Antisemitism

Austrians fear rise in hate crimes

By Toby Axelrod, May 27, 2009

A series of antisemitic incidents in Austria has raised worries among political and Jewish leaders on the eve of European Parliament elections.

An attack by right-wing youths on Holocaust survivors in Ebensee; antisemitic statements by pupils visiting Auschwitz; a columnist blaming Jews for the world financial crisis: all suggest that Austria may be fertile ground for hate and conspiracy theories.

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‘New antisemitism’ threat warning from Canadian MP

May 27, 2009

A Canadian minister won unexpected plaudits in Israel this week as he denounced a “new antisemitism” as a profound threat to Israel and the West.

Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, took a leading role in February’s London conference on antisemitism.

This week he spent four days in Israel and concluded: “The existential threat faced by Israel on a daily basis is ultimately a threat to the broader Western civilisation.

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Toben jailed in landmark Shoah case

By Dan Goldberg, May 27, 2009

A revisionist historian living in Australia has been sentenced to three months in prison for refusing to remove Holocaust denial material and other antisemitic vitriol from his website.

Fredrick Toben, the director of the notorious Adelaide Institute, was sentenced in the Federal Court of South Australia for breaching a 2002 court order to remove offensive material that denied the Holocaust, doubted the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz and vilified Jews.

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Argentina knife attack

By David Labi, May 21, 2009

Argentinian Justice Minister Ánibal Fernández has denied that there was “an outbreak of antisemitism” in the country, after a Jewish crowd was attacked by a knife-wielding gang.

The incident took place during an event marking Israel’s 61st anniversary in Buenos Aires last week, attended by 500 people. Twenty men emerged from a subway entrance armed with sticks, knives, a flail and a banner accusing Israel of genocide, and began assaulting crowd members.

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Australians boycott Margolyes

By Dan Goldberg, May 14, 2009

Jewish actress Miriam Margolyes is facing the wrath of the Australian community after it was announced she would participate in a reading of Seven Jewish Children, a play that has been branded antisemitic.

Their anger became apparent when JewishCare, Melbourne Jewry’s largest elderly-care facility, declined an offer by Ms Margolyes to entertain its residents last Tuesday.

She claims that she was told by the home that her appearance could offend some of its residents, who are Holocaust survivors.

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Toy gun pest handed 12-month curfew order

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2009

A man who shot an Orthodox Jew with a pellet gun has been sentenced to a curfew order.

Kris Cherry, 20, must not leave his home in Gateshead between 8pm and 7am for the next three months after admitting he carried out the attack because he “didn’t like Jews”.

His victim, who has not been named, was not injured in the March 14 shooting despite being hit on the arm.

Unemployed Cherry fired the gun from a car “for a laugh” while travelling through Bensham, home to the North East’s largest Jewish community.

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Gateshead shooter sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2009

A man who shot an Orthodox Jew with a pellet from a toy gun has been sentenced to a curfew order.

Kris Cherry, 20, must not leave his home in Bensham, Gateshead, between 8pm and 7am for the next three months after admitting he carried out the attack because he “didn’t like Jews”.

His victim, who has not been named, was not injured in the March 14 shooting despite being hit on the arm.

Unemployed Cherry fired the gun from a car “for a laugh” while travelling through Bensham, home to the North East’s largest Jewish community.

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Anti-Israel camp split on ‘Zionist conspiracy’

By Bernard Josephs, May 7, 2009

A split has emerged within the ranks of anti-Israel campaigners after one of Israel’s harshest parliamentary critics, George Galloway, warned his fellow activists that claims that a powerful Zionist lobby is steering the Middle East policies of Western governments could lead to outright antisemitism.

But Lib Dem peer Baroness Tonge reiterated to the JC her belief that there is indeed a Zionist lobby which exercises disproportionate influence.

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Racism to be focus of Halimi murder trial

By Natasha Lehrer, April 30, 2009

Three years ago, Ilan Halimi, a Jewish mobile phone salesman who worked in central Paris, agreed to go on a date with a pretty girl who had, she later confessed, been sent to entrap him. Three weeks later, he was found by railway tracks south of Paris.

He was barely conscious; his body was marked with the evidence of multiple torture and had been doused in fuel and set alight. He died on the way to hospital.

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Calls for ‘Durban III’ rejected after Geneva rows

By Leon Symons, April 30, 2009

The United Nations should set up its own antisemitism unit, according to one of Britain’s leading antisemitism campaigners.

John Mann, chair of the Commons All-Party Committee on Antisemitism, told MPs in a debate in the House on Tuesday that antisemitism was one of the reasons that the UN was created after the Second World War.

The short debate was an assessment of the UN’s racism review conference held in Geneva last week, eight years on from its 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, known as Durban I.

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