Constituency Labour Party (CLP) branches who debate motions which deny Labour’s problem with antisemitism do nothing more than encourage more antisemitism. These motions encourage Jew-baiting and are entirely unacceptable. Following many calls from Jewish Labour Party members, we call for any CLP who passes motions like ones we have seen in Sheffield Hallam and Hackney North to be immediately suspended. Any CLP which passes a motion denying the existence of antisemitism or suggesting that it a plot should have swift and firm action taken against it.
Councillors have voted unanimously to adopt a clear and strong stance against antisemitism.
We have agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
Our Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, who tabled a motion before Full Council, said: “I thought we had left this kind of racism behind a long time ago and I have been quite horrified and saddened by the evidence that antisemitism still exists.
“We must be unequivocal in expressing our distaste for antisemitism and I am delighted that councillors from all parties voted to pass the motion unanimously.
“Together, local politicians in South Lakeland are united in condemning antisemitism, wishing to make it perfectly clear that this kind of bigotry and racism has no place in British society.
“This motion sends a strong, cross-party message on this issue to Jewish communities and all who experience hate crime.”
Cllr Archibald’s motion was seconded by Cllr David Webster, Labour member for Ulverston East.
We voted to adopt the IHRA definition following consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).
Marc Levy, North West regional manager at the JLC, said: “We are delighted that South Lakeland District Council has unanimously adopted the IHRA definition on antisemitism.
“Jewish communities know it is vital there is a clear and practical definition that will allow us to fight antisemitism in all its forms. I look forward to continuing to work with South Lakeland District Council as we continue to make strides in this area.”
Jewish community welcomes Government move to proscribe Hizballah in its entirety
Reacting to the announcement of the Government’s move to proscribe antisemitic, terrorist organisation Hizballah in its entirety, Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and David Delew, Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust, said:
“We welcome the Home Secretary’s move to proscribe Hizballah in full. The Jewish community, including our organisations and leading community newspapers, have long led the call for this ban.
“Hizballah was responsible for the deaths of 85 people in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires and remains a threat to Jewish communities around the world, launching deadly attacks against civilians in Israel and Bulgaria and planning for attacks in other places such as Cyprus.
“The group’s genocidal intentions towards world Jewry were made clear in 1992 when they stated, “The war is on until Israel ceases to exist and the last Jew in the world has been eliminated”.
“The case against Hizballah has grown as the world has witnessed the terrorist organisation's widespread and active complicity in the wanton slaughter of civilians in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
“The previously held false distinction, between the ‘political’ and ‘military’ wings, was denied by even the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah, who said that, "The story of military wing and political wing is the work of the British".
“This has led to a situation where Hizballah supporters were free to parade the flags of this antisemitic terrorist organisation on the streets of London. following today’s announcement, we call on all of the relevant authorities to ensure that this will no longer be tolerated.
“The Government, and in particular the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary, have our thanks for their leadership on this issue and we encourage other countries to follow suit. We would hope that all political parties would back this measure to secure our community and the rest of the UK from the murderous, antisemitic terrorists of Hizballah. It is customary for terrorism proscriptions to be supported on a cross-party basis and we call on MPs and peers to back the motions in both Houses of Parliament this week.”
JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein said:
“I want to commend the courage of my friend Ian Austin. Today he took the brave and difficult step in leaving the Labour Party. Ian, the son of a Holocaust survivor, has been unflinching in his support against growing antisemitism in this country. He joins other MPs who resigned on Monday and Joan Ryan, another stalwart ally of our community, on Wednesday. The Labour Party has forced allies like Ian and Joan to choose between their British values and anti-racism and a narrow partisanship that promotes anti-Jewish racism. They are both on the right side of history in saying loudly and clearly that neither of them will continue to be bystanders to the hate emanating from the Labour leadership.”
In March 2018, following the publication of historical allegations concerning the activities and departure in 2013 of the previous Chief Executive, Jeremy Newmark, the Trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council (‘JLC’) appointed an Independent Review Panel (‘the Panel’) to investigate the matter. The Panel comprised Dawn Freedman, a retired judge, Derek Zissman, a former Vice Chairman of the professional services group KPMG, and Michael Scott, a solicitor at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The members of the Panel subsequently appointed the independent forensic accountants Crowe UK LLP to assist with their review.
The Terms of Reference were agreed with the Charity Commission:
- To consider the decisions taken by the 2013 Trustees in relation to the allegations raised in the 2013 Internal Report and Mr Newmark’s resignation and whether all decisions were reasonable and were taken in the best interests of the JLC.
- To consider the question of the financial irregularities revealed by the 2013 Internal Report and consider if the JLC suffered a material loss in 2013.
- To undertake a review to ensure that the current internal financial processes of the JLC in 2018 are adequate and fit for purpose.
The Independent Review Panel’s report was delivered to both the Charity Commission and the Trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council on 31 January 2019.
Today, the JLC is publishing on its website the Panel’s Report together with the JLC’s response to the Panel’s recommendations; the JLC is also making available the statement received from Jeremy Newmark, the JLC’s former CEO.
Commenting, the JLC’s Chairman, Jonathan Goldstein, said:
“I would like to start by expressing our sincere gratitude to the whistle blower. Their bravery in highlighting serious concerns was a great service to the charity and the wider community.
I would also like to thank the Independent Panel for their time, expertise and care in undertaking this in-depth review to ensure that we fully understand what lessons can be learned.
The 2013 Trustees are outstanding leaders in our community, giving countless hours of their time and making significant contributions to the charity. Many of them created the JLC in order to help ensure the continuity in the UK, in this and future generations, of a vibrant and secure mainstream Jewish community. The Panel’s Report acknowledges that the 2013 Trustees always acted in what they believed were in the best interests of the charity.
The 2013 Trustees were let down by Jeremy Newmark. In him, they placed their trust in running the organisation.
Since the independent forensic accountants provided information that was not known to the 2013 Trustees, the JLC has now referred the matters raised in the Crowe Report relating to potentially questionable expenditure, to the police. The Trustees have also determined to put the JLC’s audit out to tender and is taking legal advice on other civil remedies that might be available to it.
The Panel has concluded that there were deficiencies in the charity’s processes in 2012 and 2013. We accept the findings of the Panel as well as the recommendations; all of which we are implementing in full or have already implemented.
The JLC has worked tirelessly to unite the community, to represent its concerns, and promote collaboration in order to provide solutions to the long term strategic challenges we face. Never has there been a greater need for this charity and the work it does.
We are resolutely committed to continue serving our community, and to engage with the Charity Commission so we always stand the strongest light of scrutiny.”
Report of the Independent Review Panel
To read the full Report of the Independent Review Panel please click here (pdf).
To read the JLC Response to the Panel's Recommendations - please click here (pdf).
To read a statement from Jeremy Newmark, former CEO of the JLC, please click here (pdf).
JLC Chair, Jonathan Goldstein, has written to Chris Williamson MP regarding his signing of the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment.
You can read the full letter here.
On 22nd January 2019, 35 representatives from 20 Jewish residential care home providers came together at the NEC in Birmingham to discuss the future of Jewish residential elderly care in the UK.
The conference was organised by the JLC Elderly Care Commission, which was established in 2017.
Following sad news of Brian Kerner’s passing last night, JLC Chair, Jonathan Goldstein pays tribute:
Brian was driven by a love and commitment to British Jews and Israel, but also a passion for getting things done efficiently. He would always dryly observe that there were thousands of Jewish organisations in Britain, all replicating each other's work. Brian's lifelong push for cooperation and collaboration led him to have a hand in the creation of many of the institutions of UK Jewish life.
As chair of the United Israel Appeal, Brian led the merger with Jewish Continuity that created the UJIA. At the start of the second Intifada, he brought together different Jewish and pro-Israel organisations in a Cross-Community Coordination Group (CCG) to plan for the crisis, and ended establishing and helping to lead BICOM. As chair of the CCG, Brian was also involved in setting up the JLC itself.
Brian was one of the first Jewish leaders to recognise the threat of the anti-Israel boycott movement. He founded the Fair Play Campaign, the Jewish world's first standing anti-boycott umbrella group, and acted as its Co Chairman.
Anyone who worked with Brian will also remember his sharp wit, his occasionally-risqué sense of humour and his love of Arsenal football club. Brian was a dedicated fundraiser who was always willing to lend support of his time, his resources, his connections and his passion.
The British Jewish community was immensely enriched by Brian's work, and is poorer for his passing. I wish his wife Sylvia and family comfort and pray that his memory will be a blessing.
JLC PRESS RELEASE
Thursday 20th December 2018
JLC Board & Council of Membership Change
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that Gerald Ronson CBE has agreed to lead, jointly with Lord Feldman, the national fundraising effort for the Memorial to the Holocaust and Learning Centre. Following this announcement, the Jewish Leadership Council (‘JLC’) has been informed that Gerald Ronson CBE is stepping down from the JLC’s Board and Council of Membership to focus on his new role; the changes are with immediate effect.
Commenting, Jonathan Goldstein, JLC Chairman said:
“On behalf of everyone at the JLC, I would like to thank Gerald for the tremendous contribution he has made to the JLC since the organisation was founded in 2003. Gerald is one of the greatest leaders in our community and has been an unparalleled mentor for me and so many others.”
Gerald Ronson CBE, commented:
“As 2019 approaches, I have been reviewing my business and Community commitments. I have agreed to support the Government in leading the fundraising campaign for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. I expect that this very important project will take a considerable amount of my time and, coupled with my role as Chairman of the Community Security Trust, the work of my Foundation, and my business interests, I believe that it is time for me to step down from the Jewish Leadership Council. The JLC plays a fundamental role in our community and I am proud to have been of service for the last 15 years; the JLC will continue to have my support and guidance whenever it is needed.”
Come and see the JLC at Limmud this year
JLC Chair, Jonathan Goldstein, will be at the following sessions:
Sunday 14.40, Orange 10: The future of the Jewish community
Jonathan Goldstein will be talking about the JLC plans for the future of the Jewish community including: antisemitism in the Labour Party, financial sustainability of the Jewish Community and welfare of the Jewish Community (social care and mental health).
Sunday 16.00, Red 1: Corbyn’s Labour and the American Democratic Party on Israel and the Jewish Community
On the panel: Andrew Gilbert Ella Rose Jonathan Goldstein Kenneth Bob
The British Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn has lost a lot of its Jewish support both around antisemitism and also as it has changed and continues to change its view of the Middle East - Israel/Palestine. Are there any similarities with trends in the Democrat Party in the USA? What are the influencing factors? Bibi? Trump? Internal? Campus? Ethnic?
Sunday 18.40, Orange 15: Wes Streeting of Ilford North - it used to be quite Jewish
On the panel: Marie van der Zyl Jonathan Goldstein Wes Streeting MP Adrian Cohen Daniel Carmel-Brown
Wes is one of the lead voices supporting us but also is the MP for Ilford North which was once the heart of the Jewish community but today is over 50% Muslim, Hindu, Sikh. What can the Jewish community learn from interfaith, interethnic interactions.
Claudia Mendoza, Director of Policy and Public Affairs will be at the following sessions:
Monday 17.30, Orange 15: Antisemitism, Brexit, Corbyn: an ABC of UK Jewish public policy
On the panel: Claudia Mendoza Philip Rosenberg
The key public policy professionals from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council look back on the main challenges facing the Jewish community in 2018 and look ahead to what to expect in 2019. They will be seeking your input in to how the community should respond to the key issues of the day.