Antisemitism

Dangers of ignoring the contrasts in Euro hatreds

By Benjamin Weinthal, January 13, 2011

It is now a commonplace in Europe to regard antisemitism and the more recent phenomenon, "Islamophobia", as much of a muchness. Yet there are important historical distinctions between the hatred of Jews and anti-Muslim prejudice. While European Muslims are without question subject to discrimination and violence, no reasonable observer could claim that they face the prospect of a Final Solution-style extermination plan.

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Perfect punishment for Dutch teen's anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

A teenager whose offensive comments about Jews were published online has been given a particularly fitting punishment.

The Dutch 18-year-old, referred to as Omar E in court, has been sentenced to community service at the Holocaust hiding place of Jewish diarist Anne Frank.

He had told the website GeenStijl that he believed Jewish people should be exterminated.

Despite a claim by Omar E’s lawyer that the case should not even have come to court because of the negative publicity his client had faced, a judge ruled that the teenager should do16 hours of community service.

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German rabbi: it's unsafe to look Jewish here

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2011

A German rabbi has cautioned Jewish residents not to wear kippot or other overt Jewish symbols in public out of concerns for their safety.

Rabbi Shaul Nekrich, who was born in the Soviet Unionis the chief rabbi of the east German state, which is home to around 1,300 Jews.

In an interview with the Berliner Zeitung newspaper he said he felt it was dangerous to display himself as Jewish in Brandenburg and the surrounding area. He also said there was a problem with antisemitism in the state.

He said: “I hear the stories from the communities.“

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Hate attacks up in New York as shul gets bomb threat

By Ellen Tumposky, January 6, 2011

Jews were the most frequently targeted minority group in hate crimes in New York State in 2009, according to a report issued by state officials.

Anti-Jewish hate crimes rose by 15 per cent over the previous year and represented more than a third of hate crimes committed in 2009 in the state, the report issued last week by the Criminal Justices Services Division revealed.

The report came as a synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan said it had received a letter on December 30 threatening to blow up the shul on New Year's Eve.

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Calls for Solomon to quit

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2010

A university society has called for a student union president to resign over apparently antisemitic remarks.

The Model United Nations Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies said Clare Solomon, president of the University of London Union, had "clearly lost the authority to represent all students equally".

Last month Ms Solomon claimed in a Facebook post that the persecution of Jews had been fabricated to justify attacks on Palestinians. The 37-year-old mature student said her comment had been "badly-worded" and apologised for any "misunderstandings".

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Anti-Israel paranoia reaches new heights in Iran

By Meir Javedanfar, December 29, 2010

On December 14 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became the first senior Iranian politician to deny the Holocaust.

His government achieved another first recently, by officially allowing the propagation of the fake "Iranian holocaust" story.

According to this invented tale, Esther and Mordechai, whose miraculous rescue of Persian Jews is recorded in the story of Purim, were not the victims. Rather, Mordechai was the victimiser, as he ordered the massacre of more than 70,000 Iranians.

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'Vote seeking' claim over MSP's security question

By Stephanie Brickman, December 29, 2010

A Labour MSP in Glasgow has denied suggestions that he has exaggerated the threat of antisemitism in order to win Jewish votes.

Local leaders are furious over the action of Ken Macintosh - whose Eastwood constituency is six per cent Jewish - in submitting a question to the Scottish Parliament asking whether Scotland would follow the lead of the British government, which has pledged £2 million to improve security at Jewish schools. There is only one Jewish school in Scotland, Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge Primary.

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Greek priest's antisemitic rant condemned

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

The Greek government has described an antisemitic and Holocaust-denying slur by one of the country’s senior religious figures on national television as “unacceptable” and an insult to Greek culture.

Earlier this week the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim, a high-level priest, said in an interview on the country’s most influential television station that “Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism.”

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Scotland: we must fight hate too

By Stephanie Brickman, December 23, 2010

Ken Macintosh, Labour MSP for Eastwood, a constituency in Glasgow with a sizeable Jewish community, has criticised the Scottish Parliament for taking a passive stance on antisemitism.

In particular, Mr Macintosh said he was concerned that there was no Scottish representation on the cross-government working group on antisemitism.

He said: "I would like to see us represented on the group, or at the very least to comment on its findings. It's a national initiative, so why don't we participate?"

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Director of Polish Holocaust memorial attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2010

The Polish government has been urged to clamp down on antisemitism in the wake of an attack on a non-Jewish man who works to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for a “swift response” after bricks with swastikas on them and firecrackers were thrown through the window of Tomasz Pietrasiewicz’s home in Lublin.

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