Tribunal hears from BA steward who was 'victim of antisemitism'

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2012

An air steward who was sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault has claimed he was the victim of antisemitic abuse from a colleague.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that a row had erupted in a New York bar as BA staff discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.


British Airways steward says he was sacked after 'antisemitic' row

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2012

An air steward has claimed British Airways sacked him after a row with a colleague who allegedly shouted antisemitic abuse.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that an argument erupted in a New York bar when BA staff discussed the Nazis and the alleged tirade left the Jewish steward "shocked and insulted".


Italian winery denies that it has no room for Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

An Italian winery has furiously denied claims by an Israeli tour operator that it refused bookings for Jewish and Israeli visitors.

A tour operator based in northern Israel contacted the Fattoria Sant'Appiano in Tuscany over the weekend, intending to arrange a visit for some Israeli clients. The winery has a four and a half star average on the travel rating website Trip Advisor.


Dreyfus relative: he was 'completely broken' by affair

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

Alfred Dreyfus, the French officer accused of treason in one of the most notorious episodes of institutional antisemitism in history, owed his eventual exoneration to the efforts of many, including writer Emile Zola.


Al Qaida terrorist planned London Jewish murders

By Simon Rocker, July 12, 2012

The Community Security Trust has confirmed that it was briefed on potential attacks on Jewish neighbourhoods in London after the discovery of papers on the body of Al Qaeda’s African leader, who was killed last year.

According to documents revealed by a Canadian newspaper this week, terrorists were planning an operation in Golders Green or Stamford Hill during Chanucah.


How Elizabethan society responded to Jews and prejudice

By Simon Rocker, July 12, 2012

Shakespeare’s Shylock is probably the most famous of all Jewish characters, but we are less familiar with how Jews lived when The Merchant of Venice was written in the 1590s.


Iran gives antisemitic cartoon top prize

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2012

The winning entry in an Iranian cartoon contest shows three religious Jews praying in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem labelled “New York Wall Street”.

Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League condemned what he call a “cynical perversion of the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism”.


Toulouse Jewish school pupil attacked in France

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

An identifiably Jewish teenager who attends the Toulouse school attacked by an Islamist gunman earlier this year has been targeted by thugs on a train.

The 17-year-old boy was allegedly insulted and harassed by a group of men on a train to Lyon last week. He was wearing a kippah at the time.


Murder victim buried as fears grow for Yemen community

By Nathan Jeffay, July 5, 2012

He left the bosom of his family to improve its lot — and came back in a coffin. Last week, a Jewish man who was cruelly murdered in Yemen, was buried in his family’s Israeli hometown of Rehovot.


MEP of antisemitic Hungarian party discovers he is Jewish

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, July 5, 2012

Hungary’s Jews revelled in the ironic news that a leader of the country’s notoriously antisemitic, anti-Roma Jobbik party is technically Jewish — and the grandson of an Auschwitz survivor.