Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Michael Gove: it's common sense to be a Zionist

    Education Secretary Michael Gove with former JC editor Ned Temko (Photo: John Rifkin)
    Education Secretary Michael Gove with former JC editor Ned Temko (Photo: John Rifkin)

    Education Secretary Michael Gove spoke to hundreds of JC readers at a special event in London last night.

    In a wide-ranging discussion with former JC editor Ned Temko, Mr Gove revealed his thoughts on issues including faith schools, the teaching of evolution and antisemitism on university campuses.

    As part of the session he spent more than an hour answering audience questions at the JW3 Jewish community centre in north London.

    Mr Gove said he had previously discussed criticism of Israel with former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, and praised opposition figures including Gordon Brown and Ed Balls for the pro-Zionist beliefs.

    After outlining his opposition to boycotts of Israel he said: "Why shouldn’t you be a Zionist? It’s common sense."

    On the government's pledge to continue funding security at Jewish schools, Mr Gove said: "I made a promise before the election to support the Community Security Trust and pay for the security costs in schools.

    Mr Gove during the debate (Photo: John Rifkin)
    Mr Gove during the debate (Photo: John Rifkin)

    "There is now more capable stewarding at Jewish schools than there has ever been before and it’s for reasons that don’t have to be spelt out. It’s tragic.

    "We’ve provided that money and whatever is needed we will provide."

    Mr Gove also met a large gathering of head teachers before the main discussion with Mr Temko.

UK News

Hundreds of thousands view Holocaust denial talk

Rosa Doherty

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hundreds of thousands view Holocaust denial talk
UK News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
UK News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
UK News

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag

Ben Weich

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag
UK News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
UK News

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson

Lee Harpin and Marcus Dysch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson
Education news

Immanuel is top Jewish school in league tables

Simon Rocker

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Immanuel is top Jewish school in league tables
UK News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'