Antisemitism

Johann Hari admits he was behind Wikipedia antisemitism slur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The journalist Johann Hari has admitted being behind a string of fake Wikipedia entries, including one where another commentator was described as "antisemitic".

Mr Hari became the subject of a media storm in June after it emerged that an interview with Haaretz writer Gideon Levy included Mr Levy's exact comments in a piece he had written at an earlier date.

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St Andrews student sentenced for anti-Jewish abuse

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A student who racially abused a Jewish student at St Andrews University has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Paul Donnachie was convicted of racially abusing Chanan Reitblat at his halls of residence in March, when he put his hands down his trousers and rubbed his genitals before wiping his hands on an Israeli flag.

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Jewish memorial in Poland defaced with swastika

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A Jewish cemetery in eastern Poland has been vandalised just weeks after survivors groups urged the Polish authorities to take action against the rising tide of anti-Jewish sentiment.

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ESPN takes on antisemitic fantasy football teams

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

The US sports network ESPN has clamped down on fantasy football teams with antisemitic names.

The decision to remove from its website teams with names including "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews Are Terrible" came after the human rights organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Centre highlighted the issue, after a Jewish parent noticed the content while signing up his son.

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We're not whisperin' any more

By David Robson, September 12, 2011

Last month the New York Times writer Roger Cohen, who was brought up in Britain and is now an American, wrote a piece about English antisemitism. A lodger at his sister's house in England had looked at Cohen's BlackBerry mobile phone and said, "Oh you've got a JewBerry," so–called, the lodger explained, because BlackBerry Messenger is free and Jews always get things free.

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Giffnock Jews attacked on Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

A Facebook page has been set up mocking the Jewish community of Giffnock in Glasgow.

The page, which has attracted nearly 1,000 "likes", is called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

Under the information given for the page, the creator wrote: "They have a Gaelic translation in the train station, Hebrew would have been more appropriate."

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'Culturally acceptable racism' at Dale Farm

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

Jewish activists have urged the community to support Travellers and Gypsies' rights to stay on the controversial Essex site, Dale Farm.

Basildon Council's planned eviction of the Travellers and Gypsies from the site will cost around £18m.

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John Galliano found guilty of public insult, antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

John Galliano has been found guilty of antisemitic and racist behaviour.

The 50-year-old couturier was given a 4,000 Euro suspended fine and another 2,000 Euro fine for a second complaint.

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Protection money for Jews of Sweden

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

After more than a year blighted by antisemitic incidents, the Swedish government has announced it will provide funds to ensure the Jewish community's safety.

The Swedish Integration Minister said around £386,000 would be allocated to boost security numbers for the small Jewish population.

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This case should send a clear message on the law

By Rabbi Garry Wayland, September 1, 2011

Chanan Reitblat, a normally confident, outgoing student, contacted me late at night about a "vile hate-crime" that he had suffered. For me, this was a clear welfare issue - a student going through a traumatic time, needing support, space and time.

After he had finished with the police, he came to stay with me.

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