Elite Islamic school is hate hotbed, says teacher

By Michel Gurfinkiel, February 19, 2015

A teacher has accused his former employer, one of France's top Muslim schools, of being a hotbed of fundamentalism and antisemitism.

Soufiane Zitouni, a prominent Muslim intellectual, has resigned from his post at Averroes Islamic High School in Lille in the wake of the jihadi murders of Jews and political cartoonists in Paris last month, saying that the school fostered extremism.

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Poverty charity’s boycott is like Nazi Germany, says new group

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

A newly-launched Jewish activist group has likened a charity’s boycott of Israel to the policies of Nazi Germany.

Activists from Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) led the group’s inaugural protest on Monday outside the head office of anti-poverty charity War on Want in north London.


Secure Our Shuls

February 19, 2015

Last week, we reported on the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism. Among its main recommendations was that “a governmental fund be established to cover both capital and revenue costs for the security of British synagogues”. Within days of the report being published, the importance of that recommendation was brought home with tragic clarity.


Teacher fined after posting ‘you were right’ picture of Hitler on Facebook

By Charlotte Oliver, February 18, 2015

A teacher who posted a picture of Hitler on Facebook alongside the caption “you were right” has been fined, after he was reported to police by a Jewish student.

Mahmud Choudhury, from Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty to the racially aggravated offence. He was fined £465 at Bromley Magistrates Court on Tuesday, but was told he would still be allowed to teach.


Board of Deputies delegation visits French Jewish group

By Josh Jackman, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies representatives have visited French counterparts to demonstrate solidarity following last month’s terrorist attack in Paris in which four Jews were killed.

During the meeting with Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Crif) on Wednesday, the organisations pledged to work together to tackle online hate crimes and interfaith relations.


Council leader blames Israel for rising antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, February 18, 2015

The leader of a council which flew the Palestinian flag during last summer’s Gaza conflict told objectors that rising antisemitism was Israel’s fault.


Three injured in attack outside Copenhagen synagogue

By JC Reporter, February 15, 2015

Three people have been wounded in a shooting outside a synagogue in Copenhagen.

According to police reports, one civilian was shot in the head and two policemen were injured.

The attack followed another shooting at a cafe in Copenhagen earlier in the day in which one person was killed and three police injured.


Rabbi blasts hair kippah

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The invention of a human-hair kippah — to enable Jews to hide their faith while walking in dangerous areas — has come under fire.

Shalom Koresh, a hairdresser from Rehovot in Israel, came up with the kippah (pictured below) after seeing rising antisemitism in Europe.


All Party Report: MPs highlight shul security and internet hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Dozens of recommendations to government, evidence from hundreds of witnesses across Europe, and the support of every leading politician in Britain — the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism represents one of the past decade’s most detailed accounts of how Jews are abused in Britain.