BNEI AKIVA SPLIT?

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE Bri­tish branch of Ortho­dox Zion­ist youth move­ment Bnei Akiva is re-ex­am­in­ing its re­la­tion­ship with World BA af­ter the in­ter­na­tional group’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, Rabbi Noam Perel, held on to his job de­spite call­ing for a re­venge at­tack on Pales­tini­ans. The rabbi said the IDF should “take the foreskins of 300 Pales­tini­ans” in ret­ri­bu­tion for the killing of the three Is­raeli teenagers. The Bri­tish group, which con­demned the rabbi’s re­marks, could de­cide on its fu­ture in the next two weeks the con­flict. The ma­jor­ity of ques­tions posed to For­eign Sec­re­tary Wil­liam Hague dur­ing Mon­day’s 85-minute ses­sion fo­cused on whether the re­sponse to Ha­mas’ rocket at­tacks had been “dis­pro­por­tion­ate”. Re­peat­edly asked to con­demn Is­rael’s air strikes on Gaza in the strong­est terms, Mr Hague said he would not suc­cumb to “pres­sure to adopt totemic words”.

Among those de­fend­ing Is­rael’s right to self-de­fence were Labour’s Louise Ell­man and Tories Rob Hal­fon and Matthew Of­ford, who all high­lighted the rocket at­tacks faced by Is­raeli civil­ians.

Labour MP Gra­ham Jones apol­o­gised af­ter he posted a tweet ac­cus­ing a Bri­tish Jewish jour­nal­ist of “killing chil­dren” in Gaza. In re­sponse to a ques­tion from Jewish News re­porter Justin Co­hen about the con­flict, Mr Jones had writ­ten: “Mur­der is mur­der. There’s no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion on ei­ther side. You’ve lost any sense of hu­man­ity & jus­tice. You’re killing chil­dren.”

In Casablanca, Morocco, a rabbi was as­saulted. In Ger­many, pro-Ha­mas ral­lies took place and in The Hague, Hol­land, sev­eral hun­dred people blocked a street car­ry­ing signs which read: “Stop do­ing what Hitler did to you.”

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A pro­tester wields a rocket adorned with swastikas dur­ing an an­tiIs­rael rally in the French cap­i­tal

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