We must be united against Anelka

By Anthony Clavane, January 2, 2014

As the London Jewish Museum's "Four Four Jew" exhibition, and my own book, "Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here", has shown, there is a great deal to celebrate about our community’s long involvement in football.

In fact, apart from a few isolated incidents, in recent years antisemitism in the game has been a non-issue.


No room for doubt about Anelka

January 2, 2014

It should be relatively easy for the FA to deal with Nicolas Anelka. He has knowingly, deliberately and provocatively made an antisemitic gesture during a match. Ignore the nonsense being put about that there is any ambiguity to the ‘quenelle’ — that it is ‘anti-establishment’ rather than antisemitic.


Better fascist than gay in football

By Martin Bright, January 2, 2014

The premiership footballer Nicolas Anelka has identified himself as a fascist sympathiser. It really is as simple as that.


Dieudonné: a 'cool' antisemite

By Natasha Lehrer, January 2, 2014

Dieudonné is a shapeshifter. He started his career in 1990 as one half of a double act with the Jewish comedian Elie Semoun, lampooning intolerance and bigotry of all kinds. No one was safe from their remorseless satire — scientologists, intellectuals, journalists and neo-Nazis were all fodder for their irreverent and hugely popular shows.


France: a petri dish for viral hate

By Shirli Sitbon, January 2, 2014

There are plenty of antisemites in France, just as there are in many other countries. The question that should trouble us now is how a man like Dieudonné has managed to position himself as their mouthpiece while maintaining his reputation as a man of the people, a figurehead for the victims of racism, a leader of the marginalised.


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.”