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This Sunday the Board\'s Senior Vice President Laura Marks (pictured) will be joining the likes of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, parliamentary candidate and co-founder and chairman of Quilliam
Maajid Nawaz and the social commentator Douglas Murray in addressing a communal rally organised by the Campaign Against Anti Semitism Read More
Board Senior Vice President Laura Marks writes the final part of her blog from Israel which included visiting civilians and soldiers affected by the conflict and meeting UK Ambassador to Israel, HE Matthew Gould. Read More
by Joe Dexter - on 28-Aug-2014 Vivian Wineman
I wish to state categorically that you do not speak for me when you pay lip service to common ground with Muslims simply to preserve community cohesion. You have no right to align yourselves on my behalf with the MCB.
This wilful ignorance about the growing dangers from Islamism will not help anybody. Surely you must have woken up to the appalling criminal behaviour of some Muslims, and the dangers we face from Islamic jihadism in this country. You appear to have learned nothing from the community's anger about your lack of action about the Muslim backlash after Operation Protective Edge. Your comment about being "mindful of how we convey our protest" says it all. It is about time your dinosaur organisation was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, and British people were made aware that you do not have a mandate to speak on behalf of every single Jewish person. Open your eyes before it is too late, and give the Jewish community the respect of shaping up or shipping out, to make way for an organisation which will act on behalf of ALL Jews .
by Allan Hayes - on 29-Aug-2014 Would it not help if we educated our children together so that they knew and valued their shared humanity and their different cultures from experience? I recommend two of Amartya Sen's publications: http://bit.ly/12zN2gq and http://amzn.to/1fQsmGG ?
by Edgar Davidson - on 29-Aug-2014 The reasons why I believe Vivien Wineman must resign over this farcical statement are explained in the blog report here:
by Sam Rothwell - on 28-Aug-2014 How dare you patronise me, James Goldman? This "sensible" statement is a puff piece, empty words and I class it with the Muslim statement condemning ISIS (although it is not as blatantly trying to defend Islam from the results of its bloodletting and other antisocial behaviour over here. If the BoD educated itself more about how Islam perceives Jews and pontificated less about appeasing them, then it would be more worthy to represent all of us.
I say again that the BoD does not speak on my behalf and by posting here I am publicly dissociating myself from this ridiculous self-aggrandising letter. I hope that the many other who are similarly dissatisfied with the BoD, and particularly its choice of partners (Oxfam being one)will do likewise.
by Sam Rothwell - on 28-Aug-2014
by alain Cohen - on 28-Aug-2014 Both sides are not equal in this conflict, the second paragraph should read.
"The death of every PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI civilian is a tragedy, and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of ISRAELI civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and for a lasting peace for all"
The BOD are short sighted and should spend time building relationships with Hindu, Sikh and Christian communities. Our community need stronger leadership. Period.
by Martin Cornberg - on 28-Aug-2014 Whilst I am sure this joint statement is well meant, Sky News this morning reported the joint statement as condemning the violence in Gaza. This prompted me to read the statement and I can see the scope for misinterpretation. Whilst I assume the expression 'targeting of civilians' includes the firing of 4,000 rockets at Israeli civilian communities, I can well see some may choose to interpret it purely as a criticism of the IDF and the allegations against them (which I do not accept for one moment). This ought to be clarified.
by Lesley Newson - on 28-Aug-2014 It first to comments make me sad. It is so sad that so many people see making comments on the internet as an opportunity to express their hatred and selfishness. It's great that it's possible for organizations to exist that want to show that there is no inherent reason why members of two ancient religions need to fight. Dispute may exist at the moment but expressing hatred and killing innocent children is standing in the way of finding solutions to these disputes.
Do we want solutions or do we find expressing anger so much fun that we don't want to give it up?
by James Goldman - on 28-Aug-2014 Oh dear. Looking at the first two comments, it seems that there are a lot of opportunities for people to listen better. Perhaps those who made these comments could read this sensible joint statement again.
by Sam Rothwell - on 28-Aug-2014 I agree with Joe Dexter. You do not speak for me or for the many Jews I know.
Your joint statement was a farce, but even more farcical was the joint interview on Radio 4's Today programme between Vivian Wineman and the Chair of the MCB, in which, when the latter was asked whether the joint statement would mean that "free Gaza" would no longer be sprayed on synagogues, almost gagged and then changed the subject. That attack on a place of worship by Muslims should have been addressed by Mr Wineman but of course it wasn't.
Whatever overweening vainglory makes Vivian Wineman believe that this letter will make any difference at all to Muslim/Jewish relations?
I can only repeat Oliver Cromwell's saying (and he was instrumental in the readmission of Jews to England) and apply it to Vivian Wineman and the BoD:
"In the name of G-d, GO!!"
by Muhammad Al-Hussaini - on 30-Aug-2014 As a Muslim academic who has been a longstanding friend of the Jewish community in our shared struggle against Islamist extremism and antisemitism, and a clear supporter of a sovereign Jewish homeland within safe and secure borders, I wish to express my on dismay and the sense of betrayal my Muslim and Jewish friends feel by Vivian Wiseman's collaboration with the Muslim Council of Britain. On 10 May 2013, a multifaith "Open Letter to the Jewish Community Leadership" was published by Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists together on the website of "Harry's Place" in which people of diverse faiths pleaded with Wineman, the Board of Deputies and the JLC NOT to betray the victims of Islamist organisations like the MCB, the Islamic Foundation and East London Mosque, with their track record as front bodies for the extremist Islamist political movement Jamaat-e-Islami. Mr Wineman's response to this plea by Muslims, Jews and others was deafening silence. Jamaat-e-Islami is an Islamist movement implicated in genocide and rape of non-Islamist Muslims, Hindus and Christians during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. In 2009, the UK government severed links with the MCB due to its senior official signing the virulently antisemitic pro-Hamas Istanbul Declaration (as well as a representative of the East London Mosque). My colleague Sam Westrop of the Gatestone Institute has published the detailed document titled "The Interfaith Industry" available online, which exposes the collusion of certain big machers in both monied and powerful Christian and Jewish interfaith organisations with extremist Islamist groups which latter have brutally silenced liberal and dissenting Muslim voices, as well as fostered antisemitism, homophobia and prejudice against other groups. Two surveys in 2006/2007 found that at most 6% of UK Muslims felt the MCB spoke for them. My Jewish colleagues who have dared to criticise the big machers in the Jewish leadership seem to face pressure and intimidation not do very different from what I myself am used to from Muslim leaders. Vivian Wineman has behaved like a typical MCB Muslim leader. Vivian Wineman has betrayed those Muslim voices which challenge Islamist bodies like the MCB. Vivian Wineman has acted like a typical Muslim leader, so maybe you do have more in common than you realise.
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