Antisemitism

Revealed: antisemite was key to WikiLeaks operation

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The notorious antisemitic journalist Israel Shamir was actively involved in developing the WikiLeaks network - and was not just another freelance writer who happened to strike up a working relationship with the website's founder Julian Assange, according to newly-revealed correspondence.

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Car hooligans sentenced

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Two men who sped their car around north Manchester Jewish neighbourhoods, screaming hard-core antisemitic abuse, have escaped jail terms and received community orders.

Aaron Hanson, 20, pleaded guilty on May 9 to racially-aggravated intentional harassment, while Liam Martin, 21, admitted to intentional harassment. They risked prison terms after two witnesses testified against them.

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Don't let antisemitism take over our narrative

By Jonathan Wittenberg, June 2, 2011

Every person and every community, whether or not they want to, tells the story of itself. How we tell it both describes and defines our values, exemplifies and determines who we are morally and spiritually.

Judaism has always taken seriously the way we tell our story. That's why, even in this assimilated age, Seder night, the night of the story, remains Judaism's best kept ritual.

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Letter to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt

May 26, 2011

Dear Ms Hunt,

We write to you about troubling developments in UCU.

As you know, since UCU was formed in 2007 it has consistently passed policies promoting boycotts of Israeli academics, even after stating that a boycott was unlawful because it would contravene UCU's own equality and anti-discrimination policy as well as anti-discrimination law.

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Londoner receives death threats

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Swastikas and death threats have been spray-painted across the front of an east Londoner's house.

Yisro'el Shalom discovered the graffiti when leaving his Plaistow home to travel to the Shabbat service at the Settlement Synagogue, Stepney.

Mr Shalom, who wears tzizit and a kippah, has lived in Newham for 20 years. He claimed he frequently encountered verbal abuse and threats.

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Hate attacks on home of rabbi

By Cathy Forman, May 26, 2011

The Leicester Hebrew Congregation rabbi's house and car have been targeted by antisemitic vandals in three nocturnal attacks over the past three weeks.

Bricks twice shattered windows of Rabbi Shmuli Pink's shul-owned property, half-a-mile from the city centre synagogue. On another occasion, a brick was thrown through his car window.

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Russian row over nature of hate text

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

An angry debate has erupted in Russia over the antisemitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The Public Chamber of Russia, which oversees the activities of parliament, is pushing to have the 19th century forgery banned, while another state body, the Prosecutor General, recently argued that it is "politically and historically educational".

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Tesco ban on the Protocols

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Tesco has stopped selling The Protocols of the Elders of Zion after a shopper threatened to boycott the supermarket until it removed the controversial book from its website.

Rachel Amdurer, a 44-year-old teaching assistant from Halifax, was searching for Jewish books when she saw the antisemitic forgery for sale.

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Amnesty can't get off this hook

By Richard Millett, May 26, 2011

At one stage it looked as if Amnesty might cancel Monday's joint PSC/MEMO event. But, finally, it released a statement, which said that after "some concerns" the event would go ahead as planned.

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Fightback on definition of antisemitism

By Martin Bright, May 26, 2011

The Jewish Leadership Council has written to the equalities watchdog, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to express its concern at moves within the Universities and Colleges Union to reject the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

A motion tabled at the UCU's congress this weekend will propose that the union distances itself from a definition drawn up by the European Union.

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