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Friends of Israel rally across these islands
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

More than 500 people from the Leeds Jewish Community and non-Jewish supporters of Israel came out to say \"Yes to Peace, No to Terror\" and to show their support in Israel at the FIRST EVER Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace RALLY in the city! Read More

Israel\'s diverse society- an essay
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

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JNF UK and the Board host breakfast briefing with former mayor of Sderot
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board hosted a breakfast with the former Mayor of Sderot and JNF UK representative David Bouskila Read More

Board of Deputies endorses Cross Communal Group statement praying for a just and lasting peace
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Board of Deputies endorses Cross Communal Group statement praying for a just and lasting peace Read More

Report on WJC Solidarity Mission
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

International Division Vice Chair Edwin Shuker is among the 78 person WJC Mission to Israel Read More

Israel - a call to the community for action
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

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Israel: Community Update and Call to Action
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Briefing on Operation Protective Edge and how community members can write to MPs Read More

Board of Deputies of British Jews Press Statement welcoming support by David Cameron of Israel at this most troubling of times
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies wishes to express its thanks to Prime Minister David Cameron for his support of Israel at this most troubling time. Read More

Board statement on current developments in Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Last night a reported three and a half million Israelis, nearly half of the whole population, rushed to bomb-shelters as Hamas launched rockets reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Today, those rockets have reached nearly as Zichron Yaakov, just outside Haifa and 115km from Gaza. Read More

Board of Deputies Briefing on Operation Protective Edge
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The following is a Board of Deputies update on Operation Protective Edge as of the afternoon of Wednesday July 9. Read More

Board statement on arrests relating to horrific killing of Arab teenager
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Following the reported arrests of six Jewish extremists in connection with the horrific killing of Arab teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir, a Board spokesman says the following. Read More

We do not need more grieving mothers
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Board statement in response to the overnight killing of Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Read More

Board of Deputies statement on despicable murders of teenage Israelis
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Tonight, the thoughts and prayers of the Jewish community are with the families and friends of Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel, whom we mourn with great distress. Read More

The Board is recruiting a new Public Affairs International Officer
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board is recruiting a new Public Affairs International Officer. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop their career in public affairs. You will be working in a fast paced environment as part of a vibrant team. Read More

Alex Brummer writes from \"first Jewish Media Summit\"
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Alex Brummer is in Jerusalem where he chaired a panel for what is being billed as the world’s \"first Jewish Media Summit\". Read More

Bring Back Our Boys
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement made today (15 June) by Board President, Vivian Wineman. Read More

World Jewish Congress Solidarity Mission to Brussels
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

International Division Chair Alex Brummer writes about attending the emergency mission in Brussels shortly after the Jewish Museum killings Read More

WJC Brussels Solidarity Mission
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Board Vice-President, Alex Brummer, took part in the WJC Mission to Brussels yesterday (2 June). Read More

Solidarity with the Belgian Community
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The British Jewish Community′s thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the Brussels Jewish Museum shooting. This is a shocking act of terror and is a stark reminder that violent hatred and antisemitism is still very present in Europe. We call on the Belgian authorities to act swiftly in bringing the culprits to justice and for governments across Europe to ensure minority communities are protected against such despicable acts. Read More

Breaking down barriers: Three days with the UK Task Force
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board is proud to be a founder member of the UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel. The Board’s International Officer Joseph Moses attended the three day trip. . Read More

Promoting Israeli life saving initiatives
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

For the second year running, Richmond Deputy, Tony Cotton has presented the outstanding work of Israeli charity, Save a Child\'s Heart, at a south London fair. Read More

London MEPs pledge to protect Jewish rights at European Election hustings
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

MEP candidates agreed that there should not be specific, discriminatory labelling of religiously slaughtered meat, and to protect religious freedoms including Brit Milah, at a European Elections hustings for the London Jewish community this week. Read More

The Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahuin Jerusalem
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on April 24 in Jerusalem. Read More

The Board of Deputies condemns the shameful scenes last night when the Student Union of King’s College London voted to support BDS of Israel.
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies condemns the shameful scenes last night when the Student Union of King’s College London voted to support BDS of Israel. Read More

Board members meet Romanian President
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The President of the Board alongside two Deputies met the Romanian President this week in a ceremony in which EJC President Dr Moshe Kantor was presented with a national award. Read More

Board statement on reports of the firing of 70 rockets into Southern Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Board statement in response to 70 rockets reportedly having been fired into southern Israel. Read More

Board statement on David Cameron arriving in Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We are delighted that David Cameron is making his first official visit to Israel. It underlines the commitment of the British government to the Israel-Palestinian peace process and the two state solution. Read More

Aipac 2014
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Vice President Jonathan Arkush reports on his recent trip to Washington after attending Aipac Conference 2014. Read More

Board President meets Austrian President
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

A European Jewish Congress delegation led by President Dr. Moshe Kantor, and including Board President, and Chairman of the Council of the EJC, Vivian Wineman, met with Austrian President Heinz Fischer last week Read More

The fallout from the boycott focus
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Yehuda Cohen’s voice rises and he bridles at the very mention of the Israel boycott campaign that has been gathering support in Europe and parts of the West. He employs a workforce comprised of 50 Palestinians, who live in local villages and 40 Israelis, at a site just 20 miles from the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Read More

The launch of a European manifesto for the UK Jewish community
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Public Affairs International Officer Joseph Moses writes about the UK Jewish Community’s Manifesto, produced by the Board, for the upcoming European Parliament Elections. He explains how policy makers and European and World umbrella Jewish organisations have responded so positively to it and how the document has a series of key asks that we encourage our community members to take to their candidates. To read the blog please click here. Read More

Statement following the disgraceful vandalism of Reform synagogue in Raanana, Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement in response to a Reform synagogue in Ra\'anana, Israel being vandalized with graffiti Read More

Our message of full support for Scarlett Johansson
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Read our statement by clicking here Read More

What have Brighton, Bournemouth and Belfast got in common?
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

The last few years have seen the launch of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (which I co chair), the Bournemouth Action for Israel group and the Sussex Friends of Israel. In diverse regions, with vastly different Jewish communities and unique challenges, these organisations share a focus on outward-facing engagement on the subject of Israel. Read More

Board delighted at news of upcoming visit to Israel by PM
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We are delighted that David Cameron is making his first official visit to Israel next month- it could not be more timely. It underlines the commitment of the British government to the Israel-Palestinian peace process and the two state solution to which the British Jewish community is so deeply devoted. Read More

Joint Statement on Iran Nuclear Interim Agreement – The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the French Crif
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies and the Crif welcome the recent progress in talks with Iran. However, whilst we do hope that the new Iranian Government is genuinely interested is steps towards greater peace and security in the Middle East, we have some ongoing concerns. Read More

Deepening ties between French and UK Jews
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

On Sunday we hosted a series of bilateral meetings with the Crif (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France). The meetings aimed at discussing common issues facing the French and UK Jewish communities and exploring areas for further joint cooperation. Read More

Towards a Manifesto for Europe
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

It seems so far away, but it isn’t. As of this week, it is less than six months elections for the European Parliament on 22 May 2014. The workings of this central EU institution are poorly understood by British voters, but these elections matter. Read More

British Jewry is Loud and Proud
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach accuses British Jews of being uncomfortably silent in the face of attacks on Israel. However it would be truer to say that our community is loud and proud in its proactive support of Israel, and very comfortable with it. Read More

Europe, Internationalism & the Jews
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board\'s Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg blogs about his busy day in Brussels this week. Read More

Great Israeli statesmen from Ulster
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

We recently marked the 95th anniversary of the birth of one of the most distinguished Israelis to be raised in the British Isles, Chaim Herzog. Remarkably when Herzog was born in Belfast, a near neighbour was the future Foreign Minister, Abba Eban. Belfast deputy, Steven Jaffe, explores the distinguished connection of his city to an Israeli president and foreign minister. Was there something in the water? Read More

Success at Co-op meetings
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Co-op\'s Boycott policies regarding Israel have been challenged at area meetings of the Co-op held across the country this month. Read More

Making our Way Out- Kurt Herzberg (Yehuda Barlev), Translated and edited by Noemi Zell-Barlev.
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

Deputy Noemi Zell-Barlev writes about her father’s account of his involvement between 1933 and 1938 as part of the Hechalutz management team. It was here that he spent three years facilitating the emigration to Palestine of thousands of young Jews from Germany and across Europe through the Hachshara programme. Her father decided to put his account in writing as it is an authentic way of telling his grandchildren about his time in Berlin. As it is written in slightly old fashioned German Noemi decided to translate it and make it accessible to all her family in Israel, Australia and the US, as well as to those interested in and/or researching this period. Read More

Statement about the death of the great Sephardi spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement about the death of the great Sephardi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Read More

Statement on tragic deaths in Syria
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement on the tragic deaths in Syria this morning, which were possibly due to the use of chemical weapons Read More

Fighting against Co-op boycott of Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Local communities and pro Israel support groups have been petitioning their local Co-op stores to urge the supermarket chain to bin their boycott policy regarding Israel. What started in Northern Ireland, with petitions there gaining over 600 signatures, has been taken up in various parts of Great Britain as well. Read More

Israeli Minister shows strategy and intelligence in visit to London
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

More often or not Israeli ministers flit in and out of London without really engaging with the Jewish community or the broader public. That could not be said of former finance minister now minister for strategic and intelligence affairs Yuval Steinitz. In a wide ranging visit to London Steinitz met with William Hague and Britain’s new chief of defence staff Sir David Houghton as well as other officials. He also took time out to brief community leaders. Read More

Shooting of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement on the shooting of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov Read More

Op-ed on Hezballah in the Jerusalem Post
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Chairman of our International Division writes in the Jerusalem Post about the decision by the EU to proscribe the military wing of Hezbollah. Read More

Board welcomes decision by EU to classify military wing of Hizballah as terrorist organisation
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board welcomes the decision by the European Union to classify the military wing of Hizballah as a terrorist organisation. We now call on EU Member States to follow the example of France, the Netherlands, Israel, Canada and the United States to take the next logical step and proscribe Hizballah\'s political wing as well. Read More

Board of Deputies meeting with Polish Ambassador to the UK concerning Shechita
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We met today with the Polish Ambassador to the UK to express our deep concern about last Friday’s vote in the Sejm – the Polish Parliament – to rule religious slaughter without pre-stunning incompatible with other animal welfare legislation, a verdict that we dispute. Read More

Statement about Polish legislature banning Shechita
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board strongly condemns the banning of Shechita and Halal by the Polish legislature. It runs contrary to much of the positive work undertaken by successive Polish governments to build positive relations with Jewish communities around the world. Read More

Buy Israeli Goods week: Why it is time to show pride
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

There is a debate raging on about the rights and wrongs of Buy Israeli Goods week (July 1-7). There are two points of view being expressed, with very little common ground. Some swear blind by medjool dates. Others are very much sticking to pickled olives. This is not just internecine Zionist warfare in the shopping aisles; friends with little or no interest in Israel are wading in to make their preferences. Read More

Board of Deputies of British Jews Statement on comments by Turkish Deputy PM about Jewish diaspora
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Board of Deputies Statement on comments by Turkish Deputy PM about the Jewish diaspora. Read More

Why Brent Council Should boycott itself
by Natan Levy posted in Israel and Abroad

As Brent Council turns its attention to solving the Israel-Palestine Impasse, in a proposed motion that was not debated following advice from its own lawyers, Rabbi Natan Levy suggests it might be time for Brent to get its own town in order. Read More

90 years young
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

The Presidents Conference was a two day celebration of evergreen Israeli President Shimon Peres. Our Defence chair Jonathan Arkush discusses what went on at the conference. Read More

South London Deputies getting Closer to Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

South London Deputies explain how they are working tirelessly to ensure that their activities tie in with the Closer to Israel 65 project. Read More

Wishing President Peres a happy 90th birthday
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Today is the start of the President\'s Conference in Jerusalem. Our vice president Jonathan Arkush is attending and will report back to us next week. Please see President Peres\' speech. We wish him a hearty Mazel tov on turning 90 and praise him for being the most wonderful statesman Israel could ask for! We had the honour of meeting him when our President and Honorary Officers were in Israel in January. Read More

Church groups gather at the Board in support of Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Last week the Board hosted a gathering of 16 senior leaders from various churches across London and beyond gathered to engage with Jewish religious and lay leaders to express solidarity for Israel and the Jewish people. Read More

The Board of Deputies condemns in the strongest terms the vile acts of graffiti and vandalism committed against the Dormition Abbey of Jerusalem
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns in the strongest terms the vile acts of graffiti and vandalism committed against the Dormition Abbey of Jerusalem and its property. Read More

Vital conversations along the Danube at the WJC Plenary
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

International Division Chair Alex Brummer writes about the 14th World Jewish Congress Plenary in Hungary Last week, and a chance conversation along the River Danube that brought home the threat facing the Jewish community there. Read More

3 great reasons for an anti-Jewish screed
by Natan Levy posted in Israel and Abroad

Fascinating blog by our Interfaith Consultant Rabbi Natan Levy on Church of Scotlands Inheritance of Abraham? report. Read More

Calling everyone who wants to deepen their relationship with Israel this 65th anniversary year!
by Laura Marks posted in Israel and Abroad

Laura Marks writes about the exciting developments around Closer to Israel, a community-wide project calling on UK Jewry to actively set up events and promote causes which bring us closer to Israel following her 65th Birthday. The Board is taking a lead role alongside the UJIA in running the initiative. Read More

World Jewish leaders meet in Budapest
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

This year in a break from tradition the World Jewish congress held their conference the 14th in their history in Budapest. Generally now the conferences are held in Jerusalem the spiritual centre of the Jewish people as well as the capital of the country with the largest Jewish community in the world. This year however the WJC chose Budapest after consulting with the Hungarian community as a gesture of solidarity in the face of the increasing threat of anti-Semitism which they are facing. Read More

Statement about stabbing to death of Israeli father in West Bank
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement from our President about the stabbing to death of an Israeli father in the West Bank this morning. Read More

Salonika -The Jerusalem of the Balkans facing the past and the future
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Last Sunday marked the seventieth anniversary of the deportation and subsequent murder of the Jews of Salonika. Accordingly a ceremony to mark the event was organised in Salonika last Sunday by the World Jewish Congress. The Board\'s President Vivian Wineman writes about it. Read More

The cruel cut of the progressive-Christian boycott
by Natan Levy posted in Israel and Abroad

Heres a quiz for you readers: Before boycotting West Bank settlement goods in 2011, when was the last time the UK branch of the Quakers, or Society of Friends as they prefer to be titled, decided to implement a boycott? As the Board\'s Interfaith Consultant Rabbi Natan Levy explains, one has to travel back in history for the answer... Read More

Iran talk fails to dampen AIPAC spirits
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

Washington played host this week to the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which was attended by a record 13,000 participants from every state in the US, and a number from other countries, including our very own Chief Executive Jon Benjamin and Defence Division Chair Jonathan Arkush, who blogs here. Read More

Israel water progress good for all
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Israels success in desalination means there are now three substantial plants under operation in providing for 25% of her water needs with another two in prospect which will raise the total provided in this way to 50%. Israel moreover is a world leader in desalination. This is a good news story as Vivian explains in his insightful blog Read More

Celebrating with Christians on Purim
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

Deputy Steven Jaffe had an unusual Purim night- celebrating Israel in a London church! He explains, where, how and why in a revealing blog. Read More

No ordinary day in Israel
by Laura Marks posted in Israel and Abroad

Our Senior Vice President Laura Marks writes a retrospective about her trip to Israel last week. Read More

Board condemns anti-Israel incidents on campus in Oxford and Essex
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board has released a statement following anti-Israel incidents at Christ Church college, Oxford and on Essex University campus. Read More

Meeting Peres a priceless window into Israel of now and then
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Our meetings with Stanley Fischer and Shimon Peres today were both deeply informative and inspiring. Read More

Learning a lot in Lod
by Laurence Brass posted in Israel and Abroad

Our F&O Chair Laurence Brass blogs about day two of the UK Task Force visit to Israel to explore the issues facing her Arab citizens. The day began with a visit to the tomb of Englands patron saint, St. George, in a remote corner of the city of Lod. Read More

Jaffa shows way ahead
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Our International Division Chair Alex Brummer writes about his experiences visiting the beautiful port city of Jaffa as part of the UK Task Force, in which British- Jewish community leaders are spending four days learning about minority and interfaith projects in Israel. Our President Vivian Wineman, Senior Vice President Laura Marks and Finance and Organisation Chair Laurence Brass are also on the trip. Read More

Board reaction to Pope Benedict retirement
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We have enjoyed a very good relationship with the Catholic Church both under John Paul II and Pope Benedict. We hope and expect this to continue when Pope Benedict\'s successor is announced. Read More

Joint statement about Hizballah
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Bulgarian investigators have confirmed that two individuals with links to Hizballah were involved in the bus suicide bomb, that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver at Burgas airport on 18 July, 2012. Read More

Murdoch apologises for grotesque cartoon
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Rupert Murdoch has apologised to the Board of Deputies in a letter, following the cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in the Sunday Times. Read More

Board complaint sees Sunday Times relent
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Board President Vivian Wineman met the Sunday Times Editor Martin Ivens this afternoon along with other Jewish communal leaders. Mr Wineman said: I was pleased to a attend a meeting with the Acting Editor of the Sunday Times and his colleagues. The meeting showed a unified and effective community and we were gratified to see the positive response from the Sunday Times to the concerns of our community. Read More

Reasons to be fearful: one, two, three
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin, our International Division Public Affairs Manager, finds uncomfortably familiar traits are present in the comments made by David Ward MP and the Sunday Times cartoon by Gerald Scarfe. Read More

Board appalled by Sunday Times Cartoon, lodges complaint
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

We immediately lodged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission in response to the appalling cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in yesterday\'s Sunday Times. In depicting Benjamin Netanyahu bricking up Palestinians and using blood for mortar it is shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently antisemitic Arab press. Its use is all the more disgusting on Holocaust Memorial Day, given the similar tropes levelled against Jews by the Nazis. Read More

In memory of Miriam Feingold
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, our Director of Public Affairs, writes movingly about her mother in law Mera Feingold, a Survivor, who died just over a year ago. Read More

We must act to end political normalisation of racism
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

As extremist parties gain political traction across Europe, Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin argues that we can no longer sit idly by as minorities, including Jews, come under increasing pressure. Read More

Helping our coastal friends face stormy seas
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

Steven Jaffe, the Boards consultant for community engagement with Israel, discusses his role in supporting Sussex Friends of Israel and the particular challenges which that group faces. Read More

Limmud provides opportunity to discuss our big challenges
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Board Vice President and International Division Chair Alex Brummer reflects on Limmud Conference 2012, and the challenges the Jewish community faces against far-right groups across Europe Read More

BDS Own Goal: Footballers and the phantom signatures
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

As news emerges that several footballers who supposedly signed an anti-Israel petition never actually consented to their names being included, Jamie Slavin argues that this sad example typifies why cultural boycotts are simply destructive. Read More

Board reaction to upgrade of Palestinian status at UN
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies has consistently maintained that the best way to secure a lasting and just peace for Israelis and Palestinians is through direct negotiations between the two peoples. Unilateral steps, such as the one taken in New York last night to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer at the UN, increase mistrust and once again raise concerns as to whether the Palestinian Authority has any serious intention of negotiating directly with Israel; a concern reinforced by the inflammatory language chosen by President Abbas during his speech. As the British Government stated, a return to the negotiating table without preconditions is the surest way to advance the peace process and bring forward the day when both Palestinians and Israelis can live side by side in security and prosperity. Read More

Interruptions and demonisation - there must be a better way
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

In this blog Jamie Slavin reflects on two experiences which brought into sharp focus the difficulties we face in the UK when discussing the situation facing Israelis and Palestinians, but also a distinct hope for a better way. Read More

Board outraged by calls for the creation of a list of Hungarian Jews
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is outraged by the call by a member of the Hungarian Jobbik Party for a list to be created of Jews who pose a national security risk. This directly echoes the measures taken by the wartime Fascist regime whose collaboration with the Nazis ultimately led to the deaths of over 600,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. It is pure antisemitism of the most disturbing kind. Read our full statement here. Read More

President welcomes Gilad Shalit to London
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Last Friday Board President Vivian Wineman and Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin attended a reception at the Israeli Ambassadors residence to thank the Board and other communal organisations for their contribution to the campaign to free Gilad Shalit. The guest of honour was Gilad Shalit himself. Click here to see photos! Read More

Board condemns terrorist attack in Tel Aviv
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies sadness regarding the current situation in Israel and Gaza is further compounded by the news this morning that terrorists have blown up a bus in Tel Aviv. Attacks such as this, targeting only civilians, remind us of why Israel needs to act in the self defence of her citizens. As British Jews we are reminded of the attacks against civilians in London in 2005 and the fear that these cause; our thoughts are with all those affected and we pray for a quick end to such atrocities. Read More

Israel under attack - No one should learn to live like this
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

As the first Hamas missile reached Tel Aviv last night, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko thinks back to her own experience of being under missile fire in Israel. Read More

Statement on current situation in Southern Israel and Gaza
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

This morning the British Jewish community awoke to the news of the death of three Israeli civilians in an indiscriminate missile attack against Kiryat Malachi. This deadly incident was the latest of hundreds of such attacks against one million Israeli citizens in Southern Israel over the last few weeks. Since the start of 2012 over 800 missiles have been fired by Hamas and other Gazan terror groups towards Israel, with 300 in the last week alone. All schools within a forty kilometre radius of Gaza have been closed. No country in the world would be expected to tolerate such attacks. Israel has a duty to protect her people and the Board of Deputies supports her right to do so. Read our full statement here. Read More

International community silent as rockets rain down on Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Over 70 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza into Israel over the past 24 hours. Yet the voice of the international community is silent in an apparent double standard following international condemnation of Syrian attacks on Turkey only last week. Read More

Alls well that ends well
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko reflects on a job well done as a two year campaign culminates in the European Parliament passing legislation which will mean more affordable Israeli medicines for European citizens. Read More

European Parliament secures cheaper Israeli medicines for EU citizens
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Yesterday evening, following a campaign by the Board of Deputies and partner organisations across Europe, the EU passed an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance (ACAA) with Israel. The decision by MEPs, by 379 votes to 230, with 41 abstentions, will guarantee that some of the leading drugs in the world, developed and produced by Israel, will now reach European patients quicker and at more affordable prices. Read More

If only Gilad Shalits freedom had changed the Middle East
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin reflects on the release of Gilad Shalit one year ago and considers the change it could have precipitated. Read More

The EU-Israel ACAA: This is no time for playing politics
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin, Public Affairs Manager, explains why the European Parliament must pass a piece of legislation which would provide more affordable Israeli medicines for EU citizens. Read More

A brave decision on Israel from MEPs
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Following the decision of the European Parliament International Trade Committee to pass a piece of legislation forging stronger ties between the EU and Israel, Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin salutes the bravery of MEPs in the face of anti-Israel lobbying. Read More

Board expresses horror at terror attack in France
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies is horrified by the bomb attack yesterday at a Jewish shop in Paris. Read More

Statement on attack against Latrun Monastery
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews echoes the condemnation by the Israeli government of the recent price-tag attack on the historic Monastery at Latrun. Read More

The Co-op needs to remember its ethics
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin highlights that lack of ethics underpinning the Co-ops boycott of Israeli companies. Read More

Modiin is not an illegal settlement!
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

In this guest blog, Simon Plosker dismisses the idea that the Israeli town of Modiin can be considered as being anywhere but sovereign Israel. Read More

Remember the stranger.....
by Jon Benjamin posted in Israel and Abroad

Not all of the Boards work is about the major stories of the day, the communal politics, the big issues. Sometimes its the little things that really count. In this blog the Boards Chief Executive Jon Benjamin explores one such case, an incredible story of how one woman found a safe haven in the UK, with the Boards help. Read More

UKs Israel Envoy visits the Board
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

On Monday the Board of Deputies was delighted to welcome H.E Ambassador Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to the State of Israel, to the Board for an off the record briefing. Ambassador Gould met the Boards Honorary Officers, members of its International Division and professional staff. Read More

A misjudgement of Olympic proportions
by Jon Benjamin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Chief Executive, Jon Benjamin, reflects on the start of the London Olympics, the IOCs decision not to commemorate the murder of 11 Israeli atheletes in 1972 and looks forward to the official commemoration on 6 August organised by Israel. Read More

Bravo to the EU!
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin applauds the EUs decision to deepen cooperation with Israel across a range of policy areas, highlighting the fact that at a time when Europe faces more threats than ever before, it would be foolish to push away an important ally. Read More

The Church of England failed to live up to its responsibility
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Public Affairs Manager, Jamie Slavin, reflects on his experiences of the Church of Englands General Synod, at which a motion endorsing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel was passed. Read More

One Minute for Munich
by Laura Marks posted in Israel and Abroad

Laura Marks, Senior Vice President of the Board, reflects on why it is so important for the Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Games. Read More

Board outraged by terrorist attack against Israelis in Bulgaria
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Today the Board of Deputies of British Jews, together with the people of Israel and World Jewry, mourns the death of seven innocent people, including six Israelis citizens, following a terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria. Read More

Statement from the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The President of the Board of Deputies has released a statement following the Church of England General Synods endorsement of the EAPPI programme. Read the full statement here: Read More

Cheaper medicines for all - pass the ACAA!
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

European citizens deserve the best medicines at the most affordable prices. By passing a simple piece of technical legislation, an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance, the European Parliament will give Europeans better and cheaper access to medicines produced by Israel, amongst the very best in the world. To find out how you can help ensure that the ACAA is passed, read on! Read More

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks deeply concerned by EAPPI motion
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has released a statement expressing deep concern regarding the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Read his full statement here. Read More

Board saddened by death of Yitzhak Shamir
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews notes with sadness the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir at the age of 96. Read More

Board statement on continued rocket attacks against Southern Israel
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns in the strongest of terms over 40 rocket and mortar attacks yesterday and overnight on innocent Israeli citizens in Southern Israel. Read More

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) Motion at General Synod 2012
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

A motion has been tabled at the Church Of Englands General Synod in York (10 July 2012) which seeks to formally adopt and deepen the Churchs links with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). This is a grave concern as EAPPI helps create a climate of hostility to Israel in churches. Find out more and what you can do to help here: Read More

An Attack on Co-Existence
by Laurence Brass posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Treasurer, Laurence Brass, responds to the price tag attack against the Israeli co-existence school Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam. Read More

Board condemns price tag attack on school
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns in the strongest terms the attack last night on the Neve Shalom Peace Village. Read More

The Bard and the Boycotters
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Vice President, Jonathan Arkush, celebrates an evening of culture, and pride, as Israeli theatre company Habima perform at the Globe Theatre in London. Read More

The challenges we will face
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards new Vice President, and Chairman of the International Division, Alex Brummer, identifies the political and economic challenges which may shape attitudes towards Jews around the world. Read More

Abandoned but not forgotten: 11 year after the Dolphinarium bombing
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin reflects on the impact of the Dolphinarium suicide bombing in Tel Aviv eleven years ago. Read More

Measure for Measure: Respect works both ways
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Public Affairs and Policy Director, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, reflects on the irony that as Habimas performance in London is disrupted by protesters, a Palestinian theatre company based in Haifa, and directed by an Arab citizen of Israel known for his radical position against the legitimacy of the State of Israel, stages a play at the Bush Theatre but does not suffer the same lack of respect. Read More

You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

How ironic - yesterday was Shavuot when we celebrated the story of Ruth - a woman who was a poor stranger in a strange land, who belonged to a people in conflict with the Jewish people, and yet was embraced by her Jewish mother-in-law Naomi, married Boaz and received one of the greatest honours ever bestowed upon a gentile in Jewish history - she became the great grandmother of King David! How different to the way in which we witnessed strangers living in the modern State of Israel being targeted only a couple of nights ago on the streets of Tel Aviv. Read More

A One Minute Silence for Munich
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The IOC have so far resisted direct call from the Israeli Government and others to show the simple decency of observing a minutes silence at the games in memory of the Israeli team members murdered 40 years ago in Munich in what was an attack on the Olympic ideal as well as a massacre of innocents. However, the calls for a minutes silence remain and MPs are being asked to sign Early Day Motion 100 in support. Read More

Board President holds meeting with Swiss Ambassador
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Vivian Wineman, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, has met with His Excellency Mr Anton Thalmann, the Swiss Ambassador to the UK, and Mr Urs Schmid, Deputy Head of Mission, to raise the communitys concerns regarding the Swiss Governments decision to issue visas to members of the terrorist group Hamas. Read More

The Co-Operatives policy on boycott - an Israeli response
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

The Co-op justifies its latest boycotting policies on broad international consensus. Here Noru Tsalic, an Israeli living in the UK, puts that concept under the spotlight in a letter to the Co-ops regional secretary, and asks whether the Co op is acting in a consistent and ethical manner. Read More

Israel trumps the recession!
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

At last months International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington (from which I recently returned) among the star turns was the governor of the Israeli central bank Stanley Fischer. A former deputy managing director of the IMF Fischer, a renowned MIT economist, was treated like a conquering hero by a gathering of policymakers, economists and senior journalists at a lunch convened by the Fund at headquarters a couple of city blocks from the White House. Read More

Benzion Netanyahu
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews extends deep condolences to the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu on the passing of his beloved father Benzion Netanyahu, who died early Monday morning at the age of 102. Read More

Yom Haatzmaut: Israel celebrates her 64th birthday
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Yesterday we shared in the sorrow of Israels fallen soldiers, bereaved families and victims of terror. From those depths of sadness, today we celebrate with joy and pride the outstanding achievements of the State of Israel and its people during their 64 years of independence. Read More

Health before hate: Why increased links to Israel are good for EU citizens
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The motivation of those who advocate boycotts of Israeli goods, cultural events or academics is baffling. Many actually believe that they are somehow helping to promote peace, but how can driving a wedge between Israelis and Palestinians possibly be the best way to secure a better future for all. Even more bizarre is the idea that the best way to encourage peace is by denying European citizens the best medical care possible. And yet that is exactly what anti-Israel groups are currently trying to do. Read More

A French Encounter
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Last Wednesday I attended a meeting between European Jewish Congress leaders and Mr Francois Hollande, the leader of the French Socialist Party and currently the favourite in the opinion polls for the forthcoming Presidential election. It was a fairly intimate meeting. The only attendees on our side, apart from EJC staff, were the President of the EJC Moshe Kantor, the leaders of the French and German communities and me. On the other side were Hollande himself and his campaign manager, Pierre Moscovici. Read More

Board welcomes Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies was delighted to host Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, for a breakfast with Deputies. Read More

Understanding Polands Jewish Past
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

On Thursday, 15 March, I took part in a panel organised by the Polish Embassy. The broad topic was Polish Understanding of the Holocaust and the Jewish Reactions To it. More particularly, they wished to focus on how British Jews viewed the Polish reaction to the Holocaust, both whilst it was taking place and subsequently. Read More

Desecration of graves in France
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies was appalled by the desecration of thirty Jewish graves at a cemetery in Nice, France this weekend. Following the tragic murder of four Jewish people outside a school in Toulouse last week, this is a reminder, as if one was needed, that we must continue to fight extremism. We stand with our friends in France who continue to endure the pain of the last weeks events and call upon the authorities to swiftly apprehend those responsible. Read More

Board delegation to the Cypriot High Commission
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Last week the President of the Board of Deputies led a delegation to meet with the Cypriot High Commissioner to the UK, in advance of Cyprus Presidency of the European Union, commencing in July. The Board meets the Ambassadors or High Commissioners of all incoming EU Presidency countries, in order to convey to them issues of concern to the UK Jewish community and Jews across Europe. Read More

Council Boycotts of Veolia - Illegal!
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

News reached us last week that, despite the best efforts of those who love to sow discord, trade and cooperation between the UK and Israel are, in fact, on the increase. Up 34% in 2011, trade figures reached 3.75 billion. Im no economist, but that seems like a lot of trade. Read More

Flexing our muscles
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

It is often said that there is more truth in the adverts than in the news. Adverts show cars that work and drinks that cheer, whereas newspapers dwell on the minority of cases when things go wrong. It is the same with communities. A community that is vibrant with religious and cultural events makes less news than one beset by anti-Semitism, divided leadership and broken morale. Read More

Statement on Baroness Ashton comments
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The following statement has been released by Jon Benjamin, CEO Board of Deputies; Richard Benson, CEO CST; Jeremy Newmark, CEO JLC and John Mann MP, on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism: Baroness Ashtons remarks were both crass and wholly inappropriate. The loss of young, innocent lives anywhere is of course appalling, but the attempt to draw parallels between Toulouse and Gaza was deeply, offensive and unworthy of a person in her position. Read More

Board condemns Global March to Jerusalem
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies notes with sadness plans for a Global March to Jerusalem later this month. Once again those who claim to support the Palestinians have revealed themselves to be more concerned with delegitimising the State of Israel than finding a just peace for all. It is of little surprise that the organisers of this stunt are amongst the most extreme members of the anti-Israel movement, and that Hamas, a terrorist group committed to the destruction of the State of Israel, is supporting the initiative. Read More

Attack at French Jewish School
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

We are shocked and appalled by the senseless murder of four people, including three children, outside the Ozar HaTorah Jewish school in Toulouse, France. This attack is a terrible reminder of the threat which minorities, across Europe, face from extremists of all political persuasions. All right minded people must unite to reject their baseless hatred and bring whoever is responsible for this attack to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Read More

Israel suffers a weekend of missile attacks
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Over 150 rockets have rained down on Southern Israel over the weekend, resulting in a complete cessation of normal life for innocent Israeli civilians in the region, with one million people being forced to take refuge in bomb shelters. This is unacceptable and cannot continue. We reaffirm Israels right to self-defence and to protect her citizens from these acts of terror, as all right minded people should. We pray for all of the innocent victims. Read More

Israel - its not black and white
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

I went to boarding school in apartheid Rhodesia and edited newspapers and wrote books under the constraints of South Africas apartheid system. As British university campuses are in the throes of marking Israel Apartheid Week, it bears reflecting on what apartheid really meant and why it is obscene that the apartheid descriptor has become the default position for the global delegitimisation campaign against Israel. Read More

Leading the Revolution: Bedouin Womens Empowerment
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

If the Board of Deputies ever wants a lesson on womens empowerment and how to rise above a patriarchal system they need look no further than the women of SIDREH, a non-profit organization established to improve the socio-economic situation of Bedouin women in the Negev Region. As an Executive member of the UK Task Force Delegation on Issues Relating to Arab Citizens of Israel, I travelled to the Negev with other members of the Boards leadership and Task Force participants (comprised of a cross communal group of its membership organizations) to learn about the Bedouin community and its specific challenges. Read More

Baroness Tonge resigns Lib Dem whip
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Earlier today the Board of Deputies condemned comments by Baroness Tonge that Israel is not going to be there forever as sinister and abhorrent. Baroness Tonge has now resigned the Liberal Democrat whip in the House of Lords after refusing to retract the comment. Reacting to this news, Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies, commented that This has been a long time in coming and her position has frankly been untenable for some time. Allegations of Jewish political control, organ harvesting and sympathy for terrorists should have no place in the politics of a party that is now part of the government. Read More

A pointless evening in Hendon
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Really, whats the point? Last week I attended an Israel Apartheid Week event at Middlesex University. The event was called The Big Debate: Is Israel an apartheid state?When an event describes itself as a big debate, you can be pretty sure its going to be nothing of the sort and, predictably, the panel consisted of three people with near identical views. Read More

Wanderings in the Negev
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

When it comes to Middle East reporting the central narrative has for several decades been Israel-Palestine. But for the past year, since the start of the Arab Spring (Israeli sources prefer to call it the Arab Winter or Arab Tempest), it is the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from Egypt to Bahrain, from Syria to Libya, that have been in the limelight. Read More

The Night I Will Never Forget
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

On Tuesday evening, 9 September 2003, a Palestinian suicide bomber approached Caf Hillel coffee shop in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem. Security guard Alon Mizrahi attempted to prevent the bomber from entering when he blew himself up. At 11:20 pm the suicide bomber detonated the explosive device he carried on his body. Just another bombing in what had become a common place occurrence in the lives of Jerusalemites that year... Except for me this was deeply personal. Read More

Ten years on from the March of terror
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

You may not realise it, but we are approaching a poignant anniversary in Israels history. Ten years ago her citizens experienced the most intense period of terrorism that they have ever had to endure. In March 2002, there were fifteen suicide bombings. On the 27th of that month, thirty people were murdered when a suicide bomber blew himself up during the Passover Seder meal at the Park Hotel in Netanya. It took the total number of ordinary Israelis murdered in March to over one hundred. Read More

Board reacts to attacks on Israeli Embassies
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. This attack reminds us that Israel, in her struggle for peace and security, must continually endure the threat of violence by those who wish to see nothing but bloodshed. Read More

Boards International Division meets with Israeli charities
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The International Division of the Board has met with David Bradichanski, an acclaimed musician in Israel and an activist for a charity representing victims of terror. Their current campaign involves taking legal action against banks which transfer funds to terror organisations complicit in the murder of Israelis. Read More

Board Concerned by Archbishop Christmas Message
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

To compare the situation of Palestinian Christians to that of the Founder of their Faith is not only totally unfair but also plays to the worst elements of anti-Israel propaganda. Read More

Praise From An Unexpected Quarter
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

As the representative body of the community the Boards position is often thankless. The community is so varied, contains so many views and its members so passionate that we are often damned if we do and damned if we dont. To be honest, we wouldnt have it any other way. Read More

Statement on Shechita in the Netherlands
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Deputies will have heard recent misleading reports about the situation regarding Shechita in the Netherlands which, while very encouraging, is not as clear cut as it has been portrayed. Read More

Pinch your nose diplomacy: Engaging with the UN HRC
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

As a supporter of Israel Im all too aware of the flaws of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).It was founded in 2006 as the successor to the Human Rights Committee - an attempt to reform a body which had become too politicized. Well, that went well. Read More

OneVoice Europe: Bridging the Israel-Palestine divide in London
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

During One Voice Europes (OVE) November educational tour, youth leaders Shir Lachish, 25, from Tel-Aviv, and Thuraya Aghbar, 21, from Nablus, reached out to London schools and communities with the aim of promoting a pro-solution dialogue. Read More

BUYcott, dont boycott!!
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Reject boycotts, join our BUYcott! The Board, in conjunction with StandWithUs UK, is organising a BUYcott of Israeli goods on 23 and 24 November. Make sure you buy something Israeli over those two days to show your support for Israel. Read More

Board Statement: Board President Awarded the Samaritan Peace and Humanitarian Medal
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Mr Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies, has become the 2011 recipient of the Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements. Read More

Judged by the friends you keep...? The Palestinian Mission to the UK
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

I regard myself as an optimist when it comes to the Middle East Peace Process. However nave it may be, I like to look for the best in the situation we face. So, whilst it is clear to me that in the extremist, antisemitic Hamas, Israel has no partner for peace, I hope that in the more moderate Palestinian Authority of Mahmood Abbas, Israel does. Read More

Address by H.E. Mr Daniel Taub, Israeli Ambassador to the UK
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

The new Israeli Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Mr Daniel Taub, addressed the Board of Deputies at the Boards last plenary meeting. You can read the full text of his address here. Read More

Mr Netanyahu, Mr Sarkozy, Mr Obama and the Guardian ...
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

I cant help musing ... what if the shoe were on the other foot and Binyamin Netanyahu was the statesman who had been overheard ranting about one of his international counterparts? Just how would the world be reacting? A brush under the carpet or a hypocritical, exaggerated outrage? Read More

Board Statement: UNESCO admits Palestinian Authority as member
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is disappointed that, just a day after Israel was subjected to a weekend of rocket attacks from Gaza, UNESCO has deemed fit to admit the Palestinian Authority as a new member. Read More

Ferrero Rocher anyone?
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

One of the perks of my job at the Board of Deputies is the opportunity to attend meetings at foreign embassies. Embassy buildings tend to be amongst the most impressive in London, both inside and out, and I have had the privilege to spend time in some historically amazing places. Read More

Board Statement: Gilad Shalit is home
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Gilad Shalitʼs momentous release today will go down in the annals of Israeli and Jewish history as a day of contrasting sentiment. Read More

Gilad Shalit: From Struggle to Joy Through Hope
by Dan Sherman posted in Israel and Abroad

On Tuesday 19 October 2011, I, like so many, was fixated on the unfolding events that culminated in Gilad Shalits first steps of freedom in over five years. Read More

Gilad Shalit - A Bold Statement Against Terror
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Since the news broke that a deal has been struck to free Gilad Shalit, its all seemed a little surreal. Read More

Board Statement: Board Welcomes News of Impending Gilad Shalit Release
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

It is fitting that on the eve of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of rejoicing, we celebrate news of the imminent release of Gilad Shalit. Read More

Israel is better than the extremists
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

I was angered to read of the arson attack against a mosque in the north of Israel. Those who committed this disgraceful act have been condemned by Israels Prime Minister, President and Leader of the Opposition, and rightly so. Violence, and especially violence against a place of worship, is to be abhorred wherever, and whenever, it takes place. But there is something especially unnerving about attacks such as these. Read More

Durban Revisited: The Theatre of the Absurd
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

Its Durban again! But this time we are proud to say that our Government, for the first time, did not take part in the proceedings. For the uninitiated, yesterday marked the 10 year commemoration of the notorious Durban World Conference Against Racism held in 2001 that became synonymous with displays of antisemitism and extreme anti-Zionism. Read More

Human rights through the looking glass
by Jon Benjamin posted in Israel and Abroad

Zimbabwe is a tolerant and peace-loving country. Only in the fantasy Alice through the looking glass world that is the UN, and more particularly the Durban III conference, could someone say this with a straight face and expect his audience to agree. Whether it was this comment, or the serial demonisation of Israel at successive Durban conferences that prompted his reaction, Amnesty Internationals representative, Jose Luis Diaz, accused many participating countries of being in a ʼstate of denialʼ about human rights abuses and racism in their countries, saying nations were using the conference to ʼscore political points.ʼ Read More

Board Statement: UDI Latest
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board and the JLC have written to both the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander restating the Jewish community\'s opposition to a Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence. We believe that the only route to achieve a lasting peace is via negotiations. The Board is concerned and disappointed at the statement issued by the Opposition this week endorsing the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN. Read More

Ok kids, in a circle, its story time with the PSC
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is an odious organisation. Whilst claiming to campaign for Palestinian rights, their activities seem to be more focussed on demonising Israel and Israelis. They choose division over dialogue and, increasingly, their members have crossed the line between criticism of the Israeli government and, simply put, the language of hate. Read More

The Day After
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

So here we are nearly two decades after the Oslo accords were signed, witnessing yet another milestone in Palestinian-Israeli relations. I refer of course to the presentation by President Mahmoud Abbas of a resolution to the United Nations this week requesting the international community to endorse Palestinian statehood through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. Read More

Universal Jurisdiction
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

We are delighted that the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill incorporating a section protecting visitors to this country from malicious and politically motivated arrests has now been passed and is part of the law of the land. We are grateful to the government for delivering on their promise to pass this and would like to acknowledge the efforts of the various communal groups, in particular the JLC, Board of Deputies and Friends of Israel groups that have helped to ensure the safe passage of the bill. Read More

Statement on British Withdrawal from Durban III
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews applauds the UK Governments decision not to attend the 10th Anniversary Commemoration Conference of the Durban Process, commonly known as Durban III. Read More

Jerusalem
by Jon Benjamin posted in Israel and Abroad

The final status of Jerusalem is one of the most intractable features of one of the most intractable international disputes of our time. We all have our own very personal views as to what should and what might in fact happen in any final negotiated settlement. But ultimately these will be matters for the Israeli government and their Palestinian counterparts to determine, if there is to be an agreed and lasting peace. Read More

Back to the Future or From London to Jerusalem and Back
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

Reflections on my life in Israel; on being back in the Diaspora, and working at the Board of Deputies. Read More