Board of Deputies seeks support for its election manifesto

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the community to make its voice heard on Jewish issues ahead of the general election in May.

It has set up a web page which assists people in their efforts to contact their MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates online.

The Board hopes voters will ask their representatives whether they support the organisation’s Jewish manifesto.


What makes the EDL’s former leader, who says he is a friend of the Jews, tick?

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

What do you really know about Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League who claims that he is an advocate of the Jews and Israel?


Jewish pro-Palestinian group's social media platform hijacked

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2015

A Jewish pro-Palestinian group has been forced to relaunch its social media efforts after a supporter promoted a series of articles questioning aspects of the Holocaust and rising antisemitism in Britain.

Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), which lobbies for a boycotts and sanctions against Israel, said it had reacted to complaints about the offensive articles.


Gilad Atzmon concert in Manchester cancelled after protests

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

A concert by antisemitic jazz musician Gilad Atzmon has been cancelled following protests from the Jewish community.

Mr Atzmon, an Israeli who has challenged Holocaust denial legislation and whose book The Wandering Who about Jewish identity was widely condemned as racist, had been scheduled to play at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Thursday.


Film banned over scenes of neo-Nazis terrorising Jewish family

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2015

A horror film which features scenes of a Jewish family being terrorised in their home by neo-Nazis has been banned from Britain.

An application by the producers of Hate Crime to screen the feature in this country was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).


Dave Whelan resigns as Wigan chairman

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan saying that advancing age and increasing commitments abroad means “it is time to hand over the reins”.

The decision comes three months after he promised to quit his position if found guilty of racism by the Football Association.


Kick It Out reports rise in football antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has reported that antisemitic incidents are already higher in the first half of this season than throughout the entire 2013/14 campaign.

The group revealed that there were 59 reported cases of antisemitism from August to December 28 last year, two higher than during the whole of the previous season.


SOAS student union vote backs full Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2015

Staff and students at a London university have voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel following a referendum.

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) had run a vote last week as part of its Israel Apartheid Week activity.


Muscle and fists are the way to fight against hate

By Naomi Firsht, February 26, 2015

The fightback against antisemitism should be taken literally - with British Jews being prepared to punch those who attack them.

That was the suggestion of journalist Brendan O'Neill at a debate on the rise of Jew-hatred in Europe.

Mr O'Neill said antisemitism had been allowed to grow because society was unwilling to stand up to the perpetrators.


Fear over anti-Israel protests at SOAS

By Naomi Firsht, February 26, 2015

Anti-Israel students targeted fake machine guns at each other and recreated shootings at a university campus this week.

The scenes were part of Israel Apartheid Week at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London.