Antisemitism

The woman telling Google and Facebook how to delete the racists

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

In the fight against online antisemitism, Jardena Lande is an unsung heroine.

While David Cameron and other world leaders try to convince sites such as Facebook to do more to block users spreading hatred, Ms Lande and her colleagues at the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) have already enjoyed notable success.

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Croatian footballer banned over pro-Nazi chants

By Darren Witcoop, December 17, 2013

A Croatian international football player will miss next year's World Cup for his pro-Nazi chants.

Josip Simunic was handed a 10-game ban by Fifa for displaying "discriminatory behaviour" following his country's World Cup play-off win against Iceland last month.

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What do badgers have to do with Kristallnacht? Ask this farmer

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

The government’s cull of badgers is an emotive issue that has divided opinion across the English countryside.

So emotive in fact that protagonists on either side of the cull divide seem unable to resist making comparisons with the Holocaust.

First it was rock guitarist Brian May, who provoked Jewish anger earlier this year when he referred to the cull as a “genocide”.

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Senior Lib Dem meets communal leaders over Ward

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2013

Liberal Democrat chief whip Don Foster has met Jewish communal leaders to discuss the party’s controversial MP David Ward.

Representatives of the Board of Deputies, Community Security Trust and Jewish Leadership Council attended the session in Westminster on Wednesday last week.

Mr Foster is understood to have lavished praise on CST’s work to combat antisemitism.

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Anglican vicar says trust in Church is shaken after Stephen Sizer affair

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

A Church of England vicar has challenged the handling of an investigation into a fellow Anglican whose blog linked to websites promoting Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.

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Backing for university hate speech guidelines

By Charlotte Oliver, December 5, 2013

Jewish community representatives gave the thumbs up this week to new guidelines published by Universities UK on tackling hate speakers on campus.

But they expressed disappointment over the use of a fictional case study, which described Jewish students shouting down a pro-Palestinian speaker.

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MP defends Hitler ally at antisemitism seminar

By Valentina Jovanovski, November 29, 2013

A politician from Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, tried to defend the legacy of Hitler ally and Hungarian wartime leader Miklós Horthy at a conference on antisemitism in Budapest on Monday.

“The phenomenon of Horthy should not be the victim of politics in an age when not even history… has had time to digest the matter,” said László Simon.

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Internet game targets Jews, and gays,

By Nissan Tzur, November 28, 2013

A new internet game launched by a Ukrainian website called ‘Nationalist Simulator — Defend Ukraine’, encourages players to “shoot the enemies of the state — Jews, Russians, members of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender communities, Americans and the Communists”.

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Shechitah is safe, Theresa May pledges

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

Home Secretary Theresa May gave assurances that Jews would continue to enjoy freedom of religion in the UK and practices such as shechitah would remain safe under the present government.

In a well-received speech at the Board of Deputies dinner at the Mansion House last night, she pledged her determination to combat antisemitism, incitement to hate and the influence of extremist preachers.

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Fashion world split over Galliano job at Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2013

The fashion world is split over Vogue UK magazine’s decision to use disgraced designer John Galliano as guest fashion editor for its December edition.

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman described Mr Galliano — who faced criminal charges after a drunken antisemitic rant in 2011 — as a designer “informed by a richness of imagination and history”.

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