Board conflict over Deputy's Gaza view

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

A Board of Deputies member has been been accused of racism over comments made on the Gaza conflict.

Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, told the Board's meeting on Sunday: "I'm going to lay my cards on the table, I don't care about any Palestinians, I only care about the Jewish people in this country and in Israel. We are facing a tremendous danger."

The comment prompted 10 deputies to launch a code of conduct complaint for racism following the meeting.

The complaint accused Mr Cohen of violating the Board's code on discriminating against others and added that his remarks could "constitute incitement to racial hatred" .

Despite repeated calls to the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and the Board of Deputies, Mr Cohen was not available for comment.

A spokesman for the Board said: "We are aware of the complaint and the matter has been referred to our constitutional committee who will meet to examine it.

Last updated: 6:45pm, July 24 2014