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Terror returns to London Community urged to be ‘vigilant’ after carnage outside Parliament

The heart of Britain’s democracy was transformed into a scene of bloodshed in a few horrific moments yesterday. Gunshots rang out within yards of the House of Commons after a knifeman burst in and confronted officers posted at the front gates. As MPs and workers were held in lock-

down within the Palace of Westminster, medics struggled for up to half an hour to assist a police officer and the apparent assailant sprawled on the cobbled carriageway outside. One of the first on the scene was Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood – a former army officer whose own brother

died in the Bali terrorist bombing in 2002 – who attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of an injured police officer. The politician, who has responsibility for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, was photographed administering aid to the stricken policeman in the immediate aftermath of the afternoon.

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News / LSE anger / Cork conference

Board of Deputies president advises Jewish students: ‘Don’t study at LSE’ The president of the Board of Deputies has told Jewish students not to study at the London School of Economics because the prestigious university hosted an American professor who has criticised Israel. In an unusual move, Jonathan Arkush “strongly advised” Jewish students where not to study, after LSE chiefs stood by their decision to invite Professor Richard Falk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur to Palestine. Falk’s recent co-authored report for a UN commission accuses Israel of “apartheid,” and in his former UN role he accused the state of “war crimes”. He was speaking in London on Monday at the launch of his book Palestine’s Horizon: Towards a Just Peace, in which he says Jerusalem has been “ethnically cleansed”. Reacting to LSE’s decision, Jonathan Arkush tweeted: “As @LSEnews thinks it ok to have people like Richard

Above: Ex-UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk. Below right: Jonathan Arkush

Falk to speak, I strongly advise Jewish students to study elsewhere.” The LSE’s Jewish Society said it was “completely unacceptable that Jewish students were subjected to the comments made during the talk”, and called for the university to

take “strong action” after the event turned ugly. Gilad Atzmon, one of Falk’s supporters in the audience, told students to read the works of notorious Holocaust denier David Irving. In 2012, the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office condemned Falk for providing the cover endorsement for Atzmon’s book The Wandering Who, which accuses “the Jews” of being “the only people who managed to maintain and sustain a racially-orientated, expansionist and genocidal national identity that is not at all different from Nazi ethnic ideology”. Falk’s address was interrupted as the event descended into chaos, with pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists shouting accusations. Two pro-Israel activists – Jonathan Hoffman and Sharon Klaff – were removed for disruption. At the back of the room, security guards waded into a fracas, with postgraduate

Sapan Maini-Thompson later saying Atzmon audibly claimed Jews were being removed for misbehaviour, as in Germany. He told Jewish News: “He said to those around him ‘the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving’ – which he repeated when challenged. “He was recommending to those around him to read the works of David Irving and said Israel’s actions in the occupied territories are Hitlerian. After the event, I went up to the man and aggressively called him a Nazi. I’m not hiding that.” While stressing he was not accusing anyone on the panel of anti-Semitism, he said of those in the audience who had made the remarks: “LSE should be far stricter on vetting procedures for those coming on to campus. Known fascists shouldn’t be allowed on campus.” Atzmon later confirmed to Jewish News he “indeed” recommended Irving’s work “to anyone who is interested in history rather than the

Holocaust religion”. He added that Jews have been expelled from many countries, saying: “Jews are always expelled for a reason. This isn’t to say I support expulsion or any measure against Jews or anyone else.” During the launch – organised by the Civil Society and Human Security Unit within LSE’s Department of International Relations and also promoted by the Council for Arab-British Understanding –Hoffman repeatedly shouted at Falk, calling him an “antiSemite”. He unfurled an Israeli flag as he was led out. In a statement, the LSE’s Jewish Society said it was “appalled by the treatment of Jewish students”, adding: “Prior to the event, we raised concerns through official channels. No substantial response was received. During the event, physical threats were also made to Jewish students by another attendee who was not removed from the event by security.” Attention had initially focused on a report Falk recently co-authored on behalf of the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which concluded that Israel was imposing an “apartheid regime” on the Palestinians. After protests from the US, it was withdrawn from the ESCWA website. Falk, who is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, said the “firestorm” the study provoked meant it gained “ten times more attention than it otherwise would have,” after Israel’s Foreign Ministry likened it to Der Sturmer, Sturmer an anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda

publication. “US Ambassador Nicki Haley attacked the report by attacking me,” said Falk. “It’s illustrative of a problematic situation, which has arisen over the last five or six years, that Israel and its strongest supporters no longer want to argue on the substance of the issues relating to their administration of the Palestinian people. They attack the messenger.” During the event, Falk referred to the “changing dynamics of Zionist ambition”. UN Watch had earlier called for him to be expelled from the UK because of his past remarks, but the LSE defended hosting him. It said: “We are committed to encouraging the free exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of respect, even on issues over which views differ sharply, such as the Middle East.” Before the end of the event, chair Prof May Kaldor said to loud applause: “I am deeply ashamed on behalf of the LSE that there should be people who come to a meeting of this kind and behave in this way. It illustrates to me how unacceptable the way free speech is being closed down in this country.”

Speaker quits Cork talk over Falk A leading academic has pulled out of a conference in Ireland after it became apparent it would also feature Richard Falk. Professor Alan Johnson (pic( tured) from UKIsrael think tank BICOM said Falk’s invitation to the event in Cork meant the event was

now “an attempt to normalise anti-Semitism” and withdrew his attendance. “I have informed the organisers that I will no longer be participating,” he said. “I had agreed to participate in an academic conference to present a paper in defence of Israel’s right to exist. But by inviting a speaker who espouses anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the conference is now objectively an attempt to normalise antiSemitism. I cannot attend such an event.” This comes after the University of East London (UEL) and Middlesex University cancelled events with Falk, the Emeritus Professor of Princeton University, who

accused Israel of war crimes in his role as UN Special Rapporteur to Palestine from 2008-14. He was also due to speak at UEL on Tuesday night, before the event was pulled at the last minute. The university cancelled the event, saying it took “the difficult decision” because “it became clear, the day before the event, that the university’s external speakers policy had not been adequately followed”. The event, which had been advertised on the university’s events page, had been due to launch Falk’s new book, Palestine’s Horizons: Towards a Just Peace.


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Terror returns to London / News

Three dead in Westminster carnage Continued from page 1 Mike Freer, Conservative MP for Finchley & Golders Green, added: “Tobias reacted magnificently. The experience must have been painful given his family loss.” Elsewhere, a woman also died of her injuries after the male attacker rammed a grey 4x4 vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before going on a shooting and stabbing rampage. Witnesses told how the attacker repeatedly brought his arm down on one of the yellowjacketed officers who man the Palace of Westminster entrance, checking passes in what is the first line of security around the Palace and one of the few points where people can enter directly from the street. There was what appeared to be a warning shout and then the crack of three or four shots and the man fell to the floor. As Jewish News went to print, medics confirmed that three people had died along with the killer and a number of others had “catastrophic” injuries. Grant Shapps, the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield, was among the many caught up in the incident, which took place as politicians

of our democracy in Westminster,” adding: “It will serve only to unite us against the scourge of violence and terrorism. The prayers of the Jewish community are with the families of the victims.” Both the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council said their thoughts were with the victims, while in Israel, politicians long used to similar attacks, also expressed sympathy. President Reuven Rivlin said: “Our thoughts are with the people of London. Terror is a threat to us all and we must stand united against it.”

Minister Tobias Ellwood [centre] tries to save an injured policeman who later died. Right: the attacker being treated with his weapons circled

remembered the victims of a terrorist attack in Brussels exactly one year ago. Shapps tweeted: “Walking through Commons cloisters to vote, heard four gunshots. Police had MPs hit ground and crawl to cover.” He added: “Police response instant. Heard commotion, looked round.

Police weapons drawn.” Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust said: “We’ve been in close contact with police and ask the Jewish community to be vigilant and cooperate with security measures.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the attack “targeted the very heart

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News / Community leader stands down

Sir Mick steps down as JLC chair By Justin Cohen justinc@thejngroup.com @CohenJust

The long-term chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council has passionately defended the organisation’s contribution and expressed regret “closer organisational alignment” with the Board of Deputies was not achieved, as he announced he will not seek re-election. Sir Mick Davis has served in the role for eight years, during which the number of member organisations has doubled and major strategic changes were introduced in areas such as schools and leadership – prompting plaudits yesterday from across the community. In a letter to the JLC’s Council of Membership, the former chief executive of Xstarta – who also chaired David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission – said: “The time is right to allow others with equal passion to take the community forward with a fresh vision. The work of the JLC is vital in nurturing a vibrant, forward-thinking and outward-facing Jewish community of Great Britain. It has been inspiring work to lead.” Former Board of Deputies president and JLC chair, Henry Grunwald, said he was in no doubt Sir Mick “leaves the community in a stronger position”, while recognising there were “few people whose reputation polarises our community like he does”. During his tenure, the JLC was attacked

Sir Mick Davis, third from right, with David Cameron during a meeting with community chiefs

as “unrepresentative and undemocratic” including very publicly by current Board president Jonathan Arkush. Despite being a prominent supporter of Jewish and Israel causes, Sir Mick also faced criticism over his repeated criticism of Israel’s leadership in regard to the peace process and warning of the consequences of not achieving a two-state solution. As he told JLC members he was “proud the community stands unapologetically with Israel” ahead of the Balfour centenary, the country’s Ambassador Mark Regev described him as “one of the pillars of British Jewry and I thank him for his friendship and support”.

Grunwald, writing in today’s Jewish News, said: “His vision and strategic thought led the JLC to institute commissions on Jewish schools, from which emerged Partnerships for Jewish Schools, on Women in Jewish Leadership, from which came the Women in Jewish leadership programmes; on Informal Provision for Young People, from which came Reshet and on synagogue vitality. He strengthened the JLC’s political engagement and its structures to counter BDS, raised the funds to counter delegitimisation of Israel and spoke strongly in support of leadership development, and Jewish and Israel education.” Michael Gove, who sat on the Holocaust

Commission with Sir Mick, said his years “set the standard for communal leadership” and the country owed a “huge” debt. He added: “He has the courage to speak his mind, even when others disagree, the determination to defend his principles even when it comes at a cost, and the drive to translate vision into action.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said Sir Mick “has relentlessly and generously committed himself to the betterment of Jewish life in the UK, in Israel and beyond”, while Reform Judaism’s Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “He brings courage, warmth and endless generosity of heart as well as philanthropic generosity.” Sir Mick said in his letter to council members that “our communal architecture is not fit for purpose” with too many charities competing for the “same space and resource”. He added: “I must note my regret that the Board of Deputies and JLC could not achieve closer organisational alignment during my tenure... I am, however pleased that a positive working relationship exists between the two executive teams – when that prevails the community prospers.” Answering questions over how representative his organisation is, he said: “Our membership now comprises most synagogue bodies, almost all the welfare organisations, almost all the Israel and Zionist organisations and those that secure and educate our community. Far from being unrepresentative, the JLC has provided real representation for the 21st century.”


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BICOM-RUSI Conference / News

Six Day victory was ‘watershed’

Israeli soldiers during the Six Day War

International experts have said the Six Day War between Arab states and Israel was a “watershed” moment in the Middle East, as it marked the day the Palestinians knew they had to “fend for themselves”. Professor Asher Susser of Tel Aviv University told a conference in London that Israel’s rapid defeat of Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian armies “ended Arab dreams of their place in the sun”. The 50-year anniversary conference, organised by UK-Israel think tank BICOM and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), heard

Susser say the victory exposed pan-Arabism as “an empty vessel”, leading Arab states to pursue their own interests. “No one in the Middle East more than the Palestinians believed that [Egyptian leader] Col Abdel Nasser’s formula – Arab unity, Arab socialism, and an alliance with the Soviet Union – would deliver Palestine. In six days, shockingly, humiliatingly, unbelievably, it all came to nothing,” he said, but the void left by pan-Arabism’s defeat led to two contradictory trends in the Middle East that are still seen today. On the one hand, Susser said,

Siege image ‘no longer recognised’ The image of Israel being “under siege” was one few now recognised, the Six Day War conference was told. Prof David Newman, formerly of Ben-Gurion University, said 70 percent of Israelis alive today were not alive in 1967, when Israel dramatically won the brief conflict. Newman said many Israelis

today did not know the image of a “besieged Israel”, an idea still mistakenly pushed by many Israelis and supporters of the country. “We do ourselves an injustice when we show ourselves in this way,” he said. “We are a strong state militarily. We need to think differently about where we are.”

Israel should now think “outside the territorial box” because of settlement expansion in recent years, because “settlements have made it almost impossible to draw borders”. On the implications for a twostate solution, Newman said “we’ve missed the opportunity”, adding that solutions such as power-

there was “the clear-cut pursuit of state interests” while on the other it led to Islamism. “Arab nationalism was designed to paper over sectarianism,” he said. “Islamism exacerbates it.” Egypt’s decision to withdraw from the conflict meant the Arab states had no military option, he said, which meant the Palestinians knew they “had to fend for themselves… they knew the Arabs were not going to save them”. Yet, Susser said, humiliation of the Arab armies also laid bare for the first time the Arab social and economic crisis that again became evident in violent revo-

sharing “that don’t require clean lines” should now be explored. On the political legacy of the military rout of Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the summer of 1967, he said Israel had “gone from a one-party state to a one-party state”, in that previously it was dominated by left-wing parties, and ever since had been dominated by those of the right. Dr Sara Hirschhorn, a lecturer

lution during the “expression of despair” of the Arab Spring. The rise of sectarianism in Arab states since 1967 had “led to challenges we haven’t seen for a century,” said Susser, with Middle East countries “on the verge” or already disintegrated. Israel’s relative success, he argued, meant it was “despised and resented” more than ever. BICOM’s James Sorene said: “We were delighted to partner with RUSI to put on an event that explored the complex legacy of the war and brought fresh analysis and discussion to a high-profile audience in Whitehall.”

in Israel studies at Oxford University, said the settler movement also stemmed from the war, but had undergone “vast changes” since. In the “euphoric aftermath” of the war, Israel won an “accidental empire,” but events on the ground moved quickly thereafter, with rapid settlement expansion for economic reasons, in contrast to its ideological beginnings.

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News / Campus links / Walker invite / Unite warning

UK university chiefs will visit Israel to grow academic links Plans have been unveiled for university vice-chancellors from across the country to join a landmark delegation to Israel, writes Alex Davis. Universities Minister Jo Johnson will head the trip, which will take place under the auspices of Universities UK. Sir Steve Smith, the vice chancellor of Exeter, spoke of the first of its kind delegation during a meeting of the Board of Deputies on Sunday. He said he would take part in the initiative as a “show of support for academic links with Israel”. It comes amid concerns over the nature of discourse about Israel on some university campuses, with several high-profile attempts by anti-Israeli protestors to shut down talks by speakers from the country. There have also been recent cases of Holocaust denial leaflets being distributed on campus. Last month, ahead of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), Johnson wrote to higher education bosses warning them of their responsi-

WALKER TO SPEAK AT DUNDEE CAMPUS Labour activist Jackie Walker is to address Dundee University students after the principal declined to withdraw her invitation. The event has been organised by the campus’ Action Palestine group in conjunction with the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign – to be held on 29 March. Walker, who was suspended twice by the party last year over alleged antiSemitism, is under referral to Labour’s national constitutional committee after a panel found she had a case to answer over comments she made about Holocaust

Memorial Day and anti-Semitism. She was dropped as a vice-chair of Momentum after her comments were condemned. Dundee University principal, Professor Peter Downes, had been urged to intervene, but a spokesman confirmed the event would go ahead.

Unite boss issues warning on racism Universities Minister Jo Johnson at the British Museum

bility to ensure Jewish students don’t suffer “discrimination, harassment or victimisation”. A number of IAW events were cancelled, with one university cited the government’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.

Reacting to news of the planned delegation, Board president Jonathan Arkush noted “the strong academic contacts between Britain and its most dependable ally in the Middle East and that such links greatly benefit both countries”. He added: “The Board believes in building bridges not boycotts.”

The general secretary of the UNITE union, Len McCluskey, has vowed to discipline any members found to have sent anti-Semitic messages, after his backers subjected the man challenging him for the top job to online abuse. Gerard Coyne, who condemned the “singling out” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under McCluskey, is said to be considering calling police after being sent Twitter messages invoking age-old tropes. One tweet from @1UnionBloke – who has made clear his support for McCluskey

– carried an image referring to “Jewish mafia” with the words: “Be warned @ gerard_coyne has backing now!!” A spokesperson for McCluskey said: “Unite has made it clear any member who has made anti-Semitic comments is in breach of the union’s rules and will face disciplinary action.”


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Labour hearing / Corbyn claim / News

Livingstone expecting to lose ‘Hitler’ hearing Ken Livingstone has said he will demand a judicial review if – as expected – he is punished by the Labour Party for saying Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. In a radio interview yesterday, the suspended former London mayor (pictured) also called for Labour to oust a number of its MPs for “consciously undermining” leader Jeremy Corbyn. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 presenter Emma Barnett, he referred again to his comments about Hitler, and said he would ask the courts to decide whether he was historically accurate if he is expelled. “I’m afraid we’ll have to be off to a judicial review in the courts,” said Livingstone, who has maintained he spoke correctly last year when he said Hitler was a Zionist “before he went mad and killed six million Jews”. “The issue will be: what was actually said, and what is the truth. The Labour Party has got no chance

of winning a judicial review.” Accepting that his political career was now over and that he was “retired,” he added: “I’m not having my political career defined at the end that I’m anti-Semitic.” Livingstone said some of Labour’s antiCorbyn MPs had jumped on his comments about Hitler to accuse him of anti-Semitism and should be kicked out for their criticisms of the party leader. “Those that have been most over the top I think should be suspended,” he said. “Jeremy should reintroduce automatic re-selection. It’s really ridiculous that MPs in safe seats have a job for life ... I’m particularly talking about Chuka Umunna [and] Wes Streeting. Basically it’s the same group of MPs who were screaming that I’d said Hitler was a Zionist and I was anti-Semitic.” Streeting hit back on Twitter, saying: “I won’t be taking any lectures in loyalty from Ken Livingstone. I’m not sure why he hasn’t yet been expelled from Labour.” Board of Deputies’ president Jonathan Arkush said: “Ken Livingstone is an embarrassment to the party and should be expelled immediately.” Livingstone’s interview has highlighted bitter divisions in the party between the traditional left-wing pro-Corbyn faction and centrists, some of whom have left the party.

Corbyn: ‘I’ve stood with you’ Jeremy Corbyn insists he’s stood “side-byside” with the Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism. Speaking at the Runneymede Trust ahead of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Corbyn (pictured) stressed Labour could be proud of its contribution to the struggle for justice and human rights. “Theresa May will tell you she wants a society that works for everyone,” he said. “But friends, I and many others in the Labour Party haven’t just talked the talk, we have walked the walk. I have stood side by side with your communities: to campaign against apart-

heid South Africa, against increasing Islamophobia in this country, against racism and against anti-Semitism.” He stressed his party was “implacably opposed” to anti-Semitism and was taking forward the recommendations of the Chakrabarti report. He also accused the government of allowing the demonisation of migrants who keep the NHS going, adding that it was not refugees from Syria who crashed the economy and said that black people with degrees earn less than their white peers and that women of Bangladeshi or Pakistani origin are less than half as likely to be employed as women from other groups.

CANDIDATE IS DESELECTED

Tonge was ‘not at fault’ on meeting

A Labour council candidate in Birmingham has been deselected after she shared a social media post headlined ‘Israel key link in exporting ISIS oil’. Alison Gove-Humphries, a Jeremy Corbyn supporter standing for election in Hall Green, also shared posts suggesting Israel was behind last year’s media storm focusing on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The posts were published on political blog Guido Fawkes four days after her selection to fight the Hall Green by-election. She was removed from a list of approved candidates by the Birmingham Board of the Labour Party on Friday, the Birmingham Post reported.

A House of Lords committee has found that Baroness Tonge was not at fault for chairing a meeting last year that called for the UK Government to apologise for issuing the Balfour Declaration, but which was later described as “anti-Semitic”. Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev alleged content at the event – organised by the Palestinian Return Centre last October – involved “disseminating anti-Semitism, promoting Holocaust revisionism and encouraging support for Hamas”. But the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Standards found Tonge did not breach the code as she did not knowingly host an anti-Semitic event, nor failed to take steps to stop it from becoming so.

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News / Flight scare / Ryan cleared / Archbishop tribute

UNITED SYNAGOGUE AND COMMUNITIES Delegates from 18 United Synagogue communities attended the inaugural Small Communities Conference. The event, at The Holiday Inn, Elstree, aimed to address the challenges faced by smaller Jewish communities. US chief executive Steven Wilson said: “This is a great example of how the US and its communities can creatively work together to meet challenges that impact on the Jewish future.”

WEST END TRAVEL WINS AWARD AGAIN West End Travel has been named top performing UK agent for a second time in the annual El Al awards. The Edgware agency, which specialises in travel to Israel, scooped the prestigious Platinum Award at a ceremony last week. Managing director David Segel said: “We are extremely proud to have won this award once again, maintaining our position as the airline’s top UK agent. “We couldn’t have achieved this without the efforts of our dedicated team.”

Charedi charter flight in Labour dismisses emergency landing drama Ryan complaint Jewish pilgrims have described their shock after a charter flight from London was forced into an emergency landing on Sunday. One passenger said how she felt the “fragility of human life” as the pilot announced an emergency descent during the flight from London Stansted to the Polish city of Rzeszow. She was one of 262 passengers and 10 crew members who were left shaken but unhurt after the cabin suddenly depressurised without warning. The incident caused the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Shocked passengers were forced to pull on oxygen masks to help them to breathe when the warning sirens sounded. The female passenger, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed her fear but said: “I thank God and the pilot

Passengers don oxygen masks during the flight emergency

for a smooth and safe descent.” The passengers were heading to the tombstone of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk to pray for success and happiness. Around 10,000 Jewish pilgrims visit the site every year from all over the world, including Israel and the United States.

A spokesman for Titan Airways told The Sun Online: “While such events are rare, all Titan Airways crew undergo regular rigorous training in accordance with EU EASA regulations to ensure they manage such situations successfully.” “Titan Airways are now working with the passengers on their further travel plans.” The airline said all passengers were able to be returned safely to London after the incident.

The Labour Party has rejected a complaint against its MP Joan Ryan after she was secretly filmed by Al Jazeera, Jewish News has learned. The party’s compliance unit this week said the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) chair was not in breach of party rules over a complaint related to footage from the Labour Party conference while she was at the LFI stand. On an episode of The Lobby, Ryan was seen being pressed by pro-Palestinian activist Jean

Fitzpatrick about what LFI was doing to promote a two-state solution. The MP incorrectly said Fitzpatrick claimed working at LFI could lead to a bank job, but the party’s governance unit said it would not launch an investigation.

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News / Hate videos / Pesach chicken / Britney concert

Britney set to play in Israel Pop star Britney Spears will perform in Tel Aviv in July, Israeli media is reporting. The show by the 35-yearold American pop singer will reportedly take place at Yarkon Park and be part of her upcoming Asian tour. The date and ticket sales have not been announced. The show’s producers con-

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Google tackles hate videos Google has apologised and promised to overhaul its YouTube policies after companies and government departments pulled advertising in protest at the hosting of anti-Semitic and homophobic videos. The internet giant said it would hire extra staff to police content after major brands and agencies hit Google where it hurts in response to “vile” anti-Semitic videos that were found to be making money for those behind them. It follows revelations in The Times that government departments and big highstreet brands were essentially funding racist videos through their adverts, with more than 200 anti-Semitic videos thought to be hosted on YouTube.

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On Tuesday, Google’s UK chief Philipp Schindler said: “We’ll be hiring significant numbers of people and developing new tools powered by our latest advancements in artificial intelligence and machine-learning to increase our capacity to review questionable content for advertising.”

WHY DID THE CHICKEN GO ON A PESACH DIET? Customers looking to buy poultry for Passover may well be left asking why this chicken is different to all other chickens. Well, it seems all poultry sourced for the festival is placed on a wheat-free diet, according to religious instruction.

In a literal case of separating the wheat from the chicks, the London Board of Shechita (LBS) today confirmed that kosher for Passover chickens are indeed different to their round-the-

He added: “We believe the combination of these new policies and controls will significantly strengthen our ability to help advertisers reach audiences at scale, while respecting their values.” More than 400 hours of video are uploaded to the Google-owned YouTube site every minute. In an apology on Friday, Google’s parent company Alphabet acknowledged that the sheer volume meant checking had been difficult. Marie van der Zyl, Board of Deputies vice-president had earlier called the videos “shocking and vile, packed with anti-Semitic tropes,” adding: “To say they promote racial hatred is an understatement.”

year feathery friends, with all chametz eliminated from their diet before slaughter. A spokesperson for the LBS said: “All poultry sourced for Pesach has to be fed on a non-wheat feed diet. “This is not a new thing – it’s been around for thousands of years. “All shechita boards

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FN HEAD QUESTIONS HOLOCAUST DEATHS The head of Marine Le Pen’s Front National party in the French city of Nice has said there was no mass killing during the Holocaust. Benoît Loeuillet was filmed secretly by a documentary crew saying: “I don’t think there were that many deaths ... during the Shoah.” Asked about Holocaust deniers, he said: “I don’t really know what to think. It’s complicated ... there weren’t six million [deaths]. There weren’t mass deaths as we’ve been told.”

NORWAY PARTY SPLIT ON CIRCUMCISION BAN A proposal to support a ban on circumcision and label it child abuse is splitting the leadership of a liberal party in Norway that supports outreach to Muslim immigrants. Socialist Left secretary Kari Elisabeth Kaski pushed for language supporting the ban in the party’s official platform during a general assembly meeting. The plank would propose 15 years as the minimum age for non-medical circumcision of boys, pending their consent. [JTA]

ARGENTINA RECALLS 1992 EMBASSY ATTACK The 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was remembered in the Argentine city this week, 25 years after it was blown up by a car bomb. Prior to the ceremony, President Mauricio Macri met for the first time with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the attack. Argentina has blamed Iran for the attack and the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, but both officially remain unresolved. [JTA]

Safe dating scheme offered to students Jewish Women’s Aid launched its Safer Dating programme on Monday with an evening of bowling, karaoke and cocktails, writes Noa Lessoff Gendler. Safer Dating, which aims to help 16 to 25-year-olds identify the signs of an unhealthy relationship, will run at Jewish societies, schools and youth movements across the country. Guests from schools, youth movements and universities, who attended the launch at All Star Lanes in Holborn, praised the initiative. Sixth-former Debbie Kaye said: “People don’t want to sit and hear lectures. This is a fun way of tackling the subject.” Dr Pam Alldred of Brunel University, London, who specialises in education and youth studies, said: “It’s a great idea to have this event in a social space – the kind of space where these conversations need to be had.” JWA chief executive Naomi

The launch of Jewish Women’s Aid’s Safer Dating scheme. From left: Dr Pam Alldred, Joel Salmon, Claire Godley, Sarah Manuel and Naomi Dickson

Dickson said: “We started working on campuses because that’s when the first proper relationships often happen.” Bassy Cohen, a representative of Noa Girls, an OrthodoxJewish support group for adolescent girls, said much could be learnt from the new initiative. JWA’s scheme hopes to

reach many more than the 2,500 pupils they are already in contact with in schools across the UK. The organisation was recently awarded the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark for the service it delivers to women and children across the Jewish community who have experienced domestic abuse.

The team behind the proposed new Jewish secondary school in north London has said it still intends to proceed with the bid – despite two existing Jewish secondary schools increasing their intake. Last week plans were announced to merge two rival bids for new Jewish free schools, but in the same week JFS and JCoSS [pictured] said

they would offer an additional 90 places between them, while newly-approved planning permission at Hasmonean also incorporates additional places. This week, a spokeswoman for the proposed new merged bid confirmed that an application would still be made in April, despite Jewish education chiefs saying the extra provision for places would be “suffi-

cient” to meet demand. “We do not think the 90 extra places are sufficient to deal with the excess demand,” she said. “One of our key goals is to increase parental choice.” The statement seems to contradict a comment from Rabbi David Meyer, director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools, who last week said the extra places “will help ensure

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Jewish refugee: ‘I’m not related to Rudolf Hess’ Her surname was synonymous with one of the most shameful chapters in European history. So it is little wonder German Jewish refugee Eleanor Hess sought to distance herself from her infamous namesake Rudolf when she enquired about receiving Foreign Office compensation. Her tentative request about the pot of cash handed over to the British Government by the Germans nearly two decades after the end of the Second World War was dismissed. Miss Hess’s speculative letter – among a cache of historical files released by the National Archives at Kew – was accompanied by a note denying being any relation to Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, as well as to revered British-born concert pianist Myra Hess. In her letter, in slightly broken English, she wrote: “I saw the above (compensation programme) was flash on TV tonight but do not know whether this applies to me

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Trump approval lowest among American Jews President Donald Trump’s approval rating among Jews in the United States is 31 percent – more than 11 percent lower than his overall rating of 42 percent, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey points out that Jews appear to be reacting to Trump a l o n g party

lines. Some 64 percent of Jews identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, according to data from the same time period, and 29 percent identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. Gallup also points out that Trump has sent “mixed signals to American Jews about their position in the country and his administration’s stance toward Israel”.

ENVOY IS QUIZZED OVER AIR STRIKES

Russia has summoned its ambassador to Israel for clarification following Israeli airstrikes in Syria. The country, which backs Syrian president Bashar Assad, summoned envoy Gary Koren, less than 24 hours after the Israeli military action, according to The Times of Israel. In a rare statement, the Israel Defence Forces con-

firmed it had carried out aerial strikes in Syria and intercepted missiles launched at its aircraft from the ground. No Israelis were hurt during the strikes or from the anti-aircraft fire, according to an IDF spokesman. Israel is believed to have carried out several attacks on Syrian soil in recent years, but usually refrains from confirming or denying reports.

UN forced to abandon report ARTIST’S PERES accusing Israel of apartheid GRAFFITI WALL

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A UN affiliate has removed a report accusing Israel of apartheid from the internet following a request from the secretary-general of the international body. Antonio Guterres asked the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, or EWCWA, to remove the report, which was said to “establish, on the basis of scholarly inquiry and

overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid,” Reuters reported. Rima Khalaf, the commission’s chief, resigned because of Guterres’ pressure to remove the report, according to Reuters. After the UN action, a previous link to the report yielded an error message and the report was not listed among

the publications on the website for the ESCWA, a Beirut-based agency comprised of 18 Arab member states, including one identified as the State of Palestine. A UN spokesman had earlier said the report was published without consulting the secretariat and “does not reflect the views of the secretary-general”. The United States and Israel sharply criticised the report. “The US is outraged by the report,” Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the UN, said. “The secretariat was right to distance itself.” Israel’s ambassador, Danny Danon, said in a statement: “The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie.”

Actor and artist Corin Nemec has created a giant graffiti wall dedicated to Shimon Peres as a message of peace in Tel Aviv. The American actor arrived in the country as part of a delegation with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and created the portrait of the late president at the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation. Tel Aviv-Jaffa mayor Ron Huldai also participated in the artwork alongside a group of young participants in Peres Centre programmes. Nemec said: “I am honoured to be here in Tel Aviv, which is one of my favourite cities in the world, and at the Peres Centre. “I believe children and adults can come together through art and bridge geographic and cultural divides. I am happy to see children from all backgrounds and cultures here, creating exciting friendships and working together.” Nemec said that he “stands by Israel, in the real world and on social media”, while Huldai added: “We are at the home of the man who dreamed non-stop to bring peace – the late Shimon Peres.”

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srael’s former top soldier and defence minister laid out in London this week why he should be the country’s next prime minister, as he criticised Benjamin Netanyahu for “seeking to control the media” and “generating hatred”. Former IDF General Moshe Ya’alon, who was in the UK for a Zionist Federation dinner, later took aim at the current Israeli coalition, which he said was “dominated by extremists” who were “attacking the Supreme Court” and threatening the rule of law. In an interview with Jewish News, he said: “Ministers, members of the Knesset, the prime minister, yes he is doing it… Not allowing public media but controlling the media. It’s unbelievable to me. It’s against democracy.” Ya’alon was reacting to Israeli media reports this weekend that Netanyahu had threatened to call an election unless plans to create a new public-service broadcaster were abandoned, and said it was part of a pattern. “The Supreme Court should be respected by the Jewish

Home Party and Likud [but] the Supreme Court is being attacked. It’s all the new nominations of the judges. They are going to judge according to the law, but the fact that the Supreme Court is not respected means that we do not respect the rule of law.” Ya’alon resigned from Netanyahu’s government last year after an Israeli soldier was filmed shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the head. Ya’alon said the soldier’s actions “completely contradicts IDF values and its battle ethics”, but Netanyahu argued for a pardon, calling the family in sympathy before the trial. “To offend the Supreme Court, not to respect the rule of law, to generate hatred against the different sectors in Israeli society – against the Arabs, against the leftists – it’s ignoring Jewish values,” he said. Alluding to the soldier’s case, he added: “When it comes to keeping Israel Jewish, meaning keeping our morals, first is the sanctity of life. I had a couple of disputes about this with the current coalition.” Ya’alon recently quit the Likud party and announced that he was forming his own political party to challenge Netanyahu, about whom he may have been referring when he spoke of Israel’s leaders needing to “navigate by the [moral] compass, not by the number of Facebook likes”.

Referring to a recent Israeli law retroactively legalising dozens of illegal Jewish settlements built on privatelyowned Palestinian land, he asked: “Can you confiscate private land from someone – Arab, Israeli, whatever – then deliver it to someone else? No way. It’s going to be a chaotic situation. It’s not going to be approved by the Attorney-General, nor by the Supreme Court, but the coalition voted for it. The only one who voted against it was Benny Begin. So, what – he’s leftist?” Ya’alon said that while he was a “hawk” on security and defence, he supported Palestinian “autonomy” in the West Bank, and advocated greater inclusion of Arabs into Israeli society, such as by participating in national service as a substitute to serving in the IDF. “We started in 2007,” he said. “We had more Arabs appealing to serve in the national service than we had jobs. This is the best way to integrate. It’s a great change for the integration of Israeli Arabs in Israeli society. “President Rivlin has called for this. Is he leftist? This is [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky’s way. “Today, the atmosphere is not to allow Arabs to be integrated into Israeli society and to generate hatred by the prime minister, defence minister, education minister – how come? This is against our values as a Jewish and democratic state.”

Optimistic about Israel, but it’s being attacked for just ‘existing’ Moshe Ya’alon told guests at the Zionist Federation’s annual dinner on Sunday night he was optimistic about Israel’s economic and military position, but saw “no chance” of a settlement to the decades-old conflict. Introduced by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev as an “Israeli hero”, he said for too many people, it was “not about occupation since ’67, it’s about occupation since ’48. It’s about our very existence”. He attacked the “misconceptions” about the region that persist in international and public discourse. While he was prepared to give up land for peace and firmly rejected the idea of annexing Area C [part of the West Bank], he suggested it was futile while Israel does not even feature in Palestinian textbooks and payments are made to

terrorists. He said: “Without dealing with education, there’s no chance of a better future for them.” Turning to Syria, he said Israel made it clear from the start it would not take a position, while setting out red lines including violation of its sovereignty. He also pointed to the treatment in Israel of 3,000 Syrians injured in the conflict. “I’m a great believer in interests not illusions, whether using stick or a carrot in this case.” Ya’alon, who was not paid for his speech, claimed the Obama administration’s “disengagement” from the Middle East had left a vacuum and room for “rogue elements”. He said the ZF was leading in that battle against delegitimisation of Israel in the UK and called on British Jews not to “underestimate the Continued on page 31

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Peace is possible There are powerful parallels to be drawn between the transformation of an IRA terrorist turned peacemaker and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Martin McGuinness, who died this week, was a cold-blooded killer, whose journey from gunman to statesman saw him shake hands with the Queen and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Ian Paisley. For all his sins, he proved peace is possible between sworn enemies. That tragedy and hate, even in the most entrenched conflict, does not need to be the status quo. And that even those who resort to violence to achieve their aims can harbour hope for compromise. Like the IRA, Palestinian leaders opt for what they know best – bloodshed. Their hostility runs so deep they’re even prepared to kill themselves if it means Jews die too. This entrenched animosity must be wiped out for peace to take root. To achieve this, a Palestinian leader must emerge who fosters an atmosphere of hope and views the promise of a state as the fulfillment of a dream rather than a sell-out to Zionists. He must tackle decades of prejudice and reeducate his followers to respect human life. Does such a Palestinian exist, capable of leading his people towards a new destiny? If he does, he will surely come from left field. Those mooted as possible successors to Mahmoud Abbas, when the first elections since 2005 finally take place, are the usual suspects – Yasser Arafat’s cousin Nasser al-Qudwa, technocrat Mohammad Shtayyeh, intelligence chief Majid Farraj and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. The only politician thought capable of uniting Gaza and Ramallah – Hamas and Fatah – and therefore able to carry a popular mandate, is convicted murderer Marwan Barghouti, currently languishing in jail – a place many fairly feel McGuinness should have spent most of his life. The ringleaders of perhaps the world’s deepest and most depressing conflict might learn a long overdue lesson from the conversion of Martin McGuinness. That there is another way. A peaceful way. That after Abbas, there need not be another abyss. CONTACT DETAILS Editorial Director Richard Ferrer richardf@thejngroup.com Head of Sales Russell Bahar 020 7692 6970 russellb@thejngroup.com News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com

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MAYBE IT’S THE JEWS WHO DESERVE THE APOLOGY Baroness Tonge and friends are opening a can of worms expecting the British government to apologise for issuing the Balfour Declaration [Jewish News, 9 March]. Britain was not the only country to issue such a document. France did too and others because Palestine is strategic as it backs on to the area

near the Suez Canal. It was the League of Nations that allocated Palestine for the Jewish homeland on behalf of the international community of the time. It is another error to say the Palestinian Arabs were indigenous to that territory. Not so. Arabs are indigenous to Arabia, Jews to Judea.

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Arabs burst out of Arabia and overran most of the Middle East and North Africa, but they are not indigenous to Palestine. If any party has a grievance it is the Jewish people, when some 80 percent of Mandated Palestine was grabbed by the Hashemites and renamed Jordan. Britain did nothing

to stop this. Perhaps we Jews should be the ones asking for an apology.

Uri Rabin Redbridge

DISAPPOINTMENT OVER DISABLING COMMENTS ON SACKS’ BDS VIDEO I was disappointed to see, after watching Rabbi Lord Sacks’ Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement video on YouTube, that comments were disabled [Jewish News, 9 March]. I’m a Green Party campaigner and took part as a student in both Israel Apartheid Week and Israel Awareness Week. I am all for open debate, so let me give your readers the facts. The question of BDS came up in the Jewish News/GLA debates. The Green Party constituency candidate gave an honest answer; UKIP did not even know what BDS stands for. The now co-leader Jonathan Bartley emphasised free speech when asked about stopping Israel Apartheid Week.

In the video by Rabbi Sacks, BDS is depicted as a wall. I don’t need to explain to you how muddled this is. BDS explicitly rejects anti-Semitism and the Green Party MP and elected members have supported the latest cross-party motions against anti-Semitism and have generally called for bridges not walls. Israel has its weapons, cyber capability, army, navy, air force and allies, all of which make it more powerful than the Palestinians, though of course both sides need to stop the violence. I am concerned that we cannot get past this as a community of like-minded individuals.

Ben Samuel Hendon


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Don’t apportion blame until you know the facts When the case of the now jailed IDF soldier Elor Azaria came to light, a former IDF soldier came forward with an account of a life-and-death scenario to which he had been a party some years earlier. He and his commanding officer were waiting for a car carrying a known terrorist to arrive at a checkpoint, having received intelligence. The car’s occupants were ordered out, and the commanding officer instructed his junior that under no circumstances was he to point his rifle at the suspect, as he appeared to be disarmed. In a fraction of a second, the terrorist managed to shoot the officer and his junior. The officer was killed outright; his junior suffered terrible injuries, though he eventually recovered. This was not an isolated example and the point my informant was forcefully making was that in such situations no one can say with certainty that a terrorist playing dead or severely injured is no longer a threat.

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I do not know the composition of the committee of the All Aboard charity shops but have been told there has recently been a change of policy and it appears some of the shops are now open on Shabbat. Long-serving members and helpers who are Orthodox cannot object because they have no say. The public may not be aware of this and those who have been donors in the

Barry Kester Pinner All too often in these cases, it is a case of kill or be killed. You wrote: “Jews in the Diaspora viewing this from a distance now face the prospect of seeing Israel win the war, but lose itself.” That’s the point. At a distance, events are often seen differently, but it behoves a Jewish paper not to apportion blame in such a high handed manner, regardless of the findings of a politically-biased court, without detailed knowledge.

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past may now wish to consider whether to continue being so. Now is the time to reconsider and to respect Shabbat and keep such shops closed. I appreciate some shops are not specifically in densely populated Jewish areas, but the principal policy should be the same.

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Jewish mental health taboo is slowly lifting HANNAH SHARRON

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e like to think the best of ourselves. We believe we’re inclusive, accepting and supportive, as individuals and as a Jewish community. By and large, this is the case. So why don’t Jewish students feel they can talk about mental health? When one student disclosed a mental illness to her ex-housemate, she hoped this confidence would help her friend to understand better the thoughts swirling through her mind and affecting her behaviour. Instead, the housemate slammed her bedroom door, telling the student she was being “selfish” by “ruining the house atmosphere”, and “it would be better if she went home”. This student is not alone: the number who got in touch after we announced the relaunch of Reclaim, UJS’ mental health campaign, was overwhelming. They said they wanted to be involved due to their experiences of mental illness at university: feeling they had no one to talk to, not knowing where to seek support. The taboo on mental health in the Jewish

community has definitely started to dissolve. With campaigners like Jonny Benjamin and charities such as Jami, we’re in a much better place than we were a few years ago. But through talking to students we found although mental health no longer holds the stigma it did, many people still don’t know how to offer support to friends who disclose a mental illness. This is problematic because many students leave home for university. Research in 2011 by JPR showed of 925 Jewish students surveyed, just one in five respondents (18 percent) lived at home during term-time. Those that don’t suddenly find themselves without the support networks they are used to; their friends become surrogate families but can’t offer that crucial support if they don’t know how. That’s part of what Reclaim is about. University also brings new experiences. Even if you choose to give drugs or alcohol a wide berth, there is still the stress of moving to a new city, learning at a faster pace and with less direct support, doing your own laundry, cooking and cleaning, meeting new people and having to find new friends. Recent research by NUS shows 78 percent of students have experienced a mental health problem. There isn’t yet any research on Jewish

student mental health, but the JPR report cited above showed Jewish students are more worried than students in general about passing exams (76 percent versus 68 percent) and living up to their parents’ expectations (41 percent versus 32 percent). They are also more likely to have relationship issues, feel lonely and have personal health concerns, physical and mental. While it would be dangerous to assume a causal link between these statistics and any presence of mental illness in the Jewish student population, the figures do show Jewish students feel disproportionately stressed, concerned or worried when compared to the general student population. Reclaim is unique in that it is student-led. There is a place for the amazing work done by student unions, universities and charities, but Reclaim is grassroots, the students in control.

Much of UJS’ work is about peer leadership, but with mental illness there is a special resonance. Many mental illnesses take control away from the sufferers, from their thoughts to their behaviour, affecting their ability to study, maintain friendships or even complete day-to-day activities like supermarket shopping. Reclaim literally empowers the students to reclaim the conversation about their mental health, a platform for student voices with speaker nights and online blogs and vlogs. Reclaim does not set out to treat Jewish students who are suffering from mental illness, but we have heard the call for a mental health campaign that focuses on their real experiences on campus. Most importantly, Reclaim will show those suffering with mental illness that as students and as members of the Jewish community, they are not alone.

RECLAIM WILL SHOW THOSE SUFFERING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, AS STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY, THEY ARE NOT ALONE

An appalling mistake Israel simply must apologise for JENNI FRAZER

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e know that war is appalling and sometimes terrible mistakes are made, errors of judgment, whatever you want to call them. But equally, sometimes, there is a time to know when to acknowledge such human errors, and quit while you are ahead. The trap into which apologists for such mistakes fall is to end up defending the indefensible, and it is never an edifying sight. I thought about this last week, when reading about the tragedy of Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gaza clinician. This is a man who lost three of his daughters and a niece when an Israeli tank shell struck his home during the final days of Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Dr Abuelaish was unusual in many ways: he lived in the Gaza town of Jebaliya but worked as a fertility specialist and gynaecologist in Tel Hashomer, one of Israel’s biggest hospitals.

He – like his Israeli colleagues – treated Jews and Arabs alike. He sent his children to Israeli peace camps, and was a rare proponent of dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. He spoke fluent Hebrew, had many friends in Israel, and was often contacted by journalists for updates during the first Gaza war, which was launched to end Hamas rocket fire on Israeli border towns. On 16 January 2009, two days before Operation Cast Lead came to an end, the doctor phoned his journalist friend, Shlomo Eldar, live on air, and pleaded for help in evacuating the wounded, including a daughter and a niece. He made the call moments after the Israeli shell had struck his home — and appalled Israeli viewers were brought face-to-face with the doctor’s agony. But it was too late. Dr Abuelaish, whose wife had died from leukaemia four months before the shell attack, lost daughters Aya, Mayar and Bissan, and his niece, Noor. The broken-hearted doctor moved from Gaza, and with his five surviving children began a new life in Canada. Last week, Dr Abuelaish returned to

Israel to seek an apology and compensation from the Israeli government. It is, of course, impossible to put a price on such deaths and ridiculous to suppose otherwise. But the doctor wants to give any compensation to a charity he has established in memory of the four girls, the Daughters for Life Foundation, which promotes education for women and girls of Middle Eastern background. It seemed to me on a first – and even a second – reading, that this was an open and shut case. Israel has few enough friends in Gaza as it is: why not bow to the inevitable, accept the responsibility and tell a grieving father how sorry the state is? But then I read this charmless comment on social media: “His is a most tragic story,

but with all due respect, the apology should be sought not from Israel, but Hamas who put them in harm’s way.” And I realised that Israel was trying to defend the indefensible. And so it proved. Court papers were produced in which it was argued that while there is no denying that the IDF shelled the doctor’s Gaza building, “the presence of other explosives in the building means the deaths and injuries might have been caused by those other explosives”. “Might”? That’s a hell of a possible, Israel. I am not arguing that Israel should apologise because Dr Abuelaish was a bit of a media star, but rather because there was a terrible error made, in the heat of war. There’s a waiting path here, leading to the right thing to do. Please do it.

ISRAEL HAS FEW ENOUGH FRIENDS IN GAZA: WHY NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBIITY AND TELL A GRIEVING FATHER HOW SORRY THE STATE IS?


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Sir Mick split opinion, but took the JLC to new heights HENRY GRUNWALD

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he confirmation from Sir Mick Davis this week that he is stepping down as chair of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) marks the end of an era. I was Mick’s predecessor as the JLC’s first chair and have watched as he has raised its profile and ambition. There are few people whose reputation polarises our community like him. There are those who feel that he has professionalised our community, improved our systems and taken us away from a model that wasn’t productive. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those who feel he is an undemocratic leader who has imposed his views on the community; that he has been at odds with the community due to his views on Israel. However, I have no doubt that Sir Mick has left the community in a stronger position than when he first appeared as chairman of UJIA. As chair of the JLC, he has presided over a

significant expansion in its membership and its remit. His vision and strategic thought led the JLC to institute Commission on Jewish schools, from which emerged Partnerships for Jewish Schools; on Women in Jewish Leadership, from which came the Women in Jewish leadership programmes; on Informal Provision for Young People, from which came Reshet and on Synagogue Vitality. He strengthened the JLC’s political engagement and its structures to counter the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), raised the funds to counter delegitimisation of Israel and spoke strongly in support of leadership development, and Jewish and Israel education. I also worked with him in his role as chair of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. He was a superb chair, who gently and skilfully led a distinguished group of Commissioners and the government to accept the proposal to build a fitting memorial to the Holocaust in the very heart of London. He has been immensely generous in his philanthropy, and his time, with countless

organisations benefiting from his generosity. This legacy of generosity will last well beyond his time with the JLC. I am, however, one of those who has been uneasy about the expansion of the role of the JLC and the direction in which it has gone. I feel it has mixed its message and diluted the original intention of its founders. However, Sir Mick has recognised this and has instructed CEO Simon Johnson to undertake a consultation with council members on what they feel should be the JLC’s role in the coming years. This reflects one of his characteristics that I most admire. A man of strong and principled opinions and views, he is also a sufficiently

strong and confident leader to be able to listen to opposing views and, if a sufficiently good case is made, to amend his opinions accordingly. He is deeply and passionately committed to the long-term well-being, strength and sustainability of our community. Few people care as deeply as he does or demonstrate that care as openly. There is no doubt Sir Mick will continue to contribute to the Jewish community. During his time at the JLC, he has revolutionised it and had a huge impact on the community. I admire him greatly. We will all miss his passion, his vision, his strong leadership and his generosity. I hope the organisation will thrive, but its new chair will have quite an act to follow.

HE’S HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. WE WILL MISS HIS PASSION, HIS VISION, HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP AND HIS GENEROSITY


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United Synagogue women are content with their roles BRIAN GORDON

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long-standing, positive feature of Anglo-Jewry is the visible demarcation – the clear blue water – between Orthodoxy and non-Orthodoxy. In the UK, people know where they stand. The United, Federation, Adass, Sephardi and Provincial Hebrew congregations are Orthodox. Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Masorti are not. While there are differences among the congregations of both categories, they are not fundamental or prohibitive. The distinction between Orthodox and non-Orthodox is crucial for shechita and kashrut. It’s crucial in determining halachic status for marriage, divorce and conversion. And ascertaining the Orthodox status of a shul and its rabbi. Of all the Orthodox congregations, the United Synagogue (US) is the most inclusive. Its approach has always been to welcome as members all who are halachically Jewish, regardless of individual belief or observance.

Every now and again, erosions occur within its ranks. Mischievous little factions, usually from the membership, but occasionally spurred on by a minority of misguided ministers, try to stretch the religious boundaries. Their antics would draw the US leftwards to a point that could end blur the clear blue water and jeopardise its Orthodox status. It is for the right-minded clergy – in particular the London Beth Din and the Chief Rabbi – to accord zero-tolerance to these activists. The erosions generally relate to the role of women in the shul and this issue has been the chink in the US’ armour. Outside the shul, the matter of intergender relationships is a social phenomenon that can be argued and contained. Inside, it poses a major threat. Kashrut, brit milah, Shabbat, festivals and Torah study – being essentially spiritual – sit comfortably with all shades of Orthodoxy. Feminism does not, and never will. The latest feminist ploy in the US is being cunningly packaged in the guise of “partnership minyanim”, where women are involved in running the service, giving sermons, maybe reading Torah portions, and who

knows what else? These are activities where women have never in Orthodox tradition been actively involved. It is pushing halachic boundaries to potential breaking point. I am convinced the overwhelming majority of women within the US are content with their position in Judaism. They have no desire to lead services, carry a Torah scroll, or wear tzitzit and tefillin, any more than their husbands have the urge to bake challot, light Shabbat candles or have babies. Thoughtful Jewish women recognise their role is on a par with men, but with different responsibilities. Both the home and the synagogue are the fortresses of Jewish life – and remember, it is the mother who determines the child’s Jewish status.

If the partnership campaigners really can’t bear the idea of women sitting behind a mechitza or in the shul gallery, participating at services passively and modestly, it would be tempting to say they should push off and join Reform, where women can preach and sing to their heart’s content. But that would not be a religiously appropriate response. So I would suggest they ask themselves if they really want to support and strengthen the US as a mainstream Orthodox entity. Or are they out to subvert it for their own political ends? If they answer honestly, they may just find themselves reverting to the soundest partnership of all. With the truth.

MOST WOMEN HAVE NO DESIRE TO LEAD SERVICES OR CARRY THE TORAH ANY MORE THAN THEIR HUSBANDS HAVE TO BAKE CHALLOT OR HAVE BABIES

Why the millions starving in East Africa is your problem RICHARD VERBER WORLD JEWISH RELIEF

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cross East Africa, 16 million people need immediate food assistance. Hundreds of people have already died of starvation. Drought and poor rains have decimated harvests, leaving millions of children malnourished and in need of urgent food and medical support. There is no doubt that much of the starvation has also been caused by human beings. Bombs and bullets, terrorism and war have destroyed infrastructure and forced millions of people to flee their homes. The international community must do more to bring conflicts to an end. It’s easy to look at crises thousands of miles away and think that it’s either not our problem or not something we can do anything about. Last week’s sedra (Torah portion), Ki Tissa, suggests otherwise.

East Africa may be far from the UK today, but it’s not far from where our ancestors became a people. The Exodus narrative – the children of Israel escaping from slavery in Egypt – is remembered daily in our prayers and weekly each Shabbat. The Exodus culminates with the children of Israel receiving the Torah in the Sinai Peninsula. But events go quickly wrong in this week’s sedra: Moses has gone up Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God. He seems to be away for too long. “When the people saw that Moses was late in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered against Aaron, and they said to him: ‘Come on! Make us gods that will go before us, because this man Moses, who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we don’t know what has become of him.’” (Exodus 32:1) Aaron, Moses’ brother, concedes to the people’s demand and together they build

the Golden Calf – an idol to worship – despite idolatry being expressly forbidden. Although only a tiny fraction of the Jewish people were actually involved in the sin of the Golden Calf, the whole nation was held responsible: we all have a duty to act. The Talmud goes even further and says very clearly that anyone who is able to protest against an injustice in the world, but chooses not to, is held accountable with the rest of the world’s citizens for their inaction. (Shabbat 54b) And here’s the good news. Everyone can make a difference to this devastating crisis. World Jewish Relief has launched an

emergency appeal to provide people with emergency food, water and livelihoods. As always, World Jewish Relief will work with trusted partners to ensure their targeted help reaches the most vulnerable people. Every little helps. Just as the children of Israel were all asked to contribute a halfshekel to the building of the Mishkan, the portable temple, regardless of their wealth, every person’s contribution was of equal value.  For more information about World Jewish Relief, or to donate to its East Africa appeal, see worldjewishrelief.org

THE TALMUD SAYS CLEARLY THAT ANYONE WHO IS ABLE TO PROTEST AGAINST AN INJUSTICE, BUT CHOOSES NOT TO, IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE


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purely educational, dealing with the religious Zionist modern Orthodox ideology. It is inspiring Anglo-Jewry with that ideology through schools, shuls, campuses, and communities.” Mizrachi UK supporters embrace the modern world, but at the same time believe in an Orthodox framework for learning and observance, as well as a love for the state of Israel. While Mizrachi UK is independent and unaffiliated to other organisations, it works most closely with the United Synagogue. The charity was delighted when the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, accepted the role of president of Mizrachi UK. He wrote in one of its newsletters: “I [became president] because I believe that, as Jews, our eternal challenge is both straightforward and also awash with complexity: How can we sanctify the innovations of the modern world in accordance with our eternal Jewish values? In Mizrachi, I see a movement which strives to strike that ideal balance.” Rabbi Shaw has 15 years’ experience as the community development Rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue and also founded Tribe, the United Synagogue’s youth division as well as directing its educational arm – Living and Learning – for six years. Explaining that Mizrachi UK believes Torah should be at the centre of Zionism, he says: “We see the Zionist dream as a religious obligation. We see Israel not just as a secular state that came into being. We believe it is a miracle that Hashem returned us to our land after 2,000 years.” Looking more long-term, Mizrachi UK seeks to help create the UK’s next generation of modern Orthodox Zionist Jewish leaders. It is working with an organisation called Manhigut Toranit (Torah leadership) on a five-year accelerated programme in Jerusalem, taking top Israeli students fluent in English and giving them “an incredible level of Torah scholarship”. These scholars are sent out into the diaspora to “inspire the community.”

Bottom left: Andrew Shaw, CEO of Mizrachi UK, shares his hopes for the charity’s future

The first graduates – Rabbi Eliyahu and Yocheved Silverman – began work in the UK in September and are making a “huge impression” teaching in Hasmonean and in the wider community. Shaw says: “We are also producing home-grown rabbis from the modern Orthodox background as well”. The organisation wants to create rabbis who have been raised in the modern Orthodox Zionist world, who have been to university and who very much live the Mizrachi ideology. “There’s been a real gap in the creation of those types of leaders,” he says. “We want to create a conveyor belt of rabbinic leadership, with rabbis training in Israel, who will eventually be part of the United Synagogue, our schools, campuses and our communities.” Mizrachi UK also works with various campuses because it believes the students who have been educated through Bnei Akiva or have been to Israel on their gap year, are “tremendous leaders”. “We want to motivate them to take on leadership roles on campus and in the wider community. They are students, part of the world we live in, and are passionate. We want them to share their passion, knowledge and experience while they’re on campus with their peers.” Mizrachi UK is staging some major events in the near future. “We’re bringing over 13 of the top educators from Israel, and they’re being sent all

over the country for Shabbat,” explains Shaw. “And on Sunday, 7 May, we’re bringing everyone together for a whole day of inspiration at Kinloss. It will be a massive event, engaging thousands of people across the community.” The 50th anniversary of Yom Yerushalayim will be celebrated with a range of events, including the facilitation of multiple celebrations across the UK, and a global celebration in Jerusalem coordinated by World Mizrachi. A competition will also see 50 lucky students awarded a subsidised trip to be part of this momentous occasion. Shaw says Mizrachi UK is expanding and working with communities outside of London. It has recently appointed a youth couple to work in Leeds and hope to employ a rabbinic couple in Manchester this autumn. “By July, we hope to have a national staff of 13 people, which is remarkable growth in the space of 18 months when we only had one!’ “We’ve got to strengthen our community, and we work very closely within it with schools, shuls and campuses. “In 10 years’ time, we hope the community will have far more of a strong committed modern Orthodox and religious Zionist voice in our lay leadership, rabbinic leadership, school leadership and on campus. “That’s the dream and we are on our way, but we’ve got a long way to go.” mizrachi.org.uk


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1SCHOOL’S SIMCHA

Beit Shvidler Primary School celebrated its tenth anniversary with a party for families arranged by its PTA. Children were entertained with a performance by the Chickenshed Theatre Group (pictured), while parents enjoyed an afternoon tea. A celebratory Kiddush was held at the school’s partner synagogue, the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation. The school opened in 2006 as Edgware Jewish Primary School with just 39 children, and has been oversubscribed every year since.

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2ADRIAN RAISES £10K

Adrian Jacobs took part in the Jerusalem Marathon for the third year running. The 55-year-old accountant crossed the line in a time of 2:40, raising £10,000 for Kisharon.

3ZEV’S SHALVA RUN

Hasmonean pupil Zev Bloom raised £5,000 to help Shalva’s children and their families when he took part in the half-marathon event. Running along with a group of boys and girls from Hasmonean and JFS, he recorded the fastest time in his age group for the distance. He said: “It was amazing and the fact I was running for Shalva made it even more special.”

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Two 11-year-olds took part in the 10km run in Jerusalem, raising £1,000 for the city’s Shaare Zedek’s Wilf Children’s Hospital. Israeli-born Shimi Davidson was born in Shaare Zedek, although is also a UK citizen as both his parents are Londoners, while Dovi Sarzin’s family made aliyah four years ago. They said: “It was so encouraging to be cheered on by the crowds. We both completed the 10km run in under an hour. We can’t wait to raise money for the children of Shaare Zedek in next year’s Jerusalem Marathon.’

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ZAKA volunteer Rowel Genn on the importance of road safety, as part of its work in public safety awareness. Talks have also taken place at Hasmonean and Menorah High. Dean Lesser, executive director of British Friends of ZAKA, said: “The number of fatalities involving young drivers are extremely concerning. By talking frankly to the students we hope to raise awareness and hope young drivers will be that little bit more cautious when driving.”

Jewish Interactive raised £140,000 for Jewish education at its bi-annual fundraiser at the Millbank Tower on Monday. More than 180 guests heard from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, while chair of trustees David Bloom spoke of how the charity’s growth is reflective of the needs of the next generation.

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GIFT raised more than £15,000 worth of food after it launched a nationwide appeal to collect surplus mishloach manot. In conjunction with the United Synagogue Project Chesed, the food will be given to people in need throughout the year. GIFT director Michelle Barnett said: “I’m overwhelmed by people’s generosity, in addition to the energy, stamina and creativity of the volunteers helping sort and pack the food.” GIFT’s chametz collection is on 2 April.

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ENJOYS 5 WIJPS SHABBAT AT SKEET Year 5 pupils (including Aaron Caplin, Adam Garfield and Yoav Nochi, pictured) from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School enjoyed a residential weekend at Skeet Hill House in Kent. For part of Shabbat, participants were joined by madrichim (leaders) from Tribe (Young United Synagogue), who ran a special programme that included ‘Why we have rules for Shabbat’, parasha plays and a special mitzvah board game.

STUDENTS 3 JCOSS HELP NORWOOD THERAPY 6 RETAIL FOR EMUNAH Year 12 JCoSS students, from the Pears Special Resource Provision Unit, sorted out clothes in Norwood’s warehouse for its charity shops as part of their Employability and Volunteering Programme.

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Hilary Pearlman, Rochelle Selby, Judy Weiner and Judy Daniel were among 25 women – and toddler Jack Nahum – who went on a retail therapy walk at Westfield London. They raised £3,000 for a new dormitory for teenage boys at Emunah children’s home in Afula. British Emunah director Deborah Nathan said: “It was an innovative way to raise money.”

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ZF praised for action against BDS challenge” – urging people to challenge “fake news and alternative facts”. There was also a standing ovation for Rami Sherman, who served as an IDF commando during the Entebbe raid to free more than 100 hostages on a hijacked plane from Paris, while ZF chairman Paul Charney reflected on developments since the last annual dinner. He said the UK was capital of the delegitimisation campaign against Israel and “time and time again, when there is the need, the ZF has organised visual support for Israel”. Musical entertainment was provided by singer Tally Koren.

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‘Be Our Guest’ were the words on everyone’s lips at Kidanza dance school’s musical extravaganza at Shaw Theatre in Euston on Sunday. The title of one of the songs on the programme, as well as the show theme, it was a celebration of well-loved children’s classics performed by more than 150 dancers aged between three and 16 to celebrate Purim. Kidanza director Hila Moussaioff directed, choreographed and produced the show, alongside daughter Judi. The talent of the whole dance school was obvious and the joy with which the children danced and their beautiful and colourful costumes created a wonderful atmosphere.


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eople say they would kill to know what I know – and that is exactly what they would have to do.” So begins June Kenton, the driving force behind the famous luxury lingerie brand Rigby & Peller, in the wry opening to her new autobiography, Storm In a D-Cup. The corsetière to the Queen has helped hundreds of celebrity clients over the years, but her lips remain tighter than well-fitted lingerie over their secrets. “I never say anything I’ll regret,” says the lively 81-year-old. What she will tell me – and writes in the book – is about being a bundle of nerves on her first visit to Buckingham Palace. “But it was all brilliant, we got on very well and I’ve had the Royal Warrant since 1982, so I must be doing something right,” she laughs. Indeed she is. Her fascinating book tells the story of how she and Harold, her loving and supportive husband of 55 years, grew a business from one shop into an empire that now includes

nine UK outlets and more than 40 worldwide, including Hong Kong, China, Dubai, and the US. “The [Rigby & Peller] name is known all over the world, which is so satisfying because it’s what I’ve worked for,” says Kenton, whose client list reads like a celebrity who’s who. There’s Dawn French (“just gorgeous”), Dame Barbara Cartland (“an extraordinary woman”), Princess Margaret, Joan Collins (“she would come into the shop and stand by the door as if to say ‘I’m here’”), Jo Brand (also an “extraordinary woman”) and Theresa May. Retailing is in her blood. Her family owned a successful womenswear shop in Kilburn that also sold lingerie. It was while working as a showroom assistant for a clothing wholesaler that she met fellow employee Harold. After marrying in 1962, they bought a clothes shop in Brixton market and, less than two years later, opened another in Croydon. The third, Contour, came in 1970, selling lingerie right next to Harrods, to huge success. In 1982 Tessa Seiden, owner of made-to-measure corsetiere Rigby & Peller (and niece of its Hungarian Jewish refugee co-founder Gita Peller), asked the Kentons if they would buy her struggling store. “Harold decided he was not interested. ‘We don’t need Rigby & Peller. I don’t want Rigby & Peller. We can’t afford Rigby & Peller.’ We bought Rigby & Peller,” Kenton writes. And the rest is history. It riles Kenton that 85 percent of women wear the wrong size bra which they have usually fitted themselves or bought in a supermarket with dinner. “I couldn’t understand how people

were walking around wearing the wrong size bra,” Kenton tells me. “It’s because they don’t have a proper fitting. The tape measure doesn’t tell you anything – you have to use your eyes. We go into the fitting room and put bras on you. It’s an art form.” She credits this approach with the turnaround of Rigby & Peller into a leading retailer. “You’d be amazed how many women are uncomfortable – they walk and they’re bouncing up and down, falling out of their bras. “You don’t realise how it affects you – running for the bus, picking up a child; every time you move, it moves. Most people are wearing bras too small in the cup and too big around. It’s so important to wear the right bra – for your health and well-being and what your clothes look like.” It is clear the Kentons are grafters who approach life with a terrifically positive outlook – including when business ideas fell short, or during ill health such as Kenton’s breast cancer diagnosis aged 71, and her subsequent mastectomy and reconstruction. The couple made things happen. Through the Croydon branch of WIZO, Kenton became part of the Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry, aiming to persuade the Soviet Government of the 1970s to allow Jews to leave. Kenton phoned one such refusenik family regularly for 17 years in a show of solidarity. “And we got them out,” she says. “There’s no such thing as can’t – if you want to, you can. You can’t sit in your own bubble – you have to go out and make something happen.” A month before her 60th birthday in 1995, Kenton completed her first charity trek , ‘Mount Sinai to the

Corsetière June Kenton has helped to fit many a Royal and celebrity

Promised Land’, for the One to One Project, raising funds for former refuseniks who had moved to Israel. She went on to do another four treks, raising around £300,000 for the cause. Kenton, who now lives in Bushey Heath and is a member of her childhood synagogue in St John’s Wood, speaks lovingly of her two adopted children – David, 51, is a director of Rigby & Peller and works with the Community Security Trust while Jill, 46, is a voiceover artist. While the grandmother-of-three remains tight-lipped over clients, she does write that “one customer

I came to know and love was the Queen Mother” and says Princess Diana was “a very, very good friend”. “She was very caring. She used to call Rigby & Peller ‘headquarters’ and she’d call and say ‘I’m coming to HQ – will you be there?’ And I’d say, ‘Of course I’ll be there.’”  Storm In A D-Cup by June Kenton is published by Briars House at £19.99. Available from Rigby & Peller for four weeks, and at bookstores and online at junekenton.com from 22 April


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singers trending at the time. There was isitors to the Jewish Museum a realness about her.” may have noticed four new Recalling the first time they were introarrivals near to the ground floor duced, Pegasus tells me he was “so worried and entrance: Vibrant, striking and nervous” and when they finally spoke he told evocative, a fresh quartet of colourful pop her how much he loved her music. artworks show Amy Winehouse playfully “When she realised I was this crazy fan, she touching her ear with one hand and holding just laughed and said: ‘Shut up mate, don’t be a paintbrush in the other, a freshly daubed stupid!’” heart drizzling down the wall behind her. On another occasion, he remembers her Created by her close friend and Americanplayful, fun-loving and, at times, kooky side. born artist Pegasus, the installation is one of “There was a funny moment when Amy five artworks dotted around Camden that have couldn’t find her phone, so she asked all of us to been specially commissioned by the Jewish call her. We couldn’t stop laughing, because we Museum, in collaboration with Global Street realised it was buzzing away in her hair. It was Art, to celebrate Amy’s legacy nearly six years an easy place to tuck it after her death. away, I guess.” The installation For his series of and street artworks paintings, Pegasus were officially unveiled has drawn on the this week, and coincide many shades of Amy’s with the return of the personality and her critically-acclaimed attitude towards love. exhibition, Amy “I wanted to portray Winehouse: A Family her as a daydreamer, a Portrait, which runs true believer of one day until September at the getting that fairytale Jewish Museum. romance, but I also For Pegasus, whose Some of the singer’s designer clothes wanted her lyrics, “love street art image, is a losing game”, to contradict that image. The Fallen Angel, became the site of an unofficial song comes across as her not being very lucky shrine just hours after the 27-year-old singer in love, but the images are more hopeful. died, there is nothing more fitting than the “Each colour provokes a different emotion addition of new art in Amy’s beloved Camden. and I wanted the audience to see all the “This was her playground, this is where she different sides to Amy.” felt most at home – because she was Camden,” Upstairs at the museum, visitors can enjoy says Pegasus of the Jewish music icon. “You can another look at a wealth of unpublished photostill feel her energy here.” graphs of Amy and her family, designer clothes He adds: “She was a massive inspiration for worn by the late singer, her eclectic record me and, listening to her music, there was somecollection and other memorabilia. thing so different compared to all the other

Striking close-up of Amy’s face in Stucley Place by Captain Kris and Amara Por Dios

Curator Jo Rosenthal says there was “a strong sense of bringing the exhibition back by public demand”, such was its impact on visitors when it first arrived here four years ago. One important addition to the display is an original sketch designed by Amy’s friend and tattoo artist, Henry Hate. He subsequently inked the design, showing Amy’s paternal grandmother, Cynthia, onto the musician’s left arm, as a tribute to the matriarch’s eternal youthfulness and as Amy liked to say, ‘va va voom’. Rosenthal explains: “They collaborated together on this design. Cynthia was a strong, charismatic, dynamic and very fashionable woman, who had a massive influence on Amy.” Outside the museum, the tribute to Amy spills out onto the streets with artwork sprinkled around Camden, including a striking closeup of Amy’s face painted onto the outside wall of Nemesis Tattoo in Stucley Place, as well as a smouldering black-and-white image in Miller Street.  Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait runs until 24 September at the Jewish Museum in Camden. Details: jewishmuseum.org.uk/amy

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Sedra: Vayakhel/Pikudei / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

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BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER So enthusiastic were the people in donating to the construction of the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle, they had to be told to stop. Informed by the wise-hearted people overseeing the project that they had sufficient supplies, Moses had to ask them to stop doing more work or bringing any more materials. To understand the significance of this, we must note two recurring themes in Vayakhel: Melacha or creative activity and chacham leiv, wise-hearted people. Both were necessary for the Mishkan construction as the work was carried out by those with the wisdom necessary to produce the desired end result. Melacha is also mentioned at the beginning of the sedra and relates to the prohibition of creative activity on Shabbat. Our sages derive that the types of work employed in making the Mishkan are forbidden on the Sabbath day. But it’s the theme of chacham leiv that provides us with a deeper link. It took a degree of wisdom for those involved in the Mishkan to recognise that, sometimes, less is more. Surely that’s also the message of Shabbat – although working seven days may appear to be more productive than working six, those who are wise-hearted understand that isn’t the case. The success of any project, be it a temporary desert structure or life itself, depends as much on putting in the hard work as it does on knowing when to say enough. Sometimes, having too much does not enhance what we are trying to achieve endangers it and so being conscious of that subtlety is the true hallmark of wisdom.

 Alex is minister of Ilford Federation shul and the Children’s Rabbi – childrensrabbi.com

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Daniel is most famous for surviving being thrown into a den of hungry lions for defying the king’s order to pray only to his gods. However, Daniel persevered in a career in service to the cruel Nebuchadnezzar. I had the rare privilege to learn the Book of Daniel in the last year of primary school, where my father taught us the Aramaic language drama of Daniel and his three friends, Hanania, Mishael and Azariah. Daniel had been brought into service at the royal palace, along with his three companions. There, they received Aramaic names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. All four declared themselves to be

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When Nebuchadnezzar threw Daniel’s friends into a superheated furnace for not worshipping his deity, they not only survived, but emerged unscathed. The king observed a fourth being in the furnace with them: the archangel Gabriel, who cooled the furnace for them. Gabriel revealed to Daniel great secrets about the future and showed him the vision of the man with clay feet: a parody for Babylon crumbling under her own weight. Nebuchadnezzar became insane and left his throne, grazing like cattle. Thereafter reigned Belshazzar, to whom a hand appeared during a drinking orgy. The writing on the wall read: Mene Mene Tekel Ufarsin. ‘Ufarasin’ means that the Persians would take over the Babylonian realm. Thus, history progresses from the Temple’s destruction to the story of Esther, the Persian queen who delivered her people and set the scene for the rebuilding of the Temple by command of Darius II.  Ariel is rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation


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The Bible Says What?

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Is God benevolent or angry and vengeful?

After revelations about Donald Trump’s finances, what does Judaism say about paying tax?

BY RABBI BENJI STANLEY “The Eternal …said to Moses, I see that this is a stiffnecked people. Now… My anger may blaze forth against them and…destroy them” (Exodus 32:9-10). Talk about an angry, vengeful God! The Bible, after all, often talks about one. Near its beginning, after the arguably small mistake of eating off-limits fruit, God banishes Adam from the Garden of Eden and curses Adam and Eve by sentencing them to various forms of painful labour. At the end of the Five Books, Moses is permitted to look to the promised land, his life’s work, yet “died there… at the command of the Eternal” (Deuteronomy 34:5) as a punishment for hitting a rock in a moment of anger. The Bible may begin and end with an angry, punitive God, who also features during much of the middle Yet, Torah, we are told by Rabbi Simlai in the Talmud “…begins and ends with loving kindness: it begins with: “the Eternal God made garments for the skin of Adam and his wife, and

clothed them” (Genesis 3:21). It ends with: “He [God] buried him [Moses] in the valley (Deuteronomy 34:6)”. This could seem a remarkably selective act of reading from Rabbi Simlai. We have seen that God clothes Adam and Eve, while exiling and cursing them. He buries Moses – after condemning him to death outside the Promised Land. Torah is a book and process, in which we must learn generous, kind behaviour from the text and prioritise some moments over others. On one hand, we can wrestle with harshness in the world and recognise our anger at an angry God and a difficult text. On the other hand, Rabbi Simlai teaches us to maintain a relationship with God and Torah, asking for kindness and justice from God and ourselves.

 Benji Stanley is rabbi for young adults at the Movement for Reform Judaism

BY RABBI DANNY RICH Citing the recent example of Donald Trump’s returns, how we pay our taxes and how much we pay is often at the top of political and news agendas. Judaism expects everyone to contribute a fair share. It’s a recurring theme in the Torah and Rabbinic literature, with the longstanding Talmudic principle of dina malchuta dina (“the law of the land is the law”). But Progressive Judaism also offers two more reasons why paying tax is so important, even if you are president of the United States. The first is historical. Our movement was founded in the first decade of the 19th century in Germany out of the intellectual milieu of the Enlightenment and the political environ-

ment of the French Revolution. At that time, the Jews were moving from being a pariah people, restricted from the norms of life to being part of the new national state. Progressive Judaism offered an opportunity to be both Jewish and a citizen of the modern state, and it follows that if Jews were to claim rights, they also had responsibilities. These obligations, in my view,

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include voting and participating in public life and paying any tax levied by a democratically elected government. The second reason is ethical. Progressive Judaism has sought to reclaim the Hebrew Prophetic idea that the performance of ritual obligations is acceptable to God only from Jews whose ethical behaviour accords with the core teachings of Judaism. Progressive Judaism declares the ethical mitzvot of a higher order than the ritual ones. Ethical mitzvot (support for the widow and the orphan, for example) are obligatory but some of that activity today is carried out by the state, utilising the taxes of citizens. The evasion of taxes is therefore both a major breach of Jewish ethics and an attack on the modern, democratic state.  Danny Rich is senior rabbi and chief executive of Liberal Judaism

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Ask our Our trusty team of advisers answer your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Benefits of an equity release mortgage, kosher cruises and dealing with divorce BAYLA PERRIN THE PAPERWEIGHT TRUST See full profile on pages 42-43

Dear Bayla My wife and I are living on pensions and benefits. We struggle financially and have not had a holiday for ages. We don’t have savings, but own our semi-detached house. I’ve heard of companies that can offer a cash lump sum tied to the house, which is only repayable upon our death. What do you know about such schemes? Jack

Dear Jack You are referring to equity release (or lifetime) mortgages, which enable elderly house owners to release a proportion of

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Dear David I have seen adverts for kosher catered Caribbean and European cruises for this year. However, these cruises do appear to be more expensive than booking on a regular non-kosher cruise ship. In your experience, do you think a kosher cruise is worth the extra cost? Josh

Dear Josh Yes I do – without doubt. I highly recommend kosher cruising, which is becoming more and more popular with passengers wanting to enjoy a holiday cruise without having to worry about kosher dining. I agree it is more expensive, but you must realise that there is an enormous difference between the standard “airline style” kosher boxes provided on most cruise lines at no additional cost or a specifically organised kosher cruise arrangement with a separate dining area exclusively available for kosher travellers. An onboard kosher programme will provide superb freshly-prepared meals and a standard of cuisine comparable to any high-class kosher restaurant. All this,

their home’s value, with the exact amount dependent on their age and health. The cost of borrowing does not impact upon your pocket during your lifetime, but will reduce your estate. Among things to consider are whether the cash released will have a negative effect on your benefits, some of which may be means tested. What are the costs of early redemption and can the mortgage be transferred to another home without penalty ? The ‘small print’ with these mortgages should be discussed with an independent legal or financial advisor, who should be made aware of your current finances, but these products may be worth investigating. Paperweight can direct you to professionals and help you compile all the information to help you make a balanced decision.

combined with a strict adherence to kashrut, comes with a cost involving extra crew, kitchen staff, executive chef and shomer, but nonetheless you will find that the price difference, although somewhat higher, is not necessarily prohibitive. Your inclusive cruise, whether in the Caribbean or Mediterranean will provide a very full daily programme of activities with all the ship’s facilities and entertainment freely available to you. I can tell you from my own personal experience that you’ll love every minute and you’ll have the opportunity of visiting countries you may only have dreamed about. You asked my advice, and I say yes, go for it and have a great time!

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with this application, you will have to supply the court with full details of your income and income needs. Your husband will be required to do the same. When dealing with these applications I have often seen clients’ ‘needs’ substantially exceed the marital standard of living, which will not win any favours with the judge and there is case law of applications being rejected. If you are genuinely unable to pay for what you really need over the coming months, I’d advise you make this application and contact a direct access barrister as soon as possible so it can be dealt with as a priority. If you’re successful, you’ll be able to ask the court to make an order that your husband pay your costs. Good luck.


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Super Sloma steers Lions to semis

MGBSFL, MASTERS & LIONS HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

CYRIL ANEKSTEIN SEMI-FINAL

London Lions B 1 London Lions A 1 AET – Lions A won 5-4 on pens

PETER MORRISON QUARTER-FINAL

London Lions Masters 8 RC UK FC 0

PREMIER DIVISION

NL Raiders A 3 Camden Park 0 Redbridge A 1 Oakwood A 1 P W D L F Dif Pts Oakwood A 17 13 3 1 48 36 42 Hendon United A 16 12 1 3 55 33 37 Redbridge A 14 11 1 2 61 44 34 NL Raiders A 15 9 2 4 63 46 29 London Lions A 14 9 1 4 33 3 28 Brady Maccabi 17 6 1 10 36 -9 19 FC Team A 16 5 1 10 35 -32 16 Camden Park 13 3 1 9 15 -14 10 Woodford 16 1 2 13 14 -42 5 SPEC FC 16 1 1 14 12 -65 4 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-prem-div-table/

DIVISION ONE

Faithfold A 5 Hendon United B 1 Los Blancos 2 NL Raiders B 1 Oakwood B 2 Finchley City 2 Scrabble 1 Redbridge B 2 P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions B 16 12 2 2 53 29 38 Redbridge B 14 12 1 1 44 30 37 Scrabble 16 11 2 3 45 21 35 Finchley City FC 13 7 2 4 40 9 23 NLRaiders B 13 6 3 4 38 8 21 Oakwood B 16 6 3 7 40 8 21 Los Blancos 18 6 0 12 34 -10 18 Faithfold A 14 4 2 8 31 -15 14 Athletic Bilbaum 13 2 1 10 11 -31 7 Hendon United B 17 1 0 16 15 -49 3

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Boca Jewniors 3 L’Equipe 4 Real Hendon 7 Faithfold B 1 Temple Fortune 2 Mill Hill Dons 0 P W D L F Dif Pts L’Equipe (C) 17 15 2 0 73 47 47 Temple Fortune 18 10 6 2 53 21 36 Redbridge C 17 9 4 4 41 12 31 NL Raiders C 20 7 4 9 54 -4 25 Mill Hill Dons 18 8 1 9 46 -18 25 RC UK FC 13 7 1 5 51 29 22 Catford & Bromley 19 7 1 11 44 -8 22 Faithfold B 18 6 2 10 46 -14 20 Real Hendon 16 6 1 9 37 -6 19 Boca Jewniors 16 4 1 11 24 -41 13 Hertswood Vale 16 3 1 12 32 -18 10 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-two-table

P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions 23 22 0 1 93 71 66 Bovingdon 23 15 1 7 71 25 46 Wormley Rovers 26 13 5 8 43 -2 44 Bushey Sports Club 23 13 3 7 60 20 42 Ware Sports 25 13 3 9 64 16 42 Letchworth Garden 22 11 5 6 57 28 38 Belstone 20 10 5 5 55 10 35 Standon & Puck 26 9 3 14 49 -9 30 Knebworth 25 8 4 13 47 -14 28 Buntingford Town 24 9 1 14 46 -21 28 Sandridge Rovers 16 8 2 6 26 6 26 Cuffley 22 6 5 11 41 -6 23 Chipperfield 21 7 2 12 50 -11 23 Evergreen 24 6 4 14 40 -31 22 Hatfield Social 24 6 3 15 37 -49 21 Sarratt 26 3 6 17 25 -33 15 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/lions

HENRY SWERNER SEMI-FINAL

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NATHAN HORWITZ SEMI-FINAL

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points in their quest to win the Division One title as Brad Gayer and Kane Hopps scored in an impressive 2-1 win at Scrabble. Finchley City saw their promotion hopes suffer a blow as goals from Daniel Seligman and Ben Annis earned Oakwood B a 2-2 draw. Los Blancos ended their season on a winning note as Louie Libbert and Avi Kestenbaum scored in their 2-1 win over Raiders B. Division Two champions L’Equipe made hard work of beating Boca Jewniors, but two goals from Rob Simmons, coupled with strikes from James Mandell and Mark Singer saw them to a 4-3 win. Temple Fortune moved five points clear in second spot as Jamie Marks and Jordan Sharifian scored in their 2-0 win over Mill Hill Dons. Real Hendon recorded their most emphatic win of the season as a hat-trick from RA Noe inspired them to a 7-1 win over Faithfold B. Benny Goldberg and Benni Sluckis also chipped in, scoring two each.

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HAT-TRICK HEROES

Peter Morrison Trophy Quarter-Final – Sam Sloma (London Lions Masters) MGBSFL Division Two – Zvi Noe (Real Hendon) Watford Friendly League U18 – Aaron Gale 4 (Brady Blue) U15 – Josh Field (London Lions Blue)

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A hat-trick from Sam Sloma helped London Lions Masters into the semi-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they thrashed MGBSFL Division Two side RCUK FC 8-0. Adam Stolerman scored twice, with Craig Pearl, Lee Cash and Gideon Gold also all getting on the scoresheet. Manager Dan Jacobs said: “It was a good work out against a young and enthusiastic side who never gave up. Unfortunately for them they just couldn’t do quite enough with the ball on the occasions they got it.” London Lions A took part in their second penalty shoot-out in two weeks – and this time were victorious as they beat their B side 5-4 on spot kicks to seal their place in the final of the Cyril Anekstein Cup. Goals from Adam Arnold and Joshua Bloom took the game to penalties, where Arnold, Ben Lampert, Daniel Misrahi, Jonathan Ellis and Elliot Stern all converted from the spot. Raiders A moved up into fourth spot in the Premier Division, as two goals from Oscar Wagner, plus Alex Bloch’s strike, saw them to a 3-0 win over Camden Park. Redbridge B claimed a vital three

Watford Friendly League – U18 Blue Division – Brady Blue 10 EROG Eagles 1 U16 – Harvesters South 2 London Lions White 2 Spring Plate – Brady Red 3 Olympiacos 0 U15 – London Lions White 1 Borehamwood Youth 1 Spring Plate Group B – London Lions Blue 4 Brady Black 2 U14 – Edmonton Rangers Lions 2 London Lions Blue 1 Spring Shield Group C – Brady Red 6 Alex Park South 2 U13 – Omonia Youth Gold 1 London Lions White 2 Blue Division – Omonia Youth 2 Brady White 2 U12 – London Lions White 2 St Albans City 1, Edmonton Rangers Sharks 2 London Lions Blue 1, Whetstone Wanderers 3 London Lions Green 1 Spring Plate Group A – NWLJ 5 Hadley Wood and Wingate Eagles 1 Spring Cup Group C – Brady Blue 3 Hinton and Finchley Revolution 0 Spring Trophy Group C – HMH Galaxy 4 Brady White 2

SUNDAY’S MGBSFL FIXTURES Cyril Anekstein Cup Semi-Final – Finchley City vs Redbridge A Premier Division – Camden Park vs Woodford Wanderers, Maccabi London Lions A vs Hendon United A Division One – Athletic Bilbaum vs NL Raiders B, Oakwood B vs Faithfold A, Redbridge B vs Scrabble Division Two – Boca Jewniors vs Temple Fortune, Hertswood Vale vs Real Hendon, Mill Hill Dons vs Redbridge C, RC UK FC vs L’Equipe

Sam Sloma scored a treble for the Lions Masters

Chigwell loss sees Raiders confirmed as champions Raiders were confirmed Masters League Division One champions without kicking a ball after Chigwell lost 3-1 to Lions A. Manager Elan Ovits (pictured) said: “It’s been an excellent league campaign, the lads have played fantastic football, overcome all challenges and deserve to be champions. “I’ve had the fortune of having a great squad of players to select from, which is mainly down to the hard work and dedication of my assistant Gavin Hodes, who I would like to dedicate this league title to.” Ashley Davidson and Graeme Grossman scored as Brady A beat Scrabble 2-1 to reach the final of the Henry Swerner Cup, St John’s Wood will contest the Nathan Horwitz Division Two Cup final as goals from Adam Soller, Paul Herszaft, Grant Morgan and Jonny Feinmesser saw them beat Glenthorne 4-0.

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TEMPLE FORTUNE Produced several fine stops as he equalled the club record of keeping four consecutive clean sheets

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OAKWOOD A Brilliant at left-back for the O’s, strong at the back and also a threat going forward

MACCABI LONDON LIONS A Superb for the Lions, led the defensive line as they booked their place in the Cyril Anekstein Cup final

SCRABBLE Came on for the injured Scrabble captain and was a rock at the heart of the Scrabble defence

OAKWOOD B Produced his best game of the season, took his goal well and constantly got into promising positions

L’EQUIPE The champions’ man-of-the-match, scored two quality goals and never stopped running for 90 minutes

LONDON LIONS MASTERS Was part of the Lions midfield trio which ran the game and bagged a hattrick to boot

REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A The senior of the three Sollosi’s on show, delivered a masterclass as he set a fabulous example to his siblings

NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C Was a constant threat, worked tirelessly and was rewarded with two goals REAL HENDON Scored three, claimed two assists and had another two ruled out for offside in a stunning display

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B Chased every ball down, and worked tremendously hard for the entire match

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SAM SLOMA MACCABI LONDON LIONS A

MANAGERS OF THE WEEK

SAM RANK, JOHAN SIMBERG & RICHARD STERN

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Sport / Oakwood title blow / Israel set for Spain

A bridge too far?

Oakwood’s championship dream dashed by title rivals Redbridge By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Oakwood’s joint-manager Ric Blank has admitted this season’s Premier Division title is now Redbridge’s to lose after the sides played out a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s top-ofthe-table clash. The O’s went into the game knowing victory would leave them needing to win their final game of the season to secure the title, however Sunday’s stalemate means Redbridge now have the destiny of the title in their own hands, with them needing to win their remaining four games to be crowned champions. Redbridge boss Jon Jacobs claimed the result was better for Oakwood, saying they were still “clear favourites” in the title race, but O’s jointmanager Blank dismissed those comments, saying: “I found them interesting, especially considering some of their players were celebrating the draw. “I would never celebrate a draw, but every team is different. I don’t see their run-in as particularly daunting given Hendon’s recent

struggles, but it’s [the title] totally out of our hands.” Remaining philosophical on how the season may pan out, Blank said: “To even be in this race is quite something. We have given everything. Our focus is now beating Lions, we have to do that otherwise we’ll have no chance. But I’m immensely proud of the boys and the run they’ve been on. If it’s not enough then I will applaud Redbridge and move on with my life.” Sticking by his views, Jacobs said: “Having points in hand is always better so Oakwood are clear favourites. “This result probably suits them more, with us needing four wins from four tough games, while they are playing a team with their eyes on cup glory in their only remaining fixture. We have a tough challenge, but my boys are very motivated to achieve their target and we’ll do our best in our final four fixtures to [try and] pinch the title.” Sunday’s match was the proverbial game of two halves, with Oakwood dominating the first half and Redbridge enjoying the better of the second. Dave Woolman

fired the O’s ahead midway through the half with a typical emphatic finish, but Redbridge equalised with the last kick of the half when Dean Nyman lashed the ball past Jonny Blain. Both managers were though in agreement that the draw was a fair result. Blank said: “We were absolutely magnificent in the first half and should have been out of sight. They were better in the second half and we were on the ropes for the first 15/20 minutes. We stabilised after that, but couldn’t create the killer chance and overall it was a fair result.” Jacobs said: “They were much the better side in the first half, but it was all us in the second, where they looked vulnerable and were defending for their lives. We shaded the game after the break, but I think on reflection, the draw was a fair result. “What this does is keep our season going into April and we will be fighting like crazy to see a from successful end to Watch action table the month.” eth ftop-o

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Redbridge, celebrating a win earlier this season, are just four games away from clinching the title. Oakwood joint-manager Ric Blank (inset)

Israel boss plans to shock Spain Elisha Levy said his Israel side will look to attack Spain when the sides meet in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday night. The Israelis go into the game, which is taking place in Gijon, on the back of three wins, which sees them sit third in their qualifying group, a point behind the joint-leaders, Spain and Italy. Despite going into the game as major underdogs, Levy says his team won’t turn up for the game simply to defend. He said: “We know we are facing one of the strongest national teams in the world, but we will go to Spain with the goal of playing positive football. “They may be one of the best teams in the world, but we’re not going to Spain to mess around. There’s a buzz

about our team after the last three wins. “We want to threaten Spain’s goal and do all we can to get a good result. We don’t want to capitulate against any opponent. This is a big test for us, but we will do our best.” Four British-based players were part of the 23-man squad, Hibernian goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, Celtic’s Nir Bitton and Brighton & Hove Albion duo Tomer Hemed and Biram Kayal – though the latter was forced to return back to England having picked up an injury.

Only the winners of each group will qualify automatically for next summer’s tournament in Russia, with the eight best runners-up taking part in a two-leg play-off. The two countries have met on four previous occasions, with Spain having won three of the matches. The last game between the two was a 1-1 draw in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in Tel Aviv.

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