Maureen Lipman cuts ties with Oldie magazine

By Charlotte Oliver, February 27, 2014

Actress Maureen Lipman has severed her professional links with The Oldie magazine, claiming she will no longer tolerate its monthly “drip-drip of antisemitic, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel material”.

Ms Lipman is a long-time contributor to the magazine, which was set up 21 years ago by former Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams. She is also a regular judge at its Oldie Of The Year Awards.


Facebook urged to act on hate

By Charlotte Oliver, February 27, 2014

An online petition calling on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to put an end to antisemitism on the social networking site has been signed by more than 10,000 people.

The letter from Anna Burg, an art director from Sweden, says: “The number of antisemite (and anti-Zionist) pages are growing by the minute”.


Barrister who represented Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell is defending Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, February 25, 2014

A barrister who has represented Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell is defending Nicolas Anelka at the Football Association disciplinary hearing over his quenelle gesture.


FA Anelka hearing underway

By Daniel Easterman, February 24, 2014

The Football Association's long-awaited hearing into Nicholas Anelka's quenelle gesture is nearing the end of its first week.

The West Bromwich Albion player performed the quenelle, a form of Nazi salute, during a Premier League match last December.

The FA charged the player with making a gesture that was “abusive/ and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.


Ukraine protesters call on Jewish oligarchs to give president ‘a gun’

By Daniel Easterman, February 21, 2014

A member of Ukraine’s opposition movement has called on Jewish and Muslim billionaire businessmen to force the president, Victor Yanukovich, to step down.

In a speech in Kiev’s Independence Square, the unnamed protester, who said he was Muslim, urged Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Victor Pinchuk and David Zhvania - oligarchs with links to the protest movement - to talk to the president.


Ukrainian Jews voice fears over safety

By Simon Round, February 21, 2014

Ukrainian Jews have voiced concern for their country’s future in the wake of the protests sweeping the country.

Journalist and photographer Alexander Shulman told the JC that the instability has already prompted antisemitism in Ukraine. “There have been attacks near yeshivas and synagogues. These have been provocations on both sides of the conflict in order to attract attention abroad.”


Court orders Dieudonné to cut hate video

By Natasha Lehrer, February 20, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné was ordered by a French court last week to edit out two sections of a video he posted on his website and YouTube.

In the section judged to contravene the French law prohibiting Holocaust denial, Dieudonné says: “I was born in 1966, so I wasn’t alive then… I don’t know anything about the gas chambers.


Rant gave the wrong image, insists photographer Rankin

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Photographer Rankin has apologised for attacking “powerful Jewish zealots” in the US and blaming “extreme Judaism” for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

He had criticised actress Scarlett Johansson for leaving her ambassadorial role with Oxfam over a row over Israeli West Bank settlements.


Hungary protests at far-right rally in ex-shul

By Valentina Jovanovski, February 20, 2014

Hungarians demonstrated against a rally held by the antisemitic Jobbik party at a former shul last week.

More than a hundred protesters gathered outside the building in the northern city of Esztergom, where Jobbik leader Gábor Vona spoke to supporters as part of his campaign ahead of the Hungarian elections in April.


Street stalls continue to sell 'Yid' merchandise at Arsenal stadium

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Street vendors have continued to sell “yid” merchandise outside the Emirates Stadium, despite the threat of action by Islington Council.

Badges that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!” were spotted ahead of the FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

A Jewish Arsenal fan, who did not want to be identified, reported the ongoing sale to police on standby.