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Board of Deputies Vice President urges Liverpool’s councillors: ‘Join us in standing up against antisemitism’

Around 40 Merseyside and North Wales councillors attended a councillors seminar on Sunday held jointly between the Board of Deputies, the JLC and the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, and attended by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Liverpool MPs Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman. Councillors heard frank accounts from Liverpool’s Jewish MPs and JLC vice presidents, […]

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Board of Deputies President condemns ‘appalling’ Trump comments

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the tweets of President Donald Trump in which he called on four US Congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”. Marie said: “These are appalling and unjustifiable comments. Whatever one’s political disagreements, telling people […]

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Board of Deputies President: Corbyn, Milne and  Formby are personally responsible for having turned a once-great, anti-racist party into a cesspit of antisemitism

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to tonight’s Panorama investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party. “This Panorama investigation gives added weight to what we have suspected all along. It suggests that the issue of antisemitism has been treated with disdain by the Labour leader and as a […]

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Board President condemns “vile” film screening.

Following reports of a screening in London of Homelands, a ‘documentary’ by Katie Hopkins and former Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson on the “Islamification of Europe”, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commented: “This vile Muslim-baiting film should never have seen the light of day. Shame on those who hosted and promoted such an […]

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Board of Deputies applauds Church in Wales over adoption of antisemitism definition

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has applauded the Church in Wales for their adoption of the international definition of antisemitism. She said: “We are pleased to see that the international antisemitism definition is gathering pace in the faith communities. Following the Church of England’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition […]

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Board of Deputies condemns decision to host Malaysian Prime Minister at Cambridge

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned the decision of the Cambridge Union to host Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Sheila said: “The decision by Cambridge University Union to host Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a notorious antisemite who has made no secret of his distaste for Jews and Israel, is deeply disheartening. “By inviting this […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes YouTube decision to ban Holocaust denial

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the decision of YouTube to ban Holocaust denial from its platform. Amanda said: “In an era of fake news and extremism, countering the spread of false truths and conspiracy theories has never been more important. For a long time, we have advocated to YouTube and other […]

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Board of Deputies condemn Galloway over ‘Israel flags’ tweet

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a tweet by George Galloway’s in which he wrote that Tottenham’s defeat in the Champions League final meant “no Israel flags on the cup”. Marie said:  “We would like to thank Tottenham Hotspur FC for calling out the ‘blatant antisemitism’ in George Galloway’s tweet. […]

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Joint statement on Labour’s Peterborough election candidate Lisa Forbes

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council and David Delew, Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust, said: “The revelation that Labour’s Peterborough candidate Lisa Forbes liked a racist Facebook post accusing Theresa May of having a “Zionist Slave Masters […]

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Condemnation for violent assault on Argentinian rabbi

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted to an attack on Argentinian Rabbi Elyahu Shaman. Sheila said: “The violent assault on Rabbi Elyahu Shaman, who is also a cantor at a synagogue in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Palermo, has deeply upset us. It’s not the first time that the Argentinian Jewish […]

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Condemnation for attack on Scottish mosque

The Board of Deputies has condemned the racist vandalism agasinst a mosque in Scotland. A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “We deplore the nazi-inspired vandals who have targeted a mosque in Elgin, Scotland. An attack on Muslims is an attack on all of us. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in opposing fascists.”

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Board of Deputies welcomes Chris Skidmore’s announcement that universities must do more to stamp out antisemitism

 Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the Universities Minister Chris Skidmore’s announcement on antisemitism in higher education. Mr Skidmore has called on all institutions to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism and said it is ‘unjust’ to make Jewish societies pay additional security costs for events. His announcement follows guidance published this year to protect […]

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Condemnation for fatal Hamas rocket attacks

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the Hamas rocket attacks against Israel over the weekend. She said: “We utterly condemn the terrorism of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who have fired 450 rockets in to Israel from Gaza so far. Our hearts go out to the family of Moshe Agadi and […]

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Board of Deputies responds to report on persecuted Christians

Responding to the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “We welcome the timely publication of this review by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Nobody could have failed to be horrified by the […]

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Board of Deputies responds to new Independent School Standards

In response to the announcement of the new Independent School Standards, Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker said: “The new Independent School Standards are the marker by which independent Jewish schools will be inspected, the vast majority of which are in the strictly Orthodox sector. “The government has taken on board the perspectives put […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to fatal shooting at synagogue in San Diego

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a shooting a synagogue in the US during which a woman was killed. Marie said: “Overnight we were devastated to hear of a shooting incident at a Chabad synagogue in San Diego during which Lori Gilbert Kaye, died as a heroine, putting herself between the shooter and […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Israeli election results

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the results of yesterday’s Israeli elections. She said: “Benjamin Netanyahu has registered a significant achievement in winning a record fifth election as Prime Minister in this hotly contested election. After a polarising campaign, with some deeply alarming rhetoric, politicians from all sides need to […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Government home schooling register plan

The Board of Deputies has reacted to Government plans to launch a new register of children in England who are being educated at home. A spokesperson said: “The Board of Deputies supports high safeguarding and academic standards for all children, wherever they are being educated. The proposed legislation, though, may be seen by some, particularly […]

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Board of Deputies President calls on John McDonnell to stand down from Labour committee which ‘actively campaigned for Jackie Walker’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has written to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell calling on him to stand down from his position as President of the Labour Representative Committee (LRC). Marie wrote: “This organisation has repeatedly defended and campaigned for individuals who have a long history of denying the problem of antisemitism in […]

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Jewish community reacts to the expulsion by Labour of Jackie Walker

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust have reacted to the news of Labour’s expulsion of Jackie Walker, for making comments that were “prejudicial” and “grossly detrimental” to the Party. In a statement, the three organisations said: “The hearing took far too long to happen. It […]

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Board of Deputies condemns ‘disgusting video’ made by IsraelMK

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned the recent comments and campaign video of MK Oren Hazan. She said: “Oren Hazan’s video is disgusting. Depicting  murder is beyond despicable. This, from the same person who we had to condemn after he spoke approvingly about China’s use of concentration camps against its Muslim […]

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Board of Deputies condemns terrorist murders

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted to the terrorist shooting which has claimed the lives of two Israelis. She said: “Terrorism has claimed more civilian lives. I am deeply saddened  to hear that Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, a father of 12 from the settlement of Eli, died of his injuries on Monday, […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Jewish Community Engagement Officer

The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Jewish Community Engagement Officer. This post will be responsible for engaging with different parts of the Jewish community around the UK, including synagogues and community organisations. The role will look at how the Board of Deputies can better support Jewish communities, make its work understood by them and […]

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Prominent Jewish women create Twitter messages to mark IWD

To mark International Women’s Day, the Board of Deputies has given prominent Jewish women from a variety of fields a platform to create messages which we have been tweeting out this week under the hashtag #IWD2019. Among the 19 woman whose messages we have tweeted out are TV presenter Rachel Riley, pensions expert Baroness Ros […]

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Exhibition on the Jewish way of life launches at St Albans Cathedral

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren are learning about the Jewish way of life this week following the launch of  the Jewish Living Experience Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral. Visitors will gain an insight into the basics of the festivals, as well as Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) the principles of kosher food and how Jewish children undertake […]

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Board of Deputies shocked by violent attack on Argentinian Chief Rabbi

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted to an attack on the Argentinian Chief Rabbi during a break-in at his home in Buenos Aires. Sheila said: “The violent attack on the Argentinian Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich at his home has deeply shocked us. It’s not the first time that the Argentinian Jewish […]

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Board of Deputies President: ‘Tom Watson’s push for transparency in Labour complaints process is a sad commentary on the leadership’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson’s call for greater transparency in the party’s disciplinary process. Marie said:  “It is tragic that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has felt the need to personally push for greater transparency in Labour’s complaints process for antisemitism, racism and […]

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Board of Deputies applauds decision to strip Malaysia of swimming championships

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the International Paralympic Committee’s decision to strip Malaysia of the World Para Swimming Championships following its ban on Israel athletes. She said: “We commend the International Paralympic Committee for this important and principled decision. Malaysia’s Prime Minister continues to heap shame upon his office […]

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Board of Deputies President calls on Thornberry to give guarantees on Israel’s security following letter on Iran clashes

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has responded to a letter sent by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry to  Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt following clashes between Israeli and Iranian forces in Syria. “Emily Thornberry’s recognition of Iran’s belligerence and state-backed antisemitism is inconsistent with her call to deprive Israel of the means to […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Norwich

Hundreds of Norfolk schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) at Norwich Cathedral last week. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, which is aimed primarily at school groups and enables visitors to […]

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Response to today’s article in the JC

The article by Lee Harpin in today’s Jewish Chronicle – “Board of Deputies nearly backed Islamophobia definition ‘decisively influenced’ by controversial group” – is concocted from a mixture of innuendo, half-truths, and outright falsehoods. Innuendo: “Board of Deputies nearly backed Islamophobia definition ‘decisively influenced’ by controversial group” In line with other communal bodies including the […]

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Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic daubings in Shenley

The Board of Deputies has condemned a series of antisemitic scrawlings featuring the words “Jew Ghetto” which were discovered on Monday morning  at different locations in the village of Shenley in Hertfordshire. A spokesperson said: “The residents of Shenley should not be subjected to this disgusting antisemitism. We hope the perpetrator is identified and subjected […]

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Jeremy Corbyn endorses “yet another extremist position”

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commented on a video showing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking alongside and applauding those who cavort with Holocaust deniers and extremists. Marie said: “The list of things for which Jeremy Corbyn needs to apologise to Jews and Israelis grows and grows. Applauding a speaker calling for […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes IHRA adoption by the Office for Students

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has welcomed the announcement by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OFS), that it is adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism. This is the result of a series of engagements between the OFS and the Board of Deputies that has also involved the […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans in Hungary

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has reacted to antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans at their match against Hungarian team Vidi last night. Amanda said: “We commend Chelsea FC’s prompt intervention following antisemitic songs sung by a section of Chelsea supporter’s at the club’s Europa League game in Hungary. This disgraceful behaviour must be […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes faith declaration option on organ donation register

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the launch of the faith declaration on the organ donation register which will enable religious people to ensure their beliefs are taken into account when organ donation is discussed. Amanda said: “This measure will help preserve the religious freedom of potential organ donors. “There is still […]

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