Jersey's Freddie Cohen to stand down after antisemitic threat

Senator Freddie Cohen

Senator Freddie Cohen

Jersey's planning minister has announced he will not stand for re-election later this year after he was sent an antisemitic death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's Jewish community, was bombarded with antisemitic messages on his mobile phone and a blog site last month, including a death threat against him and his family.

Senator Cohen, 53, said: "My family have been very upset by recent events and I feel that it would therefore be better not to stand for re-election at the end of the year.

"I have been humbled and surprised by the number of emails, messages and personal representations I have received in the last 24 hours."

Stephen Regal, president of the Jewish community, said: "It's very disappointing that a politician should feel it's necessary to resign as a result of his faith and for issues unconnected to politics.

"It was a very difficult decision for him to take and we're very upset about it."

Last updated: 3:18pm, June 7 2011