Antisemitism

We hate Jews (except our best player)

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

When newspaper rumours first appeared about his possible transfer from Hapoel Beer Sheba to the Polish club of Wisla Krakow, Israeli football player Maor Melikson was bombarded with phone calls.

"A lot of people warned me off it. They told me: 'It's the most antisemitic club in Poland. They hate Jews, it won't be smart for a Jew to play there.'"

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What a circus

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

A Washington courtroom settled down for a ringside seat this week at what must be one of Jewish America's most lurid family disputes.

The case is the latest chapter in a decades-old feud between two heirs of the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, estimated to be worth $750 million.

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Britain wins - for the most antisemitic attacks in 2010

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2011

There were more major antisemitic attacks in Britain last year than in any other diaspora country, according to a new report.

Almost one in four attacks which took place worldwide happened in Britain, Tel Aviv University researchers stated. They found that there were 614 incidents worldwide, 144 of which were perpetrated in the UK.

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Sorry about the Jew-burning, says Mallorca

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

On May 6 1691, Rabbi Raphael Valls, leader of the Chuetas, descendants of forced converts to Christianity in Mallorca who practised their Judaism in secret, was burned at the stake.

It was one of a series of auto da fes that year which took the lives of more than 30 Chuetas, the Catalan for "pigs", as the crypto-Jews were locally known.

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Hard to put the lid on yid

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2011

Spurs supporters cocked a predictable snook last week at attempts to ban the word "yid" and the antisemitism it reflects on the terraces.

Only days after the the Baddiel brothers released their anti-racism film The Y-Word, White Hart Lane fans, used to styling themselves the "Yid Army", raised the familar chant during last week's derby with Arsenal.

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Gyspy scare stories given Jewish makeover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A group campaigning for the rights of Britain's traveller communities has set up a website substituting the word gypsy in "blatantly racist" headlines with the word Jew.

The Dale Farm Solidarity group built Jewify to raise awareness of the "official institutions, mainstream politicians, or newspapers openly espousing…racism against Gypsies".

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Jewish graves smashed in Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Vandals have smashed headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Istanbul.

The incident, which happened on the final day of Passover, left at least eight gravestones damaged at the Beyoglu cemetery.

Police are looking at security camera footage to investigate what happened.

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Why the Y word is my word

By Gerald Jacobs, April 22, 2011

A couple of rows in front of where I am sitting, a large man has leapt to his feet. His entire body is quivering with rage. I expect him to lose his voice at any moment. On the surface, he seems an affable, suburban type, a family man with children whom he has quite possibly reprimanded for outbursts far milder than the poisonous invective currently issuing from his own mouth.

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The Y-Word: kicking antisemitism out of football

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011
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The stars of the pitch line up in a new film written by comedian David Baddiel and his brother Ivor, calling for antisemitism to be sent off.

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England footballers line up against hate chants

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

A short film featuring England footballers has been launched to tackle antisemitic abuse and chants in the beautiful game.

The Y Word, written by comedian David Baddiel and his writer brother Ivor, highlights the use of the word "Yid" and fans hissing to imitate gas chambers at matches.

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