Ukrainian Jews voice fears over safety

By Simon Round, February 21, 2014

Ukrainian Jews have voiced concern for their country’s future in the wake of the protests sweeping the country.

Journalist and photographer Alexander Shulman told the JC that the instability has already prompted antisemitism in Ukraine. “There have been attacks near yeshivas and synagogues. These have been provocations on both sides of the conflict in order to attract attention abroad.”


Court orders Dieudonné to cut hate video

By Natasha Lehrer, February 20, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné was ordered by a French court last week to edit out two sections of a video he posted on his website and YouTube.

In the section judged to contravene the French law prohibiting Holocaust denial, Dieudonné says: “I was born in 1966, so I wasn’t alive then… I don’t know anything about the gas chambers.


Rant gave the wrong image, insists photographer Rankin

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Photographer Rankin has apologised for attacking “powerful Jewish zealots” in the US and blaming “extreme Judaism” for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

He had criticised actress Scarlett Johansson for leaving her ambassadorial role with Oxfam over a row over Israeli West Bank settlements.


Hungary protests at far-right rally in ex-shul

By Valentina Jovanovski, February 20, 2014

Hungarians demonstrated against a rally held by the antisemitic Jobbik party at a former shul last week.

More than a hundred protesters gathered outside the building in the northern city of Esztergom, where Jobbik leader Gábor Vona spoke to supporters as part of his campaign ahead of the Hungarian elections in April.


Street stalls continue to sell 'Yid' merchandise at Arsenal stadium

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Street vendors have continued to sell “yid” merchandise outside the Emirates Stadium, despite the threat of action by Islington Council.

Badges that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!” were spotted ahead of the FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

A Jewish Arsenal fan, who did not want to be identified, reported the ongoing sale to police on standby.


Gallery acts to change painting's offensive description

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

The National Gallery has altered the description it gives visitors of a 17th century painting after complaints that the piece could be interpreted as antisemitic.

The Rich Man Being Led To Hell, painted by David Teniers the Younger in around 1647, is based on a New Testament teaching.


Facebook refuses to act over ‘blood libel’

By Simon Rocker, February 20, 2014

Facebook has rejected calls to delete a page which promotes the belief that Jews ritually sacrifice Christian children.

One British rabbi is so incensed at the continuing presence of the “Jewish Ritual Murder” page he has complained to the police.


Film reveals anti-Zionist threat faced by students

By Charlotte Oliver, February 14, 2014

Anti-Zionism and antisemitism are still too often conflated on university campuses, and Jewish students are paying the price.

That’s the view advanced in Crossing The Line: Exploring Israel On Campus, a new documentary which raises concerns about the safety of students targeted by anti-Israel activists.


Photographer Rankin says Scarlett Johansson submitted to 'powerful Jewish zealots'

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

British photographer Rankin has launched a blistering attack on what he called "powerful Jewish zealots" in the United States and blamed "extreme Judaism" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.


Antisemitic Jobbik party rally at former synagogue

By Valentina Jovanovski, February 13, 2014

Hungary’s antisemitic Jobbik party will be “trampling on the graves of Holocaust victims” by holding a rally at a former synagogue on Friday, a leading Jewish organisation says.

The rally in Esztergom, a city north of Budapest where the Jewish population was wiped out during the Holocaust, is part of Jobbik’s campaign ahead of national elections in April.