Antisemitism

Hollande pledges to fight antisemitism

By Gideon Kouts, May 17, 2012

New French President Francois Hollande used his inauguration address to stress his commitment to fighting antisemitism.

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‘Brainwashed’ councillor is former Nazi

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

A former neo-Nazi who once daubed buildings with swastikas has been elected as a local councillor.

Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labour Party officials and describing her earlier activities as those of a “brainwashed idiot”.

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Facebook pledge to tackle cyber-bullying

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Facebook and Google have agreed to form a group to tackle online bullying and hate attacks.

The companies pledged to be more open about how they combat cyber-bullying and online offences, and will work with members of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism’s task force on internet hate.

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Ban urged for Greece's Golden Dawn and other extremists in Europe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2012

Europe should consider banning far-right parties from the political arena, a European Jewish leader said on Wednesday.

Speaking days after the leader of Golden Dawn – the Greek neo-Nazi party that won seats in parliament for the first time this month – denied key facts of the Holocaust, Moshe Kantor said there were times when restrictions on free speech were necessary.

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Six charged over Facebook abuse of Giffnock Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Police in Glasgow have charged six people over the creation of antisemitic Facebook page that mocked the Jewish community of Giffnock.

The page, which attracted nearly 1,000 "likes" while it remained live, was called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

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Row in Hungary over far-right politician's Jewish jibe

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Israel's envoy in Hungary has cancelled a scheduled visit to the northern town of Eger to protest against allegedly antisemitic comments made by a local politician and directed at a Jewish actor.

The Eger council member, who is part of the right-wing Fidesz party, is reported to have called national film star Jozsef Szekhelyi a "filthy Jew" who sympathises with left-wing politics.

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Brighton learning to co-operate

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A cross-communal adult education programme involving Orthodox, Reform and Liberal rabbis launched in Brighton yesterday, marking the festival of Lag b'Omer.

With sessions ranging from first century Judaism to antidotes to antisemitism, the eight-week venture is a spin-off from last year's one-day Sussex Limmud.

Scheduled to take part in the programme at the Ralli Hall community centre are Ra

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'Kill the Jews' abuse on Toulouse campus

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

The president of the French Jewish student umbrella body, the UEJF, has called on the University of Toulouse to combat antisemitism after a talk by Israeli students last week was disrupted by protesters shouting abuse, making threats and singing antisemitic chants.

The incident occurred just over a month after three Jewish children and a rabbi were shot by an Islamist gunman in Toulouse.

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Roman Polanski to make film about The Dreyfus Affair

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

Veteran filmmaker Roman Polanski is to bring one of the most notorious cases of antisemitism to the big screen.

Mr Polanski is set to direct a film about The Dreyfus Affair, a scandal that erupted in 1890s Paris after a Jewish artillery officer, a graduate of the elite Polytechnic Grande Ecole, was arrested for spying.

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Sorry for 'unintentional offence' after Muslim school teaches hate for Jews

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2012

A Muslim Sunday school in Canada has apologised for anti-Jewish teachings published on its website.

The Jewish community challenged posts on the East End Madrassah's page that drew comparisons between Judaism and Nazism, and further accused Jews of being "treacherous", "crafty" and "conspiring to kill the Prophet Muhammad".

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