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Jewish News 5 September 2019

News / Brexit meltdown

Will this year’s Succot be festival of polling booths? British Jews face the prospect of being unable to attend polling stations until 7pm if an election is held as predicted on 15 October – the second day of Succot, writes David Legmann. The Board of Deputies’ vice president Amanda Bowman said: “If a General Election coincided with the festival of Succot [also known as the festival of booths] due to religious restrictions, observant Jews would not be able to vote in person or participate.” She added: “While we understand the situation surrounding Brexit means there is very little flexibility over dates, we have been in touch with the government to explain the concerns our community would face.” She said the organisation would encourage people to apply for a postal vote, something that was echoed by the Jewish Leadership Council, which said: “Those who observe the festival should apply for a postal vote in good time. This can be done now. “You do not need to wait

until an election is called. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 11 working days prior to polling day.” Enfield Council told Jewish News it was “already communicating with residents to urge them to fill in their household enquiry forms and make sure they are registered to vote”. A Barnet Council spokesperson told Jewish News: “In the event of an election being called, we will be encouraging anyone who is unable to vote in person to apply to vote by post. Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.” They added: “We are well placed to manage additional postal voters, as we already handle high levels of postal voting for all elections.”

TRIBUTES AFTER BURT SAYS HE WILL NOT FIGHT ELECTION Jewish campaigners in the UK have paid tribute to two-time Middle East Minister Alistair Burt MP after he said he would not fight the next general election, writes Adam Decker. Zionist pro-peace group Yachad said it was “sad to hear” the Conservative North East Bedfordshire MP would not stand again, after voting against the government over Brexit on

Tuesday. He has since had the whip withdrawn. “Alistair has been a thoughtful and respected MP who was always a brilliant champion of peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians,” said Yachad. Burt resigned as Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister for the Middle East in March, over Brexit rows.

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UK facing no de The House of Commons witnessed an almighty battle between MPs set against a no-deal Brexit and Boris Johnson’s suspected no-deal end-game last night, as the Jewish community tried to digest the ramifications, writes Adam Decker. On Wednesday, the prime minister challenged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to back an early election next month if MPs force Downing Street’s hand by passing a Bill requiring Johnson to ask for a Brexit extension beyond 31 October. Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, Johnson can only call a general election before the next is due in 2022 if two-thirds of MPs vote for it, but that will only happen with Labour support. Labour’s leadership said it will not back an election – mooted for 15 October – until the Bill to avoid a no-deal Brexit had passed, warning that Johnson could use his prorogation powers to delay it beyond 31 October unless it becomes law before then. In a reference to fears of lowered food standards under a UK-US trade deal, Johnson joked that Corbyn was scared of an election, saying: “There is only one chlorinated chicken I can see

Bitterly divide the nation and bring Parliament to its knees in this House and he is on that bench.” MPs were debating the Bill as Jewish News went to press, but if it passes, as expected, it will make its way to the upper chamber, where Jewish peers on both sides of the party-political divide said this week that they would “play their part”. Amid scenes of historic constitutional wrangling, there were repeated

suggestions that Conservative peers would filibuster the Bill, by debating dozens of hastily-levied amendments over endless hours until time runs out and the Bill fails to pass. Their potentially starring role in British political history later this week follows momentous events on Tuesday and yesterday, during which MPs defeated the government to take

Labour hopeful: Weaponising antisemitism solves nothing Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Finchley and Golders Green yesterday warned the antisemitism row had been “drummed up” by commentators, writes Mathilde Frot. Sara Conway, who is a Labour councillor in Burnt Oak, was selected by Labour to run against incumbent Tory Mike Freer. She spoke to Jewish News amid growing speculation a general election is imminent. While stressing that she was not seeking to “dismiss or push back” claims, she said she felt the row had been “whipped up”. “You can’t weaponise without there being a problem, but this issue has been weaponised by certain media commentators. I don’t mean necessarily in the community,” she said. “I think it has been used. Look, Barnet councillor Sara Conway the EHRC [Equality and Human Rights She said: “I am a part of the local Commission] is looking into this. I am not trying to dismiss or push back on any- Jewish community, and I have my own thing at all, but I think there has been an Jewish mother who regularly pulls me up element […] of the press and right-wing on this stuff on Friday nights. I am very, commentators that has drummed this up very much a part of the community so to such a level that it then becomes, if you I’ve heard and been aware of these issues look on Twitter, an endless back and forth for a long time.” “What has happened Labour-wise that doesn’t work,” she added. But Barnet Labour’s lead on commu- also came straight after the Israel-Gaza nities and libraries also said she was “well war and I think a feeling from the comaware” of concerns about the Labour munity of a very different way of how leadership and had been active on the the community was perceived, rightly or wrongly. There was language. It felt a issue “from the start”.

very horrible, uncomfortable time. That’s why I founded an interfaith Jewish Muslim women’s group at that time.” Conway also pledged her commitment to ensuring Barnet Labour remains a safe space for Jews, describing her local party as “broadly very very supportive”, home to “moderate mainstream Jewish members”. “Barnet Labour was at the ‘Enough is Enough’ demonstration. We backed IHRA [International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance]. We called for action on Chris Williamson. My chair and I are waiting for a meeting with Jennie Formby to discuss the need for an independent system, on all cases, not just antisemitism, but on racism, homophobia, etc.” Conway expressed concern about the planned date for the snap general election that could disenfranchise religious voters if the vote falls during Succot. “I don’t think it’s right,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how people are voting. I don’t think it’s great that it’s on Succot at all and I know that the postal vote can be difficult from what I understand, particularly with some of the communities. “They should do it the 16th or the week before. It’s a busy month for Jewish communities.”

5 September 2019 Jewish News


Brexit meltdown / News

al or Labour control of the House of Commons order papers. If, by Sunday evening, any Bill still has not passed through the upper chamber, it will have run out of time before Parliament is prorogued – or suspended – on Monday. A spokesman for Lord Jonathan Sacks said the former Chief Rabbi was “not planning to participate” but Conservative Jewish peer Lord Howard Leigh said: “I will be playing my part. We’ll see how the day goes.” Jewish Liberal Democrat peer Lord Monroe Palmer, likewise, said he would “be taking part at this hectic time at Parliament”, adding: “I expect to be here all night Wednesday, Thursday, Friday... there are even rumours of sitting over the weekend.” He added: “My resolve is to do all I can to stop the UK crashing out of EU with no deal. I go beyond that in that my aim is to keep the UK in the EU. This may require a People’s Vote.” Meanwhile Jewish peer and leading barrister Lord David Pannick QC said his “focus” was on a legal challenge to a key part

JEWS TO FLEE TO LIB DEMS? The centre ground of British politics appeared to dissolve under the government’s Brexit stance in the House of Commons yesterday, fuelling expectations of a Jewish “exodus” to Jo Swinson’s (pictured) Liberal Democrats in the next election. Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a Jewish Conservative politician, said Boris Johnson’s hard-nose no-deal Brexit could nullify the electoral threat from Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party, but warned it might come at a cost. “They need to give equal attention to people – whatever their background, whether they’re Jewish or not – who disagree with Boris John-

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As a series of dramatic Brexit-related events unfolded in Parliament this week, Jewish community members fearful of a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn were left wondering if the party would push for an election. Corbyn has sought an election ever since the last vote in 2017. Prime Minister Theresa May lost seats and a working majority, and the Tories have since relied on the DUP to govern. The Jewish Labour Movement, strongly

of Johnson’s parliamentary strategy to allow a no-deal Brexit. He said he was preparing to represent businesswoman Gina Miller in the Divisional Court, arguing before the Lord Chief Justice today that the prime minister’s unprecedented five-week prorogation of Parliament is unlawful.



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News / Orthodox inspiration

Orthodox Jewish entrepreneurs running start-up technology companies in Israel flew to London this week to present to UK-based investors in a first-of-its-kind event, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Six companies, most founded by Charedi engineers only last year, pitched their ideas to a professional audience at TechSpace in Shoreditch on Tuesday morning, with organisers promising similar events in the future. Earlier, Israel’s Ambassador Mark Regev told the delegation “your success is Israel’s success”, at a private event in north London. Reflecting on Israel’s economic and social challenges, including the underrepresentation of Orthodox Jews in high-tech industries, he said: “Thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of innovators like you, the Jewish state stands out as the innovation nation.” In recent months, the Israeli government has given several Charedi start-ups grants of up to £1million, while entrepreneurship and innovation centres have opened in Jerusalem, Ashdod and Bnei Brak, and

venture capitalists have begun taking stakes. Tuesday’s event was still a new experience, both for the Charedi presenters and for UK-based investors used to hearing from Israeli start-ups founded by secular and Modern Orthodox Israelis, but never before from a specifically Charedi tech offering. The Orthodox start-up showcase was organised by technology “scalerator” BizLabs. The six presenting companies represented the first BizLabs cohort, now approaching the completion of a five-month support programme in Israel, which has included training and mentoring from companies such as Google. “This was only our second ever presentation,” said Yisroel Yakovson, chief executive of NoStack, one of the six start-ups, speaking to Jewish News moments after his pres-

entation. “Our first was a practice run in Israel last week.” Among the business ideas unveiled were “smart glasses” to help blind people navigate, an organic solution to cut Botrytis damage, appoperated clothing to assist in pain management, an “electronic butler” and an AI-based model to cut queues. London-based Benjamin Schimmel, 29, whose family’s philanthropic foundation supports the initiative, said: “I haven’t come across many Charedi start-ups in London, but the start-ups [presenting] here have done something amazing. They have come this far against all odds.” David Bloom, partner at Goldacre investment house, said he wasn’t surprised at the prospect of Charedi hightech entrepreneurs, “because innovation comes from looking at things differently”. He added: “The [Orthodox] com-

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Above: David Bloom of the Kemach Foundation addresses start-up entrepreneurs. Left: BizLabs organisers. Inset: Yehuda Korn from Autonomeye

munity has an amazing insight into ways of doing things, to problems that need addressing, that perhaps the mainstream venture capital world doesn’t see. That comes with challenges as to how you unlock that, but the possibilities of unbelievable innovation coming out of these pro-

grammes is quite high.” The programme has had support from the Kemach Foundation, set up in 2007 by businessman and philanthropist Leo Noé and Achim Global Foundation, which operates an Orthodox business social network.  Editorial comment, page 20

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Measles concerns / Netanyahu visit / News

Hackney vaccinations now Bibi due in London SEVEN times below average Orthodox Jewish parents in north London are again being urged to give their children two doses of the MMR vaccine, after figures showed protection levels in Orthodox areas falling seven times faster than the national average. Sharp drops in vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella in fiveyear-olds were recorded in Hackney and Haringey, the two areas with the largest Orthodox populations in the capital. Last year, public health workers identified Orthodox communities in both boroughs as recording outbreaks of measles among Charedi children following contact with unvaccinated Charedi groups in Israel. In the first quarter of 2018, Hackney recorded 91.5 percent of five-yearolds having had at least one course of the MMR vaccination, but by the first quarter of this year, that figure had fallen substantially to 88.5 percent. Likewise in Haringey, the first-dose MMR five-year vaccination figure for the first quarter of 2018 was 90.8 percent, whereas by the first quarter of this year it fell to 87.7 percent. Across the UK as a whole, first-dose MMR five-year vaccination rates fell by 0.4 percent, meaning that in Hackney and Haringey immunity against the potentially

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to fly into London to meet his embattled British counterpart on Thursday to discuss the response to the Iranian threat in the Middle East. Netanyahu is meeting Boris Johnson just weeks after he took the keys to 10 Downing Street, and in the middle of a fierce parliamentary fight over Brexit. Israeli media also reported that the new United States Secretary of Defence Mark Esper would join the pair, as the three countries aim to iron out a concerted response to increasing military confrontation with Iran and its regional proxies. The pair last met in London in February 2017.

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News / UK-Israel ties / Tram clash / BBC concern

UK and Israeli jets share sky Israeli military aircraft were set to fly over the UK in a joint exercise for the first time this week, as part of a threeweek multinational coordination effort with Britain’s Royal Air Force as well as German, Italian and US planes. For UK-Israel defence cooperation, Exercise Cobra Warrior marks a landmark moment, and the training based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire is expected to last until 20 September. The five nations own some of the world’s most advanced fighters, and the RAF described the exercise as “high intensity large force tactical training” involving around 50 aircraft. “We are proud to participate in the Cobra Warrior exercise,” said Brigadier General Amnon Ein-Dar, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) head of training. “This is the first time IAF fighter aircraft are deployed to and flying in Britain. The deployment will help improve IAF readiness and capability.

“We view this exercise as the highest standard of training, an excellent opportunity for mutual learning and bolstering cooperation.” The exercise allows the teams to develop, plan and practice tactics and procedures during warlike scenarios. RAF Group Captain Robert Barrett said: “The RAF welcomes the participation of our Air Force colleagues from other nations. “We welcome the opportunity to train alongside all of the participating nations’ forces on this challenging exercise.” The UK and Israel already spend trade defence equipment, and Israel will host RAF pilots taking part in Blue Flag 2020, its largest international air exercise. It is the first time RAF jets have trained in Israeli airspace.

Tram passengers stand up against tirade The Community Security Trust (CST) has thanked passengers on a Manchester tram who challenged a man haranguing an Orthodox couple about Israeli action in Gaza. CST paid tribute to those who took issue with the man’s constant questioning of the seated Charedi couple last Thursday evening, after he asked them if they “know about the situation in Gaza”.

The man – who was filmed by a Jewish woman – wore a cap, appeared drunk and told passengers he was “from Palestine”, but was strongly challenged by three others. At one point, the abuser called the Orthodox man “rabbi” and asked how his questioning the pair about Gaza could be inflammatory. CST director Mark Gardner said:

“This is one blatant example of Jews being told to answer for the situation between Israel and Gaza. It is no different to the way that many Jews feel treated within political parties, on campus, or perhaps from work colleagues.” He added: “We should note the way in which members of the public stood up and said it was unacceptable. This is what needs to happen.”

BBC DEFENDS SARKAR ROLE IN NAZI SERIES The BBC has defended its new documentary on the rise of Nazism featuring a journalist who previously expressed solidarity with the artist who daubed the Warsaw Ghetto last year. The three-part series on Germany’s descent into a dictatorship, entitled Rise of the Nazis, features reconstructions and archive footage. The first episode, broadcast on Monday, explored Hitler’s exploitation of the Weimar Republic’s struggling democracy. Novara Media contributing editor Ash Sarkar [pictured] features in the series alongside experts such as Professor Sir Richard Evans, General Sir Mike Jackson and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. Sarkar faced controversy last year for defending the artist who painted pro-Palestine messaging on the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto. “Free

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Own goal / Dublin link / News

Qatar yet to confirm Israeli fans welcome Qatar is under mounting pressure to make it clear Israeli football fans will be allowed into the country for the football World Cup in 2022. Israel does not feature in Qatar’s online list of 244 nationalities and territories eligible for a visa. The country does not recognise the Jewish state. London-based consultancy firm Cornerstone Global Associates has called on Qatar to urgently clarify its position and answer allegations of Jew-hate. Its report also urges Qatar to provide visa information to Israeli visitors seeking to enter the country during the tournament. While Qatar has pledged to welcome Israeli fans and provide kosher food to observant

Jews, it has yet to issue clear travel guidance, it said. The report also points out banning fans on the basis of nationality is a breach of football’s international governing body FIFA’s code of ethics, which was adopted last year. It also refers to allegations of antisemitism against groups affiliated to Qatar, such as the state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera, which published a video last May questioning the Holocaust on its channel AJ+. The video, which claimed the Shoah is “different from how the Jews tell it”, was according to the channel “swiftly” deleted, and two journalists were suspended. Only last week, an Al Jazeera presenter faced backlash

for claiming Israelis are not “Semitic”, unlike Palestinians, and have therefore no claim to Israel. “We predict that unless Qatar and FIFA move on addressing accusations of discrimination, sponsors will be under public pressure to become public in their displeasure,” the report reads. Qatar has faced increased scrutiny over its anti-homosexuality laws and reports of poor working conditions on World Cup 2022 construction sites. FIFA told The Jerusalem Post that Qatar’s committee in charge of planning for the tournament was “fully aware of its responsibility to adhere to FIFA’s human rights and nondiscrimination, equality and neutrality statutes”.


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News / Israel conference / Brexit slur / Media row

Academics sorry for ‘hurt’ over boycott row A network of mental health academics has apologised for any “hurt” caused after reports that its Israel conference had been cancelled “under pressure from anti-Israel activists”. Organisers told Jewish News discussions were continuing this week about the location for the next biennial conference of the European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH) network of academics in 2021. Jerusalem had been mooted as a host city earlier this summer, but the idea appeared to have been shelved by the British chair after complaints were made. Two members subsequently resigned in fury, only for one of them to agree to come back as the new ENMESH chair. Last month, Baroness Ruth Deech said any boycott would breach Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights as well as the Principle of Universality of Science and

Academic Freedom, alleging it was “due to fear of pressure from anti-Israel activists”. Responding, government spokesman Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said that although the

Auschwitz slur over Brexit A man has been caught on video saying Leave voters should be “gassed” and joking there should be an “Auschwitz for Leavers”. Footage was shared online last Saturday by a pro-Tommy Robinson activist known as Danny Tommo, who attended last week’s anti-Brexit protests. He wrote: “London was definitely an eye opening experience today, the #Remainers are very disturbed people!!” The clip shows a man wearing glasses

Tommo, left, with a Remainer

and a blue shirt telling Tommo Britain should fight “Nazi with Nazi”. Tommo replied: “Gassed? Because they voted Leave? Mate, that’s a bit extreme.”

UK strongly opposed the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, “ultimately it will be the decision of an individual, organisation or company whether to operate in Israel”. Professor Mike Slade of the University of Nottingham, who was ENMESH chair until early August, said in a joint letter posted online together with his successor Professor Bernd Puschner that the decision to backtrack was not a boycott of Israel. “The deliberations around whether the ENMESH conference should or should not be held in Israel were never intended as an academic boycott of any kind, nor should they be perceived as such,” he said. “ENMESH has been sincere throughout in

expressing its wish to host a conference in Israel. We were only ever concerned by practical considerations, given the very limited ability of an unfunded and informal academic network to manage the potential campaigning such an event might attract.” He said ENMESH members “work and publish regularly with Israeli colleagues and value the close relationships we have built up over many years” and suggested an event in Israel had not been ruled out, adding that the group had experienced its own decision-making difficulties. “It is clear our processes for securing consensus for decisions across the Board membership have proved challenging and we sincerely regret any hurt to anyone’s feelings as a result. “The Board will seek to review our decisionmaking processes so such a situation does not arise in the future.”

DONATION SURGE AFTER PAPER ATTACK A think tank addressing “extremism” in the Jewish community has raised hundreds of pounds after being attacked by an Orthodox newspaper. Nahamu says it has seen a surge in donations since it was featured last week in the weekly Jewish Tribune. The article, which appeared in print on 28 August, described Nahamu as a “very small group of activists, one or two of whom are unfortunately known to be disaf-

fected former children of strictly Orthodox families”. It continued: “These sad people are still purporting to be Orthodox, but their personal social issues and festering grudges have turned them into hostile campaigners against the Charedi kehillah [congregation].” The article, which may have been intended as an opinion piece, was written by Brian Gordon following claims made by the Jewish Commu-

nity Council about Nahamu. Nahamu’s Yehudis Fletcher said: “We would never attack shechita and milah,” she told Jewish News. “We do not believe Jewish people should be coerced into lifestyle choices.” Jewish Tribune editor Dan Levy, who did not clarify whether the piece was a news story or opinion piece, said: “We have a letter from Nahamu. I hope it will be published next week.”

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MAN JAILED FOR ‘HEIL HITLER’ SLUR A man has been jailed for 12 weeks after shouting “one, two, three, Heil Hitler” and “go have a sausage sandwich” to a Jewish family on a London bus. David Aherne, 54, from Tottenham, boarded the 149 on July 10 and shouted racist taunts at a Jewish couple and their three children near Stamford Hill. Elaine Cousins, senior crown prosecutor, said: “It is hard to believe that crimes like this are still being committed. This was a cruel verbal attack.”

SHARON OSBOURNE IN CORBYN TIRADE TV personality Sharon Osbourne has launched a foul-mouthed attack on Jeremy Corbyn, calling the Labour leader an “arrogant, ugly f**k.” Speaking to The Sun from her Los Angeles home, the 66-year-old said she wanted “to physically hurt” the Labour Party leader and that she hated him “so much”. The former X Factor judge described Corbyn as “revolting, so ugly, inside and out. This ugliness oozes from him, he’s just so repulsive.”

Teens tackle online hate to help communities unite Online echo chambers and filter bubbles seem inevitable – but a group of teenagers is using social media to help communities cross the divide. Noa Levy, from JFS, and Jonathan Gibson, from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, both 16, are part of “Burst the Bubble,” a collective of 11 teenagers created last month to promote interfaith dialogue. “With the rise of social media, we are getting echo chambers, seeing ubiquitous views being thrown at us the entire time, and people are not being challenged,” Gibson told Jewish News. The group formed on JLGB’s three-week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which brings teenagers from different communities to work on social action projects together. Ricky Kaplan, JLGB’s residential manager, said: “It has been fantastic to watch

Burst the Bubble, which unites communities through social media, at BBC headquarters

this group of multi-faith young people go on a journey together, starting from a point of not knowing each other and ending by working as a group to deliver projects that positively impact the wider community, and have

the potential to continue to do so for years to come.” But several teenagers joined the group after the programme, and members are hoping keep the project alive in the coming months. Levy, who joined Burst the

Bubble after NCS, revealed she was passionate about interfaith issues. “I think it’s really important to have more mixed friendship groups and be more open to getting to know other people because I think

there’s a lot of Jewish people who are not really willing to go outside their bubble and meet people from different backgrounds,” she said. Burst the Bubble organised two visits last month to a local synagogue and mosque, which were attended by about 70 teens. They have also released three podcasts on issues relating to interfaith dialogue, including antisemitism and Islamophobia, and are hoping to record more episodes in the coming weeks. The project received £500 in funding through a pitching competition run by JLGB, and the group are now looking to raise additional funding from charities. “We worked really hard to get the maximum amount and we’ve still got £250 left over, so that can carry us over for a few sessions at the recording studios,” Gibson said.

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Israel’s national emergency service has responded to more than 75,000 calls using ambulances donated by a retired surgeon from north London. Norman Rosenbaum (pictured) has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Magen David Adom. The 84-year-old, who received a Humanitarian Of the Year award from MDA in Israel this year, led community efforts to raise money for a dozen ambulances. The 12 life-saving vehicles have attended some 75,064 calls over the years, Magen



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My enemy’s enemy is my enemy region. ISIS views Hamas and its supporters as “apostates.” That is, in part, because Hamas participated in Palestinian democratic elections in the West Bank and Gaza, and worked to improve relations with Egypt, with which ISIS has been at war since at least 2013. In January 2018, a video filmed by the Sinai branch of the Islamic State and released by ISIS called for attacks on Hamas members and institutions, and accused Hamas of betraying the Palestinians by imprisoning ISIS fighters and other extremists in Gaza, by not stopping the United States from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and by accepting support from Iran. The video led many to say that ISIS was “declaring war” on Hamas, upping the enmity that had already been in place for many years. The end of the video showed an Islamic State member originally from Gaza shooting execution-style a man who had been caught smuggling arms to Hamas. The Islamic State’s branch in Sinai, the sparsely inhabited Egyptian desert region on Israel and Gaza’s southern borders, is considered one

Hamas on patrol during a funeral in the Gaza Strip

Hamas have a common enemy in the Islamic State. As recently as 2017, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for firing long-range rockets at southern Israel. In February 2018, The New York Times reported that over the course of two years, the Israeli military had carried out more than 100 airstrikes in Egypt’s northern Sinai against

of the most effective local branches of ISIS and is the one that comes most into contact with Hamas next door in the Gaza Strip. Among its achievements are shooting down a Russian jetliner in 2015, killing 224 people, and an attack on a Sufi mosque in the northern Sinai in 2017, killing 311 in Egypt’s worst terrorist attack. It would appear that Israel and

jihadist groups allied with the Islamic State with the approval of then-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt. Israel’s intervention in Sinai helped the Egyptian military take a decisive lead in its years-long battle against the jihadists, while for Israel it brought more security to its borders. The article called Israel and Egypt “secret allies in a covert war against a common foe.” In 2014, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published an article titled “Similarities between Hamas and ISIS.” It said both terrorist organizations view jihad and suicide attacks as primary tools; persecute and oppress non-Muslim minorities; execute people who are suspected of supporting their opponents; plan to establish a state ruled by Muslim law; have seized territory by force; educate children to sanctify death and to die as martyrs in jihad; and strive to commit “genocide” against their opponents. “Destroying Hamas,” wrote Aaron David Miller, the veteran Middle East analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center, “would create a vacuum that could be filled by even more dangerous jihadist groups, including affiliates of the Islamic State.”








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Explosions last month at Hamas police checkpoints in Gaza City left three policemen dead. But it wasn’t Israel that planted the explosives. Hamas says it was Islamic State, writes Marcy Oster. After the attacks, Hamas began mass arrests of supporters of Islamic State and other Salafist organisations in the Gaza Strip. It’s not the first time that Hamas and members of the Islamic State, or ISIS, have clashed in recent years. Israel and the United States consider both Hamas and ISIS to be terrorist organisations. As Benjamin Netanyahu declared at the UN in 2014, “Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.” So why do the two Islamist groups consider each other enemies? The short answer is that Hamas, which is considered a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, is a national liberation movement, albeit with an Islamist bent, intent on forming an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. ISIS, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, belongs to the Salafist branch within Islam that wants to re-create the Islamic caliphate and impose Sharia law in the

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Activist fighting for grandparents’ rights The high holidays are approaching, but some Jewish families will not usher in the new year with honey cake with loved ones, writes Mathilde Frot. Lorraine, whose surname Jewish News has withheld for privacy reasons, will not spend the holidays with her three grandchildren owing to a family rift dating back 18 years. “Every Jewish holiday is a sadness,” she said. “It breaks my heart.” Lorraine says she has been prevented from seeing her grandchildren after a dispute involving her son and daughter-in-law, but was reluctant to share her story in case it worsens her situation. “My friends, they’ve got their kids, their grandkids around them, and that’s normal,” she said. “But for the rest of us, what’s normal is not to be able to see our grandchildren and it is a tragedy.” Lorraine, whose older son and husband died in 2017, is now campaigning for grandparents’ right to a relationship with their grandchildren. She runs a support group giving estranged grandparents a safe space to open up about their situation. Cases may include family rifts caused by disputes, the death of a parent, a remarriage or divorce. “Sometimes some small things can get blown up out of proportion,” Lorraine said. “Obviously, I only hear one side of the story, but if you were to come to one of my meetings and meet the grandparents, you’d say ‘what lovely people they are’.” The group began in the community and has opened up to non-Jewish members. It now wel-

comes around 50 grandparents to meetings every six weeks, regularly attended by rabbis, counsellors, barristers, and local dignitaries. “Sometimes when people come for the first time they don’t stop talking because they haven’t had the opportunity,” she said. Lorraine, along with 12 MPs, Dame Esther Rantzen and lawyer Vanessa Lloyd Platt went to Parliament yesterday to raise awareness of the estimated one million grandchildren in the UK who are denied contact with their grandparents. Unlike many countries, Britain does not offer grandparents the automatic right to apply to see their grandchildren, said lawyer Lloyd Platt. Grandparents seeking court orders to see their grandchildren have to obtain leave before they can even begin the process, she told Jewish News. “The new Act I want to try to get through […] would make small amendments to promote the right of grandchildren to have a continuing involvement with the grandparent,” she added. Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire, sees it as a matter of child protection. “Every child should have the right to access to their wider family, especially their birth grandparents, unless there is clear evidential reason to keep them apart to protect the child,” he said. Rantzen, founder of Childline and Silverline, said: “For those grandchildren wrongly deprived of the love and security their grandparents can provide, this can be the loss of an important lifeline.”

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TOP LAWYER NAMED AS NEW LBS CHIEF A Manchester lawyer will be the new chief executive of the London Board of Shechita (LBS). Avrom Topperman will gradually assume the role after the Jewish New Year, after Mark Goldwater announced he is to make aliyah after six years in the job. Topperman, who will divide his time between Manchester and London, said: “This is a huge opportunity to serve the Jewish community, and I look forward to engaging with our licensees, our staff and our dayanim.” A partner at top-50 law firm Keoghs LLP, Topperman studied at a yeshiva in Gateshead and

Jerusalem. He has held a number of communal positions, as a founder member and past chair of the Prestwich Orthodox Jewish Community, chair of governors of Manchester Mesivta High School and chairman of trustees of Beis Yaacov Jewish High School Academy. London Board for Shechita honorary president Benjamin Mire said Avrom “brings exceptional skills and experience which will be hugely valuable”. He also thanked outgoing head Goldwater, who he said was “an outstanding chief executive and we are sure Avrom will build on his success”.

HERZOG IS SET FOR LIMMUD LEAD ROLE Isaac Herzog will headline this winter’s annual festival of Jewish learning, Limmud. The former Knesset member and current chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Natan Sharansky, who attended the event in 2013. Herzog will be appear alongside comedian Lynn Ruth Miller, drag queen Guy Woolf, Orthodox trans activist Abby Stein and many other educators, politicians and entertainers. This year’s event takes place from 22 to 26 December at Pendigo Lake in Birmingham.



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World News / Israeli exercise / Football funds NEWS IN BRIEF

POLANSKI COMPARES PLIGHT TO DREYFUS Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a minor, has drawn parallels between his legal ordeal and that of the subject of his latest film, the wrongfully convicted French army officer Alfred Dreyfus. Polanski’s film, An Officer and a Spy, was screened at the Venice International Film Festival this week. In the trials of Dreyfus, who was sent to a penal colony on false charges of treason, “I sometimes find moments I have experienced myself,” Polanski said.

TWITTER BOSS HACKED WITH RACIST TWEETS Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s account sent out racist and inflammatory tweets including “Hitler is innocent” after it was hacked. His account also tweeted that Twitter’s headquarters is “blowing up” as well as retweeting a tweet saying “Nazi Germany did nothing wrong.” The tweets were up for about a half hour before they were removed. “We’re investigating what happened,” Twitter’s communications department tweeted on Friday night.


The sight of Israeli soldiers removing wounded blood-soaked colleagues after Hezbollah’s guided anti-tank missiles struck an Israeli position was seen from the Lebanese side of the border, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Word was quickly relayed: success. Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanon-based militia facing off against Israel once again after 13 years of relative quiet, had hit back against its old foe and inflicted casualties, in response to an Israeli drone attack days earlier. Hezbollah’s leaders must have felt reassured of their missiles’ accuracy near the Avivim moshav when the Israel Defence Forces responded with 100 artillery and tanks shells at Hezbollah positions to the north, its heaviest response since 2015. Such a response could only mean Israeli injuries. Except things were not as they seemed. Hezbollah had not inflicted serious injuries, or any injuries at all. The “blood” was fake, as were the “wounds” of the Israelis being stretchered away in view of the militants. This, it later transpired, had been an Israeli psychological warfare operation designed to lead Hezbollah to assume it had hit its target and order a de-escalation. It worked. As Israeli Prime Min-

IDF soldiers on the Lebanese border. Insets: Fake inuries and a dummy driver

ister Benjamin Netanyahu said later on Sunday, Israelis suffered “not a scratch”, as Hezbollah heralded mission complete. Despite the surreal scenes, analysts are nevertheless nervous that both sides are flexing their muscles. The two fought a short but devastating war in 2006. Neither side wants a repeat, but nor do they seem willing to back down. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French President Emmanuel Macron to persuade the

international community to intervene, in order to avoid a repeat of 2006. It follows news that unattributed Israeli airstrikes have found a greater range of late, striking Iranian or Hezbollah targets not just in Syria but in Iraq and Lebanon as well. In response, Hezbollah had vowed to avenge the deaths of a pair of operatives it says were killed in an Israeli strike last week, so Sunday’s missile attack had been expected. Other analysts suggest the timing of the latest Israeli action may be partly

political, just two weeks before an Israeli election, the campaign for which the incumbent has sought to stamp the electorate with his security credentials. Indeed, some Israeli media last week carried stories that airstrikes destroyed key equipment used to manufacture Hezbollah missiles. In the short-term, Israel has bolstered its forces along the northern border with Lebanon, while Netanyahu continued to bang the war drum on Sunday, saying of Iran that “a new empire has arisen, the goal of which is to defeat us”. Privately, he will be hoping Hezbollah got the message, and that calm is restored.

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Match receipts and private contributions totalling £3.3 million from a recent football game between Chelsea and the New England Revolution have been distributed to charities fighting antisemitism. Both clubs are owned by Jewish businessmen and have focused much attention on fighting antisemitism in the sport, culminating in the prestigious Final Whistle on Hate charity match held in May. A total of 16 organisations fighting intolerance, prejudice and discrimination are now set to benefit, with Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and the New England Revolution’s Robert Kraft giving each one up to £450,000. Both owners chipped in substantial sums to reach the £3.3m. Among the beneficiaries are the UK-based Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors antisemitism and protects Jewish communal buildings, and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), which takes British

United front: Robert Kraft and Roman Abramovich

schoolchildren to Auschwitz. HET was one of just three organisations to get the maximum available donation, being deemed as having “global reach”. The UK-based Kick It Out, which has been campaigning against prejudice in football for 25 years, also benefitted from the Chelsea-Revolution match proceeds. Among the US-based beneficiaries was Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 worshippers were killed and seven were injured in a mass shooting in October.

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Bibi aims to ‘extend Prosthetic finger for shot rabbi Jewish sovereignty’ Benjamin Netanyahu this week claimed Israel will extend “Jewish sovereignty” over all communities in the West Bank. He made the remarks to the new first graders at a national religious school in the Jewish settlement of Elkana, located in the northern West Bank, on the first day back. “We will not uproot anyone here. There will be no more Gush Katif; there will be no more uprooting, and with God’s help we will apply Jewish sovereignty over all communities as part of the land of Israel and the state of Israel,” he told them. Gush Katif refers to the evacuation in 2005 of 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. He later visited ORT Samaria High School for Girls in Elkana. The remarks come more than two weeks before Israel’s national elections. Prior to elections in April, Netanyahu called for extending Israeli sovereignty over all Israeli settlements and said he would not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements. “Netanyahu is a serial criminal: he steals from the public to give money to his tycoon friends, and he pushes the state of Israel to commit a war crime of annexation that will cause the death of countless Palestinians and Israelis,” said Ayman Odeh, leader of the Arab Joint List party.

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The rabbi who lost his finger in the April shooting attack in a Californian Chabad centre has received a lifelike silicone prosthetic digit. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein lost one index finger in the attack by alleged gunman, John Earnest, who shot him with an assault rifle at close range. The prosthetic is meant to help his hand function properly and is removed for sleep. Sam Heifetz, a third-generation prosthetist at Orthocraft Prosthetic and

Orthotic Services in Brooklyn, created the high definition restoration or lifelike prosthesis, for the rabbi, COlLive reported. “His lost finger is a physical reminder of hate, but his counterattack of inner strength, trust in God and bringing good to the world sheds light over and over,” Heifetz is reported to have said. One Poway Chabad member, Lori Kaye, was killed in the attack on the last day of Passover, 27 April. Three other members, including the rabbi, were shot.

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After being shot, Goldstein ran to the social hall and and began waving congregants –including his granddaughter – out of the building to safety.

ISRAELI FACES DEPORTATION A Yemenite Jew convicted of child sexual abuse looks set to become the first Jew deported from Israel back to an Arab country. According to reports in the Makor Rishon daily, Avraham Salem Alhadad, a Charedi man who came to Israel in 2007 on a student visa, is soon to be shipped back to Yemen, after serving a five-year sentence in Israel for sexually abusing a minor from his own family. At a trial hearing on Friday, Israeli judges set a new legal precedent and asked the Israeli Interior Ministry to present plans for Alhadad’s return to

a country with which Israel has no diplomatic relations. If he is returned to the wartorn country, married father Alhadad will be the first Jew repatriated to Yemen by Israel. It is also understood he will be the first Jew repatriated by Israel to any Arab country. He came to study at a yeshiva in Bnei Brak, but his application to become a naturalised citizen under Israel’s Law of Return was turned down on the basis of his convictions. Upon his prison release, he was deemed an illegal alien and has been held at a detainment facility.

IRANIAN JUDO STAR’S FEAR Saeid Mollaei, a former judo world champion from Iran, is afraid to return home after disobeying government orders to withdraw from the world championships in Tokyo to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent.

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Birthright boost / ORT awards / Crowd campaign / Shul showcase / Diaspora News

800 united on Birthright trip evening event. The concluding event was held at Shuni amphitheatre in Binyamina, Birthright Israel International chief executive Gidi Mark said: “We are proud that 800 Russian-speaking Birthright Israel participants from the former Soviet Union have come together for this momentous event. For many, it will bring about the understanding that they are part of a global community of Jews, connected by a shared history. “It is of vital importance to our collective future that young Jewish adults from the diaspora will have a strong sense of Jewish identity and feel connected to both their local Jewish communities and Israel.” The event was jointly supported by Birthright Israel,


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Around 800 Birthright Israel participants from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan took part in an educational event, which brought together Birthright groups from the former Soviet Union (FSU) currently in Israel. For most attendees, the trip marked their first visit to Israel, which was also their first opportunity to discover Israeli culture and history firsthand and bring the experience back home to their communities. Participants who attended the events in Israel’s north enjoyed a full day of activities, including a street-food festival, Zumba classes, volleyball and matkot (paddleball) on the beach, and a colourful


Participants on the Birthright Israel trip

the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and GPG. Ilia Salita, president and chief executive of GPG, said: “Participation of Russianspeaking Jews in Birthright

Israel has crucial importance for the development of Jewish identity and desire to take part in the Jewish life in their communities. “GPG is proud to continue

our long-standing partnership with Birthright Israel in order to connect new generations of Russian-speaking Jews with the Jewish people and the land of Israel.”

In a bid to reconnect with its Jewish history, the city of Marchena in southern Spain organised an international reunion for foreigners named after it. The two-day gathering began at the weekend in the city, near Seville. Organisers believe foreigners whose surnames are Marchena are predominantly descendants of Sephardic Jews, who fled during the Spanish Inquisition to escape the Church’s religious persecution. A non-profit organisation, Sepharad-Legado Sefardí, arranged the event, First Journeys for the Jewish and Sephardic Memory of Marchena, along with the municipality. Among those who accepted the invitation was Kenneth de Marchena, a Dutch Jew who was born on the Caribbean island of Curacao. He has spent years researching his family history and posted on social media that it was “beautiful to be back in the city with our family name”.

ORT students show off their teamwork in innovative projects Groups of ORT students in Russia, Moldova, South Africa and Brazil are among the winners of a prestigious annual award. The 2019 World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Awards recognise young people who have excelled in their social responsibility. Prizes are awarded in memory of the late Gina and Joseph Harmatz, who played pivotal roles in ORT’s history. Joseph, who was director general of World ORT in the 1980s-1990s, was a wartime partisan regarded as a hero of

Lithuania’s resistance movement against the Nazis. His wife, Gina, escaped Nazi persecution in western Europe in the 1930s and 1940s before settling in Israel. Among this year’s winners are a team from the ORT Herzl Technological School in Kishinev, Moldova, who have created a wearable device that can constantly monitor the condition of people with long-term medical issues and notify families and emergency services if the person suffers a heart attack, stroke, or falls. The device is fitted to a vest

A smart T-shirt designed at ORT Herzl Technological School

or T-shirt, meaning the user can easily wear it every day. Other winners included a volunteer project run by students at the ORT Tekhiya

School in Moscow, Russia. The pupils decided to deepen their relationship with older community members by asking them to share their

experiences of the war, the Holocaust and their lives. Johannesburg-based Carly Rachelson and Anna Kayla Joffe were acknowledged for organising weekly bus trips from their King David Linksfield High School – which is affiliated to ORT – to the Selwyn Segal home for the disabled, and Sandringham Gardens home for the elderly. The message from students at the Gesher ORT secondary school in Samara, Russia, was “it’s never too late to learn”. Their volunteer group works with older people to tutor

them on using the internet to communicate with relatives. The team from the ORT Instituto de Tecnologia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where their project – Brailinux – created a translating interface that turns tweets into Braille so the blind can use Twitter. Avi Ganon, World ORT director general, said: “What we see in these projects is so many of the values that ORT believes in: tikkun olam, teamwork, a sense of belonging, forward-thinking attitudes and problemsolving skills.”

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED Door open on stunning shuls Community revival Some of Europe’s most exquisite synaVisitors were able to enjoy guided TO RESTORE BOOKS gogues are set to open to the public on tours and individual visits to place usuIn 1943, when Nazi Germany occupied Italy and started deporting local Jews to concentration camps, it also plundered gold, art, and historic and cultural artefacts. Among the treasures was the library of the Italian Rabbinical School in Rome, which included centuries-old books, and was sent to Germany. After the war, the books were retrieved in Frankfurt and returned. Now, many of those volumes, which date back to a period between the 16th and 19th century, are in desperate need of restoration. So the Union of Italian

Jewish Communities (UCEI) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to restore its collection. The library includes material saved during the 1966 flood of Florence. The city’s Jewish community was profoundly affected by the flood: among others, about 100 Torah scrolls, some of them centuries old, were damaged beyond repair. Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, said: “This collection features many different kinds of books, including u n i q u e responsa by Italian Jews.”

Sunday, the 20th year of the annual ally closed to the general public for European Days of Jewish Culture. security reasons, including synagogues, Last year, more Jewish cemeteries than 420 cities in and even Jewish 28 European counhospitals. tries took part in the The Council event, a chance for of Europe, which people to visit buildco-ordinates the ings not always events, said the idea open or accessible behind the open to the public. Portuguese Synagogue of The Hague day was “to combat Among the synacollective forgetfulgogues opening their doors was the Por- ness and to dignify European Jewish tuguese Synagogue of The Hague. Less heritage”. known than its larger and older counThe synagogue of Bourtange in the terpart in Amsterdam, the 18th-century Dutch province of Friesland showed off Hague synagogue is more complex a 200-year-old stained-glass window architecturally, featuring a glass dome that the building received in June. that spans its two buildings. Almost all of the Jews of FriesThe Beth Jehoeda Liberal Jewish landwere murdered in the Holocaust. Community, which uses the synagogue, The Bourtange synagogue displayed an hosted a concert under the glass canopy. exhibition about Bergen-Belsen.

The Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest

Two synagogues in eastern Europe have been revived and will be used after years of neglect. The ornate Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, built in the Moorish Revival style in 1873, is due to reopen next year after decades of neglect during which pigeons moved in. It is situated amid chic new restaurants and bars that have turned Budapest’s former Jewish ghetto into one of its most popular districts. In Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, the Wooden, or Lemnaria Synagogue, has been reopened in the cellar of the Kedem Jewish Community Centre. About 300 people attended the ceremony under the auspices of Limmud FSU.


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New tech champs

Every year for the last decade, Israeli high-tech firms – typically led by secular Jews – have come to London to present to UK-based investors. Rarer, but still a business calendar feature, is next week’s showcase of high-tech Israeli start-ups by Israeli Arabs, pitching in the City for the fourth time in seven years. Unheard of has been the idea of an Orthodox Jewish high-tech delegation flying in from Israel to do the same, until it took place in a shared work-space for scale-ups in Shoreditch this week. As the smell of Vietnamese street food wafted in through the window, history was made. Sure, some of the presentations need a bit of spit and polish (one forgot his prototype, another skipped over his “effectiveness” slide) but the ideas and entrepreneurial flair were fully recognisable from past Israeli visitors. Among the ideas were “smart glasses” to help lead the blind round obstacles, systems designed to cut queues, and even “electronic butlers” to anticipate your needs, such as automatically turning your reading light off at night when it senses you close your book. Yet the pitches were part of a bigger picture. The challenges Orthodox Israeli Jews face in launching a tech start-up are infinitely greater than those faced by their secular peers, who often know each other from army service or university. That is why efforts to support the few Orthodox high-tech entrepreneurs who don’t just dream about inventing something but design it, raise money for it and make it happen, all the while juggling religious and family commitments, are so vitally important, not just for Israel, but for Orthodox communities around the world. They are, in a very real sense, tech champions. It is therefore of note that some of the biggest supporters of Orthodox start-up programmes are British Jewish families, and a point of pride that Israel’s first Orthodox high-tech cohort should choose London for their first investor pitch. We wish them well.


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When you mention the New Israel Fund, you don’t mention it is controversial among some in the community. Yet a group like Regavim, wishing to explain Israel’s policies is branded as controversial (jewishnews., 28 August 2019). This promotion of bias against the Jewish state in a Jewish newspaper is shocking.

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Regavim promotes this discriminatory planning policy through its relentless monitoring of Palestinian villages, using drone photography to make note of any Palestinian construction in order that it can be immediately demolished. If our community is serious about its commitment to peace, it should not be welcoming extremist organisations such as Regavim, but rather condemning it. True friends of Israel who care about its future should support our campaign against demolitions in Palestinian villages in the West Bank – #DontSettleForThis.

“An eruv allows you to do things that you would otherwise be prevented from doing? I thought that was proroguing Parliament!”

Further to Richard Ferrer’s column on the proposed Westminster Holocaust memorial, regardless of the location, I consider the illustrated design to be ugly, overbearing and

inappropriate to any public garden (Jewish News, 29 August 2019). Time for change of design still remains.

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Such a one-sided Jewish law Having read the letter from Howard Handler, printed in last week’s edition, “Kahan article was one sided,” (Jewish News, 29 August) that may be the case. Mr Handler is entitled to his opinion, and this newspaper duly published it. What certainly seems to be one-sided in Jewish law is the giving of a get which favours the husband and can

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Why I defend people like Jeffrey Epstein ALAN DERSHOWITZ INTERNATIONAL LAWYER


f I had not defended the late Jeffrey Epstein and got him a favourable plea deal, it is unlikely I would have been the subject of a hit piece in The New Yorker, not to mention be accused of sexual misconduct by two of Epstein’s alleged victims. My first accuser told The New Yorker she accused me because “Jeffrey got away with it, basically. And Dershowitz was one of the people who enabled that to happen”. So, because I did my job well – getting my client the best result – I have become a target of efforts to destroy my reputation and career. This is not the first time in my long career as a defence attorney that this has happened. In my first major case, I defended a member of the Jewish Defense League for making a smoke bomb that killed a Jewish woman from a wealthy family. I won the case, but the family refused to contribute further to Harvard law school unless I was fired. The law school refused, and all contributions ended.

When I helped successfully defend O.J. Simpson, my speaking engagements dried up. And when I defended films alleged to be obscene, there were protests and pickets. The Epstein case was the worst of all. It reminded me of my college years, during which I defended the right of communists – whose views I despised – to speak at Brooklyn College and was called a communist. There are several categories of defendants I will not represent: fugitives seeking to escape justice and career criminals. I also don’t generally defend anyone for a second alleged crime. But I will continue to represent the most despised, controversial and indefensible clients. I get my inspiration from the biblical Abraham, who defended the sinners of Sodom; John Adams, who defended the British soldiers accused of the Boston Massacre; Abraham Lincoln, who defended numerous controversial clients, some guilty, some not guilty; and my friend and mentor Leonard Boudin, who represented communists during the McCarthy period. I have participated in legal systems in which lawyers are punished for representing enemies

BECAUSE I DO MY JOB WELL, PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DESTROY MY REPUTATION of the state. When I defended Soviet Jewish refuseniks, our team had difficulty obtaining local counsel in the Soviet Union because they feared reprisal. The same is true in China today and in many other repressive regimes. America is different – at least in theory. Our Sixth Amendment demands that every accused be afforded the right to counsel, but too many defendants are denied zealous representation because lawyers fear economic and political reprisal. Lawyers who were part of the Epstein defence team have had their contributions to political candidates returned. Others have been threatened with loss of business. This is a dangerous development.

Many poor people are denied effective counsel. That is why I have had a policy of defending half of my clients on a pro bono basis. The Founding Fathers – and as a result, the US legal system – relied on jurist the Blackstone’s proclamation it is better for 10 guilty men to go free than for even one innocent person to suffer by being wrongly convicted (a similar sentiment to Abraham’s negotiation with God). Most criminal defence lawyers defend mostly guilty defendants, because in the US most people accused of a crime are guilty. In order to keep it that way, we must vigorously defend every person accused of a crime. In other words, I defend the guilty to protect not only them, but to assure that innocent people are not brought to trial and put through the personal agony such a legal process entails. If criminal defence lawyers were to refuse to zealously defend the guilty, more and more innocent people would be brought to trial. Being a criminal defence lawyer, particularly a successful one, is not the way to popularity. But it is the way to a just system of law.  First published by JTA

Israel begins new battle in its long war with Iran JAMES SORENE



he pace of recent Israeli military activity has been extraordinary. As reports emerged of air strikes in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, it was clear they marked a new phase in Israel’s long war with Iran. The details of three attacks included air strikes on a Popular Mobilization Unit Shiite militia convoy in western Iraq that killed a senior commander. Two Hezbollah operatives were killed in a strike on a military unit in Syria – led and equipped by Iran’s IRGC Quds Force – that Israel said was preparing to launch a “suicide drone” attack on it. Then on Sunday, a building in Beirut’s Dahiyeh neighbourhood, a renowned Hezbollah stronghold, was hit by a drone strike. What connects these targets? Iran has deep political and military networks in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Iran’s militia strategy – using the IRGC Quds Force to support and direct allied Shia militias – is highly sophisticated and has paid dividends for many years in Lebanon, more recently in Iraq and since 2011 in Syria. Iran expert, Professor

Ali Ansari, describes this as a form of deterrence, where Iran lacks the means to respond, it arms proxies who can retaliate on its behalf. So what’s new? To understand the significance of the latest events we need to assess what Iran is trying to achieve. Iran has a twin objective, to deepen regional alliances but also to pressure its enemies. Iran’s support for Hezbollah provides powerful levers of political control in Lebanon and the use of a sizeable military force that is sitting on Israel’s border. Iran’s intervention in Syria tried to achieve four objectives – saving its long-time ally Assad, building up new Shia militias in Syria and, together with Hezbollah, setting up new bases for long range missiles and attack drones close


to Israel. After the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, both parties reached a costly balance of deterrence. The war was highly destructive and exposed deep strategic problems for both sides. Israel responded by building the Iron Dome missile defence system to protect it from missile attacks that in 2006 it was powerless to repel. Hezbollah worked to increase its missile arsenal and construct the recently exposed tunnels into Israel to give it the option of a surprise ground attack. Both sides know a fresh conflict would, in its initial phases, be devastating. Hezbollah would seek to fire as many missiles into Israel before Israel bombs Lebanon to destroy them and launches a major ground offensive to find secret missile launch sites. That deterred both sides and there have been very few exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and Israel in the last 13 years. Until last week. The dynamic shifted when thousands of Hezbollah fighters entered the Syrian conflict and, together with Iranian forces, sought to exploit the fog of war to export long range precision missiles to Lebanon and, as the regime recaptured positions on the Syrian Golan, to establish military units and open a new front to

attack Israel. Israel faced an intense strategic dilemma. Either watch passively as its enemies built up a missile arsenal in Syria, just as they did in Lebanon, or take pre-emptive action to stop them. Former Israeli army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot developed a bold and ambitious doctrine called the ‘campaign between the wars’ which between 2017 and 2019 involved hundreds of air strikes against Iranian and Hezbollah personnel and bases in Syria. The results were highly effective as a result of Israel’s extensive intelligence reach and impressive aerial superiority over Syria. Missile shipments arrived from Iran and were soon after hit by airstrikes. Missile convoys moved and were quickly destroyed. So Iran had to rethink. Whatever the long-term outcomes, Israel is fighting Iran and its allies on three fronts, four if you include Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Israel has succeeded so far in Syria with a mixture of muted commentary, incredible intelligence penetration and military precision. The Iranian and Syrian response were tackled without escalating into a wider conflict. There will be many more twists in this saga, but history teaches us that Lebanon and Iraq are always far more complicated.

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We owe everything to everyday people JENNI FRAZER


ometimes it seems as though we reach out to mark anniversaries when the present-day news is almost too much to handle. It’s safer, somehow, to look back: the outbreak of the First World War, the handing over of the Balfour Declaration, the Armistice… And now we are deep in anniversary territory, as this week we remember that 80 years ago, Britain declared itself at war with Germany, with all its dreadful concomitant results. I have been thinking this week of my own family, ordinary, not bestowed with medals (as far as I know) or singled out for acknowledgment as survivors. Thinking about what it must have been like for my parents – who had not yet met – as they sat with my grandparents and the people who would become my aunts and uncles, listening

COMMEMORATIONS OF WAR UNDERLINE THE IMPORTANCE OF ASKING QUESTIONS to the radio, to hear Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain admit that his “peace in our time” initiative with Adolph Hitler had failed miserably. Twenty-one years after the so-called ‘Great War’, supposed to have been the war to end all wars, Britain’s young men – and women – were on the march again. And they were, at first, poorly armed and badly organised in some respects: Germany had been furtively rearming for several years by 1939, while Britain, despite the endless warnings of the

future Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was short of everything, from planes, to food, to fuel. By the time I was growing up and able to ask questions, my mother, at any rate, was sick of the whole subject. Every time I asked my father about his wartime experiences, my mother would close down the conversation. She didn’t want to talk about it, she said. My father, I think, would have said a lot more, but I only gleaned bits and pieces. From my mother, however, I got something of the sheer sense of grinding terror – if there can be such a thing. Day in, day out, for six years, never knowing if your home or office or factory would still be in the same place as you had left it. Or the people. My grandfather’s raincoat factory was bombed out, twice. My mother, not deemed fit enough for active duty, was a fire warden, whose improbable job was to patrol the rooftops of her neighbourhood, helping to put out blazes from rockets. My father was in a radar unit, attached to

all three armed services, providing communications to troops throughout northern Europe before ending up with the British liberation forces at Belsen.I don’t know, and was never able to find out, what my parents knew of the horrors of the concentration camps, although I assume that my father learned all too much when he arrived at Belsen. Next year there will be one of the last of these kind of anniversaries — 75 years since the end of the Second World War. For me, these commemorations only underline the importance of asking questions while you can – put yourself in the shoes of the older generation. Neither of my parents was a hero. That is, they were not public heroes. But to me they were remarkable: ordinary British Jews, caught up in an inexplicable conflict not of their making, but determined, as far as they could, to offer their own small opposition to Hitler and everything for which the Nazis stood. We owe them, and all their peers, everything.

Sound the shofar for a second referendum DAN PERRY



his is a crucial week for opposition and rebel MP trying to block Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit. Their machinations deserve support. Especially from Britain’s Jews. Brits seem worn out by the epic Brexit bicker, and a strange confusion plagues the land. There is absolutely nothing undemocratic about holding a referendum to ratify the Brexit deal; it’s the democratic thing to do. The undemocratic thing would be to permit the essentially unelected Johnson to deny the people a final say and neutralise Parliament in procedural ways so he can march unimpeded off this cliff of his making. Sure, there is a stoical narrative that says a “do-over” would reflect refusal by evil elites to accept the will of ordinary people, who “have spoken”. That is illogical, but it aligns with the global populism of the day. Under normal circumstances, it would fall to the Labour opposition to make the case. But while most of Labour’s backers voted to remain, some did not. And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is unfortunately a thinlydisguised Leaver himself who dislikes the EU. In the 2016 referendum, a narrow

majority asked, in theory, to leave the EU. The cost was unknown and the Leave campaign featured a collection of astounding lies. That’s relevant: if the cost turned out to be Britain sinking into the sea, they’d reconsider. The post-referendum government, despite being led by Remainer Theresa May, did its sporting best to negotiate a separation deal with the EU but avoids complete disaster. That deal was disliked even by many in her own party and Parliament shot it down several times until she resigned as prime minister. Now Britain has Johnson, the Brexit leader it deserves. He can badger EU leaders all he wants to make changes: his problem is reality. The EU and the UK must both have a border, for migration control, for trade, and for good form. Because Northern Ireland is part of the UK, the border would have to run between that area and the Republic of Ireland, which is part of the EU. This reverses the Good Friday agreement that essentially unified the island and is considered a success. So it faces resistance. The alternative of a border between Northern Ireland and the main island severs it from the UK – the “backstop” problem. British nationalists rightly fear Northern Ireland will float away. This refusal to choose a square peg or round hole is symbolic of all of Brexit. The

project demands trade-offs. It will carry costs alongside benefits. The ledger looks like this: • If it leaves the EU, Britain will no longer have to bow before edicts from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. Sovereignty and freedom will be served, with the freedom to be poorer – but there is dignity in a more basic subsistence. • But Britain will lose free trade access to the richest market in the world, and it may end up taking Europe’s rules without a say in them. • It will likely lose not just Northern Ireland but Scotland, whose people despise Brexit and do not appreciate being subject to England’s whims. Maybe also Wales. • Britain’s older generation (who mostly supported Leave) will have badly messed with the younger generation that hates Brexit. It should be decided by the people. It seems Corbyn is willing to champion such a thing, if Tory rebels make him prime minister

and vote no-confidence in Johnson. These rebels would probably prefer a replacement Tory instead. This will require more pressure on Corbyn, which is where Britain’s Jews come in. Most of them dislike Corbyn because of Labour’s awkward grappling with antisemitism in its ranks. The Jewish community might focus on one more consequence of Brexit; the EU can be ridiculous, but it is also the structure keeping the peace in Europe after two world wars, and it stands for a type of decency. Weakening it would be a prize for global despots who hate idealism and humanism, think safety nets are communism, dismiss global warming and see politics as a zero-sum game. They hope Europe will fail, and they are bad for the Jews. They’re a much bigger threat than backbench Labour idiots. If anyone should appreciate the pacifying and positive role of the EU, it is the Jewish community. So dear friends, let’s sound the shofar for a second referendum.


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Record numbers of children participated in GIFT’s summer camps in England and Israel this year, which included visits to Norwood to decorate flower pots for service users. Campers made decorations for the children of Camp Simcha together with Langdon’s Brady camp and also made and delivered chocolate krispies to the local fire service. The camps culminated in a kindness scavenger hunt in a shopping centre and park, where the children carried out random acts of kindness and handed out compliments and ice pops to passers. Stacy Vecht, mother of a participant, said: “My daughter absolutely loved camp. Not only was it fun, but we were delighted we found a camp focused on giving.”

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Primary school children have just returned from an interfaith summer programme run in Borehamwood with local Christian and Muslim communities. Camp Unity aims to provide children and their families with opportunities to meet other cultures and foster friendships, leading to greater community cohesion and the celebration of diversity. Rabbi Jeff Berger said: “We’ve seen that our faith communities are robust and resilient, but that they tend to be self-segregating and know little about each other.”


Exotic animals and a giant inflatable assault course were on the agenda for Chigwell and Hainault Jewish Youth Club’s holiday scheme. More than 100 children aged four to 11 took part in the summer programme, during which they spinned plates, picked up circus skills and were treated to a performance of magic tricks by a professional magician.



World Jewish Relief held its final annual musical evening this summer after 27 years. The musical evenings have featured an array of performances over the years, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to support students across eastern Europe and enable them to go to university. The event was put together by the organisation’s connections committee, which was established 29 years ago and it will continue holding other events such as its successful literary evenings.





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‘My Jewish family tragedy ’ Reality star Mark Wright discovers his Sephardi roots in Who Do You Think You Are? , writes Francine Wolfisz


ark Wright always had questions about his family history – but was still shocked to learn his ancestors were not only Jewish, but tortured and burnt at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition. The 32-year-old presenter is the latest celebrity to delve into his fascinating past for BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? In next week’s episode, Wright – who became a well-known personality on reality show The Only Way Is Essex – discovers an intriguing story that takes him from the East End to Spain via the Netherlands, with a lineage stretching back more than 300 years. Anecdotally, Mark’s family always believed they might have originated from somewhere other than the UK, but it was not until he began tracing the ancestry of his great-grandmother, Annie Simons, that he made the unexpected discovery of his Jewish roots. Looking at a census, he found the occupation of his three-times great-grandfather, Henry Simons, is listed as “Passover baker”, while Henry’s wife, Rebecca, was born in 1845 at The Portuguese Jewish Hospital in Stepney. “It looks like my family could be Jewish – but I’m sure there’s

his nine-times great-grandfather, who was born in 1660 and listed as a Maestro de Armas, or master swordsman, hailing originally from Jaen, in Andalucia. “I never had a clue about this,” says an astounded Mark. “We’re Jewish, Spanish, and Andalucia is where Marbella is – a place I know very well. When I sit on the beach there now, I can say I’m home.” Mark’s family journey takes him to Jaen, where he meets a modern-day master of arms and has a fencing lesson, dressed in a traditional outfit similar to one his ancestor would have worn. His teacher tells him: “The fencing master of old times were very important people. You have to show not only that you were very skilled with the swords, but that you were a good person, with values, justice and honour.” Mark jokes before his lesson: “I could be all the gear, no idea” but, as it turns out, he is “a natural” at sword-fighting. He muses that his perfect co-ordination, possessed also by his grandfather Eddie – an ex-British champion boxer – may well have come from his Jewish predecessor. Admitting he feels “pride” for his nine-times great-grandfather, Mark meets a specialist Sephardi family historian – who happens to be a distant relative – to find out more. Standing inside the city’s opulent 17th century cathedral, he questions why they would meet in a Catholic place of worship, rather than a synagogue. Mark then hears the heart-rending revelation that Antonia Mendoza (with no mention of his Jewish name, David) was baptised here as a “New Christian”. Nearly 200 years prior, Catholicism was declared as the state religion by the Spanish monarchy, and the country’s Jewish and Muslim popu-

lation were told to convert or leave. Expert David Mendoza tells Mark: “They were public Catholics – but we don’t know necessarily what they privately believed,” hinting that his family may well have maintained their Jewish beliefs. Such actions could have endangered their lives. The Spanish Inquisition had the power to arrest, investigate and if necessary, punish, those whose Catholic faith was in doubt and who it suspected of secretly practising Judaism. To Mark’s dismay, he discovers David Mendoza was indeed arrested on such charges, as well as encouraging others to do the same, and ended up in the Castle of St George in Seville – one of the most feared prisons of the Inquisition. David was subjected to cruel torture tactics, including the toca, a medieval forerunner of waterboarding. Mark is visibly shaken by the documents. “How is it possible for human beings to do this to other human beings because of a religion? To know my nine-times greatgrandfather was tortured and probably scared for his life, with the chance he could be burned at the stake, is hard. I would not want to be in this country.” David eventually left Spain and made it to Amsterdam, where a document reveals he lived there under his Jewish name, and also that he was with his wife and four children and the family are “all practicing Jews”. David’s nephew, Miguel, however, appears on a Spanish Inquisition list of people burned at the stake. Mark is sobered by the thought his direct ancestor could well have suffered the same fate. “It’s been lifechanging,” he says of his journey of discovery. “I can’t help but feel angry for my ancestors who had to go through the Spanish Inquisition because of their religion. They weren’t hurting anybody, they were just living life.”

Above: Mark’s paternal great-grandmother, Ann, with her children, Stella, George, Rita and Eddie, his paternal grandfather. Inset: Ann with Eddie, circa 1970s

going to be a story to this,” says Mark, who is married to former Coronation Street actress, Michelle Keegan. More fascinating details are to be found in Bevis Marks, the oldest surviving synagogue in Britain, which dates back to the 18th century and was established by London’s burgeoning Sephardi community in the years following the English Civil War. One record shows that Rebecca’s father, Solomon Elboz, was helped by wealthier synagogue members to procure a license to become a hawker or street seller. Indeed, there are so many synagogue records relating to Mark’s ancestors that experts are able to trace his family back to David Antonio de Mendoza,

 Who Do You Think You Are? airs Wednesday 11 September on BBC One, at 9pm

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Weekend / Entertainment

B’NAI B’RITH UK Heritage days Top 10 events not to be missed!

TOURS/TALKS: VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM. THURSDAYS, 12, 19 AND 26 SEPTEMBER, 1PM To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the V&A is hosting a series of tours and talks on its Jewish heritage, Judaica collection and Jewish patrons. Details:, 020 7942 2989. EXHIBITION AND GUIDED TOUR: WORTH PARK HISTORY SOCIETY. MON, 9 TO FRI, 13 SEPT Explore the remains of the historic West Sussex home of Abraham Montefiore, built in 1882. The James Pulham Formal Gardens and Italianate Terraces were restored as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project. FILM: ORT HOUSE, CAMDEN. SUN, 15 SEPT BBUK hosts a screening of Why The Jews? and then a Q & A with producer John Curtin via Skype, with journalist, Jeremy Havardi. bbuk-heritage., 07588 087324

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TALK: NATIONAL TRUST’S MOTTISFONT, HAMPSHIRE. SUNDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER, 12PM The talk will explore the history of the Grade I listed building and last owner, Maud Russell, the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants, who helped Jewish relatives in Second World War

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The JW3 is hosting a family get-together in Hebrew to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Succot “just like at home”. Expect lots of dancing, live music, pomegranates, honey, and apples. On 22 September at 3pm at JW3,

Bring the whole family to Regent’s Park Bandstand next weekend for an afternoon of live music, hosted by the Jewish Music Institute, with guest presenter BBC Radio 3 JD Max Reinhardt. Highlights include Shir with Debbie Charles and the London International Gospel. On 8 September from 12:30 pm at Regent’s Park Bandstand,

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Introduce the entire family to opera, with this playful production of music by Jewish and non-Jewish composers. Israeli soprano Noa Lachman and British bass Toby Sims will perform opera scenes, duets and sketches in Hebrew, English and Italian. On 15 September, at 1.15pm at Richmond United Synagogue,

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Travel / Weekend

Swiss you already! Lucy Daltroff explores Lucerne’s links to William Turner, while enjoying this historic city encircled by stunning lakes and mountains

holidays here while grieving for Albert. She stayed at least four weeks in Lucerne, finding solace in the lakes and mountains. A strong contender for the best place to stay today is the 5-star Grand Hotel National, perched by the side of the water. Its heritage speaks for itself; the founder was César Ritz, famous around the world as a synonym for premier hospitality and he was later joined by Auguste Escoffier, the originator of Grande Cuisine. The 41 bedrooms are elegant, the service second to none, and the outside terrace a good place to drink in the stunucerne?” said the man from Zurich ning views over the lake. sitting next to me on the plane. Lucerne is a compact city, although it “Certainly the most beautiful city The magnificent Grand National Hotel overlooking Lake Lucerne does extend over both sides of the River in Switzerland,” he assured me, Reuss, linked by the diagonal Kapellbased on its abundant culture, history Miro and Matisse. small train. The Panorama from the top has brücke built in 1365 as part of Lucerne’s fortifiand of course, stunning scenery. She never lends out any of these pictures to be one of the best Alpine experiences, with cations and the oldest wooden covered bridge An hour later, his view became reality. and they can only be viewed here. Apart from Lake Lucerne in the foreground, as well as in Europe. There is a thrill in walking through Just by walking out of the grand station, the magnificent pictures in the Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz, and its entire 672ft span and viewing the interior visitors can see the splendour of a clean collection, also on display is a horizons stretching as far the paintings, which date back to the 17th century. turquoise lake, a historic wooden bridge, the beautiful artist’s palette. Eigar and the Jungfray. Another popular attraction is the tower of an old church, and all encircled by Angela, now an elegant Interestingly, a Turner portrayal of a mortally wounded lion glistening mountains. lady in her eighties, tells enthusiast tells me that commemorating the Swiss guards of Louis William Turner, arguably the world’s best me that Chagall was although the artist XVI, who were massacred in 1792 during the watercolourist, thought so too. He visited Switmusing whether one sketched and painted French Revolution and also gives a nod to zerland six times between 1841 and 1844 and of his paintings set many of his landscapes here, loving the local mercenary soldiers who had an impact on the the Riga Mountain was finished or at many different economic development of Switzerland. interplay of light and weather conditions. not, and asked her times of the day, The facial expression of the dying lion is To honour Turner’s importance, not only father’s opinion. exquisitely poignant. Mark Twain famously he thought it to Lucerne but to Switzerland as a whole, 100 Siegfried replied unnecessary to described it “as the saddest and most of his works have gone on display until 13 that it was perfect actually ascend the moving piece of rock in the world”. October at the famous Kunstmuseum, which as it was – and mountain himself. Not far from the centre of town is the synais also, coincidentally, celebrating its 200th continuing might not be It obviously paid gogue founded in 1912 in what was then the birthday this year. a good idea. off, as his famous Jewish district of the city. The three“The region owes a lot to Turner Apparently Chagall was watercolour, Blue Rigi, is storey building is opulent and wellfor putting Switzerland on the so pleased with this advice currently valued at more kept and there are even two flats map,” curator Fanni Fetzer tells that he signed his palette than £6million! available for visitors from overme. “He made what was then A room at the Grand National there and then and presented Elsewhere, a fabulous seas. In 2016, a small yeshiva a very poor country suddenly it to his friend. private gallery in Lucerne, was set up here and students more prosperous.” called the Rosengart Collection, comprises from Israel and other parts Turner certainly led works acquired by Jewish art dealer Siegfried of Europe assure there is the way to a change in LUCY’S TRAVEL TIPS Rosengart and his daughter Angela, who daily minyan. attitude. The Alps were Lucy stayed at Grand National Hotel befriended many artists of the time. A wonderful outing from no longer just an impedi(, where rates In 1992, Angela set up the Rosengart Founthe city is to take one of the ment on the way to Italy and start from £392 per night for a double room. dation to maintain the collection and make it nostalgic paddle steamers that the south, but a destination in She flew with Swiss International Airlines accessible to the public on a permanent basis. cross the lake to Vitznau and themselves, with British tourists (, direct from The fabulous paintings include Paul Klee, then board the cogwheel railway, among the first to enjoy hiking London to Zurich. For more information Lucerne Synagogue Cézanne, Chagall and Matisse, although completed in 1871, that runs nearly in the mountains in this part about Lucerne’s Jewish community, visit Picasso features the most. Angela met to the top of Mount Rigi. of German-speaking central and for details about visiting Switzerland, see Picasso when she was just 17 and he painted There are a number of stops on the way Switzerland. up, small communities whose only link is this her five times. She also met Braque, Chagall, Even Queen Victoria came to take her


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Weekend / Eat & Drink


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MEAT AND GREET Chef and author Sharon Lurie, aka The Kosher Butcher’s Wife, will show off her skills at a

cookery demonstration in Radlett on 11 September. Sharon, who lives in Johannesburg and is married to kosher butcher Ian, will be joined by Michelle Grossman of Silvermans. Signed copies of Sharon’s new book, A Taste of South Africa with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife, will be available on the night.

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Shoftim BY RABBI JEFF BERGER The Book of Devarim contains Moses’ legacy and last words of rebuke, encouragement and advice to Bnei Yisrael, summed up by the command in this week’s parsha “to obey God and to do what is right”. Parshat Shoftim sets out a hierarchy of civic leadership and authority for the transition that will follow after Moses’ death, beginning with judges to the authoritative roles of kings, priests & Levites, prophets and finally, the role of police in pre-screening candidates for the military draft. All communities need to address the mundane aspects of life, and the Torah’s approach is to empower individuals, protect human rights and proscribe inappropriate behaviors. Three related cases in Shoftim involve laws about cities of refuge, laying siege during war, and breaking the neck of the Hefer (Eglah Arufah). Contrary to expectations, in all three the Torah protects the rights of the excluded, the subjugated and the alienated – the unintentional murderer, the war captive and the abandoned corpse. It is tempting to see civic authority as entirely justicebased and bureaucratically lacking compassion – all for the sake of maintaining social order. But, in a strictly just society, the rights of the disenfranchised can be easily trampled. It takes Divine wisdom to temper righteousness with compassion. We may wish to remind ourselves of God’s empathetic justice as we think about our own social cohesion during these upcoming days of awe.

 Rabbi Jeff Berger is interfaith adviser for Mitzvah Day

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Brexit and division BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Division among leaders is clearly apparent as Parliament struggles over Brexit. So, what does the Torah say about this? In the archives of Samaritan history, a break-up between leaders of the Priesthood led to the disestablishment of Mount Gerizim as the centre of spiritual Israel. Eli the Priest, who at that time mentored the future High Priest, refused to approve the office to the 15-year-old son of a deceased high priest. This resulted in a split in the priesthood and the eventual permanent move of Eli’s traveling tabernacle to Jerusalem, after David was anointed by Eli’s mentee, Samuel. A split between two brothers in the Hasmonean family led to the setting up of yet another Temple, this time in

Elephantine, Egypt. The Temple of Onias is mentioned in the Mishnah as a viable alternative to Jerusalem to bring one’s sacrifices. Onias is said to have broken rank after his brother embarrassed him by tricking


him into wearing women’s clothing and being ridiculed by an assembly of rabbis who saw him in that state. Recent events in the UK Parliament underline the desperate need to inject some safe guidance to ensure that the people who voted in the referendum do not end up in a state of civil unrest because of political divisions. While accommodations are made for the differences of opinion, such differences must not become new allegiances which are irreparable. Had the Israelites been united throughout history over their Temple, perhaps they would not have lost it and their independence time and time again. The will of the people is a highlyprized element in Biblical and Rabbinic Judaism and leaders must reign in ambition to serve that will and, predominantly, God’s will.  Rabbi Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force


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Progressive Judaism

Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

How should we approach the new year as a nation divided?

‘Charity won’t solve poverty’ BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH If you ask a Jew what it means to be good, they tend to begin by saying that this is a person who cares about the needs of others. Such a person might give tzedakah to the poor or help people to cope when they are down on their luck by lending them money without expecting interest. They will be caring and generous. Torah many times commands us to do these things, including in Deuteronomy chapter 15 where we are clearly told “if there is a needy person among you … you must open your hand and lend them sufficient for whatever they need.” Confidently, Deuteronomy 15 verse 4 proclaims “there shall be no needy person among you,” on the assumption that we will be a generous and caring people. Why then just seven verses later in Deuteronomy 15 verse 11 does the Torah tell us that “there will never cease to be needy people

in your land?” Does God not have confidence that we will be caring and generous? Wherever people form a community there are always going to be members of that community who will need help. We will always need to set up structures so that all can participate in community life equally and to help with basic needs when people are not able to manage them themselves. These words also mean that no one should be embarrassed to ask their community for help, whether that be urgent welfare needs, help for their children to go to Jewish summer camp or aid to stay a member of the community. The Torah mandates we help each other and recognise there will be needy people among us and who must be encouraged to ask for help which should be gladly given.

 Rabbi Goldsmith serves Edgware and Hendon Reform

BY RABBI DANNY RICH In the last few years, Britain has found itself in a state of parliamentary stalemate and political rupture as it seeks to fulfil the mandate of the referendum to leave the European Union. The High Holy Days and its process of teshuvah, returning or atonement, is first and foremost relevant to an individual reflecting on the vagaries of the past year. It is true there is much good in each one of us, but we become poignantly aware of time and talent wasted, of being so much less than we know we might have been. The gift of the preparatory month of Elul and the first 10 days of Tishri (including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) present the ideal opportunity for self-reflection, including making good those damaged relationships, approaching and apologising to those whom who know we have offended, forgiving those who may have wronged us, and



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finally approaching our Creator, the Eternal God. As Midrash declares: “Open for Me one gate of repentance by as little as the point of a needle, and I will open for you gates wide enough for carriages and coaches to pass through.” This process of returning to God and to our better selves is described by the English term “atonement” or “being at one with oneself”. How so for the nation at large, which is far from being at one or at ease with itself? A robust democracy does not require everybody to agree; indeed

it requires passionate disagreement. Nevertheless, the capacity to reach a resolution, the humility to accept defeat, and the manner of how the debate is conducted are also signs of a healthy nation. I’m reminded of the Talmudic schools of Hillel and Shammai which, by all accounts, rarely agreed and frequently engaged in tortuous and lengthy explorations of issues. In spite of so doing, the Talmud (Eruvim 13b) recalls that, concerning a dispute which lasted three years, the views of both the disputing parties are Eilu v’eilu divrai Elohim chayyim hayn (“these and these: both are the words of the living God)”. How much more at ease would our nation be with itself if debate could be conducted against such a backdrop of mutual appreciation of contrary views.  Danny Rich is Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism

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Young Norwood Fundraising Manager If you’re a dynamic, driven, people person, passionate about the Jewish community and eager to cultivate Norwood’s younger supporters, Norwood wants you as its next Young Norwood Fundraising Manager. We’re looking for a well-connected individual who can take ownership of Young Norwood – our 18-35-year-old supporters – and drive future initiatives and programmes in line with Norwood’s strategy. You’ll have the charisma to channel people into getting more involved and the get-up-and-go to generate greater income. Confidence in speaking to people over the phone and face to face will be a necessity and if you’re a bit of a charmer, all the better. Working collaboratively with our fundraising team, YN chair and YN members, you’ll be involved in supporting two major YN events, looking at ways to develop more ‘in aid of’ events, and coming up with ideas to raise income through technology. In return for your strategic mind, creativity and vision, we’ll give you the chance to work in a role you’ll always be proud of, for the UK’s leading Jewish charity supporting families through difficult times and adults with learning disabilities. Ready for a bold step forward in your career? Find out more and apply below. Closing date: 16 September. To find out more, visit, email or call 020 8420 6841.

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