Antisemitism

The price of joining polite society

By Jenni Frazer, August 21, 2014

I have had enough. I am sick of being told by people who haven’t the faintest idea of my beliefs and circumstances what I ought to think or feel. And that especially goes for the people who’ve never been closer to Israel than a packet of dates in Waitrose.

I am sick of being told by the bien-pensants in Britain’s society what antisemitism is, could be, or is not.

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Ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accused over racist text messages

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the FA after a series of racist and homophobic text messages were found by police, according to the Daily Mail.

Referring to Jewish football agent Phil Smith, a text from his phone said: “Go on fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that see money slipping through his fingers”.

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Russell Brand denies he called for Israel boycott

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Russell Brand has strongly denied that he called for a boycott of Israel by urging supporters to sign a petition by the online campaign website Avaaz.

The petition, addressed to the chief executives of major global companies, including Barclays, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar and G4S, calls on them to withdraw their investments from Israel in order to be “on the right side of history”.

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British police working to calm tensions over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

A senior police officer has said forces across the country are working to calm tensions over Gaza that have spilled over into antisemitic incidents.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police and a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said a balance must be found between the right to protest and a risk of serious disruption.

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Communal leaders attacked over response to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders were barracked at an angry town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

Attendees attacked the speakers representing organisations including the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council over their failure to counter the growing movement against Israel.

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Cop's £320k fine for 'Jew boy' abuse

By Tom Tugend, August 7, 2014

For seven years, a Jewish police officer in Chicago was berated by his superior with such epithets as "f…..g Jew boy" and "bloodsucking parasite", while enduring mock-Nazi salutes and the waving of swastika flags.

Last week, a federal grand jury evened the score, ordering former police Sgt. Lawrence C Knasiak to pay $540,000 (£320k) to his erstwhile target, Detlef Sommerfield.

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The backlash continues: hate crimes soar to a six-year high

August 7, 2014

July was the second worst month on record for antisemitic incidents after the fallout from Israel's Operation Cast Lead in December 2008.

The Community Security Trust said they expect to record up to 240 incidents for the month, what a spokesman called "a serious figure".

Two Israeli theatre companies were forced to cancel their shows at the Edinburgh fringe after protests.

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When being Jewish is not a joke

By Bennett Arron, August 7, 2014

I have been a stand-up comedian for more than 15 years and I have always mentioned at some point in my set that I am Jewish (the fact I am both Jewish and Welsh seems to be a point of amusement in itself and one which I am happy to exploit).

Apart from one awful incident in Scotland, I have never encountered antisemitism. Until now.

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Ed Davey condemns targeting of synagogue

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, August 6, 2014

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has condemned an antisemitic incident at a synagogue in his constituency.

A sign stating “child murderers” was fixed to the front door of Kingston Synagogue in Surrey last week.

It prompted the shul’s rabbi, Samuel Landau, to say he felt less safe in the area.

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When vitriol turns to violence

By Mark Gardner, July 31, 2014

Today, my organisation CST releases its six-monthly report on antisemitic incidents, for January to June 2014. It shows a large increase of 36 per cent: 304 incidents across Britain in the first half of 2014, compared to 223 in the first half of 2013.

The reasons are unclear. It may be better reporting rates or more antisemitism. It is probably both.

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