Antisemitism

Cameron pledges more protection for places of worship

By Josh Jackman, October 15, 2015

A significant rise in religious hate crime has led Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge more protection for synagogues, mosques and churches.

Incidents have risen by 43 per cent over the past year, according to Home Office statistics.

Mr Cameron said the increase was unacceptable, and that "we must do more to fight it".

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Middle East needs ‘courageous leadership’ to stop violence, says Labour

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2015

Labour has called for both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to work to de-escalate tensions following the rising violence, which it said was “deeply shocking”.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn said in a statement on Wednesday: “More killing will achieve nothing and the situation demands courageous leadership from Israeli and Palestinian politicians alike.

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Spate of antisemitic incidents reported

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2015

Shomrim, the volunteer community security group, reported four antisemitic incidents in London on Tuesday, including one verbal attack on a man leaving a synagogue on Clapton Common.

The suspect, a black male, is said to have shouted “we need to kill all the Jews” at the victim before kicking and smashing his car window.

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David Cameron pledges more protection for places of worship after surge in hate crime

By Josh Jackman, October 13, 2015

A significant rise in religious hate crime has led Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge more protection for synagogues, mosques and churches.

Religious hate crime has risen by 43 per cent over the last year, according to Home Office statistics.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Cameron said: “Rising hate crime is unacceptable – we must do more to fight it”.

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Images released of football fans accused of antisemitic chanting

By Josh Jackman, October 13, 2015

Police want to question a group of West Ham football supporters over antisemitic chanting on a train.

The British Transport Police has released images of the five men who several witnesses have accused of singing antisemitic song after a match with Leicester City on August 15.

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Corbyn and the racist mob

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 8, 2015

At the end of July I devoted this column to the candidature of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party. I concluded thus: "Corbyn… has a problem with Jews… This fear - of imagined Jewish power - has haunted the Labour Party from the moment of its foundation. A Corbyn victory would at last bring this apparition into the open, where it desperately needs to be."

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New EU antisemitism tsar as report tracks rise in hate

October 8, 2015

Frans Timmermans, a former foreign minister of the Netherlands and the vice-president of the European Commission, has said he will act as the EU's first envoy on antisemitism.

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Antisemitic minister fired from Greek cabinet

By Victor Eliezer, October 1, 2015

The new Greek deputy transport minister, Dimitris Kammenos, was sacked 12 hours into his job for comparing the European Union to a concentration camp and calling homosexuals "pathetic".

The announcement that Mr Kammenos, an MP from the nationalist Independent Greeks party, would take a cabinet position in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's new coalition government triggered a public uproar.

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Police drop probe into alleged hate remarks at anti-Netanyahu protest

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2015

Police have dropped an investigation into a complaint made against a pro-Palestinian activist.

Last week, Jewish Human Rights Watch reported a video which appeared to show a woman supporting the killing of Jews at an anti-Israel protest outside Downing Street on September 9.

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BBC apologises over 'antisemitic' illustration in Proms programme

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2015

The BBC has apologised for causing offence after an "antisemitic" illustration was included in a BBC Proms programme.

Gillian Stern, from Finchley, said she was shocked that a "hideously and very obviously antisemitic cartoon" of the violinist Leopold Auer appeared in the programme for a Proms performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

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