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HIP! UK adopts stronger anti-Semitism definition HIP! Neo-Nazis banned under new British terror laws HOORAY! Pro-BDS candidate trounced in UJS election In a year dominated by bad news, there were finally reasons to be cheerful this week with a trio of positive stories welcomed across the Jewish community. On Sunday student Eran Cohen, who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, saw his con-

troversial run for the presidency of the Union of Jewish Students come to an abrupt end, as he garnered a paltry 89 votes – eight percent of the total. Clear election winner Josh Holt heads an Israel advocacy team at the Board of Deputies. The following day, Prime Minister Theresa

May announced the UK was adopting the definition of anti-Semitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which is widely considered to be far more specific than anything used previously. Hours later came a collective cheer when National Action, an anti-Semitic organisa-

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UK to adopt new antiSemitism definition The government will formally adopt an internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism that highlights modern expressions of hate, Theresa May announced this week, writes Justin Cohen. The prime minister revealed that Britain will become one of the first countries to individually adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition when she addressed 800 guests at Conservative Friends of Israel’s annual lunch in central London on Monday. May told guests, including several members of the cabinet and hundreds of parliamentarians, that her aim for Britain is to be the same as Israel in guaranteeing the rights of people of all religions, races and sexualities – enabling all to flourish. “It is unacceptable that

there is anti-Semitism in this country,” she said. “It is even worse that incidents are reportedly on the rise. As a government, we are making a difference and adopting this measure is a groundbreaking step. “It means there will be one definition of anti-Semitism – in essence, language or behaviour that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews – and anyone guilty of that will be called out on it.” The definition – adopted earlier this year by IHRA, which is made up of 31 member countries – states: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish commu-

nity institutions and religious facilities.” IHRA highlights contemporary examples that could constitute anti-Semitism including denying the Holocaust, drawing parallels between Israeli policy and the Nazis and accusing Jews of being more loyal to Israel than their home country. Criticism of Israel similar to any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic, it states. The government said its adoption will ensure culprits will not be able to get away with being anti-Semitic because the term is ill-defined or because different organisations or bodies have different interpretations of it. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “There can be no excuses for anti-Semitism or any other form of racism

or prejudice. Crimes must always be reported and the law enforced, but we also want an environment that prevents hate crime in the first place.” Communal organisations praised the prime minister for the move. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said: “With anti-Semitism on the rise, it has become essential to have a clear definition against which to assess attitudes that are or may be racist. The adoption of the IHRA formulation will bring clarity and consistency.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “The recommendation of a definition of anti-Semitism was made by the Home Affairs Select Committee and it is welcome that the government is to accept this recommendation and institute

Prime Minister Theresa May at the CFI lunch on Monday

a definition of anti-Semitism.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “My hope is that the adoption of this definition will provide a clarity which will herald a far more effective discourse on the ways that we can highlight and challenge antiSemitism wherever it is found.” Michael Newman, chief executive of The Association of Jewish Refugees and chair of IHRA’s Communication Working Group, said: “Adopting IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism demonstrates the government’s clear intention to combat this

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unacceptable scourge.” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, which is also a representative for the UK at IHRA, said: “This definition will leave people in no doubt when a line is crossed – a crucial step in the fight against anti-Semitism.” Dr Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said: “The absence of a robust definition for anti-Semitism has allowed this insidious form of hate to develop beyond words and into hate crime and other violent actions.” ‹ Editorial comment, p10


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BIBI TO ASK TRUMP TO ‘BACKTRACK’ ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will press US President-elect Donald Trump to unwind the Iran nuclear deal, saying there are “various ways of undoing” it. The Israeli prime minister denied that the animosity between him and Barack Obama was personal and also denied that it was disrespectful to appear before the US Congress to lobby against the deal, while negotiations over it were in such a delicate phase.

AMERICAN ACTRESS CANCELS LIMMUD APPEARANCE The American-Jewish actress and neuroscientist who played the title character in the TV hit Blossom has pulled out of this year’s Limmud. A spokeswoman for Mayim Bialik, 41, said she could no longer attend the educational event, saying: “Unfortunately, Mayim’s work schedule has changed. She sends her regrets and hopes to be a part of this event next year.” The Birmingham event runs from 25 to 29 December.

May: Britain ‘proud’ of Balfour centenary Theresa May has revealed the UK will mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration with “pride”, saying it was “one of the most important letters in history”. The comments came in a speech to 800 guests at the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) parliamentary lobby group lunch on Monday, her first on Israel and issues affecting the Jewish community since becoming prime minister. May said Lord Balfour’s short letter to Lord Rothschild in 1917 “demonstrates Britain’s vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people and it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride”. She also praised the International Development Secretary’s decision to freeze aid to the Palestinian Authority pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations

May expressed pride in the UK’s role in establishing Israel

that the aid goes toward the payment of salaries to convicted terrorists. Addressing Britain’s role in a post-Brexit world, she said the country would forge new relationships, adding: “Israel will be crucial to us as we do that. Because I believe our two countries have a great deal in common.” Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev had earlier said the UK and Israel shared common

values, listing areas in which there is already bilateral cooperation, such as health, counterterrorism and technology. CFI director James Gurd said it had been “a year of political tumult,” adding that May’s “clear vision of deepening the UK-Israel relationship and her groundbreaking announcement of adopting a new definition for anti-Semitism proves this is a government of action, and not just words”.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SHOWS UP ‘SHOCKING’ RACISM Social media has helped reveal the “shocking” level of abuse directed against Jews and other minority communities, the country’s most senior police officer has said. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard HoganHowe said YouTube videos and other online messages had revealed the scale of the problem. The Scotland Yard chief said reporting of hate

crimes had declined since a sharp spike following the Brexit vote, but had still not returned to the levels seen before the EU referendum. Sir Bernard said he had been surprised by the abuse Jewish people had received while he was an officer in Merseyside, and social media was now allowing hate-fuelled abuse to be revealed to a wider audience.

Racist far-right group will be banned in UK A neo-Nazi movement is to become the first extreme right-wing group banned as a terrorist organisation, the government has announced. An order laid in Parliament on Monday to proscribe National Action under the Terrorism Act 2000 came into effect on Wednesday. It means that being a member of, or inviting support for, the group is now a

criminal offence. Announcing the move, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology. I will not stand for such a group. “It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.”


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Father and charity co- JVN inspires a founder dies, aged 34 Muslim version the challenge and in doing so became an inspiration. His love for life and refusal to be beaten by this terrible disease was incredible. It brought us closer together and reminded us of what a club can be. More than just sport, it’s about being together and helping each other through the tough times. Although Rob is no longer with us, the Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation is just getting started.” Robert leaves his wife Sariet, and 11-monthold daughter, Maya. ‹ Donations can be made to The Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation at: justgiving.com/robertsinclairdavidson -foundation

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Interfaith groups have heralded the project and model used by the Jewish Volunteering Network, which has inspired the launch of a Muslim equivalent. The Muslim Community Create Volunteering Network, unveiled by Islamic leaders seated alongside Jewish and Christian figures, follows a similar launch earlier this year by Catholic charity Caritas, which also used JVN’s model. Julie Siddiqi, the founder of the Ansar Volunteering Network and former director of the Islamic Society of Britain, praised the way the Jewish community mobilised volunteers, and thanked

JVN’s Leonie Lewis for her support. “I have seen how the Jewish and other communities are so committed to volunteering and how much difference that makes to those involved and to those they help,” said Siddiqi. “Faith-inspired volunteering is something we should all be excited about.” Among those attending the launch were serial Jewish entrepreneur and Collaboration House founder Maurice Ostro, and Anne Comber, a director at children’s charity Barnardo’s, who committed to working with Ansar in the future.

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BILL TO BAN NONORTHODOX PRAYER A bill to prevent non-Orthodox public prayer at the Western Wall has been submitted to the Knesset. Under the measures, the site would be placed under the jurisdiction of the Chief Rabbinate and be governed by the religious practice approved by the Chief Rabbinate and Israel’s rabbinic courts, which in practice is Orthodox. A fine of some £1,800 or a sixmonth prison sentence would be levied on participants in egalitarian prayer services or on women who use a tallit or tefillin. [JTA]

LIKUD HAS A ‘ONE -STATE VISION’ A parliamentarian in Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party has said Likud shares a one-state vision where Palestinians live under a Jewish state, and that Netanyahu only talks about two states because he feels obliged to. Miki Zohar was speaking by video to J-TV alongside the Zionist Union’s Yossi Yona, a fellow Member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in a debate about the viability and desirability of a two-state solution.

MAN SHOT AFTER STABBING POLICE A Palestinian man who stabbed two Israeli police officers with a screwdriver in Jerusalem has been shot and killed. The 21-year-old, who was reported to be from Hebron, stabbed one of the officers in the head near the Austrian Hospice guesthouse in the Old City. Officers shot the attacker, who was taken to an Israeli hospital and later died of his wounds. The officers, who were lightly wounded, were from Israel’s paramilitary border police and the national police.

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JEWISH WAR FORGER DIES, AGED 99 Adolf Burger, a Jewish typographer forced by the Nazis to make fake British pound notes in a major counterfeit operation during the Second World War, has died aged 99. Slovakian-born Burger was arrested in 1942 and deported to Auschwitz with his wife, Gisela, who died there. At Sachsenhausen he became one of some 140 inmates who were put to work forging British pound notes, a plan to destabilise Britain.

SCOTTISH RABBI REVEALS ATTACK A Scottish rabbi has revealed he and his family were victims of an anti-Semitic attack. Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim, the Jewish chaplain for Scottish universities, told Parliament that he was walking with his wife and children in central Edinburgh last month when his wife was shoved and his kippah taken from his head and thrown to the ground. He said: “That incident took place in front of my young children. You can imagine how distressed they were by it.” [JTA]

Holt beats pro-BDS hopeful in UJS vote Student Josh Halt has been elected the new head of the Union of Jewish Students after winning almosttwo-thirdsofthevotesattheunion’sannual conference on Sunday. The Nottingham University undergraduate (pictured) won 682 first preference votes out of 1,049 cast, while fellow candidate Adam Schapira won 258 votes and Eran Cohen won 89. Cohen’s candidacy had widened debate this year, owing to his fierce criticism of Israel’s policies and passionate support for Palestinian rights which, he says, caused him and other likeminded students to be sidelined. Current UJS president Josh Seitler acknowledged: “We should not mistake majority mandated campaign positions for parameters that limit thoughtful exchanges of ideas and education within JSocs and UJS.” He criticised voices within the Jewish communities that had suggested non-Orthodox views should not be given the respectability of a platform, saying: “There is space for the religious Zionist who doesn’t want to divide Jerusalem or relinquish Judea and Samaria. There is room at the Friday Night dinner table for the nonZionist whose Jewish

identity is spiritual and who is ambivalent about Israel. And there is a place for the internationalist opposed to all borders, nation states and by extension Zionism – and many more views in between,” he said. Holt, a student trustee on the UJS National Council, paid tribute to the “amicable and respectful” way the candidates had conducted their campaigns despite the “diversity” of views. Jewish students have voted to continue working with the National Union of Students (NUS) and its anti-Israel president Malia Bouattia. The vote, at the UJS annual conference was “an opportunity missed,” according to one of the two students who proposed the motion. Students animatedly discussed the pros and cons of suspending the working relationship between the UJS and NUS. Josh Holt – elected UJS president 2017-18 at the same conference – said: “We have to try to make change for ourselves and we are best placed to do that when we are in the room.” But motion co-sponsor Binyomin Gilbert said: “It was a key opportunity to stand up against what many Jewish students do see as a core and fundamental problem in the NUS.”

Corbyn attends antiIsrael author’s event Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to “immediately disavow” links to a controversial anti-Israel group, after being pictured at one of its events. The Labour leader has been criticised for attending a book reading hosted by the Islamic Human Rights Commis- Jeremy Corbyn with Hatem Bazian sion (IHRC), dubbed a “disgraceful organisation” by President Marie van der Zyl said it was “profoundly disthe Board of Deputies. IHRC also organises the appointing” that Corbyn annual anti-Israel Al-Quds attended the meeting and Day demonstration in London, that the group had also given which regularly features the an ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ flags of terror groups Hamas award to the Charlie Hebdo staff two months after they and Hezbollah. The book being read was were killed. She said: “We call by anti-Israel activist Hatem on Mr Corbyn to disavow this Bazian, with whom Corbyn disgraceful organisation.” Jennifer Gerber, director was seen at the event. It calls Zionism “set- of the party’s Friend’s of Israel tler colonialism” and argues group, said: “We find it strange for a “theoretical basis for that Jeremy Corbyn would approaching Palestine as a sub- think it’s appropriate to attend ject without falling into pitfalls an event organised by a group of an internationally supported which says the party he leads is ‘indebted to Jewish financiers ‘peace process”. Board of Deputies vice with Zionist leanings’.”


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Rabbis honour Spanish king Amid the splendour of Madrid’s El Pardo Palace, the jovial head of Royal protocol is working the room like few others can, writes Justin Cohen. With kisses, hugs and handshakes, he greets the visiting delegation of 40 rabbis from around Europe as well as civil society leaders and members of the local Jewish community. The scene couldn’t have been further removed from the 1492 decree by former monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella that saw hundreds of thousands of Spanish Jews forced to convert to Catholicism or flee the country they had for centuries called home. More than 520 years later, the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) were welcomed to Madrid like returning friends for a ceremony honouring current monarch Felipe VI, partially for his efforts to address an episode the government has described as an “historic mistake”. Receiving the Lord Jakobovits Prize of European Jewry, the king dedicated it to the “generations of Sephardim who taught their children to love the memory of Sepharad”, saying the CER’s work was particularly important at a time when the continent was facing such uncertainty. “European identity cannot understand without taking into account the decisive contribution of the Jews, who have lived in the continent since the dawn of history,” he told the gathering. “Now, as it did then, Europe needs the invaluable contribution of its Jewish communities, because we need to be honest and respectful to both our common Judeo-Christian values and

origins, and also with the broader sense of human values we are trying to defend worldwide amidst horror and hatred.” The monarch pushed for a change in the law, enacted last year, enabling descendents of those who fled to gain Spanish citizenship while holding a second passport – a right previously only afforded to people from former colonies and Portugal. He has also been praised for his “magnificent” support for Israel including attending last month’s funeral of Shimon Peres and leading from the front on Holocaust commemoration. He said: “All of Spain’s efforts in recent years to return the country’s Jewish culture to its rightful state are simply a duty in the name of justice. All of the Sephardim’s unyielding love and loyalty towards Spain represents a powerful example for all peoples. It certainly deserves our deepest, permanent and most sincere gratitude.” He hailed the work of the small town of Castrillo – the mayor of which was invited to the ceremony – as “a symbol of the fight against anti-Semitism”. Under Lorenzo Roriguez Perez’s leadership, the town voted in 2014 to change its name from ‘Camp Kill Jews’ – which dated back to 1627 – to the original ‘Jews Hill Camp’. Presenting the award, CER president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt described the king as a “pillar of support for the Jewish community”. The Chief Rabbi of Moscow stressed the responsibility of religious leaders taking the lead in combating extremism.

King Felipe VI with Pinchas Goldschmidt and fellow visitors at the Conference of European Rabbis

“We set the tone for our communities and we can help leaders around the world to combat this evil. However, in an era where anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout Europe, Spain has taken extraordinary measures to make its Jews feel welcome. “Not only did the Minister of Justice acknowledge the expulsion of what he has called an ‘historic mistake’ he ensured that action was taken to rectify it.” France’s Manuel Valls and Germany’s Angela

Merkel have also received the CER prize, created in memory of the former UK Chief Rabbi, which recognises the leading figures who have defended religious rites and combatted anti-Semitism. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the UK, said more than a dozen people have sought information on their lineage in the hope of gaining citizenship. He said it was “very moving and meaningful to hear the king speak so highly of Jewish people and Sephardim in particular”.

JFS gets ‘good’ Ofsted rating SHOAH SIBLINGS ARE REUNITED JFS has earned a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted inspectors, two years after being dramatically downgraded to ‘requiring improvement’. A report released yesterday highlighted changes to the governing body and senior leadership team as “having brought about rapid improvement”, the school said. Europe’s largest Jewish school faced severe criticism at the time of its last report in 2014, but the new report classed quality of teaching, effectiveness of leadership and behaviour and welfare all as ‘good’. Study programmes for 16 to 19-yearolds were described as ‘outstanding’. Inspectors found “leaders hold an ambitious

vision for their school and have high expectations of pupils. Outcomes in public examinations at the end of key stage four and in the sixth form are very good”. It added: “Leaders have a sensitive awareness of the faith context of the school and the need to promote British values. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.” The report was produced following the observation of 58 lessons and feedback from 391 parents, 352 students and 113 staff, with inspectors saying there is “very little low level disruption”. Executive director Deborah Lipkin and headteacher Simon Appleman said: “We offer profound thanks to all our staff.”

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Two pairs of Polish Jewish siblings, who each believed their entire families died in the Holocaust, have met for the first time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The tale started earlier this year when one of the siblings, Fania Blakay, found a testimony in the Yad Vashem database about her father. The testimony had been filled out by her father’s brother-in-law, who Blakay had been told had died. The brother in-law, it turns out, had actually survived the Holocaust and immigrated with his wife and daughters to Israel. The daughters — Blakay’s cousins — were living in Israel. On Tuesday, Blakay and her brother Gennadi

Band – both of whom also live in Israel – were united with their first cousins Henia Moskowitz and Rywka Patchnik. “I am moved and happy,” Blakay said, according to a statement. “My father always searched for members of his family and dreamed of finding them. He was alone. But ultimately his dream has come true.” Moskowitz said that when she initially received a call from Yad Vashem, she did not believe the news. “I thought this news was a mistake. However, today when we met, I felt a connection at first sight; my family has grown overnight,” she said. “Thanks to Yad Vashem, we discovered that we are not alone.” [JTA]

Rudd praise at Board reception Home Secretary Amber Rudd praised the “immense” contribution of Britain’s Jewish community at the Board of Deputies’ Parliamentary Chanukah reception. Monday night’s event, hosted by Robert Halfon MP, was attended by more than 100 parliamentarians including Rudd, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, ITV’s Robert Peston and Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. Rudd said: “The contribution of the Jewish community has been immense and I want to ensure the government recognises this so we can all benefit from it. The Jewish community is a model of integration. Despite this, there are terrible people who wish to do terrible things.”

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis congratulated Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush for the “outstanding manner in which you are leading and representing our community”. He added: “Let us dedicate ourselves to ensure that the spirit of Chanukah stays with us for the entire year. Never underestimate the power we have to ensure that light prevails over darkness.”


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Jewish News Meets... Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey

Turkey for Chanukah Eitan Na’eh speaks to Jewish News about the challenges of his new role as Israel’s new envoy in Ankara and his hopes for improved relations between the countries. By Stephen Oryszczuk

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sador to the UK swapped tea for chai last week, leaving London for Ankara as Israel’s new ambassador, he carried the strategic hopes of Jerusalem on his shoulders. For Eitan Na’eh, this is a return to Turkey, where he was posted earlier in his career. Now he is Israel’s ambassador there, and at one of the most sensitive times imaginable, six months after the two regional powers shook hands on a reconciliation deal in which they agreed to work to rebuild a once-strong relationship. That relationship is crucial – and the stakes could not be higher. America and Russia are buzzing planes and bombing rival proxies in Syria, the disintegrated state bookmarked by Turkey to the north and Israel to the south. Amid the mess are 25,000 Hezbollah fighters siding with Russia and Syria’s president Assad. Turkey likes neither. Israel, for its part, remains aloof. And so must Na’eh. Last week, he presented his credentials to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a moderate Islamist and authoritarian strongman who once blamed “Zionists”, together with a US-based cleric, Fethullah Gülen, for plotting to overthrow him. On this, Na’eh has no comment, other than to say how warmly Erdogan welcomed him. “He insisted that I bring my family,” said Na’eh, speaking to Jewish News. “He insisted on me introducing my family to him and on inviting them to the official discussions that followed the ceremony, which was a very nice gesture and received as such, so my reception at the palace was warm indeed, a genuine welcome.” Video of the ceremony attracted 150,000 views on the embassy’s Facebook page, which “shows a lot of interest, a lot of warmth and a very clear message”, Na’eh says. “I’m also getting a lot of welcome messages from Turkish citizens too.” Interestingly, one of his first official visits was to the mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, where he laid a wreath on the grave. In the visitors’ book, he wrote of his “profound respect and esteem” for “the father of the Turkish nation… whose legacy stands as a beacon to the whole world”. That legacy – of secularism, political rights to the disenfranchised, checks and balances between the executive, legislature and

Israel’s new envoy to Turkey, Eitan Na’eh, left, at a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at which he presented his credentials to take up his new position

judiciary – is under threat like never before, although Na’eh would never say so. Erdoğan has purged Turkey of generals, journalists, judges and MPs, and has pushed through a new constitution, giving him new powers. But on this, the ambassador has no comment. Na’eh does say the two men discussed “past achievements and looked to the future for opportunities and co-operation”, adding that the states “share common history, geography, culture, and warmth”. He’s keen to talk about trade, “a big priority” which he says “didn’t take a big hit” during the past six years, when relations were downgraded after Israeli commandos boarded a Gaza-bound vessel and killed nine Turkish activists. But while there is more talk of “opportunities in all possible areas, whether it’s agriculture or energy”, Na’eh won’t be drawn on whether Turkey will buy Israel’s Mediterranean gas, except to say “it’s one of the main areas where we have a common interest”. Another common interest is Syria, where Turkey is supporting the Syrian rebels, who are losing, and where Hezbollah supports Assad, who is winning. Given that America’s

Bibi ‘scandal’ charge Israeli opposition politician Erel Margalit of the Zionist Union has launched a campaign calling for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be investigated by the Supreme Court for corruption. At issue is a scandal over reports that Netanyahu’s personal lawyer represented a German company involved in a US$1.5billion (£1.19billion) sale of submarines to Israel, raising questions

about the prime minister’s possible involvement. Iran, Israel‘s arch enemy, was said to have a stake in the company. Police say they are looking into it but not investigating. Margalit said: “This is corruption at its worst.” The campaign has released images which it says portray Netanyahu living lavishly as well as newspaper headlines about scandals.

next president could well arm the rebels with an air-defence system, might Israel help too, if for no other reason than to weaken Hezbollah? No comment. What about the fraught relations between Turkey and Russia. Could Na’eh play peacemaker? That’s not his job. So far, so diplomatic, but Turkey’s sizeable (and to Erdoğan, troublesome) Kurdish community cannot be ignored. In the 1960s, Israel supported the Kurdish resistance and in 2014 Benjamin Netanyahu said Kurdistan was “worthy of statehood”. Kurds talk warmly of their Jewish friends and relations, and many Kurds live in Israel, but the very mention of this minority in Ankara is akin to swearing. So, does the ambassador plan to have any relations with the Kurdish community in Turkey? “I’m here to promote relationships between Turkey and Israel, and between the Turkish people and the Israeli people.” Yes, but “Turkish people” includes Kurdish people, no? “Once again, my job is to…” Perhaps an easier area for the ambassador is tourism. For years, Israelis took their holidays in Turkey, but numbers are down

because of the situation. Does he expect tourism to increase again now? “It depends on the Turkish authorities, and how welcome they make them feel.” Let’s turn to safer ground: Gaza. As part of the reconciliation deal, Turkey now gives aid, which is checked at Ashdod, to Gaza. If things go well, could Israel envisage Turkey playing a bigger role? “We have an interest in seeing Turkey help with the economic situation in Gaza, but I cannot see into the future... It is in our own interests to see Gaza flourish, and to see the economic situation in Gaza improve, and at the same time to fight terrorism.” Returning to Turkey-Israel relations, Na’eh invokes a long history, once far more cordial than it has been recently. “Turks opened their doors to Jews at the end of the 15th century, when Jews were expelled from Spain. In fact, some of my very distant relatives are buried here, in Istanbul. Turks then opened their doors to Jews who escaped from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Jews helped to establish some of the great universities here. Turkey sent help to Israel after the fires, and Israel sent help to Turkey after the earthquakes, so we’ve helped each other in times of need. The challenge now is to take all these ingredients and put the relationship back where it ought to be.” On the importance of that relationship, he says: “One needn’t be an expert to look at a map to see where Israel is, see where Turkey is.” Finally, what will he miss most about the UK? “I won’t miss the weather!” he says, in a rare undiplomatic moment. “I left many friends, some lifelong friends. I will miss the embassy and the staff, but my successor [Sharon Bar-li] is very able and highly talented. I will miss London. When one is tired of London, he is tired of life. But Ankara is a fun place too. I’m going to a pop concert on Sunday. So life continues. I have friends here, from my past posting, and you make new friends. The Israeli community in Turkey is very small, but the Jewish community is in many places, and I will meet them in the near future. I very much enjoyed working with the British Jewish community. It’s a great community, highly organised and sophisticated. We were blessed to work with them. I have family in Manchester, so we will be back. But certainly I can say London was my cup of tea… and Ankara is my cup of chai!”

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Hate expectations Remember the days when anti-Semitism meant straightforward Jew hatred? Time was when racism meant hating someone for their race, colour or ethnicity. As of this week, it means any number of checklist items. And some relate to Israel. We all know anti-Semites. They’re the thugs in front of a St George’s flag ranting against the ‘Jewification’ of Golders Green. They’re the crazed imams telling impressionable young Muslims that Jews kill babies. They’re ‘historians’ who say the Holocaust is made up, or French comedians who say Jewish journalists should be gassed. They were rarely the university campus activists who thought the way Israel treated its Palestinian or Arab minority was unfair. They were rarely the social activists who advocated not buying products from West Bank settlements. As of this week, they might now be called anti-Semites too. It follows Theresa May’s announcement that the UK will adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of this age-old hatred. The list of things the IHRA considers anti-Semitic is much longer and more extensive than any previously used. Was it needed? It’s true that anti-Semitism evolves. It moves with the times. Israel’s existence gave haters of Jews new avenues to hate. But you can hate Israel and have no problem with Jews. You can criticise Israel and not be anti-Semitic. Checklist examples can help identify when someone oversteps the mark. But if you need a checklist to tell you when someone’s an antiSemite, there’s a more fundamental problem.

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WE WON, SO GET OVER IT Having been criticised in the letters pages of 1 and 8 December editions for my support of Brexit and Donald Trump, I feel I must answer. The attacks by right-wing extremists in the UK and US are unforgivable. Sadly, these people will always be with us. Nevertheless, I feel the liberal left are far more dangerous to the Jewish community as they pretend to sympathise with us when the truth is just the opposite, hence the rise of Cor-

byn, McDonnell and the Momentum movement, our implacable enemies. I believe it was Stalin who called such people useful idiots. However, this year, Chanukah and Christmas coincide, double the season of goodwill, so I wish my critics well, but cannot resist telling them again: “You lost, we won, get over it!”

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Re the “danger of Trump”, America is regional; politically, it is a federation. The influential Washington Post says of Trump’s campaign manager: “In choosing Stephen Bannon to be the CEO of his campaign, Trump has accomplished the extraordinary. He has found someone as outrageous as he is.” Trump will find the presidency a lot different from big business. When he starts giving orders to the State Department, the Pentagon, old money and, especially, state governors, his frustration will cause him to lose even more hair.

As a fellow Liberal Jew, I take issue with Rabbi Charley Baginsky’s article (Jewish News, 17 November) implying Jews should have voted for Remain in the EU vote. It is not the same as the vote for Trump in America. As far as we can tell, Trump is a trade protectionist; Brexiteers believe in free trade. This is a serious moral issue. The EU Customs Union is equivalent to the Corn Laws of 1815–1846, when high tariffs on imported grain ensured high prices, forcing the poor to spend most of their money on bread, with little left for other necessities. The EU uses high tariff barriers, subsidies and draconian regulations against things such as GM foods to starve poor countries (e.g. in Africa and the Caribbean) into submission. It forces up prices for UK consumers and ensures poor countries export only raw commodities at rock bottom prices rather, than investing in manufacturing. This creates a cycle of dependency on international aid and exacerbates the refugee problem.

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The legality of Balfour

EXCLUDING THESE CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL IS RACIST

So-called “right-minded people” (albeit some genuinely) regard the issue of the Balfour Declaration and its supposed illegality as a challenge to the right for the existence of the State of Israel. While this interpretation of illegality may be valid (and maintained honestly), it is advantageous and onesided to interpret this as an absolute judgement on the Jewish nation. Nothing in life is perfect. Indeed it is often wrong, flawed; sinful. But no human endeavour can escape this problem because we are exactly that, human. It does not mean Israel has foregone the right to be a country. Even Hitler’s defeated Germany did not have that imposed on them. Far less, then, a civilised democracy like Israel, for all her problems. It is absurd that people should see Balfour as tantamount to an absolution of the right to statehood and says much for those concerned about and angry with Israel’s future that there is such a debate on her legitimacy. Israel’s crimes are her crimes and as with the crimes committed by all nations must be addressed. But to

use this as a sop to challenge her basic rights is appalling. Let the world not forget that the Jews are a blessed race who gave their Bible to Christianity and Islam, the two largest religions on the planet. And while they were promised a home by God, they were a people without a homeland for cruel century upon cruel century. It is a greedy hope to deprive them of their dream, especially post-Holocaust, and it should be remembered that God did indeed promise us a promised land.

I was saddened, upset and angry at the Chief Rabbi’s exclamation that Donald Trump is “racist”. He should stick to his cloistered existence and keep out of the realms where he does not belong. He is ill-informed and is using his privileged position to make frivolous and inaccurate statements. The organisation he is head of, the United Synagogue, uses a racist reason to exclude innocent children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers from attending schools under his jurisdiction, as it would encourage intermarriage! Trump is not racist – far from it. He has the right forum to treat the ills of today’s world. No other politician seems to be able to do so, as we have seen.

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS ETHICAL One would like to believe “animal welfare is the number one priority” in UK kosher slaughterhouses, as claimed by Shimon Cohen, Shechita UK (Jewish News, 8 December. However, this has not been the case in Israel, the US and South America, where a kosher stamp means nothing in terms of ethical treatment of animals. Undercover footage in UK slaughterhouses reveals the true horrors that take place, in spite of all the UK and EU regulations and guidelines. Apart from the actual method of killing, people who work in slaughterhouses become desensitised to the suffering of animals and when speed equals

profit, abuse becomes inevitable. Perhaps Shimon Cohen would be happy to arrange a visit to a kosher slaughterhouse for those who would like to see proof of ethical treatment and slaughter with their own eyes. If not, the words of Paul McCartney come to mind, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians”. Furthermore, Mr Cohen only refers to slaughter but ignores the fact that cruel factory farming methods are a prerequisite to and are supported by our kosher meat industry.

Leona Wieder Hendon

My relief over UJS vote I was hugely relieved to read that members of the Union of Jewish Students voted to roundly reject pro-BDS candidate Eran Cohen in last weekend’s leadership vote. Endorsing such a person would have sent the message that young Jewish people in Britain are politically opposed to the Jewish state. Mr Cohen received a palty 89 votes – proving the opposite is clearly the case. Emma Bennett Winchmore Hill


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New year of anniversaries just gives me the shudders JENNI FRAZER s we shake off the almost unmitigated awfulness of the year 2016 — with the departures of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Victoria Wood, Shimon Peres and even Fidel Castro, to name but a few, from the world stage, I shudder slightly at what lies in store for us in 2017. My grandmother was very fond of the saying “Man proposes, God disposes”, which sounds even better in Yiddish — “Mann tracht und Gott lacht”. I dare say the Almighty has rarely heard a better celestial thigh-slapper than the orange phenomenon which is Donald Trump, but at least the world can’t say it wasn’t warned. But if there were anything to make the communal hairs stand up on the back of the communal neck, it is the smug pronouncements of Israelis in power as the secular new year approaches. In no particular order, but just because he’s there, is the centrist party leader, Yair Lapid, now presenting himself as the

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alternative to the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Aware that Netanyahu is involved in a bitter scrap to secure the heartland of the right wing, Lapid has waded in with his own pronouncement. “We need to get the Palestinians out of our lives,” he says. “What we have to do is build a high wall and get them out of our sight. There will be no peace. We do not want two nations packed into a single state.” Walls seem terrifyingly popular these days, as president-elect Trump would no doubt testify, given his predilection during his election campaign for building a socking great edifice in the south of the US in order to keep out the Mexicans. Both such ideas are stupid — there is no other word — and I had mistakenly thought better of Lapid. But then, as the UK’s own Andy Burnham has showed, there are some politicians around will say anything to woo and retain power. Burnham, it may be recalled, took part in Labour hustings at JW3 and pledged that if he were elected he would have the story of

the Balfour Declaration taught, compulsorily, in every school. While we wipe tears of relief from our eyes that Burnhamgate did not succeed — and contemplate what we got instead — the fact is that 2017 is anniversary year incarnate, with every few weeks providing someone somewhere with an opportunity for marking an historic milestone. Besides the Balfour centenary, next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, the 40th anniversary of Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem, and 120 years since the First Zionist Congress in Basel. There will of course be intelligent ways to commemorate these dates, and then I am afraid to say there will probably be some idiotic, jingoistic, set-people’s-backs-up

kind of events. Already, I understand, 2017 has been declared “the Year of Jerusalem”, as, together with the anniversary of the Six Day War, the reunification of the capital city is being marked. What would be wonderful would be if such anniversaries offered the opportunities for hands reaching out across the literal and metaphorical borders. Let us banish talk of walls and try instead to think what Israel has to show its neighbours, not just the Palestinians but other Arabs in the region. Let us set out to make 2017 a time of hope and reconciliation. It can still be done, if we will it. It is one way we can amuse the Almighty and his angels.

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WALLS SEEM TERRIFYINGLY POPULAR THESE DAYS, AS PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP WOULD NO DOUBT TESTIFY, BUT THIS IDEA IS JUST STUPID

Enough’s enough – time for Labour Jews to call it quits BRIAN GORDON

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eek after week, we read of insidious outbursts emanating from individuals within the Labour Party, from all levels. The statements are often dressed up as anti-Zionist. However, some are so extreme and outrageous that they can only be construed as blatantly anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism within the Labour Party is not new, but was latent and unexpressed. The cause of its eruption so severely during 2016 can be summed up in two words: Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn is the first leader of any major British political party to hold views which, if not directly anti-Semitic, are considered hostile by the overwhelming majority of Jews in this country. His antipathy towards Israel, his embracement of the Palestinian viewpoint and his friendship with Arab terrorist groups has characterised his Parliamentary career for decades – long before the nightmare of his leadership of the Labour

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Party was remotely contemplated. Labour ’s report into anti-Semitism, led by Baroness Chakrabarti, was a farce. In the words of the Home Affairs Select Committee commenting on the report, it “was clearly lacking in many areas”, the party having become “a safe place for those with the most vile of opinions”. Corbyn would vigorously protest his dedication to the cause of anti-racism and his belief in ethnic tolerance.He would cite the (temporary?) expulsion of the party’s worst culprits as evidence of his sincerity. But his own long nasty track record and his most recent offhand comments, such as the one about Israel and Islamic State, show beyond doubt that respect for the Jewish community and protecting Jewish values are largely irrelevant to his neocommunist agenda. In such an ugly climate, I have to ask all current Jewish members of the Labour Party what on earth they are still doing there. How, in all conscience, can they continue to support a party whose elected and re-elected leader, along with the many like-minded cronies he has promoted, holds the feelings of our community in such contempt?

By remaining within the party, they are effectively endorsing the new Labour leadership and helping to increase its chances of forming a future government. There comes a time when an unwinnable fight has to be abandoned, even if only temporarily. The Jewish struggle within Labour has reached that stage. Had Margaret Thatcher been equivalent to Corbyn in her views and opened the floodgates to the volume of anti-Jewish invective we now hear from within Labour, I’m sure I and many others would have walked. There are some very honourable, selfrespecting Jews in the Labour Party. They must be enduring political agony, and I feel sorry for them. Some are prominent MPs such as Ivan Lewis, Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger, or past or present supremos like Lords Levy and

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Mendelsohn. Others are hard-working councillors or activists in Labour Party associations. If all those people were to quit the Labour Party en masse, as part of a concerted resignation campaign, it could have a major impact on the Corbyn-led leadership. The resignees could remain as independent MPs, peers or councillors until their next respective elections. If the Corbynistas were ousted before that and replaced with a renewed Blair-style leadership, they would be at liberty to sign up to Labour again and submit themselves for reselection. Failing that, I suggest a more imaginative idea. If the ex-Labourites could bring themselves to jettison their outmoded ideas and realign their political outlook, they might just find a welcoming new home in the Jewishfriendly, pro-Israel Conservative Party.

IN SUCH AN UGLY CLIMATE, I HAVE TO ASK ALL JEWISH MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR PARTY WHAT ON EARTH THEY ARE STILL DOING THERE


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Camp Simcha’s toy joy! Mickey, Minnie and Bob the Builder team up for a special outing, writes Brigit Grant amp Simcha’s Toy Story took on a Disney flavour last week when Jewish News sent Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Barnet Hospital to distribute gifts. Bob the Builder was also in tow, much to the delight of some of the younger children, who wanted their photos taken with the TV hero, though the parents favoured selfies with Minnie. Inside the costumes were Jewish News supplements editor Brigit Grant, her sister Harriett and nephew Dylan, who danced with the medical staff on the Galaxy Ward. Camp Simcha’s Toy Story begins each year with the arrival of large boxes in the lobbies of Jewish schools. From that moment on, parents and pupils bring in new toys and games to be distributed to seriously ill children of all ages and denominations who will be spending the holiday season in hospitals or hospices. From the schools, the toys are delivered to Kinloss Synagogue, where this year Yavneh College sixthformers helped to package 7.000 donated gifts collected at 70-plus nurseries,

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schools and community groups. The Year 12 Yavneh students, who joined the volunteers on packing day, also held their own toy and fundraising drive as student Elan Brooks, explained: “Camp Simcha is one of Yavneh’s chosen charities to support this year and we wanted to feed in to the Toy Drive, as well as raise money. “Twenty of us have organised an event at which we are screening the Toy Story film with food and snacks donated by Kosher Kingdom, and pupils have to bring a new toy or make a donation to come along.” Volunteers at the packing day also created canvas artwork for paediatriatic wards at the Royal London and King George’s Hospitals. Over the next week, the toys will be delivered to children in more than 110 hospital wards and hospices and through community nursing teams involving facilities including Watford General, the Royal Free, Whittington, UCLH and Great Ormond Street hospitals. Camp Simcha UK is the only Jewish charity to deliver toys to all children in hospitals on this scale and at Barnet the nurses were very

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vocal about how much they appreciated the generosity and the presence of Mickey, Minnie and Bob. “It has certainly cheered up our day,” said the mother of Mumtaz , who received her present in the playroom. With the help of GIFT,

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Children at Kisharon’s Tuffkid Nursery in Golders Green began their Chanukah preparations in earnest with young Gadi and Esther making doughnuts.

2 FINANCIAL HELP ORT UK’s annual dinner saw 260 guests raise more than £450,000 for the charity’s STEM (science, technology engineering, maths) and Jewish education programmes in the former Soviet Union. ORT UK chief executive Adam Overlander-Kaye said: “STEM education is one of the key building blocks for employment in the 21st century. It’s through providing a first-rate science and technology education as well as giving them the sustenance they need that these young people can become financially independent and break out of the cycle of poverty.”

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3 POETRY AWARDS Moriah Jewish Day School pupils Tommy Canter, Millie Hayeem and Erin Sofronia were awarded runners-up certificates after taking part in the Harrow Mayor’s Remembrance Poetry Competition. The children and headteacher Ruth Gafson attended the remembrance ceremony at Harrow Civic Centre, after which they were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour, where the children read their poems aloud and received certificates from the Mayor.

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More than 100 volunteers and staff members helped raise money for this year’s UJIA Super Sunday appeal. People of all ages from across the community took part, making more than 1,000 canvassing calls over the 10-hour telethon, which raised more than £60,000 for programmes in Israel and the UK. They celebrated reaching the £50,000 mark by completing the #Mannequin Challenge.”

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More than 1,000 Jewish participants from 20 countries – including the J Life team (pictured) joined together in the largest hotel in South America for the global Olami Summit 2016. A gathering for Jewish campus and young professional communities, idea-generators, educators, funders and community leaders collaborated to create new initiatives.

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Budding politicians enjoyed a visit from Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden as he officially opened the new library at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School (HJPS) in Radlett. The library, which now features soft seating and hundreds of new books, was installed following a major flood in June, which damaged the school’s ground floor. Dowden said: “The library looks fantastic and I’m sure this will be a wonderful new learning facility.”

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Tikva held its annual poker night at the Matcham Theatre in The Hippodrome Casino. The evening raised more than £7,000, which will go towards its search and rescue of the most vulnerable Jewish children in the Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, as well as maintaining the needs of the children living in Tikva homes.

RAISES £2.6K 75 ADON 3 COBY FOR EMUNAH 6 PINNER’S OLAM TUNES Barmitzvah celebrant Coby Brown raised more than £2,600 for Emunah having completed an eight-mile sponsored walk of 38 London theatres. Accompanied by his father, Jamie, the Highgate School student twinned his simcha with a boy from Emunah’s Afula home, with the boys meet-

Pinner Synagogue’s community broke an unofficial world record as they sang Adon Olam to 75 different tunes. In celebration of the shul’s 75th birthday, more than 100 people took part across 27 different groups, including the synagogue’s board of management.

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Jami’s big night raises £325k Photos by Yakir Zur

More than 270 guests showed their support for mental health charity Jami at its annual dinner at the Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch, raising more than £325,000 for vital services. Laurie Rackind, Jami’s chief executive said mental health was “probably the most crucial healthcare issue of our generation”, adding: “We need your help to reach the hearts and minds of our community.” Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle spoke about his struggle with depression.

Mayor’s Chanukah celebration Photos by James O’Jenkins

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan jointly hosted a Chanukah reception at City Hall with the London Jewish Forum. After the event Khan tweeted: “Great to host early Chanukah celebrations and mark the contribution London’s Jewish community make to our city. Chanukah sameach!” Joining the mayor was Israeli ambassador Mark Regev, LJF chair Adrian Cohen and several London Assembly members.

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A traitor in our midst Paul Bogdanor’s research proves Rudolf Kasztner led fellow Jews to their deaths, he tells Francine Wolfisz or many of the 1,684 Hungarian Jews who escaped Nazi persecution aboard a specially-arranged train, Rudolf Kasztner was a war hero and saviour. But a new book, based on the testimonies of survivors, reveals a more sinister side to the man dubbed as the ‘Jewish Oskar Schindler’. Indeed, it suggests Kasztner only managed to strike the extraordinary deal with Adolf Eichmann, one of the key architects of the Holocaust, in return for deliberately deceiving nearly 800,000 Jews into boarding trains to Auschwitz. Paul Bogdanor, author of Kasztner’s Crime, said he found “no joy” in discovering the leader of the Budapest Aid and Rescue Committee, who became the key Jewish contact in Hungary when the country came under Nazi control in March 1944, had knowingly betrayed thousands of lives. In fact, when Bogdanor first began collating material for his book 10 years ago, it was to prove Kasztner, who was assassinated in 1957, was innocent of rumours circulating for decades that he was a collaborator. “To my great shock and dismay I found the evidence overwhelmingly pointed to guilt,” says the Bournemouth-based author and researcher. “It did not point to the guilt of the Zionist Movement in Hungary, which tried to save the Jews, but to Kasztner, who acted as a traitor to both the Jewish people and the Zionist movement.” Bogdanor pored over hundreds of documents, including the transcripts of a libel trial that dealt with the same charges of collabora-

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tion against Kasztner, which was held in Israel during the 1950s, as well as papers from the Jabotinsky Institute, Yad Vashem and the National Archives. Significantly, he also examined the testimonies of survivors that had been “largely overlooked” by mainstream historians. “I think it’s a scandal the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, which should be the most important evidence, have never been used. I think that’s unacceptable,” says Bogdanor. These testimonies include accounts detailing how Kasztner dissuaded young Jews from trying to leave their families and escape across the border. For example, during a visit to his home town in Kolozsvar, in May 1944, Kasztner met with Dieter Wisliceny, a top-ranking SS officer who worked under Eichmann and was involved in the deportation of Hungary’s Jewish population. Kasztner was told the Nazis planned to fully liquidate the Jewish population. In order for that to happen, he was required to deliberately deceive the community in Kolozsvar that the escape routes from there to Romania, just a few kilometres across the border, were no longer accessible. “Kasztner acted on Nazi orders and directly sabotaged the escape route of Jews ,which could have been used by thousands to save their lives,” explains Bogdanor. Yosef Reiss, a Holocaust survivor from a nearby town, recalled in his testimony: “Kasztner was well aware that the young people wanted to escape and he spread it among the people they should not escape and cause trouble for their families, that they would all be sent to southern Hungary and families would remain together and work in agriculture.” Similarly Ruth Landau, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor from Kolozsvar, said: “Like many others, my mother personally heard Kasztner in his home town, in the Kolozsvar Ghetto, assuring the town’s Jews who were collected there before being sent to Auschwitz that they were going ‘to work in the bread fields’”.

Above: Hungarian Jews arrive at Auschwitz in the summer of 1944. Below: Rudolf Kasztner

As a result of his deception, some 18,000 men, women and children from Kolozsvar were sent to the gas chambers. For Bogdanor, the proof is undeniable that Kasztner collaborated with the Nazis. He said: “The truly shocking thing is that Kasztner even admits in his post-war report that he actively misled the Jews boarding the trains. Eichmann had instructed that he wanted no fuss during the deportations to Auschwitz. Kasztner then said in effect he agreed to this so-called ‘rescue secret’, which meant keeping the secret of extermination from the victims.” Similarly, Bogdanor’s research points to evidence that Kasztner deceived the wider Jewish and Zionist community abroad, by sending letters detailing how thousands of Jews had been deported to the “Birkenau Industrial Centre”. “Of course, he knew perfectly well they had been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau,” he said. For the 1,684 people who were saved by the so-called ‘Kasztner Train’ – which included the Jewish leader’s relatives and friends – Bogdanor suggests they, too, were deceived, because the passengers were told they were being sent to Palestine. However, there were never any visas for Palestine and in fact the group were initially

sent to Bergen-Belsen. Bogdanor argues they were in fact Nazi hostages – something Kasztner was aware of – and would only reach Switzerland six months later, when the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews to Auschwitz was complete. What, then, drove a man like Kasztner to betray his own community? Bogdanor believes he was a man hungry for a position of power. “I think he was carried away by his megalomania and thought he was the sole person who could deal with the Nazis. He became the most important Jew in Hungary.” While he acknowledges Kasztner did try to save the Jews and certainly did not want to see the population annihilated, he nevertheless became an accessory to genocide. “I didn’t come to any of these conclusions with joy, I was greatly dismayed by them,” adds Bogdanor. “In a sense, I would be delighted if I could be proved wrong.” ‹ Kasztner’s Crime by Paul Bogdanor is available from Transaction Publishers, priced £27.50


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Lifestyle / Hereditary cancer exhibition

Making a blessing out of a curse A poweful new exhibition by Israeli cancer charity BRACHA highlights the risks of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer as well as the preventative measures, says Lisa Sanders hen I walk into the packed Tel Aviv gallery one steamy midweek evening, I’m forced to do a double take. I’m anticipating a group of well-meaning folk, soberly dressed, even sombre. It is, after all, a breast cancer-related event. The buoyant crowd of trendy young people mingling, sipping soft drinks and admiring the artwork is not at all what I’d anticipated. “Fabulous, so glad you could make it,” says Lisa Cohen, the founder and CEO of the BRACHA charity, rushing over to greet me and introduce me to David Scheinmann, the London-based photographer and film-maker whose work is on the walls around us. BRACHA – as well as being a play on the Hebrew word “blessing” – is a neat reference to the letters BRCA, which are used to define the genetic mutations in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Cohen, who grew up in Cardiff before moving to Israel, set up the charity in 2009 after both her mother and one of her four sisters passed away from breast and ovarian cancer in the UK. Back then, she, like many people, had no idea that the diseases were hereditary. Among the general population, one in 400 people have a mutation in the BRCA

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gene. This figure shoots up to one in 40 among the Jewish population, with Ashkenazi Jews at highest risk. Women with a BRCA mutation are up to seven times more likely to get breast cancer and 25 times as likely to get ovarian cancer. “When I tested positive for the BRCA mutation, I went through the whole journey alone, with not only a severe lack of support but also so much ignorance from the medical community,” Cohen says, her Welsh accent still peppering her English and her Hebrew. “Every woman has the right to know about genetic testing, about surveillance, [about] riskreducing surgeries.” Cohen is a powerhouse of determination, and she’s angry – at the medical establishment in Israel and abroad, which, she says, is slow to recognise the thousands of women who are silent carriers of the deadly mutations. BRACHA’s team of volunteers provides information, advice and support for families and individuals facing these hereditary cancers. Increasingly, they are helping BRCA-positive women to opt for risk-reducing surgeries – mastectomy and reconstruction, “the Angelina Jolie operation” as it’s become known, after the Hollywood actress who underwent the procedure in 2013. This art exhibition, entitled The Venus Project, is Cohen’s latest venture designed to raise the profile of the BRCA community. On the walls are stunning portraits of 10 models – nine women and one man, who have all been affected by the disease. Photographer Scheinmann captures them individually in and around a sunlit swimming pool. He says the inspiration came from a 30-year fascination with one famous water painting – Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. For those of us without a degree in art history, it’s the one with the voluptuous naked lady goddess with gold flowing hair, standing in a large seashell. “It’s about the human spirit,” Scheinmann tells me. “The images are all deliberately beautiful. I wanted to show that beauty sits on that

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I WANTED TO SHOW THAT BEAUTY SITS ON THAT EDGE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH edge between life and death.” Scheinmann is best known for co-directing indie comedies with his brother Danny. As a photographer, he creates the album cover artwork for big-name musicians like Tears for Fears and Peter Gabriel. The Venus Project came about through his long-standing friendship with fellow Londoner and art curator Tamar Arnon. “I happened to know that [Tamar’s] mother had 17 years earlier survived cancer and that anecdotally this disease occurred frequently in the wider family… 17 years later Tamar found herself in the fight of her life against a cancer passed to her through this gene, and she survived it,” he says. Tamar and her two sisters – glamorous women in their thirties – are all involved with BRACHA. Tamar, who lives in Highgate, curated the exhibition, and younger sisters Osnat and Efrat, both based in Israel, agreed to pose for Scheinmann. Tamar was the seventh member of her immediate family to

be diagnosed with cancer. Osnat calls herself a “previvor” – on finding out that she had inherited the BRCA mutation, she chose to undergo preventive surgery to reduce her risk of ever contracting the disease. “Today I am much stronger than I used to be,” Osnat says. “I am worried for Efrat who is also a genetic mutation carrier. I am worried for my daughters; have they inherited this genetic mutation from me? If yes, will they have access to better approaches to hereditary cancer?” Efrat, the youngest sister, is an actress. So far, she has not opted for preventive surgery, but she doesn’t rule it out in the near future. Living with the knowledge that she, too, carries the family gene mutation is, she says, “the sword swinging threateningly over me”. At the exhibition’s opening, the models are clearly delighted to come face to face with their swimming pool portraits for the first time. I


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Hereditary cancer exhibition / Lifestyle meet Yana, a beautiful 33-year-old whose portrait shows the two livid scars across her back, the result of cancer surgery that saved her life. BRACHA, she says, referred her to the best doctors and also put her in touch with women in similar situations. She went on to open a chain of fashion stores aimed at women dealing with breast cancer. Libby, who was pregnant during last year’s photoshoot, has since given birth to a healthy baby boy. By 9pm, the room is heaving. We spill out onto the roof terrace, where a PA system is set up. After the thanks and the plaudits, the call to arms. The battle against this hereditary disease is far from won, Cohen reminds us. Sigal Ely Valenty, one of the models featured in the exhibition, passed away six months ago, aged just 42. She was married and had three young children. “We need Lisa, and we need BRACHA,” says Eitan Friedman, professor of genetics at Tel Aviv University. “The medical profession is still only interested in treating sick people. It’s not interested in preventing disease. Even the regular cancer charities. They all say ‘come back and see us when you’re sick.’” Are you able to make a difference? I ask him. “Put it this way,” he says. “Before Lisa, five percent of women in Israel opted for preventive surgery. Now it’s 15 percent. And that number’s rising.”

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Lifestyle / Prize-winning portraits

Celebrating beauty Former footballer Kovi Konowiecki’s mesmerising portraits of Orthodox Jews are on display, writes Fiona Leckerman e was once used to donning his kit and shooting goals – but these days, Kovi Konowiecki is more well-known for shooting prize-winning portraits. So how exactly did the professional footballerturned-photographer end up exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery in London? Two years ago, Konowiecki packed away his boots for Hapoel Kfar Saba FC and left Israel to pursue his passion for photography. The transformation from sportsman to artist has reaped rewards, as the American-Jewish talent was recently named as third place winner in this year’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Two of his stunning images are now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery and were taken as part of Bei Mir Bistu Shein, which translates from the Yiddish as “to me you are beautiful”, his study of an OrthodoxJewish family . Aged 15, Konowiecki moved from his native Long Beach, California, to Munich, Germany, where he played for a youth team. From then on, most of Konowiecki’s life was immersed in sport, but he began finding his desire to take photographs exceeded his need to train. It was this realisation that led Konowiecki, now 24, to study photography and he recently graduated with a Masters from the University of the Arts in London. “I decided that photography was this passion I couldn’t suppress anymore, so I started taking photographs for fun and then it turned into something much bigger than that,” explains Konowiecki, a bright, articulate Californian, who admits he finds places such as Bromley more inspiring than where he resides in Shoreditch. For his project, Bei Mir Bistu Shein, Konowiecki took his idea of capturing a series of family portraits to the only Orthodox family he knew – the rabbi of his childhood synagogue in Long Beach – who gave him permission to photograph him, his children and grandchildren. He even put him in touch with his extended family in London and Israel. “I have these very intimate portraits of the same family that are represented by three different parts of the world,” says Konowiecki.

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“This project was a way for me to dig a little deeper into my own identity, reconnect and get a better understanding.” The keen photographer was raised within a secular Jewish family, but reveals that his Israeli-born mother made sure Judaism was a part of his everyday life. Meeting with these Orthodox families allowed Konowiecki a glimpse into a life that he describes as “luminal”. He explains: “The Orthodox are very much part of modern life. They use mobile phones, ride the underground and shop in supermarkets just like everyone else, but at the same time they have this ancient and archaic way about them in the way they dress and their customs.” For Konowiecki, the hardest challenge of the project was trying to convince the families to take part, but he reveals: “Once I was in the circle, it was easy and they knew to trust me. It really is a reflection of my own Jewish identity and wanting to represent the Jewish diaspora by showing the same families scattered across the world.” Poring over old family photographs and films, Konwiecki struck upon the idea of incorporating a floral background, to give his work a paintinglike quality, as well as capture the mysticism and history of his subjects. “All my grandparents were Holocaust survivors, originating from eastern European shtetls, so my idea was to create that shtetl environment and feel by using these mystical floral backgrounds.” His intention was to “celebrate of the beauty of these families” and the result is a series of portraits that are both mesmerising and illuminating. In the final portrait of the series, Konowiecki himself is the subject, although as he reveals, it is a self-portrait that had not been initially planned and shows him wearing a shtreimel handed to him by one of his subjects after he had finished shooting. Konowiecki believes it was a fitting end to the collection and says: “This was a way for me to bring this full circle.”

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The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is on at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, until 26 February 2017. Details: npg.org.uk/photoprize

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RABBI ALEX CHAPPER How do you deal with disappointment? Do you allow it to crush you or do you bounce back and try harder in the future? The famous incident in which Jacob struggles with an angel in the guise of a man, provides us with a profound insight. It is not immediately obvious who emerges victorious from the struggle. The text reads: “When he saw he could not prevail against him, he touched the socket of his hip, and the socket of Jacob’s hip became dislocated as he wrestled with him.” Although Jacob has the upper hand, he emerges injured, while the angel escapes unscathed. This is unusual, because we are more familiar with battles with a clear winner and loser, but it teaches us there is sometimes a fine line between success and failure and both leave their after-effects. The distinguishing feature is how we respond. Having been injured, Jacob refuses to allow the incident to pass without seeking a blessing from his counterpart. He receives the blessing of a new name – one that signifies his ability to face challenges and emerge successfully. Although it may not always be possible to see disappointment as a blessing, it is healthy to see it as an opportunity to grow, accept the knocks and become stronger in the future. As President Nixon said: “True greatness comes not when things go always good for you; true greatness comes when you are really tested...Because only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be atop the highest mountain.”

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However, once back home Absalom abused his reprieve by campaigning with the populace, stealing their hearts by offering them a better deal if only they would replace David as supreme judge. Choosing his moment, Absalom raised support in Hebron, a city disaffected by his father’s relocation of the seat of monarchy to Jerusalem. David lost all his active following in Israel and Judah, escaping Jerusalem only with his foreign bodyguards. The sons of David’s priests served as his spies while he sought refuge on the East Bank of the Jordan.

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RABBI BENJI STANLEY “The Torah demands: “Completely wipe out any trace of Amalek.” This commandment is seemingly violent and simplistic in equating eternal evil with an external entity and we fear it could be barbarously applied today. Yet a closer reading yields selfreflective approaches. Hatred is fostered in an unequal society to which we have contributed. We sometimes feel sorry for Esau, cheated of everything, and then feared. In Genesis 36:12, we learn that “Timna was a concubine of Esau’s son Eliphaz: she bore Amalek to Eliphaz”. Through the linking of Esau and Amalek, we learn that hatred to come has been conceived in our own unkindness. A rabbinic midrash imagines that Timna sought to convert back to Judaism, but was rebuffed leading to her and her child’s hatred. Unkindness begets unkindness. We should sow the seeds of an inclusive society, and not dismiss those we disagree with. Amelek is inside of us. In Deuteron-

omy 25:18 we encounter an ambiguity regarding our relationship to Amalek. The verse can be translated “they ambushed you, when you were tired and they were not God fearing” or “they ambushed you, when you were tired and you were not God fearing”. The battle with Amalek happens just after Israel has descended into cowardice and argument. This ambiguity teaches us to focus on our own weaknesses, for these are connected to our treatment of external threats. When we left Egypt, Amalek attacked us “cutting down all the stragglers at the back”, showing that Amalek is a tendency to attack society’s weakest. It’s an error to identify Amalek with any particular people. With careful reading, the Bible speaks sensitively and complicatedly. The commandment regarding Amalek teaches us to take evil seriously, while raising questions of our responsibility in contributing and redressing it.

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BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN With Mitzvah Day closely followed by International Volunteer Day, we’ve just been through a pretty intense period of social action. At the Liberal Jewish Synagogue last month for Mitzvah Day, senior Liberal rabbis wrapped presents for refugee children alongside Orthodox and Reform Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus and atheists. But why is volunteering so important to us as Jews, almost part of our faith, in the same way as attending a seder or lighting the menorah? So much about volunteering

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falls easily under the idea of mitzvot – acts that the Talmud in Shabbat 127a and the Mishnah in Peah 1:1 identify as the things that in some essential religious sense are the most important: “Acts of generosity and love… giving hospitality to strangers, visiting the sick… making peace between companions.” The terminology ‘volunteering’ does not precisely capture what perhaps the Jewish tradition sees these mitzvot to mean. The tradition itself speaks much more of mitzvot as obligations and of the concept of chesed, a concept my teacher Rabbi

ACTS OF LOVING-KINDNESS SHOULD BECOME COMMONPLACE IN OUR LIVES

Shai Held defines as ‘grace and lovingkindness,’ a grace we see in God and want to enact in the world. Within the Progressive Jewish world, talk of ‘obligation’ or chesed can seem anti-individualist or pietistic. I would push back against these notions. In a world where kindness and connections in public life are on the decline, I would argue the Jewish concepts of mitzvah and chesed are powerfully countercultural and much needed. My hope is that Mitzvah Day and International Volunteer Day can be two days of the year in which we model the way the other 363 days should be. Acts of chesed should become commonplace in our lives, and help us realise the idea of doing precisely the more difficult things – like attending a funeral or visiting the ill – are the most important everyday mitzvahs. ‹ Leah is rabbi at Norwich Liberal Jewish Community


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Sport / Football review, pictures & video highlights: www.jewishnews.co.uk

Grant set to lead Ghana in Gabon

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LENCHNER HELPS HAMMER HMH London Lions A moved up into third spot in the Division One Masters table thanks to a crushing 7-1 win over HMH. Paul Lenchner helped himself to four goals, Bradley Lazarus chipped in with two, with Darren Dryer also on target. London Lions B extended their lead at the top of the Division Two table to eight points after Phil Mayer and Andy Landesberg earned them a 2-0 win over Temple Fortune. EDRS beat St John’s Wood Tigers 3-0, Steve Krieger, Ian Leader and Martin Seifert all on target.

JAMES LEADS LIONS TO EMPHATIC WIN London Lions kept alive their hopes of a league and cup treble as they thrashed Bovingdon 8-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Aubrey Cup. Top goalscorer James Gershfield bagged another hat-trick, Austin Lipman scored twice, with Josh Kennet, Jake Furman and Adam Burchell also getting on the scoresheet.

Avram Grant will take charge of Ghana at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations after their Football Association president confirmed the Israeli wouldn’t be sacked. Speculation in local media suggested the 61-yearold would be replaced before the tournament starts in Gabon following a string of poor results. However, Kwesi Nyantakyi said: “We have not discussed at any meeting to replace Avram Grant. Maybe it would be done in the future, but at the moment our focus is on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Gabon.”

Grant will take charge of side in Gabon

SPEC suffer a Team thrashing FC Team A booked their place into the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy as four goals from Connor Perl, a double from Adam Rones, plus Lorian Madanes’ strike saw them win 7-3 at SPEC. They’re joined by HMH, who beat the Masters Rep Team 4-0, thanks to Dan Hardoun’s brace, and efforts from Dom Feldman and Clark Norton. Oakwood A moved to within a point of second spot in the Premier Division after Dale Bradman and Jonny Quinn goals saw them win 2-1 at Brady. Redbridge A were beaten 3-2 at London Lions A. Max Kyte, a Nate Kashket own goal, and Harry Marlow strike seeing them to the three points. Raiders A moved up into fourth spot thanks to a 6-0 win over Woodford Wanderers. Matt Stock scored twice, with David Dinkin, David Cohen, Josh Morris and Adam Gold also on target. Division One leaders London Lions B suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat at Scrabble. Josh Pugh and Danny Sherman scored two each, with Adam Waters and Josh Bharier making it a sweet six. Third hosted second and it saw the former run out 3-1 winners, as Sam Rank, Brad Gayer and Kane Hoops all scored in Redbridge B’s win over Raiders B. Finchley City consolidated their

top-four spot thanks to a 7-2 win at Hendon B. Jono Gaon scored four on his debut, with Ariel Weinstein, Sam Leader and Sam Kanter also on target. Los Blancos won 3-2 at Oakwood B, Avi Kestenbaum, Luke Strauss and Joel Kutner all netting. L’Equipe made it nine wins in ten games at the top of Division Two, though did it the hard way as they came away from bottom side Hertswood Vale with a 4-3 win. Andy Smith scored twice, with Grant Bates and birthday boy Jonny Kay netting the winner. Temple Fortune kept up their title challenge as Jordan Sharifian’s hattrick, along with Aron Barnes’ strike saw them win 4-3 at Real Hendon. RC UK FC are up into third, following an emphatic 11-0 win at Raiders C. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz scored five goals, Eli Shebson, Dovi Vogel, Aaron Luftig, Zalmy Cohen and two own goals completed the rout. The league’s top scorer, Richard Fogelman, hit a hat-trick as Faithfold B won 3-1 at Redbridge C, while FC Team B claimed their second league win of the season as Eddie Sternberg’s double, along with Adam Newsome’s strike saw them win 3-0 at Boca Jewniors.

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Adam Rones scored twice for FC Team A

City that boycotts Israel to host their World Cup qualifier

Skaters secure top-two finish Israeli ice skaters Alexei Bychenko and Daniel Samohin won gold and silver at the Golden Spin of Zagreb tournament in Croatia. The annual figure skating tournament brought to a conclusion the ten-event ISU Challenger series.

Israeli government officials have hit out at Spanish football officials after it was announced next year’s World Cup qualifier between the two countries will take place in a city which imposes a blanket boycott of Israel. The game on 24 March will be held in Gijon, where last January, extreme left and socialist parties initiated the boycott. An unnamed government official told Ynet: “It makes us sick that the team has to come and play in a place that is boycotting the State of Israel, even if it is just a declaration. It’s unclear to us why out of all places, Spain chose to hold the game in this city.” The Israeli FA said: “We have no information or explanation as to why Spain chose to hold the match in Gijon. They do not need our approval, of course. The relations between the

HAPOEL DOCKED POINTS OVER DEBT

One of Israel’s most illustrious football teams has been docked nine points as a result of mounting debt of over £2million. Hapoel Tel Aviv, who last won the Israeli league title back in 2010, and appeared in the group stages of the Europa League in both 2012 and 2013, dropped to the bottom of the table after the Tel Aviv District Court approved club owner’s Amir Kabiri’s request for a stay of legal proceedings. Guy Luzon’s (pictured) side drew 1-1 with Bnei Yehuda at the weekend, with the former Charlton Athletic manager saying: “I knew Hapoel was in a bad state when I came and I don’t regret my decision. We have no choice and we must unite. That is our only option in the current situation. “Our main goal is to stay up, that is far from a simple task, but it is a challenge which keeps me focused.”

MACCABI TEL AVIV TO DESIGN OWN KIT

Eran Zahavi scored in Israel’s last qualifier

associations are excellent. We play wherever is permitted, we don’t mix sports with anything else.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv have announced they’ll be manufacturing their own football kit instead of extending their contract with Addidas which runs out in May. Club owner Mitch Goldhar said: “The Israeli league like other similar size markets are not being offered the range of kit as in other European countries by the large brand manufacturers. Producing our own kit will give us the flexibility we need. The Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Brand will offer a first class quality that our fans deserve.”


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Visit: www.jewishnews.co.uk for all the latest Jewish sporting news / Sport MACCABI GB SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PETER MORRISON

GOAL OF THE WEEK

Lions Masters 1 Hendon A 0 (AET) Faithfold A P Camden Park P SPEC 3 FC Team A 7 HMH 4 Masters Rep Team 0

PREMIER DIVISION

Brady Maccabi 1 Oakwood A 2 London Lions A 3 Redbridge A 2 NL Raiders A 6 Woodford Wanderers 0 P W D L F Dif Pts Hendon United A 9 8 1 0 37 26 25 Redbridge A 9 7 0 2 28 15 21 Oakwood A 9 6 2 1 22 15 20 London Lions A 8 5 0 3 18 0 15 NL Raiders A 8 4 2 2 33 21 14 FC Team A 8 3 1 4 22 -13 10 Brady Maccabi 8 2 1 5 19 -4 7 Woodford 10 1 1 8 11 -24 4 Camden Park 7 1 0 6 6: -13 3 SPEC FC 8 1 0 7 7 -23 3

DIVISION ONE

Brixton Old Boys 2 Athletic Bilbaum 7 Hendon United B 2 Finchley City 7 Oakwood B 2 Los Blancos 3 Redbridge B 3 NL Raiders B 1 Scrabble 6 London Lions B 2 P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions B 10 6 2 2 34 16 20 NL Raiders B 9 6 1 2 35 18 19 Redbridge B 6 6 0 0 22 16 18 Finchley City 8 6 0 2 28 13 18 Scrabble 8 5 2 1 22 10 17 Oakwood B 9 4 1 4 28 10 13 Faithfold A 8 4 1 3 21 -2 13 Los Blancos 10 3 0 7 17 -5 9 Athletic Bilbaum 9 2 1 6 14 -18 7 Hendon United B 10 2 0 8 19 -16 6 Brixton Old Boys 9 0 0 9 5: -42 0

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DIVISION TWO

Boca Jewniors 0 FC Team B 3 Faithfold B 3 Redbridge C 1 Hertswood Vale 3 L’Equipe 4 NL Raiders C 0 RC UK FC 11 Real Hendon 3 Temple Fortune 4 P W D L F Dif Pts L’Equipe 10 9 1 0 43 26 28 Temple Fortune 12 6 5 1 37 10 23 RC UK FC 9 6 1 2 44 32 19 Redbridge C 11 5 3 3 26 9 18 Faithfold B 9 5 2 2 34 12 17 Mill Hill Dons 11 5 1 5 29 -14 16 Catford & Bromley 9 4 1 4 28 8 13 Real Hendon 9 4 0 5 19 -6 12 NLRaiders C 11 3 2 6 28 -3 11 FC Team B 10 2 1 7 10 -20 7 Boca Jewniors 8 1 0 7 10 -34 3 Hertswood Vale 9 0 1 8 14 -20 1 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-two-table

AARON LUFTIG (RC UK FC) Scored his first ever league goal after twisting and turning two men tight in the area, before firing into the roof of the net

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RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

23 Goals: Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B) 20 Goals: Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)

SAVE OF THE WEEK SCOTT SHEAR (REDBRIDGE B) Somehow got his fingertips to the ball as a curling effort from 12 yards, which was destined for the top corner, was tipped round the post

QUOTE OF THE WEEK DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UTD A) “Dovi Fehler missed a chance in the last minute of extra time to take the game to penalties that made Ronnie Rosenthal’s look good”

SUNDAY’S FIXTURES:

16 Goals: Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC) Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune) 15 Goals: Zac Lewis (Hendon United A) 13 Goals: Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi) Liron Mannie (NL Raiders A) 12 Goals: Max Martin (L’Equipe) 11 Goals: Oliver Sade (Finchley City) Michael Kenley (London Lions B)

Premier Division: Camden Park vs Brady Maccabi FC Team A vs NL Raiders A London Lions A vs Oakwood A Woodford Wanderers vs Hendon A Division One: Athletic Bilbaum vs Hendon United B Finchley City vs Scrabble Los Blancos vs Faithfold A NL Raiders B vs Brixton Old Boys Oakwood B vs Redbridge B Division Two: Catford & Bromley vs L’Equipe Hertswood Vale vs FC Team B Mill Hill Dons vs Boca Jewniors NL Raiders C vs Real Hendon RC UK FC vs Temple Fortune

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FA Trophy First Round: Wealdstone 2 Wingate & Finchley 2 Wingate & Finchley 1 Wealdstone 2 (r) P W D L F Dif Pts Needham Market 23 12 7 4 40 7 43 Bognor Regis Town21 13 3 5 38 16 42 Havant & Water 20 12 4 4 38 16 40 Dulwich Hamlet 23 9 9 5 47 11 36 Leiston 18 10 5 3 45 18 35 Tonbridge Angels 19 10 4 5 30 8 34 Lowestoft Town 24 9 7 8 37 1 34 Enfield Town 22 8 9 5 38 13 33 Staines Town 25 9 4 12 45 -2 31 Folkestone Invicta 21 8 6 7 37 5 30 Harlow Town 21 9 3 9 33 -1 30 Kingstonian 23 9 2 12 36 -2 29 Billericay Town 22 7 7 8 30 3 28 AFC Sudbury 21 8 3 10 38 2 27 Worthing 21 8 3 10 37 -7 27 Wingate & Finchley18 8 2 8 26 -1 26 Merstham 20 6 6 8 37 5 24 Leatherhead 22 6 6 10 37 -4 24 Burgess Hill Town 18 6 6 6 24 -4 24 Hendon 23 5 9 9 29 -18 24 Met Police 21 5 6 10 27 -12 21 Canvey Island 21 5 5 11 28 -21 20 Grays Athletic 24 5 5 14 29 -22 20 Harrow Borough 17 5 3 9 14 -11 18 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/wingate/

HAT-TRICK HEROES Peter Morrison Trophy – Connor Perl 4 (FC Team A) MGBSFL Div One – Jono Gaon 4 (Finchley City) Div Two – Avi Markiewicz 5 (RC UK FC), Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B), Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune) Masters League Div One – Paul Lenchner 4 (London Lions A) Aubrey Cup – James Gershfield (London Lions) Watford Friendly League U16 - Jonah Weiniger 6 (Hendon) U15 – Josh Field 4 (London Lions Blue), Sam Goldberg 4 (Hendon) U14 – Adam Grossman (HMH Foxes) U13 – Joseph Bregman (London Lions Blue), Theo Keays (HMH Galaxy) U12 – Daniel Attar 6, Aron Harounoff 4 (Hendon), Yoni Marcus (both NWLJ), Joshua Danker (HMH Juniors)

RESULTS

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS Watch match highlights from Peter Morrison Cup tie between: Maccabi London Lions A & Maccabi London Lions B

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TEAM OF THE WEEK

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MGBFL GOALSCORERS

2016/2017 SEASON

Watford Friendly League – U18 League Cup – Brady Maccabi Blue 2 St Albans City West 0 U16 – Comets 1 London Lions White 4, Hendon 8 Aldenham Excel Tigers 0 Green Division – Brady Red 4 Olympiacos 1 Blue Division – Omonia White 3 Brady Blue 2 U15 - Hendon 8 Aldenham Excel Wolves 0 Green Division – HMH 1 London Lions 4 White Division – Alexandra Park East 6 Brady Blue 4 U14 – Hendon 2 HMH Panthers 0 Whetstone Wanderers 1 London Lions White 5, London Lions Blue 3 Belmont 0 Green Division – Alexandra Park South 10 Brady White 1, Brady Red 3 Hadley Rangers 1, AEK Youth Black 4 HMH Foxes 3, Hendon United 2 HMH Panthers 0 U13 – Hendon Netanya 4 Northwood 3 London Lions Blue 4 AC Finchley West 2, Chars Youth 3 London Lions White 0 Green Division – Alexandra Park North 2 Brady White 1 Yellow Division – Omonia Youth 3 HMH Cosmos 0, HMH Fire 4 St Albans Rangers White 0 U12 – Hendon White 8 Omonia Youth Silver 0 AFC Oaklands 1 London Lions Blue 3, Welwyn Pegasus 0 London Lions White 1, London Lions Green 0 Belstone 2 Green Division – Whetstone Wanderers 3 Brady Blue 0 Yellow Division – HMH Juniors 6 Brady Red 1, Omonia White 1 HMH Galaxy 1 Purple Division – NWLJ 10 HMH Bears 1 EXCEL League – U13 – Napsbury 4 HMH Cobras 3, South Mimms 1 HMH Dynamo 1

1 SCOTT SHEAR REDBRIDGE B Produced one of his best performances in a Redbridge shirt. Pulled off two world class saves, was immense

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FAITHFOLD B Got two assists, put in some crunching tackles and retained possession well to boot

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HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Aubrey Cup: London Lions 8 Bovingdon 1 P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions 13 13 0 0 53 42 39 Bushey Sports Club 13 8 3 2 43 21 27 Belstone 12 8 3 1 39 19 27 Standon & Puck 17 8 3 6 44 6 27 Bovingdon 14 8 1 5 45 11 25 Wormley Rovers 16 7 3 6 28 -5 24 Ware Sports 15 7 2 6 37 4 23 Knebworth 16 7 2 7 33 -6 23 Sandridge Rovers 11 7 1 3 17 9 22 Letchworth 14 5 4 5 32 9 19 Hatfield Social 14 5 2 7 26 -26 17 Buntingford Town 13 5 1 7 26 -9 16 Evergreen 15 3 3 9 22 -22 12 Chipperfield 14 2 2 10 31 -13 8 Cuffley 12 1 2 9 21 -13 5 Sarratt 15 0 4 11 14 -27 4 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/lions

MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 1 HMH 1 Maccabi London Lions A 7

NL Raiders Chigwell London Lions A Brady Maccabi A Scrabble HMH

P 7 6 7 7 7 8

WD 7 0 4 0 3 1 3 0 2 1 1 0

L Dif Pts 0 19 21 2 8 12 3 -2 10 4 -4 9 4 -10 7 7 -11 3

MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 2

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

P 8 9 7 7 9 8 7 7

W 7 4 3 4 3 3 1 1

D 1 1 3 0 3 1 1 0

L Dif Pts 0 27 22 4 9 13 1 8 12 3 2 12 3 -10 12 4 -3 10 5 -16 4 6 -17 3

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

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EDRS 3 St John’s Wood Tigers 0 London Lions B 2 Temple Fortune 0

For results, tables, reports, photo galleries, video highlights, go to:

P 3 3 3 3 1 5 2 2

WD 3 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

L Dif 0 15 0 10 1 4 1 -4 0 2 4 -13 2 -6 2 -8

Pts 9 7 6 4 3 3 0 0

ISRAELI LIGAT HA’AL

P W D L F Dif Pts Hapoel Beer-Sheva 13 11 1 1 38 32 34 Maccabi Tel-Aviv 13 7 3 3 24 12 24 Maccabi Haifa 13 5 6 2 17 8 21 Mac Petach-Tikva 13 5 6 2 18 2 21 Hap Kiryat Shmona 13 4 6 3 19 3 18 Beitar Jerusalem 13 4 6 3 17 0 18 Bnei Sakhnin 13 4 4 5 11 -5 16 Hapoel Ra’anana 13 3 6 4 8 -2 15 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 13 3 6 4 11 -4 15 Hapoel Kfar-Saba 13 3 4 6 11 -6 13 Hapoel Haifa 13 4 1 8 17 -7 13 Ashdod 13 2 6 5 9 -8 12 Hapoel Ashkelon 13 2 5 6 8 -16 11 Bnei Yeh Tel-Aviv 13 2 4 7 9 -9 10 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/israeli/

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MGB(S)F/MASTERS WINGATE/LONDON LIONS

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LONDON LIONS MASTERS Was dominant at the heart of the Lions defence from the first minute to last, simply described as “outstanding”

4 DAN STOCK SCRABBLE Alongside Brandon Sassoon, completely shut down the Lions attack at important times in the game

5 ZAC GARBACZ HENDON UNITED A Put in a tremendous shift and had his best game in a Hendon shirt. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side

6 BEN LAMPERT MACCABI LONDON LIONS A Strong performance against title challengers Redbridge as Lions claimed their most impressive win to date

7 JOSH CRAMER LOS BLANCOS Bossed the middle of the park with his touch and movement, key to side’s win over Oakwood

8 ADAM RONES FC TEAM A Put in a brilliant performance for his side as they beat SPEC to book their place in the next round of the cup

9 ELI SHEBSON RC UK FC Opposition once again couldn’t handle him and he scored an excellent goal in resounding win

10 JONO GAON FINCHLEY CITY A stunning performance as he gave a masterclass in finishing which saw him crown his debut with four goals

11 JORDAN SHARIFIAN TEMPLE FORTUNE Scored another hat-trick – including a stunning third effort – as Fortune continue title challenge

PLAYER OF THE WEEK GUY MORRIS LONDON LIONS MASTERS

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Sport / Terror alert/ Cup upset

Hapoel on high alert Israeli team counting on Turkish security for Europa League tie By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Hapoel Be’er Sheva is confident Turkish authorities can provide necessary security guarantees after being drawn against Besiktas in the Europa League. The tie will be played under heavy security in the wake of two suicide attacks outside the Turkish club’s stadium on Saturday, which killed 38 people. The Israelis travel to the country for the game on 23 February – one week after the first leg in Israel. A club spokesman told Jewish News: “We’re not aware of any issues and are sure Besiktas will do everything [necessary], they have a lot of experience in hosting away teams in Europe.” A UEFA spokesman also expressed confi-

dence that the Israeli club would be safe, saying: “We’re happy that all the necessary measures will be taken by the host club, together with the local authorities to ensure the safety and security of the players, the match officials and the spectators.” The Israelis booked a place in the last 32 of the competition by earning a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Thursday, knocking out the Premier League side in the process. Maor Buzaglo, who scored their crucial goal, told Jewish News the team believe they can take on anyone in the competition. He said: “We don’t fear anyone in the last 32, we’re not scared of any other team. We believe in ourselves, we were mentally strong against Southampton – as we had to be, we play to win and this team is going forward.” Admitting it was tough to get the score draw they needed to qualify, he said: “I played one of the hardest games of my career, it was against a strong team in a strong atmosphere, but we [as a team] know what we’re doing and we did what we needed to do.” Maccabi Tel Aviv failed to join Be’erSheva in the last 32. Despite beating Irish side Dundalk 2-1, AZ Alkmaar’s 3-2 win over group winners Zenit St Petersburg meant they qualified at the Israelis expense.

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Main: Maor Buzaglo celebrates his goal against Southampton. Inset: Flags outside Besiktas’ stadium following Saturday’s attacks

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Holders Hendon stunned by Masters Hendon manager David Garbacz was stunned after he saw his side lose a Peter Morrison tie for the first time in three year as they were sensationally beaten 1-0 by London Lions Masters. Saul Conway (pictured) scored an extra-time winner to end their hopes of securing a fourth straight win. Garbacz said: “The whole squad including myself cannot remember ever coming off a pitch so incredibly disappointed to lose a game. We put our bodies on the line for 120 minutes against a very good Masters team. To come away with a defeat is devastating. They were supposed to be the ones with the fitness problems, but we finished the game like the walking wounded. “But there’s no excuse for the defeat – when all is said and done they deserved the victory. We’ve won this cup for the last three years running, so feel a huge sense of loss this morning – even the Redbridge defeat on the adjoining pitch failed to muster a smile. “We need to pick ourselves up

again and keep our title challenge going. This season can still bring with it great success and joy so we can’t be down for too long.” The winning manager Dan Jacobs said: “We’re an experienced side with some very good players and today was a question of whether we could use that to get the better of what is clearly a very good side. We showed good fitness levels and good quality on the ball, I’m very proud of them. “Few would deny that we were good value in the end for the win. It was their goalkeeper making the saves and, while they of course had their moments, I thought both with and without the ball we looked in control. “For us, this game is simply about challenging ourselves. Results are irrelevant, it’s about learning about each other and just enjoying the game. “We entered this competition to get an extra game or two in and so will look forward to whatever challenge the next game throws at us.”

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