An evening with Colonel Richard Kemp CBE at Kenton Synagogue
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Thursday 14th November 2019

Kenton Synagogue was delighted to welcome Colonel Richard Kemp, CBE, on 10th November. 

In Colonel Kemp’s 30-year military career, he commanded the British troops on the frontlines of some of the world’s toughest conflicts, including Afghanistan.   

Colonel Kemp enlightened the packed hall of eager listeners with his unlimited knowledge of the military, world politics and in particular his inside  information about and his understanding of Israel and Israel’s neighbours. 

The Colonel spoke of his commitment  to Israel (learned from his father who fought in WW2 and consequently realised the necessity for the Jewish people to have their own homeland in the Middle East), and formed his own opinions as he grew older and became aware of Israel’s continued battles to exist.  He has always been committed to combating terrorism,  learned first hand about the antics of Hamas (including its involvement with the tunnels into Israel) and was present in Israel during the Gaza operations Protective Edge in 2014.  

He spoke about Israel’s security and the mutual co-operation between Britain and the Mossad to save lives in any conflict.  He has worked hard to press the true facts - especially to the United Nations and the  UN Human Rights Council  - during debates accusing Israel of war crimes, giving his first-hand evidence. 

He writes for newspapers, has appeared in television programmes and is often to be heard on radio.  He consistently gives personal talks  around Britain, but also the United States, Canada, Australia, S Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  His talks cover many topics, and he has shared platforms with many world leaders.  He has been awarded both in Britain and in Israel for his bravery, his battles against terrorism and defence of Israel’s security policies.  

Colonel Kemp spoke for over two hours and answered questions for over an hour, both from the floor and afterwards from individuals (even as he tried to partake of  the proffered coffee and cake).  He showed his extensive knowledge, but also a keen sense of humour - even asking why the cake wasn’t a bagel.  

By Irene Leeman