Government earmarks new money to combat hate crime

By Daniel Sugarman, July 25, 2016

The government is to set up a new £2.4 million fund to pay for protection of UK religious institutions, it has been announced.

The Home Office had said that the money was for “protective security at synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship”.

But a spokesperson made clear on Tuesday that, contrary to prior reports, synagogues would not be included within the scheme.


Marks targets hate crime in Shoah trust job

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Laura Marks has begun her stint as the chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust by calling for increased educational outreach to combat rising hate crime.

The Mitzvah Day founder, who has served the trust for two years as vice-chair, noted that a record 5,500 events were organised for HMD 2016.

Yet "racial tensions are running high. We are worried about intolerance.


Hale eruv plan is opposed

By Charlotte Oliver, July 21, 2016

Renewed plans for an eruv in Hale, Manchester, could lead to "an increase in antisemitism", a local Tory councillor has claimed.

Patrick Myers voiced his concerns after a letter on plans for a 12-mile religious boundary was sent to residents by the Hale Eruv Project Trust, headed by Rabbi Joel Portnoy of Hale and District Hebrew Congregation.


'Toxic' NUS is no longer safe for Jews, says official

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

A senior member of the National Union of Students has said the movement is "toxic" and warned that it is an unsafe space for Jews.

Izzy Lenga, who has served for two years on the organisation's National Executive Council, said that Jewish students were the victims of "double standards" and, as a result, did not want to get involved in the union.


Man to be tried over Berger posts

July 21, 2016

An alleged antisemite faces trial accused of racially harassing a Jewish Labour MP.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, is said to have posted five abusive articles attacking Luciana Berger on his website.

Titles of the articles included "Racist anti-white Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger exposed", "Is the Labour party a Jewish party" and "The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew Bitch".

The charge state


Sadiq Khan urges police clampdown on Hizbollah flags

By Charlotte Oliver, July 20, 2016

Sadiq Khan has encouraged police to “thoroughly investigate” the displaying of Hizbollah flags at a London rally earlier this month.

Speaking at City Hall today, the Mayor of London was asked by London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch why Hizbollah flags were not taken down at the al-Quds Day rally in central London on July 3.


I was 'ignorant and stupid' for making antisemitic comments, says Naz Shah

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP was who suspended from her party for antisemitic social media posts, has said she was “ignorant” and “stupid” when she published the offensive messages.

Ms Shah apologised earlier this year for the series of comments she made about Jews and Israel, and was readmitted to the party following a disciplinary process earlier this month.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tells MPs about experience of antisemitism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 14, 2016

Labour Party members have become more open and confident in expressing antisemitic feelings since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said.

Giving evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into Jew-hate, Rabbi Mirvis also said Ken Livingstone’s remarks about Hitler and Zionism were antisemitic.


Former Lib Dem MP David Ward in clash over antisemitism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 13, 2016

The former MP and current Liberal Democrat councillor, David Ward, was embroiled in a fresh row over antisemitism last night.

Cllr Ward and Conservative group leader Cllr Simon Cooke exchanged heated comments in the Bradford City Hall council chamber, during a debate which concentrated on the aftermath of the Brexit vote.


Margaret Hodge refers antisemitic emails to police

By Daniel Sugarman, July 13, 2016

Labour MP Margaret Hodge said this morning that she has contacted the police regarding two “really offensive” e-mails that she had received.

Speaking to the Today programme on Radio 4, Mrs Hodge said “I yesterday, for the first time in my 50 years of political life, had to refer two really offensive e-mails I received - antisemitic e-mails – to the police.