UN Palestine expert posts hate cartoon

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A UN Human Rights Council expert on Palestine has posted on his blog an antisemitic cartoon of a dog wearing a kippah and urinating on a statue of Blind Justice.

American academic Richard Falk, who has written blogs in support of the flotillas to Gaza, last week published the cartoon by "Mahjoob", a pro-Palestinian cartoonist who has previously depicted Ehud Olmert slicing up a Palestinian baby


How Salah entered UK: alert at wrong terminal

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has told a group of senior Israeli Arabs that Islamic leader Raed Salah was excluded from Britain because he engaged in "unacceptable behaviour".

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested last month, a day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

MP Mike Freer asked Home Secretar


Pivotal moment for unions and Labour

By Martin Bright, July 7, 2011

The decision by Ronnie Fraser to fight back against the anti-Israel stance of the University and College Union is not just an act of considerable personal courage. It is also a hugely important political moment.

For many years, too many trade union members have stood by as their officers expended significant time and money on international "solidarity" campaigns.


Lecturer tells UCU: change or I'll sue

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish academic has threatened the University and College Union with legal action as the backlash against its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism reached new levels this week.

Lawyers acting for Ronnie Fraser, director of Academic Friends of Israel, have written to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt alleging the Union's stance breaches equality laws.


Strauss-Kahn is modern-day Dreyfus, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has compared the attitude towards Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the antisemitism encountered by a Jewish artillery officer in 19th century France.


Academic suing University and College Union over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

A British academic has announced that he is taking legal action against the Universities and Colleges Union after it made the "indecent" decision to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.


Germany's Left Party: be disturbed

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 30, 2011

It has been a while since a leader of a German party called for the political exclusion of the head of Germany's Jews. Last week, Klaus Ernst, co-chairperson of the anti-Israel Left Party, called for Dr Dieter Graumann, the president of Germany's Jewish community, to leave "party politics" as rapidly as possible.


Racist 'sorry' to victim

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 30, 2011

A 20-year-old man who held a lighter to the face of a 12-year-old Jewish boy and told his friends to "get to the gas chambers" has been made to apologise to the victim, via the Community Security Trust.

The incident occurred as a group of Jewish boys played on a new sports pitch in Prestwich, north Manchester, last Monday evening, and were approached by five young men.


CST gets £150,000

June 30, 2011

The Community Security Trust has been awarded almost £150,000 from the government. The grant, from the Ministry of Justice's Victims and Witnesses General Fund, will be spent on training staff and developing new technology for reporting antisemitic incidents.


UCU's 'chilling' vote

By Eric Pickles, June 30, 2011

Even the most harmonious society is not immune to irrational hatreds. The Holocaust was designed in the home of Mozart, Goethe and Schiller. A nation's defence against prejudice is not its cultural achievements, but the attitudes and actions of its citizens.