LSE students win antisemitism vote

March 19, 2009

Jewish students at the London School of Economics (LSE) celebrated a victory in their fight against antisemitism.

Around 350 students voted in favour of the motion ‘Stop Anti-Semitism Now’ at a student union general meeting.

The motion will now be implemented by the LSE Students’ Union.

Ben Grabiner, who proposed the motion on behalf of the university’s Jewish students said:

“It’s a great relief to have finally got this through. Over half the people who voted were from the Jewish Society or Israel Society.


Targeting Tube hate

By James Martin, March 19, 2009

Antisemitic incidents on the Northern Line have been a focus of a co-ordinated campaign against criminal behaviour involving Barnet and British Transport Police and Transport for London.

Sergeant Phil Briggs of the British Transport Police explained that the latest Operation Clean Sweep exercise covered stations between Golders Green and Edgware.

“The Transport Police has dealt with four [antisemitic] incidents in Barnet over the last few months including graffiti attacks and threatening behaviour,” he reported.


Exposing hatred’s hidden face

By Nick Johnstone, March 19, 2009

Back in 2005, Israeli documentary maker Naftaly Gliksberg, an avid consumer of European news, noted another year of disturbing antisemitic outrages in France. In those 12 months alone, 504 antisemitic incidents were reported. Gliksberg, who had been following news reports of antisemitic attacks in France since 2003, when he was profoundly affected by the savage murder of Jewish Parisian DJ Sebastien Selam by an Arab neighbour, felt not enough was being done to protect French Jews.


Ken Loach accuses Israel of ‘great crimes’

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2009

The maverick film director Ken Loach has attacked Israel’s action in Gaza, calling it “one of the great crimes of the last decades” and arguing that the rise in antisemitism is a direct consequence.

Speaking during a Belgian press conference at the launch of an international independent tribunal on the conflict, Mr Loach said individuals and organisations behind Operation Cast Lead would “have to pay” for their actions.


LSE dialogue breaks down in chaos

By James Martin, March 19, 2009

Dialogue between the Israel Society and the Palestine Society at the London School of Economics (LSE) has stopped after a PalestineSoc member suggested that Holocaust denial was wrong but not necessarily antisemitic.

Talks between the two groups were held last Friday over how far to include Holocaust denial in a motion on antisemitism, which the Palestine Society filibustered last Thursday.

But talks broke down after the PalestineSoc claimed their confidentiality had been breached by Israel Society secretary Patrick Jones leaking the details of the meeting.


New chair for anti-racist thinktank

By Leon Symons, March 19, 2009

Former Europe Minister Denis MacShane has been named as the new chairman of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism.

Dr MacShane, Labour MP for Rotherham, was chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism. Dr Macshane takes over the post from founding chairman Stephen Pollard, now editor of the JC.


Football arrest

March 19, 2009

A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged antisemitic incident at a Premier League football match.

Lawyer Stefano Lucatello, 47, was questioned by police in Hull, East Yorkshire, on suspicion of causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress. It is alleged he called a fan “Jew boy” during Hull City’s game with West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on January 31. Mr Lucatello was released on police bail until a date in April.


Racist incidents to be logged by schools

By Leon Symons, March 19, 2009

Schools are to be consulted by the Government later this year about recording antisemitic and other racist incidents.

Schools Minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry said in a reply to a parliamentary question on the intimidation of Jewish children in schools that such a requirement may be brought in as part of a new legal duty for schools to record every incident of bullying. An informal consultation is due to start in May, with the new anti-bullying measures to be introduced by the end of this year.


Murdoch: Europe has been poisoned by antisemitism

By Daniella Peled - Foreign Editor, March 12, 2009

Rupert Murdoch has warned that Israel’s legitimacy and security are under attack from opponents of “freedom, tolerance and democracy” around the world.

Speaking after receiving the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee last week, the News Corporation chairman said that European public debate had been “poisoned by an antisemitism we thought had been dispatched to history’s dustbin”.


UKIP leader attacks ‘trendy’ Israel-hate in EU Parliament

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2009

There is a “strong bias” against Israel within the European Union and an emergence of “almost a trendy new form of antisemitism” in politics, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party believes.

Nigel Farage, head of the party’s delegation of nine Euro-MPs, hit out in an interview with the JC at hostility towards the Jewish state.

“There is within the European institutions a very strong anti-Israel bias,” he said. “I would almost say — and I am bit nervous of saying this — there’s almost a new trendy form of antisemitism creeping in…