Shul windows are smashed in Brum

By Sandy Rashty, August 20, 2012

Bricks were hurled though windows of Birmingham's Central Synagogue last Shabbat.

The attack occurred at around 10pm, after the conclusion of the Friday night service. The perpetrator was a man said to be in his 20s.

Police were called after the damage was discovered by the 80 community members arriving for the Shabbat morning service.


Hotel did discriminate against Jews, jury finds

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

A jury has found that the Muslim owner of a fashionable hotel in California discriminated against a Jewish group.

The case came after an event in July 2010 was arranged at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica in aid of an Israeli charity that helps the children of fallen IDF soldiers to go to summer camps.


Marine Le Pen sues Bernard-Henri Levy for defamation

By Michel Zlotowski, August 16, 2012

The leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, is suing author Bernard-Henri Levy and Haïm Musicant, the director of Crif, the country’s Jewish umbrella group, for accusing her of antisemitism.

If convicted by the Paris Court of Justice, both Mr Levy and Mr Musicant face a fine of up to 15,000 euros.


Prejudice made respectable

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 6, 2012

On the subject of the unassuming hairdresser from Oldham, Mohammed Sajid Khan and his diminutive but charming wife Shasta Khan much more remains to be said.

Mr and Mrs Khan hold the dubious record of being Britain's first married couple to be convicted of terrorist offences. At Manchester Crown Court she was given an eight-year sentence as a reward for having planned to blow up Jews.


Ahmadinejad accuses 'Zionist clan' of controlling media, banks

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2012

A US hate monitor has labelled comments by Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "ominous" and warned the world to stop making excuses for him.

The Iranian leader, in statements quoted on his presidential website, spoke of a centuries-old Zionist conspiracy and accused the US predsidential candidates of "kissing the feet" of Zionists.


Far-right Hungarian party sacks member with Jewish ancestry

By Martin Mevius, August 2, 2012

Jobbik, a far-right Hungarian party, has ordered one of its MEPs, Csanád Szegedi, to step down following revelations about his Jewish ancestry.

In June, the Jobbik MEP told ultra-right wing magazine Barikád he had “just discovered” his Jewish roots. Mr Szegedi said he had learned that his grandmother, Magdolna Klein, was an Auschwitz survivor.


Poland drops investigation into online hate

By Nissan Tzur, August 2, 2012

Poland’s general prosecutor has called off a year-long investigation into antisemitism on some of Poland’s largest internet portals and websites. The decision was taken, according to the general prosecutor’s office, “because of lack of public interest”.


Shangri-La Hotel in discrimination case

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

A well-known luxury hotel chain is facing a court case over claims that it pulled the plug on a charity party in aid of an Israeli charity.


A post-war baby’s guide to ignorance and antisemitism

By Maureen Lipman, July 27, 2012

My chap and I were in the car, discussing the Cologne court's ruling on circumcision. Germans were banning Muslim and Jewish religious practice, going back thousands of years. Someone on the radio defended it on the grounds that we ban female circumcision


Antisemitic incidents rise slightly

By Simon Rocker, July 26, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose fractionally in the first six months of this year compared to last year, probably due to new reporting methods.