Antisemitism

Police probe for Giffnock Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Police are investigating who was behind a Facebook page mocking the Jewish community of Giffnock in Glasgow.

Nearly 1,000 people "liked" the "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock" page, which remained on the social networking site for more than a week before it was shut down last Friday.

The page hosted comments including "Jewish scum" and "F--- the Jewish Zionist".

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Poster dauber says his aim 'political'

September 15, 2011

An Egyptian man who daubed antisemitic graffiti on posters advertising the work of Lord Sugar and Steven Spielberg has been cleared of having a racially or religiously aggravated motive.

Yacoub Osman, 53, chose Chalk Farm Tube station, used by a large number of Jewish Londoners, for his month-long spree of scrawling anti-Israel slogans and a Nazi swastika, Blackfriars Crown Court was told last

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Donnachie: St Andrews Jewish student 'very rich'

September 15, 2011

The student convicted of a racially aggravated attack on a Jewish student at St Andrews University was defiant this week, despite his sentence of 150 hours of community service and a £300 fine of compensation to his victim.

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Both potty and paranoid

By Julian Kossoff, September 15, 2011

The dark side of author Roald Dahl was his profound dislike of Jews.

When I spoke to him about this unsavoury aspect of his undeniably brilliant life, I do not think the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was speaking from his beloved writing hut.

According to his granddaughter, Dahl liked to work in utter solitude - and when, shortly before his death in 1990, I telephoned him, he

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Children's favourite Roald Dahl: proudly antisemitic

By Jessica Elgot and Anna Sheinman, September 15, 2011

In his writing shed Roald Dahl created friendly giants, giant peaches and horrible headteachers, but in the last few years of his life, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author revealed that he held virulently antisemitic views.

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Johann Hari admits he was behind Wikipedia antisemitism slur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The journalist Johann Hari has admitted being behind a string of fake Wikipedia entries, including one where another commentator was described as "antisemitic".

Mr Hari became the subject of a media storm in June after it emerged that an interview with Haaretz writer Gideon Levy included Mr Levy's exact comments in a piece he had written at an earlier date.

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St Andrews student sentenced for anti-Jewish abuse

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A student who racially abused a Jewish student at St Andrews University has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Paul Donnachie was convicted of racially abusing Chanan Reitblat at his halls of residence in March, when he put his hands down his trousers and rubbed his genitals before wiping his hands on an Israeli flag.

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Jewish memorial in Poland defaced with swastika

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A Jewish cemetery in eastern Poland has been vandalised just weeks after survivors groups urged the Polish authorities to take action against the rising tide of anti-Jewish sentiment.

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ESPN takes on antisemitic fantasy football teams

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

The US sports network ESPN has clamped down on fantasy football teams with antisemitic names.

The decision to remove from its website teams with names including "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews Are Terrible" came after the human rights organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Centre highlighted the issue, after a Jewish parent noticed the content while signing up his son.

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We're not whisperin' any more

By David Robson, September 12, 2011

Last month the New York Times writer Roger Cohen, who was brought up in Britain and is now an American, wrote a piece about English antisemitism. A lodger at his sister's house in England had looked at Cohen's BlackBerry mobile phone and said, "Oh you've got a JewBerry," so–called, the lodger explained, because BlackBerry Messenger is free and Jews always get things free.

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