Antisemitism

Hebron claims attacked UK envoys were on an ‘antisemitic’ mission

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2008

A fact-finding visit last week by British diplomats to Hebron, during which their car was attacked by settlers, was "antisemitic", according to a representative of the city's Jewish community.

The settlers blocked the route of the armoured vehicle before kicking and shaking it during the incident in the West Bank last Thursday.

The three middle-ranking diplomats were on a tour organised by human-rights group Breaking the Silence. Their guide, Mikhael Manekin, said the incident had proved "a bit nerve-wracking" for the unnamed officials.

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Hate attack in Vilnius

August 15, 2008

Lithuanian Jews have urged the country's leaders to take action after vandals daubed the Vilnius community centre with hate graffiti.

The centre's managing director, Simonas Gurevicius, warned that the authorities had not responded strongly enough to previous incidents. "Also, the lack of ethnic and religious understanding taught in the school system provides fertile ground for intolerance," he added.

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Sarkozy’s son in ‘antisemitic’ satire

By Shirli Sitbon, August 8, 2008

The son of French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been plunged into the centre of a national controversy after he was attacked by a satirist for planning to marry a Jewish woman.

In his article, cartoonist Siné mocked the political agenda of Jean Sarkozy, and implied the young man had decided to wed a Jew and convert to Judaism in order to push forward his career.

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Police to probe bus ‘outburst’

By Dana Gloger, August 1, 2008

A bus driver is alleged to have shouted abusive comments at mourners at the funeral of Britain's longest-serving minister.

Over 400 people attended the funeral of the Rev Leslie Olsberg, minister at Heaton Park Synagogue, last Sunday at Rainsough Cemetery in Prestwich.

Some of those present said that when the driver of the 93 bus could not get through the crowds, he wound down his window and began shouting insults. One mourner claimed the driver shouted: "You people think you own everything."

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MPs fly to Poland to learn legacy of hate

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2008

A group of nine MPs visited Poland last week to discuss combating antisemitism in the country.

The three-day trip was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism (PCAA).

It included a visit to the former Nazi death camp at Majdanek and meetings with government officials and Jewish residents.

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Campus hate figures soar

By Leon Symons, August 1, 2008

Antisemitic incidents in universities shot up by 88 per cent in the first half of this year, according to figures released this week by the Community Security Trust.

There were 49 incidents in the first six months of this year compared to 26 in the first half of 2007. However, only two involved assaults and both of those were off campus; the rest were incidents of verbal abuse or graffiti.

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Retrial for web hate publisher

By Leon Symons, August 1, 2008

A man who fled to America after being convicted of publishing racially inflammatory material on the internet will face a second trial in December.

Simon Sheppard, 51, from Selby, North Yorkshire, is being held in Santa Ana jail in California, together with his co-defendant Stephen Whittle, after the pair were detained at Los Angeles airport last month.

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Racist who fled hate trial caught in America

By Leon Symons, July 18, 2008

A racist who fled the country after being convicted of five charges of publishing racially inflammatory material has been apprehended in America.

Stephen Whittle, 41, of Preston, Lancs, had written five offensive articles under the pen-name Luke O’Farrell, which were published on the internet.

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Minister pledges to fight hate

By Bernard Josephs, July 18, 2008

A government minister committed financial backing this week to help combat antisemitism.

Jim Murphy, minister for Europe, made his pledge at the launch of a new London-based think-tank dedicated to combating the growth of antisemitic discourse and discrimination.

Mr Murphy said the government would fund the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism through the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Bloggers refuse to apologise over ‘evil Jew’ libel threat

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

A popular political website is refusing to back down in the face of a threat of libel action from an Islamist activist who denies having referred to an “evil Jew”.

Harry’s Place, the left-of-centre blog, has engaged top lawyers Mishcon de Reya to defend it against a claim from Mohammed Sawalha, the president of the British Muslim Initiative.

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