Ahead of the Parliamentary debate on antisemitism today, we say “enough is enough”. A message from the Jewish community and friends #EnoughIsEnough
“The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council have a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and Jennie Formby on Tuesday 24th April, to discuss a set of specific actions, which we have already proposed and published, and which can help the Labour Party tackle its antisemitism problem.
After we have had our meeting with Mr Corbyn on 24th April, we will have seen whether he and the Labour Party have committed to taking the action we need against antisemitism.
Leaders of the Jewish community have issued a letter in response to Jeremy Corybn.
Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, have issued a joint reply in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s letter and request for a meeting.
The letter can be read here.
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The Charity Commission has today approved the Terms of Reference for the JLCs Independent Review Panel, to review the historical allegations within the JLC.
The JLC is today publishing the Terms of Reference and the Panel will now commence its work.
To read the Terms of Reference please click here.
In protest against Jeremy Corbyn’s systematic failure to understand and deal with antisemitism, Jewish community leaders will hand deliver a letter to tomorrow’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).
The Jewish community has had enough of repeatedly witnessing and condemning instances of antisemitism in and around the Labour Party.
The latest example, concerning Jeremy Corbyn having previously supported a public mural, despite it being antisemitic, is yet another repeat of what we have seen so many times before. He never sees or understands the antisemitism, whether it is from overseas terrorist groups or local Facebook groups. Now, he belatedly acknowledges a mural was antisemitic. Like so much else in this area, it is far too little, far too late, with no serious attempt to understand or tackle the damage to Jews and the Labour Party. We will be gathering at 5.30pm tomorrow in Parliament Square to address concerned members of the Jewish community before making our way to the meeting of the PLP at 6pm.
To read the full letter click here.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council last night launched a paper entitled Brexit and the Jewish Community which seeks to outline the opportunities and challenges Brexit presents to the Jewish community.
Below is a statement by FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn following a meeting this morning between Martin Glenn; Funke Awoderu, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Manager at the FA; Simon Johnson of the Jewish Leadership Council; and Dave Rich of CST.
This morning’s meeting was arranged following Mr Glenn’s comments last week in which he bracketed together the Star of David with the Swastika and other symbols. CST and the JLC contacted the FA as soon as his comments became publicly known and we welcomed the opportunity to discuss this issue with Martin in person today. We used the meeting to explain why his comments caused particular offence to the Jewish community, as part of a broader discussion about the problem of antisemitism in sport and in wider society.
We emphasised the need to ensure that this incident does not overshadow the FA’s efforts to encourage people of all faith backgrounds to take part in football, and we agreed to continue to work together to promote inclusion and combat discrimination in the game.
Statement from Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of the Football Association:
“I want to take this opportunity to apologise again for the offence caused when I referenced political and religious symbols in football, specifically when I mentioned the Star of David.
I would like to make it clear to all of our clubs with Jewish players, coaches, officials and volunteers that the Laws of the Game, which are set out by the International Football Association Board [IFAB], do permit the use of the Star of David if it is used on the crest of the shirt.
As an organisation more broadly, we actively promote faith inclusion through football. We have developed a series of resources to support the game, such as an annual Faith in Football Calendar, providing guidance to grassroots football on fixtures and respecting Jewish religious observance. We also produce a practical guide to spirituality, faith and football which we share with County FAs, faith communities, grassroots and professional club. In addition we have long standing and important relationships with the Community Security Trust which supports our disciplinary and education work with participants in the game – the ‘Quenelle’ case involving Nicholas Anelka in 2013 is a great example of this – as well as Maccabi GB, the Jewish community’s primary sports body which continues to continue to offer guidance and support around Jewish matters related to faith.”
The Jewish Leadership Council and UJIA will give grants of up to £500 for local events to mark Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel 70) this year.
The communal activity fund will give grants to synagogues, youth groups, schools and other Jewish communal organisations who plan to mark Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
Applications are being welcomed from the 12th March and close on the 30th March 2018. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis and will be available to download by clicking here.
Following the apology issued by Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of the FA, JLC CEO Simon Johnson issued this statement:
"I spoke to Martin Glenn today. I explained why his comments yesterday had caused such serious offence. Martin apologised, explained the context for his comments and stated that he did not intend to cause offence, which I accepted. We have agreed to meet soon along with the CST. I have thanked the FA for their apology and I am glad that this has been dealt with swiftly."