Antisemitism

The Pesach question: how does it feel to be hated?

By Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, April 2, 2009

Nothing typifies the ambivalence of Jewish life today more than the famous midrash repeated in the Talmud. Rebbi Shmuel Bar Nachman, in the name of Rebbi Yonatan, said at the Red Sea: “The angels wanted to sing a song before the Holy One, Blessed is He, but He rebuked them, saying ‘My handiwork is drowning in the sea and you want to sing to me?’ Rebbi Yose Ben Hanina said: ‘Even if He will not rejoice, He allows others to’” (Sanhedrin 39b).

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‘Antisemitic’ Gaza cartoon sparks fury

By Nathan Guttman, April 2, 2009

A cartoon by one of America’s leading cartoonists has caused uproar among American Jewish groups, which have denounced it as antisemitic.

In his syndicated cartoon, published on March 25 in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Pat Oliphant depicts a baby-carrying woman being pushed off a cliff by a headless, goose-stepping figure holding a Star of David with sharp fangs. The woman and baby are labelled “Gaza”.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the cartoon “hideously antisemitic”.

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Mother accuses ‘hate cult’ over son’s death

By Toby Axelrod, April 2, 2009

The mother of a British student who died in Wiesbaden, Germany six years ago, is fighting to raise awareness of what she describes as the destructive, antisemitic cult she blames for his death.

Erica Duggan, whose son, Jeremiah, died after attending a meeting of the LaRouche Schiller Institute in Wiesbaden, returned to the scene of his death for a rally and conference focusing on the network of organisations associated with American extremist Lyndon LaRouche and his German wife, Helga Zepp.

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Europe hate crime up

By James Martin, April 2, 2009

A dramatic rise in antisemitic incidents in the first three months of this year was reported at a special session of the European Parliament.

The number of incidents so far in 2009 exceeds the total number of such occurrences during 2008, according to the report from the European Jewish Congress.

The report cites reaction to Israel’s operation in Gaza as a key trigger for attacks, adding that the economic crisis is reviving old antisemitic stereotypes. The same upwards trend in antisemitic incidents was evident in Canada.

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Web racists await possible extradition

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The fate of two racists who were the first people in Britain to be convicted of publishing racially inflammatory material on the internet still hangs in the balance.

Simon Sheppard and Steve Whittle fled to America in the middle of their trial at Leeds Crown Court. They will know within the next three weeks whether or not an asylum court judge will return them to Britain. However, the pair have already said they will appeal if the decision goes against them. That process could involve appeals to two higher American courts and could take months before a final decision is reached.

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Three fined for Bury race attack

By James Martin, March 26, 2009

Three boys have been fined for a racially motivated attack which left a Jewish man injured and his non-Jewish friend requiring 18 stitches.

The boys, all aged 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been sentenced by a judge at Bury Youth Court.

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Café’s Israel boycott becomes PR disaster

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

A café owner has apologised for displaying a sign declaring “Jews are welcome”, saying it was a bid to allay fears that his boycott of Israeli goods could be interpreted as being antisemitic.

Chris Boddington said he was open about his boycott and support for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign at Café Crema in New Cross, south-east London. But he realised a boycott of Israeli produce could be equated with antisemitism.

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Victory over hate at LSE

March 26, 2009

Jewish students at the London School of Economics (LSE) have celebrated a victory in their fight against antisemitism. Around 350 students voted in favour of the motion “Stop Antisemitism Now” at a union general meeting.

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Anger over offensive magazine

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

Students have written and distributed a magazine littered with antisemitic jokes as part of a charity fundraising initiative.

Rag to the Future was produced by Barts and the London Students’ Association, part of the University of London, for rag week, which began last Friday.

Jokes about circumcision, pork and Jewish wives were among the most offensive material.

Juliet Lewin of Hatch End, north London, complained to the students’ association after reading a copy of the magazine given to her husband by students in central London.

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LSE students win antisemitism vote

March 19, 2009

Jewish students at the London School of Economics (LSE) celebrated a victory in their fight against antisemitism.

Around 350 students voted in favour of the motion ‘Stop Anti-Semitism Now’ at a student union general meeting.

The motion will now be implemented by the LSE Students’ Union.

Ben Grabiner, who proposed the motion on behalf of the university’s Jewish students said:

“It’s a great relief to have finally got this through. Over half the people who voted were from the Jewish Society or Israel Society.

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