Antisemitism

European Jewish Congress head warns of Islamic State threat

By Josh Jackman, December 26, 2014

A leading figure in European Jewry has warned that there is a “very possible reality” of Islamic State becoming a major force in the continent.

But European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said that despite the danger, Jews should not consider packing their bags and leaving for Israel.

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Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.

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Security stepped up in north London after swastika daubings

By Naomi Firsht, December 22, 2014

Security patrols have been stepped up in an area of north London after three separate swastikas daubings over the past week.

A house and a primary school were the target of the attacks in Stoke Newington.

Volunteer community security group Shomrim said it had increased the number of their patrols after reporting the incidents to local police.

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BBC boss Danny Cohen says rise in hate places future of Jews in UK in doubt

By Naomi Firsht, December 22, 2014

One of The BBC’s most senior executives has questioned the long-term future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, said: “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the past 12 months.

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Abused MP Luciana Berger urges Twitter to act on racism

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2014

A Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has called on social media companies including Twitter to ban the use of racist words on their sites.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

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MEPs reject taskforce on antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

Campaigners working to combat antisemitism have attacked the European Parliament's decision not to form a special group to tackle Jew-hatred across the continent.

Despite forming groups to deal with issues including wine, fishing and animal conservation, a proposal for a dedicated antisemitism taskforce was rejected by MEPs in Brussels last Thursday.

There are 28 new "intergroups" which cont

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'Jew' was a swear word in Lublin. Now we fight to tell truth about this city

By Isabel De Bertodano, December 18, 2014

When Polish tour guide Magdalena Pokrzycka-Walczak arrived at work one day in 2012, she was shocked to be told of a complaint against her.

"Two Polish women on one of my tours claimed that I focused too much on the Jewish history of Lublin," says Ms Pokrzycka. "They told my boss to watch out for me because I was probably a Jew."

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JNF hits back at comedian who called it racist

By Josh Jackman, December 16, 2014

The JNF has said that a comedian’s comment that the charity is “racist” is “his most comical yet.”

Ivor Dembina banned comedians from his Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show if they had performed at the JNF annual Kosher Komedy Night.

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Whelan and Balotelli accept FA charges

By Josh Jackman, December 15, 2014

Dave Whelan and Mario Balotelli have accepted the Football Association’s charges for antisemitic comments.

Mr Whelan, chairman of Wigan Athletic, wrote to the FA on Saturday to say he was “misquoted and misrepresented,” but will not contest the charge that he called Jews “shrewd people” who “don’t like losing money.”

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I’ve received five death threats, says Jewish MP

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

An MP has received multiple death threats in the last year, leading him to check his family’s cars for booby traps and close his drop-in surgery.

Lee Scott, the Conservative representative for Ilford North, said in parliament he’d had five threats made to his life, including a caller who told him he should be “stoned to death”.

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