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In Memoriam - Howard Grief - By Roslyn Pine

By Jonathan Hoffman, July 3, 2013

This piece has also been posted on and

In Memoriam - Howard Grief
19 April 1940 - 3 June 2013

By Roslyn Pine


Board Executive and Oxfam: Moving the Red Line

By Jonathan Hoffman, May 30, 2013

When in January the Board of Deputies voted to approve a tie-up with Oxfam, it did so only with the comfort of three ‘red lines’ hastily constructed by the Board’s Executive. If any of those red lines was crossed, the tie-up would be abandoned. That was the wording of the motion that was passed. No ifs, no buts …………. It would be ‘discontinued’ if a red line was crossed.


Oxfam and the Board - what should happen if the red lines are crossed

By Jonathan Hoffman, May 19, 2013

I have been asked to set out what I said today at the Board.

In January the Oxfam tie-up was approved with the following safeguard:

We will discontinue our involvement if OXFAM GB:

1. Supports a boycott of any type of Israeli goods.

2. Partners with or supports any organization that promotes or condones violence.


Church of Scotland pulls back

By Jonathan Hoffman, May 9, 2013

The recognition of the Church of Scotland that "the report ... has given cause for concern" - and the good faith they have shown by immediately removing it from their website pending revision - are both very welcome.


These Pears Are Rotten

By Jonathan Hoffman, April 30, 2013

I have written before about the Pears Foundation. One of the principal philanthropic organisations in the UK Jewish Community funds would-be Israel boycotters.


St Andrews J Soc Refuses To Be Intimidated by Israel-Demonising Thugs

By Jonathan Hoffman, April 28, 2013

Well done to all the organisers of this event and thanks to the thugs for boosting the proceeds


Press Notice from St Andrews Jewish Society


A Stain On LSE

By Jonathan Hoffman, April 27, 2013

Demonisation of Israel and falsification of history ran riot at LSE’s Middle East Centre’s ‘discussion’ (for which, read vilification and slander) last night. “The Commentator” has already posted Richard Millett’s clip of John Snow giving credence to the “Jewish Lobby” trope.


Fraser versus UCU

By Jonathan Hoffman, April 26, 2013

I sent the following letter to the JC earlier this week in response to Jonathan Goldberg's article last week:


Yachad's ZF application: A cynical publicity stunt

By Jonathan Hoffman, March 14, 2013

At the age of about 10 I was addicted to the ‘Just William’ stories written by Richmal Crompton. William Brown is an eleven-year-old boy, eternally scruffy and frowning. William and his friends (Ginger, Henry and Douglas) call themselves “The Outlaws”, and meet at the old barn in Farmer Jenks' field, with William being the leader of the gang.


The speech that sent Galloway packing...

By Jonathan Hoffman, March 7, 2013

I am proud to be the first (I believe) to publish the speech by Oxford student Eylon Aslan-Levy that sent George Galloway on his bike. The motion was that Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank. Galloway had proposed, Aslan-Levy was opposing.

Mr Speaker, thank you for inviting me here tonight.

To the audience – thank you for coming.

Mr Galloway –


Board of Deputies and David Ward MP

By Jonathan Hoffman, February 21, 2013

At the last Board of Deputies meeting I suggested that until the LibDems deal properly with David Ward MP, decent people should have nothing to do with the LibDems and should not vote for them. The next speaker was Jonathan Davies who is a Vice Chair of LibDem Friends of Israel. He accused me of being 'party political'.

Nothing is further from the truth.


Shlomo's Away With The Fairies

By Jonathan Hoffman, February 20, 2013

The good news is that Shlomo Sand (at the Frontline Club in London on Tuesday night) has become so extreme that he will convince no-one. Only a hardened antisemite could possibly find him credible, and that only because he appears to give that prejudice an intellectual underpinning.


Oxford Union Triumph - Near 40% say "Israel Force for Good in Middle East"

By Jonathan Hoffman, February 1, 2013

The motion ‘This House Believes That Israel is a Force For Good in the Middle East’ was defeated 132-208 at the Oxford Union Debating Society last night. It was a good debate with none of the drama that has preceded some other Israel debates at the Union.


Nick Clegg Equivocates about David Ward MP's Antisemitic Comment

By Jonathan Hoffman, January 31, 2013

Yesterday Jonathan Arkush (Board of Deputies’ VP and Chair of the Defence Division) said:


Steve Bell defends Scarfe cartoon on BBC

By Jonathan Hoffman, January 29, 2013

He's debating today with JC Editor Stephen Pollard .. who starts by acknowledging Rupert Murdoch's apology ...