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The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

A MO­TION to re­move Danny Rich, the se­nior rabbi and CEO of Lib­eral Ju­daism, as a pa­tron of the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion (ZF) has been de­feated at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s bi­en­nial meet­ing.

The mo­tion called for his re­moval on the grounds that Lib­eral Ju­daism had al­lowed the Jews for Jus­tice for Pales­tini­ans group to hold an event at its head­quar­ters, the Mon­tagu Cen­tre.

Rabbi Rich also pro­voked anger among some when he hosted a Shab­bat din­ner with Jeremy Cor­byn and Jewish Voice For Labour co-chair Jenny Man­son.

In a dou­ble-blow to the ZF’s right wing, its pre­ferred can­di­date, Jonathan Hoff­man, was also de­feated in his bid to oust Paul Char­ney as the chair­man. A pro­gres­sive bloc con­sist­ing of the Jewish Labour Move­ment (JLM), Lib­eral Ju­daism, LJY-Net­zer and Ma­sorti Ju­daism later voted down Mr Hoff­man’s mo­tion against Rabbi Rich.

Mr Hoff­man claimed that one of the speak­ers, Jeff Halper of the Is­rael Com­mit­tee Against House De­mo­li­tions, breached the IHRA def­i­ni­tion of an­ti­semitism by speak­ing in sup­port of a one-state so­lu­tion to the Is­rael-Pales­tine con­flict. He wrote on Face­book: “This is an­ti­semitic (see IHRA which Rabbi Danny Rich

says that ‘Deny­ing the Jewish peo­ple their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion’ is an­ti­semitic). ‘One State’ would mean the end of Is­rael as a Jewish State.

“The fun­da­men­tal ex­pres­sion of Zion­ism is the Jerusalem Pro­gramme. All Of­fi­cers and Pa­trons of the ZF must de­clare ad­her­ence to it.

“The Jerusalem Pro­gramme says that one of the foun­da­tions of Zion­ism is the bond of the Jewish peo­ple to its his­toric home­land in the State of Is­rael and the cen­tral­ity of that State and Jerusalem in the life of the na­tion. An­other foun­da­tion is strength­en­ing Is­rael as a Jewish, Zion­ist and demo­cratic state.

“Host­ing a ‘One Stater’ and deny­ing that ‘One State’ is an­ti­semitic clearly vi­o­lates the Jerusalem Pro­gramme. Rich claims to ac­cept the Jerusalem Pro­gramme but his con­duct tells a dif­fer­ent story.”

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