The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

We re­gret Rabbi David Gold­berg’s res­ig­na­tion from the IJV steer­ing group ( JC, Novem­ber 16), for rea­sons per­sonal to him, but wish to cor­rect sev­eral mis­lead­ing state­ments.

Far from our en­thu­si­asm be­ing “dis­si­pated”, we con­tin­u­ally en­gage with the Jewish and wider worlds. Apart from pro­vid­ing speak­ers, con­tribut­ing ar­ti­cles and pre­par­ing a book, we have or­gan­ised a se­ries of suc­cess­ful pub­lic meet­ings where we pro­mote open and fair de­bate.

We do not re­gard, nor have we ever re­ferred to, the Board of Deputies as “the axis of evil”. Many of our sig­na­to­ries, in­clud­ing sev­eral rab­bis, are deeply in­volved in the Jewish com­mu­nity.

New sup­port­ers are sign­ing on and our en­thu­si­asm has spread to other coun­tries where sim­i­lar groups are form­ing. Clearly, we have struck a chord within the Jewish world — some­thing that our crit­ics should not dis­miss lightly. Ann Jung­man and eight oth­ers, IJV Steer­ing Com­mit­tee ann@barnowl­books.com

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