Naive ignorance

June 16, 2011

There is something wearyingly familiar about the decision of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to organise a meeting at which one of the speakers is a known antisemite.
This time the man is Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel. But we have been here so many times before with other speakers.


'Antisemitic' Disney film shown on Austrian TV

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2011

An animated version of the fairytale The Three Little Pigs has caused controversy in Austria.

Austrian state television has been forced to issue an apology for showing Disney's 1933 cartoon of the story, in which the Big Bad Wolf was depicted as a Jewish tramp.


David Mamet: profound taint of antisemitism in UK

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

A playwright celebrated for his observations of modern life has criticised the "ineradicable taint of antisemitism" in British society.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the Chicago-born Jewish writer David Mamet said that modern speakers were using the same antisemitic arguments that Charles Lindbergh and Oswald Mosley made in the 1930s.


Hall of Fame: Petronella Wyatt

June 13, 2011

"West Dunbartonshire council says its ban is a protest against the killing of Palestinian civilians by Israel.

"I am not accusing West Dunbartonshire council of antisemitism. But its boycott is a gift to the growing pro-Arab, anti-Israel element in this country."


UCU's Sally Hunt 'not taking institutional racism seriously'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

A leading campaigner against academic boycotts of Israel has criticised the general secretary of the Universities and College Union for "pretending not to understand" the term institutional racism.


Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.


UK dithers on Durban follow-up conference

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

Last week the American administration said that the US would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September


Foreskin man: Bird? Plane? Or libel?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero - Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants to make circumcision punishable by imprisonment, has produced two issues of the 'comic book'.


Jersey's Freddie Cohen to stand down after antisemitic threat

By Robyn Rosen, June 7, 2011

Jersey's planning minister has announced he will not stand for re-election later this year after he was sent an antisemitic death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's Jewish community, was bombarded with antisemitic messages on his mobile phone and a blog site last month, including a death threat against him and his family.


The Smurfs condemned as racist and anti-Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

They are bright blue, three apples tall and make the perfect fancy dress idea. But according to a French writer, the Smurfs are actually antisemitic and racist.

Introduced in a French comic book in 1958, the Smurfs have appeared on television and film and will be in cinemas with actors Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris once again this summer.