Antisemitism

"#UnBonJuif": Twitter deluged with French antisemitism

By Shirli Sitbon, October 18, 2012

Jewish and anti-racist organisations in France have threatened to sue dozens of Twitter users for posting antisemitic jokes and statements on the site using the hashtag #UnBonJuif (“a good Jew”).

Many tweets mocked the Holocaust, said “a good Jew is a dead Jew” or contained other racist statements which are illegal under French law.

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Gilad Atzmon’s idea of a joke: Anne Frank

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

The Frontline Club has insisted that no UK Jewish organisations asked it to cancel a screening of a film about the antisemitic Israeli musician, Gilad Atzmon.

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French Twitter users posting anti-Jewish messages

By Jennifer Lipman, October 16, 2012

Antisemitic messages and offensive remarks are being posted on social networking site Twitter in France as part of a "concerning" new trend.

The president of the Union of French Jewish Students urged Twitter to improve its moderation system after French users of the site began competing with each other to post messages under the hashtag #unbonjuif.

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Jewish man attacked in France

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2012

It has emerged that a Jewish man was attacked in a Paris metro station on his way home from synagogue during Rosh Hashanah.

The victim, 52, was beaten by two attackers and left unconscious on the subway floor.

French antisemitism watchdog, the BNVCA, believes that the incident was driven by hate because the victim was reading a book by the chief rabbi of Paris when the attack happened.

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Steward loses unfair dismissal case against British Airways

By Marcus Dysch, October 12, 2012

A Jewish air steward sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault on a colleague has lost an unfair dismissal claim against the airline.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that he had been the victim of antisemitic abuse, following a row in a New York bar as a BA flight crew discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.

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Senior member of Budapest Jewish community attacked

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

A senior member of the Budapest Jewish community was attacked on his was home from synagogue last week, one week after the Hungarian prime minister gave a speech promoting nationalist “blood and soil” ideology.

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Malmo U-turn over policy on antisemitism

By Orlando Radice, October 11, 2012

Malmo council will alter its policy on discrimination after it emerged that it has no specific stance on antisemitism, despite regular hate attacks against Jews in the Swedish city.

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France's Interior Minister: Hundreds of potential terrorists

By JC Reporter, October 11, 2012

France’s Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, has warned that the terror cell arrested this week after plotting an attack on a kosher grocery is just one of many.

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Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”

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Bomb blast at Malmo community centre in Sweden

By Orlando Radice and Nathalie Rothschild, October 4, 2012

A small bomb was set off outside Malmo’s Jewish community centre last Friday, just a week after Copenhagen Chabad organised a trip to Malmo to show solidarity over virulent antisemitism in the Swedish city.

No one was injured in the blast, which occurred at around 1am last Friday morning, but the residents of the centre were left traumatised.

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