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British teen leader sparks fresh controversy with new Israel tour job

Nina Morris-Evans, who participated in a Jewish mourning event for Gazans, will join a Liberal Judaism summer program despite being dropped by the Reform movement

Demonstrators at a Kaddish for Gaza event in London, May 16, 2018. (Screenshot from YouTube via JTA)
Demonstrators at a Kaddish for Gaza event in London, May 16, 2018. (Screenshot from YouTube via JTA)

A Reform movement youth leader in Britain who participated in a public Jewish mourning event for Palestinians in Gaza will be a leader on an educational tour in Israel this summer after all — once again causing controversy.

Nina Morris-Evans, who was dropped last month from the tour of the Reform movement’s youth wing, RSY-Netzer, following vehement criticism over the Kaddish event, has now joined a tour sponsored by Liberal Judaism.

Morris-Evans, 20, a student at Oxford University, left last week for a month-long tour with LJY-Netzer, the youth affiliate of Liberal Judaism. She is employed as a support worker dealing with welfare issues, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

The move has reignited community disagreements over the Kaddish event, with the UK’s United Jewish Israel Appeal saying it opposed the move.

The organization, which funds and manages most UK Jewish youth-movements’ summer Israel programs, said it was not consulted over Morris-Evans’s new position with LJY-Netzer and has since made its concerns known directly to Liberal Judaism.

The Movement for Reform Judaism said the move to drop Morris-Evans from the RSY-Netzer tour was “in the best interests of the participants,” the London-based Jewish News reported.

She had participated in the mid-May event during which several dozen young people gathered outside Parliament Square and recited the Jewish mourning prayer for Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during clashes on the border with Gaza as part of the so-called March of Return.

Hamas and other Gaza terror groups have since acknowledged that most of those killed were members of the terror organizations.

Morris-Evans subsequently apologized for describing the Palestinians’ deaths in the clashes in a subsequent op-ed for the Jewish News as “murder.”

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