British MPs unveil guide to tackling antisemitism at major Berlin conference

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2016

A large delegation of British Parliamentarians, including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, has attended the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) conference in Berlin.


Jewish students and York University agree over way forward in tackling antisemitism on campus

By Naomi Firsht, March 14, 2016

Jewish students and York University have pledged to tackle antisemitism together.

Members of the university’s Jewish society met university officials last week to discuss their complaints over the performance at York of the play Seven Jewish Children, which has been described as antisemitic.


Antisemites who hide behind anti-Zionism are guilty of hate speech, says Angela Merkel

By Toby Axelrod, March 14, 2016

Antisemitism masquerading as criticism of Israel must be recognised as pure hate speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told an international gathering of more than 100 parliamentarians.


Labour candidate dumped over ‘Hitler is Zionist God’ comment is elected as local party vice-chair

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

A former Labour parliamentary candidate who claimed Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and claimed Daesh should attack Israel appears to have been reappointed to a leading position in her local party.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to address a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin

By Toby Axelrod and Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

More than 100 parliamentarians from nearly 40 countries will meet in Berlin today for a major conference on antisemitism.

Participants, who include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading British politicians, will discuss issues such as Internet hate, community relations and antisemitism in sport, as well as legal, parliamentary and governmental responses to antisemitism.


Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams urges government to combat campus antisemitism

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has called on the government to act over the rise of antisemitism at British universities.

Lord Williams, who is now master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, revealed that he had written to Jo Johnson, the universities ministers, because of what he called the “muted” official response to Jew-hatred on campuses.


Small comfort

March 9, 2016

It was, of course, important and right that Gerry Downing should have been expelled from the Labour Party. But it is simply bizarre that he should ever have been readmitted in the first place — and that says much about the party under Jeremy Corbyn.


Labour challenged over readmitting party member whose website carries antisemitic articles

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

A Labour Party member who was readmitted by its national executive committee runs a website which carries a number of antisemitic articles.

Gerry Downing runs the Socialist Fight group, which has defended Daesh and posted an article which stated: "Why Marxists must address the Jewish Question".


Anti-war activists still don't 'get' antisemitism

By Mark Gardner, March 3, 2016

Jon Lansman's article in last week's JC, My doubts about Oxford Labour antisemitism claim, showed that, whether or not the left "has some kind of problem with Jews" (as has been alleged), it certainly has a problem in talking about and dealing with antisemitism.


Labour inquiry attacked over cover-up concerns

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2016

A new investigation ordered by the Labour Party will attempt to resolve claims against left-leaning students at Oxford University.

But Jewish groups have called on the party to ensure the fresh inquiry focuses on allegations of antisemitism, rather than looking into suggestions of an alleged smear campaign against two Labour-supporting students.