Oz official exits over hate mail

May 16, 2008

A senior Liberal Party official in Australia who described a fellow party candidate as a “greedy f***ing Jew” has resigned. Susan Chandler, the campaign manager for the Victoria branch of the party, also apologised to Adam Held, a Jewish candidate who stood unsuccessfully at last November’s federal election, for sending an email referring to him as a “greedy f***ing Jew” after he had requested more campaign material to distribute.


Sacks calls for action over campus hate

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has called on university vice-chancellors to take greater action to defend Jewish students who are made to feel like “pariahs” on campuses around the UK.

He told the JC this week that vice-chancellors “must defend freedom of speech on all sides and all arguments. It must never be students of this or that faith who feel vulnerable or at risk or like pariahs on a university campus.


The racist emails sent to Chelsea’s Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been the target of vile antisemitic abuse, the JC can reveal.

We have seen copies of emails sent to the Israeli, whose club last week distanced itself from claims by his agent that he had been a victim of race-hate.

One, full of mis-spellings, accused Grant of “having Palestinian and Arab blood on his hands”. Another branded his Israeli player Tal Ben Haim “a Jewish terrorist”.


Race victims ‘don’t want to go to court’

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

Many antisemitic crimes reported to police are going unpunished because victims do not want to go to court.

Others are not even thoroughly investigated because culprits cannot be identified, according to a Crown Prosecution Service report published this week.

The CPS also admitted that internal communications difficulties had led to a number of cases being pursued in error.


Unfriendly Chelsea may soon lose Abramovich

By Simon Griver, May 9, 2008

The oligarch is deeply hurt that the fans at Stamford Bridge have not warmed to him

Avram Grant has taken the UK by storm. It would be hard to think of another high-profile character in British history who has generated so much pride within the Jewish community while stirring up so much prejudice outside of it. Israelis explain the latter part of the equation in one word or two, depending on how you spell antisemitism, but the reality is more complex.


Man charged over racist emails

May 2, 2008

A 52-year-old man has been charged with a communications offence in connection with a spate of allegedly racist and antisemitic emails sent to politicians and journalists, including the JC, which received 54 separate communications.

Maher Khammash was due to appear before Uxbridge magistrates yesterday (1st May) morning.


PCC rejects complaint against JC

April 18, 2008

A complaint against the Jewish Chronicle made by the Islamic Human Rights Commission has been rejected by the Press Complaints Commission.

The protest concerned a report of last October’s Al-Quds Day demonstration in London, which the IHRC supported with other organisations.

The JC reported a claim made by a Jewish blogger, writing as Edgar Davidson, that he had been subjected to cries of “Kill the Jews” while demonstrating against the rally.


NUS ejects hate group

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

The Union of Jewish Students has praised NUS for ejecting purveyors of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel material from its Blackpool conference last week.

Leaflets featuring offensive cartoons and slogans were distributed by Palestinian student group GUPS. After a complaint by a delegate to the conference steering committee, the GUPS members responsible were asked to leave the premises. They verbally abused students on the UJS stall before being escorted out by police.


‘Dock points for soccer antisemitism’

By Danny Caro, April 11, 2008

Communal leaders and football bosses have welcomed a new zero-tolerance policy against fans who engage in antisemitic or Islamophobic abuse.

The dramatic initiative — which includes the possibility of English clubs being docked points — came as the FA, the Metropolitan Police, the Board of Deputies and the National Association of Muslim Police attended football’s first faith summit aimed at tackling racism on the terraces and near grounds.


Men on trial for dog attack

April 11, 2008

Two German men, aged 27 and 31, have been put on trial for an alleged antisemitic attack in January in which they set their dog on a Jewish schoolboy in Berlin while giving the Nazi stiff-armed salute. The victim was not harmed.