Zero Tolerance for Antisemitism


Jonathan Hoffman

Jonathan Hoffman

Registered: 30 June 2008
Council,Zionist Federation; former Deputy; former member of Defence Division of Board of Deputies. Campaigns have included opposition to the antisemitic play “Seven Jewish Children”, to the boycott demonstrations at Ahava and to the biased Judge Bathurst Norman in the EDO case. As well as the JC Blog, I write occasionally for CiFWatch, Harrys Place and Z-Word.




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 –