Board of Deputies Community Briefing

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Board of Deputies complaint over Sun article is backed by over 100 MPs
More than 100 MPs have supported the Board of Deputies’ complaint about an article in the Sun written by Trevor Kavanagh, in which he used language redolent of the Nazis to describe Britain’s Muslim communities.

The Board of Deputies sent in a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation about the article and its reference to “The Muslim Problem” which harks back to the Nazis’ use of the phrase “The Jewish Problem”

The  letter to The Sun’s editor – signed by 107 MPs – was organised by the Labour MP Naz Shah and includes prominent politicians, including former Cabinet ministers.

The MPs wrote “There is little doubt (especially with the capitalisation of the three words) that Kavanagh was intentionally comparing Muslims to the “The Jewish Problem”: a phrase used in the last century, to which the Nazis responded with the “Final Solution” – the Holocaust, as outlined by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in their complaint letter to IPSO”.

Read our united Jewish-Muslim response to Trevor Kavanagh’s article in the Sun by clicking on the image below.

Warning on antisemitic behaviour at Tottenham
v Chelsea this weekend

The Board of Deputies, together with Action against Discrimination, have once again called on Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC, The FA and Metropolitan Police to remind supporters about their conduct and behaviour, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match between the two sides at Wembley.

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and Vice President Marie van der Zyl said: “Sick racist chanting of the type heard at this year’s FA Cup Semi Final has been an enduring part of the football scene in this country for far too long now.

“It is a criminal offence and any perpetrators should be arrested and feel the full force of the law.”

AAD chairman Jonathan Metliss said: “A new football season is upon us and sadly the issue of the matter of antisemitism in the game still persists.

“Action Against Discrimination and the relevant authorities are doing their utmost to curtail it. It must be eradicated.”

The Board of Deputies is recruiting a new office manager

The Board of Deputies is recruiting an Office Manager.

This role will involve taking responsibility for key office functions and providing administrative support to enable the smooth running of the organisation.

For more details about the role and how to apply, please click here.

Board of Deputies Activity

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.

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