Senior Vice President Richard Verber this week released a statement in solidarity with American Jewish Organisations and others taking a stand against the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville. He said: “How can it be that in 21st century America, you have extremists openly chanting racist and antisemitic slogans and mowing down peaceful protesters in car-ramming attacks of the sort we have seen recently in London? We express our solidarity with the victims of violence and echo the calls of our American counterparts for unequivocal condemnation of this violence.”
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and International Relations Officer David Walshattended the Jewish Civil Servants Network’s summer social event.
Phil Rosenberg met the Department of Communities and Local Government’s new Director of Integration, Hardip Begol, to discuss integration, extremism and community cohesion.
Phil Rosenberg met Alex Fenton, Director of Public Affairs to the Senior Rabbi of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, to discuss public policy and interfaith relations.
The Government this week acknowledged the role of the Board of Deputies in the Scottish Government’s adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism. In reply to a parliamentary question by Paul Masterton MP, Marcus Jones, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: “We welcome the recent decision of the Scottish Governnment to accept the IHRA definition of antisemitism, following discussions between them and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.”
Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met Amy Wagner from the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism to discuss plans for the year and opportunities for cooperation.
Joel Salmon will be appearing on a panel alongside Baroness Ruth Deech, NUS Vice President Izzy Lenga and UJS President Josh Holt to debate antisemitism at British universities. To book your place at the event at Edgware United Synagogue. Click here or call 020 8958 7508.