Antisemitism

Time to get out of Italy, says Rome leader

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2013

The president of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, has compared the leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), Beppe Grillo, to Hitler and said that Jews should start planning to leave Italy.

Mr Pacifici has agreed to meet Mr Grillo, who wants to address the community leader’s fears over the rise of MS5, which is seen by some in Italy as sympathetic to fascism.

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'Extortioners' — a stereotype that stuck

By Carl Packman, March 25, 2013

Writing about the pawnbroking industry in early America, US istorian Wendy A Woloson opens: "In a 1782 letter, Robert Morris broke the bad news to Richard Butler, a colonel in the Continental army, that he couldn't loan him any money." With so few lenders, at such a fractious time, this was obviously an unexpected and sudden surprise. So who was behind the bad news? "Jew brokers and others".

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My dear, put-upon Lord Ahmed

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 24, 2013

An Open Letter To The Lord Ahmed of Rotherham in the county of South Yorkshire, c/o The House of Lords:

As-salamu 'alayka!

Greetings from your Lordship's Humble Servant, Professor Geoffrey Alderman.

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Silly comment’s consequences

By Mark Gardner, March 22, 2013

Thanks to Lord Ahmed, over the past week we have seen antisemitism subjected to the ridicule that it so richly deserves. Within hours of reports of his alleged comments in Pakistan emerging, there was even a website where you filled in the blank space next to a mocking graphic of Lord Ahmed's face and the punch-line: "blame the Jews!" My submission, "too many people coming for Seder night?

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Greek premier pledges anti-Nazi laws

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 21, 2013

The prime minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, promised Jewish leaders who gathered last weekend in Saloniki to mark the 70th year since the start of deportations to the death camps from the city, that his government would enact new laws to proscribe neo-Nazi parties.

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Top award for Hungarian ‘hate’ journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has called on the government to revoke an award given to an allegedly antisemitic TV presenter last Friday.

Ferenc Szaniszlo, who works for the privately-owned Echo TV, was presented with Hungary’s top journalism prize, the Tancsics Award.

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Labour peer Lord Ahmed quits interfaith role after 'conspiracy' claims

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party and has resigned from his role with an interfaith foundation after apparently claiming a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for his imprisonment for causing a fatal car crash.

The peer reportedly suggested a Jewish plot against him had followed his support for Palestinians in Gaza.

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Theatre plan to counter Malmo hate

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 21, 2013

After witnessing growing segregation and tensions among young people in Malmo, Sweden’s third city, entrepreneur Daniel Sachs and Social Democrat politician Luciano Astudillo decided to intervene.

Through their newly-launched initiative, ‘The Future Generation’, the two partners hope to encourage youths to build a common future, Mr Sachs said.

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'Am Yisroel Chai' woman attacked during anti-Israel protest

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2013

An American woman was assaulted and chased from a park after she wrote “Am Yisrael Chai” on a pavement during an anti-Israel demonstration.

Hannah Larson was kicked, threatened and called a “f***ing whore” during the incident in Oakland, California.

The 22-year-old and a friend were targeted after writing the slogan in chalk, and drawing a derogatory reference to Hamas.

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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks tells students 'Israel is the role model of hope'

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks told students in a speech at Tel Hai Academic College that despite the “challenges facing all humanity, Israel is the role model of hope.”

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