Antisemitism

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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Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.

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Hungarian 'raging antisemite' envoy quits after days on job

By Valentina Jovanovski, July 31, 2014

The man nominated to be Hungary's ambassador to Italy, who has expressed strongly antisemitic views and written for a far-right publication, has left his job under two weeks after the news of his appointment went public.

Péter Szentmihályi Szabó notified the Foreign Ministry that he did not want the position following heavy criticism from opposition parties and Jewish groups.

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Police charge boy over cemetery desecration

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2014

Manchester police have charged a 13-year-old boy with criminal damage after 50 graves in a Jewish cemetery were vandalised.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear before Manchester and Salford Youth Court on August 8. The charges do not include any racially aggravated element. Greater Manchester Police said a second 13-year-old boy remains on bail until Wednesday.

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'Hate' in Amnesty email

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

Amnesty International has been accused of sending out an email "filled with hate, lies, distorted facts and misrepresentation of reality" by a relative of one of the 3 Israeli teenagers murdered on the West Bank last month, after its UK crisis campaigns manager appealed to supporters to lobby against arms sales to Israel.

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