Radical Jewish group urges community to boycott Board of Deputies

Na’amod has accused the Board of a ‘damaging agenda’ on Israel


2WMCYE1 London, UK. 25 February, 2024. Jewish group Na'amod, joined by allies, hold a 'Rally for Rafah' in London's Soho Square. An estimated 1.5 million Gazan's have sought refuge in Rafah from Israeli bombardment elsewhere in the besieged territory and the Israeli government is now threatening a ground offensive there. The rally condemned the killing and called for ceasefire in Gaza, a deal for the release of hostages and an end to the siege of Gaza. Credit: Ron Fassbender/Alamy Live News

Radical Jewish group Na’amod has accused the Board of Deputies of a “deafening silence” over Israel’s actions in Gaza and urged members of the community to stop making payments to the organisation.

Members of synagogues affiliated to the Board are asked to make an annual voluntary contribution of £35 to the representative body.

A Na’amod spokesperson said, “Many Jewish people in this country have felt for a long time that the BoD has failed to engage or represent members of the community with critical views of the Israeli occupation and its breaches of international law. Over the years this failure has become increasingly acute and today, more than ever, we can see its catastrophic consequences.”

For too long, the spokesperson claimed, the Board had “promoted a damaging agenda. At this time of unspeakable death and horror, they have been deafeningly silent about the consequences of Israel’s actions in Gaza. Instead, they have been complicit in a right-wing project to repress public outcry and calls for an end to the violence. It’s a disgraceful failure of moral responsibility.”

The Board has been approached for comment.

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