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MPs call for Peres tribute


Cross-party effort to secure Commons
debate in memory of late Israeli leader

By Justin Cohen
justinc@thejngroup.com
@JewishNewsUK

Conservative and Labour politicians this week led a cross-party


effort to secure a parliamentary
debate for MPs to honour the
memory of Shimon Peres.
The call to Speaker John Bercow
has been backed by Conservative
Friends of Israel chair Sir Eric Pickles
and Ian Paisley of the Democratic
Unionist Party.
Joan Ryan, chair of Labour Friends

of Israel, described Peres, who died on


28 September, as a towering figure,
seeking peace and justice, a Nobel
laureate, a statesman of courage and
conviction.
Oliver Dowden MP, whose Hertsmere constituency contains one of
the largest Jewish communities in
the UK, said: Shimon Peres was a
truly remarkable man and absolutely
central to the history of Israel and
the Middle East and the wider peace
process.
He was a genuine peace maker.
I think it would be appropriate for

Parliament to mark in some way the


passing of a truly great international
statesman.
His death touched many of my
constituents and Id like what he
meant to my constituents, to me and
many parliamentarians to be properly put on the record as it has been
for other great statesmen.
Parliament held a special session
to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela,
a fellow winner of the Nobel Peace
Prize, following his death in 2013.

A peacemaker, even in death


see pages 4 & 5

Prime Minister Theresa May signs the Book of Condolence for


Shimon Peres at the Israeli Embassy in London on Wednesday

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Jewish News 7 October 2016

News / Walker expelled, Pilot dies, News briefs

Labour urged to expel Walker

Jackie Walker was removed as vice-chair of Momentum

Jewish leaders have called for a key ally


of Jeremy Corbyn to be expelled from
Labour, after she was filmed making
unguarded comments about Holocaust
commemoration and anti-Semitism.
Jackie Walker, who is Jewish, was
removed as vice-chair of influential leftwing group Momentum after she was
recorded in conversation with Jewish
groups backstage at the Labour Party
conference in Liverpool.
She has been suspended from Labour
and may still face disciplinary sanction
from the party.
This is the second such incident in a
year for Walker, who was suspended by
Labour earlier this year for suggesting
Jews financed the slave trade, only to be
readmitted at a hearing.
Off-stage at an anti-Semitism training
event in Liverpool, she was recorded
asking why Holocaust Memorial Day did
not include other genocides (it does). She
was also heard questioning why Jewish

schools need security and saying that she


is yet to find a definition of anti-Semitism
that she could work with.
The Labour Party suspended her soon
after the comments were leaked and late
last week Momentums steering committee voted seven to three to remove her
from her position as vice-chair, citing concerns.
Jackies actions at Labour conference,
in her subsequent Channel 4 interview,
and by not understanding concern caused
by her statements, have led [us] to view
her behaviour as irresponsible and lose
confidence in her as vice chair, they said.
The campaign group added that while
they did not consider her comments antiSemitic, but instead found them to be illinformed, ill-judged and offensive.
They added: Jackie should have done
more to explain herself to mitigate the
upset caused and should have been careful
about statements on this and related
subjects, whatever her record as an anti-

racist, which the committee applauds.


Simon Johnson, chief executive of the
JLC, said: Jackie Walker has rightly been
stripped of her position as vice chair. With
leadership comes responsibility and she
has failed to show responsibility with her
repeated use of hurtful language towards
the Jewish community. Sadly, she has
continually looked to disrupt rather than
engage and taking action against her will
restore some much needed integrity to the
Labour Party.
However, she remains a member of
Momentums steering committee, and
the group castigated those who filmed
and leaked the private discussions,
saying this undermined much-needed
political education.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone himself set to be removed from his
position on Labours National Executive
Committee jumped to Walkers defence,
saying: Theres a difference between
ignorance and anti-Semitism.

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An Israeli pilot has died and


a navigator has been injured
after the fighter jet they were
flying crashed on its return
from a mission over the Gaza
Strip.
The pilot was later identified as 34-year-old Major
Ohad Cohen Nov, who had
only recently been appointed
squadron deputy commander.
The incident occurred on
Wednesday, as both crew members ejected from the plane,
which came down in flames.
While an investigation is
ongoing, it is believed to have
been caused by a technical

glitch, rather than enemy fire.


The F-16 was approaching
the Ramon Airbase in southern
Israel, following the Gaza
sortie, when the jet came down.
The Israeli Air Force tweeted
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from an attack on facilities
in the Strip after a rocket
was fired from Gaza towards
the southern Israeli town of
Sderot, landing in a residential
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No one was injured, but two
residents were taken to hospital with shock.

The chair of the Foreign Affairs


Select Committee, who has
been critical of Israeli policy,
was this week condemned by
Jewish groups for sharing a
stage with Ismail Patel who
has been accused of supporting
a sheikh guilty of blood libel.
Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, attended a fringe meeting
at the Conservative Party Conference organised by Friends
of Al-Aqsa (FoA), based in
Leicester. He spoke alongside
Hannah Stoddart, director of
advocacy and communications
at War Child, and Ismail Patel,

chair of FoA, who has caused


concern with his support for
Sheikh Raed Salah, who runs
the northern branch of the
Islamic Movement in Israel.
Salah is a veteran campaigner for Palestinian rights.
In a 2007 speech he was
accused of stoking violent by
means of racist incitement
and for invoking a blood libel
against European Jews.
The CSTs Mark Gardner
said: This meeting is somewhat ironic and surprising,
given Ismail Patels support for
the infamous Raed Salah.

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The Israeli navy has intercepted a boat carrying


pro-Palestinian activists trying to break Israels
naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, and is now
escorting it ashore. The military said naval forces
stopped the boat in international waters and
urged it to change course. When it refused, the
navy said it stopped the boat and searched it, a
process it described as uneventful.

An American billionaire has been caught up in


the police fraud probe into Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.
Ronald Lauder, the son of Estee Lauder who
inherited the cosmetics fortune, now heads
the World Jewish Congress. Police say they
want to speak to him about gifts in relation to
Netanyahus travel and foreign trips.

The British government has joined world leaders


in criticising the Israeli government for a new
settlement in the heart of the West Bank.
Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood said the
announcement of 300 homes was part of a
worrying new trend, while the United States
went further, saying it was another step towards
cementing a one-state reality.

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Jewish News Israel Conference / News

Amber Rudd to take centre stage


at Jewish News Israel conference
Home Secretary Amber Rudd
will be among leading British and Israeli politicians
addressing the second policy
conference organised by Jewish News and BICOM next
month, writes Justin Cohen.
Theresa Mays successor at the
Home Office will deliver a keynote
speech on radicalisation and the
terrorist threat at our UK-Israel
Shared Strategic Challenges Conference at a Westminster venue.
She will be joined by Middle
East Minister Tobias Ellwood,
Opposition Leader and Labour
chair Isaac Herzog, former Israeli
ambassador to the US Michael
Oren, who was recently appointed
as Netanyahus special envoy for
public diplomacy and former
White House Middle East envoy,
Ambassador Dennis Ross.
The full-day forum on 30
November comes 18 months after
Jewish News inaugural policy
conference, which saw leading

lights from both countries take


part in a series of panel discussions and keynote interviews with
high-profile media personalities.
This years event partnered
by the Times of Israel, Algemeiner
and the Anglo-Israel Association will once again be aimed
at politicians, senior journalists,
think-tank leaders, academics,
faith leaders and diplomats from
around the world.
Coming just three weeks after
US elections and while the new
UK Government is still shaping
its foreign policy outlook, it will
address topics including the
regional challenges facing the
new US president and include a
panel highlighting new thinking
to break out of the status quo on
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
featuring Palestinian non-violence activist Ali Abu Awwad and
His Excellency Mazen Homoud,
Jordans envoy to the UK.
There will also be a session

exploring the thriving UK/Israel


hi-tech partnership, which has
helped drive bilateral trade to
record levels. Delegates will hear
about new opportunities created by Brexit. Among those discussing the burgeoning links will
be OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved,
BT head of innovation Mike
Hodgson and Dr Eugene Kandel,
head of Start-up Nation Central and former chief of Israels
National Economic Council. The
conference will kick off with an
address from Israels ambassador
to the UK, Mark Regev.
Justin Cohen, news editor of
Jewish News, said: This years
line-up is incredibly exciting,
combining household names
with leading thinkers and practitioners. Facing common concerns
relating to the rise in extremism
and the destabilisation of the Arab
world, Governments in Israel and
the UK face a shared imperative
to further develop strategic col-

on another high-level policy conference. BICOM is committed to


bringing the brightest and best
new thinking from Israel to the
UK and this conference is the perfect platform to explore the difficult issues facing Israel and the
Middle East.

laboration. We are delighted to


once again provide the arena for
a conversation about enhancing
those links.
James Sorene, CEO of Israel
and Middle East think tank
BICOM, said: We are delighted
to be working with Jewish News

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News / Shimon Peres funeral

A peacemaker, even
World leaders including the
Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas gathered
on Mount Herzl to say goodbye
to Israels last founding father
In addition to numerous heartfelt
personal recollections, many of
those who took the stage alongside
Shimon Peres Israeli flag-draped
coffin atop Mount Herzl offered
their visions of the peace that
eluded the former president and
prime minister.
President Barack Obama, the last
of the 10 speakers, called Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
presence in the front row a gesture
and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace.
Obama said: [Peres] believed the
Zionist idea would be best protected

when Palestinians, too, had a state of


their own. The region is going through a
chaotic time. Threats are ever-present.
And yet, he did not stop dreaming and
he did not stop working... Now the
work of peacemaking is in the hands of
Israels next generation and its friends.
Before the funeral ceremony began,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands beneath
jumbo screens flashing photos of Peres
over the years. The two leaders have not
formally met since 2010, during a failed
round of US-brokered peace talks.
Its been a long time since we last
met, Abbas reportedly told Netanyahu. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes the hand of President Mahmoud Abbas

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I very much appreciate that you came to


the funeral, Netanyahu replied.
But Abbas was not among the leaders
Netanyahu greeted in his emotional eulogy for
Peres, whom he described engaging in nearly
nightlong discussions about which came first
peace or security. Netanyahu thought security and Peres peace, he said.
We were both right, Netanyahu concluded.
Peace will not be achieved other than by
permanently preserving our power. But power
is not an end in itself. It is not the real power.
Its a means to an end. The goal is to ensure our
national existence and coexistence.
Peres was long a hawkish defender of
Israeli security. He played a major role in
establishing the countrys defence industry,
nuclear deterrence and settlement enterprise.
But he was among the first of Israels leaders
to warn about the threat posed by continued

control of the West Bank and became a leading


advocate of territorial compromise for peace
with the Palestinians. Only after his election as
president in 2007 did Peres receive the kind of
regard in Israel that he enjoyed internationally.
Among the estimated 4,000 mourners
who gathered under a sprawling white tent
at Israels national cemetery were dozens of
foreign dignitaries, including Prince Charles
and the UKs former Prime Minister Tony Blair,
Frances President Franois Hollande and
Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Israeli politicians attended from across
the political spectrum. Yair Lapid, head of
the centre-left Yesh Atid party, arrived with
left-wing Labor Party Knesset member Shelly
Yachimovich. Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick,
an advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple
Mount, came with a bodyguard. A Palestinian
gunman nearly killed him in 2014.

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Young and old paid their respects to the late statesman

Former US President
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helped spearhead in an
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the Palestinians, referenced
John Lennons peace anthem
Imagine in his eulogy.
Shimon could imagine
all the people living in the
world in peace, Clinton said.
In his honour, I ask that
we remember his luminous
smile and imagine.
Clinton was part of a
33-member American
delegation, which included
Secretary of State John Kerry.
Security at the funeral
and around Jerusalem was

tight, with some 8,000 police


officials guarding and closing
streets.
Amos Oz, an esteemed
Israeli writer and a friend of
Peres, argued in his remarks
that a Palestinian state was
the only option, saying there
was no choice but to divide
this home into two apartments and turn it into a twofamily house.
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News / Teaching awards / Charles in Jerusalem / Nobel success

Celebrate our teachers!


Inspirational teaching at Jewish
schools across the UK will be
celebrated for a second time at
an awards ceremony in January,
in a joint initiative between
Jewish News and Partnerships
for Jewish Schools (PaJeS).
Last years inaugural event
saw teachers recognised in
four categories, and organisers
confirmed this week that the
2017 awards would feature four
more, covering both primary
and secondary education.
The new categories of
awards will let us recognise
as much good practice in our
schools as possible, said PaJeS
executive director Rabbi David
Meyer. We look forward once
again to highlighting the successes and achievements of our
communitys schools.
Meyer said the awards were
an opportunity to recognise
the exceptional efforts of the
teachers and staff in our schools
because it is thanks to their
dedication that our schools are
effectively educating the next
generation of our community.
Last years event, sponsored
by the Emmes Foundation, showcased the top talent from 120
Jewish schools, with awards for
innovation in secular and Jewish
studies, use of information and

communications technology, and


inspirational leadership.
This years awards will be for
Best Emerging Teachers, in their
first three years of teaching;
Modern Hebrew; Special Needs
Education and Assistant or
Deputy Headteachers a vital
yet often-unrecognised role.
All awards will be at both pri-

mary and secondary level and


the judges include Meyer and his
predecessor, Alastair Falk; scientist Lord Robert Winston; Sue
Williamson, chief executive of the
Schools, Students and Teachers
Network; Karen Harris, managing
director of Intu.co.uk and Jewish
News editor Richard Ferrer.
Launching the second awards

this week, Ferrer said: Behind


every good student is a good
teacher, someone dedicated to
educating and inspiring the next
generation. Our community celebrates its outstanding students
every year through consistentlyimpressive exam results. Were
thrilled to be working with
Partnerships for Jewish Schools

again, to pay tribute to talented


educators across the country.
The Emmes Foundation said:
We are delighted to be sponsoring this exciting initiative
for Jewish schools, which recognises the hard work and sacrifice
of our teachers.
You can nominate now at
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TO GRANDMOTHERS GRAVE SITE
The Prince of Wales has visited his grandmothers final resting
place for the first time bringing flowers from his garden at his
Scottish retreat, Birkhall, to lay at her Jerusalem grave.
The prince paid his respects at the crypt in the city of the
Duke of Edinburghs mother, Princess Alice of Greece, after
attending former Israeli president Shimon Peres funeral.
During the moving visit, the prince, who had long wanted
to make the journey in honour of his grandmother, placed
flowers which he picked himself from Birkhall at her grave.
Princess Alices remains are buried at the picturesque Church
of St Mary Magdalene, above the Garden of Gethsemane on the
Mount of Olives.
She died in 1969 and her remains lay at first in St Georges
Chapel, Windsor. But her final wish was to be buried at the Russian Orthodox convent on the Mount of Olives near her aunt
Elizabeth, the Grand Duchess of Russia, another ancestor of
he princes, on whose grave Charles also placed flowers. Elizabeth was murdered by the Bolsheviks and declared a Russian
Orthodox saint.
Alice was re-interred in Jerusalem in 1988, but it was not
until 1994 that the Duke of Edinburgh visited his mothers
grave when he travelled to Israel for a ceremony honouring
her for saving Greek Jews during the Second World War.
In September 1943, the Cohen family, acquaintances from
the Greek town of Trikala, asked Princess Alice for refuge. She
hid them in her palace until the Nazis withdrew in October
1944. During that time, the Nazis sent more than 85 percent of
Greeces Jewish community to concentration camps.

A Jewish hedge fund manager based in London has


been caught up in one of the
worlds biggest bribery scandals involving African mining
and a controversial Israeli
billionaire.
Michael Cohen, 45, a naturalised Briton born in America,
ran the European operations
of hedge fund manager OchZiff from its London office. He
was named this week by The
Sunday Times as one of two

employees at the heart of U.S.


authorities five-year investigation into a series of African
corruption cases.
In them, more than
$100million in bribes is alleged
to have been paid in return for
mineral rights.
Cohen, worth an estimated
335million, was one of Londons most prominent mining
investors until 2013, two years
after authorities first began
their investigations.

Scot scoops Nobel


In 1993, Alice was posthumously awarded recognition as
Righteous among the Nations by the Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem.
Born Princess Alice of Battenberg in Windsor in 1885,
Alice married Prince Andrew of Greece, becoming Princess
Andrew of Greece. She saw little of Philip when he was a
child after falling ill and being committed to a sanatorium.
In later years, she went to live at Buckingham Palace and
was said to walk around in a nuns habit, smoking Woodbine
cigarettes. She founded an order of nuns and wore a habit to
the Queens coronation in 1953.

A Scottish scientist has won


the Nobel Prize for Physics
for work he says he did as an
ignorant post-doc.
Michael Kosterlitz, the son
of German Jewish immigrants,
shared the award with fellow
British scientists David Thouless and Duncan Haldane for
their work in the 1970s and
1980s. In a statement, the
awarding committee from
the Royal Swedish Academy

of Sciences said the trio had


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Jewish News 7 October 2016

News / Cemetery sale, Shabbat UK, Baddiel dumped

Fed reassures members


over cemetery plot sale
The Federation of Synagogues has reassured families with loved ones buried at
Rainham Cemetery in Essex about new
non-Jewish burial plots being marketed
there as investment opportunities.
It follows reports on Tuesday that
Birmingham-based firm Harley Investments is offering 40 percent returns
on plots at the East London cemetery,
where 26,000 people are buried.
The new plots are on a 22-acre plot
of land adjoining Rainham Cemetery
which was sold by the Federation for
8million less than two months ago, but
the Orthodox organisation said the land
was now nothing to do with them.
The Federation completed the sale of
the unused land adjacent to the Rainham remains and will remain in the continued
Cemetery in August 2016, Federation ownership of the Federation.
In its marketing material, Harley
trustees said in a statement.
They confirmed that they had no Investments says: A very rare opportunity
knowledge of, or contractual relations has arisen to purchase burial plots in Lonwith, either Harley Investments and/ dons Rainham Cemetery, which is being
or the individuals named as their Direc- extended to accommodate high demand
tors, adding: The Federation would like for burial plots in Greater London. It says
to reassure all relatives of persons buried the price of burial plots had increased by
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in Rainham
Cemetery that there has been 30 percent this year alone before offering
no sale
of
the
Rainham Cemetery, which investors the chance to buy four plots at
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2,400 per plot, with a 40 percent return


within 24 months, adding that the investment had a clearly defined exit strategy.
The Federation said the 22-acre
plot, located on the western side of the
site, was a surplus and put it up for
sale in 2014. It finally sold in August for
8.3million, and came with planning
permission for use as a cemetery.
It is understood that the new owners
intend to call it Eastern London Cemetery.

Itll be all lights


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An estimated 50,000 candlesticks are being distributed
across the UK for the Great
Friday Night Light as part
of the Chief Rabbis ShabbatUK initiative.
The special event, for
which Jewish News is media
sponsor, will see candles lit in
hospitals, prisons, schools and
households up and down the
country, with more people
than ever before bringing in
Shabbat together.
Ephraim Mirvis said: This
year, our aim is to add another
special element to the experience of welcoming in Shabbat
the knowledge that for one
week, more people than ever
before will take that deep
breath and light candles.
The Great Friday Night
Light is part of a series of
events around the world, to
mark Parashat Lech Lecha
on 11 and 12 November. ShabbatUK 2016 will also include
Challah making and Havdalah
events. Mirvis added: This
year we make a pledge: let

no Jew, regardless of their


circumstances feel that they
cannot experience that unique
moment of peace when
Shabbat begins. He called for
Jews regardless of affiliation
or observance to get involved,
citing examples of events, such
as a Shabbat Art Gallery at
Hendon shul, which will feature work from Liora Rosenberg, a teaching assistant who
died in March at the age of 20,
having suffered a devastating
bleed to the brain.

BADDIEL SHOW DROPPED


David Baddiels Radio 4 show Dont
Make Me Laugh has been dropped
after 120 people complained about
contestants making crude jokes
about the Queens sex life.
The show in question, which
aired on the Queens 90th birthday,
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WORLDS OLDEST MAN COMES OF AGE

The worlds oldest man has finally celebrated his barmitzvah 100 years
late. Israel Kristal, 113, who was lived through both world wars and
survived Auschwitz, missed his barmitzvah because of the First World
War. He finally celebrated his coming of age last weekend in Haifa.

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HACKNEY KILL THE


JEWS ABUSER IS
FOUND GUILTY
A man from Hackney who shouted
that he was going to kill all the
Jews has been found guilty of
racially/religiously aggravated
intentional harassment.
Stuart Birnie, 36, denied the
charge at Wood Green Crown
Court, but was convicted last
week and will be sentenced later
this month. The incident occurred
on 17 December last year, after
he shouted: F*** all the Jewish
people, go f**** yourself, Im
going to kill all the Jews.
Volunteers from the Shomrims
Stamford Hi community patrol
group were involved in his arrest.

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The Battle of Cable Street / News

Remember
the day they
did not pass
80 years on from the Battle
of Cable Street, Alex Davis
revisits myths, truths and the
relevance of this historic day
for anti-racism efforts

estled in his cosy armchair


down a quiet street in Ilford,
its hard to imagine the serene
figure in front of me as anything
but gentle and welcoming. With typical
pride, the 94-year-old great-grandfather
points to pictures of his family while
offering a hearty selection of biscuits.
And yet, as the conversation turns to Cable
Street, a transformation occurs in Willie
Myers. His eyes suddenly exude an energy
entirely unaltered by the passage of time and
his commitment to defending his community
becomes unashamedly clear.
I was 14 when my anti-fascist involvement
began, he recalls. A friend convinced me
to join the Young Communist League and I
began feeling it was my duty to oppose Oswald
Mosleys British Union of Fascists. We all did.
Formed in October 1932, the British Union
of Fascists (BUF) claimed a peak membership
of 50,000 in mid-1934. Yet, by 1936, it had
fallen into steep decline. Increased violence,
grossly demonstrated during a mass rally
at Londons Olympia, and the movements
growing anti-Semitism began deterring much
of its conservative support. Even the media
largely ignored the rising radicalism of this
weakening force in British politics.
But when the BUF announced its intention to
march through the East End on 4 October 1936,
its residents took notice. Willie joined a crowd of
at least 100,000 anti-fascist protestors seeking
to prevent 3,000 or so black-shirted members of
the BUF marching through the predominantly
Jewish quarter of London. The crowd was
diverse: a united front of Jews, Communists,
Irish dockers and trade unionists.
What followed was a violent confrontation,

not between the two belligerents as is commonly


believed, but between the anti-fascists and the
6,000 police officers, who were under orders
to protect the marchers. In total, around 80
anti-fascists were arrested and at least 73 police
officers injured. But the fascists did not pass and
the legacy of Cable Street was born.
Defeat in victory?
Although the anti-fascists were quick to praise
their own efforts, most scholars now accept
that Cable Street was, at best, a symbolic
demonstration of popular hostility against
fascism and anti-Semitism. An important
marker, yes, but in reality, the consequences
were dire for the Jewish community.
The following weekend witnessed the
worst incidence of anti-Jewish violence in
the interwar period, the infamous Mile End
Pogrom. Around 150 to 200 fascist youths
smashed up Jewish shops and houses, and
even threw an elderly Jewish man and young
child through a window. The backlash wasnt
limited to London either: similar episodes
occurred in Leeds and Manchester. AntiSemitism worsened to such an extent that
the Jewish Peoples Council, the leading force
in East End Jewish anti-fascism, warned the
following summer of the fascist terrorism
which appears to increase week by week.
The historical record also reveals that Cable
Street renewed sympathy towards the BUF.
The violent response by those opposing Mosley
was successfully spun as an illegal blockade of a
march organised with police permission.
The result was significant: the BUFs
membership increased by several thousand
and the party mustered a remarkable 18 percent
of the popular vote in local elections the
Above:
A sign
and mural
commemorate
the Battle
of Cable
Street.
Left: Antifascists
clash with
police

following March.
Perhaps most revealingly of all, almost
exactly one year later, a near identical battle
took place in Bermondsey, just one mile south
of the river. Again, more than 100,000 antifascists faced a column of approximately 3,000
Blackshirts, with the resulting violence leading
to 113 arrests. Its very existence stands as stark
evidence against the finality of Cable Street.
Inspiring a new generation
Why, then, has Cable Street entered popular
memory as the turning point in the defeat of
British fascism? If the Battle seemingly made
little difference to the anti-fascist struggle of the
1930s, shouldnt it be a mere footnote in history?
Sitting with us in Willies home is his
grandson, Natan Doron. Now a Labour councillor, Natan speaks eloquently of his grandfathers influence on him.
I recall Willie taking me to Cable Street at
a young age. Id recently begun learning about
the Holocaust and Cable Street offered a very
different message.
I feel like my grandpas generation did
the heavy fighting and their struggle resulted
in opportunities for future generations. It has
certainly formed an important part of my own
politics. Cable Street taught me that you have
to fight for change and that progress isnt
inevitable.
So perhaps the significance of Cable Street
lies in its influence on subsequent generations.
But what of the literal fighting itself? The
violence of the day forms an important, but
perhaps uncomfortable, part of the Cable
Street story. It mustnt be forgotten that the
heroes of Cable Street fought directly with
the Metropolitan Police. Admittedly, the anti-

fascists believed the establishments tolerance


of Mosleys fascists made the police a legitimate target, but can violence ever be justified?
Thats a tricky one, replies Willie. I think
violence should be a last resort, but I wouldnt
hesitate to fight back even today if it was
necessary.
Another veteran, not of Cable Street but of
the militant 43 Group, goes further. Maurice
Podro fought the resurgence of fascism in postwar Britain and his response is unambiguous.
I am a firm believer that you fight violence
with violence. I dont see it any other way.
Drawing the right lessons
But if you dont believe in violence as a solution,
what lessons can be taken from Cable Street?
According to a spokesman for the anti-racism
organisation, HOPE not hate, Cable Street
showed how important it was to forge common
unity in the face of organised hatred, and to
stand up alongside vulnerable communities.
Unity in the face of adversity is a strong
message. But it must be peaceful, says the historian Daniel Tilles. He admires the courage of the
anti-fascist protestors, but warns of drawing the
wrong lessons from Cable Street.
Far-right movements rely on a victimhood narrative and create conflict to drum
up interest, he explains. By starving them of
attention, they remain rooted to the fringes.
Todays fascists are, fortunately, far
smaller in influence. Its hard to imagine 300
let alone 3,000 right-wing sympathisers
marching through Golders Green.
Or is it? My discussion with Willie concludes
with his chilling warning: When I shut my
eyes and listen to Farage, all I can see is Mosley
staring right back at me.

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News / Interview

Lets create a new climate


As Israels ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev does not shy away from tough
conversations and sees possibilities for peace, he tells Jenni Frazer

sraels ambassador to the UK, Mark


Regev, has an upbeat message for the
Jewish new year. He says: There is
something very interesting happening
in the region. Because of common threats
coming from Iran and groups like Isis,
we are seeing a strategic realignment,
where today Israel is talking to more Arab
states than ever before in the history of
the Jewish state. We have peace treaties
with Egypt and Jordan, but I am talking
about other countries who were traditionally hostile to Israel or very stand-offish to
Israel but today we are having conversations, we are in communication with them.
Regev, formerly Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahus spokesman and in post in the
UK since March, has hit the ground running
since his arrival, making a point of speaking
at challenging venues and engaging with the
unexpected. His most recent encounter was
a first for an Israeli envoy a head-to-head
debate on LBC with the PLO
representative in Britain,
Manuel Hassassian.
Regev says the
broadcast was
respectful and a
substantive discussion
of many issues. But
he is keen to point out
that not only has he
frequently engaged
with Palestinians before
now, but the very fact of
the encounter is a red flag
to the haters, as he
terms the boycotters
of Israel. The

people who would blacklist me, boycott me,


shut me down and not let me speak but the
representative of the Palestinians in London is
engaging with me. So what are they all about?
The ambassador also points to the healthy
bilateral trade figures between Britain and
Israel a doubling in the last decade as
another sign that the boycott campaign has
completely failed. He says: Britain is our
second largest export market after the United
States. Both countries, he says, are keen to see
that relationship continue and grow, and he
revealed that Israel has been in preliminary
talks with Britain about codifying a trade deal
in the wake of the Brexit vote.
My clear impression from speaking to
British officials is that they understand the
importance of the Israeli relationship and they
want to pursue it.
Israel has been holding informal talks with
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and the
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands
so that when it becomes relevant, Israel will be
ready to get started immediately.
If the ambassador is enthusiastic
about bilateral trade between Israel
and the UK, he is even more so
about a forthcoming series of
events in 2017 leading up to the
commemoration of the centenary of
the Balfour Declaration. Foremost
among these will be a festival, Tel
Aviv In London, which Regev hopes
will launch this month, showcasing
the best of Israeli culture. Its a
particularly exciting event, to bring
the creativity, the vibrancy of Tel
Aviv, and expose
it to people, whether its cuisine,
culture, music, art, and to show
a side of Israel people arent
familiar with.
He is upbeat about the
way in which the festival
will be received. We
have done a whole
series of events
this year, even
before I became
ambassador,
and though
there are

Mark Regev is happy


to engage with the
Palestinians but deems
boycotters of his country a complete failure

Ambassador of Israel Mark Regev presents his diplomatic credentials to the Queen

people of hate out there, they have not managed


to disrupt or interfere.
In the real world, the boycotters are a
complete failure. We have to show what Israel
is really about, and not let people filled with
hate set the agenda.

that that we hate. Its such a lie. They have


taken traditional hatred of the Jewish people
and have transposed that to the Jewish state.
They demonise the Jewish state the way they
demonised the individual Jew. We are not
talking about criticism of Israel; but you see

IN SOME QUARTERS YOU SEE ONLY IRRATIONAL


HATRED OF ISRAEL THERE IS ONLY ONE WORD
FOR THESE SORT OF PEOPLE
Regevs reputation for combativeness when
he was Netanyahus spokesman has followed
him to the UK. He has no fear about engaging
with criticism of Israel, he says from my
point of view theres not a
place in Britain thats out of
bounds. I intend to bring
Israels positive message
to groups across this
country,

thats my goal.
Those
who refuse to
meet me out of hate, he says, are exposing
themselves for exactly who they are.
If someone so demonises Israel that they
refuse to engage, what does that say about
them? Those haters say: Were not against
Jews, its just the Israelis and the Zionists

in some quarters this irrational hate theres


only one word for them.
Nevertheless, the ambassador is optimistic
about the possibilities for regional peace. He
says: Today we are having conversations, we
are in communication with other states in the
Middle East. For many years, the assumption
was that Israel makes peace with the
Palestinians and that opens up the Arab
world for Israel. Maybe we are seeing the
beginning of the opposite, in other words,
by changing the atmosphere in the region,
by greater dialogue between Israelis and
Arabs, between the state of Israel and Arab
governments; there is a new climate which will
have a positive impact on the Israeli-Palestinian
track. That offers a certain amount of optimism
as we enter the new year.
Jewish people face challenges. We see hatred
in Europe, we see turmoil in the Middle East, we
see Islamic extremism but there arent only
challenges, there are also opportunities. And
this realignment between us and the pragmatic
Sunni states this is a small revolution, and its
something we have to nurture.

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Shul attack, iPhone 8, Hate speech World News

Armed attacker storms synagogue


RUSSIA
Russian police have beefed up
security around a synagogue
in Moscow following what they
said was an attempted attack
by an armed resident during
which a security guard sustained mild injuries.
The incident happened on
Saturday at the Moscow Choral
Synagogue, where the alleged
attacker, carrying a canister
of petrol and a gun, lightly
wounded a security guard
during a struggle, the RIA
Novosti news agency reported.
Police detained the suspect,

who threatened to burn down


the building, according to the
report.
The Moskovskij Komsomolets daily identified the injured
security guard as Oleg Demshin, 35. He suffered injuries
to his hand, the paper reported.
Demshin, a father of one,
prevented the suspect from
entering the building and other
security guards overpowered
him at the entrance, according
to the report. He has worked at
the synagogue for two years.
The alleged attacker was

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Russian police search a suspect after the attempted attack

named as Ivan Lebedev, a


40-year-old man with a history
of mental illness.
Approximately 150 people,
including the chief rabbi
of Moscow, Pinchas Gold-

schmidt, were in the building


when the attempted attack
happened, Goldschmidt wrote
on Facebook on Saturday,
adding that the suspect was
carrying a pistol.

iPhone 8 in Herzliya

Ministers blamed for hate

ISRAEL

HUNGARY

Apple is reportedly using an office in Herzliya to develop what one


anonymous employee called hardware for the iPhone 8.
The source also told Business Insider that Apple employees in
Israel work on all the companys new products. The Herzliya office
has approximately 800 employees, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has
said it is the companys second-largest research and development
office in the world.
The staffer intimated the iPhone 8, due for release in autumn
2017, will be significantly different from previous versions.

Hungarian Jews have accused


the right-wing government of
hate speech over its efforts
to link refugees to terrorism,
warning that politicians language was reminiscent of the
Nazis in the 1930s.
It comes after Prime Minister Viktor Orbn launched a

huge state-sponsored advertising campaign against a Brussels-inspired plan to allocate


refugees from Africa and the
Middle East to each European
country.
Hungarian film director
Diana Groo said: It reminds us
of the 1930s.

Jews in Kaifeng had a miserable


new year after a reported
government crackdown on
Jewish culture in the city. A
centre for Jewish learning and
an ancient mikveh (ritual bath)
were closed, Jewish residents
were prohibited from gathering
and some foreign Jewish tour
groups said they were banned.

UNITED STATES

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian


has mobilised her millions
of online followers to help a
31-year-old Jewish father in Los
Angeles find a bone marrow
donor. Adam Krief, a father-ofthree from Israel, has a rare
form of blood cancer, which
is likely to kill him if a blood
donor match is not found.

VATICAN

Pope Francis has told a Jewish


delegation that terrorists
launching attacks in Europe are
not properly integrated in a
discussion on violence linked to

immigration. The pontiff said:


Europe often forgets that it has
been enriched by migrants.
The Jewish leaders said: We
Jews have all been immigrants.

AUSTRIA

Israel has made its first


presentation at the annual
conference of the International
Atomic Energy Agency in
Vienna. Israeli nuclear science
is used in medicine, agriculture
and energy, said Brig. Gen.
Zeev Senir, head of the
Israeli delegation. Israel also
reportedly has 200 nuclear
warheads.

GERMANY

Berlins Jewish Museum has


opened a show on the mystic
golem creature. Seen as both a
monster and a superhero, it is an
artificial being first mentioned
in ancient Jewish texts. The 16th
century Rabbi Judah Loew is
said to have created a golem out
of clay to help protect Pragues
Jews from attack.

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Editorial comment and letters

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS

Here is the news,


before it happens
Its that time of year again when we get to make predictions about the year to
come, forget them, then remember them if they come true.
The good news is that, for Jews, 5777 will almost certainly involve disappointment, disbelief, disenchantment and disgust, so therell be plenty to talk
about. And not all of the woe will relate to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour
Party. Some of it will come from anti-immigrant politicians in Europe.
At home, Momentum will gather some, banning Jewish Labour candidates (on account of them being foreign agents), adopting Hamas as a Labour
affiliate (on account of its values-driven charter) and re-branding antiZionism as a much maligned, much misunderstood force for good.
To the right, a new crop of neo-fascist foul-mouths will coalesce in
shaven-headed euphoria after election victories for anti-immigrant parties
in France (Front National) and Germany (Alternative for Germany). They
will mainly target Muslims, but occasional Jews will be abused with illiterate
online offerings just to spice things up. In London, safety-conscious Jews
will pilot a security feature called moats. These will be introduced around
shuls, schools and other communal institutions and will involve any building
within 50 metres of a Jewish perimeter fence being razed to the ground to let
security guards in watch-towers identify attackers. The government will pay.
Finally, it will be a good year for Jews in entertainment, with rapper
Honey G winning X-Factor, Judge Rinder winning Strictly and the guy from
Carmellis replacing Paul Hollywood on Bake-Off. But there will be sadness,
too, as Stacey Solomon gets bitten on the bottom by a giant bottom-biting
spider while hosting a spin-off show for Im a Celebrity. Get me out of here,
shell be heard screaming, as the hairy dangler sank its fangs in.

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in which he wrote that Hillary Clintons grandchildren are part Jewish,
as her daughter Chelsea is married to a Jew as as if to show that she
can be assumed to be more supportive of Jews and Israel than her rival
Donald Trump.
As far as I am aware, Chelsea Clinton [right] has never converted to
Judaism, unlike Ivanka Trump [left] who has done so and, so I am told,
leads a Torah-observant lifestyle.
So the latters children are Jews but the formers are not.
In any case, I suspect that the US
Presidential candidates family connections will have little impact
on their political decisions, so
Mr Golds observations are
entirely irrelevant.

My Board of Deputies colleague Roslyn Pine chastises


Yachad for not upping sticks
and moving to a country
(Israel) about which they
are so passionate (Jewish
News, 22 September). Her
letter is addressed from the
postcode N3 which is, as far
as I am aware, yet to be part
of Israel.

Joe Millis
By email

Norman Brill
N20

PREVIOUS LIFE
OFFENSIVE RABBI

GOOD RABBIS DO NOT


MAKE CRUEL COMMENTS
I was deeply saddened to read Rabbi
Mizrachis remarks (Jewish News, 8
September), that disabled people
are being punished for the sins of
parents and ancestors.
Has he considered how disabled
people feel when they hear such
views? Do disabled people need to
suffer further by being reminded
that their parents and ancestors
have caused their problems? Ive
always thought we Jews are warm
and supportive of one another. Rabbi
Mizrachis beliefs are deeply offensive and he should not be lecturing

FINCHLEY IS NOT
PART OF ISRAEL

his followers on this subject. Surely a


good rabbi does not make inflammatory and cruel comments.
Take care Rabbi Mizrachi, lest
your sin of upsetting so many people
impact on your own family.
Readers may recall that Glenn
Hoddle was sacked from the position
of England football manager 1999
because he claimed disabled people
were being punished for the sins
of the father. I wait to see if Rabbi
Mizrachi suffers the same fate.

Neil Kaufman
Finchley

What reaction could we


have expected if the remark
by an American rabbi that
sick Jewish children were
being punished for their actions in a previous life was
made by a gentile?
I can only imagine what
the previous life of Rabbi
Mizrachi was.

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OUT YOURE A MENSCH
On reading Jeremy Corbyns new year message (Jewish News, 29 September), I felt deeply contrite that the Jewish community should have
been maligning him so widely for his perceived indifference to our feelings and sense of identity.
How could this possibly be said of a man (i) who knows precisely that
Rosh Hashanah is on our religious radar; (ii) who appreciates that it is
of such great consequence to Jews; (iii) who feels such a personal and
instinctive urge to wish all members of our community well for the coming year; (iv) who knows the term Shana Tova and wishes to direct it not
only to us, but to Jews around the world; (v) whose impressive Hebrew
vocabulary enables him to go far beyond the usual slogan, Shana Tova,
and include the graphic adjective, umetuka; (vi) focused on the fact that
the festival is a sacred and beautiful time for contemplation, celebration and new beginnings.
Any amateur literary analyst would have been able
to detect the authentic depth of feeling and sense
of identification underpinning Mr Corbyns message,
his sensitivity to our spiritual tradition and profound
knowledge of our religious and literary heritage.
No wonder so many in our community are now
beginning to become convinced that his future
leadership will usher in a veritable golden age
for the Jews of this country!

Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen


N2

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N20

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Mizrachi, who has also provoked
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Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who
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recruit directly for violent groups,


there is a violence to his views.
Videos online show Mizrachi
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to live 40 years without be able to
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Mizrachi, who said this week
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house, has also suggested that
Ashkenazi Jews were killed in
the Holocaust because they
went to college.
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Opinion

Reform Prevent strategy


so we can finally Engage
MAAJID NAWAZ

FOUNDING CHAIRMAN, QUILLIAM

he terrible summer of terrorist


violence that rocked Europe
has come to an end. Given those
multiple attacks, it may seem
strange that the Liberal Democrats
my own party voted to scrap Prevent
entirely at their recent conference. To say
that Prevent suffers from a brand deficit
would be a gross understatement. To
pretend it is perfect would be to only add
to its troubles. But well-meaning liberal
multiculturalists and fearful Muslim
community groups should be aware of our
allies in the anti-Prevent camp dogmatic
Islamists and far-left agitators who
will never be satisfied with any form of
counter-extremism strategy.
This must be the starting point in reforming
Prevent, for there are many myths peddled by
the dogmatists about Prevent.
The widely discredited clich that Prevent

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relies on the assumption of a linear trajectory from basic religiosity to extremism


often referred to as the conveyor belt theory
is simply false.
It must also be recognised that narrowing
radicalisation down simply to foreign policy
grievances is a sixth-form style debate technique that may win community applause, but
lacks substance.
Prevent recognises that the path to

extremism is far more complex, involving


issues of policy grievance, alienation, identity
and ideology.
To smear Muslims supportive of counterextremist efforts as somehow not Muslim
enough, is to be complicit in the far-right
narrative that all Muslims are secretly sympathetic to extremists.
Outside the dogmatists peddling such
myths to deliberately undermine Prevent,
there are many who have simply not read the
policy and have adopted this propaganda as
fact.
But to prevent something does bear an
inherently negative connotation. Ordinarily
this may not be an issue. Preventing climate
change, after all, does not suffer from a
similar brand deficit. But here it has come to
matter.
Based on this reality, we should endorse a
change of this strategys name, rebooted as the
more positive Engage.
A relaunched Engage should substitute
the troubled term British values with the

more meaningful, specific and universal term


liberal values. It should kick off big, setting up
a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to maintain
the necessary balance between preventing
terrorism and protecting our human rights.
This board should raise its concerns
through our courts. Overall control for Engage
should belong to the Department of Communities and local Government.
Extremism is real. It will be with us for a
generation. And it costs lives.
It is all of our duty to challenge this
extremism. There is obviously more to do in
combating any form of bigotry than merely
outlawing its violent manifestations.
To suggest that nothing should be done
beyond law enforcement is as naive as
suggesting climate change also be dealt with
only through legislation.
Some form of national policy designed to
curtail extremism is therefore a necessity.
It is time for us all to do counter-extremism,
better. It is time to reform Prevent. Let us
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A Jewish presenter or a
presenter whos Jewish?
SAMANTHA SIMMONDS
TV PRESENTER & JOURNALIST

m not a Jewish news presenter. Im a


journalist and a news presenter who
happens to be Jewish and I am proud
of being both. There have been times in
my career, however, when being both has
been far from easy.
During my 20 years as a journalist Ive
worked on many different stories about
the Israel-Palestine conflict. Inevitably, all
reporting comes with criticism and complaints
of bias, but the view wherever
Ive worked is that as long as its coming in
equal measure from both sides, youre probably
getting it about right.
In July 2014 operation Protective Edge
quickly developed into a full-scale conflict
with round-the- clock coverage. As the bombs
rained down on Israel and Gaza, the strength of
anti-Israel feeling quickly intensified to a level
not seen before in this country.
There came a point in our daily morning

meeting when I realised I was one of the few


voices in that room trying to reflect Israels
stance. What about the tunnels, I asked? What
about the bombs terrifying tens of thousands of
innocent Israelis?
But with our news wires flooded with
pictures of so many innocent Palestinian children, injured or killed, my pleas fell on deaf ears.
I dont believe this is because my colleagues
were anti-Semitic or even necessarily anti-Israel.
But this situation was clearly viewed as
another example of the mighty US-backed
Goliath of Israel versus the disenfranchised
and, in many cases, helpless Palestinians.
Live, on air, I interviewed Israeli politician
after Israeli politician, some of whom were
more hardline than others, and had to grill
them as any journalist would.
Had a representative from Hamas been
available, I would have given them the exact
same treatment, but they had all gone underground.
Very quickly, I found myself under personal
attack. I had Facebook messages from family
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friends berating me for my questioning and


Skys coverage of the conflict.
I had extended family phoning querying if
Id been under strict orders to ask tough questions and, didnt I know their son /daughter
was in the army? I was also trolled viciously on
Twitter by fellow Jews who wrote: How can you
call yourself a Jew?... Where is your shame?
Being in the public eye means you have to
have a pretty thick skin and you learn to take
most criticism with a large pinch of salt.
But this was different. I was under attack
for asking difficult questions fair questions, I
believe, that needed answering.
But the line of questioning wasnt so much

the problem; it was because I, a Jew, had the


audacity to ask them.
It is something I have asked myself time and
time again since.
Can I not be a journalist and a Jew? Is there
such a thing as neutral when the lives of your
friends, family and people are at stake?
Israel, unfortunately, will always feature on
the news. But while my heart may be divided,
my head my job is to report and present.
People can troll but no one really knows
what its like to sit in that chair, on air, as a Jew
and a journalist, unless youve experienced it
yourself.
What would you do?

I FOUND MYSELF UNDER PERSONAL ATTACK


WITH MESSAGES FROM FAMILY FRIENDS
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Opinion

Face-to-face with Peres


extraordinary legacy
JOHN WHITTINGDALE, MP
FORMER GOVERNMENT MINISTER

s world leaders gathered last week


in Israel to commemorate the
life of Shimon Peres, I and six of
my Conservative parliamentary
colleagues were already in the country on
a visit organised by Conservative Friends
of Israel. It was 23 years since I had visited
Israel as a newly-selected parliamentary
candidate along with then-aspiring MPs
like David Lidington and Alan Duncan. This
time I was privileged to lead the delegation,
which was again intended to increase the
understanding of MPs of Israel and its place
in the region.
The news of Peres passing came halfway
through our trip and was particularly poignant
for me as we had had the privilege of meeting
him on that first visit 23 years ago.
I remember well his patience in explaining
the complexities of the conflict between Israel
and the Palestinian people and his optimism

and determination that a peaceful solution


could be found. His charisma and humanity
were obvious and the warm eulogies of recent
days emphasise the indelible mark this great
leader left on many people across the world.
Peres was a giant, playing a leading role in
Israels defining moments. Everywhere we went
during our visit we saw evidence of his lasting
legacy, from high-tech start-ups to peaceful
co-existence charities.
The equity crowdfunding platform iAngels,
which partners funders to Israeli start-ups, epitomises the vibrant Start-up Nation launched
by Peres, demonstrating Israels capability
as a technological powerhouse. At Beit Issie
Shapiro, an organisation developing innovative
solutions to empower people with disabilities,
we experienced a pioneering sensory room and
tested facial-recognition software enabling
users to have hands-free access to technology.
Save A Childs Heart embodies the former
presidents desire to bring Israelis and Palestinians together. The charity uses Israeli medical
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from the West Bank and Gaza with congenital


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treating children from developing countries.
We visited Sderot, known as the bomb
shelter capital of the world, where new housing
developments show the resolve of Israelis who
are not prepared to desert their homes in face
of constant rocket attacks. On a visit to the West
Bank, we also went to see Rawabi, a new town
development for Palestinians and the brainchild

IN LIFE HE SOUGHT
PEACE TIRELESSLY
AND IN DEATH HE
UNITED ADVERSARIES
WHO CAME TOGETHER
TO REMEMBER A
REMARKABLE MAN

of a remarkable man, Bashar al-Masri. He told


us the Israeli politician who had given him most
support to make it happen had been Peres.
The appetite for a two-state solution was
palpable throughout our stay, with speakers
often referring to one of Peres best-known
achievements, the 1993 Oslo Accords, and
their impact on launching direct negotiations
between Israel and the Palestinians.
Peres passing defined the trip as one of
reflection and great meaning, one I will not
forget. In life, he championed co-existence
and sought peace tirelessly; in death, he united
adversaries who put aside differences to
remember a remarkable man.
The presence of Palestinian president
Mahmoud Abbas at Peres funeral and his warm
greeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin
Netanyahu cemented this, giving Israelis and
Palestinians renewed hope for the resolution
Peres so dearly wanted.
My visit to Israel demonstrated his powerful
legacy, and I, together with the people of Israel,
mourn his passing.

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Opinion

Why wasnt Mrs Thing there?


She really should know better
JENNI FRAZER

s anyone who has sat shiva


will confirm, its never just
the people who come to wish
the mourners long life who
are noticed. The mourners, acutely
sensitive to everything in their state of
heightened grief, are always aware of
who is missing. Why, my grandmother
once inquired acidly, was Mrs Thing
not there? She had seven whole days to
turn up and show her respects.
Mrs Thing, it is to be hoped, had a halfway
decent excuse for not showing her face.
But I wonder about the conversations that
took place among the leaders and politicians
in the past two weeks before Shimon Peres
breathed his last, knowing that a funeral
was surely imminent and that an informed
decision would have to be taken about an
appearance.
And surely, in a situation like this, with

IF ODEH THOUGHT
HE WAS BEING
PRINCIPLED BY
REFUSING TO BE AT
PERES FUNERAL,
HE WAS MISTAKEN

the knowledge that a Jewish funeral has to


be arranged quickly, people understand that
there is little time for mulling things over and
thinking about whether or not to turn up.
An appearance at this kind of funeral
really separates the mensches from what
shall we call them? The those-who-shouldknow-betters?
So who made the journey to Jerusalem,
and what messages did their presence send?

What Levi and his brothers had to do


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Centre in Afula, Levi and his siblings were
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From Britain, Prince Charles arrived as


the personal emissary of the Queen, who in
2008 had awarded Shimon Peres an honorary
knighthood.
Charles, wearing a kippah embroidered
with the Prince of Wales feathers and its
motto, Ich Dien, or I Serve, which could
almost have been Peres own motto.
Anyone who expected the Queen herself
to attend is living in dreamland, and those
who bitched that the Royals only attend
events relating to dead Israelis need to take
their heads out of the sand. Prince Charles is
the heir to the throne; take heart, they could
have sent Andrew, or no-one at all.
It was good, too, to see Tony Blair, and that
man who used to be oh, yes, Ive got it! The
prime minister. I mean David Cameron, who
has dropped so completely out of public life
that it was a slight shock to see him there.
But Cameron was a philo-Semitic prime
minister, even if he did occasionally make it
plain he didnt always agree with his opposite
number in the Knesset.

And then there was Bill Clinton,


awkwardly wearing a kippah and paying
tribute to a dear friend; and Barack Obama,
now in the final days of his presidency but still
dropping the affairs of state at short notice to
make a heartfelt eulogy to Peres.
Obama showed his essential menschlichkeit by ordering flags on US public buildings
to fly at half-mast. And it was he who recognised the courage of the Palestinian leader,
Mahmoud Abbas, who bravely attended the
funeral in the face of fierce criticism from
many Palestinians.
But oh, heavens, the 17 Arab Knesset
members, led by Ayman Odeh, were the Mrs
Things of this funeral. If Odeh thought he
was being principled by refusing to attend the
Peres funeral, he is severely mistaken.
He will not be thanked for his determination to be among the missing.
Last word should go to writer Amos Oz,
asking: Where are our leaders now? Good
question, Amos.
Lets hope some are paying attention.

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Opinion

Why we must protect the


memory of Cable Street
RICHARD BENSON

FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE. CST

s CSTs chief executive from 2001


to 2013, I quickly lost count of
how many times Cable Street was
cited to me as the historically
key moment in Jewish communal selfdefence. Many of us, whether CST volunteers, staff or trustees, saw ourselves
as continuing that proud tradition. We
were inspired by Cable Street and were
determined not to allow anti-Semites to
disrupt our way of life. I believe this will a
core principle of CST as long as it exists.
While at CST, I helped Fiyaz Mughal to
establish Tell MAMA, an organisation that
monitors anti-Muslim hate attacks.
Now, as a trustee of CST, president of Tell
MAMA and vice-chair of the Board of Deputies
Defence Division, I am chair of the 80th Anniversary of Cable Street delivery group which is
being organised by the London Jewish Forum.
Our Jewish community has almost

HARD-CORE NEONAZIS PERSIST IN


HATING JEWS WHILE
BRITISH JIHADISTS
POSE A DEEP AND
ENDURING THREAT

entirely left the East End, both physically


and psychologically. Muslims and others
now comprise the more recent immigrants.
They are therefore the ones who now
largely suffer as we did in the 1930s. We can
and should give them anti-racist and antifascist solidarity.
Jews and Muslims have a common enemy
against whom we can come together and
actually do something constructive. If that

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helps to improve Muslim attitudes to Jews,


then so much the better.
Our own problems have changed, but
they have certainly not disappeared. Racism,
fascism and anti-Semitism are not open and
acceptable as they once were.
Nevertheless, hard core neo-Nazis persist
in hating Jews utterly, while a generation
of young British jihadists pose a deep and
enduring terrorist threat.
In addition to all that, sections of the
supposedly anti-racist Left have fallen prey
to a so-called anti-Zionism that copies the
old anti-Semitism, with the word Zionist
where the word Jew used to be.
When considering then and now,
remember that Cable Street was not the end
of old-style British far Right anti-Semitism,
which continued with surprising strength
into the 1950s and 1960s, when Jews still
needed to be defended physically from
outright anti-Semitic fascists and Nazis.
Indeed, those street actions helped to
form the bonds around Gerald Ronson and

others that led to a succession of groups,


leading ultimately to the CST.
The 1970s saw the peak of the National
Front, which the Board of Deputies helped to
expose as being a Nazi front.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, the British
National Party spewed neo-Nazi filth,
including the notorious hate-sheet Holocaust News. I will always remember leading
CSTs security patrols in Golders Green
at the height of the neo-Nazi nail-bomb
campaign in 1999, thinking that Jews would
be the terrorists latest target.
In 2000, what many people called the New
Anti-Semitism began; a wave of ostensibly
anti-Israel and anti-Zionist fuelled hatred
that was inevitably anti-Semitic and took out
its rage on Jews.
In truth, it was nothing new, it was just
more noticeable than before. Now, it is not a
wave of anti-Semitism, it is our reality. It is
why we need to keep opposing anti-Semitism,
whatever its source. It is why we need to keep
remembering the lesson of Cable Street.

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1 FRIENDS FIESTA

Hundreds of friends
of Jerusalem from around
the world attended the
Jerusalem Foundations
50th anniversary celebrations. Marking five decades
since mayor Teddy Kollek
established the largest
foundation in Israel
dedicated to advancing
the citys welfare, 70 UK
supporters, including UK
chairman and Conservative Party treasurer Lord
Howard Leigh flew out to
Jerusalem to join the celebrations. Jerusalem Foundation president Yohanna
Arbib-Perugia said: This is
an exciting year for the Jerusalem Foundation, an opportunity for us to express
our gratitude to those who
have contributed to
Jerusalems development.

And Be Seen!
The latest news, pictures and events
from across the community

2 RAV GAV ON FORM


London Region
chaplain Rabbi Gavin
Broder has been supporting freshers fairs at universities throughout London.
Chaplain in more than 20
universities, Rav Gav supports students on welfare
matters, representation
to faculty and organises
weekly social events.

A team of 19 amateur
and professional golfers
raised 30,000 at Jewish Cares Pro Am Golf
Tournament at Stoke Park.
The money raised by the
event will go to help to
support younger residents
with physical disabilities
at Jewish Cares Rela
Goldhill at Otto Schiff
in Golders Green. Daniel
Carmel-Brown, Director of
Marketing & Fundraising
said: Were very grateful
to the committee and our
sponsors Lockton, whose
hard work and commitment
made this another extremely successful day.

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IN
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4 NEW
THE SPOTLIGHT
SOUTH BUCKS

Young Jewish Care supporters visited AuschwitzBirkenau with survivor


Renee Salt as part of an
inspirational trip to Poland.
The group of 19 supporters
and four members of staff
visited the concentration
camp and Krakow, where
they explored the lives of
Polish Jews before, during
and after the Holocaust, and
visited the factory where
Oskar Schindler saved thousands of Jewish people.

THE LIVES OF
POLISH JEWS
BEFORE, DURING
AND AFTER THE
HOLOCAUST WAS
THE FOCUS OF A
YOUNG JEWISH
CARE VISIT
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More than 280 guests from


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Rosewood Hotel in Holborn
for the industrys largest
charity event. The evening,
which raised 270,000 for
Norwood, was sponsored by
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer
& Feld, with entertainment
provided by stand-up comedian Omid Djalili.

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Work Avenue, the Finchleybased business and employment specialist, organised


a networking evening for
more than 100 talented
professionals of all ages and
skills at its inaugural Property Network Event, hosted
by Knight Frank in London.

Rabbi Charley Baginsky


and student rabbi Deborah Blausten have been
welcomed as the new rabbis
for South Bucks Jewish
Community (SBJC) and
York Liberal Jewish Community (YLC). SBJC chair
Amanda McFeeters said: It
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The riders finished the ride
in 12 days and raised more
than 70,000 for their
favourite charities.

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Zacky Lipshaw celebrated his
barmitzvah at Stanmore United
Synagogue.

Margalit Suissa & Daniel


Sheldon were married at
Headstone Manor.

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Ella Nathan celebrated her


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Mia Blakeley celebrated her


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Nathan Borman had his 100th


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Israeli VIP at glittering MDA UK dinner


Photos by John Rifkin

Magen David Adom UK welcomed Avi Dicter, chairman of Israels Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, to its
annual dinner last week at the Rosewood, London. He told guests about the vital role Israels only national emergency
and ambulance organisation plays in the safety and security of civilians and, all too often, military personnel.

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September 2017, and look forward to welcoming prospective families
to our Open Evening and Open Morning.
Please let the school know if wish to attend:
Tel: 020 8459 3378; Email: admin@nwljds.org.uk
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Bank Leumis London pride

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Bank Leumi underlined the importance of London as a financial hub at its Jewish new year party. Chief
executive Eli Katzav praised the capital as a significant global financial centre at the event, which saw
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IN THIS SECTION: Television 23 / Travel 26 / Denises recipe 27

Lord Sugars all fired up!


Its not always so easy
to tell who will win
The Apprentice,
Lord Sugar tells
Francine Wolfisz,
but it changes the
lives of those who do

here are winners and losers


in this process, but for the
winners its changed their lives
and thats what I do this for,
exclaims Lord Alan Sugar.
The 69-year-old businessman spoke to
Jewish News ahead of the new series of The
Apprentice, which aired its first episode last
night (Thursday) and revealed that, 12 years
on since the popular BBC show first began,
he still gets a great buzz from helping
young entrepreneurs.
I enjoy watching these young people
grow a business from scratch, which is what
I did 50 odd years ago. For the winners, its
changed their lives. They are doing very, very
well. Theyve bought houses, got married
and had families. Theyve got security and
theyre employing people and thats what
motivates me to keep going with it.
As a case in point, earlier this year it was
reported that 2013 winner Leah Totton was on
track to make her first million with her drop-in
cosmetic surgeries, while Tom Pellereau,
winner of the seventh series, has seen his
Stylfile nail care product firm generate a
turnover of 1.5 million.
So its perhaps little wonder that the
candidates were again lining up at the door
to become the Jewish entrepreneurs latest
business partner and secure a substantial
250,000 investment in the process.
This years batch of 18 enthusiastic candidates, which include a sausage maker who
believes hes James Bond and an IT director
who wants to become an emperor, were

Karren Brady, Alan Sugar and Claude Littner

first tasked with sorting the treasure from


the trash and making as much money as
they could from selling at the markets and to
antique dealers.
Unfortunately for Michelle Niziol, a
35-year-old property consultancy owner
from Oxfordshire, Lord Sugar was none too
impressed with her leadership skills and she
became the first casualty from the process.
Lord Sugar believes he can never guess the
winner from the first episode and neither
can his right-hand man and fellow Jewish
businessman, Claude Littner.
The 67-year-old, who is a former chairman
of Sugars IT company, Viglen, said: I always
try to pick out the winner its just in my
nature, but invariably its impossible to do it
and I challenge anybody to see if they can.
One thing Sugar does, however, feel
confident in is telling the candidates where
they have gone wrong, and humbly revealed
the path to his success which began as a
teenager by selling electrical goods out the
back of a van he bought for 50 was not

One team hard at work on The Apprentice

always smooth.
Did I make mistakes? How long have
you got? quipped the self-made billionaire.
Referring to the first episode, Sugar added:
I tell you one bloke that made a mistake the
guy who bought the vase for 170, because it
only cost us 7!
In business you make mistakes, but you
get a lot more right than you get wrong and
thats how you come forward and thats how
you succeed. I often tell people you learn by

your mistakes.
In fact, for the apprentices who have won
in the past few years and are indeed business
partners right now, my famous line to them is:
Ill tell you what not to do.
Littner agrees that mistakes are at times
helpful in business, adding: If you are in
business you try to do the best, you try not to
make mistakes, but inevitably, if you are faced
with decisions, sometimes you get them right,
sometimes you get them wrong.
I think the key is that if you are on the
wrong track, you recognise it and correct that
mistake as quickly as possible.
Never one to hold back on how he feels,
or come up with sharp-tongued repartee,
Sugar said of past candidate Katie Hopkins,
now a newspaper columnist known for her
outspoken views, that she is a bit like Piers
Morgan on steroids.
As for Donald Trump, Sugar describes
his American counterpart as not in my
class regarding his performance on the US
version of The Apprentice, adding it was a
frightening thought that he
could soon become the most
powerful man in the world.
Thankfully, right-hand
woman Karren Brady lifted the
mood with the suggestion that
Hillary Clinton, not Trump,
will triumph at next months
elections.
For me, personally, another
woman leader means the world
is a safer and better place,
declared 47-year-old Baroness
Brady to raucous applause.
But it was on the topic of
Brexit that Sugar became most animated.
I fear for our country. I think we made a
fatal mistake. People are saying things dont
seem too bad, but weve not even started
yet, he explained, before concluding with
the trademark tongue-in-cheek humour
that makes The Apprentice such compelling
viewing. I forecast as big a disaster in five
years time as Great British Bake Off moving
to Channel Four!

The Apprentice is on BBC One on


Thursdays at 9pm.

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Lifestyle / 75th anniversary of Babi Yar

The Holocaust
of the bullets
Jenni Frazer visits the site of the Babi Yar
massacre to mark its 75th anniversary

ach one had a name, each with


a face, each with a story. The
agonising story of Babi Yar, in
which more than 33,000 Jews
were murdered and thrown into a ravine
outside Kiev, Ukraine, was revisited last
week in ceremonies at the site to mark
the 75th anniversary of the massacre.
But the anniversary event with
heavyweight contributions from Ukrainian
president Petro Poroshenko, German
president Joachim Gauck, US commerce
secretary Penny Pritzker, European Council
president Donald Tusk and the FrenchJewish philosopher Bernard-Jenni Levi
was not without controversy.
Together with the World Jewish Congress,
and at the initiative of the mayor of Kiev,
former heavyweight boxer Vitaly Klitschko, the
Ukraine government has given its blessing to an
ambitious plan to create a Holocaust Memorial
Centre at Babi Yar, funded initially by private
donations from a group of Ukrainian oligarchs.
But Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, chief rabbi
of Kiev and Ukraine, and Jewish Agency
chairman Natan Sharansky were challenged
at the launch press conference on Thursday
morning as it emerged that hard-line
Ukrainian nationalists had posted extremist
messages on social media, following a
presentation in the Ukrainian parliament by
Israel president Reuben Rivlin earlier in the
week.

Rivlin, who cut short his visit to Ukraine to


fly back for the funeral of Shimon Peres, gave a
robust speech in which he warned: We must
not play a part in the sin of forgetting or denial.
He added: National leaders who support
anti-Semitic, racist, or neo-Nazi ideas will
not be welcomed as friends among the family
of nations.
This is the central problem of modern
Ukraine, fighting against Russian president
Putin in the east and trying to re-invent

itself in a bid to make friends in the West and


improve its trading position in Europe. But at
the same time there is great discomfort in the
land over those Ukrainians who collaborated
with the Nazis and made it possible for the
Einsatzgruppen to carry out what is called
the Holocaust of the Bullets.
Rabbi Bleich told Jewish News: Its very
important to understand the challenge facing
Ukraine today. Children here and that
includes Jewish children have had until now

Top: German president Joachim Gauck takes part in the 75th anniversary memorial. Above
left, a ditch marks the crime scene; right, a Nazi poster calling on Kievs Jews to assemble

no possibility of learning their own history.


For years, the Soviet Union demanded that
Babi Yar was effectively covered up and even
today there is an insistence that those who
died there were simply Ukrainian citizens
which they were rather than having been
killed because they were Jews.
For their part, many Ukrainian nationalists
believe Soviet oppression was a direct result of
the role played by Communist Jews.
One of the harshest critics of the direction
of the proposed Holocaust Memorial Centre
for the victims of Babi Yar is Vladimir
Vyatrovich, director of Ukraines Institute
for National Memory. He is angry that
Ukrainian nationalists are painted primarily
as collaborators with the Germans, and
frequently cites a case of a member of the
local policeman in Kiev who saved a Jewish
boy and was himself shot by the Germans.
It may well be true, but it is probably the
only case of its kind; far more prevalent,
as World Jewish Congress director Robert
Singer explained in a tough address at
Thursday nights memorial ceremony,
were those who looked the other way. Too
many ordinary people watched as their
Jewish neighbours were taken away and
pretended that they didnt see. Since World
War II, Germany has taken responsibility
for its crimes. Since 1945, it is hard to find
a more responsible country than Germany.
And it is long past time that all countries

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involved, not just Ukraine, take responsibility
for their actions during that dark time.
Meanwhile, Vyatrovich has been appointed
by the Ukrainian government to serve with
the coalition putting together the Holocaust
Memorial Centre, so many rows lie ahead.
Speaking at the launch of the centre, Natan
Sharansky recalled the
repeated attempts by the
Soviet Union to erase the
memory of Babi Yar. He
said: I was born in Stalino,
later called Donetsk. I
spent my entire childhood
in the region of Stalino,
Makeevka, Gorlovka,
Artemovsk places where
dozens of thousands of Jews
were killed just a few years
before my birth. Thousands
of people were thrown to
die in the abandoned mine
near which we used to
play as kids. In Artemovsk,
thousands were walled up
alive in the mine tunnels.
And we lived near these
places, played there a
game of Red and White army fascists against
Red Army soldiers. We knew nothing about
this. Later, in the 70s and 80s, we were often
arrested and spent several hours in preventive
detention on September 29, so that we would
not be able to go to Babi Yar on that day. Those
were the efforts of the Soviet government to
wipe this day from our memory.
Sharansky paid tribute to Klitschko, the

Kiev mayor, and the Jewish philanthropists


who have funded the project, for the initiative,
saying: They are totally right in their decision
that for the bright future of the relations
between our nations and to prevent such
tragedies in the future, this centre is extremely
important, not only as a memorial and scientific
and educational centre,
but as a basis for our
new co-operation for a
better world.
Amid all the
ceremonial glitz and
the smooth speeches,
it was sometimes
hard to remember the
thousands of Jews
murdered in two long
and bloody days in
September 1941.
But Penny Pritzker,
the US secretary of
commerce, had a
personal stake in Babi
Yar. One hundred
and thirty-five years
ago, she said, her then
10-year-old great
grandfather had fled Ukraine with his family for
America. And had he not, she said, my familys
remains might be in this ravine, too.
And as it happens, my grandfather left Kiev
at around the same time.
And through it all, I could not help
wondering whether any of my extended family
had ended their lives at Babi Yar, each one, as
Pritzker said, with a name, a face, and a story.

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Sarah Marshall stays at the sumptuous five-star Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam

ts easy to get lost in Amsterdam,


ambling along a grid of peaceful
canals straddled by bridges fading
into infinity. But rarely is the route
from hotel lobby to bedroom such a
mission.
Its taken me several attempts to navigate the
labyrinthine corridors of the citys Pulitzer hotel,
a property made up of 25 Golden Age canal
houses, all connected to make a sumptuous fivestar maze.
The popular property recently reopened
following a major two-stage renovation, positioning it as one of the most exciting hotels in
the Dutch city; an additional 145 guest rooms
have been bolted to the original 80, and an
inner courtyard garden provides a contemplative escape from jangling bike bells that
typically soundtrack a city stroll.
Convenience and comfort have been drawing
curious visitors for the past 45 years, but its the
hotels colourful, character-filled past that will
really appeal to future guests.
Merchants, musicians, art dealers and even
pals of Rembrandt have swanned through the
400-year-old corridors, and their traces are
evidently reflected in the Pulitzers charming
old meets new design.
In the Art Collectors suite, flamboyant,
modern pieces include a golden stool sculpted
as a cupped palm and a tongue-in-cheek
re-imagining of Frans Hals The Last Supper;
in a Music Suite, one wall is decorated with
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grand exteriors have been faithfully restored.
I wonder if original American owner Peter
Pulitzer (who also happens to be the grandson
of Pulitzer Prize founder and Jewish publisher
Joseph Pulitzer) embarked on his 30-year
flurry of property purchasing simply because
he couldnt decide which house hed like to live
in most.
Starting in 1960 with 12 elegant houses along
the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals, he
opened Amsterdams first five-star hotel.
Over the years, he continued to buy neighbouring houses, fuelled by the motto Your
neighbours house is only for sale once, building
up not only his empire but also a loyal following.
Echoing its past as a former apothecary,
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brown bottles and large bell jars.
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simplicity.
The neighbouring canal-facing bar is
darker and more conspiratorial, and designer
drinks include a fermented pineapple cocktail
presented on a bed of hay.
Embedded in the centre of town, the hotel
is close to many of Amsterdams places of
interest, including being a mere five-minute
walk away from The Anne Frank House and
ten minutes from the Rijksmuseum and Van
Gogh Museum.
A little further away is the Jewish Cultural
Quarter, which incorporates the citys Jewish

Museum, Portuguese Synagogue and the


National Holocaust Museum for the Netherlands.
I choose to explore the city by canal on a
Dutch national treasure, The Tourist. Built in
1909, the small teak wood vessel has since been
converted into fully electric, but still retains her
original grandeur.
Imaging tales of both near and distant past, I
become entangled in my own daydreams as we
drift lazily along the waterways sipping tea from
china cups in the salon.
Once again, it would seem, Im blissfully lost
in Amsterdam.
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Food / Lifestyle

PLATEExpectationsDenise
Phillips
With

Roasted carrot and caramelised onion soup

PREPARATION TIME
25 MINS

A soup using family friendly ingredients is always useful


and even more so during when more guests are present and
weather conditions turn colder while sitting in the Succah.
This can be made in advance and doubled in quantity if
required. Roasting the carrots, onions and garlic together
brings out a stronger natural flavour that all will enjoy!

SERVES
8

COOKING TIME
35 MINS

1 kg onions- peeled and sliced

METHOD

1 Heat oven to 200 C/180 C fan/gas 6.


2 Put the carrots and sliced onions, oil, garlic and thyme in a roasting tin. Season and

2 tablespoons olive oil


6 garlic cloves, skin on

toss everything together. Place in the oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until tender
and beginning to turn golden.

3 Remove 3 tablespoons of caramelised onions retaining for the garnish.


4 When the carrots and onions are golden remove from the oven and transfer to a

2 tablespoons fresh thyme sprigs

5 Squeeze the soft roasted garlic cloves out of their skins and pop in the saucepan.

tablespoons vegetable stock powder

1.2 litres vegetable stock, made up with 2

deep saucepan. Add the stock.

Add the thyme discarding any woody thyme stalks.

6 Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Liquidize, taste and season to taste.
Return to the saucepan and reheat when ready to serve.

Garnish: 8 sprigs fresh thyme

To serve the stylish way: Garnish with sprigs of thyme and the reserved onions.
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Sedra: VayelechShuva, Its Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

Sedrah-

VayelechShuva

Its Biblical

Everything you want to know about your favourite


Torah characters... and the ones youve never heard of

RABBI ARIEL ABEL


Vayelech is the shortest weekly reading. It
occurs beyn kesseh leassor between
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and is therefore coupled with the theme of repentance.
In 30 verses flat, only nine more than the
bare minimum to call up seven of the congregation, Joshua is briefed on his mission
to conquer Canaan; the people are commanded to congregate each seventh Festival of Tabernacles for a mass public reading
to inspire pilgrims to stay loyal to the Torah.
Moses is asked to prepare to die and issue
an ethical will to his successor. Finally, Moses
informs the Levites they must store a copy
of the Torah next to the Holy Ark inside the
Sanctuary. Moses last act will be to assemble all the nations leaders and repeat his
ethical exhortation to them.
Theres a lot to pack into one short reading. Once Moses sensed that his leadership
was at an end, he felt it wrong to spend
any more time at the helm. Even perhaps
especially the most excellent and talented
leaders can find it difficult to retire.
Psychologists have likened the end of
public office to a bereavement. Indeed, the
best thing Moses could now do was die. This
he did, but not before taking every precau-

tion to address those responsible for the


welfare of the people to stay alert to the
spiritual dangers facing future generations.
Moses best achievement then was to instruct them to keep a copy next to the Holy
Ark. But would that get out to the people?
Today, we are blessed with the internet, a
technology that strips away all boundaries
that could prevent the message of Torah
reaching the remotest locations.
Therefore, ex-congregational rabbis have
a great lifes task to anticipate after retirement namely, to take their teachings, the
lessons they have taught and developed
during their lifetimes, and spread them to
every corner of the earth.
Unless a rabbi sleeps during his tenure, he
will have plenty to pass on and no fear all
that is left is to pass away. We are fortunate
to live in this era, in which revealed knowledge, technology and science permit us to
push boundaries out for Torah to which even
Moses our teacher did not have access.

Ariel is the former rabbi of


Radlett United Synagogue and
former director of the Montefiore
Endowment Semicha programmes

RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF


THIS WEEK:

PINCHAS

In one of the more dramatic


episodes in the Torah, Zimri,
prince of the tribe of Shimon,
fornicates publicly with Cozbi,
a Midianite princess.
Pinchas takes a lone stand
against a flagrant violation of
Jewish values and sensitivities.
This act of zealousness is
rewarded with a covenant of
peace being bestowed upon
Pinchas and by him being
the only person ever to be
promoted on his own merit to

WE ALL HAVE
MOMENTS
WHEN WE
MUST STAND
UP FOR WHAT
WE BELIEVE

becoming a Kohen.
This promotion, along
with the Torahs version of the
Nobel Peace Prize, Gods Covenant of Peace, meant Pinchas
was no longer a private individual but a teacher of morality
and Godliness.
While the circumstances
surrounding Pinchas actions
were both specific and unique,
and perhaps challenging for us
to comprehend, they do have a
practical message for us today.
The Rabbis identify Pinchas
with the priestly prophet
Eliyahu, who appears later in
Tanach and lived during the
First Temple period in the
northern kingdom of Israel.
During this time there was
also corruption in the leadership of the nation, to the extent
they had succeeded in enticing
many Jews to idol worship.
In another dramatic showdown, Eliyahu challenges the
prophets of Baal to a contest

in view of all. Both are to offer


sacrifices in order to invoke
Divine favour publicly. Eliyahu
stands his ground against the
400 prophets and emerges
victorious in this spiritual duel.
The similarities are clear.
Both Pinchas and Eliyahu
are willing to risk their lives,
reputations and communal
standing for their principles.
Rather than accept the current
reality as a foregone conclusion, they take decisive action
to change the course of history.
We all have moments in our
lives when we can either go
with the crowd or stand up for
what we believe in.
Such moments beckon as
opportunities for us to exemplify for our children, show
the world and indeed simply
remind ourselves what we
stand for and the values upon
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Progressive Judaism / Torah for Today, My Two Shekels

Jewish Hero

My Two Shekels

American feminist lawyer


and peace activist Bella Abzug

Telling people how to dress shows there


is something wrong with our society

RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD


As a teenager, I saw a poster saying: True
equality will come not when a brilliant woman
is promoted like a brilliant man, but when a
female schlemiel is promoted at the same
rate as a male schlemiel.
The words are those of Bella Abzug, the
feminist Jewish lawyer, politician and peace
activist who fought for social and
economic justice, for sustainable
development and for the dignity
of every human being under law.
Born in 1920 and raised in a
deeply Jewish home, she quickly
understood the importance of education and building relationships
in order to organise the voice of
the vulnerable and unheard.
She could daven beautifully by
age eight albeit from behind the
mechitza.
A socialist Zionist intent on
making aliya, equal rights and empowerment became a driver of her brilliant career.
At 13, on her fathers death, she said
Kaddish for him for a year every morning
before school, braving the looks of disap-

RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY

proving shul-goers, and learning what would


become her modus operandi stand up and
do the things you believe in even if people
dont like it.
Studying political science in New York,
she fought against an early manifestation of
what would become McCarthyism.
At the same time, she was
studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and
helping to support her family by
teaching Hebrew.
When she won a scholarship
to Columbia Law, her reputation grew. As a lawyer, she was a
passionate defender of victims of
poverty, racism and violence, and
her reputation was such that she
was elected to Congress in 1970
on a human rights platform.
There is so much more to say,
but one statement resonates: Judaism has
had a very profound effect on me. Jews
believe you cant have justice for yourself
unless other people have justice as well. That
has motivated much of what Ive done.

Two stories that have made headlines over


the past month seem at first glance total
opposites, but at their root they tell the
same tale.
On the one hand, in our British Jewish
community, we had the letter sent by an ultraOrthodox rabbi to 5,000 Jewish women saying
it is a sin to wear fitted blouses, short skirts or
bright colours.
On the other, in France, we saw police force
Muslim women to remove their burkinis, fullbody swimsuits with headcovers.
To me, both of these are indicative of a
society that has got its values all wrong. Whether
its telling us to cover up or to strip off, there is a
pre-occupation with how women dress.
Both positions come from a feeling of loss
of control and a fear society is going down the
wrong path. But by focusing on women, the feelings become projected solely on to one gender.
In Liberal Judaism, we recognise the right
of people to dress in any way they choose.
It should hardly need saying, but there is
nothing in Torah that says it is truly loathsome
to wear bright colours as the letter stated.
Such statements simply perpetuate a

message that this is an acceptable way to


behave towards women.
Of course, everyone recognises the need to
be respectful in synagogues and other places of
worship, and that certain clothes are required in
certain situations. But these norms must apply
to all genders and be formed in a joint consensus.
For example, on the Bimah I always ask my
barmitzvah and batmitzvah students to dress
respectfully. The boys dont wear shorts and the
girls dont wear miniskirts. Long hair must be
tied back, so they can see the Torah, no matter
who it belongs to.
In the month of Elul we are called to reflect.
There strikes me as something amiss when, as
in the letter, the focus of that reflection is on the
way women dress. We should use this time as a
chance to work on ourselves as individuals, to
reflect on what we as individuals can change, to
apologise for our mistakes, and not as a chance
to suggest that what someone might wear is
responsible for the wrongs in the world.

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an 8-2 win over FC Team A. Rob Cohen, Daniel
Harrod, Ben Kohler and Marc Rister were also
on target.
Redbridge A made it three wins from three
as Russell Goldsteins hat-trick, coupled with
strikes from Daniel Garfinkle and James Berkley
saw them beat London Lions A 5-1.
Champions Raiders A hit Woodford
Wanderers for six, Liron Mannies doubles, plus
goals from David Dinkin, Dave Cohen and Ben
Ellis helping them to a 6-0 win.
London Lions B top the Division One table
on goal difference after Adam Abadi, Joshua
Bloom and Daniel Mattey scored in their 3-1 win
over Faithfold A.
Redbridge B beat Raiders B 4-0, Richie
Caplin, Carl Dobrin, Dean Ben Yosef and
Anthony Cope all getting on the scoresheet.
Daniel Polaks hat-trick helped Finchley
City to a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbaum, Gav
Krieger and Alon Pinhas also scored. Theyre
joined on six points by Scrabble, who won 2-1 at
Los Blancos, thanks to goals from Josh Bharier

and Danny Sherman


Hendon B claimed their first win of the
season as five goals from Adam Ellis, along with
Glen Turners strike saw them win 6-1 at Brixton.
Catford & Bromley remain three points
clear at the top of Division Two as they made it
four wins from four thanks to a 4-1 win over RC
UK FC, Joel Lassman, Callion McGregor and
player-manager Jeff Gotch all on target.
Goals from Max Martin, Andy Smith and
James Mandell saw LEquipe beat Hertswood
Vale 3-0. Jimmy Castles hat-trick, together with
strikes from Rafe Neimam and Daniel Jacobs
saw Redbridge C win 5-2 at Temple Fortune.
Seven goals from Richard Fogelman, plus
Louis Taylors strike saw Faithfold B beat
Mill Hill Dons 8-0, while Real Hendon beat
Raiders C 3-0 thanks to player-manager Chaim
Gotholds double and Gav Noes strike.
In one Cyril Anekstein Cup tie, goals from
Eitan Ben Zion and Eddie Sternberg saw FC
Team B beat Boca Jewniors 2-0 as they booked
their place in the second round.

Full review, match pictures & video


highlights at jewishnews.co.uk

Bradys Reiss Mogilner scored twice in their 8-2 win

Stone returns to help


team to top-ten finish

Special Ones tribute to Shimon


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute
to Shimon Peres. Mourinho visited Israel in 2005 when he
was a guest of the Peres Centre For Peace and took to his
Instagram account to write: Rip mister shimon peres

Long-distance runner David


Stones return to competitive action saw him help his
side to a top-ten finish at the
Southern Road Relay Championships.
Enduring a difficult
summer due to him suffering
from bad asthma, his first
event back was two weeks
ago at a 3K road relay race in
Hayes which he finished
in a time of 9.40 14 seconds
quicker than last year.
The 14-year-old JFS pupil
then ran the third of four legs
at the Championships in a

time of 9:07, which helped


Shaftsbury Barnet Harriers to
a seventh place finish out of
32 sides.

Photo by Marc Morris

Saints are held by


Israeli champions
in Europa League

Ians all Wright at fundraiser


Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright was a guest
speaker at last weeks Maccabi London Brady fundraising
lunch. Pictured with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Park
Lane Hotel event raised more than 250,000 which will go
towards the annual running costs of the charitys sport site.

Hapoel BeerSheba manager Barak Bachar


said he was happy with his sides 0-0 Europa
League draw against Southampton.
Having opened their Group K campaign
with a 2-0 win over Inter Milan at the San
Siro, the Premier League side were frustrated
by their Israeli hosts, as both sides finished
the evening joint-top of the group with four
points.
Bachar said: This was a very tough match
against an excellent team, it was a tight
match. We controlled the first 30 minutes
and after that they dominated.
You cant be disappointed with a draw
against a team like this, this is a good result
against a very strong team so this is fine.
The Israelis next host Sparta Prague on 20
October.

CELTIC FINED OVER


ILLICIT BANNERS

European footballs
governing body UEFA
has fined Scottish side
Celtic 10,000 after their
supporters displayed
Palestinian flags during their
Champions League match
against Israeli side Hapoel
BeerSheba last month.
The actions drew a charge
from UEFA, who viewed
them as illicit banners.
UEFA rules forbids the use
of gestures, words, objects or
any other means to transmit
any message that is not fit for
a sports event, particularly
messages that are of a political, ideological, religious,
offensive or provocative
nature.

ITALIAN FA PUNISHED
OVER NAZI SALUTES

The Saints were held to a 0-0 draw in Israel

Elsewhere, Maccabi Tel Aviv lost in


Dublin after they were beaten 1-0 by
Dundalk. Manager Shota Arveladze said:
At the end of the day the match was fairly
even, but Dundalk is a very good and
organised club and won the game. I can
only congratulate them.

The Italian Football Association has been fined 27,000


after supporters made a Nazi
salute during the playing of
the Israeli national anthem
at a World Cup qualifier
between the two countries.
A small group of
supporters in the Italy end
made the offensive gesture
prior to kick-off at the game,
which was held in Haifa on 5
September.
FIFA said the fine was
for discrimination and
improper conduct amongst
own group of spectators,
violating articles 58 and 67 of
the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

40 Jewish News

www.jewishnews.co.uk

7 October 2016

Sport / Sunday review / World Cup qualifiers

Photo by Amy Leigh

Net
prophet!
Hendon United manager predicts a perfect season
By Andrew Sherwood

Hendon United A manager David Garbacz claims his side


will not only win the Premier Division title but could
achieve it by going through the entire season unbeaten.
Having seen his side go three points clear at the top
of the table as they maintained their 100 percent
winning start with a 3-1 win over Camden Park,
Garbacz concedes theres still a long way to go in
the season, but says becoming the Jewish Invincibles is something hes thought about.
He said: We will definitely be challenging
for the title this season nothing less than
winning the league will suffice and we
have full belief that we can wrest the
trophy back this year. It is far too early

to talk about Invincibles, but I wouldnt say it hasnt crossed


my mind!
Sundays win was a hard-fought affair, and while they took
the lead through Zac Lewis tap-in, a stunning strike from Jake
Saunders saw Camden deservedly go into the break level.
However, second half strikes from Ari Last and Dovi
Fehler, the latter of which came when Camden were
reduced to ten men, saw Hendon make it four wins from
four, during which time theyve already scored 17 goals.
Reflecting back on the win, he said: I was happy with
the way we grinded out the win on a day when we were
no where near our best. No team can turn it on week
in week out, but the important thing is to get the

points when not at your best which is what we did today.


And insisting theres a lot more to come from his side,
which could propel them to another title, and even potentially, accomplish it unbeaten, he said: Weve had a great
start the squad is in excellent shape and we have played
some scintillating football at times this year.
Were yet to get everyone available for a match and
there is a lot more to come, but so far were delighted with
how the season has gone.

Zac Lewis scores Hendons opener against


Camden. Inset: David Garbaczww

Israel boss hoping for first World Cup points


Israel coach Elisha Levy
said he was confident his
side could claim their first
points of the 2018 World
Cup qualifying campaign,
ahead of last nights trip to
Macedonia and the home
match against Liechtenstein
on Sunday.

The double-header
of fixtures come on the
back of an encouraging
performance against Italy,
which ended in a 3-1 home
defeat last month. Levy

(pictured inset) said: You


cant fool the fans. They
stood up and applauded
because they recognised
our effort against Italy and
I hope we see the same
effort in these games as
well.
While not realistically
having a chance of qualifying for Russia, being in a
group alongside Italy and
Spain, where only the winners qualify and runner-up
has a chance of reaching

the play-offs, Levy is looking for victories against


their next two opponents
and the other side in the
group Albania to boost
confidence ahead of their
2020 European
qualifiers.
Also having to
play down unrest
from those players who didnt
make the
23-man
squad for

the two games, he said: I


can understand a player
expressing disappointment if hes not invited. As
long as no lines have been
crossed and the things
that were said were in a
dignified manner, and
it was, then theres no
problem.

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