Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.


UK dithers on Durban follow-up conference

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

Last week the American administration said that the US would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September


Foreskin man: Bird? Plane? Or libel?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero - Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants to make circumcision punishable by imprisonment, has produced two issues of the 'comic book'.


Jersey's Freddie Cohen to stand down after antisemitic threat

By Robyn Rosen, June 7, 2011

Jersey's planning minister has announced he will not stand for re-election later this year after he was sent an antisemitic death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's Jewish community, was bombarded with antisemitic messages on his mobile phone and a blog site last month, including a death threat against him and his family.


The Smurfs condemned as racist and anti-Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

They are bright blue, three apples tall and make the perfect fancy dress idea. But according to a French writer, the Smurfs are actually antisemitic and racist.

Introduced in a French comic book in 1958, the Smurfs have appeared on television and film and will be in cinemas with actors Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris once again this summer.


UCU member resigns over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A professor at Goldsmiths University has resigned from the University and College Union following its decision last week to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.


WHSmith remove Protocols

June 2, 2011

WHSmith has followed in Tesco's footsteps by removing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion from its website. The store made the decision after it received a complaint from Rachel Amdurer, a teaching assistant from Halifax.


Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.


Rewriting the lexicon

By Denis MacShane, June 2, 2011

Usually it is the right which gets cross whenever the EU appears to be telling Britain what to do. Now it is the impeccably left-wing university teachers' union, UCU, that is shaking its fist at the EU in a spasm of angry rejection of a European initiative.


University and College Union is 'institutionally racist'

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The leaders of the Jewish community have recorded their outrage at the University and College Union, which has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism, at its annual congress in Harrogate.