Crackpot conspiracies, inspired by a madman

By Mike Whine, July 28, 2011

After last week's horrific attack in Norway it was only a matter of time before the blogosphere began to fill with the accusations of the conspiracy theorists and the anti-Israel lobby. The former think they have discovered Anders Behring Breivik's true allegiances; the latter seek to gain capital from the Norwegian tragedy.


Chelsea: formal complaint over Malaysian 'antisemitism'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Chelsea football club have made an official complaint following what they described as antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli player Yossi Benayoun at a match in Kuala Lumpur.

The Israeli became the first footballer from the Jewish state to play in a match in Malaysia in many years, when he helped Chelsea beat Malaysian XI last week.


Ranting taxi-driver gets year community order

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A taxi driver who screamed "all Jewish children must die," at Jewish mothers outside Manchester's King David School, has been found guilty of religious harassment by a jury and sentenced to community service.

Taha Osman, 36, from Blackley in north Manchester, was stuck in traffic outside the school last October when he became involved in an argument with one parent who was collecting her two yo


Fear of hate crime sparks film pullout

By Nathalie Rothschild, July 21, 2011

A Hollywood production company has cancelled plans to film a movie in Sweden because of a recent spike in antisemitic hate crimes.


Revulsion over Slovak Nazi bust

By Thomas Orszag-Land, July 21, 2011

The Slovakian government has condemned the erection of a bust of Ferdinand Durcansky, a prominent antisemite who served in the pro-Nazi Slovakian government during the Second World War and was sentenced to death in absentia by Czechoslovakia in 1945.


Football comment about 'Jew hill' is rapped

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A sports channel has apologised after a football commentator referred to "Jews Hill - where you sit if you're too tight to pay".

Former Northern Ireland footballer Alan McDonald made the comments during the Crusaders vs Fulham game in Belfast, broadcast last week on Setanta Ireland, which had taken the feed and commentary from broadcaster Premier Sports.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party


Southbank Israel debate turns into ‘hate-fest’

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The Southbank Centre has defended its planning of a debate on cultural boycotts, which one Jewish panellist said had turned into a "hate-fest".

Palestinian boycott activist Omar Barghouti, Guardian and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland, American writer Carol Gould and British-Sri Lankan poet Seni Seneviratne spoke at the London Literary Festival session on July 10.

Throughout the event, Ms Gou


Another academic quits UCU over antisemitism

By Jessica Elgot, July 15, 2011

Another Jewish academic has quit the University and College Union because of fears about "institutionalised antisemitism."

James Mendelsohn, senior lecturer in law at Huddersfield University said he had sent three emails in 2008 to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt detailing his concerns about antisemitism, but had never received a reply.


Three on hate crime charge

By Robyn Rosen, July 14, 2011

Three men have been charged with racially aggravated harassment against two Jews in Golders Green.
Krisztian Sandor Kovacs, 32, from Harrow, Gabor Nehez, 34, from Wembley and Mark Minoricz, 33, from Wembley, were arrested last month after an incident involving a 35-year-old and 14-year-old in Golders Green Road. They pleaded not guilty and will appear before Hendon magistrates next month.


Death threats force Jersey leader to go

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister Freddie Cohen has spoken of his family's anguish over antisemitic abuse and death threats - which has led him to step down at the next election.

Senator Cohen, who is also planning minister and responsible for foreign relations, was president of the Jewish community in Jersey, two years before moving into politics.