Pope sacks officials over Holocaust-denier

By Jessica Elgot, July 10, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI has sacked two Vatican officials and abolished their department after they persuaded him to reverse the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying British bishop.

Bishop Richard Williamson has repeatedly and publicly denied the existence of Nazi gas chambers and has claimed that no more than 300,000 Jews perished in the Holocaust.

In January, Pope Benedict was persuaded to lift the excommunication of Bishop Williamson who was expelled from the Church by Pope John Paul II for internal Church reasons unrelated to the bishop’s Holocaust beliefs.


Ecclestone cancels Germany trip

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2009

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has called off a visit to Germany this week, after a ‘conversation’ with event organisers, just weeks before the German Grand Prix.

Mr Ecclestone, 78, caused widespread outrage when he praised Hitler’s ability to “get things done” in a weekend interview with The Times, and was forced to apologise publicly.


Bernie Ecclestone’s Hitler comments

July 6, 2009

Bernie Ecclestone is reported to have praised Hitler for his ability to “get things done” and said he preferred totalitarian regimes to democracies.

The billionaire Formula One chief was quoted Saturday’s Times as criticising MPs for their lack of strong leadership.

He said he liked “strong leaders”, such as Margaret Thatcher and suggested that Max Mosley, president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), would make a good Prime Minister.


Jeremiah Duggan parents demand new probe

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

The German government has been asked to open an investigation into the workings of the far-right LaRouche group.

Jeremiah Duggan was found dead on a highway in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2003, while attending a LaRouche youth event.

The student’s parents have presented the German Embassy in London with a dossier detailing the group’s antisemitic links.

This week, Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies, joined Erica and Hugo Duggan at a meeting at the embassy with Germany’s deputy ambassador, Dr Eckard Lubkemier.


Four-year-old is abused by school racists

By Leon Symons, July 2, 2009

A four-year-old girl has been withdrawn from a West London infants’ school after being subjected to repeated antisemitic remarks by other pupils.

Her father, journalist Nick Johnstone, has accused the head teacher, Philip Eaton, of failing to deal with his complaints. He has since complained to the local education authority about Mr Eaton and has also reported the matter to police and his MP, Mark Field.

In an email to Mr Johnstone, the head admitted that both he and the school “have let your family down”.


Shul door is draped with bacon

By Marcus Dysch, June 25, 2009

Bacon rashers were found wrapped round the door handles of a synagogue as congregants arrived for a Shabbat service last weekend.

Police were called to Sinai Synagogue in Leeds on Saturday morning. They also found meat stuffed through the key hole.

Sinai is the main Reform synagogue in Leeds and has around 800 members.

Rabbi Ian Morris said: “In the scheme of things it’s almost verging on the humorous. When people are setting out to target the Jewish community it’s a shame, but on the scale of things people do these days it really does not rate terribly highly.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.