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Corbyn named in online hate group investigation Labour suspensions after explosive dossier revealed

Labour Party members have been suspended following an exhaustive investigation into a Facebook group comprised of Holocaust deniers, white supremacists and anti-Semites, writes Richard Ferrer. A damning 280-page report, entitled ‘AntiSemitism inside Palestine Live’ published by activist and blogger David Collier, claims to unearth a sordid 3,000-member social media network that includes prominent public com-

mentators and politicians including – including at one time Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. According to Collier, Corbyn was a member of ‘Palestine Live’ when elected leader in 2015. Collier, who infiltrates pro-Palestinian events “undercover,” writes: “It seems as if [Jeremy Corbyn] was part of a rabidly antiSemitic Facebook Group, along with Paul Eisen, Gilad Atzmon, numerous other Holocaust deniers, hardcore anti-Semites, white

supremacists and all the other wretched political ideologies that gather together to pretend it is about the Palestinians and not the Jews.” He adds: “The sheer horror of what you see is intense. Corbyn was [a member of the Facebook group] in late 2014. He may have joined a year earlier, and every indication is, that he stayed in the group until shortly after he became leader of the Labour Party. “Jenny Tonge is still a member, David Ward

too. It just shows how blind everyone is to antiJewish racism.” Collier, who has previously posted reports showcasing anti-Semitism in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, backs up most of his evidence by revealing Corbyn had been ‘tagged’ in posts from members and showing how members had met an individual from his social media team. “There is no suggestion Jeremy Corbyn Continued on page 2


Jewish News 8 March 2018

News / CST annual dinner / Deportation protest

Rudd renews security pledge The home secretary last night committed to renew the £13.4million in annual security funding for the Jewish community. Addressing the Community Security Trust (CST)’s annual dinner, Amber Rudd MP said the government would “continue to protect and celebrate the UK’s Jewish community” while confirming the money for 2018/19 to synagogues, schools and communal buildings. “It is absolutely essential that we all feel safe where we live, where we work, where we worship and where we meet our friends,” she said, in a speech that also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to challenging hate crime. Highlighting ongoing threats, Rudd said: “Daesh [ISIS] and Al-Qaeda continue to highlight Jews among lists of targets in their propaganda, as well as the public at large, our police and military and events like Christmas

markets.” Conservative governments since 2015 have provided more than £38.5m for protective security measures in response to the terrorist threat, she said, and CST chair Gerald Ronson said Rudd “typifies this government’s strong practical and moral support for British Jews at a time of rising anti-Semitism and extremism”. The government is currently refreshing its Hate Crime Action Plan, first published in 2016, and recently helped establish a new national hub tackling online hate crime, which is being led by Greater Manchester Police. It began work in January. Rudd acknowledged the CST’s work in managing the £13.4m security funding across the community, sharing expertise about extremism and radicalisation, and working with organisations such as Tell MAMA to help protect other

faith communities. The home secretary won plaudits from Jewish leaders last year for proscribing farright group National Action, in a first-of-its-kind intervention. She subsequently banned the group’s aliases, Scottish Dawn and NS131. However, Rudd remained silent on the community’s call for her to proscribe the political wing of Hezbollah, which currently allows antiIsrael protesters in the UK to wave the flag of an armed militia with thousands of rockets pointed at northern Israel. In the UK, Ronson noted that the number of antiSemitic incidents were at alltime highs. “This isn’t some random event,” he said. “Anti-Semitism isn’t like the weather. You don’t wake up in the morning and discover that it’s suddenly turned anti-Semitic outside. It comes down to the state of British society and politics.”

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UK Jews urge envoy to oppose deportations Around 350 British Jews have signed a letter to the Israeli ambassador protesting the country’s decision to deport tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers. The letter, initiated by Jewish students, criticises the Israeli Government’s new deportation policy targeting up to 30,000 people, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, including hundreds of women and children. Under the policy, the asylum-seekers are being paid

thousands of shekels to leave the country, but leaving is mandatory. Hundreds have been arrested for refusing to return to their country of origin and are on hunger strike in prison. The deportations, in some cases removing people who have spent 13 years in Israel, have lent support to the country’s critics and galvanised diaspora Jewry in anger. Those signing the letter say the policy is “a betrayal of the values we hold dear”. Among the 347 signato-

ries are vocal Israel advocates including Izzy Lenga, a vicepresident of the National Union of Students, and Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner. The letter, sent to Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, originated with the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), after its president Josh Holt told the Board of Deputies plenary on 18 February that British Jewry had to raise its voice on the issue. The letter coincides with huge protests in Tel Aviv last week.


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He said it was “not just because of Brexit, or because of who leads the Labour Party”, but “because people are angry, alienated, frustrated, and looking for scapegoats – conditions that all forms of anti-Semitism feed off, including anti-Zionism, which draws people in by replacing the word Jew with the word Zionist”. Introducing Rudd, CST vice-chair Lloyd Dorfman noted how anti-Semitism had risen in prominence, saying: “Since I first got involved with CST over 30 years ago, anti-Semitism has never featured more prominently. “Hardly a day goes by when, in the mainstream press or across social media, it isn’t mentioned in some form or another. It’s become all pervasive, which is itself very disturbing.”


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Continued from page 1 shares the views of many inside the group,” writes Collier. “What this provides is evidence he knows he is a member.” A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn told Jewish News: “Jeremy condemns antiSemitism in all its forms in the strongest possible terms. He does not want the support of anti-Semites, who have no place whatsoever in the Labour movement. This Facebook group is being investi-

gated and if Labour members are found to have posted antiSemitic material, disciplinary action will be taken.” Chris Williamson MP told Jewish News: “I get well over 100 notifications from social media every day. I was not aware I was added to this group nor have I participated in it. On being informed I was a member I left the group. Facebook should change its settings to enable users to accept or decline membership

of groups.” Clive Lewis MP and Baroness Tonge, also named as group members, had not reponded to requests for comment as Jewish News went to press. Euan Philipps of Labour Against Antisemitism said: “There needs to be a full and open investigation into Palestine Live, Mr Corbyn’s activities as a member and institutionalised anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

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Sacks at 70 / Chabloz trial / News

Sacks: ‘I wouldn’t talk to Corbyn until he stops hate’ Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said he would refuse to hold talks with Jeremy Corbyn until Labour does more to tackle anti-Semitism, writes Justin Cohen. The religious leader and author, who was Chief Rabbi for 22 years until 2013, said the party’s actions have not been “consistent” with its zero tolerance rhetoric. Addressing the controversy surrounding relations with the Opposition for the first time in an interview marking his 70th birthday today, the peer said: “Any political party has to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism. If they fail to do so, they are a danger not only to themselves but to the country and all its inhabitants. “I hope the Labour Party under its current leadership adopts that policy and pursues it much more vigorously. I have to salute the political leaders with whom I worked because they were willing to put them-

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Lord Sacks at last month’s Jewish News Night of Heroes

selves on the line in the fight against anti-Semitism and the other fights related to shechita and brit milah.” Asked what key message he would want to give Corbyn if he had the chance, he said: “I would want to see clearer signs of resolute action by a party and its leader before I would even sit down with them full stop.”

In terms of anti-Semitism, he said he did not believe Jews in Britain should feel isolated and “there have been remarkable politicians in Britain who have stood up against it”, including John Mann of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against anti-Semitism. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev both


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held talks with the Labour leader in 2016, while Corbyn addressed the Jewish Labour Movement’s Chanukah party. Party members, councillors and an MP have been suspended by Labour over the past two years, but it has faced widespread condemnation for its response to allegations of anti-Semitism in the party, with the failure so far to expel Ken Livingstone over his comments about Hitler ‘supporting’ Zionism a particular focus of anger. A senior communal source said: “If Rabbi Lord Sacks, one of the clearest thinkers on Jewish issues, feels this way, that is a serious reflection of the community’s attitudes to the current Labour Party.” A spokesman for Corbyn said: “Jeremy Corbyn and the whole Labour Party campaigns against and condemns antiSemitism in all its forms.”  Sacks interview, p30 & 31

‘NO GAS CHAMBERS’, SINGER TELLS COURT A singer on trial this week at Westminster Magistrates’ Court over three songs alleged to be anti-Semitic, was repeatedly denounced as a Holocaust denier by the Crown Prosecution Service barrister Karen Robinson, writes Jenni Frazer. But Alison Chabloz, giving lengthy evidence on her own behalf in a delayed second day in court, insisted that her songs were “satire”, that she was “an artist”, and that freedom of speech meant she was entitled to her opinions. Chabloz is facing five charges of sending, or causing to be sent for viewing on social media, several videos of herself playing three songs, two of which were performed in front of an audience of the London Forum in September 2016. She is said to have embedded a link to one of the performances on a Wordpress page she runs, called “Tell Me More Lies”, and posted a separate performance on YouTube.

But in nearly two hours of testimony, Chabloz insisted “many Jewish people find my songs funny”, and claimed there was no “official” evidence that gas chambers had been used to kill Jews during the Holocaust. Defending the lyrics of her songs, which include the description of Auschwitz as a “theme park”, Chabloz referred repeatedly to “the so-called Holocaust” which she said was “a fiction” designed to facilitate “the criminal Jewish state” in Palestine. She described herself as a Holocaust revisionist rather than denier. Judge John Zani said he would take final submissions before announcing a verdict on 25 May. Alison Chabloz


Jewish News 8 March 2018

News / Official royal visit to Israel

Israel will give William a right royal welcome Prince William will make the first official Royal visit to Israel this summer. The second in line to the throne will visit the Jewish state, Jordan and the Palestinian territories, Kensington Palace confirmed. Senior Royals have previously visited the country but never on an official visit. Prince Charles attended the funerals of both former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and former President Shimon Peres. The Duke of Cambridge’s great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who was named Righteous Among the Nations for protecting Jews during the Shoah, is buried in Jerusalem. An official visit, which must be requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has long been a dream for British supporters of Israel, and the lack of one was described as a “stain” on relations by Conservative Friends of Israel honorary president Lord Stuart Polak.

President of the Board of Deputies Jonathan Arkush welcomed the move, saying: “We are delighted that in the year of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Duke of Cambridge will be making the first official royal visit to the country. “This is something I have been calling for, for a long time. The visit is testimony to the fact that the UK and Israel are key allies with a strong trading relationship and close cultural links. This visit will bring our two nations even closer together.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), said: “There can be few better ways to mark the 70th Yom Ha’atzmaut than the announcement the HRH the Duke of Cambridge is to visit Israel. Having worked closely with the Duke during my time at the Football Association, I know he will be fascinated and interested and will make a lasting impression on all those he meets.”

William and Kate on a recent visit to Berlin. The future king will go to Israel this summer

It is understood communal hopes for a Royal visit were raised by the JLC during its annual meeting with David Cameron and Theresa May. Cameron’s receptive response to the prospects of such a trip offered hope it could finally happen. Communal sources have long believed that Prince Harry was most likely to undertake any official visit, but question marks emerged after the announcement of his wedding. There had been media speculation the first visit could happen on or around the Balfour centenary, but community leaders always believed such suggestions to be premature. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “I welcome the announcement of the forthcoming visit of HRH The Duke of Cambridge to Israel later this year. It will be a proud moment for the British Jewish community and a wonderful

way to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary.” Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin tweeted: “Nechama & I were happy to hear @KensingtonRoyal announcement, and look forward to welcoming #PrinceWilliam, the Duke of Cambridge, on an official visit to the State of #Israel later this year. A very special guest, and a very special present for our 70th year of independence.” We Believe in Israel (WBII), the network of 16,000 UK supporters of Israel, has welcomed news of the first official Royal visit to Israel. Its director, Luke Akehurst, said: “It’s long overdue for a member of the Royal family to visit Israel, given our shared values and the significant and expanding links between the UK and Israel in trade, defence, security, culture, as well as the personal and family connections between many people in the UK and Israel.”

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As the world prepares to mark the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 2018 promises to be a special royal year for the Israeli public too. Prince William will pay the first official royal visit to Israel this summer, in the same year we celebrate seven decades of independence. Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp, demonstrating their solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust. Prince William’s great-grandmother Princess Alice of Battenburg is buried in Jerusalem, at a convent on the Mount of Olives. She has been honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for her role in sheltering a Jewish family in Athens during the Second World War. The royal visit will not only mark the past, but also celebrate the present and embrace the future, providing an opportunity to highlight the strong cooperation between Israel and the UK. Our economic partnership has blossomed, reaching a record £6.9billion in bilateral trade in 2017: an incredible 25 percent year-onyear increase, demonstrating the energy and momentum of our relationship. Whether it is the

one-in-seven NHS medicines supplied by Israeli companies, the more than 300 Israeli businesses with operations in the UK, or the 29 Israeli firms listed on the London Stock Exchange, this remarkable growth is undoubtedly creating jobs and prosperity in both our countries. The royal visit will take place against the backdrop of high-level cooperation between our two governments on a range of key national security issues, including counterterrorism and cyber security. This is making the citizens of both our countries safer and more secure, and is saving lives. The Israeli people are genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity of seeing the Prince in real life, rather than simply on the television or internet. Without a royal family of our own since Biblical times, I would venture to suggest the people of Israel hold feelings of fascination and affection towards the British monarchy: feelings that will be clearly expressed during the visit this summer. Israel looks forward to rolling out the red carpet for Prince William, and giving him a very warm welcome. The Duke of Cambridge’s visit demonstrates the close partnership between our two democracies, and we hope that his busy schedule will allow him to experience the spirit of the Israeli people, and witness our energetic, vibrant and diverse country.

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Campus violence / Ken saga / Lansman bid / News briefs / News

Masked mob storms talk Security guards were reportedly hospitalised after masked protesters forced the abandonment of an event featuring an Israeli speaker. Video footage showed a gang of around six youths interrupt a panel discussion at King’s College London (KCL), hosted by the Libertarian Society on Monday. Protesters unfurled banners, including one promoting anti-fascist group Antifa, before leaping onto the stage where speakers were located. The footage shows violent scuffles. Among the guests was Israeli Yaron Brook, chairman of the

Chaotic scenes at King’s College

board of the Ayn Rand Institute, and controversial YouTuber Carl Benjamin, who is known for his

anti-progressive vlogs. A Libertarian society spokesperson said there were “threats to the moderator”, and a “number of KCL security guards are on their way to hospital after being assaulted”. The society posted a statement on Facebook criticising university authorities for “failing to prevent violent and masked activists storming the stage”, adding that “windows have been smashed and gas bombs lit outside campus.” In a statement, King’s College London University said: “Police attended and we are fully co-oper-

ating with their investigation. We absolutely condemn the use of violent protest in any situation.” It said events on campus “should be able to take place without fear of violence or intimidation”, adding: “King’s takes its responsibilities to provide a safe environment for free, peaceful and respectful dialogue very seriously. The university and Students’ Union will be reviewing the incident to decide on appropriate action to be taken.” The Zionist Federation condemned the “scenes of violence, disruption and dissent”.

KEN SUSPENSION EXTENDED Lansman seeks role Ken Livingstone’s suspension from Labour has been extended until the conclusion of a party inquiry into his comments. The ex-London mayor was suspended last April for another year for bringing the party into disrepute over his comments on Hitler and Zionism. But just a day later,

Jeremy Corbyn announced a fresh inquiry after subsequent complaints. These were due to come before a Labour disputes panel next week but it is now understood part of the process will be delayed. A party spokesman said: “Ken Livingstone has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal party investigation. That suspension starts on the date his membership suspension applied by the national constitutional committee ends on 27 April.”

The head of influential left-wing grassroots group Momentum is bidding to become the Labour Party’s new general secretary. Jon Lansman, confirmed he would run for the position vacated by centrist Iain McNicol, who

said last week he was stepping down. The appointment of Lansman, who is Jewish, would complete the party’s turnaround from a centre-left to a socialist party, following the shock leadership win of Jeremy Corbyn in 2015. Corbyn’s campaign received vital support from Lansman and Momentum.


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EQUAL PRAYER SITE PROTECTED AT KOTEL Egalitarian Jewish prayer is a protected right in the area set aside for it at the southern end of the Western Wall, Israel’s attorney general has told the country’s Supreme Court. The pronouncement means that the state considers the special area near the Robinson’s Arch set aside for egalitarian prayer an official part of the holy site. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said a non-Charedi official should oversee the site, which would protect nonOrthodox prayer.



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News / Burial dispute

CT scans cost Orthodox societies £90,000 a year Jewish leaders have called on councillors to help to make CT scans “more financially accessible” after it emerged Orthodox burial societies are paying up to £90,000 a year for them. The “policy ask” was included in the Board of Deputies’ recently published Jewish Manifesto for Local Government, and comes on the back of a furore about the practices of senior inner London coroner Mary Hassell. Jewish tradition dictates bodies should be buried without any undue interference, so interest in scans has been high as they can avoid the need for invasive autopsies when a death certificate cannot be issued. Computerised Tomography (CT) scans cost up to £1,100 and can be requested by family of the deceased. If the deceased belonged to one of the four Orthodox burial societies – United Synagogue, Federation of Synagogues, S&P Community and Adath Yisroel – the society pays. The Board’s manifesto for existing and would-be councillors states: “While minimally invasive autopsy has been adopted by many coroners, it is still far from universal practice,” adding: “As

CT scans should be ‘more financially accessible’ to Jewish communities

it involves expense, the Jewish community may consider how it might contribute to meeting the cost.” It then asks councillors and candidates to “support the drive to make minimal invasive autopsies more financially and physically accessible for bereaved families”. Rabbi Sydney Sinitsky of Adath said: “There were about 80 CT scans on deceased Jewish community members last year, about 65 in London, others in places like Manchester and Leeds and Gateshead. “If you think there are about

2,000 Jewish deaths a year, this number of those having scans is roughly five percent, roughly equivalent to the number of cases nationally where there is a post-mortem.” Sinitsky said burial societies catering for Reform and Liberal Jews, such as the Joint Jewish Burial Society (JJBS), do not pay for CT scans and instead advise family members to pay. A spokeswoman for JJBS said Orthodox burial societies “charge their members a lot more”. A United Synagogue spokesman said the organisation covered the cost for those belonging to its Funeral Expense Scheme (FES), and paid for 32 CT scans last year. “CT scans are the least invasive alternative to autopsies, so we are naturally from a Jewish perspective able to facilitate the whole costs of such via the FES to make the process as smooth as possible. When possible, the United Synagogue would always advocate for CT scans to be used instead of autopsies.” Levi Schapiro, director of Stamford Hill umbrella organisation Jewish Community Council, said: “The Jewish community has already offered to pay for the scans, as it’s something we wholeheartedly support.”


Chief coroner: Hassell policy may be unlawful The UK’s chief coroner has said a senior London coroner’s decision not to prioritise the release of some bodies for religious reasons could be unlawful. The dramatic intervention represents the latest twist in what Jewish community representatives have dubbed “the coroner crisis” after Mark Lucraft QC disagreed with senior inner London coroner Mary Hassell last week. Lucraft’s judgement will delight Jewish and Muslim representatives who have complained about Hassell’s “cab-rank rule” when it comes to releasing bodies, given the importance in both religions of speedy burial. That ‘rule’ has been challenged in the courts by the Adath Yisrael Burial Society (AYBS) and Trevor Asserson, a lawyer. They brought a judicial review application alleging Hassell’s decision was unlawful, and the chief coroner was added as a party to the action.

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He has now said Hassell’s conduct is “over-rigid”, that she is “not capable of rational justification” and her policy was “unlawful”. Hassell said her approach “reflects my best attempt to consider the rights of all those who are in my jurisdiction”, and presented three statements of support. Asserson said the support of the chief coroner was “of huge importance,” while Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said it was “nothing short of damning to coroner Mary Hassell”.

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Jewish News 8 March 2018

News / Gaza campaign / Student action / News in brief

Labour allies urge Israel to help halt Gaza crisis Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) is launching a major push for more Israeli government action to support the people of Gaza, in an attempt to help stem a “dire” humanitarian crisis. LFI’s ‘Pledge for Gaza’, which the parliamentary group will ask MPs to sign, is to feature several events and run alongside the group’s ongoing campaigns on promoting co-existence and reducing Palestinian Authority incitement. “We urge the Israeli government to assist with the economic revitalisation of Gaza including supporting Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev’s plans for the construction of a seaport.” Former IDF commander Bar-Lev has put forward detailed proposals that would, through progressive confidence-building measures, see Gaza demilita-

Children in Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza

rised and reconstructed through rebuilding and development projects, including an airport and a harbour. He thinks there is a window of opportunity to act with Israel’s Sunni Arab neighbours such as Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, who “want to weaken Hamas”. LFI chair Joan Ryan, writing in today’s Jewish News, states: “The human-

itarian situation in Gaza is desperate and deeply concerning. Electricity supplies are highly restricted; water and sewage facilities are under strain; rising unemployment has hit 40 percent, with an estimated six in 10 young people out of work.” She said the pledge “condemns Hamas’ ongoing rearmament, tunnel construction and attempts to launch rocket and terrorist attacks in SPONSORED BY


Israel and urges respect for the Oslo Accords which stipulate the demilitarisation of the Palestinian territories”. It also condemns Hamas’ human rights violations and calls upon the international community to “honour the reconstruction pledges made at the Cairo conference in 2014”. Ahmad Kurd of Gazabased charity the Salah Society, said the Strip was “a disaster in all areas, including health, environmental, social, and energy,” adding that there are daily energy blackouts of up to 20 hours. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said this week that Gaza’s emergency fuel programme – which maintains the Strip’s critical services – was “facing a severe funding crisis, threatening its continuity”.  Joan Ryan, page 24




Students visiting Palestinian homes and Jewish settlements with Yachad, as shown on the campaign poster

Jewish students around the UK have launched a campaign against the Israeli Government’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank. The students, drawn from 15 universities across the country, including Oxford, the LSE and Edinburgh, have asked to meet Middle East Minister Alistair Burt to discuss their thoughts. The group, many of whom have attended visits to Israel and the West Bank with British Jewish group Yachad, also told community leaders that the Israeli demolitions “runs counter to basic Jewish values of justice”. Supporters of their campaign against Israeli policy, dubbed #Don’tSettle ForThis, attend campuses including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, Leeds, LSE, Nottingham, Southampton,



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Immanuel College has announced the appointment of its new deputy headteacher, who will join the recently-arrived headteacher in an all-new leadership team. Barnaby Nemko will take up his position as second-in-command at the private Jewish school, with headteacher Gary Griffin himself having only joined in September. Nemko, who will join the school on 1 June, at the Shavuot half term, began in informal education as education director of FZY.

Not even the Beast from the East was enough to stop Pinner’s Jewish community from pressing ‘Go’ on its new eruv. Organisers heralded the 15-mile perimeter, saying it had been 10 years in the making, after Pinner Eruv became the tenth such area to come under the auspices of the London Beth Din.The longest eruv in Greater London, it incorporates all of central Pinner within the Borough of Harrow; Hatch End, Pinner Green, Rayners Lane and North Harrow.

Jimmy Carr is set to bring his deadpan humour to Tel Aviv for the first time. The popular standup comedian and television host is stopping in Israel’s cultural capital at Heichal Hatarbut on 11 August, as part of his Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour. Spanning four continents, the 45-year-old’s performances also include visits to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada and South Africa. This marks Carr’s first performance in the country.

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News / Football offence

FA boss ‘sorry’ for Star of David slur The chief executive of the Football Association (FA) this week apologised for including the Star of David in the same category as the swastika. Martin Glenn made the

comments while explaining how a committee had sought to clarify the kinds of religious and “divisive” symbols that should not be allowed in the game, after the England football team


























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was told not to wear a poppy. He said: “We have rewritten Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are OK, but things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could be the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like (exZimbabwe president) Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don’t want.” He later released a statement saying: “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world.” Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)’s CEO Simon Johnson, a former FA director, tweeted: “I spoke to Martin Glenn. I explained why his comments has caused such serious offence. Martin apologised, explained the context for his comments and stated that he did not intend to cause offence,

which I accepted. We have agreed to meet soon along with the CST. I have thanked the FA for their apology and I am glad that this has been dealt with swiftly.” Johnson had angrily tweeted: “All religious symbols are prohibited on a kit if that is the case,” adding that Glenn’s examples were “in poor taste”. He said: “The Star of David is a Jewish religious symbol of immense importance to Jews worldwide. To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate. We will raise formally with the FA the Jewish community’s deep disappointment with this statement.” John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism, wrote to Glenn, saying he was “concerned” by the incident. “Aside from the naivety of these comments, which will have caused deep offence, I am deeply concerned someone of your seniority should be in position without understanding the meaning and impact of com-

Foot in mouth: Football Association boss Martin Glenn

ments like these.” He invited Glenn to meet with him to “discuss your comments, their impact and what we need to do to ensure appropriate systems are in place, so future executives receive effective training on equalities, racism and anti-Semitism”. Karen Pollock , chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “I find these comments astounding – and highly offensive. It shows a huge lack of understanding

around the difference between the Star of David – a religious symbol – and the swastika used by the Nazis.” Kick It Out, a group tackling racism in football, welcomed the apology and added that “Glenn has contacted the organisation to clarify his comments on the Star of David and the swastika symbol, and to reiterate his apology to the Jewish community in particular”. Editorial comment, p18


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Police funding / Think tank / Science scheme / 70th simcha / News

Party for Israel’s 70th Plea over police funding


SHOAH DENIER HAS EVENTS CANCELLED An anti-racism organisation has welcomed the cancellation of a series of six London events in which a Holocaust denier was due to speak. HOPE not hate said the organising group behind the series is called Keep Talking, which it describes as hosting “conspiracy theorists”. The group had been due to hear from Nick Kollerstrom, a disgraced astronomer who claims Auschwitz was a pleasant place where people “would sunbathe” while “watching water polo matches”.

SHUL AND MOSQUE UNITE FOR HOMELESS The UK’s flagship Reform synagogue teamed up with a mosque to provide London rough sleepers with a warm haven during the big freeze. Interfaith and outreach volunteers at West London Synagogue (WLS), based near Marble Arch, teamed up with peers at Al-Manaar Mosque at Westbourne Park to provide beds and food in a joint emergency effort. WLS’s Nic Schlagman said: “We got everyone looked after and safe.”

The Royal Albert Hall is to host the Jewish community’s main celebration marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence on 24 May. Tickets will go on sale later this month for an event jointly organised by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), UJIA and Israel Bonds to “showcase the best Israel has to offer in arts and culture and highlighting the strong ties between Britain and Israel”. JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein said: “It is only fitting for British Jews to come together

in the Royal Albert Hall, one of the world’s most historic and iconic buildings, to loudly and proudly celebrate Israel.” UJIA chair Louise Jacobs said the event was “an excellent way to build a lifelong commitment between our community here in Britain and the people of Israel”.

£5M GRANT FOR AGE STUDY British and Israeli scientists are to collaborate in the field of ageing after a joint £5 million fund was unveiled this week. Boffins will work together on pioneering research into age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes, as both countries seek to deal with ageing populations. The initiative was unveiled at the British Council in London on Tuesday by Britain’s Ambassador to Israel

David Quarrey, Israel’s Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev, and Sam Gyimah, Britain’s newly-appointed Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Development. Scientist and TV personality Lord Winston was also on hand to unveil the latest project of BIRAX (the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange) Partnership, after years of UK-Israel scientific collaboration in the field of regenerative medicine.



A Jewish community security expert, a university professor and an anti-fascist activist have told Home Secretary Amber Rudd the police need more money urgently to continue operating effectively. The trio, members of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Strategic Independent Advisory Group on Race, have put their names to a letter telling Rudd that the Met cannot effectively safeguard communities given the “severe fiscal constraints under which the MPS is now being forced to operate”.

Among the signatories are Community Security Trust security coordinator Shmuel Davidsohn, Professor Geoffrey Alderman at the University of Buckingham and Gerry Gable, the former long-serving editor of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight. Together with other Hindu, Sikh and Muslim representatives, they urged Rudd to initiate “a significant and immediate uplift in MPS recurrent funding”, adding that terrorism meant more resources were needed.

PEARLMAN APPOINTED Westminster-based think tank the Henry Jackson Society has appointed the former international media adviser to Israel’s president as its new second in charge. Jason Pearlman (pictured) will join the society after more than three years in his role with Reuven Rivlin. He recently served as a


liaison with the White House for the meeting between Rivlin and US vice-president Mike Pence. He has also worked as a strategic consultant. Pearlman said he regarded his new position as “a tremendous honour and an exciting challenge”.

CHURCH LEADERS EXPRESS CONCERN Britain’s top church leaders have urged the Israeli Government not to cause a rift between the Jewish and Christian worlds by the “punitive” taxation of Christianity’s holiest site, located in Jerusalem. In a letter to the Israeli ambassador to the UK, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols expressed “deep concern” about proposed new laws designed to get £130 million from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been killed.

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Jewish News 8 March 2018

World News / AIPAC conference

Bibi: Sunni states want Iran deal scrapped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Sunni Muslim states in the Middle East would support the United States if it withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Addressing 18,000 people in a Washington, D.C venue at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, the Israeli leader said Egypt, Jordan and “many other Arab countries in the Middle East” see Iran as their biggest threat. Netanyahu said US President Donald Trump “will walk away from the deal and restore sanctions” if changes are not made, adding: “Israel will be right there at American side, and so will other countries in the region.” He said: “Most of the states in our region know very well that Israel is not their enemy, but their indispensable ally in confronting our common challenges and seizing our common opportunities.” In a speech bordering on the theatrical, Netanyahu seemed a thousand miles away from his problems at home, where Israeli police last month recommended that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He denies wrongdoing.

Returning to Iran, he said: “Darkness is descending on our region. Iran is building an aggressive empire – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, more to come.” He added that Iran was “seeking to build permanent military bases in Syria, seeking to create a land bridge from Tartus, the Mediterranean, and in addition to moving its arming its air force, its navy, to Syria, to be able to attack Israel from a closer hand.” In addition, Netanyahu alleged that Iran was “also seeking to develop, to build, precision guided missile factories in Syria, Lebanon, against Israel”. The Tuesday oration included stated support for proposed US legislation that would, if passed, end American aid to the Palestinian Authority until the Ramallah-based organisation ends its payment of salaries to terrorists and their families. On Monday, United States vice president Mike Pence confirmed to the conference that unless the Iran deal is fixed in the “coming months”, the US would withdraw from it. He made the promise to cheers on Monday night.

Benjamin Netanyahu received the customary warm welcome at this year’s conference

Signed in 2015 by Iran, the US and a group of other countries, the Iran deal curbs Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. However, US President Donald Trump opposes the deal. In October, he declined to certify that Iran was complying with it, but he has yet to fully withdraw the US from the accord, instead asking Congress to pass legislation altering it. But Pence told AIPAC on Monday that this

was the deal’s “last chance”, and that if it is not amended, Trump will withdraw from it. “Earlier this year, the president waived sanctions to give our lawmakers and our allies time to act,” Pence said. “But make no mistake about it: this is their last chance. Unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed in the coming months, the United States of America will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”

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AIPAC conference / News briefs / World News

GUATEMALA TO MOVE EMBASSY Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said his country will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington D.C., Morales said Guatemala will make the move on 16 May, two days after the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, when the United States will move its embassy from Moving: Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The US and Guatemala successively recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.

“In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary and, under my instruction, two days after the United States, Guatemala will move its embassy permanently to Jerusalem,” Morales said to raucous applause. “We are sure that many other countries will follow in our footsteps.” Trump’s decision last year Morales to recognise Jerusalem departed from decades of US policy. Every mention of it at the AIPAC conference was met with cheers.

Fernandez will face trial Fernandez denies any wrongArgentina’s former President Crisdoing or involvement in any tina Fernandez will face trial for cover-up involving Argentina’s allegedly covering up the role of worst terror attack. Iranians in a 1994 bomb attack on a The 1994 bombing in Buenos Jewish centre. Aires killed 85 people and The decision by a federal judge wounded hundreds more. was announced Monday by ArgenThe judge is backing an assertina’s official CIJ Judicial Information by a former prosecutor tion Center. investigating the case who said Eleven other former officials and a 2013 government agreement people close to Fernandez’s government will also go on trial on charges Accused: Fernandez with Iran ensured Iranians involved in the attack would of cover-up and abuse of power. escape prosecution. The trial date has not been determined.


KANTOR OFFERS ONE MILLION EURO PRIZE European Jewish leader Moshe Kantor announced a one million euro prize, about $1.2million, for efforts to promote tolerance and combat “isolationism and nationalism.” The Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance, launched at the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation in Monaco, will reward those who promote tolerance while addressing what the prize givers consider the legitimate concerns of Europeans who feel immigration is compromising their security.

POLISH LEADERS ARE ‘NOT WELCOME’ IN US A news site in Poland has reported it had obtained documents suggesting the country’s highest officials are not welcome at the White House over a law limiting discourse on the Second World War. The documents, which the news site Onet did not describe in its 5 March report, say the President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not be received by President Donald Trump or any other member of the US administration.


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A right-wing Polish group is suing an Argentinian newspaper for using a photograph of Polish partisans to illustrate an article about the Jedwabne pogrom of 1941. The action, by The Polish League Against Defamation, in response to an article in Argentinian newspaper Página/12 published in December 2017, is being taken using Poland’s new Holocaust law, which bans reference to ‘Polish death camps’ or Polish complicity in the Holocaust.


Former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening has filed his last clemency request

before he begins a four-year prison sentence for being an accomplice to the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews. The 96-year old’s trial began almost three years ago. He has asked the Justice Minister of Lower Saxony to pardon him.


New York’s Center for Jewish History has opened a new exhibit called Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit. It ranges from 18th century rabbinic writing on astronomy to the dreidel, Torah pointer, travelling menorah and other artefacts that travelled into space with the first Jewish American astronaut, Jeffrey Hoffman. An anonymous artist’s leaning Israeli flag caused confusion in Tel Aviv this week after mysteriously appearing in Rabin Square.


Jewish News 8 March 2018

News / Women unite / Kinder project / Israel flights

Faiths unite on women’s march Jewish women have marched alongside their Muslim and Christian peers in central London, calling for greater equality 100 years after women were finally given the vote. Women of faith marched under the Nisa-Nashim banner, the Muslim-Jewish women’s network that recently won the Interfaith Award at the Jewish NewsLABS ‘Night of Heroes’ event. “Jewish women have always been activists,” said Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks, who co-chairs Nisa-Nashim. “We were part of the suffragette movement. It’s our turn

now to carry on that work, recognising that our sisters from other faith backgrounds have similar challenges and that together we can be stronger.” Nisa-Nashim’s co-founder Julie Siddiqi said: “It was great to see a better representation of women from diverse backgrounds. It is so important all voices are heard and that we work in this important area together.” Catriona Robertson, of the Christian Muslim Forum, said that marching alongside women of different faiths “defied lazy assumptions”.



Julie Siddiqi and Laura Marks with Mayor Sadiq Khan

Kinder stories shared Saudis clear Israel flights The Holocaust Educational Trust has launched its ‘Stories from Willesden Lane’ initiative involving 120 schools, to help youngsters understand the experiences of those saved by the Kindertransport. At an event yesterday at New North London Synagogue – hosted by the Association of Jewish Refugees, which is generously sup-

porting the project – guests included Kindertransport refugees and representatives, HET educators and concert pianist Mona Golabek, whose mother was one of those saved. Mona’s mother Lisa Jura was brought to England on the Kindertransport when she was forced to flee her home in Vienna.

India’s national carrier has secured permission to begin direct flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv that will pass through Saudi airspace. Air India spokesman Pravin Bhatnagar said the airline will start flying the route three

times a week from March 22. The move ends a decades-long ban by Saudi Arabia on the use of its airspace for flights to Israel. Saudi Arabia and Israel have no formal diplomatic ties. The decision by Saudi Arabia to allow the Indian car-

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I’ve discovered the joys of marching. Cutting up cardboard and finding a broomstick for a banner, packing a backpack with snacks and a phone charger and Tubing into town on a Sunday to march. Last Sunday was March4Women, run by Care International and dedicated to gender equality and a more equal world. While some think equality is a reality, the issues raised such as the gender pay gap, domestic violence, sexual violence as a weapon of war, sex slavery and equal representation in Parliament prove otherwise. There is a long way to go. With my group of Jewish, Muslim and some Christian women, marching as Nisa-Nashim, we squeezed our way into the VIP enclo-

sure for selfies with Mayor Sadiq Khan, a self proclaimed feminist, Sandi Toksvig of the Women’s Equality Party, Helen Pankhurst (descendent of Emmeline) and actor Michael Sheen. We were an unlikely looking group, clearly from different backgrounds and communities yet all chatting, smiling, posing for the camera, and listening to the speakers. Of course it rained, but not much, and as we arrived at the end of the march for the rally with thousands of other women, and men, in Trafalgar Square, the sight of people chanting, singing, waving their banners and being above all, together, was inspiring. One way to change the world is to run social action projects (and of course Mitzvah Day is a great vehicle for that) but sometimes, just to shout about it, and to feel connected to other people who feel the same recharges the winter batteries and reminds us that we can be part of change if we are just prepared to get a bit wet.

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‘In my Jewish community, being gay isn’t an option’ In parts of strictly-Orthodox Jewish Britain, conversion therapy – discredited as damaging and ineffective – is still being offered to those who confide in rabbis about their feelings. Clare Hedwat hears some traumatic stories Twenty-five rabbis from Hendon, Golders testifies to a similar experience. It was during a Green and Edgware told their congrega- Jewish outreach trip to Israel that gay reparative tions late last year to boycott the JW3 treatment was recommended by a UK-based community centre, claiming its pro- rabbi. In the absence of a support system, gay grammes “promote a way of life which conversion therapy gave her “a sense of hope”, is in total contradiction to Orthodox she said. “You need something to grab on to, othJudaism and halachah”. JW3’s sin? Holding erwise you’re suicidal.” a gay-themed week of events. A Jerusalem therapist gave her “reassurance We live in enlightened times, yet homosexu- that I could be a straight person... if you know ality often surfaces in the community as a divisive you’re gay, that’s a good thing, because you know issue. A session at December’s Limmud Festival what your tikkun [fixing] is.” featured panelists who spoke of their trauma as a Although set on getting through the therapy, result of gay conversion therapy. Routinely used she became aware that “I wasn’t becoming in the 1960s to ‘cure’ homosexuality, the NHS straight, I was becoming asexual.” A further stage and main UK psychological bodies have warned sought to uncover childhood trauma: “My mum of its ineffective and harmful nature. felt terrible about it. She worried it was because A young man reported that only two months she worked and wasn’t nurturing enough.” ago, his mother was advised that she should seek Efforts have been made by congregations to a conversion therapist for her son. “Coming out present the typical shul-goer as no longer part of can be really tough — the expectations the people a straight couple with children. One interviewee you love have for you dissaid her experience of New appear overnight, made North London was as a “utopia harder when the Jewish ... where they see you as human”. community isn’t there A senior United Synagogue to support you,” Elliot rabbi described increased sensiJebreel, the panel’s modtivity as part of an appreciation erator explained. “Things of the need to create welcoming do get better, I just wish synagogues, despite the imposthe Modern Orthodox sibility of endorsing certain Jewish community played ‘life choices’. In general, work a bigger role in that.” remains to create truly inclusive The pattern is strikcongregations. As one interingly similar. Often while A GayW3 poster was defaced viewee put it: “It’s not about someone is becoming rabbis being popular with their more observant and confides in a rabbi about congregants. What’s needed is a step change in struggles with same-sex attraction, gay con- how we understand diversity.” version therapy is suggested. Though leaders The development of organisations such as from mainstream Orthodoxy have taken great KeshetUK have played a pivotal role in opening lengths to distance themselves publically, rabbis channels between LGBT Jews and the commufrom the fringes of Orthodoxy community have nity. In 2017, for example, KeshetUK supported been known to recommend the treatment. dialogue between parents of LGBT+ young One Jewish man explained that, as a student, adults, and United Synagogue rabbis. he sought to sublimate sexual feelings with More engagement has taken place between religious immersion. When a rabbi proposed a Keshet­UK, university chaplaincy and outreach ‘solution’ to homosexuality, he “felt elated that I organisations. KeshetUK is clear: “There is no could finally rid myself of this”. evidence that people can change their sexual oriHe underwent six years of conversion entation or gender identity; conversion therapy therapy. The psychotherapist, who also had rab- is dangerous and damaging with no place in the binic ordination, claimed that, although he could Jewish community or the world in general. not ‘make him straight’, with treatment and “KeshetUK works with Jewish communities prayer, opposite-sex attraction could be culti- to tackle the discrimination or prejudice LGBT+ vated. Other men are “in the same position and people can face, to ensure that no one is exposed married with children.” to such drastic and harmful measures.” In time, the sessions became focused Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi on “getting the deed done”. “This not only to Reform Judaism, commented: “Reform proved profoundly damaging to me,” he Judaism is committed to welcoming and valexplained, “but to the women I was trying uing difference. This kind of ‘therapy’ is inhuto have sex with. It meant we all suffered.” mane and repulsive, a violent attack on the very A highly articulate Jewish lesbian in her 20s essence of a possibly vulnerable individual cre-

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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.



FA own goal did serious damage

What on earth was he thinking? Who puts the Star of David and the swastika in the same basket of “unacceptable symbols”? What was running through his mind? Those were the questions being asked of the head of English football this week after he tried to explain how the Football Association was seeking to clarify which “religious and political” symbols are OK and which aren’t. Yes, Martin Glenn – thanks in no small part to the rapid response of former FA director of corporate affairs turned Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson – apologised swiftly and clearly, which is all well and good, but very far from good is what this sorry episode shows. We’re all familiar with the casual, lazy muddling of symbols so employed and enjoyed by those who spend their time spreading hate online, the same people who love the fact that the symbol of Judaism is also incorporated into the national flag of the State of Israel. And we know that using the Star of David to jab electronic fingers at Jews is, in the internet’s darkest quarters, an industry in itself. Moreover, many of us will have seen – and been disgusted by – the Magen David being merged in memes with the symbol of the Nazis. The last thing we needed was a very high-profile sports leader putting them in the same bracket. We understand that Glenn was trying to keep politics and religion out of football. They should be. It was the examples he used that caused the problem. He could have said: “We need to keep religious symbols out of the game, including the crucifix, the Star of David and the crescent moon.” But he didn’t. He singled the Star of David out and put it together with the symbol of industrial genocide. Moreover, in the mind of some, the star is a symbol of conflict and occupation. Such is the damage done on social media. Mr Glenn and other must not feed this. The consequences could go far further than anyone’s career.


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Your report following the death of Billy Graham was incomplete (Jewish News, 23 February). Yes he did make that negative comment, as proved when it was exposed after tapes from the Nixon Library were released. However, Dr Graham

later went on to apologise publicly for the comment he made to the president. So as a whole Billy Graham was effectively a sincere supporter, not someone who was two-faced, as you suggest in your report.

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Philip Rosenberg wrote an insightful report (Jewish News, 1 March) about institutional racism in his local Labour party. He would have been better sending it to Comrades Jeremy Corbyn, Len McCluskey, John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry, all senior

Labour Party members who do not accept there is a problem – or in McCluskey’s worldview that anti-Semitism doesn’t even exist. There’s no point preaching to the converted in publications like yours.

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Editorial comment and letters

Board is so out of step two-state solution in Jonathan Arkush the Middle East, and the has been an outBoard’s attack on the standing president large number of Jews of the Board of in Golders Green who Deputies, doing oppose the new Islamic much to improve centre. its reputation in Whenever the Board the Jewish comgoes against the wishes munity during his Jonathan Arkush of significant numbers three-year term. in the community, it leads to a However, your article last loss in its relevance and, to some week “Donor opt-out is a extent, even its legitimacy. ‘threat’” demonstrates a bad I support the Board’s “opt-in habit the Board has suffered system with reforms” approach, from for many years – making but am acutely aware this view pronouncements and adopting has many opponents within our policies on issues to which a community. significant minority – and someIt would have been preferable times even a majority – of British for the Board to have remained Jews are strongly opposed. The best example of this unfor- silent on this issue. It should concentrate its activitunate approach was the Board’s ties in areas – and there are lots – decision to partner with Oxfam where its viewpoint matches that in 2012, to which 35 percent of of the overwhelming majority of Board deputies and an overBritish Jews. One recent example whelming majority of Jews in the is the safeguarding of religious UK were strongly opposed. burials. There have been several other Gary Mond cases in recent years, such as the NW7 adoption without debate of the

AN AVALANCHE OF EVIDENCE SHOWING HUMAN EVOLUTION I was astounded to read Amnon Goldberg’s ill-informed conclusion that “no evidence” exists to prove humans evolved from apes. If he cared to reason for a moment and open his mind, he would discover an avalanche of archaeological and genetic evidence. He claims human bone fossils are scarce. Is he saying the 6,000-plus complete early human fossils discovered are still not enough? The Australopithecine skeleton Lucy has been dated at 3.2million years old; she possessed a small, apelike skull, yet her hips and legs proved she could walk upright and bi-pedal. Many other skeletons and skulls provide further evidence and the Human Genome Project also shows the coded links to our evolutionary past.

Daniel Stein By email

REMBRANDT ISN’T SPILT PAINT On teaching divine creation in schools, it is the national curriculum mandarins and secular scientists with egg on their faces. Anyone contemplating the wondrous order of the planets, the harmonious intricacy of life’s structures even in the inanimate and complexity of the atom, cannot avoid the inevitable realisation of the inscrutable master creator. Proponents of big bang and the like are afraid to acknowledge

the limitations of secular science and making themselves ridiculous in the process. On seeing a Rembrandt, would they claim a big bang spilt a number of paint pots and this masterpiece emerged? As a light to the nations, we should tell the national curriculum people they are wrong and insist only divine creation is taught as an inexorable self-evident truth.

Geoffrey Niman By email

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Royal Israel visit will finally end long-standing taboo ANDREW ROBERTS HISTORIAN & JOURNALIST


ews that Prince William will visit Israel is to be wholeheartedly welcomed. A long-standing Foreign Office taboo has been broken, only four months after Theresa May’s extremely warm words about Israel at Lancaster House during the celebration of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Royal visits have, over the centuries, always been a central plank of Britain’s diplomacy, and this one is a statement that Israel is no longer going to be treated like the pariah nation it so long has been by the Foreign Office. It is therefore no coincidence that although Her Majesty the Queen has made more than 250 official overseas visits to 129 countries during her reign, neither she nor any member of the British Royal family has ever been to Israel on an official visit. Even though Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Greece, who was recognised as

‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for sheltering a Jewish family in her Athens home during the Shoah, was buried on the Mount of Olives, the Duke of Edinburgh was not allowed by the Foreign Office to visit her grave until 1994, and then only on a private visit. The Duke of Cambridge’s visit – which will be official – is therefore a splendid opportunity to right decades of wrong done to Israel. “Official visits are organised and taken on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth office,” a press officer for the Royal Family explained when Prince Edward visited Israel privately – and a spokesman for the Foreign Office replied that ‘Israel is not unique” in not having received an official royal visit, because ‘Many countries have not had an official visit.’ That might be true for Burkina Faso and Chad, but the Foreign Office has somehow managed to find the time over the years to send the Queen on state visits to Libya, Iran, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan and Turkey. So it

DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE’S VISIT IS A SPLENDID OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT DECADES OF WRONG DONE TO ISRAEL can’t have been that she wasn’t in the area. Perhaps Her Majesty hadn’t been on the throne long enough, at two-thirds of a century, for the Foreign Office to get round to allowing her to visit the only democracy in the Middle East. At least she could be certain of a warm welcome in Israel – unlike in Morocco, where she was kept waiting by the King for three hours in 90 degree heat, or at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda, where they hadn’t even

finished building her hotel. The Foreign Office ban on Royal visits to Israel was all the more powerful for its being unwritten and unacknowledged, like so much ‘club’ or ‘social’ anti-Semitism in Britain. As an act of delegitimisation of Israel, this effective boycott was quite as serious as other similar acts, such as the academic boycott. Now it is over, and hopefully there will be many such visits, including of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Israel has been in existence for longer even than Her Majesty the Queen has been on the throne. It was high time that someone of status in the House of Windsor went there. When he gets back to Britain after his visit, Prince William will be able to tell the rest of his family what a wonderful place they were forced to miss out visiting because of the ban imposed for 70 years by a small group of Foreign Office Arabists. He will hopefully open the door to plenty more such visits, advertising to the world how much Britain values her brave democratic ally in the Middle East.

Look beyond our own problems to aid others MICHELLE MITCHELL HEAD OF MAJOR GIVING, WORLD JEWISH RELIEF


’ve worked in the fundraising team at World Jewish Relief (WJR) for almost six years. I am also fortunate to have two gorgeous daughters, aged four and nearly one. At the end of my first maternity leave, I reduced my working hours from full time to three days a week. Between having the two girls, I was also promoted twice. I’ve worked very hard over this (slightly manic) period in my life, but I have also been fortunate to be employed by an organisation that has demonstrated a genuine commitment to advancing the careers of working parents. However, I know from friends of mine who work across a range of sectors, that this is not commonplace. The legislation that exists to support working mums (and dads) only truly works when combined with fair and equitable pay, affordable childcare and an organisational culture that rewards the

quality of a person’s work, the impact they have and their potential to achieve more – rather than simply looking at the hours somebody spends at their desk. I’m grateful to be working for an organisation that recognises how much give and take goes into advancing the careers of those who have familial responsibilities. If I need time off to care for my children when they’re sick, I’m given it, no questions asked. Equally, when a humanitarian disaster strikes, as they often do on one of my nonworking days, I’ll move heaven and earth to get into the office to launch the emergency appeal. I’m lucky to have a very supportive family, who pitch in on these occasions, or when I need to travel abroad for work, and I recognise how impossibly hard it must be for those who are on their own. Fair and equitable pay, affordable childcare and reward principles are all important discussions for us to be having, but I feel it is a privilege for these to be our issues. Globally, women are much more likely to live in poverty, be unemployed and face

unjust discrimination – just because they are women. They have less access to land, education, income, decision-making, political influence and opportunity. Through my work, I’ve met single mothers in Ukraine who were totally unable to get a job owing to the discrimination they faced, and have been forced to take benefits so they could feed and clothe their children. I’ve heard harrowing accounts of women forced to flee war, doing whatever it took to ensure their children’s survival. I’ve shut my eyes to block out images of mothers holding starving babies, their faces haunted by the devastating knowledge of the pain their children are in, and yet, unable to do anything about it.

It may be up to each and every employer to ensure they are treating their mums fairly, but it’s up to each and every one of us to look beyond our own problems, see the immense struggle of others and react with generosity and compassion, however we can. WJR is striving to raise the profile of the global issues facing vulnerable women and girls and increase awareness of the inspirational work we do around the world to support them. If you would like to get involved, please email me at michelle@world  This piece is part of the JLC’s International Women’s Day campaign


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What Wills will tell Kate on Israel trip. Probably JENNI FRAZER Dateline: Summer 2018, Kensington Palace. Interior: A Royal apartment. Suitcases are sprawled all over the room. Catherine is supervising the packing, William is flapping. Catherine: I wish I were coming with you, darling. It’s going to be an exciting visit. And look – you don’t need to worry about your new hairstyle because I believe it’s a very cool look in Israel, lots of bullet-headed men there. William: I know, and I am packing masses of suncream just in case. But I am really worried about appropriate headgear. I mean, what hat to wear where? Catherine, turning round sharply: George, don’t! That’s Daddy’s special skullcapthingy, in royal purple. And Charlotte, stop decorating Number Three’s pram with that horrid chequered scarf. Darling, don’t worry about hats, the only place you really need

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one is in that place in Jerusalem where they all wear black all the time and top the costume off with big furry numbers, a bit like our Guards outside Buck House. Just borrow one of those and you’ll be fine.

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William: It’s going to be a very sensitive visit. Good thing it’s me going and not our Harry, even though he’s settled down a bit now he’s married; those pictures of him in his really wild days wearing a Nazi fancy-dress costume would be bound to resurface. Catherine: You are going to have a brilliant time, I’m very envious. I bet those hunky Israel Defence Forces types will show you their helicopters so you can swap war stories. I wonder what else you’ll be doing? Picture fades to a slow dissolve. Camera pans back to show William on a kibbutz. William: No, I really don’t think I want to pick grapes or oranges or visit your industrial flatpack furniture zone. I am a Royal highness, after

William: You mean that’s an Israeli invention? And that? And that? Gosh, that’s so clever. Love to have one of those in the palace. (A palace official murmurs in the Prince’s ear; he blushes and moves on quickly.) The British ambassador is taking William, who is wearing dark glasses and a baseball cap, on a whistlestop tour of the coolest Tel Aviv bars. He poses for a selfie with many, many bar owners and even manages a straight face when asked to judge the best falafel and hummus. Later, he calls Kate.

William: Darling, it’s amazing here. I’ve met just everyone from the president down I managed about 10 minutes in the Israeli Parliament but the screaming and yelling were a bit much for me; you know how sensitive I can be. Tell George, Charlotte and Number Three I miss them and have scored some great camels for them — no, no, toy camels, we’ve nowhere sensible to keep them at the palace. What? What? Yes, it would be a brilliant place for next year’s summer holiday. There is complete privacy here. We can hang out and barbecue on the beach and everyone will ignore us – or give us advice on where is a better place to sit. Granny and Grandpa have been all around the world but they’ve never come here. I can’t imagine why… Fade to black.


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March to equality has gruelling miles to go CLAUDIA MENDOZA



ne of the first projects I was assigned to on joining the Jewish Leadership Council was the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership. Its findings showed women in 2011 comprised only a fifth of all trustees and a quarter of chief executives in communal organisations, and a quarter of members of the Board of Deputies. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Press for Progress’ and although the Jewish community looks to be less imbalanced in 2018, there is certainly some way to go. Thankfully, the debate around the role of men and women in society, specifically representation and equality for women, is one which has evolved. Unfortunately though – as with all issues which ignite passion – there is still a level of toxicity which is detrimental to the cause. In some quarters for instance, saying men

THE DEBILITATING COST OF CHILDCARE MEANS WOMEN TAKE A BACK SEAT FOR MUCH OF THEIR WORKING LIVES are not wholly wicked and women are not wholly virtuous is akin to blasphemy. We need men to be signed up in partnership if we are to make real and lasting progress and this means not alienating them from the start. It is vital for women to be represented equitably in every sphere, but if they are not there we need to be asking why they are not there and what we can do to get them there. There may be some roles women don’t

want, but I suspect for many there have been hurdles along the way – including discrimination – that have prevented progression. The 2010-2015 coalition government introduced shared parental leave allowing up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay to be shared between parents after a baby is born. Although the idea was predicted to be a huge equaliser, take-up among those eligible has been just two percent at most, the definition of a failed, if well-intentioned, policy. Sometimes what seems like common sense is actually just wishful thinking. The government has just launched a campaign to encourage more parents to take up the offer but I suspect men – and women – are not quite ready to shun the traditional set-up. Many differences between men and women are societal but this one seems embedded. Indeed, it is incongruous to promote the need for diversity in the workplace while denying any difference between men and women. So what polices can we introduce to ensure women are represented better? I recall a conversation with a well-meaning

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male colleague a number of years ago. He told me about a leadership position he had held and the unfair advantage he felt he had had over women in applying for that role. Genuinely confused, I asked him to elaborate and he explained that part of the process had involved delivering an impassioned public speech. His view was that there should be no requirement to give a public speech to get the role, since it would be an impediment to women who wanted it. I am quite certain my response left him wondering if his perception of women as shrinking violets had been a hasty one. If we want the best women to work in communal organisations, we need actual policies, not tokenistic gestures. How about we start by offering more than just statutory maternity pay, which at £140.98 a week is just about enough to cover basic sundries? Or a subsidised nursery for communal professionals – men and women? These are policies which I believe would help not just to keep women working in the community, but attract women to it.

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If you truly care about Gaza, offer solutions, not slogans JOAN RYAN, MP



he humanitarian situation in Gaza is deeply concerning. Electricity supplies are highly restricted; water and sewage facilities are under strain; unemployment has hit 40 percent, with six in 10 young people out of work. For many people, this crisis has one cause, and one solution: lifting Israel’s “blockade”. It is true that, ever since Hamas’ 2007 coup, Israel and Egypt have imposed strict controls on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza in an attempt to contain the terror group and prevent it acquiring more weapons. But this is far from the whole story and fixating on it will do nothing to address the complex reasons for Gaza’s plight and the multifaceted response required to address it. That is why, this month, Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) is launching our Pledge for Gaza, which we’ll be asking parliamentarians to sign. We hope the pledge will help to ensure an open, and more fact-based, debate about the true causes of the situation in Gaza and

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, ISRAEL AND EGYPT HAVE VITAL ROLES TO PLAY the steps that are needed to tackle it. It will begin by recognising the pernicious role of Hamas – its rearmament, rocket-building and tunnel construction and attempts to launch and encourage terrorism. We need to be clear about the terrible human rights violations suffered by Gazans at Hamas’ hands: executions, extra-judicial killings and the widespread use of torture, as well as its ill-treatment of women and LGBT Palestinians. The international community, Israel and Egypt also have vital roles to play in tackling the Strip’s deeply ingrained economic problems. All of the schools, hospitals and water and energy facilities that were damaged or destroyed during the 2014 war, along with two-thirds of homes, have now been repaired.

However, much-needed further reconstruction, suggest agencies such as UNESCO, is on hold owing to a lack of international donor funds. At a 2014 conference in Cairo, there were pledges of $3.5bn. Barely half of that – $1.85bn – has been received. While countries such as Britain and Germany have honoured their commitments, many Arab countries have delivered only a fraction of what they promised: Qatar, for instance, pledged $1bn but only $216m of that has been distributed. Less than half of the pledges made by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE have been distributed. There is no shortage of things to spend the cash on. Israel recently presented a list of infrastructure projects in Gaza, which it would like to see donors fund, and offered to provide technical support and know-how, including the installation of a high-voltage line that would double the amount of electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, the laying of a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Gaza and building a sewage purification plant. Finally, Israel and Egypt must be crucial players in the revitalisation and regeneration

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of the Strip. Both have legitimate security concerns about Hamas’ role in furthering terrorism. Indeed, Egypt keeps its one crossing into Gaza at Rafah mostly closed. While there has been an increase in exports leaving Gaza through Israeli crossings, fear of Hamas exploiting “dual-use” material to build rockets and tunnels means imports of certain raw materials are tightly controlled. Furthermore, Gazans, unlike Palestinians from the West Bank, cannot get permits to work in Israel, while Jordan refuses Gazan migrants. In the wake of the 2014 Gaza war, Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev presented a comprehensive strategy to end Gaza’s international isolation, with the key proposal a Gaza seaport. Since then a range of similar plans – including from Israeli ministers – have been made. The international community should work with Israel and Egypt to develop these proposals and support the security arrangements needed to safely implement them. LFI’s Pledge for Gaza doesn’t fit easily onto a placard. But those who truly care about the situation in Gaza should offer solutions, not slogans.

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Hertsmere Jewish Primary School’s PTA held a successful bingo event for Years 4,5 & 6 for their Purim celebrations

EHRS enjoyed a Heroes and Villains Party, activities and a very animated Megillah – followed by an abundance of hamantashen

Kenton Synagogue enjoyed a French-themed Purim party. Organised by the ReJEWvenate Committee, the evening included a talent show

Muswell Hill Synagogue’s Rabbi David Mason braved the snow to give children at Woodstar School and nursery a first taste of Purim

Kisharon supporters went bucket collecting over Purim. Money raised from its collection drive throughout March goes towards creating brighter futures for children and adults with learning difficulties

London University Chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder joined students at the London JSoc Purim Party

Belmont Synagogue celebrated Purim with an evening of magical entertainment by Rabbi “The Great” Levene

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More than 620 people attended Y-UJIA’s young professional Purim in The City 2018. The night raised £17,000 for UJIA programmes, and was sponsored by Masa Israel Journey UK

Directed by its new rabbi, Naomi Goldman, the cast of Kol Chai’s Purim Spiel take a bow after their performance

A group of revellers at Edgware Machzikei Hadass Shul

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Children from on-site nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale delivered mishloach manot food packages to their older friends

Radlett Reform held a Great Family Hamantashen Bake, while its adults enjoyed a karaoke-style megillah reading

Bromley Reform celebrated Purim at its cheder, which included fancy dress and a hamantashen-judging competition

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Girls get in the festive spirit on the streets of Golders Green

GIFT’S annual food appeal, collecting surplus mishloach manot in its Hendon warehouse, as well as collection points in London, Manchester and Israel, raised more than £25,000 worth of food. It will be distributed to needy families

Alyth Synagogue’s Purim activities included The Beauty and the Feast immersive dinner and show, which attracted more than 200 people


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Some of the biggest names in the UK property sector were recognised at the YN Property awards dinner at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel. The event, attended by 450 guests from across the industry, raised £155,000 for Norwood. Introducing the evening, YN property committee co-chair David Jacobsen said the dinner was “without a doubt, the event for young professionals in the property industry today”.


Myisrael’s 6th poker tournament raised £14,000 for its under-the-radar charities in Israel. Its founder, Danni Franks, told guests about Soccer For The Homeless, one of the projects benefiting from the evening’s proceeds, which takes homeless men living on the streets of Israel and uses the positive benefits of football training to help them get their lives back on track. James Blendis was crowned Myisrael poker champion 2018.





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More than 200 students and staff from 18 university campuses across the UK gathered at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham for the annual Genesis National Weekend. Run by Aish UK, the UK’s largest Jewish student event of the year included a range of educational and social activities, including talks from top speakers and Q&A panels. After an uplifting Shabbat, Eli Tamir provided an electrifying and inspiring musical Havdalah experience, which was followed by entertainment, including a concert from Jewish rap star Nissim.


Alma Primary, an inclusive state primary school for children from across the Jewish community and other faiths officially opened its new site in Whetstone. Historian Deborah Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish History at Emory University, Atlanta, ‘opened’ the school and spoke at the dedication ceremony. She said: “I’m honoured to be invited to formally open Alma Primary School, which is a school founded on the important values of inclusivity, high quality education and building a strong Jewish identity.”


Hertfordshire JSoc invited Holocaust survivor Janine Weber to address 150 students and staff

A UJS delegation travelled to Dresden to attend the European Union of Jewish Students’ Union Accelerator programme

the Village Hotel in Elstree. The quiz night, aimed at 25–to-35-year-olds, was hosted by a new committee, as the 150 attendees helped raise more than £7,200, which will go towards supporting young Jewish people with learning disabilities to live independently.

200 students attended the London JSocs Ball at the Montcalm, Marble Arch. Raffle proceeds went to Kisharon

Royal Holloway JSoc marked LGBT+ History Month with a culture night, which included listening to music by Jewish LGBT+ artists

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Jewish News meets... Rabbi Lord Sacks

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Rabbi Lord Sacks remains on the cusp of creativity and innovation as he celebrates his 70 birthday. Interview by Justin Cohen

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hen sitting down to interview the one of the world’s foremost religious thinkers – a sought-after voice on faith on the state of the world today – the songs of Ed Sheeran are surely among the least likely topics to crop up. Perhaps even more so when the interviewee is celebrating his 70th birthday today. But after the best part of an hour with the then 69-year-old Lord Sacks, that’s the unexpected turn our chat takes as he discusses the lyrics of the British hit-maker’s Castle on the Hill and I get a rare insight into the down time of the man beyond the orator. “Brahms is great to run to,” he says “but so is Ed Sheeran. Michel Jackson was also pretty good on running music. My iPhone has got terrific music; music to meditate by, chill to and music to run on my treadmill to”. I couldn’t conceal my mild amusement. But perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised by his grasp of popular culture; his belief in a Judaism engaged with the world was afterall at the very centre of his message on leaving the chief rabbinate four years ago. Since then Lord Sacks has taken that message to communities from Mexico to South America and to the wider public, including when he became the first religious figure to take the main stage at TED’s HQ – an experience he describes as “ one of the most nerve-wracking in my life”. That talk was streamed to 100,000 people in cinemas around the world and has been viewed more than 1.5m times online. The peer has also innovated on social media, where a series of viral whiteboard animations voiced by Lord Sacks attract hundreds of thousands of views. While Lord Sacks had long planned for post-chief rabbinate life – “as I said to the government when it asked for my support for the Iraq war ‘have you got an exit plan?’” – he didn’t predict the extent of the interest in his message “We couldn’t have foreseen the impact of social media and the development

Rabbi Lord Sacks receiving his lifetime achievement award from Tony Blair at Jewish News’ Night of Heroes last month

of the internet. This has created possibilities that never existed before, you can function globally in a way nobody could before, immediately and at low cost. It is also down to having the greatest team in the world.” But he suggests ever-developing technology – alongside weakening families and communities beyond religious groups – is one reason for increasing numbers of people turning to political extremes. “Humans can get used to almost anything: poverty, disease, war. What they can’t get used to is change. So they search for certainty and those certainties tend to lead them to extremes. When you’re trying to live by simple truths in a complicated world, you do become extreme.” He sees this trend continuing. “We don’t know quite what the impact of, for instance, artificial intelligence is going to be. We are living in a very uncertain world and it’s going to become more uncertain. So it’s more and more important to safeguard support

networks and there’s nothing more powerful than strong communities and families.” Lord Sacks is convinced that the religious voice is more crucial than ever. “When politics is divisive, religion has a duty to unite.” Despite having his eyes firmly trained on the future and having “made it an absolute point of principle” not to tread on his successor’s toes, he heaps praise on Chief Rabbi Mirvis for “creative” initiatives including Shabbat UK and education programmes for women. He also “salutes” the Chief Rabbi’s decision to go to Limmud, despite his own decision not to. “I knew that Limmud is a fraught issue in the Jewish community, rightly or wrongly. For all my 22 years in office I said every rabbi that wanted to go should do so with my blessing. The Chief Rabbi going has not ended the controversy and I knew that my going would not end it either.” He says restrictions are a natural

by-product of leadership. “I felt privileged for the whole of my chief rabbinate. But when you’re captain of the team you have to play by the rules of the team. That means you can’t always say and do what you would do as a private individual. So for the last four and a half years being able to speak in my own voice and make my own decisions without necessarily worrying about others has been exhilarating. People have noticed. I feel a lot younger than I did five years ago.” Having overseen an explosion in Jewish school places under his chief rabbinate, education remains a key focus today – whether through the launch this week of a curriculum bringing together his teachings with classical sources or in America where leaders have asked for his help. “American Jewry will never be like Anglo-Jewry because it’s bigger and has a different political culture. But the bigger respect in which we’re different is that we’ve built day schools. In America

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Lord Sacks delivering his acclaimed Ted Talk, viewed online more than 1.5million times

now, outside the Orthodox community, the religion is haemorrhaging. In many ways British Jewry remains strong in a way that American Jewry has historically been strong, but today is beginning to weaken at the edges. We’re trying to tease through what would constitute a major campaign of the kind we did in Anglo-Jewry under Jewish continuity.” Sticking with America, he said he “understood” the criticism over his key role in helping Mike Pence draft his much-lauded Knesset speech. But Sacks said that while “they were looking at a person”, he was focused on issues. “It was the vice-president of America delivering a message on behalf of the American government about recognising Jerusalem. Whoever had been the person I would, if asked to help, have done so.” As he hits the big 7-0, just ahead of the Jewish state, he praised the country as “young for a 70-year-old nation” that thrives “because it empowers the young”. Though the announcement last week of the first official

Royal visit came as a surprise at a moment of political deadlock, he praised the “wisdom and courage” of the move during the birthday year. Though he understood the difficulties for the British authorities, he said the Royals “had probably wanted to go before”. The country’s greatest challenge, he insists, remains to find a way to embrace and bring together Israelis of all religious levels. He said: “Israel’s president, a man I hugely admire, has been speaking in recent years about an Israel of four minorities: the secular, the religious, the ultra-religious and the Palestinians who do not share a common narrative. We are the world’s experts in creating narratives. Where is the vision in Israel of a society that embraces both some very holy people who are to Israel what the priesthood was in biblical Israel, plus a religious and secular public who, though they may be secular, are to a large degree very open indeed to Judaism if it is not forced on them. As for the birthday boy, there’s little sign of the “semi-retirement” for Lord Sacks that Prince Charles referred to back in 2013. He was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award at Jewish News’ Night of Heroes, which he describes as “one of the best communal events I’ve ever attended because it lifted our moral and emotional horizons”. He insisted his “young team” keeps him fresh (he wears a Fitbit on his arm to track his healthy lifestyle) and says that continually moving outside his comfort zone – including comedy video with Ashley Blaker – keeps him from going stale. He is currently working on his chumash, “the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken”, and is promising a five-part series on BBC radio on the big moral issues facing humanity. “I’m looking after my health,” he says. “I’m exercising as hard as I can because this work needs to be done.”

Sacks to launch unique educational initiative A ground breaking educational resource based on the teachings of Lord Sacks is to be launched. The most far-reaching initiative to be run by the office of the emeritus Chief Rabbi since he left the job four years ago, the 10-unit curriculum is designed for use by schools, youth groups and synagogues in the UK and around the world. Each unit of the Ten Paths to God series, which incorporates classic sources alongside Sacks’ own teachings, focuses on a different subject from charity to faith and study to Israel. “We’re very excited,” Lord Sacks said. “It’s potentially very big. “Wherever we go – the States, Mexico, anywhere else – we hear the need for curriculum material on challenging issues of Jewish identity. It’s a resource rather than a proscriptive curriculum, people can use it all or just parts.”

The spark for the project came from Lord Sacks’ communications chief Dan Sacker based on a booklet his boss had written during his chief rabbinate for the High Holy Days. It was developed with UK-born educational consultant Daniel Rose. Several schools in the US have already expressed interest in using the new resource and talks are underway with a couple of secondary schools in Britain, before the first unit goes online this week. The remainder of the units are expected to be available in the next three months. He said: “When people reach the end of the curriculum, we hope to do Facebook lives and skype chats to answer questions, school by school to the extent we can. If it works we’ll do further units.” It is also hoped to expand to the initial units into Russian, Hebrew and Spanish.

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Surviving a terror attack was the start

Lisa Sanders speaks to Miri Furstenberg, who was just five when her family was brutally murdered by terrorists


hen Miri Furstenberg was five, she was one of the newborn state of Israel’s elite. It was Purim 1954, and her father, Ephraim, had landed a coveted job as a bus driver for Egged. “In those days, Egged drivers earned the highest wages of anybody in the country,” she tells me, while driving us along the coast towards Tel Aviv. “And they didn’t have to pay taxes.” Sixty-four years ago this month, according to the Hebrew date, Miri, her parents and her brother Haim’ke, nine, were on their way back from a celebratory trip to Eilat. They and other Egged families had been to visit the resort, then celebrating its fifth birthday. Miri recalls the atmosphere of giddy celebration on the bus, as it chugged its way back through the desert. They drove through the Zin Valley, then bursting with spring flowers. She was wearing her best clothes as she played in the aisle, chatting to other passengers and handing out sweets. But as they passed Ma’ale Akrabim – Scorpions Pass – this tranquillity was abruptly shattered. “The explosions weren’t so loud in the beginning. It sounded like a Purim carnival or fireworks…” Gunmen ambushed the bus and opened fire, executing the two drivers and shooting indiscriminately at the passengers. Miri tried to call out, but was thrown onto the bus floor by an IDF soldier beside her, who shielded her completely with his body. “Shut up! Be quiet or they’ll kill you too,” he urged her. A moment later, she felt his body’s full weight pressed upon her: he, too, had been shot dead. From the floor of the bus, Miri watched the terrorists walk between the bodies. “Men dressed in long black robes, their heads covered, weapons drawn, moving from one passenger to the next, shooting them point blank, shaking them to make sure they’re dead.”

At that point, her brother, Haim’ke, called out to her: “Mira’le, where are you? Are they gone?” Miri stared, helpless, as the terrorists followed the sound of Haim’ke’s voice, lifted up the dead body resting on him, and shot a round into her brother’s head. Miri, orphaned and alone, was one of only four people to survive the attack. Haim’ke, paralysed and severely brain damaged, was hospitalised for 32 years before he, too, succumbed to his injuries, making him the 11th victim to be killed. Her mother, Hannah, had been raped and murdered outside the bus, on the desert sand.

Above: Miri with her mother Hannah, father Ephraim, and brother Haim’ke. Left: Miri with the restored Egged bus, which was later destroyed in a fire

The perpetrators, thought to be from Jordan, have never been caught. Miri parks at the gates of the old military cemetery in Tel Aviv, where an annual memorial ceremony is held for the victims of the Scorpions Pass terror attack. She unpacks a large wooden pole that has an Israeli flag attached to it. The cemetery is an oasis of green and calm

Above: Miri in front of her relatives’ graves. Inset: Miri aged nine

amid Tel Aviv’s highways and skyscrapers. We walk past graves of those who fought in the Lehi before 1948. When we reach the graves of Hannah and Ephraim, Miri’s parents, we press the flag into the earth. Among the dozen or so attendees, I meet Yisrael, Miri’s classmate and fellow children’s house resident from Kibbutz Yakum, where Miri had been sent to live by her grandparents. The kibbutzniks became her surrogate family. Overall, she has fond memories of growing up in the children’s house, in the austere years of the 1950s and 1960s. After all, no one else had parents living with them. Yet she alone had no birthday celebrations, no beaming family to applaud her at school concerts. Miri carried out her military service during the Six- Day War. The self-reliance she’d learned in the kibbutz prepared her well for the chaos of wartime. Afterwards, she returned to the kibbutz and rushed into an unsuitable marriage. By her 20s, she was divorced, struggling with debts, and bringing up two children alone. Miri’s daughter, Eilat, and son, Ephraim, arrive at the cemetery, and the memorial service begins. The chazzan from Egged, which has organised the memorial since 1955, recites the psalms, and the Kaddish. Social worker and family therapist Pini Rosenberg has worked for Egged since 1978 and got to know Miri in 1997. Aged 48, she had been a widow for four years, after Moshe, her beloved second husband, died suddenly.

“I said, ‘Come on, let’s work together,’” Pini recalls. “So she started to describe all the terrible things that had happened. I told her, ‘Maybe you took to heart too much that cry of the soldier telling you to be quiet.’” Having blocked out her traumatic memories for so many years, Miri began writing them down. Her autobiography see-saws between tragedy and triumphs, and includes a comic account of a life well-lived – from run-ins with gangsters to sailing a yacht across the Atlantic. Miri longed to revisit the flat where she had lived with her parents as a young child. Pini accompanied her there. “I’ve got goosebumps thinking about it,” he says. “She saw all the rooms. She could hear the voices of herself and her brother playing.” Afterwards, Miri says, she and Pini went to sit on the stairs. “Just like how I used to wait for my dad to come home from his trips driving the bus.” After the psalms, and the Kaddish, Miri reads her speech. “Sixty-four years have passed since that awful day when you were taken from us,” she begins. She gives a brief update about each of her grandchildren, the greatgrandchildren her parents will never know. One grandson has just passed his driving test. “First time, too. Maybe he gets those driving genes from you,” she finishes. Pini and the rest of the assembled crowd smile. We pick up the flag and file away from the graves, into the sunshine.  The Girl from Scorpions Pass, by Miri Furstenberg, is available in paperback from Amazon (£6.81) and Kindle (£2.82)

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What does the Torah say about... Teachers hitting pupils

BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER The most ambitious construction project was complete and the Mishkan – the portable desert sanctuary – was established according to God’s instruction. So we would expect a triumphant climax to the people’s efforts as the divine presence fills God’s magnificent earthly abode. And yet the book of Shemot closes with what appears to be the greatest anti-climax for all those involved, especially for Moses, who managed the entire project. As we read, “And the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and God’s glory filled the Mishkan. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud rested upon it and God’s glory filled the Mishkan.” (Shemot 40:34-35) Imagine having expended all that effort to create a space in this world worthy of the divine presence and then being excluded from it. It is reminiscent of Moses’ earlier request, ‘God, please show me your glory’, which was a desire to understand His ways, to answer how God, who is vaster than the universe, can

live within the universe in a comprehensible way, not just in the form of miraculous intervention. On that occasion God says: ‘No living person can see My face’, as we do not have the capacity to grasp the answer. So we are forced to ask what is the point? Why do we attempt to create a place for God in our world if we cannot perceive Him anyway? Rashbam explains that this allencompassing cloud only appeared at the very moment the Mishkan was first established to make known God’s nature. Eventually, God would constrict Himself so to speak, to dwell in a defined area space. God was conveying a powerful and eternal message that He will completely fill any space we create for Him. Whether in a Mishkan, in our homes or in our hearts, wherever we make space for God in our lives is where we will most fully feel His presence.

 Alex Chapper is community

rabbi of Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL An unregistered Charedi school at a Southend synagogue (pictured) is under police investigation after an adult apparently struck a child. What is the Torah view on physical chastisement? The maxim, “Spare the rod, spoil the child” is based on a Biblical proverb: “He who spares his rod, hates his child, but one who loves him will chastise him early.” The proverb mentions the rod, but the prescribed chastisement, “mussar”, means “to set straight” and refers to ethical rebuke, not beatings. The Lithuanian rabbinic pietists of the “mussar movement” preached self-searching and ethical discipline for mature adults and educating the child “according to his own pathway” – another Solomonic proverb. The non-physical approach is referred to elsewhere in Proverbs, encouraging the reader to “listen to the mussar of the father and not reject the mother’s Torah”. Halachically, although physical

chastisement is not forbidden, it is severely restricted. First, no physical rebuke should be given as shock treatment, but after explanation. Second, it must not be given out of anger, let alone as an instrument to force submission, only as a warning not to misbehave and disrupt. Nowadays strict rules limit even parental chastisement, and

completely outlaw it in the context of the Education Act. Synagogues that host such schools ought to be aware of these standards from the outset. Torah education must be a hallmark of excellence and relevance, and steer far from unlawful practices. Misconduct should be exposed and dealt with by law and not silenced. The Chief Rabbi has clearly spoken out against this conduct. Schools should benefit from and encourage on their premises full regulation and compliance with the law. Let the bad publicity from this occurrence be a communal chastisement to lawful compliance.  Ariel Abel is chaplain to HM Forces and rabbi of Liverpool Princes Road Synagogue


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Progressive Judaism

Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

Does the Florida shooter deserve capital punishment or life in jail?

‘We must wipe out the descendants of Amalek’ RABBI RENE PFERTZEL The Biblical commandment (Deut. 25:19) to “wipe out the descendants of Amalek” is one akin to genocide, making it extremely difficult reading for today’s Progressive Jew. Rashi, the French medieval commentator, emphasises this harsh measure concerns “both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, so that the name of Amalek shall never again be mentioned.” The commandment was carried out in 1 Samuel 15. King Esau struck down Amalek, and was chastised by Samuel for showing mercy to King Agag. In the Guide of the Perplexed (3:41), Maimonides explained the commandment is not to be taken literally, but figuratively: to wipe out Amalek-like behaviour in the world through moral influence and education. However, this verse is written loud and clear in the written Torah, the basis for Jewish Law. The rabbis in the Talmud (Berakhot 28a) explained the nations of the world were so intermin-

gled that it is now impossible to tell who is from Amalek and who is not. Hence the question – should this mitzvah still be counted among the commandments? In 1999, Rabbi Dr Moshe Zemer published a book called Evolving Halacha. He said if a ruling is halachic, it must be ethical; if it is unethical, it cannot be halachic (p49). In other words, as this commandment is akin to genocide, which is in absolute contradiction with Jewish ethics, it should be abolished or revised. One can use exegesis to soften a passage or to find the meaning behind it, or exercise the freedom given by our ethical tradition. Progressive Jews make informed choices and ethical decisions based on the teachings of the moral tradition of Israel. Amalek provides us with a perfect example of this.  Dr Rene Pfertzel is rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI NEIL JANES The rabbis largely regard capital punishment as unwise. In all but legislating the death penalty out of existence, they remove the most significant power of the court – the legal right to carry out the ultimate act of violence against a person under its jurisdiction. But I don’t care about the perpetrator of the Florida shooting. He has had enough attention. I want to focus on the young people who have dominated our news and in taking their political leaders to task have shown themselves to be articulate, eloquent, movingly powerful. They remind me of the Jewish war poet Isaac Rosenberg, who died in March 1918. He wrote: “Youth is still childhood: when we cast off every cloudy vesture, and our thoughts are clear and mature; when every act is a conscious thought, every thought an attempt to arrest feeling; our feelings strong and overwhelming, our sensitiveness



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lives, we forget it is young people on whom we will depend. At West London Synagogue after the Florida shooting, we remembered the anniversary of the execution of Sophie Scholl, who resisted the Nazis as part of the White Rose movement. Aged 22, her last words were: “How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to1 a righteous cause? “Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” We are bequeathing to our young a world more confusing than ever before. Our duty is to protect them with all means necessary, so no one need give themselves up in the ultimate act of sacrifice ever again.  Rabbi Neil Janes is executive director of the Lyons Learning Project

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Jewish News 8 March 2018

Limudei Kodesh Teacher MPS/UPS Required for September 2018

Yavneh Primary School is seeking an enthusiastic and talented Limudei Kodesh teacher to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and innovative teacher to really make a difference. We can offer: • An inclusive, warm and caring culture where every child is encouraged to fulfill their potential • A positive and innovative working environment with a supportive and passionate team • Excellent opportunities for professional development • A new and modern school building located on the Yavneh College Campus • Children who are excited about Limudei Kodesh and love learning To request an information pack contact: call 020 8736 5580 or visit

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged.

Closing date for applications: Midday Friday 9th March 2018. Interviews: Week of 19th March 2018 We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Ever thought of a career in the Media sector?

APL Media Limited is one of the UK’s leading Content Media Groups based at Highgate Studios in Kentish Town. We are seeking to recruit high-flying individuals who will join our exuberant friendly and successful sales team. Your key role will be to sell advertising and marketing opportunities across a wide range of award winning publications, content projects, events and digital platforms You will experience a full induction and training programme and the ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, integrity and confidence and have the desire to be successful and develop a successful career path. There will be a basic salary + fantastic uncapped commission + bonus with OTE of £45-£70k+ pa, and an opportunity to travel regularly overseas.

If you think you have what it takes and would like to be considered for an interview please call: Anthony Leyens – CEO on 0207 253 9909

Work for World Jewish Relief World Jewish Relief is the UK Jewish community’s humanitarian agency. We tackle poverty among the world’s most vulnerable Jewish communities and beyond. We are looking for four people to join our dynamic and driven team, based in NW2. Help us to make a real difference to the lives of people in dire circumstances. Head of Events

Marketing Officer

We are seeking an experienced, confident event fundraiser to develop and grow a memorable calendar of events to generate in excess of £1.8M per annum.

We are looking for a creative and innovative marketer with a keen eye for detail and excellent copywriting skills to manage and develop a wide range of exciting fundraising campaigns.

This professional, determined individual will relish the opportunity to take an already highly successful events portfolio to the next level as well as deliver new events. Experience of planning and delivering large scale events is required, as well as excellent communication, organisational and team work skills.

The ambitious post holder will be responsible for appeals, supporter newsletters and events marketing. Your work will span all teams and include retention and acquisition campaigns, regular giving schemes and ensuring that World Jewish Relief is at the forefront of people’s minds.

Older People Programmes Officer

Community Fundraiser (part-time)

We are looking for a fluent Russian speaker with a passion for monitoring, learning and impact and an interest in ageing-related issues.

We are seeking a confident community fundraiser to manage and grow our well-established portfolio of activities. The post holder will ensure that community fundraising is an integral and integrated part of a programme of communications, fundraising, engagement and supporter acquisition.

The primary purpose of the role is to support our Programmes Team in the management and development of our life-changing programmes for Older People in Eastern Europe. This involves the monitoring of programmes, capturing learning and working with our partner organisations to measure the impact of our grants.

The successful candidate will know the Jewish community and be responsible for ensuring that all of our community activities and events are of the highest standard.

Closing dates vary, please visit or call 020 8736 1250 for full information

8 March 2018 Jewish News


Win a family ticket / Fun, games and prizes

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO GULLIVER’S THEME PARKS! Jewish News and Gulliver’s have teamed up to offer three lucky readers a family ticket to their choice of Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath, Gulliver’s World in Warrington, or Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes. Magical memories are created every day at Gulliver’s, which is specially designed for children aged two to 13. So it doesn’t matter if you’ve got toddlers or bigger children in tow, as there really is something for everyone to explore and enjoy. From theme park classics, such as the rollercoaster, log flume and dodgems, to a host of weird and wonderful rides and attractions, there’s loads to discover with lots of new things to see and do all the time!

With free parking all day, every day, and a host of soft play areas, interactive shows, activities and entertainment on offer too, there’s more to Gulliver’s than meets the eye. And it’s not just theme park thrills on offer at Gulliver’s – each resort is also home to other captivating attractions, including the Warrington hotel, Milton Keynes campsite and Dinosaur and Farm Park, also in Milton Keynes, as well as the new SFEAR high ropes climbing challenge, SplashZones at Warrington and Milton Keynes and an official Nerf Zone at every location.  For full details and opening times at Gulliver’s theme park resorts, visit

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Champions haunted by former striker MGBSFL Newly-crowned Division One champions Faithfold A fell to their first defeat of the season as a former player ended hopes of finishing the season unbeaten. Daniel Gordon, who played for The Greens a couple of years ago, scored twice in Redbridge B’s 5-0 win. Jamie Bernstein also helped himself to a double, with Carl Dobrin also on target. Stand-in manager Sam Rank said “They approached the game as an easy win and received a very big rude awakening.” Faithfold player-manager Avi Markiewicz said: “We will write it off, move on and hope we can go out with a bang in our final game against Oakwood.” Fairlop maintained its Division Two title challenge after beating Mill Hill Dons 3-1.

Daniel Garfinkle scored twice, with Kane Hopps also on target. Manager Aaron Dias said: “Today we showed what we’re all about – pure grit, determination, passion and a little bit of quality. That was a big step to the title!” In the Masters League, Raiders are now four points clear at the top of the Division One table after they beat Brady A 3-2. Wayne Davidson, Hezi Yechiel and Jonny Blain were all on target, while Graeme Grossman scored twice for Brady. London Lions B kept up their Division Two title challenge with a 5-1 win over Marshside. Gideon Barnett scored twice, with Craig Henry, Paul Lenchner and Darren Dryer also on target. Sacha Alter replied for Marshside.

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Raiders’ double celebration HMH U16 Raiders secured a second consecutive Watford Friendly League title – and are now looking to end its season unbeaten. Winning 11 of its 13 league games, joint-manager Asher Miller said: “We really want to now push on and establish ourselves as sold performer in the next division and possibly challenge for the title next year. This really is a fantastic group of boys and it has been our absolute pleasure to manage them. They’re genuinely a close-knit bunch of friends off the field as well, play for each other and the good of the team. To remain unbeaten for a


whole season is an incredible feat, particularly in GCSE year and is a testament to the fact that the boys have really given their all, week in week out.”

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Grab your shopping bags, rally your taste buds, and get ready for a one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural experience, straight from Jerusalem! To celebrate 20 years of the International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry, British Friends of Ezer Mizion is excited to bring Jerusalemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic Machane Yehuda market to London!

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