Relive the past week on jewishnews.co.uk with our top-seven must-read stories from the past seven days…
Scroll down to read our pick of this week’s stories, which include; tributes to Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel who has passed away aged 95, Jeremy Corbyn supporters being unhappy about Tracy Breaks the News’ latest sketch, an attendee of the controversial ‘Kaddish for Gaza’ apologising, Argentina pulling out of a friendly against Israel, and a human rights charity for Palestinians being accused of ‘racial hatred.
1) Corbyn fans angry over BBC sketch mocking handling of Labour’s anti-Semitism row
Jeremy Corbyn supporters reacted with anger to a BBC comedy sketch poking fun at his handling of Labour’s anti-Semitism row. The skit, shown on the new series of Tracy Breaks the News, shows impressionist Tracey Ullman as Corbyn trying to appease an Orthodox-Jewish man irate at the Labour leader’s failure to “do more about the anti-Semites.” Corbyn responds: “I hear you. I’m all over it like cream cheese on a bagel.”
2) OPINION – Jenni Frazer: Nothing deflates a mad Corbynista like being laughed at:
“In the absence of a statement from the Board of Deputies denouncing something, I’d like to thank Tracey Ullman for proving a point. And to praise David Baddiel for confronting anti-Semitism. And to note, as Chaplin and Mel Brooks amply demonstrated, that nothing deflates pomposity like being laughed at.”
3) Israel tour leader keeps job after apologising for calling Hamas deaths ‘murder’
A youth group leader who took part in the Kaddish for Gaza event has apologised for describing deaths during the border demonstrations as “murder” – as it was confirmed she will still lead Israel tour this summer. A statement said Reform’s senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner “has been working with her over the past two weeks, to help her understand the ramifications of her actions.
4) Heartfelt tributes to Gena Turgel: ‘A shining light has gone out and will never be replaced’
Holocaust educators paid tribute to Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel who sadly passed away this week aged 95. Born in Kraków, Poland on 1 February 1923, she survived Paszov, Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen, where she met her husband, Norman Turgel, an English soldier who helped liberate the camp. Karen Pollock, CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust said: “We will continue to educate future generations in her name, ensuring her story and those of millions of others is never forgotten. A shining light has gone out today and will never be replaced.”
Listen to Gena Turgel’s story in her own words:
5) ‘Threats’ to Lionel Messi caused Argentina to cancel Israel game
Argentina have pulled out of a friendly against Israel in Jerusalem following “threats and provocations” towards captain Lionel Messi. The Palestinian Football Association – which had called on Argentina to pull out of the game – said in a statement that the friendly had been called off. Official confirmation followed from both the Argentina Football Association (AFA) and Embassy of Israel in Argentina, which detailed the allegations in relation to Barcelona star Messi.
6) Medical Aid For Palestinians’ anger at ‘racial hatred of Jews’ complaint
Lawyers in the UK and US have filed a formal complaint against Medical Aid for Palestinians with the Charity Commission, accusing it of “racial hatred of Jews”, charges which MAP rejects. The 17-page report, submitted this week, alleges that the charity has links to Palestinian terrorist groups, promotes anti-Semitic material and uses its funds for political propaganda.
7) Chelsea take 140 fans and staff on Auschwitz educational trip
Chelsea Football Club took more than 140 supporters and staff on a trip to Auschwitz on Tuesday as part of its Say No To Antisemitism programme. Simon Taylor, Head of the Chelsea Foundation, said: “This important Part of our Say No To Antisemitism campaign has left a deep impression on everyone who attended. It’s an incredibly emotional experience and one people will never forget.