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11 August 2016 | 7 Av 5776 | Issue 963

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...AND
LABOUR
LOWS
Peer threatens to quit party as anger
mounts over Chakrabarti peerage

Jeremy Corbyn with inquiry chair Shami Chakrabarti, who has been awarded a peerage

A LABOUR peer has threatened to


quit the party if Jeremy Corbyn is
re-elected, as anger grows over the
award of a peerage to the head of
Labours anti-Semitism inquiry.
News that Shami Chakrabarti was
Corbyns only nominee for the House
of Lords as part of David Camerons
resignation honours provoked widespread anger with the Board of
Deputies branding it the whitewash
for peerages scandal.
The report by Chakrabarti, the former head of Liberty, concluded in
June that Labour was not overrun by
anti-Semitism and was criticised for
failing to go far enough on contemporary anti-Semitism.
Lord Parry Mitchell, who was ennobled in 2000, wrote in The Times that
he found allegations of anti-Semitism
in the party distressing as a Jew.
I had hoped that the Chakrabarti

report would get to the bottom of allegations of anti-Semitism; sadly Ms


Chakrabarti produced an insepid
whitewash, he claimed.
Indeed she seems to have done
her masters bidding to absolve the
party of blame. Her prize? The only
Labour peerage awarded by Corbyn.
While Mitchell said he owes the
party a great deal, he added: I
have come to the painful conclusion
that were Mr Corbyn to be reelected, then I will have to resign my
membership. I cannot remain a member of a party that goes against such
a crucial issue that I hold dear.
Corbyn, who wants to see the Lords
reformed, had previously pledged not
to nominate anyone. Amid criticism of
the timing of the award, Corbyns office refuted any suggestion that the
peerage was discussed prior to the reports publication.

Liberty!
But the Chief Rabbi said the credibility of the report lies in tatters. He
said: Shami Chakrabarti has a proud
record of public service, but in accepting this peerage, the credibility
of her report lies in tatters and the
Labour Partys stated intention, to unequivocally tackle anti-Semitism, remains woefully unrealised.
Marie van der Zyl, vice president of
the Board of Deputies, said: It is beyond disappointing that Shami
Chakrabarti has been offered, and

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NEWS

BERGER LOSES MAYOR BID


LUCIANA BERGER has lost her bid
to become Labours candidate for
Liverpools mayor.
The former shadow cabinet minister,
who left her role in Jeremy Corbyns
top team as part of a wave of
resignations, was defeated by Steve
Rotheram for the chance to stand for
the influential position. The current
elected mayor Joe Anderson was the
third candidate.
Rotheram, who has served as Corbyns parliamentary private secretary,
said: As metro mayor, I will put social
justice at the heart of my administration, something which Ive been
passionate about all my career.
Devolution presents us with a
unique opportunity to make decisions
locally, in the interests of local people,
to ensure each person within our
districts has the best chance in life.
Berger who served as the first
shadow cabinet member for mental
health until last month previously
said the role was a massive opportunity to unite the region and launch it
onto the international stage.
The result means a clean sweep
for male candidates in mayoral races
across the country.
That includes Andy Burnham, who
overcame a challenge from Jewish
Labour MP Ivan Lewis, to be Labour
candidate for the mayor of Greater

Manchester.
The MP for Bury South came third in
the contest, behind interim mayor
Tony Lloyd, and shadow home secretary Burnham.
Lewis said: Andy will have the full
support of me and my supporters in
the campaign which lies ahead. GM
needs Labour Mayor so we can fight
inequality and create a beacon of social justice in an era of right-wing Tory
government.
Burnham said: I thank our members for the faith they have shown in
me, adding that he will repay it by
devoting all my energy to uniting the
Labour family here, working to win
back the voters we have lost and
building a policy programme with
broad appeal.
He also distanced himself from the
national Labour leadership race
between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen
Smith.
Speaking during a question-and-answer session with the media, Mr Burnham reiterated his belief that now is
not the right time for a leadership
election as he committed to remaining neutral during the fight between
the two contenders.
The result of the Labour leadership
contest will be announced at the
partys annual conference, held in
Liverpool next month.

Russians behind stray done


RUSSIA HAS owned up to operating a stray
drone seen flying over Israel three weeks ago,
which prompted a military response from the
Israeli Air Force at the time.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which
was at first thought to belong to Hezbollah,
passed over northern Israel mistakenly on 17
July, according to Israels Haaretz newspaper.
Israel fired two Patriot surface-to-air missiles
at it, but missed, and an Israeli F-16 fighter jet
was then scrambled and fired an air-to-air
missile at it, but also missed, before the UAV
disappeared back into Syria.
According to reports, the Russian military
now says human error caused the drone to
stray into Israeli territory over the Golan, but
defence analysts say it may have been the
Russians testing Israels defensive capabilities.
This is the first time Israel has shot at a Russian aircraft since the latter became involved in
the Syrian conflict in September last year.

Charedi school remains open


A CHAREDI SCHOOL in Stamford Hill remains
open, six months after the Department for
Education called for it to be shut down.
Unregistered independent school Talmud
Torah Tashbar was criticised in February for
failing to meet minimum standards required
and promoting cultural and ethnic insularity
owing to a curriculum almost exclusively
rooted in the study of the Torah.
In March, Hackney Council said it understood
the pupils were now being home-schooled and
the building was only being run as community
centre. A spokesperson for Talmud Torah Tashbar said: The school will be closing down
because people keep giving us trouble.

Anti-Israel views at Labour HQ Wolfson elected to NEC in clean sweep for Corbyn supporters
A FORMER AIDE to Jeremy
Corbyn reportedly informed
Shami Chakrabarti of his worries about anti-Israel rhetoric
within the office, but his concerns were not included in
her anti-Semitism report.
Josh Simons, a former policy adviser who is Jewish, is
alleged to have told
Chakrabarti that someone referred to a Jewish conspiracy in the office.
It is not clear who made
the alleged comments, or
when, but it is believed to
have been made in response
to Ken Livingstone being approached by John Mann MP,
the chairman of the All-Party
Parliamentary Committee on
Anti-Semitism, in light of the
former mayors comments
that Hitler was a Zionist.
The Sunday Times reports
the friend of Simons as
saying he told Chakrabarti
that Corbyns chief of strategy Seamas Milne had at
best a blind spot with anti-

Semitism and at worst a wilful disregard for it.


Chakrabarti, who has been
offered a peerage by the
Labour Party, said her remit
was not to investigate individual instances and allegations, but to come up with
recommendations and guidelines for future conduct.
However, the friend said
Simons was left angry when
she was named as Labours
nominee for the House of
Lords, saying: When Josh
read the report he was bitterly
disappointed;
he
thought it was a whitewash,
but when Shamis peerage
was confirmed he was angry
he thinks it was a classic
stitch-up.
Corbyns office dismissed
the reports as false and
part of the campaign against
his leadership.
A spokesman added: The
person making these claims
is a disgruntled former member of staff.

A SLATE OF left-leaning candidates


including Rhea Wolfson [pictured] have
been elected on to Labours National Executive Committee (NEC).
Six spaces on the NEC for representatives from constituency Labour parties
have been filled, and all six winners are
deemed to be on the left, in what many
will see as a boost for Labour leader
Jeremy Corbyn.
Those elected are Ann Black (100,999
votes), Christine Shawcroft (97,510
votes), Claudia Webbe (92,377 votes),
Darren Williams (87,003 votes), Rhea
Wolfson (85,687 votes) and Peter Willsman ( 81,863 votes).
The NEC governs the Labour Party, but
its relationship with the leadership has
been under strain in recent months.
It voted by a majority of 18 to 14 earlier this year for Corbyn to have an automatic place on the leadership ballot
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Following her election, Wolfson
thanked those who voted for her. The activist tweeted: Unbelievably delighted
and grateful to have been elected on to
Labours NEC! Thank you to all who

voted, campaigned and supported me


[sic].
Meanwhile, the NECs Procedures
Committee says it will appeal against a
High Court ruling that said new members
should have the right to vote in Labours
leadership contest between Corbyn and
Owen Smith.
Allies of Corbyn attacked the decision
to appeal, with shadow chancellor John
McDonnell condemning a small clique of
people behind closed doors, many of
whom have openly expressed their opposition to Jeremy Corbyns leadership.
Responding to the election of six new
members to the NEC, a spokesman for
the Jeremy for Labour campaign said:
Our campaign would like to congratulate those new members to the Labour
Partys NEC, and thank those former
members who have served our party, and
also thank those members who stood
unsuccessfully.

Labour Party National Executive Committee

THIS WEEK, I was elected to represent party


members on Labours National Executive
Committee (NEC). I was supported by
organisations of the Labour left Momentum amongst others and also the Jewish
Labour Movement. As a left-wing Jew, I am
honoured to have the support of both of
these communities and I will not betray the
faith they have put in me.
I know there are concerns in the Jewish
community about what these NEC results
mean, but I do not think there needs to be.
The six newly-elected members repre-

sent a wide diversity of backgrounds and


political opinion. We are all committed to
a democratic and pluralist Labour Party,
where different views are respected.
When it comes to Jewish issues explicitly, as the sole Jewish CLP representative,
I intend to take the lead. I am committed
to the full implementation of Shami
Chakrabatis recommendations. This must
happen immediately. But these are largely
legalistic and procedural and do not tackle
the political issues. So above that, I am
keen to ensure that our party is an environment which is hospitable to both Jews and
Zionists. The environment of the Labour
Party is the most fundamental issue, but
also the most difficult to tackle. Since
being elected, some of those to my right
have been aggressive and personally in-

sulting to a level that I hope no one has to


experience. There is a huge amount of
bad feeling in the party and that comes
out in unconstructive forums and language that must be tackled.
I will fight for a Labour Party that prioritises communication and open debate.
Too long have Jewish members felt
excluded from spaces because of language
being used that crosses the line into antiSemitism.
The only way to tackle this once and for
all is through dialogue. This means forums where members from communities
that have not been in a room together
before, work together and where all Jewish members from across the political
spectrum help the Labour Party become
a truly open space.

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Hamas supporter funded Corbyn

George Galloway with Ismail Patel of Friends of Al Aqsa

A TORY MP has asked the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to


check if Jeremy Corbyn is in breach
of the Members Code of Conduct
for not registering funds raised by
a group whose founder praised
Hamas.
It comes after it emerged last
weekend that Friends of Al-Aqsa,
which was founded by Ismail Patel
19 years ago, raised 10,000 for
Corbyn at a fundraising dinner last
year, as reported by The Observer.
During hostilities in Gaza in 2009,
Patel said: Hamas is no terrorist
organisation. The reason they hate
Hamas is because they refuse to be
subjugated, occupied by the Israeli
state. We salute Hamas for standing
up to Israel.
Now, Hertsmere MP Oliver Dow-

US may buy Iron Dome

den has written to the Parliamentary


Commissioner for Standards and
the Electoral Commission, asking
whether Corbyn should have
declared the money.
There was confusion this week over
whether the money had ever been
transferred to the Labour leader.
A spokesman for Corbyn, who
is currently battling Owen Smith in
a leadership challenge, said the
cheque was written out to the wrong
person so it was never declared.
Im told a second cheque may
have been sent but this was not
received by the campaign, he said
although Patel had definitely
donated along with a couple of
others but that it had been declared. There is nothing dodgy
going on, he added.

ISRAELS IRON Dome interceptors could soon be protecting


US military bases abroad, according to the team behind a
major Pentagon pitch.
Its Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and US partner
Raytheon are trying to sell an
Americanised version of the
Iron Domes Tamir interceptors
to the US military, which operates almost 800 military bases
in more than 70 countries.
Similar to that deployed in
Israel, it would be a groundbased missile interceptor system using guided missiles
with electro-optic sensors and
adjustable steering fins for
tracking and destroying incoming enemy rockets, missiles,
artillery and mortars.
The team said Iron Dome
had advantages on price,

An Iron Dome interceptor

capability and maturity of the


system, noting that half of all
US funding for Israels Iron
Dome had already gone to
Raytheon, which makes some
of the major components.
The minute the US decides
to procure Iron Dome, we will
transfer all the knowledge and
production file to Raytheon,
said Rafaels Yosi Druker.

Jewish Labour peer: Ill resign if Corbyn retains leadership Family stripped of Kafka scripts
Continued from page 1
accepted, a peerage from Labour following her ndependent inquiry. The
report, which was weak in several areas,
now seems to have been rewarded with
an honour. This whitewash for peerages is a scandal that surely raises serious questions about the integrity of Ms
Chakrabarti, her inquiry and the Labour
leadership.
The Community Security Trust said:
Shami Chakrabarti peerage is shameless kick in the teeth for all who put
hope in her now wholly compromised

inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism.


Labour Friends of Israel director Jennifer
Gerber said the nomination clearly undermines the independence of her inquiry and raises further questions about
the seriousness of his commitment to
ridding the Labour Party of the scourge
of anti-Semitism.
A spokesperson for Corbyn said:
Shami Chakrabarti shares Jeremys ambition for reform of the House of Lords.
Her career has been one of public service and human rights advocacy. Her
legal and campaigning skills, and the

trust that she has gained from many ordinary Britons, will be an asset to the
House of Lords.
They added: Shami wasnt told she
would be nominated for a peerage before the publication of her inquiry and
both her nomination and subsequent appointment to the House of Lords was
made after the report was published.
But Labour MP Wes Streeting said
that, while Chakrabarti would bring great
experience to the chamber, lets not
pretend a peerage under these circumstances doesnt stink.

t.
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ISRAELS SUPREME court has


stripped an Israeli family of
a collection of Franz Kafka manuscripts, ruling that the documents
should be transferred to the countrys National Library.
The National Library said the
court ruled it was the preferred
location for the trove of unpublished Kafka works. The library
said it would make the manuscripts accessible to the general
public. The decision puts an end
to a years-long Kafkaesque court-

room saga, after two lower courts


arrived at the same decision.
Eva Hoffe received the manuscripts, among other works, from
her mother, the secretary of
Kafkas confidant Max Brod, who
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OUR BITTER LIBEL BATTLE


WITH ANTI-ISRAEL IMAM
JEWISH NEWS published an opinion piece in
July 2015, headlined: Where are the mainstream
Muslim voices?
Written by editor Richard Ferrer, it addressed
then prime minister David Camerons call to tackle
non-violent extremists who radicalise young people and overpower mainstream Muslim opinion.
Ferrer wrote: The danger [of radicalisation]
does not come from mad mullahs such as Anjem
Choudary. Rather, consider a popular mainstream
Imam like Ajmal Masroor who preaches that Zionism stands for racism and Jewish supremacist
ideology warns of abusers in the UK Jewish lobby and the Jewish supremacist ideology that holds our government hostage
Rather than accept Jewish News invitation of
a right of reply, lawyers for the popular Imam,
who regularly appears on television and leads
services at mosques across London, threatened
to sue Jewish News for libel effectively gagging this newspaper from reporting further on
an important and timely issue of public concern.
After five months of exchanges between Masroors legal team and Jewish News lawyer Mark
Lewis, partner at law firm Seddons, the one-year
limitation on libel claims came to an end on 25
July without Masroor serving his threatened
defamation lawsuit finally allowing Jewish News
to make his legal threats known to the public.
Responding to the libel challenge, Ferrer said:
The point of my column was to show how British
Muslim opinion can be overpowered by extremists posing as moderates. By attacking this viewpoint, the Imam proved my point. The concept of
Jewish supremacist ideology is pure bigotry. The
Imams reference to the abuse of Jewish identity
to hold our government hostage is textbook
anti-Semitism. His views are the problem, not the
solution. There is no place for such anti-Semitism
in society. If the Imam wanted to constructively
engage in a debate he should accept our offer of
a right of reply an offer that remains open.
A Spokesman for the Community Security
Trust said: We are having an increasing number
of open and constructive conversations with
Muslims in which they admit to having, or having
had, no knowledge of what Zionism actually is:
other than an entirely hateful grasp of the word,
such as that expressed by Ajmal Masroor.
We need our communities to better understand each other and imams have a crucial role
to play, moving beyond such limited and negative stereotypes of something that is for many
Jews just a basic part of their identity.
Masroor leads prayer services at mosques in
Palmers Green, Goodge Street, West Ealing and
Haringey and is a regular media commentator
on issues concerning British Muslims.
Quotes from a speech Masroor gave at Palmers
Green mosque in August 2014, which were not
published in Ferrers column, state: Zionism cannot be accepted in any narrative. We didnt accept
this in South Africa, did we? We couldnt accept
such supremacist ideology proposed by anybody.
It is no different to any extremist ideology today
my brothers and sisters Zionism is not compatible with anything modern, anything old, anything
spiritual. Zionism is empty Judaism. Zionism is
against Judaism Be smart. Like our Jewish brothers have been. And smarter than the Zionist lobby
has been Were not condemning the Jewish
people for being smart we are saying we need
to be smart but we dont want to become abusers
like the Zionist lobby. We dont want to be abusers
and hated by the world for being abusive.
Here, we republish the article Masroor threatened to sue over.
Editorial comment, page 14

Imam Ajmal Masroor, who leads prayer services at mosques across London, peaches that Zionism stands for racism and Jewish supremacist ideology

Where are the true Muslim moderates?


RICHARD

FERRER
Editor, Jewish News

MPS PRETEND they dont know what motivates people to swap suburbia for Syria to become psycho killers or rape slaves of psycho
killers. They walk on eggshells for fear of causing offence.
Well, this week, the prime minister finally did
what no other politician has the guts to do. Instead of being politically correct he was just,
simply, correct.
Unveiling the Governments new counter extremism strategy, David Cameron declared war
on Muslim, non-violent extremists who radicalise young people and, overpower mainstream voices.
Welcome words indeed. The trouble is, the
very reason MPs are scared to speak out is
that in British Muslim society non-violent extremists who radicalise young people are
part of the mainstream.
Forget mad mullahs like Anjem Choudary.
Their upside-down opinions are outside Muslim society and, indeed, sanity.
Rather, consider a piece of work like Ajmal
Masroor, a popular publicity-grabbing imam
who regularly crawls out of his moral cesspit
to appear on cosy BBC sofas posing as the
voice of progressive Islam.
Last August, Londons Palmers Green
mosque, a moderate institution whose congregants do interfaith work with the local
Jewish community, rolled out the red carpet
to Masroor, who spent 30 minutes educating
his hushed audience about abusers in the

UK Jewish lobby, the Jewish supremacist


ideology that holds our government
hostage and how Obama has been
bought by Zionists.
His filthy tirade, [it starts in Arabic but moves
to English after a few seconds] ends with an impassioned plea to Keep struggling or you
wont enter paradise. Masroors hands are
not bloodstained, but his mouth surely is.
Now consider the public statements of mainstream community organisations that have illserved British Muslims for decades.
The Muslim Council of Britains (MCB) infamous official response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings still chills the bones 10 years on:
We do naturally feel deeply for the sufferings... yet we also remind ourselves of the
verse of the Quran, O you who believe! Be
steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity We
call on the international community to work
towards just and lasting peace settlements
and help eliminate the grievances that seem
to nurture a spiral of violence.
In other words, the 52 victims probably had it
coming.
It should be stressed that that was a decade
ago and the MCB has come a long way since
such comments and its boycott of Holocaust
Memorial Day.
Todays soundtrack can be just as sinister.
On Monday, in response to Camerons constructive call for a united front, Asghar
Bukhari, the paranoid founder of the Muslim
Public Affairs Committee who last month accused Zionists of creeping into my home
and stealing my shoe, said: The vast majority of Muslim communities see David Cameron,
his government and his policies as being at the

forefront of alienating them, demonising them


and pushing them into a corner.
Why constructively engage when you can
take knee-jerk offence?
So where are all these "mainstream" voices
of reason being overpowered by radicals?
Where are all the progressives determined to
put paradise-seeking genies like Ajmal Masroor firmly back in their bottle?
They exist, but you can count those who put
their head above the parapet on one hand,
with fingers to spare.
A Muslim leader is yet to emerge to take the
mantle of the late, great Zaki Badawi. Before his
death in 2006, this brave enemy of extremism,
who coined the helpful term British Islam, told
the Guardian: I want the government to help
me train better imams. Its cheaper than having
to combat the effect of bad imams.
Badawi was shocked at the number of Muslim leaders who cant speak English being imported from Saudi Arabia. He firmly believed
British Islam must be rooted in British values.
Nine years on, Badawis legacy lies in tatters.
Todays default Muslim position on ISIS could
hardly be more passive: Were not responsible for the extremism of others so why must
we apologise for it?
Every chance to declare all-out war on the malignant cancer in their midst is greeted with embarrassment, obfuscation or obscene silence.
For all David Camerons big plans and brave
words, only the revival of Badawis brand of
progressive British Islam can prevent growing
numbers of young Muslims from teetering on
the edge of a moral precipice.
Until then the loonies will always have the
loudest voices.

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Christian charity boss bankrolled Hamas


THE GAZA-BASED head of a major
Christian charity supported by UK aid
has been charged with funnelling millions of pounds to Hamas.
Mohammed Halabi, head of World
Vision in the Gaza Strip, was arrested in
June by Israels internal security service
Shin Bet and will now appear before
a court, charged with running a sophisticated funding mechanism.
Israel alleges that Halabi was a Hamas
mole planted in the organisation
10 years ago who later rose to head it,
a position from which he secretly channelled up to 5million a year to Hamas
personnel, including armed fighters.
Charged with funding terror, he is alleged to have diverted up to 60 percent
of the charitys Gaza budget to the
Strips rulers since 2010, including
about 1m in annual payments to the
groups armed wing.
The Israeli Embassy in London said
some of the British funds had been used
to build a Hamas military outpost in the
northern Gaza Strip. A spokesman
claimed: Some $80,000 received from
the UK went to construction costs of the
base, paid in cash, while salaries were
paid to terrorists who worked in the

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at a rally in the Gaza Strip earlier this year

construction of the base.


US-based World Vision refused to
comment, but Jewish leaders in the UK
were quick to ask questions of the
Department for International Development (DfID) and the European Union
(EU), both of which fund the charity.

It is well documented that Hamas


uses income to build up its military capability, including the construction of
tunnels, which have been used to launch
terror attacks in Israel, said Board of
Deputies vice president Richard Verber.
It appears that the manager in question

used sophisticated methods to transfer


funds to Hamas. He added: This raises
serious questions about the mechanisms
in place to prevent such an outrage
occurring. World Vision is supported by
DfID, the European Commission and a
host of other international organisations
which, we expect, will investigate this
case with the utmost urgency.
Luke Akehurst, director of We Believe
in Israel, a BICOM group, said: Kindhearted Brits have given tens of thousands of pounds to a Christian charity to
help needy children in Gaza, only to find
out they were duped and their money
stolen and diverted to fund Hamass terrorist activities. Its outrageous.
Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson said: These allegations must be investigated and, if
proven, the international community
must respond. Accusations of this
nature raise serious questions regarding
DfID and the Disasters Emergency Committee funding.
A UK government spokesperson
said: DfID does not provide any funding to World Vision UK for its work in
the Occupied Palestinian Territories,
including in Gaza.

UN man arrested
ISRAEL HAS arrested a Palestinian employee of the
United Nations in Gaza,
accusing him of using his position to assist the Islamic
terrorist Hamas group, which
rules the coastal territory.
Israels Shin Bet domestic
security agency says Waheed
Borsh, 38, an engineer working for the UN development
agency UNDP in the Gaza
Strip since 2003, was indicted on Tuesday.
It says he confessed to
using UNDP resources to
build a jetty for Hamas naval
forces.
Shin Bet also says Borsh
persuaded his managers to
prioritise the reconstruction
of houses damaged in conflicts with Israel in areas
where Hamas members
lived.
Israel has also charged
a Gaza manager of charity
World Vision for allegedly
funnelling millions of dollars
to help Hamas build tunnels,
purchase arms and construct
military bases.

Taxpayers betrayed by gross abuse Dubs refugee plea


SIR ERIC

PICKLES, MP
Former Communities
Minister

THE ALLEGATION that the director of


an internationally respected and
funded non-governmental organisation (NGO) has been brazenly siphoning international aid money to the
terror activities of Hamas is chilling.
The Hamas-trained director of
the Gaza branch of World Vision,
Mohammed Halabi, has allegedly
diverted up to $50million to the terror organisation over a period of
years.
Hamas has reportedly been receiving as much as 60 percent of the
NGOs annual budget through the
creation of fictitious humanitarian
projects.
The alleged misappropriation and
abuse of international aid is the
latest demonstration of Hamas contempt of its own people. Instead
of building schools and hospitals,

Hamas continues to build terror tunnels and rearms in preparation for another attack on Israel.
Worryingly, the UK via the Department for International Development
(DfID) reportedly gave 2 million
to groups in Gaza in 2014, including
World Vision, when it matched
charitable contributions pound for
pound made by well-meaning Brits to
a Disaster Emergency Committee
appeal.
The Department has conceded it
cannot guarantee that British taxpayers money has not been given to
Hamas. There will be some very red
faces in Whitehall in the wake of these
reports.
This tragic story is symptomatic of
the wider abuse of aid money.
Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI)
has campaigned to raise awareness of
these issues for years, from the Palestinian Authority (PA)s payment of
salaries to convicted terrorists to
NGOs that celebrate terrorism.
DfID money goes to some important projects in the Palestinian Terri-

tories. However, not all projects are


created equal. Indeed, CFI recently
unearthed evidence of UK-funded
Palestinian NGOs endorsing violence
and praising so-called martyrs.
Ibdaa Cultural Center, for example, received 5,602 from the UK in
the past financial year.
A cursory glance at its Facebook
page revealed it was proudly hosting
a photo exhibition in the West Bank
of Palestinian terrorists, including
some of those behind deadly attacks
in the last year.
Somewhere along the line, the
scrutinisation process is failing and
due diligence measures are falling
below the necessary standards.
Its hardly a secret that corruption
is rife in the Palestinian Territories.
Hamas has for years appropriated
construction materials intended for
civilian purposes to construct tunnels
deep into Israeli communities with
the express intention of murder and
terror.
Polling shows that increasing numbers of West Bank Palestinians dislike

the PA as a result of perceived


corruption. This distrust was encapsulated by the strong reaction meted to
the extravagant new presidential
palace complex for Mahmoud Abbas.
Faced with such gross abuses, we
appeal to new Secretary of State,
Priti Patel, to ensure that DfID exercises far stricter oversight of aid
given to Palestinian organisations,
to ensure it reaches projects that
work for peace rather than hate. It is
encouraging that Priti is showing an
eagerness to tackle these issues.
It is high time DfID reconsiders its
current aid policy to the Palestinian
Territories to ensure the UK supports
peaceful coexistence projects, such
as the extraordinary Save A Childs
Heart. As it stands, a mere 0.2 percent of the 72m that the UK gives
per annum is allocated to such projects. Priti has already pledged to
look into this fantastic organisation
and others.
Both the British taxpayer and
Palestinian residents have been badly
let down.

LORD ALF Dubs, who entered


the UK after fleeing Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, has called
on the government to show
more humanity and intelligence to child refugees than
the Chamberlain government
did to the Jewish people.
In a letter, also signed by actresses Vanessa Redgrave and
Aislin McGuckin, Lord Dubs requested Theresa Mays urgent
intervention in reuniting children living in the Jungle camp
in Calais with their families in
the UK.
The trio said post-Brexit Britain
offered a platform for politicians to make progress with the
refugee crisis, as they delivered
the letter to Downing Street.
The letter, addressed to the
new prime minister, states:
I deeply hope that your government may show more humanity
and intelligence than the Chamberlain government showed
to the Jewish people until after
Kristallnacht in mid-November
1938.

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NUS delegate calls Zionists subhuman rats


AN EDINBURGH University
student elected as the institutions delegate to the national
student union has found
himself the centre of attention
after calling Zionists subhuman rats in a social media
rant.
Daniel Yahia, a Celtic Football Club supporter who
describes himself as a student, communist and unrepentant Fenian b*stard, was
reacting to images posted
on Facebook by the clubs
Israeli player Nir Bitton in support of the IDF and Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu.
In comments reported by
The Tab, he wrote: Sick of
seeing Celtic fans creaming
themselves over Nir Bitton.

University student Daniel Yahia

We are a club open to all, that


cannot be disputed, but by all,
we mean humans, of difference creeds, races and reli-

gions. Zionists are subhuman


and Nir Bitton is a filthy,
Zionist rat.
A friend subsequently
responded to Yahias comment
supportively, saying Bitton
should be gassed, but the
elected National Union of Students delegate defended this
as a Belfast term for terminating someones employment.
Asked to explain his comments, Yahia, who has not
taken up his NUS role, said:
Bittons political views do not
align with the fans, Zionism
contrasts with equality, solidarity and many other factors
which make up the Celtic
support.
He said his comments were
intemperate and perhaps a
little much, but denied they

were racist or anti-Semitic and


described the Israeli regime as
one of apartheid and called
Netanyahu a war criminal.
He added: Zionists are
a political movement. They
do not have one religion
or nationality. You can have
Christian Zionists and Japanese Zionists Zionism is the
practice of genocide in Palestine. If youve never been to
Gaza, I suggest you go
I have no problems with Jews
or Israelis, just Zionists.
Bitton, who served in the
IDF while playing for FC Ashdod, has previously provoked
an angry response from Celtic
fans for posting prayers for
Israeli soldiers to strike
down Palestinians in Gaza
during the conflict in 2014.

Concerts in memory of former JFS pupil


FUNDRAISING CONCERTS are to
be held in London in November
in memory of Liora Rosenberg,
the 20-year-old from Hendon who
died earlier this year.
The Music for Liora events will
celebrate the life of the former
JFS student and raise money for
Hatzola North-West, with a dozen
singers performing at Jazz After
Dark in Soho, where Amy Winehouse launched her career.

Teaching assistant Liora was


admitted to Royal London Hospital with a bleed to the brain. She
contracted pneumonia and, after
a week on life support, with her
parents by her bedside, was confirmed as clinically dead in April.
Her plight galvanised Londons
Jewish community, with 20,000
pledged for Hatzola at the time
of her death. The figure now
stands at 40,000 and concert

organisers are hoping to help the


family hit six figures.
Liora was very kind-hearted
and always looking to help people, they said. Continuing in her
legacy, lets all come together to
help make her last wish come
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Owen Smith booed in anti-Semitism talk


LABOUR LEADERSHIP challenger Owen Smith was booed
and heckled as he criticised
Jeremy Corbyns handling of
recent examples of anti-Semitism by party members during
the pairs first hustings.
The leadership challenger
said it has been absolutely appalling to see anti-Semitism in
our ranks, absolutely disgraceful. If I was leader of the Labour
Party, I would have zero tolerance for it. Zero. Anybody
found [to be anti-Semitic] would
be out of our party, and they
would not be coming back.
Corbyn advocated a due
process of incontrovertible
investigation and that, when

a case is proved against somebody, then they dont have a


place within the party.
Smith agreed, but said: We
should be ashamed. I dont think
weve done enough to stamp it
out. I dont think our leadership
has been strong enough.
Corbyn replied: Many of the
cases investigated predate my
leadership by quite a long way,
but I wanted action taken on it,
thats why I ordered an inquiry.
Asked whether it was a media
witch-hunt, Smith was jeered
and booed when he said: Ive
been in Labour for 30 years. Ive
only remembered in the last
nine months a discussion about
anti-Semitism in the party.

Jewish studies plan for non-Jewish schools


EDUCATION CHIEFS may run
Jewish programmes in non-Jewish schools in Barnet this September, to deal with a shortage of
Jewish secondary school places.
Rabbi David Meyer, the former
Hasmonean headteacher who
now runs Partnerships for Jewish
Schools (PaJeS), a division of the
Jewish Leadership Council, said
he was actively exploring the
option.
Up to a dozen Jewish children
still have no Jewish secondary
school place, and Meyer said
mainstream schools could take
them on with a Jewish studies
provision.

His idea may be just a stop-gap


if plans go ahead to open
Kedem, a new Jewish secondary
school in Barnet from September
2017, but parents of those who
are missing out say the situation
at present is stressful.
Last month, a PaJeS report on
Jewish secondary school places
highlighted significant overprovision in Redbridge but significant underprovision in northwest London, identifying a gap of
about 90 places, or three classes.
In an assessment, the report
stated: We expect this level of
under provision to continue for
the next five years or so

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Sorry Biggins to visit Auschwitz


CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS
will visit Auschwitz after
being removed from the
Celebrity Big Brother
house for making a Holocaust joke aimed at a
Jewish housemate.
The pantomime veteran,
67, said he will continue
with a pre-planned trip
in October to the Polish
city of Krakow and visit
the nearby concentration
camp, where more than
one million people, pre-

dominantly Jews, were


killed by the Nazis.
He was booted out of
the Channel 5 reality show
last Friday after being given
three warnings by Big
Brother for his remarks on
bisexuality and for a comment about gas chambers
to X Factor reject Katie
Waissel, who is Jewish.
As housemates queued
for the bathroom, he told
her: You better be careful
or theyll be putting you in
a shower and taking you to
a room.
He later apologised
to the singer and Big
Brother for the trite,
ridiculous
remark,
which was not broadcast but which he discussed in an interview.
Biggins told Jewish
News: I am mortified
by what I said. It was
a stupid thing to do and
I truly regret it.
I apologised

to Katie straight away and


we cleared the air, but Id
also like to apologise to the
wider Jewish community.
He later revealed to The
Sun: I am going there (to
Auschwitz). It will be my
first time. I know its going
to be horrible. I know its
going to be ghastly. I know
its going to be emotional.
Before I went into the
house, my partner Neil
[Sinclair] and I were talking
about it because we just
feel the whole scenario of
the Jewish annihilation is so
horrific that we wanted to
experience it for ourselves.
Were going for five
days in October. Im really
looking forward to it. Especially now after this incident. Its strange that I had
already decided to experience it myself.
Showbiz agent Jonathan
Shalit, who represents Biggins, told Jewish News:
I have been close friends
and worked with Biggins
for many years and can
confirm that he would
never intentionally cause
offence. If something was
said in jest which caused
offence then I am certain
that was not his intention.

Biggins is a much-loved
and wonderful man.
Biggins had received
a warning after he made
controversial statements
on bisexuality and Aids
during a conversation with
Aubrey ODay and Renee
Graziano.
He claimed HIV had
been spread by bisexuals
who had sex abroad with
people with the virus and
brought it back to their
own families in America
and thats how it became
a worldwide disease.
Biggins had also claimed
bisexuals were people not
wanting to admit they are
gay.
He told The Sun he
found it frightening that
people might not feel able
to voice their opinions for
fear of criticism.
I think people are
aggressive towards people
who have ideas and different things they believe in.
You cant have a state
where you cant say this
and you cant say that. But
we are very close to that
and I think its rather frightening. It would be horrible
if were not allowed to say
what we think.

Veteran entertainer Christopher Biggins made a Holocaust


joke aimed at singer Katie Waissel in Celebrity Big Brother

israel

Police apologise for Nazi picture tweet


COMPLAINTS FROM a
Shomrim volunteer in
Stamford
Hill
have
prompted an apology from
Greater Manchester Police,
after the force posted an
image of two men dressed
in Nazi uniforms on its
Twitter account.
Shulem Stern responded
to the image, which was
posted on Sunday, tweet- Police in Nazi uniforms

120 people sign anti-eruv petition


CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST a proposed
eruv in south Manchester say they have
120 people who have declared their opposition to the plans, which would only
benefit 12 to 15 families.
In signs of increasing local tension, an
electronic petition set up by campaigners
from South Trafford Against The Eruv was
disabled by site administrators last week,
after inappropriate content was posted.
The 13-mile boundary, which would be

the countrys second biggest if it gets the


go-ahead next month, would take in the
wealthy areas of Hale and Hale Barns, and
parts of Timperley and Altrincham. The
protest
group,
which
includes
Jews, said the boundary would have a
detrimental effect on social cohesion.
An eruv is an area enclosed by a symbolic and physical boundary allowing
Orthodox Jews to carry or push items on
Shabbat.

Stabbed Israeli keen to continue trip


AN ISRAELI teenager
sell Square attack.
who was injured when a
In a Facebook post the
man went on a knife
teenager, who was stabbed
rampage in central Lonin the bicep muscle of the
don has said she does
upper arm, wrote: I want
not know whether to call
to keep going with the trip.
it luck or fate that she
The last few hours have
escaped death.
taught me to appreciate
Yovel Lewkowski in hospital
Yovel Lewkowski, 18,
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Couples 20,000 for hospice in sons memory Anger at absence of Charedi views
A JEWISH COUPLE from north
London have helped raise more
than 20,000 for a childrens
hospice in memory of their baby
son, who was born with an incurable brain tumour.
Steven and Rachel Brodie from
Totteridge raised the money for
Haven House after he pledged to
run the Royal Parks Half Marathon
in Hyde Park on 9 October.
He will be running in memory
of Isaac, who was born in February, just after doctors realised he
had a tumour on his brain.
After two weeks of care at
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his ventilator was removed.
We were terrified but,
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on his own for six days. He was

Isaac with his parents Steven and Rachel Brodie

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coffee shop for the first time.
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The couple, members of

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make a minimal effort to engage. The Select Committee
made no effort to get in touch.
The rebuke follows publica-

tion of a Home Office plan to


tackle hate crime last week,
which promised officials would
work with the Charedi community to educate young people
as to what constitutes a hate
crime and encourage reporting.
Joel Friedman, head of policy
at Interlink Foundation, agreed
there was a serious case of
underreporting because there
was a lack of trust in nonCharedi Jewish services.
The Community Security
Trusts Mark Gardner said: We
have worked hard to raise our
partnerships within Charedi
communities but there is much
more to be done.

Flood damage at Hertsmere school


HERTSMERE JEWISH Primary
School has been forced to extend its summer holiday by a
week following flood damage.
Parents were informed on
Monday that the Radlett school
will reopen a week late, after
inspectors found extensive damage across the school after
heavy rainfall in June.
As parents scrambled to find
childcare, school bosses assured
anxious families they were doing
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SPECIAL REPORT, PART TWO: INSIDE ISRAELS CULTS

MESSIAH COMPLEX

Lisa Sanders continues her probe into cults that want to take the Jewish
out of the Jewish state with a look at the high-tech OneForIsrael group
Y
eshua, we praise your name!
Yeshua, we love you! Im listening
to Moti Vaknin, a balding, Israeli
guy in his mid-thirties, and hes describing, in Hebrew, his own conversion to a
brand of Christianity known as Messianic
Judaism. Vaknin grew up in Haifa in an Orthodox Jewish family. Today hes at the
forefront of a movement that seeks to
convert Jews, in Israel and abroad, to accept Jesus alongside their Judaism.
Vaknin is earnest: he talks candidly about
his teenage years; his rebellion against his religious upbringing, his service in the IDF then
his trip to New York where he took drugs and
struggled to make it as a photographer. He
even worked as a mashgiach at a kosher
pizzeria. As he hit rock bottom in New York
out of money and feeling hopeless some
American friends took him to what he thought
was a synagogue for the Shabbat service.
He says he was puzzled when everyone
started singing about Yeshua.
He recalls: I asked my friend, Psst who is
this Yeshua? She looked at me, astonished, and
said, Its Jesus...I told her straight, I didnt want
anything to do with these missionaries.
But then, as Vaknin tells it, once hed studied the New Testament I felt as if someone is
hugging me. He emphasises that hes still
one hundred percent Jewish, but these days
hes a leader in Israels 20,000-strong community of Messianic Jews.
Ironically, both proponents and critics insist
Messianic Jewry in Israel is booming. Messianic Jews believe that Jesus is the Jewish
messiah, and that the Bible prophesises an
End of Days apocalypse that brings about the
Second Coming. In this theology, all the ingathered Jews are doomed to perish unless
they have converted to Christianity.
I was admittedly sceptical about the idea
that Christianity is growing in popularity among
Israeli Jews. Then I discovered a network of active churches that cater to Israelis from every
background, offering services in Russian and
Amharit as well as Hebrew and English.
Many have homegrown Sabras on their ministries native Israelis like Vaknin who were
born Jewish, and who blend Jewish traditions
with belief in Jesus.
A few days after my first visit to a Messianic
community, I discovered a glossy, expensivelyproduced booklet in my postbox. Written entirely in Hebrew, its cover depicts a rendering
of Van Goghs Starry Night, with the words
Jesus The Man and His Way along the
bottom. Inside, peppered with hip graphics,
are 37 pages of essays on prophecy, science,
war, peace and, bizarrely, Bob Dylan quotes.
At the end, curious readers are invited to
order the book (for free!) HaBesora (the News)
from a site called him.co.il.
I started digging. The Him website, in Hebrew, offers excerpts from another free book,
entitled The Prophetic Code. The site itself is
registered to Yeshua the Messiah at an address in Dallas, Texas.
That same address is also linked to an extensive network of other sites. These have extraordinary names like iGod, IMetMessiah.com,
Messiah.co.il, WeLoveIsrael, TheOne, i53 and,
wait for it, XRabbi.co.il.
There are YouTube channels and an online

Left: Eitan Bar, right: Moti Vaknin

Fighting for Jesus: Bar and Vaknin on the home page of their OneForIsrael umbrella site

radio station which broadcasts the Good News


to Jews. All these, I discovered, are part of an
umbrella site, OneForIsrael.org, which is the
organisation that Vaknin runs, together with
fellow native Israeli Eitan Bar.

Details from OneForIsraels teenageorientated page on Facebook

If Vaknin resembles the kindly uncle of Messianic ministry, Bar is the slick saleman of
Jesus prophecy. The two are best friends and
both hold degrees in Biblical Studies. While
Vaknin did a three-year stint working for Jews

for Jesus from its Tel Aviv headquarters, Bar,


from Tel Aviv, became what is known as a
VLM a virtual-led ministry leader.
Their innovation has been to take proselytising off the streets and straight into the PCs,
tablets and smartphones of potential converts.
With 99 per cent of all Israeli households connected to the Internet, Israels population is online more than that of any European country;
for every hundred citizens there are 122 computers, giving Israel the highest person-tocomputer ratio in the world. As the
OneForIsrael site boasts, while you eat and
sleep, we Israelis are surfing the web ;)
Web-surfers can click to hear individual testimonies of Messianic Jews; they can ask questions about theology, prophecy and the
almighty and get an instant response from Bar
or Vaknin or one of their trained ministers.
A OneForIsrael Facebook post describes
how Eizi, a curious Jewish Israeli teenager
started writing to Eitan and Moti: and it all became a part of who I am. But my parents
wouldnt even listen to mecan Eitan and Moti
come to my school so they can explain..I never
met any believer in Yeshua in my life.
As Vaknin and Bar assert: We make sure the
truth is easy to find when people search for
Yeshua on the internet, and not only that, Israelis will find the message is in their own language and a manner sensitive to their culture.
When Jews for Jesus distributed leaflets in
Petach Tikva, it prompted instant protests by
Yad LAchim, the anti-missionary group. Israeli
law does not ban proselytising, to the chagrin
of the religious parties, and Israels leaders
have for decades welcomed the support of
tens of millions of Evangelicals worldwide who
have been staunch in their support for Israel.
OneForIsrael is leading the way in soft-sell
internet evangelism to Israel, but other Messianic churches are following. In January, WAIO
(We Are Israel Online) run by the Trumpet of
Salvation ministry in Tel Aviv, launched its online radio service. Organisations like Jews for
Judaism, Yad LAchim and XMessianics have
launched their own sites aimed at dissuading
people away from Jesus. Their message is clear
but visually unexciting. Something the evangelicals understand only too well.

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UK NEWS
WORLD NEWS

Lebanese team bars Israelis from Olympic bus


OLYMPIC BOSSES have criticised
the Lebanese delegation in Rio
for refusing to allow Israeli athletes to board a bus taking both
squads to last Fridays opening
ceremony.
At a hearing on Sunday, the
International Olympic Committee
told Salim al-Haj Nakoula, head of
the Lebanese delegation, that it
would not accept a repeat of the
incident. Nakoula said the issue
was a misunderstanding but
then told a Lebanese newspaper
he was allowed to prevent another team boarding a bus reserved for his countrys athletes.
He told the publication
An-Nahar: I asked the bus driver
to close the door, but the guide
with the Israeli team prevented
him from doing so. I then stood at
the door of the bus to prevent the

The Israeli delegation at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics

Israel team from entering and


some of them tried to go in and
pick a fight.
However, another source from
the Lebanese Olympic Commit-

tee told Lebanese television station Al Mayadeen that the move


not to allow the Israelis on the bus
was a group decision made by
the Lebanese Olympic delega-

tion. A further source added that


Lebanese athletes are committed to the national position in
refusing to be in the same place
as the Israelis.
Israeli sailing coach Udi Gal
voiced his disgust at the incident
on Facebook, writing: Only days
before the opening ceremony,
we participated in a memorial in
memory of Munich Olympic athletes murdered by terrorists. We
are here as a delegation of athletes, to represent their nation
through sports, not politics. The
Israeli delegation includes many
outstanding athletes, who are first
and foremost human beings.
This shameful incident has
only motivated us. The Olympic
spirit is the most important thing
and were here to protect it and
carry it with pride.

New taskforce to tackle BDS Trump leads US kippot election


ISRAEL HAS formed a new
ministerial taskforce to deport
home-grown boycotters and
stop foreign-based boycotters
from entering the country, in an
effort to deal with the burgeoning boycott, divestment and
sanctions (BDS) movement.
Strategic Affairs Minister
Gilad Erdan, coordinating the
initiative with Interior Minister
Aryeh Deri, said it was a necessary step in light of the malicious
intentions of delegitimisation

activists who spread lies and


twist the reality in our region.
The team will be charged with
locating and expelling Israelbased BDS activists and with
preventing boycotters from outside the country from entering.
Strategic Affairs and Public
Diplomacy Ministry directorgeneral Sima Vaknin-Gil said:
Today, Israel is seen as a pariah
stateOur goal is that by 2025,
no one will question whether
Israel has the right to exist.

TWO FORMER Israeli soldiers


living in Miami are selling Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
kippot and keeping a tally of
sales to gauge support levels
of the two presidential candidates among American Jews.
Uri Turk and Yehuda
Moskowitz said: Its a kind of
bellwether of the American
Jewish community, showing
which way Jews are leaning.
Trump is currently ahead on
sales with 91 kippot to Clin-

tons 49. The duo, who would


not be drawn on which candidate they will be backing, said
a percentage of profits would
go towards Israels Lone
Soldier Centre.

WORLD JEWISH NEWS


Your weekly digest of stories
from the international press.

With Stephen Oryszczuk

Russia

Germany

House renovations have revealed the secret diaries of Ivan


Serov, a Russian KGB chief, who
records that Swedish diplomat
and Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg was killed in a Soviet jail
in 1947. Wallenberg issued protective passports to thousands
of Jews from Hungary, before
he disappeared in 1945.

A university in Lower Saxony


has pulled a seminar on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, citing
threats from multiple sources.
The course at HAWK University
of Applied Sciences gave a
one-sided anti-Israel perspective, said a Jewish teacher, who
complained. A spokesman said
the threats were appalling.

France

Tunisia

A 12th century yeshiva in the city


of Rouen, which is believed to
be Europes oldest Jewish building, is to be saved by French
authorities, with $500,000 allocated for its preservation. The
Sublime House, 70 miles northwest of Paris, suffers from
humidity and poor ventilation
and needs urgent repair work.

A French Embassy worker in


Tunisia has said his Facebook
account was hacked, after antiSemitic comments were posted
under his name. Selim Dakhlaoui
responded after he appeared
to write about Hitlers failure
to finish the job. Another said:
Go to hell, Israel. French Jews
lodged complaints.

United States

Spain

A Jewish American politician has


been elected as the presidential
nominee of the US Green Party.
Jill Stein, who has criticised
Israeli actions as war crimes,
stands to win much of the support previously given to Democratic left-wing senator Bernie
Sanders, who now endorses
Hillary Clinton for president.

Jerusalems Chief Rabbi was at


a loss this week to explain why
the Spanish government had
suddenly and inexplicably made
him a Spanish citizen. Rabbi
Shlomo Amar, who was born in
Morocco, said he did not ask for
citizenship. He believed it may
have been in recognition of his
work for Sephardi Jewry.

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The liberty takers


on Planet Corbyn
TO RECAP: an anti-Israel MP becomes Labour leader
and is quickly engulfed with stories of anti-Semitism
within the party, many from those who would consider
themselves pro-Palestinian activists.
That leader then establishes an inquiry, chaired by a
civil liberties champion, but that inquiry fails to go far
enough or fully detail contemporary anti-Semitism.
The inquiry head is then awarded a peerage.
Who on Planet Corbyn ever thought this would wash?
In what dream did it work?
Did they assume the peerage would add legitimacy
to Shami Chakrabartis inquiry?
Did they think we wouldnt smell a rat?
These people must exist. Wed like to meet them and
study them.
In the meantime, we can only gaze in wonder at the
spectacular way in which they turned a golden opportunity to restore trust and confidence into an own goal
of monumental magnitude.

The great dangers of


inflammatory speech
THIS WEEK we reveal the legal threats made against
this newspaper by a moderate London Imam who
preaches that Zionism stands for racism and Jewish
supremacist ideology.
Ajmal Masroor has spent the last five months threatening to bring a defamation lawsuit against Jewish
News after we exposed his anti-Israel and anti-Zionism
rhetoric delivered from the pulpit of Palmers Green
mosque. That this line of thinking is being enthusiasically spouted by a mainstream Imam, at a highly visible
and respected place of worship, brings the dangers of
inflammatory speech once more into sharp and disturbing focus.

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KARIMS VIEW SIMPLY


ISNT RELEVANT NOW
You reported that senior non-Orthodox
rabbis condemned the appointment of
Israeli Rabbi Colonel Eyal Karim, whose
view of rape in wartime had no place in
modern society (Jewish News, 14 July).
If Karim had, as alleged, condoned
the rape of non-Jewish women during
wartime, I would agree with these rabbis.
But in reality all he did was explain the
concept of yefeh toar (Deut.21:10-14),
which has little relevance to warfare today.
Karim explained, 12 years ago, before
becoming a religious figure, that in Jewish
tradition it is meant to curb the unfortunate
tendency of soldiers to mistreat women
captured in war something happening
regularly today in ISIS-controlled areas of
Syria and Iraq. It is not a blanket permission
to commit rape.
The protest you report is the obverse of
the anti-religious campaign, conducted a
decade ago, highlighting the Hebrew
University student Tal Nitzans thesis The
Limits of the Occupation: The Rarity of
Military Rape in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Nitzan claimed Israelis must be racists,
since their soldiers do not rape Arab
women. His research was awarded a
prize by the Israeli Sociology Society.
I would not expect leaders of the nonOrthodox movements to be familiar with
Jewish tradition, but I take exception to
their distortion of what Rabbi Karim had
said as a way of denigrating Torah Judaism.
Obviously they have taken to heart the
first principle of propaganda that one
should never let truth get in the way of
blackening your opponent.
Martin D. Stern
Salford

WAKE UP MR CORBYN:
THIS IS DEMOCRACY
Its enough to make one choke on ones
breakfast while reading a pristine copy of
Socialist Today, God forbid!
In response to Barry Bormans view that
Corbyn has rightly separated religion and
politics (Letters, Jewish News, 21 July), he
has conveniently forgotten the one glaringly
obvious fact Israel has a democraticallyelected government and the nearest thing to
western values you will find in the Middle
East, unlike the majority of countries that
Muslims are not responsible for.
Also, for Corbyn's opening remarks into
a report regarding anti-Semitism in the
British Labour Party to make any comparison involving Israel is shameful, biased,
unhelpful and completely irrelevant.
Anti-Semitism has risen in the Labour Party
since his election because some of the antiSemitic left activists with whom he strongly
associates feel safe in expressing their racist
comments, knowing he will not oppose
them, despite his weak public protestations.
The only reason his supporters are still
fighting for him to stay leader is because
the few MPs still supporting him, such as
Diane Abbott, know full well that when he
goes, it is the end of the gravy train for
them too; theyll never get anywhere near
the shadow cabinet, let alone government
again. Back to guest slots on TV.
Also, in response to Robert Parks the
Labour Party is not anti-Semitic, of course
it isnt. Its just a small minority with a loud
voice have been given carte blanche to
express unopposed anti-Semitic sentiments. As for being immoral, Israeli doing

anything its freely-elected government


decides is not immoral. Its called democracy, something Corbyn and his supporters
will find out the hard way.
Russell Ballen
By email

LABOUR MUST ADMIT


IT HAS A PROBLEM
I refer to Robert Parks letter Israels
actions are led by government (Jewish
News, 21 July) and his comment that
many of us think the way the Israeli
government is treating the Palestinians is
appalling... not because they are Jewish
but what they are doing is immoral.
It is perfectly reasonable for anybody to
disagree with Israel (or the government of
any other country) and to voice their views
publicly; that does not constitute antiSemitism. However, many governments
around the world have appalling humanrights records, are immoral and frequently,
flout international law flagrantly, so why
isnt the Labour Party anti these countries?
Why doesnt the Labour Party instigate
boycott, divestment and sanctions
campaigns against them or seek to prevent
visitors from these places speaking at
universities, speaking out against their leaders or having people show up at any rallies
organised to protest against them?
The answer is simple, sad and shameful. Israel is a Jewish state, brought about
by Zionism as a homeland for the Jews
and, while anti-Semitism has existed since
biblical days, it manifests itself now when
some people claim to be only anti-Zionist
or anti-Israel, knowing full well this incorporates anti-Jewish sentiments.
Individuals in the Labour Party have
made inciteful and offensive comments
about Jews and Israel and not been held
to account by the leadership.
The party is perceived as being antiSemitic and seems to have a lot of people
who are anti-Semitic in some form or
another. Only a recognition of this and
action by the leadership will put an end to
this state of affairs.
J D Milaric
By email

Sketches & kvetches


By Paul Solomons www.daftoons.com

Doping, pollution, zika, destitution,


at the Copa Copacabana!

THE KORAN AND THE


RETURN OF THE JEWS
Just when we thought it couldnt get any
worse, the Palestinian Authority (PA)
announces it intends to sue the UK for the
Balfour Declaration, which recognised
Jewish claims to a national homeland in
post-Ottoman Palestine in line with
Wilsonian self-determination.
According to the PA, Britain is responsible for a century of problems for Arabs in
the area, known previously as Southern
Syria. Our friend Jenny Tonge says
Israels treatment of Palestinians is a major
cause in the rise of jihadism worldwide.
Not to be outdone, Georgia congressman Hank Johnson says, during an event
outside the Democratic national convention, that Jewish settlers are like termites
an image some of us recognise as similar
to 1930s German images of Jews as
vermin and bacteria.
Regarding the PA, theres no point referring to the Judeo-Christian Biblical view
that God gave this Holy Land to his
chosen people as part of an eternal
covenant. However, it may be worthwhile
to look at the Koran. Does that apply to
the PA, Tonge and Johnson?
Does the will of almighty God himself,
to quote a top Islamic authority, satisfy
them? According to Sheikh Prof Palazzi, it
was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj
Amin el-Husseini, who replaced genuine
Islamic theology, which recognises the
return of the Jews to Israel, with politics
and created the present confrontation.
The learned Sheikh does not blame
Lord Balfour, or Jewish settlers in their
own land.
Joseph Feld
By email

GAY PRIDE OFFENDED


MORE THAN RABBIS
Letter writer Kalela Lancaster professes
to love Israel. But her spiteful words
underline her hatred for a country mainstream Jews know and love (Jewish
News, 28 July).
In demonising those who found the
Gay Pride event in Jerusalem offensive,
she blames the citys mayor for
shamefully swelling support for the
dark messages of homophobia of 25
rabbis, without admitting Jerusalems
other religious minorities also found it
offensive.
She coyly omits any mention of the
huge, annual Pride event in Tel Aviv in
May, which passed peacefully.
Worse, she insinuates the blame for
Shira Bankis dreadful murder lies in the
vile discourse of hatred and division
sown by right-wing forces that have
conquered Israels political and religious
institutions, when it was the act of a
single, evil fanatic who should never
have been released from prison.
And true to form, she attacks Israels
fragile democracy for passing two laws,
one of which will expose the New Israel
Fund for the anti-Israel non-governmental organisation it is.
Why fear the legal requirement for
NGOs to declare their funding if more
than 50 percent comes from overseas?
Why demand anonymity? The answer is
obvious.
Roslyn Pine
By email

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OPINION:
RABBIJENNI
MIRIAMFRAZER
BERGER AND MARK MAIER
OPINION:

Chakrabarti [Chak-ra-barti]
verb, transitive: to mislead
TODAY WE are going to learn some new words
to add to the dictionary. Some are a bit difficult,
but Im sure well all get the hang of them.
Chakrabarti, (chak ra barti) verb, transitive: this
word has several meanings. Up until last week,
it meant to pass yellow Post-It notes to a leader
without anyone knowing the contents (NB this
meaning only applies in front of a House of
Commons Select Committee).
However, as of this week, to Chakrabarti can
mean, variously, to accept a Labour peerage while
having fiercely denied you were going to do any
such thing; to conduct a supposedly independent
inquiry on anti-Semitism for the Labour Party,
which is nothing of the sort; to interview a whole
range of submissions for the inquiry and reflect
few of them in your report; to suggest, incorrectly,
that the reason Baroness Royalls report into
student anti-Semitism was not published was
because individual names were identified; to
launch your inquiry on anti-Semitism at a chaotic
press conference at which a Jewish MP is insulted
in front of you with anti-Semitic remarks. To
Chakrabati additionally: to mislead.
Goddard, (god dard, New Zealand pronunciation), adjective: a Goddard Inquiry will always be
the third and least successful in a run of chaired
government inquiries. Characteristics are an
inability to distinguish persons from institutions
thus the Goddard Inquiry into child sex abuse,

supposedly set up to look at how alleged victims


had been institutionally failed, chose to begin
its investigations with a separate strand on the
late Lord Janner. Given that the peer was both
dead and a person, rather than an institution,
Goddard is the only possible word to use here.
Also q.v. Goddard resignation: use this adjective
when you jump before you are pushed, ensuring
your resignation is two lines long and the Home
Secretarys acceptance of it is 10 times longer.
Lebanon bus boarding, adverbial phrase: to
ensure you use this terminology properly, wait until
the Israeli Olympic delegation is ready to board
the bus in Rio which you are meant to be sharing,
refuse to allow it to board and, in case it doesnt
quite get the message, physically block the bus
entrance when the driver opens the door. Make
sure, additionally, that you claim there has been
a misunderstanding when reprimanded by the
International Olympic Committee.
Biggins, verb, transitive: to make a series of
ill-judged, foolish and offensive remarks, get
yourself thrown off a reality TV show, and then
wonder what all the fuss is about. You are using
this term correctly if, when Bigginsing, you make
a Holocaust-related joke to someone Jewish
and then claim that even though the remark was
about Nazis and gas chambers, it hadnt occurred
to you that this was what you were saying. (NB you
need to be at least in your late 60s to use this word

properly, ie. old enough to know better).


Use this verb together with to Shalit, which
means getting someone, preferably a show business agent, to defend your Bigginsing by saying
you are a national treasure and a lovely person.
And let us not forget the most useful new word
in our lexicon, to Corbyn. This fine term has any
number of elastic meanings to apply in day-to-day
conversation. You could, for example, say you
were about to Corbyn the Board of Deputies if
you meant you were approaching a meeting with
the Board with complete and utter contempt.
We have long used the infinitive verb to
Corbyn as a shorthand way of saying my
friends in Hamas and Hezbollah. But why not try
using it to say: I want to nominate my friend for
the House of Lords even though I said I wasnt
going to nominate anyone, and I lobbied
Downing Street to have this one Labour nomination on David Camerons resignation honours list,
and I forfeited any opportunity of attacking the
Tories for cronyism, and, opportunely, the friend
I have nominated has just produced an inquiry
into anti-Semitism and she has concluded it is
not rife in Labour? You see how useful it is?
Next month: new meanings for Trump, Farage
Galloway and He-Should-Consider-His-PositionDiane Abbott. But if you were wondering, to Wes
Streeting means standing up and saying the right
thing. Do use this compound verb when you can.

Jenni Frazer

To Chakrabarti can mean to


conduct an independent
inquiry into anti-Semitism
that is nothing of the sort

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OPINION: LUKE AKEHURST & EMILY HILTON


UK NEWS

Our new site will help


you stand up for Israel
PRO-ISRAEL CAMPAIGNERS are doing amazing
things up and down the country, rising to the challenge of campaigning for Israel in the face of
increasing hostility.
There are now more than 500 councillors
signed up to Local Government Friends of Israel,
and local Friends of Israel groups have been set
up in almost every part of the UK. But there is always more that can and should be done to support Israel in the face of the ongoing attempts to
delegitimise the Middle Easts only democracy.
Too often, politicians are swamped with petitions and thousands of emails from anti-Israel
campaigners. In the past, they havent heard
enough from Israels supporters. Direct email,
social media, videos... These are all critical in
making our case and standing up for Israel, but
we have been too slow to harness the revolution
in social media to our advantage.
We in the pro-Israel community must not be
afraid to take this step forward. We may not all
be tech wizards, but now is the time to show real
strength in numbers. We can frame the online
conversation on Facebook and Twitter and
become a louder voice nationally and in our local
communities.
With this in mind, my organisation, We Believe
in Israel, has launched a new website that gives
activists the ability to campaign in just two clicks,
from their mobile phones or tablets, on the latest
and most relevant issues affecting the pro-Israel

community in the UK. You can visit the new site


at www.webelieveinisrael.org.uk
We are the fastest growing pro-Israel grassroots
organisation in the country, with more than 11,000
activists subscribing to our emails, and a target
of getting this to 20,000 by the end of the year. We
give thousands of supporters of Israel in the UK
the knowledge, skills and inspiration to become
active campaigners. But we were lacking something until now an accessible, easy-to-navigate,
good looking and effective campaigning hub for
activists up and down the country.
This new website fills that gap. It signifies a stepchange in campaigning for Israel. The latest technological tools are now being deployed to help us
to raise our issues with the people in charge.
Since the website went live, we have launched
a number of campaigns.
With our new Start Talking, Stop Inciting campaign, we are calling on people to write to
the new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to ask
him to put pressure on Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate with
Benjamin Netanyahu and end incitement. Despite
Netanyahu making it clear on numerous occasions
that he is ready to meet Abbas, the PA president
has shown no willingness to talk and prefers to
continue to incite hatred against Israel.
We have also launched a petition in support of
the governments ban on anti-Israel boycotts
by local councils. In February, the government

published new guidance that aims to stop procurement boycotts by public authorities such as
local councils.
Ben Gummer MP is the new Minister for the
Cabinet Office and anti-Israel campaigners have
sent him a petition with 9,000 signatures on it,
calling for the guidance to be scrapped and councils given the right to boycott Israel. We have set
up our own petition to ensure Mr Gummer is aware
there are just as many people who do not believe
it is appropriate for councils to boycott Israel.
These calls to action follow our launch campaign on an issue that has also been raised right
here in the pages of Jewish News the disgraceful presence of flags from the terror group
Hezbollah at the recent anti-Israel Al Quds day
march earlier this month.
Regrettably, the police did nothing to stop
people brandishing signs from this virulently antiSemitic organisation. In light of this, we are urging
pro-Israel activists, from within and outside of the
Jewish community, to write to Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan asking him to get the Metropolitan
Police to abide by counterterrorism guidance
issued by the Home Office.
The Israel haters have gone from the political
fringes to taking control of the NUS and the
Labour Party in the past year. But we are rising to
that challenge and we are taking the fight back
to them with guts, passion and energy.
Now we have the right tools to do it as well.

Luke Akehurst
Director,
We Believe In Israel

We may not all be tech


wizards, but now is the
time to show real
strength in numbers

Every Jew has a duty to


help end the occupation
A MONTH AGO, I spent my Shabbat morning
being chased down a hill by IDF soldiers in the
city of Hebron. I was part of a group of 40 Jews
helping a Palestinian landowner clear his factory
land to make way for a cinema, before it was declared a closed military zone. I was scared
scared of an army that I had been taught to respect and admire for most of my life. Scared of
what might happen to the Palestinian activists
who were with us if they were caught.
I was taking part in a 10-day trip organised
by the Centre for Jewish Non-Violence (CJNV),
which brings Jews from around the world to the
Occupied Territories to do peaceful solidarity
work with Palestinian communities. During the
trip, we met with a number of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists who are working together
to help end the occupation.
Recognising that, as Jews, in the context of
occupation we are more powerful than our Palestinian counterparts, all actions were led by our
Palestinian partners. This was particularly powerful as, while there are numerous discussions,
events and trips about Israel/Palestine in the Jewish community, my experience is that very few
prioritise the involvement of Palestinian activists
and communities as was done on this trip.
While the actions in which we took part may
seem ineffectual in comparison with the power
of the Israeli government, they still have impact
whether that is helping with agricultural work in

the Palestinian village of Umm al-Khair, or putting


on a street party in the east Jerusalem Palestinian
neighbourhood of Silwan.
Acting in solidarity with those who are challenging actions by the IDF and some settler
communities that make life for Palestinians
unsustainable and unbearable was important to
do as Jews. We wanted to actively denounce
policies that continue to perpetuate the indignity
of occupation. Our experiences, of helping pave
a road with the organisation Taayush, of clearing
out Palestinian owned land to make way for a
cinema in Hebron, reinforced to me how we have
to challenge the tired and prejudiced narrative
in our community that it must be us or them,
that there are no partners for peace.
Residents of the Palestinian village of Susiya in
the south Hebron Hills were expelled from the
land in 1986, and it is now an Israeli archaeological site. Since then, there have been multiple
demolitions when the village is rebuilt on different parts of the land. Susiya was where we spent
our Shabbat after our action in Hebron. The family of Nasser, a BTselem activist, prepared a room
for those who were shomer Shabbat, cooked us
our Shabbat meal and was kind and welcoming
to us. On 15 August this year, Susiya is once
again set for demolition. The notion that it could
be justified that these peoples homes should be
destroyed for my safety is, frankly, absurd.
The majority of conversations in our commu-

nity revolve around end points. One state or two?


Zionist or non-Zionist? Jewish or Democratic?
These are all important questions but, at present,
they are secondary to the impact Israeli government policies are having on Palestinians living in
the West Bank. We have a responsibility to listen
to the experience of people who live their lives
under military rule. Its OK if these conversations
make us uncomfortable even ashamed.
On one of our final days, the director of the
CJNV told us that there is no its complicated
with the occupation: You either support it or you
are against it. As diaspora Jews, we have a fundamental responsibility and obligation to help
bring about its end. We must do so not only
because we care about Israel acting out its
democratic values.
Being part of the movement to end the occupation must come from a Jewish place, because
it is from Judaism that I learnt my values of
social justice, and ending the occupation should
be a Jewish social justice issue.
We must recognise that ongoing Israeli control over the Occupied Territories means that
Palestinians continue to be treated in a manner
that lacks human dignity. This is something
about which we cannot remain silent.
Next year marks half-a-century of occupation
and the CJNV wants 500 diaspora Jews join us in
Israel/Palestine to say 50 years is 50 years too
long. I hope you will join us.

Emily Hilton
Youth and student
representative,
Yachad

I learnt about social


justice from Judaism and
ending the occupation
should be a Jewish issue

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OPINION:
RABBIJUSTIN
MIRIAM COHEN
BERGER AND MARK MAIER
OPINION:

Peer-gate the latest fiasco


to erode Corbyns pledge
I LIKE to give people the benefit of the doubt
including Jeremy Corbyn. But recent actions, culminating in Peerage-gate, make it seem like Team
Corbyn is hell-bent on proving right all those who
wrote him off on day one.
Soon after his overwhelming leadership election victory, I sat down with a member of his
media team, determined to reach out despite the
inevitable challenges. It was a few days after Corbyn made his debut speech to Labour Friends of
Israel without mentioning that countrys name.
I made it clear during that meeting that should
a similar speech be delivered a year later at the
next party conference, once hed been exposed
to perspectives he probably had never encountered, then wed know the problem was terminal.
Until then, I said, he should be given a chance to
show he is capable of moving beyond his onesided record on Israel and the Palestinians.
In recent months Corbyn has said albeit often
belatedly things that should be welcomed. His
expression of regret during a grilling by the home
affairs select committee at labelling Hamas and
Hezbollah friends was long overdue. As was
eventual recognition that the Hamas charter is
anti-Semitic. Facing an anti-Semitism scandal in
his own ranks, he suspended party members,
councillors, an MP most of whose offences had
occurred before his time in office and even his
close ally Ken Livingstone, the latter within a few
hours of his disgraceful comments on Hitler. Recently, he spoke out against use of the epithet

Zio and Nazi metaphors and stressed that making the Palestinian case with hateful language did
no one any favours.
But theres no getting away from the fact that,
in recent weeks, the actions of Corbyns Labour
have done more to undermine than enforce his
words of zero-tolerance of anti-Semitism and professed determination to make Jews feel welcome.
First there was the readmission of Momentum
activist Jackie Walker, no more than a few weeks
after she was suspended over posts claiming
Jews were the chief financiers of the slave trade.
She was rushed back into the fold without so
much as a note of contrition before Chakrabarti
had even reported. The party had needlessly chosen to pile controversy upon controversy that sent
a clear message to others who would indulge in
such rhetoric: there could be room for you in
Labour. Whoever took that decision decided that
placating Walker and her vocal supporters was
more important than starting to address communal fears. There is simply no other way of interpreting it.
Another troubling development was the failure
to publish the full Jan Royall report into allegations of anti-Semitism at the Oxford Labour Club.
Instead, we were forced to wait for the baroness
to become so frustrated that she made the report
available of her own accord.
But what has undermined confidence in Corbyns promises to decisively tackle anti-Semitism

more than anything else is the peerage for Shami


Chakrabarti, the chair of Labours anti-Semitism
inquiry. Not because her previous work doesnt
deserve it, or because she doesnt have a wealth
of experience to offer the Lords. Not even because of his previous commitment not to create
new peers. But because the timing so close to
a report seen as a strong platform for action by
some but which others viewed as a whitewash
severely undermined its credibility.
Because at a time when both the party and
Chakrabarti were stressing the inquirys independence, its hard to imagine anything that would
more effectively raise the whiff of something
unsavoury. And because at a time when the party
is in dire need of fire fighting in the Jewish community, this was only ever going to inflame tensions. Even for the dwindling few ready to give
the benefit of the doubt, its hard to escape the
impression that, like with the Royall report and
Walker, communal concerns have been cast
aside. Only a decision to readmit Ken Livingstone
could make things worse.
It is too easy, though, to dismiss the situation
as a lost cause. It will be down to Corbyn, if he
wins the upcoming leadership contest, to implement the report. The current leader cannot be
blamed for every party member who has trotted
out an anti-Semitic trope over the past few years,
but he is fully responsible for ensuring his pledge
of zero-tolerance towards anti-Semitism is
realised in appearance and practice.

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COMMUNITY

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NEWS IN BRIEF
NICKY MORGANS PRAISE
Nicky Morgan, former secretary of
state for education, was guest
speaker at Hasmonean High
Schools recent fundraising dinner.
The event was held at the
Grosvenor House Hotel, where
Morgan highlighted the importance
of education in transforming
peoples lives and complimented
the centrality of education in Jewish
life.

DIPLOMATIC ANSWERS
Edgware Masorti Synagogue
recently hosted Eitan Naeh, the
deputy Israeli ambassador to the
UK. Invited by the families of
Edgware Masortis Bnei Mitzvah
group to speak first to the main
congregation, then to the younger
members at the childrens service,
Naeh answered questions on a
variety of fascinating subjects. The
service was then followed by an
Israeli kiddush of falafel, pitta, fish
balls, dips, salads, pastries and
biscuits.

Whats in your handbag, chef?


Richard Fraser is the proud winner of the fourth Jewish Care bake off competition. His winning entry,
a handbag cake, was chosen by a panel of judges from a shortlist of 10. Sam Leigh (pictured with Chava
Cupcake) won the childrens crossword competition. Also pictured is Alicia Bogard, eight, with her M&Ms cake.

UJIAS NEW APPOINTMENT


UJIA has announced the
appointment of Jason Greenspan
as its new director of fundraising.
Taking up the role from October,
he takes over from David
Goldberg, who remains in the
organisation managing special
projects. He said: Im absolutely
delighted to be joining the largest
Jewish Israel charity in the UK.
As director of fundraising, I will
provide leadership across UJIA
fundraising. Im keen to explore
new opportunities to drive income
generation to advance the
remarkable work of UJIA in the UK
and Israel.

VICTORIA CLUB REUNION


Former members of The Victoria
Girls and Boys Club are invited
to a grand reunion, to be held in
the club hall, Egerton Road, on
Sunday, 18 September, between
7pm and 10pm. Entertainment on
the night which includes a threecourse kosher dinner is provided
by guest speaker Alan Greenbat.
Tickets are 22 each, with cheques
made payable to The Victoria
Club Reunion and sent to The
Victoria Club Reunion, 73 Mayfield
Avenue, London N12 9HY.

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WEEK IN
PICTURES

Members of the 4th Hendon


Brownies show pebbles they
decorated at Girlguiding Hendon
Divisions Fun Day.

Acapella group The Ashertones


performed at South West Essex &
Settlement Reform Synagogues
recent 60th anniversary concert.

More than 100 people attended a summer


evening concert at Hampstead Synagogue to
honour recently retired administrator Ivor Nadel.

Author Jemma Wayne discussed her


new novel, Chains of Sand, with Jewish
News features editor Francine Wolfisz
at Segrue Books in Radlett. Jemmas
second novel is set against the
backdrop of the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Rebecca Russell and Tehilla Leah


Hirsch at their Chumash party at
Menorah Foundation School.

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Bushey United Synagogue minister and
his wife Judy are due to make aliyah later
this year after 37 years service. He said:
Judy and I were so moved by the love,
respect and warmth shown to us by so
many people. The surprises, generous
tributes and to see our family from Israel,
who we were not expecting, capped an
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Unity, Norwoods recreational group for children with disabilities, teamed up with Woodfords ELHAP for a superhero themed activity
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children with special educational needs. The
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their favourite comic book heroes, taking part
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Talias cut raises


3.7K for Chai

ORT launches womens network


Picture: Blake Ezra Photography

Talia Robeson raised 3,708 for Chai after cutting her hair. She donated the 14 hair plait to
Zichron Menachem, where it will be made into
a wig for a child with cancer. She said: I have
always had long hair and since my batmitzvah
last year, Ive wanted to cut and donate my hair
to raise money for charity.

More than 50 women attended the sold-out launch of ORT UKs Professional
Womens Network. Michelle Mendelsson, head of diversity and inclusion at
Credit Suisse, was the guest speaker. ORT UKs chief executive Adam Overlander-Kaye said: Im proud that were launching the ORT Professional Womens
Network recognising that it is perhaps part of the process of redressing a balance and creating a new space for networking.

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26th music evening raised 13,000 for scholarships
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Around 75 people gathered in Hampstead Garden Suburb to hear music performed by Robert
and Zoe Max, their sons Hugo (cello) and Noah
(violin), and from guest speaker Agata Rakowiecka,
director of Warsaws Jewish Community Centre.

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TABLE TENNIS IS CHESS


IN SHORTS
As JW3 launches its first Ping
Pong Festival, Fiona Leckerman
hears from novelist Howard
Jacobson about his love of the
game and why its the only
sport Jews will ever be good at
M

y attitude to
Jacobson recalls: I went to a
sport is very simgrammar school in the north
ple its someof England that was
thing that Jews just
15 percent Jewish.
dont do, quips author
None of my Jewish
Howard Jacobson.
friends played any
The Man Booker Prize winsport, no football or
ner appeared in conversation with
rugby.
sports journalist and author Anthony Clavane
The whole business of
to mark the opening of JW3s Ping Pong
playing games was a nightFestival last Sunday night.
mare for me and I went through school with a
The Finchley Road venues two week cele- note in my back pocket from my mother saying
bration of table tennis
I was bilious.
which originated in VictoConceding that sport
rian England coincided
did not come naturally
with the opening of this
to him and his peers,
years Olympics in Rio.
he adds: If you fell
On stage, a ping pong
over, youd bleed and,
table stands resolutely
unlike gentiles, Jewish
beside Jacobson and
boys did mind when
Clavane, as they discuss
they bled. So the minute
the relationship between
I got interested in table
Jewishness and sport, as
tennis, my mother was
well as the authors obsesexcited, because she
sion with table tennis
couldnt see what harm
growing up in 1950s
I could come to.
Manchester a fanaticism
Jacobson
describes
that inspired his semitable tennis as an unusuautobiographical novel,
ally intellectual game and
The Mighty Walzer.
jokes: You could play
His 1999 novel, which
table tennis and still be
won the Bollinger Everya doctor its like chess in
man Wodehouse Prize
shorts.
for comic writing, was
However Clavane sugrecently adapted for the Author Howard Jacobson and his wife, Jenny gested it was a myth
stage and performed at
that Jewish boys were not
The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
into the physical side of the sport.
Clavane, author of Does Your Rabbi Know
Is it not to get out of the shell of the ghetto
You Are Here? The Story of English Footballs that Jews did get into sport, like football and
Forgotten Tribe, questioned Jacobson on how boxing? he asked.
table tennis is perhaps the only exception to
Jacobson, in his light-hearted manner,
the stereotype that Jews cant play sport.
remained unwavering in his position.

Maybe it was just Manchester Jews, but


I didnt know a Jewish boxer, I never met a Jew
that wanted to play a sport, and the only Jew
I ever met who did was me and that sport was
table tennis.
The game is one, according to the 73-yearold writer, that appeals to the Jewish imagination, relying on having to use your wits and
read your opponent on a psychological level.
Jacobson (and his character Oliver Walzer)
excelled with the help
of his now legendary forehand chop and back hand
flip.
He won multiple awards,
was the Manchester junior
champion, played for the
Lancashire juniors and was
a Cambridge Blue.
But the sport changed
when the bats altered from
the original wooden version to a rubber one,
thereby losing what Jacobson describes as their
plunk sound something he feels added a
music and wit to the
game.
Speaking about his
formative years growing up in Manchester,
Jacobson referred to this time as a golden age
not just for Jews, but everyone.
Nobody had much money and that was
a good thing the greed that was to characterise our society had not yet shown itself.
The prizewinning writer, who has been married three times, added: We also didnt have
the curse of the internet. One day the world
will say the worst thing that ever happened
to civilisation, worse even than the Jews,
was the way social media enabled the mob

to feel it has a voice.


While to some degree he looks back at his
younger years through rose-tinted glasses,
Jacobson believes the Jewish community has
always struggled for acceptance and will
continue to do so.
This theme is one that Jacobson touches
upon in his most recently-published book,
Shylock Is My Name, a reimagination of Shakespeares infamous character from The Merchant
Of Venice.
Is
a
Jew
ever
accepted?
he
asks.
I dont feel I am accepted
and even if this country
suddenly became Jewish,
I wouldnt be accepted
either, so non-acceptance
is part of the deal. Can
Jewishness
ever
be
acceptable to the world
now?
With reference to the
reoccurring ping pong
nightmare that Jacobson
often has, whereby he hits
a ball but it keeps coming
back, Clavane suggests
this was a good metaphor
for the anti-Semitic tropes
that keep reoccurring, no matter how often the
community beats them away.
Nodding in agreement, the author concludes: I dont think Jews can ever relax and
I dont think the world will ever be a safe place
for Jews but this is something that has kept
us very agile and capable of producing marvellous things, because we know we always
have to.

My attitude to
sport is very
simple its
something
that Jews just
dont do

JW3s Ping Pong Festival continues until 17 August.


Details: jw3.org.uk/pingpong

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FEATURES

A JOURNEY FROM COMEDY


OVER TO THE DARK SIDE
Author Jonathan Ames has marked a change of direction in
his latest book to delve into the world of violence. Here,
he tells Alex Galbinski why he felt compelled to write it

Author Jonathan Ames new book delves into the murky underworld of New York

es the man who created two


hit TV shows in the USA and
authored nine
books (including a graphic
novel), has been in the
army, done stand-up,
fought in amateur boxing matches, and even
been an extra in a porn
film to name just a
few things.
So when I ask
Jonathan Ames if
theres anything left
that he wants to do, or
indeed anything that
he cant do, Im reassured when he admits
there is plenty.
There is so much Id like to do
and try, but I dont even know where

to begin. But there are many things


I cant do again, I dont know where

Blunt Talk, which stars Patrick Stewart


[of Star Trek fame], along with fellow
English actors Adrian Scarborough
and Dolly Wells. Another show
I wrote is going to film as a pilot if
the whole thing doesnt fall apart
at the end of August.
Ames novel, You Were Never
Really Here, has just been published
in the UK and he admits being very
intrigued and pleased that it will be
made into a forthcoming film starring
Joaquin Phoenix.
His latest work is a departure from
his other books which include The
Extra Man, I Love You More Than You
Know and Wake Up, Sir, the last of
which is a comic ode to PG Wodehouse in that it is a dark thriller that
haunts the reader long after the
book is finished.
Its protagonist, former marine and
FBI agent Joe, has seen too much,
leaving him deeply traumatised. This
comes on top of the abuse he suffered by his own father and he wants
to die. He hides away from the
world, but earns a living rescuing
girls who have been kidnapped into
the slave trade. Hired by a high-ranking New York senator to save his
daughter from a Manhattan brothel,
Joe finds himself stumbling into a
web of conspiracy and corruption.
For the past 10 to 15 years, Ames
says he has pretty much stopped
reading what is considered literature and just wanted to read books
that thrilled me ... mysteries... its just
what I came to be drawn to.
The 52-yearold
Princeton
graduate says his
intentions in writing the book
were: One, to
write a thriller, an
entertainment,
like something
out of Richard
Stark [the pseudonym for writer
Donald
Westlake], who wrote
a series of crime
novels about a
criminal named
Parker that I really love. Two, to create a heroic character, like the
Lee Child character Jack Reacher

I wanted to write a thrillerentertainment and a staple of


those is violence. But Im not
sure I will write something
this violent again
to begin, he replies.
At the moment, I just finished
working on season two of my show,

I know its a guilty pleasure, but typical idea of a boring, safe, Jewish
I often enjoy bestselling genre nov- middle-class upbringing?
els; and three, to write something
I dont think so, says the fatherthat is not at all comedic.
of-one, who is now based mostly in
You Were Never Really Here is cer- Los Angeles. I dont think about my
tainly not amusing, but a fast-paced life or the reasons for why I did
thriller and while Joe is a character things the way a reporter might. We
who goes out of his way to help oth- are mostly driven by the subconers admittedly by employing scious, going about blindly in a state
extreme violence in order to do so of confusion.
Ames acknowledges both the darkWhen I had my column, I used to
ness of the novel and its brutality.
try to experience odd things with the
I have had qualms of adding idea that I could report about them,
more violence, in [the] form of this learn from them, and before the colfiction, to an already violent world umn I might enter odd worlds out of
he says. Joe helps, but he has to curiosity, a curiosity that was perhaps
resort to violence. So I dont know if part of being a writer.
this book is at all hopeful.
I was also looking for danger and
I wanted to write a thriller-enter- excitement. Now I write primarily
tainment and a staple of thriller- for television, so Im not necessarily
entertainments is violence. But Im looking for adventures, though I still
not sure I will write something this look to experience things to perhaps
violent again.
change the way I see the world.
I ask Ames who is also the creator of US comedy Bored To Death You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan
why Joe is compelled to complete Ames is published by Pushkin Vertigo,
priced 4.99. Available now.
the rescue of the senators
daughter even when circumstances suggest he
could walk away.
He replies: I think its
a sense of mission. He
has to complete his mission and he wants to
save the girl, give her
some chance at a life.
He wants to rescue her
from the horror of her
fate, maybe in a way
thats he never been
able to rescue himself.
Given the breadth of
his experiences some
of which he wrote
about in extremely
confessional columns
published in the New
York Press and then
collated into a book
I wonder if Ames
pushes himself to
experience so many
different things so he
can write authentically about them or
because they genuinely interest him?
Could it be, in
some way, a reac- Ames book about a kidnapped girl
tion to the stereo- is full of conspiracy and corruption

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Anyone for Venice?


Sharon Feinstein takes a peek at the Italian city where
the worlds first ghetto was established 500 years ago

hen Venices only female gondolier, Alex


Hai, rows through the meandering canals,
she says she feels the buildings are moving away to give her space, everything is fluid and
magic can happen at any moment.
After 30 years of being on the water in her sleek
black gondola, she describes Venice as divided between boat people and walkers, known as Pilgrims.
You are walking over the bridges, I pass under
them, and so often the two never meet, she told
me over plates of tortellini ricotta and spinach at
Da Ivo, George Clooneys restaurant of choice.
You need the right sensibility for Venice, city of
shadows and dreams, as you walk among its secrets.
The light is soft, golden, glinting off the stone
palaces and whispering water. The silence gives it a
hypnotic charm, with just footfalls, the breeze, or the
sound of oars slapping on water.
Venice became walkable only in the 18th century.
It was just 122 little islands with 104 churches, until
the Austrians built most of the bridges and made it
walkable so people didn't need boats anymore.
I like to stay at Baglioni Hotel Luna, regarded as

Venice's first lodging, dating from the 12th century.


Its steps from St Marks Square, facing a small canal
looking across to San Giorgio Maggiore church.
The hotel is decorated with that classic Venetian
mix of creamy marble and elaborate brocades.
As the mist lifted each morning, I left the side door,
past Hemingways haunt, Harrys Bar, on my daily run
along the Grand Canal, over the bridges to St Elena.
From here, there are clear views to the Lido, setting for Manns haunting novel Death in Venice.
Round every corner of this city is a literary, cinematic
or artistic reference. It has remained a great European outpost, magnificently untouched by the
spread of brutal globalisation.
The lavish Baglioni breakfast is served beneath
pink and gold ceiling frescoes from Tiepolo's school
and serves a spread of delicious Venetian cakes like
Zaletti and focaccia, typical sweet bread, as a starter.
This year is the 500th anniversary of the worlds
first ghetto, when the Doge enforced segregation of
Venetian Jews in 1516. People here believe that
conserving this site, with its five bijou synagogues,
is imperative as a physical reminder of Jewish persecution over centuries.
I found a wonderful public swimming
pool in Sant Alvise near the ghetto, and
pounded the lanes to work up an
appetite for cicchetti, under the arches
of the Rialto.
Often eaten standing up, these are
small Venetian dishes like baccal (cod
puree) on toast, croquettes and fried
artichokes, ideally washed down with a
glass of Barolo.
My choices for lunch and dinner
shifted between Do Forni, favoured by
locals, politicians and Venetian nobles;
Harrys Bar, and Da Ivo.
The elegant Do Forni is steered by
The elegance of Venice captured in a room at the Baglioni Hotel Eligio Pates, revered in Venice, whose
Luna. Inset: Ancient signs pointing the way to the historic ghetto kitchen is one of the worlds best and

whose wine collection is said to be worth millions.


Its an enchanted place decked with alcoves, hidden
spaces, serenading Peruvian musicians and, of
course, impeccable service. I relished my baked sea
bass with potatoes, cherry tomatoes and black
olives, not to mention the speciality crepes.
Harrys Bar is a meeting place for the intelligentsia,
an in club where you
have to be, the atmosphere vibrant and intriguing. Its drink is the Bellini,
white peach juice and
sparkling Prosecco, and
for me the delicate pasta
with wild mushrooms
reigned supreme.
Ernest Hemingway
was a regular here for a
while from 1949 onwards
and set bar scenes here
in his novel Across the River and Into The Trees.
Ristorante da Ivo is small, intimate and the kind of
neighbourhood eating place to cherish. Its a
relaxed, humming dining room with superb food,
personal service and delectable offerings from the
chef to nibble between courses.
I also discovered Local, a new and imaginative
restaurant in Castello, with an interior built by Venetian artisans and young, idealistic owners who serve
only local produce and organic wines. My tagliatelle
with white truffles was delicious.
I took the boat to Burano, a tiny, peaceful island
in the Venetian lagoon close to the supposedlyhaunted island of Torcello, where buildings are
painted like an array of pastel ice creams.
I was visiting Il Gatto Nero, the famous Black Cat
restaurant. Rupert Everett had just left his corner
table of the past ten years. Now I have mine,
because after that meal I am going to need it each
time I go back to Venice. It is run by a father and
son, with traditional cooking handed down by the

old women of the island and a menu brimming with


fresh fish straight from the lagoon.
Back in Venice, I walked for hours every day, visiting the Accademia, the great Tintorettos, Bellinis in
hidden chapels, buying handmade shoes from
Daniela Ghezzo along with her more regular customers like Woody Allen and Bill Gates, designer
clothes from Empresa,
often lost in the intricately-woven web of
streets and canals.
The last night I dined
with Matteo Corvino,
Venetian designer of Il
Carnivale and grand
weddings, at Piazza San
Marcos only restaurant,
the Quadri, which has
three Michelin stars.
Every detail is exquisite,
with red silk-draped walls, Murano chandeliers,
stately old style service and food with tastes and textures verging on the sublime.
I left by boat with the Grand Canal panorama
becoming more distant and the dreamy elusive city
fading like a trick of light, which is, of course, Venices
enduring fascination.

Sharons contacts...
Sharon flew with easyJet to Venice Marco Polo:
www.easyjet.com
Baglioni Hotel Luna: www.baglionihotels.com/
category/luna-hotel-baglioni-venice/
Do Forni: www.doforni.it
Da Ivo: www.ristorantedaivo.it

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2 ORTHODOX JUDAISM

Sedra:
Devarim

BY RABBI ALEX

CHAPPER

THE SEDRA of Devarim is always


read on the Shabbat before Tisha
BAv on 9 Av the darkest day in
the Jewish calendar, upon which
both Temples were destroyed and
a catalogue of other national
calamities happened.
In the opening words of this final
book of the Torah, Moses alludes
to the sins of the Jewish people
during their 40-year sojourn in the
desert, including worshipping the
Golden Calf and the spies evil report.
Although his purpose was to rebuke the people and to induce
them to repent for it all, he does it,
as the commentators note, in such
a way that avoids any unnecessary
embarrassment to the people.
Moses was sensitive to the principle that the dignity of every person
is sacred and even constructive criticism has to be given in a way that
avoids shaming someone.
This makes his choice of words
later in the sedra even more shocking. He reminds the nation of their
contentiousness, their quarrels and

slander, how they rebelled, were


wilful and did not listen and he even
goes as far as to refer to them as an
evil generation. Why is there such a
contrast between Moses initial
overview and his later analysis of
this period of their national history?
If we turn to the Haphtarah the
vision of Isaiah following the destruction of the First Temple we
can understand Moses approach.
Rabbi Mendel Hirsch points out
that Isaiah does not bemoan the
fact that the Temple was destroyed.
Instead, the prophet laments the
underlying causes of the destruction. Mourning over the loss is almost futile if it is not a spur to
introspection and soul-searching, in
an attempt to understand the
malaise at its root and to rectify it.
At first, Moses gently reminds
the people of the mistakes they
made in the past, but as a leader
who is preparing them for the future he cannot leave it at that.
He feels compelled to highlight,
in the strongest possible form,
those aspects of our behaviour and
nature that caused the damage. Ignore them at your peril.
It is a salutary lesson for all time.
As we continue to mourn the lack
of the Temple and pray constantly
for it to be rebuilt, we would do
well to heed Moses words on
both a national and individual level
to identify what is wrong and to
fix it.
Alex Chapper is minister of Ilford Federation Synagogue and the Childrens Rabbi
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THIS WEEK: Elisha

GOD TOLD Elijah to anoint a new king for the


Arameans in Damascus and set Jehu as King over Israel. On the way to Damascus, Elijah found Elisha
ploughing the fields with twelve yokes of oxen. Elijah threw his cloak over Elisha. Elisha prepared himself to follow his master.
Thereafter, Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan in
the same manner as Joshua and Moses crossed with
their people through water bed, on dry land.
Elijah promised Elisha a double portion of his spirit
if he saw him depart from this world.
Suddenly, a chariot pulled by fiery horses separated them and Elisha cried: My father, my father, the
chariot of Israel and its horsemen! until he saw him
no more.
He took the cloak that Elijah had left behind, rolled
it up, split the Jordan and crossed back. His career
of many miracles thus began. Elisha purified poisoned waters.
Callous young men who cursed Elisha were devoured by grizzly bears. Elisha prophesied the downfall
of Moab. He filled a poor home with wealth by blessing
a jug to constantly pour with olive oil. He revived from
the dead a child born to a woman who had acted charitably towards him. Elisha rescued an evil-tasting broth

for the prophets and fed 100 men with only 20 loaves.
Perhaps most famously, Elisha healed Naaman,
the great Aramean general, of his leprosy. He saved
the iron of an axe lost by a prophet lumberjack, making it rise to the river surface.
In an Aramean attack on Israel, Elisha smote them
with blindness, but asked the King of Israel to keep the
Arameans alive and not kill them in cold blood.
Therefore, the king blamed Elisha for a subsequent
Aramean siege lasting seven years, resulting in famine
and cannibalism. However, Elisha declared the famine
over. There were stampedes in the marketplaces.
The Aramean military disappeared overnight,
frightened by a great noise, leaving their wealth to Israelite plunder.
Finally, Elisha carried out Elijahs original mission to
anoint Hazael as King of Aram and Jehu as future king
of Israel. This brought to an end the evildoing House
of Ahab.
On his deathbed, Elisha handed Joash a bow and
arrows and asked him to shoot towards Aram as an
omen that they would fall into Israels hand.
When Joash failed to shoot more than three times,
Elisha was angry, and told him that had he shot five
or six times, Aram would have been forever vanquished. Instead, Hazael, also anointed by Elisha,
would ultimately subjugate Israel.
Even post-mortem, Elishas corpse miraculously revived another corpse which had occupied his grave;
the dead man stood and left, leaving the grave empty
for its new occupant.

[N]

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How has the Diaspora helped move


Judaism towards gender equality?
BY RABBI AARON

GOLDSTEIN

IT IS a fact of society that it has been far


harder for a woman to make an impact on
contemporary Britain, due to a perpetuation of male domination. The same can be
said for pretty much every culture around
the world.
And yet if we look at the UK today, we
have a female monarch who has reigned,
does reign, and seems to reign on like no
other oh, perhaps other than Queen Victoria.
And now we have a female prime minister in Theresa May, to match a female First
Minister of Scotland in Nicola Sturgeon.
In Judaism, the Reform and Liberal
movements have key positions held by
women. Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal
Judaisms new director of strategy and
partnerships, while Rabbi Alexandra
Wright is both senior rabbi of The Liberal
Jewish Synagogue and co-chair of LJs Rabbinic Conference.
The Movement for Reform Judaism has
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner as its senior
Rabbi and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger
herself a former president of Liberal Judaism as senior rabbi of its flagship West
London Synagogue.
Who knows, maybe Masorti Judaism and
even the United Synagogue will follow us,

certainly if Dina Brawer has any say.


I am delighted for many reasons that
Rabbi Lea Mu h lstein works with me as
rabbi of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue. Lea stands as a female role model
for all generations.
As well as speaking with gentle authority, the quality that I most appreciate is her
humility.
The ancient rabbis all men of course
legislated harshly against the inheritance
of women.
As Rabbi Pamela Wax writes in The
Womens Torah Commentary, this is despite the compelling reasons to allow
daughters to inherit and despite legal ways
in which they might have liberalised the
law in Numbers to attain this goal.
Men chose to inflict their rulings on their
womenfolk, subjugating their rights.
Where was the humility of these men to
look to a higher authority as Moses had
done?
Of course, this is not the only way in
which women have been subjugated in halacha.
Thank goodness for the primacy of laws
of the land (dina dmalchuta dina) invoked
for the Diaspora that allows for inheritance
and most civil matters to be legislated by
the cultural and legal norms of the land in
which Jews were living.
Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood &
Pinner Liberal Synagogue

JEWISH

HERO
This week, Jim Fletcher
selects Dame Alicia Markova

IN THE BOOK of Samuel, the


Torah gives us the word pazzaz
(derived from lepatsez, to put on
a spectacle, to celebrate with all
your might) to describe dancing.
People dont think of classical
ballet as having any Jewish resonance, but the foundations of
British dance were laid, among
others of Jewish heritage, by
Dame Alicia Markova.
Following a period dancing
with Serge Diaghilevs Ballets
Russes, Alicia Markova with
Anton Dolin danced the length
and breadth of the UK, bringing
classical ballet to pubs, social
clubs, and cinemas, making the
art form accessible to everyone.
Lilian Alice Marks was born in
1910 in Finsbury Park, attending
Hebrew School and later becoming a member of West Lon-

don Synagogue (where her parents married). She was instrumental in the formation of
Rambert Dance Company and of
what is now the Royal Ballet.
She co-founded Festival Ballet in 1951, now known as English National Ballet (ENB), to
open up the art form to the
masses at affordable prices.
ENB has performed The Nutcracker in London every year
since, giving many generations
their first taste of dance.
Markova also became patron
of the Academy of Indian Dance,
becoming one of the first classical
dancers in the UK to collaborate
with classical Indian movement.
She also revived the largely
forgotten romantic ballet Giselle
and made the role her own,
bringing this now much-loved

ballet to the attention of new audiences. This year, English National Ballet has commissioned
the Kathak/Contemporary choreographer, Akram Khan, to create a reimagining of this classic
ballet. The pioneering spirit of
Dame Alicia is still alive.
At her memorial in Westminster Abbey in 2005, a West London Synagogue rabbi recited El
Malei Rachamim, and dance
was performed in the abbey for
the first time ever.
To the most challenging of
proposals, Dame Alicia Markova
would reply, Why Not?, reflecting her courage, energy, and
strength of vision.
During my 30 plus years
working in the dance industry,
this has made Dame Alicia
Markova my Jewish hero.
Jim works with One Dance UK
and National Theatre of Scotland
and is vice chair, external affairs,
at West London Synagogue

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WHATEVER YOUR CONCERN,


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Dear Lorraine
I am so pleased that your sons original diagnosis was
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age of 18 upwards, we would make sure that your son
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JDA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WORKER

Dear Hazel
My son was born with cerebral palsy. Despite being told
hed never be able to do anything for himself, he can
manage almost everything. Hes now approaching 21 and
wants to be able to move away from home like most of
his mates, but I couldnt sleep at night for worry if he was
on his own. A relative had suggested I contact you. Can
you help?
Lorraine

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Do you have a question for a member of our team? Email: askourexperts@thejngroup.com


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Life on my own often


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Dear Bayla
Im an 87-year-old widower and have been on my own for
many years. So I sympathise with the growing problems
of loneliness in the community, as reported in last weeks
Jewish News. I used to enjoy my own company and, dare
I say, even enjoyed all the domestic chores. Now, though,
as I have slowed down, I hardly ever go out and find
I dont get round to even opening my post and dealing
with important matters. I may even have missed a couple
of hospital appointments and no longer have the energy
to make phone calls. I need companionship, but also
help dealing with a worrying backlog of paperwork.
Can you help?
Cyril

CAREER ADVISER

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Paperweight will be pleased to send round a trained caseworker to your home to help you run through your
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befriender to keep you company, we can arrange that too.
Please do give us a call.

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Emma Petrook and Joshua Forman were married at Hatfield


House
Picture: Paul Lang Photography

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Vegetarian Italian stuffed red peppers

PREPARATION TIME
15 MINS

Full of wonderful flavours and texture,


these stuffed peppers make a great supper
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COOKING TIME
35 MINUTES

2 large red peppers


50g cous cous
100ml vegetable stock

Method

50g cherry tomatoes sliced

1 Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F/ Gas mark 6.


2 Cut the peppers in half through the stalks and

50g black olives

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30g hazelnuts roasted and


roughly chopped

scoop out the seeds. Transfer to a tray lined


with baking parchment paper.
Bake for 20 minutes or until just tender.
Tip the cous cous in a bowl and pour in the
hot stock. Cover and leave for 5 minutes and
then fluff up with a fork.
Add the cherry tomatoes, olives, hazelnuts,
parsley, and lemon zest and season well. Mix
well and spoon into the pepper halves.
For the topping, mix the breadcrumbs with
the Chevington grated mature cheddar.
Sprinkle on top.
Return to the oven for 15 minutes until the
cheese topping is golden.

2 tablespoons parsley
Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Topping:
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2 tablespoons Chevington Grated
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Chevington grated mature cheddar cheese


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Serves

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COSTLY SLIP ENDS


GYMNASTS DREAM

Medal hopeful Shatilov suffers early exit as Israeli athletes


enjoy mixed fortunes in first week at Rio Olympics Games
GYMNAST ALEX Shatilov, who carried
hopes of winning a medal, saw his dreams
dashed in disappointing style. Failing to
qualify for both the floor and horizontal bars
competitions, he said: Things didnt go as
I planned, but that happens in sport and
theres nothing I can do about it. You need
to know how to cope with disappointments
and life continues.
Not getting drawn on whether he would
retire as a result, he added: I can continue
both physically and mentall because I saw
what Im capable of in my recent competitions and I still have a passion for
the sport.
Israels first athlete in action at the
Games was judoka Shira Rishony,
though she left the mat in tears
after two minutes having being disqualified for illegal use of the
elbow. Competing in the U48kg
weight category, the 25-year-old,
said: Im still in shock, I felt I was
ready and it hurts me that I couldnt
give my all and that it all ended before it
really began. Its hard to put in words how
much you give and how much you sacrifice
and how much you dream of this moment.
You certainly dont imagine it ending like
this.
Sagi Muki has vowed to bounce back
even stronger for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic
Games after he spurned two opportunities
to win a medal in the U73kg judo event in
Rio. The 24-year-old was first beaten in the
semi-finals by the world number two Rustam

Orujov, before then losing to Georgian


Lasha Shavdatuashvili in the bronze medal
match
Expressing his disappointment, he said:
Im kind of disappointed because its my
dream, its painful and uncomfortable, but Ill
take some rest and willbe back healthy and
strong towards the next journey, Tokyo
2020!
I also want to thank my family, friends and
all the people of Israel for the support and
encouragement. Im proud to represent a country like ours.
Golan Pollacks exited the
U66kg in the last round of 32.
He said: This is very tough
to take, I still cant quite
comprehend what happened. I felt like I started off
well, but I made a mistake
for one second, I froze and
there was no way back from
there. Im really angry at myself, but Im a sportsman and I
need to recover from this.
Gili Cohen suffered a last 16 exit in
the U52kg tournament. She said: I dont
know if Im more disappointed or angry, I was
confident and felt good. I was in the lead but
in one moment I lost it.
Israels swimmers have all so far failed to
make a splash in the pool. Their top swimmer Yakov Toumarkin failed to reach the
semi-finals of the 100-meter backstroke, and
said: Im really disappointed. I looked at my
time at the end of the race and I couldnt be-

lieve it, Im in good


shape so I expected
more from myself.
He is though due to
take part in his preferred 200m backstroke event late on
Wednesday.
Maayan Davidovich
has enjoyed a positive
start to her RS:X windsurfing competition,
currently sitting in fifth
place at the half-way
stage and set to secure a top-ten finish
which will then see her
contest the medal
race. In the mens competition, Shahar Zubari lies in
20th place, with him having
plenty of work to do if hes
to contest the medal race.
In other sports, Israels
sole tennis player, Dudi Sela,
was knocked out in the second round on Tuesday
evening, losing in straight
sets to the world number 13, David Goffin,
while Sergey Richter failed to reach the final
of the 10m Air Rifle event, though hes also
taking part in the 50m rifle prone event,
which gets underway tomorrow.
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athletes in Rio at www.jewishnews.co.uk

Main: Alex Shatilov spins out of the gymnastics; above: Sagi Muki reflects
on his bronze medal defeat, Shahar Zubari is struggling to reach medal race

Tonys feeling great Format U-turn for Sahar not scared


after winning first title Peter Morrison cup of facing Celtic
TONY MILCH has described the amazing
feeling he felt after winning his first title at
York Hall.
Beating Bulgarian Konstantin Alexandrov
80-73 on points, he said: Its an amazing
feeling to win, it feels really great, all the hard
work and training, its been worth it.
Boxing his first eight-round contest, he
said: I felt so fit, I could have done another
eight rounds. I was boxing to instructions, listening to my coach who told me not to make
any mistakes, that I was fighting for my first
title. I thought it was a top performance and that I boxed really well.
Hoping this will be the first of
many titles, he added: I cant wait
WATCH
for the next title fight. Ill have a few
WIN HIS
weeks off, relax a little bit and then TONY
FIRST TITLE AT:
look towards the next one.
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Picture: Phil Sharkey

Last seasons Peter Morrison Trophy winners, Hendon United A

THE PETER Morrison Trophy will revert back to its


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The tournament became
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which led to several withdrawals from teams.
A statement from the

Committees chairman Laurence Thorne, said: The


Committee decided that
the Peter Morrison Trophy
would revert back to its old
format whereby it will operate on a regional basis
until the last 16. The final 16
teams will consist of 12
from the southern zone and
four from the northern.

FORMER CHELSEA striker


Ben Sahar says his new side
Hapoel Beersheva have nothing to fear when they take on
Celtic in their Champions
League play-off tie next
week.
The Israeli champions beat
Olympiakos (pictured) to set
up the two-legged tie against
the Scottish giants, though
Sahar said: This draw is not
bad for us. Celtic arent an invincible opponent.
Do we fear Celtic? No,
never. We respect any of our
rivals but weve already faced
a more dangerous team in
Olympiakos and we emerged
successful.
Its our dream to reach the

group stages of the Champions League, it would be magnificent for us.


Elsewhere, Maccabi Tel
Aviv face Croatians Hajduk
Split and Beitar Jerusalem
meet French side St Etienne
as they bid to reach the
group stages of the Europa
League.

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WONDER WOMEN!
Judo star Gerbi and
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land Olympic medals

Yarden Gerbi (above in white) on her way to winning bronze for Israel;
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SHERWOOD
YARDEN GERBI became
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Beating Japans Miku
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63kg judo event and claim
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support I needed from my

family. I dedicate this medal


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a disappointing Games to
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was met with jubilant
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President Reuven Rivlin.
He told her: All the people here in Israel are excited
together with you. We
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Her win came moments
before gymnast Aly Raisman led the Americans to
an emphatic gold victory in
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in London four years ago
said: Weve been pretty
dominant the last couple of
years, but I think instead of
using it as pressure, we use
it as motivation.
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