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UK School Inspectors Bully Orthodox Students with Sexual and Inappropriate Questions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Republished from Jewish Business News

The National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools in Great Britain (NAJOS) said it was “appalled” at reports that inspectors from Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools in England, left young girls “traumatized” after asking them if they had a boyfriend, how babies are made and whether they knew that two men could marry, Jewish News reported.

Apparently, the inspectors also “quizzed the girls on their views about Facebook and queried how they managed without a Smartphone.”

It began with three Jewish schools receiving surprise inspections in recent weeks, including a school in Manchester, where most of the complaints have originated.

NAJOS expressed “grave concerns” following reports from school administrators that Jewish girls “felt bullied into answering inspectors’ questions” and that students and staff have been feeling “traumatized and ashamed.”

NAJOS statement read: “Ofsted inspectors have been asking pupils inappropriate and challenging questions, many of which fall outside the religious ethos and principles at Orthodox Jewish faith schools.”

One 9th grade girl reported feeling “uncomfortable and upset” after inspectors started telling them that a “woman might choose to live with another woman and a man could choose to live with a man, it’s up to them.”

An 11th grade girl said: “They made us feel threatened about our religion. They asked ‘Do you have friends from other religions?’ They asked this many times until we answered what they wanted us to say. We felt very bullied.”

According to the NAJOS statement, in one inspection, 9-year old girls in an Orthodox Jewish primary school were asked whether they know how babies are made and whether they know any gays.

NAJOS director Jonathan Rabson: “This confrontational approach by inspectors is a worrying trend never been seen before in the UK Jewish community. We fear it suggests a shift in policy towards faith schools.”

There has been a growing suspicion in Great Britain, according to Jewish News, that religious schools are being targeted, after news broke this summer of Operation Trojan Horse, an organized attempt by Islamists to covertly co-opt schools in England.

So how did the Jews end up getting “inspected”?

In a letter to both Ofsted and Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, Jewish educators have argued that their students were being “disproportional targeted” and that “Jewish values and ethos are being questioned by inspectors in a climate of hostility designed to unsettle the pupils at member schools.”

Ofsted denied that Jewish schools were being singled out, according to Jewish News. Of the 4,000 inspections conducted this year, only ten were in Jewish schools, and only two of those were unannounced.

Ofsted did admit having inspected 12 independent Jewish schools, and three of those were surprise visits.

Ofsted’s Chief Operating Officer HMI Matthew responded to the horrified accusations saying: “Inspectors must ask questions which probe the extent to which pupils are prepared for the next stage in their education, or employment, or for life in modern Britain.”

Where, no doubt, they would have to reconsider their sexual identity…

Matthew added: “I am sorry if these questions seemed insensitive or offensive. Inspectors use age-appropriate questions to test children’s understanding and tolerance of lifestyles different to their own.”

“Ofsted is not looking for answers to questions which are contrary to their faith, simply that they are able to express views which are neither intolerant nor discriminatory towards others. This is vital if we are to make sure young people are ready for life in modern Britain.”

British Parliament Backs Palestinian State in Vote

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The British House of Commons passed a symbolic resolution backing creation of a Palestinian state and of a two state partiton solution on Monday.

The exact wording of the resolution was:

“That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.”

While the vote initiated by the parliament’s opposition party won with 274 to 12, only half the members of the British Parliament actually voted.

It is not yet clear if this has any implications other than acknowledging that a “Palestinian state” does not exist, and that the UK is way behind the curve if they still support a “two state solution”.

If the resolution had actually recognized a Palestinian state, as some mistakenly believe, then that would mean a two-state solution has already been implemented.

The British government is not bound to do anything as a result of the vote.

The only question left is this, will UK lawmakers back Islamic State next?

BDS Fails in Britain

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Trade between Israel and Britain reached all new highs in 2014, according to a Makor Rishon report, despite attempts by various BDS groups to to boycott Israel.

Overall trade for the first half of 2014 is 28% higher than last year, and exports from Israel to England are 38 higher than last year.

Israel exports to Britain reached 1.6 billion pound sterling, and British exports to Israel reached 957 million pounds.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that his government will fight all antisemitism, and attempts to boycott Israel.

World Support Building for Coalition to Fight ISIS After New Beheading Video

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Slowly, world support is building for an organized coalition to fight the the global terror organization, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), following the posting of a new video showing a member of the group beheading a UK citizen and threatening to behead another.

Condemnation were heard from world leaders in Europe on Sunday in response to the video, which was posted on the internet. The response continues to pour in following the murder this weekend of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by the ISIS global terrorist organization. Haines was captured in 2013.

British Prime Minister David Cameron summoned military and security chiefs for an emergency meeting following the video publicity of the murder. The group has now threatened UK citizen Alan Henning with a similar fate.

French President Francois Hollande said in a statement issued Sunday, “The heinous murder of David Haines shows once again how the international community must mobilize against Da’esh,” referring to the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

On Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned what he called the “barbaric murder.” The American leader has been calling for a Western and Middle Eastern coalition of nations to fight ISIS. “The United States stands shoulder to shoulder with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve,” Obama said in a statement. “We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, meanwhile, said Saturday that ISIS has formed ties with other terrorist groups in the region. Shukri echoed the call by France and the United States to unite in a global action to counter the threat.

Speaking at a joint Cairo news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Shukri warned that a number of terrorist groups in the region share the same ideology and underlined that they must be dealt with, for everyone’s safety.

The comments mirror similar remarks by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah earlier this month.

ISIS (Daash) Releases Another Beheading Video

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

ISIS (Daash) has released a new video, claiming to have beheaded British citizen David Haines. Haines was captured in 2013, while working for an international aid organization.

The video closes with a threat to behead next, British aid worker, Alan Henning.

Echoing Cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims Call for Peace

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

In the wake of an Israeli-Gaza cease-fire that may have been forced on both parties, Britain’s Jews and Muslims have issued a joint call for peace.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews “exists to promote and defend the religious and civil liberties of British Jewry,” according to the mission statement on the group’s website. “As the community’s democratically elected cross-communal organisation, the Board connects with Government, media and wider society, providing a unique means through which all British Jews can be heard and represented.”

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) “is an independent body established to promote consultation, cooperation and coordination on Muslim affairs in the United Kingdom.” The group describes itself in a statement on its website as a “non-sectarian body working for the common good without interfering in, displacing or isolating any existing Muslim work in the community. It is a broad-based, representative organisation of Muslims in Britain…pledged to work for the common good of society as a whole…”

The joint statement issued by the two groups was unprecedented and condemned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. It was entitled, ‘British Jews and Muslims Call for Peace, Wisdom and Hope over Conflict in Israel and Palestine.’

The text of the statement, released Wednesday, read as follows:

There is no doubt that Muslims and Jews have deeply held views about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. We acknowledge that our communities may disagree about the origins, current reasons and solutions to end the conflict. But there are also points of agreement.

The death of every civilian is a tragedy, and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and for a lasting peace for all.

In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead.

Whilst everyone has the right to voice their political opinion, be that in a rally or on social media, we must be mindful of how we convey our protest. There can be no excuse for racism, violence, or other forms of intimidation, when expressing views in the media, on the streets, outside shops or online.

We condemn any expression of Antisemitism, Islamophobia or any form of racism. We call for Muslim and Jewish communities to redouble efforts to work together and get to know one another.

We need constructive dialogue to limit our disagreements and identify the widest possible range of areas for cooperation. There are more issues that unite us than divide us.

May the God of Abraham grant our World more peace, wisdom and hope.

Reportedly there was, however, some disagreement over one line of the text: that which condemns the targeting of civilians.

Both groups agree that such behavior is “a tragedy” and “completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions.” But the Jewish group said it was willing to sign the document because it had no reference to mutuality of targeting civilians, since “it’s a known fact the IDF does not deliberately target civilians.” The Muslim group said it was willing to sign because it believed the document held both sides responsible for the same behavior.

 

 

Under Threat, It’s OK to Remove Kosher, but Not Halal Products

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jonathan Sacerdoti called Sainsbury’s customer service, and discussed the removal of Kosher products from one of their stores, following threats of violence.

Welcome to the Dark Ages.

H/T: Brian of London and Israel Video Network

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/under-threat-its-ok-to-remove-kosher-but-not-halal-products/2014/08/19/

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