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Editor-in-chief Yaakov Katz spoke of “An anti-Israel sentiment in the UK that cannot be ignored”

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Yaakov Katz is The Jerusalem Post’s editor-in-chief. He previously served for close to a decade as the paper’s military reporter and defense analyst. (Photo: Twitter)

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The Jerusalem Post Group launched an international conference on March 31st at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. A number of prominent leaders involved in the Jewish world spoke at the event. (Jerusalem Post was established in 1932 as Palestine Post during the British Mandate of Palestine era but eventually changed its name.)

Among the attendees were Lord Ian Austin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official trade envoy to Israel, Lord David Wolfson, undersecretary of state for justice, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and British Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan. Among the issues discussed were the ongoing Ukraine war and refugee crisis, antisemitism, UK-Israel relations and other issues.

Yaakov Katz, editor in chief of Jpost, gave a brief exclusive interview with TheJ.ca on his return to Israel. 

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Q. What was the overarching message?

A. There were three messages. The first was to highlight the closeness of Israeli-British relations that have only grown closer under the leadership of PMs Johnson and Bennett. This manifests itself in trade, security cooperation, diplomatic coordination, UK’s decision to outlaw Hamas and much more.

The second message was to put a spotlight on the battle against antisemitism. We brought the antisemitism government envoys from the US, the UK, Germany and the EU for a joint conversation about the challenge and ways to battle it.

The third message was to look for ways to grow economic trade. UK is one of Israel’s biggest trade partners and there is still room for growth.

Q. With antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment being very big issues globally, why are such conferences important?

A. They are important since they bring together people who care about these issues and serve as a place where they can be discussed and debated. There is an anti-Israel sentiment in the UK that cannot be ignored and we saw that sadly with the former leadership of the Labour Party. Thankfully that has changed but we all need to be vigilant and continue to inform and educate.

The second message was to put a spotlight on the battle against antisemitism. We brought the antisemitism government envoys from the US, the UK, Germany and the EU for a joint conversation about the challenge and ways to battle it.

The third message was to look for ways to grow economic trade. UK is one of Israel’s biggest trade partners and there is still room for growth.

Q. With antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment being very big issues globally, why are such conferences important?

A. They are important since they bring together people who care about these issues and serve as a place where they can be discussed and debated. There is an anti-Israel sentiment in the UK that cannot be ignored and we saw that sadly with the former leadership of the Labour Party. Thankfully that has changed but we all need to be vigilant and continue to inform and educate.

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Q. Were other topics brought up other than antisemitism, Covid, the recent attacks in Israel or Ukraine worth mentioning?

A. Lots was discussed about Iran, as well as Israel’s economy. Israel is working hard to convince its allies not to agree to a new deal in Vienna that will give Iran all it wants. But to instead stand firm and be tough with Iran and keep sanctions in place. In addition, when it comes to Israel’s economy, there is the expectation that the interest rate will go up soon and that inflation will also eventually rise and lead to an increase in cost of living.

Q. Any future events or such planned?

A. The Jerusalem Post has a number of conferences planned for the coming year in Israel, the US and more.

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Nobuki Sugihara, an attendee said of the event in an exclusive interview with TheJ.ca “In light of current events it is good that we start somewhere.”
Nobuki is the son of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who gave thousands of visas to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution during their occupation of Lithuania.

As we are concerned with rising antisemitism, constant attacks on Israel and many other issues pertaining to the Jewish world recently, we can only hope that such dialogs help us move forward.

Avi Kumar is a historian of Sri Lankan descent who lives in New York.

He has a unique spin on current affairs.

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