Warning of serious antisemitism at European Championships in Kiev

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

There is a serious threat of antisemitic attacks increasing during this month’s European Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, the president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry has warned.

Alexander Levin wrote to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, highlighting the possibility of “many more” attacks when football fans travel to matches in the coming weeks.


School backs Jew-hate GCSE exam question

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A Jewish school has defended a controversial GCSE religious studies question on antisemitism that was last week attacked by Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Board of Deputies.


Gilad Atzmon's 'antisemitic rhetoric' denounced at film premiere

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Pro-Palestinian supporters denounced jazz musician and Israeli-born activist Gilad Atzmon in a documentary film premiering this week, accusing him of damaging their cause with his antisemitic rhetoric.

The film, Gilad and All That Jazz by Golriz Kolahi, premiered at the London International Documentary Festival on Wednesday.


French film 'Anti-Semite' banned from Cannes

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2012

A controversial film on the subject of antisemitism produced by an Iranian company was removed from the Cannes Film Festival schedule because it breached the event's guidelines.

The film, called "The Anti-Semite" was due to be screened at the annual cinema festival, but organisers pulled it from the programme.


EU to look into antisemitism on continent

By Simon Rocker, May 25, 2012

The European Union has commissioned a major investigation into antisemitism by the London-based Institute for Jewish Research (JPR).

An online survey, which will be carried out by Ipsos MORI, will gather evidence on the experience of antisemitism in nine EU countries.


Camden slaps ban on Islamist group

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

A group which promotes extreme Islamist organisations has been banned from using a taxpayer-funded neighbourhood centre.

The Ministry of Dawah has held lectures at the Camden Council-backed venue in north London for more than two years. Its glorification of Osama bin Laden, and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, was revealed in the JC last week.


GCSE question asks "why do some people hate Jews?"

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove has strongly criticised an exam board over a GCSE religious studies question in which pupils were asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Last Thursday more than 1,000 students — including pupils at JFS — sat the paper, which was set by one of the three major English exam boards, AQA.


Hollande pledges to fight antisemitism

By Gideon Kouts, May 17, 2012

New French President Francois Hollande used his inauguration address to stress his commitment to fighting antisemitism.


‘Brainwashed’ councillor is former Nazi

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

A former neo-Nazi who once daubed buildings with swastikas has been elected as a local councillor.

Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labour Party officials and describing her earlier activities as those of a “brainwashed idiot”.


Facebook pledge to tackle cyber-bullying

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Facebook and Google have agreed to form a group to tackle online bullying and hate attacks.

The companies pledged to be more open about how they combat cyber-bullying and online offences, and will work with members of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism’s task force on internet hate.