Antisemitism

Whelan will not appeal FA ban

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan will not appeal the Football Association’s decision to give him a six-week ban and £50,000 fine for breaking racism rules.

Mr Whelan’s suspension will come into effect on Thursday evening, meaning that the chairman will be barred from “football and football activities” until February 19.

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Antisemitism: the half-truth

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 8, 2015

On December 29, Her Majesty's Government published a 47-page report entitled Government Action on Antisemitism. In terms of deepening our understanding of what Mr Cameron and his colleagues actually believe antisemitism to be, and what they have done and intend to do about it, this is a document of the first importance to Jews. Why then was it published on December 29?

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Danny Cohen is wrong. Britain is a wonderful home for Jews

By Shimon Cohen, January 6, 2015

As a public relations man, my job is to take a long hard look at a business, organisation, country or situation and find the positive in it. Then it’s a matter of encouraging others to focus on the positives that define the entity in question rather than the negatives which damage it. Of course, managing the negatives is also of vital importance, but focusing on negatives? Never a good idea.

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Heroes and Villains: Who we liked, and who we didn't, in 2014

By JC Reporters, December 31, 2014

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Jewish Care workforce - by Rosa Doherty

Jewish Care employs staff from five continents to look after some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

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Cars and homes targeted by swastika daubers

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after vandals daubed cars and homes around north London with swastikas.

Residents of Osbaldeston Road in Hackney woke up this morning to find the Nazi symbol drawn onto window panes, cars and a private ambulance.

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Eric Pickles announces new measures to combat antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

The UK is set to introduce new laws to combat the rise in antisemitism, which increased over the Israel-Gaza war this summer.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles vowed to fight the “dark forces” of antisemitism – from university campuses to the football pitch – and teach schoolchildren about the Holocaust.

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European Jewish Congress head warns of Islamic State threat

By Josh Jackman, December 26, 2014

A leading figure in European Jewry has warned that there is a “very possible reality” of Islamic State becoming a major force in the continent.

But European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said that despite the danger, Jews should not consider packing their bags and leaving for Israel.

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Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.

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Security stepped up in north London after swastika daubings

By Naomi Firsht, December 22, 2014

Security patrols have been stepped up in an area of north London after three separate swastikas daubings over the past week.

A house and a primary school were the target of the attacks in Stoke Newington.

Volunteer community security group Shomrim said it had increased the number of their patrols after reporting the incidents to local police.

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BBC boss Danny Cohen says rise in hate places future of Jews in UK in doubt

By Naomi Firsht, December 22, 2014

One of The BBC’s most senior executives has questioned the long-term future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, said: “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the past 12 months.

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