Board of Deputies

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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Choose which side you are on, say UK Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Jewish community leaders have called on the world to “pick which side they are on – Israel or Hamas” as the violence in Gaza continues.

In a message sent to rabbis ahead of Shabbat, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis and Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said the international community must make tough decisions.

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Deputies back JLC

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

More members of the Board of Deputies support unification with the Jewish Leadership Council than oppose the idea, according to a new survey.

Almost half, 49 per cent, backed a merger with the JLC with 41 per cent opposed and 10 per cent undecided.

But consultants hired to gauge opinion warned that the process of unification could be "slower than previously anticipated".

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