First Israeli-Palestinian 'Invest in Peace' events with national church announced
Everyone is invited to join the first series of events – involving leading journalist Jonathan Freedland – in the Board of Deputies' highly anticipated partnership with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Hosted by Orthodox and Reform synagogues, in partnership with Methodist and URC churches, this new initiative invites communities to come together to support Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding.
In March 2002, Robi Damelin’s son, David, was shot by a Palestinian sniper. He was 28 years old. In January 2007, Bassam Aramin's 10-year-old daughter, Abir, was shot by an Israeli soldier. As a result of their experiences, Robi and Bassam joined The Parents Circle – Families Forum, which is renowned for its work to promote peace and reconciliation. Now, on a rare visit to London, Robi and Bassam will address audiences at three events. Food and drinks will be served at each. Tickets are free, but registration is essential through the links below:
West Hampstead, 9 May 7pm:hampstead.eventbrite.co.uk
Central London (with The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland), 10 May 12:15pm:hindestreet.eventbrite.co.uk
Muswell Hill, 10 May 7pm:muswellhillevent.eventbrite.co.uk
For further information, please contact Interfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff, on
Supporters warned over antisemitic chanting ahead of FA Cup semi-final
The Board of Deputies together with Action against Discrimination (AAD) have called on Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC, The FA and Metropolitan Police to come to together and take a stand against racist singing and chanting ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final between the two clubs.
While the two clubs, along with the police and footballing authorities are aware of the problem, Board of Deputies and AAD are asking for all parties to remind fans ahead of the game at Wembley Stadium via their social media platforms, that there is a zero tolerance approach towards racism in football and that offenders will be treated severely.
AAD chairman Jonathan Metliss said: “It’s about time that the vile chanting from the Chelsea supporters towards Tottenham Hotspur supporters is brought to an end. AAD is endeavouring to ensure that this will not take place at the forthcoming Chelsea vs Spurs FA Cup semi-final and to the extent that it does, all offenders should be appropriately dealt with.”
Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and Vice President Marie van der Zyl said: “Sick racist chanting 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.”