Jews around world suffered ‘explosion of hatred’ in 2014

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

There was a substantial increase in attacks on Jews worldwide last year, Israeli researchers have found.

“An explosion of hatred” had been felt by Jewish communities, with the rise attributed partly to the response to last summer’s Gaza conflict.


Miliband promises to defend shechita and combat online hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

Labour has pledged to defend shechita and tackle antisemitism in a series of election policies announced on Tuesday.

Launching a separate manifesto aimed at issues affecting minority communities the day after its main policy document, the party’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said more would be done to support ethnic minorities.


Truth about the J-word

By Michael Goldfarb, April 2, 2015

"Jew!" The contents of the pint glass were already airborne as we turned towards the shout. The beer hit my friend Doug directly in the face, soaking his glasses and forming a little drip from the end of his long, classically Jewish nose. He removed his spectacles and tried to find a dry spot on his shirt to wipe them.


Data will be shared to beat hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

Police say they will share details about the victims of race-hate attacks with organisations that can help those who have been abused.

The decision to share data with the Community Security Trust and Tell Mama, which tackles anti-Muslim abuse, was a response to increased community tension, police said.

It comes after the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism called on police forc


He's the new Jon Stewart. But does he have a Jewish problem?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart as host of the hit US comedy programme The Daily Show, has been accused of antisemitism over some inflammatory tweets.

In May last year, the South African comic responded to the news that hip-hop artist Dr Dre's headphones company Beats Electronics was being bought by Apple for more than £2bn by tweeting: "Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a d


Lena Dunham article compares Jews to dogs

By Sebastien Malo, April 2, 2015

The acclaimed creator and star of American hit television series Girls, Lena Dunham, has been accused of stirring up antisemitic stereotypes after publishing a light-hearted article last week in which she compared Jews to dogs.

In the article for the New Yorker, titled "Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A Quiz", readers are invited to spot differences between the author's dog and her Jewish partner.


Edinburgh students union accused of antisemitism over pre-Pesach boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2015

The president of Edinburgh Jewish Society has accused the student union of antisemitism for refusing to postpone a vote on boycotting Israel to be held the day before Pesach.

Emma Dubin, Edinburgh JSoc president, found out on Monday that a motion proposing a commercial and cultural boycott of Israel was on the agenda for the last student council meeting before the Easter holidays on Thursday.


Outrage over claim Ed Miliband should put his wife ‘in the oven’

By Sandy Rashty, March 30, 2015

Controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins has been accused of antisemitism, after suggesting Ed Miliband should gas his wife in an oven.

The jibe against the Labour leader – whose parents fled the Holocaust – and his wife, Justine, came after polling on the popularity of politicians’ wives.


Wrong number: how the phoneline farce unfolded

March 27, 2015

Confusion and anger met the BBC’s story on Sunday morning about the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s plans to launch a new incident helpline — or ‘action line’.

The proposal was attacked on social media by critics who called it “ludicrous” and accused the CAA of promoting a split in the reporting of antisemitic incidents.


Nigel Farage ‘shocked’ by European antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, March 25, 2015

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has expressed his “shock” at the rise of antisemitism in Europe.

Mr Farage made the comments while meeting Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron in Brussels on Wednesday.

She was leading a delegation of Board representatives to discuss the possible creation of a European Union taskforce on antisemitism.