Police commander asks for help from community in stopping Golders Green rally

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2015

A north London police chief has called on the Jewish community to provide evidence that a planned extremist rally in Golders Green will be antisemitic so he can stop it.

Barnet borough commander Adrian Usher said that if it could be proved that the rally was “motivated by antisemitism, then that is clearly against the law and we will take robust action.”


Robert Wistrich, scholar of antisemitism, dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

Robert Wistrich, the academic who led the battle against antisemitism, has died.

He suffered a heart attack in Rome on Tuesday night, where he was set to address the Italian Senate on rising antisemitism in Europe.


Extremists plan ‘anti-Jewification’ rally in Golders Green

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2015

Far-right group New Dawn Party is thought to be planning a rally against the Jewish community in London.

A post sent from a Twitter account in the name of the group read: “Oppose the 'Shomrim' demo. Golders Green. Saturday July 4th Details to follow.”

A spokesperson for the Community Security Trust said it was aware of the proposed demonstration.


'Lack of clarity' over level of UK antisemitism, says new report

By Simon Rocker, May 15, 2015

The extent of antisemitism in the UK is hard to gauge because there is a lack of accurate data, according to the Jewish community’s main think tank.


Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.


EE acts after employee called Jews ‘arrogant’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

British mobile phone operator EE has said “appropriate action” has been taken after an employee described Jews as “arrogant”.


Ex MP Lee Scott says antisemitic abuse cost him his seat

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2015

Ousted Conservative MP Lee Scott has said antisemitic abuse cost him his job in Parliament.

Mr Scott was beaten by Labour’s Wes Streeting in Ilford North, missing out by 589 votes.

During the campaign he was the target of death threats and anti-Jewish hatred.

He said there was “no question in my mind” that the attacks on him had contributed to his defeat.


Review: European Muslim Antisemitism

By Keith Kahn-Harris, May 8, 2015

As Günther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a "research gap" on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue.


'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.