Scottish Christians and Jews unite to combat antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Groups forged to combat antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment have been launched all over Britain since last summer.

One of the grassroots organisations that began during the Gaza conflict, the Scottish Israel Forum, fell by the wayside in January, but as its former chairman Richard Coats said, "the energy that went into it has diffused into different groups".


Three pro-Israel groups rising - and one treading water

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Sussex Friends of Israel

Established in 2013. Ronnie Bloom is president of the group, whose co-chairs are Fiona Sharpe, Winston Pickett and Simon Cobbs.


Has 15,000 people in its Facebook group.

Activities in the past year
Successfully campaigned against an anti-Israel conference at Southampton University, getting it cancelled.


Neo-Nazis outnumbered by counter-protesters at central London rally

By Josh Jackman, July 4, 2015

About 20 neo-Nazi demonstrators were confronted by hundreds of counter-protesters in a clear show of anti-fascist defiance on Saturday.

The outnumbered extremists who gathered to protest against the "Jewification" of London were met with cries "Nazi scum - off our streets" and "We are black, white, Asian and we're Jews. And there's many many more of us than you," from anti-Nazi activists.


WATCH: 'Why we're supporting Golders Green Together'

July 3, 2015

We talk to Labour Mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell, representatives from Hope not Hate and volunteers at the Golders Green Together event to decorate Golders Green. Hear what they had to say.


Tessa Jowell lends her support at Golders Green Together ribbon event

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2015

London Mayor candidate Tessa Jowell has expressed solidarity with the Jewish community as a month-long campaign against a planned neo-Nazi rally concluded with a show of cross-communal unity on Friday morning.

Ms Jowell was present as around 40 volunteers from grassroots group Golders Green Together turned out to decorate the area with green and gold ribbons.


Hate crime has risen by more than a quarter in London, say police

By JC Reporter, July 3, 2015

New figures from the Metropolitan Police show a surge in racist and religiously motivated hate crimes.

The total number of reported incidents rose by almost 28 per cent last year, from 9,965 to 12,749.

According to the Evening Standard, police said crimes listed as antisemitic increased by 138 per cent from 208 to 495. The boroughs of Brent and Hackney saw some of the biggest increases.


Golders Green Together’s social media ‘thunderclap’ campaign reaches over 285,000 people

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Golders Green Together, the cross-communal initiative to combat the neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green, has reached more than 285,000 people with its “thunderclap” post, as supporters simultaneously broadcast a message of anti-racism across social media.


Hollande awards Kantor the Legion d'Honneur

July 2, 2015

The President of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, was awarded the Légion d'Honneur this week for his work combatting intolerance and racism.

The award is the highest decoration in France, established by Napoleon Bonaparte, and can be handed out to recognise an individual in any field of activity.

The award was bestowed on Mr Kantor at the Élysée Palace by President Hollande for


ADL poll shows drop in hate level

July 2, 2015

A new poll from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shows a marked decline in antisemitic attitudes in major European countries.

According to the survey, the most pronounced fall in Jew-hate was in France, where the number of people expressing antisemitic attitudes plummeted from 37 per cent in 2014 to 17 per cent in 2015.

Germany experienced a decline from 27 to 16 per cent, and Belgium from 2


Campaign Against Antisemitism cancels protest against neo-Nazi rally

By Josh Jackman, June 30, 2015

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has cancelled its counter-protest against the neo-Nazi demonstration on July 4.