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Palestinians to sue Britain ahead of


centenary of Balfour Declaration
ISRAEL HAS joined former
Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind in rubbishing
Palestinian plans to sue the
British government over the
1917 Balfour Declaration.
As British Jews prepare
for a series of events next
year to mark the centenary
of the historic document affirming the UKs commitment to a Jewish homeland,
Palestinian Foreign Minister
Riyad al-Maliki asked Arab
leaders for help in a legal
campaign targeting Britain.
The Palestinians said the
claim was on the basis that
London was responsible for

all Israeli crimes.


The letter to Baron Rothschild from then British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour
gave the green light to the establishment of Israel, but alMaliki said this gave people
who dont belong there
something that wasnt theirs.
Speaking to Jewish News,
former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said:
This is a purely political initiative. It will have no legal
force but might generate
some publicity. No more, no
less.
Zionist Federation chairman Paul Charney said: If

[Abbas] really wants to hold


someone to account for the
lack of a Palestinian state,
perhaps he should sue his
Arab co-nationalists who rejected the UN Partition Plan that
would
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of Jewish history
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Berger troll faces jail


AN INTERNET troll is facing jail
for a second time after making
anti-Semitic death threats to a
Labour MP in which he told her
she would get it like Jo Cox.
John Nimmo, 28, from South
Shields, sent two emails to
Luciana Berger, telling her to
watch your back Jewish scum.
The second message to the
35-year-old MP for Wavertree,
who hopes to become Mayor of
Liverpool, included a picture
of a large knife and came
three weeks after MP Jo Cox
was murdered following a constituency meeting.
Nimmo was jailed in 2014 for
eight weeks for sending abusive
Tweets to feminist campaigner
Caroline Criado-Perez and MP
Stella Creasy.
His first message made
reference to Joshua
Bonehill-Paine, who had
been charged with a
racially or religiously
aggravated hate
crime
against
Berger. On 6
July, Nimmo
wrote: Justice

for Joshua Bonehill-Paine will be


sweet, he has friends everywhere. Watch your back Jewish
scum, regards your friend the
Nazi. He followed it up two
days later with: You will get it
like Jo Cox did, you better
watch your back Jewish scum.
South Tyneside Magistrates
Court heard a statement from
the former shadow minister for
mental health, in which she said
the messages had caused her
great fear and anguish.
She said: I was extremely
concerned for my safety. I had
previously received anti-Semitic
threats, but the reference to Jo
Cox was terrifying.
Chairman of the bench Ian
Alexander told Nimmo the
seriousness of the offences
meant the case would be referred to crown court for sentencing. It will be heard at
Newcastle Crown Court
in August and Nimmo,
who previously admitted
sending malicious
communications to
Berger, was remanded in custody.

Stamford Hill daubings


ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI has
been daubed on a number of
posters in north London, including on those in support of
refugees.
F*** Yids was found
scrawled on at least four
posters in Stamford Hill, which
has a large strictly Orthodox
Jewish community.
Police told Jewish News they
were aware of an allegation
being made... regarding antiSemitic graffiti scrawled on a
wall on Albany Park Terrace/
Cazenove Road, adding: An
appointment has been scheduled to interview the individual
who reported this matter.
Neighbourhood watch group
Shomrim posted images of the
offensive slogans on Twitter.
Michael Scher, supervisor at

Stamford Hill Shomrim, said:


Local residents were shocked
and disgusted to see the racist
and anti-Semitic graffiti appear
in their neighbourhood.
He added: This appalling
behaviour does not reflect the
wider Hackney community, who
are generally very welcoming
and friendly.
A Community Security Trust
spokesperson said: It is somebody going around with a
marker pen, but it is nasty and
anti-Semitic, intended to cause
alarm.

TOUGHER SENTENCES
URGED ON HATE CRIME
THE GOVERNMENT has promised
tougher sentences for those found guilty
of hate crimes, in one of new Home Secretary Amber Rudds first moves since replacing Theresa May.
The Hate Crime Action Plan, published
on Tuesday, outlines extra security funding
for vulnerable places of worship, stricter
sentences and fresh guidance on raciallyand religiously-aggravated crime.
Detailing a specific and defined threat
to Jewish sites and interests in the UK,
the Home Office said 13.4 million currently distributed through the Community
Security Trust (CST) would continue next
year, as Rudd renewed Mays tough line.
Where crimes are committed, we must
make sure victims have the confidence to
report incidents and the law is rigorously
enforced, she said.
Hatred directed against any community, race or religion has no place whatsoever in our diverse society and it needs to
be kicked to the curb to eradicate hate
crime.
Acknowledging the need to improve
the response to online hate crimes, the
Home Office report said MPs had met
internet industry executives to discuss
a range of initiatives and policy changes,
including best practice guidance.
It also said the Director of Public
Prosecutions would publish guidance on
prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media following a
national consultation.
Several Jewish charities were named as
stakeholders in the governments push,
with Anne Frank Trust UK, CST, Maccabi
GB and Streetwise all listed as partners.
We are very glad to have helped play
a part in the making of this new hate crime
action plan for the benefit of all communities, said CST communications director
Mark Gardner. We regret that such things
are necessary, but hope that, in time, this
will help improve the situation.
The Home Office noted that strictly
Orthodox Jews were less likely than other
sections of the Jewish community to

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report hate crimes. We will work with the


Charedi community to increase awareness,
educate young people as to what constitutes a hate crime and encourage reporting, it says.
Addressing concerns that the government was soft on hate crime, it said:
Community groups have told us that
some people do not report hate crime
because they believe there is little chance
of a conviction Our Cross-Government
Working Group on Antisemitism is working
with police and prosecutors to ensure that
arrests and convictions related to antiSemitism are publicised in order to
reassure Jewish communities that [the]
government takes this issue seriously.
Campaign Against Anti-Semitism direc-

tor Jonathan Sacerdoti said: The recent


[post-Brexit] surge in recorded hate
crime revealed what Jewish citizens have
known for too long: hate crime is often
dismissed and not prosecuted. Nonviolent anti-Semitic hate crime often goes
unprotected, creating an atmosphere of
impunity.
The government published its first Hate
Crime Action Plan in March 2012, and
updated this two years later. However, the
problem appears to be on the rise, with
more than 15,000 people prosecuted last
year a 4.8 percent rise on the previous
12 months. The new plan comes after an
increase in racism in the aftermath of the
Brexit vote, when there were almost 300
incidents being reported each day.

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ANTI-SEMITISM HAS no place in Great


Britains diverse and tolerant society.
In the past few years, the Jewish
community has been the target of
horrific attacks in Paris, Copenhagen,
Brussels and Toulouse. These outrages
horrify the people of Britain, but racist
and religious hate crimes are also taking place within our shores.
The threat to the Jewish community
in this country is something that I cannot, and will not, ignore.
Last year the Community Security
Trust (CST) received 924 reports of
anti-Semitic incidents in Britain, including 86 violent assaults. Any attack of
this kind is one too many.
We must challenge anti-Semitism
wherever we find it, and action is now
being taken to ensure the safety and

security of the Jewish community.


This week, I published a Hate Crime
Action Plan, setting out the steps the
government is taking to prevent all
forms of hate crime, to protect victims
and boost reporting.
It details work already underway
to tackle these abhorrent crimes and
increase safety for the Jewish community, including 13.4 million funding
specifically to protect Jewish schools,
synagogues and community sites.
Prevention is also key and we are
funding an extension of the powerful
Anne Frank Trust Schools Programme,
which uses Annes life and diary to
empower young people with the
knowledge, skills and confidence to
challenge all forms of prejudice and
discrimination.
This programme has already reached
thousands of young people up and
down the country.
It is vital we give people the confidence to report hate crime and know it
will be taken seriously. Kick It Out has

worked with the CST and Maccabi GB


on guidance on anti-Semitism in football that has been sent to all professional clubs.
And after hearing that members of
the Charedi community are less likely
to report hate crime, we are working
with them to educate young people on
what constitutes hate crime and how to
report it.
We have also improved police
recording of religious hate crime, while
new Crown Prosecution Service guidance will encourage tougher sentences
in religious and racial hate crime cases.
But we will not stop there. My job as
Home Secretary is to protect all the
people and communities that make us
Great Britain and I will do all I can to
achieve this.
Let there be no doubt, I will not
stand for anti-Semitism or any form
of hatred. Communities across Britain
must come together and stand
united against those who use hate to
divide us.

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Lucas support
THE KENTON mother desperately seeking a stem cell donor
to save her life received yet
more celebrity support this
week, with comedian Matt
Lucas backing her familys campaign for people to register.
The comic actor, who is Jewish, tweeted: Sharon Berger
has leukaemia & needs a lifesaving stem cell donor it could be
you please register and RT.
Last week Sharon, 65, who
is undergoing chemotherapy
at Hammersmith Hospital,
heard how Bear Grylls and
other stars were backing the latest #Spit4Mum push, orchestrated by her son Jonni and
daughter Caroline.

Labour election
THE FORMER director of London Jewish Forum has been
elected to the powerful Labour
Party committee, which will
decide the fate of Ken Livingstone.
Councillor Peter Mason,
national secretary of the Jewish
Labour Movement (JLM), was
elected to the 11-member
National Constitutional Committee, which has power to
expel Londons former mayor
from the party. It will also arbitrate over other disciplinary
cases.
It is the first time a JLM candidate has been elected to a
national committee in 20 years.

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Church horror attack on faith itself


THE MURDER of a Catholic priest in a
Normandy church has been described
as an attack against all religions as
Israels president joined Jewish leaders
worldwide in condemning the outrage.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for
the attack after two terrorists stormed
the church during mass and made
84-year-old priest Father Jacques Hamel
kneel before slitting his throat. Another
person one of four hostages inside
the place of worship in Saint-Etiennedu-Rouvray, south of Rouen,
Normandy was in a critical condition on Wednesday.
As Pope Francis expressed
sorrow and horror at the latest terrorist attack in Europe,
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
described it as a despicable
desecration of the sanctity of
human life in a place of peaceful
worship. He added: Prayers with
our Catholic friends.
Board of Deputies senior vice-president Richard Verber said: This callous
murder of a priest in France in the name
of a twisted ideology is an attack on all
of us. The murder of a defenceless
84-year-old, a man who had dedicated
his life to his community and was going
about his own business is beyond
disturbing.
Dr Moshe Kantor, president of the
European Jewish Congress, pledged
that the dastardly attack would only
strengthen the worlds resolve to defeat
Islamist terrorism.
An attack against a religious institution and a man of God is an attack

The death of Father Jacques Hamel provoked hundreds of tributes

against all religions and


faith itself, he added.
World Jewish Congress
president Ronald Lauder
insisted the fight ahead is not a
war between religions, but between
good and evil. We must stand as one in
the face of this great threat.
Condemnation also came from Israel,
where President Reuven Rivlin said:
This attack shows the true face of the
brutal nature and the horror of terrorism.
The whole free world must understand
that our values are under attack.
He added: Israel stands side by side
with the people of France, and we send
our thoughts and prayers to the victims
and their families.
France is still reeling from a deadly
terror attack in Nice on 14 July, Bastille

Day, in which more than 80 people were


murdered. Visiting the site of the church
attack, President Francois Hollande
pledged to fight IS by all means, while
Theresa May offered the condolences of
Britain.
This attack comes after a spate of
violent terror in Germany over the past
week and a half with varying motivations leaving Germans full of fear
according to the governor of Bavaria.
On Sunday, a bomb was detonated
by a man who killed himself and left
more than a dozen others injured. Two
days earlier, an 18-year old German of
Iranian descent killed nine people in
Munich, prompting the government
to review gun laws. It was not thought
to have been motivated by Islamist
extremism.

Learning from Israel


FRENCH PHILOSOPHER Bernard-Henri Levy
says his country and others facing terrorism in
Europe should look at Israel as a way of learning how to respond.
The war correspondent, speaking to presenter John Humphrys on yesterdays Today programme on BBC Radio 4, commented on the
latest terrorist attack in Normandy, in northern
France, in which an octogenarian priest had his
throat cut by two men.
One of the men had made so many attempts to go to Syria that he had been electronically tagged by the French authorities but,
unfortunately, the tag was switched off at the
time the attack took place on Tuesday. Islamic
State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the
attack.
Levy warned: Daesh [IS] is acting as a sort
of monstrous magnet for the worst kind of
actions. We have to know that it [such terrorism] will last for a long time and will not be
repaired in a glance.
Nevertheless, he told Humphrys, there was
one way of responding and it is a pattern
which has worked. And that is Israel.
For years, Levy said, because, alas, of its
terrible and long experience of terror, Israel
has put in place some ways of resisting.
It means day-to-day sorts of reflexes and
reactions. It means, alas, another way of dealing with public space. It means developing
a sixth sense, a sense of danger which the
Israelis have all the time; they know [terrorism]
can happen at any time.
He said this kind of response was not just a matter
for the state, but for society
and each of us. It is a very
narrow path, and we should
not become paranoid,
but a constant awareness is required.

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ISRAELS HIDDEN
DEPTHS
Vast amounts of gas newly found
off the Israeli coast have given the
country a wealth of options and
this being Israel much to argue
about, writes Stephen Oryszczuk

Map showing the possible extent of natural-gas deposits off Israels coast

s announcements go, it was


almost lost in the sea of news,
but as far as implications go,
it could be one of the great defining
moments in Israeli history.
So it was that Yuval Steinitz,
Israels reluctant energy minister,
told the world via the IDC Herzliya
Conference last month that there
was now a good chance that Israel
had four times as much gas under its
seabed as first thought.
Large deposits of natural gas off
Israels Mediterranean coast have
long been known about. The
Leviathan field, which alone could
meet all of Israels energy needs,
was once dubbed a gift from God
by Benjamin Netanyahu.
But if Steinitz is right, there could
be 2,200bcm still to be explored.
Put another way, thats the equivalent of another four Leviathans.
It could, Steinitz said, kick-start a
stuttering economy, and be a huge
growth engine at a time when investments and exports are increasingly proving insufficient to meet
Israels needs. Over the next two
years, it will save us from zero
growth per capita, he swooned.

But Steinitz doesnt have his eye


just on domesticity. The new gas
could prove Israel's newest weapon,
and by far her most potent.
Among her neighbours, many of
whom are oil-rich energy giants,
Israel is known for its military might
but its energy needs. In short, it has
only ever carried big sticks. Now it
dangles a large and juicy carrot, too.
If the gas could be exported via
pipeline at reasonable cost to places
like Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, it
could have a transformative effect.
Steinitz is in no doubt what this
means for his homeland, and now
that the long-drawn-out process of
developing a framework finally
seems to be over, he says the work
and benefits will soon be seen.
In terms of Israels position
in the world, this has great advantages. We could even become a
significant exporter to western Europe, he says, in a reminder to
British listeners that the North Sea
oil reserves are dwindling.
If you can liquefy it, you can
export it anywhere in the world.
Without a doubt, this could position
Israel completely differently vis--vis
Europe and the Middle East. We will
never be an energy superpower, but
in the next ten years we could
become a significant actor. If this
materialises, it would be a dream.
Its nice that the minister is
dreaming, says Eitan Cabel, a fiery
member of the Knesset, but now he
needs to wake up. Theres an energy crisis in Israel. People actually
feel it. The economic reality is
that factories and plants are not
connecting to gas. Theres nothing
in our hands yet. All we have are

Benjamin Netanyahu with one of his


lawyers at a Supreme Court hearing
into a gas-drilling deal with the US

stories. When will this change? How


long does it take?
An exasperated Cabel, who
blames both the government and
the private sector, is expressing the
frustrations of many, after years of
wrangling over how best to exploit
the resource. But Yossi Abu, chief
executive of Delek Drilling, whose
company has been closely involved
in what is, by some distance, Israels
largest infrastructure project to
date, has his own frustrations.
Fifteen billion shekels, this is
what they said wed save, says
a raging Abu. For five years weve
had people calling us saying to us
give us gas. We say we cant,
were waiting for the framework, its
stuck with the regulators.
The six-year process, a legal quagmire of drafting contracts, is widely
perceived as a commercial and legislative nightmare, says Dror Strum,
president of the Israeli Institute for
Economic Planning. The story of

gas so far has been the saddest


story, he said. Dozens of factories
in Israel sit in need of gas, while they
use methanol, crude or diesel.
Far from Steinitzs vision of
exporting it far and wide, he says:
We need to first look at our own
needs, develop our own economy.
Our only growth at the moment is
due to our domestic consumption.
We should not be looking outwards
for export, but looking inwards.
Orit Farkash-Hacohen, the former chair of Israels Public Utilities
Authority, agrees that Israeli
industries such as glass, pharmaceuticals, refining and petrochemicals are suffering as a result of
hold-ups. It all comes down to the
price of gas as stipulated in the contracts and as compared to global
energy prices, she says.
Were competing with gas from
the world market. The price of gas
in Israel is increasing, but the price
of gas on the world market is
falling, and will continue to fall. So
we need to make sure were not
signed up to artificially high prices.
Israels resources should have
given us a competitive edge, she
says. But they havent. It comes
down to price.
The government has a monopoly, and this affects prices. The government needs to go back; it needs
to look at what it did and ask what
it is going to do now.
Meanwhile, the drillers stand
ready, says Abu. More than 500 million shekels will be invested by the
end of the year. This is drama. There
will be a rig, the tendering process is
nearing completion. The time for talk
is over. Its time for action.

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Plea on schools
THE NEW Secretary of State
for Education should scrap the
50 percent cap on faith-based
admissions to Jewish schools,
community leaders have said.
In a letter to Justine Greening, Board of Deputies CEO
Gillian Merron said: The
majority of Jewish schools [are]
in favour of the abolition of the
50 percent rule.
Asking for a more flexible
approach, the Board said the
cap had prevented the creation of more faith-based free
schools. Last week 68 rabbis
wrote to Greening, opposing
the cap, hoping that the government reshuffle would
change thinking.

Council unity
ANTI-SEMITISM IN the Labour
Party was among the topics
discussed by Jewish councillors of all political stripes at an
annual networking event this
week.
Across 14 City boroughs,
there are 67 Jewish councillors, most of whom attended
London Jewish Forums reception at the Jewish Museum in
Camden on Monday.
LJF chair Adrian Cohen told
the gathering: Jewish councillors are in many respects on
the front line and your
input into your boroughs is
vital.

UJS: weve been sidelined


NATIONAL STUDENT leader
Malia Bouattia this week said
Jews would choose the Jewish
representative to an influential
anti-racism committee but
the communitys student representative body complained it
had been sidelined.
The furore surrounds the
NUSs Anti-Racism Anti-Fascism (ARAF) campaign, which
has traditionally had a Jewish
representative chosen by the
NUS president in consultation
with the Union of Jewish Students.
The NUS national executive
committee (NEC) ruled in
February to end the longstanding practice of having a
guaranteed Jewish representative on ARAF, with the intention that the group would be
co-convened by the Black Students officer and another NEC
member from one of several
minorities. This was overturned
by the NEC last week in a
motion whose wording implied
that the Jewish representative
would be chosen by the 40member NEC.
Bouattia has now confirmed,
in a letter to Cambridge University Students Union, that
the Jewish representative will
be elected by a self-identifying caucus, which means
Jewish students already on the
NEC. Josh Nagli, campaigns

NUS president Malia Bouattia

director at the Union of Jewish


Students, said this meant not
involving the vast majority of
Jewish students.
Its more than a snub,
said Nagli. It shows that
there are still some in the
NUS who are unwilling to listen to Jewish voices. Shes
saying that four people [Jewish students on the NEC] will
choose the Jewish representative, but they have not themselves been elected by Jewish
students.
Bouattia, whose election
provoked widespread opposition after she had previously
referred
to
Zionist-led
media, met UJS officers the

day after she was elected earlier this year. In her letter to
CUSU, in which she responded to concerns about
anti-Semitism and Jewish representation, she said: As your
president I intend to fight for
the rights and safety of all students, including Jewish students.
She said there was no
place for any form of racism,
including anti-Semitism, in
NUS, or across the student
movement, adding that she
should be held to account
for upholding this belief.
See page 16: Wes Streeting
MP on the unions future

Restitution fury over Polish law


THOSE SEEKING restitution
for Holocaust victims families
this week attacked a tribunal
verdict upholding the Polish
Parliaments decision to limit
claims for private property in
the capital, Warsaw.
Since October 1945, claimants had applied for the restitution of private city property,
all of which was transferred to
Warsaw municipality after the
war. But Soviet authorities
ignored most claims, before
closing the process in 1988.
The World Jewish Restitution Organisation (WJRO) criticised a decision by the Polish
Constitutional Tribunal, to back

an unjust law passed last


year that limits the rights of
claimants.
The WJRO said that Poland
was now the only European
Union country that had failed
to address the issue of confiscated Holocaust or Communist
era private property.
We are very disappointed,
said the WJROs Gideon Taylor.
This decision highlights the
need for Poland, at long last,
to do what all other countries
in the former Soviet bloc have
done.
About 350,000 Jews lived in
pre-war Warsaw, many related
to todays British Jews.

Janner hearing due in March


THE GODDARD Inquiry into
historical child sex abuse has
postponed its hearings on Lord
Janner until next March, partly
because of another probe into
the way Leicestershire Police
handled allegations against the
late Labour peer and ex-MP.
Criminal and gross misconduct notices have been served
on 11 people over the alleged
mishandling of complaints.
As the decision was announced, a lawyer for Lord
Janners family hit out at the
Inquirys wholly unfair suggestion that a finding of fact
might still be made. He said

the Inquirys role was to investigate whether public bodies


have taken seriously their
duty of care to protect children
from sexual abuse. Janner was
an individual, not an institution.
Lord Janner, who had dementia, died last year aged 87,
while awaiting a so-called trial
of the facts over
allegations of
historical sexual offences.
His family
have always
maintained his
innocence.

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Rabbis gift of a
refugee home

Louise Freedman, Rabbi Janet Darley and Alice Alphandary from SLLS

and have their applications for


asylum examined here.
A series of fundraising initiatives will be held within the local
community in addition to donations and grants. Alphandary
explained that the synagogue
has previously used the space
for general rental, but were now
inspired by Janets work to
inject this project with Jewish
values and use it to truly welcome the stranger.
Describing the service as
both moving and exciting,
Rabbi Darley said: I received
some lovely presents from the
congregation, but the best one
of all was the promise that the
flat they hope to create in part
of the building to provide an
income stream will be rented to
a Syrian refugee family.
Tributes were paid during
the service which was followed
by a kiddush by the Mayor
of Lambeth, Councillor Saleha
Jaffer, Citizens UK chief executive Neil Jameson and Liberal
Judaisms senior rabbi Danny
Rich.
Rabbi Darley was presented
with a special tallit designed
by cheder headteacher Jackie
Ashton and made by the communitys children and a donation to her refugee appeal.
Student Rabbi Nathan Godleman will take over the south
London pulpit for the next year,
as part of his Leo Baeck College
fourth year placement.

Photo: James Shaw

A LONDON SYNAGOGUE will


convert part of its premises into
a home for refugees as a leaving
gift to its retiring rabbi, writes
Jack Mendel.
South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) announced plans
for the project, expected to
cost up to 50,000, in recognition of Rabbi Janet Darleys
work supporting newcomers to
Britain. It is hoped the conversion will enable a family of
refugees to live there.
SLLS chair Alice Alphandary,
who announced the plan at the
end of a special Shabbat service
in Rabbi Darleys honour, said:
We are all so proud of the work
Janet has been doing alongside Citizens UK and other faith
groups to encourage the government to allow more refugees
into Britain, and then welcome
them when they get here.
We knew the best present
we could give Janet was to mark
her retirement with a project
that continued this amazing
social justice work.
Rabbi Darley, who has served
SSLS for seven years, was part of
a Citizens UK team that won the
Champions of the Year prize at
the Women on the Move
Awards.
The charity recently won a
major legal victory for children in
the refugee camps in Calais,
who have relatives in the UK,
which will enable these children
to come and join their families

New buddy benches unveiled


Two brightly-coloured buddy benches at Sinai Jewish Primary School
have been created to help children make friends. The benches, which
will be ready for the childrens return in September, were designed by
pupils Melissa Charles (Y5) and Liat Tilsiter (Yr2).

Rosh Pinah celebrates upgrade to good by Ofsted


ROSH PINAH Primary School has been
upgraded to good by a recent Ofsted
inspection.
The state-aided primary school in Edgware, which has 443 pupils, was previously
rated as inadequateby Ofsted in 2014.
In response, governors brought in Lilac
Sky, an external education agency, to help
run the school and installed headteacher
Angela Gartland.
The latest report said the school had
successfully tackled the weaknesses
identified at the previous inspection and

praised the tenacious and courageous


governors for ensuring improvements were
made.
Ofsted awarded Rosh Pinah good ratings in all areas, including the effectiveness of leadership and management.
Teachers were praised for providing
consistently helpful and comprehensible
guidance to pupils, while inspectors noted
that pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is very well provided for.
The report also found that pupils were
making good progress in the early years.

However, Ofsted found there was room for


improvement in helping pupils reach higher
levels in writing, as they do already in reading and mathematics.
Chair of governors Andrew Rotenberg
said: Our recent Ofsted inspection report
confirms Rosh Pinahs position as the premier Jewish primary school in the community, known for its strong leadership and
governance, good teaching and excellent
integrated secular and modern Orthodox
Jewish curriculum, top academic results
and a high level of pastoral care.

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Continued from page 1
there are people who still deny our
strong connection to our land.
He added: The Palestinian Authority do not object to the Jewish
state, they object to the national
home that preceded the Jewish
state clarifying that the root of
the conflict is a refusal to recognise
a Jewish state in any borders.
The Palestinian Authority
urged Arab countries to help us
bring a suit against the British
government over the ominous
Balfour Declaration which resulted in the Nakba (catastrophe)
for the Palestinian people.
It is not clear where the Palestinian Authoritys lawsuit will be
filed, but last year a Palestinian
campaign group tried to sue the
UK in an Egyptian court, while in
2008, a Palestinian youth group
sought to do the same in the UK.
Saying there was no legal or
any other merit in a potential
claim, UK Lawyers for Israel chair
Jonathan Turner said: The Balfour Declaration was not a legal
document and did not have legal
consequences.
Al-Malikis plea came in Mauritania on Monday, at the annual
meeting of the Arab League, in
the absence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and
Saudi Arabias King Salman.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was aware
of the Palestinian plan. The Palestinian mission in the UK declined
to comment.

Lib Dems urged to expel Tonge


PRESSURE WAS mounting on the Liberal Democrats
finally to kick Baroness Tonge out of the party this
week, after she claimed Israels treatment of the
Palestinians was a major cause of jihadism and
Islamic State.
It also emerged that the anti-Israel peer had
earlier this year shared an article referring to Jewish
power targeting the Labour Party.
In a House of Lords statement on Palestinian children last Thursday, Tonge said: The treatment of
the Palestinians by Israel is a major cause of the rise
of extreme Islamism and Daesh [Islamic State].
Board of Deputies of British Jews vice-president
Marie van der Zyl said it was another House of
Lords debate and another outrageous speech from
Baroness Tonge on the Middle East, adding: It is
time for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron to expel
her once and for all from the party.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism said in a
statement: We cannot expect [her] to apologise, as
she means it. It is now time for her to be expelled
not just from the parliamentary party, [but] from the
House of Lords.
The Community Security Trusts Mark Gardner
said: This is the latest in a long line of provocative
statements that will cause offence. As with all political parties, it is for them to decide if they want to be
associated with such behaviour.
This week it emerged that Tonge had shared an
article by anti-Israel author Gilad Atzmon, in which
he said: British Labour is the current target of an intensive exercise in Jewish power. The Jewish lobby
and media are openly silencing criticism of Israel and
Jewish power. Gardner said of her decision to share
the article: She can make whatever excuses she
likes, but this stinks.
Tonge sits as an independent peer, having resigned the party whip in 2012 after refusing to apologise for saying Israel is not going to be there
forever. In 2010, she was sacked as health

Tonge: Israeli treatment of Palestinians fuels jihadism

spokesperson after claiming Israeli troops sent to


Haiti to help in the aftermath of a huge earthquake
were trafficking organs. The Liberal Democrats told
Jewish News: Jenny Tonge is not a member of the
Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and does
not speak for the party on these matters, and said
there was a complaints procedure.
Her latest comments came in a debate about the
welfare of Palestinian children brought by Lord
Warner, who told the chamber: Palestinian children
grow up in a culture of fear, intimidation, suspicion
and sometimes death.
But Lord Monroe Palmer of Childs Hill said that
infant mortality rates in Gaza and the West Bank are
better than those in China, Romania, Turkey and
South Africa. Lord Polak said: The suffering of
Palestinian children is a tragic consequence of the
extremist ideology that has been allowed to flourish
in the Palestinian territories.
Lord Warner replied: I can think of no greater incitement than a 50-year military occupation in which
you watch illegal settlers take over your land.

Israeli woman raped in Himalayas


Two people have been arrested
in connection with an alleged
gang-rape of a young Israeli
woman in a remote Himalayan
town in northern India.
The woman, who is 25, said
the incident occurred in the
early hours of Sunday, after
she became separated from
her two friends in Manali and
hailed a car that police said she
mistook for a taxi.
She told investigators that
a car carrying six men pulled
over and offered her a lift. Two
of the men are then alleged to
have raped her in the car.
The victim was taken to

Ministers Olympic Shabbat clash


ISRAELS CULTURE and Sport
Minister Miri Regev has said
she will not be at the opening
ceremony of the Olympic
Games next Friday because it
clashes with Shabbat.
While authorities looked
into whether she could be
housed within walking distance of the Olympic Village,
so she would not have to drive
on Shabbat, security officials
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Police confirmed they are
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search of the perpetrators,
who drove an unlicensed
vehicle.
She is the third female
tourist to have said they were
raped in the region in recent
years, and international pressure has led Indian leaders
to increase the sentences of
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New centre will showcase Israeli technology


FORMER ISRAELI president
Shimon Peres has launched an
innovation centre in Jaffa to
showcase how Israel reached the
cutting edge of science and technology in the hope that it will
build bridges across the region.
The centre, which is expected
to attract hundreds of thousands
of tourists when it opens in 2018,
will tell the story of Israel as the
start-up nation, profiling inventive techniques in areas such as
irrigation, energy, imaging and
mobile technology.
The launch was attended by
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. It featured video simulations of the planned fourstorey building, showing how
visitors will experience a large,
kinetic art exhibit of interactive

From left: Reuven Rivlin, Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu

screens at the entrance, followed


by a series of Mini TED Talks
(Technology, Entertainment and
Design), with Israeli entrepreneurs
detailing their own journeys.
For Nobel laureate Peres, 93,

however, it represents an opportunity to engage the youth of the


Middle East and North Africa,
using innovation to build peace.
I implore our neighbours: let
us co-operate and create a start-

up region, he said. Let us adopt


the path of peace and innovation,
which is always preferable to war
and pain
Israel is a dream that came
true. Permit me to continue to
dream... When I look at Israel, we
all can see clearly that the greater
the dream, the more spectacular
the results.
Rivlin said the centre would
create a link between the past
and the future while Netanyahu
acknowledged that innovation
and peace complement one
another.
Located at the Peres Peace
Centre in Jaffa, the leaders hope
the centre will become an educational hub, outlining Israeli developments in science, technology,
medicine and healthcare, agriculture and industry.

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Lithuania

Africa

HOLOCAUST HERITAGE organisations have expressed shock


and disgust at the news that a
former concentration camp is
being used as a party venue.
The owners of Seventh Fort, 55
miles west of Vilnius, where
thousands of Jews are buried,
are hiring it out for graduation
parties and wedding receptions.

A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO
spent four years travelling
around Africa capturing the continents sporadic Jewish communities has unveiled his work in an
exhibition in Israel. Jono Davids
self-funded trip took him to 30
countries, including Cameroon,
Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Gabon,
Morocco and Benin.

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A NEW INTERACTIVE Jewish


heritage centre in northern
Portugal has been inaugurated
by the countrys culture minister and the Israeli ambassador.
The centre, in Monsaraz, is
known as the House of Inquisition, and honours dozens of
Jews forced to leave or convert
during the Inquisition of 1536.

THE DUTCH owner of C&A department stores has said he is


shocked and disturbed by revelations that his familys company profited from the forced
sale of Jewish property and use
of Nazi-era slave labour. Maurice
Brenninkmeijer initiated the independent probe himself, saying: We wanted to know.

Parents of murdered teenager tell Pride marchers: Stand up for a tolerant society
THOUSANDS PAID tribute to murdered
teenager Shira Banki on Thursday as a
record-breaking 25,000 people took part
in Jerusalems annual Gay Pride march.
Despite threats to the event and painful
memories of the attack at last years march
which claimed the life of 16-year-old Shira
(pictured), five times the previous record
number attended the event in response to
a call from her parents, Ori and Mika.
They told marchers: Its too late for us,
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lic space but its not too late for all of


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Participants laid flowers in Shiras memory at the corner of King George and
Washington Streets, where she died.
Sarah Kala Meir of the Jerusalem Open
House for Pride and Tolerance, which
organised the march, said: We take pride
in a wide religious community with members with all sorts of beliefs, citing
Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Christians and Muslims as supporters.

Speeches made included criticism of


Jerusalems mayor Nir Barkat who, while
backing the right of the march to take
place in the city and supportive of efforts
for tolerance, did not attend to avoid offending the strictly Orthodox community.
TV personality Assi Azar said: Today
we have with us here religious people,
men and women, who are a part of the
LGTBQ community, and we have religious
leaders who honoured us with their presence. This is how a bridge is built.
Earlier last week, 250 Charedi rabbis

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BY CARON

KEMP
HE GENTLY turned the handle of the old-fashioned
minute music box, producing a calming, beautiful
sound that filled the space between himself and the
young man cowering in the opposite corner.
As all else was silent and the melody continued its
slow, steady rhythm, the fear and uncertainty gently
washed away.
Encouraged by the simple yet sincere gesture, this
young man who struggles every day to interact with
other people looked up and met Dushs glance.
In that brief moment, years of barriers were undone.
For David Barashi, whose stage name Dush is
a nod to his fathers Kurdish roots, this connection

Dush demonstates his skills during his Hendon visit

was no accident. He has been perfecting his skills for


25 years and for the past 13 has been working at
Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Ein Kerem,
Jerusalem, as a medical clown.
So when he was invited to Kisharon Adult Day
Centre in Hendon to meet people with learning disabilities and complex special needs, he knew not
only what their challenges were, but exactly how to
build trust and to offer something profoundly positive to their day.
Calling Dush a clown feels like a disservice. Aside
from the lack of face paint and garish costume, he is
a trained specialist in medical therapy and an integrated facet of the Israeli healthcare system; working
as part of multidisciplinary teams in various units
including paediatrics and sexual abuse clinics. He is
also part of the IDF Israeli emergency team sent
around the globe to help in natural disasters such as
Haiti and Nepal.
I deal with the person as a whole, explains Dush,
who was touring the country for a week to educate
people on what is still a medical phenomenon in the
UK, visiting Immanuel and Menorah Foundation
Schools, Tzofim Friends of Israeli Scouts Association,
the S&P Synagogue in Lauderdale Road and North
Middlesex University Hospital.
We believe medicine solves only part of the
problem and that emotional wellbeing is crucial. As
such, I aim to make the hospital environment full of
creativity and colour and sound.
Rather than tricks, Dushs small rickety brown case
holds the most basic entertainment tools, albeit with
photos of his wife and daughter. They remind

Photos: Yaffa Judah

Laughters the
best medicine

Red nose day takes on a whole new meaning for this youngster as he interacts with the medical clown

me every day that I have all the riches in the world


I need, which is my motivation for helping others,
he admits. I purposefully dont bring lots of paraphernalia. I prefer to make moments, not balloons.
The truth of this is evident as he finds his stride in
a room now full of young adults for whom a stranger
engaging with them is usually difficult to bear. Bearing witness to the session, one can only attribute his
ability to interact with everyone so personally, while
facilitating them interacting with one another, as
a spark of pure magic. It is clear why this industry has
blossomed since its beginnings. In 2002, three medical clowns went to work at Hadassah. There are now
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EDITORIAL COMMENT AND READERS LETTERS

An attack on
all religions
HE WAS an 84-year old priest, but to his attackers, his age was not
as important as his religion. What happened in a church in Normandy
this week sickened and repulsed us all, in part because of how it was
perpetrated, in part because it was so targeted, so symbolic.
Unlike the Nice truck attack, in which 85 people of all ages and
faiths were mown down at random, Father Jacques Hamel was
slaughtered because of the robes he wore, the God he worshipped,
the place he said his prayers. As the Israeli president said, they
murdered him in the house of God while pretending to speak in
Gods name.
The Jewish community knows how this feels. We know all too well
weve been top of the jihadists target list for years. In Copenhagen,
Toulouse and Paris, Jews were killed for being Jews. Now Christians
are killed for being Christian. The same can be said of anyone whose
life has been brutally ended because they did not subscribe to the
Islamic States specific brand of delusion.
Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, this
week said it was an attack on all religions and on faith itself. Our
response must include our faith in the good of Islam as it was intended,
and in the good of millions of Muslims throughout the world.

PA turns lawfare
fire on Britain
THE PALESTINIAN Authority is to sue the UK for Israeli crimes
since 1948 because in 1917 Lord Balfour said he supported the
establishment of a Jewish homeland. A lot has happened in the
Middle East since then (world wars, ethnic conflicts, dictators use
of chemical weapons, refugee crises, that sort of thing), but the PA
only wants to sue just for some of it.
Notwithstanding that this was a letter (not a legal document), or
that it was a statement of intent (not a binding commitment), or
that the Mandate for Palestine was legally adopted by the League
of Nations it was written almost a century ago!
Were no lawyers, but that would appear to be quite important.
If not, perhaps Mahmoud Abbas could sue others for crimes
committed on Palestinian land such as the Egyptians,
Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines...

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A FEW MORE FOR THE


POLICE TO TALK TO
If British police are going to interview Tzipi
Livini, then there are many more visitors to
our shores that they should question.
For example, any Saudi official who is or
was involved with amputations as a punishment should really be arrested and prosecuted. The same goes for Iranian visitors
involved with Iranian human rights abuses.
Chinese officials visiting the UK if they are
or were involved with taking organs out of
prisoners should be arrested.
When Spain requested the extradition of
Pinochet, the UK Foreign office should have
said that Spain must prosecute everyone
alive who was involved with human rights
abuses under General Franco before
Pinochet was extradited.
The major difference with Nazi war criminals, apart from their crimes being uniquely
horrific, is that their state does not exist any
more.
Since May 1945, Nazi war criminals have
no country to represent them. While Nazi
Germany still existed, German officials travelling abroad by invitation would not have
been arrested. Hess was arrested because
he came to the UK without permission and
we were at war with Germany at the time.
The police cannot be allowed to interview or arrest alleged foreign abusers of
human rights as it would make for very bad
relations with the allies of the UK, and
arresting an official from a powerful country
like China could even lead to a war.
Secondly the police should do what they
are paid to do, which is to arrest criminals,
and not meddle in issues which are best left
to the UK Foreign Office.
David Shamash
NW11

policy were right all along, although they


appear to have understated the dangers
involved. They indicate that the Islamic
Republic cannot be trusted to keep to its
international commitments and that its
leaders show contempt for their negotiating
partners even as those partners continue to
appease and indulge Tehran.
But they prove above all that the Iranian
regime remains a clear and present danger
to the region, and the wider world.
Even without nuclear arms, an emboldened Iran can fund regional terrorism to
influence affairs in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,
as well as on Israels borders.
With a nuclear shield, which now looks
like a long-term certainty, Iran becomes a
truly lethal prospect. In the face of this
threat, the absence of effective global leadership is a matter of deep concern.
Jeremy Havardi
Director, Bnai Briths UK Bureau of
International Affairs

FOUR WORDS FOR THE


BOARD OF DEPUTIES
So that exalted representative body
of British Jews, the Board of Deputies,
voted overwhelmingly that it is acceptable
for them to work with Israel-bashing
organisations.
History has taught us that ingratiating
ourselves to our enemies will not make
them like us.
The Judenrats thought that by cooperating with the Nazis they could help their
fellow Jews and we all know how that
turned out.
I have four words for the Board of
Deputies: not in my name.
Ruth Leveson
Borehamwood

IRANS NUCLEAR GOALS WHY SO MUCH COVERAGE


OF CHAREDI GOINGS-ON?
ARE A HUGE THREAT
Earlier this week, Irans foreign minister,
Mohammad Javad Zarif, beamed with pride
as he told his countrymen that Iran would
eventually resume its clandestine nuclear
programme.
Why did Zarif exude such confidence and
optimism when the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action signed last year apparently
stopped the Iranian bomb in its tracks? The
answer lies in a document, submitted by
Iran to the International Atomic Energy
Agency, about which Zarif alluded in his
remarks.
This document, seen by Associated Press
reporters and since verified anonymously
by two diplomats, outlines how Iran
plans to expand its uranium enrichment
programme when the nuclear deal with the
west expires after a decade. It is the only
part of the agreement from 2015 that has
not been made public.
This addendum to the deal says that in
a decades time, Iran will start to replace its
older uranium enriching centrifuges with
thousands of more advanced ones. Being
more efficient, these centrifuges will enrich
uranium more quickly and thus reduce the
breakout time that Iran needs to produce a
bomb.
Combined with the revelation from
German intelligence that Iran has been
trying to purchase material to further its
nuclear programme, and the fact that she is
able to carry out nuclear research, these
developments are deeply alarming.
They show that critics of Obamas Iran

I was disappointed to read the headline


Charedi callers overheat weather helpline,
which denigrates a whole section of the
Jewish community for the fact they made

completely innocuous weather enquiries


of the Met Office (Jewish News, 21 July
2016).
Hopefully the report will not catch the
eye of the non-Jewish press and be given
even wider publicity.
Something similar happened a few weeks
ago when a group of Charedi teenagers
were caught by incoming tides near Dover
and had to be rescued by the emergency
services. This even received widespread
reporting in the general press and mention
on the BBC, yet a similar incident a few
weeks later involving German schoolchildren on an educational trip was completely
ignored by the media.
It appears that anything done by the
strictly-Orthodox community becomes
newsworthy whereas when precisely the
same is done by others, it is totally ignored.
One must, therefore, ask whether there
is some underlying motivation for such
an excessive preoccupation with events
involving Charedim.
Martin D. Stern
By email

THE SCARY SIDE OF


THE PRIDE MARCH
Last Thursday, we saw the Pride March
through the streets of Jerusalem. Its frightening that in modern Israel this is a divisive
issue. Its scary there needed to be so much
security, with 30 people, two with knives,
arrested for trying to disrupt the event.
Its clear, that Pride is a flashpoint for
some of Israels religious community. While
its true many Orthodox people attended to
pay a fitting tribute to Shira Banki, who was
murdered in the 2015 march, its also apparent there is opposition, and its not an issue
that can be swept under the carpet.
It cant be dismissed like other issues
through the unifying language of Israels
security concerns against external dangers.
Israel will battle to be as secure as it can
from its enemies, but if it is insecure about
itself internally, that will be its biggest
enemy.
Lesley Cooper
By email

THE HOWLING WINTER


Sketches & kvetches OF AUSCHWITZ RUINS
By Paul Solomons www.daftoons.com

I enclose a difficult poem about how the


spirit of Auschwitz must always be a bitter
winter, even when all around the remains of
the camp is Spring.
This poem is an inevitably-hesitant
response to the poem about Plaszow written by letter writer Adrienne Tinn.
At Auschwitz, there is quiet grass;
The rose perfumes the morning air.
All seems calm under the Sun's stare.
The branches sigh as breezes pass
Near mundane brick and dullest brass.
The birds are chirping here and there.
This is Spring, with the dawn's brash glare.
But shades still darken panes of glass.

For the last time, Mother no, I do not want to sing


All the Single Ladies!

The howling winter has to stay;


Each ghost is so thin like some tree
That, lifeless and gaunt, must look grey.
And nothing melts the brutal iceLove's frozen stream does not flow free;
Cold grips scared spectres like a vice.
Zekria Ibrahimi
By email

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OPINION:
RABBIJENNI
MIRIAMFRAZER
BERGER AND MARK MAIER
OPINION:

Spielberg should not shrug


off Dahls anti-Semitism
BY THE time the celebrated childrens author, Roald
Dahl, died in 1990, he was most certainly a splenetic and bad-tempered old man.
Neither attribute can possibly excuse Dahls
sustained and all-too-frequently uttered antiSemitism, which found expression in a series of
public outbursts in the 1980s but which, his biographer Jeremy Treglown recorded, may well have
dated as far back as 1948 when Dahl was 31.
There seems to have been something about us
Jews that got under Dahls skin. In an interview with
the Independent eight months before his death, he
said: Im certainly anti-Israel and Ive become antiSemitic inasmuch as that you get a Jewish person
in another country like England strongly supporting
Zionism. Asked by a Jewish journalist if he could
elaborate, Dahl spluttered: Why are you being so
persistent? It is not a trait of your Jewish race to be
rude but you are certainly being rude I am an old
hand at dealing with you buggers.
In 1983, in the wake of the Lebanon War, he
reviewed a strongly pro-Palestinian book for the
Literary Review, in which he found it necessary to
write: It makes one wonder in the end what sort
of people these Israelis are. It is like the good old
Hitler and Himmler times all over again.
That year, he told the New Statesman: There is
a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke
animosity, maybe its a kind of lack of generosity
towards non-Jews. Theres always a reason why

anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like


Hitler didnt just pick on them for no reason.
I mean, if you and I were in a line moving
towards what we knew were gas chambers, Id
rather have a go at taking one of the guards with
me; but they [the Jews] were always submissive.
He claimed he never knew a Jew who had served
in the British armed forces, and was convinced that
no one else had seen one, either.
And now the celebrated film-maker, Steven
Spielberg, a fiercely proud and identifying Jew, has
made a film based on Dahls story, The BFG, or Big
Friendly Giant, which, as it happens, stars the
remarkable actor, Mark Rylance, who has not been
backward in revealing his discomfort with Israel.
But those critical of Israel do not all fall into the
same category. Rylances support for campaigns
such as BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions
movement, ought not to make him less of a BFG.
In fact, it ought to make him a perfect target for
asking him to re-think his opinions.
Dahl, however, is quite another matter (not least
because he is dead). Spielberg confessed this year
that he had not looked into Dahls views as thoroughly as he might. But he sought to downplay the
visceral extent of Dahls anti-Semitism by saying
that a) Dahl was a maverick who said whatever
came into his head in order to provoke, and that b)
his opinions were typical of those of his generation,
and they did not detract from his literary genius.

I beg to differ. Looking back at Dahls public


utterances which are shocking enough to make
one wonder what on earth he said in private
I dont buy that he was inconsistent in his attitudes
towards Jews, or said things just to see if he could
enrage people. At one point he complained: The
Israelis killed 22,000 civilians when they bombed
Beirut it was very much hushed up in the newspapers because they are primarily Jewish-owned
there arent any non-Jewish publishers anywhere.
So not just an anti-Semite, but a liar.
And as for the claim that his views did not bleed
into his fiction? Several of Dahls stories featured
derogatory caricatures of Jews, including the tale
of a little pawnbroker in Houndsditch called
Meatbein who, when the wailing started, would
rush downstairs to the large safe in which he kept
his money, open it and wriggle inside on to the
lowest shelf where he lay like a hibernating hedgehog until the all-clear.
In 1983, Tommy Lapid, father of the present-day
politician Yair Lapid, and then director-general of
the Israel Broadcasting Authority, made a dignified
announcement, saying Israeli TV would not show a
proposed new series of Tales of the Unexpected,
based on Dahls stories, because it did not want to
pay royalties to a man who could make such antiJewish statements.
To which I say, bravo, Tommy. And, are you
paying attention, Steven?

Jenni Frazer

Dahls offensive public


remarks make one
wonder what on earth he
said in private

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OPINION: WES STREETING & JOSH NAGLI


UK NEWS

Yet more proof that NUS


reputation is in tatters
I FOUND myself in the rather unusual, and
uncomfortable, position of agreeing with new
backbencher Michael Gove during our last
week in Parliament before the summer recess. In the debate on the governments
Higher Education Bill, Gove described the
National Union of Students as a chilling environment and a cold home for students, particularly those who are Jewish.
Last week, Izzy Lenga, a member of the
NUS National Executive Council (NEC) described the movement as toxic for Jewish
students, following a decision by the NEC to
abandon the long-established tradition that
the NUS anti-racism [campaign] would be
co-convened by a Jewish student in consultation with the Union of Jewish Students
(UJS).
To add insult to injury, one NUS executive
member referred to an amendment in the debate as not the final solution.
This latest embarrassment is only the latest
in a string of incidents during the past year
that have left NUS reputation in tatters.
Its new president attracted controversy by
referring to the University of Birmingham as
a Zionist outpost on account of its large
and well-organised Jewish society. She also
trotted out the old anti-Semitic trope of Jews
controlling the media with a tirade against

Zionist-led media outlets. A motion to


commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day was
subjected to an unprecedented level of controversy and debate at this years NUS Conference.
That the UJS has concluded that NUS,
and specifically the NUS president, have no
desire to listen to Jewish students will inevitably be met with concern by Jewish students and the wider Jewish community.
If this were not enough to spur students
and students unions to ask what on earth
their NUS leaders are playing at, they should
be in no doubt about the damage this is
doing to NUSs standing, beyond UK Jewry.
All students will suffer as a result of the reputational damage to NUS. If NUS can no
longer claim to represent all students, irrespective of background, its legitimacy as the
national voice for all students is undermined.
Ministers will find it easy to marginalise
NUS when students need it to be at its most
influential.
The Higher Education Bill currently making
its way through Parliament carries with it real
risks for students. It paves the way for further
inflation-busting increases to university tuition fees. It offers little assistance for students struggling to make ends meet
following the abolition of student grants

and the new Office for Students has no student representation on its board.
The best that the new radical leadership
of NUS could offer in response was a march
that couldnt be heard on the Parliamentary
estate and attracted barely any attention in
the media. Apparently, there was a sit-in in
the Department for Education. Not that anyone seemed to notice.
NUS drift to the hard left has led to a wider
political malaise that has seen a number of
students unions choose to disaffiliate following campus-wide ballots.
A number of university students unions, including Hull, Lincoln and Loughborough have
already chosen to leave. Further ballots may
occur in the autumn, as increasing numbers
of students choose to give up on a union that
they feel has now given up on representing
them.
Many Jewish students are now questioning
their place in NUS. Some Jewish societies
campaigned for their students unions to disaffiliate from NUS. Others may contemplate
joining them when they return to university in
the autumn. This would be a mistake.
Students need a strong national voice
now more than ever. NUS has a proud history
and it has a bright future so long as there are
students willing to stand up and fight for it.

Wes Streeting
Labour MP for Ilford North
and former president of NUS

If NUS can no longer claim to


represent all students, its
legitimacy as the national
student voice is undermined

Jewish students must not


walk away from the NUS
FOLLOWING THE election of Malia Bouattia, the
new president of the National Union of Students
(NUS), my predecessor and I met her. Malia expressed her desire to work with UJS and Jewish
students on the NUS Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism
(ARAF) campaign. Yet last Monday, when she used
her deciding vote to remove any involvement of
the representative body of Jewish students, UJS,
in choosing who represents them on the ARAF
committee, Malia proved to Jewish students that
she had no interest in working with them, let alone
joining them in the fight against racism and
fascism.
From kicking the National Front off campuses in
the 1970s, to more recently confronting the farright group National Action, UJS and Jewish students have been at the forefront of anti-racism and
anti-fascism work over the past 40 years. In 2002,
UJS and the NUS Black Students Campaign
worked together on the Racism Will Tear Britain
Apart campaign, which united the student movement in the fight against racism and fascism. Today,
we could not be further from such a collaboration.
I know UJS and Jewish students will continue to
fight against racism and fascism. But I also know
that this will be harder in the framework of the
NUS ARAF campaign. When the NUS National Executive Committee voted last week, it pushed
Jewish students further away from the student
movement and it is proving harder for them to justify any involvement in NUS structures. If any cur-

rent or prospective Jewish student has seen the


headlines from last weeks NEC meeting, I cannot
blame them for wanting to steer clear of the student movement.
All too often in recent months, the actions and
rhetoric of some have made NUS an unwelcome
environment for many Jewish people. Why should
Jewish students have to work that bit harder to
have their voices heard? Why should they have to
watch not one, but two, delegates, challenge an
amendment calling on NUS to commemorate
Holocaust Memorial Day officially?
What will it take for the student movement to
wake up and see that Jewish students are being
pushed out? What do Jewish students need to do
for the student movement to stand shoulder to
shoulder with them? For too long, Jewish students
have been left to fight this battle alone.
Despite 57 J-Soc presidents highlighting their
concerns with Malias past rhetoric, including her
use of terms such as Zionist lobby and Zionistled media, 372 delegates still voted for her. That
is more concerning; it shows a willingness to dismiss Jewish students concerns about someone
who has said things that are questionable at best.
Why is it that when Jewish students raise concerns about anti-Semitism, these concerns are
swept under the carpet? There seems to be a very
literal hierarchy of oppression within the student
movement and Jewish students couldnt be further down the pecking order.

However, precisely because of what has happened in the past six months within NUS, it could
not be more important for Jewish students to get
involved in the student movement and in NUS.
Jewish students still have many friends in the
movement who are willing to stand up for them
and will always stand with them in the fight against
hate and intolerance.
Almost 500 students and sabbatical officers
signed the open letter to Malia Bouattia; NUS does
have a policy that commits itself to combating antiSemitism and officially commemorate Holocaust
Memorial Day; the vice president (Society and Citizenship) Rob Young, who is to start work with Jewish
students and on Jewish student experiences on UK
campuses, was one of two full-time officers who
stood with Jewish students last Monday in their fight
to choose who represents them on the ARAF
committee.
As Hillel once said: If I am not for myself, who
is for me? Jewish students need to be in the room
to effect change and stand up for their interests.
Hillel also said: If not now, when? Now is the time
for Jewish students to get involved, engage with
NUS and the student movement and make sure
that they are represented on a national scale.
Last weeks NEC meeting showed that many are
unwilling to listen to our concerns. However, I know
that despite parts of the student movement continuing to try to push some Jewish students out,
we will continue to push back that much harder.

Josh Nagli
Campaigns Director,
Union of Jewish Students

Now is the time for


Jewish students to get
involved and make sure
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OPINION:
RABBIKALELA
MIRIAM BERGER
AND MARK MAIER
OPINION:
LANCASTER

Speak up for the democratic


and tolerant Israel we love
WHEN I MOVED back to London from Israel last
year, I knew there would be moments Id find really
hard to miss. One such moment was Thursday
nights March for Pride and Tolerance in memory
of Shira Banki in Jerusalem.
The tens of thousands of Israelis who came out
to celebrate freedom and tolerance in Jerusalem
created together a brief and beautiful moment of
victory not just for the LGBTQ community but indeed for all lovers of Israel who cherish the values
of liberalism and democracy. The joy of this victory
shone out in photos, videos and on social media.
The 25,000 marchers on Thursday night constituted a grand triumph against the vile discourse of
hatred and division being sown by the right-wing
forces that have conquered Israels political and
religious institutions.
As Uri Banki, father of murdered teenager Shira
declared at the march: Many deny or ignore the
direct connection between impassioned discourse,
hateful, condescending and blind confidence and
uncompromising self-righteousness and murder.
His plea to the marchers reached beyond his
personal pain to defend what his daughter had believed in: Dont let hate, ignorance and prejudice
wash you away get up and stand for your rights
to live in a tolerant and moderate society.
It is a real shame Jerusalems mayor Nir Barkat
was not able to summon the political strength to
magnify this message and clearly state that the city

of Jerusalem embraces the values of tolerance and


moderation. He shamefully chose instead to swell
support for the dark messages of homophobia
promulgated by Rabbi Levinstein and the 250
Israeli rabbis who publicly endorsed them. But
Jerusalem voted with its feet. As I participated vicariously through Facebook, the open and hopeful
face of Jerusalem gleefully fought back, the citys
beautiful diversity asserting itself in all its glory.
For me, highlights included a video posted by
a friend of revellers at the march largely overtly
religious but not exclusively joyfully dancing the
hora to religious music and waving rainbow flags
in Jerusalems Paris Square. Within the context of
the dire polarisation in Israeli society fanned by
voices such as that of Barkat, who claimed the
march would offend religious people this exuberant and spontaneous expression of Jewish joy at
Gay Pride was a moment much larger than itself.
But the principle of freedom of expression
a sacrosanct tenet of any democracy is under
threat in Israel. The Knesset has just passed two
laws that chip deep dents into Israelis right to critique or counter government policy and dominant
world views. The passing on 11 July of the NGO
law which will place extraneous reporting requirements on organisations receiving more than 50
percent of their budgets from foreign state entities was the culmination of a dedicated smear
campaign against human rights organisations that

has broadly succeeded in tarnishing in the publics


eye these champions of justice as representing
foreign interests.
And the Suspension Law passed less than a
week later which will allow a majority of 90 Knesset members to suspend an elected lawmaker for
views expressed threatens the very principle of
freedom of political debate. In an uncharacteristically fiery Knesset speech, Zionist Camp MK Tzipi
Livni declared during the debate: This collection
of laws, of which [the Suspension Law] is one, are
taking Israel to a dark place all of this is being
done in a manner which is destroying everything
that everyone from all strands of society worked to
build here over all these years.
Democracy is a fragile thing, and the extremist
forces wallowing in power in Israels political and
religious institutions are pushing the country perilously close to a democratic tipping point. Last
Thursdays march was a glorious moment for lovers
of Israeli democracy, but we all need to be vigilant
because, as Israeli singer Achinoam Nini so
poignantly put it in a New Israel Fund podcast, we
are in a battle for the soul of the state of Israel.
Deputy Jerusalem Mayor Meir Turgeman has
already announced his intention to ensure there will
be no Pride march in Jerusalem next year. All of us
who think there should indeed must be one,
need to place our stake in this battle and speak out
for the Israel and the Jerusalem in which we believe.

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NEWS IN BRIEF
TOP LEADERS OF US
More than 100 current and future
leaders attended both the United
Synagogues first Inspired Jewish
Leadership Conference and the
launch of the US new Community
Development Fund. Focusing on
inspiring participants in their
leadership roles and supporting them
with ideas and guidance, Leonie
Lewis, vice president of the US and
chair of the Community Development
Fund Board, said: Todays conference
has been all about inspired Jewish
leadership these grants will help our
local lay leadership to transform their
communities.

AHAVAS YISRAEL JOINS US


The US Council voted overwhelmingly
to accord full United Synagogue
status to Ahavas Yisrael, a new
community in Edgware, under the
leadership of Dayan Elimelech
Vanzetta which is dedicated to the
love of Torah, Israel and fellow Jews.
US president Stephen Pack said:
Im delighted Ahavas Yisrael has
joined the US family. This lovely
community, under the expert
leadership of Dayan Vanzetta is well
placed to serve the increasing number
of young families moving into the
south side of Edgware. Im sure it will
go from strength to strength.

Cold Feet actress warms to Camp Simcha


Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley was the guest speaker at the Camp Simcha inaugural Ladies Brunch. The
event was organised to raise awareness and funds for the charitys work, which supports UK families
coping with serious childhood illness. Raising more than 50,000, Camp Simcha chief executive
Neville Goldschneider said: Were thrilled to have set a new tradition with this Ladies Brunch.

WEEK IN
PICTURES

CHEDER GRADUATION
Mill Hill Synagogue celebrated its
annual cheder graduation as more
than 300 parents and cheder
participants attended a ceremony in
the Annie & Samuel Levy Hall. Rabbi
Jonny Spector, cheder headteacher,
said: Mill Hill cheder is a thriving
centre of Jewish education, having
more than doubled over the past five
years. Our aim is to promote a love,
knowledge and practice of Judaism in
a stimulating way.

Rabbi Farhi (pictured right) addressed


inclusion in the Jewish community at
the Seeach Sod Am Echad bLev
Echad event.

Ruislip Synagogues 2016 Annual David


Wolfson Memorial Lecture held in memory of
'Reverend David Wolfson, z"l, who was their
Minister for more than 30 years saw Councillor
Rabbi Alan Plancey as their guest speaker.

SWESRS CELEBRATIONS
South West Essex & Settlement
Reform Synagogue recently
celebrated both the 60th anniversary
of its first Shabbat service and 25th
anniversary of the opening of the
prayer hall in Oaks Lane. The service
was led by Rabbi Lisa Barrett, and
attended by MPs Wes Streeting and
Mike Gapes, Redbridge councillors
John Howard and Debbie Kaur-Thiara
and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner,
Reforms senior rabbi.

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Singer-songwriter Dean Friedman


performed a private concert in aid
of Jewish Care at the home of Ronit
Knoble and Eddie Gershon, raising
2,000.

Following a highly successful charity


supper and Barbra Streisand tribute act
by Julie Coupland, the Maturian Group of
Active Over 60s, based at Pinner
Synagogue, presented World Jewish
Reliefs chief executive, Paul Anticoni,
with a cheque for 1,500.

Rina Leigh and Henne Steinberg


organised and set up a cold drinks and
ice lolly stall in Green Lane, in Hendon.
The eight-year-olds raised 100 for The
Paperweight Trust.

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Enfield welcomes Mirvis


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis recently
visited Enfield Synagogue, one of
the smallest under the umbrella of
the US. Attracting 60 people to the
event, the community is in its
67th year and is headed by Rabbi
Yitzchok & Zipporah Sufrin.

CHILDREN at Tashbar Primary School in Edgware


were treated to all the pomp and ceremony that
comes with hosting a civic guest. The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff visited the school to
present the Mayors Robe Show to Key Stage 2
classes. Headteacher Anthony Wolfson said: This
was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to learn
about the heritage and traditions of the London Borough of Barnet. We are very
grateful to Councillor
Longstaff and the Mayoress
for their visit.

Laurences big
trek for Norwood

Laurence Smith is taking on the Grand Randone 10 route, trekking 540 miles across the
Pyrenes in eight weeks to raise money for Norwood, as he wanted to give something back
to the charity that supports his son, Jeremy,
who has cerebral palsy and severe learning disabilities. To follow him, see www.facebook.
com/norwooduk, or donate at: www.virgin
moneygiving.com/LaurenceSmithTreks

Beis Yisroels visit to Auschwitz

Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu together with his wife and 50 members of the Beis
Medrash Beis Yisroel community took a four-day journey retracing the steps
of millions of Jews who died in the Shoah. Holocaust expert and JLE lecturer
Rabbi Aubrey Hersh and Israel educator Rabbi Yossi Cohen also went on the
trip, which included visits to the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkeneau.

Eliana gets a charitable chop


S e v e n - y e a r- o l d
Eliana Sacker cut
off 14 inches of
her hair to donate
to Zichron Menachem, a charity
that makes wigs
for children suffering the effects
of cancer. The
Hasmonean Primary School pupil
raised more than
500.

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Kisharon bags some


treats for simchas
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People who want sweets for their simcha can


order them from Kisharon, thanks to a new
enterprise, thought up by Freda Kaplan, wife
of Norrice Lea Rabbi Dov Kaplan. Adults from
the charitys day services are packing the soft
sweets, which can be safely thrown as a mazeltov at a bar or batmitzvah, giving them a
small paid job to do. Email bagmytreats@
kisharon.org.uk for more details.

New chief helps ORT UK give hope


James Harding, head of
news at the BBC, addressed more than 160
people at the ORT UK
JUMP Mentoring Programme Graduation at
JW3. Adam OverlanderKaye, ORT UKs chief executive, said: Programmes
like ORT-JUMP are designed to give hope. Were
striving towards helping
our students make a better
world for themselves and
to help them make the
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Charity golf day raises 20k


Fourteen teams competed in Jewish Blind & Disableds
third annual golf day, helping to raise more than
20,000 for the charity. The winning team were Gary
Heumann, Ian Godfrey, Tony Hannigan and Jason
Adams, while Jacob Haftel scooped the individual
award. Other winners included Lee Potter for the
longest drive. Organiser Lloyd Botchin spoke about
the impact of the charitys work on his parents, who
live in the latest development of mobility apartments
in Bushey Heath. The day was sponsored by the Cecil
Rosen Foundation and Bank Leumi UK.

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Kotel to Knesset for packed Israel trip


A delegation of young professionals heard from a whos who of Israeli political, military
and religious leaders during a packed four-day visit to the region. Jewish Agency chair
Natan Sharansky, Jerusalem affairs minister Zeev Elkin and one-time ambassador to
America Michael Oren spoke as part of the latest tour organised by the Centre for
Jewish Life. The London-based group of high-flyers from the worlds of finance, property
and law also visited Rachels Tomb during a visit to Hebron and enjoyed a Friday night
dinner with young soldiers at the home of Pamela and Aba Claman in the Old City.
Rabbi Yosef Vogel, who heads CJL with his brother Mendy, said: This trip exposed
participants to the complexities of challenges facing Israel and offered an insight into the
enormous sacrifices by many Israelis, particularly its soldiers. This had a profound impact
on their understanding of the issues and created a deeper sense of connection with
Israel. We hope those who took part will become more effective advocates for Israel
among their business and social networks and create projects to enhance the
relationship between Jews in Israel and the diaspora. Among the others addressing the
group were Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, David Keyes, the Israeli premiers new foreign
media spokesman and Saul Singer, co-author of Start-Up Nation. Participant Sam Cohen
said the emotionally exhausting and spiritually reinvigorating trip was a powerful
reminder of how much we have to be proud of. The packed programme was devised
together with Vladimir Bermant.

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Opera friends in fine voice


Philanthropists Sir Sydney and Lady Lipworth hosted an
opera concert for 130 people at their home to raise
money to help young Israeli singers to hit the big time. The
event, organised by Friends of Israel Opera, raised 25,000
for the young singers of Tel Avivs Meitar Opera, which
prepares exceptional performers for a career on world
opera house stages. Guests including Ambassador Mark
Regev and his wife Vered enjoyed the talents of soprano
Shiri Hershkovitz, mezzo-sopranos Shahar Lavi and
Naama Goldman and tenor Eitan Drori, accompanied
by the studios music director, David Sebba. Friends
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FROM RIVALRY TO REUNION


A thought-provoking
documentary brings
runners Mary Decker
and Zola Budd together
for the first time in 30
years. Francine Wolfisz
meets the films Jewish
director and producer

hey both could have had such gloriously rewarding lives and yet at
every point, life just decided they
were going to take a dark path.
Reflecting on his latest documentary,
The Fall, producer John Battsek contemplates just how different things could
have been for two of the worlds top
athletes in 1984 Zola Budd and Mary
Decker had one of the most controversial moments in sporting history never
occurred.
South African-born Budd, who was
representing Britain and famously ran
barefoot, spectacularly collided with
American favourite Decker in the
womens 3,000m race during the 1984
Olympics in Los Angeles.
In one fateful moment, Decker fell to
the ground while Budd, reacting to a
hostile crowd, dropped behind the rest
of the pack, shattering the gold medalwinning dreams of both women.
Now, more than 30 years later,
Battsek and director Daniel Gordon
have reunited Decker and Budd and
retraced the events leading up to the
day that would leave the pair inextricably linked forever.
Battsek, who picked up Academy
Awards for One Day In September,
a documentary examining the murder of
11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics
in Munich and Searching For Sugar Man,
has worked with Gordon over the past
15 years.
Notably, the Jewish director and producer have a penchant for making
sports-related documentaries with
human-interest stories at their core.
Most recently, they received wide attention for their hard-hitting documentary,
Hillsborough, which aired on the BBC
earlier this year.

Then and now: Zola Budd (top) and Mary


Decker (right) as they are today; Above:
At their infamous 1984 Olympics duel

Inevitably sport has an organic and


inherent dramatic element to it, so
theres always great drama in most
sporting events, explains Battsek,
executive producer at Passion Pictures.
But sporting drama is just one level
of what makes these films so powerful.
All of them have this magic ingredient,
which enables them to transcend that
dramatic sporting story and become
about a number of things bigger than
just that. You can be completely disinterested in long-distance running, but
go and see The Fall, because its also
about childhood, parenting, politics,
growing up and the struggles of life.
The film, which airs on Sky Atlantic
tomorrow night, reveals the poignant

and at times, tragic moments that Budd


and Decker endured during their formative years.
For Budd, her life started out on
a small farm outside the city of Bloemfontein, where she was kept largely sheltered from the unsavoury politics of
apartheid ravaging her country.
She was very close to her sister, Jenny,
who tragically died aged 24, from an
adverse reaction to chemotherapy for a
tumour.
After that, the young sportswoman
poured her anger into running, and at
17, achieved fame by breaking the
womens 5,000m world record previously held by Decker by six seconds.
But the International Amateur Athletics Association refused to ratify her time
because of the sporting boycott against
South Africa a boycott that also
stopped Budd from competing at the
Olympics.
To get around this problem, the
young teenager was persuaded by a
lucrative deal with the Daily Mail and her
overbearing father to adopt British
nationality and compete for Great
Britain. But on arrival in the UK, she was
greeted with hostility by apartheid campaigners. Often the crowd could be
heard jeering and booing at times,
even spitting in her face as Budd made
her way around the track.
In the film, Budd maintains that her
naive upbringing meant she knew little
about apartheid and claimed not
to know who Nelson Mandela was a
sticking point for protesters who claimed
she was lying and wanted to hold her up
as the poster girl for racist South Africa.
Even Battsek admits he was incredulous about Budds ignorance of the
issue. But then I asked some of my

South African friends, given how Zola


Budd grew up, if this could be true and
they categorically said it could.
This girl didnt even know what it was
she was being spat at for. She lived in
a community where those people
werent in the newspapers and she was
simply unaware of Mandelas existence
in any way, shape or form.
In contrast, Decker appeared to have
the perfect, all-American childhood. By
the time she was 14, she was already
recognised as a world-class runner and
had the world at her feet.
But things did not go to plan. On a
professional level, she found herself too
young to enter the 1972 Olympics, too
injured to compete in 1976 and disappointed again in 1980, when the US
boycotted the Olympics in Moscow.
In her personal life, all was not well
either. When her parents separated,
Deckers father rebuffed any attempts to
stay involved. He said I didnt need
attention, because I already had the
attention of the world, says Decker.
When one of her mothers new
boyfriends became abusive, the devastated teenager packed her bags and left
home.
What becomes clear as The Fall progresses is that the personal hardships of
both young women propelled them
towards becoming the greatest athletes
of their time.
The striking parallels are ones
that have not escaped Gordon, who
describes the similarities as incredible.
But equally the Sheffield-based producer was surprised to discover that
Budd and Decker knew relatively little
about one another before agreeing to
take part in the documentary and were
not due to see the film until just a few

days before its release this week.


I just cant help thinking what will it
be like when they both see the film,
adds Battsek. You can already see how
they look at each other in a different way
having shared bits of experience, but I
suspect youll find when the film ends
theyll be all over each other.
In some ways thats one of the most
rewarding parts of this process. For the
contributors, the project has this really
profound, cathartic and healing effect
on them, which is always a joy to
behold.
By the films end, the pair both now
in their 50s are reunited for the first
time in more than 30 years. While the
emotions surrounding their famous duel
at the 1984 Olympics are evidently
still raw, there is certainly a sense of
reconciliation.
For Battsek, their reunion is perhaps
the sweetest ending to a bittersweet
story.
He adds: The thing that I feel most
profoundly about them and their story is
just the randomness of life. They were
both so close to success and yet at every
point they ended up with the exact
opposite. The aspect of fate is so delicate
and seems so unfair for these two girls.
Her former coach calls Decker the
greatest American athlete of all time
but you wouldnt know it, because she
never really got to reap the rewards of
that. Equally for Zola, it could have been
such a triumphant life, but because of
the politics, her father and the Daily
Mail, she was just miserable. I find that
profoundly moving.
The Fall airs on Sky Atlantic tomorrow
(Friday) at 9pm and will be released in
Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide

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NOT EVEN THEIR MEDALS


COULD SAVE THEM...
As final preparations are made
for the Olympic Games in Rio,
Agnes Grunwald-Spier discovers
the tragic fate of Jewish sporting
heroes during the Holocaust

hether they were Jewish soldiers who fought for their country during the First World War, or Jewish Olympians who
found glory for their country, I have often wondered how
many erroneously assumed their medals would protect them in the
Shoah. The fact that they had proudly risked their lives fighting for
their homeland or had achieved sporting greatness was irrelevant
when the Nuremberg Laws were enforced.
Not for the first time in writing my book, Who Betrayed The
Jews?, I found myself shocked by discovering the fate of more than
30 Jewish Olympic medallists and sportsmen who had won medals
for their country, but were exterminated without a thought when
the Nazi juggernaut ploughed on with The Final Solution.
Gerrit Kleerekoper (18971943) was the Jewish coach of the Dutch
gymnastics team at the 1928 Amsterdam Games, where they won gold.
On 2 July 1943, Gerrit Kleerekoper, along with his wife, Kaatje, and his
14-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, were murdered by the Nazis at the
Sobibor extermination camp in Poland. Twenty-nine days later, his
18-year-old son, Leendert, was murdered at Auschwitz.
Helena Lea Nordheim (19031943) was a Dutch gymnast born in
Amsterdam. She won the gold medal with the rest of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. She was
sent to Camp Westerbork in June 1943, and shortly after was deported
to Sobibor, where she was murdered with her husband, Abraham, and
their 10-year-old daughter, Rebecca, on 2 July 1943.
Anna (Ans) Dresden-Polak (19061943) was also on the team. At the
1928 Olympics, about half of the Dutch womens gymnastics team was
Jewish, but only one member, Elka de Levie, survived the Holocaust.
Dresden-Polak was killed at Sobibor with her six-year-old daughter, Eva,
on 23 July 1943. Her husband, Barend, was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.
Judikje Jud Simons (19041943) was a third Jewish member of the
1928 Dutch womens gymnastics team and Olympic gold medallist.
After her Olympics career Simons married and, with her husband, ran
an orphanage in Utrecht, housing and caring for more than 80 needy
children. As the Nazis rounded up Dutch Jews and sent them to concentration camps, Jud and her husband
refused to abandon the
orphans who depended
on them. The Nazis captured her and her family, all
of whom were shipped to
the Sobibor extermination
camp and gassed on 3
March 1943.

Andras Szekely

The Olympic Torch-bearer runs through the stadium at the 1936 Berlin Games

world. In 1924 she also became


the German long-jump champion
and in 1926 she and her teammates achieved a world record
in the 4 x
100m relay
race. On 5
Victor Perez
September
1942 Lilli,
her brother and her 66-year-old mother were deported. She and her mother are believed to have
been taken from the Riga Ghetto and
machine-gunned to death by an Einsatzgruppen
mobile killing unit later the same year, along with
a large number of other Jews. They were all
buried in a mass grave in the woods outside Riga.
Attila Petschauer (19041943), another Hungarian, won silver in Amsterdam in 1928 and gold in
Los Angeles in 1932. During a routine check in
1943 he realised he had left some of his ID papers
at home and was soon deported to the Davidovka labour camp in Ukraine. One of the people
responsible, Kalman Cseh, a Hungarian Army Attila Petschauer
colonel, was a fellow member of the Hungarian
delegation
to
the
1928
Games.
Cseh
referred
to him as the Jew and told his subordinates to give him a bad time.
Another Olympian Karoly Karpate, a Hungarian wrestler, said that one
day, when he was digging in temperatures below zero, the guards told
Attila to take off his clothes and climb a tree and crow
like a rooster. They sprayed him with cold water which
froze and eventually he fell off the tree. They took him
back to the barracks but he died a few hours later on
20 January 1943, aged 39.

Eddy Hamel (19021943) was born in New York to


immigrant Dutch-Jewish parents, and returned to Holland as a child. He played for the Men from the Meer
Lilli Henoch (18991942)
from 1922 until 1930, appearing in 125 matches and
developed a passion for
scoring eight goals as a right winger. He was the first
sport, particularly track,
Jewish player to serve in Ajaxs squad, which has had
field and team sports,
only three more to this day. Local Fascist groups
which was rare for a
assisted in rounding up undesirables after Germany
woman in the 1920s. She
invaded the Netherlands in May 1940. Despite his
was captain of the Berlin
American citizenship, Eddy was detained as a Jew in
Sports Clubs womens Wolfgang Furstner
late 1942. He spent four months doing hard labour at
handball team. In addition,
Birkenau and was sent to the gas chambers on 30 April
she was a member of the clubs hockey 1943 after a swollen mouth abscess was found during a Nazi inspection.
team, which won the Berlin championship in 1925. In shot-put and discus, Victor Perez (19111944) was a Tunisian boxer who was born in
she was not only the best performer in 1911 in the French colony of Tunisia. In 1930, he won the French
Germany, but among the best in the Championship in the flyweight class, defeating Kid Oliva from Marseille.

On 24 October 1931 he won against the American, Franckie Genaro,


to become the Flyweight World Champion and the youngest world
champion in boxing history. Despite the growing anti-Semitism in Paris
he thought he was safe, but on 21 September 1943 he was arrested
and sent to Drancy. He was sent to Auschwitz on Transport 60, on 10 October 1943, and then put in
Buna/Monowitz concentration camp as a slave labourer.
He was forced to participate in boxing matches for the
amusement of the Nazis. By 1945, Victor had survived 140
bouts in 15 months and won 139. Perez was one of the
prisoners on the death march that left the camp on 18
January 1945. He died on the march on 22 January 1945,
aged 33.
Andras Szekely (19091943) was a Hungarian swimmer
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a bronze medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay event. He
was also fifth in his semi-final of the 100m freestyle.
Szekely died in a Nazi forced labour camp.
And lastly
The first Jewish victim from the Olympics was not a
competitor. Wolfgang Furstner (18961936) is virtually unknown today. He was the former commandant of
the Olympic village, who committed suicide on
18 August only two days after the 1936
Olympics in Berlin finished. The German press
were told to say he had been killed in a car accident but the foreign journalists discovered
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hen Carmella Gordon popped a small


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proposition.
The food covers,
called CoverMate, are
similar to shower caps
and stretch-to-fit food
containers, plates or individual items.
Gordon, now the director of Kitchen Table, which
has the distribution rights of
the products in the UK and
Ireland, describes them as
one of the most useful items
in your kitchen that you never
knew you needed.
I was on holiday two years
ago in Florida with Hayley Allan,
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the last day I was in Publix supermarket, which is like a Tesco, Gordon recalls.
Im always looking for products that you
cant buy here and I was in the cling film
aisle and saw a green package right at the bottom of the shelf CoverMate and put it in my
basket.
Hayley said: I love these and Ive never
seen them before. So I bought a few packs,
thought nothing of it and came home. Then my
husband actually said: Oh Carmella, I love
this its so easy and brilliant.
Back in the UK, Gordon thought she would
buy some more packs but, when she looked
online, she couldnt find them on sale here.
Her husband suggested she see if she could

bring them over and, despite being a bit reticent at first, she contacted Touch Industries,
the Canadian company that owned the
product.
The company agreed and Kitchen Table,
which Gordon founded in November 2014 with
three other friends and family members Allan,
Allans cousin Claudia, and Amanda Cannon
was given sole distribution rights.
Approaching Lakeland as a potential
stockist, Gordon was
at first told over the
phone that it was not a
suitable product.
She insisted it was
and, not taking no
for an answer I knew
it definitely was a
Lakeland product!
Gordon, then 47 and
a freelance make-up
artist, pressed for a
meeting, travelling the
five hours up to
Cumbria to prove it.
The Lakeland representative then agreed
that the food-safe polyethylene
covers, which are twice the thickness of standard plastic wrap, were of interest.
CoverMate, which is BPA and PVC free, had
to go through stringent testing, after which it
was accepted into Lakeland in January and
then into Waitrose and Ocado, plus Yummies,
Silvermans and Orlis on repeat orders.
We launched it with no advertising budget
and very little capital, but we all put all our
expertise into it, Gordon says.
It is now one of the bestselling products
in Lakeland it sells on average between
1,500 and 1,800 CoverMate packs a week
and Waitrose has done an article on
it, she adds proudly, pleased that she fought

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CoverMate is something you didnt realise
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People struggle with cling film and it never
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You can wash or throw it away. You can put
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it between four and six times and in the
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She adds: People who are very religious are
not allowed to cut cling film on Shabbat, and
many of them use CoverMate because then
they dont have to cut anything.
And theres nothing like it on the market
no similar product. For the price of it 1.99

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and large its a no-brainer.
The partners are no strangers to setting up
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founding members 13 years ago of the Rays of
Sunshine organisation, which is now one of the
countrys leading wish-granting charities for terminally and seriously ill children between the
ages of three and 18. Cannon, meanwhile, was
senior vice-president of womens clothing
brand Juicy Couture.
Gordon is rightly proud of what the group
have achieved.
We went from nothing to having our product stocked in major retailers. We are four
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2 TRAVEL

Natasha Blair goes on a


search for her roots and
uncovers a part of Poland
filled with Jewish heritage

efore the Second World War,


around 120,000 Jews lived in the
south-eastern part of Poland in
the Podkarpackie region, bordering
Slovakia and Ukraine.
Sadly, there are now very few Jewish
inhabitants, but evidence of their onceburgeoning existence can be seen
everywhere.
I travelled to Rzeszw, the capital of
the region, by Ryanair to begin my
exploration and found in a small park
behind the main square a monumental
sculpture, The Transgression, by Josef
Szajna, which marks the place where
the Jewish ghetto used to be.
There are three buildings all near to
one another that used to be synagogues. One of them, dating from the
17th century, has been renovated and
is now the citys art gallery.
By its side, a grassed park with trees
marks the site of a Jewish cemetery.
A large stone bears a plaque commemorating the fact the gravestones
were removed during the Communist
era to pave the local roads.
Many Polish families hid Jewish people during the events of 1939-45, and
their memorial is tucked away in the
tiny village of Marowa.
This is the site of the Ulma Family
Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World

War Two, which opened in March complete with a monument dedicated to


Holocaust victims, while nameplates
fixed to the pavement and a wall of
remembrance commemorate the many
Poles who took part in the campaign
help to save Jewish lives.
Inside, the displays include memorabilia from Jzef and Wiktoria Ulma,
after whom the museum is named and
who ultimately lost their lives for providing shelter to eight Jews.
The Ulmas were posthumously
named in 1995 as Righteous Among
the Nations.
At one time or another, every town
in Poland had a castle. A particularly
fine example is at Lancut, whose 17th
century fortress has been left largely
unscathed by war.
Inside the entrance is a large menorah, a gift from the local Jewish community, while the interior is furnished
with original items and feels as if
people are still living there.
Like all visitors, we had to cover our
shoes to protect the parquet floors, the
marquetry of which was different in
each room. Another particularly
impressive feature was the library, with
thousands of leather-bound books
lining its shelves.
Although there are no Jews left in

Clockwise from top: Lancut castle, the synagogue at Lancut, Szajnas monumental sculpture and a menorah inside Lancut castle

Lancut, the Chassidic synagogue built


in 1761 has been preserved. It is
looked after by Miroslaw Kedzior, who
is not Jewish but says he feels an
affiliation to the Jewish community.
The synagogue doesnt look anything special from the outside, but
inside is a different story as visitors are
confronted by a Baroque interior.
One of the most important tzadiks of
Chasidism, Jacob Isaac Horowitz, had
a room here where he prayed, studied
and had discussions with other Chasidim. His room is maintained together
with some of the broken pieces of
gravestones that have been rescued.
Lancuts synagogue forms part of the
Chassidic Route, a tourist trail that
takes visitors in the footsteps of the
Jewish communities that were once
found through south-eastern Poland.
Twenty-nine communities are involved in the project, which is another
of the ways in which the Jewish history
of the country is being preserved.
Our next destination was reached
via a new type of bicycle that seats four

people, with two cycling and two


sitting behind, that travels along an old
disused railway line.
Along the track, I cycled the two
kilometers needed to reach the brewery of URSA Maior, which specialises in
unpasteurised beers.
Rejwach na Kazimierzu, a beer made
for their pub in Kazimerz, the Jewish
quarter of Krakw, has a label which
has been designed to look as if the
words are written in Hebrew.
Our next stop was Sanok, where the
open-air Museum of Folk Architecture
has more than 150 wooden buildings
dating from the 17th to 20th centuries.
A minimum of two-and-a-half hours is
needed to appreciate this interesting
venue fully.
A Galician market square with the
interiors of the houses and shops recreated to look like those from the turn of
the 19th century has been established
and includes two Jewish houses.
Another feature, an 18th centurystyle synagogue, is also currently under
construction.

Natashas contacts...
Natasha travelled from Liverpool Street
station to Stansted via Stansted Express:
www.stanstedexpress.co.uk
Ryanair flies into Rzeszw from Stansted
Airport: www.ryanair.com
Natasha used Polish guide Pawel
Pasztyla: Email ppasztyla@gmail.com
Podkarpackie Tourism:
www.podkarpackie.travel
The Ulma Family Museum of Poles
Saving Jews in World War Two:
www.ulmamuseum.org
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage In Poland: http://fodz.pl
Ursa Maior Brewery: www.ursamaior.pl

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2 ORTHODOX JUDAISM
What does the Torah
say about...
for

Torah
Today DOPING IN SPORTS
BY RABBI ZVI

SOLOMONS
IT IS a Jews job to behave uprightly
and honestly to the utmost of their
ability. One should always be honest
in ones dealings and not seek to
deceive others. The rabbis state that
our yes should mean yes and our no
should mean no.
It is a misconception that the Torah
tells us we are not allowed to lie in the
Ten Commandments. That particular
commandment is about court evidence. The prohibition on dishonesty
is to be found later, in Leviticus 19:11.
The rabbis tell us that dishonesty
extends even to messing around with
a person to get them to think something for a joke.
The term for this is geneivat daat in English deception, or literally stealing their understanding. This is
derived from Jacobs deception of
Laban, and Absalom his father David.
The origin of the term is attributed
to the Talmudic sage Samuel, who
lived in Nehardea, who states in
Chullin (94a): It is forbidden to mis-

lead people, even a non-Jew.


The Talmudic even is notable.
Deception of anyone is prohibited. Indeed, in business situations the rabbis
give examples of how straightforward
we must be, to the extent that if we
buy an item and discover another
more valuable item to be concealed
within it, we must return the more
valuable item to its rightful owner.
Among ourselves, we are only
allowed to make a profit of one sixth
over the cost of an item.
Of course, cheating in exams falls
under this prohibition, because you
are lying about your qualifications.
Recently another, more modern
form of dishonesty has been uncovered: taking drugs in athletics.
The whole Russian team appears
to be suspect. The International
Olympics Committee considered
banning all the Russian competitors,
which would have been a reasonable
penalty. Unfortunately it changed its
mind. This could have the result of
throwing suspicion over many competitors, and has caused untold
damage to the competitions in which
they participate.
The deception here is com-

pounded by the health risks. Drugs


are often used to disguise heavy use
of steroids, which can take high tolls
on health.
We are forbidden from intentionally
damaging ourselves. At one point,
the gymnastic teams of Romania and
Bulgaria took the disgusting step of
getting young girl gymnasts pregnant
to enhance their flexibility.
The morality of such an act is utterly
reprehensible, no matter how scientifically administered, not to mention
the physical and psychological effects.
The implications of cheating in
sport are very serious, as the drugs
may well seriously alter the result of
the event, and this has bearing on the
whole business of sport and on the
practice of betting on the results.
The greatest damage, though, of
this most recent scandal appears to
have been to athletics in general. The
good name of the sport, the damage
done to the name of Russian athletics
and, of course, the suspicions raised
against all the medallists over the past
eight years, are all reasons why this
dishonesty is utterly prohibited.
Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish community of Berkshire. See www.JCoB.org

Sedra:
Pinchas

BY RABBI JONNY

ROODYN

THE SAGES of the Mishnah debated


which is the most important verse
in the Torah. Rabbi Akiva opens the
discussion by invoking the golden rule
Love your fellow as yourself (Vayikra
19:18).
Ben Azai, however suggests on
the day that God created man, He
made him in His Image (Bereshit 5:1).
Ben Zoma goes for the well-known
declaration of faith Shema Yisrael
(Devarim 6:4), whereas Ben Nanas also
casts his vote for Love your fellow as
yourself (Vayikra 19:18).
Shimon Ben Pazi suggests a more
inclusive verse from our sedra: The
first lamb you shall sacrifice in the
morning and the second lamb you shall
sacrifice in the evening. (Shemot 29:39
and Bamidbar 28:4).
The debate concludes with Rabbi
Ploni standing up and declaring that
the halacha is in accordance with Ben
Pazi.
This is a fascinating debate whose
conclusion seems rather odd.
Most of the contenders for the top
spot are the usual suspects and the winner is the rank outsider. What is Ben

Pazi teaching us with his verse?


Perhaps he is teaching us that love of
our fellow, seeing humanity as being
created in the image of God and declaring our belief in one God are indeed
central themes in Judaism. However, if
they are not put into practice in a consistent fashion, then they lose their
value.
Ben Pazis verses are talking about
the daily sacrifices that took place
every morning and every evening without fail, the bedrock of the service in
the Temple.
This is not just a message for religious observance. Rather, the Torah is
teaching us a lesson for life.
Consistency allows for measurement
of achievements; it creates accountability and establishes ones reputation.
When we are clear with what we
expect from ourselves, people know
what to expect from us.
Of course, there is always room for
flexibility and spontaneity, and in the
Temple, there were additional Mussaf
offerings on special days and free will
offerings that could be brought as one
wished.
However, these were secondary to
the constant daily offering.
This week we marked the fast of the
17th of Tammuz.
One of the reasons the fast was
established was because on that day
the daily sacrifice ceased during the
period of the destruction of the
Temple.
While we do not have the ability
to fulfil the mitzvah, we certainly can
internalise its message.
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Jerusalem as a bereaved and abandoned
woman, her children dying of hunger on
street corners, her maidens and youths
murdered.
These dirges eventually formed the text
for Tisha BAv, a public day of mourning
and fasting, commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as
well as other tragedies throughout Jewish
history.
As we become witnesses, in our own
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to show us and allowing us to hear every
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compassion.
And like the martyrology in the liturgy for
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again and again a peoples utter devastation and loss.
These texts and commemorations remind
us of our own vulnerability and through the
awareness of that susceptibility, our feelings are awakened and we hold on to our
frail humanity.
Yet we are not left with the burden of
unrelieved suffering of the present or past,
for it is the repeated blows on the bruised
body that leave the individual numb with
terror and fright.
Yes, we are navigated through the darkness of despair and destruction, but the
architects of our liturgy and poetry do not
lose faith.
They are still prepared to affirm their
faith in the loving kindness and infinite
compassion of God and in so doing, to call
upon our own humanity and compassion for
the suffering of the world.
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Born into a deeply religious
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in his work to cross the line of
religious inhibitions about pictorial religious art by developing a kind of visual metaphor
linked to folk imagery.
His physical journey took
him from Vitebsk to St Petersburg, Paris, Berlin and Soviet
Belarus again, all the time enhancing his painting.
His continued travelling
opened up more vistas of
mysticism and his arrival in
Palestine was, indeed, a
mountain-top experience,

where he would identify with


the early chalutzim (pioneers).
He had found the Bible,
which resonated from then on
through his work. His emotional journey had begun, reinforced when he met his first
wife, Bella Rosenfeld. Of
course, he had to convince
Bellas parents that he was a
worthy shidduch and this must
have contributed to his determination to succeed.
By the time the Second
World War had started, Chagall was no longer in favour
with the Germans.
In 1941, when it was almost
too late, the somewhat naive
Chagalls were helped by a
USA operation to migrate to
America, along with 2,000
other artists and musicians.

Even though, as an adult, he


was no longer a practising Jew,
Chagall always credited his
Russian cultural background as
the source of his art.
Further, he went on to
expand the religious message
by including Jewish and Christian themes.
So what was his legacy, this
hero of the modern world
and my own Jewish hero?
Undoubtedly he was a visionary a citizen of the world
while also recognising his
inner child.
His work reflects the need
for world tolerance and is an
inspiration to us all.
Let us leave the last words
to Chagall himself: My painting represents not the dream
of one people, but of all
humanity.
Brenda Dinsdale is a Reform
Judaism trustee and member of
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2 FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Martin Braham,
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Synagogue, sadly passed away
on 26 July, aged 74.
A unique and caring gentleman
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31 July, time tbc.
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Piquant Moroccan Chicken Salad

PREPARATION TIME
10 MINS

This flavour-packed Moroccan chicken salad


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turkey instead, and the recipe is also a great
way to use up leftovers.

4 teaspoons olive oil


2 teaspoons harissa paste
6 baby courgettes, each sliced into 3 pieces
lengthways

4
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cling film and bash with a rolling pin until the


meat is about 1cm thick.
Rub two teaspoons of oil over the chicken,
then the harissa paste. Heat a griddle pan until
very hot. Rub the rest of the oil over the courgette slices and griddle until tender.
Griddle the breasts for three to four minutes
on each side (or steam in a steam oven for five
minutes on 100C.)
Take out of the pan and wrap in foil to keep
warm. Griddle the slices of ciabatta.
Divide the salad leaves, ciabatta, courgettes,
artichokes and olives between four plates.
Slice the chicken and arrange on top.
Whisk three tablespoons of oil from the pack
of artichokes with the balsamic vinegar and
drizzle over the salad.
Scatter with chives.

4 slices of ciabatta
100g lettuce leaves/rocket
180g jar artichokes in oil drained but retain
3 tablespoons for dressing
16 green olives pitted
Dressing:
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Pinch of sugar
Handful of chives or wild garlic if available

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Countdown to start of Olympics: 0 8 days

ISRAELS FIGHTING
CHANCE IN RIO?

Part three of our preview to the Rio Olympics looks at Israels


judo fighters, cyclists, synchronised swimmers and sailors
ISRAEL WILL have seven judokas at the
Games the joint-second highest number of
athletes in any of the 16 sports theyre entering.
Ori Sasson, who will be fighting in the
100+kg event, claimed one of the best wins
of his career in the final warm-up tournament
for Rio when he won silver at the 2016 World
Judo Masters championships in Mexico.
The 25-year-old, who also claimed silver at
last years European Games, said: It was one
of the most significant achievements of my
career so far and of course, Im always
happy to represent this country every
single time. Im proud to be part of a
team of such quality, and with my
team, including coach and personal
trainers, am looking forward to the
Olympics.
Golan Pollack (U66kg), who won
bronze at last years World Championships, will be looking for a better showing than four years ago in
London when he lost in the first round,
while Sagi Muki (U73kg), for whom this
will be his first Olympics, won Israels first
gold medal at last years European Games.
On the female side, Israel have in Yarden
Gerbi, a former world champion. Aware of
how fast a match can be decided, she says:
The competition in judo can end very fast,
you can lose and win in one second but my
main thing is to fight each moment on the
mat and to be the best I can, to be strongminded, and I believe in myself. The 27year-old became the first Israeli to win gold

at the World Championships three years ago


in the U63kg category the same one shell
be competing in at Rio. She was also a
bronze medallist at last years European
Games, has won the Israeli championship five
times and was a silver medalist in the 2009
Maccabiah Games. Shiri Rishony (U48kg), Gili
Cohen (U52kg) and Linda Bolder (U70kg)
complete the quartet of female fighters.
Shani Bloch and Shlomi Haimy will be Israels first cyclists at the Games since 1960. At
37 years of age, Bloch will be one of the
eldest Israeli athletes in Brazil. Currently living in Scotland, the
mother-of-three retired in
2004, but made her comeback two years ago. Surviving a high-speed crash at
the Scottish Road Race
Championship back in June
to finish in second place, she
insists age is no barrier, recently being quoted as saying:
After Rio we must look ahead
to Tokyo 2020.
Haimy will be taking part in the
cross country event, having finished in 18th
place at last years European Games. Taking
up the sport as a 12-year-old, he says: Crosscountry Olympic mountain biking has always
been close to my heart. The physical and
technical requirements, together with the
connection of nature and the machine connects perfect for me.
Anastasia Gloushkov and Evgenia Tetelbaum will be taking to the pool as a duet for

the synchronised swimming event.


Gloushkov definitely has experience on
her side, with this being her fourth
Olympiad, though Tetelbaum, who
moved to Israel from Ukraine in 2009, will
be taking part in her first.
The pair have been in Florida for their
final preparations, with Tetelbaum saying: Its very exciting. Its been my goal
all my [sporting] life to be in the Olympic
Games, I have a lot of emotions inside,
but I have to keep them until I have my
best performance.
Sailing has provided Israels only
Olympic gold medal when Gal
Fridman won the mens sailboard
event in Athens in 2004. Twelve
years later, there are six sailors
hoping to follow in his footsteps.
Shahar Zubari is the only athlete
in this squad to have an Olympic
medal to his name, having won
bronze in the RS:X event in 2008.
With further gold medal wins in
RSX European Championships to his
name, he will though be looking for an
improvement on his 19th place finish in
London four years ago. Dan Froyliche and
Eyal Levin are taking part in the 470 event.
A trio of women sailors sees Gil Cohen
& Nina Amir representing Israel in the 470
event, the pair have only been together
since December, while Maayan Davidovich, whos been competing on the international stage since 1999 including at Main: Judoka Yarden Gerbi; (anti-clockwise) sailors Gil Cohen & Nina Amir,
Beijing in 2008 takes part in the RS:X.
synchronised swimmer Anastasia Gloushkov (left), cyclist Shlomi Haimy

First title fight is a


Israeli crew all
dream come true set for first sail

Tel Aviv deserve


Europa group spot

LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT boxer Tony


Milch says hell be realising a dream
on Saturday night when he steps into
the ring to fight for his first title.
Part of the card on Hellraiser boxings
Summer Showdown at the iconic York
Hall, the 35-year-old will be fighting for
the International challenge belt in whats
set to be an eight three-minute round
encounter.
In what will be his eleventh professional fight sporting a 100 percent unbeaten record from his previous ten
his first title shot comes just over three
years sincehis first professionalfight,
and he says: I cant wait. Boxing as a
professional and fighting for my first title
is realising a dream.
Insisting the pressure, with whats at
stake wont get the better of him, he
said: Pressure is something we create

MACCABI TEL Aviv captain Gal Alberman says


its crucial for his side to
reach the group stages of
next seasons Europa
League.
Speaking after his
sides 2-1 win over Kazakhstan sideKairat Almaty,
which saw them secure a 3- Tal Ben Haim II fires Tel Aviv ahead
2 aggregate win, he said:
Were still in the very early To find out how both sides
stages of the campaign. Its got on in todays first legs, Tel
very important that were into Aviv against Romanian side
the next round and its also im- Pandurii Trgu Jiu and
portant that we make it to the Jerusalem against Latvians Jelgroup stages, we deserve it. gava, plus Hapoel Beer Shevas
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after losing on penalties.

for ourselves, I thrive under it. Im looking forward to stepping in the ring on
Saturday and doing what I do best.
The first time he could be taking part
in an eight-round contest, he said: Ive
been preparing accordingly. Ive been
increasing my base fitness levels and am
looking forward to a longer fight, where
I can show my skills.
Ticket details: Milch1@live.co.uk

Picture: Haarmonica

A FIRST ever Israeli team


is taking part in this years
Brewin Dolphin Commodore Cup one of the
most prestigious events
for amateur yachtsmen.
Their spot in the weeklong event in Cowes on
the Isle of Wight, was se-

cured by Richard Loftus, a


longstanding member of
the Royal Ocean Racing
Club, which co-organises
the biannual event.
The majority of their
crew will be Israeli sailors
and theyll be captained
by Omer Brand.

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WHAT A

CHUTZPAH!
New Jewish team told their chosen name is
offensive by the London Football Association
BY ANDREW

SHERWOOD
ONE OF six new teams entering the MGBSFL next
season has been told by the
London Football Association (LFA) they cant call
themselves
Tottenham
Chutzpah due to it being
offensive.
The team played under the
same name four years ago.
But
manager
Brandon
Hamme explained: We rejoined the league this year
and asked the LFA for the
same name. But they refused
because they believed the
term 'chutzpah' was offensive
for some reason. They researched the word on google
and apparently didn't like
what they saw.
MH Dons as they will now
be called will join
Hertswood Vale, RCUK FC,
Redbridge Jewish Care C,
Finchley City and one other

team whose name is yet to be


confirmed.
Details for the forthcoming
season, which kicks-off on 11
September, was announced
at Mondays AGM and will
see 34 sides, an increase of
two from the end of last season, once again play in three
divisions after the teams
voted 18-15 in favour of it,
over a four-division proposal.
Ten teams will contest the
Premier Division, with 12
teams each in Divisions One
and Two.
Happy with the slight increase in the number of
teams, League chairman
David Wolff said: Its obviously better than going the
other way. There are signs
that the trend [declining numbers] has now stopped.
There will be rolling substitutes in the league for the first
time, though a proposal to
allow up to three players to
be registered on the morning
Tottenham Chutzpah lining up four years ago, when they were allowed to play under a name, now deemed offensive
of the match was defeated.

IN
Finchley City
Hertswood Vale
MH Dons
Redbridge C
RCUK FC

OUT
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FC Team C
Harmen
Real Sosobad

Israeli swimmer receives late


call up to Olympic Games squad
KEREN SIEBNER has become
the 48th member of the Israeli
Olympic delegation thanks to
a registration mistake by the
Belarus national team.
The swimmer (pictured) had
missed out on Rio in heartbreaking fashion failing to
qualify for the 200m butterfly
event by one-hundredth of a
second.
But the mistake by Belarus
means Israel will now have a
4x100m freestyle relay team
in Brazil, which will see Siebner teaming up with Andrea
Murez, Zohar Shikler and Amit
Ivri all of whom had already
qualified for other individual
events.
Set to take part in her first

Olympic Games, the 26-yearold will be full of confidence


having won eight gold medals
at last weeks national championships.
Speaking about her late reprieve, she said: This is just
an amazing dream come true,
its such good news, Im still
struggling to realise its happened.
This past month has been
a roller-coaster ride, but Im
so happy the ending is going
to be at the highest point I
could ever dream of the
Olympic Games! Im so overwhelmed!
Part three of our Olympic
Games preview page 39

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