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Crowds gather to show solidarity at a vigil in Trafalgar Square
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People light candles and leave tributes at City Hall, Manchester, to the 22 victims of the concert attack
THE AFTERMATH: SEE INSIDE
Faith leaders, including Rabbi Herschel Gluck, second from right, unite to condemn the terrorist attack
Some of the floral tributes laid outside Manchester’s Town Hall
Jewish News 25 May 2017
News / Manchester terror attack: the aftermath
‘I felt a boom, then came th A Jewish father this week told of how he “felt the explosion in my chest” as he waited outside the Manchester Arena to pick up his daughter inside. The shuddering eye-witness account by Joel Lever, who relived the “stampede” and not being able to contact his daughter, was every parent’s worst nightmare, but for Joel – unlike so many others – his loved one turned up safe. Jewish religious leaders dashed north on Tuesday to be with communities affected as Lever, who lives in Whitefield and who is wellknown as Joel ‘Mon Amie’ from the TV series Strictly Kosher, told Jewish News what happened. “I told her to come out early because it gets crowded,” he said. “She wanted to get some memorabilia, which was being sold at the front. I came up to the main steps. All of a sudden there was the biggest boom. “I felt it in my chest. It’s like when you stand next to one of those huge speakers. The doors flung open and there was a stampede coming down the steps towards me, as if someone had just spilled a full cup of coffee with it pouring all over the sides, rushing towards you.”
People in Manchester gather at a shrine in memory of the victims of Monday’s attack, some of whom are seen inset above
Lever described the ensuing pandemonium. “I couldn’t get hold of my daughter. Parents were screaming, kids were screaming, everyone was falling over each other, sirens were wailing, police officers were shouting ‘get back!’ “It was horrendous, surreal. No one could say what had happened. Finally I got hold of my daughter. I took her out to the car and we made a quick getaway… We only found out later that it was a terrorist attack.”
The explosion, detonated by a suicide bomber, killed 22 people and injured 59, many seriously. Jewish medical students were among those who helped to save lives as hospitals in the city went all-out
UK Jews put on high alert The Community Security Trust has said there is no suggestion the Jewish community is at any greater risk than others as the UK national threat level increased to ‘Critical,’ meaning an attack is “expected imminently”. With the unnerving prospect of soldiers on the streets, the CST said it hadn’t waited to be told but increased patrols and security cover immediately after the Manchester bombing, before it was confirmed as terrorism and before the threat level was officially raised. Amid the changes, security bosses said there would now be “heightened contact” between them, police and government security officials, as well as with commercial guard companies contracted to help protect sites.
“We will continue doing our utmost to ensure that all communal organisations fully comply with security advice,” said a spokesman. “We ask that our community be calm, but that it also be alert to potentially suspicious behaviour in and around Jewish buildings and areas.” The trust asked community members to report anything suspicious either to the police on 999, the anti-terror hotline at 0800 789 321, or to CST’s national emergency 24-hour number, 0800 032 3263. “This is when our collective long-term investment in security is sadly shown to be necessary and we sincerely thank the community for the essential role that it plays in our work. This communal involvement is vital.”
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to deal with the victims. In London, Jewish representatives attended a solidarity event on Tuesday evening at Regent’s Park Mosque. In Manchester, Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner met
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This was a planned terror attack. It wasn’t sporadic but something much more sophisticated. You need to know, and know quickly, how he got hold of the explosive device, how he planned it. For instance, did he walk around the area beforehand? Why did he choose that venue? At the moment there is no doubt heightened security needs to continue for days if not weeks. British intelligence services need to use technology to pick up on all relevant individuals, even those who were not active but who may have known about it, and/or know what’s being planned. You have to react and respond quickly, and use the intelligence you get immediately. In terms of what to expect, I’m sure there will be more
units on the ground, especially for big events. You may even get more security in places like shopping centres, with guards checking bags, as happens routinely here. In terms of the suspects, they’re probably lying low, maybe moving around. They will realise they’re now on the counter-terrorism radar. The thing to deal with is public awareness. People need to know there are threats and that those threats are realistic. There’s obviously a reason why the threat level has been raised. More support lines could be opened, as in Israel, where we receive hundreds of calls a day, alerting us to anything suspicious. That will help everyone, including the police, and will give the public extra confidence.
25 May 2017 Jewish News
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e stampede’ “Acts of love, kindness and unity are the only response to a menace whose wish is to divide us.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis struck a similar tone, saying: “When we are attacked by hate, we respond with love. Nothing and no one can divide us.” At King David High School in Manchester, four 14-year-old students who had been attending the concert but who escaped unharmed took Tuesday off school. A school spokeswoman described the terrorist atrocity as “senseless,” adding that the students concerned would have access to welfare officers when they returned. Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag, who is the chaplain for Jewish students in Manchester, was also involved in the aftermath of the attack. He said: “When I went into the shul in Fallowfield, which is used as a revision centre at this time of year, everybody there was quite subdued. They just wanted to get on with their work as best as possible. “One was a nurse who had been working in the hospital throughout the night. She came back quite traumatised.” Guttentag was among those who
held a vigil in the shul on Tuesday night, alongside dozens of students. “They were saying how this had really hit home, with the university less than two miles from the city centre,” the rabbi said. “A lot of the Jewish students went to the NHS clinic to donate blood. But in general they wanted to carry on as normal, which is what you’d hope for after a terror attack.” Jewish leaders at home and abroad expressed their condolences, with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin writing to the Queen. In Tel Aviv, as around the world, the Union Jack was projected on to the major landmarks as a sign of respect and solidarity. As thousands massed in Manchester’s Albert Square for a vigil, it emerged that the suicide bomber was a 22-year-old Mancunian man from a Libyan family. The French interior minister said Salman Abedi had “proven” links to Islamic State. It remains unclear how he came to get hold of a bomb, and intelligence services will now seek to understand whether he made it himself or he was helped. Editorial comment, page 20
FIXING BRITAIN’S BROKEN HEART RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER
As a rabbi, my main concern for the coming days, in addition to praying for the wounded and the mourning, is keeping communities together. Visitors to the Central Mosque, who had come from Oldham, explained that an attempt to firebomb their mosque had been made within hours of the Manchester attack. We need to ask ourselves how we stay together as a British tribe. We must decide how we tackle a toxicity whereby my tweet that received the most ‘likes’ – announcing plans to visit a local mosque – also attracted the most vile antiMuslim hate. Monday was a terrible day, and tragically the suffering for some of those involved will never end. But the day after, and the day after that are what we make of them. Seeing Manchester turn out in defiance, in all its reality, diversity and humour, set an example to us all, of how we respond to awful tragedy. Manchester came together as a wounded tribe. May we all follow that city’s example.
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What a city Manchester is. Diverse, dynamic and defiant, all its best attributes were on display in the aftermath of this week’s terrible attack. There were the examples of pizza gifted from local restaurateurs to busy journalists, the local Sikh community distributing drinks to attendees at the poignant vigil, and the selfless efforts of local people who helped emergency services on the night itself. As I write this, there are still 13 individuals unaccounted for. We count a similar number this shabbat, when we read Bamidbar, Numbers. In this week’s parsha, every name in the census of the Israelites is read in acute detail – first names, parents’ names, family names, the tribe they belong to. We read out the names of our loved ones in detail, and in doing so learn that no one – wandering in the desert, or grieving for a loved one – is alone or forgotten. That is why the vigil in Manchester
Rabbi Schneur Cohen delivers coffee and pastries to police after the attack
was so poignant and so important. Together, the people of Manchester, and of Britain, are defiant against the backdrop of a sombre reality. When I asked the imam of the Manchester Central Mosque what his first thoughts about the attack were, he responded that he thought immediately of his own children. What horror did those young people who attended Monday night’s concert experience?
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Jewish News 25 May 2017
News / General Election 2017: Who will win in Hendon?
Knock, knock, knocki MIKE KATZ LABOUR AND MATTHEW OFFORD CONSERVATIVE by Sandy Rashty @SandyRashty
Lined up for a photo opportunity outside a kosher hotspot in Golders Green, a suited Mike Katz – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hendon – was all smiles. Beside him stood Jeremy Newmark, the party’s candidate for Finchley and Golders Green. Together the men, recognised for their respective roles as vice chair and chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, are calling on the community to vote them into Parliament ahead of the General Election next month. But it has not been easy. Given Labour’s poor record on tackling anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activism within its own ranks under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, both candidates have been accused of treachery and putting personal ambition before their community. “I cannot say I have not had those conversations,” admits Katz, 45. Over black coffee and chocolate rice cakes at a university campus in Hendon, the West London Synagogue member says: “It is a shame when the Jewish community feels the need to criticise people for being ambitious. “Both Jeremy and I get so much unpleasantness on social media from anti-Semites; so the idea that we go through that level of attack and then our community turns on us and tells us we are ‘traitors’ is hurtful, but it does not smash my resolve.” Still, standing in the second-largest Jewish constituency in the UK (where around 17 percent of residents are Jewish), Katz needs
to appeal to the community to get elected. “I cannot pretend it has been an easy relationship between the Labour Party and the Jewish community over the past year,” he continues. “But I think at its heart, Labour values are still Jewish values. Values of tolerance, social justice, equality, standing up for the underdog and making sure you do not do well on the backs of others.” And the state school-educated father-of-two – who read philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University before finally pursuing a career in the transport sector – believes he is best placed to bridge relations. “How much greater a voice for this struggle would I be, if I was an MP? If I saw the party not taking action on anti-Semitism, I would call them out.” While most candidates compete for their leader’s presence on the campaign trail, the further away Corbyn stays from Hendon, the better for Katz – who admits that are no plans for the party leader, a supporter of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, to visit the constituency. “I make no secret of the fact that I did not vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership election… he comes from more of a ‘left’ background.” In fact, to Katz’s recollection, they have never had a meeting: “He is not the only person to engage with in terms of things you want to change.” A Tottenham Hotspur fan, Katz puts forward a football analogy: “Managers will come and go, but I will always be a Spurs fan. The leadership can alter, but the inherent
Mike Katz in the campaign trail, right, alongside London Assembly member Andrew Dismore
Matthew Offord, pictured third from the right, canvasses for votes with supporters in Hendon
faith schools – which was granted. values that keep you focused do not change.” Offord goes onto dismiss Labour’s pledge to Regarding the Labour manifesto pledge to scrap university tuition fees; fees he voted to “immediately recognise the state of Palestine” increase to £9,000. – irrespective on initial conditions being met – “It is only fair that you invest in your Katz simply says: “I back a two-state solution and oppose BDS [boycott, divestment and sanc- own future,” he says, noting that any bid to increase corporation tax to supplement tions movement]”. tuition fees would “mean that a lot of compaStraightening his red tie on a canvassing nies will decide to go overseas; they won’t trail in Mill Hill, Katz distributes leaflets with invest and the tax-take will reduce”. Andrew Dismore, who sat as Labour MP for Above all, Offord is Hendon from 1997 until committed to a hard 2010, before losing his seat Brexit, despite more than to Tory Matthew Offord. 62 percent of Barnet Remainer Katz believes residents voting Remain. his commitment to a As well as increasing free “decent Brexit”, combined trade, he believes it will with the party’s commitenhance bilateral ties with ment to increasing the Israeli businesses. number of police officers Understandably, and scrapping university Offord, a Conservatuition fees, could give him tive Friends of Israel the edge. Officer, is confident when Offord, however, questioned on his party’s disagrees. The Tory’s record on tackling antiparliamentary candidate Semitism and promoting for Hendon, who sat as relations between the its MP from 2010 to 2017, UK and Israel. After all, believes Labour manifesto there has been an increase pledges are little more in Holocaust education than an “empty promise”. Matthew Offord with Liz Truss funding and a boom in A canvassing session UK-Israel trade. cancelled over unexpected He dismisses concern over the Conservative rain, we settle for a phone interview. Speaking manifesto’s failure to directly address antion the day Prime Minister Theresa May Semitism or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. launched the Conservative manifesto, Offord He explains: “It has always been clear that says: “I am not convinced that Labour would we won’t tolerate anti-Semitism or any form be able to put 10,000 more police officers on of racism. [But] Jeremy Corbyn has stood back the street. I think a lot of their manifesto is an empty promise. How would it be funded? There and allowed it to happen; and so is complicit by not acting quickly enough, or at all.” is no such thing as a ‘money tree’.” An animal welfare campaigner, Offord is And Offord, 47, does not believe that the cuts quick to insist that the Tory manifesto pledge to police forces have faced under his government install CCTV in all slaughterhouses across the has impacted security across the capital. He UK does not indicate a crackdown on religious notes that his party has supported the Commuslaughter. Noting that schechita would be nity Security Trust and, moreover, that his first protected under his government, he adds: “Our question in Parliament called on the governposition has not changed at all. I think leaving ment to pay additional security costs at Jewish
25 May 2017 Jewish News
General Election 2017: Who will win in Hendon? / News
ng on Hendon’s doors the European Union will relieve the pressure somewhat, because a lot of the pressure – like labelling – was coming from the EU.” He hopes his work will stand him in good stead when voters go to the polls on 8 June. But it is undeniable that Labour’s negative relationship with mainstream British Jewry has done much of the work for him. Reflecting on previous canvassing experiences, Offord explains: “Constituents feel they just cannot vote for Jeremy Corbyn. They remember that Mr Corbyn once called terror
groups Hamas and Hezbollah ‘friends’, the general narrative of anti-Semitism among supporters of Momentum particularly, and the perception that Mr Corbyn was reluctant to tackle it.” “We need a strong opposition in this country,” continues Offord. “We certainly don’t have one at the moment. It is not good for democracy to have such a divided Labour Party.” He adds: “If people are Labour supporters, this is not the election to vote Labour.”
Also seeking election in this constituency: Green Party: Carmen Legarda; UKIP: Sabriye Warsame
ELECTION NEWS BRIEFS
MEETING FOR YOUNG VOTERS CANCELLED
UKIP SUSPENDS ‘RACIST’ CANDIDATE
LABOUR HOPEFUL VISITS CARE HOME
A hustings for young voters organised by a community body has been cancelled after the Conservative candidate withdrew, citing a calendar clash. The panel event organised by the Board of Deputies was supposed to feature representatives from the three major parties, including Labour and Conservative candidates in Hendon.
UKIP has suspended one of its parliamentary candidates after it emerged the 75-year-old former cavalry officer had sent tweets comparing Jews to Nazis and dogs. Captain Paddy Singh, 75, had been selected to stand for North Wiltshire, but was suspended by the party over the weekend after the offensive messages emerged.
Labour candidate Dr Rosena Allin-Khan met with Nightingale House residents on the campaign trail, accompanied by Jewish Labour Movement chair Jeremy Newmark. Helen Simmons, Nightingale Hammerson chief executive, said: “Her commitment to Nightingale Hammerson and the industry as a whole, were extremely reassuring.”
ALASDAIR HILL LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Biology teacher Alasdair Hill was placed fourth in Hendon for the Liberal Democrats in 2015 with just 2.2 percent of the vote, but believes he has the right mix for voters this time round,
writes Marc Shoffman.
Hill was one of the first Lib Dem candidates to call for the sacking of David Ward as a parliamentary hopeful, stating: “AntiSemitism is a scourge of society and its rise in recent times has been under a veil of open denigration of immigrants by the UKIPinspired Leave campaign and through the inaction of Corbyn in the Labour party. “As in politics as in life, anti-Semitism sadly exists and it is vital that it is challenged and halted quickly and effectively. My lead of the formal internal complaint about David Ward’s selection and his subsequent sacking demonstrates not only the seriousness with which I take concerns of my constituents and how I endeavour to do all I can to stop anti-Semitism in politics; it also demonstrates how other parties should act in the face of hate speech.” He adds the constituency’s backing for staying in the EU – 62 percent voted in the referendum to remain – puts voters at odds with Tory candidate Matthew Offord. Hill explains: “The Liberal Democrats are a safe haven for Jewish citizens who may feel that the Labour party no longer takes seriously the dangers of anti-Semitism. Likewise the Tories’ divisive rhetoric about immigrants and May’s ‘citizens of the world are citizens of nowhere’ philosophy do not reflect the Jewish community, which shares many strong links across the continent and around the world. It is only the Liberal Democrats who remain open and outwardlooking in Britain today.”
Jewish News 25 May 2017
News / General Election 2017: Finchley & Golders Green hustings
Candidates clash at shul hustings by Emma Yeomans @Effy_Yeomans
Labour candidate Jeremy Newmark faced tough questions over his party’s leadership at a hustings event for Finchley and Golders Green constituency. Newmark, along with Conservative Mike Freer, Liberal Democrat Jonathan Davies and the Green Party’s Adele Ward took part in the hustings at Finchley United Synagogue, in an event convened by Jewish News and the London Jewish Forum. A candidate from UKIP was invited, but did not attend. An audience member said voters were faced with two “catastrophic” choices for prime minister. To widespread derision from the audience, Newmark encouraged people to focus on local issues and candidates rather than the national parties. Panel members were asked whether they supported their current party leaders. Freer, who has represented the constituency since 2010, said he backed Theresa May during her leadership bid. Newmark, however, distanced himself from Corbyn, whom he did not vote for. He said: “The Labour Party is a movement. It’s much broader. It’s a movement that includes people like John Mann, who led the fight against anti-Semitism in Parliament over the past 10 years, and on our campuses and in civil society for many
years before that. Our party is a party that contains within it people like me, members of the Jewish Labour Movement, in the tradition of Poale Zion, in the tradition of Cable Street, which says we stay, we stand and we fight. “We don’t run away from antiSemitism. We won’t be left politically homeless because of one or two individuals who may or may not occupy leadership positions in our party.” Freer was also challenged by the audience, particularly over the Conservative government’s stance on refugees and the termination of a scheme begun by the Dubs amendment. He defended the government’s record, saying: “My stance is quite clear, that this country has a fine and proud record of supporting refugees both when fleeing and actually still in camps, but also those when they get to a place of safety. And that remains the government’s view. “You can argue whether the way the Dubs amendment was handled was right, and I think that wasn’t handled well.” The Conservative manifesto’s plans for social care were also brought up by Davies, who said: “I think the issues that worry the Jewish community are largely exactly the same issues that worry the rest of the community. “First and foremost, particularly in view of what has been said in the last
couple of days, how we care for our elderly. “We obviously in the Jewish community have the shining beacon of Jewish Care, but the suggestion that has been floated around over the last 48 hours, that elderly people who are being cared for in their homes should be forced to mortgage their homes to pay for their care, fills us with horror.” In response to a question over the respective parties’ stances on Israel, Freer said he supported Israel’s right to exist and defend itself. He added: “Living in Finchley, if we were having rockets fired on us from High Barnet or Highgate, we would expect our government to get stuck in to defend us.” Newmark questioned if support for Israel’s right to exist went far enough. He said: “We would never say ‘I believe in the right of the United Kingdom to exist’, or ‘I believe in the right of France’. Let me be absolutely clear: I’m a Zionist. “I grew up with Zionism in my blood, as did most of the British Jewish community. I grew up with a connection to Israel that sits at the very core of my identity.” Ward said she had asked for clarification on the Green Party’s policy, which is not in their manifesto. She added: “Where some people have considered boycotts, it would be on certain goods from certain settlements. It’s certainly not a negative view of Israel.”
Care providers welcome May policy U-turn over cap on costs The community’s residential care providers this week welcomed Theresa May’s U-turn on social care after the prime minister went back on her manifesto pledge made days earlier. Organisations such as Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson had criticised the major parties for refusing to protect people from “limitless care bills”, but after public pressure on May’s so-called dementia tax, she reversed course. The Tory manifesto, launched last Thursday, revealed the party was planning to make people pay for care in their own homes unless they had assets of less than £100,000, including the value of their house. It rejected a cap on social care costs but, by Monday, May contradicted the policy document after pressure from within her party, saying there would now be a cap, with the amount to be confirmed. “I welcome the announcement there will be a cap on what people will need to pay for social care and that this absolute limit will be determined following a period of consultation,” said Nightingale chief executive Helen Simmons. “I believe the cap would be a
Mike Freer and supporters woo Finchley and Golders Green...
...followed closely by the Jeremy Newmark equivalent
FINALLY, THIS COULD BE THE GAME CHANGER WE NEEDED BY SIMON MORRIS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JEWISH CARE
May was forced to backtrack after social care policy was attacked
helpful starting point for discussions.” The idea of capping the amount an individual would have to pay for care costs during their lifetime was suggested following a review by Andrew Dilnot into the funding of care and support in England. Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris said Dilnot’s proposal, while “not flawless”, was “the first sensible long-term approach to planning for, and funding, social care”. It was “disappointing” these
plans had not initially been incorporated by the major parties. Reacting to May’s U-turn, Morris said: “This has become an election all about social care. Everyone has woken up to the reality.” He said a cap would “create a system where, for the first time, people could be protected from limitless care bills, adding: “I am less interested in the U-turns and election politics and more interested in the final outcome – a better and fairer social care system”.
Something remarkable happened in this country last weekend. It was an unexpected moment – the people spoke and the nation woke up to the reality of social care provision. The weekend followed a week of manifesto headlines about social care. Only last Friday, I wrote a blog for Jewish News expressing my disappointment about the lack of a game changer required to make a real difference to social care provision. All I heard last week was talk about moving deckchairs on the Titanic. While I would like to think it was the impact of that blog that led within 48 hours to a total sea change, I know the truth. The electorate spoke out. Many people often don’t realise what social care costs until faced with the reality of it. What’s more, it’s an unknown entity. We don’t know if we will need it and if we do for how long. This unknown was something the economist Andrew Dilnot attempted to address through proposing the introduction of a cap on the amount an individual would have to pay for his or her own care. In all other areas of our lives, we ‘pool’ that sort of risk through either private
insurance for life, car or health or we rely on state provision for health. In the case of social care, we are left with an unknown. What Dilnot proposed could be game changing. For the first time, people could be protected from limitless care bills. With the introduction of a cap, you provide some certainty. The costs of social care would become a known entity. In turn, we could see the introduction of a new raft of products to enable us to insure against the risk of spiralling social care costs. While Dilnot’s proposals are not flawless, they do more than shift around the furniture. This election has forced the country into an unexpected debate about social care. A much-needed conversation. What was remarkable last weekend was the speed and direct response of the public. My hope is that this debate isn’t left on the doorsteps and that our next government takes forward that game changer. As a nation, we have woken up to the realisation that the government can’t meet the full cost of social care. What is clear is that social care can only be delivered through fostering partnerships between individuals, families, local authorities and organisations such as Jewish Care.
25 May 2017 Jewish News
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Senior rabbi: ‘Gay revolution is fantastic’ An Orthodox rabbi has unleashed an audio file from the S&P Sephardi Community extraordinary public attack against the head website. of the Spanish and Portuguese community However, in a recording heard by Jewish for claiming “the homosexual revolution is News, the lecture explains the religious a fantastic development for prohibition on homosexuality humanity”. and presents an enlightened Rabbi Aaron Bassous has Orthodox view on the issue. openly criticised a lecture given In the discussion, Dweck earlier this month by Rabbi can be heard to say: “Whatever Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of hang-ups you have are the S&P Sephardi Community yours, don’t hang them on the as “twisted, misguided and Torah.” mistaken” in a public notice He added: “Homosexuality posted in Golders Green. in society has forced us The statement from Bassous to look at how we deal and Beth Hamedrash Knesset with love between people Yehezkel, added: “It is our firm of the same sex and opinion that there is no validity Criticised: Rabbi Dweck it has reduced the taboo of in his words whatsoever… We me, my children and my have found it our obligation to warn the grandchildren being able to love another masses that his words are nothing and can human being of the same sex genuinely, only be defined as damaging.” to show them affection, to express love The lecture was shared on social media last without the worry of being seen as deviant and Friday, but Dweck was asked to remove the problematic.
“The act remains an issue, but if we can deal with the peripheral issues, it changes how we address these things. That’s good for society. “If we do not hang our prejudices at the door, we will be on the outside. Society will move forward – and the world is moving towards love.” When asked about the reaction of Bassous to his views on homosexuality, Dweck responded: “This class was part of a weekly Perspectives Series in which I give Torah perspectives based on traditional and widely accepted Torah and Talmudic sources. “Nothing was said contrary to Jewish Law, nor was it a political statement of any kind It has only been removed from our website because the study of Torah should not cause needless arguments.” Bassous now plans to address his community with a response to Dweck’s lecture on Monday night. He could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
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FACEBOOK FACING NEW DISPUTE OVER HOLOCAUST DENIAL Facebook moderators are being told not to remove Holocaust denial or revisionism even in countries where it is illegal, according to leaked documents. The guidance notes, published in The Guardian, show that Facebook does not remove offensive content in 10 of the 14 countries where Holocaust denial is illegal, and removes it in the others only because of possible legal action. As an example, one document says a picture of a concentration camp with the caption “Never again believe the lies” would be allowed if posted anywhere but in Israel, France, Germany or Austria. The documents, which include training manuals, show the social media site will use ‘geo-blocking’ only “when a country has taken sufficient steps to demonstrate that the local legislation permits censorship in that specific case”. Citing free speech, it says Facebook “does not welcome local law that stands as an obstacle to an open and connected world”. The company adds that it will consider blocking or hiding Holocaust denial comments and images if “we face the risk of getting blocked in a country or a legal risk”. It continues: “Some 14 countries have legislation on their books prohibiting the expression of claims that the volume of death and severity of the Holocaust is overestimated. “Less than half the countries with these laws actually pursue it. We block on report only in those countries that actively pursue the issue with us.”
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News / Donald Trump in Israel and the West Bank
‘My friend Benjamin is ready for peace’ President Donald Trump used the major address of his visit to Israel this week to call for a coalition of nations to fight against extremism and insist both Israel and the Palestinians were ready for peace. On Tuesday afternoon, Trump was greeted by a small audience of Israeli lawmakers and guests at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem with an extended standing ovation, and his speech was punctuated by such applause. “Conflict cannot continue forever,” Trump said. He called for a coalition of partners of the nations of the world “who share the aim of stamping out extremists”. Diverse nations can unite around such a goal, he said. Such a coalition, he continued, “requires the world to recognise the vital role of the state of Israel”. Trump praised the history of the Jewish people as “a story of faith and perseverance”. He added that Jews in Israel are free to do whatever they dream, and that “Muslims, Christians and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience” in Israel as well. “I call upon people to draw inspiration from this ancient city to set aside our sectarian differences to overcome oppression and hatred,” he affirmed. Trump acknowledged that Israel and Jews are targeted in Israel and throughout the world by Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic State and Iran, who the president said “will not have nuclear weapons”. “Iran calls for the destruction of Israel. Not with Donald J. Trump,” he said. He asserted that both Israel and the Palestinians were ready to pursue a peace agreement and reiterated his “personal commitment” to helping them achieve that goal. “I’m telling you, that’s what I do, that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace,” Trump said, adding: “My friend Ben-
jamin, he is ready for peace, he is reaching for peace,” referring to Netanyahu. “Making peace will not be easy. But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians will reach a deal,” he said. However, the White House tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump’s stop, casting the visit as symbolic. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the visit as “a moment in time” and suggested that the US would take a more active role in the future in brokering a deal if both sides made serious commitments. Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations. He boldly stated in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that achieving peace is “something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years”. He said at the time: “But we need two willing parties. We believe Israel is willing. We believe you’re willing. And if you both are willing, we’re going to make a deal.” Trump also called America’s security cooperation with Israel “bigger than ever”, and a difference from the Obama administration. “A big, big beautiful difference,” he said. The US President’s visit was also notable for an off-the-cuff comment in which he appeared to inadvertently confirm that Israel had been the source of the intelligence he divulged to the Russians. Speaking alongside Netanyahu, Trump insisted he never mentioned “the word or the name Israel” – despite not being asked this specific question. Netanyahu added that US-Israeli intelligence co-operation was “terrific”. During a hectic 28-hour visit Trump, wearing a black kippa,
PEACE DEAL CAN ‘SPILL OVER ENTIRE REGION’
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Donald Trump has said that if Israel and the Palestinians could forge peace, it would spill over across the wider region. The US president, who was speaking alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem (pictured), said he had come “in a spirit of hope” with the desire that the US could help both parties work out their long-standing differences. Trump, who in Israel a day earlier had said there was “a rare opportunity” for a deal, told Abbas he was “truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people”. After explaining that both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to work towards peace “in good faith”, Trump added: “If Israelis and Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East.
also became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall on Monday. He touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice. He was joined by daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The entire Western Wall plaza was closed off, with the area in front of the wall covered by cloths to allow the First Family to enjoy a private visit.
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That would be an amazing accomplishment.” But in an apparent reference to Palestinian authorities’ payments to convicted terrorists, Trump said: “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.” Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza trampled on Trump posters and burnt an effigy of him in protest at his visit, instead declaring their solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger-strike. Abbas added that the conflict with Israel was not of a religious nature, saying: “Our main problem is with the occupation and settlements.”
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has sent a letter to the Queen expressing horror and sadness following the terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester. “I write with deep sorrow and anguish to express my own heartfelt condolences and those of all the Israeli people, following the atrocious terror attack against the people of Manchester,” he wrote. “This violent and evil attack, which destroyed so many young lives, demands unequivocal condemnation by
all... I wish to reassure you that Israel stands with the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.... “Our deepest sympathies go to the bereaved and our wishes for a full and swift recovery to all the injured.” In a press conference in Bethlehem as he met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, US President Donald Trump said: “So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life.”
Donald Trump understands marketing. He built a personal brand and carried it all the way to the White House. Choosing Saudi Arabia and Israel for his first overseas visits was high risk. But brand Trump is simple; big picture – not detail. The US president strengthened alliances by repeating simple messages. United against terrorism, united against Iran, friends with the Sunni Arab states, friends with Israel, working for peace. Trump arrived with a message to the Arab leaders he met in Riyadh that was optimistic about peace. He gushed with praise for Israel and, by standing in contemplation at the Western Wall, signalled his respect for Jewish tradition and its bond to Jerusalem. He and Bibi were like old friends and the messages of unshakeable support for
Israel and his promise never to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons were well received. Trump exuded optimism and repeated his vague notion of peace. In his Israel museum speech, he called for a wide embrace of Israel: “a hopeful future for children in the Middle East requires the world to fully recognise the vital role of the state of Israel”. After meeting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, he said “he is ready to reach a peace deal”. In a joint press conference, Trump issued a strong message to the PA saying: “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.” Like Trump or loathe him, he delivered a message of hope and has brought back a sense of possibility to the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.
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Left: Benjamin Netanyahu has the ear of Donald Trump during a visit of the US President to Jerusalem. Below: Trump and his wife Melania join Bibi and his wife at Yad Vashem
Trump hails Israel as ‘soaring monument’ to ‘never again’ The US president called the state of Israel “a soaring defend itself” and thanked Trump for the US’ commitmonument to the solemn pledge we repeat and affirm: ment to Israel’s security. Trump was presented with a replica of a personal album ‘Never again’” during his visit to the Yad Vashem belonging to Shoah victim Ester Goldstein. Her older sister, Holocaust memorial on Tuesday. Donald Trump and his wife Melania laid a wreath in Margot Herschenbaum, 91, survived, and briefly met him. the museum’s Hall of Remembrance. The president, wearing a black kippah, was accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who are both Jewish. Trump also lit a candle at the eternal flame in the hall. He said Israel was “testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people”, adding: “The Jewish people persevered. They have thrived. They have become so successful in so many places, and they have enlightened the world.” It was the duty of every person, Just bring in your prescription or we can take it from your glasses. We accept NHS and Eyecare vouchers he said, “to remember to mourn, Order Essilor Varilux branded varifocal lenses ‘FREE TRANSITIONS UPGRADE ON ALL to grieve, and to honour” each life and get a 2nd pair at 50% as seen on TV* ESSILOR VARIFOCAL ORDERS' (T's & C's apply) lost in the Holocaust. Additional 10% off any new spectacle frame Trump wrote the following Fashion Frames from £10 (Mention JN advert) message in Yad Vashem’s visiSingle vision lenses from £10 per pair tors’ book: “It is a great honour Bifocals / Varifocal from £30/£55 per pair Extra 15 pairs of contact lenses free to be here with all of my friends. withselection every of3 children’s month frames daily disposable Large - FREE with NHSorder voucher So amazing. Will never forget!” (T’s & C’s apply*) Prime Minister Benjamin NetThe Eye Warehouse accepts NHS and eye care vouchers. anyahu, who with his wife Sara Why not telephone 0208 346 1999, email email@example.com or pop in today. attended the ceremony, responded that the people of Israel “pledge 104 Regents Park Road, Tel: 020 8346 1999 never to be defenseless against that Finchley, N3 3JG email: firstname.lastname@example.org hatred again”. To achieve this, he Mon-Fri: 9.30 - 6.00. Sun: 10.00 - 4.00 Next to 'Wrap a Wish', free & convenient parking all day www.theeyewarehouse.co.uk said “Israel must always be able to
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News / Bushey cemetery consecration
Chief opens £8m cemetery isation, just look at the New Bushey Cemetery and take note of the respect that it has for the deceased.” US president Stephen Pack said: “This site will provide many thousands of people with a fitting resting place for their loved ones. It will ensure we continue to treat those who suffer bereavement in a dignified manner for many years.” Brian Markeson, chairman of the US Burial Society, said the new cemetery had been “many years” in the making, and praised the US’s “forward-thinking team for creating an exceptional development”. The site’s landscaping has been constructed with “an environmentally-sensitive approach,” said US bosses, including “the creative use flora, fauna and water”. Among the features are the prayer halls, which use “rammed earth” – highly compressed natural materials forming walls to create “a thermally massive building which are clad with timber internally”. This means the halls will retain heat in the cold and stay cool in the summer.
A new £8million United Synagogue (US) cemetery in Bushey holding “thousands” of plots is to conduct its first funeral later this year, after a consecration service was held – the first such occasion for half a century. Those behind the multimillionpound Bushey New Cemetery, which was designed around natural features and materials, said its opening “represents a milestone for the community”. Sunday’s ceremony, led by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Dayan Menachem Gelley, Rosh of the London Beth Din, included a walk around the grounds and burial of a Torah scroll as part of the consecration. Mirvis said: “When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon sought to destroy our temple and exile our people from Jerusalem, he sent agents to find out about what kind of people we were. They sent a message back to him saying: ‘The burial grounds of these people are in better shape than your palaces. If you want to understand the character of the Jewish people, have a look at the respect they have for the dead.’ “Today we gather together to recognise the truly outstanding work of the United Synagogue – if you want to understand the character of this organ-
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AUTHOR ‘WARNED OFF’ BLACK CHARACTER Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz was “warned off” including a black character in his new book after being told by an editor it would be “inappropriate”. Horowitz, best known for his Alex Rider series of novels, told the Mail on Sunday: “There is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to create black characters. That it is not our experience and therefore to do so is, by its very nature, artificial and possibly patronising. So I was warned off doing it, which was upsetting.”
SHOAH CENTRE’S MUSEUM AWARD The National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire has been given a highly prestigious award for its groundbreaking project showing 3D holograms of survivors telling their stories and answering questions. The ‘Forever Project’ won this year’s Museums and Heritage Innovation Award, coinciding with an NSC announcement that survivor Rudi Oppenheimer would also be taking part.
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News / Scottish warning / Cyber advice
CYBER ATTACK ADVICE AFTER NHS MELTDOWN
Jewish community organisations have been issued with guidance on what to do if they are hit by the cyber attack that brought much of the NHS to a standstill. The attack, known as ‘ransomware’ because it encrypts files before demanding a payment to retrieve them, has hit more than 200,000 organisations across the world, and this week the Jewish community was told to report any impact to the Community Security Trust (CST) immediately. “The real-time reporting of such incidents is crucial to our community’s ability to
prevent any targeted patterns of cyberattack,” said a CST spokesman, as a guidance document was issued. Security chiefs said that while it was virtually impossible to fully guard against attack, “there are many measures organisations can easily take to protect themselves”. This includes using only genuine licensed software and operating systems, and installing security updates when they become available. The CST warned the community to be careful with emails, which is a common form of attack.
Scots challenge Regev on Palestinian ‘injustice’ Israel’s ambassador to the UK headed north of the border to discuss prospects for Middle East peace with senior Scottish politicians. Mark Regev met Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, who expressed concern over the “injustices and hardship” suffered by Palestinians in Gaza. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her government pressed the case, in response to a question in the Scottish Parliament from Labour Party politician Anas Sarwar. He urged Sturgeon to “deliver a very loud and clear message that, after 50 years of Palestinian oppression, the illegal occupation of the West Bank, the illegal expansion of settlements and the illegal siege of Gaza must end”. He added that the free access of food, medicines and supplies into the Gaza strip must be allowed. He said: “The ambassador must understand that without justice, equality and freedom, there can never be peace.”
Mark Regev with Kezia Dugdale
Sturgeon said Hyslop would deliver “a very strong message on justice for Palestine and for Palestinians covering the very issues raised”. She said: “This government has been very clear on our support for people in Gaza and on the range of injustices and hardships that they suffer and have suffered
many times. “I have led a debate in this chamber about Gaza. Ultimately, of course, we remain committed to the two-state solution in Palestine.” In Regev’s address to the Scottish Parliament, for Israel’s 69th year of independence, he spoke about the upcoming centenary celebration of the Balfour Declaration, and reminded parliamentarians that Lord Balfour was himself “a Scot, a Conservative, and a passionate Zionist”. The ambassador also paid tribute to “towering figures” in the Scottish trade union movement as well as Winne Ewing, the Scottish nationalist who “spoke passionately about her attachment to Israel, amazed how the Jewish people beat the odds”. Among his other meetings in Scotland, Regev spoke to Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, who said they discussed security concerns, higher education provisions and trade.
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ANGER AT SCOTTISH CHURCH’S STATEMENT There was tempered anger this week after the Church of Scotland passed a “woefully inadequate” motion on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. The vote, taken at the church’s General Assembly on Monday, followed the publication of the Balfour 100 Report last month, which called for a “just peace” in Israel/Palestine, but which was derided as onesided in its condemnation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said: “We called out the bias inherent in the document when it was first published and our view remains that it was woefully inadequate in addressing the historical realities of the situation, with some seeking to make the conclusions yet more unbalanced.” Yet he said there were positive signs, after the debate on the floor of the Assembly expressly mandated the condemnation of Hamas and rejected a proposal for supporting the BDS movement. “This shows that there are those in the Kirk who are prepared to listen and engage more constructively,” said Arkush.
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GIVE YOUR HOME THE FULL MONTY Deborah Cicurel meets John Allen, owner of JA Cleaning Solutions, who is leading the revolution in transforming patios and exteriors with his eco-friendly cleaner
here’s nothing like a sparkling clean and fresh house. When your patio’s pristine, your walls are unmarked and your windows are glistening, it’s like you’ve redecorated your home. So why do so many of us let our homes become worse for wear when making it look refreshed is so easy? One man who’s revolutionising cleaning is John Allen, owner of JA Cleaning Solutions, which covers all areas of north-west London and has offices in Whetstone and Suffolk. He can transform even the grottiest-looking patios, roofs and house walls into bright and clean exteriors. So for those who have battled unsuccessfully with patio cleaners and jet washers, trying and failing to get those pesky marks off the ground, what is Allen’s secret to being able to transform our homes in a matter of hours? It’s the Monty Solution, created as a jet wash and sandblast-free way to clean your property. The inventor of the solution has worked in the specialist cleaning industry for 32 years and was tired of various backbreaking ways to clean externally, and so created the Monty Solution to take all the fuss and hassle out of cleaning. Allen is a trade user of the solution, and, due to his north-west London location, is just a call away from changing your patio from a sad, tired-looking space into a Pinterest-perfect one. Where can he use this magical solution? “I offer all external cleaning, from house walls to patios, roofs, decking, brick slate and driveways,” he says. “Practically anything that is outside!” Rather than a damaging jet wash, the Monty Solution is sprayed on, then rinsed off ten minutes later with a gentle pressure hosepipe. “It really is that easy,” Allen says. “There’s no need for disruptive jet washing. Monty melts away years of dirt and grime in minutes.” He says he wished more people knew how damaging using a jet wash can be. “Year on year, it gets worse as you
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Sportsman honoured / Kosher Saudis / Definition row / News
A sports league has been relaunched in memory of a 32-year-old who lost his battle with cancer last year, writes Jack Mendel. The revamped George Goldstone Basketball League (GGBL) began last Sunday, bringing young community members together to celebrate Goldstone’s love of the sport. The league, the brainchild of Aish rabbis Moshe Mayerfeld and Shlomo Farhi, will see games at JFS every Sunday. Goldstone, a successful lawyer, was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in July 2016, a year after his wedding. “Speaking at his funeral was one of the most difficult moments of my life” Mayerfeld, who also married Goldstone and his wife Lauren, said. “George was a very special young man. I was very close with him, as a friend, a rabbi and on the basketball court. Professionally and personally he was endeared to so many and we miss him.”
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Basketball star George remembered as league is relaunched in his name
George and Lauren at their wedding; below, Moshe Mayerfeld
At the launch of the league on Sunday, 15 players were joined by many of Goldstone’s close family and friends. The best man and ushers from his wedding attended, alongside his wife and nineyear-old cousin Noah, who has started playing basketball – inspired by Goldstone. Mum Jennie Goldstone thanked organisers, saying she “can’t think of a better tribute for Aish to perpetuate
George’s memory. Basketball and Jewish life was his passion. Every time you play and wear the GGBL kit, you honour the inspirational son, brother, husband, uncle, cousin and friend that was George Goldstone”. His wife Lauren also addressed guests on Sunday, saying: “George had the incredible quality of bringing people together. So tonight thanks to
Moshe and everyone here, we can do what he loved most and continue to do it every week. I hope that by establishing the GGBL there will be many, many more opportunities for people to get together and play just as he would have wanted. ” Friends of Goldstone, who managed the Junior Boys basketball team at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin in 2015, also paid tribute. Dov Green told Jewish News he “was lucky to have been coached by George. He filled me with confidence I did not have before and that I have continued to have and develop since.”
SAUDI ARABIA AND DUBAI IN KOSHER MOVE Saudi Arabia and Dubai have joined the list of places producing kosher-certified products, kashrut authorities have revealed. According to Orthodox Union (OU), the two Gulf states are now among 104 countries in which kosher supervisors work, overseeing the production of products. Rabbi Moshe Elefant, chief executive of the OU Kashrus
Division, said it was a sign of the times. He also hailed the development as “a reflection of the changing geopolitical situation where these countries have warmed considerably to Israel as a result of their having to confront a common enemy, Iran”. Elefant added: “Many of the countries that now produce kosher are anxious to penetrate markets in the US and Europe but are faced with the reality that so many of these markets require kosher certification.”
UCU rejects IHRA definition An academics’ union has been sharply criticised by the Board of Deputies for distancing itself from a controversial new definition of antiSemitism. A motion put forward for the forthcoming annual congress of the University and Colleges Union (UCU), which has 110,000 members, takes issue with the new International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition.
The motion says the definition “conflates anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel”. UCU, whose members include academics, lecturers and researchers working in education and prisons, will vote later on the motion, which calls on the organisation to dissociate itself from the IHRA wording. The definition, backed by Theresa May but not legally binding, is meant to redefine anti-Semitism in 2017.
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News / 50th anniversary of the Six Day War
Then and now: story behind iconic Six Day War picture Yitzhak Yifat, one of three Israeli paratroopers in the famous image taken during the Six Day War, tells Stephen Oryszczuk what it was like to finally stand beside the Western Wall
t’s the iconic photo taken in the immediate aftermath of brutal fighting in Jerusalem at the end of the Six Day War in 1967: three Israeli soldiers first looking upon the Western Wall. For Yitzhak Yifat, the 24-year-old paratrooper in the middle, it was a moment he may never have had, having only an hour earlier survived a bayonet charge from a Jordanian adversary in the battle of Ammunition Hill in East Jerusalem. Now a retired gynaecologist living in Rishon LeZion, Dr Yifat has ever since answered questions about that photo, and his troop’s fight for the city almost 50 years ago, having become instantly famous as the centre
of a trio snapped by photographer David Rubinger. The photo itself was never really valued by Rubinger, who died earlier this year. At the time, he thought little of it and gave it to the Israeli Government’s press office, whose officers disseminated it far and wide. The rest, as they say, is history. In March, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the photo “eternalised history as it will be forever etched in our memories” and, for Yifat, in London this week, those memories are still crystal clear. “We were planning an operation in Egypt, but as we were about to go in, we were told that the Jordanians had launched an attack on Jerusalem, so we had to get in the bus and go, to everyone’s disappointment,” he
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recalled this week. “We arrived with no plan. We were welcomed by women offering coffee, then Jordanian bombing. We approached the west side of Ammunition Hill under heavy fire, then face-to-face fighting with Jordanian soldiers. It was like hell. I had many friends killed.” Through a series of narrow tunnels and trenches, the Israeli soldiers progressed “metre by metre,” Yifat said, over barbed wire and under heavy fire from an enemy who “fought to the last man”, despite being trapped by the advancing Israelis. “One guy in front of me was hit in the buttocks. He was going to be shot again, but I shot the Jordanian soldier first before he could do so. Then all the bullets of my rifle were finished. I wanted to refill it, but a Jordanian soldier came at me with a bayonet. Somehow I grabbed it, kicked him between the legs, overcame him and shot him.” More than 100 soldiers from both sides were killed during the battle, but the Israeli paratroopers who survived continued on through Lions’ Gate, into the Old Town, said Yifat, not knowing where they were going. “We were in narrow lanes, with Arab
Zion Karasanti, Yitzhak Yifat and Chaim Oshri at the Wall in 1967 and recently
houses, we didn’t know where, and suddenly we came through a small iron gate and saw it – the Kotel. It wasn’t open as it is now; it was surrounded by houses on all sides.” The moment was “very exciting, very emotional,” he said, recalling events. “We didn’t realise we were going that way. My friends had tears in their eyes when they realised what was happening, that we came to the place we’ve been waiting for 2,000 years.” An hour later, Rubinger arrived and took a photograph of three soldiers: Yifat and his two fellow paratroopers – Yemen-born Chaim Oshri and Zion Karasenti. Yifat, helmet removed, looks deep in thought. What was he thinking of? “I was thinking of my grandfather, of Jewish history, of all the stories I was told, all this history was coming to my head. “Then I thought of my friends who had just died, including my best friend, Yair Goldberg. We were all so close, like a big family. “We made a small monument of stones to those who died, then we crossed over to the other side and built another for the Jordanians, because they fought bravely. “People forget we did that, because it was taken down, I don’t know by who, but we did. It was important. “But it was important also that Jerusalem was now in Jewish hands. For me, it must always be.” Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin with fellow soldiers in the Holy city in 1967
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The former UK Chief Rabbi spoke of how Israel and the Jewish nation became ‘complete’ as tens of thousands of Israelis, dressed in blue and white filled the Kotel plaza to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, writes Zvika Klein. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was one of the keynote speakers at the Yom Yerushalayim event yesterday organised by World Mizrachi, which came to Israel to celebrate the reunification, and arranged a three-day educational programme to connect world Jewry to Israel’s capital. Members spoke in tens of languages, but mainly English. At the Western Wall, Sacks told Jewish News: “For the first time in my life, I feel I
know how it was to live during the time of the Temple.” He added that “the reunification of Jerusalem 50 years ago was the day that Israel and the Jewish nation became complete.” The majority of people celebrating were from the Israeli religious Zionist community, known as Tzioni Dati, many from Israeli settlements, Hesder Yeshivot and Orthodox Yeshiva high schools. A group of 1,500 stood out – delegates of the World Mizrachi movement – with three ‘celebrities’ – the three famous Israeli paratroopers who liberated the old city exactly 50 years ago, and were captured by an IDF photographer. The trio, who joined the Mizrachi conference posed for thousands of selfies. “The love we have received from these
Jews from around the world is extraordinary,” Tzion Karasenti told Jewish News. “We never realised how important Israel is for these incredible Jews.” The UK delegation had more than 100 members, many of them students of Jewish high schools. Manchester-born David Reuben headed the youth delegation, as part of his role in Mizrachi UK and said there was a rejuvenation of the religious Zionist movement in the UK, after many years of it not existing. He said: “We are trying to promote our narrative, which is religious Zionism and very connected to Israel.” Rabbi Doron Perez, CEO of World Mizrachi explained that the movement has been reinvigorating itself in the past few years.
“We wanted to bring people from across the world who are affiliated with us together to celebrate Jerusalem,” he said. While acknowledging that the movement was successful at promoting aliyah, Perez said: “There are many people from our communities who decided not to make aliyah, people who chose to live in diaspora communities yet want to live a religious Zionist life should be taken care of as well”. He sees the Yom Yerushalayim celebrations as a major part in rebuilding the religious Zionist communities overseas, saying: “We wanted to bring as many rabbis and community leaders as possible for them to experience this day in Israel and transform their celebrations around the world for years to come.”
Which side will waiver in the battle for Zionism? BY EINAT WILF
FORMER MEMBER OF KNESSET
A simple counting of 50 years of military occupation might lead reasonable people to believe that it can no longer be considered temporary. But this fails to take account of an alternative time frame: the countdown until the end of Zionism and the state of Israel – which is a reflection of the prevailing Muslim,
Arab and Palestinian view that Zionism is a historical aberration that will not – and must not – last. Given this understanding of Zionism as a temporary historical aberration whose life span is a mere few decades, for the Palestinians to date, it has made sense to repeatedly choose to suffer the daily humiliations of living under a military occupation rather than to accept – through a permanent peace agreement that divides the land – the far greater humiliation of permanent Jewish sovereignty on land they considered exclusively their own.
As Arabs and Muslims, the Palestinians are not hapless victims, but rather masters of a historical narrative, at the end of which their resistance and patience would be rewarded with victory, in the form of Zionism’s disappearance. The occupation of most of the West Bank by Israel can come to an end, then, when the Muslim-Arab world alters its view of history, so that rather than Israel being a second crusader state, that is to disappear like the first, it is accepted as the sovereign state of an indigenous people who have come home. The essence of the conflict between
Zionism and the Muslim Arab world is a battle over time in a race of mutual exhaustion. The question that will determine how the conflict is ultimately resolved revolves around who will give up first. Will the Zionists give up on their project in the face of unrelenting violent, diplomatic and economic assault, or will the Muslim Arabs – in the face of Jewish power and persistence over time – give up on their project of erasing the sovereign Jewish presence in their midst and finally come to accept it as a part of their history, rather than an affront to it? Only time will tell.
Jewish News 25 May 2017
World news / Royal approval / News briefs
Prince Michael supports new sports project to unite Israeli Jews and Arabs Royalty and driving rain are as familiar sights as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon every year – and last week was no different, writes Justin Cohen. But while inclement weather usually signals the end of play, the organisers of the new Sport for Peace project and special guest Prince Michael of Kent were determined to ensure play gets underway at a new state-of-the-art sports centre in Israel. It’s aim: To bring young Israeli Arabs and Jews together to compete alongside each other and increase understanding. At the 40-hectare facility, built by the Arts and Culture Foundation on a $45 million site donated by Israeli Arab philanthropist Saed Sarsur and his family, youngsters of all religious backgrounds will play football and tennis, as well as take part in educational activities and training programmes. It is due to open late next year. Addressing His Royal Highness and a gathering of Muslim, Christian and Jewish figures at the All England Club, the UNIBIN chief executive claimed the impression created by media coverage of constant intercommunity tensions in Israel was “fake news”. Sarsur said: “We are living in peace and love with our neighbours and we’ll continue to do so. It’s important to see
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what brings us together rather than what divides us. Giving land for this is one of our greatest privileges.” Led by his father, the Sarsur family has long supported initiatives bringing together Israelis across the faiths, but now wants to build on success which, he says, has seen youngsters “become more open to each other”. He said: “It’s our future and the future of our children. We need to build a com-
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prehensive strategy to defeat the likes of the boycott divestment and sanctions campaign. The only way of doing that is to have projects like this.” The centre will have eight football pitches and six tennis courts. Boosted by top-class coaching, organisers hope mixed teams of Israelis will compete internationally. Surveying an exhibition of eye-catching designs, Prince Michael pointed to his favourite featuring two arms bearing the Star of David and the Muslim crescent, with hands interlocked and the words ‘We are nicer when we’re together in peace’. He described the message by Janet Kheralla and Shenhav Hadad as “simple and true”.
around’ at a Nazi death camp in his youth. Valeri Simeonov said he and friends took prank photos of themselves while visiting Buchenwald during the 1970s.
A city leader wants an antiSemitic pogrom to be purged from the pages of a graphic novel about the Jewish inventor of universal language Esperanto, saying it showed Bialystok ‘in a bad light’. Alderman Marek Chojnowski wants to censor the pages showing residents beating Jews with clubs in 1906.
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Anger must not divide us It makes no sense to us, why someone would blow up a concert-hall full of children and teenagers. Yet it makes perfect sense to someone whose aim is to inflict terror. Choose the moment when, as people leave, chaos and panic are most easily choreographed. Choose the time when parents are outside waiting for their sons and daughters. Choose the period when security have their toughest job, shepherding hundreds of spirited youngsters out of a tight space. It appears that nobody from the Jewish community was killed or injured in the Manchester attack, for which we are thankful. But that realisation does nothing to lessen our hurt, knowing the same cannot be said for dozens of other families. Bombs at concerts are indiscriminate. They target no faiths and all. The reaction – of anger, solidarity, defiance, silence – is becoming familiar. What we had years ago from Irish republicans, we now have from Islamist extremists, twisted by their hatred of the West and all it stands for. Kids at a concert are, in their eyes, fair game. They are revenge for a state’s military action thousands of miles away. Their bombs, at concerts in Manchester and Paris, in turn lead to more military action thousands of miles away. It is a self-reinforcing cycle, and plays into the hands of those who would divide us. That is why, in the aftermath of terror, of hatred, it is important that Jewish voices say we tackle this not with hate but with love, not with less tolerance but more. Because the breeding ground of today’s terror is a fanatical ideology that will never win if a free and tolerant people determine to stay free and tolerant, in spite of provocation. And we are proud that Jewish voices lead the way in saying so.
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DON’T TOLERATE THE INTOLERANT I’m astonished by your editorial about French president Emmanuel Macron (Jewish News, 11 May). Macron is a globalist who stresses the supremacy of the EU. Unrestricted immigration will continue, along with strengthening of EU institutions, meaning there will be no substantive moves to combat terrorism. Attacks on Jews will accompany continuing Muslim immigration, along with features such as nightly car burnings, the growing no-go areas and “jungles” as in Calais. You talk about “hatred of the other” and intolerance; it’s Islam that promotes hatred of “the other”
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I CAN’T VOTE FOR TULIP, WHO VOTED FOR CORBYN I live in Hampstead and Kilburn and cannot bring myself to vote for my Labour candidate Tulip Siddiq (right). Although she has tried to hide her association with Jeremy Corbyn, Tulip nominated him for leader and served in his shadow cabinet. I cannot bear to vote for his candidate when you consider the sharp rise in anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in recent years, with a
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Does Martin Stern think airlines and passengers on flights have a vendetta against him? (Jewish News, 11 May). He notes that on an airline (not bound for Israel), he and his wife were sat separately next to a window, presumably on a different row. He further comments that he was sat next to a man and his wife next to a woman – oh and by the way they were not Jewish (oh my goodness!). He believes by some strange conclusion that this was arranged by the airline and not just a coincidence so airlines can cater for his needs – that really intrigues me. Many airlines normally allow you
to go online and prebook your seat 24 hours – or sometimes 36 hours – beforehand, and print off your boarding card. This guarantees your seat and you can change your allocated seat at no charge. This paranoia that some readers are so adverse to Charedim is in your mind. If they conducted themselves on the airline in a polite decent manner, and indeed either pre-booked their seats or on board ask the steward if they could help rather than asking the passengers, then this might help the situation. Clive Pollard Edgware
YACHAD: ARAB ADVOCACY True to form, Yachad used the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War to dress up its megaphone dissemination of Arab propaganda as “concern for Israel’s well-being”, calling on Israel to relinquish land under Jewish sovereignty according to
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BATMITZVAH BROIGES: Parents say harsh decision sends a ‘negative message’ A batmitzvah girl’s parents have angrily complained to her school for not allowing her time off to prepare for her big day, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Senna Camp, who has a 99 percent attendance rate, was refused last Friday off school for preparations and to spend time with family members who had flown in ahead of the ceremony on Saturday. Yet despite the protestations from the girl’s parents and the leaders of Liberal Judaism, state-funded Wymondham High in Norwich refused to budge, saying that while time off was granted for religious ceremo-
nies, extended leave was not. In an angry letter, Annie Henriques, chair of Norwich Liberal Jewish Community, told the nonJewish secondary school it was “very, very wrong” to refuse Senna time off to prepare, saying it sent a “negative message”. The letter, signed by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and the shul’s Rabbi Leah Jordan, said Senna was “a positive young woman who has had a remarkable start to life in a supportive family which values education highly”. It adds: “It’s wrong the school has chosen to take a contradictory attitude to a special event in her life. The school’s failure to authorise her absence sends a negative – and we believe wrong – message to Senna that her absence is not about learning when learning could not have been a more central component.” In response, the school’s principal, Jonathan Rockey, said standards must be maintained, adding: “Absences for important religious observances are often taken into account but only for the ceremony and travelling time, not extended leave.” Senna’s paternal grandparents are devout Christians, while her maternal side are observant Jews, with her maternal gran father having been a professor and well-known activist for human and animal rights. Continued on page 8
NOT IMPRESSED BY BATMITZVAH STORY Last week’s headline, ‘School Refuses Pupil Time Off for MEET CURRENCYTRANSFER.COM AT THE ISRAEL PROPERTY EXHIBITION Batmitzvah’ was completely misleading. It should have read: ‘School Refuses Time Off for Preparation of Batmitzvah’. There is a major difference between the two. The first would be unreasonable. I think the school’s response is correct. Preparation must be in the pupil’s own time. The attendance rate of the pupil to date is of no consequence to this. I doubt if children at JFS and other Jewish schools are routinely given time off to prepare for their bar/ batmitzvah. Senna reading from the Torah on her big day
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CARTOON WAS NOT FUNNY I don’t think I lack a sense of humour but the Mishpacha cartoon in last week’s edition reinforces the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews burn down factories for the insurance money (Jewish News, 18 May). Some years ago we had a small fire at our workplace, and a non-Jewish colleague, who had never before shown any sign of anti-Semitism, made a shockingly
snide remark about a Jewish insurance claim. I was insulted and should have said something, but took the easy way out and ignored him. Of course, I guess most readers of Jewish News are Jewish and a cartoon like this is meant to be a joke, but I don’t think it’s a joking matter.
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Time to expose Corbyn’s ‘grotesque’ world view ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
abour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his bank-manager-like sidekick John McDonnell have pulled off a remarkable trick. They have managed to convince young people, unfamiliar with their sinister political histories, that they represent a new exciting strain of radical policy. Talk of nationalising the railways and other public services and abolishing tuition fees for universities, plus the image of plainspeaking ‘nice’ leaders has taken them a long way among great swathes of the population. Members of my own family in trendy media and high-tech tell me how deeply disturbed they are about the enthusiasm among colleagues for Corbyn and his colleagues and how little knowledge, if any, they have about the anti-Semitism of the extreme left. There is a modern tendency to associate anti-Semitism with parties of the far right, a legacy of the Nazi era and the Shoah.
THESE ARE PEOPLE WITH A GROTESQUE VIEW OF THE WORLD AND A LONG HISTORY OF SUPPORTING BAD CAUSES LIKE THE IRA That still exists, as we know from some of the people involved in extremist parties across Europe which have come to the fore because of the twin pressures of eurozone economic turmoil and immigration. But there is an equally virulent strain of anti-Semitism that now disguises itself as anti-Zionism and comes from the left. It goes a long way to explaining the madcap theories of Ken Livingstone, the mealy-mouthed condemnations of Jeremy Corbyn and his ilk and the shabby inquiry by former Liberty
boss Shami Chakrabarti, now sitting comfortably in the Lords. There is a tendency among progressive opinion leaders in the Jewish community to regard the Labour left’s anti-Semitism as a passing phase, a reaction to perceived Israeli misbehaviour in the Middle East which could be erased if, for instance, Israel retreated behind the ‘Green Line’ or gave up its settlement policy. It is a smokescreen. When Israel does withdraw from ‘occupied territory’, as when late prime minister Ariel Sharon uprooted settlements in Gaza, the critics simply shift to another target. Meanwhile, it is rare to hear the hard left condemning the real genocide in the region, Bashir Assad’s assault on his own people. A new book* by Kingston University professor Philip Spencer, a member of my Richmond US community, traces the roots of left-wing anti-Semitism back to the 18th-century enlightenment. Before then, Jews were discriminated against because they were different. Afterwards, they were allowed to become fuller members of society but because they insisted on retaining some
of their separatist traditions were seen as having acquired special privileges and exploiting them for economic gain while refusing to become part of a universal society. Spencer and his fellow author argue that on the far left the Jewish question is used to explain the winners and the losers of a capitalist society. Jews are seen in all contexts as standing out against universal principles. Spencer argues Corbyn and his cohorts have a ‘grotesque’ view of the world with a long history of supporting bad causes including the old Soviet Union and the IRA and are now intent on demonising Jews through their support of Israel. He describes those members of our society who write to papers such as the Guardian complaining of Israel’s actions as the new ‘Court Jews’ who buy into a universalist creed rather than identify with their own We haven’t heard enough of that part of the Corbyn narrative in our all-too-polite general election campaign. *Antisemitism and the Left, by Robert Fine and Philip Spencer, is published by Manchester University Press, priced £20
Should you quit a party if you dislike the leader? GAVIN GROSS
JOURNALIST & MEDIA COMMENTATOR
s a vote for a Labour candidate a vote for Jeremy Corbyn? That’s the most hotly debated issue within the Jewish community before this general election. Should Jewish Labour supporters stick with the party and vote for good local MPs and candidates, or abandon the party because of its leader? As a dual American-British citizen who votes from overseas, I faced a similar decision in the US election in 2016, but it wasn’t a difficult one to make. From Ronald Reagan in 1980 to Mitt Romney in 2012, I supported Republican presidential candidates and was a party member. But when Donald Trump became the party’s candidate, I decided immediately I couldn’t vote for him. I felt Trump’s policies and behaviour were toxic both for the Republicans and the country and I wanted him to lose so the slate would be clear. I wasn’t alone. Many former Republican officials, conservative columnists and even some elected Republicans in Congress
WILL THE FORCES AGAINST CORBYN BE FORCED TO BREAK AWAY TO FORM A NEW CENTRE LEFT POLITICAL PARTY? announced they wouldn’t vote for Trump. The hashtag #NeverTrump was created by Republican opponents, not Democrats. Yet despite trailing in the polls and Hillary Clinton winning three million more votes, Trump won all the key swing states and became president. Fast forward to the UK in 2017, and Jeremy Corbyn is leading Labour into the general election. While it’s true that the American and British systems are not equivalent, with UK voters choosing only their local constituency MPs, nevertheless the party that wins the most seats forms the
next government. In urging people to vote for Labour candidates, do the leaders and members of the Jewish Labour Movement really want to see Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister? After all, they have led opposition to Corbyn within the party, along with Jewish and non-Jewish Labour MPs. They’ve spoken out against the steady stream of anti-Semitic tweets and Facebook posts from Labour Party activists and local councillors. The Jewish Labour argument is that to fight against Jew hatred and anti-Israel extremism in the party, they must be inside it. They don’t want to be forced to flee a party that they’ve identified with for so long. I can understand the sentiment, but wouldn’t a crushing defeat for Labour serve their purposes better? Ed Miliband won 232 seats for Labour in 2015. If Jeremy Corbyn wins anything near this total, his position as Labour leader might be secure. However, if Labour haemorrhages dozens of seats, it will demonstrate that the electorate has rejected Corbyn’s brand of far left politics, and it will be much harder for him to hang on. If so, there’s a chance that a new, more
moderate Labour leader can replace him. It appears that the vast majority of Jewish voters have already abandoned the party. A widely-publicised poll published in May 2016 found that only 18 percent of British Jews said they voted Labour in the last election under Ed Miliband’s leadership. With Jeremy Corbyn as head, that figure plunged to a minuscule 8.5 percent. Could it be even lower now? I’m not a Labour supporter, but friends are. Some say they could never vote for the Conservatives, for issues such as the economy or Brexit, and this isn’t a plea for them to do so. But French voters also faced a ballot paper between choices that many rejected. In their recent presidential election, 4.2 million voters returned blank or spoiled ballots. A further 12 million voters simply abstained. Back in the UK, hard-left elements within Labour, like the Momentum pressure group, might succeed in retaining control of the party even after a big Corbyn defeat. Will the anti-Corbyn forces therefore be forced to break away to form a new centre left party? We’ll know a lot more after 8 June.
25 May 2017 Jewish News
How Trump’s won over endlessly attacked Israel DAVID HOROVITZ
urely nobody but Donald J Trump could get a warm laugh from an audience of Israeli notables within seconds of highlighting the Iranian regime’s desire to destroy our country. That’s what happened deep into the main speech of the president’s 28-hour Israel visit, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon. “Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction,” he said bleakly and bitterly, reading from the teleprompters. Then he departed from his prepared text, and added: “Not with Donald J Trump, believe me.” The remark was met with cheers and a standing ovation. Netanyahu, on his feet, pumped a fist. “Thank you,” said the US president three times as he waited patiently for the clapping to stop. And then, waving a hand out toward his audience, with a smile, he said, “I like you too.” Cue the warm, appreciative rumble of laughter. Those few seconds rather summed up Trump’s visit to Israel – his expressions of
IF THE MANCHESTER ATTACK HAD BEEN BY A PALESTINIAN, ABBAS WOULD BE MAKING PAYMENTS TO THE TERRORIST’S FAMILY instinctive solidarity with the Jewish state, his vow to protect it, and the delight with which the country hosted him – after eight years of what Israelis felt was somewhat conditional, caveatfilled support from president Barack Obama. “I make this promise to you: My administration will always stand with Israel,” he promised. There are clear differences on the Palestinian issue between the US president and the government of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They were on display in the two leaders’ Israel Museum speeches. Netanyahu noted that if Monday evening’s
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Manchester terrorist attack had been carried out by a Palestinian suicide bomber and had killed Israelis, then Mahmoud Abbas, far from condemning it alongside Trump in Bethlehem earlier on Tuesday, would have been making payments to the terrorist’s family. Trump, by complete contrast, asserted with conviction that Abbas and the Palestinians “are ready to reach for peace”. Again departing from the prepared text, he sought to counter Israelis’ scepticism: “I know you’ve heard it before. I am telling you. That’s what I do. They are ready for peace.” Netanyahu wants to believe Israel can make peace with the Arab world, and that many of the Arab leaders with whom Trump met in Riyadh will then, later, chivvy the Palestinians toward terms for a deal that Israel can safely accept. Trump, by contrast, has evidently been persuaded that the process needs to work the other way around. On the basis of his conversations in Riyadh, he indicated, “I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East.” Israelis know no more than Americans
about how Trump’s presidency will play out from here. They cannot be sure of what he will say or do – or how what he has already said and done will impact his term. But he came to Jerusalem. He told Israel he loved it. He empathised with the challenges it faces. He praised Israel for thriving while under constant attack. He didn’t mince words in condemning and vowing to fight Islamist terrorism. He vowed to stand with Israel against Iran and to ensure that Tehran never gets a nuclear weapon. And again, he stood in respect at the Jews’ most holy place of prayer – the picture that, fortunately, eclipsed Oren Hazan’s airport selfie as the defining image of this trip. Peace plans and other specifics? Not this time. As he said at the Israel Museum, that wasn’t actually the main goal, which is to ensure focus on the battle against Islamist terrorism. Frictions and arguments ahead? Who knows? And if there is trouble, there is now a firmer basis from which to try to resolve differences. But mutual affection? For now, certainly. In the enthusiastic aftermath of this visit, as Trump headed off to the Vatican, many Israelis were likely thinking, yes, we like you, too.
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Celebrating the historic day we got back our soul RABBI ANDREW SHAW CEO, MIZRACHI UK
witter is a remarkable means of communication. Last week, I was heavily involved in preparation for our momentous Mizrachi UK mission for Yom Yerushalayim 50, when the chair of Yachad decided to mention me and Rabbi Sacks in a tweet he sent highlighting an article he liked in Haaretz. My interest piqued, I opened the article and was greeted with the following headline. ‘Rabbi Sacks, Why Are You Cheerleading for anti-Palestinian Provocateurs?’ The subtitle: “As a key modern Orthodox leader, think again about joining Jerusalem Day marchers who scream ‘Death to Arabs’, promoting one of the most contentious of all Israeli settlements, and the consequences for Diaspora Jews”. I was genuinely puzzled; the article was referring to the mission that was being organised by World Mizrachi, for which Mizrachi UK and Rabbi Sacks are proudly taking part. I had no idea what on earth the writer was talking about. There is a flag march, during
RAV PEREZ SAID: ANY PROVOCATION OF ANY CITIZEN OF JERUSALEM IS ANTITHETICAL TO CORE JEWISH VALUES which hundreds of thousands of celebrating Jews of all ages walk from the Great Synagogue on King George Street to the Old City of Jerusalem. Rabbi Sacks will join in the singing and dancing at the Great Synagogue and Mizrachi UK, along with World Mizrachi, will be singing and dancing all the way to the Jaffa Gate, which is where the march for Mizrachi officially ends. The fact that some idiots will use this opportunity to act and speak in a vile way is in no way reflective of Rabbi Sacks, the Mizrachi movement or Mizrachi UK – and it
is offensive to make such a connection. Rav Doron Perez, head of World Mizrachi correctly said earlier this week in the Jerusalem Post: “I can say unequivocally that any provocation of any citizen of Jerusalem, Jew or non-Jew, Muslim or Christian, is absolutely antithetical to core basic Jewish values and we would totally distance ourselves from it.” So instead of focusing on this inaccurate distraction, let’s remind ourselves why this week was such a momentous and proud one for the Jewish people. We celebrated the Yovel, our 50th anniversary of the sovereign return of the Jewish people to the ancient and Holy City of Jerusalem for the first time in more than 1,900 years. The vast majority of Jews who were in Jerusalem proudly and correctly celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest days in modern Jewish history – the day we got back our soul – Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish nation. As I stood by the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim, surrounded by thousands of Jews from all over the world, I felt a connection to my faith and heritage unlike one I have ever felt before. Here was I, standing in a place where, just 50 years ago, no Jews had been allowed
to enter, yet where today we can celebrate a modern-day miracle that bought Jews back to Jerusalem. I saw pride and emotion in the faces of those around me, young and old, and had a renewed and profound sense of the centrality of Jerusalem to our Jewish identity wherever we live in the world. Of course, there are those who have a different opinion. We are a people, as Rabbi Sacks has said, whose texts are “anthologies of arguments”. But let us not lose sight of the overwhelming sense of achievement and pride that we feel for all that the remarkable people of Israel have achieved – both in times of war and in those of peace. Mizrachi UK and World Mizrachi made sure that this Yom Yerushalayim was unlike any other, connected to the city in a way that we have never done before. More than 1,000 people came to Jerusalem as part of our global delegation, including rabbinic and community leaders and students from around the world. It was an historic moment and provided all of us privileged to be there with a memorable experience of the positive, inspirational, life affirming events in Jerusalem. Now that is worth tweeting about!
Chief Rabbi and Lord Sacks should not back this march NINA MORRIS-EVANS ACHVAT AMIM PARTICIPANT
his year marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 50 since the Six-Day War. As a young, committed British Jew living in Israel, I should be proud to be here during this momentous year. But I am ashamed. I’m not ashamed of the state of Israel. I’m some form of Zionist – even if the current political and military leaders of Israel are responsible for policies that I oppose with a passion. Like many young Jews in the diaspora, I fight hard to hold my Zionism in spite of hostility from my political counterparts and all the criticism that the Israeli government attracts. I’m ashamed of activities endorsed by two of the most influential members of the Orthodox movement: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. This week they were in Jerusalem to support festivities planned by the organisation Mizrachi Olami. One of these events is the annual Jerusalem Day March of the Flags on 24 May (yesterday). Thousands of young people from across the country were bussed in to march through the
THIS MARCH HAS COME TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH GROWING LEVELS OF HATE SPEECH AND RACIST VIOLENCE Jewish Old City, shutting down most of the Muslim quarter and surrounding areas. This march has come to be associated with growing levels of hate speech and racist violence, including shouts of “Death to Arabs” and vandalism to Palestinian property. Today (Thursday), some of the delegates were due to visit Hebron and dance through the streets with IDF soldiers. Hebron is a city in which 200,000 residents live under the control of 600 soldiers, protecting 850 settlers. This celebration is an unequivocally political act, blatantly supporting the settlers’ presence there.
The extent of the involvement of the Mizrachi Olami trip does not make a material difference; once they comply with these events, they blur the incredibly fine line between Israel and occupation. This distinction is too fragile to be messed around with – whether or not Brits enter the Muslim quarter or attend Hebron themselves, they are unmistakably associating themselves with the controversies of these places. Neither Rabbi Mirvis, Rabbi Lord Sacks or indeed any of the UK delegation will take part in the trip to Hebron. But if Rabbi Sacks is unwilling to participate himself, surely his support for the entire event urges others to do so? In his promotional video, he says that joining in with the celebration will be “one of the great moments of your life and mine”. Why is this moment so precious to him, when this delegation and its actions actively support the occupation, and undermine negotiations towards a peaceful two-state solution? The hypocrisy of such prominent Jewish leaders in supporting this provocative display of fanaticism is damaging to the future of the diaspora. Young Jews like me strive to clarify that support for Israel is not the same as support for
the occupation. How can we maintain this, on university campuses, in Jewish societies and among nonJewish friends, while our supposed representatives encourage dancing in triumph around the streets of one of the most focal points of the conflict, and a march that so publicly violates human dignity? It is hugely important that this dangerous elision of Israel with the occupation does not go unnoticed. Hundreds of people have signed a letter, to which you can add your name, to Rabbi Lord Sacks calling him out on his promotion of this reprehensible political strategy. We know from research that people place Israel at the core of their Jewish identity. Many young Jews around the world, however, cannot reconcile this aspect of their heritage with ideas of Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and the Jewish values we have inherited. The Jewish community is pushing its youth towards a precipice, implying again and again that to support Israel is to support the occupation. If such important community leaders can get away with this, it’s less and less likely that the next generation of British Jews will be motivated to defend the state of Israel. Where does this leave us?
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Year 5 pupils from Etz Chaim school enjoyed “their best ever outing” on a visit to Jewish News office. With teacher Ivana Levy, the 10-year-olds joined JN staff to collate features, design pages, sell advertising and post stories online. They also tackled creating their own front page and learnt about caricature drawing from cartoonist Paul Solomons. Their contribution to JN’s Passover edition was marked by the presentation of a glass seder plate created by glassmaker Jason Blair. Mrs Levy said: “The children loved their visit.”
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Forty World Jewish Relief volunteers turned out at Borehamwood Tesco to help people with their shopping. The team, aged from two to 86, spent the day packing bags, distributing promotional materials and talking about WJR’s work within and beyond the community. The day raised £855.
3NURSERY FAREWELL Children at Danescroft nursery, which is based at Hendon Reform Synagogue and closes in July, held a farewell Shavuot. Manager Alison Mazin said: “The children had great fun building their Har [Mount] Sini. They learned the importance of being a small mountain and not showing off to others, but how important the mountain became, as well as singing about the Ten Commandments.”
Children at Tuffkid, the Kisharon nursery, started their preparations for Shavuot by setting up their own flower shop, with Nosson Zvi Segal (pictured) purchasing a flower ahead of the start of the festival.
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RALLY 1 CHARITY RAISES £500K
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THIS YEAR’S THREE-DAY J SAFRA SARASIN CHAI MONTE CARLO RALLY RAISED £500,000 FOR THE CHARITY
This year’s J Safra Sarasin Chai Monte Carlo Rally saw £500,000 raised for the charity. Participants from around the world – including the UK, US, Israel, South Africa and China – were welcomed by the rally founder Mark Morris, as they reached speeds of 100kmh and enjoyed a lunch at the Chateau de Taulane. The guest speaker at the three-day event was Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director of the Orthodox Union in the US. Organiser Mark Curtis [of JAM Events] said: “The level of bonding between the participants, whether they knew each other prior to the event or not, was remarkable, with a tremendous sense of camaraderie developing over this short time. The incredible amount that was raised for Chana by such a small group could only be achieved in an environment like the rally.One participant (Melly Lipshitz from New York) said: ‘The way this is run and with the people that are here, there is nothing better than anything I have gone to and I travel a lot every year.’”
more than £2,000, divided between the North London Hospice and the Cystic Fibrosis Society, he said: “My thanks to all who joined me and encouraged me along the way.”
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B’nai B’rith Young Professionals (BBYP) UK and B’nai B’rith Europe recently took a group of more than 40 people to Luxembourg for their first joint ‘BBYP Young Professionals Weekend’ for several years. The group enjoyed Shabbat meals in Luxembourg’s synagogue/ Jewish Community Centre and heard from the Chief Rabbi of Luxembourg, Rabbi Naccache, and from French human rights artist and academic Guila Clara Kessous.
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Rabbi Yuval Keren from Southgate Progressive Synagogue (pictured in pink cap) recently completed a two-day 100km walk along the Grand Union Canal. Beginning at Bletchley and finishing at Paddington Basin, he took on the walk in memory of one of his congregants, Simon Cooper, who passed away aged 30 from cystic fibrosis. Raising
WIZO’s Jewish Women’s Week (JWW) began its 70th year of collections as teams across the country knocked on doors within the Jewish community to collect for social welfare projects in Israel. The 70th anniversary was marked by afternoon tea at London’s Mansion House, with 160 guests welcomed by the Lady Mayoress.
Your simcha announcements Jamie Baum celebrated his barmitzvah at Stanmore United Synagogue.
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Veterans fundraise for Beit Halochem
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Around 450 guests attended Beit Halochem’s annual dinner at the Dorchester and helped raise more than £950,000. Charity trustee Orly Wolfson welcomed the guests, while two Beit Halochem veterans and a mother of a veteran, spoke about the impact of their injuries, their experiences at Beit Halochem and subsequent rehabilitation. Spencer Gelding, Beit Halochem UK’s executive director said afterwards: “We have seen how crucial the rehabilitation centres are to the lives of 51,000 veterans – for many, a second home and where they can start to rebuild their lives and look forward to a new future.”
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Chazak’s joyous celebration
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Chazak’s annual gala dinner was held at the Royal Banqueting Hall in Whitehall. A night of glitz and glam saw 300 guests support of the work of rabbis Shlomo Farhi, Moshe Levy and Yitsy David, who continue to grow and nourish the Sephardi community in the United Kingdom. Special awards were handed out on the night to young ambassadors who contribute to the organisation.
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50th anniversary of the Six Day War/ Lifestyle
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‘There never will be another moment like it’ Sue Surkes examines never-before-seen photographs of celebration at the Western Wall, released to mark 50 years this week since Israeli troops recaptured the Old City
A rabbi sounds a shofar, top, while a woman prays, above, at the Kotel
hrongs of men surge forward, a rabbi jubilantly sounds a shofar, and the crowd gathers at a hastily-prepared Torah reading. Just metres away, a woman throws her arm above her head, resting her face against the 2,000-year-old bricks, while a blind man takes in an audible air of celebration. These are just some of the scenes captured at the Western Wall 50 years ago, in newly-released photographs from the National Library of Israel. Israeli paratroopers arrived at the wall on 7 June 1967, and recaptured Jerusalem’s Old City from Jordanian control, ending almost two decades of prohibition against Jews entering the area. The military gain came almost halfway through the Six-Day War, which erupted on 5 June 1967, and saw Israel engaged in fighting against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. By 10 June, Israel had declared a military victory against its Arab neighbours. The historic black and white photographs are part of a collection taken by the Israel Press and Photo Agency, founded by Dan Hadani. One is of former Israeli President Zalman Shazar, a helmet on his head, observing a reading of the Torah while the war was still going on, as well as then Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who visited the day after
the war ended. Also pictured is Shlomo Goren, the Israeli army’s first chief rabbi, who was memorialized in published photographs of the time blowing the shofar (ram’s horn) and jubilantly carrying a Torah scroll to celebrate the capture of the wall. Following Israel’s victory during the Six-Day War, Brigadier Goren proclaimed that “Israel would never again relinquish the Wall”. Years later, Yitzhak Rabin, who at the time served as Chief of Staff, recalled the momentous occasion: “There was one moment in the Six-Day War which symbolised the great victory: That was the moment in which the first paratroopers reached the stones of the Western Wall, feeling the emotion of the place; there never was, and never will be, another moment like it. Nobody staged that moment. “Nobody prepared it and nobody was prepared for it; it was as if Providence had directed the whole thing: the paratroopers weeping — loudly and in pain — over their comrades who had fallen along the way, the words of the Kaddish prayer heard by Western Wall’s stones after 19 years of silence, tears of mourning, shouts of joy, and the singing of Hatikvah.” The images also document Israel’s destruction of 135 homes in the Muslim Mughrabi Quarter on 10 June to make way for the crowds of Jewish
Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, centre, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem the day after the end of the Six-Day War in June 1967
worshippers expected to converge on the site. Some of the occupants subsequently moved to Morocco, others to Jerusalem neighbourhoods, such as Shuafat. In 1968, the government expropriated the land and paid compensation to the families. Also captured in the images are soldiers laying tefillin and Jewish members of the public praying at the site in the hours and days after the war, including a young girl yawning while other women prayed.
Large swathes of the Israeli public – as well as the Israeli government, which annexed East Jerusalem in 1980 — consider the entire city to be part of the Jewish people’s eternal capital. However, the Palestinians and most of the international community, do not recognise Israel’s stated ownership of East Jerusalem. Resolution of the city’s status has been one of the thorniest issues in Israel-Palestinian peace talks over the years.
Crowds of Jews pray at the Western Wall after Israel recaptured the Old City
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Lifestyle / Health
Ask Dr Ellie Our resident GP Ellie Cannon answers your questions...
Q My elderly mum has
been on aspirin for the past 10 years for an irregular heartbeat. As I understand it, this is to prevent strokes, but the GP says she needs to be on something better. We don’t understand why, as I thought aspirin was a blood thinner?
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nails are so horrible? I have had three crumbly nails on my left foot for the past few months and now the right foot is affected. I thought this was shoe-related, but someone has said it is an infection. Is that correct?
of anything serious; it is similar to athlete’s foot, but it only affects the nails. Starting with one or two nails, then spreading to all of them is typically what happens. You need to start treatment now, in order to get on top of the infection before it spreads anymore and becomes very hard to treat. You can get the right treatment from the pharmacist – buy an anti-fungal nail paint that you can use on your nails to kill the infection. You have to be conscientious about applying this weekly, after filing your nails, and it normally takes six months to treat, but it can take even longer. This will take some patience as it is not a quick process. Take the opportunity of the good weather to wear sandals and give your feet air. It’s worth taking good care of your feet not just to look nice, but to also prevent infections.
It certainly could be, as fungal infections of the toenails are pretty common in all ages. A fungal infection will cause crumbly nails, perhaps discoloured and affects more and more nails gradually as time goes on. This is nothing to worry about, as it is not a sign
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You are describing what is a really common scenario for me in practice and a lot of people are in your mum’s position. Many people have a condition called atrial fibrillation (AF) which, as you say, is an irregular heartbeat. We know this can be a cause of strokes, just like smoking and high blood pressure.
In order to protect people from that stroke risk, we have used aspirin or warfarin to thin the blood, so blood clots, which are the cause of strokes, cannot occur. Following research in the past few years, experts now believe aspirin is pretty useless at doing this; they actually stopped prescribing it years ago in Europe. It is a blood thinner indeed, but just not good enough to prevent the clots that cause strokes. As a result, NICE, the national body that advises doctors on treatment of medical problems, states that patients with AF are no longer to be given aspirin, as it does not work. So the GP is right to offer warfarin or one of the newer blood-thinners. Take the advice as it sounds like the right thing to prevent your mum having a stroke. It will be a change, but a good one.
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I don’t think they are hiding anything from you, although of course I don’t know the exact diagnosis and type of lymphoma. Lymphoma is one of the blood cancers: It can be very aggressive, but in a number of cases is very treatable and curable, “just” with chemotherapy. I say “just” chemotherapy,
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BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND The Book of Bamidbar, known in English as Numbers, but translated as “In the Desert”, is the book of transition in the Torah – taking us from the generation that grew up in Egypt, saw the miracles of the Exodus and the Revelation at Sinai, to the generation that was to walk on without Moses into the Land of Israel. It would take 40 years of wandering, the deaths of Moses, Aaron and Miriam and the numerous trials and rebellions that make up the bulk of this book. We know this desert to be barren, dry, tough: reflecting our feelings, fears and anxiety when we may be exposed to the brutal rawness, the scorching heat and parched earth of the areas outside of human settlement. But the Jews had left Sinai with hope. The Midrash views the desert in a different light: “Just as the desert has no end, so too words of Torah have no end…” “only one who makes himself ownerless (hefker) like a desert acquires words of Torah.” The wisdom of Torah cannot be acquired in an academic fashion. Divine wisdom is transformative, merging body and soul, ennobling, and elevating one’s personality and enlightening and expanding one’s mind. The desert experience was, in its inception, to teach the humility, bravery, and faith necessary. Many things went wrong along the way. Nevertheless, just as the Jewish people eventually made it to the Promised Land, so, too, the times we feel isolated, neglected and exposed, can build our personalities to enable us to connect to the Divine Wisdom of the Torah.
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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Ian Brady and Myra Hindley lured five children to their deaths more than 50 years ago, burying at least three on the Yorkshire Moors. This month, Brady died in hospital and reportedly left wishes that his cremated remains be scattered in the very place where he buried his victims. What does the Torah say about this request? Wishes of the deceased are usually sacrosanct, unless they offend, as Torah principle. The corpse of King Hezekiah’s sinful father Menashe was, according to tradition, dragged through the streets on a stretcher as a voyage of shame before his burial.
IS THERE A MORAL DUTY TO AVOID INCURRING MORE PAIN TO THE FAMILIES?
The murderous Queen Jezebel was condemned to a death in which dogs would ravage her and only spare her hands and feet for burial. Brady and Hindley lay in wait for their victims and lured them to their deaths. This is not unlike another evil Queen of Israel, Athaliah, who murdered almost every single child heir to the throne so she could remain in absolute power. In English law, the wishes of the
dying are not legally enforceable. Notwithstanding, Brady’s lawyer has criticised the coroner’s comment that scattering the ashes of Brady’s victims on the Moors is “none of his business”. Perhaps it is not the coroner’s legal business, but is there a moral duty to avoid incurring further pain to the families? When Samuel faced the evil Amalekite king and passed mortal judgment on him, he declared: “Just as women were bereft of their children due to your cruelty, so your mother will be bereft of you”. Samuel sliced Agag into half and departed his presence. England has no death sentence to offer retribution – but after all the years of desolation suffered by the victims’ heartbroken families, the least one should offer them is a refusal to honour Brady’s infamous request.
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RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN The Torah story of the banishment of Ishmael, along with his mother Hagar, can often resemble a bad Western movie. One might rationalise the expulsion of Abraham’s other son (Genesis 21) as a case of “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us”. In every generation of our Patriarchs such a decision is made, but none as seemingly cruel as this one. Classical commentators justify the episode suggesting that when Ishmael “played m’tzachek with Isaac”, he entered into some immoral act – trying to sexually abuse, kill or lead Isaac into idolatry. In this reading, expulsion is justified to protect Isaac’s physical or spiritual wellbeing. Others point at the wordplay and suggest Ishmael was playing – perhaps innocently as children do – at being Isaac, the one who would inherit. In this reading, Sarah fears for her son’s right to be the legitimate heir to Abraham, a very real concern for Ishmael that he would have legal
rights as the son of a concubine, and had Ishmael kicked out. The morality of the decision is traditionally justified because God endorses Sarah’s demand. However, Midrashic and Islamic interpretation is at pains to remind us of Abraham’s love for Ishmael – and, indeed, Hagar. In Liberal Judaism, we see what the Torah can tell us about today’s society. Here, we see how the cruel dissolution and division of families for whatever reason blights society and can, in the worst cases, lead to interminable and internecine conflict. The religious inheritors of Ishmael and Isaac, Jews and Muslims, have far more in common than divides us. Yet modern banishments still afflict us. Shalom Joseph Shapira’s poem, Ishmael, My Brother, warns: “Time is running out, put hatred to sleep; shoulder-to-shoulder, let’s water our sheep.”
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Sela’s flying solo for Israel at French Open
Dudi Sela is set to be the only senior Israeli player who will be competing at this year’s French Open, which begins on Sunday. The 32-year-old’s (pictured) best ever appearance at Roland Garros saw him reach the second round of the competition in 2010 and 2012. Yoni Erlich’s participation in the doubles tournament is yet to be confirmed. There will though be Jewish interest in Paris with Argentine Diego Schwartzman and Italian Camila Giorgi taking part in the men’s and women’s singles competition respectively.
Gymnast takes leap of faith A young acrobatic gymnast has set his sights on becoming a European and World champion after he and his partner won the National gymnastics pairs finals in Stoke. Sam Santhouse, 13, along with nine-year-old partner Romilly Griffiths, qualified to represent the London region at the weekend, where competing against the other regions in the UK, came out on top against 110 other finalists to secure gold, meaning Sam is now the 2017 British Gymnastics Champion, in the grade 3 mixed pair event. Invited to skip a grade and go straight to competing at Level 5 (final development level), such was the level of his performance, the Year 8 Haberdashers pupil first took up recreational general gymnastics when he was eight. “By the time I was nine, I trialled for the acrobatic squad at Hendon”, he explains. “At first I didn’t make the cut but several months later, I got in and have now been competing competitively for around four years. I like acrobatic gymnastics, not only because it’s a pair performance, but because there is creative dance and choreography that we learn too.” Describing his latest win as “his most important to date”, he says: “Although it wasn’t international, it was extremely difficult to qualify and it gave me the title of National Champion. “My first reaction was surprise, because it was the highest score that we’d ever been given, and then I felt overwhelming relief, because I knew that Romilly and I had come first. The rest of the competition I was overwhelmed with happiness and I refused to take my gold medal off for two days.” Just as delighted with the win were Sam’s parents, Sara and Alistair. His mum said: “They worked really hard for this and their other achievements. What really drives them is not only their passion and commitment, but also the immense support they get from their other team members and their families. “Sam’s also hugely grateful to his previous coach Peter and current coach Perdie for all their guidance, and of course not forgetting all the lifts from the other parents in the squad as well as his grandparents.”
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Hibernian manager Neil Lennon says he’s hoping to sign goalkeeper Ofir Marciano on a permanent contract. The Israeli national number one spent last season on loan in Edinburgh, from Ligat Ha’al side Ashdod.
Toronto Blue Jays’ center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended by his club for two games after shouting an anti-gay slur at an opposing pitcher during their match against the Atlanta Braves. He later apologised, telling reporters: “I was ashamed. I regret saying it, I’m going to be used as an example of how words can really offend a lot of people.”
CHINA Sam and Romilly in action on way to winning gold in Stoke
Looking ahead to what he hopes to achieve in the future, Sam adds: “We’re moving up two levels for the competitions next season. We’re training with a club in Israel this summer, then plan to compete at the Maia International Acro Cup in Portugal in March and aspire to eventually become European and World champions!”
Eran Zahavi moved to the top of the Chinese Super League goalscoring chart after he scored his ninth goal of the season in Guangzhou R&F’s 2-2 draw at Beijing Guoan. The team currently sit in fourth spot, seven points off the top of the table.
Israeli gymnasts won three medals at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Osijek. Artem Dolgopyat claimed silver in the Men’s floor exercise, while there were bronze wins for Eyal Glazer in the Still Rings and Andrey Medvedev in the vault
Israeli Daniel Bluman rode his way to victory at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid. The fourth round of the 15-event Championship, the tournament hosted nine of the world’s top ten show jumpers, as the 27-year-old, riding the shortstriding Bacara d’Archonfosse, finished in a time of 38.07s.
Gilly Haimovich and Ilan Vrgynsqy came back from the Taekwondo World Championships in Chisinau with two medals. Haimovich was runner-up in the 63kg event, with Vrgynsqy finishing third in the 68kg tournament.
Sinai secures historic trophy win
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Sinai Jewish Primary School have become the first Jewish school to win the inter-borough Brent Cup football tournament. Two goals from Ollie Tibber, plus strikes from Alex Brickman and Max Frankel saw them win the final 4-0.
Lions claim league & cup double
Wycombe star visits kids’ academy
London Lions B beat St John’s Wood Tigers 2-0 in the Nathan Horwitz MMFL Division 2 Cup. Replayed after Lions fielded an ineligible player in their initial 6-0 win, Craig Henry and Danny Schindler were both on target, while Henry was also named the Peter Moss Man-of-the-Match.
Wycombe Wanderers footballer Scott Kashket recently visited the SFC (Skill, Football, Control) Academy, who are celebrating their second year anniversary. The brainchild of professional football coach Scott Shulton, three camps help teach hundreds of kids football knowledge, skills and expertise.
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Win some, lose some! Raiders men’s team beat Masters in inter-club cup final
North London Raiders C celebrate their cup win
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North London Raiders C manager Sam Rose hopes winning this season’s final piece of silverware will spur them on to greater success next year. Beating their Masters side 3-2 in the final of the MMFL/MGBSFL Invitational Trophy, the team finished last season in seventh place in Division Two, but Rose believes greater things await following this win. He said: “This was exactly what we were hoping for. I said this was the start of laying
down the foundations for next season and I still believe that is what this win represents. The players can take a huge amount of confidence in their performances over the second half of the season and carry that spirit and everything they’ve learnt into next. Whilst silverware is great, our priority next season will be an improved league performance first and foremost as we look to stamp our authority on the division in September.” His side seemed on course for a comfortable win, having found themselves 3-0 up through goals from Liam Stein, Josh Green and Josh Goldstein. However, the masters produced a spirited comeback, with two goals in five
minutes from Gideon Gold and Daniel Hodes, though it proved to be too little, too late. Admitting they weren’t at their best, Rose said: “We struggled at times in the latter stages of the second half, but overall we showed good defensive solidity. They gave us a really tough game, utilised the flanks and were unlucky at times – we had to fight for the victory.” Believing they deserved their victory, he said: “Even at 3-2, I know the mental strength of this team. But once we regrouped, I felt confident we could defend the result out or catch them on the break. I felt we deserved the victory, we took our chances. I’m incredibly proud of the team. The effort and tenacity
they’ve shown since the turn of the year has been rewarded by winning this competition.” Gracious in defeat, Masters joint-manager Elan Ovits said: “I would like to congratulate them on their well-deserved win. Having been three goals down in the second half with 30 minutes to go, my team made a gallant effort to get back into the game, but unfortunately, we just couldn’t find the equaliser due to some excellent goalkeeping.” Preferring to look back on what he called a ‘fantastic season’ for his side, he said: “We played some incredible football, winning the league for the third time in the past four seasons, and got through to another cup final.”
Lipman is crowned the Lions king
Austin Lipman was named London Lions Player of the Year
Former Arsenal and England youth player Austin Lipman has been crowned the London Lions First Team Player of the Year as the club ended an historic treble-winning season by holding their annual end of season awards evening. Lipman was an integral figure as Andy Landesberg’s side won the Herts Senior County League Premier Division, Centenary Trophy and Aubrey Cup, scoring 32 goals in 39 games, while also earning five man-of-the-match performances –
the joint-highest of any player over the course of the season. Described on the night as having “made a massive impact since arriving at the start of last season”, his “superb technical ability, eye for goal and attitude has helped take Lions to a new level.” Among the other winners for the club’s adult teams was Adam Burchell, who claimed the Young Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season. The first player to win the award on more than one occasion, chipping in with
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vital goals and assists throughout the season, he also scored a last minute winner to clinch the Cyril Ankekstein Cup for their Sunday ‘A’ team. Other winners saw James Gershfield claim the golden boot, having scored a club record 46 goals – despite missing the last couple of months through injury, while at the other end, David Myers scooped the Safe Hands award. Landesberg was unsurprisingly named Manager of the Year, having steered the club to its greatest ever season. Awards were also handed out
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for the junior teams, with Jake Jason, who plays for the U14 Whites named Junior Player of the Year, with U12 Whites Steve Gordon and Andy Miller named Junior Managers of the Year. Lions Head of Coaching Tony Gold said: “All the winners deserve massive credit. This is not solely about who is the best player, but the boys’ effort, attitude, commitment to playing the right way and with high standards of quality all form part of what impresses the coaches over the year.”