Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Michael Gove

UK secretary of state for environment, food, and rural affairs

Former British secretary of justice and currently secretary of state for environment, food, and rural affairs, Conservative MP Michael Gove is one of the most passionately pro-Israel politicians in the UK.

In particular, Gove has been a leader in the fight against BDS, saying in 2017, “No other democracy is on the receiving end of a campaign calling for its people to be shunned and their labour to be blacklisted.”

BDS, he asserted, “is antisemitism, impure and simple. It is the latest recrudescence of the age-old demand that the Jew can only live on terms set by others. Once Jews had to live in the ghetto, now they cannot live in their historic home.”

He has also denounced the rise of antisemitism in Britain and pledged to fight it.

Shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, Gove endorsed the idea of moving the British embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem should Trump do the same with the American embassy. (Photo credit: Paul Clarke.)


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