The Board of Deputies of British Jews: 'We've denounced Trump many times'

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has said they've denounced the actions of President Trump "many times."

The comments are in response to Mike Cushman's criticism of the organisation after the membership officer of Jewish Voice for Labour criticised them on talkRADIO.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on Friday, Cushman said: "We've been waiting for people from the Board of Deputies [of British Jews] to denounce the actions of Donald Trump and they haven't.

"They welcome his actions. Trump is a racist, he needs to be called out as a racist, and if people can't do that, they lose credibility in attacking anyone in this country."

He made the remarks in defence of Peter Willsman, who said his comments about Jews being "Trump fanatics" had been taken out of context, before calling out The Board of Deputies.

Speaking to talkRADIO The Board of Deputies of British Jews said they have denounced the actions of President Trump "many times" and that Cushman had been "peddling falsehoods."

Listen to Cushman's comments above

A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the representative organisation of the Jewish community in the UK, said: "If Mike Cushman had taken five minutes out from peddling falsehoods about the Board of Deputies to have a look at our website, he would have seen we have denounced the actions of President Trump many times.

"In June 2018, our President Marie van der Zyl wrote that "the treatment of migrants by Donald Trump's administration is a disgrace".

"In November 2017, we condemned Trump's retweet of Britain First anti-Muslim videos. In August 2017, the Board of Deputies condemned the racist "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called on the US Government "for unequivocal condemnation of this violence".

"And in January 2017, then President Jonathan Arkush condemned Donald Trump's ban on refugees from Muslim countries. Marie van der Zyl, then Vice President, added: 'Even though he is the most powerful man on the planet we need to tell him it is wrong.' Clearly, Mr Cushman is not a man to allow the facts to get in the way of a good story."