Anelka ‘hate gesture must lead to long ban’

By Daniel Easterman, January 2, 2014

A leading adviser to the Football Association, and the head of a body representing European Jews, have attacked West Bromwich Albion football club for its response to Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture.

Alex Goldberg, who set up the FA’s commission on antisemitism, told the JC that the club’s behaviour since the incident had been “foolish and weak”.


Anelka agrees not to perform "Nazi salute" again

By Daniel Easterman, December 30, 2013

Footballer Nicolas Anelka has promised he will not use the “quenelle” gesture in future.

The West Bromwich Albion player sparked controversy after performing the gesture, which has been described as a "reverse Nazi salute", as part of a goal celebration.


France mulls ban on Dieudonne after Anelka Nazi-style salute

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said he is considering banning the comedian Dieudonné's shows in January over concerns for public safety.

The announcement came following a Premier League football match on Saturday at which footballer Nicolas Anelka, a friend of Dieudonne, gave a Nazi-style salute said to have been popularised by the comedian.


FA investigates Nicolas Anelka over "Nazi salute" goal celebration

By JC Reporter, December 29, 2013

The Football Association is investigating the West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka over his alleged antisemitic goal celebration.

Anelka performed a "quenelle", a gesture that has been described as a "reverse Nazi salute", after scoring in his club's 3-3 draw with West Ham.

Anelka said later he was paying tribute to the controversial French comedian, Dieudonné.


Don't panic, but prejudice remains

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 24, 2013

On the face of it, the report recently published by the Community Security Trust on Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2012 makes for reassuring reading. It stresses that “explicit antisemitism against Jews per se, simply for their being Jewish, is rare in British public life and within mainstream political media discourse.”


Anti-hate campaigner Denis MacShane jailed

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Former Labour MP and campaigner against antisemitism Denis MacShane has been jailed for making false expenses claims.

MacShane, who chaired the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, faked 19 invoices for £12,900 of Parliamentary research and translation services.

The 65-year-old was sentenced to six months in jail at the Old Bailey.


Brit milah battle will not stop

By Bernard Josephs, December 23, 2013

Increased antisemitism, threats to curb shechita and moves to ban circumcision are among major challenges facing Europe’s Jewish communities in the new year.

Rising antisemitism, stoked by Europe’s economic crisis, religious prejudice and hostility towards Israel, was underlined by a recent EU survey.


Jews have money? That was a compliment, says Kanye West

By Rosa Doherty, December 22, 2013

Hip-hop star Kanye West has responded to the Anti-Defamation League’s claim that he made antisemitic remarks in a series of radio interviews.

In a radio discussion with DJ Sway on New York City's 105.1 FM last month, Mr West said: “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people."


‘Italy is slave to bankers like the Rothschilds’

By Rossella Tercatin, December 19, 2013

Antisemitic comments by a leader of a major new protest movement in Italy have sparked a mixture of outrage and resignation, and have been condemned by the prime minister.


Clare Short defends vicar in Shoah denial affair

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Former International Development Secretary Clare Short has waded into a row over a controversial Church of England vicar’s comments on Israel.