This week Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is touring Israel to promote business between Israel and the United Kingdom, in particular between London and Tel Aviv.
As part of the Mayor of London’s visit to Tel Aviv, a reception was held by UK Trade & Investment featuring Boris Johnson and the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huladi, on Monday night.
LJF Director, Joe Vinson, attended the reception in Tel Aviv, and was pleased to hear the Mayor of London say that he was once again looking forward to lighting Europe’s biggest Menorah in London for Chanukah in the Square.
On Thursday 15th October 2015, Wes Streeting – Member of Parliament for Ilford North, took part in a Q&A with Jewish voters at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre in association with the London Jewish Forum.
For full coverage of what the audience asked Wes and how he answered (including how Wes wants to support the community, his views on faith schools, Israel and Jeremy Corbyn’s relationship with the Jewish community) please take a look at our Storify of the event here. You can also view an article written about the event by the Jewish Chronicle here.
Joe Vinson, Director of the London Jewish Forum, said: “It is really important for politicians of all political parties and at all levels of politics to understand the issues affecting Jewish communities across London. I am pleased that so many Jewish voters took part in this Q&A with Wes Streeting MP, and I would like to thank Wes for taking the time to learn about and understand the issues that Jewish residents in Ilford North feel so strongly about.”
LJF would like to thank everybody who came to the event, and thank the Redbridge JCC for hosting the Q&A. We plan to hold regular events like this one regularly in constituencies across London – giving Jewish communities access to their representatives.
Adrian Cohen, chair of the London Jewish Forum, has announced the appointment of Joe Vinson as the new Director of the forum.
Joe is an activist with vast experience in political campaigning, public affairs, and the third sector. In the past, Joe has served as one of the youngest councillors in the country, as well as leading Cornwall College Students’ Union as the elected sabbatical President for two years from 2011 – 2013. After his tenure at Cornwall College, Joe was elected as the full-time National Union of Students Vice President (Further Education) and subsequently re-elected in 2014. Notably, whilst at NUS, Joe worked closely with the Union of Jewish Students to tackle antisemitism and BDS. Since leaving student politics, Joe has worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to Wes Streeting MP, and as the editorial assistant for the Progress think-tank.
Adrian said that ‘We are very pleased to welcome Joe to the forum. Joe’s appointment is timely. He brings with him a wealth of experience as well as energy to the forum, which will be particularly relevant to the exciting period ahead of us with the election of the new Mayor of London and the London Assembly elections.’
The London Jewish Forum welcomes the nominations of Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan as candidates to be Mayor of London and congratulates them on being selected.
The LJF looks forward to ensuring that the views of London’s thriving Jewish community play a full part in the London mayoral election, and to engaging with the candidates as the campaign progresses.
Golders Green Together, led by the London Jewish Forum, The Board of Deputies of British Jews and HOPE Not Hate, is delighted to hear that the anticipated far-right provocation in Golders Green has been moved away from the area. We would like to thank the Police for all they have done to ensure the safety of local residents was prioritised and that community life in one of Britain’s most diverse areas was safeguarded.
The CST and various campaigning groups who have made representations on this matter should be praised in full, as should the voices of every local resident, every shop owner and every outraged resident that has demanded their voice be heard. Our campaign has fought to underline that community spirit and unification can undermine voices of hate and discrimination, we are delighted with this result.
Adrian Cohen, Chair of London Jewish Forum said: “We are delighted that common sense has prevailed and that a fringe group seeking to spread hate have been banned from demonstrating. The spirit in which the local community have coalesced around our Golders Green Together campaign has been fantastic and underlines the message that there is no place for hate in our communities.”
Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “The sad little gathering of Nazi admirers was rejected by Golders Green Together and has now been forced out of Golders Green altogether. Our community and many others stood together in unity, pride and strength and we have won. Our Shabbat will be one of shalom, just as it always should be.”
Golders Green Together will proceed with its decorating initiative on the 3rd of July, especially as the far-right groups are still planning to protest in Central London. We will not let those who seek to spread hate divide us, we will stand together as one community.
Yesterday, the London Jewish Forum met with Holocaust survivors living in London who were keen to show their support for our ‘Golders Green Together’ campaign. Around 15 survivors were joined by carers to have their photos taken with our placards. It is a great privilege for us to have had the opportunity to meet with them, let alone have them support this campaign.
At 12,30pm on the 8th June 2015, the London Jewish Forum launched its joint campaign with HOPE Not Hate and the Board of Deputies of British Jews under the banner of ‘Golders Green Together’.
The campaign provides a community-led response to the anticipated far-right presence in the area at the beginning of July. Leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds stood together in front of our banner to stand united and to celebrate the diversity of this wonderful city. Mike Freer, MP for Golders Green and Finchley, and Andrew Dismore, London Assembly Member for Barnet, were both in attendance.
Adrian Cohen, Chair of London Jewish Forum, said, “It was fantastic to see such great support from leaders across the communities of Golders Green. We’d like to thank all who turned up for the launch of this initiative, in particular our local elected representatives. Today’s launch underlines the enthusiastic spirit with which we will aim to ensure the voice of Golders Green’s diverse community is heard.”
As many people will be aware, a tiny group of Nazi supporters have decided to target the Jewish community of Golders Green. They intend to hold a protest in Golders Green on 4 July. Their aim is to spread fear and division, to fracture the peace and good neighbourliness that exists between our communities and to insult the memory of those who died at the hands of their murderous forebears.
Golders Green Together is a joint initiative launched by the London Jewish Forum as well as the national anti-fascist organisation HOPE not hate. This initiative is also being supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and has been fully discussed with Community Security Trust.
We believe that the most effective response we can have to this provocation is to show our communities reject the politics of hatred, and instead stand together.
We have planned a series of dignified and appropriate activities in response to the demonstration showing that Golders Green’s communities won’t be divided.
How can you help?
- On Tuesday 9th June, we will be launching #GoldersGreenTogether urging local community members to take photographs together holding a slogan: ‘Golders Green Together’
- Using social media, people will be able to upload and share their diverse photos representing this slogan in a declaration of unity
- On Sunday 21 June we will be leafleting door to door across Golders Green sharing a message of HOPE and urging our communities to continue to work together. If you want to help distribute leaflets then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- On the morning of Friday 3 July we will be encouraging the community to join in decorating Golders Green with ribbons (in gold and green to represent Golders Green) to show we are a strong, diverse and united community. To get involved with this please email email@example.com
- To provide a positive response to this attack on our community, we are planning a tabloid style eight page community newspaper. We are looking for current ‘good news stories’ which celebrate the diversity and inclusion of Golders Green. If you would like to contribute to this paper please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing the momentum of this positive campaign growing over the next few weeks. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter @GG_Together or email email@example.com to join our mailing list.