Board con­flict over Deputy’s Gaza view

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL EASTERMAN

A BOARD of Deputies mem­ber has been been ac­cused of racism over com­ments made on the Gaza con­flict.

Antony Co­hen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil, told the Board’s meet­ing on Sun­day: “I’m go­ing to lay my cards on the ta­ble, I don’t care about any Pales­tini­ans, I only care about the Jewish peo­ple in this coun­try and in Is­rael. We are fac­ing a tremen­dous dan­ger.”

The com­ment prompted 10 deputies to launch a code of con­duct com- plaint for racism fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

The com­plaint ac­cused Mr Co­hen of vi­o­lat­ing the Board’s code on dis­crim­i­nat­ing against others and added that his re­marks could “con­sti­tute in­cite­ment to racial ha­tred” .

De­spite re­peated calls to the Leeds Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil and the Board of Deputies, Mr Co­hen was not avail­able for com­ment.

A spokesman for the Board said: “We are aware of the com­plaint and the mat­ter has been re­ferred to our con­sti­tu­tional com­mit­tee who will meet to ex­am­ine it.

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