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92 Holocaust denial works removed from Amazon after Board of Deputies and WJC intercession
Amazon has removed 92 works of Holocaust denial from sale across its websites, following dialogue with the World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies.

The measure, announced in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day/International Holocaust Remembrance Day, came after representatives of the Board of Deputies and the WJC met Amazon UK’s public policy team last month to discuss the matter.

The 92 works in question, which were available in multiple languages, include the ‘Leuchter Report’, a pseudoscientific document which falsely claims to prove that the gas chambers did not exist, ‘The Six Million Swindle’, a book by Nazi sympathiser and Holocaust denier Austin Joseph App and ‘The Auschwitz Myth – Legend or Reality’ by former Nazi officer and Holocaust denier Wilhelm Stäglich. Also included were a number of volumes of the ‘Journal for Historical Review’, a far-right publication which existed from 1980-2002 primarily focused on publishing Holocaust Denial.

The works have not just been removed from Amazon UK, but from 17 different localities where Amazon operates. Additionally, more than 850 links to such works on Amazon’s websites have been removed.

 
Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies and WJC Vice-President, said: “As we come together to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, we commend Amazon’s decision to remove multiple examples of Holocaust Denial publications from their stores. Holocaust denial is unequivocally antisemitic; it claims that the Holocaust was fabricated and that therefore, Jews are lying to advance some nefarious agenda.

“We are grateful to have been able to work together with our colleagues at the WJC to help ensure the removal of these works. However, there is still more to be done; Amazon have made it clear that they are happy to work with us to discuss the removal of further similar publications, as well as how to effectively identify and remove such works themselves. We look forward to continuing to work together in the future to combat Holocaust denial and ensure that antisemites cannot spread their lies with impunity on the websites of the world’s largest bookseller. We would call on other publishers, booksellers and distributors to follow this example.”

Read the JC report here and the Jewish News story here.
 
FA's adoption of international definition of antisemitism 'is a significant moment in the fight against bigotry in football'
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commended the Football Association for its adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.

Marie said: The Football Association's announcement that it has adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism is a significant moment in the fight against bigotry in football. By joining the Premier League and many major clubs in doing so, it is sending a clear message that hatred against Jews which has unfortunately marred the beautiful game in the past will no longer be tolerated. We also praise Lord Mann for his tireless work in the regard."
 
Last night, our Deputies came together online to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Click on the image to see the special moment when Deputy Rachelle Goldberg from Kenton Synagogue played the violin whilst Deputy Sir Ben Helfgott lit the memorial candle. Deputy Amos Schonfield told the inspiring story of how his grandfather Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld saved the lives of 3,000 refugees. Deputy Marilyn Keen read Chief Rabbi Hertz’s prayer from 1933, encouraging the Jewish community in Britain to respond to the plight of ‘our brethren in Germany’. The event was chaired by President Marie van der Zyl
 
Condemnation for Stamford Hill wedding broken up by police
Responding to reports of a wedding broken up by police in Stamford Hill last week, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said: “We are horrified by the news that a large wedding party was broken up by the police in Stamford Hill. We unreservedly condemn this flagrant and disgraceful breach of Covid-19 regulations, which goes against Jewish teaching that preserving life is of the highest value.

“The reckless and dangerous behaviour of those behind this event does not represent the attitude of the vast majority of British Jews, including from within the Strictly Orthodox community, who are fully aware of the terrible toll of this pandemic.

“At the latest count, 740 members of the Jewish community were among the more than 90,000 UK fatalities from Covid. May the memory of all those who have perished in this terrible time be for a blessing.

“We urge all members of the Jewish community, most of whom have faithfully kept to the Government’s advice on this matter, to continue to do so. These rulebreakers do not represent us. We commend instead the thousands of members of our community who work for the NHS and have been giving their all for the good of this country.”

 
 
Many of the Jewish Heirlooms that Hidden Treasures has received from members of the public come from the 1930s and 1940s. Martyn Woolf and Gerry Gruneberg both sent images of this order of service from the first ‘Service of Prayer and Intercession’ on behalf of Jews in Germany. The service was held in the Royal Albert Hall on 9 July 1933 with the involvement of the United Synagogue, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogues and the Reform West London Synagogue. Hidden Treasures featured this treasure on Holocaust Memorial Day. The prayer was read out at the Board of Deputies HMD event (see above)
 
 
 
ACTIVITY REPORT
 
 
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
President Marie van der Zyl, Chief Executive Gillian Merron and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg attended the online UK Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony. available for repeat viewing here. Marie also attended an Embassy of Israel event and a ceremony at the West London Synagogue. She was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight. You can hear her interview here at 40 minutes.

Chief Executive Gillian Merron attended the Association of Jewish refugees Holocaust Memorial Day Service.

Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb attended the virtual ‘Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day Wales’ which featured young Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassadors from Cardiff speaking about their experiences of visiting Auschwitz Birkenau.

President Marie van der Zyl, Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Vice President Amanda Bowman, Vice President Edwin Shuker, Treasurer  Stuart MacDonald, Chief Executive Gillian Merron and Lord Pickles participated in the World Jewish Congress' campaign #WeRemember for International Holocaust Memorial Day. 
 
Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb and International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended the European Jewish Congress and European Commission joint International Holocaust Remembrance Day event featuring EJC President Moshe Kantor, and a discussion between EC Vice President Schinas and Tomi Reichental, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen, on the lessons of the Holocaust for 21st century Europe, new forms of remembrance, concepts of atonement and reconciliation, and our common duty to speak up and counter Holocaust denial and distortion. 
 
Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb and International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended the American Jewish Committee's Transatlantic Institute International Holocaust Memorial Day event which in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Israeli Mission to the EU, commemorated for the sixth consecutive annual remembrance day at the Academy Palace in Brussels. The key note speaker was  EU Commissioner of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, who in her remarks gave a clear endorsement of IHRA. The ensuing panel, which was moderated by TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal, included Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission's Coordinator on Combating anti-Semitism, Yohan Benizri, President of the CCOJB, the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations, and the Dutch journalist Esther Voet, Editor in Chief of the NIW, the New Israelite Weekly.
 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended the State of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Ministry of Social Equality's Holocaust Remembrance event 'Remembering, Perpetuating and Pursuing Justice'. Featuring speakers Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel, Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, Itzik Shmuli, Minister of Welfare and Social Equality, Israel, Tomas Petricek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Charles E. Schumer, US Senate Majority Leader,  Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament, Gideon Taylor, President of the Claims Conference and Chair of Operations, World Jewish Restitution Organization, Colette Avital, Chairperson of the Centre of Organization of Holocaust Survivors, with a live broadcast from the Terezin Concentration Camp featuring Dr Robert Rehak, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues- MFA of the Czech Republic, Daniel Meron, Ambassador of Israel to the Czech Republic. 

International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended the World Jewish Restitution Organisation's webcast featuring the testimonies of Holocaust survivors Lea and Jehuda Evron and a discussion of Holocaust education, awareness, and the struggle for justice for Holocaust survivors. 
COMMUNITY
A regional Jewish Representative Councils Chairs and Presidents meeting, convened by the Board of Deputies, was held with discussions held about the importance of Interfaith work and partners. A Covid 19 update was also provided. The meeting was chaired by President Marie van der Zyl. Also in attendance were Vice President Edwin Shuker, Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, Interfaith and Social Action Manager Anthony Silkoff, Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles and Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan.
 
Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman and Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan, together with Lisa Baker, President of the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, Colin Grazin and Marilyn Trovato, Deputies for Leeds JRC and Sinai Synagogue, Grace Silverstone, President of Leeds JSoC and Amanda Sefton, Sabbatical Officer of UJS, met Hilary Benn MP to discuss national and local issues for the Jewish community. 
 
President Marie van der Zyl was interviewed by David Mintz on Sunday Night Live, a weekly online programme of Prestwich Hebrew Congregation. You can listen here.
 
President Marie van der Zyl delivered a presentation to Shenley United Synagogue. 
 
President Marie van der Zyl delivered a presentation to the Jewish Small Communities Network leaders meeting. 

Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby joined a call with London Jewish Forum stakeholders to work on the Jewish Manifesto for the upcoming London Mayoral and London Assembly elections.

Director of Operations Judy Silkoff and Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles met Lisa Steele and Louise Hager from Chai Cancer Care to discuss future areas of collaboration.

Joint Chief Executives of the Jewish Leadership Council, Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes presented to the Board of Deputies professional staff team in a “Bitesize Training” session about the work the JLC undertakes. The training session also helps to strengthen the working relationship between the two organisations.

Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles and Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan, met Esty Bruck from The Friendship Circle to discuss future areas of work together.
INTERNATIONAL
President Marie van der Zyl spoke on a panel with Past Presidents Jonathan Arkush and Vivian Wineman at the Zionist Federation's biennial on the experiences of navigating support for Israel as the head of a representative organisations. 
 
Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb attended the Commonwealth Jewish Council's Communities' Advisory Group for Europe.
 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a seminar hosted by Britain Israel Trade Union Dialogue and We Believe in Israel entitled “Changing the debate about Israel in UK trade unions” which included speakers such as Peter Lerner, Executive Director of International from Israel’s TUC, the Histadrut and former MP and trade union official Ruth Smeeth. 
CORONAVIRUS
President Marie van der Zyl and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg joined a call with Faiths Minister Lord Greenhalgh and Charedi community leaders to discuss ways of promoting coronavirus compliance.
POLITICAL
Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman met Nusrat Ghani MP and staffers to discuss next steps regarding a genocide amendment to the Trade Bill
INTERFAITH
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg met Marie Southall, his counterpart at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to discuss matters of common interest and concern.
 
 
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