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Foreign Secretary discusses antisemitism, Israel and Brexit with Jewish leaders

The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council today held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today, to discuss topics including tackling antisemitism, promoting peace and security for Israel and the wider Middle East, safeguarding Jewish interests in the context of Brexit, protecting religious freedoms and ensuring that the right lessons are learnt […]

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Government Islamophobia adviser tells Board of Deputies conference: ‘Our communities must stand together on hate’

Imam Qari Asim, the government’s adviser on a definition of Islamophobia,  has told a Board of Deputies of British Jews conference about the importance of the Jewish and Muslim communities standing together against hate. Speaking on a panel chaired by Board of Deputies Vice-President Edwin Shuker, Imam Asim said:  “Islamophobia and antisemitism have been on […]

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“I will stand up to the threat of antisemitism” says new Home Secretary Priti Patel following meeting with Jewish community leaders

Jewish community organisations today held a meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel, organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, to discuss topics including tackling antisemitism, countering extremism and safeguarding Jewish interests in the context of Brexit. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl led the delegation, which comprised colleagues from the Community […]

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Board of Deputies wishes ‘every success’ to A Level students

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has sent a message to all those who have received their  A and AS Level results today. She said: “The Board of Deputies wishes every success to those receiving their GCE A and AS Level results today. We hope that pupils and schools received the results that they […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Public Affairs Officer

The Board of Deputies  is looking for a highly motivated individual to work as its Public Affairs Officer and as the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews. The post-holder is responsible for engaging with MPs, peers, the parliamentary process and political stakeholders, developing policy, research and report writing, event planning and running […]

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Tony Blair announced as guest of honour at Board of Deputies dinner

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has announced that the guest of honour at this year’s President’s Dinner in November will be former Prime Minister Tony Blair. At yesterday’s Board of Deputies meeting, Marie told Deputies: “At a time when antisemitism in the Labour Party shows no sign of ending, it is worth […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting

The Board of Deputies is looking for outstanding candidates for two roles – Public Affairs Officer and International Relations Officer. The Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for engaging with MPs, peers, the parliamentary process and political stakeholders, developing policy, research and report writing, event planning and running specific projects. The post is integral to […]

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UK’s first faith-based scheme launches to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

The UK’s first faith-based scheme to combat sexual harassment in the workplace has been announced today. The launch follows heightened awareness around unacceptable behaviour in society in general, including the #MeToo movement and a recent government report on a zero tolerance approach towards sexual harassment. The three-year project, specifically for Jewish charities and community organisations, […]

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Board of Deputies and JLC comment on proposals to the Shadow Cabinet

‘Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals on antisemitism, presented to the Shadow Cabinet, represent a significant step backward. The proposals significantly increase the potential for political interference by putting decisions further into the hands of a small group of individuals who consistently vote on factional lines and have already shown their lack of independent thinking. ‘The Party seems […]

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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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