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Simon Johnson: The kind of culture we want to foster in our community. Thoughts on the Hippodrome and #MeToo

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Simon Johnson in the Jewish Telegraph: 11th October 2017

It is not often that I, as a Leeds United fan, would approvingly quote Gary Neville for an article.

But, switching my phone on after Yom Kippur on Saturday night, I came across a tweet which had already attracted and would continue to attract much comment and reaction.

He said “To have to drive past a place of worship and see a visible security presence in your home city is depressing”. He later confirmed that the “place of worship” to which he had referred was in Prestwich.

I have used my powers of deduction to work out that he must have been driving past the Shrubberies shul- the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, where I spent my first 21 Yamim Noraim. I assume he was driving from town up the Bury New Road to the junction with the M62 to travel to Huddersfield for their lunchtime game against Spurs. Shrubberies is the most visible place of worship on that route and he will clearly have seen the high level of both volunteer and police security for the Yom Kippur service.

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Simon Johnson interviews UJS President Josh Holt & Campaigns Manager Liron Velleman

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Video Blog: The 2017 Annual Meeting with the Prime Minister

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Simon Johnson with Nicola Richards on the JLCs work in the Regions

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Simon Johnson: The issue of antisemitism is having less and less to do with the situation in the Middle East

Last week’s official CST Antisemitic Incidents Report for the first six months of 2017 certainly made for grim reading.  A 30% increase on the same period in the previous year, which itself was a high from the year before that.

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JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson on the release of the latest CST Antisemitic Incidents report.

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Simon Johnson: Shameful protests against the IHRA definition at Haringey Council

JLC CEO Simon Johnson speaks about the shameful protests at Haringey Council regarding the adoption of the IHRA definition.

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Simon Johnson: UNESCO must be called out for trying to erase Jewish history

JLC CEO Simon Johnson speaks about the latest UNESCO vote against Israel and the history of the Jewish people.

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Simon Johnson: Call to Action in our fight against BDS and Delegitimization

JLC CEO Simon Johnson issues a call to action to help us in our efforts to push back on BDS and attempts to delegitimize Israel.

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