Antisemitism

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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…

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Smith widens the battle against net hate crime

By Leon Symons, March 12, 2009

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to examine how antisemitic and other racist crimes can be reported on the internet.

Asked in an interview with the JC why it was still not possible to report hate crime on-line, Ms Smith said: “That is a sensible suggestion. I will look into it.”

Currently, there are only two methods of reporting hate crime on the internet. One is through a website called Truevision set up by a number of police forces, mainly for the lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual community. The site is currently undergoing reconstruction.

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Welfare centre will take crime reports

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 5, 2009

Bury Police have launched a hate crime reporting centre for Manchester Jewry.

The offices of Crumpsall-based welfare charity The Fed will be open to local Jews as a drop-in reporting point. Staff will be trained to log reported incidents on to a dedicated police database. It follows the establishment of a similar third-party reporting point at Brackman’s kosher bakery in Salford last month.

Police liaison officer for the Jewish community in Prestwich, PC Chris Grayshon, hopes the centres will reduce the number of unreported antisemitic incidents.

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FO man suspended

March 5, 2009

Rowan laxton, who allegedly made antisemitic remarks after watching TV reports of Israel’s operation in Gaza has been suspended by the Foreign Office, a spokesman confirmed this week. Laxton was arrested after the incident.

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MP's fears over rising antisemitism

March 5, 2009

Antisemitism has taken "a turn for the worst", an MP declared at a Wizo panel debate in London's West End.

John Mann, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, said that "significant antisemitism is coming from the mosques and Muslim community in this country", as well as from the far-right.

"Politicians must take responsibility beyond their own boundaries to influence issues," he said.

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Antisemitism key to UK exclusion policy

By Jenni Frazer, March 5, 2009

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said this week that the government is still considering evidence relating to the possible exclusion from Britain of Ibrahim Mousawi, the Hizbollah-linked journalist.

He has been invited to take part in a conference on Islam at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies on March 25.

If admitted from his home base of Beirut, it would be the fourth time that Mr Mousawi, formerly with the Shi’ite TV station Al-Manar, has entered Britain, having previously been invited by the Stop the War Coalition.

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