Antisemitism

Abused MP Luciana Berger urges Twitter to act on racism

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2014

A Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has called on social media companies including Twitter to ban the use of racist words on their sites.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

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MEPs reject taskforce on antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

Campaigners working to combat antisemitism have attacked the European Parliament's decision not to form a special group to tackle Jew-hatred across the continent.

Despite forming groups to deal with issues including wine, fishing and animal conservation, a proposal for a dedicated antisemitism taskforce was rejected by MEPs in Brussels last Thursday.

There are 28 new "intergroups" which cont

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'Jew' was a swear word in Lublin. Now we fight to tell truth about this city

By Isabel De Bertodano, December 18, 2014

When Polish tour guide Magdalena Pokrzycka-Walczak arrived at work one day in 2012, she was shocked to be told of a complaint against her.

"Two Polish women on one of my tours claimed that I focused too much on the Jewish history of Lublin," says Ms Pokrzycka. "They told my boss to watch out for me because I was probably a Jew."

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JNF hits back at comedian who called it racist

By Josh Jackman, December 16, 2014

The JNF has said that a comedian’s comment that the charity is “racist” is “his most comical yet.”

Ivor Dembina banned comedians from his Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show if they had performed at the JNF annual Kosher Komedy Night.

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Whelan and Balotelli accept FA charges

By Josh Jackman, December 15, 2014

Dave Whelan and Mario Balotelli have accepted the Football Association’s charges for antisemitic comments.

Mr Whelan, chairman of Wigan Athletic, wrote to the FA on Saturday to say he was “misquoted and misrepresented,” but will not contest the charge that he called Jews “shrewd people” who “don’t like losing money.”

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I’ve received five death threats, says Jewish MP

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

An MP has received multiple death threats in the last year, leading him to check his family’s cars for booby traps and close his drop-in surgery.

Lee Scott, the Conservative representative for Ilford North, said in parliament he’d had five threats made to his life, including a caller who told him he should be “stoned to death”.

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Outrage as French theatres host hate comic

December 11, 2014

Twenty french theatres have come under fire for agreeing to host a one-man show by antisemitic comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala.

The show, titled The Impure Beast, features dirty jokes about Ilan Halimi, a Parisian who was tortured and murdered in 2006 because he was Jewish. Dieudonné is the inventor of the fascist quenelle gesture, which has been copied across Europe.

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FA charges Balotelli over Instagram post

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for the allegedly antisemitic post he reblogged on Instagram.

A statement on the governing body’s website said: “It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

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Nigel Farage: Muslims to blame for antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has blamed Muslims for what he called “a sharp rise in antisemitism” in Britain and Europe.

Speaking during his weekly phone-in show on London’s LBC Radio, Mr Farage told a caller from Highgate: “I have detected quite a sharp rise in antisemitism, not just in this country, but across the rest of Europe too.

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Balotelli tells FA he is victim of racist abuse

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Mario Balotelli has submitted examples of racist abuse he has faced online as part of his observations to the Football Association.

The Liverpool striker has until 6pm today to give the FA investigation an explanation for his post on Instagram earlier this week which said Nintendo character Mario “grabs coins like a Jew”.

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