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Board of Deputies President warns Bristol University about ‘increasingly hysterical attacks’ on Jews by David Miller
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has warned Bristol University to act against the “increasingly hysterical attacks” on UK Jewish groups by sociology professor David Miller.

In a letter to Vice Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady, Marie van der Zyl said that Miller’s “increasingly hysterical attacks on British Jewish organisations are now raising the prospect of real physical harm”.

She added that some of his rants “would not look out of place on the pages of Der Stürmer”, the propaganda newspaper of Nazi Germany.

You can read the full letter here. The Jewish News report is here and the JC story is here.
Backing for report which calls on Government to bring in new laws to target extremists
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has expressed her support for a report by The Commission for Countering Extremism which calls on the Government to introduce new laws to target those engaging in hateful extremist activity which is not covered by existing legislation.

She said: “This report lays bare the shocking reality that Neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists are at liberty to encourage terrorist attacks and stir up racial hatred, so long as they follow certain loopholes in the law. We also commend the Commission’s exposé of platforms such as Gab, Parler and Telegram which facilitate the spread of far-right propaganda, and of toxic groups such as CAGE, whose senior leaders have advocated supporting violent jihad overseas. This cannot be allowed to continue and we welcome the Commission’s recommendations to Government, which should be implemented with urgency.”
 
This week, the Board of Deputies' Hidden Treasures shared this fabulous photo of the annual Purim fancy dress party held at the Jewish Recreational Club in Khartoum. The picture is from the Tales of Jewish Sudan archive, curated by Daisy Abboudi, and was taken around 1950. Jews from Sudan settled in Britain, Israel and the US. Check out more from Hidden Treasures here. The Board of Deputies wishes a happy and safe Purim to everyone who is celebrating
 
APPG on British Jews holds annual meeting
The APPG on British Jews, for which the Board of Deputies provides the secretariat, held its Annual General Meeting. Parliamentarians present were Christian Wakeford MP, Wes Streeting MP, Rob Halfon MP, Bob Blackman MP, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Charlotte Nichols MP, Jonathan Djanogly MP, Chris Clarkson MP, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Charlotte Nichols MP, Abena Oppong-Asare MP and Lord Palmer, as well as a representative from the office of Dr Lisa Cameron MP.

The APPG’s Parliamentary officers were re-elected and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman gave parliamentarians updates on a number of topics of interest to the Jewish community, including Covid-19 response, coroners/medical examiners, Online Harms, the plight of the Uyghurs and the situation with the University of Bristol.
 
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Lily Crane-Newman


After she finished school last year, Lily Crane-Newman went to New York to intern with Ola Eastern Long Island, a charity that advocates for equality for Latino immigrants in areas including school policies and inclusive Government. During this internship, she worked on a mental health project.

This was originally going to involve editing some videos together, however after a phone call, Lily decided to share her own story on camera.

Read the full article here.
 
 
 
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COMMUNITY
President Marie van der Zyl and Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger both presented at this year's Reshet conference on the theme of 'New Horizons'.

Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles and Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan met Owen Power, from the Board of National Officers for Liberal Judaism, to discuss inclusivity and representation.
 
Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles and Social Action and Interfaith Manager Anthony Silkoff met the Under 35 Observer from Finchley Progressive Synagogue, Elijah Michaels, to discuss future areas of collaboration.
 
Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles met the Deputy for World Jewish Relief, Annie Levy, to discuss the representation of the organisation.
INTERNATIONAL
Chief Executive Gillian Merron participated in a panel discussing “Social Cohesion: A Global Challenge – Different Perspectives – USA, UK, Germany”. The event was organised by the Forum of Foundations in Israel.

International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a webinar called 'The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism: Impact, Challenges and Best Practice' hosted by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, featuring a discussion with Professor Irwin Cotler, Canadian Special Envoy for Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism and Founder and Chair, The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Professor Dina Porat, The Kantor Center for the Study of European Jewry at Tel Aviv University and Chief Historian of Yad Vashem and Kenneth Marcus, Founder and Chairman, The Louis D. Brandeis Center For Human Rights Under Law and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Civil Rights. The panel also featured an address by Jacob Dallal, Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Government of Israel. 
 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended an event organised by the Government of Canada and the World Jewish Congress, together with the European Union and Israel, entitled 'Combating Antisemitism to Advance Human Rights for All', featuring Professor Irwin Cotler, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Noam Katz, Deputy Director General for Public Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Rabbi Rebecca Blady, Co-founder and Executive Director of Base Hillel, Berlin. 
EDUCATION
Vice President Amanda Bowman led a communal delegation to meet the Vice Chancellor and other senior leaders at Middlesex University, to discuss the IHRA definition and the wider relationship between the Jewish community and the University. Deputy Susan Pascoe, who is Associate Professor of Law at Middlesex University, and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg also attended.

The Board of Deputies has launched a questionnaire for Jewish academic and academic-related staff at universities to establish what help the Board of Deputies can provide to these staff and to find out what, if any, difficulties are faced in their own universities as a result of being Jewish. Please complete the questionnaire on the Board of Deputies website here.

Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger, together with David Collins and Tamar Berman from the United Synagogue, met Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education Susan Acland-Hood. Topics discussed included key challenges facing Jewish schools, vaccinations for teachers and school staff, religious freedoms, and universities adopting the IHRA definition.
 
Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger met Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP, in a meeting organised by the Jewish Leadership Council. Colleagues from PaJeS, the Union of Jewish Students and the London Jewish Forum also attended.
ANTISEMITISM
Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman gave a presentation on antisemitism – its history, common tropes and the importance of confronting it - to the staff of Telefónica, the multinational company which owns O2 in the UK 

Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman represented the Board of Deputies at the WJC’s monthly Communities Online Working Group meeting, which focuses on social media companies and efforts to combat antisemitism online.
CORONAVIRUS
Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger attended a briefing from the Greater London Authority on the disproportionate impact of Covid-19.
 

Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg met Michelle Ciffer of the Manchester Orthodox Jewish Forum to discuss policy issues relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
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