Antisemitism

Private coach for pupils as gangs attack school buses

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Parents of pupils at Britain's biggest Jewish school are to pay for private buses following a series of incidents on public transport.

In one attack last week, a gang threatened to stab a JFS pupil travelling home to Golders Green, North West London.

The attack, which included the boy's friends being called "Jewish pigs" and "scum", follows the throwing of stones at bus windows and antisemitic taunts shouted at youngsters.

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Come to our party, and bring a ‘fit’ Jew

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Student party organisers have caused a major row by asking guests to come in fancy dress - and be accompanied by "a fit Jew".

Guests were told to find female students as dates and dress up, complete with money-bags and wear fake peyot (sidelocks).

The event was cancelled following complaints from Jewish students and Oxford University's student union is now carrying out an investigation.

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Pig’s head hung in German cemetery

By Toby Axelrod, November 20, 2008

Two Jewish cemeteries in the former East German state of Thuringia have been vandalised. In the town of Gotha, the bloody head of a pig was hung on a Star of David motif on the cemetery's iron gates.

According to the state's Interior Ministry, unknown perpetrators vandalised the cemeteries of Gotha and Erfurt. The damage was discovered at 5.30am on Monday morning by a medical rescue worker who was out walking his dog.

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Turkish community chief disowns ‘plotter rabbi’

By Sami Kohen, November 20, 2008

The Jewish community in Turkey has warned that the case of a supposed convert to Judaism accused of being involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government may stir antisemitic feeling.

Tuncay Guney, 36, left Turkey in 2004 and emigrated to Canada, where he reportedly adopted the Jewish faith and became a "rabbi" in Toronto.

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Swastika sickens kosher cafe boss

By Cathy Forman, November 20, 2008

A swastika and antisemitic slogans were scratched on the wall of a kosher cafe in Hendon Park on Monday night.

Hendon Park Cafe owner Jason Ezekiel was informed of the graffiti by a park keeper. "He had already painted over some of it as he didn't want to upset Jewish people. I am very distraught by the whole thing."

Mr Ezekiel believed the perpetrator used a key. "It must have taken at least 20 minutes to do."

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Minister wins over doubters

By Leon Symons, November 13, 2008

New Community Cohesion minister Sadiq Khan has dismissed suggestions that he might be unsympathetic to Jewish concerns.

Mr Khan met 30 senior community professionals and lay leaders at a lunch in North-West London last week hosted by the Jewish Leadership Council.

His appointment had been greeted with some anxiety because as a solicitor he represented antisemitic preacher Louis Farrakhan when the Nation of Islam leader tried to overturn the ban on his entry into the country.

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Football fan flees fight and is hit by car

By Candice Krieger, November 6, 2008

A football supporter, who objected to racist taunts while he watched his team play on a big screen in a London pub, finished up in hospital after fleeing a fight and being run over.

Orthodox football fan Paul Mullins was watching the North London derby at The Hendon, a pub on the Hendon Way, North-West London. He challenged a rival fan who shouted the words "Jewish b******s" as Spurs scored two late goals to hold their North London rivals, Arsenal, to a 4-4 draw last Wednesday night.

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Neighbours attack ‘barbaric’ brit

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2008

An elderly woman living in sheltered housing has been threatened by an anonymous letter over her plan to hold her great-grandson's brit milah in her flat.

The letter was sent to Shirley Shad, of Norman Harris House, Southend, after she had told her neighbours about the impending circumcision.

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Anti-racist warning

November 6, 2008

More than 100 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion marking the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, on which the Nazis smashed windows of Jewish premises in Germany and Austria.

The motion declares that "Kristallnacht should remind us all that evil must always confronted forcefully". It also applauds the work of organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust in teaching new generations about the consequences of unchallenged racism.

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Sugar cures antisemitism

By Simon Round, October 17, 2008

The cure for antisemitism has been discovered - it is sugar. According to a new study, sugar helps give the brain the fuel needed to suppress prejudiced opinions.

In the study, a group of students were given lemonade - half were given the sugary variety and the other half drank lemonade sweetened artificially.

They were then told to write an essay about the day of a gay man called Sammy. Those who drank the sugary lemonade were less likely to use gay stereotypes - possibly because the higher glucose levels made them more reasonable.

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