Antisemitism

Rosh Hashanah marred by antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

A number of reported incidents of antisemitic verbal abuse were reported to the Community Security Trust following Rosh Hashanah.

People walking to and from synagogues were shouted at by passengers in passing vehicles but there were no reported instances of more serious abuse or attacks.

It is understood that the CST was informed of around half-a-dozen incidents in London by Wednesday.

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‘I’m no antisemite’ says man contesting Corby by-election

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

A parliamentary candidate has defended himself against allegations of antisemitism after being accused of ranting about “evil Jews” in a series of blog posts.

Peter Reynolds is one of 12 candidates in the Corby by-election in November, called after the resignation of Tory MP Louise Mensch.

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'Racist' badges sold outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

Badges displaying antisemitic slogans were reportedly sold at a stall outside the Emirates Football stadium, the north London home of Arsenal football club, during the match against Southampton last Saturday afternoon.

The offensive badges, which allegedly stated “F*** off Yids”, were being sold by two men on the corner of Elfort Road, Islington.

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Kosher supermarket firebombed in Paris

By Sandy Rashty, September 19, 2012

An explosive device was reportedly thrown into a kosher supermarket in Paris at around 12:45pm today.

Two hooded men dressed in black allegedly threw the grenade into the Naouri supermarket in Sarcelles, injuring at least one person and causing three others to have a panic attack.

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Lessons in hatred and abuse

By Francesca Coleman, September 11, 2012

As a trainee teacher in an inner-London school in the last two years, I dealt with countless remarks about my religion, ranging from the perplexing to the deeply offensive.

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Spanish community attempt to edit the dictionary

By Anna Sheinman, September 10, 2012

The representative body of Spanish Jews has renewed efforts to have a word that is insulting to Jews removed from the official national dictionary.

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GCSE ‘prejudice’ board say exam went to plan

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2012

An exam board which came under fire for asking GCSE students to “explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews” says that none of them answered it inappropriately.

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High Security for High Holy Days

By Sandy Rashty, Shirli Sitbon, Toby Axelrod, Nathalie Rothschild, Ted Merwin and Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 6, 2012

Around the world, preparations are under way to protect Jewish communities during the High Holy Days.

Recent attacks on Jews from Bulgaria to Toulouse have convinced community security organisations that, more than ever, this year is a year to be prepared for the worst.

In the UK, the largest ever communal security operation will be in place over Rosh Hashanah.

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Imams deny antisemitism at unity event

By Shirli Sitbon, September 6, 2012

As they arrived in Paris for the second gathering of European Jewish and Muslim leaders, Jewish officials seemed to have one thing on their mind: getting their counterparts to fight antisemitism in Muslim communities.
Antisemitism has been on the rise in France since the Toulouse shooting six months ago, and many of the attacks have been perpetrated by Muslims.

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J S Bach, the misunderstood musician

By David Conway, September 3, 2012

The year 2012 is unlikely to go down well in the annals of Jewish-German relations.

In June, a German court ruled that religious circumcision of minors is a criminal act. Two months earlier, Germany's largest-selling daily broadsheet had published a poem by Nobel prize-winning author - and former SS recruit - Günter Grass, accusing Israel of endangering world peace.

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