'Racist' ref is suspended

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 16, 2012

The head of Manchester's Football Association said this week that antisemitic remarks had been "brushed under the carpet" in the past, after the suspension of a top refereeing official for a racist remark about the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, Philip Morris, referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was suspended for two months after allegedly telling a young FA official before a Mancheste


Ask why people are antisemitic, says leading Catholic writer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Piers Paul Read, the writer of a new book about the 1894 Dreyfus Affair, was criticised this week after saying that the French soldier's treatment could be linked to Jews being a "very powerful influence in finance, in business", and that Jews should ask why people were antisemitic.

English literature Professor Jacqueline Rose, author of Proust among the Nations: From Dreyfus to the Middle East


Belsen liberator statue attacked in Scarborough

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2012

Scarborough police are pursuing the possibility of a racial motive behind the vandalism on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day of a statue of a British soldier who helped to liberate Belsen.

Yellow paint was splashed over the sculpture, known as Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, last Thurday night.


Chilling resurgence

February 2, 2012

This may be the twentyfirst century but little has changed in parts of Europe, where antisemitism has returned to the mainstream.

In Hungary, Jew-haters are closing in on government. Jobbik, the third-largest party in parliament and tipped to take many more seats in a future election, spouts rhetoric that could have come from the Third Reich.


Antisemitism figures up in Manchester in 2011

February 2, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in Britain declined last year, according to new figures released by the Community Security Trust.

There were 586 recorded incidents across the country in 2011, representing a nine per cent decrease on the previous 12 months but also making it the fourth highest annual total on record.


Anti-Israel activist convicted of attack on Jewish man

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been convicted of slapping a Jewish man during a protest last summer.

Carole Swords, chairman of the Tower Hamlets Respect Party and Viva Palestina supporter, attacked Harvey Garfield as he attempted to defend Israeli products from potential vandalism by protesters.


Occupy protester in Edinburgh arrested over menorah's destruction

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2012

A 25-year-old man connected to the Occupy Edinburgh movement has been charged with destroying Scotland's biggest chanuciah in an alleged antisemitic attack.

He appeared in court last week facing one charge of vandalism aggravated by hate, but was released by the Procurator Fiscal pending further police inquiries.

But members of Edinburgh's Jewish community have spoken in his defence, claimin


Arrest in New Jersey shul firebombing attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

A teenager has appeared in court in connection with attacks on synagogues in New Jersey.

Anthony Graziano pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing on Wednesday, after being charged with firebombing two synagogues.


Report finds 1 in 5 Germans antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

A report into antisemitism in Germany has found that the country has a problem with entrenched hostility towards Jews.

According to the survey, which was commissioned in 2009 by the German parliament to look into antisemitism, some 20 per cent of citizens display anti-Jewish attitudes.


Cancel event, Amnesty is urged by ZF

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

Amnesty International should cancel the launch of an anti-Israel activist's book about Palestinians because he allegedly "justified antisemitism", according to the Zionist Federation.

Ben White's new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, is due to be launched at Amnesty's London offices on January 26.

The ZF has written to AI managing director Kate Allen en