Antisemitism

Eliot the antisemite

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2009

TS Eliot’s antisemitism has been a matter of heated debate in literary circles but fresh evidence of it comes in a new edition of the poet’s letters.

In one, Eliot wrote that he was “sick of doing business with Jew publishers”; in another, he thought that “racial envy” tipped Jews towards Bolshevism. Not to mention his mother having an “instinctive antipathy to Jews, just as I have to certain animals”.

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Tories, drop your Euro allies

By Denis MacShane, November 12, 2009

The argument over the Tory alliance with populist right-wing parties in Eastern Europe has caused great heartache amongst politicians fighting antisemitism.

Exaggerated claims have been made on both sides. Michal Kaminski is not a roaring Jew-hater in the classical antisemitic mould. He supports Israel — but then both Nick Griffin of the BNP and Jean Marie le Pen have also expressed pleasure at Israel’s military attacks on Muslims.

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Polish filmmaker in death-threat claim

By Leon Symons, November 5, 2009

A London-based Polish filmmaker says he has received death threats and been the target of a hate campaign for making a film about antisemitism.

Aro Korol believed that the campaign led to him being photographed by people who, he claimed, were Polish government agents.

His claims were strenuously denied by the Polish Embassy, although it admitted that a Catholic political party had complained to the Polish Foreign Ministry about the film, saying it would cause serious offence.

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BBC under fire over 'antisemitic' material

By Robyn Rosen, November 5, 2009

Two complaints have been upheld against the BBC for “antisemitic” comments and “biased” material against Israel.

The BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) found that an item on the BBC news website, entitled “London summit on Jewish refugees” gave a “misleading impression” that Jews are treated equally in Muslim countries when, in fact, they are discriminated against.

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Rabbis attack conspiracy website

By Robyn Rosen, November 2, 2009

Rabbis across the country have spoken out against a new antisemitic website which denies the Holocaust, calls Jews “Satan worshippers” and lists addresses of all UK synagogues.

The site, entitled UK Lockdown, lists various Jewish conspiracy theories and claims that Jews were responsible for the economic downturn, MPs’ expenses scandals and 9/11 attacks.

UK Lockdown, registered to Michael Samuel, living in Tottenham, includes videos and newspaper articles and refers to Jews as “the enemy”, “satanic”, “vampires” and the “devil mercy”.

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Two men shot at LA synagogue

By Jessica Elgot, October 30, 2009

Two men have been shot and wounded outside a Los Angeles synagogue in what police described as a hate crime.

Maor Ben-Nissan, 38, and Allen Lasry, 53, were shot in the car park of the Adat Yeshurun Valley Synagogue in North Hollywood, an Orthodox Sephardi synagogue to which they both belonged.

The men had arrived for the morning service at 6.30am when a gunman approached them and shot each of them in the legs, without speaking or taking anything from them.

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French comic Dieudonné's London show axed for antisemitic joke

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

A theatre has cancelled a planned performance by an anti-Zionist French stand-up comedian after he was fined by a court for making antisemitic jokes.

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala had been due to appear in a one-man show about domestic violence at the Leicester Square Theatre, central London, in March next year.

But theatre director Martin Witts called off the show on Wednesday after learning of the increasing controversy surrounding Dieudonné, which has seen him described as “the French Jim Davidson”.

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Police: We'll defend you against far-right extremists

By Leon Symons, October 29, 2009

Police forces across the country are strengthening their links to ethnic minority communities in the wake of the recent rise in the activities of far-right groups.

The National Communities Tension Team, part of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said it was “aware of heightened tensions and concerns within Jewish communities in relation to the ongoing English and Welsh Defence League demonstrations, as well as the ongoing focus on extreme right-wing issues”.

However, it was not aware of any increase in reported antisemitic incidents.

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Australia textbook ‘offensive’

By Dan Goldberg, October 29, 2009

The Asia-Pacific arm of a major UK publisher has withdrawn a secondary school textbook from Australian shelves, after it was accused of containing offensive claims about Jews.

Cambridge University Press (Australia & New Zealand) said on Tuesday that it “recognised the concerns that have been expressed” about the chapter on Judaism in the Cambridge Studies of Religion, and would “seek the advice of an independent expert in Judaism”.

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French comic Dieudonné fined for antisemitic stunt

By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2009

A far-right comedian who performed an antisemitic stunt which involved giving an award to a Holocaust denier has been fined €20, 000 by a French court.

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, 43, had previously stood for the European Parliament as head of the Anti-Zionist Party, which he formed with Alain Soral, a former member of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s extreme-right National Front.

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