David Ward is tip of a toxic iceberg for the Lib Dems

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2013

After months of reports about his involvement in an increasingly bizarre series of incidents, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored at Old Trafford. In celebration, he raised his shirt, revealing a vest emblazoned with the words: “Why always me?”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg may well be asking himself the same question — but he has no right to.


Hate attack on Chasidic schoolboys

By Anna Sheinman, July 26, 2013

Stones were thrown at Chasidic schoolboys and a window smashed in an antisemitic attack on their coach while on a trip to the seaside.

Kent Online reported that on Tuesday that the boys, aged between 10 and 14 from London, were attacked by seven teenage boys and girls who threw stones at their coach and shouted “go back to where you came from”.


Concern over hate attacks on Muslims

By Marcus Dysch and Hannah Pupkewitz , July 26, 2013

Scottish Jews say they are “deeply concerned” by the rising number of hate crimes against Muslims.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities issued a statement of solidarity following the increase in attacks since Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich.


New figures reveal antisemitic attacks drop by a third

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

The number of antisemitic incidents recorded in Britain fell by a third in the first six months of the year.

Figures released today by the Community Security Trust reveal 219 incidents were reported between January and the end of June.

That number represents a 30 per cent decrease on the same period in 2012. It is also the lowest half-yearly figure since 2003.


Employee of HCA awarded £20,000 after antisemtism

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

A Jewish former employee of a major private healthcare company has been awarded £20,000 after successfully suing his boss for antisemitic discrimination and harassment.


Barenboim defends performing Wagner at the Proms

By Ellis Bolle, July 16, 2013

The renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim has defended his decision to perform music by Wagner, the German composer known for his anti semitic views, at this year’s Proms

The Argentine-Israeli musician will conduct the entire Ring cycle at the Royal Albert Hall this summer, despite acknowledging that “Wagner's antisemitism is abhorrent, beyond anything that is acceptable" .


Annual date to remember Jews from Arab countries approved

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Jews who fled persecution in Arab countries have been formally recognised by Israeli legislators.

A new law, approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, has made February 17 an annual date in the Israeli calendar to remember the 850,000 refugees.


Twitter hands over details of hate tweeters

By Sandy Rashty, July 12, 2013

The identities of people who posted antisemitic messages on Twitter have been disclosed after a year-long legal row between the French Union of Jewish Students and the American social media site.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the details of users who posted hate messages had been handed over to French authorities. It is not yet known how many users have been reported.


Education Secretary Gove: Muslims must counter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

An “insufficient” number of Muslim community leaders in Britain do enough to tackle antisemitism, Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

He said Muslims had a “responsibility” to counter extremists and to challenge their own community members who attack British foreign policy or Israel’s right to exist.


An unhelpful approach

By David Aaronovitch, July 7, 2013

Two weeks ago in the JC the writer Douglas Murray described the idea of Islamophobia as "a crock". Douglas and I have shared a few platforms over the years and I have a respect for his combination of intellectual and street-fighting skills.

So it is with disappointment and trepidation that I take issue with him here. He is, I think, completely wrong. And here's why.