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Outrage mounts at Trump’s ‘evil’ travel crackdown Chief Rabbi leads condemnation of American president’s controversial policy towards seven Muslim states

There was a unanimous chorus of condemnation from British Jews this week, angry and upset at Donald Trump’s US entry ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries. A wave of criticism has swept across the world in response to the new American president’s executive order, with virtually all sections of the Jewish community united in protest. Addressing World Jewish Relief’s annual dinner, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis laid into Trump’s decision to ban entry to those from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Iran, which has already seen hundreds of people turned away from planes and ports. Mirvis said this was “discrimination based totally on religion or nationality,” adding: “We as Jews, perhaps more than any others, know what it is like to be the victims of discrimination. In Judaism, when it comes to acts of benevolence, we recognise no borders.” Alongside Mirvis stood Prince Charles who, in what many saw as a thinly-veiled

criticism of Trump, said the lessons of the Second World War were in “increasing danger” of being forgotten. On Tuesday a group of 30 British progressive rabbis wrote in The Times that the order “incited and legalised hatred”. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush, who was criticised for “welcoming” Trump’s election, condemned the “misconceived” ban as “indiscriminate and unjust,” as it indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee programme and stops other refugees from seeking asylum for 120 days. He said: “Proper checks need to be balanced with compassion towards the plight of those fleeing for their lives… This is a dismaying beginning to a new US administration.” Speaking on Channel Five, he added: “America has sent a message that is taken as a gesture of evil intent towards Muslims because of the country they live in.” People across the world have protested against the Continued on page 10



Jewish News 2 February 2017

News / Annual CST figures announced

Anti-Semitism at highest level • •

Anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party Deputy reached “unprecedented” Leader Tom Watson MP levels in 2016, after a rise of described the latest figures 36 percent in the number of as “extremely distressing”, Antisemitic Incidents Report 2016 7 incidents. while John Mann MP, the • •Following EMBARGO UNTILchair THURSDAY 2 ParFEBRUARY 2017 AT 00.01 • • Thursday’s of the All-Party release of its annual figures, liamentary Group Against identity. In addition, many incidents • In 41 antisemitic incidents, the victims the Community Security Antisemitism, saidreligious the stado not involve face-to-face contact between were Jewish students, academics or Trust (CST) said there were tistics were “very worrying”. other student bodies, compared to 21 offender and victim so it is not always now more than twice as Labour MP Mann blamed such incidents recorded in 2015. Of the 41 possible to obtain a physical description of many anti-Semitic incidents “the rise of nationalist popincidents recorded in this sector in 2016, 17 the offender. Where there is no face-to-face per month than four years ulism” as well as the “failure contact, it would be a mistake to assume to took place on campus, while there were 24 ago, with the level of hatred to boldly oppose anti-Semknow the ethnicity or religion of an incident incidents that affected students, academics eclipsing that seen during itism,” a comment seen as the location of the reporter, offender on the basis of the abusive language or student bodies off campus. Two of the 41 the Gaza War in 2014. critical of his party leader, not the offence. they use. Bearing in mind these caveats, incidents recorded in this sector were in the While charity bosses said Jeremy Corbyn. Overall, there was a huge category of Assault, one of which occurred CST does provide data regarding the ethnic incidents were now far more CST chief executive David 55 percent increase in the on campus, while 35 were in the category of appearance of incident offenders, and the likely to be reported, they Delew said: “While Jewish amount of online abuse discourse they use to abuse or threaten Jews. Abusive Behaviour. were nevertheless left gob- life in this country remains being recorded, with 287 smacked by the huge and overwhelmingly • CST positive, incidents overall. received a physical description • CST is often asked by journalists and sustained increase, with this heightened level of antiMore worryingly, the of the incident offender in 499, or 38 members of the public to identify the 1,309 incidents Semitism worrying number of incidents classed cent, of the 1,309 antisemitic incidents ethnic orreported religiouslast background of is deeplyper year – the highest on record. and it appears to be getting as ‘abusive behaviour and incident offenders . CST will ask incident recorded during 2016. Of these, 274 This victims compares to 960 worse… Some people clearly threats’ was 1,006, which is or witnesses if they can describe offenders (55 per cent) were described as incidents 2015orand 1,182 feel more confident to European’; “the highest CST has ever thein person, people, who committed ‘White – North 21 offenders (4 the yearthe before, when Israel express anti-Semitism recordedas ‘White in those categoWriting for Jewish News incident they are reporting, but thistheir is per cent) were described – South launched military action publicly than they did in the ries”. this week, CST director difficult and imprecise: many antisemitic European’; 75 offenders (15 per cent) were against incidents militant groups past.” There were 107 ‘violent Mark Gardner urged the involve public encounters where described as ‘Black’; 96 offenders (19 per in the theGaza Strip, More than half cent) of allwere UKdescribed anti-Semitic assaults,’ the community to “balance the antisemitic abusepromay be generic, as ‘South Asian’; 2 voking brief a strong backlash incidents highest level since 2010, negatives against the daily and sometimes non-verbal. While it iswere reported offendersin (0.4 per cent) were described against possible Jewishto collect communiLondon, although for online but none were classed as reality of Jewish life, which I data regarding the ethnic as ‘Far East or South East Asian’; and 31 ties across the world, someincidents, such asoffenders hateful violence,’asmeaning hope for most of us, most of appearance of incident offenders, this data is (6 per‘extreme cent) were described thing the charity messages grievous bodily harm or the time, is overwhelmingly not direct evidencecalled of the offenders’ ethnicleft or on social ‘Arabmedia or North African’. a “trigger event”. sites, London may represent threats to life. positive”. In seeking to explain the figures, Gardner said there was “a big worrying trend NUMBER OF INCIDENTS, 2011-2016 being called populism, used RECORD HIGH OF to explain everything from 1,182 Jeremy Corbyn to Brexit to Donald Trump.” INCIDENTS 960 He added: “In relation to anti-Semitism, this rests upon notions such as ‘us versus them’ and blaming 650 609 unspecified ‘elites’ for the 535 complicated and troubled state of the world.” Meanwhile, Barnet Council this week became the first UK local authority to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. Graphic highlighting the shocking rise in anti-Semitic attacks since 2011 At a meeting on Tuesday


Councillor readmitted Camden’s Labour representatives have united in disapproval after a man was re-admitted to the Labour Party with a formal written warning, following his suspension for inflammatory statements. Terence Flanagan was accused of comparing councillors to Goebbels, claiming Israeli spies were behind a strategy to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and saying supporters of Israel were “polluting” the Labour Party. Speaking to the Camden

New Journal, Flanagan said he felt fully “vindicated” and the accusations were “fraudulent”. This week every Labour councillor, together with Assembly Member Andrew Dismore and MP Tulip Siddiq, wrote to the newspaper arguing that, on the contrary, Flanagan had not been vindicated. “The party clearly upheld the complaint of anti-Semitism and other abusive behaviour against him,” they said.

Anti-Semitic incidents, such as graffiti with racist messages and a brick marked with a swastika, have risen by 36 percent

evening, motions from both Labour councillor Barry Rawlings and Conservative councillor Brian Gordon called for the definition to be adopted and were agreed unanimously by cross-party councillors at the meeting. Rawlings’ motion states: “Council expresses alarm at the rise in anti-Semitism in recent years across the UK. “This includes incidents when criticism of Israel has been expressed using anti-Semitic tropes.” He said: “Barnet has the largest Jewish population in the country, and it is right and proper that we are the

first local authority to adopt this definition of anti-Semitism.” The definition is supported by the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and European Jewish Congress.




Broadcaster Esther Rantzen and art historian Anne Webber were named as award recipients at this year’s Jewish Care Woman of Distinction Lunch. The event, which took place at the Institute of Directors, was attended by 180 women and helped raise £55,000 to fund services and activities for residents of Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House. Dame Rantzen, who was handed the award by Leah Phillips, a resident of Sidney Corob home, was honoured for her work in founding ChildLine 30 years ago, as well as The Silver Line, a charitable organisation that launched four years ago as a confidential helpline for older people.

Israel has said it will take 100 orphaned children fleeing the civil war in Syria, in the first sign that the country’s stance of refugees from war-torn Arab neighbours may be easing. In an announcement Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said he had ordered the Population and Immigration Authority “to begin contacts with relevant agencies on allowing the absorption of children who have survived the fighting in Syria”. While plans are still at an early stage, the ministry said Israel “will be able to absorb approximately 100 orphaned children, thus facilitating their rehabilitation”.

Israel critic Jackie Walker, the former vice-chair of the left-wing Momentum group, is to attend a disciplinary investigation meeting on Friday. Walker made inflammatory comments at a meeting in an anti-Semitism training event in September, complaining that Holocaust Memorial Day did not represent victims of other genocides and saying she had not yet found a definition of the world’s oldest hatred with which she could work. In a Facebook post this week, she revealed her first disciplinary investigation meeting with Labour’s Compliance Unit would be held on Friday, and implied that the result was predetermined.

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PLANS FOR FURTHER 3,000 HOMES IN THE WEST BANK Israel this week announced plans to build a further 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, pressing forward with a construction drive that began after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president. The announcement comes days after the government approved an initial 2,500 homes in the West Bank and hundreds more in East Jerusalem and as Israel uprooted the illegal Amona settlement outpost. Israel’s Defence Ministry said the latest construction was approved by Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel’s military ordered residents of Amona to evacuate the area within 48 hours, days before a deadline for its demolition that threatens to destabilise Netanyahu’s government. Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that Amona was built on private Palestinian land and must be demolished. It later set 8 February as the final date for Amona to be destroyed.

STUDENTS FACING SANCTION OVER UCL ANTI-ISRAEL DEMO Five students at University College London (UCL) are to face a disciplinary panel after a confrontation on campus in October, when a former Israeli soldier arrived to speak to pro-Israel students. Jewish representatives, in a joint statement issued this week, said it would serve as “a warning to anyone considering indulging in such activity again.” A report into the event showed the clash could have been avoided had UCL bosses not overruled two prior decisions by the Student Union not to hold the event on security grounds. The circumstances leading up to the Friends of Israel Society event were outlined in a report by Professor Geraint Rees, dean of UCL’s Faculty of Life Sciences. In it, he blamed the society for misrepresenting the nature of the event, the speaker and the security requirements, but said the university’s president and vice-provost overturned the union’s decision not to host the event, which attracted protests from pro-Palestinian student groups, after the society advertised it. This led to scenes of confronta-

May meeting Bibi in London next week Theresa May is set to hold talks with Benjamin Netanyahu in London on Monday, according to Israeli media. The meeting would be the first between the two prime ministers since May entered Number 10 last summer. It comes one month after Jerusalem said it would limit foreign trips by Israeli ministers to countries that voted for the UN Security Council resolution against settlements. Israeli sources were at the time forced to deny reports Netanyahu would refuse to meet his British counterpart on the fringes of the Davos conference – a meeting he didn’t attend himself in the end. Netanyahu meets Donald Trump in Washington on 15 February.

Pro-Palestinian student groups clashed with pro-Israeli groups at UCL

tion, and students climbing through windows to get into the venue. Several pro-Israel students later said they were “assaulted”, but these complaints were either withdrawn or found to be unsubstantiated. Rees said both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students were being antagonistic. “There was a hostile and tense atmosphere, with verbal hostility and flag-waving from both groups,” he wrote, “but no physical violence or damage to property.” Rees took issue with those singing, “From the river to the sea,

Palestine will be free” which, he said “appears to be calling for the destruction of Israel” and “could be considered anti-Semitic”. He advised disciplinary action be considered for five (unnamed) students, adding that the demonstration represented “a sustained attempt to prevent free speech on campus within the law that went beyond a legitimate vigorous protest”. UCL Friends of Israel Society said it “welcomes the result of the investigation into the disgraceful scenes of intimidation and harassment”.

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Unveiled: 10 emotive designs hoping to be UK’s Shoah memorial Downing Street this week announced its shortlist of top architects from around the world vying to deliver the nation’s new Holocaust memorial


hese are the 10 powerfully evocative designs being considered for the new national Holocaust memorial and learning centre next to the Houses of Parliament. The Holocaust Memorial Foundation this week revealed the blueprints, produced by some of the world’s top architects and artists, for an iconic facility to be erected beneath a new national memorial in Westminster. After a competition including 92 teams from 26 countries around the world, an exhibition of the finalists’ concepts was held in Downing Street last week, with the winner announced this summer. The facility, in Victoria Tower Gardens, will include testimony from British survivors and liberators and were key proposals of David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission. He revealed the site of the memorial in January. Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation tasked by the government to deliver the memorial, said: “This important new memorial will honour victims and survivors of Nazi persecution, educate

future generations about the dangers of where prejudice and hatred can lead and serve as a powerful statement of our values as a nation.” Prime Minister Theresa May said: “There will be much debate and discussion in the consultation over the next few months – and I encourage you all to get involved. But one thing is certain. I will see to it that Britain will have that national memorial and education centre – standing proudly and permanently as a testament to our values right next to Parliament.” She added that the centre would include the testimony of Britain’s Shoah survivors “so their voices will live on long after we are all gone”. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “With such an exceptional shortlist I’ve no doubt the new memorial will stand as a fitting tribute.” Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said: “This will be an exciting opportunity to create a memorial of lasting significance to Britain and to honour the memories of so many.” Have your say on these designs. Email ukhmf@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

FOSTER + PARTNERS AND MICHAL ROVNER (UK) ‘Projected images of an endless procession of human figures resonate with exodus or a human text that seems to go on forever like the unspoken testimonies.’

ADJAYE ASSOCIATES (UK) ‘Our proposal aims to reveal these layers not through a static symbol commemorating the past, but through an organic living monument that evolves over time, capable of both affecting and being affected by its users.’



‘The concept of our proposal is based on the understanding that a strong simple gesture has a strong visual and cognitive impact.’

‘The sculpture brings natural light into the largest and most memorable of these spaces – the “Hall of Voices” – where visitors will hear the first-hand testimony of Holocaust survivors.’

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DIAMOND SCHMITT ARCHITECTS (CANADA) ‘The subtlety of the design of the UK Holocaust memorial gradually reveals the power of the opposing forces that created the descent into a horror of hitherto unimaginable scale.’

ALLIED WORKS (US) ‘Our proposal for the memorial is not an object, but the creation of a sacred space to serve the voices of survivors.’

LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS (FINLAND) AND DAVID MORLEY ARCHITECTS (UK) ‘The structures extending from the memorial into thelearning cntre together with other rusty steel and concrete surfaces make one functional, artistic and emotional entity.’

JOHN MCASLAN + PARTNERS AND MASS DESIGN GROUP (UK) ‘The act of taking a stone symbolises our individual and collective commitment to remembrance. This is our memorial proposal. Six million stones placed at, and then taken from, the centre of London.’



‘The memorial communicates a shadow that has been cast forever on the history of civilisation. Visitors carry this shadow with them as they journey underground.’

‘The memorial is an ear, that connects visitors with the voices and testimonies of those who experienced the Holocaust.’



Jewish News 2 February 2017

News/ Prince Charles’ Jewish week

Yavneh’s Royal wave for a popular prince

The Prince of Wales is greeted by pupils during his Yavneh College visit

“How do you fit in work in between?” joked His Royal Highness. “The extra curricula stuff is remarkable.” He took his seat in a circle of pupils creating balloon crowns for young people with special needs, making his own and placing it on his head to the delight of the assembled photographers. Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman of GIFT, which operates social action projects in Jewish schools, said he had in mind one particularly special boy to whom he hoped to present the ‘royal’ crown. In front of an audience including hundreds of pupils and dignitaries including Lords Levy and Polak and

local MP Oliver Dowden, teenagers of various faiths spoke about how their traditions encouraged helping others. Work by an Israel artist bearing the school’s motto ‘The world is built on kindness’ was then presented to the prince. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “In a context where faith communities often feel there is a lack of appreciation for the invaluable role their schools play in creating a fairer society, the presence of His Royal Highness at Yavneh College provides us with an opportunity to celebrate faith as a powerful force for good.”

PRINCE CHARLES PRAISES CHARITY FOR ITS EXAMPLE Prince Charles has spoken of how his grandmother sheltering a Jewish family during the Shoah helped inspire his work with all faiths – as he warned that the lessons of the Second World War were in “increasing danger” of being forgotten. The heir to the throne was speaking to hundreds of supporters of World Jewish Relief (WJR) at the charity’s annual dinner at the Guildhall on Monday night. In a passionate address, he said: “The work of World Jewish Relief allows us to rally together to do what we can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually, particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten” – a comment seen by some as criticism of Donald Trump. He referred to WJR’s work with impoverished Jews in Ukraine as well as those fleeing the horrors of Syria and agricultural entrepreneurs in Rwanda, which has also suffered genocide. “In reaching beyond your own community, you set an example for us all of true compassion and friendship,” said the prince, who is a

WJR patron. The man who said he wanted to be a “defender of faith” told how religion “empowers” rather than limits and suggested his and his family’s links with the Jewish community had helped inspire his efforts to reach across communities. He referred to Princess Alice’s work in sheltering a Jewish family during the war, for which she was recognised as Righteous Among the Nations, and his attendance in the 1960s at a school where he was taught by Jewish immigrants. “I’ve not forgotten their wisdom and dignity,” he said. The prince hailed Shoah survivor Ben Helfgott, saying he showed the “extraordinary grace and strength you’d expect from someone who captained the British weightlifting team at the Olympics”. He added: “Ben and others like him, who have endured persecution, are a reminder of the danger of forgetting lessons of the past.” The prince’s association with the charity dates back more than a decade and it was his meetings with survivors in Krakow that inspired WJR to establish a community centre in the city, which Charles opened in 2008. The prince added it



“Every child has a talent – it is our job to find out what it is.” That was the mantra of Dr Dena Coleman, the first and founding headteacher of Yavneh College, who so tragically passed away in 2013. It was those words that ran through my mind as we welcomed the Prince of Wales to our school, at the start of a year in which we celebrate our tenth anniversary. I have never felt as proud or confident that Dena’s legacy endures than when watching Prince Charles interact with Yavneh students – each one enthusiastically sharing with him their unique passion for Jewish education and social responsibility. It is remarkable to think that we started in 2006 with barely 90 children. We were ambitious even then and it was always Dena’s dream to open a primary school to complement the secondary school. Our application for funding to open a primary school was turned down in 2011, but we persevered and, fast forward to last September, we finally opened Yavneh Primary School with our first cohort of 60 wonderful children who

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A collective groan rang out through a packed hall at news Prince Charles was leaving Yavneh College, writes Justin Cohen. It was an endearing sign of the delight and enthusiasm with which the school’s pupils mingled and chatted with the heir to the throne during his 105-minute visit to the school, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. But it was clear that admiration was a two-way street. “Clearly the school is going to produce some very special people. As I get older and older, I shall look forward to seeing what you all go on to do,” he told pupils after joining the Chief Rabbi to unveil a plaque marking the visit. “You will make a great contribution to the future of this country and it is down to the education and encouragement you’ve had here.” After arriving at the Borehamwood school to a rapturous welcome from students waving Union Jack flags, the Prince saw first-hand how social action, including through a partnership with the Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade, is an integral part of life in Jewish schools. In one room he observed a production line of pupils creating mobile phone covers for sick children at Watford General Hospital and in another he heard about the One People project, for which students help three charities – one inside the community, one outside and one in Israel.


was all about “doing things not just talking about them, about supporting local communities and not imposing solutions from outside. Not just supporting those from your own community but people irrespective of faith. I could not be more delighted by my long association with WJR.” The dinner was hosted by Emily Maitlis and other speakers included the Chief Rabbi and honorary president Nigel Layton. The latter said Prince Charles had “enabled a modern-day miracle” with his idea for a community centre that now boasts more than 600 members. Speaking via a video message, comedian James Corden joked that he was inundated with requests to address Jewish charity dinners. The Jewish community, he said, “love charity and they love dinner. What next… the Jewish pet society?”

welcomed His Royal Highness this week with wide smiles and Union Jack flags. Dena, together with the Jewish studies team, recognised the importance of Jewish education not simply running in parallel to secular studies but being an integral part of what Yavneh College is and infusing every aspect of school life. Outstanding formal religious education is coupled with the most creative informal Jewish education to instil in our students a sense of enthusiasm for their identity. But more than that, since its inception, Yavneh College has placed particular emphasis on community service – both within the Jewish community and without. This week, students proudly displayed for HRH and the Chief Rabbi the toys they were making for a children’s hospital ward, the food being prepared for a food bank, their interfaith projects and volunteering efforts. Under the inspirational leadership of our headteacher, Spencer Lewis, Jewish life, academic excellence and community service are, more than ever, the three defining characteristics of Yavneh College. I have no doubt that was what caught the Prince’s attention and I know just how proud Dena would be that her dream has been realised.

JLGB band receives award at the palace Young Jewish musicians were among those honoured with a trip to Buckingham Palace this week after scooping an award for social action. The Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade’s Redbridge Band were recognised by the Youth United Network alongside 10 other uniformed youth groups at a reception attended by the Prince of Wales. The band, which is based at Kantor King Solomon High School in Redbridge, was given the additional honour of performing in the Throne Room. It has over generations helped create thousands of young musicians who perform at civic and community events across the country, including the AJEX parade honouring fallen soldiers and at Remembrance Sunday parades. JLGB Chief Executive Neil Martin, who returns to the palace on Friday to collect his OBE, said: “There are some places in the world where because of your faith, culture or beliefs you can’t even enter. “Yet, in stark contrast, we were honoured as proud British Jews to perform in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace in the presence of The Prince of Wales to celebrate the amazing achievements of young people and adult volunteers. It reminds you how fortunate we truly are.”


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Jewish News 2 February 2017

News / Fascism fears / Tonge on J-TV / Picture imperfect

Brendan Cox ‘scarred’ by xenophobia The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox said he had observed a rising feeling of xenophobia in Europe “long before hatred and fascism scarred my own family”, writes Francine Wolfisz. Speaking at The Anne Frank Trust’s annual lunch, international campaigner Brendan Cox revealed that he and his late wife had grown concerned about how the EU had been handling the migrant crisis and “what had happened to tolerance in our world”. He said: “This reaction wasn’t specific to refugees, it was part of a much wider, more violent reaction against otherness that had been growing under the surface for years. Last year was not some sudden shift, it was simply the year in which we pulled back the covers and began to realise the extent of the decay.” Cox, a former Save The Children executive, has worked with refugees in conflict zones, including Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia. Four years ago, he visited Auschwitz with his wife, “to understand better what – at his worst – man is capable of. We spent a day there, seeking to comprehend how something like this could come about”. He added: “What all these genocides have in common is not how they were conducted. It’s how they started. They didn’t

start with tanks, machetes or gas chambers, they started with prejudice. That prejudice turned into hatred, that hatred became fuelled with anger, that anger turned into violence and in each of those countries that violence became systematic.” Seven months after his 41-year-old wife was brutally murdered by white supremacist Thomas Mair, the father-of-two became visibly emotional as he revealed his life now was “dedicated” to “bathing our children in love, giving them the security, the adventure and joy that children should find in life”, as well as to bringing a sense of unity back to society. “It’s very possible that 2016 could go down as a historic turning point, the year that the UK and Europe turned in a direction from which it could not come back.

But it could also be the wake-up call that we needed, the shattering of our complacency and a catalyst to bring our country back together again around the things that unite us.” Echoing these sentiments, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid called on society to “strive for a world in which our differences make no difference”. Revealing he had suffered racial abuse while at school, Javid added: “Hatred of people who are different is nothing new. What’s different today is we have no excuses for not tackling it.” Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Javid also announced £375,000 would be made available to encourage the reporting and prevention of hate crime. Last summer, the government pledged £1 million for projects aimed at young people as part of its Hate Crime Action Plan. The event, at London Hilton on Park Lane concluded with memorial candles lit by Shoah survivor Susan Pollack (pictured), refugee support worker Musa Hassan Ali, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and Martina, a young Anne Frank Ambassador originally from Poland, in tribute to Arek Jozwik, the victim of a racially motivated murder in Harlow last August.

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Baroness Jenny Tonge has called for an investigation into financial meddling in British politics by proIsrael groups, citing the Friends of Israel organisations and think-tank BICOM as potential culprits. In an interview with Henry Jackson Society director Alan Mendoza for J-TV, Tonge (pictured) apologised for past comments in which she said pro-Israel groups had the western world in their “financial grips” but said she thought money might be changing hands in the UK. Challenged on her statements, she said: “I will accept that was a bit over the top, it was exaggerated, and it has all sorts of connotations. I do apologise for saying that. But ...there is a lot of interference in the political processes in America and this country. Money is changing hands. And that does worry me.” Asked for details, given that political donations are regulated and transparent, she said:

“I’ve been in a political party for long enough to know there are ways round these things.” Asked if there were secret funds, she said: “There could be.” Tonge invited someone to “prove me wrong,” saying: “I would like for someone to find out what BICOM is there for,” that it “might be” funnelling money into British politics, but acknowledged she had no evidence of this. “It’s the way everyone backs off if a criticism is made of Israel, everyone is afraid of ... supporting the Palestinians.” She asked why “80 percent of Conservative MPs” and lots of people in the Labour Party belong to the Friends of Israel. “There’s no other country where that applies. ... I just don’t like the influence, from any lobby.” Tonge revealed she was an initial supporter of Israel. “I believe in Israel’s right to exist, and I wish it every success [but] it cannot go on with its policies of injustice towards the Palestinians.”

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An antique shop in Hackney has defended displaying a portrait of Nazi-era British fascist leader Oswald Mosley after shopper complaints. M.Goldstein, which specialises in art and antiques, is located in Hackney Road and featured the large painting on a wall clearly seen from the street. A man who answered the shop’s phone declined to give his name but said the painting had been taken down. When asked why it had been on public display, he said: “I deal in art and antiques. It’s a piece of art. It’s not what I’m about – I’ve not got any right-wing tendencies. As much

Portrait of Mosley in Hackney shop window

as it’s of Mosley, it’s like a Maoist portrait, like a bit of propaganda in an Andy Warhol [style].” Mosely was leader of the UK fascist movement. Hitler attended his Berlin wedding in 1936.

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Community anger at Trump ban Continued from page 1 measure, many descending on airports, while at 10 Downing Street, Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich spoke at a protest on Monday evening. “American Jews have also opposed the closed-door approach to those from war-torn countries, with the Anti-Defamation League calling it “a sad moment in American history, the time when the president turned his back on people fleeing for their lives”. HIAS, founded as the Hebrew

A Jewish protest near Downing St

Immigrant Aid Society in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, said a Jewish Iranian man and his mother were among the first casualties of the executive order. Mark Hetfield, its chief executive, said Trump’s ban – announced on the eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day – was a “tragic irony,” adding: “The entire refugee convention came out of the Holocaust and the failure of the international community to protect Jews and survivors.” Another stinging rebuke came from AJC, an American Jewish advocacy organisation and partner of the Board of Deputies. In a tweet, it said: “We are outraged by the new US refugee policy, its draconian face, + its national + religious stigmatization! This is not the American way.” In the UK, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said: “Discriminatory language just adds fuel to discourse and just adds fuel to this kind of language.” Mia Hasenson-Gross, of Jewish human rights group René Cassin, said the ban was “cruel, disproportionate and runs counter to international humanitarian law”.

People in Jerusalem protest against President Donald Trump’s divisive executive order

She added: “The fact this ban was announced on International Holocaust Memorial Day should be a reminder as to the tragic consequences of turning away vulnerable people. We stand in solidarity with those who are fleeing for their lives.” In a timely reminder, a video emerged this week in which the late Jewish grandmother of President Trump’s son-in-law is heard

lamenting America’s refusal to accept Jews facing persecution. Jared Kushner, 36, Trump’s senior adviser, had his position questioned from beyond the grave by his Polishborn grandmother, Rae Kushner, who – in a recording from 1982 – laments America’s failure to offer refuge to Jews fleeing persecution, saying: “The doors of the world were closed to us.” But a Reuters/Ipsos poll this week

found that more Americans were in favour of the ban than were against, after 31 percent said they felt “more safe” because of it, compared to 26 percent who said they felt “less safe”. However, Jewish celebrities added their voices to the protests, with Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Simon Helberg, Jon Stewart and Judd Apatow broadcasting their outrage to millions of online followers.

May urges Corbyn to ‘stand WE OF ALL PEOPLE KNOW DANGERS OF ALLOWING NEGATIVE ATTITUDES up’ against Israel travel bans Theresa May has called on Jeremy Corbyn to “stand up and condemn” discrimination against Israeli citizens by Arab states. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May responded to Theresa Villiers MP, who noted: “Most of the countries covered by the Trump ban have a total exclusion on the admission of Israeli citizens.” May said Parliament “should be aware of the discrimination and the ban that exists around the world, particularly for those who are Israeli citizens.” She added: “We don’t agree with that approach and it’s not an approach that we will be taking. I wait for the day the Right Honourable gentleman opposite actually stands up and condemns it too.” A spokesperson for the Labour leader said: “Jeremy opposes all immigration bans based on religion, ethnicity or country of origin. “In relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict, he supports a negotiated settlement based on UN resolutions to bring an end to and resolve all


Radio presenter James O’Brien has caused a stir by suggesting Arab states are right to impose travel bans on Israeli passport-holders. The broadcaster used his LBC show on Tuesday to tackle the uproar caused by Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries. Appearing to defend similar bans imposed by a number of Muslim states on Israelis, he said: “Some Arab countries, some Muslim countries,



Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions

aspects of the conflict.” On Tuesday London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned travel bans based on nationality including those of Israelis – hours before he hosted ambassadors from countries that do just that. He was accused of double standards on by London Assembly Member Andrew Boff. He said: “I hope the mayor will use tonight’s reception to highlight discrimination faced by Israelis.” accept the UN’s judgment that Israel is guilty of war crimes and take a decision to sanction that sovereign government in Israel with a restriction of travel for its citizens until that sovereign government falls into line with international law.” O’Brien was later challenged by a caller called Sammy, who said: “You state that countries ban Israelis due to war crimes, but the first UN resolution connected to Israeli military action was in 1952. The majority of those Arab countries banned Israelis and didn’t recognise Israel from 1948. It’s got nothing to do with military action.”

Our Jewish values and history teach us it is essential people are treated as individuals and that specific nationalities and religions must never be stereotyped or demonised. We of all people know the dangers of allowing negative attitudes about groups to prevail. Once these attitudes become openly expressed, there is no stopping them from spreading. They pollute our public discourse, divide individuals as well as communities, make people feel angry and marginalised. They damage community cohesion and our sense of fairness, the upholding of human rights and concern for the vulnerable. For all these reasons, JCORE has written an open letter to Theresa May calling on the UK government to put immediate pressure on Donald Trump to rescind draconian measures that indefinitely prevent Syrian refugees from

seeking refuge in the United States and stopping other refugees from seeking asylum for 120 days. It is gratifying to see Jewish organisations on both sides of the Atlantic condemn these executive orders and it is particularly good to see Muslim and Jewish organisations joining together in the US to combat them. I hope Muslims and Jews in the UK will also unite. The same day Trump announced banning people from predominantly Muslim countries, there was an item on the news about a south London shul raising money for a flat for Syrian refugees. The symbolism could not be starker. Many have also commented on the symbolism of these anti-refugee and anti-Muslim measures being announced on Holocaust Memorial Day. We need to join with others and reinvigorate the refugee welcome movement and make sure Britain honours its commitment to have a fair asylum system, so people can have safe and legal routes to come and live here with dignity. Will you join us?  Sign the petition at jcore.org.uk

UK rabbis: Order ‘legalises hate’ More than 30 progressive British rabbis this week accused president Donald Trump of “inciting and legalising hatred”, following his executive order effectively banning Muslims from entering the US from seven Islamic countries. In a letter published in Tuesday’s Times, Liberal and Reform rabbis – including Laura Janner-Klausner and Rabbis Alexandra Wright, Richard Jacobi, Dr Jackie Tabick and Jonathan

Romain –warned about the dangers of “institutionalised hatred” going “unchallenged”, in light of Holocaust Memorial Day last week. They wrote: “We stand alongside our Muslim cousins as they face the consequences – both direct and indirect – of President Trump’s executive order. By effectively banning many Muslims from entering the United States, Donald Trump is inciting and legalising hatred.”

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School places / Court battle / Celeb Megillah / News

JCoSS and JFS set to provide more places Two Jewish secondary schools are set to increase the number of places available for the coming year to meet rising demand. Following a meeting of Jewish schools, JCoSS in Barnet will provide an additional 30 places, increasing the school’s year size to 210 students. JFS in Kenton, the largest Jewish secondary school in Europe, said it is “in a position to offer an additional bulge class should the need arise”. The move is part of a “community-wide strategy for increasing provision”, subject to approval and funding, according to Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJes). The proposal must receive support from the Department of Education and local authorities. In a joint statement, JFS executive headteacher Deborah Lipkin and JCoSS headteacher Patrick Moriarty, said: “We are committed to increasing the capacity of Jewish school places for September 2017. While we could never make certain that every Jewish student who wants a place in a Jewish school is guaranteed a place, the increased flexibility should drastically reduce the number of families who are unsuccessful. “We will continue to work with our colleagues at other Jewish schools to effectively plan for the future. The level of communication

Schools like JCoSS look to boost intake

between the Jewish schools is unprecedented and this bodes well for the future of the sector.” The meeting was convened by PaJes, whose executive director, Rabbi David Meyer said: “It is a reflection of the determination and community spirit of our school leaders that a solution has been found that will see our schools collaborate in order to best ensure that every Jewish child has a place in a Jewish school.” Meanwhile, JCoSS has proposed several changes to the curriculum, including a shorter working day Monday to Thursday, languages to be optional at GCSE and a reduction in the overall number of GCSEs taken. A decision will be made in March and implemented in September, after consultation with staff, students and parents.

Transgender dad loses court battle A father of five who began a new life as a woman after leaving a strictly-Orthodox Jewish community has lost a court fight over her children. The woman had not seen the youngsters since leaving the North Manchester Charedi Jewish community about 18 months ago and said she wanted to be “sensitively re-introduced” to them. But her estranged wife said allowing the children to see their father could cause their ostracism by the community. A judge has concluded the children should not see their father – but should be allowed to

exchange letters and cards. Mr Justice Peter Jackson had analysed the case at a private family court hearing in Manchester last year and announced his decision in a ruling published on Monday. His decision, he said, was made on the basis of what would be in the children’s best interests. He said: “The reason the father has had no contact with the children is to be found in the attitude of the community to people in her position”. He had, “with real regret”, decided the children should not see him, adding: “The gulf between these parents – the mother within the ultra-Orthodox community and the father as a transgender person – is too wide for the children to bridge.” His ruling was not a “failure to uphold

THE MEGILLAH, BY MADONNA Osama bin Laden, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and Madonna are among the celebrities portrayed in a speciallydesigned Purim Megillah that is due to auctioned on Tuesday. Figures are represented as caricatures of famous politicians and celebrities, including Madonna as Queen Esther – complete with blonde hair and green eyeshadow – Osama bin Laden as Haman, Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat as his cronies and George Bush as King Achashverosh. Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac and Kofi Anan are also depicted in the Megillah, which is on sale through Jerusalem’s

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In terms of timing, it wasn’t ideal. Just hours before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the world stands to say ‘Never Again,’ Donald Trump slammed the door on those fleeing persecution, and started talking about deportations, attacking ‘refuge’ cities in the US. You don’t need to be a doe-eyed liberal or bleeding-heart Jew to see that a ban on those from seven Muslim countries is crass at best, racist at worst. You don’t need to have dedicated your life to social-action, interfaith relations and eating lentils to realise that this is nasty ethno-centric populism. And you don’t need to be in the ISIS Propaganda Unit to get angry about it. Donald Trump, our own prime minister’s new best transatlantic friend, is only doing what he needs to do in order to protect the United States from Islamic extremists. So say his remarkably few ideological allies, of which Benjamin Netanyahu is proudly one. Interestingly, America’s own defence establishment never sought to ban new arrivals based on their country of origin. They sought only better intelligence. Yet here we are. The Donald is walling America off from jihadists (aka ‘Muslims’), Mexicans, reporters and anyone else he doesn’t like. In the same week, he’s signed off on snaking oil pipelines through Native American land and banned funds to groups upholding rape victims’ rights to abortions abroad. When he was elected, this newspaper said he would be an unmitigated disaster for the world. We then gave him the benefit of the doubt. That lasted a week. It takes a special kind of man to omit mention of Jews on International Holocaust Memorial Day. In fact, it’s far more difficult NOT to mention Jews on International Holocaust Memorial Day. Something’s wrong. Something is very, very wrong here. Mainstream Jewish groups across the world, including those in the UK, US and Israel, have spoken as one in condemning these ludicrous policies. Even Trump’s own party has turned against him. These are mad times, but this is no time to dispense with that innate moral compass most Jews possess, regardless of whether there’s a trade deal to think of. Discriminatory policies are shameful. We should offer no apologies for saying so.

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MY GRANDCHILDREN’S NAMES ARE A LINGUISTIC CHALLENGE I agree with David Cohen’s criticism of the Radio Times for publishing a piece by Sarfraz Mansoor, in which he pointed out that the “trouble” with his son Ezra’s name is that it’s a “wee bit Jewish”. When my youngest daughter was born, I gave her the pagan first name Emma. However, I gave her the middle names of her two grandmothers, both then alive. All parties seemed pleased. Emma was born on Mozart’s birth-

day, so I wasn’t surprised when her husband Baruch sang to her and both played the trumpet at their wedding dinner. They gave me grandchildren Tsuriel, Sara-Lily, Amichail and Chedva. I can cope with these, but any suggestions for Anglicising Amichail (‘This is my land’) would be received with interest. David Sherman Finchley

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PEACE IN OUR TIME! WHAT’S IT LIKE IN CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, MR STREETING? I refer to MP Wes Streeting’s article about the Middle East in last week’s Jewish News. While I am sure he has good intentions, does he honestly think that after years of endless negotiations and deals, UN resolutions and peace talks, with a few wars in between, Israel and the Palestinians are suddenly going to start living together in peace and harmony? From kindergarten, Palestinian children are indoctrinated that Jews are the sons of pigs and apes, to kill a Jew is the greatest thing they can do in life and that Israel has no right to exist. No matter how many

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WE COMMUNISTS CONDEMN ICKE’S HATEFUL RALLY I write on behalf of the Communist League to register publicly our opposition to what was to all intents an anti-Semitic rally at the Manchester O2 Apollo on 14 January. At the same time, we express our solidarity with Jewish people in the face of this latest example of Jew hatred. The rally featuring David Icke should not be brushed aside because of the seemingly bizarre character of his conspiracy theories. Icke is increasingly targeting what he calls the ‘Rothschild Zionist’ conspiracy, blaming it for everything. In today’s world, as millions of working people get more angry at facing the brunt of a never ending crisis and wars, such apparently crank views divert attention and divide us. The poison of anti-Semitism points away from the capitalist rulers as the source of the assault on working people’s condi-

tions and weakens the unity we need to overcome this. History has shown it will be those who want to save capitalism that will whip up Jew-hatred as part of the tools of their terror. We offer our solidarity and join with all those who protest against Icke’s bigotry. Peter Clifford Communist League candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor



I am an Israeli living in the UK due to family obligations and while understanding David Cohen’s dismay [JN 26 January], I am not surprised at the silence of Anglo-Jewry. I see UK Jews as divided into two camps, one the ultra-religious who live with one foot on solid ground and the other in the world to be. Secular affairs are of no interest to them. The secular Jews are mostly a passive group, afraid to disturb what they see as the status quo, thinking if they do not ‘make waves’ nobody will disturb their fragile existence. They earn no respect by this and just want a quiet life. This is just the opinion of an outsider, so I would welcome any comments readers wish to make.

For some Jews, the term Super Bowl might conjure images of an extralarge helping of matzah ball soup. Plenty of Jews, however, are football fans and will be watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday. This is despite the fact that relatively few Jews play football professionally, collegiately or even recreationally, unless it’s two-hand touch in the backyard. In other words, when NFL football players huddle up, you typically do not see a lot of jerseys emblazoned with names like Goldstein, Blumenthal or Rabinowitz. How can we make the game of football more Jewish? Let’s start with the football itself, which is made out of pigskin. This is not ideal, especially for kosherkeeping Jews. Can’t we make the footballs out of corned beef or pastrami, and perhaps add some spicy mustard laces? In football, one of the key positions is offensive line. Physically speaking, most Jews are not of sufficient stature and muscularity to

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Film about my trial reveals danger of fact manipulation DEBORAH LIPSTADT



hich seat is Deborah’s?” “Who has Deborah’s jacket?” “Where are Deborah’s glasses?” These questions made no sense. I was seated in a corner, wearing my jacket and glasses. Then it dawned on me. While I ostensibly was the “Deborah” whose jacket, glasses and seat were under discussion, the questioners weren’t referring to me. It was January last year and I was in a restaurant adjacent to Leicester Square, which was serving as that day’s film set for Denial, the movie about my libel trial in London when I was sued by David Irving, arguably once the world’s leading Holocaust denier, for calling him what he is – a denier. The “Deborah” of the jacket, seat, and glasses was Rachel Weisz, who was portraying me in the film. After having had input into the crafting of

WHEN WE DISCUSSED MAKING OF THIS FILM, NONE OF US IMAGINED IT WOULD HAVE THE CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE IT DOES... LIES ABOUND. aspects of the film, now my job was to cede the telling of my story to someone else. One of the questions I am repeatedly asked is what it feels like to have someone else portray you. In truth, Rachel – a supremely gifted actor – was creating her own “Deborah”. She was not mimicking. She was adopting, adapting, and interpreting, as she explained to me when we met.

Her portrayal would not be akin to Helen Mirren playing the Queen. When that happens, we all go to the theatre, not just to see a great actor in a lead role, but to see if she indeed captured the Queen – her wave, walk and manner of speaking. This would be different. In my case, Rachel would take the many hours of stories she had gleaned from me, filter them through her own experiences and interpretations, and produce a character who was a composite of myself and her. That character would be bound together by Rachel’s unique artistic imagination. She and David Hare, who wrote the screenplay, faced a hurdle. For much of the main scenes, certainly those in the courtroom, the central character did not speak. (If you think it was a challenge for them, imagine what a challenge keeping silent was for me in real life.) Rachel had to convey her feelings of anger, sadness, and frustration through glances, facial expressions and body language. And she did so magnificently. While Rachel’s portrayal is of extreme

personal importance to me, there is another aspect to this film and my story that is of far greater importance. When we first began to discuss the making of this film, none of us imagined it would have the contemporary relevance that it does. Lies abound. Facts are negotiable. And although your ideas may be rooted in complete untruths (the world is flat), you believe that if you yell loudly enough and others agree with you then you should be taken seriously. We have seen it in relation to Brexit, vaccines, the environment, mass shootings in the United States, and, most recently, the American presidential campaign. It is a frightening development. If Denial awakens people to the dangers of manipulating facts, then that will have been entirely sufficient for me. I did not anticipate being part of a story with such contemporary relevance. The contemporary situation may have been great for the media attention and the box office. But it has been bad for humanity. And my vote is with humanity.

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This cruel policy hands victory to the radicals EDWIN SHUKER



ne year ago, my wife and I were notified that we are no longer eligible for a visa waiver should we wish to visit the US and that our electronic travel authorisation ESTA was revoked. Should we wish to visit our family in the States, we now have to apply and pay for a one-to-one interview to assess whether we are fit to enter the country. The reason for such a stressful procedure is a visit to my birthplace, Iraq, where I grew up but managed to escape with my family in 1971. A similar sledgehammer decision was taken by President Donald Trump last week when he moved to ban every national from seven Arab and north African countries from entering the US for 90 days and every refugee from reaching these countries for 120 days.

Once again, that order affects me together with almost 150 million people, regardless of whether they are a Yezidi, a victim of rape, a Jew with dual nationality, a Muslim who risked his life collaborating with the USA army or, indeed, the Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon. Profiling and generalisation feels very different when one is personally caught into the net. As Jews who have been singled out throughout history, we should not be complacent at the destructive nature of such indiscriminate measures. I also question the effectiveness of such a measure in the fight against radicalisation within the Muslim world. Such an objective can only be achieved with the cooperation and collaboration of reformers, educators and enlightened religious leaders within Islam. The furious reaction on Arabic social networks and the media in general reflect a resounding victory to the radicals and the hotheads who are leading and dominating

the debates on the net. Ironically, not a single fatality has been caused inside the US by a citizen from any of the seven countries singled out by this hurried executive order. Even crueller was banning approved refugees from entering the country, including some who were cleared to fly and have already landed yet are detained at various American airports. I believe President Donald Trump wasted a golden opportunity to make an early impression as an international statesman who means business, and a warrior against terrorism and radicalism, without compromising

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The year Jew hate didn’t even need false pretext MARK GARDNER



his may sound a strange thing for Community Security Trust’s director of communications to say, but I do not welcome the headlines and media coverage that our latest anti-Semitic incidents report, with its record high figures, will probably attract. The reason is simple enough. I think our community has had more than enough inescapable discussion of anti-Semitism over these past 12 months. I deeply regret that these latest record high figures will add to the emotional strain. Please do not, however, confuse this with me seeking to somehow apologise for CST making the current situation known. If we are to fight anti-Semitism, and surely we all must, then we need to know what is going on out there. For CST to do its work, our community, police and government must know that what we say is reliable. If you take the time to go

on our website and read the actual report, I sincerely hope you will agree that it presents the situation with as much rigour, soberness and transparency as we can possibly show. Our role at CST is to protect the community in order to facilitate Jewish life, not to chase headlines on a subject that could hardly be more serious or emotionally charged. I just ask that if you get upset by the negatives, that you please try and balance them against the daily reality of Jewish life: which I hope for most of us, most of the time, is overwhelmingly positive and filled with opportunities. Having said how good Jewish life generally is, I must be honest and say that I worry about challenges that may well lie ahead. If anti-Semitism drops out of the headlines then I hope we would see a partial decline in the figures, but there are some big societal trends from which I do not think Jews will do well. Analytically, for want of a better expression, the big worrying trend is being called “populism”, used to explain everything from Jeremy Corbyn to Brexit to Donald Trump. In relation to anti-Semitism, this rests upon notions such as “us versus them” and blaming unspecified “elites” for the complicated

and troubled state of the world. This kind of language has always helped anti-Semitism to thrive. The prevalence of social media adds to this, with news no longer reflecting facts, but being a personally selected reinforcement of your own emotions. Or, we can just be more blunt about it. Previous record anti-Semitic highs were caused by local anti-Semitic reactions to short-lived overseas conflicts involving Israel. Nothing like that happened in 2016. Instead, the anti-Semitic incidents total seems to reflect a more basic anti-Semitism, as if the hatreds that we thought had been driven into the sewers over the past few decades, are now climbing out again, unafraid and blinking in the sunlight.

This does not, of course, mean that Middle East-related anti-Semitism has disappeared. Far from it. If, or when, Israel finds itself again in open conflict, our local anti-Semitic levels will be just as violent and intense as ever. In fact, with the pressure cooker having been bubbling away, they may well be worse than before. So, CST will keep doing its work. We will keep fighting anti-Semitism, and we will continue to be a reliable and sober voice on this increasingly complex and important subject. We can, however, only ever be as strong as our community enables us to be. Please support us in our work. Report anti-Semitism, donate to the charity and volunteer to help your local security team.


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istening to LBC this week, an astute point was made by a Jewish caller. While the world erupts over Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven countries entering the US, he noted that nobody bats an eyelid over the fact that anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passports is disallowed from entering at least this many countries. Not to mention the many nations that bar entry to Israelis. But before we bemoan the unfairness and declare yet more anti-Semitism, it is worth considering what comes next. What came next on LBC was a caller insisting that the situation for Israelis was totally different, and justified, because Israelis are war criminals, he said. Nick Ferrari did a good job at unpacking this absurd stance. But within it is a revelation about why so many Americans support Trump’s hard line.

WHEN SUCH BASIC PRINCIPLES ARE THREATENED, IT IS GOOD FOR NOBODY –AND THIS MAY BE ONLY THE START Why even within our own Jewish community in the UK, there are many who back it. The revelation, is that whether declared overtly, or held quietly, many people believe that, just as the LBC caller thought Jews deserve to be barred, this ban is justified too. Because it is Muslims who are terrorists, isn’t it? And they do come from those countries, don’t they? Without even delving into the political quagmire of why Saudi Arabia and Egypt

were left off Trump’s list – despite most of the 9/11 hijackers coming from the former, and the leader from the latter – such reactions force us to analyse why some of us – Jews – hesitate not only to condemn the ban, but also to dismiss the comparison between it and what happened to our own community during the Holocaust. ‘But the Jews weren’t terrorists,’ is something I’ve heard many espouse. Perhaps not, but Jews were just as despised and feared and blamed as many immigrants, especially Muslims, are today. And, although it is absurd that it needs to be said, being Muslim does not make somebody a terrorist. It is past time that we address our own prejudices. As Trump rapidly dismantles the liberty and tolerance that has been so highly valued in the Land of the Free, within our own circles there has been misplaced pleasure in the expectation that at least Trump will be good for Israel. For us. But even if Trump will be good for Israel, this is not enough. It is not enough to justify us ignoring his absolute disregard for the environ-

ment, for civil liberties, and for humanity. His recent words stressing the special concern that might be shown to Christian refugees of Syria, above any others, is further testimony to the clear prejudice and Islamaphobia being exercised by the White House, and as a consequence being cultivated and validated across America. Whether Trump is playing to a rising populist tide of nationalism, fear, and prejudice, whether he believes these things himself, or whether he is exploiting such volatile sentiments for his own purposes, it is up to the rest of us to oppose him. We, more than any others, should understand the power and danger of scapegoating. We, more than any others, should remember the consequences of refusing refugees, or of judging people by their religion. And so we, even more than others, must resist the prejudices that exist within ourselves, and stand firmly against any we encounter. When such fundamental principles are threatened, it is good for nobody. And this may be only the start.

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In association with www.norwood.org.uk HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY ACROSS BRITAIN More than 6,000 events took place across the UK to mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “We have seen thousands of people come together, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to commemorate those murdered during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. People have been exploring this year’s theme, How can life go on?, while also considering what we can all do to create a safer, more tolerant society today. We know that as a result of HMD events, people learn more, feel differently and do more and it’s been moving and inspiring to see local events taking place across the UK.”

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Some 600 candles in the shape of the Star of David were lit for a commemoration for HMD at York Minster.

2 TIME TO RECALL Six candles were lit at the UK ceremony for HMD 2017, in memory of the six million Jewish people killed during the Shoah and representing the six genocides commemorated on HMD: the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

3 BISHOP’S TALK The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed guests at the main UK ceremony for HMD.



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Edgware & District Reform welcomed 180 Year 8 Canons High School students for an educational event.

Rev. Bernd Koschland helped Enfield Council mark HMD by telling how he fled Germany via the Kindertransport.

Survivor Harry Spiro gave a talk and London Chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder recited a prayer at the first Holocaust memorial ceremony to be held at Queen Mary College’s campus.

Holocaust survivor Wlodka Robertson, who lives at Nightingale House, gave an inspiring talk to 90 pupils from Coombe Girls School in New Malden, at Surbiton District Synagogue.

JFS invited Brent schools to participate in a day of activities to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which was attended by more than 120 students.

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, joined people from Hertsmere for HMD commemorations.

JW3’s memorial event attracted several eminent speakers, Holocaust survivors and school pupils.

Eleven candles were lit in Luton for 11 million victims of the Nazis. Luton United’s Lawrence Benjamin and Bedfordshire Progressive’s David Corfan led Kaddish.

Southend & Westcliff’s commemoration saw Mayor Judith McMahon light a Shoah candle.

Belmont Synagogue hosted a two-day event for 324 students from seven secondary schools.

Pinner United’s Rabbi Danny Bergson recited prayers with members of Harrow’s other faiths.

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev spent the morning of HMD at both the boys’ and girls’ campus of Hasmonean High School.

Your simcha announcements Thea Brompton and Grant King were married at The Holiday Inn, Elstree.

Helen and Jack Feinstein celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at Lea Bridge Road Synagogue.

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Adam Hart celebrated his barmitzvah at Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue.

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Community/ Scene & Be Scene

Prince Charles and the Chief Rabbi helped World Jewish Relief raise more than £1.3m at the charity’s annual dinner at the Guildhall on Monday, hosted by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis. The heir to the throne, who is WJR’s Royal patron, paid tribute to its work in eastern Europe and praised the late Lord Weidenfeld, who evacuated thousands of Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS.

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residential auction sale

280 vacant and investment properties to include LOTS INCLUDE Lot 3 Guide Price £1.25M - £1.5M

Lot 12 Guide Price £295,000+

Lot 19 Guide Price £3.2M+

Lot 33 Guide Price £1.45M+

Ruth Close and Mary Close, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1HQ

75 Villiers Road, Bushey, Watford, Hertfordshire WD19 4AL

22 Denning Road, Hampstead, London NW3 1SU

22 Camden Road, Camden, London NW1 9DP

By order of Grainger Plc Freehold mid terrace 2 bed House with rear garden. Fully vacant.

Freehold mid terrace 5 Storey Building arranged as 8 Flats. Potential for reconfiguration and conversion to provide a single dwelling House, subject to consents. Fully vacant.

In The Same Family Ownership For Approx 15 Years Freehold well located Building arranged as Shop Unit, LGF Garden Flat and upper Maisonette. Producing £30,000 p.a.

Lot 37 Guide Price £685K+

Lot 39 Guide Price £400,000+

Lot 172 Guide Price £575,000+

Lot 88A Guide Price £950,000 - £1M

69 Downhills Park Road, Tottenham, London N17 6AS

20 Fortess Grove, Kentish Town, London NW5 2HD

23 Osier Crescent, Muswell Hill, London N10 1QR

The Bell Centre, 3 Holloway Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4LD

Freehold end of terrace Building arranged as 6 Flats (5 x AST with vacant). Potential for extension and/or change of use subject to consents. Producing £48,783.84 p.a.

Freehold mews style 2 bed House with outside area to the front. In need of modernisation. Potential for redevelopment. Fully vacant.

By order of Mortgagees Freehold detached 3 bed House with front and rear gardens and garage. Fully vacant.

By order of Livability (a registered charity) Freehold day nursery on site extending to approx 0.082 H (0.203 A). Subject to a headlease expiry in 2023. Possible development potential subject to consent.

Lot 18A Guide Price £275,000+

Lot 102 Guide Price £1.45M+

Lot 108 Guide Price £500,000 - £550,000

Lot 171 Guide Price Ref JP

1 Sunnyside House, Sunnyside, Childs Hill, London NW2 2QL

23 Park Parade, Harlesden, London NW10 4JG

3 Church Street, Stratford, London E15 3HU

Flat 5, 105 Hamilton Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 9QY

Leasehold FF 3 bed Flat extending to approx 74.4 sq m (801 sq ft). Fully vacant.

Freehold mid terrace Building with outbuilding. Arranged as GF Commercial unit and 8 Residential units. Producing £120,200 p.a.

By order of London Borough Of Harrow Freehold reversionary Ground Rent Investment secured upon 36 x 3 bed Houses & 42 x 2 bed Flats. Reversion in 59 years.

6 WEEK COMPLETION AVAILABLE Freehold mid terrace Building arranged as a Shop Unit and Maisonette. Planning for Change of Use and Extensions to provide 3 Flats. Fully vacant.

Leasehold 3F 2 bed Flat. Extending to approx 83.9 sq m (904 sq ft). Potential for re-configuration, subject to obtaining all necessary consents. Fully vacant.

1A Lombard Villas, Lombard Road, Arnos Grove, London N11 1LT

Flat C, 44 Elderfield Road, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LF

Flat 46, 32-46 Stafford Road, Kilburn, London NW6 5YY

3 and 4 Gloucester Mews, Leyton, London E10 7DZ

Lot 67: Freehold 2 bed Bungalow with front courtyard providing off-street parking. Fully vacant.

Lot 107: Leasehold 2F and Attic Floor 3 bed Maisonette subject to an AST. Producing £22,296 p.a. (equivalent).

By order of a Housing Association Lot 193: Leasehold 3F 2 bed Flat. Fully vacant.

Guide Price £390,000+

Guide Price £300,000+

Guide Price £395,000+

Lot 204A: Freehold mid terrace Mews Building arranged as 4 x newly refurbished Studios. Fully vacant.

51A The Avenue, London N17 6TB

Flat A, 53 Springdale Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 9NT

Flat 18, 16 Belsize Grove, Belsize Park, London NW3 4UN

By order of a Housing Association Lot 150: Leasehold GF one bed garden Flat.

By order of a Housing Association Lot 201: Leasehold 2F Studio Flat. Fully vacant.

Land to the rear of 35-37 Jordan Court, Heathcote Grove, Chingford, London E4 6RZ

Guide Price £295,000+

Guide Price £295,000+

29A Stanley Road, Manor Park, London E12 6RL

By order of Receivers Lot 86: Freehold Vacant Site extending to approx 0.054H (0.133A). Planning for 5 x 3 bed Houses. Vacant.

28 Parkdale, Bounds Green Road, London N11 2HB

Lot 42: Long Leasehold FF and Attic Floor 2 bed Maisonette subject to an AST. Producing £15,600 p.a. (equivalent).

Lot 204: Leasehold (Share of Freehold) 3F one bed Flat subject to an AST. Producing £12,600 p.a. (equivalent).

Guide Price £550,000+

Guide Price £250,000+

Guide Price £200,000+

Lot 73D: Leasehold GF 2 bed garden Flat. Fully vacant.

Guide Price £295,000+

Auction sale:

Thursday 16th February 2017 The Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7DL Catalogue requests: 0906 515 1540 calls charged at £1.50 per minute

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Guide Price £250,000 - £275,000

33 Gean Court, Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4HT Lot 207: Leasehold 6F one bed Flat subject to an AST. Producing £9,900 p.a.

Guide Price £165,000+

Flat 6 Bruce Castle Court, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London N17 6RR SIX WEEK COMPLETION AVAILABLE Lot 77A: Leasehold 2F 2 bed Flat.

Guide Price £260,000+

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IN THIS SECTION: Art & Culture 22 / Health 24 / Competition 31

Dinner through the decades As a new series of Back In Time For Dinner is screened, the lady of the house tells Francine Wolfisz about the ups and downs of 20th century life


he last time Rochelle Robshaw decided to immerse herself in history and live as other families did during the second half of the 20th century, she found herself “stuck in the kitchen for 30 years”. Indeed, the unlikely Jewish star of BBC2’s Back In Time For Dinner, a constructed reality series presented by food critic Giles Coren, became so overwhelmed by her domestic duties that, by the 1970s, she was forced to exclaim: “This is what breaks a woman!” But when the BBC again came knocking for a follow-up series, Robshaw had no hesitation in signing up husband Brandon, 54 and their three children, Fred, 12, Ros, 17, and Miranda, 20 – even if it did mean a return to the dreaded kitchen. Robshaw, 53, who works for Eastside Community Heritage, laughs as she says: “We were very flattered we were asked to do it again – we had had a really good time with the first series. “The idea of going back that much further was a bit of an adventure,

because we would go back to things that are out of our living memory.” In Further Back In Time For Dinner, the family is sent back to the early 1900s through to the 1940s, experiencing the opulence of the late Victorian age and the excitement of the Roaring Twenties and the devastation wrought by two world wars. For six weeks over the summer, the Robshaws moved from their Walthamstow home (where filming took place for the last series) to a typical Victorian terrace in Tooting, where every room was authentically kitted out for each decade. This included a kitchen without the conveniences of modern life, but a surprise awaited Robshaw as they were introduced to 19-year-old Debbie, a part-time chef who took on the role of their housemaid. In the early episodes, the family was even given a bell to ring whenever they needed her assistance, but Robshaw was hesitant to use it. “When you are faced with a living, breathing person and that is their status, I found it really uncomfort-

Set for lunch at The Savoy in the 1900s

The Robshaw family experience life in the 1930s in a new series of Back In Time For Dinner

able,” she reveals. “I had these really unusual feelings towards Debbie, in that I felt quite maternal, because she’s the same age as my daughters. “You hear these terrible stories about people mistreating their staff, but there must have been lots of feelings that were undisclosed, like caring for somebody, wanting them to be well and loving them. I do think it must have been a very interesting dynamic that existed between the woman of the house and her staff.” For the first episode alone, sans a fan oven or microwave, blenders or even a fridge, Debbie had to rustle up a feast that involved her hacking the flesh off a calf’s head to make mock turtle soup, getting her hands dirty with raw kidneys and knocking up a ragout of grouse. That was aside from the lamb chops she had to make for the following day’s breakfast, or the scrambled egg and brains to follow. Come what may, from jellied eels to fish sausages and a vegetarian Suffragist dinner, the Robshaws were open to trying the full gambit of Britain’s

changing appetite over the decades. Happily for Robshaw, she was able to sit down with the family for a traditional Jewish meal of latkes, gefilte fish, salt beef sandwiches, roast chicken and chicken soup with knaidlich while filming the 1930s episode. She and Coren, who is also Jewish, travelled to the East End to explore her Jewish ancestry, and discovered her great-great-grandfather had owned a shop in Cable Street. From census records, she found out her great-great uncle had fought and died in the First World War, aged just 19. Robshaw says: “To know my family had lived in Cable Street and were witness to life in the East End and the riot [between Oswald Mosley’s black shirts and anti-fascist demonstrators in 1936], and that their son had fought and died in the war, really rooted me to British culture.” While the 1930s ended with the dark shadow of fascism over Europe, for Robshaw the start of the decade was one of the most “exciting” periods of the early 20th century – with the

caveat of having wealth and position. “If you are in London in a middleclass family and you have money, life was good,” she concludes. “There was an abundance of food, a new interest in English cuisine and it feels like a very modern time. It would be an extremely interesting time to be a woman. “The clothes are suddenly that much more freeing, the woman’s movement is gathering pace and it does feel like a time when things could have been very different.” How different, of course, history turned out, as the Robshaws experience in the later episodes. It’s a bittersweet ending that makes Robshaw all the more appreciative of her life today. “Without a doubt, it makes you realise just how much we have,” she concludes. “And I certainly have a renewed appreciation what my family went through.”

Further Back In Time For Dinner continues on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm



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Art & Culture

Remastering the masters Barry Borman reviews the book Converted Masters, which takes a fresh look at some of the world’s most iconic paintings


f you possess an appreciation of art, a familiarity with Jewish customs and an eclectic sense of humour, then this book is for you. Author Esty Frankel-Fersel obviously has all three in abundance. She has reimagined more than 60 art masterworks, from the Renaissance to the modern era, filtered through her Jewish sensibility. Each work is shown in its original form, coupled with a brief explanation, enabling the reader to compare and delight in her many refined and ingenious manipulations. There’s also a final chapter, entitled Oy Vay, offering Jewish expressions such as meshuga, broyges, farshtinken (you get the drift), which she has cunningly matched with celebrated artworks. Brooklyn-born FrankelFersel spent a year at seminary in Israel, majored in psychology and then moved into social work. All the while, she attended local art school, honing her skills of reproduction and original composition and allowing her inspirational vision of a Jewish twist on artistic masterpieces to germinate and gestate. Her dream was that this “hobby on the side,” an outlet from the stresses of her daytime job, could morph into something that could make a difference to people’s lives. The book’s structure illuminates the broad spectrum of Jewish life from which the author selects her idiomatic realisations, allowing the painter’s imagination to ignite her own passion. So she groups her subjects to make it, in her words, “easier for the viewer”. We start and end with Magritte: initially, his bowler-hatted gent in a suit and with an apple on his face represents the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden where, she explains, “because of the original sin in eating the apple, that man is thrust into the world of work to earn a living”. He subsequently reappears, face concealed beneath a white dove, encompassing Frankel-Fersel’s own yearning for the Messianic era, when we will be borne to the Promised Land “on the wings of an eagle”. It’s a cyclical odyssey and, between the covers, there’s a cornucopia of experiences, a fusion of the sacred and the mundane, from Shabbat, Yom Tovs, Torah and mitzvahs

Esty Frankel-Fersel, left, and some of her works: top, Chol Hamoed in the Park, based on Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte; right, woman baking challah based on Vermeer’s The Milkmaid; far right, the Taschlich ritual based on Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies; bottom, housewife upset over burnt chulent based on Munch’s The Scream

to learning, Kabbalah, and “Matches and Marriages”. They are all exquisitely wrought so that her own profound sense of spiritual wonder allows the reader to wallow in the sensuous opulence and emotional depth of her expression. One of her earliest inspirations is a reworking of Monet’s Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, into which she has deftly inserted a family performing Tashlich, the ritual of casting off sins on Rosh Hashanah. On a Shabbat theme, Vermeer’s brightly attired The Milkmaid, a study in concentration, is plaiting the challah, while Van Gogh’s vibrant Sunflowers now attractively adorn the Friday night table. Meanwhile, Frankel-Fersel injects humour into Munch’s The Scream, with the main subject now a married woman throwing her hands around her head, above the inserted caption: “Thirteen guests and the chulent burnt”. And it’s not only paintings – Frankel-Fersel has also appropriated Ansel Adams’ iconic black and white photograph of California’s

Yosemite Park so that, deep in the forest, we have a frum man davening in his tallit. Her energy flies off the canvas and there are countless other surprises and revelations in store to amuse and titillate the reader. What’s more, the author hasn’t simply tacked her modifications on to prints of original paintings. As a skilled artist in her own right, she has fashioned each work from scratch, mostly with oil and acrylic on canvas. These stunning originals are presently being exhibited in a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. This enchanting production would enhance any coffee table and is the perfect gift. It’s the

sort of book you want family and friends to leaf through and share the feel-good factor it engenders, as well as a book you’ll want to return to time and time again to marvel at the author’s thought-provoking and entertaining creations.  Converted Masters, by Esty FrankelFersel, is published by Menorah Books, priced £35 and is available from Amazon.co.uk

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Jewish News meets... Gerry Gable / Lifestyle

Fighting fascists Jenni Frazer meets a remarkable man whose life-long battle against racism has made him a legend


e may have just celebrated his 80th birthday, but the renowned anti-fascist activist Gerry Gable is fizzing with plans to continue his great life’s work. And though he began his war against fascism and racism after the Second World War — and has seen off the likes of the National Front and the British National Party — Gable warns that the threat “is greater than ever. They [the fascists] are much more sophisticated and we are seeing situations where the Russians are backing them, and in turn they are recruiting not just skinheads and bovver boys, but kids from upper-class backgrounds.” Gerry Gable’s CV defies belief in its breadth of activity, from journalist to TV documentary maker, from academic to specialist adviser to the police. His targets have included “politicians, bent cops and organised crime”, but this tough Jewish campaigner is best known for his role on Searchlight, the anti-fascist publication, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the dark world of the extreme right. Mark Gardner, communications director of the Community Security Trust (CST) is well aware that Gable is a one-off. He says: “Gerry is extraordinary. For decades, he has made an utterly unique contribution to the fight against fascism, racism and anti-Semitism. His impact is an enduring one, because he has not only undermined the far right at every turn to all our benefits but his research also underpins our knowledge of this entire political area.” Throughout his long career, Gable is proudest of having been a constant thorn in the side of the Holocaust denier David Irving, beginning back in 1963 when he confronted Irving in Irving’s own home.

HE HAS UNDERMINED THE FAR RIGHT AT EVERY TURN, TO ALL OUR BENEFIT. HIS IMPACT IS A UNIQUE AND ENDURING ONE As Gable tells it, he and other young antifascists were deeply concerned at the kind of material Irving was producing in his early books, and, aware that Irving had spent time working in the Krupps steel mills in Germany, were convinced that the writer was getting help from some unsavoury sources. “It became more obvious, as he had access to documents that no-one else had — and with the kind of work he was doing for Krupps, he didn’t have time to go to archives and do the type of detailed research necessary.” With two other men, Gable devised a plan to enter Irving’s home, posing as a telephone engineer. He was genuinely working as an electrician and trade union organiser at the time, and decided his cover story would be the need to rewire Irving’s phone for a different voltage. Unfortunately this had actually taken place in the neighbourhood six weeks earlier, and Irving, having let two of the three men into his flat, grew suspicious. He said he was popping out for cigarettes, but returned bearing a hammer, saying: “I think you should know I’ve called the police.”

Gable meanwhile had found disturbing material in Irving’s flat and invited the police who arrived to arrest him. Eventually he and his colleagues were charged with the crime of “entering by artifice”, rather than burglary, as Irving has consistently referred to the incident ever since. The two who actually entered the flat were given nominal fines (the third man stayed outside and the case against him was dismissed). Irving, says Gable, has never recovered from the encounter, complaining bitterly of him more

Above, Gerry Gable is showing no signs of slowing down; left, some of the covers from his renowned anti-fascist publication Searchlight

than 30 years later, “This man [Gable] has made my life a holocaust for the last 30 years.” Gable’s succinct response: “I plead guilty on all counts.” Because of the very public challenge to Irving, Gable says he has had “no choice” but to be on the fascists’ radar. Twenty-two years ago, when his wife Sonia was pregnant, an unexpected package arrived at the family home. It turned out to be a parcel bomb, filled with lethal ball bearings. But Gable is unfazed, and continues to turn his forensic attention to numerous aspects of crime and terrorism. For example, his team at Searchlight Information Services worked closely with BBC TV in a lengthy investigation into the criminality of the British National Party. The resulting programme, Spy Story, led to the arrest of eight members of the BNP. In July 2011, Gable was awarded an honorary doctorate from Northampton University in recognition of his lifetime’s work in defending liberal democracy and fighting racism and fascism. Searchlight’s rare archive of fascist and anti-fascist material is now on long-term loan to Northampton as a digital research resource. Gable himself acts an adviser to the police murder case closure review group and continues to work as an independent adviser to the Metropolitan Police through the Hate Crime Independent Advisory Group. He has also just joined the London board of Tell Mama, which works in co-operation with the Asian Police Officers’ Association.



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Lifestyle / Health

Ask Dr Ellie Our resident GP Ellie Cannon answers your questions...

Q My seven-year-old has

two clusters of little bumps on his skin. The GP says there is nothing we have to do about them and we should just wait for them to clear up. They look like warts, but he says they’re different. It sounds like he has a really common childhood condition called Molluscum. I see this at least weekly in my clinic, but I think most people haven’t heard of it. That’s possibly because parents don’t often discuss it – it doesn’t look that nice and so understandably it has embarrassment associated with it. It really shouldn’t have, as it is very

common in primary school age children and just ‘one of those things’; it is not related to cleanliness and should have no stigma attached to it. Molluscum looks like little pearly bumps on the skin and usually, like in your son, they come in little clusters. Most children get maybe four or five, but some can be unlucky and get a lot more. The condition is caused by a virus like the one that causes warts and the condition is totally harmless. There are two main issues: firstly, there is no mainstream treatment for it and secondly the bumps take at least 12 to 18 months to clear up naturally. It can be upsetting if children feel self-conscious about them, but usually they are on the body under clothes: I find mums are generally more upset than the kids. I would advise not to mention them to your son and wait for them to go naturally.

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been told she has osteoporosis. She says the calcium tablets she has been given are unpalatable, so refuses to take them. Are they essential?

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones lose the density and strength they once had, and this makes people vulnerable to broken bones. In someone elderly like your mum this is particularly important, as elderly people are more prone to trips and falls, so more susceptible to a fracture. Your mother should have been assessed by her GP for her risk from fractures: nowadays this determines how we treat osteoporosis, as it is not one-size-fits-all

Q With the cold weather

we've been having lately, my fingers have occasionally been very painful and sometimes they turn white or blue. Is this just poor circulation? Yes, it certainly could be. It sounds like you have a relatively common circulation condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon. This is when the fingers and toes become cold, uncomfortable and pale, and normally happens in cold weather. The fingers often change colour as you describe, changing from normal to white and then often to blue, before returning to normal. It can be quite painful, particularly at the end

any more. Calcium is prescribed for people with osteoporosis if their diet calcium intake is inadequate. In order for your mum to stop her calcium tablets, she needs to be having 700-1,000mg of dietary calcium a day. That means a diet rich in milk, yoghurt, leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli, and sardines. To give an idea of how that would look, a 200ml glass of milk contains 240mg of calcium and a tin of sardines around 500mg; so if she likes that type of food, her diet could be adequate. You can find useful calcium calculators online to see if she gets enough, for example at the British Dietetic Association website. Even if she doesn’t take calcium tablets, she will still need to take vitamin D tablets. Both are essential for healthy, strong bones, and vitamin D is not easy to come by from the diet or minimal sunshine we have in the UK.

of the fingers, as the blood supply shuts down temporarily: it is caused by a spasm in the blood vessels at the end of the fingers. The white you see is a lack of blood when the blood vessels have shut down. It is important to keep your whole body warm as symptoms are then less likely to occur, so wear a hat and scarf, as well as warm socks and gloves. Dress up warm before you go out as opposed to waiting to feel cold before putting your woollies on. You can buy special portable heat packs and even heated gloves in some pharmacists especially for this problem. It may help to cut down caffeine and stop smoking to improve your circulation, and NICE guidelines recommend regular exercise to improve blood flow. Some people need medication to control the problem: we use a blood pressure tablet called nifedipine, so if keeping warm fails, have a chat with your doctor.

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BY RABBI BORUCH M BOUDILOVSKY Shortly after the Ma Nishtana, the Passover Haggadah quotes a teaching attributed to Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah. It states why we are required to remember the Exodus, once during the day and again at night. Clearly, a feature of the seder is to share the Exodus story, not just remember it. Rather, we must articulate the story verbally and share it with our children and guests. This is highlighted in our Parsha, ‘And you shall tell your child…’ (Exodus 13:8). When exploring the many biblical references to Moses’ speech disorder, the mystical teachings of the Zohar compare three stages of redemption to three levels in speech development. The first, in which the Jews are trapped in the depth of hopeless slavery, is symbolised by silence. When Moses appears with a message of freedom, sound replaces silence. Finally, when redemption is complete, sounds shape words. Moses’ personal battle with speech, in which he struggles to clearly communicate, is an expression of a national yearning to materialise hope into freedom. The Halachic requirement to articulate the Exodus story on Passover eve captures the tragedy of slavery and the joy of freedom. A slave has no identity, therefore no voice. A free person has an identity, language and words. On Passover evening, our rituals are symbols of freedom. Articulating our story verbally is another expression of our freedom.

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Nimrod makes a brief appearance in Genesis 10:8-9 where he is described as a “mighty hunter before God… mighty at trapping before God.” This short description comes in the middle of a long list of generations between Noah and Abraham and one would be forgiven for passing over it with no more than a cursory glance. The fact that he was a hunter is hardly remarkable. But in a world that was devoid of Godliness, what is the significance behind the statement that he was a hunter before God? Rashi explains that the term ‘hunter’ is a reference to a deeper concept and is not just meant to be taken literally. He explains that the trapping referred to

here are the acts of entrapment that he engaged in. He would ensnare people’s minds with his mouth and lead them astray to rebel against God. Indeed this idea is reflected in his very name, Nimrod, which is an expression of the root term, ‘rebellion’. Nimrod is one who “recognises his Master (God) yet sets his thoughts to antagonise against him”. He is therefore a highly significant player on the world stage. He is Abraham’s nemesis, using his political might to persecute Abraham for his newfound religious beliefs and campaign

to bring mankind to an awareness of and connection with God. Nimrod’s anti-religious zeal does not come from the fact that he rejects the notion of one God. Rather, he is aware of the truth of God’s existence and nonetheless seeks to break free from the obligations that come with it. Nimrod and Abraham therefore stand face-to-face, locked in an existential battle to influence world destiny, which can still be felt today. Nimrod sets himself up as a deity and engages in great construction projects for his own glory, while Abraham teaches the world about righteousness and justice as a means of becoming Godlike and thereby bringing God’s presence into the world.


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BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY This weekend we celebrate my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, which has given me a good excuse to look back through a lifetime of family photos. They show me grow into a fully rebellious teenager – shaved head, piercings all over my face and boots so big they could be justified only in face of a mudslide. But rebellion was always considered a natural part of my growing up, and equally of the Judaism I knew. My Jewish youth movement, LJY-Netzer, took me to demonstrations, while studying Torah and Talmud showed me people who argued with each other and with God. Therefore I always found the Biblical story of Korach shocking. Korach argues all the community is holy and the priests therefore cannot have a monopoly over the priestly role. In response, the earth opens up and swallows him, all his followers and all their property. It is one of the most fascinating yet problematic stories of the Torah.

Surely Korach is a character we can identify with – a proponent of democracy, grassroots activism and empowerment. Watching so many women (and men) across the world march to draw attention to women’s rights and advocacy over the past few weeks, it strikes me that rebellion is necessary. What then do we do with Korach? As my instinct and upbringing leads me to understand where he was coming from, I turn to Pirkei Avot, which says his actions were not for the sake of heaven but his own selfish reasons. This, perhaps, is the difference between the teenager staring back at me in the photos and the rebellion I advocate today. Rebellion for the sake of ensuring a better and safer world is for sake of heaven, while rebellion for a later curfew and bigger boots is perhaps not!

 Charley is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

BY RABBI BENJI STANLEY Last week’s Holocaust Memorial Day evoked the mortal danger of scapegoating and called us to action. It focused on the Holocaust and other genocides, warning that mass murder begins with dehumanisation. Scapegoating is now rife. The president of the United States generalised Mexicans as rapists and is currently pushing through a policy to suspend the human right to asylum for refugees from Muslim countries. Holocaust Memorial Day is all too relevant today. On Yom HaShoah, soon after Pesach, we grieve the devastation of the Jewish people. We insist on resisting the dangerous dismissal of any human. The Holocaust demands we not be bystanders

in the face of creeping dehumanisation that can have no end. What are your red lines and what will you do when they are crossed? If President Trump establishes a register for Muslims what would you do? When did people realise what was happening in Nazi Germany? You may wonder how something happening to people across the world is your business, and what you can do


about it. The Holocaust makes it our business; we do what we can. There are also concerns closer to home, such as Marie Le-Pen’s election hopes in France and the rise in hate crimes here post-Brexit. Escaped from Aleppo, a sevenyear-old called Bana Alabed wrote an open letter to Trump for those left behind: “I am very sad about them and wish they were with me. Millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering. I am looking forward to what you will do .” Bana’s letter shows how Holocaust Memorial Day is relevant today, because every human being is made in the image of God. When you stand by when a life is taken, you allow a world to be destroyed. The darker the night, the more vigilant the night watchman should become.  Benji is Reform Judaism’s Rabbi for Young Adults

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In the only game of the day in Division One, Scrabble and Brady A drew 1-1,. Tim Levene and Graeme Grossman scoring respectively. Division Two leaders London Lions B beat Marshside 1-0 , Simon Davidson’s strike seeing them extend their lead to eight points. St John’s Wood Tigers moved up to second spot, as goals from Grant Morgan, Mark Nathan, Paul Herszaft and Jonny Feinmesser saw them defeat Glenthorne 4-3..


Lions overcame a difficult surface as they thrashed Buntingford Town 7-1. Captain Josh Kennet opened the scoring, before James Gershfield and an own goal gave them a 3-0 lead at the break. Gershfield claimed his second after the break, before Buntingford netted their consolation, but further strikes from Max Kyte – with a double – and Austin Lipman sealed the emphatic win.

Russell Goldstein enjoyed mixed fortunes with the England futsal team after they failed to qualify for the UEFA European Futsal Championships. Despite beating hosts Bulgaria 4-1 in their final group game, a 5-1 defeat to Albania meant the Three Lions finished their qualifying group in second place. Goldstein, who also plays MGBSFL Premier Division football for Redbridge A, said: “It’s disappointing not to have qualified, having finished second in the group, but it was a good experience for me to learn and develop playing in my first Euro Qualifiers.”

Avi on the mark for giant killers Division Two side RC UK FC kept up their giant killing exploits as they booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Peter Morrison Trophy, by beating Premier Division side Camden Park 3-1. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz scored twice, with Gideon Caller also on target. Markiewicz said: “We believed from the first minute that we could win it and we used that belief to fuel us on to victory.” Raiders A’s trip up north was a worthy one as Adam Joselyn’s strike saw them beat Manchester Maccabi 1-0. South Manchester Sports Club beat Redbridge A 5-3 on penalties, having drawn 3-3 after 120 minutes. Saul Shapiro’s double and Mark Stewart’s strike sent the tie to spotkicks, where Adam Lavin, Toby Levy and Shapiro all converted. Nick Smith, James Gold and Bradley Sharp goals saw Lions A beat FC Team A 3-2. Oakwood A increased their lead at the top of the Premier Division as they beat Hendon A 3-1, thanks to goals from Brad Wine, Alex Lee and Kyle Bentwood. Brady won 2-0 at SPEC, Josh Newman and Marc Rister both scoring. Redbridge B were held to a 4-4 draw by Faithfold A in Division One.

Marc Charles scored twice for the Greens, with Mike Field and Craig Cole also finding the back of the net. Dan Andrews, Scott Mckenize and David Fialka replied for Redbridge. Lions B beat Hendon B 5-0, thanks to Dean Rosenthal’s double, plus strikes from Nick Landesberg, Zachary Rose and Ben Weinberger. Scrabble beat Oakwood B 2-1 thanks to goals from Josh Bharier and Danny Sherman. Raiders B beat Los Blancos 4-2, Jacob Gold, Will Ufland, Anthony Goodmaker and Alex Goodman all on target. L’Equipe increased their lead at the top of the Division Two table with an 8-1 win over Boca Jewniors. Andy Smith scored four times, Max Martin, James Bell, Rob Simons and Nick Stern also scored. Jordan Sharifian’s double saw Temple Fortune win 3-1 at Faithfold B, Jake Marks scored their third. Raiders C beat Hertswood Vale 4-2, Alex Elf, Liam Stein, Andy Cohen and Rob Samuelson on target Mill Hill Dons beat Catford & Bromley 6-4, Zach Cohen scored four with Adam Isaacs the other two.

Avi Markiewicz (left) scored twice for RCUK FC

Grant leads Ghana to Africa Cup of Nations semi-final

HMH on fire with early title win HMH’s U13 Fire side claimed the club’s first silverware of the season. The team, who play in the Watford Friendly League, clinched the yellow division title, with four months of the season still to play.


An Iranian karate fighter has refused to compete against his Israeli opponent, citing his support for the ‘defenceless Palestinian nation’. Majid Hassaninia failed to show up for his fight against Yonathan Baruch Giller in the –U60kg competition at the 21st edition of the Open de Paris – the equivalent of the Karate Premier League. Expelled from the event as a result of his no-show, he said: “Even though I had personally paid all the fees for my participation in the contests and wished to assess my preparedness in the designated weight division, what is of paramount importance to every Iranian athlete is his/her beliefs plus support for the defenseless Palestinian nation. I will do my best in future competitions, God willing!”


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Goldstein (2) lining up in Bulgaria

Avram Grant has led Ghana to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, but has warned tonight’s clash against Cameroon will be ‘tough’. The Israeli saw his side book their place in the last four of the competition, as goals from brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew saw them beat DR Congo 2-1. Looking ahead to the match, he said: “I saw the Cameroonians [in their quarter-final] and they were very good, a very tough side. The semi-final is going to be tough.” Sunday’s win also proved to be a tough encounter, with Grant saying he had to use some choice words at half-time: “We corrected mistakes we made and in the second period it was totally different, we played good football and the two goals we scored were fantastic.” Ghana have now reached the semi-finals of

Grant has led Ghana to the last-four in Gabon

the competition for the sixth consecutive time, though haven’t won the tournament since 1982. Grant led them to the final in 2015, only to see them lose on penalties, and is set to leave the job following their exit.

Ten Major League Baseball players – who will be playing for Israel’s baseball team at next month’s World Baseball Classic in South Korea – enjoyed a whistlestop trip to the country. The trip, which co-sponsors included JNF Project Baseball and Jeff Aeder, founder of the Jewish Baseball Museum, saw the delegation visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and its holy sites, an Israeli Air Force base, Masada and the Dead Sea. IAB president Peter Kurz said: “The team is clearly the most impressive Jewish baseball team ever assembled, and we are very proud that they will be representing our country at the WBC. “The trip will be an excellent opportunity for them to learn about Israel and meet the teams and players in Israel who will be supporting them at the WBC.”

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Visit: www.jewishnews.co.uk for latest Jewish sports news / Sport MACCABI GB SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PMT THIRD ROUND

Camden Park 1 RC UK FC 3 Manchester Maccabi 0 NL Raiders A 1 FC Team A 2 London Lions A 3 Redbridge A 3 South Manchester 3 (Manchester won 5-3 on pens)


Hendon Utd A 1 Oakwood A 3 SPEC 0 Brady Maccabi 2 P W D L F Oakwood A 13 10 2 1 39 Hendon United A 11 9 1 1 42 Redbridge A 9 7 0 2 28 Brady Maccabi 12 6 1 5 32 London Lions A 10 6 0 4 23 NL Raiders A 9 4 2 3 36 FC Team A 10 4 1 5 30 Camden Park 10 2 0 8 9: Woodford 13 1 1 11 12 SPEC FC 11 1 0 10 10

Dif Pts 30 32 28 28 15 21 6 19 -3 18 20 14 -14 13 -15 6 -36 4 -31 3



Athletic Bilbaum P Finchley City P London Lions B 5 Hendon United B 0 NL Raiders B 4 Los Blancos 2 Oakwood B 1 Scrabble 2 Redbridge B 4 Faithfold A 4

Redbridge B London Lions B Scrabble NL Raiders B Finchley City FC Oakwood B Los Blancos Faithfold A Athletic Bilbaum Hendon United B

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Catford & Bromley 4 Mill Hill Dons 6 Faithfold B 1 Temple Fortune 3 L’Equipe 8 Boca Jewniors 1 NL Raiders C 4 Hertswood Vale 2 Redbridge C P Real Hendon P P W D L F Dif Pts L’Equipe 12 10 2 0 50 32 32 Redbridge C 12 7 3 2 30 12 24 Temple Fortune 13 6 5 2 37 9 23 RC UK FC 11 7 1 3 45 32 22 NLRaiders C 15 6 2 7 41 0 20 Faithfold B 12 5 2 5 38 7 17 Mill Hill Dons 13 5 1 7 29 -20 16 Real Hendon 11 5 0 6 24 -6 15 Catford & Bromley 13 4 1 8 32 -5 13 Boca Jewniors 11 3 0 8 15 -38 9 Hertswood Vale 11 0 1 10 17 -23 1 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-two-table


JOSH BHARIER (SCRABBLE) A brilliant crossfield ball from Dan Green found Bharier, who controlled the ball on his chest and having noticed the Oakwood goalkeeper slightly off his line, launched a blistering curling shot into the roof of the net from 45 yards out

JOEL SINCLAIR (MILL HILL DONS) A shot from inside the box was fired in like a bullet, but Sinclair somehow managed to react quickly enough to acrobatically turn the ball over the bar


JACK SHULMAN (HERTSWOOD VALE) “We turned up to the game with only 11 players, six of whom were match fit!”

SUNDAY’S FIXTURES: Cyril Anekstein Cup Fourth Round Redbridge A vs Camden Park Premier Division London Lions A vs Brady Maccabi NL Raiders A vs SPEC FC Oakwood A vs Hendon Utd A Woodford Wanderers vs FC Team A


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25 Goals: Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B) 24 Goals: Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)

16 Goals: Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC) 15 Goals: Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi) Zac Lewis (Hendon United A) 14 Goals: Max Martin (L’Equipe) Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons) 13 Goals: Oliver Sade (Finchley City) Liron Mannie (NL Raiders A)

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Hendon 0 Wingate & Finchley 1 Kingstonian 1 Wingate & Finchley 2 P W D L F Dif Pts Bognor Regis Town30 18 6 6 54 24 60 Needham Market 31 17 8 6 57 10 59 Havant & Water 29 17 7 5 55 26 58 Leiston 28 16 7 5 77 38 55 Tonbridge Angels 30 14 7 9 45 7 49 Wingate & Finchley29 14 6 9 39 3 48 Enfield Town 31 12 11 8 52 18 47 Dulwich Hamlet 30 12 11 7 56 13 47 Harlow Town 31 14 5 12 52 1 47 Worthing 29 13 4 12 58 3 43 Kingstonian 32 13 3 16 49 -1 42 Lowestoft Town 32 11 8 13 46 -9 41 Staines Town 32 11 6 15 56 -1 39 Billericay Town 29 10 8 11 38 0 38 Folkestone Invicta 29 10 7 12 49 4 37 Metropolitan Police32 9 8 15 39 -13 35 Leatherhead 31 8 10 13 52 -5 34 AFC Sudbury 29 9 6 14 45 -3 33 Burgess Hill Town 27 8 8 11 31 -13 32 Harrow Borough 25 8 7 10 30 -11 31 Merstham 27 7 9 11 48 6 30 Canvey Island 31 6 10 15 37 -35 28 Hendon 30 6 9 15 41 -26 27 Grays Athletic 32 7 5 20 34 -36 26 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/wingate/


Division One: Finchley City vs NL Raiders B Hendon United B vs Scrabble Los Blancos vs London Lions B Redbridge B vs Athletic Bilbaum

MGBSFL Division Two – Zach Cohen 4 (Mill Hill Dons), Andy Smith 4 (L’Equipe) Watford Friendly League U16 – Meir Hodges (Hendon Utd) U15 – Josh Blakeney 7, Ari Simons (both HMH Utd) U14 – Jake Greenfield (Brady Red) U12 Purple Division – Daniel Attar 4 (North West London Jets) U11 – Isaac Santhouse, Theo Balint (both HMH Dynamo) U10 – Zach Joseph 4 (HMH Real) U9 – Noah Frankfurt 4, Noah Lanzkron (both Hendon Utd Green) U7 – Eitan Aharonovich (Hendon Utd Red)

Division Two: Boca Jewniors vs Temple Fortune Catford & Bromley vs Redbridge C Hertswood Vale vs RC UK FC L’Equipe vs Faithfold B Mill Hill Dons vs NL Raiders C


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Watford Friendly League – U18 Blue Div – East Barnet Youth Eagles 3 Brady Blue 1 U16 – Broxbourne Borough 3 Lions White 1, Hendon Utd 10 Aldenham Tigers 1 Spring Cup Group A – Abbots Youth Red 5 Brady Blue 1 U15 – Olympiacos Youth 9 Lions Blue 2 U15 Spring Plate Group B – St Albans Rangers Reds 8 Brady Black 1 Group C – HMH United 16 NWLJ 0 U14 – Lions Blue 2 Lions White 4, Hendon Utd 2 Hadley Rangers 1 Green Div – Brady Red 6 Alexandra Park South 3 White Div – St Albans Rangers Zelos 3 Brady White 0 Green Div – HMH Panthers 2 Hampstead Tigers 1 U13 – Lions Blue 2 Borehamwood Youth Crusaders 0, Hadley Wood 4 Hendon Utd Netanya 1 League Cup Quarter-Final – Omonia Gold 8 Brady Red 0 Spring Plate Group A – Berkhamstead Raiders White 2 Brady HGS 0, Whetstone Wanderers Leopards 4 HMH Cosmos 0 Group B – HMH Fire 3 Omonia Youth 3 Green Div – Norseman FC 6 HMH Galaxy 1 U12 – Lions Blue 1 Northwood Red 2, Lions Green 2 Borehamwood Youth Crusaders 3, Hendon Utd Red 5 Hadley Rangers West 1, Hendon Utd White 8 Omonia Youth 3 Green Div – Whetstone Wanderers Lions 3 Brady Blue 1 Blue Div – Colney Heath Herons 0 HMH Dynamo 0 Yellow Div – Colney Heath Jackdaws 7 HMH Galaxy 2 Challenge Cup Third Round – St Albans City North 5 HMH Juniors 0 Purple Div – St Albans Rangers 1 NWLJ 8 EXCEL League – U13 Cup – Rickmansworth 4 HMH Cobras 2



Buntingford Town 1 London Lions 7 P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions 18 17 0 1 72 53 51 Bovingdon 19 12 1 6 63 22 37 Belstone 15 10 4 1 48 26 34 Bushey Sports Club17 10 3 4 50 23 33 Wormley Rovers 20 10 3 7 35 -4 33 Ware Sports 20 10 2 8 50 7 32 Letchworth 19 9 4 6 49 20 31 Standon & Puck 21 8 3 10 44 -3 27 Sandridge Rovers 14 8 1 5 23 10 25 Knebworth 20 7 3 10 38 -10 24 Buntingford Town 18 6 1 11 36 -19 19 Evergreen 20 5 3 12 32 -27 18 Hatfield Social 19 4 3 12 27 -49 15 Cuffley 15 4 2 9 29 -8 14 Chipperfield 16 4 2 10 38 -9 14 Sarratt 19 1 5 13 15 -32 8 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/lions

MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 1 P WD 10 8 2 9 4 2 7 4 1 10 3 2 9 2 2 9 1 1

L Dif Pts 0 21 26 3 -1 14 2 8 13 5 -5 11 5 -12 8 7 -11 4

Winchmore Hill London Maccabi Colney Heath F.C.Deportivo Galicia North Greenford Abbey F.C. Garston Latymer Old Boys

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St John’s Wood Tigers 4 Glenthorne 3 Maccabi London Lions 1 Marshside 0

London Lions B St John’s Wood Glenthorne EDRS Stonegrove Temple Fortune Marshside Hendon Harriers Brady Maccabi B

P 10 12 10 10 10 12 10 10

W 9 6 6 5 4 3 1 1

D 1 2 0 3 2 4 1 1

L Dif Pts 0 32 28 4 11 20 4 10 18 2 6 18 4 -1 14 5 -15 13 8 -20 4 8 -23 4

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Scrabble 1 Brady Maccabi A 1

NL Raiders London Lions A Chigwell Brady Maccabi A Scrabble HMH

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WD 5 0 5 0 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0

L Dif Pts 0 31 15 0 22 15 2 2 7 2 -3 6 2 -8 6 5 -13 6 2 -6 4 5 -21 0


P Hapoel Beer-Sheva 20 Maccabi Tel-Aviv 20 MacPetach-Tikva 20 HapKiryat Shmona 20 Beitar Jerusalem 20 Bnei Sakhnin 20 Maccabi Haifa 20 Hapoel Haifa 20 FC Ashdod 20 Hapoel Ra’anana 20 Bnei Yeh Tel-Aviv 20 Hapoel Kfar-Saba 20 Hapoel Ashkelon 20 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC *20

W 14 11 9 8 7 7 6 7 4 5 3 3 3 4

D L 4 2 5 4 9 2 7 5 9 4 7 6 8 6 3 10 9 7 6 9 8 9 8 9 7 10 8 8

F Dif Pts 46 36 46 35 17 38 28 9 36 31 7 31 24 2 30 22 -1 28 23 2 26 24 -5 24 12 -9 21 11 -11 21 16 -10 17 14 -10 17 12 -19 16 14 -8 11

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A Produced an incredible save to keep Raiders 1-0 up and send them on their way to victory

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C Great shift at left-back, which was topped off by scoring a lovely cushioned header

MANCHESTER MACCABI Manchester’s man-of-the-match, was outstanding and produced an outstanding block-sliding tackle in a bullish display

OAKWOOD A A rock at the back for Oakwood, was fundamental as they came out on top in the clash of the top flight’s top-two

RC UK FC Played out of position for most of the game, nothing got past him and was also a huge threat going forward

SCRABBLE Gave a great example of power and pace when running with the ball and then scored a goal-of-the-season contender

SOUTH MANCHESTER MACCABI Captain of the club led by example and ran the game from the middle of the park

TEMPLE FORTUNE Controlled the game, in both screening the defence and starting attacks. Read the game beautifully

HERTSWOOD VALE Productive morning down the right flanks which saw him score twice – one a contender for goal of the week MILL HILL DONS Four goals, plus assists saw him turn in the perfect performance, a constant threat to the Catford defence


SOUTH MANCHESTER MACCABI Scored South’s second and third goal to take the tie into a penalty shoot-out – before he scored the winning kick







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Sport / Cup drama / Tennis tears

Hands up if you’re heartbroken Wycombe duo devastated after 97th minute cup defeat at Spurs By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Wycombe Wanderers duo Joe Jacobson and Scott Kashket admitted feeling a mixture of pride and disappointment after they suffered a cruel injury time FA Cup defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. The pair played the full match for the League Two side at White Hart Lane, who having taken a 2-0 half-time lead, were then minutes away from claiming the biggest upset of this season’s competition. Finding themselves 3-2 ahead with 89 minutes on the clock, they then conceded two late goals – including a 97th minute winner – as they lost the fourth round tie 4-3. Jacobson told Jewish News: “We felt we could – and should – have won the game. Even though we were under a bit of pressure, we thought we were comfortable and deserved the lead at half-time. We knew in the second half they’d come out strong and try and get an early goal, but even when it went 2-2 and 3-2, we thought we could hold on. In the end, their quality probably told – but it took them 97 minutes to get the

winner and it just wasn’t meant to be. ” Proud of how the team played, he said: “We’ve had huge credit from around the country, messages from all over the place saying how well we did, but you still look back and think if we’d done one or two other things a little bit better, then we probably should have got the win at the end, especially having come so close.” Kashket admitted he felt they were going to cause the upset. He told Jewish News: “Until the third goal went in, I thought we were going to win, it was just a mistake which we got punished from, and that’s what happens when you play the top teams.We went into the game, wanting to give it everything and didn’t expect to be so close to winning.” Hoping to take the performance into their league campaign and bid to reach the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, Kashket added: “It will give us great confidence for the rest of the season. We ran one of the very best Premier League sides very close, but that’s now gone and we have to get back to reality. ” Joe Jacobson cut a frustrated figure at the full-time whistle

 Full interview: jewishnews.co.uk

Tennis star at breaking point pointed with today’s result. I felt like I could win. But I’m happy with my tournament and with my recent progress.

I’m certain that if I continue this way I will reach these stages again and hopefully win.”

Photo by Peter Haskin/AJN

Yshai Oliel saw his hopes of winning a first Grand Slam junior singles title end in dramatic fashion on Saturday. The 17-year-old Israeli, playing in his first final, won the first set against his Hungarian opponent, Zsombor Piros, 6-4, although his 16-year-old opponent showed great mental strength and resilience to turn the match around in his favour, winning the second and third sets, 6-4 6-3. Visibly distraught at the end, he was unable to speak during the medal ceremony. He did though say afterwards: “I’m very disap-

A visibly distraught Oliel (right) is consoled by Piros

Piros admitted the better person had lost. He said: “I didn’t play good shots. I think today he was better. I will be honest. He was the attacker most of the time, I was the defender a few times. [As the game went on] I think he just realised that I’m closer to the win, and that’s why he was just thinking about that. I think he was nervous.” Israel Tennis Association CEO Shlomo Glickstein said: “This was an amazing tournament and a superb achievement for Oliel, it will help his ranking, his level of play, his confidence and his belief in his own abilities.”

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