Antisemitism

Foreign Office man guilty of racist rant

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

Foreign Office civil servant Rowan Laxton has been found guilty of uttering a foul-mouthed anti-Israel rant at a gymnasium during Operation Cast lead in January.

District judge Howard Riddle fined Laxton, 48, £350 with £500 costs at Westminster Magistrates Court.

His counsel, Julian Knowles, said afterwards: “Mr Laxton is very disappointed by the outcome and he will be considering his next steps with his legal team.”

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Quiet New Year on the security front

By Barry Toberman, September 22, 2009

The Community Security Trust has reported an almost trouble-free Rosh Hashanah at British synagogues.

Only a small number of minor incidents were recorded, mostly abuse being shouted from cars at congregants walking to or from shuls in London, Hertfordshire and Manchester.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said that while the incidents were “disturbing for the victims, overall it was a peaceful weekend”.

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CSC attacks Neo-nazi CDs

By Leon Symons, September 18, 2009

The Centre for Social Cohesion has said it will report the neo-Nazi group Blood & Honour to the police for distributing racially offensive music CDs.

CSC says the CDs would, encourage acts of hatred and terrorism against ethnic minorities that would infringe the Public Order Act 1986 and the Terrorism Act 2000.

A section of the lyrics of a song called “Murder Squad” by a group called Blue Eyed Devils says:

“Traitors are hung and others shot dead
Kill the Jew and cut off his head
Destroy the enemy and his lies
Send the filth to an early demise.”

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Neo-Nazi attack on Budapest shul

By Thomas Land, September 18, 2009

Europe’s largest shul was attacked last week by an antisemitic crowd venting their frustration that police had stopped them disrupting a Gay Pride Parade taking place nearby.

The Great Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest celebrated its 150th anniversary the next day.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Gordon Bajnaj expressed regret that the building still needs permanent police protection from neo-Nazi thugs.

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Scottish messianic community hit by flood of abuse

By Robyn Rosen, September 18, 2009

A Messianic community in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, has reported an “alarming” rise in antisemitism.

The Beit Rehovot Messianic Jewish Congregation meet weekly at a community hall and has experienced a flood of verbal abuse and threatening behaviour from youths.

The group formerly met at the Mossneuk Community Hall, which last weekend was daubed in graffiti, including the words “Jews’ night tonight lads, get your Jew cap on.”

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Muslim group publish Jewish organ-traffiking 'blood libel'

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2009

The Muslim Association of Britain has said it will remove from its website a story claiming “Jewish rings” kidnapped children from Algeria to harvest their organs for sale in Israel and America.

Its story linked the child abduction allegation to the arrest in July of a Brooklyn man, Levy-Itzhak Rosenbaum, who was accused of trying to buy kidneys for £6,000 and reselling them for almost £100,000.

It was claimed that the children were taken to Morocco, where the organs were removed and then taken to Israel and America.

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Cash boost for hate crime fight

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2009

The Community Security Trust has been awarded more than £50,000 by the Home Office to back the fight against antisemitism.

CST is one of 10 organisations working on behalf of hate crime victims to receive government support.

It will spend the £54,354 on specialist training for staff and volunteers who deal directly with hate crime victims — and to increase awareness of the importance of reporting hate crimes to the police and the CST.

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Man charged over racist attacks in Salford

By Jessica Elgot, September 17, 2009

A man has been charged with 14 racially aggravated offences after a number of Jewish people were targeted in Salford.

Dean Parker, 22, of Merrick Avenue, Wythenshawe, has been charged with 14 counts of racially aggravated common assault.

Between 8 June and 10 June 2009 14 people from the Broughton Park Jewish community were sprayed with water as a Fiat Doblo drove past them in the Broughton Park area.

He will appear at Salford Magistrates' Court on Monday 28 September 2009

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Foreign Office man's 'racist' rant

By Jessica Elgot, September 17, 2009

A senior Foreign Office civil servant claimed that Israel should be “blown off the face of the earth” while watching a TV report on the Gaza conflict, a court has heard.

A man claimed he heard Rowan Laxton, 48, the head of the Foreign Office’s South Asia desk, shouting at a TV report while he was working out on an exercise bike in the London Business School gym.

Gideon Falter, who is Jewish, told Westminster Magistrates’ Court he heard Mr Laxton shouting: “f****** Israelis, f****** Jews” at the television screen which was showing a report about a dead Palestinian farmer.

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Bus stop requests for hate crime details

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

Posters are going up at Golders Green bus stops encouraging locals to report antisemitic incidents during the High Holy-Days.

An initiative of the Community Security Trust, in conjunction with the police, the posters provide emergency contact details for reporting by witnesses to, or indeed victims of, racist activity.

A CST spokesman said: “We are starting this initiative because

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