Antisemitism

Lib Dems will not take action over David Ward's 'Israel control' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2014

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward will not face disciplinary action after using Twitter to post an Israel-related message which included an antisemitic trope.

Mr Ward took to Twitter on Saturday night, telling followers: “After Commons Palestine vote what next? Need to expose Pro-Israel control of MPs against recognition.”

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Writer of Dreyfus novel wins thriller prize

By Naomi Firsht, October 27, 2014

Robert Harris won the prize for best thriller of the year with his novel An Officer and a Spy depicting the Dreyfus Affair.

Mr Harris was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller last weekend at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

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Luciana Berger targeted by antisemites after jailing of abusive internet troll

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014

The jailing of an internet troll who sent antisemitic messages to MP Luciana Berger has sparked a wave of copycat abuse targeting the Labour shadow cabinet member.

Merseysider Garron Helm was handed a four-week prison term on Monday after admitting sending an “obscene” Hitler-related tweet to Ms Berger.

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Faiths unite as 2,500 rally against hate

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 23, 2014

Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together to condemn antisemitism at a rally attended by an estimated 2,500 people.

On a day of unity, even the political divide was bridged, with a message from Chancellor George Osborne read out by Labour MP Ivan Lewis.

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MP welcomes jail term for hate tweeter

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 23, 2014

Jewish MP Luciana Berger has welcomed the jail sentence given to the man who sent her antisemitic tweets.

Ms Berger said the four-week prison term handed to Garron Helm sent "a clear message that hate crime is not tolerated in our country".

She hoped it would encourage others to report such crimes.

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Government figures show rise in hate crimes

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

The government is determined to reverse the growing number of hate crimes, a minister has pledged.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said steps were being taken after figures showed a five per cent increase in racist offences.

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Dieudonné sues for being called an 'antisemite'

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné, who has several convictions in France for inciting hatred of Jews and mocking the Holocaust, is taking the president of the French Jewish umbrella group to court for accusing him of antisemitism.

Roger Cukierman, president of the French council of Jewish institutions, went before a magistrate this week after Dieudonné filed a complaint against him for defamation.

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UKIP’s racist allies

October 23, 2014

Any student of politics in Eastern and Central Europe soon discovers that there are layers of complexity which we in Western Europe often find difficult to grasp.

One of those layers concerns the region’s attitude to Jews, which often seems to be based on different gradations of antisemitism, some implicit and some explicit.

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Jewish UKIP members defend link with extremist

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2014

Leading Jewish Ukip members have defended the party’s defence of its alliance with an MEP whose party leader makes racial slurs and questions the Holocaust.

Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament recruited Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

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West Brom boss reveals why he had to sack Anelka

By JC Reporter, October 20, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture embarrassed and damaged West Bromwich Albion, the club’s chairman has said.

Speaking for the first time about the affair, Jeremy Pearce said it had been a “huge issue in terms of our standing”.

West Brom terminated the player’s contract after he had made the gesture – a form of Nazi salute – during a Premier League match in December 2013.

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