Israel counter-terror experts warn of potential High Holy-Days attacks

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Islamic State terrorists may target Israelis and European Jews ahead of the High Holy Days, according to a memo released today by Israel’s National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

The memo cited the rise in anti-Israel activism in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.

In a statement, a bureau spokesman said: "During this period, the potential threat has grown.


Security guard bars Jewish schoolboys from entering sports shop

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Leading retailer Sports Direct has apologised to customers after a security guard allegedly barred “Jews” from entering its store.

The security guard was removed from the store after he told Jewish students - Nathan Rosen and Daniel Levitan - they could not enter the branch in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, on Friday afternoon.


Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.


Grassroots groups to campaign against Qatar over Hamas links

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2014

A coalition of grassroots Israel advocacy groups are set to launch a campaign against Qatar’s role in backing Hamas.

Sussex Friends of Israel, the Pro-Israel Response Group and the Israel Forum Task Force will protest against Doha’s funding of the group.

Their campaign will get under way on September 21 with a rally outside the Qatari embassy in central London.


The poison in the Kremlin

By Oliver Kamm, September 11, 2014

The disturbing recrudescence of antisemitism in Europe is not only connected with Gaza and the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Last year, I interviewed on stage Anne Applebaum, the historian, about her book, Iron Curtain. It's a magnificent account of the postwar subjugation of Eastern Europe by Soviet communism, an ideology in which antisemitism played a role.


David Cameron pledges to protect Jews from hatred

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2014

David Cameron has reaffirmed his determination to protect British Jews from rising antisemitism and hatred.

In a letter to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to mark the annual High Holy day Annual Conference of Rabbis, the Prime Minister said Britain would always be a safe home for Jewish people.


Michael Gove warns of ‘resurgent and lethal’ antisemitism

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

Michael Gove has described antisemitism as a “resurgent, mutating, lethal virus,” which needs to be combated “now more than ever”.

Addressing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s dinner last night, the Conservative chief whip also said anti-Israel protesters should be reminded that the Nazi boycott of Jewish goods ultimately led to the loss of Jewish lives.


Theresa May pledges to tackle shocking rise in antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2014

The government is committed to tackling the rise of antisemitism in Britain and is working to support the Jewish community in combatting it, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

“It is truly shocking the extent to which we’ve seen antisemitism – verbal, physical, online – in recent weeks. This is not something that should be tolerated,” Mrs May said.


Soccer boss leaves club after Hitler-retort row

By Daniel Easterman, September 4, 2014

A football manager accused of making an antisemitic remark during a match against a team with Jewish roots has left his club.

Enfield Town boss George Borg was alleged to have told supporters of Wingate and Finchley: "You may be winning, but Hitler is going to deal with you."


Grassroots campaign draws thousands to demo

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Thousands of people turned out on Sunday for a rally organised by a new grassroots movement against the rise in antisemitism.

They filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London to hear speakers including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.