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Jewish media round-up

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-03-05

Jewish media

Jewish media

Each week SJ editor Leslie Bunder looks at some of the stories that the print Jewish media are reporting by delving into their front pages, news sections and features and adding his own additional comment.

The Jewish Chronicle and The Jewish News report on the aftermath following The Board of Deputies taking action against Ken Livingstone and his Nazi jibe remark to a Jewish journalist. The Board remain adamant that it is something that had to be done while others in the community feel it was not in the best interests of the community. "“My feeling in relation to the incident [with Mr Finegold] was that it was clearly offensive. It would have been better if he had apologised, but I question the wisdom of turning it into a major public incident," said Institute for Jewish Policy Research director Tony Lehrman.

Meanwhile, The Board has revealed it has received "dozens" of anti-Semitic emails following the verdict that saw Ken being suspended by the Adjudication Panel for England

LB adds: There are certainly far more important issues The Board should get involved in rather than the off-the-cuff comment Ken made. They took action against Ken for all the wrong reasons, rather it was a long running issue The Board has against him that made them want to take the issue further than it needed to be.

The ongoing battle to the name JNF in the UK between the KKL in Israel and its former associate British JNF continues.  The Jewish Chronicle writes: "Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael this week turned up the heat in its conflict with former British associate JNF. The two sides have been wrangling for months over the right to use the names JNF and Jewish National Fund in Britain, amid stalled attempts at mediation."

LB adds: Sometimes you just want to bang the heads together of Jewish people so that they can achieve some dialogue and work out their differences. Meanwhile, if you want to support an Israeli charity or cause, then send your support direct to them.

The Jewish Leadership Council, which late last year announced its first director by appointing Jeremy Newmark former PR for the Chief Rabbi, has elected its first executive. The Jewish Chronicle reports that Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald is heading it up as chair with six other members: Labour Party stalwart Lord Levy, motoring industry mogul Sir Trevor Chinn, Community Security Trust chairman Gerald Ronson, United Jewish Israel Appeal chairman Michael Davis, World Jewish Relief chairman Nigel Layton and Reform movement chairman Michael Grabiner.

Jeremy Newmark, recently appointed as the council’s first full-time director, said: "We have developed a structure that blends openness, accountability and best practice in corporate governance with a flexibility to operate in the modern world."

LB adds: Another Jewish group, but will they actually manage to do anything different or better than what else is being achieved. Do we need yet more Jewish groups, or should existing bodies be better structured to make them run in the real interests of the community?

The Jewish Chronicle gets an opportunity to talk with BBC director general Mark Thompson, but it is a rather lack lustre interview that is only focused on the Middle East and BBC coverage of it. The follows a recent visit to the area by Thompson.

LB says: Would have been good to ask him about BBC policy on covering religion and how Jewish interests are represented.

Following attacks on Jewish pupils going to Hasmonean School in north west London, The Jewish News reports that parents and teachers are calling on the police to give extra protection. Recently one pupil was beaten with a baseball bat.