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.


Security review as graveyard suffers second race attack

By Leon Symons, April 4, 2008

Plashet Cemetery in East London, scene of the worst-ever desecration at a Jewish burial ground five years ago, has been vandalised again.

Between 30 and 40 stones were pushed over last weekend; some were smashed and decorative figures were removed from other graves. Marble surrounds from some graves were pulled up and railings were damaged. Several tombs were smashed in and a small fire was lit against one wall.


New academic boycott plan meets swift resistance

By Leon Symons, March 27, 2008

A thinly veiled attempt by the University and College Union national executive to reintroduce an academic boycott of Israel by the back door has brought a swift communal response.

The Stop The Boycott campaign, launched to defeat last year’s proposal — successfully — has been reactivated, and communal leaders have spoken out strongly against the UCU executive.


Germans take YouTube to court over ‘hate films’

By Toby Axelrod, March 27, 2008

The video-sharing website YouTube has become an unwitting purveyor of hate material, but it should not accept this role, the Central Council of Jews in Germany has warned.

Stephan Kramer, its secretary general, filed a lawsuit in Hamburg last week on behalf of the Council, asking for a temporary injunction to pull especially offensive hate material from YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, the US-based web search business.

In one video cited, a photograph of the late president of the Central Council, Paul Spiegel, was burned against a background of swastikas, according to Mr Kramer.


The new polite antisemitism

By David Aaronovitch, March 27, 2008

By minor serendipity these two things happened on Tuesday of last week. First there was the laconic posting in the comments section accompanying my column in the online edition of The Times. I’d written about the row over the oath. Anyway, in amongst the “I am British and they’ll have to force me to take an oath over my cold, dead body” stuff, was this from “Edward” of Lincoln. Repeating a line that I’d used, Edward simply appended: “Ah the international people. Don’t you just love them?”


New bid to target BNP vote on May 1

By Dana Gloger, March 21, 2008

The Jewish Chronicle today gives its backing to a community-wide campaign to prevent the British National Party from winning seats in the May 1 local and London elections.


US State Department: anti-Zionism fuels antisemitism

By Nathan Guttman, March 19, 2008

A groundbreaking report compiled by the US State Department recognises anti-Zionism as a form of antisemitism and points to Arab states, European countries and even the United Nations as responsible for allowing this strain of prejudice to develop.

“Antisemitism couched as criticism of Zionism or Israel often escapes condemnation since it can be more subtle than traditional forms of antisemitism, and promoting antisemitic attitudes may not be the conscious intent of the purveyor,” the report states.