Football comment about 'Jew hill' is rapped

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A sports channel has apologised after a football commentator referred to "Jews Hill - where you sit if you're too tight to pay".

Former Northern Ireland footballer Alan McDonald made the comments during the Crusaders vs Fulham game in Belfast, broadcast last week on Setanta Ireland, which had taken the feed and commentary from broadcaster Premier Sports.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party


Southbank Israel debate turns into ‘hate-fest’

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The Southbank Centre has defended its planning of a debate on cultural boycotts, which one Jewish panellist said had turned into a "hate-fest".

Palestinian boycott activist Omar Barghouti, Guardian and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland, American writer Carol Gould and British-Sri Lankan poet Seni Seneviratne spoke at the London Literary Festival session on July 10.

Throughout the event, Ms Gou


Another academic quits UCU over antisemitism

By Jessica Elgot, July 15, 2011

Another Jewish academic has quit the University and College Union because of fears about "institutionalised antisemitism."

James Mendelsohn, senior lecturer in law at Huddersfield University said he had sent three emails in 2008 to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt detailing his concerns about antisemitism, but had never received a reply.


Three on hate crime charge

By Robyn Rosen, July 14, 2011

Three men have been charged with racially aggravated harassment against two Jews in Golders Green.
Krisztian Sandor Kovacs, 32, from Harrow, Gabor Nehez, 34, from Wembley and Mark Minoricz, 33, from Wembley, were arrested last month after an incident involving a 35-year-old and 14-year-old in Golders Green Road. They pleaded not guilty and will appear before Hendon magistrates next month.


Death threats force Jersey leader to go

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister Freddie Cohen has spoken of his family's anguish over antisemitic abuse and death threats - which has led him to step down at the next election.

Senator Cohen, who is also planning minister and responsible for foreign relations, was president of the Jewish community in Jersey, two years before moving into politics.


Global call for UN man to resign

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Two British MPs have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to support a call for a UN human rights expert to resign over an antisemitic cartoon he posted on his blog, a call backed by the Obama administration.

MPs Theresa Villiers and David Burrowes have written to Mr Cameron, saying: "We strongly feel that Richard Falk should resign from the UN Human Rights Council in light of the fact that the c


Football result as FA tackles antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A Football Association initiative will tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia by encouraging cross-community matches, interfaith tournaments and grassroots education.

Faith in Football had its inaugural meeting at Wembley Stadium and will be chaired by Alex Goldberg of the European Centre for Jewish Leadership and the Faiths Forum for London.

Southport Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Zevi Saunders


UN Palestine expert posts hate cartoon

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A UN Human Rights Council expert on Palestine has posted on his blog an antisemitic cartoon of a dog wearing a kippah and urinating on a statue of Blind Justice.

American academic Richard Falk, who has written blogs in support of the flotillas to Gaza, last week published the cartoon by "Mahjoob", a pro-Palestinian cartoonist who has previously depicted Ehud Olmert slicing up a Palestinian baby


How Salah entered UK: alert at wrong terminal

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has told a group of senior Israeli Arabs that Islamic leader Raed Salah was excluded from Britain because he engaged in "unacceptable behaviour".

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested last month, a day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

MP Mike Freer asked Home Secretar


Pivotal moment for unions and Labour

By Martin Bright, July 7, 2011

The decision by Ronnie Fraser to fight back against the anti-Israel stance of the University and College Union is not just an act of considerable personal courage. It is also a hugely important political moment.

For many years, too many trade union members have stood by as their officers expended significant time and money on international "solidarity" campaigns.