European leader calls for 'zero-tolerance' for antisemitism

By Toby Axelrod, January 26, 2011

Europe should have "zero tolerance" for far-right parties that spew antisemitism, European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said in a press conference here today, ahead of ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.


MPs pledge to tackle campus extremism and online hate

By Jessica Elgot, January 21, 2011

MPs have pledged to crack down on antisemitic preachers on campus and internet hate sites during a major parliamentary debate on antisemitism.


Jailed for Jew hate - now he's the victim?

January 20, 2011

A convicted white supremacist who wrote that he wanted to "destroy the Jews" has complained to prison authorities - that he has become the victim of religious discrimination.

Michael Heaton, 43, from Wigan, was jailed in June for 30 months for posting over 3,000 racist messages on fascist websites. He also founded the militant group Aryan Strike Force whose members boasted about plotting attacks on synagogues and mosques.


Hotel denounced for Islamist hate speakers

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2011

A major hotel group has drawn criticism for hosting a conference featuring several Islamist hate preachers.

Speakers at the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) at the Ibis Hotel in Earl's Court on Sunday included Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick, who has previously called all Jews and homosexuals "filth".

Other speakers included Abdur-Raheem Green, an Islamic convert from Catholicism. He has been outspoken on Israel in the past, claiming the Jewish homeland is a "myth" and "brainwashing."


Demand for Rupert Murdoch to remove Glenn Beck from Fox News

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

More than 10,000 people have signed an American Jewish organisation’s petition calling on Rupert Murdoch to fire controversial pundit Glenn Beck because of his “grotesque falsehoods” about Jews.

Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) launched the petition following the showing of Mr Beck’s recent three-part series “Puppet Master” on Fox News. The channel is part of Mr Murdoch’s media empire.

On the programme Mr Beck attacked Jewish businessman George Soros’ Holocaust record and accused him of helping “to send the Jews to the death camps”.


MPs tackle football hatred

January 14, 2011

Football and the internet are areas for new government efforts to fight antisemitism, Northern MPs have told Manchester Jewish Representative Council delegates.

Ivan Lewis (Bury South) and Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood) addressed Sunday's council meeting, as did Danny Stone, director of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism.


Baseball thug jailed for antisemitic abuse

January 13, 2011

A man has been sentenced to a year in prison after he threatened four shul-goers with a baseball bat and antisemitic abuse in Cardiff last June.

Lee Tucker, 23, an unemployed joiner, was convicted of antisemitic affray at Cardiff Crown Court last month.

He tapped a baseball bat menacingly in his hand, threatening to kill the four men and knock their teeth out, according to the South Wales Echo. He then got into his car and drove towards them.

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, of Cardiff United Synagogue, said: "They were four American students who were staying with me for Shabbat.


On this day: The Doctors’ Plot

By Jennifer Lipman, January 13, 2011

In the terrible and tragic history of the Jewish experience in the post-war communist dictatorships of Eastern Europe, one incident in particular stands out. It began with an editorial published in the Pravda newspaper.

The article accused a group of nine high-profile doctors, two-thirds of whom were Jewish, of conspiring to assassinate the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin by poisoning him.


Dangers of ignoring the contrasts in Euro hatreds

By Benjamin Weinthal, January 13, 2011

It is now a commonplace in Europe to regard antisemitism and the more recent phenomenon, "Islamophobia", as much of a muchness. Yet there are important historical distinctions between the hatred of Jews and anti-Muslim prejudice. While European Muslims are without question subject to discrimination and violence, no reasonable observer could claim that they face the prospect of a Final Solution-style extermination plan.


Perfect punishment for Dutch teen's anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

A teenager whose offensive comments about Jews were published online has been given a particularly fitting punishment.

The Dutch 18-year-old, referred to as Omar E in court, has been sentenced to community service at the Holocaust hiding place of Jewish diarist Anne Frank.

He had told the website GeenStijl that he believed Jewish people should be exterminated.

Despite a claim by Omar E’s lawyer that the case should not even have come to court because of the negative publicity his client had faced, a judge ruled that the teenager should do16 hours of community service.