
freedom of worship by not implementing its decision.
Anne Frank linked to Sobibor pendant An uncovered pendant that appeared identical to one owned by Anne Frank belonged to another Jewish girl who may have known her, says Yad Vashem. The Holocaust memorial said it had verified that the pendant belonged to Karoline Cohn, who perished at Sobibor, one of the most notorious
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death camps, and may have known the famous diarist. The researchers uncovered the pendant when they were excavating Sobibor, said Yad Vashem. Anne was arrested along with her family by the Germans in the occupied Netherlands during the Second World War and died in Belsen concentration camp
shortly before the end of the war in 1945. Like her, Karoline was born in Frankfurt in 1929, and researchers are trying to confirm whether they were related. The Israel Antiquities Authority has been conducting excavations at the former camp, which was operated in German-occupied Poland, since 2007 and has already uncovered the gas chamber foundations and the original train platform.
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Damage limitation Just over three weeks ago the UK voted to condemn Jewish settlements at the UN as a “violation of international law.” This week it went some way towards repairing the damage by refusing to back a similar but less vehement EU motion. Of course Britain was right to pop this French balloon: European countries telling Israelis and Palestinians how to build peace in the Middle East is like the Pacific island nation of Nauru telling the UK how to exit the European Union. Whether or not the UK helped lead the way on the UN resolution, it certainly did so this week in Paris. If the outcry that followed support for the motion three weeks ago has brought about greater understanding that such actions bring us no closer towards peace, then that is to be welcomed. If it leads to a closer eye from Downing Street on the work of the Foreign Office in this area, then that too is a significant positive. That said, it’s understandable that some countries will now be confused by Britain’s position. France, whose idea it was to push for this weekend’s international congress on an increasingly-unlikely two-state solution, could be excused for its bemused looks. If, as an unnamed European diplomat suggested this week, our foreign policy is now being dictated by the Twitter-led whims of Donald Trump, it leaves us in a state of flux, where decades-old dogma is here today, gone tomorrow. By way of example, Trump’s cast-iron view that he would move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem now seems to have shifted – he refused to back the plan in an interview on Sunday, despite months of saying this would be the first thing he did. It matters what Trump thinks, because what an American president does impacts on its allies. If the US does move its embassy, should we? If the US stops criticising settlement-building, should we? If the US places sanctions on the PA for incitement, do we? There are other factors to consider. Theresa May is well-known for supporting Israel, but this week she announced a clean cleave away from the European single market, so she will know too that non-European trading partners like Israel are now more important than ever. Expect her and Donald to pop more balloons in the coming few years.
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GIVE TRUMP A CHANCE Whether we like the situation or loathe it, Donald Trump seems set to be with us for a while yet, so it’s probably wise to stop hurling all those bouquets or brickbats until we see what he actually achieves after he takes office. One is tempted to observe he can hardly achieve less than the outgoing president and, as far as Israel and Jews are concerned, he
American Jewish Congress president Jack Rosen said: has already set things on an ap“I expect Trump to be a strong parently steadier course. supporter of Israel and to underWords are cheap and not always stand Israel’s security concerns. a reliable indicator of future actions I think he’ll be a good friend.” but Trump, a man with a Jewish He added that, despite anxieties son-in-law, has been consistent in over Trump’s policies and appointhis criticism of Obama’s Iran deal ments, “we need to give him a and his pledge to move the US em- chance”. That sounds about right. bassy to Jerusalem, which, as even The Guardian notes, would be an Marcus Reshman act of ‘huge symbolic importance’. Ilford
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IT’S TIME FOR ISRAEL – AND DIASPORA JEWS –TO SHOW WE ARE A SOVEREIGN NATION In light of the comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding his failed attempts to formulate a socalled ‘Peace treaty’ between Israel and non-indigenous Arabs and the abhorrent UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which he instigated, the Israeli government has to be resolute and remove the UN from its illegal occupation of Government House in Jerusalem. It has to be re-established as the official seat of the president of Israel. In addition, it is incumbent upon the Jerusalem Municipality and the utility companies to withdraw services they provide to the complex for which the UN does not pay, such as the council tax.
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19 January 2017 Jewish News
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Blurred lines between diplomacy and politics ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
ou never know who you will meet in the cafes around Kensington. At one a few months ago, I heard Ivrit being spoken loudly from a nearby table. On leaving, I found myself in conversation with the now infamous Shai Masot, who wondered about opportunities for a further meeting with me and Daily Mail colleagues. No follow-up did take place, but I was not surprised when the now famous Al Jazeera sting also took place in a fashionable eaterie on Kensington High Street. With the embassy around the corner, it’s hard not run into Israeli diplomats and politicians, including on one occasion, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The Masot affair raises broader questions about the role of embassies in an age of instant communications and the limits of their responsibilities. That there are people working in embassies whose role stretches the definition of diplomacy should come as no surprise. Christopher Steele, compiler of the ‘dodgy’
dossier on Moscow and Trump, served as a high level British Embassy official in Moscow and Paris. He was also a known M16 agent, showing how blurred the lines can be among diplomacy, politics and intelligence. There was nothing particularly unusual about Masot’s activities, but his methods were unusually clumsy and he crossed the line by speaking publicly about wanting to undermine a democratically-elected official. For many years, the Israeli Embassy in London was undervalued in Jerusalem because of the UK’s diminished place in the world. That changed over the past decade or so. Among the triggers was the rise of the power of British news brands in the digital world. The strength of the BBC, the online Guardian and Mail Online as global sources of news and analysis meant the views of the British media on the Middle East and the world have gained enormous traction. With the storm about ‘false news’ propagated by largely unmonitored websites, the premium value of properly-checked, accurate and edited news and analysis has become ever greater. The need for articulate, knowledgeable and
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robust diplomats in London, who could harness the capital’s media influence, produced the two most recent ambassadorial appointments. Daniel Taub, the British educated lawyer turned diplomat, was followed by the former voice of Israel in Jerusalem Mark Regev. Taub was a brilliant representative able to engage combatively on the BBC’s Today programme with Israel’s critics and brave enough to take the battle against demonisation of Israel into the regional heartlands such as the Israel ‘no go area’ of Bradford. The lines between normal diplomatic activity and the political-intelligence role of the embassy had been crossed. The role of the modern ambassador is less
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After Oxford, all eyes will be on Walker’s fate JUSTIN COHEN
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ews of the decision to not discipline two students over claims of anti-Semitism and bullying at Oxford University Labour Club was met by a chorus of consternation – and, just as notably, a distinct lack of surprise. It’s worth recapping for those who’ve lost track of a lengthy saga that has been the subject of no less than three inquiries. Last February, the former head of the Club resigned claiming that members had “some kind of problems with Jews”. A senior peer appointed by Jeremy Corbyn concluded following an investigation that there were “incidents” of anti-Semitism and passed on at least two names to the party’s general-secretary. Yet many reacting on social media offered little more than a sarcastic “shock!” or a resigned “of course” at revelations that no action will be taken. No further evidence is required about the hammering Labour-Jewish
THE OXFORD CLUB CASE SHINES A LIGHT ON THE PROCESS AND OUTCOME. THE PANEL WENT OUT OF ITS WAY TO BACK THOSE ACCUSED
ties have taken over the past year but, for those who have vowed to fight on for that relationship, such a level of resignation is a reminder of the uphill struggle they face in persuading others of the merits of that path. But there is an aggravating factor to this case that makes it all the more troubling – and ought to have made the dispute panel’s decision especially shocking.
Party HQ, indeed those who had been investigating this case for months, recommended that the pair be handed warnings. It may have represented little more than a tap on the wrist, but at least it would have been a public acknowledgement that the behaviour relayed to Baroness Royall is unacceptable. There is a reason why several member of Oxford Labour Club refused to return and disciplinary action would have shown acceptance of that. To achieve this, the panel needed do no more than accept the recommendations of those most acquainted with the case. Instead, it had to go out of its way to rule against those recommendations – in the process sending out the opposite message to those involved in this case and beyond. This latest case shines a spotlight on the process as much as the outcome. Every disciplinary case has to go through the dispute’s panel, which is made up of members of the politically-charged NEC. Although the NEC is finely balanced between the hard left and moderates, outcomes could come down to which factions turn up in greater number on
the day. All eyes will now be on what happens when the Jackie Walker case reaches that same panel. A further worrying aspect of the Oxford case is the fact none of the complainants were kept informed of the progress of the investigation throughout the months-long probe. I’m not someone who would describe Chakrabarti’s report as a whitewash, as some others have. It contained some useful starting points but they were just that. Not the end game. John Mann, the veteran campaigner against anti-Semitism, said to me on the day of the report’s launch last summer that it would make especially bad reading for Ken Livingstone. His case differs from Oxford referred by the dispute’s panel to the next stage of the party’s investigative process but it’s little wonder that Baroness Royall wondered this week whether the former London mayor could yet win his case for readmission. Despite the tone of resignation after this week’s news, I’d like to think that, after everything, that would still be a surprise. That really would cause the ultimate offence.
A German court has just legitimised a racist crime JEREMY HAVARDI
DIRECTOR, B’NAI B’RITH UK’S LONDON BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
ast week, a German regional court upheld a legal ruling that found that an arson attack on a synagogue could not have been motivated by anti-Semitism. The incident in question occurred at the height of the 2014 Gaza war, when three Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at the Bergisch synagogue in the city of Wuppertal, following the end of Ramadan celebrations. Luckily no one was killed or injured in the attack. The original judges’ ruling, later backed by the higher court, was that there was insufficient evidence of anti-Semitic intent and that what these men had tried to do was bring “attention to the Gaza conflict”. The Palestinian perpetrators were deemed to be merely criminals, not racists. Such a ruling naturally drives a coach and horses through any definition of antiSemitism. By regarding this act as a form of political protest, the court’s judges have
effectively legitimised and sanitised a racist crime against Jews. For a synagogue and its congregants are clearly no more on the front line of the Middle East conflict than a mosque and its worshippers. The very willingness to draw a connection between Jewish congregants in a synagogue and Israeli deeds, wrongful or otherwise, is itself anti-Semitic and depraved. One can only imagine the reaction if a fanatic attacked a mosque, only to turn around to his accusers and declare that he was bringing attention to the global jihad. Such a deplorable act would be treated as a hate crime without a moment’s thought. The refusal to assign any racist motive to these perpetrators is both obscene and illogical. It is sometimes said that by expressing overt support for Israel, the Jewish community makes itself a party to the conflict and invites the kind of ‘reprisals’ seen at Wuppertal. Yet such an argument, which is not uncommon, is deeply sinister. The notion that Jews should be silenced to avoid an incendiary backlash from Muslim extremists is tantamount to appeasing terror and aggression. It is an equally egre-
gious denial of Jewish free expression. No doubt these Palestinian men were incensed by what they saw as Israeli excesses, leaving aside the fact it was Hamas that started the conflict for domestic reasons, that Hamas ignored multiple ceasefire requests, that Israel was battling a policy of human shields and that the IDF sought wherever possible to minimise civilian casualties. But the idea that their ‘anti-Israel’ feeling was purely political simply strains credulity when one considers the wider context. In the course of protests against Israeli policy in 2014, protestors could be heard chanting “Hamas, Hamas, Juden ins gas!” (‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!’) while
another mob denounced “Scheiss Juden!’ (‘Jewish s***’).” In Berlin, Jews were told to “come out and fight on your own” and were addressed as “cowardly swine.” Such manifestations were in no way unique to Germany of course. An eruption of the most primitive anti-Semitic abuse could be heard at demonstrations against Israel across the world. Given such incendiary rhetoric, it is not surprising that three Palestinians targeted innocent Jews at prayer. A key lesson from the 2014 Gaza war is that noxious anti-Semitism remains a potent part of the anti-Israeli brew and is, for some, its most intoxicating element. It is somewhat ironic that a German court failed to see this.
A SYNAGOGUE AND ITS CONGREGANTS ARE CLEARLY NO MORE ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT THAN A MOSQUE AND ITS WORSHIPPERS
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THIS WEEK: THE CONVICTION OF SERGEANT ELOR AZARIA
ergeant Elor Azaria, the so-called ‘Hebron shooter’, served his country and should be pardoned, if his conviction for manslaughter for killing a Palestinian terrorist is not overturned on appeal. Why? The clue is in the word ‘terrorist’. Moments earlier, the man Azaria shot in the head had tried to kill one of Azaria’s colleagues. Seven of every 10 young Israelis believe killing terrorists in these situations is justified, and rightly so, but it seems the army disagrees. There was public outrage at Azaria’s arrest and trial, and no wonder. That Azaria should be tried for his actions, let alone convicted, is a national disgrace. Sgt Azaria, who was but a teenager at the time of the incident, is a soldier and this is a war, fought on the streets against those who would knife any Israeli to death at the first opportunity, simply because they are Israeli, simply because they are Jewish. Sgt Azaria was asked to follow rules of engagement against those who follow none. Moreover, when tensions are running high,
when your colleagues are lying injured next to you, soldiers must make decisions – whether to shoot, stall, attack, attend to the enemy or ensure all danger is over. These are decisions soldiers should not be hauled over the coals for making by those who ask they make them. Azaria chose safety first, his safety and that of his colleagues. That this man should serve time in jail for making sure the terrorist, fresh from his attack, was no longer a threat is a travesty of justice. He is a hero, no ifs, not buts.
BUT... That’s fine if you haven’t seen the video, which shows a severely-wounded man on the ground, barely moving, posing no threat, receiving no medical attention until, some 15 minutes later, Azaria – a ‘medic’ himself – has a conversation with a colleague, cocks his rifle, aims and blows the man’s brains out. Self-defence? Safety-first? Please! That’s murder. It was, to anyone not blinkered by hate, a live execution. It was a thug soldier disregarding the rules and the law and
deliberately killing a disarmed, immobilised enemy who should instead have been treated then tried. That shot to the head gave every Jew-hater a shot of motivation. By coldly, calmly killing a man lying prostrate and bleeding, Azaria
has done more to endanger his compatriots than can be known. But Israel’s prime minister wants to give him a medal and put him up in a hotel suite. By supporting a pardon, Netanyahu has given a green light to others game for a bit of extra-judicial killing, something for which Israel has lost friends already. Seriously, who are these people who think Israeli soldiers can walk round killing people who do not pose an imminent and immediate threat? Who are these people who would rather hold up a murderer as a hero than hang on to what defines Israel from its neighbours: the rule of law, the morality of minimising unnecessary killing, the discipline the IDF is known for? Azaria should thank his lucky stars manslaughter is all he was charged with.
THAT THIS MAN SHOULD SERVE TIME IN JAIL FOR MAKING SURE THE TERRORIST WAS NO LONGER A THREAT IS A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE
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Hate crime is committed by people like you and me ❝
SAJID JAVID MP
THE HOLOCAUST WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WERE IT NOT FOR THE ACTIONS OF A RELATIVELY FEW EVIL INDIVIDUALS. BUT IT COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT MILLIONS OF ORDINARY MEN AND WOMEN LOOKING THE OTHER WAY
s an MP and minister, I’ve been privileged to hear the testimony of those who lived through the Holocaust. Thanks to the Holocaust Educational Trust, 100,000 young people a year can say the same. And, thanks to the governmentbacked Lessons From Auschwitz project, thousands of schoolchildren and teachers are able to visit the most notorious of death camps every year. I accompanied a group in 2011, and it was one of the most emotional, moving experiences I’ve had. But it’s now more than 70 years since the camps were liberated and it’s never been more important to listen to and learn from the survivors of the Third Reich. And it’s also why I’m so pleased to see the new, English edition of The Long Night, Ernst Israel Bornstein’s incredible story. It’s an amazing piece of writing but it also contains lessons for us all to reflect on. The first is the way the full horror of the Holocaust unfolds only slowly. The first time Bornstein encounters Nazi soldiers, they’re chatting to civilians and handing chocolates to children. The first labour camp is relatively humane. But as the book goes on, the situation grows gradually worse. Conditions deteriorate. Brutality increases. Death – initially a rare occurrence provoking great shock – becomes routine. And, almost before you know it, you’re reading this horrific, vivid, deeply disturbing account of the death marches. It’s a reminder that the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers. It began when hatred and bigotry were allowed to grow without challenge. Last year, the Community Security Trust reported an alarming increase in anti-Semitic incidents. In the summer, there was a worrying spike in levels of hate
crime more generally. It’s easy to call it just a few isolated cases. But the Holocaust shows the danger of normalising bigotry. It’s not enough to simply tell ourselves that we disapprove. We have to take action. Which brings me to my second lesson. We often look at the Holocaust through the stories of survivors and victims. This book reminds us that the perpetrators are often dismissed as some vast, faceless machine, which diminishes their individual guilt. And that’s not something Bornstein allows. He paints a vivid picture of named kapos and “block elders”. Of specific SS men and camp guards, each with their own character, their own face, their own story. Then there are the bystanders. Passengers on comfortable trains who turn their faces away. The farmer who refuses to offer sanctuary, or even a scrap of food, to fleeing prisoners. And the crowds of worshippers who file out of church and ignore the column of human misery marching past. The Shoah wouldn’t have happened were it not for the actions of a relatively few evil individuals. But it could not have happened without millions of ordinary men and women choosing to look the other way. Remembering the complicity of the bystander is particularly important right now. Hate crime is committed and permitted by people just like you and me. We must call out bigotry and racism. We have to object when a line is crossed from legitimate debate to smears and abuse. We have to push back when people lazily reach for glib comparisons that belittle what happened… calling those we disagree with ‘Nazis’ or claiming someone’s actions are ‘just like the Holocaust’. We have to be prepared to do the un-British thing of making a scene. Maybe in private, in the media, on Twitter; or on a bus or in Parliament. If we don’t speak out against hatred, it will become normalised and part of everyday life. And once that
happens, the consequences will be tragic. But I’m hopeful. I see people who are willing and able to make a stand. I see organisations such as HET sharing survivors’ stories. It reminds me that most people are fundamentally good, even if they sometimes need a little nudge. That’s why the third message I took away from Bornstein’s testimony is a message of hope. First, in the fact that throughout his time in the camps and in years that followed, Bornstein refused to be beaten. He was determined to fight on, to see justice done and to ensure the crimes against his family were not forgotten. But I’m also struck by the many acts of kindness he describes. The Kaltwasser farm girl who offers a starving Bornstein some bread. Meister Hermann, the electrician who takes him under his wing. The fellow Flossenbürg inmate who risks his own life to save the author from certain death. Together, they show that even in the darkest, longest of nights, light can shine through – but only if we choose to let it. Bornstein established a small Holocaust memorial, the inscription of which reads: “To honour the dead and to warn the living.” The Long Night does exactly that. As first-hand memories of the Holocaust fade, his painful testimony becomes more important than ever. And it’s more important than ever that we heed his warning and learn from it. That’s why I’m proud to be overseeing work on Westminster’s new national Holocaust memorial and learning centre. Bornstein was strong enough to survive years of abuse by racists. Surely, in 2017, we can be strong enough to speak out in the face of such hatred? Taken from a speech made by Sajid Javid at the launch of the English translation of Dr Bornstein’s Holocaust memoirs, The Long Night, in Parliament yesterday
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Yavneh and Immanuel College students Josh Beach, 14, and James Cohen, 15, shaved their heads in solidarity with a close friend who has been diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. Having so far raised £16,186, which will be split between Chai Cancer Care and the Teenage Cancer Trust, they said: “As we do a lot together, we decided that if one of us is going to lose their hair, we all will. This act will hopefully enable us to raise a huge amount of money for Chai Cancer Care and the Teenage Cancer Trust – both fantastic causes especially given that we are all 14 to 15-years-old.”
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LIBERAL YOUTH’S 4 ZIONISM FOCUS Liberal Jewish Youth held its annual decision-making event, Veidah – where ‘Reclaiming Zionism’ was chosen as its theme for 2017. Liberal Judaism’s youth movement worker Hannah Stephenson said: “We need to focus on our pillar of Reform Zionism and remember why it is so important to us.”
WELCOMES NORWOOD’S ‘BLUE 2SEED SA’S CHIEF RABBI 5MONDAY’ TOP TIPS More than 200 people attended an event run by Jewish educational charity Seed, when it welcomed Dr Warren Goldstein, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi to its centre in London last week. Talking about personal leadership, he said: “Seed continues to do outstanding work for Anglo-Jewry and I enjoyed speaking at its event. It is always a pleasure to engage with the British Jewish community.”
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No denying her importance Historian Deborah Lipstadt speaks to Francine Wolfisz about the legacy of her trial against a notorious Holocaust denier that’s depicted in new film, Denial
s she sat with eminent historians Yehuda Bauer and Israel Gutman, fellow academic Deborah Lipstadt was left bemused as they pitched an idea for her next book: Holocaust denial. “I laughed,” Lipstadt recalls of the meeting, years before her highprofile libel case that threatened to undermine the fact that six million Jews were killed at the hands of the Nazis. “I thought, who pays attention to those guys? They said: ‘We think it’s important because it’s a form of anti-Semitism that people just aren’t picking up on’. When two scholars for whom you have the upmost respect say something is important, you don’t just slop it off. So I began to research. Little did I imagine it would come to shape my life.” The result of that meeting was the publication of her 1993 book, Denying The Holocaust, which pulled apart claims that victim numbers were widely exaggerated, or worse, that the mass extermination of Jews never took place. Among those she described as a ‘Holocaust denier’ was British author David Irving, who maintained no Jews were murdered by gassing at Auschwitz. Three years after Lipstadt’s book hit the shelves, Irving decided to sue her and publisher, Penguin Books, for libel. It was a tense case watched by world media that ultimately vindicated Lipstadt and left Irving’s reputation in tatters as a falsifier of history. The real-life drama of that case is at the core of Denial, scripted by David Hare and starring Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, Timothy Spall as Irving,
Andrew Scott as her solicitor, Anthony Julius, and Tom Wilkinson as her barrister, Richard Rampton. Speaking this week from her Atlanta home, Lipstadt reflects on the case and reveals why Irving had been “particularly dangerous”. “Unlike any other denier, he was known for something of substance,” she explains in her thick New York accent. “He had a reputation as a writer of historical works – I don’t call him a scholar, because he’s not a historian, he lies and makes things up – but he had access to a general public that other deniers didn’t have. “When he wrote books, people would pay attention to what he said – and began to engage in what I call the ‘yes, but’ syndrome. Yes, of course what he says about the Holocaust is ridiculous, but maybe there weren’t six million, maybe there were only 600,000. “People were saying ‘yes, but’, instead of saying: ‘What he says is so ridiculous, I can’t believe anything.’ “Richard Evans [a historian who acted as an expert witness for the defence] joked to me: ‘If David Irving were to say good morning to me, I’d look out the window to see if the sun were up before I said good morning.’ “That’s what others should have done, but it didn’t happen. That’s what made me so nervous about him.” Lipstadt, who turns 70 this year, says the biggest issue at stake was what she terms the “debatability of truth”, the idea that “people can say whatever they want and insist it is true.” Out of principle, the Emory University professor was willing to take the case all the way and not
Historian Deborah Lipstadt, right, with actress Rachel Weisz, who plays her in the movie Denial
“settle”, as many within the BritishJewish community urged her to do. “If I had, he could say: ‘Deborah Lipstadt libelled me and I, David Irving, am not a denier and my version of the Holocaust is a legitimate version.’ I just couldn’t have that.” In the film, Spall as Irving describes the trial as “David versus Goliath”, referring to the fact he represented himself, whereas Lipstadt employed a substantial legal team. However, Lipstadt tells me she was one who felt like David against the Goliath of the unfamiliar British legal system. “They say of Brits and Americans that we are two people separated by a common language,” she laughs. “I was completely a fish out of water and I didn’t understand the system.” It was a situation that created some tension between her and Julius, as well as Rampton, the latter with whom she had an argument at Auschwitz when he kept insisting on being shown more “evidence” that killings took place at the gas chambers. “I was completely in the wrong,”
she admits. Rampton, in fact, was trying to prepare his witnesses for cross-examination by Irving, and his diligence paid off in other ways: evidence presented at the trial on the killing process would later be used to further Holocaust research. The hardest part of the trial for the usually loquacious academic was remaining silent: her team were determined that neither she nor any Holocaust survivors would take the stand, as they felt it would risk exposing them to humiliation by Irving. “I have friends who will tell you the biggest miracle of this case was that I kept my mouth shut,” laughs Lipstadt. “It was really hard, because I didn’t want people to say I was afraid or that I was a coward.” Of Weisz playing her in a film about the trial, Lipstadt says she has been “tremendously impressed” by the British-born star’s professionalism. “She wanted to get it right, to understand what makes me tick, what I was thinking. She would even call me up the night before doing a scene and ask
me to talk her through it.” It is now 17 years since Judge Charles Gray found in Lipstadt’s favour, calling Irving “an active Holocaust denier, anti-Semitic and racist.” I ask her opinion of Irving now. “Not much,” she replies. “He was a liar and falsifier of history before the trial and he was that after. He even claims he won and that it cost £6million – get the number? He’s really not important to me at this point.” We focus instead on her vindication and the trial’s lasting legacy . “So many people against whom prejudice is directed, whether they are of colour, gay or Jews, would love the opportunity to stand up and challenge the prejudiced person. I had the chance to do that and I could not be more grateful for that alone. “Forget the movie, forget the book, forget the invitations coming my way – all those things are wonderful – but they are gravy to the opportunity to stand up to the bad guys and win.” Denial (12A) is released in cinemas on Friday, 27 January
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History told by borscht and bagels Playwright and actor Steven Berkoff eats all the way through his first documentary. At lunch with Brigit Grant, he explains why…
ive thousand four hundred and fifty-four miles is a long way to go for a bowl of soup, but Steven Berkoff isn’t fazed by the distance. Not if it gets him to Canter’s Deli in West Hollywood, which has been his favourite Tinsel Town eaterie for the past 30 years. Who knows, it could even be longer, as he says time escapes him when he is devouring an American-size serving of Canter’s golden chicken soup, laced with lokshen. “Tastes just like Ma’s,” says Berkoff softly between slurps at the start of his nosh-laden documentary Eat Dollink, which premieres at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End Road, London, next week. To hear one of the most influential writer/directors in British theatre emote about a latka is rather left-field and certainly not what you expect from the man revered by drama students the world over – as well as actors like Tom Hardy – for his pioneering performance techniques. Outside theatre, Berkoff is best known as the villain who took on Bond and other big screen heroes, which makes the sight of him
A young Berkoff poses with his mother
Berkoff says he has spent many happy hours at Canter’s delicatessen in West Hollywood
brandishing a chunk of new green and not a Kalashinikov all the more amusing. It was a plate of new green and a bowl of chicken soup that the actor ordered the moment he arrived at Harry Morgan’s in St John’s Wood for our interview. “The food is very good here and I come a lot, particularly in the summer when I can sit outside”, says Berkoff, settling on a banquette which is nowhere near as generous as the one at Canter’s Deli. Canter’s first opened in 1931 in Boyle Heights, Los Angles, but when the Jews moved en masse to West Hollywood in 1948, the deli relocated. Ironically, 1948 was also the year Harry Morgan opened his doors, though Blooms had been dishing out deli in Whitechapel since 1920. “Blooms had a charming, eccentric piquancy once you were inside,” notes Berkoff, who like all of us remembers the impatient waiters in white jackets. “But there are so few old-school London delis now,” maligns the thesp, who clearly hasn’t been to the chopped herring hub that is Borehamwood. Evidently Mr B has eyes only for American delis. “So much choice,” he insists. “So many types of bagels. You can’t get a decent pumpernickel bagel here.” Having thrown down the gauntlet to British bagel makers across the capital, Berkoff goes on to talk about the many hours he has spent at Canter’s. In the finest tradition, it is open 24 hours, all year round (except for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), and he describes how it proved to be a good space to work. “I wrote stories there.... poems... a whole book in fact,” he says. That book is Sod The Bitches (available on Amazon), which is about an out-of-work actor and the trials and temptations a theatrical life presents. Berkoff is writing constantly, though it was the work of Eugene O’Neil and not his own that kept him in LA for much of last year when he directed the play The Hairy Ape to huge acclaim. He wants to bring it to the UK this year if
Berkoff gets down to business with a salt beef sandwich; right, chicken soup – what else?
he can find the right venue and as it has been four years since he directed his stage version of the cult film On The Waterfront, his return to the London stage will be appreciated. Berkoff is keen that Eat Dollink, which is his first documentary, should also receive some attention. “The film is about the history of the Jewish people through food – how the very creation of the dishes came out of poverty and the struggle to survive,” he says. Unscripted and garnished with historical facts, it is Berkoff’s veneration of borscht and love of latkes that dominates – and, like all Jews, he believes nothing gets close to his own mother’s chicken soup. He also make his own and shares his recipe with me over our shared salt beef sandwich. “It’s all about the leek,” he says of his borscht after listing the obvious other ingredients. “You’ve got to have leeks and at the end a bit of paprika, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon just to add that bit of tartness.” Doubtless, chicken soup makers everywhere are going to agree to disagree, but
Berkoff hopes his film will tempt visitors to LA to try what he sees as Canter’s brand of Jewish penicillin. There are other delis in the film, but it is at Canter’s that the playwright says he gets a real sense of his mother and it is the place where he feels safe. “You could never really be lonely in an American deli,” he says. “It’s a sanctuary. Once a bowl of steaming hot chicken soup is put in front of you, the ills and stresses of the world gradually dissolve.” Berkoff has even toyed with the idea of living at his favourite eaterie. He says he is convinced that if he is “tidy and respectful” he could take up residence in one of the booths and from that vantage point he could observe, write and feast on chopped herring pumpernickel bagels, among other delicacies, indefinitely. If you do go, keep an eye out for him.
Eat Dollink, featuring a Q&A
with Steven Berkoff, is showing at the Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road, London, on 24 January. Details: genesiscinema.co.uk
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Travel / Lifestyle
Something to croak about Lucy Daltroff goes off the beaten track in search of wildlife, volcanoes and forbidden beverages in exotic Central America
hile a contented red-eyed tree frog sat happily in the palm of my hand, I fully appreciated the many different charms of Nicaragua. Neighbouring Costa Rica is better known but the potential in this Central American country is huge. Beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific, extensive wildlife, the crumbling Spanish colonial charms of Grenada and Leon and, best of all, cheap prices are the top features. It’s also easy to leave the tourist trail and visit volcanoes, jungle, wetlands and indigenous communities where friendly locals are more than happy to share their culture. My first encounter was a strange one. I landed in the evening, drove straight to the Pacific coast and the first building in the fishing village of San Juan del Sur – my destination –was a Chabad house, overlooked, to my surprise, by a large statue of Christ. The small Jewish outpost is part of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitcher outreach movement, and several young Israelis visit this surfing paradise. There are also Jewish residents in the area, well served with a variety of dining, drinking, nightlife and shopping venues. On my first morning I was taken to the Canopy da Flying Frog, one of the biggest zip
lines in Nicaragua. I did have a go but much preferred visiting Masaya, one of the country’s 19 volcanoes and a very active one. It’s thrilling to peer down the crater to the seething mass of fire, although visitors are advised not to stay too long because of the sulphur clouds. Another must is a boat trip on Lake Nicaragua, where another volcano Mombacho, erupted thousands of years ago and threw huge rocks into the waters which then formed 365 islets of varying sizes and uses. Many contain just small homes for local fisherman, while others have huge villas owned by foreigners or rich Nicaraguans, a few of which can be rented out to tourists for the season. I loved the wildlife too, especially exotic birds such as ring kingfishers, great egrets and the rare bare-throated tiger heron, whose call sounded like a dog barking. Although the capital Managua has its attractions, Leon, Nicaragua’s second city, was my favourite, a political and intellectual capital with a university founded in 1813. The Sandinista Revolution and subsequent Contra War began here, but today it is a bustling and artistic place. In the main square, I was surrounded by bustling school children, food vendors, sellers of wooden song birds and old men gossiping under the shade of the trees.
THE FIRST BUILDING IN SAN JUAN DEL SUR WAS A CHABAD HOUSE, OVERLOOKED TO MY SURPRISE BY A LARGE STATUE OF CHRIST I had heard the main attraction was the cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where after a quick look round inside, I was invited upstairs, to walk barefoot on the extensive roof, looking as if it was part of the Greek island of Santorini: brilliant white under a deep blue sky with spectacular views over the town. Nicaragua has a tiny Jewish community, most having left Managua after an earthquake in 1972. Seven years later, the Sandinistas seized the country’s only synagogue and the remaining Jewish population went into exile, mainly to the US and Israel. A small number have returned and there is a tiny synagogue which recently received a new Torah scroll. After Nicaragua, I moved on to neighbouring Honduras, which I felt immediately is for the more adventurous traveller as tourism is still in its infancy and many parts of the country are unsafe. An agreement has been signed with Israel for “cutting-edge technology” to help the army to fight organised crime. The upside is that Honduras is very beautiful and totally unspoilt. There have been Jewish populations in
Honduras since the 15th century, though the community became embroiled in controversy in the country’s constitutional crisis of 2009 and some made aliyah. There has been a small resurgence and there are two small communities, one in the capital Tegucigalpa, where the synagogue was re-opened in 2003 after being destroyed in 1998 by Hurricane Mitch, and the other in the second city, San Pedro Sula. The most popular tourist areas are the Maya ruins and Roatán Island, known for its scuba diving. I visited neither, but took a boat to the 782 sq km Parque Nacional Jeanette Kawas on the Caribbean. It is one of the largest protected areas in Honduras, accessible only by water and home to protected species of animals and birds, flora and fauna. Most of the islands that make up the park are picture perfect with exotic birds, palm trees, and white sands, excellent for swimming and spending time, while lunch back on our boat was fresh fish and peeled local pineapple, each slice elegantly handed to us on a trimmed twig. The park also employs and protects some of the Garifuna community, which arrived in the Caribbean in 1634 when English slave ships from Africa were wrecked off the coast. About 500,000 Garifuna live in Central America, and it was in a Garifuna restaurant I was first offered Giffity, a drink I was told comes from a secret tradition and promotes health, but is laced with certain herbs and roots not quite legal and so impossible to buy in a shop! All I can say is that it is an acquired taste and extremely potent, but luckily it hasn’t stopped me remembering all my sensational Central American adventures.
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Ask Dr Ellie Our resident GP Ellie Cannon answers your questions...
Q The vaccine for cervical
cancer has been getting bad press in recent weeks. Should I still give it to my daughter? Yes. I talk about vaccinations a lot, because I am a huge fan of them: in my mind, they are probably one of the single most effective public health measures of the past few centuries. Parents and families just don’t talk any more about a whole range of fatal illnesses that used to be a normal part of the vernacular. As one example, the word polio used to summon fear in everyone, much like meningitis does now. But I have never had to speak about polio with any of my mum-friends, for the simple reason that we no longer need to
talk about it because it has become irrelevant and that is thanks to vaccination. But the problem with the success of vaccination is that the benefits are no longer tangible to you and me: we can’t see or feel that protection. It’s a bit like clean water – we don’t notice it until the water tastes funny. Likewise, we all prick up our ears when there are stories of vaccination side-effects or adverse events. We’re not in tune to the good news of vaccines any more; we’re a bit complacent. So we panic when there is bad news and it gets out of proportion. Side-effects can happen, as with any medicine – even a simple paracetamol – but a vaccination would not be licensed in the UK if it did not have a good safety profile. On the flip side, it is fantastic that we can vaccinate to lower the risk our daughters face of cervical cancer.
Q There seems to be a strong trend towards veganism at the moment. Does it really have health benefits?
Veganism can be a very healthy lifestyle of course, as your diet will be entirely plant based. There is certainly growing scientific evidence of the benefits of a plant-based diet in terms of lower obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cancer risks. The benefits not only come from what you are eating, ie the anti-oxidant-rich and vitamin-rich plants, but also what you are not eating: avoiding any animal
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products means you are avoiding saturated animal fats and the often-calorie laden animal-based foods. There is also scientific evidence to show eating processed meats slightly raises your risk of bowel cancer, so there’s a health benefit right there. Choosing to be vegan often means you also have to stop eating a large range of processed food and of course this confers huge health paybacks, as you escape hidden sugars and the other unnecessary additives in these foods. But it’s not all good news. Vegans can miss out on the right quantity of protein and certain animal-derived vitamins. Vitamin B12 is animal-derived, so most vegans opt to supplement for this, as well as vitamin D. Adults need 46g of protein for women and 56g for men each day: this needs to be made up with lentils, soya, kidney beans and nuts. Veganism is now an aspirational lifestyle choice which often goes with opting for organic whole foods, exercising and living “well”. It is not an easy option, but I’m sure can be a very fulfilling one!
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four to 10 months after birth, as the level of oestrogen drops. This hair loss is characterised by a general hair loss, not in patches, but the amount varies between women. For some women it can continue for longer, but there may be other things going on if that is the case. For example, an underactive thyroid tends to cause hair to grow much more slowly and become coarse and wiry. Hair loss can sometimes be patchy. If your GP suspects thyroid problems, a simple blood test can quickly diagnose the problem. A GP can also look at iron levels: the iron stores known as ferritin are crucial for good hair growth, so if you are having blood tests make sure the ferritin is included. People suffering with iron-related hair loss will notice an improvement once supplements are started.
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Sedra: Shemot / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism
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SEDRA - Shemot
What does the Torah say about: Going on strike?
BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL
This week’s sedra describes the world’s first recorded population explosion. Jacob’s family descend to Egypt numbering around 70 and, within a short time, we are told: “The children of Israel were fruitful and swarmed and increased and became very, very strong, and the land became filled with them” (Shemot 1:7). It is at this point our ancestors make the transition from being a family to a nation. Pharaoh becomes fearful of the Israelites’ growing power and proposes a “final solution” to ensure they can never take over his country. Israelite boys are massacred at birth, family life is disrupted and slave labour becomes prevalent. But through a twist of fate, one man is born into freedom. Moses is brought up in Pharaoh’s palace, living a life of luxury in splendid isolation from the tyranny that exists outside. Upon reaching adulthood, Moses observes people’s burdens and takes their pain to heart. Rather than being a disinterested outsider, he immediately identifies with their pain. The sages of the Midrash explain Moses started to work side by side with his new-found brothers. Some commentaries explain he even had the audacity to petition Pharaoh for better work conditions for his fellow Jews. Moses demonstrates the qualities required of a leader – care and empathy. This gave strength and encouragement to the enslaved Jews and inspired him to make a difference to their lives, risking his own security and comfort. The seeds of Moses’ leadership are sown in the desert plains of Egypt and are a lesson for us all.
Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is educational director of Jewish Futures Trust
Recent weeks have seen the country hit by a spate of strikes on public services. So, what does the Torah say about workers laying down tools? Strikes in airports often take place at holiday times, hurting families who are quality time-poor and have spent hard-earned cash to enjoy together. As a Unite union rep, I felt keenly the threat of a recent baggage handling strike, which could have lost me three days at Limmud conference, as my family and I had to get back to the UK on a very early Friday morning flight from Europe. It was at that moment I realised that the rights
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I campaign for can sting me, too. We have an ancient history of striking from work. Our forefather Jacob was harassed and humiliated by Laban and his sons. He worked for many years, but his salary was changed 10 times by his fickle employer. Therefore, he decided that it was time to leave. In the first recorded case of constructive dismissal, Jacob upped sticks and left the cattle ranches of his employer and father-in-law. Moses the lawgiver threatened to stop working for his divine employer unless the people were given a reprieve, even when the people were in the wrong. “If you do not forgive the people, erase me from the
book you have written”. This shows how employees’ conditions should be protected. The people of Israel are in a contract with God, and both sides have duties of care. Walking off the job is laudable when working conditions become unbearable. Moses was also a freedom fighter, the first unionist who informed Pharaoh that his slave nation was ready to leave the premises. Pharaoh responded by increasing the workload, which precipitated the 10 plagues and ultimately led to our ancestors’ freedom. Ariel Abel is rabbi of Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation
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The Bible Says What?
Lepers should be declared ‘impure’. Really?
In cases of relationship breakdown, our primary concern must be the children
BY RABBI DANNY RICH A parsha that seems strange from a modern Progressive perspective is Parashat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59), which prescribes the priest’s role in the diagnosing and ritual purifying of sufferers of skin complaints, known as tzarat in Biblical Hebrew. Although often translated as ‘leprosy,’ tzarat appears to designate a variety of skin ailments for which the procedure involved identification, treatment and in some cases, isolation and a requirement for the sufferer to dramatically declare “Impure, impure!” This declaration requirement, which may remind us of the leper’s bell, might initially cause us to recoil. But the Babylonian Talmud (Moed Katan 5a) says the purpose of such a declaration serves not only as a warning to others, but should elicit compassion and prayer on behalf of the sufferer. Perhaps ahead of its time, the Talmud was alluding to the rights and responsibilities of health. The modern citizen is entitled to expect the community to offer sym-
pathy and the best healthcare treatment but, as a responsible member of the same society, one should try to recognise when one is ill, to reduce (where possible) the illness’ damage to oneself and others, and to acknowledge that even the most advanced healthcare system provision demands a sense of responsibility from its users. Despite the role of the priesthood, there is no suggestion that illness arises from moral failure, reaffirming the modern concept that both mental and physical illness strikes its sufferers at random and a decent society places great importance on accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment and rehabilitation where possible. In the current political climate, my recent re-reading of Parashat Tazria perhaps underpins a call for the maintenance of a caring society, in which healthcare remains the right of all, regardless of individual circumstance.
Danny Rich is the Senior Rabbi and chief executive of Liberal Judaism
BY RABBI NEIL JANES As we began 2017, this newspaper ran a story about a girl aged nine who faced being “shunned by ultraOrthodox Jews for eating at McDonald’s”, according to her father. The end of a relationship is difficult and no couple wants to contemplate the end of their marriage on their wedding day. But Judaism is a very practical religion and the ending of a marriage is part and parcel of what lies beneath the text of a traditional ketubah. Beneath romance and love is a realism – some relationships will not endure. In most cases, divorced couples do their utmost for the interests of any children. But, there are some things to bear in mind as
Progressive Jews. I hope we all want to avoid using children as pawns in relationship breakdowns. Our primary concern must always be what is in the children’s best interest. That might mean swallowing our pride as we reassure them they are loved by their parents. The community should avoid being sanctimonious or quick to judge. I’d suggest finding a new one if
THE COMMUNITY SHOULD AVOID BEING SANCTIMONIOUS OR QUICK TO JUDGE
it is quick to sanction its members. In Progressive Judaism, we uphold the ideals of personal autonomy and education. Children should be enabled to make their own choices as they grow up and we should have confidence these will be right for them. Personal autonomy means that ultimately neither community, nor text, nor ‘golden arches’ have the power to obligate us in what we do. No one can be coerced into slavish obedience. As a Progressive Jew, all things being equal, our communities keep out of the business of passing judgement or shunning children. Of course, all this is easier said than done and you might ask: “Rabbi, are you living in the real world?” The answer is that I have seen the deep pain and hurt of divorce. I am a realist but also believe in the positive power of community and most people’s goodness. Neil Janes is a rabbi at West London Synagogue
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Dear Rebekah My wife and I are sadly on the verge of divorce. We want to avoid a court battle. Do you have any advice? Marian
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Chigwell ended Raiders’ perfect Masters League Division One start as they drew 1-1, Lee Cash scored for Raiders. Brady A and HMH drew 2-2, Tim Frome and Shnayer Shapiro scored for Brady, Steve Gordon twice for HMH. In Division Two, Brady and Marshside drew 3-3, Dean Poster, Richard Sacks and Richard Weisfeld, Jason Rich, Sacha Alter and Justin Woolf all on target Lions B beat EDRS 4-0, thanks to Max Radford’s hat-trick and David Pollock’s strike. Robert Botkai, Yali Mamouri and Dean Ingram scored in Temple Fortune’s 3-1 win over Hendon Harriers.
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Joe Jacobson took over the captain’s armband for Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend, and scored from the spot to earn them a 1-1 home draw against Yeovil. The Welsh defender’s first half penalty keeps the League Two side in a playoff spot.
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Double pride for Lions in cup Sunday was a good day for Maccabi London Lions as the club’s two sides booked places in the semi-finals of the Cyril Anekstein Cup. The Division One B side shocked the holders and Premier Division champions NL Raiders 4-1. Josh Bloom scored twice, with Adam Abadi and Ben Weinberger also on target. Manager Samuel Marchant said: “Today’s performance was one of heroes. Actually, of legends! The passion, commitment and determination by every player was truly awesome today , it was a true team and highly spirited performance.” The A side joined them in the last four after they fought back from 2-0 down to claim a 4-2 victory over Hendon A. Adam Arnold scored twice, with Austin Lipman and Adam Burchell also on target. Finchley City won a five-goal thriller in an all-Division One clash as they beat Scrabble 3-2. Jono Gaon, Sam Leader and Alon Pinhas scored their three goals, with manager Joel Holder saying: “To be in the semi-final of a competition in our first season is a testament to the quality of the players we have. ” Oakwood A moved a point clear at the top of the Premier Division as two goals from Ben Lauffer helped
them to a 7-0 win at Woodford Wanderers. Dave Woolman, Rafi Stone, Dale Bradman, Jonathan Quinn and Leor Sidle were also on target. Brady also scored seven times, as a Sam Castle hat-trick helped them to a 7-2 win at FC Team A. Reiss Mogilner scored twice, with Nathan Harrod and David Cohen also finding the back of the net. Redbridge B made it eight wins from eight in Division One, as two goals from Matt Berkley saw them win 2-0 at Athletic Bilbaum. Oakwood B are up into sixth spot after a 3-0 win over Hendon B. James Abrams scored twice, with Rafi Bloom also on target. The top two in Division Two, Redbridge C and L’Equipe drew 0-0. RC UK FC are up into second spot as a result, as Dovi Vogel and player-manager Avi Markiewicz scored in a 2-1 win over Faithfold B. Real Hendon beat Mill Hill Dons 2-1 thanks to goals from Benni Sluckis and player-manager Chaim Gothold. Liam Stein’s double, plus Alex Sherr’s strike saw Raiders C beat Catford & Bromley 3-1.
Hapoel Be’erSheva’s Maor Buzaglo may have played his last game for the club – after he criticised manager Barak Bachar on social media. A key figure in their run to the last 32 of the Europa League, he has been suspended by the club and faced further disciplinary action after claiming Bachar kept him on the substitute’s bench against Haifa for unprofessional reasons. Club owner Alona Barkat released a statement which said Buzaglo had “crossed a red line.” Buzaglo has since tried to get back into the club’s good books by inviting the entire squad to a dinner and posted an apology on social media.
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Bykanov speed skates to bronze Vladislav Bykanov won bronze at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Turin. Finishing the 1,500m event in a time of 2:20.822, he was the first Israeli to qualify for a Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, and looks set to represent his country at the 2018 games in Pyeongchang.
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CHIGWELL MASTERS MAKE THEIR POINT
Avram Grant saw his Ghana side win their opening African Cup of Nations match on Tuesday. Former West Ham striker Andre Ayew’s first half penalty secured a 1-0 win over Uganda. Grant said: “I’m happy with the three points. We could have played better but winning is the most important thing in tournaments like this. Uganda is a very tough team and playing against them is never easy. We got a few chances but we won. The second game will be different, but there are no easy games in this tournament.” The Black Stars sit top of Group D, after Egypt and Mali drew 0-0. Ghana next face Mali on Friday.
London Lions’ Garston side bounced back from last weeks’ cup exit as they recorded a hardearned league win over Colney Heath The visitors took the lead when Lions goalkeeper Rob Abrahams was deemed to have picked up a back pass – the resultant free-kick being emphatically dispatched into the back of the net. However, the hosts didn’t let the early setback affect them, and they drew level through Tony Gold’s first goal of the match, when he nodded home following good set-up play from Danny Daggers, Craig Pearl and Bradley Lazarus. They took the lead soon after when Pearl curled a perfect lob over the Heath goalkeeper, and made it 3-1 when Saul Conway’s attempt was kept out by the goalkeeper, but fell into the path of Gold, who made no mistake.
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Heath pulled the score back to 3-2 to set up a nervous finish, but the points were made safe when Conway set up Pearl, who got his deserved second of the match to wrap up the win.
LUZON QUITS OVER ‘BROKEN FANTASY’
Former Charlton Athletic manager Guy Luzon has resigned as Hapoel Tel Aviv manager – quitting the club due to the dramatic changes the squad is undergoing. Prior to making his decision, Luzon, who only took charge in September, said: “I had a fantasy that once the club would have new owners it would embark on a bright new course. Hapoel is bigger than any coach and any player. But as far as I’m concerned, if I’m not certain that I have a squad that is capable of keeping us in the Premier League, I will not stay.” Deducted nine points for entering a state of legal proceedings, Luzon was forced to play five youth players in his final game in charge – a 2-1 loss at Hapoel Kiryat Shmon.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK AVI MARKIEWICZ (RC UK FC) “The scoreline flatters Faithfold, who had one shot from distance that dribbled under our goalkeeper due to him standing in a bog.”
Dif Pts 23 24 15 20 10 18 11 16 4 14 8 13 -11 12 -11 10 -24 7 -25 3
Mill Hill Dons 1 Real Hendon 2 NL Raiders C 3 Catford & Bromley 1 RC UK FC 2 Faithfold B 1 Redbridge C 0 L’Equipe 0 P W D L F Dif Pts L’Equipe 11 9 2 0 42 25 29 RC UK FC 10 7 1 2 45 33 22 Redbridge C 11 6 3 2 29 11 21 Temple Fortune 12 5 5 2 34 7 20 Faithfold B 10 5 2 3 35 11 17 Real Hendon 10 5 0 5 22 -5 15 NL Raiders C 13 4 2 7 33 -4 14 Mill Hill Dons 12 4 1 7 23 -22 13 Catford & Bromley 11 3 1 7 25 -4 10 Boca Jewniors 9 2 0 7 12 -32 6 Hertswood Vale 9 0 1 8 14 -20 1 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-two-table
Premier Division Brady Maccabi vs London Lions A Hendon Utd A vs Woodford Wanderers Redbridge A vs NL Raiders A SPEC FC vs Camden Park Division One: Faithfold A vs Finchley City Hendon United B vs NL Raiders B Maccabi London Lions B vs Oakwood B Scrabble vs Athletic Bilbaum Division Two: Boca Jewniors vs Hertswood Vale Faithfold B vs NL Raiders C L’Equipe vs Temple Fortune Real Hendon vs Catford & Bromley Redbridge C vs RC UK FC
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22 Goals: Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)
P W D L F Dif Pts Bognor Regis Town28 17 6 5 48 20 57 Havant & Water 27 16 7 4 51 26 55 Needham Market 29 15 8 6 52 7 53 Leiston 25 15 6 4 72 37 51 Dulwich Hamlet 29 12 10 7 54 13 46 Tonbridge Angels 27 13 6 8 40 7 45 Enfield Town 28 11 11 6 50 20 44 Worthing 27 13 4 10 55 9 43 Kingstonian 30 13 3 14 47 1 42 Lowestoft Town 30 11 8 11 45 -5 41 Staines Town 31 11 6 14 56 0 39 Harlow Town 28 11 5 12 42 -6 38 Wingate & Finchley25 10 6 9 33 -1 36 Billericay Town 28 9 8 11 37 -1 35 Folkestone Invicta 27 9 7 11 44 3 34 AFC Sudbury 28 9 6 13 45 1 33 Leatherhead 28 8 8 12 46 -4 32 Metropolitan Police29 8 7 14 34 -14 31 Harrow Borough 24 8 6 10 29 -11 30 Burgess Hill Town 26 7 8 11 30 -14 29 Merstham 26 6 9 11 44 2 27 Hendon 29 6 9 14 41 -25 27 Canvey Island 29 6 9 14 36 -30 27 Grays Athletic 30 6 5 19 32 -35 23
15 Goals: Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi) Zac Lewis (Hendon United A) 13 Goals: Oliver Sade (Finchley City) Max Martin (L’Equipe) Liron Mannie (NL Raiders A) 12 Goals: Joshua Bloom (London Lions B) 11 Goals: Michael Kenley (London Lions B) Matt Stock (NL Raiders A) 10 Goals: Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons) • Full chart: jewishnews.co.ukmgbsflleague-goalscoring-chart-week-17/
HAT-TRICK HEROES MGBSFL Premier Division – Sam Castle (Brady Maccabi) Masters League Division Two – Max Radford (Maccabi London Lions) Watford Friendly League U15 Green Division – Schneur Levin (HMH Raiders) U13 Yellow Division – Saul Norton 4, Nathan Gellman 4 (both HMH Raiders) U12 Purple Division – Rafi Cohen 4, Daniel Attar, Yoni Marcus (all North West London Jets), Saul Simons 4 (Maccabi London Lions Yellow) U9 – Noah Frankfurt, Noah Lanzkron (both Hendon United Green) U8 – Ari Herman (Hendon United Yellow)
Watford Friendly League – U18 Blue Division – Brady Maccabi Blue 5 Chorleywood Common Reds 2 Green Division – Brady Maccabi Red 2 Alexandra Park South 1 U16 – Maccabi London Lions 2 Oakhill Tigers 3 U15 – Maccabi London Lions Blue 1 St Albans Rangers Red 2 Green Division – HMH Raiders 6 Brady Maccabi Black 2 U14 – AEK Black 4 Maccabi London Lions Blue 2 U13 – Edmonton Eagles 4 Maccabi London Lions White 0 White Division – Hadley Wood and Wingate Foxes 6 Brady Maccabi Red 1 Yellow Division – Berkhamstead Raiders White 2 Brady HGS 0, HMH Fire 8 St Albans Rangers White 3 U12 – Maccabi London Lions White 1 St Albans North 2, Maccabi London Lions Blue 6 Maccabi London Lions Green 1, Maccabi London Lions Yellow 5 Harvesters South 4 Purple Division – Omonia Silver 1 North West London Jets 15, Hadley Wood & Wingate Eagles 10 HMH Bears 2 Yellow Division – Borehamwood Youth Templars 4 Brady Maccabi White 4 Blue Division – HMH Dynamo 2 Hadleywood & Wingate 0
MGB(S)F/MASTERS WINGATE/LONDON LIONS
HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Sandridge Rovers P London Lions P P London Lions 16 Belstone 14 Bushey Sports Club 16 Bovingdon 17 Wormley Rovers 19 Ware Sports 18 Letchworth 17 Standon & Puck 20 Sandridge Rovers 13 Knebworth 19 Buntingford Town 16 Evergreen 18 Hatfield Social 18 Cuffley 15 Chipperfield 16 Sarratt 18
W 15 10 10 10 9 9 8 8 8 7 5 4 4 4 4 1
D L 0 1 3 1 3 3 1 6 3 7 2 7 4 5 3 9 1 4 2 10 1 10 3 11 3 11 2 9 2 10 5 12
F 61 47 48 57 32 44 40 44 22 37 31 27 27 29 38 14
Dif Pts 44 45 26 33 25 33 19 31 -7 30 6 29 15 28 0 27 12 25 -10 23 -14 16 -27 15 -41 15 -8 14 -9 14 -31 8
MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 1
Brady Maccabi A 2 HMH 2 North London Raiders 1 Chigwell 1
NL Raiders Chigwell London Lions A Brady Maccabi A Scrabble HMH
P 9 7 8 9 8 9
WD 8 1 4 1 4 1 3 1 2 1 1 1
L Dif Pts 0 21 25 2 8 13 3 -1 13 5 -5 10 5 -12 7 7 -11 4
London Maccabi Winchmore Hill Colney Heath F.C.Deportivo Galicia North Greenford Abbey F.C. Garston Latymer Old Boys
MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 2
Brady Maccabi B 3 Marshside 3 London Lions 4 EDRS Stonegrove 0 Temple Fortune 3 Hendon Harriers 1 P 9 10 8 9 9 11 9 9
W 8 5 5 4 4 3 1 1
D 1 1 0 3 1 4 1 1
L Dif Pts 0 31 25 4 10 16 3 6 15 2 5 15 4 -1 13 4 -14 13 7 -19 4 7 -18 4
GARSTON VETS LEAGUE London Lions 4 Colney Heath 2
London Lions B St John’s Wood Glenthorne EDRS Stonegrove Temple Fortune Marshside Hendon Harriers Brady Maccabi B
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P 5 3 5 4 4 7 4 4
WD 5 0 3 0 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0
L Dif Pts 0 22 15 0 20 9 2 2 7 2 -3 6 2 -8 6 5 -13 6 2 -6 4 4 -14 0
ISRAELI LIGAT HA’AL
P W D L F Dif Pts Hapoel Beer-Sheva 18 13 3 2 43 34 42 Maccabi Tel-Aviv 18 10 4 4 31 16 34 Mac Petach-Tikva 18 8 8 2 25 7 32 Hap Kiryat Shmona 18 7 7 4 28 6 28 Beitar Jerusalem 18 6 8 4 21 0 26 Maccabi Haifa 18 6 7 5 21 5 25 Bnei Sakhnin 18 6 7 5 20 -1 25 Hapoel Haifa 18 6 2 10 23 -6 20 FC Ashdod 18 4 8 6 11 -7 20 Hapoel Ra’anana 18 4 6 8 10 -11 18 Hapoel Kfar-Saba 18 3 8 7 14 -7 17 Hapoel Ashkelon 18 3 7 8 12 -17 16 Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv18 2 8 8 14 -10 14 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC *18 3 7 8 13 -9 7 * Hapoel have been deducted nine points jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/israeli/
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1 YOSSI LANNING
5 DOVI VOGEL
9 MATT BERKLEY
2 DANIEL BEHAR
6 BENJI WEINBERGER
10 JAMES ABRAMS
3 ALEX LEE
7 JAMIE JACKSON
4 JOSH COHEN
8 LIAM STEIN
FINCHLEY CITY City’s man-of-the-match. Was commanding, saved a penalty and made a couple of other brilliant saves
Grays Athletic 1 Wingate & Finchley 2 London County Cup Second Round: Wingate & Finchley 1 Cockfosters 1 (Wingate won 4-2 on penalties)
24 Goals: Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B)
TEAM OF THE WEEK
RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
16 Goals: Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC) Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune)
ELLIOT JACKSON (OAKWOD A) A brilliant penalty save to protect his clean sheet. The only shot he had to save all game
Athletic Bilbaum 0 Redbridge B 2 Los Blancos P NL Raiders B P Oakwood B 3 Hendon United B 0
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B Absolutely terrific, up and down the pitch from left back, worked his socks off and got an assist for a goal
OAKWOOD A Solid display on his return to the side following a lengthy lay off with a foot injury, a huge player to have back
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C Put in a powerhouse of a display as he helped stop league’s second most prolific strikeforce from scoring
RC UK FC Played in three different positions across defence and midfield, and scored two stunning goals to boot
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B A full-hearted committed performance, helped out his left-back and scored side’s fourth goal
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A Bossed the centre midfield in the second half – which coincided with Lions turning cup tie on its head as they beat Hendon
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C An all-round great performance which was capped off with two brilliant goals to carry Raiders to victory
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B Turned in an impressive performance and won his team the game with two composed finishes OAKWOOD B Playing in his preferred No10 position, scored two great efforts to seal side’s win
11 BENNY SLUCKIS
REAL HENDON Worked tirelessly up front. Scored on his return to the team and was a handful for Mill Hill Dons defenders
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DANIEL BEHAR MACCABI LONDON LIONS B
MANAGER OF THE WEEK
SAMUEL MARCHANT MACCABI LONDON LIONS B
Jewish News 19 January 2017
Sport / Rabbi on ropes / Australian Open
Down and out ‘Fighting Rabbi’ emphatically beaten in second world title bid
By Andrew Sherwood email@example.com @JewishNewsUK
Former world champion boxer and ordained Orthodox rabbi Yuri Foreman saw his return to the ring end in a brutal fourth round knockout. Beaten by the WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara, the 36-year-old, who’s been dubbed the ‘Fighting Rabbi’ was looking to become a two-time world champion, having won the title in 2009. However, in a one-sided contest, his Cuban opponent was in total control in the opening rounds, before landing a left hook in the fourth, which sent Foreman to the canvas . Foreman said: “Of course I’m disappointed, but this is boxing. I got caught with a perfect punch and that’s what happens. I tried very hard to shake it off, but he got me. “I’ve been hit harder in my career, but I take nothing away from him. He’s a very strong puncher in his prime and I give him credit. He was as good as I expected him to be.” The first time he’d fought on a Friday night, he’d said before the fight: “Being a rabbi, it’s sometimes very interesting to mix that with fighting, but Friday night I won’t be in rabbi mode. I will be all fighter.” And speaking about his future, he added: “I’m going to take some ht g fi e th Watch time to talk to my team and my s. at: jewishnew port family and see what comes co.uk/topic/s next, as far as boxing.”
Foreman hits the canvas as Lara celebrates his win
Out Down Under Roger on the court.” Sela, who was Israel’s only singles player in the main round of the tournament, was beaten by Slovakian Lukas Lacko, while Argentine Schwartzman lost to Belgian Steve Darcis. In the women’s draw, Italian Camila Giorgi suffered a first round exit. The doubles competition started earlier today. Jonathan Erlich and American Scott Lipsky are teaming up together, with Schwartzman also taking part in the doubles.
Noah Rubin Camila Giorgi
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Photos by Peter Haskin/AJN
Israeli and Jewish interest at this year’s Australian Open was all but ended on the third day of action as Noah Rubin, Dudi Sela and Diego Schwartzman all lost their second round matches. Rubin had by far the most successful campaign, winning three qualifiers to reach the main round of the men’s singles competition, before losing in straight sets to Roger Federer. The 20-year-old did though make a lasting impression on the Swiss star, with the 17-time Grand Slam winner saying: “I was very impressed by Noah. I thought he played really well.” Rubin said: “It was an honour to compete against
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