Antisemitism

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.

More..

McVey proves just the job for Wizo showpiece

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Employment Minister Esther McVey was warmly applauded at Wizo UK's annual dinner in central London on Monday after reaffirming the government's "strong friendship" with Israel and its commitment to fighting antisemitism and preserving memories of the Holocaust.

The Tory MP for Wirral West in Merseyside told the 250 guests: "The UK is a great friend to Israel and it will always remain a great fr

More..

Sturgeon assures Scottish community

February 26, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy are among signatories of a cross-party statement of support to the Jewish community in the wake of rising antisemitism across Europe.

As well as expressing "sadness and concern about the recent antisemitic terrorist murders in Paris and Copenhagen", the political leaders acknowledged that Scotland's "traditionally pos

More..

We demand protection for shuls

February 26, 2015

Last week we launched our campaign to Secure Our Shuls. We demanded action to implement the recommendation of the All Party Inquiry Into Antisemitism that “a governmental fund be established to cover both capital and revenue costs for the security of British synagogues”.

More..

Government 'considering' shul security funding in response to JC campaign

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

The government is considering whether to set up a fund to cover the costs of synagogue security in response to the JC’s Secure our Shuls campaign.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said on Wednesday that ministers are looking into what more could be done to protect British Jews and Jewish institutions.

More..

Scottish political leaders join together in condemning antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2015

Scottish political leaders have rallied together to support the Jewish community after the rise in UK antisemitism and attacks against Jews in Europe.

More..

Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.

More..

Police probe antisemitic chants before West Ham’s game against Spurs

By JC Reporter, February 23, 2015

Antisemitic chanting by a group of men thought to be supporters of West Ham United football club is being investigated by British Transport Police.

Video footage on social media appeared to show the men chanting abuse on a Tube train on the way to the club’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out contacted police.

More..

Council backs down over Hitlers Walk sign

By Josh Jackman, February 23, 2015

A proposed boycott by Cornish Jews has led a village to defer indefinitely its plan to erect a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

The title was originally created by Mevagissey residents in the 1930s in reference to despotic local councillor Wright Harris, but the park sign was removed in 2005 following objections.

More..