Yehuda Erdman

Dichters Law

By Yehuda Erdman, November 7, 2011

MK Dichter has sponsored a Bill in the Knesset which aims to deprive Arabic as one of the two official languages in Israel on the grounds that Israel should be a Jewish State. The logic by implication is that the rights of the Israeli Arabs as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence by Ben Gurion in 1948 is superseded by this Bill.


Obama and the Jews

By Yehuda Erdman, October 25, 2011

Carol Gould will be speaking on this controversial topic and will answer the burning question "will the Jews in the USA vote Republican next time?". Come and hear her speak at Meretz UK, Hashomer House, 37a Broadhurst Gardens, London NW6 3BN (close to Finchley Road Station). Full details are on the Meretz UK website.


Archbishop of Canterbury in Zimbabwe

By Yehuda Erdman, October 11, 2011

Dr Williams has performed a huge "Mitzvah" by having the courage to confront Robert Mugabe on his own turf and point out on behalf of all the Zimbabwe Anglicans how they have been downtrodden and worse by the despotic regime which Mugabe heads. This was an incredibly noble and courageous act which fully justifies his election to high office in the Anglican Church.


Ivor Dembina at Meretz UK on October 16th

By Yehuda Erdman, October 9, 2011

This coming Sunday 16th October, Jewish comedian, Ivor Dembina, will perform his solo show "This is Not a Subject for Comedy" at Hashomer House, 37a Broadhurst Gardens, London, NW63BN starting at 6.30 p.m. There will be refreshments and more, see full details on Meretz UK website and note that all members of Meretz UK, friends and the public are very welcome.


Vera's draw 2-2 against AC Camden in Cup

By Yehuda Erdman, October 9, 2011

Conditions today were much more suitable for soccer in England with temperatures about 17 C and the ground softened by rain last night (thankfully this prevented some injuries). Vera's went into the lead with a goal by man of the match Ollie Jones, But AC Camden recovered well and scored an equaliser before half time.


Vera's win friendly against top of the league Inter Islington

By Yehuda Erdman, October 4, 2011

In 27 C heat and despite wanting to finish in time to watch the Arsenal Spurs game, Vera's proved again how dangerous they can be when top goal scorer Johny Erdman (no relation to his father who is writing this) scored another two goals as Vera's won 2-0.


Palestinians land body blow to Bibi

By Yehuda Erdman, September 21, 2011

Bibi is rushing to New York to speak personally to the UN General Assembly. So far he has been totally outfoxed by the Palestinian Authority, and Mr Abbas prsonally has shown real leadership which has been much appreciated by the majority of the Palestinians. Even Hamas have been left out in the cold and marginalised.


Vera's win second league game

By Yehuda Erdman, September 18, 2011

Veras came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 against AC Harpo at Home in their second league game of the season (Camden Musicians League). Jonny Erdman scored a hat trick and his first goal was a scorcher from 30 yards out. He was voted man of the match by player manager Jonny Erdman.


Mrs Ahlam Akram

By Yehuda Erdman, September 16, 2011

Last Sunday evening Palestinian activist Mrs Ahlam Akram spoke very eloquently and movingly at Hashomer House in support of the proposition that recognition of Palestine by the UN General Assembly was good for Israel.


Vera Lynns win 2-1

By Yehuda Erdman, September 12, 2011

Yesterday afternoon at Regents Park, the Vera Lynns won a good game against the Ultramarines in a game played under windy conditions. Player Manager Jonny Erdman scored an equaliser and Richard Mansell scored the winning goal in the second half. The wind favoured Ultramarines in the first half and they played very well particularly in midfield.


Meretz UK 2011/2012

By Yehuda Erdman, September 5, 2011

Dear friends
Meretz UK is delighted to announce the first event in this year's programme.
Please see:-
for further information.
Briefly Mrs Ahlam Akram a Palestinian activist will speak at Hashomer House this Sunday evening 11th September at 8 p.m. on the subject "Will Palestinian statehood benefit Israel or threaten it?"


Yisrael Beiteinu attacks NGOs in Israel

By Yehuda Erdman, January 8, 2011

Meretz UK notes with alarm the recent vote in the Knesset to investigate funding of Israeli NGOs on the grounds that they may be harming the IDF. This motion was sponsored by Yisrael Beitenu led by Avigdor Lieberman the current Foreign Minister of Israel. Many have called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to sack Lieberman from this post as he is regarded as a loose cannon and the Prime Minister's office is often issuing qualifying statements after one of Lieberman's non-diplomatic outbursts.


Chaim "Jumes" Oron resigns from the Knesset

By Yehuda Erdman, January 4, 2011

Chaim Oron has announced his resignation from the Knesset after over twenty years service originally in Mapam and now Meretz. After Yossi Beilin stood down, Jumes was elected leader of Meretz and he has made a strong and determined contribution in opposition to the extreme right wing government led by Netanyahu. Zehava Galon will be taking her place as a Meretz M.K. and I wish her every success for the rest of the term of this Knesset.


Lunch in Jaffa

By Yehuda Erdman, December 25, 2010

Today friends invited us to join them for lunch in Jaffa at a Christian Arab restaurant in the old part of town. It was wonderful to experience co-existence between Jews, Arabs (Christians and Muslims), in this very interesting town to the south of Tel Aviv. It is an up and coming area, showing many signs of regeneration whilst still maintaining the historic parts of a very historic place.



By Yehuda Erdman, December 18, 2010

Although I have been on Facebook for years, it was a fairly passive existence. Then I noticed that there were some marked changes and new developments. Some of my friends remarked that various campaigns were gaining momentum and much greater recognition by the general public by posting new sites on Facebook. Then i also became more aware that in Israel there was a much greater use of Facebook to enhance connectivity amongst young and even middle aged professionals with friends and colleagues.


A new Chief Rabbi

By Yehuda Erdman, December 17, 2010

I have often admired the present Chief Rabbi for his brilliant speeches and his stimulating articles in the press, both Jewish and non-Jewish. However, any religious leader should be careful not to stray from his or her area of expertise which is in matters of faith. My late father taught me not to mix religion with politics, as the two are mutually incompatible.


The USA changes direction in peace quest

By Yehuda Erdman, December 10, 2010

Following the failure of linking direct talks between Israel and the Palestine Authority, Obama has decided to remove this precondition which became an end in itself and therefor another obstacle to peace talks. Secretary Clinton has signalled that Mitchell will return to the Middle east and once again begin the laborious shuttle diplomacy he practised before.


Tel Chai

By Yehuda Erdman, December 7, 2010

I have just returned from a short holiday in Israel including a tour with two of my sons of the north of Israel. This included a visit to the Bahai Gardens in Haifa and as we left Mount Carmel we saw the smoke cloud from the catastrophic fire in the Carmel forest. Later that day as we were in Acco we could see the cloud of smoke which had blown out miles to sea with the red sun behind.


Adam Ognall takes over at NIF

By Yehuda Erdman, November 21, 2010

Adam Ognall who previously was the leader of Habonim has been appointed as chief executive of the NIF taking over from Ellen Goldberg who is returning to Israel. As Chair of Meretz UK and a Boger of Habonim Dror in the 1960s I wish Ellen every success in her future endeavours in Israel, and Adam the traditional Habonim greeting: Chazak ve'Ematz!
We all know NIF has been under attack from extreme nationalists in Israel and so has Naomi Hazan in her personal capacity as President of NIF, but don't let any of that nonsense distract you Adam from the vital work NIF is responsible for.


Vera Lynns win 6-3

By Yehuda Erdman, November 21, 2010

My son Jonathan Erdman plays for the Vera Lynns on Sundays and they had a brilliant game this afternoon against a team formerly known as Edinburgh Castle. They won 6-3 which is a fair reflection of the way the game played out, and it was a very exciting one to watch. Jonathan himself was man of the match and scored two, he plays on the left wing by the way.
I was about the only one in "the crowd" apart from the substitutes, which is a shame because apart from the fact my boy did good, many other very good players on both sides showed off their talents.