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Issue No.1042


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Tony Blair blasts Labour Party anti-Semitism Former prime minister breaks silence on scandal

Tony Blair launched a thinly-veiled attack on his own party this week over allegations of anti-Semitism, writes Jenni Frazer. Speaking at Jewish News’ Night of Heroes on Monday, the former prime minister said: “I do not want to see anti-Semitism rear its ugly head ever in this nation. Not in this country, not in our time, not in any space in our national life and certainly not in any political party.” Blair made his comments as he presented a Lifetime Achievement award to the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, who he praised for his defence of the Jewish community.

It is the first time in nearly two years that Blair has made a direct reference to antiSemitism in the Labour Party. In 2015 he became chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, which combats anti-Semitism, racism and extremism, but he rarely speaks publicly about the issue. Widely regarded as one of the most philosemitic prime ministers ever, closely followed by his successor as premier, Gordon Brown, Blair last raised the red flag about anti-Semitism in 2016 when the first wave of high-profile cases, including that of Ken Liv-

ingstone, hit the headlines. In his 2016 remarks, made when people such as Naz Shah MP and Livingstone were suspended from Labour, Blair called antiSemitism “poison” and praised leader Jeremy Corbyn for setting up the Chakrabarti Inquiry to deal with the issue. Monday night’s comments, however, suggest that Blair, who differs with Corbyn on many issues including Brexit, has one more axe to grind with his party’s current leader.

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Jewish News 23 February 2018

News / Polish anger / Netanyahu probe NEWS IN BRIEF

BILLY GRAHAM WAS INCONSTANT FRIEND Billy Graham, the giant of American evangelism who was exalted by Jews for his championing of Israel at its hour of need and then condemned when a nasty antiSemitic streak was revealed, died this week, aged 99. Graham was a supporter of Jews persecuted in the former Soviet Union and told his evangelical brethren not to proselytise Jews. However, he also said the Jewish “stranglehold” on the media “has got to be broken or this country’s going down the drain”. [JTA]

CATHOLIC TIMES SAYS SORRY FOR OFFENCE The editor of the Catholic Times has apologised after Jewish communal representatives said they were “disgusted” by the publication of a letter complaining about “a dramatic increase in Jewish voices on the radio”. Kevin Flaherty issued a written apology on the ‘letters’ page after the Board’s interfaith representative, Anthony Silkoff, who described a letter by Antony Porter as “atrocious”. Flaherty wrote: “The Catholic Times apologises for any unintended offence.”

Polish PM’s Shoah ‘slur’ Relations between Poland and Israel hit new lows this week after the Polish prime minister referred to “Jewish perpetrators” of crimes during the Holocaust. The comment by Mateusz Morawiecki came after the country’s parliament voted through a law criminalising reference to “Polish death camps” or Polish complicity in the Holocaust. Infringement will carry a penalty of up to three years in jail. During an interview on Saturday, it was put to Morawiecki that Poles had collaborated with the Gestapo between 1941 and 1945. He replied: “It’s not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators.” It drew an angry reaction in the UK, where the Board of Deputies’ senior vice-president, Richard Verber, accused the Polish government of

causing a “national embarrassment” over its latest statements on the Holocaust as well as its actions in honouring a group which collaborated with the Nazis. Verber added: “Through their misguided legislation, their wild distortions of history like casting the Jews as the authors of our own genocide, and now honouring a Polish group that actually did collaborate with the Nazis, Prime Minister Morawiecki and his government are not restoring Polish pride and honour. “Quite the contrary,” he said. “They are causing a national embarrassment.” The Polish government should apologise to avoid “lasting damage” to its countrys reputation, Verber added. At the Munich Security Conference, Morawiecki downplayed his remarks about “Jewish perpetrators”, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the comments were “outrageous”

Mateusz Marawiecki with the German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last week

and effectively amounted to Holocaust denial. A spokeswoman for the Polish government said Morawiecki had not been denying the Holocaust or allege that Jewish victims bore responsibility for the

“Nazi German-perpetrated genocide”. Instead, she said, his words should be “interpreted as a sincere call for open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during the Holocaust, regardless of the

nationality of those involved in each crime… Each crime must be judged individually, and no single act of wickedness should burden with responsibility entire nations, which were conquered and enslaved by Nazi Germany”.

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The net tightened around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week as police arrested close aides, one of whom agreed to turn state witness. Pressure has been mounting on Netanyahu for months, and although he maintains his innocence, police last week recommended that he be indicted on counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. This week police arrested Shlomo Filber, former director of the Communications Ministry (Netanyahu was minister until February 2017). Filber is reported to have struck a deal with prosecutors to spill the beans on another media scandal. Filber, 55, was arrested on suspicion of promoting regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel’s Bezeq telecoms company. In return, Bezeq’s popular news site, Walla, allegedly provided favourable coverage of Netanyahu and his family. It is yet another bombshell allegation against the prime minister and comes shortly after claims that another long-time Netanyahu aide tried to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against Netanyahu’s controversial wife Sara. Filber’s arrest, and reports that he is set to provide incriminating evidence in the Bezeq case, add to an increasingly damning picture being painted by the Israeli authorities of Netanyahu’s rule. In one case, police found that he had been receiving lavish gifts from the film producer Arnon Milchan and the Australian billionaire James Packer in return for help with visas,

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tax breaks and connections to an Indian businessman. In the second case, Netanyahu, 68, is accused of offering a newspaper publisher legislation that would weaken its rival in return for more favourable coverage of his leadership. The paper Netanyahu allegedly offered to help to obstruct is owned by Sheldon Adelson, a US billionaire and longtime Netanyahu supporter. Israel’s Attorney-General, Avihai Mandelblit, himself appointed by Netanyahu, will now make the final decision on whether to file charges against the prime minister, who will become the country’s longest-serving leader in September. Netanyahu, who previously served as foreign affairs minister, succeeded Ehud Olmert as prime minister in 2009. He has been elected as PM four times, a record matched only by David Ben-Gurion, and is the only premier in Israel’s history to have been elected three times in a row.

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Circumcision threat / Financial probe / News

Anger at Iceland’s ‘illiberal’ bris ban The president of the Board of Deputies has criticised Iceland’s move to criminalise non-medical circumcision of boys. Jonathan Arkush accused Iceland of being “a liberal country acting in an illiberal way” after the bill was tabled in the country’s parliament. Arkush made the comments during a Newsnight debate with Dr Antony Lempert, a GP and chair of the Secular Medical Forum, who said “it should be something a person chooses for themselves”. It follows news that Iceland’s parliament wants to ban circumcision, with up to six years in jail for anyone “removing part or all of the [boy’s] sex organs”. Iceland’s politicians

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would be the first in Europe to ban brit milah, arguing that the practice violates the child’s rights. Arkush said: “As a Jewish father of a son, I absolutely thought about it, as did my wife. We had no doubt whatsoever. We wanted our son brought up in traditional Jewish religious values and complying with a divine commandment in the Torah.” Lempert, who grew up in a Jewish household, said: “Any operation should have a valid medical reason. In the absence of that, the person should be in a position to give consent.” Arkush warned that Iceland was “a liberal country acting in an illiberal way, banning something because you don’t approve of it”.

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him. Newmark resigned from the JLC in 2013, citing health reasons. The JLM email to members this week does not mention him. JLM’s national secretary, Peter Mason, reassured members earlier this month that there were no allegations against Newmark during his time with the movement as officers had “full oversight of all processes”. In a statement on Wednesday, the JLC said the circumstances around Newmark’s departure would be reviewed by a committee, independent of the JLC board of trustees, chaired by a retired judge, with two accountants also involved. “Each expert on the review committee will have the appropriate experience and public standing to conduct this review,” the statement said. The JCL added that it would wait to hear from the Charity Commission before beginning work “to ensure that we are properly addressing any regulatory concerns they may have”. Simon Johnson, JLC chief executive, said: “We are committed to ensuring this process is run independently, with integrity and in conjunction with the Charity Commission.”



Jewish News 23 February 2018

News / Greenstein verdict / Verber’s off / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

UKIP HEAD USED ‘NAZISTYLE’ IMAGERY UKIP’s new interim leader recently wrote about Jewish lobbyists “playing the fascist card” in the debate on shechita and alleged that kosher meat was being sold to non-Jews to keep prices down. Gerard Batten, a Member of the European Parliament who was elected as the interim leader of the anti-EU party last weekend, made the comments in an article about ritual slaughter published on 25 January. The pamphlet, published on his website, contains disturbing imagery of a blood-soaked hand with the Star of David on it, leading online commentators to describe it as “Nazi-style”.

SOMALI MAN GUILTY OF TRYING TO JOIN IS A delivery driver who discussed killing members of Tottenham’s Jewish community and attacking White Hart Lane, has been found guilty of attempting to join Islamic State, a court has heard. Somalianborn Aweys Shikhey allegedly talked about killing former Prime Minister David Cameron and the “old woman Elizabeth”, as well as shooting Jewish people and launching an AK47 attack at White Hart Lane, then-home to Tottenham Hotspur football club. A jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for a day to find him guilty.

Labour expels activist Labour Movement”. One of the most notorious Comments such as “Gay ZionJewish anti-Zionists has finally ists make me want to puke” or his been expelled from the Labour description of Owen Jones as a Party for three breaches of “Janus-faced whore” were also cited the party’s regulations, writes in evidence against him. Jenni Frazer. Greenstein is the founder of an The ruling on Tony Greenstein activist group called Labour Against from Labour’s National Constituthe Witch-Hunt, which campaigns tional Committee (NCC) came after against the suspension and expulan all-day hearing in Greenstein’s sion of many Labour members who home city of Brighton. have been accused of anti-Semitic The news was welcomed by the behaviour, often relating to online lobby group Labour Against Antiposts. semitism, which issued a statement A Jewish Labour Movement saying he had “over many years made spokesperson said: “We welcome his abhorrent views widely known the decision to expel Tony Greenvia public speeches, social media and stein. His membership is at odds on his personal blog”. It added: “Anyone who has Expelled: Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein with our collective values of solidarity, tolerance and respect. witnessed them will know that these “Deliberately harassing, intimidatory views have often been anti-Semitic, “Zio”, ruled by Baroness Chakrabati in highly offensive and entirely incompat- her controversial report on anti-Semi- and hateful language of the kind Tony tism in the Labour Party to be an abusive Greenstein has continually used has no ible with Labour’s anti-racist ethos. place inside the Labour movement. We “Greenstein has personally targeted term. The NCC made it clear it was “not a will continue to press the party to deal some Labour Party members. None of this is acceptable within a party that case about Greenstein’s right to hold his firmly and swiftly with anti-Semitism, prides itself on diversity and whose ‘anti-Zionist’ views, or about whether including the high number of cases that catchphrase is ‘a kinder, gentler poli- Greenstein is an anti-Semite. The are still waiting to be resolved.” The expulsion was welcomed by National Executive Committee (NEC)’s tics’.” A Labour spokesman confirmed on case is that Greenstein’s use of the term Board of Deputies president Jonathan Sunday: “The NCC has found all three ‘Zio’ is anti-Semitic, but the NEC does Arkush. He said: “Tony Greenstein’s long charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s not otherwise allege that Mr Green- record of noxious behaviour makes him an unsuitable member for any respectrule 2.1.8 by Tony Greenstein have been stein’s conduct was anti-Semitic”. Nevertheless, Greenstein was able political party. The Jewish commufound proved.” As a result, Greenstein, who was first charged with “repeated use of the nity has waited long enough for Labour suspended in 2016, was expelled from anti-Semitic and abusive term “Zio”, to show it is serious about zero-tolerance the party. One of the charges against him including in relation to Louise Ellman of anti-Semitism. This result is a step in related to the repeated use of the term MP, Jeremy Newmark, and the Jewish the right direction.”


ISRAEL ‘PREVENTED’ AIRPLANE ATROCITY Israel provided intelligence that prevented a plot by the Islamic State to bomb an Australian airline. An unnamed senior army officer said the Military Intelligence Unit 8200 had thwarted the planned attack. “The unit provided exclusive intelligence that led to the prevention of an air attack by the Islamic State in August 2017 in Australia,” the officer said. “The foiling of the attack saved dozens of innocent lives and proved Unit 8200’s position as a major player in the intelligence fight against the Islamic State.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the intelligence unit’s work.

RABBI’S BABY HURT IN ACID ATTACK A rabbi’s baby daughter has been injured after being exposed to acid placed in her pram. The 14-monthold girl suffered burns on her back and thighs Monday in the French city of Bron, near Lyon. The baby is not in danger, according to the report. The acid had been placed inside a carriage that the baby’s grandmother had parked in a communal space inside her apartment building overnight from Sunday to Monday. The grandmother rushed the baby to the hospital after noticing a irritation on the baby’s skin after taking her for a walk in the stroller.

Verber to stand down from Hendon synagogue opens Board at coming election refugee drop-in facility Richard Verber, the youngest senior vice-president in the history of the Board of Deputies, is standing down completely in May’s election, writes Jenni Frazer. Verber (pictured), a new first-time parent whose fulltime job is with World Jewish Relief, says change needs to happen in the Board structure and in other Jewish charities. How, he asks, “can we harness the talent that exists in our community for people who aren’t available for meetings during ‘traditional’ hours? This includes people

with young families – and for mums with childcare commitments in particular – and those who don’t work a standard hours. “Early mornings, early evenings and Sundays are not convenient for a large per-

centage of our community.” It had been widely thought that Verber would stand as president, following Jonathan Arkush’s announcement he would not run for a second term, but he said the role of Board president demanded near-24-hour visibility. He said he hoped a new leadership model might be considered, including the possibility of a Deputies president who was salaried. He called for more delegation and more understanding that the professional staff could well speak on the Board’s behalf.

The United Synagogue is to set up a new drop-in centre for asylum seekers in the middle of north London’s Jewish community. The service will help up to 12 families at a time and be accessible for two hours per month at the Hendon Synagogue Community Centre, designed to help those forced to flee their own country. Each family will have been approved by the Home Office and their case worker before attending. Hendon United’s Rabbi

Mordechai Ginsbury cited his own family’s experiences, with his grandparents coming to the UK as refugees from Nazi Germany in 1938. “Had they not been granted sanctuary in the UK, I and many dozens of their other descendants would, in all probability, not be here to tell the tale,” he said. “It is a privilege to be part of an unfolding tale of Jewish destiny and responsibility when, within two generations, those who are direct descendants of once vulner-

able asylum seekers can take part in a project to extend support to others who are today’s unfortunate and vulnerable asylum seekers.” Volunteers will support asylum seekers by offering professional mentoring, providing food and friendship, as well as a Tribe-run play area. Rabbi Michael Laitner of the Jewish Living Division and Finchley Synagogue, said: “We have a duty to support all those who need our help and are delighted we are able to do our part.”

23 February 2018 Jewish News



News in brief / Teaching dispute / News

School contracts could be ‘heresy’ Orthodox leaders have told headteachers not to sign up to funding contracts because these may stop them teaching that the earth is only 6,000 years old. In a leaked letter by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC), seen by The Sunday Times and written in Hebrew, the religious leaders warn that signing the government contracts could amount to heresy. In its letter, which included an insult in Aramaic, the Orthodox umbrella group – which represents more than 100 synagogues and schools – said the government was “infiltrating” schools with “a lie that the world is ancient”. The UOHC advocates the teaching of creationism – whereby God made the world over a matter of days 6,000 years ago – and have taken issue with a clause in the funding contracts that would stop schools teaching “views


MPS ‘SHOCKED’ BY TERROR TUNNELS Conservative MPs said they were “shocked by the sophistication” of tunnels dug by terrorists in the Gaza Strip extending into Israel. The eight parliamentarians saw the network of underground routes near Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha on a trip organised by lobbyists at Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), where they were briefed by the IDF. “We were shocked by the sophisticated tunnel we saw leading into Israel,” said CFI chair Stephen Crabb, “The fact that terrorists were metres from an Israeli community is worrying.”

Universe: some years old

or theories which are contrary to established scientific or historical evidence”. It urges headteachers in Hackney not to sign up to the contracts or to clarify with the council that their names have not been added as “unwitting signatories”. This week, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “Creationism has no place in the science curriculum and you’re not going to get marks in your science GCSE talking about creationism.”

RABBIS WARNING ON RADICALISATION European rabbis and American Jewish groups have told international security chiefs that religious leaders “must take the lead” in tackling radicalisation on the continent and beyond. The comments were made at the Munich Security Conference by the head of the Conference of European Rabbis. President Pinchas Goldschmidt was speaking about countering religious radicalism at a conference which looked at “the growing trend of home-grown terrorists”.

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Kosher boost / Immigrants plea / News

Zest opens new branch in City Zest, the popular kosher restaurant in Finchley’s JW3 Jewish community centre, is to open its second branch inside the building housing the historic Sephardi Bevis Marks Synagogue in central London. Zest at Bevis Mark, located in the heart of London’s Square Mile, will be the only kosher restaurant in the City of London and will provide a meat menu. The new restaurant will open later this month and owners have said they plan to use the Deliveroo com-

pany to deliver takeaway lunches for busy City workers to their desk. Those behind the project said they were expanding owing to demand, including from City professionals and tourists. The new restaurant will serve contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine, including meze, sandwiches, cuts of meat and salads under the supervision of the Sephardi Kashrut Authority. “We’re thrilled,” said Rabbi Shalom Morris of Bevis Mark Synagogue. “It furthers our historic

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RABBI URGES DETENTION LIMIT One of Britain’s senior rabbis has joined religious leaders of other faiths in calling for Home Secretary Amber Rudd to limit the time immigrants spend in detention to 28 days. The Reform Movement’s Senior Rabbi, Laura JannerKlausner (pictured), urged the government to act to limit immigration detention in post-Brexit law, noting that the UK is the only European country to hold people with no judge’s oversight

and no release date. The government’s use of indefinite detention was “unjust and inhumane”, she said, along with Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh leaders. “Evidence shows indefinite detention causes harm, not only to those detained, but to their family, children, friends and community,” they wrote in an open letter. “The time to act is now.” Every year, the Home Office holds around 30,000 people on immigration grounds.

mission of enhancing Jewish life in the city of London to bring quality kosher food of the highest standard to those who work, study, visit and live in London.” Zest manager Joshua OwensBaigler said: “We are proud to be opening the only kosher restaurant in the City of London. “The opportunity to extend our social enterprise beyond north-west London and offer our food to even more of London’s Jewish community is very exciting.”

Opt-out is a ‘threat’ The Board of Deputies has called Government’s proposal to implement an opt-out system for organ donation as, “a threat to Jewish freedoms”. In a statement, the Board said the proposal for presumed consent would pose a “threat to Jewish family rights around burial and mourning”. Many campaigners support an opt-out system however, including Marsha Gladstone, the mother of murdered terror

victim Yoni Jesner, whose organs saved three lives. The Board disagreed with medical opinion that an opt-out system would save more lives. It warned: “Organs may be removed from a donor whose wishes are not known while being considered to still be alive in the eyes of their Jewish family”. The Board, however, said it supports “an opt-in system with reforms”.


NORWOOD PRAISES OLD AND NEW CHAIR Norwood’s chairman David Ereira is to retire at the end of next month, concluding 25 years’ involvement with the communal institution. Chief executive Elaine Kerr paid tribute to his “passion and dedication, adding: “Under David’s superb leadership, Norwood has gone from strength to strength.” Joint presidents Jon and Nicola Mendelsohn said Ereira’s replacement, fundraising head Neville Kahn, had “an outstanding professional pedigree” and “can-do attitude”.

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Jewish News 23 February 2018

News / School admissions / Book award / Liver ruling

RABBI ARRESTED AFTER MEETING TEEN PROSTITUTE A rabbi registered as a sex offender was among three people arrested in connection with the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, has been charged with engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He runs a religious centre from his home. (JTA)

WONDER WOMAN STAR TO PRESENT OSCARS AWARD Israeli actress Gal Gadot will present an award at the Academy Awards next month. Ten new presenters were announced on Wednesday by the academy. Star War’s Mark Hamill, Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda were among those on the list. Gadot starred in Wonder Woman, which did not receive nominations in any categories for this year’s Academy Awards. Gadot reprised her role as Wonder Woman in the film, Justice League. (JTA)

SHECHITA VIEW ‘MISLEADS’ The official journal of the British Veterinary Association has been accused of “deliberately misleading readers” over shechita. Shimon Cohen of Shechita UK made the allegation in a letter sent to Vet Record editor Lord Trees this week, after being angered by his editorial, ‘Non-stun slaughter: the elephant in the room’. Cohen said Trees’s comments in relation to the reasoning behind newlymandated CCTV in abattoirs were “a deliberate attempt

to mislead readers”. He added: “Lord Trees’ comment that the [shechita] method is ‘archaic and insupportable’ demonstrates a lack of knowledge as to the true origins of the Jewish laws of shechita and religious lifestyles.”

CHIEF BACKS LIVER RULING The chief rabbi has backed a decision by the London Board of Shechita to ban the sale of liver that has not been prekoshered because very few Jews now know how to kosher a liver properly. A spokeswoman for Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis made the comments in response to complaints from British Jews about new rules requiring livers to be sold pre-koshered. “The chief rabbi is inclined

to support this ruling because, unlike previous generations, we are fortunate to have all our meat koshered for us prior to purchase. As a result, the vast majority of today’s koshereating public is not familiar at all with koshering procedures.” She added that “many who purchase non-koshered liver today are not aware that it hasn’t been koshered and, if they were, would not know what to do”.

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World news / Florida shooting / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

THEFT OF SHOAH ‘STUMBLING STONE’ Italian police are investigating the theft of a “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorial to an Auschwitz victim. The memorial, a gold-coloured cobblestonesized monument embedded in the pavement, was stolen last week just a month after it was placed in Collegno, a suburb of Turin. Collegno Mayor Francesco Casciano called the theft a “deplorable act that goes beyond vandalism” as it took place at “a time when a resurgence of neofascism” threatens society. [JTA]

STUDENTS DISRUPT CABINET SPEECH Austrian Jewish students disrupted a cabinet minister’s speech at a conference on antiSemitism over the fact that his government includes politicians from the far-right Freedom Party. The pupils unfurled a banner reading “Mr Kurz! Your government is not kosher!” during an address by Education Minister Heinz Fassmann. Sebastian Kurz was elected Austrian Chancellor last October. [JTA]

Tears for school’s Jewish victims Florida’s Jewish community was in mourning this week after Jewish children and teachers were among the 17 people killed when a 19-yearold armed with a legally-bought semi-automatic rifle walked into a school and opened fire. Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Alex Schachter, 14, and coach and teacher Scott Beigel, 35, were killed during the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last Wednesday. Tales of personal tragedy and heroism emerged after the suspected gunman, former student Nikolas Cruz, was arrested and charged. Jaime’s family expressed their grief online after it emerged her brother Jesse narrowly escaped. “My heart is broken,” wrote Jaime’s father Fred on Facebook. “Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school. We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am broken as I

Alex Schachter

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Scott Beigel

write this, trying to figure out how my family gets through this.” Another victim, Alyssa Alhadeff, was described as “a mature, laid-back girl who loved soccer and made friends easily”. Her grandmother, Vicki Alhadeff, described her as “a very beautiful girl”, adding: “She’s my life.” Beigel was reported to have been shot protecting students. One of them, Kelsey Friend,

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Jaime Guttenberg Above and left: Jewish victims of the Florida shooting. Right: Mourners attend a vigil

described how Beigel let her and others into his classroom and then tried to lock the door. One former student went online to write: “You were one of my favourite counsellors growing up and my Olympics General in my senior year. Those kids were incredibly lucky to have you, you are a real hero.” Pollack was shot dead just months before she was due to go to university. Her friend Gii Lovito

described her as “an amazing girl” on Facebook. “Her life was taken way too soon. I have no words to describe how this feels.” Conservative synagogue Congregation Beth Am confirmed Alex’s death, who was a member of the school’s marching band. His relative Sarah Schwartz said: “Everybody is just broken up and beyond shocked… His family adored him. We’re all in shock.”

Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan of the local Temple Beth Chai described scenes of “chaos and devastation” as he consoled bereaved parents, adding: “No words can describe what happened here.” Candlelit vigils were held and students have taken their campaign for gun control to Washington D.C. in an effort to shame US politicians who take money from the National Rifle Association, which lobbies against a ban.


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Jewish News meets... Dr Ami Hasson

Chasing Israeli unicorns Stephen Oryszczuk meets Israel’s chief scientist Dr Avi Hasson in London, who reveals his country’s next high-tech steps In the ornate setting of London’s Mansion House, a gently spoken Israeli tells me about unicorns. He is Israel’s chief scientist, and the ‘unicorns’ are Israeli start-ups now worth more than $1billion. He’s talking about how he wants to “turn the page” on Israel as the startup nation, as we’ve all known it. “It’s now about innovation and growth, differentiating technology, innovating faster than ever, growing large companies and a strong economy with very high value creation.” Buzz-words, but to the London investors he’s just been addressing as a guest of Israel Bonds, these are a lover’s whispered sweet nothings, with the same salivating effect. The whisperer is Dr Avi Hasson, who is only four months in the role, after two decades in the private sector. “I worked for a semiconductor company,” he says, musing on Israel’s future investment. “There, if you ask the boss to invest, he asks what he’s

going to get back. That’s what Israel should be doing – asking about the return, making sure all those innovations are leveraged to create a strong economy.” Apart from the likes of Teva and Checkpoint, very few Israeli firms are big enough to compete on the world stage, I suggest. Instead, big Western fish swim to Israel, open branches and tap Israeli minds, the profits flowing back to HQ. Is that a worry? He shrugs an Israeli shrug. “It’s always nice to say we have Israeli unicorns,” he says, “but global companies are a must in today’s world. Intel bought Mobileye for $15billion but kept the innovation in Israel, creates jobs and keeps us connected to the world. Today, borders are coming down. To grow a business you cannot rely on Israel, you need a much larger market, and for that we need to collaborate. “So yes, as much as I want the companies to be Israeli, I encourage and promote big

companies to come to Israel, for research and development, manufacturing, whatever. The purpose of the Israeli government is to create an ecosystem to attract investors.” He says that to crank it up to the next level, Israel needs to “expand the volume of start-ups to establish a full ecosystem or industry.” In other words, don’t just have the odd nimble fish that gets gobbled up, but establish a self-sustaining shoal to attract life and bring in wealth. Money is indeed inbound, he says, and not just from the US, but increasingly from Asia, including Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea, which are also some of the biggest markets. But market is only half of it. I ask about collaborations, and on whom Israel’s gaze has fallen. “Where do I think is most important? Wherever there is talent. If we can collaborate with talent, we will.” His Israel Innovation Authority has signed 65 bilateral research agreements all over the world, he says, most recently in Uruguay. “We know to respect and appreciate talent. You find it in places like Argentina, China, India, in Eastern Europe, with its great education. This is where you get the input for great innovation. Then you find the funds for that innovation to grow. There are large investors in places like Mexico, China, India and the UK.” A waiter serves us tea, which reminds me to ask about cultural differences. “In Israel, if you want to motivate somebody, you raise a flag and say ‘it’s good for the country,’ Zionism. Every Israeli will jump. Then, you say it’s good for the company, it will grow, meaning more investment to the country. Third and last, Israelis ask ‘what’s in it for me?’ Now think about someone in the US. It’s the reverse.” How does that translate on a personal level? He smiles. “My boss once asked me why Israelis told him to get lost, then later said ‘here, we made it, and it’s the best in the world.’ He was confused. I had to explain the Jewish culture is always to ask questions. When you study the Talmud, it’s all about questions, even in the Mishnah, asking ‘if’. You want to understand. So the Israeli culture is to challenge, to see why it’s good.” He continues: “If you ask an Israeli to jump, he’ll never ask ‘how high?’ he’ll always ask ‘why?’ Even in the military,

the commander goes out of their way to explain the reason for the mission, why we need to do it, how it fits into the big picture. They motivate their people before they ask them to do stuff. So I told my boss, ‘never order an Israeli to just do it. Go all out to explain why, how it will help. If you persuade them, they will go all the way for you.” It seems to be working – with some world-beating Israeli technology. “Of course,” he says. “In this friendly neighbourhood of ours, we’ve had to be the best, for survival. You’re talking about the second or third generation after the Holocaust. If we’re not, we won’t be here.” Where does he see technology helping Israel most in the next five or ten years? “Artificial Intelligence,” he says. “It’s critical, the ability to let the machine think, to make conclusions, but to make sure the human being will control it so the machine will not start to shoot by itself.” In this “friendly” neighbourhood, does he see any opportunities for innovation to break down barriers? He comes alive. “Since the Arab Spring, the region is in major disarray. Even though they’re Israel’s enemies, it breaks every Israeli heart to see the suffering, bombing, the shortage of water, poor farming and medical treatment. Israel has solutions for it all. I strongly believe that at the end, relations between countries will depend on the shared interests of the people. Leaders only take you to so far – people’s interest, economic interest, will win. You see it throughout history; enemies become friends and collaborate in a common interest. I believe peace in the Middle East will come around innovation and prosperity, to take down animosity between peoples, because all have the same interests: to have a better life.” Amen.

‘Innovation will bring peace’: Israel’s chief scientist, Dr Avi Hasson

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Israel’s secret service / Special report

Revealed: Morals and ethics behind Israel’s secret targeted assassinations A new book reveals the successes and failures of Israeli intelligence service’s programme of targeted killings, discovers Stephen Oryszczuk Israel has adopted the most sophisticated system of targeted assassinations in history and has even tried turning Palestinian prisoners into ‘Jason Bourne’ type killers, a new book with unique access to Israeli spies reveals. Rise and Kill First by renowned journalist Ronen Bergman shows how Israel’s intelligence services began targeting the “ticking infrastructure” behind attackers in response to the wave of suicide bombings in 2001. The Israelis’ modus operandi, Bergman says, is to target the entire ecosystem supporting the attacker, with everyone involved in helping him considered fair game. “The person who blew him-

self up or planted the bomb or pulled the trigger was just the last link in a long chain,” writes Bergman. “There were recruiters, couriers, and weapons procurers, as well as people who maintained safe houses and smuggled money. They would all be targets.” Bergman is widely considered by peers to have unparalleled access to Israeli intelligence. He is a senior correspondent for military and intelligence affairs for Yedioth Ahronoth, the country’s largest daily newspaper, and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. His book, pieced together over 1,000 interviews, is seen as a rare and candid assessment of Israeli intelligence practices and Ami Ayalon, former head of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence service, describes how killing becomes routine. Describing “the banality of evil”, Ayalon says: “You get used

Israel wanted Yasser Arafat killed, says a new book

to killing. Human life becomes something plain, easy to dispose of. You spend 15-20 minutes on who to kill. On how to kill him: two, three days. You’re dealing with tactics, not the implications.”

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Ayalon said Israel was killing people without first considering the political context and said the Shin Bet “failed to understand when an assassination would quell the flames of conflict and when it would

fan them.” The book deals with ethical and legal dilemmas of assassinations and chronicles decades of shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against perceived enemies, ranging from British colonial officials in the 1940s to Hamas and Hezbollah militants, the PLO and Iranian nuclear scientists. Bergman argues that while Israeli assassins were effective, the moral and political price of their actions would only become clear later. “The US has a lot to learn from [Israel’s] vast operational and intelligence experience but also from the moral price it has paid and is still paying for use of such an aggressive measure,” he told NPR. He reveals how Israel tried to kill PLO leader Yasser Arafat for decades, including a 1982 plan to shoot his aeroplane out of the sky, pushed by “obsessed”

army chief and later prime minister Ariel Sharon. Spies voiced doubts Arafat was on the plane, and stalled. It turned out to be Arafat’s paediatric doctor brother, travelling with 30 sick children. A tragedy had been narrowly averted. Among the more eyebrowraising claims Bergman makes is that Israel sought to ‘turn’ a Palestinian prisoner into a trained assassin, similar to a character in the Jason Bourne film series. “That psychiatrist hypnotised [him] for a few weeks, then he said he’s ready,” he recalls. The prisoner went over the Jordan River with a gun, a bomb and a radio. “And he says: ‘I’m going to kill Yasser Arafat.’ It turned out he went straight to the Jordanian police and said: ‘These stupid Israelis, they thought they hypnotised me. I want to go to Yasser Arafat, and swear my allegiance to him.’”



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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.



A night of cheers, tears and naches! The response to Jewish News’ Night Of Heroes has been overwhelming. Our community is certainly not short of outstanding achievers — you only need to read this newspaper every week to see that. On Monday evening, in partnership with Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi’s LABS Group, we were able to hoist those heroes up, honouring individuals and organisations selected from more than 250 nominations whose contribution to our community and the world at large fills us with awe. With political leaders, community figures and celebrities among the 500 or so guests at the Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square, we celebrated all that makes our community such an outstanding contributor to our country, across political and religious divides. From the teacher whose quick thinking saved a pupil’s life to a unique nursery where young and old inspire each other every day to the nineyear-old taking a lead role in the fight against cancer since losing his mum to the disease. On our Night Of Heroes we shared all their stirring stories and many more, but at its heart the event was a celebration, not a competition. And you can script these things only so far. When award recipient Norman Rosenbaum, who has raised money to donate 11 MDA ambulances to Israel, chose to dedicate his prize to fellow finalist Kerry Rosenfeld, who just missed out, it brought a tear to every eye, including those of the organisers and host, the comedian David Walliams. On a night of tenderness, there was also togetherness, the room and community as united behind the CST’s daily efforts to protect our shuls as they were behind broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky’s efforts to interview more than 100 Holocaust survivors while we still can. Perhaps the biggest tribute is that no space and no word limit is sufficient to do justice to the good that runs through the community. We hope this first-of-its-kind event nevertheless went some way towards it.


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FACE TO FACE WITH CAMPUS HATE They had megaphones I read your article and drowned us out. about protests at Meanwhile, pro-Israel King’s College London supporters sang songs with interest (Jewish (including Hatikvah) News, 15 February). and dancing. They Pro-Palestine students even offered hummus, behaved in a similar chocolates and biscuits way recently at anto the pro-Palestine other Hen Mazzig event supporters. One of at UCL. They were full their young supporters of hate and obliterated Pro-Palestinian activists at King’s College grabbed a packet of bisall communication by cuits out of our hands and threw it to the floor. sounding a siren, while screaming abuse and Acts like this highlight how offering a hand vitriol and making up nonsense that Mr Mazzig to the other side is refused. We felt scared and was a “terrorist” a “war criminal”, and “Israel is threatened. Their sheer volume and hatred was a terrorist state”. entirely overwhelming. At UCL, students were relentless in shouting Name withheld on request “free Palestine”, “Israel is a terrorist state” and By email demanding people boycott Israeli products.

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I understand why the Kashrut Commission and the Shechita board are concerned about Labour’s plans to label meat as “stunned” or non-stunned”, although I don’t think it will affect serious meat eaters, who mostly buy on quality, taste and price (Jewish News, 15 Febru-

ary). There are arguments for and against stunning, and if Dr Dolittle existed, he might be able to determine which of the methods two animals preferred to be killed by. If we were truly concerned, we’d be vegetarian.

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Why listen to idiots of the present when we have geniuses of the past? The Lubavitcher Rebbe said not to give up one inch, the Rambam said a nail bent cannot be straightened. Martin Buber said the wars of the future will be a conflict between education and propaganda

and Marshall McLuhan said the medium is the message. These thoughts were not arrived at overnight. The sad fact is that not only are the current thinkers idiots – they have successfully recruited the audience.

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Editorial comment and letters

Sieff missing in your top 10 I was pleased to see your article celebrating a centenary of female Jewish role models. However, you missed someone whose impact 100 years ago is as prominent now as it was back then (Jewish News, 8 February). Rebecca Sieff, ardent feminist, suffragette and true Zionist, alongside others from the Federation of Women Zionists sought to establish an international organisation to safeguard the interests of the women and children of Palestine. In 1918, women set up the Federation of Women Zionists, which then turned into the Women’s International Zionist Organisation, affectionately known as WIZO. As WIZO celebrates 100 years of truly changing lives and building futures, our impact on millions of lives through our kindergartens, day care centres, teenage support, women and families is a true testament to Rebecca’s

Role model Rebecca Sieff

passion and dedication. There are now more than 250,000 members worldwide, who are also committed to helping the people of Israel. If this is the impact WIZO has made over the past 100 years, let’s see how far the true passion and dedication of feminism and WIZO as an organisation will be in the next 100 years. Andy Epstein WIZO Trustee

SO MANY JEWS STUCK THEIR NECKS OUT FOR OTHERS Following last week’s recommendation for additions to the top 100 women list, my suggestion for the men’s list would include Albert Einstein, Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Simon Marks, Steven Spielberg and Natan Sharansky. All have a claim to a place in both the Jewish and the wider community. From a purely personal point of view, I’d add Al Jolson. The first film I saw as a child was when my booba took me to the cinema to see The Jolson Story. His recording of Hatikvah (not in the film and before the establishment of the State of Israel) was a declaration of his loyalty to his people, when many Jewish film actors and moguls preferred to keep shtum.

Barry Hyman Bushey Heath

BAN CREATIONIST IGNORANCE Amnon Goldberg promotes creationist nonsense and asserts no hominid fossils are over 10,000 years old, saying: “There is no evidence our ancestors were apes or ape-like creatures” (Jewish News, 8 February). He made this claim two years ago in Jewish News and I challenged him then to produce scientific evidence to support his claims. I am still waiting. All he needs to do is type “human evolution” into

Google. Most fossils are dated by dating the ages of the rocks in which they are found and more recent fossils can be dated by DNA analysis as a confirmation. But this conflicts with their literal interpretation of Torah, and he and Ann Cohen want to inflict this ignorance on generations of youngsters. They are entitled to their opinions, but not to their facts.

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s the writing on the wall for Benjamin Netanyahu, now Israeli police recommend his indictment? AttorneyGeneral Avichai Mandelblit may be in an awkward spot, but his task may not be all that problematical. Bibi should chill. “Case 1000” concerns gifts from the Israeliborn Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and the late Kerry Packer’s son James. In return, it is alleged, Netanyahu got his then finance minister to sponsor legislation extending tax breaks for returning expatriates. The charge is utterly unreal. The departure of Israelis for Europe and the US has long posed a demographic and fiscal headache, and there is a compelling public interest in luring back wealthy and successful venturers. But there is only so much any prime minister can do for his pals. The Knesset makes the law, not Netanyahu or the finance ministry. Like Westminster, it’s the Knesset’s job to scrutinise bills and Netanyahu has no

magic wand to procure legislation the Knesset would not otherwise already be fully prepared to enact. The gifts are alleged to have amounted in value to almost $300,000. Yet all we have heard about is “pricey cigars and champagne”. Is that it? No bulging Swiss account? No Cayman registrations? Are they ’aving a laff ? as Ricky Gervais might say. Who exactly came up with the accusation and the value? Have the police totted up the bottles in Netanyahu’s cellar? Checked the bins for butts? Unearthed receipts? Netanyahu has generous friends. Why wouldn’t he? He’s not Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps he should have returned the gifts. But it’s criminal intent that counts, mens rea. You can’t infer this from a lack of fastidiousness. Perhaps it would have been wiser to decline all gifts, but handing back a present might have been socially awkward, not to say ungracious and alienating. An “integral part” of the police case is the testimony of the former finance minister whom Netanyahu supposedly suborned to get the revenue law changed. He is none other than


Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party and Netanyahu’s principal rival. Say no more. “Case 2000” alleges that Netanyahu endeavoured to gain more flattering coverage from the mass-circulation tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth by promising its publisher, Arnon Mozes, that he would get US casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, owner of the rival daily Israel Hayom, to curtail plans for its expansion. Yet by 2014, Adelson’s paper had run up losses of $200m. What more did Netanyahu need to do to impede the paper’s fortunes than

it hadn’t already done itself? Adelson supposedly told police last year that Netanyahu had urged him to restrain the paper’s growth. The police are said to have seized audio recordings of incriminating calls between Netanyahu and Mozes. Their substance is yet to be released, but one might conjecture the thrust of the exchanges. Netanyahu: “Support me and I’ll ensure Israel Hayom doesn’t capture your readership.” Mozes: “How will you do that, Bibi?” Netanyahu: “Er, er, I’ll ask Sheldon.” “Case 3000” relates to interference with military hardware procurement. Netanyahu’s denials of involvement have been called into question by the recording of a boozy exchange between his son, Yair, and the son of an energy tycoon who had benefited from legislation governing offshore gas extraction: “My dad just got you a $20billion deal and you can’t spare me 400 shekels?” Despite their penchant for strained and fanciful inferences, would even the Israeli police regard this drunken nonsense from a spoilt ne’er do well as the smoking gun of his father’s corruption?

We’re not attacking free speech, but hate speech MICHAEL MCCANN



t’s a vehicle using malice aforethought designed to isolate the state of Israel from humankind by comparing it to one of the worst regimes that the world has had the misfortune to endure. The three words, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), are designed to evoke pictures of people being treated differently for no other reason than their race. I am not going to spend the next 400 words telling you that Israel isn’t an apartheid state because any sane, reasonable, conscious person already knows that. I will explain why IAW must be ended, either by a mass contagion of common sense, or more realistically by legislation. Those who argue that IAW is about free speech misunderstand its mission and deliver a victory to extremists on a silver platter. The masterminds behind the first event chose the title with a specific corollary in mind. IAW draws comparisons with South Africa because apartheid was defeated by boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

The same logic is applied by those who designed IAW, except the end game isn’t regime or constitutional change. The goal for many is the eradication of Israel. The BDS movement knows that Israel can’t be destroyed militarily, so tries to do it through lies. BDS proponents say that the Jewish people have no historic claim on Israel. They say that Israel treats Arabs as second class citizens. They say that Israel doesn’t want peace. These are all lies. However, if your view is, ‘Well, Michael McCann runs an organisation titled the Israel Britain Alliance (IBA), so he would say that, wouldn’t he!’ then ignore me. Read the words of Omar Barghouti, a founder of the BDS movement. Barghouti said: “We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine….ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean ending the Jewish state itself.” Israel faced battles for survival in 1948, 1967 and 1973, and won. The next battles will take place in the hearts and minds of this and future generations. Outlawing Israeli Apartheid Week isn’t

an attack on free speech, it’s an attack on hate speech. Allowing an IAW event to take place doesn’t mean that you have upheld a noble tradition. It means that you’ve given in to hate. What’s the solution? It’s simple; universities have a duty to foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. For that reason, they don’t allow debates on campus where, for example, it could be argued that white people were better than black people or that disabled people should be euthanised. Some disturbed minds may think that way, but society has a responsibility to protect us from hate. What’s the difference between having

a pathological hatred of a person’s skin colour and having a pathological hatred of a country and its inhabitants? There is zero difference. Our government agrees and, on 12 December 2016, it adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. But last year, while the IBA, working alongside its many partners, were successful in closing down events in university campuses, many still went ahead. If universities refuse to take their responsibilities seriously, and allow hatred on campuses, the law must be augmented to ensure fairness and parity for all.  If you agree, join our campaign at israelbritain.org.uk/JN



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It’s time IsraelIsrael-hating students admit defeat LIRON VELLEMAN



his week thousands of Jewish students walked onto university campuses to be greeted by… nothing. Well, nothing out of the ordinary, that is. Academics taught; students studied. There were sports games, library visits, lunch breaks, submission deadlines, placements, supervisions, JSoc socials… Why is this noteworthy? Surely a regular week at university does not warrant a 500-word article. But this week is not like all other weeks. It’s Israeli Apartheid Week. Since this campaign began in 2005, events have taken place on more than 20 campuses in the UK. In previous years, there have been coordinated efforts designed to intimidate Jewish students and cause a commotion. In 2012, a mock checkpoint and an ‘Israeli Apartheid Wall’ were erected at the London School of Economics, leading to physical confrontation. In stark contrast, this year a scattered

handful of speakers will address fewer than 10 universities. Clearly, Israeli Apartheid Week is weakening. It’s losing the momentum it gained a few years ago and dragged along by tired, worn-out campaigners who can’t admit defeat. The decline of Israeli Apartheid Week mirrors a drop in the presence of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on our campuses. There is a historical association between BDS and anti-apartheid campaigning: boycotts were used effectively to end apartheid in South Africa more than two decades ago. But the comparison doesn’t stack up; so neither does the tactic. On campus, pro-BDS campaigns are a haven for those seeking to label Israel an apartheid state. While Israeli Apartheid Week tactics intimidate Jewish students and others, cause nuisance and generally disturb university life, BDS is debated in students’ unions. The legitimacy of these respected forums can lend an undeserved air of respectability to what is actually an insidious, intimidating and alienating campaign. And yet the BDS movement on campuses

THIS CAMPAIGN IS DRAGGED ALONG BY WORN OUT INDIVIDUALS WHO WON’T ADMIT DEFEAT is slowly petering out too. In the wake of Operation Protective Edge, 2014 saw a spike in the number of BDS policies proposed to students’ unions but with such policy typically being active for three years, many are now lapsing, and these lapses are largely going unchallenged. In 2015, we witnessed Cokegate: eight of NUS’ 10 vice presidents and liberation officers boycotted their own awards ceremony due to sponsorship of the event from Coca Cola, which they perceived as a breach of NUS’ BDS policy because of the brand’s factory in Bnei Brak. In comparison, last year saw just seven pro-BDS motions to students’ unions – five of

which were defeated, withdrawn or otherwise not passed – and six NUS officers visited Israel and Palestine on UJS-organised trips. To be clear, BDS has not disappeared altogether. Jewish students fought at City University, London and UEA recently. They faced awful intimidation and abuse for doing so (a disturbing but distinct topic); but these are the only two motions we have faced this academic year. This is a drastic drop from the seven we fought last year. There are still battles to be fought – and we will continue to fight them. A handful of Israeli Apartheid Week events is still too many, and Jewish students must be able to challenge BDS motions free from intimidation and abuse; so we still have a long way to go. Year in, year out, anti-Israel campaigners graduate from university and new generations enrol. Those who have left in the last few years are taking the tactics of Israeli Apartheid Week and BDS with them – good riddance – but we will not allow ourselves to become complacent. Whatever tactics new generations of antiIsrael activists might bring, Jewish students, with unwavering support from UJS, will be ready to challenge them.

Young hissers make life on campus unbearable JENNI FRAZER


he girl carrying the poster hissed at me as I started taking photographs. “What side are you on? What side are you on? I refuse to let you use my image!” And she marched up to one of the already unhappy middle-aged security men and insisted that he “dealt” with me, shouting ever louder, “I know my rights! She can’t use my image! Make her delete the pictures!” The apologetic security staffer then stood over me and forced me to delete pictures of the hissing girl. Here we were in 2018, at as bile-filled an event as I can ever remember, otherwise known as a university campus where a demonstration was taking place against an Israeli speaker. As it happens, I was perfectly within my rights to take pictures of her and many of the other demonstrators, who had no compunction about using their own cameras to take visual evidence of who had filed in to the Great Hall of King’s College, to hear a relatively anodyne address by the former deputy

Israeli premier, Dan Meridor. Basically, if you are over 16 and you are demonstrating in a public place, then you take your chances, Young Hisser. I have taken part in numerous demonstrations in my time – though I must admit it’s not my favourite way of expressing opposition. But when I was a student, long ago, I was involved in the Soviet Jewry campaign and once even managed to get physically lifted by the cops after a group of us staged a sit-down occupation at the Tass (Soviet news agency) offices in central London. What I don’t remember from my demonstrating days is the overweening sense of entitlement as expressed by Young Hisser and her friends. Most people (well, me and my crowd) laughed at the recent exhortation by the National Union of Students that people should use “jazz hands” rather than applause, because applause, it was explained, “could cause disturbance and create anxiety”. I thought much of this was nonsense until I attended last autumn’s Labour Party conference in Brighton and found people

complaining about the use of attentiongrabbing props – such as, say, a toy Welsh dragon on a stick – so that their owners might be called to speak in debate. The dragons, and other such paraphernalia, it was claimed, made people feel “unsafe” and “inhibited”. There is an amazing amount of rubbish spouted about what does and does not constitute “a safe space” in public, particularly on campus. And we have to cut the young some slack, because we too were probably as pompous and risible at their age. What is singularly NOT funny is how our own Jewish students feel when they are going about their daily lives. Being a student should be a time of freedom and exploration, not a

time of creeping around and feeling utterly “got at” and intimidated. My heart goes out to Jewish students who face a miserable choice – identify and be attacked, or attempt to fade into the woodwork and witness the attacks from the wings. I wouldn’t blame anyone for choosing not to bear the burden of “apologising” for the whole of Israeli public policy, but it’s a choice mainly asked of students. So some serious applause – definitely NOT jazz hands – for the Jewish students standing for NUS positions this year. And a reminder to the rest of us to do what we can to support our students, the front line in the hasbara war of words.


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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Hundreds of mishloach manot packages were this week made up for recipients of the charity GIFT ahead of Purim next week. An initiative of Family Maierovitz, at this year’s event, children in Highfield Gardens, Golders Green, wraped up the packages during half-term. Ilana Maierovitz, 14, said: “Packing for GIFT was so much fun. We wait a whole year for it”. This year’s GIFT post-Purim food collection will take place in the GIFT warehouse, in Hendon, on 2 March. The charity is also providing a text code donation service for Matonot Le’evyonim. Text LOTS18 £10 to 70070 now. For more details, email: info@jgift.org

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Emily’s Adventures in Wonderland, a series of interactive workshops on national curriculum subjects for primary school-age children, organised a science week at Lubavitch Boys’ School in Stamford Hill, where the boys made rockets, elephant toothpaste and volcanoes, among other items.


Participants of Aish Unfiltered, a new young professionals programme, traveled into London to distribute ‘survival packs’ to the capital’s homeless. Starting the day by enjoying a bagel brunch at the home of Rabbi Moshe and Liat Mayerfeld in West Hampstead, they then handed out the packs, which include socks, first aid kits, sleeping bags, pillows, mattresses and raincoats. Having so far raised more than £700, Rabbi Eli Birnbaum said: “It’s difficult to find the right words to describe how profoundly moving and eye-opening this experience was. One of the most basic and fundamental tenets of the Torah’s teachings is that of reaching out to the helpless and needy.”



Year 5 pupils from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School enjoyed a residential weekend at Skeet Hill House in Kent. Participants were joined by madrichim (leaders) from Tribe during Shabbat, while pupils took part in a variety of subjects over the three days. Deborah Harris, Jewish Studies lead, said: “The weekend was an enormous success, with the children asking to go away again. The Tribe Madrichim worked so hard to provide an informal but educational Shabbat, and it was great to see our pupils working together as a team throughout the weekend.”






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James Howard Education Ltd, a group that runs tuition courses, took 25 of their students on a tour of the Brent Mosque and Islamic Centre. Led by Naved Siddiqi, their tutor of Islam for Religious Studies GCSE, the group included Jewish pupils and was run with The Zone, a partnership education project of Norrice Lea and Highgate Synagogues for secondary school pupils. The group’s Avi Friedmann said: “It was wonderful to be able to work with the great people at Brent Mosque, and to witness a prayer service as well as their wonderful charity work and a tour of their facilities.”





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Magen David Adom UK hosted an event with Mosab Hassan Yousef, aka The Green Prince. The former Hamas member, who was ‘turned’ by the Shin Bet into a double agent and saved thousands of lives by thwarting countless terrorist attacks and suicide bombings, was interviewed by Jewish News’ Justin Cohen. The 300-strong audience also heard from Professor Eilat Shinar, who discussed developments of the National Blood and Logistics Centre in Ramla. MDA UK chief executive Daniel Burger said: “Mosab is truly inspirational and, like MDA staff and volunteers, his priority is saving lives.”


Alan Dedicoat, the voice of the BBC’s National Lottery programme, was the quizmaster at Norwood’s Enterprise supper quiz. Raising £14,000,

Wayne Chodosh, whose son Jake has autism, is non-verbal and lives in Norwood’s Highview residence, introduced its appeal film. He said: “When you have a child with special needs, your aspirations are different to parents who have a ‘normal’ child. Your aspirations are that they’re going to be looked after when you’re no longer here. That’s what Norwood does. It’s amazing.”

8THE NAME’S BOND Israel Bonds and Dr Ami Appelbaum, chief scientist to the Ministry of the Economy and Industry, and chairman of Innovation Israel were welcomed by the London Stock Exchange to open London trading. Hearing from Nikhil Rathi, CEO of London Stock Exchange Plc and Alderman Peter Estlin, Dr Appelbaum then addressed the audience, where he described Israel Bonds’ major contribution to Israel’s economy. For more details call 020 3936 2712.


Through charity GIFT, a non-Jewish charity donated table centrepiece flowers from its fundraising dinner to those struggling in the Jewish community. Bouquets were added to the weekly food packages for families across London, referred by Jewish welfare organisations. A spokesman for the charity said: “It was a pleasure to donate our flowers to such a good cause. If we can provide flowers to those in your community without incurring a cost, all Jewish charity dinners and events could and should do the same.”

Your simcha announcements Dexter Cohen celebrated his barmitzvah at Mill Hill United Synagogue

Daniel Isman celebrated his barmitzvah at Stanmore Synagogue

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Joshua Danker celebrated his barmitzvah at Muswell Hill Synagogue

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Louisa Collins & Marc Hooper were married at The Grove Hotel

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LUXURY AT A FRACTION OF THE COST Deborah Cicurel speaks to Patric Gaudini of Affordable Luxury Travel, which provides bespoke travel for less


rom exotic food and wine tours to safari holidays, flying by private jet or enjoying sixstar accommodation, you may be surprised to discover luxury doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. Affordable Luxury Travel is a Fitzroviabased company specialising in highly discounted, tailor-made and bespoke travel itineraries to destinations around the globe. Clients with budgets large and small can find everything from a luxury city break in Rome from under £250, to a six-star, super luxury round the world cruise, starting from £8,999. The company, which has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, sets itself apart from its competitors by using a high level of technology, as well as making the most of its affiliations with airlines, hotels and ground handlers to cut out the “middle men” and save clients plenty of money. Its experienced travel experts work

closely with clients to tailor-make the perfect trip and work out the fine details of where to stay, where to go and how to get there. They work with boutique properties as well as large hotel chains, and on all types of stays, from European breaks to far-flung destinations, and with commercial airlines in addition to private jets. “As well as being part of the long established and successful Moresand Group, it has always been our intention to invest in our specialist travel consultants to work with the latest technology, providing an exceptional level of service and huge savings on all travel to all of our clients,” says Patric Gaudini, the firm’s head of luxury travel. “We are a tour operator, not a typical travel agent, meaning we save our clients on average 30 percent, as we have strong alliances with all major airlines, as well as direct contracts with hotels and ground handlers worldwide.” The company doesn’t limit itself

Clients can do yoga on the beach in Bali, above, or go on a safari holiday in Sri Lanka, inset

Inset: Sales director Cherrubin Navaratnam, head of luxury travel Patric Gaudini, finance director Sukh Kang, managing director PS Kang and director John Kalia Above: Enjoy a trek to Machu Picchu

by experiences, budgets or countries, meaning the options for unique holidays are endless – and its clients often come back for more. “Our clients can request any type of unique travel experience, including staying in a yoga and detox retreat in Bali, a gastro food and wine tour in Peru, a wildlife safari holiday in Sri Lanka, hiring a private jet, or a five-night beach getaway to Dubai,” says Gaudini. “We have a vast repeat client database, as retention of clientele has always been our priority. “We appreciate that without our clients, we would not have a successful business,” he adds. “Our products, marketing and pricing structure is geared towards a wide range of clients, as we try to fulfil the needs of every traveller.” So which are the must-see destinations this year? According to Gaudini, there has been demand and growth for trips to South America, South East Asia, a few hidden European gems and cruises in general, but he adds that his team is constantly on the lookout for the next big trend. “In our experience, trends can vary very quickly, which is why we have a product and destination team internally that researches and sources new and up-and-coming locations all year round,” he says. “We have found that specialist holidays in particular are more in demand and will continue to grow.” The company draws on its network around the world to prepare itineraries its clients will love. “Our head office is based in

Fitzrovia, central London, and the Moresand Group has around 600 employees globally, including offices in Sri Lanka, New York and Delhi,” says Gaudini. “Every member of personnel is crucial to our entire operation running smoothly and the fact that we have a low turnover of staff is something to be proud of and speaks for itself. “For me personally, I am extremely proud to be part of the Moresand family. “My inspiration and mentor is PS Kang, founder and owner of Moresand, purely for his dedication, ambition and continuous support towards everyone in his organisation.” Affordable Luxury Travel is confident that its team’s experience, attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of global destinations will keep clients coming back for more. Confident of the company’s ability to provide the best for less, Gaudini even encourages his customers to do their own research. “It is imperative that clients shop around and research before they make a reservation with any company,” he says. “We do have price guarantees; however, we want to make sure they don’t just take our word for it. “Most importantly, we want our clients to have a great holiday and give positive feedback.” • To find more Affordable Luxury Travel offers and packages, visit affordableluxurytravel.co.uk or call 020 3023 7776

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Children’s reading / Lifestyle

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Once upon a tome... Jewish children’s book project PJ Library now has 5,000 UK subscribers. Winnie Sandler Grinspoon tells Francine Wolfisz how the project has helped families around the world


arold Grinspoon watched in delight as his three grandchildren eagerly received their afikomen present: a Jewish children’s book. While the books were not readily available locally, their mother, Winnie Sandler Grinspoon, had a family tradition of gifting Jewishthemed books at the Seder – and her father-in-law was fascinated by their enthusiastic reaction. In that moment, the philanthropist and founder of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation was inspired by the youngsters’ smiles to make Jewish children’s books more widely available to families around the world — and so the idea for PJ Library was born. Now, 13 years later, PJ Library — named for the ‘pyjamas’ worn at bedtime reading — delivers free books and music to thousands of children, aged six months to eight years, across 13 countries. Every month, more than 500,000 books, in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Russian, are sent to homes across the globe. Having launched in this country three years ago, the non-profit project has 5,000 UK subscribers and recently delivered its 100,000th book. So great is the demand, there are now plans to expand to 7,000 children, thanks to a grant from Genesis Philanthropy Group.

The results are staggering, given that PJ Library began 13 years ago as a small community project in Massachusetts. But Sandler Grinspoon, president of the foundation, says that despite their modest plans at the outset, the project was soon “wildly popular” with families across her home state. “It made us think this was an idea worth expanding on.” Sandler Grinspoon looked at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a worldwide book gifting programme set up by the country music star, and wanted to emulate its success for the Jewish market. Using the same model, she sought funding partners and organisations in each community to share the cost of buying and distributing the books. “This programme only exists because of support across the Jewish community,” she says, adding that the foundation will help to fund the project “wherever it exists”. In the UK, the foundation will this year fund a third of the £600,000 needed. Sandler Grinspoon’s motivation shines through. “Even the busiest parents love reading to their children and will do what they can to protect that time together, so why not make that moment even more special with the gift of a book?” she says. While encouraging families to cultivate a greater interest in Jewish

The 100,000th PJ Library book was delivered to Olive and Lexi Robinson, 3, from Finchley, earlier this month

tradition, values and culture, PJ Library has also been credited with helping to boost the availability of Jewish-themed books for children. It publishes titles itself and encourages authors to “write more books and submit more manuscripts”. This year, PJ Library plans to take 20 award-winning authors to Israel, to inspire them to write about the country. Aside from the US, Canada and

the UK, the programme operates in Australia, New Zealand and several Spanish-speaking countries. There’s also growing demand for books in Hebrew and Russian – the latter coming from a growing number of UK-based readers. A recent survey of UK readers found close to half believe PJ Library has helped them feel connected to their local Jewish community, while 68 percent of those expressed

a desire to become more connected and involved. No longer just bringing parents and children together, PJ Library has even brought communities closer. “That for me is the most fulfilling part of my job,” adds Sandler Grinspoon. “To hear from recipients who say that it is so delightful, so important, so impactful for their families.”  For more information visit pjlibrary.org.uk


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Lifestyle / London history

The East End life we left behind Photos byDavid Granick, Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

David Granick’s intimate portrait of London, which lay hidden for nearly 40 years, shows a working class area transformed


hey laid untouched for nearly 40 years, but now a fascinating archive of 2,000 photographs capturing the post-war streets of the East End have been published for the first time. Photographer David Granick, who lived in Stepney his entire life, meticulously documented the changing landscape of his neighbourhood between 1960 and 1980 and left the collection to Tower Hamlets Local History and Archives after his death. It was only last year that Granick’s work resurfaced when documentary photographer Chris Dorley-Brown embarked on a search to find colour images of the East End in the aftermath of the Second World War and became aware of a large collection of Kodachrome slides that had never been digitised. In his introduction to The East End In Colour, 1960-1980, Dorley-Brown writes he was “beyond excited” when he came across the collection of slides, which show how this traditionally working-class area was transformed immensely by developers over two decades. “The war has been over for 30 years, but in places the trauma looks recent, infusing the mood of this tired landscape which bore the brunt of Luftwaffe blitzkrieg, with a melancholic determination to remain in the past,” writes Dorley-Brown. “Shops, cafés and workshops bear the names of their owners and founders, hundreds of years of tradition still hanging on – just.”

Clockwise from above: Poverty in Spitalfields Market, 1973; Whitechapel Road, 1965; West India Dock, now Canary Wharf, 1971; and Bellhaven Street, 1977

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Elegant weddings you can bank on Deborah Cicurel speaks to the founders of a non-profit aiming to make Jewish weddings more affordable


hile there might be intentions to “spare no expense” when planning a wedding, many can start to feel overwhelmed by the spiraling costs of their simcha. Step in Anne Djanogly and Hilary Cohen, from north-west London, who have made it their mission to make Jewish weddings that bit more affordable. Their new endeavour, Elegant Weddings, is a non-profit enterprise that makes a traditional Jewish wedding much easier and more affordable for the mainstream Orthodox community. “We’ve both made weddings for our children, and realised how high the cost of them can be,” says Anne. “So much money gets swallowed up on the day, for just six or seven hours, then you wake up the

next day and realise it’s all over. “What we wanted to do was put together a package to create a lovely day for the bride and groom, but a realistic day for the parents.” The “package” element of Elegant Weddings makes what can be a stressful process remarkably simple. As easily as if you were doing your weekly shopping, you log onto the website (http://elegantweddinglondon. co.uk) and choose whether you want a gold package, for £17,000, or platinum package for £30,000, for a midweek function for 260 people. Then simply select your choice of venue, caterer, photographer, flowers and musicians. The price, as well as including all these components, also considers VAT, kashrut fees and administration costs.

Anne and Hilary are not party planners; they simply wanted to make the process a bit less intimidating and more affordable for both parents and young couples, who may feel they are unable to keep up with their peers and who might prefer to use large sums of money as a down payment on a flat, rather than a one-day event. Once the bride or groom has selected all the options, they are put in touch with the suppliers to discuss their particular preferences for their special day. The founders make no money from the project, and have negotiated special prices with their suppliers. “We are doing this as a service to the community. It’s non-profit, not means tested and it’s not being subsidised by anyone,” says Hilary. “We’ve been discussing this for such a long time. We want the service to become the accepted norm, so that people aren’t under pressure to provide more lavish weddings than those before them.” • For more details visit elegantweddingslondon.co.uk


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Lifestyle / Travel

Crete and mighty!

Lucy Daltroff finds the world’s oldest road in Crete and traces the rebirth of the island’s Jewish community


nd that,” said our English guide, pointing directly in front of her, “is the oldest paved road in the whole of western civilisation.” Here I was in Knossos, exploring the remains of the palace dating back to 2000BC that was once the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilisation and the road in question led to the port. Considered Europe’s oldest city, Knossos is full of character, but visitors still need a little imagination to understand exactly what it was like in its prime, when 100,000 people lived in and around its perimeter. What is less well known is that some of them were Jewish, as inscriptions now found provide evidence there was a Jewish community originating from Egypt, during the first century BC. The valuable advice I had was to first visit the nearby archaeological museum in Heraklion, the capital, to understand more about the way of life of the Minoans. Although the museum is modern and wellorganised, it’s so bursting with artefacts found in Knossos that it can be problematic knowing where to look first. I loved the contemporary-looking jewellery and the colourful frescoes, but it was the bull’s head carved in stone that appealed the most. It was used as a vessel for holding liquid during religious ceremonies and is so beautifully contoured that it seemed ageless. I had arrived six days earlier with my

husband and immediately realised we had totally underestimated the size of this Greek island. It was obvious that even if hiring a car, it would be impossible to see many of the attractions in just a week. This gave us a wonderful excuse to spend more time at our base, the luxurious Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Hotel, a well-run establishment with its own private beach and two beautiful boats anchored in the bay that can be chartered by guests. The hotel is part of the Elounda Hotels and Resorts founded by Spyros Kokotos, a wellknown Greek architect. Interestingly, for the past few years, its sister hotel next door – the Elounda Peninsula – has opened especially early in the season for a large party of French-Jewish clients who bring their own rabbi and celebrate Pesach here against this beautiful setting. On a cooler morning, we took the half-hour walk to the village of Elounda. A line of cafés and restaurants overlook the bright turquoise sea and it was here, talking to a friendly local, that we found out about two important historic sites nearby. The first is the remains of a sunken city, Olous, a powerful trading centre from 500 BC, which is mostly visible to snorkelers and divers. The water was so clear we were able to peer down and make out the layout and streets without donning flippers. A short ferry ride brings visitors to Spinalonga, now

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famous thanks to Victoria Hislop’s book, The Island, in which she brings to life the sadness of the leper population who were forced to live out their existence in exile. There has been a Jewish link to Crete throughout its history, primarily because of its position away from the mainland and proximity to Egypt, North Africa and Palestine, meaning it was influenced by important trade routes. Under its many occupations, the Jews of Crete were a distinct thread of continuity, until many emigrated in the 19th century, leaving just one community in Chania, the second city. Then in 1944, when Greece was occupied by the Nazis, the Gestapo rounded up the entire Jewish population of about 300 and put them on a boat – with the end destination of Auschwitz. They never arrived, for the British torpedoed the ship and all were tragically killed.

This tragic act could have ended a centuries-long Jewish association with Crete, but then along came Nicholas Stavroulakis, a scholar and academic born to a TurkishJewish mother and a Cretan-Greek Orthodox father. In 1974, armed with a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Stavroulakis returned to his grandfather’s house in Chania, and made it his mission to restore the synagogue. As he said at the time: “Not only had the Jews all been killed, but our very history was being erased. To my mind, it had to be saved at all costs.” He worked with spirit and energy to restore the building and the tiny community. He passed away last year, but the Etz Hayyim Synagogue still holds weekly Shabbat services. The reborn mikveh is fed by a minor spring, and in a small hallway is a simple shrine with plaques poignantly bearing the names of the Jews of Chania, who perished in 1944.

LUCY’S TRAVEL TIPS Lucy stayed at Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Hotel (portoelounda.com), where prices start from £181 per night and Yotelair Gatwick Airport (yotel.com). She visited Heraklion Archaeological Museum (heraklion. gr/en/ourplace/archeological-museum/archeological-museum.html) and Etz Hayyim Synagogue (etz-hayyim-hania.org).

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BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS We continue our reading about the Tabernacle and its vessels. This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parsha starts with a commandment to make oil for the menorah, continuing with the clothes for the High Priest and other Cohanim. Oil in the ancient world was an important commodity. It was a cosmetic luxury and fuel for lamps. The old-fashioned term for olive oil was â&#x20AC;&#x153;sweet oilâ&#x20AC;?, because it is fragrant. The olive oil for the service of God was what we today call extra-virgin. It was good quality, and burnt with the purest flame and the least smoke. In ancient times, no one used candles if they could avoid them because tallow (beef fat) burns with a pungent smell and dense smoke. The mishna talks about the kinds of fuel we may use in our candles, and Rabbi Tarfon says olive oil is preferable in our Shabbat lamp. We read that passage on Friday nights to remind ourselves of the mitzvah of lighting Shabbat lights. Some say we should use olive oil

because the dove that returned to the ark with olive branch became a symbol of peace and Shabbat is peaceful. The menorah was kept alight day and night. Some may ask why it was necessary to have such a device in the Tabernacle when God was leading us through the wilderness using a pillar of fire by night. The answer in the Talmud is that the menorah was testimony that everyone knew for sure that Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence dwelt with the Jewish people. The evidence was that the westernmost candle held as much oil as the others, but never diminished. It is not surprising that we find more than one miracle associated with oil or that it was used by our ancestors to anoint people to Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service. An agricultural product that brings light, holiness and luxury, it eases our relationship with God, both as a vector and as vital element, bringing light, zest and vigour to our lives.

ď ˇ Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire (JCoB.org) in Reading

What does the Torah say about... Triplets separated at birth BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL During the 1960s a Jewish organisation ran a social experiment in which triplets were separated at birth and adopted by three families of differing financial backgrounds to see how the children, as they grew, would be shaped by their external circumstances. Taking children from parents illegally is kidnap and equal in Jewish law to murder. If money changes hands after the kidnapping, the offence carries the death penalty. Sadly, separating children from close relatives for nefarious purposes is not unknown to Jewish communities. In Israel, new efforts are being made to investigate the splitting of parents from children on arrival from Yemen in the 1950s. In ensuing decades, stories emerged of brothers and sisters falling in love and finding out that they were siblings. Marriage would have rendered children




born to them illegitimate and unmarriageable in Jewish law. In 1950s Morocco, children were stolen from parents and sold on to families in France. Recently, a mother in Israel was reunited with her son who never knew her, but recalled having been beaten and traumatised by agents of the Jewish community and

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The Bible Says What? ‘Purim celebrates revenge’ RABBI LEAH JORDAN The Book of Esther, the Megillah we read on Purim, ends in such triumphalist violence that in the early years of Liberal Judaism our movement didn’t celebrate the festival at all. The Jews of Persia spend most of the book’s few short chapters in fear for their lives from Haman, adviser to the king and infamous Jew-hater, who has persuaded King Ahasuerus to kill the Jews of Shushan. At the thirteenth hour, the heroes of the story, Esther and Mordechai, succeed in changing the king’s mind – but too late, the decree to kill the Jews has already gone out. So all that can be done is to issue another decree, giving kingly consent for the Jews to assemble and defend themselves. We read that on “the very day on which the enemies of the Jews had expected to get them in their power, the opposite happened, and the Jews got their enemies in their power”. (Esther 9:1).

Like any great revenge drama, disaster is barely averted, and so the (likely entirely fictional) bloodletting is meant to be cathartic, an emotional release, a revenge fantasy for a marginalised, diasporic people. Recent modern scholars, Elliott Horowitz among others, points to the troubled, fascinating way in which Purim played out throughout the centuries – as a time that antiJewish, Christian rhetoric pointed to in order to paint Jews as ‘bloodthirsty’ and as a time when ‘the playful, theatrical violence’ of the festival has led to real anti-Christian violence on the part of Jews. Nowadays, Progressive communities celebrate Purim with gusto, recognising that the festival is a vehicle – through its ribaldry, contradictions, masks and unmasking – to explore the tensions of Jewish narrative and contemporary identities.  Leah is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

Progressively Speaking North and South Korea are under one flag at the Winter Olympics. Israel and Palestine next? BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS I still get emotional when the Olympics appear on our screens. The afterglow of London 2012 reignites and I feel excited by sports I haven’t even heard of. Continual doping scandals have begun to wear away at this feelgood-factor, so it was a delight to see the recent coming together of enemies in the name of the Winter Olympics. Can we imagine a day when Israel and Palestine display such mutual affection or respect for one another? This sudden Korean unity at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang was a bit of a surprise to me, with the seemingly continual spiral down of relations between North Korea and, well, just about everybody. Yet since 2000, despite the many bumps in the road, Korean unity has been a goal that officially those on the peninsula are working towards. There are, of course, enormous differences between the two states,

but I’m not convinced the situation is comparable to the Israel-Palestine situation. The histories, geographies, and cultures in question are, of course, very different. While the Korean move of unity was widely celebrated, Palestinians would perhaps rightly see joint competing as an erosion of their separate status. Yet the sight of Israeli and Palestinian flag bearers side-by-side could be a powerful symbol of the peace so many aspire towards –

indeed the Olympic committees of Israel and Palestine have in the past been brought together by third parties. Reform Judaism is committed to two viable states as the only just and realistic solution to the present situation. The Olympics are great because Israel and Palestine have their own Olympic committees, competing as equals with their own teams, even if this is not the political reality. Despite its flaws, the Olympics offers a glimpse of a world in which two national identities can live side by side and compete on friendly terms, rather than continually destroying one another. A unified flag for North and South Korea is an inspiration. Perhaps it will help citizens to unify and see that working together is possible – and that respecting one another is more desirable than killing one another.

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SOBELL RHODES Dear Melvyn, With the new tax year almost here, I want to be in the best position with my personal tax. Please can you give me a list of the main things I should look into before 5 April? Michael Hi Michael, With 5 April approaching, I have listed below some

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MEDIA SALES EVENTS AND PROJECTS COORDINATOR Chana is a Jewish charity based in NW London which provides emotional and practical support to Jewish couples who are experiencing infertility.

Chana is looking to employ a confident and dynamic Events and Projects Coordinator for community educational and fundraising events.

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

The ideal candidate will need to be efficient, highly organised, have leadership experience and good communication and IT skills. To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to: hayley@chana.org.uk Closing date for applications is Monday 5th March 2018 Interviews will be held the week of 12th March 2018 For more information, call Hayley on 020 8203 8455. www.chana.org.uk

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 anthony@aplmedia.co.uk www.aplmedia.co.uk

Children Ahead is a specialist provider giving professional intervention to children with mild to moderate learning difficulties.

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST To provide Speech & Language Therapy to children ages 3 - 13.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to: •Deliver excellent Speech & Language Therapy to children with mild to moderate learning difficulties •Be part of a holistic group of professionals working with each child •Work with teachers, LSAs (learning support assistants), SALT assistants and parents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a professional, and dynamic team and to make a real difference for children in the community. Package available to support, guide and supervise newly qualified therapists. Location: London N16 Please apply by sending your CV and relevant qualifications with a covering letter to job@childrenahead.org.uk Children Ahead ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check and referencing. Children Ahead - Tel: 020 8806 7312 ext. 1 A registered charity No.1138140 Company limited by guarantee. Registration no. 07303421.

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Hendon hit heights of top spot MGBSFL Hendon United moved back to the top of the Premier Division table as goals from Rocky Spitzer, Zac Lewis, Ari Last and Dovi Fehler saw them claim a comprehensive 4-0 win over Brady. Player-manager Greg Corin said: “It was another dominant display from us. Our attitude was to be really focused from the first minute and we didn’t relent, pressing and keeping up the pressure all game. I’m really pleased with how we performed. We now head in to a big league fixture against Redbridge, which will no doubt be a real challenge for us.” London Lions White are up into third place after winning 5-1 at Camden Park, Sam Hammerton, Ollie Craig, Kiki Levin and Connor Perl all on target. Raiders B spurned the chance to go top of the Division One table after they suffered a 3-2 loss at Los Blancos, Oli Sade’s double

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Supporters of Ohel Sarah swapped an intimate restaurant setting on Valentine’s Day for a highenergy spinning class in aid of the charity’s One Heart marriage programme. Raising almost £2,000, the event took place at the CyClub in Hampstead Garden Suburb, where owners – Hils Bentwood and Sharon Jaffe were delighted to support Ohel Sarah. Sharon said: “We were excited to offer couples a ‘different’ activity for Valentine’s Day while raising funds supporting such a meaningful programme. This was all about leveraging love to support love as charity is integral to our business. We are not just about the pedals but about the people.”

More than 60 toddlers attended Maccabi GB’s first ‘Toddles & Tea’ event. Enjoying activities which were led by the charity’s sports coaches & leadership participants, MGB Event Coordinator Talia Fennessy said: “It was fantastic to see over 60 pre-schoolers engage in this event. Our sports coaches ran brilliant active games, the soft play & bouncy castle were a huge hit and there was smiley faces all around. We hope this event is the first of many these children have on their MGB journey.”



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687 babies have been born with Chana's help It all started with a call to the Chana helpline

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