Antisemitism

Rewriting the lexicon

By Denis MacShane, June 2, 2011

Usually it is the right which gets cross whenever the EU appears to be telling Britain what to do. Now it is the impeccably left-wing university teachers' union, UCU, that is shaking its fist at the EU in a spasm of angry rejection of a European initiative.

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University and College Union is 'institutionally racist'

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The leaders of the Jewish community have recorded their outrage at the University and College Union, which has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism, at its annual congress in Harrogate.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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Revealed: antisemite was key to WikiLeaks operation

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The notorious antisemitic journalist Israel Shamir was actively involved in developing the WikiLeaks network - and was not just another freelance writer who happened to strike up a working relationship with the website's founder Julian Assange, according to newly-revealed correspondence.

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Car hooligans sentenced

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Two men who sped their car around north Manchester Jewish neighbourhoods, screaming hard-core antisemitic abuse, have escaped jail terms and received community orders.

Aaron Hanson, 20, pleaded guilty on May 9 to racially-aggravated intentional harassment, while Liam Martin, 21, admitted to intentional harassment. They risked prison terms after two witnesses testified against them.

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Don't let antisemitism take over our narrative

By Jonathan Wittenberg, June 2, 2011

Every person and every community, whether or not they want to, tells the story of itself. How we tell it both describes and defines our values, exemplifies and determines who we are morally and spiritually.

Judaism has always taken seriously the way we tell our story. That's why, even in this assimilated age, Seder night, the night of the story, remains Judaism's best kept ritual.

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Letter to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt

May 26, 2011

Dear Ms Hunt,

We write to you about troubling developments in UCU.

As you know, since UCU was formed in 2007 it has consistently passed policies promoting boycotts of Israeli academics, even after stating that a boycott was unlawful because it would contravene UCU's own equality and anti-discrimination policy as well as anti-discrimination law.

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Londoner receives death threats

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Swastikas and death threats have been spray-painted across the front of an east Londoner's house.

Yisro'el Shalom discovered the graffiti when leaving his Plaistow home to travel to the Shabbat service at the Settlement Synagogue, Stepney.

Mr Shalom, who wears tzizit and a kippah, has lived in Newham for 20 years. He claimed he frequently encountered verbal abuse and threats.

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Hate attacks on home of rabbi

By Cathy Forman, May 26, 2011

The Leicester Hebrew Congregation rabbi's house and car have been targeted by antisemitic vandals in three nocturnal attacks over the past three weeks.

Bricks twice shattered windows of Rabbi Shmuli Pink's shul-owned property, half-a-mile from the city centre synagogue. On another occasion, a brick was thrown through his car window.

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Russian row over nature of hate text

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

An angry debate has erupted in Russia over the antisemitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The Public Chamber of Russia, which oversees the activities of parliament, is pushing to have the 19th century forgery banned, while another state body, the Prosecutor General, recently argued that it is "politically and historically educational".

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