Antisemitism

Jewish leaders attack Philippine president over Shoah remarks

By JC Reporter, September 30, 2016

Jewish leaders around the world have reacted with fury after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte compared his anti-drugs campaign to the Holocaust.

Mr Duterte said: “Hitler massacred three million Jews... there’re three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

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Jeremy Corbyn tells Labour conference he will fight the “evil” of antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to fight against antisemitism with “every breath” during his keynote speech at the Labour party conference.

Mr Corbyn was loudly applauded by delegates in the hall in Liverpool as he said party members must be more responsible and put an end to abuse.

He said antisemitism was “an evil” that had led to “the worst crimes of the 20th century”.

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Concern over Jackie Walker’s Holocaust comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2016

There have been renewed calls for Labour to suspend Jackie Walker, a controversial party activist, after she heckled delegates at a training session aimed at stopping the spread of antisemitism.

In Monday’s session at the party conference in Liverpool, Ms Walker criticised Holocaust Memorial Day, claiming it should remember genocides other than the Shoah.

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Jeremy Corbyn applauded by Labour Friends of Israel as he outlines hopes for a two-state solution

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has outlined his hope of working to bring a “permanent, long-term peace” to the Middle East, while telling Labour Friends of Israel he would not allow the party to become a home for antisemitism.

The Labour leader also paid tribute to Shimon Peres as the former Israeli prime minister lay critically ill in a Tel Aviv hospital on Tuesday night.

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Sacks paints grim prospect of Jewish exodus from Europe

By Daniel Sugarman, September 27, 2016

Lord Rabbi Sacks has warned of the prospect of Europe becoming “judenrein” – “free of Jews” - pleading for European leaders to “stop it now while there is still time”.

The Emeritus Chief Rabbi said that “in every single country of Europe, without exception, Jews are fearful for their or their children’s future”.

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It’s game over for Labour under Corbyn’s ‘quasi-Marxists’, says Jewish peer who quit party

By Marcus Dysch, September 26, 2016

You can hear the pain in Parry Mitchell’s voice. But it is matched with a sense of indignation at what has happened to his party.

The peer, who resigned from Labour on Sunday following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn, believes he is witnessing a complete re-drawing of the British political scene.

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Lib Dems suspend former Tory MP over antisemitic rant

By JC Reporter, September 25, 2016

The Liberal Democrat party has suspended a former MP who posted a series of antisemitic tweets.

Matthew Gordon Banks, who served as a Conservative MP for Southport before joining the Lib Dems after he lost his seat, wrote on Twitter: “What fascinates me is that Farron's leadership campaign was organised and funded by London Jews.”

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Investigation launched after 'unacceptable' Holocaust t-shirt seen at university event

By Josh Jackman, September 23, 2016

University students wearing t-shirts with racist phrases including “The Holocaust was a good time” at an official freshers’ event have prompted an investigation.

The t-shirt was worn during Exeter University Snowsports Club’s white t-shirt event on Tuesday. Another student was emblazoned with the words: “Don’t speak to me if you’re not white”.

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Bouattia comments 'abhorrent'

By Daniel Sugarman, September 22, 2016

New comments on antisemitism from Malia Bouattia, the National Union of Students president, have sparked an angry response from Jewish students.

In an interview with the Guardian, Ms Bouattia appeared to suggest a row earlier this year over her views on Zionism had raised the NUS's profile.

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Poison that has leaked into public debate

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, September 22, 2016

No one enjoys being on the receiving end of an insult. Yet it is a sad indictment of our times that insults of a certain mode can become the norm. In politics and the celebrity world they are widespread and likely to be considered the "price of doing business".

Prime Minister's Questions offers a useful illustration of this phenomenon.

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