New Heritage Foundation

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The New Heritage Foundation was established in December 2007 and donated £3,750 to the Centre for Social Cohesion in its first financial year. The Trust’s only other grant was £1,000 given to Alan Craig, the leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance party.[1]

The New Heritage Foundation’s charitable objects dedicate it to ‘the promotion of religious harmony for the benefit of the public’, but notably with a focus solely on the Christian and Jewish faiths. It was originally headed by the late Cyril Stein, the multi-millionaire founder of the gambling company Ladbrokes, and it is now run by his son Jonathan. Cyril Stein, who died in February 2011, was a hardline Zionist.

In 1991 when the then Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits described the plight of Palestinian refugees as a ‘stain on humanity’ Stein wrote to him saying: ‘The foolishness of your latest outburst is beyond comprehension’.[2] In the 1990s he provided thousands of pounds to an Israeli charity dedicated to building on occupied Palestinian land in East Jerusalem[3] and in 2005 withdrew his support from the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in protest over the withdrawal of Israeli settlements from Gaza.[4] In more recent years Stein funded an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank and was involved in efforts to promote Christian Zionism in the UK.[5]



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  1. New Heritage Foundation, Financial Statements for the period 1 February 2008 to 31 December 2008.
  2. Marcus Dysch, ‘Ladbrokes founder Cyril Stein dies’, Jewish Chronicle Online, 16 February 2011.
  3. Alex Renton, ‘UK link to extremist Israeli groups’, Evening Standard, 26 August 1998, p.2.
  4. Dan Ephron, Kevin Peraino, Rebecca Sinderbrand and Holly Bailey, ‘Goodbye Gaza’, Newsweek, 29 August 2005, p.26.
  5. Etgar Lefkovits, 'Evangelicals seek to rekindle Christian Zionism in the UK', Jerusalem Post, 29 January 2007, p.4.