Antisemitism

Anti-racists promise 'heavy' protests over Jobbik leader's UK visit

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

Leading anti-racism groups have warned that the leader of the extreme-right Jobbik Party will face "heavy" protests should Theresa May let him enter the UK.

The Home Secretary is under pressure to ban Jobbik leader Gábor Vona ahead of his trip on Sunday, which coincides with the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Browned off: BBC fails to see offence in TV ‘joke’

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

Viewers of the popular BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys have complained about a joke in the Christmas Day episode of the programme.

One complainant said the BBC in its response had failed to address his point about racism.

The episode showed characters playing a quiz game devised by a dyslexic character, Buster.

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Economist pulls ‘hurtful’ and ‘outrageous’ cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

The Economist has removed from its website a cartoon which appeared to show Barack Obama shackled by an Israel-controlled US Congress.

There had been immediate criticism of the cartoon from Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the United States.

The image was used to illustrate an article which investigated the possibilities of a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

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Hate comedian Dieudonne calls Anelka ‘courageous’

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

Dieudonne has pledged his full support for Nicolas Anelka in the ongoing row over the footballer’s use of the Nazi-style salute popularised by the antisemitic French comedian.

The comedian, who has been convicted of multiple antisemitic offences in France, said he was “proud” of the West Bromwich Albion striker, calling him “courageous”.

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Hungarian Jews furious over WW2 whitewash memorial

By Valentina Jovanovski, January 23, 2014

Hungary's Jewish community is demanding the government reconsider a planned memorial marking the 70th anniversary of the German occupation, saying it fails to acknowledge the country’s role in the Holocaust.

András Heisler, president of Mazsihisz, the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, said the plans disregard “the responsibility of the Hungarian government of that time.”

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Spurs fans ready to fight ‘Yid’ charges

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Three Tottenham Hotspur supporters have become the first football fans to be charged with criminal offences for using the term “Yid”.

The charges relate to incidents during matches at the club’s White Hart Lane Stadium against FC Sheriff in the Europa League last November and a Premier League game with West Ham United in October.

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Not welcome here

January 23, 2014

Two months ago, Theresa May told the Board of Deputies dinner that the government would “not tolerate antisemitism in any form”.

Now is the time for her to prove it.

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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka contests FA's 'quenelle' charge

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka is to contest the Football Association's decision to charge him over the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The France striker used his Facebook page to state that he was "neither antisemitic or racist" and to challenge the allegations against him.

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Three men charged over use of Y-word at Spurs

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2014

Three men have been charged by police with using the term "Yid" at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the trio - who are all Spurs fans - would appear in court next month.

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Board urges UK government to ban Jobbik leader

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2014

Jewish leaders have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to ban representatives of the far-right Hungarian Jobbik party from addressing a meeting in London on Sunday.

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