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Board of Deputies condemns murder of Israeli soldiers
Senior Vice President Richard Verber shas reacted to the murder of two Israeli soldiers on Friday. He said: “We utterly condemn the terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli soldiers on Friday, and seriously injured two others. Our hearts go out to the families of Netanel Kahalani, who was just 20 years old, and Ziv
Board of Deputies condemns intimidation of students at King’s College London
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned the anti-Israel demonstration which took place before a talk at King’s college London by former Israeli minister Dan Meridor. Jonathan said: “While the Board of Deputies supports the right to demonstrate peacefully, we were appalled at the scenes last night at King’s College London where those attending
 Board of Deputies condemns swastika daubings
Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has condemned a series of Swastika daubings which have disgusted residents of the North West London district of Dollis Hill. Gillian said: Dollis Hill, with its historic connection to Winston Churchill’s stand against fascism, will not be divided by the actions of idiots. We hope the police catch
Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic outburst by Palestinian leader
Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to antisemitic statements made by Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas. He said: “We condemn the antisemitic comments of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the strongest possible terms. His statement, that the Holocaust of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, has nothing to do
Board of Deputies condemns ‘heinous terrorist attack’
Board of Deputies Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to Tuesday’s terror attack in New York. Richard said: “Our hearts go out to the people of New York following the heinous terrorist attack last night. We stand in solidarity with all New Yorkers and remain firm in our resolve to defeat the scourge of global terrorism.”
 Board of Deputies President condemns racist comments of Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned the racist remarks made by Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel. Jonathan said: “We deplore the reprehensible racist remarks made by the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef, who used a slang term and apparently referred to a black person as a monkey.  In so doing he
‘Hassell must go!’ says Board of Deputies
The Board of Deputies is calling for Mary Hassell, the Senior Coroner for Inner North London, to be removed, following a deeply disappointing meeting with the coroner, where she showed little interest in addressing the Jewish community’s concerns in her work. Marie Van Der Zyl, Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews,
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 Board of Deputies reacts to Green Paper on Integrated Communities Strategy
The Board of Deputies has reacted to the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper released by the Government today. Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush said: “The Jewish community has a long-record of positive integration. We have been in frequent dialogue with the Government on the development of the strategy and we look forward to sharing
Board of Deputies expresses solidarity with Altrincham and Hale Mosque after stabbing attack
The Board of Deputies has expressed its solidarity with the Altrincham and Hale Mosque in Greater Manchester after a stabbing attack against Dr Nasser Kurdy, a worshipper there. Dr Kurdy is said to have heard Islamophobic comments during the attack and Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as a hate crime. Board of Deputies
Board of Deputies welcomes UK vote against Syrian-backed UN General Assembly resolution on Golan Heights
The Board of Deputies warmly welcomes the UK’s vote against a Syrian-backed resolution at the UN General Assembly which criticised Israeli control of the Golan Heights. The British delegate voted no, saying that “resolutions which undermine the credibility of UN bodies risk hardening positions on both sides, and do little to advance peace or mutual
Board of Deputies reacts to BBC Religion and Ethics Review
Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has welcomed the BBC’s Religion and Ethics review in which the broadcaster commits to expanding coverage around Jewish festivals. She said: “The BBC has a vital role to play in dispelling myths and prejudices. We are encouraged that the corporation has undertaken a wide-ranging review, consulting the Board
Board of Deputies ‘concern’ at treatment of Windrush migrants
Board of Deputies of British Jews Senior Vice President Richard Verber has expressed concern over the treatment of migrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children in the 1950s and who may now face deportation. He said: “Like other migrant communities, Jews know what it is like to be treated as the ‘other’. Therefore we
 Board of Deputies launches Jewish Manifesto for Local Government
  The Jewish Manifesto for Local Government, the definitive document for councillors and candidates who wish to serve Jewish residents in their wards and boroughs, was launched in Leeds yesterday. The document, which has been collated by the Board of Deputies of British Jews after consultation with more than 250 community organisations, is being sent
Board of Deputies reacts to rise in number of antisemitic incidents
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the CST Annual Incidents Report which has again showed a rise in reported antisemitism. Jonathan said: For the third year running, the CST has reported record figures of antisemitic incidents, and this in a year with no specific trigger events. The UK remains an overwhelmingly happy
Board of Deputies calls for condemnation of terrorist murders
Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has called for the Palestinian Authority and the international community to condemn the terrorist murders of three Israelis.  He said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the three Israelis brutally murdered at Har Adar. We welcome efforts led by the
Supreme Court President Lady Hale launches Board of Deputies Family Life and Customs booklet
President of the Supreme Court Lady Hale last night spoke at the launch of the Board of Deputies’ booklet, Jewish Family Life and Customs: a Practical Guide. Speaking at the Supreme Court Lady Hale said that the Board of Deputies “should be congratulated” for producing a document which is “for all those legal professionals seeking
Condemnation for French supermarket attack
Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has condemned the terrorist attack against civilians at a French supermarket. He said: “The Board of Deputies condemns the horrific attack against innocent people in Trebes, France. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of all those affected.”
Board of Deputies congratulates Government for opposing anti-Israel motions at UN
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has congratulated the UK Government for voting against two anti-Israel motions at the United Nations.   He said: “Once again, countries with the worst of human rights records have sought to pass motions that abuse the platform of the United Nations by attacking Israel and attempting to distract from their own
Board of Deputies President applauds announcement of Prince William’s visit to Israel
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has applauded the announcement of the first ever official royal visit to Israel, to be undertaken by the Duke of Cambridge, this summer. Jonathan said: “We are delighted that in the year of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Duke of Cambridge will be making the first official royal visit to
Board of Deputies President calls for Muslims and Jews to work together to marginalise extremists
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has called on Jews and Muslims to stand together on issues including halal and shechitah, circumcision and the current anger surrounding coroner services, and to marginalise extremists. Jonathan, along with Vice President Marie van der Zyl, was in Manchester for a two-day programme of meetings with Muslim community leaders
Board of Deputies welcomes Jo Johnson’s commitment to free speech on university campuses
Marie van der Zyl, Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who will be attending this afternoon’s speech at the Limmud Festival, said: “We welcome University Minister Jo Johnson’s stand on free speech at university campuses. Over the last couple of years, Jewish students have been subjected to the most outrageous abuse
Board of Deputies expresses solidarity with Belgian Jews over kosher slaughter ban
The Board of Deputies has expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Belgium as it files a legal challenge to Belgium’s Constitutional Court regarding a law passed by the Walloon Parliament banning Shechita – the kosher slaughter of animals. The legal challenge was submitted to Belgium’s Constitutional Court by the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations
Board Deputies reacts to IPSO ruling on The Sun’s ‘Muslim Problem’ column
Board of Deputies  Vice President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation which acknowledged that a line in a column by Trevor Kavanagh “was capable of giving serious offence” but concluded there was no breach of its code. Marie said: “This decision suggests that the IPSO code
Board of Deputies and AJC Europe host Diplomatic Forum, hold joint meetings
The Board of Deputies and AJC Europe – the European office of the American Jewish Committee – hosted the second Diplomatic Forum in Knightsbridge yesterday evening bringing together diplomats from 30 countries, stakeholders and community members to probe the issue of minorities in Europe. The guests heard from a panel featuring author and lecturer David
Board of Deputies calls for caution over organ donation changes
Responding to the Prime Minister’s conference speech, in which she said that the Government will shift “the balance in favour of organ donation”, Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl called for caution. She said: “While, in principle, Judaism encourages organ donation in order to save lives, any changes must ensure that there
Board of Deputies statement on terrorist attack at Parsons Green Station
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the terrorist incident at Parsons Green Station this morning in which a number of people were injured. He said: “Our thoughts go out to all of those injured in the attack on a train at Parsons Green Station this morning. The more the extremists attempt to
Bereaved Palestinian and Israeli tell Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow interfaith audiences of their hopes for peace
Around 400 people in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow this week heard two bereaved parents – one Israeli and one Palestinian – speak about their hopes for peace and reconciliation. Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin, of the Parents Circle – Family Forum were speaking at ‘Invest in Peace’, a joint initiative between the Board of Deputies
Britain condemns Iran’s attack on Israeli army bases
Britain on Thursday condemned Iran’s attacks on Israel and calls on Russia to use its influence in Syria to stop any further attacks, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli army bases.




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