The JLC Chief Executive brings a weekly video update on the week's events.
In his weekly video blog this week, JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson talks from Jerusalem about Jewish Legacy Month, which the JLC are the key sponsor this year. To find out more visit http://www.jewishlegacy.org.uk/
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.
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.
JLC CEO Simon Johnson speaks about the shameful protests at Haringey Council regarding the adoption of the IHRA definition.