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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Show reveals how hate lingered in East Germany

By Toby Axelrod, September 26, 2008

An exhibition detailing the extent of antisemitism in the former East Germany has opened in East Berlin.

"There was no such thing!" - Antisemitism in the German Democratic Republic is the the product of Erik Thews, 21, and several other students who began researching the subject as part of a high-school assignment. 

Mr Thews and his fellow students were presented with piles of archival documents that their advisor, Konstanze Ameer, obtained.


Leicester’s antisemite should stay, says MP

By Dana Gloger, September 26, 2008

One of the country's longest-serving Jewish parliamentarians and a leading academic have dismissed criticism of a council for displaying a statue of a 13th-century earl considered an antisemite.

The issue was reignited this week after a member of staff at Leicestershire County Council wrote to councillors asking them to justify the statue of Simon de Montfort in its foyer. The employee, who did not wish to be named, said a more appropriate figure could be found, and suggested the statue may make Jewish visitors and staff feel unwelcome.


Ukrainian accused of hate

September 26, 2008

Jewish leaders in Ukraine have accused a city councillor of antisemitism. In an open letter, communal leaders in Kherson accused Sergey Kirichenko, a member of the Union of Left Powers in Ukraine, of accusing Jews of plotting to rob and enslave Ukrainians.