Board of Deputies

'Divisive' vote on Yachad is postponed once again

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

The Board of Deputies has confirmed that it has again postponed a vote on whether to accept a left-leaning Israel advocacy group as a member.

Deputies were due to decide on whether to admit Yachad in July but the debate was abandoned at the last minute.

It was rescheduled for a meeting later this month, but this week a Board spokesperson confirmed it would not take place.

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Deputies wildly off target

By Melanie Phillips, September 4, 2014

The Board of Deputies last week crossed a line. It stopped being a community embarrassment and became instead a positive menace.

It proudly announced an "unprecedented" joint statement with the Muslim Council of Britain. This said the Middle East conflict should not poison community relations. But it also condemned the "targeting of civilians".

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How a small band of activists took the lead

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

How did a small group of previously unknown activists arrange Britain’s biggest Jewish rally of the year in less than a fortnight?

That was the question being asked by demonstrators on the pavements outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday.

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Irresistible change

September 4, 2014

Three weeks ago, the Campaign Against Antisemitism did not exist. Three months from now, it might no longer.

As a pop-up campaign, it might just as easily pop down. In the new, social media-driven, grass-roots-organised world, success and failure are no longer measured by longevity and standing but by immediate impact.

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Speak for yourself - the changing face of community protest

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

The success of a grassroots-led rally against antisemitism could herald a new era of Jewish advocacy in Britain, campaigners believe.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism’s demonstration in central London on Sunday was orgnaised by a small number of activists unaffiliated to traditional communal groups.

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Strong Muslim-Jewish relationship is vital

By Vivian Wineman, August 28, 2014

Many in the community will share the Board of Deputies' deep concern about the rise in antisemitism in the UK during the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

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Naive leadership

August 28, 2014

It would plainly be ludicrous to suggest that the Board of Deputies believes that the IDF set out to murder innocent Palestinians in Gaza.

But there are certainly members of the MCB who believe just that, and the Muslim body is now insisting that the words “targeting of civilians” in the joint statement between it and the Board does indeed include Israel.

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Jewish and Muslim attempt at harmony hits flat note

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Muslim and Jewish leaders have united in calling for stronger collaboration between their communities in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

In an unprecedented joint statement, the Board of Deputies and the Muslim Council of Britain condemned civilian deaths as tragic and called for efforts to avoid them.

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Communal leaders attacked over response to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders were barracked at an angry town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

Attendees attacked the speakers representing organisations including the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council over their failure to counter the growing movement against Israel.

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So sue me, Mister President

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 7, 2014

Truth is the first casualty of war. With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to a sordid incident that arose out of a debate that took place at the plenary session of the Board of Deputies on July 20.

At that meeting, there was by all accounts a passionate discussion of the war in Gaza.

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