Italian football matches 'should be abandoned' if fans chant antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Antisemitic chanting at Italian football matches could lead to the suspension of games, new guidelines have suggested.

Italy’s interior ministry issued guidance which advises match referees to report incidents of “racism, intolerance or antisemitism” to stadium security chiefs who could then rule on whether to abandon a game.


Student pleads guilty to racist Twitter posts

By John Jeffay, January 11, 2013

A student who tweeted “just gas them all” to a Jewish teenager has admitted sending racially aggravated messages.

Alexander Paul Holloway, 19, sent antisemitic tweets because he “didn’t like what Israel was doing in Palestine”, Chester Magistrates Court has heard.


Footballer Tal Ben Haim faces antisemitic abuse

By Sandy Rashty, January 11, 2013

Footballer Tal Ben Haim has been targeted with a torrent of antisemitic abuse by fans of his club.

The Israeli-born defender, who transferred to the Queens Park Rangers last week, was attacked on the club’s official Facebook page.

The messages have subsequently been deleted and offenders “blocked” from posting on the site.


Storm over Wiesenthal hate list pick

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

A row has erupted in Germany after the Simon Wiesenthal Centre included a selection of excerpts from Spiegel Online writer Jakob Augstein’s columns on its list of top ten antisemitic and anti-Israel slurs of 2012.


Liverpool music man's bad sounds towards MP results in fine

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2013

The owner of a popular Liverpool music venue has pleaded guilty to racially abusing Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

Philip Hayes, 53, who runs The Picket venue, which has hosted world-famous music acts, admitted to making a number of antisemitic remarks at Ms Berger at an after-show party for the Liverpool Music Awards last November.


The European union that bucks the trend

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

An industrial estate on the outskirts of Barcelona may seem an unlikely setting for one of the year’s biggest Jewish social events.

But for 350 students and young professionals from across Europe, the four-day break provided a lifeline to help them meet like-minded Jews for friendship, romance, and boozy revelry.


Fifa punishes Hungary over antisemitic chants

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2013

Hungary’s national football team will be forced to play its next match behind closed doors as a result of antisemitic chanting at a game with Israel.


Morsi: Zionists are ‘descendants of pigs’

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called Zionists “bloodsuckers” and descendants of pigs in a television interview aired in 2010 and transcribed recently by Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).


Saga bans Israel web chat forum

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A social networking site for over-50s has removed its news and debating section in response to a torrent of anti-Israel messages being posted on the forum.

Saga Zone banned one unnamed user for posting “offensive” anti-Israel messages on the site.


Hearing into Shoah ‘denial’ on radio

By Moira Schneider, December 20, 2012

After years of legal wrangling, a hearing into a complaint of hate speech by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) against a Cape Town-based Muslim radio station, Radio 786, took place before the Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa last week.