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Oct 10, 2018, 4:37 PM
If everyone’s a critic, we must be doing something right
A handful of protesters from the ‘Kaddish for Gaza’ franchise recently turned up outside the Board of Deputies’ offices for an impromptu demonstration. The protest involved turning a succah they had brought along in to a vehicle for protest against the Israeli Government and, later, defacing...
Aug 10, 2018, 12:14 PM
Jeremy Corbyn must come out of hiding and do the right thing
Last week, on Thursday morning, I tweeted the question, ‘Where is Jeremy Corbyn?’ The latest round of Labour’s depressing anti-Semitism scandal had been raging for almost two weeks and we had heard nothing from Labour’s Leader. Over the following days, Jeremy Corbyn finally emerged from hiding....
Jul 3, 2018, 11:48 AM
Ofsted must take a less aggressive approach to Charedi schools
I have been deeply alarmed over recent weeks and months at the increasing hostility emerging between the educational authorities – particularly Ofsted – and our Charedi community. Many Jewish schools have an excellent relationship with the educational authorities, with a lot of Jewish schools in...
Jun 26, 2018, 5:01 PM
UK being ‘nicer than Trump’ on refugees is not good enough
Last week, an American newsreader broke down on live TV. Rachel Maddow was overcome with emotion while trying to read a report about babies and young children being forcibly separated from their parents by US authorities. While the newsreader apologised for “losing it” on the...
May 17, 2018, 2:09 PM
Time to repay the trust that’s been placed in me
As newly-elected president of the Board of Deputies I have much to do. A glance at the news tells you the conflict in the Middle East rages on, there is unresolved business in the Labour Party and relationships between communities have been strained. Jonathan Arkush...
May 3, 2018, 6:26 PM
#BoDelects: Next generation must have voice they deserve
The British Jewish community is a phenomenal success story. For more than 250 years, the Board of Deputies has stood up for the Jewish way of life. However, we are at a critical point; anti-Semitism is on the rise and, following the recent meeting with...
Dec 6, 2016, 2:29 PM
The community will help those suffering from hate
People are being attacked in the street because of their nationality, colour and their religion. This would be unsettling at any time but particularly now because the perpetrators feel that their hateful views are legitimated by political circumstances. Following the EU Referendum in June there...
Marie van der Zyl is the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews