Antisemitism

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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France 'uses all it strength' to fight antisemitism, Hollande tells Knesset

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

French President François Hollande has told Israeli politicians that France "uses all its strength combating antisemitism".

In a speech to the Knesset today, the French leader also expressed concern over Iran’s nuclear programme and reiterated his support for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Former MP Denis MacShane admits false expenses claims

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2013

Former Labour MP and campaigner against antisemitism Denis MacShane faces a possible jail sentence after admitting making false expenses claims.

Dr MacShane, who chaired the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, faked receipts for £12,900 of research and translation services.

He used the money to fund trips to Europe which were connected with his work on antisemitism.

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Police make Spurs fan wait in Y-word case

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

A Tottenham Hotspur fan who was arrested last month in connection with chanting the word “Yid” must wait to find out if he will be charged.

The unnamed 51-year-old man was arrested on October 6 during Spurs’ home game against West Ham United.

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