Scottish hate crime figures rise

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Scottish Jewish leaders have called new figures on hate crime prosecutions "worrying" and urged support for a new Bill targeting abusers who send antisemitic phone and email messages.

An analysis into religious hate crime by the Scottish Government released last week found that in 2010-2011, there were 16 prosecutions for religious hatred against Jews.

Scottish Council of Jewish Communities


Interview: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Conservative Party co-chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called on communities to "drain the poison of antisemitism from our country."

Lady Warsi gave the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism annual lecture at the House of Commons this week, and the keynote address at the Buncher Interfaith Conference on Social Action at Lambeth Palace.

At both sessions, she stressed t


Lottery cash funds Jew-hate jamboree

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The Arts Council has defended its funding of a concert by the author of what the Community Security Trust has branded "quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years" by saying that it helps to "present a diverse view of world society".

Israeli-born musician Gilad Atzmon, who calls himself "a proud self-hating Jew" in his new book The Wandering Who?, is due t


Salah witness and the two texts

By Marc Goldberg, November 17, 2011

One of the expert witnesses who gave testimony at Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah's immigration tribunal has now raised questions relating to his own evidence.

In October, an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as "his presence would not be conducive to the public good."


FA working to tackle football race hatred

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

The Football Association has admitted there is still more work to be done to tackle antisemitic abuse at all levels of the game.

Sue Law, the FA's Head of Equality, said significant improvements had been made in the past 18 months to educate and train match-day stewards, use CCTV to identify offenders, and to assist information-gathering and reporting.


Is Ireland the most hostile EU country to Israel?

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

The Israeli embassy in Dublin has disputed claims that Ireland is the “most hostile country to Israel in the European Union”.


A moral vacuum

November 17, 2011

In recent weeks we have had fine words from both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister on the evils of antisemitism.

This week the chair of the Conservative Party and the leader of the Labour Party have made speeches focused on their commitment to fighting antisemitism. And yet, for all the shared sentiment, their words clearly count for nothing in some quarters.


Baroness Warsi: We must drain the poison of antisemitism

By Jessica Elgot, November 15, 2011

Conservative Party chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called it “abhorrent that some people actually believe that antisemitism does not exist in the world today.”


Fears over 'antisemitism' in new Greek coalition government

By Jessica Elgot, November 14, 2011

Jewish organisations have expressed concern over the presence of an extreme right-wing party in Greece's new provisional government.


Euro 2012 warning

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Concerns have been raised about the likelihood of antisemitic abuse and incidents taking place at football's European Championships next year.

MP John Mann, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has asked Uefa to explain what will be done to avoid incidents at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine next June.

In a letter to Uefa president Michel Platini,