Antisemitism

David Hirsh to speak at UCU seminar

By Leon Symons, January 14, 2010

David Hirsh, who runs the Engage anti-academic boycott website, will be speaking at a one-day seminar on antisemitism organised by the University and College Union next Monday.

Elements of UCU have tried unsuccessfully for the past three years to introduce an academic boycott of Israel and Mr Hirsh, a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, has been of the union’s harshest critics.

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Muslim preachers who glorified suicide bombers are banned

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2010

Jewish community leaders have welcomed the banning of a radical Islamist group which has glorified suicide bombers and preached antisemitism.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson proscribed Islam4UK under anti-terror legislation and extended the banning order to the group’s use of other names, including Al-Muhajiroun.

The extremist group, led by Anjem Choudary, had last week announced and then retracted plans to march through Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town where crowds gather to honour British soldiers killed in Afghanistan as their coffins are repatriated.

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"Race hate" passenger thrown off jet

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

A man has been arrested after allegedly becoming aggressive and using antisemitic threats on a Detroit-bound airplane in Miami aiport.

Mansour Mohammad Asad stood up as Northwest Airlines Flight 2485 was about to take off from Miami International Airport on Wednesday evening and said: “I'm a Palestinian and want to kill all the Jews,” according to a report by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The plane returned to the gate where police officers removed him and used a taser when he became aggressive during a search.

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US Holocaust museum shooter dies

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

The man behind the US Holocaust Museum shooting, which left a guard dead, has died in prison.

James von Brunn shot and killed Stephen Tyrone Johns on June 10 last year during an attempted raid on the museum in Washington.

Von Brunn, 88, died in a prison hospital on Wednesday of natural causes after suffering from chronic heart disease and complications arising from the wounds he incurred in the shooting.

Von Brunn was awaiting trial on possible death penalty charges in the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

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Man fined for New Year antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2010

A 20-year-old Romanian has been fined after he shouted antisemitic abuse at two revellers and spat at police officers in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Two Jewish men alerted police after they were shouted at outside The Refectory pub in Finchley Road, Golders Green, at 3.15 am on January 1.

When officers arrived they found a group of men involved in a scuffle. Two ran away but the third, Daniel Cader, was arrested. While being detained he spat at the police and paramedics.

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Conservative MP blasts Channel 4

By Robyn Rosen, December 24, 2009

Daniel Kawczynski MP, the chair of the Conservative Arab Network, has complained to Ofcom about Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on the “Israel lobby”, calling it “antisemitic” and “disgraceful”.

The programme, aired last month, caused outrage after it claimed to expose an “Israel lobby” working to buy influence with UK politicians and journalists.

Mr Kawczynski called the programme a “witch hunt” and said it “failed to demonstrate any evidence or facts of substance, relying instead on implication, association and prejudice”.

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Ofcom raps radio station for antisemitic 'joke'

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2009

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has upheld a complaint against an Asian community radio station which broadcast an antisemitic joke sent in by a listener.

A volunteer presenter on Radio Faza, a Nottingham-based channel aimed at women in the city’s south Asian community, read out the text message on September 25, during the daily News Today show.

He introduced the message as a “joke”, and said: “Jewish kid next door just asked me for a water fight…thought I would text while the kettle is boiling.”

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UCU's 'fig-leaf' Shoah talks

By Leon Symons, December 23, 2009

Anger has greeted the news that the University and College Union, at the forefront of the campaign for an academic boycott of Israel, is holding three seminars on antisemitism next month.

The last of the seminars is set to be held at UCU headquarters on January 27 — Holocaust Memorial Day. All three will be chaired by Tom Hickey, the leading proponent of UCU’s boycott push.

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Antisemitic graffiti at Colchester University

By Marcus Dysch, Campus Editor, December 23, 2009

A university campus laundrette has been daubed with the words “exterminate Jews” in German.

Law student Kate Douglas spotted the graffiti on a wall at the University of Essex’s campus in Colchester.

Juden ausrotten was scrawled in black marker pen, with the German for “you must die” above it in red pen.

The graffiti was quickly painted over by the university last week.

Ms Douglas said: “This was a phrase used by the Nazis and Hitler himself to call for the extermination of all Jews. I was disgusted and deeply saddened to find it.

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Muslims slam hate speakers

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2009

A Muslim campaign group has called for the withdrawal of an invitation to two Saudi-based preachers it denounced as “antisemitic,” who are due to speak at a Birmingham mosque at the weekend.

Faisal al-Jasem and Abdul Az As-Sadhan are scheduled to appear at the winter conference of the Green Lane Mosque.

But in a letter to the mosque, leaders of British Muslims for Secular Democracy said that they had read about the teachings of the two men “with great alarm”.

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