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.


Key recommendations include call for police and council involvement

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism made a series of recommendations to government:

What the report says: “We recommend that the government, together with the CPS, police and other relevant bodies, work with the Jewish community to devise a communications strategy which effectively conveys the work that has been undertaken to combat antisemitism.”


Police chief condemns swastika graffiti in Salford

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2015

Manchester’s most senior police officer has condemned vandals who daubed a swastika on a pavement in Salford.

The Nazi image was painted in an area with a large Jewish population last weekend.


European Jewry in long-term decline, says Pew report

By Naomi Firsht, February 10, 2015

The number of Jews living in Europe has been in decline since the Second World War, reported the Pew Research Centre on Monday.

There are now 1.4 million Jews living in Europe, which is around 10 per cent of the world Jewish population. The most dramatic drop has been in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.


Rev Stephen Sizer showed 'appalling' judgement over antisemitic post, says his bishop

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

The Bishop of Guildford has condemned Reverend Stephen Sizer as displaying “appalling” judgement over his anti-Israel posts, but denied that the vicar had been deliberately antisemitic.

He promised that if Rev Sizer repeated his behaviour, he would be dismissed.

Rev Sizer, who has a parish in Surrey, posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attack.