Antisemitism

Gerald Kaufman's 'disturbing' Jewish jibe at Labour MP

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman is under attack for incendiary comments about a fellow Jewish MP during Wednesday's debate on universal jurisdiction.

Sir Gerald turned to a neighbour on the Commons green benches, as pro-Israel MP Louise Ellman rose to speak, and muttered: "Here we are, the Jews again".

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On this day: The Alhambra Decree

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

The Spanish Inquisition, when the Catholic ruling couple Ferdinand and Isabella waged their murderous campaign against the Jews of Spain and then Portugal, was one of the darkest periods in European history.

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Betty Blue Eyes leaves 'Yid' audience reeling

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Theatregoers were "disgusted" by language used by characters in a new musical, Betty Blue Eyes, produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Barbara Cramer went to see the musical at the Novello Theatre in London last week with 18 members of her social group.

She said they were shocked to hear the words "Yid" and "Jew boy" used by characters.

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MPs tell of racism during elections

March 18, 2011

Liverpool MP Luciana Berger has called for a code of conduct to stamp out racism during elections.

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Liberty warns about 'casual antisemitism'

March 17, 2011

Britain's most prominent human rights campaigner has sounded a warning about the growth of a "casual antisemitism", which makes an automatic link between UK Jews and the state of Israel.

In an interview with the JC, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said that she was made uncomfortable by the tendency to assume people's political position on the basis of race.

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Baroness: let schools deal with hate speech

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2011

Communities minister Baroness Hanham has said the government expects schools and universities to tackle hate speech themselves — and that she believed that an adequate framework was already in place.

She answered questions on antisemitism on campus, online and at school during a session in the House of Lords yesterday.

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Hate crime victims to face offenders

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police are to ask antisemitic offenders to face their victims.

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Manchester: Where anti-Jewish hatred is normal

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Pupils at Manchester's King David Schools regard antisemitic abuse, hurled at them on their way to and from school, as an everyday occurrence, it was claimed this week.

Delegates at Manchester's Jewish Representative Council devoted the monthly council meeting on Sunday to discussing strategies to deal with the high level of anti-Jewish racism in the city.

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CST unveils hate crime guidebook

March 10, 2011

An opportunity "to use the Jewish community's hard lessons to help build a better Britain" was how Community Security Trust founder Gerald Ronson described the launch of the CST's new Hate Crimes Guide, launched this week in conjunction with the Home Office.

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Guardian stands by 'antisemitic' Caryl Churchill play

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

The Guardian has said it will not remove a recording of the controversial play Seven Jewish Children from its website, despite renewed criticism that the piece echoes the blood libel.

Caryl Churchill's script, written after the Gaza conflict in January 2009, was denounced by many as antisemitic.

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