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Board of Deputies statement on Sir Alan Duncan MP’s remarks

The Board of Deputies condemns Alan Duncan’s remarks in a speech he made to RUSI yesterday and during an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Monday 13 October. In his speech, the MP likened those expressing any support for settlements to antisemites, sexists and homophobes. Sir Alan did not differentiate between locations or levels of […]

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Say No To Antisemitism rally Sunday 19 October Manchester City Centre

The Board is backing an important rally taking place in Manchester on Sunday, led by guest speaker Vice President Jonathan Arkush, with a clear message that we all support: SAY NO TO ANTISEMITISM, which saw very disturbing levels during the Gaza conflict. The Manchester community is to be commended for organising the event, which the […]

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Statement on Europe–Iran Forum

This week, from 15-16 October, London will host the 1st Europe-Iran Forum, a conference on ‘post-sanctions investment and trade’. The conference will bring together a range of businesses, academics and cultural figures to discuss opportunities to trade with Iran ‘should sanctions be lifted’. The Board acknowledges initiatives to engage Iran in pursuit of a better […]

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Statement on Backbench vote in support of Palestinian Statehood

In light of yesterday evening’s backbench vote in the House of Commons (13th October) in support of recognition of Palestinian statehood, the Board of Deputies has issued the following statement: “The Board of Deputies and the vast majority of British Jews support a two-state solution, in line with Israeli and British Government policy. This evening’s vote was a statement of […]

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Board of Deputies statement on the participation by Rev Stephen Sizer at antisemitic conference sponsored by the Iranian government

The Board’s Vice President Jonathan Arkush said: “I am appalled that Rev Sizer participated in a conference of antisemites in Tehran, sponsored by the Iranian government, which ranks among the most vicious persecutors of Christians and others, and is sworn to the destruction of the State of Israel. Rev Sizer’s attendance and active role at […]

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President’s Rosh Hashanah message 5775 – a tale of two elections

Coming out of a most turbulent summer, our thoughts are with Israel and we hope and pray that the ceasefire with Hamas is a lasting one. Our wide ranging responses during Operation Protective Edge included supporting 25 Israel grassroots organisations from across the UK with strategic and hands on support (including at over a dozen […]

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Board Chief Executive meets Chief Rabbi

This week Board Chief Executive Gillian Merron met with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, to discuss a range of issues affecting the Jewish Community, including education and interfaith work. Chief Rabbi Mirvis was presented with the first published copy of the newly launched General Election 2015 Jewish Manifesto, which includes issues of vital importance to the […]

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A busy summer internship at the Board

By Josh Holt For the past six weeks I have been interning at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and my experience there has been like no other. I have gained valuable insights into the inner workings of the Jewish community, whilst grappling to understand the monumental scale of the work undertaken by a […]

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Mike Freer MP writes about his meeting with Theresa May

Israel and Anti-Semitism By Mike Freer The past two weeks after the Commons returned from the summer recess has seen the issue of Israel, Gaza and anti-Semitism come to the fore. Israel and Gaza has been a polarising issue in the Commons but most worrying is the underlying anti-Semitism that has become apparent. The outbreak […]

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Board’s role in fighting Anti Semitism

The Board spoke at Sunday’s Campaign Against Anti Semitism Rally. We were greatly encouraged by the numbers in attendance and as you will read  below, we are operating on numerous fronts to ensure that the law is used much more robustly to bring those who discriminate against Jews to task. How we are responding by […]

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