Europe forming its own Anti-Defamation League

By Toby Axelrod, December 8, 2011

A new European task force is being created to fight rising antisemitism on the continent, Jewish leaders in Brussels announced last week.

The new body will be run with the help of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League and will be modelled on the American organisation.

The announcement came at a conference hosted in Brussels by the European Jewish Union (EJU) and Tzedek, a European Jewish


US ambassador accused of 'downplaying' antisemitism

By Nathalie Rothschild, December 8, 2011

Leading Republicans and Jewish groups are calling for the dismissal of the US ambassador to Belgium following his remarks on antisemitism.

In a speech to a conference organised by the European Jewish Union (EJU) in Brussels last week, Howard Gutman said that Muslim antisemitism in Europe "would clearly abate" if a lasting peace were achieved in the Middle East.

Mr Gutman made a distinction b


Envoy blames Muslim antisemitism on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

The US ambassador to Belgium has had his remarks condemned by the Obama administration after he suggested that Muslim antisemitism occurred because of Israel's actions.


Questions Scots can't ignore

By Martin Bright, December 2, 2011

The JC is sometimes accused of scaremongering about antisemitism in the UK. I hope we get the tone right in reporting the facts on the ground, but I recognise it is important not create panic by overstating the problem.


Lauren Booth's attack points up new split in PSC

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activist Lauren Booth has launched a vitriolic attack on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for dissociating itself from antisemitic musician Gilad Atzmon, saying the central office should be working "to end Zionism".

Her comments highlight the internal divisions in the PSC, between the national body and its more radical branches.


Scottish hate crime figures rise

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Scottish Jewish leaders have called new figures on hate crime prosecutions "worrying" and urged support for a new Bill targeting abusers who send antisemitic phone and email messages.

An analysis into religious hate crime by the Scottish Government released last week found that in 2010-2011, there were 16 prosecutions for religious hatred against Jews.

Scottish Council of Jewish Communities


Interview: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Conservative Party co-chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called on communities to "drain the poison of antisemitism from our country."

Lady Warsi gave the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism annual lecture at the House of Commons this week, and the keynote address at the Buncher Interfaith Conference on Social Action at Lambeth Palace.

At both sessions, she stressed t


Lottery cash funds Jew-hate jamboree

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The Arts Council has defended its funding of a concert by the author of what the Community Security Trust has branded "quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years" by saying that it helps to "present a diverse view of world society".

Israeli-born musician Gilad Atzmon, who calls himself "a proud self-hating Jew" in his new book The Wandering Who?, is due t


Salah witness and the two texts

By Marc Goldberg, November 17, 2011

One of the expert witnesses who gave testimony at Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah's immigration tribunal has now raised questions relating to his own evidence.

In October, an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as "his presence would not be conducive to the public good."


FA working to tackle football race hatred

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

The Football Association has admitted there is still more work to be done to tackle antisemitic abuse at all levels of the game.

Sue Law, the FA's Head of Equality, said significant improvements had been made in the past 18 months to educate and train match-day stewards, use CCTV to identify offenders, and to assist information-gathering and reporting.