Antisemitism

Antisemitic incidents rise by 62% in London

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2016

Antisemitic incidents across Britain increased by 11 per cent in the first six months of this year, with a shocking 62 per cent rise in London.

Figures published in a report by the Community Security Trust show that between January and the end of June there were 557 reported incidents, up from 500 in the first six months of 2015.

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Shami Chakrabarti is yet to comment on release of Royall report into Labour antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, August 3, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti is yet to comment following the release of Baroness Royall’s full report into allegations of antisemitism among Labour-supporting students at Oxford University.

The JC has obtained a copy of the Royall report which was suppressed by Labour’s National Executive Committee in May.

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Baroness Royall report reveals Oxford Labour students engaged in antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, August 3, 2016

The JC has obtained Baroness Royall’s full report into allegations of antisemitism among Labour-supporting students at Oxford University.

It finds that members of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) did engage in antisemitic acts.

"There have been some incidents of antisemitic behaviour," Baroness Royall writes.

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Internet troll on trial for Luciana Berger death threats

By Daniel Sugarman, July 27, 2016

A man admitted sending antisemitic messages and death threats to Luciana Berger in court today.

John Nimmo, 28, of South Shields, pleaded guilty to sending two e-mails to the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree.

The first, which was sent earlier this month, read: “Revenge for Joshua Bonehill-Paine will be sweet. Watch your back Jewish scum. Your friends, The Nazis.”

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Protesters burn Israeli flag outside Democratic convention

By Daniel Sugarman, July 27, 2016

An Israeli flag was set on fire by protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Shouts of “long live the Intifada” were heard as the flag was torched, while a Palestinian flag was waved nearby.

Posters supporting former candidate Bernie Sanders were also set alight outside the arena where the convention is being held.

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Police alerted over antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2016

A spate of obscene antisemitic graffiti has been reported to police.

The message, reading “F*** YIDS”, was scrawled on a sign saying “Refugees and Immigrants Welcome,” as well as at three other locations in Stamford Hill, north-east London.

Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer security group, discovered the graffiti today and alerted the police.

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Government earmarks new money to combat hate crime

By Daniel Sugarman, July 25, 2016

The government is to set up a new £2.4 million fund to pay for protection of UK religious institutions, it has been announced.

The Home Office had said that the money was for “protective security at synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship”.

But a spokesperson made clear on Tuesday that, contrary to prior reports, synagogues would not be included within the scheme.

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Marks targets hate crime in Shoah trust job

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Laura Marks has begun her stint as the chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust by calling for increased educational outreach to combat rising hate crime.

The Mitzvah Day founder, who has served the trust for two years as vice-chair, noted that a record 5,500 events were organised for HMD 2016.

Yet "racial tensions are running high. We are worried about intolerance.

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Hale eruv plan is opposed

By Charlotte Oliver, July 21, 2016

Renewed plans for an eruv in Hale, Manchester, could lead to "an increase in antisemitism", a local Tory councillor has claimed.

Patrick Myers voiced his concerns after a letter on plans for a 12-mile religious boundary was sent to residents by the Hale Eruv Project Trust, headed by Rabbi Joel Portnoy of Hale and District Hebrew Congregation.

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'Toxic' NUS is no longer safe for Jews, says official

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

A senior member of the National Union of Students has said the movement is "toxic" and warned that it is an unsafe space for Jews.

Izzy Lenga, who has served for two years on the organisation's National Executive Council, said that Jewish students were the victims of "double standards" and, as a result, did not want to get involved in the union.

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