Board of Deputies

Petition for UK to reject Goldstone report

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009

A petition launched by a Board of Deputies member asks Gordon Brown publicly to reject the UN Goldstone Report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

Jonathan Hoffman, co-vice chairman of the Zionist Federation and a member of the Board of Deputies launched the petition “No To Goldstone” on the Number 10 website.

The petition has also been signed by Douglas Murray, the journalist and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.

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Board: Muslim Council of Britain must be boycotted until reform

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2009

The government should lay down conditions for dealing with organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain, a parliamentary inquiry has been told by the Board of Deputies.

In a joint submission with the Community Security Trust to the Commons’ Communities and Local Government Committee, the Board wrote: “Any future engagement with umbrella groups such as the Muslim Council of Britain must be contingent on them representing a greater range of views than those of the Islamists, and firmly rejecting violence in all circumstances, including in overseas conflicts.”

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Historians back BBC over Jewish massacre claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

Israeli historians have backed the BBC after the corporation stood by comments made in a TV documentary claiming that an ancient Jewish tribe massacred Christians who refused to convert.

The Board of Deputies complained to the BBC over perceived inaccuracies and lack of context in The Frankincense Trail, in which presenter Kate Humble followed the trade route which first connected the Arab world with the West.

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Deputies call on UK shuls to go green

By Robyn Rosen, September 18, 2009

The Board of Deputies has backed a resolution to urge all UK synagogues and Jewish community organisations to take practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

At its plenary meeting last week, deputies voted for the resolution, which called on members to recognise the responsibility of the Jewish community to play its part in tackling global climate concerns. The policy, devised by the Board’s Community Issues Division, advised all UK synagogues and Jewish organisations to take action as soon as possible to make their premises environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.

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Deputies in row over how to treat hate

By Simon Rocker, August 6, 2009

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, this week rounded on critics who accuse him of underplaying the threat of anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

Six deputies posted an online statement to dissociate themselves from an opinion piece written by Mr Wineman for the Jerusalem Post last week.

But writing in today’s JC, the Board president, who was elected two months ago, hit back, rejecting claims that the leadership had “its head in the sand”.

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Hate Shiekh’s British tour sparks outrage

By Leon Symons, August 6, 2009

The Board of Deputies has sent an angry protest to the Home Office about the UK visit of a leading Saudi Arabian cleric who has made numerous antisemitic speeches.

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais has been on a lecture tour to mosques and shared a platform with Tony Baldry, Tory MP for Banbury, in the town last week.

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Board stays out of export licence row

By Leon Symons, July 23, 2009

The Board of Deputies has resolved to stay out of any row between the Foreign Office and Israel over the decision to cancel five export licences.

It is adopting a “wait and see” strategy and will get involved only if receiving an indication from Israel that it should take up the case. The Foreign Office’s decision to ban the export of parts for Israel’s naval vessels was believed to have been prompted by a concerted campaign by pro-Palestinian groups.

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Board may seek law change over JFS row

By Leon Symons and Simon Rocker, July 23, 2009

The Board of Deputies has launched a two-pronged strategy in the wake of the Court of Appeal’s decision that the admissions policy operated by the JFS school broke the Race Relations Act.

Deputies at Sunday’s plenary meeting in central London were told that if JFS sought leave to appeal to the House of Lords or the Supreme Court, which may take over responsibility for such matters, the Board would intervene as a “friend of the court” to give it guidance on “who is a Jew”.

The school has now decided to take such action.

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Board of Deputies: Islam centre arson ‘disgusting’

May 21, 2009

The Board of Deputies has written to leaders of an Islamic centre gutted by fire in a suspected arson attack to express “solidarity and disgust”.

The Islamic Education Centre in Luton was targeted in the early hours of May 5. No one was hurt in the blaze.

It is thought the fire could have been started by far-right activists in revenge for the picketing of troops by Muslim extremists in the town in March.

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Voting over, now the work begins

May 21, 2009

When Vivian Wineman, incoming president of the Board of Deputies, was asked along the campaign trail about his plans over the next three years, he replied that he was “afraid it ias going to be dominated by an agenda which is not of our own choosing”.

With the looming threat of a nuclear Iran and King Abdullah of Jordan warning darkly only last week of another Arab-Israeli war in 18 months, no president can predict the impact of events in the Middle East on UK Jews.

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